Friday, October 31, 2008
Recent poll results are helping to change my mind, though, based not on the numbers of likely winner, but on other questions, like some of those cited in this article from today's NY Times.
Some key points:
¶Mr. Obama is maintaining his lead, with 51 percent of likely voters supporting him and 40 percent supporting Mr. McCain in a head-to-head matchup.
¶Some perceptions of race are changing, with a marked increase in the number of people who say they believe that white and black people have an equal chance of getting ahead in America today.
¶Mr. McCain’s focus on taxes, including his talk about Joe the Plumber, seems to be having some effect, as a growing number of voters now say Mr. McCain would not raise their taxes.
¶Eighty-nine percent of people view the economy negatively, and 85 percent think the country is on the wrong track.¶Mr. Obama continues to have a significant advantage on key issues like the economy, health care and the war in Iraq.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Barack Obama at a rally in North Carolina.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
An American president who keeps troops in Iraq indefinitely, fulminates
about Islamic terrorism, inclines toward military solutions and antagonizes
other nations is an excellent recruiting tool. In contrast, an African-American
president with a Muslim grandfather and a penchant for building bridges rather
than blowing them up would give Al Qaeda recruiters fits.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Even more remarkable, Obama has made race — that perennial, gaping American wound — an afterthought. He has done this by introducing a quality to American politics that we haven't seen in quite some time: maturity. He is undoubtedly as ego-driven as everyone else seeking the highest office — perhaps more so, given his race, his name and his lack of experience. But he has not been childishly egomaniacal, in contrast to our recent baby-boomer Presidents — or petulant, in contrast to his opponent. He does not seem needy. He seems a grown-up, in a nation that badly needs some adult supervision.I couldn't agree more. It's time for what's next.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
We'll also dig a little deeper into Matthew Dear, Holy F*ck, Four Tet, MGMT, and Animal Collective.
Tune in to RadioBoise today, Wednesday, from 5 to 7, and again Friday from 1 to 3.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
New stuff from Deerhoof, Flying Lotus, F*** Buttons, Holy F***, Matthew Dear, and some other goodies. Tune in, Wednesday 5 to 7 and Friday 1 to 3.
Obama is dominating with early voting in Iowa, North Carolina, New Mexico, Georgia, and Ohio. I'm unsure of the current polls showing a massive lead for Obama. But equally it would not surprise me if this race actually widened, and that the final result were on a double-digit kind of scale. Just as there is a chance of the invisible hand of racism suddenly undercutting Obama in the polling booth, so there is a chance of an historic one-off turn-out from African-Americans and young people that confounds all the conventional polling expectations. We could be just as surprised on the up-side as on the down-side. There are a lot of young and black people in this country. And they usually don't vote as often as they could.
Christopher Hitchens pulls no punches in his "endorsement" of Barack Obama for president. Love him or hate him, Hitchens does have a knack for distillation, and what he lays out here in a case against McCain-Palin is pretty devastating, coming as it does from the right.
Tonight's debate should be (crushingly boring) very telling. How nasty is McCain willing to get? How well does Obama stand up to it? My own prediction is that is gets only slightly nastier than the last debate, and that it comes out a narrow Obama victory, just like last time. Then, tomorrow, the nastiness gets worse than it's ever been.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
It seems way too early for this, but we went to bed last night to falling snow and woke this morning to the first white-coated foothills of the year. So I took the dogs for a walk first thing in the morning. It's still a little foggy, but you get the picture.
Winter's coming. I just hope we get some good fall first.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
They attract the ugliest, most vile elements of our society.
And there are still 4 weeks to go. All we can hope is that the larger electorate, the sensible citizens among us, will see through this disgusting trash.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
First Toby Keith says he's a Democrat who supports Obama, and now this. Who says we have to write off the South for the Republicans?