ExcitementOct 27, 2012 by Ugh
Oct 30, 2012, 09:10:03 DonaldJ wrote:
A little more excitement than I think I could stand. It'll be bad enough with Obama. Will he continue to search for center-right Republicans with which he can strike a Grand Bargain, something he seems to think would cement his legacy as Someone Who Brought Bipartisanship Back to Washington? Silly man. He already has, with the drone policy.
I'm so caught up in this lesser of two evils thing that I actually saw an Obama ad that I liked today. It actually wasn't bad. Sorta classy. Weird. What was that doing in an American election? I'll be glad when this is over, unless I'm sick about how it ends.
Oct 30, 2012, 23:05:53 DonaldJ wrote:
People are being nonpartisan at the mothership regarding Sandy, so I thought I'd stick this pro-Obama NYT editorial here--
I gather from what people were saying on MSNBC that it's not politically possible for the Obama campaign to make use of this with not enough time between Sandy and the election (can't be seen "politicizing" a major issue), but I'm glad that didn't stop the NYT.
Oct 31, 2012, 20:57:42 Ugh wrote:
Donald - thanks for the link to that excellent editorial.
The "Grand Bargain" idea itself is nonsense. The drone policy is objectively horrid.
I'm at a conference in Florida and so have seen more political ads than usual since no one runs them in DC for obvious reasons, and, wow. The "independent" ads for Romney are appalling. Including one that explicitly states that the U.S. will be a socialist country if Obama is reelected (using old black and white images from, IIRC, Romania).
People are insane.
Nov 01, 2012, 13:25:39 DonaldJ wrote:
Agreed about the grand bargain and drones. I haven't seen any Romney ads--they'd be wasting their money where I live.
Just finished Predator Nation by Charles Ferguson. Good book. (It's about the financial crisis. ) Ferguson is very much a lesser of two evils person, but is thoroughly disgusted with Obama's lack of interest in going after the banksters. Here's a summary paragraph on the last page that seemed exactly right to me--
" I will close by saying that while President Obama has failed his country in major ways, he is the least of the available evils. So yes, I recommend that you hold your nose and vote for him, as I will. But the very next day I hope that you will start thinking about how to replace him and the entire system that produced him."
Nov 02, 2012, 08:54:01 sapient wrote:
Are you in Mass, Donald? I've forgotten if I knew. You are in D.C., right Ugh?
Nov 02, 2012, 10:04:31 DonaldJ wrote:
Not Massachusetts, but almost as unlikely to vote for Romney. There's the occasional Obama ad here, and a fairly classy one as I mentioned upthread, but that's about it as far as national elections are concerned. There's a really vicious back and forth about a state senate seat on the cable channels I watch. An occasional one for one of our (national level) senators. An anti-tax thing from people who favor good government (I know they favor good government, because it's in the title of their organization). But this is nothing compared to what I gather is going on in Ohio or other swing states.
Nov 02, 2012, 10:07:09 DonaldJ wrote:
"Not Massachusetts, but almost as unlikely to vote for Romney."
Didn't even catch the irony when I typed that.
Nov 02, 2012, 19:59:50 Ugh wrote:
I was contemplating not voting this year but my wife suggested we do early voting together today a we both happen to have the day off and will be hanging out sans kids.
So I will be voting for Obama, although I doubt the newspapers will sell out on Wednesday as they did here in 2008 when 95% of people walked around with huge smiles on their faces.
Nov 02, 2012, 21:01:03 sapient wrote:
I love D.C. Used to work there but now don't get there nearly often enough.
Nov 04, 2012, 04:24:37 nous wrote:
In CA where the polls have the state with a +18% Obama margin...enough of a margin for me to vote Green. We have to find a way to drag the political center back to the left and breaking up the corporate/religious right coalition if we want any hope of change in policy stupidity.
More worried about State propositions than our electoral college votes. If Prop 30 doesn't pass the UC system is in deep(er) fiscal shit next year and students will be facing a 24% increase in fees (i.e. tuition) to pay for fewer courses with larger attendance.