Archive: November, 2008

The bailout double standard: “Whatever” for Wall Street; “Zippo” for Main Street

When the late Lane Kirkland was president of the AFL-CIO, he often used a sardonic sense of humor to abuse a labor press corps he disdained. Once when a naive reporter asked if he thought America’s economy was fair, Kirkland replied that sure it was and he used ice as an example of how we share the wealth in our country. “The rich get it in the summer,” he said. “And the poor get it in the winter.” So it seems with the financial bailout — the Wall Street bankers and brokers and traders got the equivalent of ice in the summer; the auto workers got a massive cold shoulder in the dead of a devastating winter. (More)

" title="Digg this story">Digg It

Let’s cut Obama some slack (gulp!)

Okay,okay. I’m finally ready with my cut on the Obama victory. For me, it isn’t so much that he’s the first African-American president, or that he’s youthful and capable of carrying out the fantasies we all have about progressive politics and caring government. It’s that he’s a decent guy. That’s more than we’ve had for the past umpteen years and it’s enough for me. (More)

" title="Digg this story">Digg It

Say hello to the Obama Paradigm

Were you one of those nervous Nellies who worried that Barack Obama would fall victim to the “Bradley Effect,” i.e., the theory that a black candidate opposing a white candidate experiences a significant drop from pre-vote polling estimates to actual vote count? Now you never have to worry again: Obama actually ended up exceeding most polling projections when it came to the overall popular vote, and he flew past projections in most states. Prior to the election, for instance, Time/CNN had Obama with a slight 51-46 edge over McCain in Nevada; the final tally was 55-43. In Ohio, Time/CNN had Obama over McCain 50-46 going in; he came out 51-47. In Florida (final 51-49) and Minnesota (54-44), there was no Bradley effect — Obama finished right where Time/CNN had him pegged. There were slight dropoffs in North Carolina (51-47 to 50-49) and Virginia (54-44 to 52-47), but both within the margin of error, as they say. The same pattern held true in state after state.

What clearly emerged to replace the Bradley Effect is an entirely new phenomenon I am calling the “Obama Paradigm.” The Obama Paradigm (write this down, political reporters) holds that a black candidate running against a white candidate actually will finish ahead of polling projections when the white candidate:

A. Repeatedly attempts to simultaneously channel all three Peter Sellers characters from “Dr. Strangelove.”B. Spends the last three weeks of the campaign railing about smaller government and less government spending when economically-distraught voters are crying out for bigger government and more government spending.C. Picks a running mate who resembles and talks like Tina Fey.Again, write this down …..

" title="Digg this story">Digg It

November 5, 2008

Obama and the Battle of Bull Run

 On election day, I voted early, then put in a good day’s work, musing all the while about how far we’ve come in terms of race relations in our country. Even if Obama failed to win, he’d proven that a black man could get 60 million Americans to vote for him, a majority of them white. I was walking my dog in the late afternoon when I bumped into the mom-parent of the lovely Quaker family on our block. She’d just retrieved her teen-aged daughters after a school trip to Manassas, Virginia, where they’d been campaigning all-day for Barack Obama. They’d discovered the history-making Democratic nominee had picked up some ugly nicknames down where the first big land battle of the Civil War was fought, and where, ironically, Obama had drawn 90,000 fans to a rally just the night before. (More)

" title="Digg this story">Digg It

buy abilify online buy accutane online buy aciphex oline buy actonel online buy actoplus met online buy acyclovir online buy Advair Discus online buy aldactone online buy alesse online buy allegra online buy alli online buy Alpha Lipoic Acid online buy amaryl online buy amitriptyline online buy amoxil online buy ampicillin online buy anafranil online buy antabuse online buy Antiox Cats online buy antivert online buy arava online buy aricept online buy astelin online buy augmetin online buy avalide online buy avandamet online buy avapr online buy betnovate online buy bupropion online buy buspar online buy cafergot online buy capoten online buy carisoprodo online buy cefadroxil online buy cefixime online buy Celexa online buy cephalexin online buy chloramphenicol online buy chrysin-xy online buy cipr online buy citalopram online buy Clavamox online buy Clomid online buy Clozaril online buy colchicine online buy Coreg online buy Crestor online buy Cymbalta online buy cytotec online buy cytoxan online buy decadron online buy deltasone online buy diabecon online buy diamox online buy diflucan online buy dilantin online buy diovan online buy ditropan online buy dostinex online buy dulcolax online buy effexor online buy epivir-hbv online buy estrace online buy etodolac online buy eurax online buy Evegen online buy exelon online buy Femara online buy fosamax online buy fucidin online buy furosemide online buy gaba online buy hydrochlorothiazide online buy hyzaar online buy inderal online buy indocin online buy keftab online buy lamisil online buy Lasix online buy Levaquin online buy levlen online buy levothroid online buy Lexapro online buy Lipitor online buy lisinopril online buy Medrol online buy Metformin online buy Methotrexate online buy Minocin online buy Nexium online buy Nolvadex online buy Norvasc online buy Penis Growth Patch online buy penisole online buy Plan B online buy Plavix online buy Prednisone online buy Propecia online buy Proscar online buy Protonix online buy Provera online buy Purim online buy Retin-A online buy Rimonabant online buy Risperdal online buy Robaxin online buy Septilin online buy Seroquel online buy Shoot online buy Soothenol online buy Strattera online buy Sumycin online buy Tagamet online buy Tegretol online buy Tenormin online buy Topamax online buy Tramado online buy Trazodone online buy Tretinoin online buy Tricor online buy Vermox online buy Viagr online buy vytorin online buy Xenical online buy Zanaflex online buy zelnorm online buy zithromax online buy Zyba online buy lexapro online acyclovir alli viagra plus lasix buy clomid cheap prednisone zithromax buy cialis accutane buy zovirax buy cipro buy plavix buy nexium Ashwagandha levitra without prescription viagra professional online buy accupril online buy aceon cheap buy acomplia online buy adalat order buy albendazole cheap buy aldactone online buy alendronate cheap buy alesse generic buy allopurinol online buy amaryl order buy antabuse generic buy arava cheap buy aristocort online buy aristocort cheap buy ashwagandha cheap buy atacand generic buy atarax online buy atrovent order buy avandamet generic buy avodart order buy azulfidine online buy baclofen generic buy bactrim order buy bactroban online buy brahmi cheap buy bust enhancer no rx buy cafergot generic buy calan order buy captopril online buy cardura order buy cefixime generic buy ceftin no rx buy chloroquine order buy cialis professional no rx buy cialis online buy clonidine cheap buy colon clen supreme no rx buy combivent generic buy compazine cheap buy danazol online buy depakote order buy diclofenac gel online buy diclofenac cheap buy ditropan generic buy doxazosin cheap buy doxycycline online buy ephedraxin no rx buy fasta sleep strips no rx buy female libido patch no rx buy female viagra order buy flagyler online buy gemfibrozil generic buy glucophage order buy hyzaar generic buy insect repellant no rx buy isosorbide order buy kytril generic buy lamictal no rx buy lanoxin order buy l-arginine online buy levothroid generic buy lotensin generic buy lotrisone cheap buy male sexual tonic no rx buy mircette online buy mononitrate order buy noroxin cheap buy nortriptyline generic buy ortho tri-cyclen no rx buy pantoprazole online buy phenergan cheap buy plendil online buy prevacid generic buy procardia cheap buy propranolol order buy proscar online buy pyridium no rx buy rabeprazole order buy ranitidine generic buy relafen online buy risedronate cheap buy sarafem online buy serevent order buy stromectol no rx buy synalar cheap buy terazosin generic buy terramycin order buy tetracycline no rx buy tofranil online buy trileptal generic buy ultracet online buy vasotec order buy vermox generic buy viagra professional no rx buy voltaren online buy yasmin order buy zestoretic online buy zestril order buy zyloprim online