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Friday, October 31, 2008 - 6:30pm

Obama Running Ads in Arizona

With the polls tightening in the Arizona, Senator Barack Obama is taking it to John McCain on his home turf.  As of today, Obama is up on the air with this positive ad.


John McCain has become so worried about his home state that he began running robocalls all week.

Barack Obama is also up with ads in North Dakota and Georgia.  He has forced McCain to play defense and spend money in a number of states that should go red.  Every vote counts and Obama is leaving no stone unturned.


Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 8:27pm

Thursday Night Humor

Another prominent conservative endorses Barack Obama for President of the United States!



Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 6:47pm

Don't be Fooled by Early Voting Results

Polls show Barack Obama with a significant lead in states that allow voting ahead of November 4th, but don't get too excited.  In 2004 John Kerry was leading George Bush in early voting in Iowa and Nevada, but ended up losing both.

However, one main difference this year is the number of people expected to vote early.  Up to 34% of likely voters are expected to cast an early ballot in 2008, while only 20% voted in advance in 2004.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 9:29pm

Ok, It Was Very Good

Maybe I was expecting H. Ross Perot with pie charts and boring political speak, but the Obamercial was nothing like that.  It was actually a very well done show.  If there were undecided voters watching the program, it probably did move them.

Here is the full video before it cuts to Senator Obama live in Florida.



Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 7:05pm

Obama Overload

Am I the only one who thinks it's a bad idea for Obama to run a 30-minute infomercial on all the networks in prime-time?  To me, it just draws attention to his ridiculous financial advantage over John McCain.

It also strikes me as overkill.  People are sick of the wall-to-wall "news" coverage of this election.  They want it to end yesterday and they certainly don't want their favorite television shows being interrupted.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 7:22pm

Election Prediction

With a week to go in the election, here is my fearless forecast.

Obama will win the popular vote 55-44, with the final 1% being split between Nader, Barr, and Ron Paul. (Paul is on the ballot in MT and LA).  The junior Senator from Illinois will win an electoral landslide that is Reagan-esque, with the final tally being 378-160.

Senator Obama will win every battleground state and obtain victory in Montana.  There will be no waiting up until midnight this time to find out who then next President will be.  It will be effectively decided when VA and PA are declared early for Obama.  It will become official when Missouri moves to his column.  He will even give McCain a run for his money in Arizona, but will come up just short. 

The Senate will be 59 seats to the left (counting indies Lieberman and Sanders).  Al Franken (D) will win Minnesota and Ted Stevens (R) will lose Alaska.  Mitch McConnell (R) in Kentucky and Saxby Chambliss (R) in Georgia will battle late into the night, but I believe they will hold and keep the Dems from obtaining complete power.

The House will be 260-175 to the left, with the Democrats picking up 24 seats.  Michelle "McCarthy" Bachman (R) will lose to El Tinklenberg (D) and the last remaining Republican Congressman in New England, Christopher Shays of Connecticut, will go down in defeat.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 12:04am

RNC Spending Money in Montana

The Republican National Committee feels that it has to play defense in Big Sky Country and spend some bucks for John McCain.  Montana is an inexpensive state to advertise in, but it is still money that could be used in other races.

Ron Paul is on the ballot and polling at 4% in the latest MSU-Billings poll.  His presence is bringing down McCain's numbers.  In that poll, Barack Obama is up 44-40.


Monday, October 27, 2008 - 6:07pm


Republican Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska has been convicted on all seven corruption charges against him.  Each guilty count carries up to a five year prison sentence, although it is likely that Stevens will serve little, if any time behind bars.

Although he is now a convict, Ted Stevens could still serve in the Senate if he wins his election.  He is in a tight race with Mayor Mark Begich (D).  Begich was winning by only one point, 47-46, in the latest poll.

How ironic would it be if the U.S. Senate is represented by a convicted felon?


Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 11:03pm

McCain Up Only 2% in ARIZONA!

The race in John McCain's home state of Arizona is getting closer.  There are two recent polls that put the Senator ahead by very small margins.  The Myers Research/Grove poll has McCain leading 48-44 over Obama, while the Zimmerman & Associates poll has McCain winning only 44 -42.

To be sure, many polls show McCain in the lead in Arizona by double digits, but these are the only two polls done in October.  He could lose his own state!  How embarrassing!


Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 3:54pm

Alaska Paper Endorses Obama

The Anchorage Daily News, the foremost publication in Alaska, has endorsed Senator Barack Obama for President.  While they were proud to see their governor on the national stage, they found it far too risky to elect an unqualified candidate to be Vice President.

They go on to say that Senator McCain does not have a steady hand at this critical time in our nation's history.  Reading this endorsement, it is as much an approval of Obama as it is an indictment of John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Any chance red-state Alaska votes for Obama?  He is 15.3% behind, so probably not.  However, his relative strength could help in the Senatorial election.  Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) is currently leading Ted Stevens (R) by 1.4%.  That race could go either way.


Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 9:07am

Palin Fed Up with Handlers

Sarah Palin has had enough of John McCain's political advisors.  Word is that she is now ignoring the advice of the former Bush aides as she blames them for destroying her public image.

This might be the best move she's made thus far.  Unfortunately, it may be too late.  She only has ten days left in the campaign.


Friday, October 24, 2008 - 6:49pm

Focus on the Senate

The worst thing that can happen on November 4th is if the Democrats gain a filibuster-proof majority.  Unfortunately, the Republicans are attacking Barack Obama and are dumping hundreds of millions of dollars into defeating him.  What they need to do is concentrate on salvaging as many Senate seats as possible.

The GOP needs to realize their chances of beating Obama are very slim.  If they devote too much time and money on the presidential election, they will not have anything left to fund close Senate races.

According to the map on Pollster.com, the Democrats should have at least 55 seats plus the two independents (Sanders, Lieberman).  There are currently five toss-ups.  The Democrats only need to win three of the five to get to 60 seats.  If they achieve that number, they will have complete control of Washington.

The GOP needs to cut their losses, dump McCain, and pour money into those five toss-up elections.  If they can't win three, the left will be able to do anything they want.


Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 6:35pm

Florida Moving Back Toward McCain

Did Barack Obama peak too soon in the State of Florida?  In more recent polls, John McCain has pulled about even with Obama.

NBC / Mason Dixon (10/21):  McCain +1

Fox / Rasmussen (10/19):  McCain +1

Quinnipiac (10/21):  Obama +5

Survey USA (10/16):  McCain +2

McCain is leading in three of these polls.  If McCain keeps chipping away at Obama's lead in other Bush states, he may still have a shot.  His chances are slim, but 12 days is a lifetime in politics.  A lot can change.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 6:17pm

Don't Bother Voting....God Will Take Care of Everything

Hard-core evangelical Sarah Palin is not concerned about the outcome of the election.  In fact, she is putting it in God's hands.  Here is what she had to say about the upcoming contest on November 4th.

"When we hear along the rope lines that people are interceding for us and praying for us, it's our reminder to do the same, to put this all in God's hands, to seek his perfect will for this nation, and to of course seek his wisdom and guidance in putting this nation back on the right track."

"I'm going to know, at the end of the day, putting this in God's hands, that the right thing for America will be done at the end of the day on Nov. 4. So I'm not discouraged at all."

Palin has downplayed her bible-thumping beliefs in this campaign.  Unfortunately, the so-called liberal media has ignored her wacked-out, extremist views on religion.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 8:39am

Reason to Hate Democrats

Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) had the following to say about taxes.

"Yes, I believe later on there should be tax increases.  Speaking personally, I think there are a lot of rich people out there who we can tax at a point down the road and recover some of this money."

This is one of the most ridiculous comments I have ever heard.  Barney Frank should concentrate on reducing spending, not stealing money from everyone else.  If the Democrats get 60 seats in the House and increase their majority in the House, we might go back to the days where the highest income tax bracket was 94%. 

Barney Frank wants to punish people for being successful and then have the government waste the money.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 9:05pm

Turning Blue into Red

John McCain seems to think he has a chance in Pennsylvania, a state that Barack Obama currently leads by 15%.  The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has voted Democratic for the last 20 years.  Democrats have also increased their voter registration rolls.  I'm betting this is not the year PA swings to the GOP.  What do you think???



Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 8:24am

Obama to Leave Trail

Senator Barack Obama will leave the campaign trail on Thursday and Friday to visit his dying grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, in Hawaii.    It says a lot about a man who is effectively suspending his campaign only two weeks from the biggest election of his life.

Obama's grandmother is his last parent alive.  I hope that Obama's last link to past is able to see him become President of the United States.


Monday, October 20, 2008 - 6:22pm

Bachman Backlash

A few days ago, Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachman (R) made insane comments about the need to investigate members of Congress to determine whether they are pro-America or anti-America.  Since that time, there has been a palpable backlash throughout the country.

The backlash is coming in the form of money, and lots of it.  Bachman's little-known challenger, Elwyn Tinklenberg (D), has received a massive amount of donations since Bachman's McCarthy-like comments on Friday 

Tinklenberg has taken in over $740,000 in just three days.  He was previously raising only $63,000 per week.  Tinklenberg will now be able to run radio and television ads every day for the last two weeks of the election.

What was a solid Republican seat in a Republican district is no more.  Here is where the polls stood before the crazy lady opened her mouth.

POS:  Bachman 44%, Tinkleberg 33%

Grove Insight:  Bachman 42%, Tinkleberg 38%

Bachman had an average lead of 7.5% before her comments.  I would expect that lead to completely evaporate.  Bachman has become an embarassment to the State of Minnesota.  Tinklenberg will win this election going away and the Democrats will pick up yet another seat.


Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 3:12pm

Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama

Has any former Presidential Cabinet member of the Republican party ever endorsed a Democrat for President?  Or vice versa?  General Colin Powell, previously Secretary of State under George Bush, endorsed Barack Obama for President.  It was also a vote of no confidence for the McCain/Palin ticket.


Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 11:07am

Sunday Morning Humor

At least Sarah Palin is a good sport.  She helped skewer herself last night on SNL.



Friday, October 17, 2008 - 10:12pm

GOP Attempts to Suppress Votes

The Republcans are getting desperate.  Since they know they're about to get pummeled, they are attempting to suppress voter turnout.  They were unsuccessful in their challenge of 200,000 new voters in Ohio.  This is very similar to the shady maneuver Hillary Clinton used in the Nevada primary to stop Obama supporters from voting.

Thanks to Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Bruner and the U.S. Supreme Court, the Republican Party's first attempt at stealing this election has failed.  There will undoubtedly be many more attempts in other states.

This Hugo Chavez-like tactic needs to be fought vigorously by the Democrats.  All too often, the left has rolled over and let it happen.


Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 9:00pm

The Danger of 60...

Here is the projected map for the U.S. Senate race, courtesy of electoral-vote.com.  Their Senate projection is for the Democrats to win 59 seats.  However, if just one of the states (KY, MS, GA) categorized as barely GOP should fall to the left, the Democrats will hold the 60 seats needed for a filibuster-proof majority.

If the Democrats do get 60 seats in the Senate, be prepared to hold onto your wallet.  The tax increases that will come down the pike will be unprecedented.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 10:35pm

Angry and Petty

John McCain took the low road tonight.  He constantly sounded angry and petty.  It was an abysmal performance by Senator McCain.  His body language was atrocious, he acted like a crybaby throughout, and his comments were all over the place.   He even brought up Bill Ayers and ACORN, two smears against Barack Obama that aren't true and that the American people don't care about.

Senator McCain lost this election tonight.  He will leave the national stage as an old, angry, bitter, pathetic shell of the man.

The media will call this debate a draw, but the public will call Obama the clear winner...again.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 7:42pm

McCain's Last Chance

The good Senator from Arizona needs a game changer tonight.  Will he take the high road and be respectful of Barack Obama or will he stay in the gutter?  I'm betting he takes the low road.

John McCain is now losing in North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and Virginia.  He is also getting creamed in states with early voting.  McCain isn't even winning in Georgia, where early voting shows him down 6%.

Barring a disaster, Senator McCain is going to lose.  In this debate, he should at least try go out with some dignity...if he has any left.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 7:25pm

This Must Be a First

Here is more proof that Barack Obama has too much money in his campaign war chest..  He is now advertising inside video games.  The pic below is from the Madden '09 football game.  All told, Obama is advertising in nine different games.  I'm betting McCain hadn't thought of this.

Image: Video game screenshot


Monday, October 13, 2008 - 4:26pm

Monster Rally

The Dow Jones Industrial Average exploded for a 936 point rally today after a week of strong selling.  The point increase was the largest ever, surpassing the old high by hundreds of points.  In percentage terms, the broader market rose more than 10%.

The decline in the market last week helped Barack Obama as the public blamed Republicans across the board.  It remains to be seen whether the stock market rally will boost John McCain's standing.  He needs the economy to firm up in the next twenty-two days to have a chance.

Hopefully we will see some follow-through in the stock market this week.  A one-day increase is great, but what happens the rest of the week is equally important.


Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 10:49am

Palin Booed Mercilessly at Flyers Game

See what happens when you step out of your angry mob rallies and step into real America. Race-baiter Sarah Palin went to Philadelphia last night to drop that puck at the Flyers hockey game.  The crowd did not take well to the soon-to-be former Vice Presidential nominee.


Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 11:04pm

Obama Extends Lead

In multiple polls, Senator Barack Obama has increased his substantial lead over John McCain.  He is up 7 in Rasmussen, 9 in Gallup, 10 in Diageo/Hotline, and 11 in Newsweek.

Rumor has it that the RNC is shifting its resources toward Senate and Congressional races instead of helping Senator McCain.  If true, it would be devastating for McCain.  Since he accepted public financing, he needs the funds of the RNC to help offset Obama's massive money advantage.


Friday, October 10, 2008 - 10:54pm

Palin Abused Power

Not that we should be surprised, but a report released tonight has determined that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin abused the power of her office.  The bi-partisan legislative panel found that Governor Palin violated state ethics law in her firing of the Public Safety Commissioner.

This dope shouldn't even be in politics, let alone run for Vice President.  She's a disgrace!


Friday, October 10, 2008 - 5:59pm

Obama Takes Lead in North Carolina

If McCain can't even win the Tar Heel State, this race is over.  Obama will win in a landslide.



Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 6:38pm

Market Drops for 7th Straight Day

Another day, another 679 point decline in the stock market.  If this keeps up, Republicans will lose every competitive race.  Chuck Todd of NBC pointed out that each day the stock market has fallen significantly, all Republicans decline in overnight polling.

According to FiveThirtyEight.com, there is now a 25% chance that Democrats pick up 60 seats in the Senate.  That would be a terrible outcome.  It would give the left ultimate control.  For either party to have full control is never a good idea.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - 6:59am

Debate Polls

I missed most of the debate as I needed to sleep after having Jonathan Papelbon spray me with champagne the night before.  However, here are what the post-debate polls tell us.


CNN:  Obama 54, McCain 30

CBS (uncommitted):  Obama 39, McCain 27

Basically, Obama cleaned up yet again.  It probably only matters at the margin, but Obama should keep his lead.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 6:49pm

Stock Market Plunges....Again!

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sold off again today, marking the fourth straight triple-digit decline.  In the last two days, the Dow has dropped 875 points to 9,447

I would not be surprised if the Dow falls to 8,000.  At this rate, it could be there by the end of the week.

The more the stock market tanks, the more it helps Barack Obama.  Fair or not, the public will assign blame and demand a change to the system.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 7:15am

Going Nuclear

It looks like both campaigns are moving toward their mutually assured destruction.  The McPalin camp is breaking out the Reverend Wright and William Ayers cards.  In response, Barack Obama is talking about the Keating Five scandal that John McCain was involved in during the 1980's.

The Reverend Wright issue and Keating Five scandal are fair game, although neither candidate wants to talk about them.  The William Ayers connection is non-existent.  Linking Obama to some guy he's met a few times is not going to work.


Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 5:19pm

How to Get to a Free House

Shoot yourself.  Your mortgage will be forgiven out of sympathy.  Maybe we can get all these deadbeat homeowners to shoot themselves.


Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 2:38pm

Surviving a Debate

Courtesy of Addenak....Hilarious!

Sarah Palin Debate Flow Chart















Friday, October 3, 2008 - 9:48pm

Debate Polls

The post-debate polling clearly gives the win to Biden.  It wasn't even close.

Fox:  Biden 61, Palin 39

CNN:  Biden 51, Palin 36

Survey USA:  Biden 51, Palin 32

CBS:  Biden 46, Palin 21

MediaCurves:  Biden 67, Palin 33

The average score in those five polls: Biden 55%, Palin 32%.

Some pundits in the media actually think Sarah Palin won.  What debate were they watching?!? They're setting the bar way too low.  They seem to forget what job she's applying for.


Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 10:15pm

Fading Fast

75 minutes into the debate and Sarah Palin is repeating her lines.  She's got nothing left.  This debate is a microcosm of her candidacy.  She started off strong, but is fading quickly.


Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 9:58pm

Style vs. Substance

Senator Joe Biden is missing dozens of opportunities to put lightweight Palin away.  Governor Palin has come armed with all her right-wing talking points, (i.e. lies) but has no substance behind them.  Biden should be exploiting her complete lack of knowledge, but he continues to recite John McCain's legislative record.  It's boring and long-winded.

Either way, Biden is still winning.  Governor Palin can't expand on any of her lies talking points.  She's putting coherent sentences together, so I imagine the brain-dead media will say she won.  However, she's not even answering any of the questions.

Palin became scum when she said Obama/Biden want to wave the white flag of surrender for wanting to bring our troops home from Iraq. 

If they surge worked, why can't we bring our boys home?


Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 6:18pm

Palin Train-Wreck Coming to a TV Near You

Less than three hours before we witness the worst Vice Presidential debate performance in the history of America.  Ok, ok, that's a little dramatic, but there is no reason to believe that Sarah Palin will pass the bar.

Biden should NOT take it easy on her.  He needs to be a gentleman, but he needs to hammer away at her incompetence and her complete lack of knowledge on any domestic or foreign matter.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 10:26pm

The Root Cause of the Economic Crisis

The Financial Services Modernization Act repealed part of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 and de-regulated part of the banking industry.  Many liberals have pointed to this law to blame Republicans for the economic crisis.  Unfortunately, they are incorrect.  While repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act was not a wise move, it is a secondary issue and not the root cause of the problem.  The real problem was created in 1995 with just one change to the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977.

The Clinton Administration decided in 1995 that is should expand CRA to promote increased home ownership.  While this was a worthy goal, they screwed up one major item.  They allowed for the public securitization of CRA (subprime) loans.  In English, this means that they passed the risk and liability of home mortgage loans to investors in the form of mortgage-backed securities (MBS).

With the risk in the hands of Wall Street, banks issued loans without caring whether the borrower could afford it or not.  There was no longer a reason for lenders to evaluate the creditworthiness of the borrower or their ability to pay.

That one change in the Community Reinvestment Act gave birth to immense greed and excess from all parties involved.  It spawned 103% financing, negative amortization loans, teaser rates, option ARM's, and all the other exotic mortgages that exist today. 

Without the securitization of subprime loans, none of this would've happened.  We would not have had the insane run-up in housing prices from 1996-2006, we would not have seen a sharp decline in housing the last two years, and we would not have the economic crisis that we have today.

In summary, Congress created the whole problem.  Shocking, I know.


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