Browsing the blog archives for September, 2008.

Line Item Vito: Bailout

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Congressman Bailout-Bucks profits with the times

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Pat Oliphant: New Symbol of the GOP

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From Pat Oliphant:

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Republicans — The Other White Meat

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In a demonstration of the GOP’s continuing pigginess, the Republican National Convention shows they are the party of “white meat.” According to the Washington Post, only 1.5% of the delegates to the Republican National Convention were black:

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 3 — Organizers conceived of this convention as a means to inspire, but some African American Republicans have found the Xcel Energy Center depressing this week. Everywhere they look, they see evidence of what they consider one of their party’s biggest shortcomings.  As the country rapidly diversifies, Republicans are presenting a convention that is almost entirely white.  Only 36 of the 2,380 delegates seated on the convention floor are black, the lowest number since the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies began tracking diversity at political conventions 40 years ago

While the GOP is at an all-time low, just the opposite is true among the Democrats… perhaps not surprising as Obama is the first black person to win the nomination of a major party. Quote the Joint Center:

African American participation at this year’s Democratic National Convention will be at an all-time high, with 1,079 African American delegates representing 24.3 percent of the total.
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From Pat Oliphant

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Washington Post 10-Sep-2008

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What is it about Undecided voters?

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Why are undecided voters swayed so easily? Don’t they have any opinion about the difference between Democrats and Republicans, let alone the various (nearly-)single-issue parties, such as the Green or Libertarian parties?

Do Undecideds look at each major partisan issue and are unable to form an opinion? I imagine the Undecided voters go through a process like this:

1. Abortion: Gee, I’m undecided about that. Is a fertilized egg a human being? Should the government decide whether a woman should have a baby or not? Hmmm…. such a close call. Instead of thinking about it and forming an opinion and then deciding which of the parties best represents my interests in this regard, I think I’ll skip this issue and go on to the next.

2. Iraq War: Gee, I’m undecided about the Iraq war. Maybe if we stay there another 6 years I’ll be able to make up my mind. After all, I still haven’t made up my mind whether I like the Korean war — er, police action.

3. … and so on down the line, eliminating all the “hard” questions until we reach the only issue they can understand and have formed an opinion on: LIPSTICK!

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