Daily Archives: October 19, 2008

W.Va. Voters Say Machines are Switching Votes

The Charlseton Gazette reports of voter complaints that the voting machines are switching their votes:

“This is the second West Virginia county where voters have reported this problem. Last week, three voters in Jackson County told The Charleston Gazette their electronic vote for “Barack Obama” kept flipping to “John McCain”.

In both counties, Republicans are responsible for overseeing elections. Both county clerks said the problem is isolated.”

Here’s some video footage:

(Hat Tip: Oliver Willis)


Iraqi Puppy Coming to Minneapolis

The Star Tribune has a cool story about Minneapolis resident and Iraqi War veteran, Gwen Beberg, bringing home a puppy she befriended while serving in Iraq. Beberg says “she couldn’t have made it through her 13-month deployment without the affectionate mutt”.


Latest Minnesota Poll: Obama vs. McCain

Sign O’ the Times

Sean Quinn of FiveThirtyEight.com has hit the road (literally) by visiting several battleground states to get a feel for how the ‘ground game’ is working. It has been a pretty interesting series to read.

Sean this story from Washington, Pennsylvania:

So a canvasser goes to a woman’s door in Washington, Pennsylvania. Knocks. Woman answers. Knocker asks who she’s planning to vote for. She isn’t sure, has to ask her husband who she’s voting for. Husband is off in another room watching some game. Canvasser hears him yell back, “We’re votin’ for the n***er!”

Woman turns back to canvasser, and says brightly and matter of factly: “We’re voting for the n***er.”

In this economy, racism is officially a luxury. How is John McCain going to win if he can’t win those voters?


Not the Sign of Being Very “Mavricky”…

…when you cave in to advisors who really did not care about you in the first place.

The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer has a very interesting piece on how Sarah Palin was chosen:

“They took it [the VP selection] away from him,” a longtime friend of McCain—who asked not to be identified, since the campaign has declined to discuss its selection process—said of the advisers. “He was furious. He was pissed. It wasn’t what he wanted.” Another friend disputed this, characterizing McCain’s mood as one of “understanding resignation.”

McCain had met Palin once, but their conversation—at a reception during a meeting of the National Governors Association, six months earlier—had lasted only fifteen minutes. “It wasn’t a real conversation,” said the longtime friend, who called the choice of Palin “the fucking most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.” Aides arranged a phone call between McCain and Palin, and scrutinized her answers to some seventy items on a questionnaire that she had filled out. But McCain didn’t talk with Palin in person again until the morning of Thursday, August 28th. Palin was flown down to his retreat in Sedona, Arizona, and they spoke for an hour or two. By the time he announced her as his choice, the next day, he had spent less than three hours in her company.

John McCain’s comfort level with Palin is harder to gauge. In the view of the longtime McCain friend, “John’s personal comfort level is low with everyone right now. He’s angry. But it was his choice.”

It seems to me that a person who would be president is someone that should be able to make the final decision that he/she wants.


Props: Colin Powell

It is nice to hear a pragmatic Republican tell it like it is. Testify:

Quote of the Day: Frank Rich

“The election isn’t over, but there remain only three discernible, if highly unlikely, paths to a McCain victory. A theoretically mammoth wave of racism, incessantly anticipated by the press, could materialize in voting booths on Nov. 4. Or newly registered young and black voters could fail to show up. Or McCain could at long last make good on his most persistent promise: follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell and, once there, strangle him with his own bare hands on ‘Hannity & Colmes’.”

Frank Rich, NY Times