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5:07 On Line, And I’d Do It Again In A Minute

This morning Michele and I hied it down to the local library for the last day of early voting.  We arrived at precisely 10:00 AM (the moment voting started) to find a line about 100 yards long.  Someone told us that the guy at the front got there at 4:30.  They’re taking this election seriously in our neighborhood.

It rapidly became clear that this was a Barackin’ Love-In.  If there were any Republicans in the crowd, they were either lying about it or laying low.  Shel said the whole thing reminded her of one of the gatherings back in the ’60’s.  Everyone was in a great mood.  Younger folks were loaning older ones folding chairs.  Although it was a lovely, breezy day in the high 70’s it was warm in the sun, so folks with umbrellas were gathering those around them into their portable shade. 

By the time we’d been there for a couple of hours, everyone knew their neighbors.  Obama volunteers were delivering water, candy bars and pretzels up and down the line, and about an hour before we got inside a young guy left the line, went to KFC and brought back several buckets of chicken, distributing legs and thighs to all comers until they ran out.

When we finally got inside, it was almost anticlimactic.  The workers were so organized, after doing this for a couple of weeks, that you almost felt as though there ought to be more to it.  There seemed to be a feeling of regret amongst those of us who became acquainted on line — a feeling that we were tired, dehydrated, hungry, but didn’t want it to be over.

I’m sure the lines at our regular precinct, made up mostly of old people who have all day to vote, will be short on Tuesday evening when we get out of work.  I’d be surprised if there is a wait at all — certainly no more than ten minutes or so.  It will be so convenient for those who waited.  But I wouldn’t have wanted to miss today’s experience for anything.  For five hours we were one people — black, white, beige or whatever — one heart, one mind and one purpose: to be part of a bit of history that is far too many years overdue.

It was glorious!

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US Jews favor Obama 2:1

American Jews favor Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama by a ratio of two-to-one, according to survey results being released Monday by researchers at New York University.

The data, taken from a nationwide poll conducted in early September, indicates that Jews as a group are 30 percent more likely than other white, non-Hispanic voters to support Obama.

Surprisingly, the poll found that gap widened to nearly 40% among Jews who rank Israel “very high” as a factor in their choice of candidate, indicating that Israel is a key issue for Jews across the political spectrum.

NYU poll: US Jews favor Obama 2:1 | America Decides 2008 | Jerusalem Post

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Sarah Palin: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The alternative press are, as usual, giving us the thoughtful coverage that we ought to be getting from the mainstream media.  In this piece, by Randy Shaw in BeyondChron, we have some insight into aspects of the Palin candidacy that no one else seems to be noticing at all.

One of the least covered aspects of Sarah Palin is that she almost exclusively appears before crowds of far-right voters in communities that are solidly Republican. The New York Times finally addressed this on October 7, describing how those attending Palin’s Florida rallies were among the less than 25% of the population that thinks George W. Bush is doing a good job.

Palin is rallying this conservative base not to elect McCain, which even she knows is now a lost cause, but to position herself and her ideology at the center of a newly constituted Republican Party. This explains her increasingly incendiary attacks on Obama, which hurt McCain but help position Palin at the center of the post-2008 Republican Party. …

BeyondChron: San Francisco’s Alternative Online Daily News » Sarah Palin: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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Clinton’s campaign chairman says contest will be decided in June

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As talk swirled this morning over when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton should end her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, her campaign chairman predicted the party would have a presumptive nominee in June and, if it’s not Clinton, she would campaign for Sen. Barack Obama.
Clinton’s campaign chairman says contest will be decided in June – Los Angeles Times

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It’s Obama, Warts and All –

Mr. Obama is now the prohibitive favorite. Tuesday night, he took at least 94 delegates to Mrs. Clinton’s 75 and leads the former First Lady by 176 delegates in the AP tabulation. He has 1,840 of the 2,025 delegates needed to win. Mr. Obama needs only 185 – or 38% – of the 486 outstanding delegates (217 to be elected in the six remaining contests, and 269 superdelegates yet to endorse a candidate). Mrs. Clinton needs 341, or 70% of those left to be awarded.

It’s Obama, Warts and All –