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  1. I just looked at the posts on my Facebook for the last 16 hours; aside from a handful of "look what my kid just did" it has been all debate all the time. Or rather it was ultra rabid Obama supporters saying how Obama kicked Romney's ass last night. One thing I hate about Facebook is that I usually only get one perspective only. With 5,300 friends this seems unlikely. All of my friends, judging by my wall, are blind supporters of Obama. If there is anyone with anything less than pure worship of Obama, it does not appear on my wall...but I digress form the point of this post. Many people wondered why Obama did not mention Romney's statement: "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it -- that that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." I believe the Obama's advisers realize there are similar things the Romney camp can cherry pick from Obama's past including "You didn't build that" MC Hammer inspired version below: I don't think Obama should mention the 47% so early in the debates. I say wait to a point in the debate, perhaps when Obama gives his final statement, a point when Romney will not have an opportunity to give his reaction -- which I'm sure his camp has taken a great deal of time to craft a response.
  2. Am I the only one who thinks the coverage of the presidential campaign is indistinguishable from a reality TV program? Use of purportedly real people - √ Situations or environment manipulated - √ Interactions designed to appear unscripted - √ Participants in direct competition - √ Live footage edited to "enhance" story - √ Goal is to provide entertainment - √√ That said, I'm not sure we the public would have it any other way.
  3. I'm not making anymore contributions. The $3 amount make me think of the panhandler you asks you for a penny saying, "anything will help". It is amazing what political campaigns, in this country, have become -- contests to see who can raise the most money and is best spearing at the opponent. $750MM to become Mayor of NY, $1B+ to become president. I seem to remember the Democrats, and Obama, campaigning on campaign finance reform. Both parties are up for sale.. For anyone so inclined... Troy -- We've run a lot of contests on this campaign, but you should pay special attention to this one. Here are three reasons why: The winner gets to go to the Democratic National Convention, meet the President, AND spend time with the First Lady. Chip in $3 or whatever you can to be automatically entered for a chance to meet her -- and her husband -- in Charlotte. In addition to sitting up front with the First Lady as President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for president, the lucky winner and a guest will get airfare, a hotel room, and VIP tickets to all three days of the convention. You should give it a shot -- chip in $3 or whatever you can to be automatically entered: https://my.democrats.org/Join-Us-in-Charlotte Good luck! Joe P.S. -- Every time you donate in the next 78 days, you are getting us that much closer to a win on Election Day. It's closer than you think. Chip in today.
  4. Re-electing President Obama Trumps Black Resistance to Same Sex Marriage Cleo Manago, CEO and founder of the Black Men’s Xchange (BMX) "For the last few weeks since President Obama became the first sitting president to endorse same-sex marriage, pundits have been obsessed with what this support will mean for this year’s election. Specifically, will Obama’s rock-solid support in the black community waiver? Of course, this obsession is predicated on the false belief by nearly everyone in the media that African Americans are somehow more homophobic than other ethnic groups. However, how exactly African Americans feel about homosexuality and why has rarely been investigated." Read the full article
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