Posted: 08 Sep 2008 12:53 PM CDT
Adam McKay over at Huffington Post is in full panic mode with the screaming headline saying "We're Gonna Frickin' Lose this Thing," as he goes on to blame..... the press.
Stop saying that!" my wife says to me. But this is not a high school football game and I'm not a cheerleader with a bad attitude. This is an election and as things stand now, we're gonna frickin' lose this thing.
New Flash for Adam: "Sweetie" it isn't the press, look deeper...it is your party.
Democrats elected the weakest candidate to run against John McCain as Rasmussen found that Hillary Clinton would have done better against McCain than Obama will.
However, McCain fares better against Obama than he does against two other prominent Democrats. New York Senator Hillary Clinton leads McCain by eight points, 50% to 42%. Former Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000, leads McCain 50% to 43%.
Top that first wrong decision as a party off with Barack Obama's bad judgment in ignoring Hillary Clinton's 18 million voters assuming that they would "get over it", then overlooking her as the one vice presidential candidate that could have united the party behind the Democratic presidential candidate, which showed an incredible lack of good judgment, and Democrats have themselves 4 down in the polls and 10 down among likely voters.
Continue on with the endless attacks, from the liberal left, against Sarah Palin from the second she was announced as the Republican vice presidential candidate, which rallied the GOP like nothing else could have and you have seen the perfect example of a party imploding from within.
Decision after decision, the party, Obama and the party's supporters have destroyed themselves and their candidate.
Spreading rumors (think Trig), attacking Palin's family to bring down the candidate, ignoring Clinton supporters believing they would "come around", then thinking they could use Clinton some more and send her out to attack like an animal, are all reasons far more relevant than the press.
Perhaps when Adam and people like him start to understand how they have participated and even helped McCain and Palin, they will be able to show the honesty to quit grasping at straws and making excuses for their bad decisions.
Until then, they will continue to aid the Republicans in their quest to retain the White House.
Posted: 08 Sep 2008 10:48 AM CDT
The USA Today/Gallup Poll for September 8, 2008, the first conducted with interviews all conducted after both conventions were completed, shows John McCain and Sarah Palin holding a four point lead over Barack Obama and Joe Biden with 50 percent to 46 percent.
The convention bounces now accounted for, Gallup shows McCain/Palin with a four percentage point lead among registered voters and a 10 point lead among likely voters, which are voters that Gallup believes are most like to turn up and vote.
The polls conducted before either convention had begun had the race tied at 45 percent to 45 percent.
Among those Gallup feels are "likely voters", those who will actually turn out to vote, Mccain/Palin's lead stretches to a ten point lead, with 54 percent to 44 percent.
This difference between likely voters and registered voters indicates that if the election were held today, McCain would benefit from a differential advantage over the Democrats in terms of those voters actually likely to turn out and vote -- as has often been typical of recent presidential elections.
Obama still holds the enthusiasm gap with 67 percent saying they are enthused about their candidate and 60 percent saying the same for McCain.
The enthusiasm gap for Obama last week showed a 19 point lead which has "dwindled" according to Gallup to seven points, while McCain's enthusiasm level was at 42 percent a week ago, it is now at 60 percent, which is an 18 point jump in the last week.
Gallup credits the selection of Sarah Palin with a certain amount of enthusiasm as they questioned respondents about her speech given at the Republican convention for which 42 percent said it was "excellent", 18 percent listed it as "good", 14 percent listed it as "okay", seven percent said "poor" and 7 percent listed it as terrible.
The bounces and rebound bounces are fully accounted for now.
The choice of Sarah Palin for John McCain has made this a whole new horse race folks and the RCP poll averages shows McCain with a 2.1 percent lead over Barack Obama.
Survey USA now states that more Americans now believe John McCain will win in November, with 49 to 44 percent.
Posted: 08 Sep 2008 10:07 AM CDT
That experiment didn't last long. The two hacks wouldn't know neutral coverage in an anchor position if it bit them.
After on air arguments and loud complaints about Keith Olberman's anchor role at the Democratic and Republican conventions and to a lesser extent Chris Matthews coverage during the primaries where he would describe how inspired he was by Barack Obama and criticized Hillary Clinton, to the point of having to publicly apologize at one time, caused MSNBC and it's parent company NBC to remove both men as anchors and allow them to remain as analysts during political events.
MSNBC and it's parent company NBC have decided to remove Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as anchors during live political events and replace them with NBC newsman and White House correspondent, David Gregory.
The New York Times reports that according to a former editorial director of MSNBC, Davidson Goldin, "The most disappointing shift is to see the partisan attitude move from prime time into what's supposed to be straight news programming."
In interviews with current and former staff members, it is said the tensions between MSNBC and NBC, reached a "boiling point" during the conventions with one staff member saying, "MSNBC is behaving like a heroin addict. They're living from fix to fix and swearing they'll go into rehab the next week."
In January, Mr. Olbermann and Mr. Matthews, the host of "Hardball," began co-anchoring primary night coverage, drawing an audience that enjoyed the pair's "SportsCenter"-style show. While some critics argued that the assignment was akin to having the Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly anchor on election night — something that has never happened — MSNBC insisted that Mr. Olbermann knew the difference between news and commentary.
What the Times describes as a bold experiment of putting "politically incendiary hosts" in anchor chairs, is now over.
One of the on air incidents that the Washington Post lists as an example of embarrassing anchoring, on the part of Olbermann, is the one shown in the video below, where Keith Olbermann tells morning host Joe Scarborough to "get a shovel" when Scarborough was reporting about the McCain campaign.
Olbermann will still be hosting his "Countdown" show which has seen success and Matthews will still be hosting his "Hardball" show and both men will discuss political events as analysts, but their tenor as news anchors, is over for now.
Good riddance to their coverage of political events. Fact is there is a difference between news and opinion and Olbermann and Mr. "tingling leg" Matthews, do not understand the difference and never will.
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