Posted: 08 Oct 2008 12:32 PM CDT
Continuing to question Barack Obama's judgment and lack of forthright answers about his connection with William Ayers, Palin spoke to reporters from her traveling press corps.
Palin repeatedly defended her connection in recent days of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to former '60s radical William Ayers, calling the issue "fair and relevant," while saying that Obama's lack of clarity on his relationship with Ayers called into question his "truthfulness" and whether he could be trusted on his policy plans.
She is right.
It is relevant and it is a topic Barack Obama has done his best to avoid, with the help of the media until Sarah Palin and the John McCain campaign forced the media to start talking about it.
Should they have spoken about it this forcefully before now?
There are two ways to look at that question, had they brought it up in the manner they are talking about it now a month ago or two months ago, then by now other issues might have taken the focus off of these important issues about Obama's lack of judgment.
Waiting until the last month before the November 4, 2008 election, while risky to wait that long, guarantees this issue will be in the minds of voters when they go to the voting booths to cast their ballot.
From recent polling, it seems the voters are finally becoming aware of these issues and are starting to wonder why Obama has been less than honest about his questionable associations and his lack of good judgment in who he has chosen to work with, hang out with and associate with in any manner.
Personally I think had the issue come up before the financial crisis, it would have been harder to restart the conversation, so they chose well in waiting until the final month to assure that the public either demand answers or feel they do not know enough about Obama and his stalling tactics as well as his campaign's "excuse" that he just "didn't know" that his associate, William Ayers, was formerly a Domestic terrorist that planted bombs on US soil.
This is information the American people needed to know.
Posted: 08 Oct 2008 11:01 AM CDT
When Sarah Palin took off the gloves and the McCain campaign started making the "Joe Six-Pack crowd aware of Obama's connections to people like Domestic terrorist William Ayers, and Anti-American Jeremiah Wright as well as McCain showing how much monies Barack Obama has received from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (Obama is one of the top three recipients), it seems the new polling results have started showing an uptick for the McCain campaign cutting into Obama's lead.
Zogby has Obama's lead down to a 1.9 percentage point, within the margin of error, HotLine has it at Obama/Biden 4 5percent, McCain/Palin 44 percent with nine percent undecided.
An important note from the HotLine data:
McCain, however, now has his largest lead ever on energy issues. 46% favor the GOP nominee on managing U.S. energy policies, and 40% favor Obama. One week ago, in the survey completed 9/30, Obama led 46-40% on energy.
So, Obama holds a one percentage point lead yet the sample shows 5 percent more Democratic respondents than Republican.
The chart from BattleGround is interesting as well showing over the last week, McCain's levels rising and Obama's lowering, although Obama still holds a 4 percent lead over McCain.
If the pattern continues as is, that won't last though.
Rasmussen still shows McCain down by 6 percent, but he was down by eight... is this a trend emerging in multiple polls?
None of this reflects last night's debate, but now that people know what questions to ask about Obama, perhaps they will start digging into his radical associations, questionable votes, voting record and these numbers will continue in the pattern this week is beginning to show.
Polls are only a snapshot, a guide to tell us patterns and trends and when used for that direct purpose they can be handy but they cannot tell us how people will definitely vote when they go to the polling booths.
Hopefully enough people will understand that Obama's rhetoric might comforting, but he hasn't the record behind him to back up his lofty promises.
Note to the John McCain campaign- Do not forget about Rezko, Meeks and ACORN... people need to know it all in order to make an informed decision.
Posted: 08 Oct 2008 10:00 AM CDT
The full transcript can be found at CNN.
Hot Air live blogged the event and the full CoverItLive segment can be found here.
Despite the media spin which we knew would come out as half of them had it written before the debate actually occurred it seems, McCain scored a few definite points by making sure the millions watching understood that Obama was one of three people that made the most money directly from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.... that was an important point many of us thought he needed to bring out to the non blog reading, non political junkie public.
I wish he would have hit Obama more on his connections to Domestic terrorists William Ayers and his long standing relationship to Jeremiah "God Damn America" Wright, but he didn't.
Thankfully Sarah Palin has made sure that reaches voters and hopefully she will continue to do so.
McCain also hit on the point that he has a bipartisan record, something Obama does not have.
One of the most important comments of the debate I have not seen spoken about very much, but it is a point I have been trying to make for a while
People need to look at the candidates records..... their history of voting. Not the rhetoric spewed on the campaign trail, not the promises made while running for election, but the proof of how they vote and on what is in the pudding, so to speak.
Conservatives for the most part did not like McCain's idea about buying up mortgages and renegotiating the finance terms allowing for the drop in home prices, but, this is where I disagree with them bigtime.
As president of the United States, Alan, I would order the secretary of the treasury to immediately buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new value of those homes — at the diminished value of those homes and let people be able to make those — be able to make those payments and stay in their homes.
I would much rather see the housing market level out than to see Wall Street bailed out and whether people want to admit it or not, unless those mortgages are renegotiated to allow people a chance to get their feet under them and level out the foreclosure rates, the economy will not rebound.
That is the bottom line. I don't have to like the thought of Government bailing everyone out to realize that McCain was right when he said unless we get the housing market under control, we cannot get the rest of it handled.
All and all, despite the spin, and while it was not the knockout conservatives were hoping for, McCain's performance along with Palin continuing to pound home Obama's questionable associations which are being exposed more and more every day, they do have the opportunity to stifle Obama's rise in the polls and win the election.
Obama is Dangerous and McCain/Palin needs to continue to hammer away on that point.
Posted: 08 Oct 2008 09:30 AM CDT
David C. Kernell, 20 year-old son of Representative Mike Kernell, D-Memphis, has been indicted for hacking into Sarah Palin's email.
Kernell turned himself into authorities for arrest and will be arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley.
The single-count indictment, returned Tuesday and unsealed today, alleges that on approximately Sept. 16, 2008, Kernell, obtained unauthorized access to Palin's personal e-mail account by allegedly resetting the account password.
As many might remember, Kernell posted Palin's private photos of her family online as well as her private emails to friends and her entire email contact list, including her daughters and husbands.
Other bloggers such as Huffington Post and Americablog, also republished that information knowing it came from illegal means.
Kernell's intent was to try to find something incriminating against Palin, to which he later admitted he did not find.
Posted: 08 Oct 2008 06:05 AM CDT
7 October 2008: Latest Updates
Final update - 8 Oct - 4am Eastern: The morning after. Thank God, nothing happened. The biggest story of the day turned out to be the rather lackluster Second Presidential Debate. The predicted terrorist hurricane never touched our shores. Once again, a projected date for a possible "event" has come and gone. After almost two weeks this disturbing article can finally move down the list and take its place with all of those other articles in Radarsite's archives.
I want to thank all of those who in one way or another contributed information and ideas to this report. We will most likely never know the real 'story behind the story'. Was this whole predicted catastrophe merely a result of mistaken information or erroneous interpretations? Was there ever any real basis to this warning? Was it perhaps just a purposeful propaganda ploy by our enemies to further destabilize an already chaotic economic situation? Who knows? Your guess is as good as mine.
Have we learned anything from this whole unsettling episode? Yes, I believe we have. Perhaps the most important thing those of us who have been following this story have learned is that we truly are in a war and we truly are still vulnerable. Not just vulnerable to some massive terrorist attack, but vulnerable to rumors of massive terrorist attacks. In these last few volatile weeks where our news has been dominated by a faltering economy and a hugely important presidential campaign, it is vital for us to remember that these are not the only things that matter. There is a looming menace hovering over us which, despite these current domestic distractions has not receded into the background; if anything our world is becoming more dangerous every year.
Yesterday, October 7, I had occasion to contact the Department of Homeland Security on an entirely different matter. During the course of the conversation I asked the HS agent what advice I could give my readers for coping with this new environment we find ourselves in. What criteria do you use to make up your mind as to whether a reported threat should be taken seriously or not? At what point do suspicious activities we may observe become suspicious enough to report to the authorities? Is there such a thing as being too suspicious? In short, in this dangerous new post 9/11 world we now live in what's the difference between taking rational precautions or merely succumbing to unreasonable paranoia? What defines the boundaries of our New Normal? His answer: Trust your instincts. Trust your common sense. Evaluate the information to the best of your ability, and then if you truly believe the situation warrants it, act on it. Don't worry about making a fool of yourself. Don't worry about being wrong.
If this situation arises again -- and it most likely will -- I think Radarsite would handle it essentially the same way. Put all the information we can gather together in one place, in one article. Keep that article bumped to the top of the posts. Open the post up to all comments and emails and post them all to the ongoing report. Immediately update any new information -- especially any information which seems to question or negate the validity of the original report.
And finally, in the words of the HS agent, don't worry about making a fool of yourself. Don't worry about being wrong. Sometimes it's wonderful to be wrong.
I want to thank all of those readers who contributed their insights and information to this report. I think we have shown what can be done when serious people come together to address an issue like this. You have provided us with a model for future collaborations.
Lastly, these October 7 Radarsite articles have received literally thousands of readers (over ten thousand yesterday alone) and yet surprisingly few derisive comments, surprisingly few comments accusing us of fearmongering or grandstanding. What does this tell us about our present day circumstances? To me, it says that people really do want as much information as they can get about this volatile environment we all share. To me, it says that many people are very aware of the threats we face and want to stay as informed as possible. And to me, this an encouraging sign. -rg
Read more at Radarsite
Posted: 07 Oct 2008 07:40 PM CDT
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now otherwise known as ACORN's office in Las Vegas has been raided in a voter-fraud probe.
Sunday we saw reports of more underage and dead voter registrations being filed by ACORN in other states and over the last few months, ACORN has consistently been in the news for their activities and under investigation.
Previous ACORN pieces here, including information about Barack Obama's extensive ACORN connections.
Posted: 07 Oct 2008 02:43 PM CDT
Talk about clueless. Here is the history on William Ayers, a former Domestic Terrorist involved in setting off bombs on US soil and Barack Obama's chief campaign strategist, David Axelrod, wants people, voters, to believe Obama "didn't know" about Ayers radical history.
Barack Obama has since condemned the Vietnam war-protest tactics of William Ayers, though a top adviser said today Obama didn't know of his past when Ayers hosted a campaign reception for Obama in 1995.
Obama didn't know.... wow, how clueless he would have had to be not to know about Ayers involvement in Weatherman Underground.
Obama=Cluelessness? Is that really going to be the "story" they stick with?
Obama's terrorist "pal" picture above.
Posted: 07 Oct 2008 12:35 PM CDT
Campaign predictions and expectations from Ohio's election officials were not met regarding the one week period where Ohioans could register to vote cast their ballot immediately.
The state Republican Party also had accused Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat, of using the law for partisan purposes. But the overlap between the beginning of absentee voting 35 days before Election Day, Nov. 4, and the end of registration 30 days before the election has been in Ohio law since 1981.
Officials expected 20,000 to 25,000 voters to turn out after a controversial ruling allowing a voting window where people did not have to wait the required 30 days between registering and being allowed to vote immediately, to which the GOP feared could lead to widespread voting fraud. The AP reports only 4,000 to 5,000 actually took advantage of the new policy.
The low turnout ended up surprising election officials as Steve Harsman, the elections director in Montgomery County, states "With all the hoopla we were anticipating a whole lot more."
The early voting window was expected to benefit Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, as his campaign and supportive advocacy groups drove members of typically Democratic constituencies — the homeless, college students and poor people — to the polls.
More at Toledo Blade.
This was expected to benefit Obama greatly with Democrats hoping he could take a large early lead in Ohio and the lack of people taking advantage of the rule change which survived court challenges, does not bode well for Obama.
Polls may be a snapshot in the minds of respondents of the polls, but nothing speaks louder than actual turnout at the voting booths and today's news has been a great disappointment to the Obama campaign and Democrats in general.
What this could mean is that there are still many people undecided and want to know more about the candidates, specifically Obama since McCain has been in the public eye for decades and Obama is still relatively an unknown quantity and that could bode well for the McCain campaign in the coming weeks.
Now that the gloves have come off, it will be interesting to see the affect the truth about Obama coming to the forefront will have in the remaining weeks until the election.
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