Election 2008

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  Georgia Congressman Warns Of Obama DictatorshipNovember 10, 2008 15:56 A Republican congressman from Georgia said Monday he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist or fascist dictatorship.

"It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he's the one who proposed this national security force," Rep. Paul Broun said of Obama in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. "I'm just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may—may not, I hope not—but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism."

Broun cited a July speech by Obama that has circulated on the Internet in which the then-Democratic presidential candidate called for a civilian force to take some of the national security burden off the military.

"That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did," Broun said. "When he's proposing to have a national security force that's answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he's showing me signs of being Marxist."

Obama's comments about a national security force came during a speech in Colorado about building a new civil service corps. Among other things, he called for expanding the nation's foreign service and doubling the size of the Peace Corps "to renew our diplomacy."

"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set," Obama said in July. "We've got to
  Palin Still Center StageNovember 10, 2008 11:16 ABC News' David Chalian Reports: Gov. Sarah Palin is clearly not ready to relinquish the spotlight following her defeat with John McCain on the Republican presidential ticket last Tuesday. The Republican Governors Association has announced today that Gov. Palin will be the featured guest at its annual conference later this week in Miami, Florida.

Gov. Palin is set to be a featured speaker at a panel discussion entitled, "Looking Toward the Future." Other featured speakers expected to partake on the panel are General Tommy Franks, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Bill Kristol, Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), and Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC). (Try to count on one hand how many of those folks have 2012 circled on their calendars.)

In addition to delivering remarks at the panel discussion, Gov. Palin also plans to hold a Thursday morning press availability where she is likely to face some questions about her role in the campaign and her future in the party.

It will be hard to miss Gov. Palin this week. Not only is the former vice presidential candidate attending the first high profile gathering of Republican elected officials after the party suffered severe losses last week, but she is also sitting down with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren and NBC News' Matt Lauer for her first nationally televised interviews since the campaign.

In the days following John McCain's loss to Barack Obama, the Palin fallout has been the dominant story line on the Republican side of the ledger. News accounts of anonymous McCain campaign aides accusing Gov. Palin of having little knowledge of world affairs (and geography) coupled with more details spilling out about her now infamous wardrobe lingered for days after the campaign came to a close. Gov. Palin met with reporters in Alaska on Friday to pushback on those accusations and to call the anonymous sources doing the leaking, "cowards." An aide to Gov. Palin, Meg Stapleton, spoke to ABC News' Kate Snow last week defending Gov. Palin from these accusations that emerged after the election.

  Hope Amid The RuinsNovember 05, 2008 10:36 I think that this is a well considered editorial, but how can the writer say that Republicans have been unpopular for years? They controlled the House, Senate, and the Presidency for most of the last 20-odd years! Get a clue! The public is unhappy with you because you let them down!!!!!

All Americans should be glad that a black American has been able to make it to the presidency, and hope that President-Elect Barack Obama’s time in office will redound to the country’s long-term benefit.

We wish the outcome of yesterday’s elections had been different. Liberals will shortly be in the driver’s seat in Washington in a way they have not been since the Great Society. The Democratic majority in Congress will be slightly smaller than the one that greeted President Clinton in 1993, but much more homogeneous in its liberalism.

Yet the public has not embraced many of the central aspects of liberalism. President-Elect Barack Obama’s record and positions put him well to the left of any president in the last four decades. But to judge from his campaign, he is a man who wants to cut taxes, defend an individual right to own guns, take a hard line on terrorists in Pakistan, reduce the abortion rate, allow people to keep their health-care plans, and keep trade free. The polls suggest that he was wise to run in this fashion: They show that the public remains as skeptical about federal activism and social liberalism as they have been for years.

The public has, however, clearly rejected the Republican party in its present configuration. It is always difficult for a party to maintain control of the White House after two terms in office. But both President Bush and Senator McCain made the task harder. Bush took too long to change course in Iraq and botched the response to Hurricane Katrina. McCain rarely stuck to one message or strategy. The financial crisis, for which we do not primarily blame either man, sealed the party’s fate.
But Republicans have been so unpopular for so long, and their failure has been so sweeping, that it is a mistake to dwell too long on the flaws of specific men or the consequences of particular events. Neither Bush nor McCain nor congressional Republicans gave much sign that they understood the frustrations that average Americans have felt over the last few years toward the economy and Washington, let alone that they had solutions. The exit polls demonstrate this failure again and again: in the questions about which party and candidates voters consider the most sympathetic to regular people; in the questions about who would do best for the economy; in the breakdown of the vote by income.
  John Mccain'S Verdict On Sarah Palin: More Trouble Than A PitbullNovember 05, 2008 10:31 So now we know what John McCain really thinks of his running mate Sarah Palin – and that's not just because of the awkward body language between them during his concession speech in Phoenix, Arizona.

An exasperated McCain has been telling friends in recent weeks that Palin is even more trouble than a pitbull.

In one joke doing the rounds, the Republican presidential candidate has been asking friends: what is the difference between Sarah Palin and a pitbull? The friendly canine eventually lets go, is the McCain punchline.

McCain's joke is a skit on Palin's most famous line after she was picked as his surprise running mate. Palin delighted the Republican base when she said the only difference between a pitbull and a hockey mom was lipstick.

We owe the new glimpse into the tense McCain/Palin relationship to Sir Nigel Sheinwald, the British ambassador to Washington. Sheinwald recently wrote a lengthy assessment of McCain in a telegram that winged its way across the Atlantic to Whitehall.

The jaws of senior mandarins dropped when they read Sheinwald's account of McCain's thoughts on Palin which the ambassador reportedly picked up from a military friend of McCain's. The telegram was restricted to an even smaller group of people than usual for fear of another embarrassing leak. "We took one look at this and hid it away," one Whitehall source said.

  Barack Obama President: Barack Obama Elected Our Next PresidentNovember 04, 2008 10:15 Barack Obama won the presidency Tuesday, the first African-American to claim the highest office in the land, an improbable candidate fulfilling a once-impossible dream.

A nation that in living memory struggled violently over racial equality will have as its next president a 47-year-old, one-term U.S. senator born of a Kenyan father and Kansan mother. He is the first president elected from Chicago and the first to rise from a career in Illinois politics since Abraham Lincoln emerged from frontier obscurity to lead the nation through the Civil War and the abolition of slavery.

Obama's resounding victory over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) repudiates an unpopular incumbent and an ongoing war, shifts national leadership to a new generation and provides dramatic proof to the world of the American ideal of opportunity for all.

The Illinois senator won a larger share of the popular vote than any Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. He redrew the electoral map, sweeping nearly all the traditional battleground states—including Ohio and Florida—and winning some longtime Republican strongholds, such as Virginia.
  Voting Problems Roundup: Election Morning, Problems Are Popping Up In Several Key StatesNovember 04, 2008 09:34 Just a few hours into Election Day, problems are popping up in several key states with long lines and broken machines all against the backdrop of what is expected to be the largest turnout in history. As of right now, one national voter protection group says it has received 27,000 reports of problems.

- In Virginia, problems at polling places have been reported from over ten locations all across the state, including Richmond, Portsmouth, Lynchburg, Chesapeake, Vienna, Newport News and Virginia Beach, according to voter protection groups. The most common complaints are about long lines. However, problems with voter registration and polling machines not functioning properly in several locations has also been reported. Some voters are reporting there have been no offers of paper ballots. And even as of 7am, Some polling places were not open.

- The Washington Post reports that some precincts have discovered an unusual weather-related problem. Rain in some areas of the state have been causing problems with the optical scanners because of wet ballots.

- In Pennsylvania, Bethlehem, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have reported a number of problems with voting machine malfunctions in, as well as major breakdowns at three precincts in Allegheny County.
  Coal Diversion on Election EveNovember 03, 2008 15:06 In the closing hours of the 2008 presidential campaign, John McCain attacked rival Barack Obama Monday over comments made in January about the coal industry.

“We found out yesterday what Senator Obama really thinks about coal,” McCain said Monday during a campaign stop in Blountville Tennessee, which borders southern Virginia. “In a new video talking about his policies on coal, he told — guess who? — the San Francisco newspaper — and this is what he said, ‘If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It's just that it will bankrupt them.’ Now, how out of touch is that?”

“Now, I believe — and you know, and you do, too — that we need to control emissions,” McCain continued. “But I'm not going to let our coal industry go bankrupt. I'm not going to tell — I'm not going to let coal workers lose their jobs. And I'm not going to let energy prices increase any more for our families.”

McCain was referring to an audio recording that surfaced over the weekend of Obama telling the San Francisco Chronicle in January about his support for a cap and trade emissions policy, under which companies can emit pollutants, but if they want to release amounts over their caps, they have to buy emission credits from other companies.

“If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can,” Obama says on the recording. “It's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.”