I'm still here. Just resting. Gearing up for the New Year.
Plus, I'm worn out, having to schlep all of Condi's stuff into Powell's office.
Be back soon.
Elections and more through the eyes of First Dog Barney
MR. RUSSERT: We asked the people leaving the voting booth why they voted for a certain candidate, what was the most important issue, and here is what we found. Moral values--22 percent said that was the most important issue. They sided with the president, 80 to 18. Those who said the economy and jobs--20 percent sided with John Kerry; same number, 80-18. Terrorism--19 percent of the voters, they sided with George W. Bush, 86-14. Iraq--15 percent opted for John Kerry; those who thought Iraq was the most important issue. And health care also overwhelmingly for John Kerry. When you read or see or hear moral values, what does that mean?
MR. ROVE: Well, I think it's people who are concerned about the coarseness of our culture, about what they see on the television sets, what they see in the movies, what they read in the newspapers, how they see the values of the country, what they see as the future for our country.
You ask me if I have a God complex. Let me tell you something: I am God.
John Weaver, a strategist for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who ended a longtime feud with Rove this year when Bush sought McCain's help, said Rove has moved closer to the goal of creating a Republican majority not by seeking one big realigning election, but by recognizing that political change often is incremental and using every election to get a little bit closer.Blah, blah, blah.
"He gets three feet here, three feet there, constantly eroding the other side and grabbing turf," Weaver said. "He has proved his point that you can expand the base, and not just among white males, without drifting or modifying either language or policy. I'm not sure it would work with any other candidate, at any other time. But it worked, and he proved the skeptics wrong."
Rove's assessment is that the 2004 election pushed the country away from deadlock, where it had come to rest after the disputed election four years ago. "We now clearly are not the country that was 49-49," he said. "We're now at 51-48 and may be trending to 51-47. It is incremental but small, persistent change. We saw it in 2002, and we saw it again this year. . . . It tells me we may be seeing part of a rolling realignment."
We're on our way to a Gideon Bible in every house. A portrait of Pat Robertson in every living room. Amen.
Vatican chief of staff (where he was going to install Southern Baptist as the new religion)
Head marketer, 700 Club
Editor in chief, Focus on the Family
President Bush and the first lady are
welcoming a new addition to the family: a Scottish terrier puppy named Miss Beazley.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the puppy is Bush's birthday gift to his wife, Laura, who turned 58 on Thursday.
Born Oct. 28, Miss Beazley will arrive at the White House just before the Christmas holiday, McClellan said.
The exit polling scam theories from this past Tuesday might be wrapped up in paranoia, but I doubt it. Both Dick Morris and Michael Barone think the Exit Polls were rigged to make Bush look bad, get the Republicans depressed, and supress the Republican turnout -- much like what happened in the panhandle of Florida when the media called Florida for Gore while the panhandle was still voting.
CNN Calls W Asshole
It used to be if you went to this Netscape/CNN page and right clicked on the image of George and Laura Bush you would see this filename (path snipped): asshole.jpg
Now they have changed the graphic file name to: georgelaura135.jpg
But they did not delete the old picture from the server [asshole.jpg]
Originally spotted by conelrad and left in the comments.
P.S. To the millions of 18 to 29-year-olds I've met or seen on this tour, I truly believe YOU are the ones who are going to make the difference today.
One thing that does seem very clear tonight -- at least if what I'm hearing from the exits is true -- is that the much-ballyhooed youth vote simply did not show up. Simple as that.
Fox News was on the TV, and Bush asked the family dog, Barney, to speak his mind. When Barney didn't, the President stepped in to pronounce himself certain that he would win a second term.
"I believe I will win, thank you very much," he said.
These early exit poll numbers do not divine the name of the winner. Instead, regard these numbers as a sportswriter does the line scores from the fourth inning of a baseball game. The leading team might win the game, but then again it might not. But having the early data in front of him helps the sportswriter plot the story he thinks he'll need to write at game's end.
Tue Nov 2nd, 2004 at 18:03:32 GMT
Jerome over at MyDD gets the big scoop
on the 2 p.m. VNS numbers:
AZ CO LA PA OH FL MI NM MN WI IA NH
Kerry 45 48 42 60 52 51 51 50 58 52 49 57
Bush 55 51 57 40 48 48 47 48 40 43 49 41
In 2000, the early numbers favored Bush. In 2002, exit polling was terribly innacurate. Exit polling also doesn't account for absentee and early ballots. And it's still early in the day. PA and MN will be much closer than these number indicate.
So please, please take with a giant grain of sand.
Bush: 53 Kerry: 44
Better vision for the country:
Bush: 48 Kerry: 48
Better daughters to mudwrestle:
Kerry: 51 Bush: 47
Kerry: 59 Bush: 36
Would love to eat a Big Mac with:
Clinton: 72 Bush: 20 Kerry: 3 (brie, instead)
Before voting even began in Philadelphia -- poll watchers found nearly 2000 votes already planted on machines scattered throughout the city... One incident occurred at the SALVATION ARMY, 2601 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, Pa: Ward 37, division 8... pollwatchers uncovered 4 machines with planted votes; one with over 200 and one with nearly 500... A second location, 1901 W. Girard Ave., Berean Institute, Philadelphia, Pa, had 300+ votes already on 2 machines at start of day... INCIDENT: 292 votes on machine at start of day; WARD/DIVISION: 7/7: ADDRESS: 122 W. Erie Ave., Roberto Clemente School, Philadelphia, Pa.; INCIDENT: 456 votes on machine at start of day; WARD/DIVISION: 12/3; ADDRESS: 5657 Chew Ave., storefront, Philadelphia, Pa... A gun was purposely made visible to scare poll watchers at Ward 30, division 11, at 905 S. 20th St., Grand Court. Police were called and surrounded the location... Developing...
It's all about turnout and weather affects turnout. So here are the forecasts for the key battleground states we identified yesterday.
Weather can affect voter turnout, so it might be handy to know what the current forecast is for your area and what the road conditions are.
** Florida: Showers in the panhandle region, cloudy elsewhere.
** Ohio: Thunderstorms and rain across the state.
** Pennsylvania: Showers across most of the state.
"I underwent a tracheotomy nine days ago and, at the suggestion of my doctors, am continuing to recuperate at home. According to my doctors, my plan to return to the office today was too optimistic. I am continuing to take radiation and chemotherapy treatments on an outpatient basis.He went on to say: "I'll be watching returns on Fox the rest of the day. If it gets close, I'll be in the court bright and early Wednesday."
"While at home, I am working on court matters, including opinions for cases already argued. I am, and will continue to be, in close contact with my colleagues, my law clerks, and members of the Supreme Court staff."
Officials said that in the 18-minute long tape - of which only six minutes were aired on the al-Jazeera Arab television network in the Middle East on Friday - bin Laden bemoans the recent democratic elections in Afghanistan and the lack of violence involved with it.
On the tape, bin Laden also says his terror organization has been hurt by the U.S. military's unrelenting manhunt for him and his cohorts on the Afghan-Pakistani border.
A portion of the left-out footage includes a tirade aimed at President Bush and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, claiming the war in Iraq is purely over oil.
The poll also signaled the problems either Mr. Bush or Mr. Kerry will have in trying to govern such a divided nation after this election.: 52 percent said they were "scared" or "concerned" about what President Bush would do if re-elected; 54 percent said they were scared or concerned about what Mr. Kerry would do if he were elected.Notably, no one indicated fear about what Rove would do. That's what I'd be ... Owww! Hey, Karl, just kidding. Would you stop kicking??!!!
In what would be her last conscious act, 90-year-old Trixie Porter gripped a pen in her weak, trembling hand, checked the candidates of her choice and scrawled a squiggled signature on her absentee ballot.
Within an hour, the petite woman who had been suffering from heart problems lay back in her hospital bed, closed her eyes and never woke up. Her ballot arrived at her local elections board two days later, Oct. 5 — the day she died.
“We commented that day that it probably won’t count,” said daughter Cheryl McConnell. “But she went to her grave not knowing any different. It counted with her.
AP: Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore plans to have hundreds of cameras outside polling places in Ohio and Florida on Election Day to watch for attempts to suppress voter turnout.
Poliblog: Certainly Mr. Moore is a premiere journalist and will no doubt capture only the more honest portrayal of the events in question.
With less than a week remaining in the race for the White House, incumbent George W. Bush leads Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry by 47 percent to 45 percent among likely voters, according to a FOX News poll released Saturday. The president’s lead is well within the poll’s margin of error.Granted. But just wait till O'Reilly promises everybody falafels.