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  • November 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    As part of my forthcoming Q+A with Linc Chafee in this week's Phoenix, I asked him about the direction of the national GOP after its second consecutive pummeling, specifically whether it will move farther to the right or back toward the center. Here's what he said.

    I’m an independent now. I thought long and hard for six months before I left the party after I lost.

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  • November 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    US Representative Patrick J. Kennedy, the son of US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and a nephew of JFK -- a figure to whom Obama has been likened -- last night told me he was gratified that his father and his cousin Caroline were among the president-elect's earliest high-profile supporters.

    The Clintons really worked this hard in Rhode Island and New England, but I think what my dad did .

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  • November 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Last night, I asked US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse how Obama achieved his improbable victory and what it means to him. Here's what he had to say:

    [It would have been a good year for whoever the Democratic candidate was] whether it was Hillary or Barack. [But] Barack did a better job in the primary of capturing the spirit of change, the impatience with the status quo, the sort of desire for a different vision .

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  • November 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

  • November 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    See you at the Biltmore.

    Signs to look for tonight, via Politico:

    FIRST ROUND KNOCKOUT. Eastern Indiana reports at 6 p.m., with polling places in the western part of the state closing an hour later. The networks often start reporting results at 6 — and battleground Indiana should provide an immediate read on the night.

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  • November 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Regardless of who wins tonight, the primary importance of money in our political system remains well-entrenched.

    Obama has succeeded in taking a page from the Republican playbook (remember W's Pioneers and Rangers?), outraising McCain by hundreds of millions. There are some differences in the overall tactics, but the results seem pretty much the same.

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  • November 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    An election-obsessed friend last week told me she was prepared for a case of depressed bride syndrome -- a feeling of let-down once the big event is over, regardless of its import and outcome.

    It's not like the country doesn't face a boatload of problems. Still, the dynamic will change once the winner is crowned.

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  • November 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Lincoln Chafee, part of a group of present and former Republicans who rallied behind Barack Obama, will be among the Obama supporters camped out in Chicago this evening.

    Chafee, of course, has been theorized about as a member of an Obama administration. Yet the former senator, when I spent some time with him in his office at Brown's Watson Institute yesterday, said he has not had discussion with Obama or his supporters about serving in his possible administration.

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  • November 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Obama's steady climb above McCain in most polls coincided with the outbreak of the fiscal crisis in September. Yet all along, some smart people believed it was the Democrat's super-organized ground game that made the difference.

    Seth Gitell touches upon this:

    I can’t let election day pass without commenting on a major innovation in campaign Get Out The Vote techniques — Barack Obama’s virtual army.

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  • November 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    I was going to include Nate Silver's name in the headline for this post, but he's better known by his Web site, FiveThirtyEight.com, which -- with good reason -- has become a sensation this campaign season.

    Here (h/t Romenesko) is part of the backstory:

    Political commentary on the Internet is nothing new these days.

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  • November 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    A reminder on the related stuff on Election night . . .

    -- RI Democrats will be at the Providence Biltmore ballroom.

    -- RI Republicans will be at Ruth's Chris in the GTECH building, free admission (and valet parking!), starting at 7 pm.

    -- The Providence Black Repertory Company (on whose board I serve) is having an Election Watch/fundraiser, One Nation Under a Groove ($20, complimentary apps), from 5 pm-1 am.

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  • November 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    With Sarah Palin and others in the McCain trying to push the "socialist" tag on Obama, former AG candidate Bill Harsch, in a letter published in the ProJo, tells it like it is:

    As John McCain and Barack Obama posture, I can accept a lot of it as just politics as usual. I trust most voters accept the more outrageous or irrelevant claims and counterclaims for what they are, campaign rhetoric.

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  • October 31, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Continuing some of her previous tactics, Sarah Palin is making a homestretch bash on the media (h/t Halperin):

    "If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media."

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  • October 31, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    A rundown on the related stuff on Election night . . .

    -- RI Democrats will be at the Providence Biltmore ballroom.

    -- RI Republicans will be at Ruth's Chris in the GTECH building, free admission (and valet parking!), starting at 7 pm.

    -- The Providence Black Repertory Company (on whose board I serve) is having an Election Watch/fundraiser, One Nation Under a Groove ($20, complimentary apps), from 5 pm-1 am.

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  • October 30, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    Besides Obama and McCain, Rhode Islanders will have five additional choices for president next Tuesday. In this week's Phoenix, Steven Stycos offers a look at the third-party presidential candidates.

    Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party (baldwin08.com)
    Baldwin, a Baptist minister in Florida, is a graduate of conservative televangelist Jerry Falwell’s Liberty Bible Institute in Virginia.

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