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  • October 30, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    This week's Phoenix includes our endorsements. The most newsy bit may be the paper's support for Allan Fung in Cranston.

    Here are a few excerpts.

    Obama:

    The past eight years have been disastrous for America: the failed (or — if you are an optimist — failing) wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; the parallel rise in regional influence of Iran; the unconstitutional domestic spying and other violations of civil liberties; the appointment of radical right-wingers to the federal judiciary, including the Supreme Court; the growing gap between the rich and the affluent and the rest of nation; the reckless economic policies that have lead to the current economic meltdown; and an epidemic of Congressional corruption among the Republicans and their corporate lobbying cronies.

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  • October 29, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    In time for Halloween, my colleague David S. Bernstein has a good read about how the national Republican Party is in the process of marginalizing itself:

    The Limbaugh “dittoheads” have stormed GOP headquarters and devoured dissenters. As political columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. wrote this past week in the Washington Post, “the cause of Edmund Burke, Leo Strauss, Robert Nisbet, and William F.

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  • October 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Pollster.com has this breakdown on Electoral votes:

    Democrat 306 (272 strong, 34 lean)

    Republican 142 (129 strong, 13 lean)

    Tossup 90

    McCain (via Halperin) says they'll "fool the pundits."

    The vindication (via Kos) of Howard Dean?

    I recall it quite vividly, the bosses all huddled around a computer screen, this being the early days of Internet video, as Howard Dean let out his now infamous scream.

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  • October 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    I was curious to see how this story got played last night on the local and national evening news. (WLNE and its national counterpart got the balance right, IMHO, mentioning the plot, with a general lack of sensation.)

    Dan Kennedy has an interesting post on the basically same subject.

    In a news environment dominated by television and the Internet, I suppose it doesn't make a whole lot of difference whether any given newspaper plays up or plays down the alleged skinhead plot to murder black schoolchildren and assassinate Barack Obama.

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  • October 27, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Speaking of Mike Huckabee, the once and possibly future GOP presidential candidate is due to visit College Hill on Thursday.

    From Brown University:

    Thursday 30 October
    Mike Huckabee: “The Pursuit of the Presidency and the Perfectly Insane American Process”

    Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas and 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate, will give a behind the scenes perspective on his primary run and the upcoming Presidential election in a lecture titled, "The Pursuit of the Presidency and the Perfectly Insane American Process.


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  • October 27, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    Word comes that Alaska's largest newspaper has endorsed Obama. Meanwhile, my Boston Phoenix colleague David Bernstein, who recently spent some time following Sarah Palin in New Hampshire, has a good read on the GOP VP candidate and why she might be a top presidential contender in the future.

    On the campaign trail, Palin has a remarkable ability to project genuineness through the least genuine of activities.

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  • October 26, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    It's a lovely sun-dappled fall day in New England, and Rhode Islanders are once again among those fanning out in New Hampshire this weekend to work for an Obama victory in the Granite State.

    Things look auspicious there for the Democrat, according to a Boston Globe poll (via Halperin):

    From the Boston Globe, among likely New Hampshire voters:

    Obama 54, McCain 39

    Poll conducted Oct. 18-22. Error margin: 3.5 points

  • October 26, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    That it was no longer your father's newspaper became clear when the ProJo, in a dramatic switch from its long-held position, endorsed a Narragansett Indian casino in 2006. Yet it's remains bracing when the Journal, long a bastion of Republicanism on its editorial page, comes out in favor of Obama.

  • October 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Anyone who pays a scintilla of attention to poltics is familiar with the degree of artifice and contrivance in campaigns.

    But Michael Hastings, who writes in GQ about covering the early stage of this year's presidential election, is getting props for putting it very plainly.

    From tampabay.com's The Feed (h/t Romenesko):

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  • October 20, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The Republican's campaign says he will appear October 22 in the Thomas F. Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College in Manchester. Doors open at 7:30 am.

  • October 20, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Smart post-ALCS politics, via Halperin:


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    Tampa Bay Rays rookie pitcher David Price will introduce the Land of Lincolner during his Tampa event at Steinbrenner Field.

    Outfielder Fernando Perez will also talk to the crowd about the importance of early voting, while teammates Carl Crawford, Cliff Floyd and Jonny Gomes also attend.

  • October 20, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Obama says the presidential race will tighten before Election Day.

    Yesterday, Matt Bai looked at the Democrat's quest to win over "gun-toting, churchgoing" white voters.

    For a guy who just four years ago was running his first statewide campaign, Barack Obama has made startlingly few missteps as a presidential candidate.

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  • October 16, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    With increasing GOP anxiety about losing the White House, expect to see a lot of dubious stuff in the next few weeks.

    Here's today's sample.

    From TPM:

    The last page of a new mailer from the Virginia GOP appears to show a close-up of Barack Obama overlaid with the text:

    AMERICA MUST LOOK EVIL IN THE EYE AND NEVER FLINCH

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  • October 16, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    John McCain pressed a steady attack in last night's debate, but he seemed exagerrated in his mannerisms and expressions, understandably, as he was trying to squeeze everything possible into the allotted time. Obama's manner -- calm and cool, combined with well-prepared rebuttals on Ayers and other topics -- was an effective response.

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  • October 14, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Some in the media, including WPRO's Dan Yorke, have made reference to the "Bradley effect" theory that Barack Obama's poll ratings could be inflated by as much as six percent -- due to the dynamics of race.

    Let's recognize that this issue is a lot more complex than that. For starters, as one astute local political observer mentioned to me yesterday, Obama's recent ascent in the polls is driven more by effective organizing on the ground than by the fallout from the fiscal crisis.

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