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Who is Sarah Palin?

E.J. Dionne Jr. is not afraid. Much of the mainstream media is afraid, so afraid that they have buttoned their lips. Sound familiar, because to me it sounds like the same Republican media machine that quieted the press about the illegitimate, illegal buildup to Iraq. So, who is Sarah Palin anyways?

She's a Christian, who thinks that Creationism should be taught in your child's science class.

She's a pro-birth supporter, who thinks your medical decisions should be in the hands of the government.

She's a Mayor, whose first act was to fire a librarian that wouldn't ban books she found offensive.

The Computer Science of Change

Last night I attended an event with a local Barack Obama field organizer. The event was a collection of precinct leaders from Southern Chapel Hill and the question being addressed was "how do we work together". The answer was electrifying. Having spent a little time volunteering for the John Edwards campaign and having just touched on the databases there, I was really impressed with how the Obama campaign is managing their field campaign. In fact, I went into the meeting thinking I had a good idea for how we could turn out our vote in my precinct and left thinking that I am going to do exactly what the Obama campaign wants me to - and here is why.

Double Standard on McCain's Past

When we talk about John McCain's past, we are supposed to focus on his bravery under horrible circumstances in Vietnam. And, in fact, John McCain was tortured and held captive for many years in Vietnam. How that makes him a military leader is something beyond me and something that Wesley Clark has effectively countered, even if it did end his chances of being VP. So, every Democrat and every Republican points to John McCain's past and says that we must bow down to his high moral standards and internal fortitude - because of his past actions.

Well, then, I ask you. What about his absolute lack of morals and internal fortitude in the past? Should we not be discussing that?

I'm fired up, you're fired up, now how about winning?

Last night was the speech that I have been waiting for Barack Obama to make since he entered the race. As a supporter of John Edwards I often took Obama to task for clinging to the middle ground, for being too wishy-washy to stand up to the Republicans. It wasn't that I didn't believe in change or in the middle ground, it was that I wasn't sure he would stand up for the true middle, but would instead allow himself to be pulled to the right. Last night ended those worries.

I have never thought that I would vote for John McCain in this election. Never. I won't vote for a Republican any time soon, perhaps ever again, thanks for George W. Bush, Karl Rove, Jack Abramhoff, Dick Cheney, Grover Norquist, James Dobson, and John McCain. However, I was not fired up and in that way I was probably like many of the Clinton delegates. In fact, almost all my passion for politics evaporated with the exit of John Edwards. I tried to get excited again, but my heart was just not in it. Even earlier this week I was dispassionate about the process. But, Democrats this week finally ignited my passion again and I have to believe that it converted all those supposed PUMAs once more into Democrats.

Dole attacks Freedom of Religion and does not attend church often

Under the Dome is reporting that Elizabeth Dole is criticizing Kay Hagan for receiving support from "anti-religion" groups.

Republican U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole is attacking Democratic challenger Kay Hagan for raising money from “anti-religion activists” at an upcoming event in Boston.

Hagan is appearing at a fundraiser by two people who do not follow the tenets of Christianity, a clear attack on our Constitutionally-derived rights to Freedom of Religion.

Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.

Wait, Elizabeth Dole is worth how much?

Okay, there has been talk for some time about how Elizabeth Dole is out of touch with North Carolina. There is a joke I heard around town that she hasn't visited the state since her fellow North Carolinian James K. Polk was President, she sends staff members to OLF forums that were advertised as "ask the Senator" events, and she had to shoot a commercial showing her standing in front of town signs to show she had been here - at least for that week.

But, out of touch is one thing, stinking rich and out of touch is another. Elizabeth Dole's biography is murky, but there is no mention of her having a lot of family money and I remember seeing her "home", it looked like a normal working class house, so I assume she doesn't have family money. She is married to a WWII veteran and long-time Senator, and Senator's don't make much dough in the Senate. She has been a student or government employee outside North Carolina for almost 50 years, neither of which pay very well.

So, how did she get so stinking rich?

Net Worth: From $18,523,145 to $69,211,000
Ranks 7th among all members of the Senate

Dole, best in Congress?

When I saw Elizabeth Dole's ad touting her "Best in Congress" award, I sort of wondered why there was no assocation listed. Like, USA Today's Best in Congress, or The Hill's Best in Congress. So, i went Googling. The first thing I found was this Kay Hagan ad. It's really poorly done for such a good setup from Dole, they could have knocked it out of the park. Still, it makes the point, Best in Congress...for whom?

More after the break.

McCain doesn't know how many houses he owns

I'm not sure if this is a problem of being too rich, marrying into a family that is too rich and not feeling it is yours, or being old. But, John McCain doesn't know how many houses he and his wife own.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Days after he cracked that being rich in the U.S. meant earning at least $5 million a year, Republican presidential candidate John McCain acknowledged that he wasn't sure how many houses he and his wealthy wife actually own.

''I think -- I'll have my staff get to you,'' McCain responded...

Later, the McCain campaign told Politico that McCain and his wife, Cindy, have at least four in three states -- Arizona, California and Virginia. Newsweek recently estimated the two owned at least seven properties.

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