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Election ’08: What’s hot

Published on October 16, 2008

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Oct. 29 MSMBC: Could Obama win vote but lose election?

Washington Post: Journalists Name 44th President

National Review: John McCain — The Agony of a Gadfly

Harpers: It’s October. Where’s Our Surprise?

Washington Post: GOP Senator Banks on Obama in Oregon Race

Reason: The Rove Realignment: Have libertarians been driven out of the GOP?

Andrew Sullivan, Atlantic: The Top Ten Reasons Conservatives Should Vote For Obama

USA Today: More executives sold on Obama

Memphis Commercial Appeal: Sheriff tells how plot to kill Obama was uncovered

Associated Press: Sister says suspect in Obama plot is sorry

Kathleen Parker, Great Falls Tribune (Montana): Many votes will be against a McCain campaign turned ugly

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.): Why I Won’t Vote for John McCain

Christopher Buckley: My Brush with Rush: How Limbaugh tried (and failed) to replace my dad

Watch: Memo To Palin: Fruit Fly Research Has Led To Advances In Understanding Autism

Watch: McCain on Meet the Press tangling with Brokaw:


Oct. 28 Associated Press: Assassination plot targeting Obama disrupted

New Yorker: Odd Man Out   Chuck Hagel’s Republican exile

Salon: Palin 2012 begins

National Journal: How Would Obama Govern?

CNN: Palin trots out ‘Tito the builder’ at Virginia rally

Huffington Post: The GOP’s Bizarre Purchases: Chocolate Elephants, Art Restoration, Rove’s Lunches

Oct. 27  Frank Rich, New York Times: In Defense of White Americans

Wall Street Journal: Obama vs. McCain: It’s About Your Money

The Economist: The rise of the Obamacons

Los Angeles Times: Alaska’s No. 1 newspaper makes its pick: Barack Obama

Maureen Dowd, New York Times: A Makeover With an Ugly Gloss

Portfolio: How Bill Kristol Bet the House on Palin

Chicago Tribune: Sarah Palin responds to wardrobe flap

Kathleen Parker, Washington Post: Something About Sarah

Politico: Blame game: GOP forms circular firing squad

CNN: Excerpts from Palin interview

David Brooks, New York Times: Ceding the Center

Associated Press: Latest Obama advocates: Opie, Andy Griffith, Fonz

Watch the  video

Oct. 26  CNN: Palin’s ‘going rogue,’ McCain aide says

David Frun, Washington Post: Sorry, Senator. Let’s Salvage What We Can

The Independent: Republican chiefs turn on each other as campaign falls apart

Newsweek: The Palin Problem

Lauren Sandler, Huffington Post: In The Last Days Of The Election: Apocalypse Now, Palin?

Associated Press: McCain has terse response on Palin shopping spree

Chicago Tribune: Salvation Army: We’ll take Palin’s clothes

Watch: ‘SNL’ video: George Bush endorses John McCain and Sarah Palin

Oct. 25  New York Times Magazine: The Making (and Remaking) of McCain

Huffington Post: Expat Voters Tangled Up in Ballot Red Tape

Associated Press: Al-Qaida-linked Web site backs McCain as president

Huffington Post: Chuck Todd On McCain-Palin: No Chemistry, No Trust, Possibly No Chance

New York Times: Barack Obama for President

CNN: Woman admits making up McCain sticker attack, police say

Boston Globe: Group files complaint over Palin clothes

Oct. 24  Associated Press: Errors, mischief could lead to long election night

Howard Kurtz, Washington Post: On Shopping and Patriotism

Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal: Palin’s Failin’

Slate: My Saks Shopping Spree: How to spend $150,000 just like Sarah Palin

Washington Post: In Real America, Shining a Light on Faux Pas

National Review: How Palin Governed

Maureen Dowd, New York Times: Moved by a Crescent

Huffington Post: Republicans Voting for Obama: In Their Own Words

Oct. 23  New York Daily News: In CNN interview, Palin says she’s really sorry for ‘real America’ comment

AP: Shop, baby, shop? Nothing says main street quite like Saks Fifth Avenue

Washington Post: Expensive Wardrobe Goes Against McCain-Palin Story Line

Los Angeles Times: See photo essay of Palin’s fashion conversion since the RNC.

New York Times: October Surprise 

Huffington Post: Michele Bachmann Channels McCarthy: Obama "Very Anti-American," Congressional Witch Hunt Needed

See her apologize for comments: "I made a misstatement"

Bob Herbert, New York Times: The Real Scandal

Huffington Post: Palin on SNL: What Did You Expect?

New York Times: Hate Groups Mostly Quiet in Election

Watch: Sarah Palin: Queen of the Senate

Oct. 22 The New York Daily News: Shopping Spree: RNC spends thousands on dresses, make-up for Sarah Palin & family

Huffington Post: McCain Employing GOP Operative Accused Of Voter Registration Fraud

Wall Street Journal: Google CEO Backs Obama

New York Times: Historians Size Up Obama’s Time-Out

Paul Krugman, New York Times: The Real Plumbers of Ohio

Joe Klein, Time: Incoherence

Jon Stewart to Sarah Palin: ‘F%ck All Y’All’ Watch video (not good quality)

The Palin Song: Interview with Couric set to music

Oct. 21 – Wall Street Journal: Obama Cancels Campaign Events To Visit Ailing Grandmother

Reuters: Obama opens 8-point lead over McCain

CBS: Starting Gate: Testing Time

Huffington Post: "Obama Is a Socialist" Smear Falls Flat

Oct. 20 Los Angeles Times: How $5, $10, $25 beats $84.1 million in federal campaign funds

Huffington Post: The Palin Plunge: Voters Sour On McCain VP Pick

The New Yorker: The Insiders: How John McCain came to pick Sarah Palin.

Frank Rich, New York Times: He Just Can’t Quit W

Carl Bernstein, Huffington Post: Ayers and the McCain-G. Gordon Liddy Symbiosis

Oct. 19 – CNN: Colin Powell endorses Obama

Baltimore Sun: Palin plays safe, Fey and Poehler shine (again) on SNL

Watch Part 1: The Introduction: Watch Part 2: The Palin Rap



Video: Letterman: Tina Fey On Sarah Palin Impression!


TPM: Former US Attorney Iglesias: "I’m Astounded" By DOJ’s ACORN Probe

MSNBC: Want Palin’s e-mails? That’ll be $15 million

Seattle Times: McCain "robo calls" draw bipartisan fire

Associated Press: ‘Joe the Plumber’ strikes back at media

Editor and Publisher: Obama Widens Endorsement Lead to 72-18

Salt Lake Tribune: Why newspapers endorse political candidates

Oct. 18 – New York Times: Justices Rule Against Ohio G.O.P. in Voting Case

New York Daily News: Watch out Tina Fey, Sarah Palin elects to go on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Huffington Post: Palin Explains What Parts Of Country Not "Pro-America"

Washington Post: Barack Obama for President

Huffington Post: Palin’s Staffers Keep Her Away From The News To Avoid Being "Depressed"

Steve Clemons, Huffington Post: Waving Goodbye to Bill Kristol, Colin Powell "Might" Endorse Obama

Video: Crazy McCain Rally Lady Skit On SNL

Oct. 17Spending Spree, Tax Cutter, Same Path: Watch the Ads

Reuters: 106-year-old Obama-supporting nun shocked by fame

New York Times: The Boss, the Piano Man and the Candidate

New York Times: At Dinner, McCain and Obama Share Some Laughs. No Joke.

Watch Obama and McCain roast and toast each other.

Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13

New York Times – On The Trail: Staying Cool and Irritating Your Opponent

New York Times: Working for the Working-class Vote

Press-Enterprise (San Bernadino, CA): GOP mailing depicts Obama’s face on food stamp

The Washington Independent: Penitant McCain Seeks Letterman’s Forgiveness (for more on the McCain-Letterman War, see below)


Oct. 16The Debate and Joe the Plummer

TIME: McCain Threw the Sink – and Plumber– But Obama Doesn’t Falter

New York Times: Rivals Split, With Joe in the Middle

Washington Post: Candidate Makes a Name for this Guy Joe

BBC: Profile: Joe Wurzelbacher

Huffington Post: Joe The Plumber: Not A Tax Expert

Kathleen Parker: The Final Debate: Their Essential Selves

Watch the last presidential debate:


View from abroad

Economist: The Last Word: The final presidential debate was the best by far

Expatica: Let’s go ask our American

Expatica: No lo doy por seguro…American (and Democrat) Expatica blogger Kristen Bernardi is not as certain about November’s presidential elections as her European counterparts.

The Guardian: Flirting her way to victory — Sarah Palin’s farcical debate performance lowered the standards for both female candidates and US political discourse.


Liberal voices

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone: Mad Dog Palin –The scariest thing about John McCain’s running mate isn’t how unqualified she is – it’s what her candidacy says about America

Maureen Dowd, New York Times: Sarah’s Pompom Palaver

Frank Rich, New York Times: The Terrorist Barack Hussein Obama

James Fallows, The Atlantic: The Palin Interview


Republican voices

Many Republicans can’t stomach this election landscape anymore. Here is a selection of those turned ‘traitor’ and others.

CQ Politics: Republicans Surrender in Battle of Ideas

Kathleen Parker: The Palin Problem — She’s out of her league.

David Brooks, The New York Times: The Class War Before Palin

David Brook, The New York Times: Why Experience Matters

Huffington Post: David Brooks: Sarah Palin "Represents A Fatal Cancer To The Republican Party"

The Capitol: Why Republicans Should Reject McCain

 Omaha World-Herald: GOP senator: A ‘stretch’ to say Palin is qualified


The Christopher Buckley saga Author and son of National Review founder and icon William F. Buckley, Christopher Buckley rocked the Republican establishment by endorsing a Democrat.

Christopher Buckley: Sorry, Dad, I’m Voting for Obama

Christopher Buckley: Sorry dad, I was fired — Buckley Bows Out of National Review

Howard Kurtz, Washington Post: National Review Boots Buckley Son For Obama Boost

Video: Watch Republican Andrew Sullivan’s hissy fit: Atlantic’s columnist has finally had enough.


Nothing to do but laugh

In this election, the nation’s comedians are having a blast as never before. Here is a selection.

Video: Crazy McCain Rally Lady Skit On SNL


The Letterman-McCain war

Will the Gloves Come Off When McCain Faces Letterman?

Letterman calls McCain’s attempts to return ‘squirrely’


John Stewart: McCain Recycles…His Stump Speeches 

Anchorage Daily News: Late Night Comedians Target Palin

Kansas City Star (blog): Forget Tina Fey. Sarah Palin’s worst nightmare may be Jay Leno

Tiny Fey has stolen the limelight from the real Sarah Palin in her three episodes mocking the vice presidential candidate.

Tina Fey On Sarah Palin: "If She Wins…I’m Leaving Earth"

Watch Tina Fey parody Palin on SNL

Los Angeles Times: These days, even ‘The View’ is getting political

The View: Bill Maher calls Palin a bimbo

Watch other View recaps here


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Huffington Post: McCain Transition Chief Aided Saddam In Lobbying Effort

Huffington Post: Todd Palin’s Past Political Associations A Likely Security Clearance Disqualifier

Gawker: Wait, What’s up with Acorn?

Huffington Post: Alaskan Independence Party: The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel

Washington Post: Unleashed, Palin Makes a Pit Bull Look Tame

Gawker: Sarah Palin’s personal emails

Keating Economics: John McCain and the Making of a Financial Crisis