Campaign Updates and Media Headlines 8/19/08
ELECTABILITY: NOTICE A TREND OVER THE SUMMER? (from Ricki Lieberman, via email)
Electoral vote August 16: Obama 275 McCain 250 Ties 13
Electoral vote August 4: Obama 316 McCain 209 Ties 13
Electoral vote July 18: Obama 325 McCain 199 Ties 14
Electoral vote June 19: Obama 344 McCain 194
Obama’s going DOWN. McCain’s going UP.—Caro
Poll: Voters prefer McCain to handle Russia (Hot off the Trail, McClatchy)
By a large margin, voters think John McCain is better qualified than Barack Obama to handle Russia, according to a new poll released today by Quinnipiac University. That has helped McCain gain slightly on Obama, who still leads nationally. In July, Obama led by 50-41 percent, or 9 points. Now, Obama leads 47-42, or 5 points. Since the Russian fighting in Georgia put Russia back on the political radar scope, likely voters preferred McCain to handle such an issue by a margin of 55-27 percent, the survey found.
Tuesday: Fear of Foolishness (by riverdaughter at The Confluence)
Wouldn’t it just be embarrassing for [Obama] if we made him cancel his [coronation] plans? Damn right it’s embarrassing. But considerably less so than losing the election in the fall, the third in a row, in a year when Democrats had every possible advantage going for them. We could not lose, we told ourselves. And now, we’re looking like the biggest losers on the planet. Who will take us seriously after this?
Quote of the Day (Political Wire )
"There is a sense of entitlement that almost seems to be inbred. They are convinced Hillary is the one who should be assuming the mantle and it's tough to crack that." -- Former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, quoted by the Times of London, on the reluctance of some Clinton supporters to back Sen. Barack Obama.
Earth to Leon, please STFU until you actually talk to some Clinton supporters. It is NOT out of a sense of entitlement that we continue to support her. It’s OUT OF A SENSE OF ROBBERY! You really sound stupid when you don’t know what you’re talking about.—Caro
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