"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!" - Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) -

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Economic Crisis” Now Driving The Election Cycle In Obama’s Favor.

McCain’s vacillation, accumulating American Fears and Confusion coupled with Palin’s increased exposure and mediocre performance has shifted a rising polling tide in Barack Obama’s Direction. We are, at the moment in the: “It’s The Economy Stupid” mode and regardless of what the House does, or does not do on Friday, the economic issue is of such magnitude that it will not be leaving page #1 before the elections.

Things have become tense as regards the Election Debates with media credibility being called into question, both Iffel and now Brokaw.

Stuck On Stupid Alert: Republicans Seek to Remove Black Moderator ...
By Ed. Dickau(Ed. Dickau)
"Go totally negative and don't let up until election day," advised
Ed Rogers, a longtime Republican strategist and lobbyist. "This election needs to be about Obama and what a liberal he is. Period." Another Republican operative added: ...

The Impeachment Hearing Room - http://theimpeachmenthearingroom.blogspot.com/

The below the radar preparations for possible Civil Unrest are not giving the blogosphere any respite from administration surveillance. There is not much trust left anywhere as we enter the home stretch in this election, and with McCain faltering look for the Republicans to resort to a negative campaign strategy the likes of which America has never before witnessed; if you can image that!

The economic mess could well have been left alone to self correction in a form of “economic Darwinism” or it could have been worked at slowly leaving time for more assessment and thought until after Inauguration Day, but once again America and the Congress have been led by the administration nose ring into the arena of fear and panic knee jerk responses!

Pundits can conjecture, and Congressional bean counters can busy themselves for the next 24 hours, but the signals have been sent by the administration, Wall Street, the Senate and the candidates for the House to fall in lock step line this time in the name of, if nothing else, confidence building on money street while banking consolidations will continue almost daily setting up the need for stringent re-regulation of the market place and break ups in the not too distant future. Neither will come easily!

So what we now have is non-functional government in the face of a major crisis, because Congress includes a quorum of crazies and nobody trusts the White House an inch.

As a friend said last night, we’ve become a banana republic with nukes.”

-Paul Krugman-

Pre-election Militarization of the North American Homeland. US Combat Troops in Iraq repatriated to "help with civil unrest"

"But Palin's an Excellent Debater"-WTF? Advice to Biden Sarah Palin has been painted as a great debater. But is this true? And how can Biden win the debate without making himself out to be a bully?

VP debate's likely awkwardness can be conquered by Biden Joe Biden has to be careful to not generate sympathy for Sarah Palin in Thursday's debate. His approach needs to be well thought out and executed. He should keep the focus on John McCain's weaknesses, not Palin's. Her weaknesses will be exposed by her own hand.


Brokaw Objectivity Questioned, Should Not Moderate Obama/McCain Debate

NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw's behind-the-scenes relationship with the McCain campaign, as well as evidence of bias toward McCain in Brokaw's recent reporting on the presidential race, have brought into question his fitness to moderate the next presidential debate Oct. 7.

As the New York Times reports today, Brokaw has lately played the role of a liaison between NBC and the McCain campaign and even acted as an advocate for McCain within NBC. In an interview with the Times on Sunday, Brokaw said that he had "advocated" with NBC executives "to modify the anchor duties of the MSNBC hosts Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews on election night and on nights when there were presidential debates" owing to their perceived unfriendliness toward McCain, in effect dumping Olbermann and Matthews as anchors and using them only as commentators.

Brokaw told the Times also that he had "conducted some shuttle diplomacy in recent weeks between NBC and the McCain campaign," aimed at assuring the campaign that "McCain could still get a fair shake from NBC News." Brokaw said that he had been told by a senior McCain aide that the campaign had been reluctant to accept an NBC representative as one of the moderators of the three presidential debates until his name was invoked. "One of the things I was told by this person was that they were so irritated, they said, 'If it's an NBC moderator, for any of these debates, we won't go'...," Brokaw said, "...My name came up, and they said, 'Oh, hell, we have to do it, because it's going to be Brokaw'."

Brokaw has also drawn criticism for evidence of bias toward McCain in his recent reporting on the presidential race. On Sunday's "Meet the Press," Brokaw ended a debate between Steve Schmidt of the McCain campaign and David Axelrod of the Obama campaign by stating the following: "...We continue to poll on who's best equipped to be Commander in Chief, and John McCain continues to lead in that category despite the criticism from Barack Obama by a factor of 53 to 42 percent in our latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll."

In fact, as MoveOn.org observes, the latest NBC poll has no question about Commander in Chief, and Brokaw appears to have been referring to a poll taken weeks ago. In each of NBC's last two polls, Americans chose Obama over McCain. MoveOn has called on its members to write to Brokaw at NBC and demand responsible journalism. On the same edition of "Meet the Press," Media Matters observes, Brokaw allowed Schmidt to falsely claim that McCain had "called for the firing of Don Rumsfeld" (McCain never called for Rumseld to be fired or to resign). Brokaw has also been observed suggesting that McCain's POW status means Democrats ought to lay off criticizing him (see FAIR, The Raw Story).

Concerns regarding Tom Brokaw's fitness to moderate the Oct. 7 presidential debate may be addressed to Janet Brown, director of the Commission on Presidential Debates:jb@debates.org (I suggest that you do so. Mr. Brokaw should be constatanly reminded that we are watching and that if he plays games the blogosphere will be ready to discredit him as never before! (Ed.)

By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable,09/30/2008

MoveOn.org is encouraging its members to e-mail Tom Brokaw and ask him to apologize for citing an old poll during a debate on Meet the Press Sunday between strategists for Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.).

They said Brokaw's comment "paint[ed] an inaccurate picture of the race for voters."

MoveOn.org, which supports Obama, was unhappy because Brokaw ended the debatewith the observation that, "In fairness to everyone, [McCain] continues to lead" in the polls in the category of "best equipped to be commander in chief" by a factor of 53%-45%.

It turns out in the last two NBC polls, Obama actually topped McCain, according to MoveOn.org, and NBC confirmed to the group that Brokaw was referring to a poll taken several weeks ago just after the Republican convention.

A Meet the Press spokesperson had not returned a call at press time.

Debate + Economy + Palin = Shift to Obama

A Pew Research Center survey said Barack Obama's debate performance was judged by voters to be better than John McCain's; opinions about Sarah Palin have become increasingly negative; and the economy and not world conflicts or natural disasters are dominating the public's attention, and voters see Obama as the better choice to deal with the financial turmoil. READ MORE

Race Rating Changes: Races for Two Michigan GOP Reps. Now Tossups

As they head into the home stretch, eight-term Michigan Republican Rep. Joe Knollenberg of suburban Detroit's 9th District and freshman Republican Tim Walberg of the south-central 7th District have outcomes that appear uncertain. READ MORE

Bailout Bill Passes in Senate

The Senate easily passed, 74-25, its version of the financial rescue package Wednesday night, sending the measure to the House carrying tax legislation that some lawmakers will have to swallow hard to accept. READ MORE

Presidential Candidates Urged Peers in Senate to Support Rescue Effort

Senate Adds Tax Provisions to Economic Bill

More Bad Battleground Polls For McCain

A new Qunnipiac study has Barack Obama leading John McCain in a trio of critical, vote-rich states five weeks before the election. More

National Polls

Joe Biden, Sarah Palin Set For VP Showdown

Obama Hung In Effigy At Christian Campus

More Bad Battleground Polls For McCain

Ohio Officials Brace For Early Voting

In Iowa, Polls Show McCain Losing Ground