U.S. elections 2008

Written by  //  October 14, 2008  //  Kimon Valskakis  //  1 Comment

By Kimon Valskakis
(Globe & Mail) Winston Churchill once argued that democracy is the worst political system except for all the others. While there is no viable alternative to democracy, contemporary flaws in the system – what I call “dumb democracy” – threaten to weaken it and produce counterproductive results. These flaws have become, alas, increasingly prevalent in both the Canadian and U.S. elections. Voters are making momentous decisions on the basis of the most trivial criteria.
14 October
Vote for Obama: McCain lacks the character and temperament to be president. And Palin is simply a disgrace.
By Christopher Hitchens
(Slate) On “the issues” in these closing weeks, there really isn’t a very sharp or highly noticeable distinction to be made between the two nominees, and their “debates” have been cramped and boring affairs as a result. But the difference in character and temperament has become plainer by the day, and there is no decent way of avoiding the fact. Last week’s so-called town-hall event showed Sen. John McCain to be someone suffering from an increasingly obvious and embarrassing deficit, both cognitive and physical. And the only public events that have so far featured his absurd choice of running mate have shown her to be a deceiving and unscrupulous woman utterly unversed in any of the needful political discourses but easily trained to utter preposterous lies and to appeal to the basest element of her audience. McCain occasionally remembers to stress matters like honor and to disown innuendos and slanders, but this only makes him look both more senile and more cynical, since it cannot (can it?) be other than his wish and design that he has engaged a deputy who does the innuendos and slanders for him.
12 October
Fire the Campaign , by William Kristol – much as we do not care for Mr. Kristol’s conservative views, John McCain would do well to heed his advice. It’s all good, and would vastly improve the tone of the last weeks of the campaign.
On the Bus, But With No Reason to Go? (WaPo)
Does the campaign trail still matter much in an age of digital warfare? Or is it now a mere sideshow, meant to provide the media with pretty pictures of colorful crowds while the guts of the contest unfold elsewhere? “Anything interesting that happens on the road is going to be eaten up before you can get to it,” says Slate‘s John Dickerson. “By the time you see the papers, you feel like you know it all.”
10 October
Changes Shift Toward Obama in Electoral Map
9 October
My Own Private Focus Group
Timothy Egan
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — I didn’t hook up people to electronic monitoring devices, nothing to measure leg trickles and blood-sugar spikes in response to off-key talking points. … I simply went to the heart of one of the fastest-growing, most Republican counties in the land — as red as rib-eye steak on the e-coli side of raw — and wandered aimlessly, like John McCain in Tuesday’s debate.
Here in Colorado Springs — the Vatican of evangelical political power, home to the Air Force Academy and a community where optimism usually matches the sunrise glow at the base of Pikes Peak – you can see what will happen in less than a month. My friends: it’s not good for Senator McCain.
G.O.P. Facing Tougher Battle for Congress
(NYT) The economic upheaval is threatening to topple Republican Congressional candidates, putting more Senate and House seats within Democratic reach less than a month before the elections, lawmakers and campaign strategists say.
4 October
GOP dread: Dems could hit 60 Senate seats
The possibility that Democrats will build a muscular, 60-seat Senate majority is looking increasing plausible, with new polls showing a powerful surge for the party’s candidates in Minnesota, Kentucky and other states.
The trends reflect the growing fear of among top Republicans that their prospects could crater on Nov. 4, with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) running weakly at the top of the ticket, President Bush as unpopular as ever and the economic crisis serving as a last-minute propellant for the change message of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
With Republicans fearing the loss of 17 to 21 House seats, January 2009 could bring Democrats a dominance over Washington that neither party has experienced since the Reagan years.

One Comment on "U.S. elections 2008"

  1. jeannette parker November 2, 2008 at 9:49 am ·

    U.S.Thank God for Obama, a true & blue honest caring politician. Rarely seen in politics. Vote Obama; turn, turn your country around. Canadians love Obama eh!! Do not forget to vote ASIANS.You are in a free country. Make it freer by voting Obama. He is totally relaxed while McCain looks cornered,desperate,and lies to the past.Hits way below the belt. NOT ACCEPTABLE in any free country. CANADA FOR OBAMA. WOW!WOW!WOW!Good luck USA.

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