Julie Sherman (julieswn) Wed 31 Oct 12 20:40
For the next couple of weeks we will be discussing the election, local and national races. <evan> will be leading/moderating/guiding our discussion.
Stoney Tangawizi (evan) Thu 1 Nov 12 09:52
Hi, folks. It's been suggested with the <politics.> conference rather large and daunting to some people and with other topics discussing the upcoming election spread into places like <media.> and <news.>, that it might be nice to have one place for people to discuss this election. We'll be open for business until a week after election day. We'll follow the same rules as the <politics.> conference: No ad hominem attacks or name-calling. Just to be clear: If you want to call a candidate a no-good, cattle-rustling spawn of a rattlesnake, that's OK, but you can't call his supporters one.
Stoney Tangawizi (evan) Thu 1 Nov 12 10:03
This Presidential race will be a close one. Obama has been battling economic heard winds from Day One of his Presidency. Romney, on the other hand, says he knows what to do to fix the economy, but seems to be keeping it a secret. He seems to be saying his "business experience" makes him uniquely qualified to lead the nation into prosperity. Oddly enough, he doesn't seem to want to discuss his political experience as Governor of Massachusetts so much, so so it seems to me.
Stoney Tangawizi (evan) Thu 1 Nov 12 10:13
Polls show a close race, and there is a possibility that we could have a winner with an electoral college majority but without a popular vote one. Hopefully, if that's the case we won't have another intercession by the Supreme Court but if things are as close as they could be we can expect to see a drawn-out count and it seems unlikely we'll get the networks calling the election as soon as the polls in California close. Rather than trying to make sense of individual poll results, there are a couple of analysts who have very good track records at consolidating and determining the meaning of the polls in general. One of those is the New York Times' Nate Silver, who correctly called all but one state in 2008. His blog is at: <http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com> or <http://tinyurl.com/2el86wj> Another is Sam Wang's Princeton Election Consortium, which called ever state in the 2006 election correctly. His site is: <http://election.princeton.edu/> Both at this point are calling Obama the winner with 300+ electoral votes.
Stoney Tangawizi (evan) Thu 1 Nov 12 10:18
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Stoney Tangawizi (evan) Thu 1 Nov 12 10:21
It appears that the Republicans will hold onto their House majority. A major factor in that, it has been suggested, is that House districts have become so gerrymandered by both parties into "safe" districts that it is very hard to unseat incumbents. However, this did not keep the Republicans from big gains in 2010 in the House, and redistricting due to the 2010 census also has thrown a wrench into the "safe" nature of some districts. How do things look in your district? In your state?
Evan Hodgens (evan) Thu 1 Nov 12 10:24
<scribbled by evan Thu 1 Nov 12 10:25>
Stoney Tangawizi (evan) Thu 1 Nov 12 10:27
You host is known to make "wordos" - the kind of spelling mistakes such as "their" instead of "there" that spellcheckers won't catch. The scribbled post above had enough of them so I'll start over with that one: The Senate seems more in play than the House, although several Republican Senate candidates have managed to make horses' asses out of themselves recently with remarks about such subjects as rape which may help the Democrats keep hold of the Senate. How does it look like things are playing out in your State if there is a Senate seat up for grabs?
Stoney Tangawizi (evan) Thu 1 Nov 12 10:29
So, there are some issues to help us start. Feel free to join in on any or all of them.
Julie Sherman (julieswn) Thu 1 Nov 12 19:22
In case you have not met <evan>, He has been a member of the Well since 1993. Evan says he has always been a politics junkie and has been involved in low levels in national, state and local campaigns and issues all of his life. He has never held office, but his wife was a member of the San Anselmo, CA Town Council for 8 years, serving as mayor for two of those, so he has lots of experience helping run a campaign at the very local level. Evan spent the first ten years of his working career at the U.S. Department of Labor, but went into the private sector in 1981. Became a specialist in employee benefit plans and worked for several West Coast banks and financial institutions in that area. Retired in 2007. We are happy to have <evan> at the helm of this discussion.
Julie Sherman (julieswn) Thu 1 Nov 12 19:30
Personally, I am not worried about President Obama losing the election. I am more worried about my state of North Carolina. 2010 saw such a low turn-out and the Republicans were able to take over at the state capital for the first time in 150 years, though we still have a Democratic governor. Gerrymandering has wreaked havoc on the area around Asheville. I am worried that we will get a Republican governor and then there will be no brakes on what they will do in Raleigh. These were the clowns who passed a law outlawing global warming or at least tried to outlaw any talk about it. Just one of the laws that the governor vetoed.
Dave Waite (dwaite) Fri 2 Nov 12 03:45
If I may be so bold as to introduce a new spin on corporate advertising into this discussion. My company just sent a note to each employee stating that 'the impact of Health Care Reform will cause medical and dental costs to rise even more" - and then going on to note that our coverage will increase by several dollars a week. Noting the increase in costs based on the HCRA sounds like it is right out of the Karl Rove Playbook so as to tarnish the President and lure move votes towards the Republicans. I don't recall ever hearing so much corporate political chatter distributed to employees in my lifetime. I am appalled that our system is allowing this kind of fear tactic to be legal.
Ted Newcomb (tcn) Fri 2 Nov 12 03:57
Here in Arizona, Richard Carmona may have a real shot at the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Jon Kyl. Carmona is enough of an independent Democrat that he appeals to a lot of voters. It does occasionally happen here, we've had three Democratic senators since the 1950's :) While I would love to see it happen, I'm skeptical - the Republican machine is extremely powerful here. This will be a true bellwether of shifting sentiment.
David Gans (tnf) Fri 2 Nov 12 08:47
Another very important factor in this year's election is that the Republicans are willing to tell outrageous and easily-refuted lies, and they seem to be utterly unconcerned with being called on it. The Remoney campaign came out and said they weren't going to let "the fact-checkers" get in their way. Just today I read that a Chrysler executive tweeted that Donald Trump is "full of shit" for promulgating the Romney campaign's blatant falsehoods abut Jeep moving their plant to China. <http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/01/chrysler-executive-to-trump-you-are- full-of-sht/>
Gail Williams (gail) Fri 2 Nov 12 10:23
The realized that that was the way to operate years ago. Not "reality-based" was the concept. Who said that?
Stoney Tangawizi (evan) Sat 3 Nov 12 06:11
Romney: Elect Me Or House GOP Will Wreck The Economy By Benjy Sarlin | TPM 17 hrs ago In what his campaign billed as his "closing argument," Mitt Romney warned Americans that a second term for President Obama would have apocalyptic consequences for the economy in part because his own party would force a debt ceiling disaster. "Unless we change course, we may well be looking at another recession," Romney told a crowd in West Allis, Wisconsin. Romney said that Obama "promised to be a post-partisan president, but he became the most partisan" and that his bitter relations with the House GOP could threaten the economy. As his chief example, he pointed to a crisis created entirely by his own party's choice -- Republican lawmakers' ongoing threat to reject a debt ceiling increase. Economists warn that a failure to pass such a measure would have immediate and catastrophic consequences for the recovery. "You know that if the President is re-elected, he will still be unable to work with the people in Congress," Romney said. "He has ignored them, attacked them, blamed them. The debt ceiling will come up again, and shutdown and default will be threatened, chilling the economy." <http://news.yahoo.com/romney-elect-house-gop-wreck-economy-192105183--politics .html;_ylt=Aol1sZKNEKVitKc77DAVKuus0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTUyMGViaDg5BGNjb2RlA2dtcHRvc DEwMDBwb29sd2lraXVwcmVzdARtaXQDTmV3cyBGb3IgWW91IDUgU3RvcmllcwRwa2cDYzgxNDczOTE tYjQyMy0zMzczLWJhZmQtMzUyZDY3NWRiYTc2BHBvcwM0BHNlYwNuZXdzX2Zvcl95b3UEdmVyA2I1O DBlNDcwLTI1MmYtMTFlMi1iZmViLTlhM2YzZTljODk2NA--;_ylg=X3oDMTFpNzk0NjhtBGludGwDd XMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25z;_ylv=3> <http://tinyurl.com/cd6bolm> Subtle, isn't it?
Stoney Tangawizi (evan) Sat 3 Nov 12 06:44
Paul Krugman actually commented on this yesterday: Op-Ed Columnist The Blackmail Caucus By PAUL KRUGMAN Published: November 1, 2012 522 Comments If President Obama is re-elected, health care coverage will expand dramatically, taxes on the wealthy will go up and Wall Street will face tougher regulation. If Mitt Romney wins instead, health coverage will shrink substantially, taxes on the wealthy will fall to levels not seen in 80 years and financial regulation will be rolled back. Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times Given the starkness of this difference, you might have expected to see people from both sides of the political divide urging voters to cast their ballots based on the issues. Lately, however, Ive seen a growing number of Romney supporters making a quite different argument. Vote for Mr. Romney, they say, because if he loses, Republicans will destroy the economy. O.K., they dont quite put it that way. The argument is phrased in terms of partisan gridlock, as if both parties were equally extreme. But they arent. This is, in reality, all about appeasing the hard men of the Republican Party. <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/opinion/krugman-the-blackmail-caucus.html> <http://tinyurl.com/coyxhad>
Julie Sherman (julieswn) Sat 3 Nov 12 07:48
I know it is just last minute, desperation politics, but it is really amazing that this argument: "Vote for Romney, because if Obama is re-elected the Republicans in Congress will make it impossible to govern" is being bought by anyone, let alone the Des Moines Register. I love Paul Krugman's line: But are we ready to become a country in which Nice country you got here. Shame if something were to happen to it becomes a winning political argument? I hope not.
Autumn (autumn) Sat 3 Nov 12 07:55
Turnout is my big concern. Every vote is important, even in a solid blue or solid red state. I hate to think of the 'white collar riots' that may happen should President Obama win the electoral vote but not the popular vote. My anxiety is lessened a bit by Dr. Wang's post this morning on the Princeton Election Consortium: "I estimate Romney's chance of winning the popular vote at 6%, odds of 16-1 against." http://election.princeton.edu/
Julie Sherman (julieswn) Sat 3 Nov 12 10:56
Below is a link to a story about the attempt to disenfranchise the 1000 students who vote at Warren Wilson College, near Asheville, NC. The redistricting Republicans in Raleigh split the county into commissioner districts. WW College students historically use as their address 701 Warren Wilson Road, and then their PO Box. But the redistricting cut the campus in half. So now the students have to use their actual dorm address. The county Board of Elections did not hear that the PO Boxes were no longer good enough until 10/31, two weeks into early voting. Major local mess. Election Protection lawyers are involved. The effect has been to get the anarchists out to vote too because they are so pissed off. <http://www.mountainx.com/article/46635/Ballots-in-question-for-1000-registered -voters-at-Warren-Wilson-College>
Jeffrey G. Strahl (jstrahl) Sat 3 Nov 12 17:41
I've closely followed every presidential election since 1960, when i was 13. My predictions follow. Presidential election. I will use the map at this link as a reference. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/2012_elections_electora l_college_map.html Please, no lectures about Real Clear, i'm only using it as a reference. Start with Obama at 201, Romney at 191, where things stand at this moment. I'll go through the toss-up states in alphabetical order. Colorado, 9. Obama, by a very small margin. Obama at 210. Florida, 29. Romney, close, Romney at 220. Iowa, 6. Obama, who is at 216. Michigan, 16. Obama, not even close, i don't know why it's listed as toss-up. Obama at 232. Nevada. 6. Obama, who is at 238. New Hampshire, 4. Obama, close, Obama at 242. North Carolina, 15. Romney, who is at 235. Ohio, 16. Obama, close, Obama at 260. Pennsylvania, 20. Obama, not even close, NOT a toss-up at all. Obama at 280. All over, but let's finish. Virginia, 13. Romney, very small margin, Romney at 248. Wisconsin, 10. Obama, not that close. Obama at 290. Obama 290, Romney 248. Senate will likely remain controlled by the Demos, small chance of a change in control, small net GOP pick up of seats or draw. Akin in Missouri and Mourdock in Indiana have pretty much destroyed chances of GOP taking control. House will highly likely remain controlled by the Reps. Two more years of divided government, right as the cliff comes up and everything disintegrates. Not that a unified party control of the WH and Congress could do anything anyway.:-)
Brian Slesinsky (bslesins) Sat 3 Nov 12 23:55
Nov. 2: For Romney to Win, State Polls Must Be Statistically Biased http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/03/nov-2-for-romney-to-win-st ate-polls-must-be-statistically-biased/
Gary Gach (ggg) Sun 4 Nov 12 05:19
Jonsthan Klate paints a woeful picture in Tikkun and suggests military supervision to ensure fairness at the polls http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/obama-must-use-military-to-ensure-a-free-and-fai r-election
Autumn (autumn) Sun 4 Nov 12 09:07
People on the right are also paranoid about the election. Google "spigot cities" and you'll see articles that claim, for example: "President Barack Obamas campaign team could have more control over the outcome of the 2012 election than you think, according to a report by TheBlaze documentary team that reveals the potential for highly targeted voter fraud in key cities that could determine who gets the electoral votes from many swing states. "The potential fraud would be focused on major, decisive cities that are believed to help keep states blue, and therefore earning them the electoral colleges votes. Theyre called 'spigot cities.'"
Dave Waite (dwaite) Sun 4 Nov 12 09:36
I am really so tired about hearing the term voter fraud as if it were running rampant like rodent plague in Australia's outback publicized a few year ago. If there really were rampant voter fraud, it would show up in reports, but the real fraudulent actions seem to be on the Republican side of the isle where hired guns step barely over the line to cheat, steal, and rip off unassuming voters who indicate they won't vote in favor of the republican party. Folks like Sproul, Small and Cuccinelli in Virginia and companies like Strategic Allied Consultants in Florida. the real issue seems to be not voter fraud, but GOP sponsored voter registration fraud that appears to be specifically targeted in 'battleground' states.
Jef Poskanzer (jef) Sun 4 Nov 12 09:42
Well, sure. In general if you want to know what the Rapepublican scumbags are doing, just listen to what they are accusing Democrats of doing. It's a very reliable indicator.
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