What a difference a convention makes

Bump, bump go the polls:

WASHINGTON — John McCain bested Barack Obama 50-46 percent among registered voters in the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, jumping 11 points over his previous showing and taking his biggest lead since January. McCain’s showing is credited in part to a well-received Republican Convention last week fueled largely by the surprise pick of McCain’s vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin. The numbers out Monday show McCain wiped out a 7-point lead Obama received after the Democratic convention two weeks ago.

So are the Obamites worried? Oh yeah… but they don’t want us to know that:

“Up or down, we believe national polls are meaningless,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton told FOX News.

We shall remember that statement. Might come in handy at a later date.

Actually I don’t put much stock in polls either. They’re nothing more than manufactured news and carry a danger of influencing voter opinion when overused.

BUT there is at least one significant change worth noting:

Monday’s USA Today poll shows McCain has closed the week-before advantage on the economy from 19 points in Obama’s favor to just 3 points now.

That’s a little more than just a post convention bump and the Obama camp knows it. The economy is what Barry considers his golden ticket to the Oval Office. If he starts losing ground on that he may be in ‘heap big trouble’ come election time.

Full story below:

McCain Jumps Ahead of Obama in Latest Poll


Veep looks like a lady

Maybe the guy really is a maverick. Things have suddenly gotten very interesting in the presidential race as John McCain taps Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for his running mate:

McCain introduced Palin on Friday as his surprise pick on the eve of the Republican National Convention, calling her the one “who can best help me shake up Washington and make it start working again for the people who are counting on us.”

Palin is the full package — solid leader, devoted wife and mom, firebrand conservative, intelligent, attractive. And I don’t just mean attractive for a politician… I mean freakin’ beautiful. In this day and age that helps. Realclear politics provided an impresssive bio about her in a June article:

When she was leading her underdog Wasilla high school basketball team to the state championship in 1982, her teammates called her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her fierce competitiveness.

Two years later, when she won the “Miss Wasilla” beauty pageant, she was also voted “Miss Congeniality” by the other contestants.

Sarah Barracuda. Miss Congeniality. Fire and nice. A happily married mother of five who is still drop dead gorgeous. And smart to boot.

But it’s mostly because she’s been a crackerjack governor, a strong fiscal conservative and a ferocious fighter of corruption, especially in her own party.

Ms. Palin touches other conservative bases, some of which Sen. McCain has been accused of rounding. Track, her eldest son, enlisted in the Army last Sept. 11. She’s a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association who hunts, fishes and runs marathons. A regular churchgoer, she’s staunchly pro-life.

Kimberley Strassel of The Wall Street Journal said Sen. McCain should run against a corrupt, do-nothing Congress, a la Harry Truman. If he should choose to do so, Gov. Palin would make an excellent partner. “The landscape is littered with the bodies of those who have crossed Sarah,” pollster Dave Dittman told the Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes.

But here’s my favorite little factoid:

She was quoted as saying her favorite meal is “moose stew after a day of snowmobiling.”

YEAH baby! Politically incorrect to boot!  Man, this is just too good to be true…

In addition to her conservative credentials, Palin obviously will draw some of the female vote McCain so sorely lacks and will likely help him win over more of the Hillary voters. And her presence on the ticket will provide some of the youth and vigor his campaign has been needing.  VERY nice move. Give Johnny credit for some guts.

Not surprisingly the Obama camp is in quite a tizzy over the pick. They wasted no time going on the attack, citing of all things… Palin’s inexperience:

“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement.

What a laffer. Palin could spend 10 minutes flipping through an issue of Foreign Affairs and it would catch her up COMPLETELY with the Boy Wonder.

What really worries Dems is that a McCain victory would put a Republican woman that close to the presidency.  This was supposed to be their turf.

This is starting to get fun now.

Full story below:

McCain taps Alaska governor for VP

I’m John McCain and I approved this spam

This post from Wired’s blog network definitely has a Democrat bias but it is still interesting to see what the McCain camp considers to be a smart use of the internet to get his message out:

John McCain’s longstanding political reputation is that of a political maverick, an unconventional Republican who is willing to lean across the party aisle to achieve a public policy goal.

It seems that his campaign team is trying to extend that approach online. The McCain campaign in late May launched a new blogger outreach section on its website that encourages supporters to lobby for their candidate across 94 blogs that range in political bent from far left to far right.

The campaign arms the blog-raiders with one of McCain’s speeches on the need to transcend partisan politics to deal with the problems that the nation faces.

The speech that is referred to here is called John McCain’s Four Year Vision for America… and rest assured it is a very loooong, drawn out vision. It’s length alone is not something that would play well in the “comments” section of a blog post and it’s a sure-fire way to piss off the very folks he is trying to reach.

So cut-and-paste SPAM is McCain’s big internet weapon? If this is the level of genius that comes out of the synergy sessions between Johnny and his staff, his campaign is in big trouble.

I know I dog McCain a lot. Sure he’s the presumptive Republican nominee and I’m supposed to be supporting him, right? Well… maybe. But maybe I also want a candidate for whom the word “constitution” doesn’t just mean his long-standing health. Impressive military credentials aside, McCain is an establishment candidate all the way and there is nothing about his platform that particularly excites me as a conservative. Yes, he’ll be better than Obama — but only in terms that he will grow government at a slower pace than Obama. The Republicans at large have become the party of lofty platitudes and lip service. Truth be known this wabbit is about a hare’s breadth away from going libertarian and if it weren’t for Ron Paul’s Iraq War stance I might already be there.

Un-Link me, please

In case you’re not familiar with Link TV, it’s one of those satellite networks sandwiched between all the boring university lecture channels we quickly skim over to get to Spike. It’s kind of similar to Lifetime Network, only it shows more documentaries than movies and teaches us to hate America rather than men.

Well, Link TV also sponsors a website called Dear American Voter in which touchie-feelie-warm-fuzzy types from all over the world can post videos informing and instructing us U.S. citizens on how we should vote in the upcoming elections. Isn’t that kind of them? Here’s the introduction from the front page:

The upcoming U.S. election will affect people all over the world, but only Americans will get the chance to vote. Would you like to send American voters a message? Make a video that tells how you would vote, and why. Even better, don’t just tell them, show them: How have U.S. policies already changed the place where you live? What about the lives of your friends and family? You may not have your say in the ballot box, but you can still be heard!

What’s that high-pitched whining sound I hear? Did someone leave a radio on?

Dear D.A.V.,

The reason the U.S. is the leader of the free world is because our country was founded on principles of personal liberty and rugged-individualism. There are two ways in which we can lead: either by example — by showing the world how successful and prosperous a Representative Republic which recognizes the unalienable rights of it’s citizens can be. Or we can “lead” by conciliation — by sitting down and listening to a bunch of half-informed bobble-heads from other nations lecture us on how we are responsible for meeting their needs. In the latter case, we won’t remain the leader for very long. But I guess that’s what most of you folks at Dear American Voter would really like to see anyway…… uh huh… thought so.

In closing… bite me.


American Voter



Credit good ol’ Neal Boortz for bringing this website to my attention.