Penance for 2000 FL Nader Vote (or How Sarah Helped Schlep Moms)

In the last few years, my mom--one of those older, Jewish Florida residents we hear so much about--has suffered a severe political devolution. I'm not sure whether it's the result of sabotage committed by her long-time, wingnut boyfriend or the jadedness nurtured by Bush's disastrous presidency, but she has deteriorated from a committed Democrat to an apathetic, apolitical cynic. Over the last few years, she has lost faith in the process, the politicians and her party. She no longer distinguishes between Democrat and Republican, and she no longer exercises her civic duty to vote.

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Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 186

This was the moment that John McCain sealed not just his fate, but the fate of the Republican Party this year. There will be no comeback in 2008:

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Get Ready For "Take Our Daughters To The Polls" Day

With the U.S. ranking an astounding 71st in the world for women's political participation - comprising only 16% of the Senate, 23% of state legislatures, and 10% of big city mayors - the co-creators of "Take our Daughters to Work Day" have launched a national campaign to encourage political participation among girls, entitled "Take our Daughters to the Polls."

The White House Project and the Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Foundation, aims to have thousands of voters across the nation pledge to take their daughters and other important girls in their lives to the polls on Election Day.

"Children model their own dreams on what adults and society show them to be possible," said Marie Wilson, President of The White House Project.  "By taking girls to the polls on Election Day, we teach them that they are a valuable part of the political process, and that their voice and their vote can make a difference."

"When we started 'Take our Daughters to Work Day' over fifteen years ago, we showed girls their unlimited potential in the workforce," said Carolyn McKecuen, President of the Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Foundation.  "Now we need to teach our girls that they can succeed and lead in the political arena as well."

The campaign will encourage parents, grandparents, and other adults to pledge to take a young girl to the polls this Election Day, which can be signed and submitted online, while encouraging eligible voters to register.

The White House Project, a national, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization, works to advance a richly diverse, critical mass of women into leadership positions, up to and including the U.S. Presidency.

Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day program was founded to create an opportunity for girls and boys to share and communicate their expectations for the future.

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McCain/RNC Robocall Disgrace

If anyone was wondering to what depths the McCain campaign and the RNC would stoop in the face of their desperate electoral prospects the truth is now revealed:


We now have documented four McCain/RNC robocalls, some known to be running in multiple states:

One that questions Obama's patriotism by saying he put "Hollywood above America" during the financial crisis.

One that says that Obama and Dems "aren't who you think they are" and claims they merely "say" they want to keep us safe.

One that attaches him to "domestic terrorist Bill Ayers," whose group "killed Americans."

And, now, the above, which dishonestly paints him as indifferent to the lives of babies.

These aren't the work of any fringe groups. Every one of these is paid for by the McCain campaign and the RNC. It looks like there's a huge wave of them blanketing the country.

Greg Sargent - Latest McCain Robocall Alleges That Obama Denied Babies Medical Care TPM 16 Oct 08

These robocalls are demonstrably false accusations framed in insinuating language which would probably be grounds for a libel suit in any other context than a partisan political campaign.  But as we have often observed there is no ethos of integrity in the modern Republican party, and the presumption of 'honour' so widely promoted as the McCain mystique and employed liberally in his campaign rhetoric is merely a ploy behind which it is 'business as usual' for the GOP we have come to know so well:


When McCain/Palin offer sleazy attacks in a speech, it's easy to hold them accountable. When they offer scurrilous lies in a television ad, it's almost as easy, especially with the whole "approve this message" line and media scrutiny of campaign advertising.

But McCain, Palin, and the Republican Smear Machine save some of their most offensive work for automated robocalls, which fly just below the radar screen. It's obviously abject cowardice, but decency and honor are the last things McCain is worried about now.

Steve Benen - The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel... Washington Monthly 16 Oct 08

This robocall offensive is a major initiative of the McCain campaign and an obvious priority in their allocation of limited resources.  This is the McCain campaign revealed in harsh light as typically underhanded, a campaign which will 'do anything and say anything' to win an election no matter what the methods; without integrity, oblivious of the consequences of it's actions and certainly bereft of honour.  These are the right-wing zealots manipulating our collective political process with falsehood and insinuation, dividing our nation and questioning our patriotism all the while.

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What (some) Women Know About Sarah

Hold on to your hats. I thought I had read and heard every possible take on Sarah Palin. I don't need to review the reasons she's reprehensible. But then Maxine Albert, a friend of mine, offered what can only be called a fresh insight on the Vice-Maverick nominee. Bear with me and Maxine. What she writes has nothing to do with policy. You can take this as satire, or as a profound analysis of the emotional, non-verbal communication all of us engage in unconsciously all the time. And as we know, more and more research confirms that voters' decisions are made largely on an emotional, not a rational, level. Maxine Albert's commentary after the jump.

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