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Obama Scores Two Big Ones by MMMmmm... on 10 October 2008 9:10pm
Christopher Buckley, the son of William F. Buckley, revered father of the Modern American Conservative Movement has endorsed Obama:

"Having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves. If he raises taxes and throws up tariff walls and opens the coffers of the DNC to bribe-money from the special interest groups against whom he has (somewhat disingenuously) railed during the campaign trail, then he will almost certainly reap a whirlwind that will make Katrina look like a balmy summer zephyr.

Obama has in him — I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy “We are the people we have been waiting for” silly rhetoric — the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader. He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for.

So, I wish him all the best. We are all in this together. Necessity is the mother of bipartisanship. And so, for the first time in my life, I’ll be pulling the Democratic lever in November. As the saying goes, God save the United States of America."

My, oh my!

It's so exciting when people use their minds for the greater good!
Re: Obama Scores a Big One by mrsthing on 11 October 2008 2:37am
Or when they use their minds AT ALL!

That's great that influential people are going public with their support for Obama. I think he's doing the right thing by not addressing the more outlandish accusations leveled by McCain and Palin. It just makes him look better.
Re: Obama Scores a Big One by tucsonmike on 11 October 2008 5:28am
Interesting. You can see the desperation on the part of Republican Party strategists.
Re: Obama Scores a Big One by mrsthing on 12 October 2008 12:10am
I had a horrible, vivid, detailed nightmare last night that Obama was assassinated exactly two weeks before the election. It was morning, he was in a large public building (an office building or hotel or something), carrying a briefcase and leaning against a wall, saying goodbye to Michelle, and someone on a balcony or staircase shot him in the head. [shudders] (I won't rest easy until next Wednesday!)

But it got me to wondering: what happens if a candidate dies that close to the election? Is there any protocol for handling a situation like that?
Re: Obama Scores a Big One by Lounge Trekker on 12 October 2008 5:00am
I hope you are wrong in your premonition, Mrs. T. That is the last thing our civilization needs.

Lounge Believer
Re: Obama Scores a Big One by bIG bLOGGER on 12 October 2008 3:40pm
I would echo Lounge Trekker's comment:I certainly hope your premonition does NOT materialize.
I suppose it depends partly if the Republican Party will stop at NOTHING to get their candidate elected,but this even does not necessarily take into account an Obama-hater out there somewhere in America Joe-Public.
America has never HAD a black president before,maybe there are plenty of folks who can't get their head around the possibility of America having its first black president.
So,as far as I know,there is no precedent,however,we should not forget what happened to Dr.Martin Luther King in Memphis in 1968.
Re: Obama Scores a Big One by mrsthing on 12 October 2008 6:20pm
What I really want to know is more general: what happens to the election? Is it delayed while a new candidate is chosen? Is there another quick primary to choose a Democratic candidate? Does the VP candidate become the presidential candidate?

Believe me, I really hope my nightmare was just that--a nightmare brought on by the stress of watching my investments lose their value, fretting over a very sick parakeet, and trying NOT to think about what will happen if Sarah Palin winds up president.
Re: Obama Scores a Big One by MMMmmm... on 12 October 2008 11:36pm
I too most certainly hope your premonition doesn't come true.

But I've really lost most of the last of my respect for McCain & Palin, they really are inciting the worst fear and hate.

If anything happens, it would be hard to argue that they are clear of all moral and ethical responsibility.

The election would probably be post-poned, and there would probably be a Biden/Clinton ticket. My guess.
Re: Obama Scores Two Big Ones by MMMmmm... on 19 October 2008 9:45pm
Now Colin Powell! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay Colin Powell!

Every time I imagine Barack getting elected, I get all choked-up with tears of hope and the feeling of promise, but I have to surpress it until it's a certainty. I think like Colin Powell said, it would electrify our nation, and the world, in a good way.

Re: Obama Scores Two Big Ones by mrsthing on 19 October 2008 10:23pm
And of course, Rush Limbaugh came out shortly after Powell's announcement to say that he was only endorsing Obama because he's black.

I was wondering how long it would take someone to come up with that. But I still think Obama will win.
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