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Friday, October 24, 2008

Beyond the Point of No Return

posted by on October 24 at 9:52 AM

For those who still think this race is wide open…

(CNN) — A new Republican ad appears to suggest that Barack Obama has all but won the presidential race, an argument several vulnerable Senate Republicans may have to reluctantly embrace with only days until Election Day, an expert in campaign advertising said.
Some Republicans are already planning on a Barack Obama presidency.

Some Republicans are already planning on a Barack Obama presidency.

Aimed at Kay Hagan, Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s surprisingly strong Democratic challenger in North Carolina, the 30-second spot from the National Republican Senatorial Committee warns voters against Democrats holding the White House and Congress, and flatly states that if Hagan wins, the party will “get a blank check.”

“These liberals want complete control of government in a time of crisis, all branches of government,” the ad’s narrator states. “No check and balances, no debate, no independence. That’s the truth behind Kay Hagan. If she wins, they get a blank check.”


The “blank check” (or “black check”) argument is all that’s left for the right. Even Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve Chairman, can smell the coffee. He, like Powell and McClellan, endorsed Obama.

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"These" liberals? nasty.

Posted by max solomon | October 24, 2008 9:42 AM
2

Good point, Chaz. But given the extreme dissatisfaction voters seem to have with the fact that the GOP has been in EXACTLY THE SAME POSITION for six of the last eight years (Republican President, GOP majority in both houses of Congress), I think it's just as likely the pendulum-swing is going to go so far to the left that it gives the Dems that same mandate, at least for the next two years - and what happens after that is going to be purely a result of how the Dems handle things.

Posted by COMTE | October 24, 2008 9:43 AM
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Charles, Bernanke did NOT endorse Obama. I was shocked for about 20 seconds until I actually read the article. He endorsed the Democratic version of a stimulus, but he did not endorse Obama.

This may be a de facto endorsement, as the WSJ suggests. But, let's not play so fast and loose with the facts. We're not Republicans, here, after all.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 24, 2008 9:50 AM
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What a fucking bag of tools. One-party control is what the Republicans did for how long again? Boo fucking hoo. Get out so we can clean up the mess you left.

Posted by Greg | October 24, 2008 10:00 AM
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That's funny, I don't recall the Republicans complaining when they had control of the House, Senate and White House. I do remember they tried to force through their most divisive and extreme policies.

For all of their hysterical fear-mongering about Obama, I doubt that Obama will be an extreme President. Its becoming clear to many people that the divisive force in America is the Republicans, especially the Sarah Palin wing of the GOP. With their destructive attitude to the fabric of American society, they're the people who should be considered anti-American.

Posted by blank12357 | October 24, 2008 10:08 AM
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I believe this is why we were hearing about McCain's decision not to attend his election night party. I suspect that yesterday the RNC met with him and told him they were pulling the plug on his campaign. They probably even made plans to pull Palin away for the last week to make appearances in support of close senate races where they suspect she can help.

Posted by kinaidos | October 24, 2008 10:18 AM
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I'm confident Obama will win, and the overall Dem. control in D.C. will be pretty good.

I have no confidence whatsoever that they will restore the Constitution to what it was pre-Cheney.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | October 24, 2008 10:20 AM
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"These liberals" -- is that plural for "That one" ?

Posted by Joe | October 24, 2008 10:27 AM
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I've been thinking about this. As great as it will feel on Nov 5 to win big, after that, it's up to us. We've got to be on our toes to keep our elected officials accountable, lest we find ourselves in a repeat of the last eight years.

At this point, the Republicans have been so thoroughly discredited that they can't be trusted with any power at all. But power corrupts, and I'm expecting to be disappointed with a Democratic government, especially given the mess they'll have to clean up right off the bat.

Posted by David | October 24, 2008 10:36 AM
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"Black check?" Geez Charles.

Posted by elswinger | October 24, 2008 10:45 AM
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So, if the US Chamber of Commerce is spending an emergency $35 million we should just assume that it's not going to have an impact?

(source - front page today's Wall Street Journal)

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 24, 2008 11:00 AM
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"A new Republican ad appears to suggest that Barack Obama has all but won the presidential race, an argument several vulnerable Senate Republicans may have to reluctantly embrace with only days until Election Day, an expert in campaign advertising said."

Oh those rascally Republicans! Conceding the election?? Are there no depths to which they won't sink? This must be some kind of subtle trick--Alert Keith Olbermann!

Posted by Seajay | October 24, 2008 12:11 PM

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