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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fate Sealed

posted by on June 24 at 17:41 PM

Did you see this VERY BAD, VERY JINXY… thing… that appeared on a podium directly in front of Barack Obama over the weekend?


Well, we won’t be seeing that thing again. Obama has a big and widening lead in the polls right now. And that’s greatóbut so did these guys in the summer of ‘88. Win the election first, slap presidential seals on podiums second.

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I'm learning lots of new languages in this campaign. First Spanish (si se puede), now Latin (vero possumus). It's a refreshing change from the "educated people shouldn't be running the country" BS of the last election.

Posted by Organized Lightning | June 24, 2008 5:48 PM

Does "Vero Possumus" mean "Truth is an Opossum"?

Posted by Fnarf | June 24, 2008 6:07 PM

@2, it actually means "yes we can," but I like your translation better.

Posted by arduous | June 24, 2008 6:20 PM

They couldn't have used that anyway without asking Starbucks.

Posted by elenchos | June 24, 2008 6:37 PM

Honestly, I like it better. But I agree that he should win first.

Posted by Homo Will | June 24, 2008 6:52 PM


people sure know how to overreact

Posted by chris | June 24, 2008 7:20 PM

You can't compare Obama to Gore & Kerry. 538 has done a good job of debunking that myth. I'm not saying it won't get closer as we reach election day but neither of those elections featured big leads in so many polls this late into the cycle - plus neither had the kind of cash advantages that Obama does.

Posted by DavidC | June 24, 2008 7:43 PM

Are we really still talking about jinxes? In 2008? Really?

Posted by Mike in MO | June 24, 2008 7:49 PM

Yes, Dan, we saw it. Over and over. Thanks for repeating it. Yet again.

Posted by Andy Niable | June 24, 2008 7:58 PM
vero possumus

I choose to believe this means "virile possum"

Posted by Judah | June 24, 2008 8:56 PM

Of course it means "I see possums" which for an Eagle is a very good thing, though not as good as seeing baby goats.
In it's left talon it's carrying bud and in it's right roasted Marlin on a stick. It's holding a used condom between in it's wings.
All in all, a good thing he's nixed it.

Posted by kinaidos | June 24, 2008 9:07 PM

Wow, that's quite a selective reading of the polls. Last Friday, I came across a Newsweek poll that said Obama had a 14 point lead. That one and the one you site are the only ones with any significant deviation from what the pollsters, pundits and mainstream media say is an extremely close race. Most polls I've read have Obama (including one today) up 4-7 points with a margin of error of 3-4 points. I've read several times that Obama received no significant bounce after Clinton's withdrawal.

Posted by lark | June 24, 2008 9:11 PM

Check out 538 if you want an analysis of polls. The Newsweek one with him 15 points up seems high and so was the other one today that had him 12 points up.

The bigger picture here is that there have been NO national polls with McCain up for weeks. 538 estimates that Obama is up about 5-6 points nationally with seems quite reasonable.

Posted by DavidC | June 24, 2008 9:21 PM

McCain who?

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 24, 2008 11:38 PM

We'll re-defeat NO-Bama in November!!!

Posted by clintonsarmy | June 25, 2008 4:06 AM

Obama's the type of guy who would cry during rape.

Posted by Rufio (From Hook) | June 25, 2008 7:35 AM

I actually think this seal was a good idea. Keep approximating the image of President so that sense of Obama as President gets solidified in the peoples' minds. If there's already a subconscious feeling that he IS President already, people are far more likely to be comfortable voting for him. It's quite brilliant framing, actually.

Posted by NaFun | June 25, 2008 8:28 AM

McCain's caucus, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, uses the same logo:

I bet Drudge or Sullivan or whoever forgot to mention that in their "coverage"...

Posted by Just Sayin' | June 25, 2008 8:34 AM

I like it because it looks like the American Eagle is hugging a condom.

Now THAT is the kind of message I can endorse.

Posted by chandler in lasvegas | June 25, 2008 10:30 AM

It is an over-blown non-issue. People didn't like him not wearing a flag pin and now they don't like him displaying an alternative symbol of our country. BFD.

Posted by inkweary | June 25, 2008 11:01 AM

@4 I also noticed the concentric circles with two stars...very bad omen indeed.

Posted by erik | June 25, 2008 12:01 PM

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