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While Andrew Keen thinks that Obama may be about to sort the traffic out, Mark Steel is 'cacking himself':

I know all the commentators are saying Obama's already won but I find myself scouring the internet for reassuring polls, and there'll be an article from Nevada quoting a truck driver that's supporting McCain, and I'm like a hypochondriac that's discovered a lump, frozen with fear and convinced this means the Republicans will win and reintroduce slavery and make it illegal for any creature to evolve.


Because it ought to be utterly totally wrapped up, as the Republicans have had the worst campaign that could ever be possible. The candidate looked like there couldn't possibly be anyone in the country more idiotic, but he scoured the continent, found someone who was and made her his deputy ...

Even if you had no interest in politics, one glance at the two candidates should make it obvious who was more assured and competent. And if you have a slight interest in politics then you'll notice that one candidate supported a disastrous war and the other one didn't.

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Question: Are liberals like Mark right to be worried? Could Obama blow it yet?


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borgseawolf wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC)
I know it's off-topic, but he's used the same jokes on News Quiz and HIGFNY ;)
heavenly_action wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
I don't believe that Obama or McCain can do much at this point to change the election results. Remember also that lots of people have already voted myself included. I do think an act of God or national crisis could change the outcome. In five days lets pray that doesn't happen, I'm betting Republicans are praying it does. I do believe that things can go badly wrong at the polls, I'm one of those paranoid people that believe the election can be stolen at the polls. I don't trust the electronic machines and also we are getting big stories from many states about the voter registration purges.

Edited at 2008-10-29 10:46 am (UTC)
alacsony wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
Democrats need a bit of fear mongering to boost turnout.
coldknee wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
Whilst I don't think he can afford to be complacent, it looks fairly certain that Obama will win and possibly win big.
The big issue I can see arising is overconfidence amongst supporters. If they believe that Obama is a dead cert to win then they could just not bother turning up. However, I saw a piece on Channel 4 News the other day about Obama's support base and it seems that the core support he has from his volunteers is sound. They look confident and dedicated. Which means that come election day they will get people to the polls. I hope.
So I think Mark Steel is right to be anxious, but it looks very much like it will be an Obama victory. The next big question I think is, can the Democrats get a clean sweep?
seldearslj wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
How could people 'not bother to turn up' just because they think there's enough votes?

What kind of thinking is that?
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tinylegacies wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)
I don't think *Obama* can blow it, but I think his supporters can if they think it's in the bag and they don't need to vote. Especially in the battleground states.
paniwi wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
It appears to be a concern of the Obama camp too. They have been urging voters not to become complacent. I hope they'll listen, for him and for democracy as a whole. Voting is a right and a privilege.
matgb wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
I like Mark Steel. I enjoy his books and his writing. But he's a marxist/trotskyist, and in no way a liberal in the normal (British) meaning of the word.

Teh Indytab normally knows better ;-)

But yeah, it's right to be worried, which is why there are intiatives like
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jeffxandra wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
Exactly! Never count out the Democrats' ability to screw up a political campaign!
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absurdhero wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
I agree that it's healthy to act as if we're 10 points down even if we're 10 points up at this point.

The Republicans will benefit from a lot of voter suppression tactics. 13 million voters have been purged since 2004, the majority of which are more than likely Democrats. GOP operatives are already sending out the familiar "Election Day has been moved to November 5th for Democrats" flyers, and I'm sure we can expect Robocalls with a matching message. We must be extremely vigilant, motivated and determined, because this election may be closer than it has any right to be.
kwsapphire wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
I don't think Obama could blow it (I mean he could, but it's exceedingly unlikely), however I think anyone hoping for an Obama victory has plenty of room for worry. This election can yet be stolen.
tyskkvinna wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
I think it's foolish to declare victory in anything until the "deal is done", so-to-speak.

I also think both campaigns can do the best, most amazing campaigns in history... and somebody is still going to lose. Ultimately it's not up to them; it's up to everybody.
ratphooey wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
He won't blow it. But I don't trust the neocons not to steal it.

elanorgardner wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Since we are not enjoying the last few months of a Gore presidency at this point, I am pretty sure the Republicans can steal any election at the polls. And they are trying desperately to do so. Likely my mom and I won't be challenged when we go to vote today, unless they notice the bumper stickers on my van or the fire in my eye....

It ain't easy living in Texas.
sahmahnthah wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
engines et al
or Who's providing all that grease? It's clear to me that much of the media coverage we are privy to seeing on tv and the radio is slanted towards or favours Senator B. Obama. This is akin to greasing an engine so that it runs the way you want it to. I don't believe in opinion polls. They can be too easily orchestrated. I always felt that Senator McCain would win this election and continue to feel that way.
pariskan wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Polls are polls -- people don't always respond truthfully when asked to state outright what their secret ballot will be. Thus the margin of error. Thus all the focus on Pennsylvania.

If McCain wins the election I doubt it will be because of "Republican Dirty Tricks", any more than if Obama wins it'll be because of ACORN voter registrations. Sure, anything's possible, but I choose not to be paranoid.

There are many unanswered questions about Obama. McCain has been in the public eye for a very long time, and has been through many campaigns, including a previous Presidential bid. He's been vetted by the media over, and over, and over again. It's an entirely different story with Obama. The media have been so busy fawning over him that they never got around to asking him any real questions. Those issues that put the lie to the media's narrative of "The One" are quickly shoved under the rug. Obama looks shiny and new and smart and cool -- but we the voters simply don't know what's underneath, because the people who are in charge of asking (the media) haven't been doing their jobs.

How can I vote for someone I know so little about? It's usually a case of voting for the lesser of two evils, but how am I to know the scope of Obama's evils versus McCain's?
randy_68 wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Ooooo.. wait till the libs see what you wrote... Hope you got fire insurance cause you are gonna get flamed. LOL. Personally I carry a fire extinguisher. :)
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bossiballs wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
Having Kittens/the Jitters.
Seems the only sane way to be, from where I'm standing.
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