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Old 11-04-2008, 07:51 PM   #31
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Not an American.

Interested in the result, I am. But I'll be glad to see the end of all this.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:03 PM   #32
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Not an American either, but I want Obama to win. If I were to be an American, I'd be a Democrat.
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Old 11-07-2008, 04:48 PM   #33
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Here Israeli analyst provides a detailed comparison of Obama to Michael Jackson: [url]http://samsonblinded.org/blog/michael-jackson-for-president.htm[/url]
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:44 PM   #34
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Here Israeli analyst provides a detailed comparison of Obama to Michael Jackson: http://samsonblinded.org/blog/michae...-president.htm
It's interesting how racism in this country has changed over the years. I think a lot of people think they're only being bigoted if they use the "n" word, but depicting obama in arab headgear or rearranging his name to "Hussein Obama" are also racist and offensive to many people. These are the politics of fear -- trying to associate Barack Obama with things that scare ordinary americans -- and unfortunately we saw a lot of it leading up to the election.

Fortunately, your average American is a lot smarter than the author of this article gives them credit for and I don't think fear-mongering had a big impact on the outcome of the election. However, it still has the potential to radicalize the far right and, ironically, could lead to domestic terrorism. I hope I'm wrong, but if I were Obama, I wouldn't go anywhere without security.
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Old 11-09-2008, 05:35 AM   #35
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I just wanted to point this out...

This is amazing.
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:03 AM   #36
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I'm for Obama, and I'm happy to say I agree 100% with Danoz and Colin Powell.

McCain is a good guy, but I really question his ability to make decisions under pressure. I mean, really, Palin?! Sure, I'd do her, but that doesn't mean I'm going to vote for her. She's like the NASCAR of politicians.
The only differences being that she knows only how to turn to the right, and that she stores her airbag intracranially.

Seriously, however...
Before the election I had some respect for McCain, but stuff like rashly picking Palin made me seriously question his ability to make responsible decisions, and some of the uglier ads by the McCain campaign wore away at my opinion of him regarding his integrity. (Seriously-- an ad claiming that Obama is some sort pervert who promoted "legislation to teach comprehensive sex education to kindergarteners", when in fact it was a measure to help children learn to avoid pedophiles? That's pretty low campaigning.) That's in addition to things like McCain making friends with Falwell, whom he had previously (and correctly) labeled as an "agent of intolerance". It become more and more clear that in the quest to finally win this time around, McCain had abandoned any free-thinking "maverick" ways of old in favor of pandering to "his base".

Plus, the prospect of a overwhelming conservative majority on the Supreme Court worried me. At least right now they're restrained a bit by the fact that Kennedy, while conservative-leaning overall, sometimes breaks away. Had McCain won, and additional conservative/reactionary justices replaced a couple of out-going liberal judges, as would have been likely, there would have been nothing to keep the court in any sort of balance.

All in all, I'm glad things turned out as they did. That's not to say I have no reservations about Obama (I actually voted for Hillary in the primary), but by the end of the general campaign I think Obama showed himself to be significantly more fit for the office than McCain.

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Old 11-19-2008, 08:37 PM   #37
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All in all, I'm glad things turned out as they did. That's not to say I have no reservations about Obama (I actually voted for Hillary in the primary), but by the end of the general campaign I think Obama showed himself to be significantly more fit for the office than McCain.
I agree, though it is a shame that someone with McCain's experience and record turned out to be such a clumsy presidential candidate. I suppose the current state of the Republican party is as much to blame as McCain himself, but a truly great leader should be able to stand up to the extreme wing of his party, no matter how vocal.
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:21 AM   #38
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Holy shit. Greatest politician joke i ever heard.
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Old 11-21-2008, 09:26 PM   #39
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Welcome back.
Thanks, nice to back. It seems a lot quieter now than before --I guess because the site was down-- so it's nice to see a lot of the old folks are indeed still around. =)
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