Rod Blagojevich announced this morning that he was back in his office this morning and that he would be conducting "business as usual" as Governor of Illinois. Exclusively at Daily Kos, here is the Governor's schedule for today, leaked to me by Assistant #7.
|6:00 AM||Blagojevich residence||In cellar, stuffing documents into furnace.|
|6:40 AM||Blagojevich residence||Peering out living room window to spot surveillance teams.|
|7:00 AM||Blagojevich residence||Pat down children to look for wires, collect $5 from each child for ride to school.|
Continued. . .
Well, we're two days into the planning phase for the eventual transition to the new Administration, and can there be anyone left here who doesn't yet realize that Barack Obama must be removed from office at the earliest possible moment?
I mean, talk about a sense of betrayal. Here's a man who got all our hopes up. He's not even in office yet. And what does he do? Exactly what he said he would! He must go!
In a further example of the dysfunctional nature of the New York City and State Democratic Parties, the Democrat's recapture of the State's Senate (the only body not already held by them) has been thrown into question by four renegade Democratic Senators.
Seven years ago the Bronx Democratic machine threw the mayoral election to (then) Republican Michael Bloomberg rather than allow progressive Democrat Mark Green to win (they figured the Bronx Borough President Freddy Ferrer, who had just fallen to Green in a brutal primary, would have a better chance against a weak Bloomberg in 2005).
Now four Democratic State Senators are refusing to vote in the current Democratic minority leader as majority leader. -->
The Times is running a cover story on Obama's plans for the final 96 hours of the campaign:
He is scheduled to visit at least eight states across three time zones, focusing on liberal and conservative regions from Nevada to Florida where his strategists believe the Democratic margins could be increased by one or two percentage points.
“Don’t believe for a second this election is over. Don’t think for a minute that power concedes,” Mr. Obama said, imploring his supporters to consider the critical importance of their ballots. “We have to work like our future depends on it in this last week — because it does.”
The article also reveals that Obama will be abandoning his campaign for three hours tomorrow afternoon --->
Well, predictably, the crowing has started here at Daily Kos as if the election were already a done deal. But the left is completely missing the fact that McCain still has a clear path to victory in November. While it does require coordinated action, and a bit of luck, the danger to the Obama campaign is severe.
Normally, I wouldn't want to tip off the enemy to the kind of complex and brilliant electoral strategy that I intend to set forth in this essay. I think, however, it's safe to say that no one from the McCain campaign is likely to read it here. Those with any time for the internet are probably too busy scanning the help wanted ads on Craig's List.
Read on for McCain's Path to Victory. . .
Well, here's something interesting and, I have to admit, somewhat unexpected even from the new equal-time-for-Democrats media. In an analysis piece, the AP writes:
By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists" and doesn't see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign.
And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret.
more. . .
SIMI VALLEY - In independent moves Presidential candidates John McCain and Mitt Romney surprised supporters by dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination tonight. Their announcements closely followed the conclusion of the debate between Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
"I watched the debate and I realized there's just no hope" Senator McCain told a crowd of tens of supporters in a bowling alley this evening. "I was in Vietnam, I might have mentioned that, and I'll tell you my dear friends that I'd rather be back in the Hanoi Hilton than on stage debating either of those two. My friends, it made me tired just watching them. I've been shot down once in my life, I don't want to go through it again.
NPR is right now replaying Barack Obama's victory speech from last night:
But on this January night, at this defining moment in history, you have done what the cynics said we couldn't do.
I count myself as a cynic, although being equally cynical about my own predictive powers I don't presume to say what will or won't happen in a close election. But certainly I was as aware as anyone who is not a starry-eyed Obama supporter of the barrier that Senator Obama faced in attempting to win an electorate that is 93% white, 2.5% black, and largely rural.
But last night Barack Obama won a decisive victory in that state, and another 30% of the vote went to the first serious female candidate for the Presidency. Whatever happens from here on out, inclusivity in America won big last night.
Hot off the wires, no link yet:
In a surprise move last this afternoon Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced the cancellation of the caucuses that had been scheduled for this evening to allocate Iowa's delegates to the national nominating conventions of the two major political parties.
"I'd been mulling this action for several days," Miller said in a prepared statement. "Really, when you think about the amount of influence Iowa has on the nominating process is out of all proportion to our importance in the nation. Also, the whole caucus system, especially on the Democratic side, really doesn't do a good job of engaging the electorate or accurately reflecting the feelings of those who do attend."
With polls showing an absolutely even division of voters among the top three Democratic candidates going into the Iowa caucuses this week you're beginning to hear a lot of talk that "Iowa might not decide anything" on the Democratic side of the primary ledger. In addition to many comments here at dKos that are beginning to toe that line, the NY Times has an analysis piece discussing the issue tonight. In the piece even a senior Obama staffer says:
"It would be like a six-month trial and a hung jury," said David Axelrod, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama. "I think it is really possible."
But the fact is, Iowa will have a clear winner. . .
I love to see the anti-Republican slam diaries and front page posts here at dKos. The latest Giuliani scandal, Willard Romney exposed as a serial liar and flip-flopper, a video of Fred Thompson waking up and saying "Waa? Hmm." and dozing back off. That's all a lot of fun. Keep 'em coming!
But it's also all kind of pointless. Because the Republican race is down to two candidates, and they're not the ones you regularly see lambasted here at dKos. The Republican nominee will be either Mike Huckabee or John McCain and it's time we start thinking about them.
Update: Title changed from New Fuel Standards Agreed In Congress to attract more attention.
From the New York Times comes word that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has prevailed in a battle over increasing fuel standards and regulation of mileage standards. The opposition was lead by fellow Democrat John Dingell of Michigan.
The agreement will require automobiles and light trucks sold in the United States to average 35 miles per gallon by the year 2020 while allowing the EPA significant control of mileage standards (reflecting recent court decisions) and allowing individual states -- notably California -- to enact more stringent legislation.