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Here it is:

"I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. Officer, arrest these men."

and then Cheney says: "On what charges?"

and then Obama says "Crimes against humanity. Take them away."

and then Bush and Cheney are dragged off to Guantanamo and tortured for eight years.


As bronte17 insists in the comments, apparently I need to start my diary immediately with the fact that the WSJ article was incorrect and then ask readers to assist in clarifying the situation.  This despite the fact that I only brought it up because I didn't know whether or not it was incorrect.  Sort of all moot now, because Nate Silver already addressed this foolish stat (see below).

Michael Stokes Paulsen wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal today about the Franken/Coleman recount in Minnesota.  In addition to referencing Bush v. Gore about a dozen times, despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Bush v. Gore is not to be used as a precedent for any future cases, he drops this fact, which I have never heard before:

All told, the recount in 25 precincts ended up producing more votes than voters who signed in that day.

[updates below]

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plf515 celebrates the season with this thread that equates atheists with religious extremists.

In particular, Richard Dawkins is taken to task.


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Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 05:03 AM PST

Lizard People!

by evenson

If the MN-Sen recount has shown us anything, it's that "voter intent" is not always as simple as it may first appear.  Take, for instance, this ballot:

Lizard People!

According to Minnesota Public Radio:

This Beltrami County voter cast their ballot for Al Franken, but also put "Lizard People" as a write-in candidate, not only in the U.S. Senate race, but for several others. The county auditor/treasurer ruled that the vote should not be counted because it's considered an overvote. Representatives for Franken challenged that decision.

Not so fast, MPR!


Which MN-Sen candidate is a reptilian humanoid?

4%6 votes
53%72 votes
10%14 votes
0%0 votes
6%9 votes
7%10 votes
17%23 votes

| 134 votes | Vote | Results

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I'm the guy that wrote The filibuster-proof majority (or, Keep Lieberman!) yesterday.  I said stuff like:

Let Lieberman keep his chairmanship, but keep an eye on him.  It's not giving him power in exchange for nothing.  All of those who caucus with the Democrats (for example, 50-some Democrats) have the same obligations to support a Democratic agenda (i.e.: whatever they want to do, because they're human beings with opinions and special-interest money, etc.).


Joe's an asshole, but we all do better if he's OUR asshole.  Hell, the Democrats let Max Baucus chair all kinds of committees, and he's hardly someone I'd consider a progressive.

Yeah.  Sorry about that.  I've had a bit of a re-think. [h/t Kagro X]



87%21 votes
12%3 votes

| 24 votes | Vote | Results

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Woke up this morning to the "AK-Sen: Begich takes a "big" lead" diary by kos, and then read WineRev's "MN-Sen Recount: Update" thread, and of course, Jim Martin's "GA-Sen: The Fight Isn't Over Yet" thread, and they all got me thinking about 2006, when most people didn't expect the Dems to actually get a majority in the Senate.  Wow, thought I, they might confound expectations once again, and get a filibuster-proof supermajority in the Senate.

Then I started browsing through Jed L's "Lieberman is not the change we need" diary.  Or is it a story?  A comment?  Whatever..



Keep Joe?

4%6 votes
0%1 votes
0%1 votes
2%4 votes
3%5 votes
45%64 votes
42%61 votes

| 142 votes | Vote | Results

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Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 07:34 AM PST

60 seats in the Senate! (UPDATED)

by evenson

No, Franken probably lost.  Minnesota will recount, but this isn't Florida.  Coleman will go back to the Senate.

Sadly, Begich will likely not be replacing the convicted felon in Alaska.

Merkley may not replace Gordon Smith.

UPDATE: Merkley won in Oregon!!

I'm talking about a handful of true "maverick" Republicans in the Senate.

Note: I have assessed the Senators below mostly by checking their scores at


Who's your favorite Republican in the Senate?

61%146 votes
8%21 votes
26%63 votes
2%6 votes
1%3 votes

| 239 votes | Vote | Results

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Nobody wants to give the impression that they're calling the race too early.

I haven't caught too much Katie, but Brian Williams keeps on insisting that the story of this race is going to be told in these states that are currently too close to call.



21%10 votes
8%4 votes
27%13 votes
27%13 votes
2%1 votes
12%6 votes

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Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 06:26 AM PDT

McCain campaign in five words or less

by evenson

How to describe the current McCain/Palin campaign for the Presidency?

Firedoglake reports that McCain himself is pretty much missing in action these days:

McCain's current campaign schedule, according to his own website, shows a string of rallies featuring VP nominee Sarah Palin... but zero scheduled appearances for the guy at the top of the ticket (aside from the two upcoming televised debates).


How would you describe the McCain/Palin '08 campaign in October?

1%1 votes
6%5 votes
9%8 votes
35%29 votes
19%16 votes
18%15 votes
9%8 votes

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So according to the LA Times, Governor Schwarzenegger's concerned that they won't be able to pay teachers and other government workers come Oct. 28th, one week before Election Day.

"Absent a clear resolution to this financial crisis," Schwarzenegger wrote in a letter Thursday evening e-mailed to [U.S. Treasury Secretary] Paulson, "California and other states may be unable to obtain the necessary level of financing to maintain government operations and may be forced to turn to the federal treasury for short-term financing."


How many states will have to stop paying government workers by Election Day?

22%5 votes
9%2 votes
0%0 votes
4%1 votes
0%0 votes
4%1 votes
0%0 votes
0%0 votes
0%0 votes
0%0 votes
9%2 votes
0%0 votes
4%1 votes
0%0 votes
45%10 votes

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FLORIDA: Obama 51, McCain 47
MINNESOTA: Obama 54, McCain 43
MISSOURI: Obama 59, McCain 40
NEVADA: Obama 71, McCain 4
VIRGINIA: Obama 93, McCain 1
OHIO: Obama 99, McCain -3

Sorry for the stupid nature of the diary, but I was just so excited that I couldn't help myself.


AP now has Obama up by 207, 248-41% in a national poll.

   Barack Obama has surged to a two-hundred-seven-point lead over John McCain one month before the presidential election, lifted by voters who think the Democrat is better suited to lead the nation through its sudden financial crisis, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that underscores the mounting concerns of some McCain backers.

   Likely voters now back Obama 248-41 percent over McCain, a dramatic shift from an AP-GfK survey that gave the Republican a slight edge nearly three weeks ago, before Wall Street collapsed and sent ripples across worldwide markets.


Can Obama Possibly Lose?

27%67 votes
39%97 votes
32%80 votes

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See, I was as confused as Greg Sargent when Palin said this in her interview with Katie Couric:

COURIC: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials?

PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our next door neighbors are foreign countries. they're in the state that i am the executive of. And there in Russia --

COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations for example, with the Russians?

PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We do -- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia -- as Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where do they go?

It's Alaska, It's right over the border. It is from Alaska, that we send those out to make sure an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there, they are right next to our state.

So, yeah, that didn't make any sense at all, so I figured, best to head over to and see if they have any spin on it...

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