Against Palin… Before He Was (Sort Of) For Her

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

On the fence [slavetothemusic / Flickr] Ann Raber just discovered an interesting new blogger. He writes anonymously at Black Men for McCain. He says he's a black Republican and a Christian who dislikes Obama and intended his month-old blog to support McCain. Until, at least, McCain picked Palin: I’m a Republican because this ...

Elections: A Romance

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 22nd, 2008

[riot jane / Flickr] This is amusing and at least partly true. Jennifer Killpack-Knutsen, who's from Salt Lake City and likes green living, makes the case that elections are like dating (thanks, Ann Raber): Most people see only what they want to see in the candidate or potential partner. Well, they might ...

Voting Bitterly for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Theres no way home saw this bumper sticker in Gary, Indiana (thanks, Sue Salinger): [theres no way home / Flickr] It could be about guns and religion. Or about FISA and campaign finance.

Another Reaction to Saddleback Church Forum

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Outside Saddleback Church [Bjarne B. Sunde / Flickr] Kate Stone writes an eponymous blog, and, unlike Erica, she was happy to miss the whole Saddleback frenzy while she was camping in New Mexico. She was curious to catch up on it at the end of her trip, though. After meeting a ...

How Obama Lost a Vote

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Sticking with the FISA story for one more post, here's a video (found by Sarolta Cump) from an angry former Obama supporter. Jim is from Columbus, Ohio, and he explains how Obama gained and then lost his vote: Notice how he left a little loophole at the end?

Obama, FISA, and Social Networking

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

[Vaguely Artistic / Flickr] Voters are using my.barackobama.com to tell Obama they don't like something he's done. Specifically, they don't like his promise to support the FISA bill in Congress. So they've created a special group called Get FISA Right. It was started on June 26th and already has over 15,000 ...

Obama to Support FISA Bill

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

On Friday, Barack Obama declared that he supports the FISA bill wending its way through Congress. This is the bill that essentially allows the government more leeway to wiretap and gives the telecom companies immunity for handing records to the Bush administration. Many Democratic voters seem unhappy. Erich Rauchway is ...

Obama Declines Public Financing - Part II

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this video about another aspect of Obama's public-financing decision: "runaway" campaign costs. Stephen is a 22-year-old in Tennessee who considers himself one of Obama's "biggest supporters." He has a bumper sticker, he preaches the Obama gospel, and he donated during the primaries. Although he's still on ...

Veteran Suicides and PTSD

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 19th, 2008

JustA11en starts by saying, "In the interest of full disclosure, this video will not be entertaining..." That may be true, but you should watch it to the very end anyway. JustA11en is a veteran and a self-described "veritable cornucopia of useless, non applicable, knowledge." In this particular case, his intensity ...

How Will Clinton Supporters Vote in November?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Manny from Orlando, Florida, might be a film student or an ob-gyn, depending on how you read his profile. He is without question, though, a fiery Clinton supporter, and he's pissed off at Barack Obama. So pissed off that he's going to vote for McCain in the general election (hat ...

Youth Vote — Part II

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 2nd, 2008

[Libby / Flickr] Despite the attention that engaged young voters have been attracting in this presidential campaign, and despite what promises to be a comparatively high youth turnout, only about 50% of under-30s will vote in November. So although some are genuinely enthusiastic, plenty of teenagers and twenty-somethings are politically disengaged. Nicholas ...