Archive of Campaign 2008’s Hopes

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 29th, 2009

[WildebeestEyes / Flickr] After almost twelve months, it is time to put this blog to bed. The picture above seemed a good finale for BallotVox. Jonathan Wood -- a "Chicago-based human and sometimes photographer" -- took it in his hometown last month. It features pluma*'s street art inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem ...

Veterans Day

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Madison Guy (who may be probutcool -- hard to tell) is an editor, writer, and photographer in Madison, Wisconsin. Yesterday, on Veterans Day, he took the long way to work. Via a memorial to those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. "[T]he markers seemed to go on forever," he said, "stretching ...

President-Elect Barack Obama

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Immense crowds are cheering. These two photographs tell the smaller stories that put Obama on the podium tonight. Phillyhappening saw these teenaged Muslim girls on a Philadelphia street last night. (Thanks, James Mills.) [phillyhappening / Flickr] David Smyth in Denver recorded this boy at a local Obama rally last week. (Hat tip ...

A Whole Lot of Pie

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Obama started talking about sweet-potato pie in his stump speeches earlier this month. It started as an anecdote about a Republican diner owner who is unhappy with the state of the country -- and became a way of connecting with his audience. At a rally in West Philadelphia on October ...

Obama on Food Policy

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Amber, and waving [Micah A. Ponce / Flickr] In a recent interview with Joe Klein, Obama mentioned an article about food policy by journalist Michael Pollan. Pollan was calling on the next president to consider food critical to national security, global warming, energy independence, and health care. Shane, a recent grad of ...

Dueling Signage 2008!

Posted by Ann | Friday, October 31st, 2008

[Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] As early voting wraps up across the nation in the final weekend of this campaign, signage blooms. Ruth E, photographer of weddings, pets and babies, snapped this lawn pic outside a colonial duplex in Pittsburgh. On the right side, an enormous McCain/Palin sign stands proud and ...

Recently, On the Campaign Trail

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

Three shots from three rallies in three states this month. University of Dayton political science major Emily says she likes photographing Disney World, but she seems to be documenting the campaign enthusiastically as well. (See another of her election pics here.) This photo was from a Palin rally in Wilmington, Ohio, ...

“McCain Wins Debate!” Ad

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Tony Buser, born and living in Reading, Pennsylvania, blogs about webby, techy things. He made a mashup satirizing the bizarre "McCain wins debate!" ad that appeared before the debate even happened. Tony slips that ad onto the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune held by Harry Truman -- which ...

Palin: The Katie Couric Interview

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 26th, 2008

[Notraces Flip Side / Flickr] Mainstream media winced a lot (even on the conservative side) over Palin's two-part interview this week with Katie Couric. The blogosphere today served up very similar reactions. (Help us dig up the smart contrarians here!) Timothy Burke teaches African history, among other things, at Swarthmore. He felt ...

Was Charlie Gibson Unfair to Palin?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Before his glasses went on [matthewnstoller / Flickr] Sarah Palin did her first big network interview last week with ABC's Charlie Gibson. Here's one blogger's take on the way Gibson conducted the interview. John Orlando is an evangelical Christian and a student at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. Before returning to school, he ...

VP Predictions

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

DrBombay1559 from the US Virgin Islands wants to start a political blog, and this video is a test run. Don't let the blurry scratchy quality deter you -- his commentary/prediction about VP candidates is interesting. (Hat tip to James Mills.) And just in time, too, because it looks like ...

Obama Declines Public Financing

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, June 21st, 2008

[freshelectrons / Flickr] On Thursday, Barack Obama declined public financing for the general election. There was a slight lag before citizen talk revved up online -- maybe everyone needed to brush up on campaign finance laws? -- but it was in full swing yesterday. The common camps: 1) Obama lied; he's ...

More Criticism of PA Democratic Debate

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

These two videos found by Sue Salinger make it worth revisiting last week's ABC Democratic debate -- a debate that has been thoroughly trashed (by Democrats, anyway) for it near-total irrelevance. In this vein, up first: New York hip-hop vlogger Jay Smooth's mashup of debate footage and Soulja Boy: And next: ...

Earth Day Boycott

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Earth Day altar [lars hammar / Flickr] One youth pastor in central Pennsylvania probably isn't impressed with Google's Earth Day holiday logo today. He thinks Earth Day is the "worst holiday ever" because it turns the earth into an idol. In fact he's staging a personal boycott (hat tip to Ann ...

Go Tell Mama

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 18th, 2008

Go Tell Mama is one of the most interesting viral Obama campaigns out there. (Thanks, Tate Nova and Ghidewon Arefe.) This street art, signed CRO, was dreamed up -- during some soul searching after a terrible 2006 bike accident -- by Chicago graphic designer Ray Noland. His iconic posters, stencils, ...

Can’t We Talk About Issues?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 17th, 2008

[desi.italy / Flickr] Last night's Democratic debate in Philly -- specifically the performance by anchors Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos -- has been widely panned: in the mainstream media, in the high-traffic political blogosphere, in thousands of outraged comments on ABC's site, and by regular people writing on their personal blogs. ...

Not So Neighborly

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Misa Dayson found this one. It was taken in Pennsylvania and features the "Chappaqua chapter of Women for Obama." In other words: Hillary Clinton's Democratic neighbors who aren't voting for her. [jolly / Flickr] Hopefully these women won't need to ring the Clintons' doorbell any time soon in search of eggs ...

Small-Town Bitterness

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Billionaires' Row in CA: where it all went down [zombietime] Barack Obama's remarks in CA about small-town bitterness are in their umpteenth news cycle. It's hard to know how they'll affect next Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary. One recent poll shows Obama plummeting in PA; another shows him holding steady nationally. The blogosphere, of course, ...

PA Prom for Clinton

Posted by Katherine | Monday, April 14th, 2008

Three days ago, at a Drexel University rally in Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton got asked on a date. To a prom. Apparently she politely responded that it might be a little tough to coordinate with her campaign schedule. (Via Ann Raber.) [Noel Dietrich / Flickr] If you look at the original-size version of ...

Swingin’ for Obama in PA

Posted by Katherine | Monday, April 14th, 2008

The Pennsylvania Democratic primary polls show Clinton still in the lead, despite a narrowing gap. But Earl Pickens (from Lewisburg, PA) and The Band Named Thunder think otherwise. They're so sure Obama's going to win everywhere in Pennsylvania they had to sing about it. Notice how they work in "Yes ...