Rewind: Election Day in 53 Seconds

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

[We will occasionally be posting cool stuff (under the heading "Rewind") that dates back to the campaign itself -- things we didn't have enough time to write up before the election.] One week until the inauguration. Maybe the right time to reminisce about election day with this brief video by mattymatt ...

On the GOP’s Use of Fear

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Last Friday at a rally near Minnesota, John McCain reversed course somewhat on linking Obama to terrorists. McCain told a supporter that Obama is a "decent person" he shouldn't be "scared" of. In response, the audience booed McCain. Reigned-in engineer PoliticalOverload -- another ballotvoxregular -- takes on the GOP's use of ...

Drilling as Wedge Issue

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Drilling ninja [TheAlieness GiselaGiardino23 / Flickr] Steve from Toledo, Ohio, calls himself (possibly facetiously?) a "circus plate spinner." Steve is unconvinced that new domestic oil drilling would have any measurable effect on gas prices. So for a while he thought it would be fun to see the Republicans go through with ...

The Two-Party System is a Box

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

The second presidential debate is tonight. Have you wondered why only McCain and Obama are debating even though many voters would like other candidates included? Why not Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr? Or Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney? Or any of the other candidates running for the presidency? The Commission on ...

The Tone of McCain/Palin

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

In the last few days, both Obama and Biden have accused the McCain/Palin campaign of dishonesty and nastiness in its attacks and ads. Many of their fellow Democrats feel similarly about the tone McCain and Palin have adopted. Jay Smooth is a hip-hop vlogger and ballotvoxregular who "leans left." You'll find ...

Not Like the Republicans She Knows

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Drill, baby, drill [kellyandapril / Flickr] Anne from Ann Arbor is a Democrat, a teacher, and a lover of folk art. She also has near and dear Republicans in her life (with whom she avoids talking politics). Anne saw nothing resembling them at the Republican convention last week (thanks, James ...

Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[rklau / Flickr] If Twitter and swing states are anything to go by, Michelle Obama pretty much rocked her audience on Monday night with her convention speech. The blogosphere echoed with praise, too, but also with pointed analysis and critiques. Here's a taste of it all. John Klomp is a gay artist ...

The Republican Youth Vote

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Many young Republicans appear concerned that their ranks are thinning. Not so Ian Gallagher, UVA student and intern at the university's Center for Politics. He rallied support for McCain during the Virgina primary, and he's not giving up on his generation. He thinks Republican values and votes are there among ...

Republicans v Democrats

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 15th, 2008

With room to grow [MaxVelascoKnott / Flickr] Ask the blogosphere to assess the health of the Republican and Democratic parties and you get wildly different answers. Citizen Haines, a Virginia native and self-described sarcastic polymath, is afraid that the Republican Party is in trouble because it's diluting conservative principles to be ...

Republicans for Billary

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, March 6th, 2008

[Daniella Zalcman / Flickr] As a small addendum to the previous post, this from Republican John Rich, who voted for Clinton in Virginia: The Clintons are a team. You get one, you get both. And that’s good news for Republicans like me: he’d be a steadying influence on Hillary’s more leftish notions. Stated ...

Republicans for Clinton

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Were they talking up Clinton? [chix0rgirl / Flickr] Before Tuesday's primaries in Texas, Ohio, Vermont, and Rhode Island, Rush Limbaugh urged Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton. His reason: a bruising ongoing Democratic race helps the GOP. Republican John Ruwe, who did vote for Clinton on Tuesday, sees very much eye-to-eye with ...