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How is it possible for a candidate to lie, exaggerate, and exhibit bizarre actions and still be in the running?

With almost 83-90 percent (depending on the poll) of our country saying we are on the wrong track, how can there be such a close presidential contest when one of the candidates is almost a carbon copy of Bush?

Every poll says Obama is ahead. Yet, words of caution always follow. It’s too early (11 days to go) to count McCain out. Really?

His campaign has considerably less money than Obama’s, hasn’t been able to focus on a consistent message, has a vice president with a big question mark, and is managed chaotically.  But, news sources say he can turn things around and win the election?

Unbelievable.

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Lately, I’ve been wondering about something that has to do with the presidential campaigns. Why was it that years ago, certain smaller states did not decide presidential elections?

Is it because the people are more polarized now? Or, because some states are late deciders and not predictable? Or, because the electoral college should be scrapped in favor of presidential elections being decided by a popular vote?

There’s a sense that states like California who carry a great number of electoral votes and are solidly backing Obama in this election are marginalized. Candidates have to concentrate on those who are not decided and could cause the vote to change.

Not being able to elect a president on the basis of a popular vote makes me wonder what my vote is worth. Although I have voted in all the elections since I registered to vote in my twenties, and I still consider it my privilege and responsibility to vote, my vote doesn’t seem to carry much weight any more.

I suppose wondering began with the first election of George Dubyah. He lost the popular vote and still became president. Then, with the results of the second election I felt a mixture of shock and denial. Taking away the fraud factor in Ohio that we all heard so much about, the election result still did not reflect the popular vote.

In addition to wanting to do away with the electoral college, my desire is also to vote separately for a vice president. The Sarah Palin fiasco may bring America to the brink — or even push it over the edge — of a Third World status, I believe we cannot trust the presidential candidates to wisely choose a vice president. In Palin’s case, we have no way to cast a vote against her while casting a vote for McCain. To think of her being President solely because she was chosen by a senile, belligerant, loner is frightening.

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This election campaign has been like a nightmare serial. Especially in the past few days. There have been angry and violent-sounding remarks made at McCain and Palin rallies. The tone of the rallies has begun to morph into the feel of a lynch mob, prompting Congressman John Lewis to issue a warning to MCain/Palin.

I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse….As public figures with the power to influence and persuade, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all. They are playing a very dangerous game that disregards the value of the political process and cheapens our entire democracy. We can do better. The American people deserve better.

Here’s a link to the background on this action: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/11/john-lewis-warns-mccain-y_n_133903.html

Palin’s jabs particularly rankle me. She isn’t in the same league as Obama, but doesn’t seem to know. Her opinions are offered to crowds with a snide and nasty attitude. Many of the people in those crowds don’t follow the news, apparently, and are not well informed. So, for them, her words are (pardon the expression) gospel.

Let’s hope that this incitement to anger will be decreased. Once it is fanned into flames, as the Congressman said, there will be no stopping it. Now is the time to scale back their words. It scares me to think of what could happen. To Obama. To the country. To friends and neighbors.

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It’s with bewilderment that I witness people embracing Sarah Palin as a viable Vice Presidential candidate. As much of our country has overlooked the “emperor with no clothes,” it also seems bent on overlooking “Ding Dong Bell(e).”

Interestingly, women who haven’t been willing to place their trust in and support of Palin, who see the picture clearly, and who don’t want to suffer four more years of incompetency, have spoken and continue to speak out at http://womenagainstsarahpalin.blogspot.com/

The tsunami of reaction began on September 3 with two women sending letters to 40 friends and business acquaintances asking them to respond to Palin’s candidacy. Those people forwarded the letters to their friends. At this time,  responses number 170,000! And, they continue to come in!

We can only hope that these numbers reflect a fraction of the people who have the same thoughts and intentions of voting against Sarah Palin becoming our worst nightmare — POTUS!

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my eyes, unhunching shoulders…

Could only bear to watch last half hour of the VP debate. I think it was actually easier to watch Palin as if she was Tina Fey. Maybe the “shout out” she gave to the school children will become a line in the next Saturday Night Live sketch. It screamed Tina Fey!

A coworker wondered if Palin was using a Blackberry at the lectern to get instructions or answers from someone off stage. It seemed that she spent a lot of time looking down and her hands seemed to be moving. Was she writing? Was she listening to Biden when she was looking down and a big, goofy grin came to her face? Recall the lump on the back of Bush during one debate. We never found out if he was “wired” and getting answers from an aide.

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And, hunching up my shoulders, as if expecting to be pummeled.  Actually, I am anticipating the VP debate. Fearful of hoping for the best. Afraid of experiencing the worst. Grasping at every little thing that seems optimistic or some kind of “sign”.

A friend sent the following:

The Economist is a weekly British news magazine with a financial-conservative outlook. Its readership probably tends to have better than average education and knowledge of world affairs. It has undertaken a worldwide online voting process between Barack Obama and John McCain. The voting procedure is American-style: each country is allotted a number of electoral votes determined by its population. The voting is still continuing and you can participate if you wish.

The outcome thus far is astounding: the only “country” with a majority for McCain is Andorra, with 3 electoral votes. The rest of the world votes overwhelmingly for Obama. Considering the type of voters likely to be participating, that is astounding! Draw your own conclusions… http://www.economist.com/vote2008

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