This is probably the most significant non-election related news from yesterday. Too much spectrum has been locked up for too long.
CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive – Palin discusses her future « – Blogs from CNN.com“As she waited for her beverages, a local reporter asked the governor how she envisions her role in national politics if McCain loses the election. Palin did not hesitate to muse about a future that might not include being vice president come January. ‘You know, if there is a role in national politics it won’t be so much partisan … My efforts have always been here in the state of Alaska to get everybody to unite and work together and progress this state. … It would certainly be a uniter type of role,’ she added.”
Day: November 5, 2008
Putting it in perspective
I don’t have the energy or time to write the summary of how I feel about the election, except to note that others have already done a pretty good job of summarizing for me.
From a campaign strategy perspective, 2008 will be discussed for many years, but a few things I found interesting in looking at what worked this time around are below:
Outperforming past Democratic candidates: Obama versus Kerry and Gore – War Room – Salon.com. By the numbers, it’s an impressive performance, but it’s more impressive if you visualize it, as one poster in a thread on Politico.com did:
The red states are the states where Obama did worse than Kerry. That’s a pretty good illustration of the heart of social conservatism in the US.
That aforementioned thread suggests that there was some interesting gamesmanship going on in the end to bring the McCain campaign so deep into Pennsylvania, a state that it ultimately lost by a double digit margin.
Interesting that even after a blowout, there’s pressure from the media saying Obama needs to move to the center.
Both McCain and Obama’s campaign systems were hacked and compromised, and Palin took runaround money meant to buy three suits for the convention and bought enormous quantities of clothes for her family and herself, including some items that have apparently been lost.
Threats to Obama, as monitored by the Secret Service, were directly correlated to Palin’s feral rallies.
New mix: Funky President
- James Brown, “Funky President (People It’s Bad)”
- William S. Burroughs, “When Did I Stop Wanting to Be President”
- The Cure, “Primary (Morgan Studio Outtake 9/80)”
- Max Roach, “Freedom Now”
- Sam Cooke, “A Change Is Gonna Come”
- Virginia Glee Club, “I shall not die without a hope” (Testament of Freedom)
- Jay-Z and Danger Mouse, “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”
- Youssou N’Dour, “Hope”
- Branford Marsalis, “Freedom Suite: Interlude”
- The Flaming Lips, “Suddenly Everything Has Changed”
- Arcadia, “Election Day”
- Extra Golden, “Obama (Live, KEXP)”
- Funkadelic, “One Nation Under a Groove”
- Bob Dylan, “Things Have Changed”
- Parliament, “Chocolate City”
- Lou Reed, “Voices of Freedom”
- Miles Davis, “Freedom Jazz Dance”