Category Archives: politics


Take a deep breath and let it sink in.



One more reason not to look for exit poll information, if you needed one.

Even if you find some numbers, they are likely to disagree with other numbers you find. So ignore them all!

Drudge and Huffington Post both say they show Obama up by 15 in Pennsylvania.

Gawker says they show Obama up by only 4 in PA.

Who the hell knows?! Wait for the actual results or at least numbers from a more official source like a TV network that is actually privy to the full set of numbers and knows how they were weighted, etc…

For the irony files

Guess how Joe the Plumber has been supporting himself as he campaigns with John McCain around the country worrying that Obama is going to take his hard-earned money and give it to someone else? He’s been relying on the hard-earned money that other people have been handing over to him:

“I’m not getting paid for things.  It’s starting to get hard to eat,” the now-famous Joe the Plumber tells INSIDE EDITION’s Deborah Norville.

Joe the Plumber, a.k.a. Joe Wurzelbacher, opens up to Norville about the downside of his overnight fame.  All that stumping is keeping him from earning a living as a plumber!

“When is the last time you actually had a regular [plumbing] gig?” Deborah asks.

“[It’s been] Three weeks now; I did a favor for a buddy of mine the other day, but I didn’t get paid for it [because] it was my friend.  And he’s an Obama supporter,” Joe says.

On the eve of election day, Joe, a single dad, told INSIDE EDITION he’s getting by with help from friends and family, along with donations from well-wishers.

“It’s hard being on the receiving end, a little bit of pride gets in there sometimes,” admits Joe.

“So you just go to the mailbox and there’s an envelope with a check in it, written to your name?” marvels Norville.

“Yes ma’am,” Joe says.

Joe says he may run for Congress himself down the line.  He’s also working on a book, tentatively called Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream.

You really couldn’t make this stuff up.

T minus one

I won’t make any predictions, but if anyone else cares to, I encourage them to do so in the comments. The more specific the better — exact percentages of popular vote, exact states won by the candidates, etc. What’s the point of making predictions if they’re not precise? There will be no cash prize for the closest guess (if you want to get rich making accurate predictions, go to InTrade or open up a storefront psychic shop like the one that just opened across the street from me, although I suspect it’s a front for something else…)

Against complacency


That’s a lot of people turning out to see Barack Obama. In Missouri, no less.

Can someone remind me, Does Sarah Palin consider Missouri one of the“pro-America areas of this great nation”? Maybe she would argue that St. Louis doesn’t count, because it isn’t one of “these small towns that we get to visit…these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America.”

Traffic jam

This, from Editor & Publisher, is a list of the 30 most-trafficked news websites’ in September, with percentage change from a year ago. Regardless of whether she helped or hindered John McCain’s campaign, it looks his choice of Sarah Palin was a boon for someone:

Add three zeroes to give you totals in millions. — 20,068 — 37% — 12,956 — 43% — 11,439 — 33%
LA Times — 10,022 — 102%
Wall Street Journal Online — 9,047 — 94% — 8,610 — 122% Francisco Chronicle — 5,129 — 18%
New York Post — 4,815 — 98%
Politico — 4,605 — 219%
Chicago Tribune — 4,558 — 46%

Daily News Online Edition — 4,439 — 56% – The Dallas Morning News — 3,777 — 115%
Chicago Sun-Times — 3,676 — 64%
The Houston Chronicle — 3,396 — 51%
Newsday — 3,051 — 13%

International Herald Tribune — 2,940 — 121%
The Washington Times — 2,410 — 78% — 2,332 — 73%
The Seattle Times — 2,256 — 22%
Anchorage Daily News* — 2,190 — 928%

Atlanta Journal-Constitution — 2,180 — 14%
Boston Herald — 2,153 — 118%
Baltimore Sun — 2,136 — 30%
Star Tribune — 2,134 — 50% — 2,086 — 70%

Seattle Post-Intelligencer — 2,070 — 17%
Detroit Free Press — 1,994 — 62% — 1,964 — 64% — 1,895 — 64%
Village Voice Media — 1,745 — (-13%)

*Estimate percent change calculated on small sample size; subject to increased statistical variability.