The last presidential debate is over. Fewer people watched this debate than watched the second. Most people think that Barack Obama was the more successful debater. And, because that is the case, the Republican smear machine is still in operation, according to Wired.com (#).
E-mail smears have targeted Obama's patriotism since his presidential run began, but the Sacramento website appears to be the first case of the smears being openly adopted by an official GOP organization. The attacks come as polling shows voters growing increasingly impatient with the perceived negative tone of Obama rival John McCain's campaign, following attacks seeking to link Obama to a former 1960's radical.
View my current slide show about the Bush years -- "Millennium" -- at the bottom of this column.
Truth squads are out. There are websites dedicated to that work. Television networks make some attempts to help viewers sort fact from fiction. Attempts to define Barack Obama as somehow dangerous are back-firing. Recent weeks have proven that racism remains a nasty reality* in far too many places#. And it was unleased# by the McCain campaign#. John McCain has been playing with fire.# People worry about the potential for violence#. Moreover, McCain is losing credibility as a true maverick with the general public, and also with many in the mainstream media*.
"Joe the Plumber" is on the hotseat, along with Sarah Palin,# according to Yahoo! News#. Joe is actually a worker. He is not a licensed plumber, and several government entities that have jurisdiction are probing further. Veep candidate, Sarah Palin, is also having major ethics problems#. Palin's problems are turning out to be the perfect example of that old saw, "the pot calling the kettle black*."
TV ad buys for presidential candidates are in a state of flux. It is quite a contrast. Obama is going to be speaking to the nation on many major networks for a half hour soon. And the Republicans are forced to cut back on any advertising in several states. Voting has begun for many people. Many people worry that the Republicans will somehow steal the election#. There are predictions that there will be major voting problems, a possible "major meltdown, according to Yahoo News# Time magazine reports that college students will be particularly affected, "facing major stumbling blocks#."
President George W. Bush has 94 days left in office. There have been 4185 military deaths in the Iraq war since March of 2003. And in 18 days it will be Election Day. Get the picture?
Hat Tip Key: Most of today's story leads came from my regular contributors, Jon (#), and "betmo" (*).
(Cross-posted at The Reaction.)
My “creativity and dreaming” post today is at Making Good Mondays.