Check out the new Obama volunteer tool we just put up on the sidebar of DoubleSpeak (veer eyes to the right). It’s very important that in these final days of the 2008 campaign, you get out – make some calls, knock some doors, call your friends and family and Get Out the Vote for the Obama/Biden ticket.
As I write this post, Matthew is in Winchester, VA, Josh is working hard in Pennsylvania, and I’m bringing up the rear in beautiful Tampa, FL.
This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for – let’s finish the task of electing Sen. Barack Obama as our next President of the United States of America. Volunteer tomorrow, Monday and take the day off for Election Day on Tuesday.
Go to work! We’ll see you on the other side of victory.
Just in case you needed more inspiration to get to work:
released three battleground state polls this morning showing Obama slightly ahead in Ohio and Florida (within the margin of error) and holding a substantial lead in Pennsylvania. Read the poll results here.
John McCain is in the Florida Everglades today, further trying to burnish his green credentials as an environmentalist and telling reporters he’s “in favor of doing whatever’s necessary to save the Everglades.”
This despite the fact that he did not vote for the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 and urged his fellow Senators to sustain President Bush’s veto of the bill that would have allocated $2 billion to restore the Everglades. Apparently Senator McCain wants to protect the Everglades, he just doesn’t want to pay for it.
Team DoubleSpeak just wrapped up disc one of Bill Clinton’s autobiography, My Life. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the book, read to me by the one and only, Bubba Clinton.
We’re stuck in traffic and are eager for things to clear up so we can get to Ohio by Monday Night Football. (Go Birds!)
In today’s Congressional Pedophile watch: Foleygate is really heating up. We are listening to news reports and it seems the fallout is continuing and really starting to spiral. It is beyond understanding to me why the GOP leadership covered up this story.
They had a pedophile in their ranks and instead of doing what was right for the country, they did what was right for their political party. They allowed Foley to get away with a free pass and now that they got caught in their web of lies, they are all back pedaling – trying to figure out a way to justify their unconscionable actions.
The Florida GOP has picked state Rep. Joe Negron to replace Foley on the ballot in the November election. This interesting thing is – Negron will have to run under Foley’s name. As the law stands now, it is too late to replace Foley on the ballot.
I wonder how they’ll end the TV commercials:
“What Rep. Foley did was despicable and beyond comprehension. As your Representative in Congress, I’ll never betray the public trust and I’ll stay off AIM, period! Let’s put this Foley debacle behind us – I’m Mark Foley and I approve this message.”
The Dems shouldn’t have any problem picking this seat up. You thought Florida voters were confused in 2000! Oye.
The Washington Post has some more details this morning about what Republican leaders knew in the months prior to Rep. Mark Foley’s resignation over illicit conversations he had online with a Congressional Page.
Hastert’s aides learned in the fall of 2005 only of e-mail exchanges that House officials eventually deemed “over-friendly” with the Louisiana teenager, the speaker’s office said yesterday in a lengthy statement. “While the Speaker does not explicitly recall this conversation” with Reynolds, the statement said, “he has no reason to dispute Congressman Reynolds’s recollection that he reported to him on the problem and its resolution.”
Boehner and Reynolds said their offices learned of the Foley e-mails months ago from Rep. Rodney Alexander (R), who sponsored the page from his northeastern-Louisiana district.
MSNBC, CNN, and many others are now reporting that Rep. Mark Foley, a Republican from Florida who held what was considered a safe seat, will not run for reelectionhas resigned from Congress. Why you ask? Apparently he liked to send sexual emails and instant messages to underage male Congressional pages. Oh yeah, and he just happens to be the founder and co-chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children.
CNNâ€™s Dana Bash reported just now:
CNN has learned, according to GOP sources, that as you said, Republican Congressman Mark Foley of Florida has decided not to seek reelection. â€¦ Foley did admit to a spokesperson that he had that e-mail exchange with the boy, but absolutely flatly denied that that was an inappropriate e-mail exchange. Now, a GOP source tells us now that essentially Foley is worried that there are other potentially politically damaging e-mail or other messages that may be out there and he has concluded that itâ€™s probably best for him not to seek reelection from Florida. That is what weâ€™re told.
Yesterday, ABC News, AmericaBlog, and Raw Story released a series of questionable emails between Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) and a 16-year-old male page. In the emails, sent from Foleyâ€™s personal account, Foley â€œasks the young man how old he is, what he wants for his birthday and requests a photo of him.â€
ABC News had read excerpts of instant messages provided by former pages who said the congressman, under the AOL Instant Messenger screen name Maf54, made repeated references to sexual organs and acts.
According to FL state election law, Foley cannot be replaced on the ballot, meaning this should become a Democratic seat on November 7th.
As Florida secretary of state six years ago, Harris oversaw the recount that gave George W. Bush the White House. She became a rising star in the Republican Party, parlaying name recognition into two terms in Congress.
But state GOP leaders tried to talk Harris out of running for the Senate, citing fears she would lose to Nelson while spurring a large November turnout by Democrats, which would hurt the entire Republican ticket.
Harris’ campaign for the nomination was widely derided as spectacularly inept. Fundraising lagged, prompting her to pledge $10 million of her own money. Her makeup, clothes and personality were mocked on national TV. She was linked to a corrupt defense contractor. Staff members kept quitting in frustration.
Still, she won comfortably, thanks to weak opposition and a strong base of Republicans who loved her because of her role in the recount furor.
Some 2 1/2 hours after the polls closed, the 49-year-old congresswoman arrived at her Tampa campaign headquarters to chants of “We want Katherine.”
“Tonight I say to Bill Nelson: Come home, Bill. Enough is enough,” Harris said. She said the campaign “can’t rest for even a moment.”
Good luck, Ms. Harris. If you aren’t in jail by Election Day, you may even have a shot at 40% of the vote.
U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris told a religious journal that separation of church and state is “a lie” and God and the
nation’s founding fathers did not intend the country be “a nation of secular laws.”
The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate also said that if Christians are not elected, politicians will “legislate sin,” including abortion and gay marriage.
Harris made the comments — which she clarified Saturday — in the Florida Baptist Witness, the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist State Convention, which interviewed political candidates and asked them about religion and their positions on issues.
Separation of church and state is “a lie we have been told,” Harris said in the interview, published Thursday, saying separating religion and politics is “wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers.”
This woman wants to be a United States Senator? We (the royal we) should all chip in, rent a 15-passenger van from Hertz and take Sen. George Allen (R-VA) and Katherine Harris on a long drive around America. You know, meet some nice people, see the historic sites and hopefully learn something about real America and about real Americans. These two career politicians are divorced from reality.