A lot of people are getting panicky out there as this race “tightens.” Me? Still not worried...
The political landscape could be improving for Barack Obama in the waning days of the campaign. Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 28-30 shows him with an eight percentage point lead over John McCain among traditional likely voters—51% to 43%—his largest margin to date using this historical Gallup Poll voter model.
Today the Morning Joe crew was making a big deal about this video of co-host Willie Geist pretending (?) to be a McCain-Palin supporter on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They were shocked (shocked, I tell you!) about the responses Geist got from passerbys. You’ll see at the end of it Mike Barnicle says it proves “why so many people are so right, no pun intended, to really loathe so many on the left.” Mika Brzezinski was playing the full-on drama queen after it aired (she was “troubled”!) and everyman’s everyman Joe “Gumby Head” Scarborough wanted people on the Upper West Side to “take a closer look at themselves” because they’re “really, really hostile people.” Sounds pretty bad, right? Take a look:
Yep, that’s it.
And since I’ve been documenting the “polite” way McCain-Palin supporters “disagree” with people who are backing Obama, I felt the need to bang out a quick email to them…
I understand they’re speaking metaphorically, but god-DAMN, what an unfortunate choice of images. The script goes on to ask rhetorically if you’d trust your children with someone who had never cared for children, go under with a surgeon who has never operated and—tada!—trust your country to a man who has “never been in charge of anything.”
That’s pretty fucking rich coming from the RNC, which foisted the metaphorical Michael Jackson of child care and the Dr. Kevorkian of health care on us in 2000 and 2004. That’s pretty goddamned cheeky from the party that gave us the catastrophically incompetent half-wit who has been in charge for the past eight years.
I knew just from hearing his voice that the narrator of this commercial was Lou Engle, the Reverend Jim Ignatowski of creepy evangelical teen fasting:
I mean, Engle doesn’t even have his own Wikipedia page yet and I recognized his voice. It’s just plain wrong that I would’ve known it was him. I swear, after the election, I’m unplugging from politics, wrapping myself around a gallon bottle of Tullamore Dew, and plowing through the entire collection of Get a Life episodes I just downloaded via BitTorrent. That’s not a threat, that’s a promise. [via Digby]
REASON #INFINITY WHY I LOVE MY WIFE: When I told Chris about Engle encouraging teens to fast, she replied, “Because Jesus loves skinny bitches, right?”
Looks like I’ll have to come up with another palette cleanser after posting this…
Notice the young girl acting like an ape and pointing at the Obama stand-up while yelling, “That’s the monkey from Tarzan.” I’m sure her parents are examples of the “real Americans” lecturing Democrats about “family values.” Sweeeeeeeet.
Visit your local Barack Obama field office and volunteer for GOTV.
They need lots of arms and legs (and mouths for talking and fingers for dialing.)
GOTV runs Saturday through the closing of the polls on Tuesday. There are plenty of short shifts and simple tasks, and every ounce of help is important. If nothing else, you will be amazed at how organized the Obama field operations are.
Do it for Charles.
You can also volunteer for battleground states here. Not sure if we can pull it off, but there’s a chance my lovely wife Chris and I may be able to make it out to Pennsylvania or possibly Ohio to chip in this weekend. If any Rumproast readers in “hot spots” in one of those two states wouldn’t mind putting us up for a few days (we’re tons o’ fun!), please drop me an email at kevin|at|rumproast.com. Thanks a bunch.
MORE: If you’ve volunteered for Obama please share your experiences in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.
SOMEWHAT RELATED: Our buddies Mr. & Mrs. Wedge traveled out to Chester, PA yesterday to attend a rain-soaked Obama rally. You can read about it here (w/ pics). And fans of The Wire will want to check this out (warning: the end may provoke tears of joy).
This post should appeal to me and 2.3 other people who read this blog, but what the hell. Here’s our fave ukulele champion Gus (aka GUGUG) laying down his weapon of choice and replacing it with a melodica to tackle Captain Beefheart’s “Grow Fins.” Covering Beefheart, perhaps my favorite musical artist ever, normally ends up as an EPIC FAIL, but I think Gus pulled it of. Plus it’s got dancin’ girls!: