I’m at home on my couch in Martinez watching the third and final presidential debate. I intended to go to UC Berkeley and watch it from the library of the Institute of Governmental Studies but I would never have made it in time given the traffic.
So, here I am. I’m looking, like most Americans, for these candidates to go beyond their talking points. Maybe I’ve just watched too many McCain and Obama speeches in the past year but I would like to see them get more real.
Observation: Obama wearing a red tie, McCain a blue one. Does this mean anything?
I liked the exchange on taxes. They were both clear on their points without too much repetition of their talking points.
My husband, Joe, is watching with me. I’ve given him a job: Tally the number of times Obama says, “Look!” and McCain, “My friends.” I’m just hoping I don’t hear, “At the end of the day.” If I never hear that phrase again, it will be too soon.
Halfway through the day yesterday, I looked down at my coffee cup and noticed it said “McCain.”
I bought it at 7-Eleven that morning and in my Monday morning stupor, I never even looked at the cup.
This will not do. I’m an unbiased reporter. I cannot wander around town carrying a “McCain” cup.
I returned this morning to the quick mart to check it out and learned that my neighborhood 7-Eleven in Martinez is participating in “7-Election,” a marketing ploy that carries an interesting twist: The company records your choice of cup as a vote for the candidate and reports the results on its website, www.7-election.com.
The company says its customers have correctly predicted the outcome of the last two presidential elections, including President George W. Bush over Al Gore by one percentage point in 2000 and the president again in 2008, this time in his campaign against John Kerry, by two percentage points.
As I wrote this, Barack Obama was beating McCain among coffee-cup buyers 59 to 41 percent. (Sorry, no Ralph Nader cups.)
In case anyone should ask, I bought an Obama cup this morning to cancel out my vote for McCain yesterday. Check out my videoblog below.
Are you among the roughly one in five Americans who have not decided whether to vote for Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain?
The Contra Costa Times seeks 10 to 12 undecided voters from Alameda and Contra Costa counties to watch the third and final presidential debate on Oct. 15 at the newspaper’s Walnut Creek office.
Voters will participate in a post-debate interview with Times political reporter Lisa Vorderbrueggen. The interviews, photos and videos will be used in stories about the debate for the newspaper’s online and print editions.
If you are interested, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: name, age, town of residence, occupation, party affiliation and a short statement about why you remain undecided about your choice for president.
Those selected to participate will be notified by email no later than Monday.
The debate-watch interviews will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Food and beverages will be provided.
I’t’s like a dating site only for fans of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
ObamaTravel.org links people seeking companions willing to travel to battleground states and campaign for Obama. It might well attract attention in California, a state presumed by both parties to cast its Electoral College votes for Obama.
A colleague sent this link to me and it is one of the funniest bits of political TV humor I have seen this campaign season.
Watch Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, a cigar-smoking puppet at the Republican National Convention who nipped just about everybody including Karl Rove. My favorite line is when Triumph expresses admiration that newcaster Wolf Blitzer kept his “porn name.”
Be forewarned: It’s a bit raunchy and not appropriate for young children.
WWW.Practicesafepolicy.com introduces its Sarah Palin condom
Capitalism and elections go together like, well, sex and birth control.
A New York company that calls itself Practice Safe Policy has added a new product to its political line, the hockey-mom-approved Sarah Palin condom. You can also buy Obama and McCain versions. Buy a collector pack of all three for only $12.95. (This is definitely cheaper than actual children.)
I don’t know. Call me a hopeless romantic but the presidential and vice presidential wrestling match over healthcare plans, federal bailouts and the war on terror doesn’t exactly make me want to call up my husband and schedule a wine-candlelight-roses rendezvous.
California’s likely voters prefer the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Joseph Biden to Republican contenders John McCain and Sarah Palin by 10 points, but they’ll be watching closely to see how the candidates perform in a series of televised debates before marking their ballots. Eight in 10 say the debates, which begin Friday, will be very important (38%) or somewhat important (41%) in deciding who gets their votes, according to a statewide survey released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) with funding from The James Irvine Foundation.