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From the couch: Third and final presidential debate

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

John McCain

John McCain

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.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
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CCT Palin on-line poll shows big slide in popularity

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

On-line polls are not scientific but they are interesting.

The and started an online poll that asked whether GOP veep candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin helps or hurts her running mate, Sen. John McCain.

A few weeks ago, less than half thought she hurt McCain. That number has grown to 73 percent as of today.

Here are the results from the first poll that started on Aug. 29: Helps, 41%; Hurts, 46%, Don’t know, 13% (1150 votes) … Helps, 32%; Hurts, 56%, Don’t know, 12% (1418 votes) …

Now, check out the new poll:

New IBA poll: (currently 73% say Palin hurts McCain)

Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
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Cup check! Watch those 7-Eleven election coffee cups

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,

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.

Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
Under: 2008 November election, 2008 presidential election | 6 Comments »

Biden headed to the Bay Area on Saturday

Sen. Joe Biden

Sen. Joe Biden

Got big bucks? Have lunch, a snack and dinner with Democratic veep candidate Joe Biden on Saturday. He is scheduled to attend three Obama Victory Fund fundraisers in the Bay Area on Oct. 18:

Luncheon and VIP reception:11:30 a.m. reception, noon lunch, at the home of Steve and Anita Westly, Atherton. Cost: $2,500 for lunch or $14,250 for VIP ticket.

Afternoon reception: 4-6 p.m., the home of Derek and Rachel Benham, in Piedmont. Cost: $1,000 for the reception or $10,000 for a photo with Biden.

Dinner: 6:15 p.m.,home of Doug Hickey in San Francisco. Cost: $5,000 a person

Posted on Sunday, October 12th, 2008
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CCT: Seeking undecided voters

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 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.

Posted on Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
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Website links Obama fans with travel plans

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I’t’s like a dating site only for fans of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. 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.

Read more for the press release: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
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Check out ‘Triumph The Insult Comic Dog’

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.

Click here to go to Laughing Squid and see links to both of Triumph’s reports from the RNC.

Posted on Monday, October 6th, 2008
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Politics and condoms go together like bread and butter introduces its Sarah Palin condom 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.

Nonetheless, if campaigning floats your boat, read more for the press release from the company. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Sunday, October 5th, 2008
Under: 2008 presidential election, political humor | 3 Comments »

CA poll shows Obama with 10-point lead

Per the Public Policy Institute of California’s new poll, Californians prefer Obama over McCain by 10 points and appear unlikely to support Prop. 8, the statewide gay marriage initiative:

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.

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Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2008
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Google releases presidential quote search page

Check this out: Google has a new search page for quotes by presidential candidates.

Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
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