Roger Simon / The Politico:
McCain camp trying to scapegoat Palin — John McCain's campaign is looking for a scapegoat. It is looking for someone to blame if McCain loses on Tuesday. — And it has decided on Sarah Palin. — In recent days, a McCain “adviser” told Dana Bash of CNN: “She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone.”
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, MSNBC, Pam's House Blend, Reuters, Martini Revolution, The Other McCain and ABCNEWS
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice: Is Sarah Palin The McCain Campain's Scapegoat?
Carrie Dann / MSNBC: PALIN: ANOTHER ETHICS COMPLAINT
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain: Do you believe in miracles? — Pennsylvania NBC poll:
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS: Sarah Palin Vows to Remain Player in 2012: ‘Not Doing This For Naught’
Robert Arena / AMERICAblog News:
McCain stood up by Joe the Plumber — McCain is in Ohio today - home of Joe the Plumber, John McCain's running mate for the last two weeks. McCain just threw a shout out to Joe, who was supposed to be there today. Well: — Oops - did someone get stood up? When Sarah Palin was in Ohio yesterday, Joe was there.
Discussion: Think Progress and Rising Hegemon
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Call Him John the Careless — From the invasion of Iraq to the selection of Sarah Palin, carelessness has characterized recent episodes of faux conservatism. Tuesday's probable repudiation of the Republican Party will punish characteristics displayed in the campaign's closing days.
The American Conservative: Francis Fukuyama — I'm voting for Barack Obama this November for a very simple reason.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish: The Real McCain II
Andrew Hyman / www.redstate.com: George Will Can Sometimes be Wrong
Natasha Chart / MyDD: Barack the Vote
Matt Welch / Reason: Republicans Drank Whiskey Neat
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain: And to hell with George Will, too — George Freaking Will blames Palin:
Mustang Bobby / Bark Bark Woof Woof: Will Ditches McCain — George F. Will lives in a very ordered world.
Attaturk / Rising Hegemon: Oh noes! — McCain sort of lost George Will already, but now the GOP is losing him:
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Huffington Post Writer Stabs Lover 222 Times — It was inevitable that the Huffington Post would somehow end up sullied by recruiting such a massive army of unpaid contributors. But few would have imagined something this awful: Valued HuffPo political blogger Carol Anne Burger shot herself Friday …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Michael LaForgia / Palm Beach Post:
Police: Ex-lover killed woman in rage in Boynton Beach — BOYNTON BEACH — Carol Anne Burger killed her former lover by stabbing her 222 times with a Phillips-head screwdriver and then took pains to hide her crime, police said Wednesday. — Jessica Kalish, who shared a house …
Discussion: Right Wing News, Confederate Yankee, Wake up America, DBKP, The Other McCain, Moonbattery and Don Surber
Susan Duclos / Wake up America: Huffington Post Writer Commits Suicide After Stabbing Lover 222 Times
Mondoreb / DBKP: Angry Left: HuffPo Writer Stabs Ex- 222 Times
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain: HuffPo writer kills former lesbian lover
Van Helsing / Moonbattery: HuffPo Moonbat Pokes 222 Holes in Lesbian Lover
Krooney / TIME.com:
Pennsylvania Hope for McCain — Republican must-win state poll from NBC/Mason Dixon: — Obama 47, McCain 43, Undecided 9
Discussion: Townhall.com, Sister Toldjah, Dirty Harry's Place and NO QUARTER
Dirty Harry / Dirty Harry's Place: Mason Dixon: Pennsylvania Up For Grabs
Truthteller / NO QUARTER: McCAIN AND OBAMA IN DEAD HEAT IN PA
Anne / Nielsen Wire:
21.7% Of Households In Top Local TV Markets Watched Obama Infomercial — The combined overall household rating for Senator Barack Obama's Wednesday night infomercial, in the top 56 local television markets where Nielsen maintains electronic TV meters, was 21.7.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …, HorseRaceBlog, Campaign Silo and MyDD
Lisa Derrick / Campaign Silo: Obama's Nielsen Ratings: 21.7% of Households Tune In
Jonathan Singer / MyDD: More than 1-in-5 TV Households Watched Obama Last Night
Alexa James / Times Herald-Record:
Hall adviser fired, linked to Ohio voting fraud probe — NEW PALTZ — Congressman John Hall (D-Dover Plains) fired one of his long-time campaign advisers Tuesday, after learning that she's embroiled in voter fraud investigations in Ohio. — Amy Little, 49, has been a registered Democrat …
Discussion: Palestra.net, The Foundry, www.redstate.com and Sister Toldjah
Jill Riepenhoff / The Columbus Dispatch: Possible voter-fraud cases keep cropping up
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Who is Getting the Alzheimers Vote in Ohio?
Who is Getting the Alzheimers Vote in Ohio?
Doug Mataconis / Donklephant: Voter Fraud, Or People Who Shouldn't Be Voting At All ?
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Politics of Crowds — The masses greeting the candidate on the trail are a sign of great unease. — There is something odd — and dare I say novel — in American politics about the crowds that have been greeting Barack Obama on his campaign trail.
Discussion: Babalu Blog, ¡No Pasarán! and Betsy's Page
Alberto de la Cruz / Babalu Blog: It's a lose-lose proposition for Obama's supporters
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: THIRD QUARTER 2008 (ADVANCE) — Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — decreased at an annual rate of .3 percent in the third quarter of 2008, (that is, from the second quarter …
Discussion: The Swamp, Economix, Ben Smith's Blogs, The Agonist, BizzyBlog, TIME.com, The Big Picture and FP Passport
Frank James / The Swamp: Economy shrank 0.3% in third quarter
David Leonhardt / Economix: Economy Shrinks as Consumers Cut Back
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture: GDP: Negative 0.3% — GDP was negative in Q3 — worst quarter …
Blake Hounshell / FP Passport: U.S. economy shrinks
Economy Shrinks in Third Quarter; Markets Start Off Strong
Economy Shrinks in Third Quarter; Markets Start Off Strong
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones: Economy Watch
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
Banks to Continue Paying Dividends — Bailout Money Is for Lending, Critics Say — U.S. banks getting more than $163 billion from the Treasury Department for new lending are on pace to pay more than half of that sum to their shareholders, with government permission, over the next three years.
Discussion: Needlenose, The Heretik, Newshoggers.com, AMERICAblog News, QandO and On Deadline
Fubar / Needlenose: Heckuva job Hank
BJ Bjornson / Newshoggers.com: Well, that's a relief!
Gerry Dorsey / Weekly World News:
OCTOBER SURPRISE: UFO ALIEN NOW ENDORSES McCAIN! — WASHINGTON, DC - In a shocking reversal with major implications for the U.S. presidential election, political kingmaker, the Alien has switched his endorsement from Barack Obama to John McCain amid furor. Both political camps are buzzing …
Discussion: Off the Kuff, www.redstate.com, The Moderate Voice and www.redstate.com
Charles Kuffner / Off the Kuff: ENDORSEMENT WATCH: HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THAT?
Moe Lane / www.redstate.com: McCain's victory is now assured.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Real McCain — Anne Applebaum and Joe Klein, like countless others, cannot support McCain because of his repulsive, vicious, negative, McCarthyite campaign and his unvetted spur-of-the-moment decision to pick Sarah Palin, an unhinged, know-nothing, delusional religious fanatic, as his veep.
Discussion: Comedy Central
Dennis DiClaudio / Comedy Central: Pay No Attention to That John McCain Behind the Curtain
Randy Ludlow / The Columbus Dispatch:
Checks on ‘Joe’ more extensive than first acknowledged — Tax, welfare info also sought on McCain ally — A state agency has revealed that its checks of computer systems for potential information on “Joe the Plumber” were more extensive than it first acknowledged.
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Hot Air, Hog on Ice, Wizbang, Liberal Values, Moxie, Political Machine and Gateway Pundit
Steve Schippert / Wizbang: Crying Foul on Deep Background Impetus
Ron Chusid / Liberal Values: Big Brother and Joe the Plumber
Mark Impomeni / Political Machine: Ohio Official Admits Deeper Digging on Joe
Why I'm Voting For Obama — You know, all those sober-minded Beltway Obamacons have me thinking. So far it's all been good race-baiting, lefty-smearing fun, but we've come to the point in the campaign where it is time to mull things over and make a serious decision.
Discussion: Say Anything, protein wisdom and neo-neocon
It's time — America should take a chance and make Barack Obama the next leader of the free world — IT IS impossible to forecast how important any presidency will be. Back in 2000 America stood tall as the undisputed superpower, at peace with a generally admiring world.
Discussion: The Hill's Blog Briefing Room, Matthew Yglesias and The Campaign Spot
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE CASE IN 30 MINUTES.... The Obama campaign's 30-minute commercial could have gone in a couple of different directions last night, some better than others. I was fairly confident he would rely on Ross Perot's pie charts — the hallmark of the last candidate to air a half-hour commercial …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings, The Impolitic, Liberal Values and The Anonymous Liberal
Libby Spencer / The Impolitic: Obama's infomercial
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Let the Polls Affect Your Vote — They were wrong in 2000 and 2004. — There has been an explosion of polls this presidential election. Through yesterday, there have been 728 national polls with head-to-head matchups of the candidates, 215 in October alone.
Discussion: Jonathan Martin's Blogs, Salon, www.redstate.com, Commentary, The Heretik, Democrats.com and Open Left
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs: A word on polls — Karl Rove's op-ed on polls this morning …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon: Various items — (updated below) — (1) In The Wall St …
Saul Anuzis / www.redstate.com: MI Morning Update: 5 days to go
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary: Nothing Is Yet Decided
Bob Fertik / Democrats.com: Stolen Election Preview: How Will We Know?
Chris Bowers / Open Left: Presidential Forecast, 10/29: 6 Days Left
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
A Question for A.I.G.: Where Did the Cash Go? — The American International Group is rapidly running through $123 billion in emergency lending provided by the Federal Reserve, raising questions about how a company claiming to be solvent in September could have developed such a big hole by October.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, The Washington Independent and Corrente
Tristero / Hullabaloo: Maybe The Dog Ate It All
Mary Kane / The Washington Independent: Banks and Bad Behavior
John Hood / The Corner:
A Joke And What It Reveals — Speaking in front of a huge audience at downtown Raleigh rally yesterday, Barack Obama threw off a humorous line about John McCain's accusation that the Obama tax plan is redistributionist: … Ha ha. — Only, in this passage Obama revealed precisely …
Jim Treacher / Mother, May I Sleep with Treacher?:
INTRODUCING: LI'L OBAMA! — The great Batton Lash does it again (with a little help from yours truly). After the jump: — Previous Batton fun here, here, and here. And check out his fine comicky goodness at exhibitapress.com!
Discussion: Wizbang and Riehl World View
Lorie Byrd / Wizbang: Explaining Redistributive Economics
Donald J. Boudreaux / Christian Science Monitor:
Is Barack Obama really a socialist? — Not exactly, but his ‘socialist-lite’ policies should still be cause for concern. … Since telling Joe the Plumber of his wish to “spread the wealth around,” Barack Obama is being called a socialist. Is he one? — No. At least not in the classic sense of the term.
Discussion: The Heretik and EconLog
Arnold Kling / EconLog: Subtle Wisdom
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain likes one Obama idea — McCain, in Defiance, OH, recalls Obama's line about — should he lose — returning to the Senate to do “terrific work” with the next president. — “Last night, Senator Obama said that if he lost he would return to the Senate and try again in four years for the second act,” he said.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The Barack Obama Lack-Of-Variety Show — For what it's worth, I don't think the night worked for him. The last time anyone did this — Ross Perot — it was so weird a world unto itself (strange-looking guy with pie charts) that, beached between Cybill and Murphy Brown (or whatever it was back then) …
Discussion: Right Wing News
John Hawkins / Right Wing News: Excerpt Of The Day #2: Steyn On The Election
Dave Wedge / Boston Herald:
Aerosmith's Joe Perry walks this way with John McCain — Aerosmith has generally left the politics to bands like U2 and the Dixie Chicks, but axeman Joe Perry says national security and economic woes have prompted him to split from the rest of the entertainment world and throw his support behind John McCain.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, La Shawn Barber's Corner and Sadly, No!
Obama and the Race Card — On the “'spreading the wealth' as racial appeal” question, Yglesias writes: “Well, obviously you could read just about anything as a coded racist appeal. And I think a case could be made that you'd be right to. The simple fact of the matter is that the politics …
Discussion: Cogitamus, Liberty Street and Matthew Yglesias
Nick Beaudrot / Cogitamus: Racial Coding — Ross Douthat is on to something.
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
ObamaVision: An Appeal to the Masses — Barack Obama fired the final salvo in the great battle of images that is the 2008 presidential campaign last night with a half-hour, multimillion-dollar television infomercial that could be considered not the “feel-good” but rather the “feel-better” movie of the year.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Roger Catlin, Electoral-vote.com, NewsBusters.org, Democratic Strategist and The Live Feed
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake: Politics Of Persuasion: Obama Hits Comfort And Leadership Notes …
Roger Catlin / TV Eye: Obama: The Infomercial — It began with scenes of amber waves of grain, music swelling.
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org: WaPo Lauds Obama Infomercial as ‘Poetic and Practical, Spiritual and Sensible’
Ed Kilgore / Democratic Strategist: Another Morning in America
Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed: Reviews: TV critics praise Obama ad
Obama Banks: Clues From The Early Vote — First, click through the data here and here. — Gallup and Pew data show that Democrats are leading in the early vote. The equally reliable Annenberg National Election Survey's data shows that, across the country, Democrats are tied with Republicans in the early vote.
Discussion: Stolen Thunder, Outside The Beltway, The Campaign Spot, Washington Wire and MyDD
DJ Drummond / Stolen Thunder: Thoughts About the Early Voting
Todd Beeton / MyDD: I've Voted. Have You? — The Obama Get Out The EARLY Vote …
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
THE LAST WORD—ALMOST — The Crystal Ball's Next-to-Last Projections for the 2008 Election — Director, U.Va. Center for Politics — These are our 2008 election projections as of Thursday, October 30. We will make final adjustments and tweaks on Monday afternoon, November 3, and post them to the website.
Discussion: Raising Kaine
Teacherken / Raising Kaine: Sabato calls election for Obama 364-174
Mark Blumenthal / Pollster.com:
National Trackers: Narrowing? Not Much — Here are the daily tracking results from today. All changes are 1-2 percentage points on the margin, which is well within the usual range of sampling noise. If we use the “expanded” likely voter model for Gallup (our usual practice) …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs, Marc Ambinder and Daily Kos