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Politics: Senator Ted Stevens was found GUILTY on all charges. Of course, McCain’s Choice throws a former mentor under the bus.

Another moment of sobriety from Christopher Hitchens:

27 Oct 2008 04:40 pm

Hitch On Palin
It took him a while to get warmed up about this farce of a candidate, but it’s worth the wait:

This is what the Republican Party has done to us this year: It has placed within reach of the Oval Office a woman who is a religious fanatic and a proud, boastful ignoramus. Those who despise science and learning are not anti-elitist. They are morally and intellectually slothful people who are secretly envious of the educated and the cultured. And those who prate of spiritual warfare and demons are not just “people of faith” but theocratic bullies. On Nov. 4, anyone who cares for the Constitution has a clear duty to repudiate this wickedness and stupidity.

From TPM:
Dozens Of Call Center Workers Walk Off Job In Protest Rather Than Read McCain Script Attacking Obama

Now, you know, folks take these jobs, cause they NEED them. Yet, they walked off the job.

Chuck Hagel on Palin: “I Don’t Think She Is Qualified to be the President of the United States”
October 27, 2008, 3:35PM

Great new article up in the New Yorker today: “Odd Man Out: Chuck Hagel’s Republican Exile”, by Connie Bruck. Let’s cut to the chase:

Hagel may be the only senior Republican elected official who has publicly criticized McCain’s choice of Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. “I don’t believe she’s qualified to be President of the United States,” Hagel told me. “The first judgment a potential President makes is who their running mate is–and I don’t think John made a very good selection.” He scoffed at McCain’s attempts to portray her as an experienced politician. “To try to make the excuse that she looks out her window and sees Russia–and that she’s commander of the Alaska National Guard.” He added, “There is no question that this candidate is arguably the thinnest-résumé candidate for Vice-President in the history of America.”


For Hagel, almost as disturbing as Palin’s lack of experience is her willingness–in disparaging remarks about Joe Biden’s long Senate career, for example–to belittle the notion that experience is important. “There’s no question, she knows her market,” Hagel said. “She knows her audience, and she’s going right after them. And I’ll tell you why that’s dangerous. It’s dangerous because you don’t want to define down the standards in any institution, ever, in life. You want to always strive to define standards up. If you start defining standards down–‘Well, I don’t have a big education, I don’t have experience’–yes, there’s a point to be made that not all the smartest people come out of Yale or Harvard. But to intentionally define down in some kind of wild populism, that those things don’t count in a complicated, dangerous world–that’s dangerous in itself.

Poll: Obama Winning Florida Early Vote In Landslide

By Eric Kleefeld – October 27, 2008, 3:27PM
A new Suffolk poll of Florida, which shows Barack Obama ahead 49%-44%, has another statistic that could affect the outcome on Election Day: Among early voters, Obama is ahead by a 60%-40% margin.

Birth of a Nation, 2008 -Rev. Wright makes a comeback

The National Republican Trust PAC, which aired one harsh anti-Obama ad that it also used to fundraise on Drudge and elsewhere, says it’s putting $2.5 million behind this spot in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

The ad is exactly what many conservatives have been hoping would air for months: A Jeremiah Wright highlight reel, with a voice-over describing the pastor’s long relationship with Obama.

“For 20 years, Obama never complained, until he ran for president,” says the ad, which labels Obama, “too radical, too risky.”

“This is the base giving a collective direction to where the campaign should have gone a long time ago,” said Rick Wilson, the consultant who made it.

MSNBC: Obama Crosses 270 Electoral Vote Threshold
By Greg Sargent – October 27, 2008, 10:34AM

Chuck Todd and the gang at MSNBC’s First Read become the latest electoral-vote crunchers to decree that Barack Obama has crossed the 270 threshold without any of their designated toss-up states:

After moving the battlegrounds of Colorado and Virginia from Toss-up to Lean Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee now has crossed the 270 Electoral Vote threshold in NBC’s electoral map. One week before the election, Obama leads McCain 286-163, up from his 264-163 advantage a week ago. As we pointed out on Friday, the significance of moving Colorado and Virginia into Obama’s column is this: If Obama wins those two states, plus Nevada, he can still get to 270 — even if he loses Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

First Read’s calculation is yet another reminder why today’s WaPo poll finding Obama up by eight in Virginia is such a big deal. If Obama can snatch Virginia, which is increasingly likely, it means McCain will have to sweep the big three battlegrounds, requiring a win Pennsylvania, in order to still have any hope at all of winning. And that just isn’t going to happen.

And, you know about the foiled assassination plot against Senator Obama. Say some prayers for him and his family.

And, while praying, keep Jennifer Hudson and her family in those prayers.

This is an Open Thread, so do what you do.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us some trivia and gossip too.

And continue to have a peaceful day.

And that’s a pretty huge “if,” given that Obama has double-digit leads in Pennsylvania and is narrowly ahead of McCain in Florida and Ohio in many polls.

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