Thursday, July 17, 2008

Today's Political Headlines

Obama may be doing 2% better than shown in most polls. That is the unstated conclusion in a Pew poll of cell phone users compared to landline phones. Most pollsters are still landline only and then weight results demographically. The Pew Research Center found that doesn't quite eliminate the differences.

Pew Research also finds that the high interest in this election will help the Democrats.

The Wall Street Journal had the numbers wrong. McCain didn't edge Obama in fund-raising in June. Instead Obama had an almost record breaking haul of $52 million, more than double McCain's. This doesn't mean Democrats should relaxed. The RNC is doing much better than the DNC so that in cash on hand the combine party and candidate totals shows a $2 million edge to the Republicans. Steve at Carpetbagger Report has more.

I am not attending Netroots Nation in Austin, for those who may be wondering. I have too many out-of-town conventions on my schedule and too little money. Too bad, a lot of good things are taking place there. You can keep up with the Texas Progressive bloggers contingent. The Austin Statesman had some really good reporting on Netroots Nation, which the paper's editorial board apparently isn't reading.

Jib-Jab has started the 2008 election campaigning with a real treat.

Another conservative Republican switches to supporting Obama.
Unjustified war and unconstitutional abridgment of individual rights vs. ill-conceived tax and economic policies - this is the difference between venial and mortal sins.

Taxes, economic policy and health care reform matter, of course. But how we extract ourselves from the bloody boondoggle in Iraq, how we avoid getting into a war with Iran and how we preserve our individual rights while dealing with real foreign threats - these are of greater importance.

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