Wednesday, October 15

60 Second Politics

Despite my lack of blogging in over a week (pox on those darn school fundraisers), there has been plenty of political fodder coming out of both campaigns. So to bring us up to speed, here's another addition of 60 Second Politics:

  • Allegations are amassing that community group ACORN has turned in thousands of fraudulant voter registrations in at least 6 states. Acorn workers have been indicted in Missouri and convicted in Wisconsin and Colorado, and investigations are still under way in Ohio, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. According to the Wall Street Journal, "Acorn officials bill themselves as nonpartisan community organizers merely interested in giving a voice to minorities and the poor. In reality, Acorn is a union-backed, multimillion-dollar outfit that uses intimidation and other tactics to push for higher minimum wage mandates and to trash Wal-Mart and other non-union companies."

  • The McCain campaign has been hitting Sen. Obama hard over the last week on his ties and associations to questionable figures like terrorist Bill Ayers. An article from gives an analysis of why these associations and character does matter.

  • published an interesting article about the various "makeovers" Sen. McCain has gone through over the past few weeks and months in an effort to re-energize his campaign and to connect with voters.

  • Sen. Obama recently purchased 30-minutes of air time from two national networks and is in negotiations with two other networks. What he'll do with the air time remains to be seen. Along the same lines, here is a great article on the amount of money each candidate is spending on commercials.

  • Of course, the economy is on everyone's mind. The Wall Street Journal helps you sort out the latest plans and moves to stabilize the economy: "What Paulson is Trying to Do."


Shauna said...

What I would like to know is why Obama's association with the obviously corrupt Acorn is not making more of a "news splash". I guess it's true - the media do pick the president. How sad.

Anonymous said...

There's more to the ACORN story than the national media is reporting.

ACORN hires people to register people to vote. They target low income neighborhoods. They hire residents from these neighborhoods to do the registering, and they pay for each person registered. The group being defrauded here is ACORN. ACORN is required to submit all of these registrations, bogus or not. In fact, they flag as many as they spot and note their suspicions. The check for this system is that if someone who has a bogus registration shows up to vote, they need to have valid ID proving who they are. I seriously doubt they have procured IDs in the name of Jimmy Johns or Mickey Mouse to name a few.

Yes, the bogus registration is a problem, but it's not voter fraud. Voter fraud occurs when someone tries to vote with a bogus ID.

By the way,did you know that John McCain was the keynote speaker for a 2006 ACORN sponsored event? I guess he didn't think they were so bad then.



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