Twelve (More) Days of Campaigning

Friday, October 24, 2008

Ron Brownstein, political director for Atlantic Media and the author of The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America (Penguin, 2007), offers analysis of the waning days of the presidential race.


Ron Brownstein

Comments [14]

John from Jersey City, NJ

It's pretty funny that Sarah Palin prefers the “pro-America” parts of the country considering her sympathetic view of the secessionist Alaskan Independence Party.

Oct. 24 2008 02:53 PM
Peter from Sunset Park


Nader is not gonna win. That is the end of it.

Oct. 24 2008 11:57 AM
Diane from Somerset, NJ

Send McCain to Italy - there's no better way to learn about the history of (Western) art and civilization. Maybe he can leave today? Stay for a few weeks...

Oct. 24 2008 11:02 AM
SF from NYC

Nader '08 He's gonna win I can feel it.

Oct. 24 2008 10:49 AM
Kristina from NYC


Thank you and WNYC for helping keep Bloomberg in office for a third term.

Bloomberg could not have done it with out your help!!!

WNYC, NYT have been instrumental in their tacit support for Bloomberg's over turning term limits and "YES I AM SERIOUSE"

Oct. 24 2008 10:48 AM
Jeffrey Slott from East Elmhurst

jch from NY:
Jeez, lighten up!

Oct. 24 2008 10:36 AM
Robert from NYC

I hope you're kidding Kristina.

Oct. 24 2008 10:35 AM
jch from NY

BL: "Maybe we'll see some red phone 3am ads." Nice dig on Hillary again, Brian. Why can you not let that go? Now go and ask all the Hillary supporters for money.

And regarding Biden, why the surprise? Sen. Obama spent a year telling us that anyone who had voted for the Iraq War had poor judgement and should not be president. And Biden voted for it.

Oct. 24 2008 10:29 AM

How is what joe Biden said a gaffe? Can someone explain. Sometimes it seems like the media (WNYC included) wants to be fair. If Sarah Palin doesnt know anything then say it. Stop trying to even the score by reaching for Biden Gaffes.

Oct. 24 2008 10:24 AM
hjs from 11211

why does the media talk about national polls (cause it's easy?) the national poll number has no value.
we have to look state by state. mccain would have to win all the toss up states. can he? I don't think the numbers are there for grumpy old mccain.

Oct. 24 2008 10:22 AM
roses from nyc

Will someone please invite McCain to a Georgetown cocktail party so he can stop complaining them?

Oct. 24 2008 10:21 AM
Hugh Sansom from Crown Heights

The GOP is still running the 2008 'Willie Horton' style racist ads, too. Columbia law professor Patricia Williams notes this in a Nation essay.

Here's what Williams writes:

"Perhaps the most insidious and ubiquitous propagation of this imagery is the McCain ad that features a scary photo of Franklin Raines, former head of Fannie Mae, the single black head of any organization implicated in this mess. Yet of all the hundreds of CEOs, crooks and swindlers who could be named — from Ken Lay to AIG's Christopher Swift to Jack Abramoff — it is Raines who is used as the Willie Horton-ized whipping boy of civilization's downfall. This is pure manipulation: Raines is not connected in any way to Barack Obama. Yet McCain's campaign director was a top manager at Fannie Mae. If we must look for figureheads, allow me to nominate George Herbert Walker IV, who just happens to be George W. Bush's second cousin. He also happens to be Lehman Brothers' investment management director, who, just before the firm's collapse, dismissed a suggestion from the asset management firm Neuberger Berman that top executives forgo their multimillion-dollar bonuses so as to "send a strong message...that management is not shirking accountability for recent performance." Walker actually apologized that the very notion had been circulated: 'Sorry team. I am not sure what's in the water at Neuberger Berman. I'm embarrassed and I apologize.'"

Oct. 24 2008 10:19 AM
NWP from CT

Hasn't the Republican ticket allowed Palin to energize the core "RED" vote states with the 'one of us' issue. She also locks in the anti abortion, gun freedom, and small government groups.

McCail is then free to be flexible in the swing states to be more attractive to the middle ground voters.

Very smart strategy. But am I the only one to see the similarity with Buggs Bunny and Elmer Fudd??????

Oct. 24 2008 10:18 AM
Priya from Brooklyn

Of course Obama supporters are being shy about his chances, they've been here before (twice).

I just returned from a trip to the UK, everyone there was cautiously optimistic about his win. People were giddy with the possibility but also slightly pessimistic about how Americans finally vote.

Oct. 24 2008 10:14 AM

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