Because you were dying to know (NOT!)…. 11 December 2007Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
Celebrity Endorsement Count
Do celebrity endorsements matter to voters? Most say no, big names don’t drive voters to the polls — or sway their ultimate decisions. But they do create a buzz — the Oprah Winfrey coverage could continue right through the week — and prompt softer, personality-driven reporting on Obama.
So we at On Call have compiled an endorsement list for all the candidates. The Dems, not surprisingly, outshine the Republicans. If we’ve missed any, let us know …
Billie Jean King
Paul Newman (did an event for Dodd in Ct., but hasn’t endorsed officially)
Unser brothers (racing legends)
Posted at 03:55 PM |
snagged whole from Hotline on Call…. also Carole Shea Porter (D-NH) has endorsed Obama, as has Hodes. Maya Angelou has a radio commercial up for Hillary, “my girl” in SC — and, again according to HoC, Bob Vila is in Iowa to stump for Hillary.
MyDD has post up on a poll taken in SC over the weekend, so as OprahPalooza mit Obama and wif were stumping…. some moves of AA votes (LOL prospective votes!) but not a budge (yet! keep hoping!) for white votes.
For some reason, the MyDD poster is surprised:
The shift appears to be due almost entirely to African-American voters who as recently as Dec. 3-4, when the latest Rasmussen poll was in the field, had been found to be abandoning Senator Clinton although it wasn’t clear yet that they were sold on Senator Obama. Thanks to Oprah Winfrey, that appears to be changing.
I find the the fact that Oprah is moving African-American voters exclusively fairly fascinating considering her cultural impact so clearly transcends race.
Just repeating what I posted earlier, this will move some smallish number of Black votes in NC (they go to the polls Jan 29 iirc) and be virtually a wash in Iowa and NH… In my opinion that is. People might remember she did a full week of promo for Beloved… hmmm? And her offering this season is a very white rendition of a Mitch Albom story…
gah. Twice over.
In case you need amusement – and I do – here is a treat of juvenalia that I landed on during the night… 8)
Frankly, the best solution would probably be for Bush to come clean on what he authorized and throw himself on the mercy of the electorate. He could just say that he went too far in an excess of caution, and that the buck stops with him. We could probably forgive him…at least we could forego impeaching him or prosecuting the people that followed his orders.
We might even tolerate some extensive pardons. But that is very unlikely to happen. And if the president is not going to accept blame and responsibility, we have little choice but to treat his crimes as crimes. Torture is, after all, a war crime. It’s illegal, as is destroying evidence and lying to federal prosecutors and judges. I know the Village desperately wants to avoid holding people to account for these crimes, but we have a little thing called the rule of law and people’s rights. We can’t just jettison them because they make us feel bad about ourselves.
Carrying a comment of HCfM forward, in the spirit of my little story below:
Adalah-New York was understandably upset that Susan Sarandon went shopping at the grand opening of Leviev, the jewelry store owned by a Russian/Israeli Jew who has backed the settlements in the West Bank. Adalah wrote her a letter, asking her to cut her ties with the store. Sarandon’s people emailed them back. “We received the information you sent. Ms. Sarandon will do her own exploration on this topic before drawing any conclusions.” Adalah is saying happily that Sarandon is “exploring” the character of the store. This is absurd. No one needs to do an “exploration”; support for the settlements is patently offensive, as offensive as support for Jim Crow in the ’60s. Sarandon, a leftwinger, should join the outcry, and try to redeem the New York liberal establishment on this question
Other than that, we have (I think) a rat on our little back alley. I had heard sightings of leavings (to be delicate) but the problem had not reached my house or back garden… however… today, when I went to my enclosed back porch to put out a bag (double bagged and tied) of garbage I had put there last night, whatever it is had gotten to my porch and had tried to get at the garbage.
Oh ugh. Rats, how appropriate to the political season…