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Friday, October 31, 2008

Where Is Joe?

Joe is missing.

No, not Joe the Plumber but Joe the Stumbler.

That would be Democratic Vice-Presidential Nominee, Senator Joe Biden of Delaware.

After one too many gaffes - ranging from everything from asking a guy in a wheelchair to stand-up, to inviting Sarah Palin to a restaurant in his hometown that closed down 20 years ago, to saying that if Obama is elected we'll face an international crisis in the first six months of his Presidency, Joe has been silenced.

"The Obama's team's management of Biden's role in the campaign would indicate that he is regarded as a potential problem. He is simply out there visiting ice cream parlors and keeping his famous mouth shut except for a lick or two after a couple of somewhat embarrassing gaffes -- a tendency for which he has been notorious throughout his career."
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

With the race tightening in favor of the Republicans the last thing Barack Obama needs is Big Mouth Biden to do is open the canyon up one more time as folks go to the polls. "Just chill Joe and we'll see you at the party."

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Blogger Spencer Martin said:

Now that is twisting words! "The race is tightening in favor of the Republicans."

What I think you mean is that the race is tightening, with the Republicans gaining ground.

The race is nowhere near in favor of the Republicans. It is just leveling out a few points, but far from even.

The only thing left to be decided is the margin of victory for Obama.

October 31, 2008 10:27 AM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

Once again Michael, a false story.

Joe Biden is doing events every day.

Change We Need Rally with Joe Biden
On the Green
North side of Memorial Hall
University of Delaware Main Campus
Newark, DE
Doors Open: 8:00 a.m.
Program Begins: 10:30 a.m.

Change We Need Rally with Joe and Jill Biden
Lima Senior High School
1 Spartan Way
Lima, OH 45801
Doors Open: 4:00 p.m.


Early Vote for Change Rally
with Joe and Jill Biden
Intersection of Main St. and 6th St.
Evansville, IN
Doors Open: 8:00 a.m.
Program Begins: 10:00 a.m.

October 31, 2008 11:47 AM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

Michael... "With the race tightening in favor of the Republicans" LMAO...


Obama’s Lead Widens Some on All Bases
Advances to 8-point lead among “traditional likely voters”

PRINCETON, NJ -- The political landscape could be improving for Barack Obama in the waning days of the campaign. Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 28-30 shows him with an eight percentage point lead over John McCain among traditional likely voters -- 51% to 43% -- his largest margin to date using this historical Gallup Poll voter model.

To put this in perspective, George Bush had a 1 point lead over Kerry in 2004.

October 31, 2008 11:52 AM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

The rest of the gallup story...

Since Tuesday, McCain's support among traditional likely voters has dropped by four points (from 47% to 43%), Obama's has risen by two points (from 49% to 51%), and the percentage of undecided voters has increased from 4% to 6%.

Thursday night's interviews are the first conducted entirely after Obama's widely viewed 30-minute prime-time campaign ad, which ran on several television networks Wednesday evening. Obama held a substantial lead over McCain in last night's polling, however no greater than what Gallup found on Wednesday.

In other words, Obama is getting a "bump" off of the 30 minute ad with 4 days to go and 25% already voted.

October 31, 2008 11:54 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Jim those are some high powered venues Joe the Stumbler is getting sent to. Looks like they need to send his wife along to make sure he doesn't mouth off.

October 31, 2008 12:40 PM  

Blogger Barf in the Hat said:

Biden will definitely have any and all "stand up" orders carefully issued. As a matter of fact he's probably dropped the phrase from his dialogue.

Quayle had his "potatoes" and Biden has his paralyzed celebs.

October 31, 2008 1:17 PM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

Yes Michael, in one of 9 rallies scheduled over the next 4 days Jill Biden will be there.

You have descended into the worst kind of spinner my friend, the kind where facts don't matter at all.

FACT: Biden is doing public rallies every day through Tuesday.

FACT: Obama's lead is actually widening.

What you should have done was simply retract the story.

October 31, 2008 1:21 PM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

I am sorry, 2 out of 9 rallies have Joe and Jill there.

October 31, 2008 1:22 PM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

As posted days ago on MS, the Obama campaign is keeping a tight leash on Joe Biden. At his appearances, he's reading from a script and not appearing at town hall meetings. But as Obama aides explained, they knew from Day One that he is gaffe prone (comes from being too honest) but they will take the bad with the good.

On the other hand, the McCain campaign can't stop Sarah Palin, and they're losing badly.

Can anybody cite any survey or wild assed projection from anyone, including Republican extremists like Karl Rove, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh that show McCain able to capture enough electoral votes to win?

October 31, 2008 2:15 PM  

Blogger Anonymous said:


When you say that the race is tightening in favor of Republicans, it would help if you could cite a source, other than your wishful thinking, so we could discuss your statement of fact. You wouldn't want people to think that you were just delivering part of the story in order to fool them.

I found one survey, the Politico poll, that shows small McCain gains to push into a tie in Missouri and slightly ahead in North Carolina.

However, a poll of polls shows Obama slightly ahead in NC.

Politico shows Obama's lead increasing in the suburban areas of these two states. McCain's advantages lies with the poorer, rural whites.

October 31, 2008 2:41 PM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

It's easy to make fun of Sarah Palin's gaffes, but I really feel sorry for her on this one. My guess would be that she knows nothing about baseball, and that she was scripted to say, while in Erie, PA, that she was proud of the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

She got booed. This is Cleveland Indians territory.

But it does make you wonder who's running this campaign? Who didn't check with a local before writing those remarks? Just like you have to wonder who let McCain introduce Joe the Plumber at an event yesterday when he wasn't there?

The clip is only about 6 seconds long.


October 31, 2008 2:49 PM  

Blogger Donna Barstow said:

I hate so much about Palin's "political" ideas, but I do think she's a pretty good sport about all the meanness and ridicule.

October 31, 2008 4:07 PM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

I know what you're trying to say Donna, but let's not forget that we don't know what she thinks about the treatment she has gotten.

Unless she's totally naive, she knew what she was getting into. I think that her desire for public attention makes it all worthwhile for her.

She can't complain about the meanness considering the name calling and fear-mongering that she's been dishing out toward Obama.

And about the ridicule, she has invited it all herself. Shows like Saturday Night Live, talk show hosts, and comedians can only make fun of her regarding things that people already believe are true.

For instance, no one would get a laugh portraying her as a Philadelphia lawyer. No one can make that believable.

So people take what she gives them and exagerate it to make it funny, except in the case of Tina Fey who pretty much just has to read Palin quotes.

October 31, 2008 8:06 PM  

Blogger Maxima10 said:

Higby is spinning like a top the last few days before McCain and Palin get the big boot.

Higby should watch the Katie Couric interview a few more times to see why most resonable americans wouldn't vote for a McCain/Palin ticket.

Katie Couric in her first unscripted interview of Sarah palin exposed the bimbo from Alaska for all of American to laugh at.

October 31, 2008 10:52 PM  

Blogger Stephen C. Foster said:

I've already voted. The only change to my previous post on the subject (look it up) was my view of Prop 11 - initially, I was going to vote NO on it... and then the L.A. City Council decided to oppose it. I take the view that anything Council promotes or opposes, I will vote the opposite way.

Hence, they're in favor of welfare programs under Obama (re: give tax refunds to those who don't file income tax returns, including illegals no doubt). I oppose that.

As a native American citizen, as were my forbears, I've always voted for those who come closest to my own ideals. If I want to buy a house, I'm responsible enough to save money to buy it - I shouldn't expect a handout from the government, neither should there be any entitlement programs (entitlement programs for housing got us into this economic mess in the first place).

I voted for one of the underdogs for President... guess which one?

November 01, 2008 10:01 AM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:


The "welfare program" you speak of is the Earned Income Credit. The only way to receive an EIC is to FILE A TAX RETURN.

Bush gave out a stimulus check to millions of Americans. Much of that was never collected because many people who don't normally file taxes because they make too little income, didn't file.

Fact is NO checks get gut by the Treasury Department without filing. This weeds out most illegal immigrants.

By the way, McCains $5,000.00 health car tax rebate... would do the exact same thing.

As for Prop 11 you are dead on.

November 01, 2008 11:09 AM  

Blogger Stephen C. Foster said:

Subject line: "Where is Joe?"

Comment line: "Where is my follow-up comment to Jim's comment?"

November 02, 2008 1:57 AM  

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