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A wink, a nod and a loss

In the aftermath and varying opinions of the overhyped debate between the Democratic and Republican candidates for vice presidents, two areas of consensus appear to emege: Sarah Palin didn't do anything  TOO stupid and voters, the ones who still make the decisions on election day, feel Joe Biden won the night.

Incredibly, Palin held her own by not debating: She announced straight out that she would not answer the questions but would stick to talking points. It was, perhaps, the only way she could stay out of trouble but it showcased an inexperienced, inept candidate who has trouble with facts and only a faint relationship with specifics.


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The political mood in Ohio

Four years ago, Clark County, Ohio, voted Republican instead of Democratic, as it had in 2000, thumbing its collective nose at John Kerry and giving President Bush enough votes to win Ohio and thus re-election.


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McCain’s proliferating Palin problems

Republican Presidential nominee John McCain's Palin problems continue to mount as the gaffe-prone vice presidential nominee wanders aimlessly from one screw up to another, showcasing her lack of knowledge on foreign affairs, domestic problems and other issues facing the country.

Fresh off her embarrassing interview last week with CBS News anchor Katic Couric, Palin stumbled again this week when she was unable to name a single Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade that she disagreed with. After stammering about "many cases" that she said warranted review, Palin could not come up with a specific case.


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When populism gets out of control

The parody rockumentary "This is Spinal Tap'' features a scene in which a fictional rock band's manager defends a particularly idiotic decision by pointing out that he was merely following the instructions of Nigel Tufnel, the band's profoundly clueless lead guitarist.

Lead singer David St. Hubbins replies, "But you're not as confused as him, are you? I mean it's not your job to be as confused as Nigel."


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McCain, Obama & the flying pinata

Right after Hurricane Ike struck Galveston, Texas, a TV news reporter was out describing the devastation. She gave an account of how in one part of the community, the storm lifted a beach house, sending it airborne, and slamming into another beach house. In a voice with rising decibels, the reporter said, "It was like, like a pinata."

The imagery was perfect: A flying house, like a missile, clobbering a stationary one, with the debris scattered everywhere.


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Obama takes poll lead in key states

New polls suggest Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama is picking up steam in three key states, possibly building momentum as the campaign heads into its final five weeks.

The Democrat now has 50 percent or more in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida -- three states that history has shown can make a difference in a Presidential election year.

The bump in the polls comes as Republican John McCain's campaign is floundering after recent missteps by the GOP nominee in the financial crisis gripping the country and gaffes by his running mate.


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Putting a muzzle on Sarah Palin

Has Sarah Palin become a liability for the John McCain campaign, a risk that must be kept out of sight, out of mind and away from recent gaffes that have showcased her inexerience and inability to think on her feet.

Sure seems that way.


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How McCain blew it

Republican John McCain has maneuvered himself into a political dead end and has five weeks to find his way out.

Last Wednesday, McCain suspended his presidential campaign to insert himself into a $700 billion effort to rescue America's crumbling financial structure. In so doing, he tied himself far more tightly to the bill than did his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama.


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McCain gambled, threw snake eyes

The house always wins, gamblers are warned, and the U.S. House made John McCain pay Monday for his politically risky, high-profile involvement in a financial rescue plan that came crashing down, mainly at the hands of his fellow Republicans.


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John McCain’s temper

Sen. John McCain broke about even in his first debate with Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, but it was the 48 hours or so leading up to that singularly inconclusive event that may have severely damaged the GOP nominee's presidential hopes. In that short amount of time the Arizona lawmaker managed to heighten long-held voter concerns about his volatile temperament.


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