Arizona!?

The Obama Campaign is running Ads in Arizona! Forcing John McCain to campaign there on Monday. The Day before the election McCain is going to be defending his own state!

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — In a bold move brimming with confidence, Democrat Barack Obama broadened his advertising campaign on Friday into two once reliably Republican states and further bedeviled rival John McCain by placing a commercial in the Republican presidential nominee’s home state of Arizona.

Obama’s campaign, capitalizing on his vast financial resources and a favorable political climate, announced that it was going back up with advertising in Georgia and North Dakota, two GOP states that it had teased with ads earlier in the general election campaign but then abandoned.

I don’t think Obama is doing this because he thinks he is going to win there. I think he is doing this to show just how Screwed Senator McCain is.

And in case you are feeling Anxious:

With Four Days to Go

With Four Days to Go I have basically fallen off of the face of the blogging map. I don’t know what happend.

I am somewhere between completely confident, and petrified. I can’t wait for the next few days to go by.

Here is what I know: If Obama wins Virginia, and Pennslyvainia, or Ohio this thing is over. Period. McCain has to win all of the Bush ’04 states (which he wont) and Pennslyvainaia in order to win. Which he wont.

What worries me is that Obama needs more than a 275-265 win. Obama needs an electoral Mandate to have any power at all.

More to come…. Busy morining

"Now Imagine He’s White"

Do a similar excercise with Senator Obama. A young man raised of a single mother, fed off food stamps, never knows his father. He puts himself through the best schools in our country by taking out student loans. Instead of working at any number of high paying law firms, he chooses to go to Chicago’s North Side and help those who need it most. He marries a beautiful and successful woman, one he wins over by playing basketball with her brothers. They have two perfect daughters. He delivers THE SPEECH of the 2004 Democratic Convention. He becomes the talk of the Democratic Party. He soundly defeats the most popular brand in American Politics by organizing people in a way that Presidential Politics have never seen. He delivers the most moving convention speech in history infront of 85,000 people. He is a running against a party that has run this country into the ground in every way possible for eight long years. His opponent is unable to seperate himself from that administration. He is ahead by double digits in the polls in every key state one week from the election.

Now Imagine he is white.

He is going to win this. He is going to win this is a landslide.

That being said, RACE continues to be an issue in the country. The media will frame this as Obama’s problem.

This is not Obama’s problem. This is America’s problem.

Obama is going to change that.

When a black man runs for high office, or a black woman for that matter (Hillary Clinton you deserve recognition here), it will be “normal” because of Barack.

When I am interviewing students about what they want to be when they grow up, and they say Teacher, or Doctor, or Lawyer, or President. I won’t bat an eyelash, because of Barack.

One week out I am not pulling my hair out in fret. I am not panicked about assasination threats, or voter fraud.

I am in a sublime state of confidence. I am enjoying every minute of this. I don’t want to look back years from now and think about how stressed I was before this happened. I cannot change what is going to happen. But I can enjoy it.

Why This Matters? -Education

To a group of 14 and 15 year-olds at East High, why does this Matter?

It matters because as cliche as it sounds, there simply is nothing more important than education. I realize that saying something like that, and proving it to high school students are two completely different things.

Without Education, who will run our banks, our stores, our factories? Who will pave our roads, and fix our cars? Who will teach our children, and their children? Who will be our President?

There is an awesome responsibility on the students of today to achive towards tomorrow.

No Child Left Behind is a federal law that places an emphasis on results, specifically test scores, to demonstrate the effectiveness of the learning that is taking place.

This law places a tremendous responsibility on both teachers and students. Without results, schools can be forced to close. This means less schools, less teachers and less choice. The less schools their are, the larger the class sizes are going to be creating a more difficult situation for learning.

No Child Left Behind creates a vicious cycle where teachers are pressured into teaching to tests in order to keep thier jobs.

Barack Obama plans on reforming this system. The inherent failure of NCLB is that it has never been properly funded. Schools have been mandated to show vast improvements in tests scores, while being denied the federal support that they require to effectively deliver the education necessary to reach the bench marks that have been put in place.

This means less teachers, less Text Books, less time to teach, and more emphasis on Standardized Tests. Tests that fail to judge the ability of a student.

Education is a Democratic Platform. Republicans believe in less Government, which means no publicly financed education.

Obama is also focusing on affordable higher education. Offering a $4000 a year credit to any student who performs community service or volunteers.

When I try to explain the importance of education to a teenager I say this: Education gives a young person options. You start life with an unlimited number of possiblities for what you can choose to do with your life. As you grow and make choices, your possibilities are either increased, or decreased depending on the consequences of the choices that are made.

More education means more possiblities. Period. If I choose at 25 that teaching isn’t what I want to do, I can choose to do something else, because my education has granted me possiblities.

Had I not graduated from college, had I not graduated from high school, those possiblities would be limited.

I am in no way saying that you absolutely have to go to college to have a good life. What I am simply saying is that More Education = More Choices.

Barack Obama is going to make getting an education easier. He is going to make the education that high schoolers are currently getting more effective, thus creating more possibilites.

Which is Why This Matters.

You Can Vote However You Like

Obama on the left
McCain on the right
We can talk politics all night
And you can vote however you like
You can vote however you like, yeah

Democratic left
Republican right
November 4th we decide
And you can vote however you like
You can vote however you like, yeah

(McCain supporters)
McCain’s the best candidate
With Palin as his running mate
They’ll fight for gun rights, pro life,
The conservative right
Our future is bright
Better economy in site
And all the world will feel our military might

(Obama supporters)
But McCain and Bush are real close right
They vote alike and keep it tight
Obama’s new, he’s younger too
The Middle Class he will help you
He’ll bring a change, he’s got the brains
McCain and Bush are just the same
You are to blame, Iraq’s a shame
Four more years would be insane

Lower your Taxes – you know Obama Won’t
PROTECT THE LOWER CLASS – You know McCain won’t!
Have enough experience – you know that they don’t
STOP GLOBAL WARMING – you know that you won’t

I want Obama
FORGET OBAMA
Stick with McCain and you’re going to have some drama
We need it
HE’LL BRING IT
He’ll be it
YOU’LL SEE IT
We’ll do it
GET TO IT
Let’s move it
DO IT!

Obama on the left
McCain on the right
We can talk politics all night
And you can vote however you like
You can vote however you like, yeah

Democratic left
Republican right
November 4th we decide
And you can vote however you like, I said
You can vote however you like, yeah

I’m talking big pipe lines, and low gas prices
Below $2.00 that would be nice

But to do it right we gotta start today
Finding renewable ways that are here to stay

I want Obama
FORGET OBAMA,
Stick wit McCain you gone have some drama
MORE WAR IN IRAQ
Iran he will attack
CAN’T BRING OUR TROOPS BACK
We gotta vote Barack!

Obama on the left
McCain on the right
We can talk politics all night
And you can vote however you like, I said
You can vote however you like, yeah

Democratic left
Republican right
November 4th we decide
And you can vote however you like, I said
You can vote however you like, yeah