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The Lesson After A Few Minutes of Bragging

Since there is no money in being right about the election, pardon me while I strut for just a few hours, having nailed on the nose the Electoral College vote weeks before (Florida is going to end up in Obama’s column—the remaining votes are from heavily Democratic areas). But, moving quickly on to an important lesson, because bragging only carries you as far as the first yawn from a friend, there is a lesson to consider.

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Obama=332 Electoral Votes. Good For Workers?

Barack Obama will be re-elected president Tuesday night, and probably by a relatively comfortable electoral vote margin. The question for workers in the US, and around the world, is: does it matter who wins?

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Simple Reason Republicans Are Losing: They’re Nuts

You can try to divine the various political strategies — from ad campaigns to get-out-the-vote operations — to try to understand how the election is going to turn out. But, one simple fact is the most persuasive: the Republican Party is filled with nuts.

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The Final Nail

This is a simple straightforward post. I have argued that the election was over in the Spring. But, how much was that picture Obama had with Chris Christie worth? I reckon a 300-plus electoral vote win.

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Field Makes a Big Difference

The fun part of an election is not listening to the idiots on television or obsessing about polling — those are not things that win elections. It’s the knocking on doors that matters. And that’s why, personally, I don’t worry much about Election Day.

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Early Voting

For those of you in the obsessed political junkie group, this is an interesting bit of data to consider: early voting numbers. It’s from my old New York buddie, Patrick Gaspard, executive director of the Democratic National Committee.

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Important and Bored Co-Exist

I was trying to figure out why, when going to my usual political sites to catch up on the latest, I yawned and found my attention wandering. And there it was: I’m just dead bored by this. Which isn’t to say the election doesn’t matter.

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Have Any Of The Pundits Actually Organized?

Kind of funny but here’s a simple question: have any of the progressive pundits wringing their hands over the president’s lackluster debate showing ever actually worked on the grassroots part of a campaign? I think the answer is clear.

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The Race Was Over In March

People watching politics are truly ADD, with stunningly short attention spans and even shorter memories. Here’s my very brief argument why this presidential race was over in March– and, ironically, Mitt Romney will have to blame the very conservative billionaires who are shoveling money down the rat hole of his losing campaign.

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We Already Know Enough

Gee, I can’t wait. The Romney ship is sinking, the rats are starting to abandon ship, the leftover cretins are starting to point fingers at each other but, wait, all will be saved because the Romney people are about to give us more details on what their candidate would do as president.

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The 2012 Prez Elections Won’t Change Much

   I have a piece in Tuesday’s The Australian (if you are in the U.S. and you catch this on Monday, hey, it’s the time machine effect), basically, arguing that the 2012 presidential elections won’t change a whole lot.     See it here.     Or read it after the fold:

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Jobs Debate Should Not Be Just About Size

   Politicians bickering over private equity’s impact on jobs and how to bring down the high unemployment rate are entirely missing the point about the crisis facing working Americans. The predicament we face isn’t simply that there are too few jobs; it’s also that an increasing number of workers don’t have the kind of job […]

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The Rumbling–And Why The 2012 Elections Won’t Help…Much

   I took a longer break from blogging than I thought–to think, observe a bit, rest the brain, cycle New Zealand’s spectacular South Island. But, what stirred me to break this hiatus, at the very moment that people are switching off their computers to turn to libations and debauchery, was, well, the modest observation that […]

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Wall Street Turning On Obama–Showing The World How Greedy They Truly Are

   It is always a good thing to start the morning with a strong cup of black coffee (no milk, no sugar, thank you) and a good, loud belly laugh. Absurdity is often the root of a good laugh. Exhibit #1 today: Wall Street is now unhappy with the president and some of those characters […]

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Coddle Wall St, Lose Elections

   People sometimes repeat certain phrases because they’ve heard them used repeatedly when they actually want to say something else, even if they aren’t conscious. Or, put another way–if you want to know why Democrats lost the special election in New York, I’d argue it has a lot to do with the Obama Administration’s failure […]

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To The Barricades: Now What? ORGANIZING DEBATE

   We can wait until the next inevitable capitulation–anyone want to take bets on the Bush tax cut expiration deal?–or we can keep debating about what has already, predictably, happened. We can complain about the Tea Party, FOX News etc–but I confess to being bored by that discussion simply because, get over it, they are […]

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