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Monday, November 10, 2008
Republican Presidential Nominee - 2012
My initial take:

Top Tier:
Newt Gingrich
David Petraeus
Mitt Romney
Sarah Palin
Mike Huckabee
Bobby Jindal

Second Tier:
Mitch Daniels
Rudy Giuliani
Ron Paul

Long Shots:
Condoleezza Rice
Bill O'Reilly
posted by CB @ 11:45 AM   1 comments
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
His face alone changes a lot
This Andrew Sullivan paragraph from 2007 really hits home today.

Consider this hypothetical. It’s November 2008. A young Pakistani Muslim is watching television and sees that this man—Barack Hussein Obama—is the new face of America. In one simple image, America’s soft power has been ratcheted up not a notch, but a logarithm. A brown-skinned man whose father was an African, who grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, who attended a majority-Muslim school as a boy, is now the alleged enemy. If you wanted the crudest but most effective weapon against the demonization of America that fuels Islamist ideology, Obama’s face gets close. It proves them wrong about what America is in ways no words can.
posted by CB @ 6:05 PM   0 comments
Just the beginning
Election may have been the easy part. Governing will be difficult.

That said, my picks for key Obama cabinet posts (with notes about who I think it will be:

Chief of Staff:
My pick: David Plouffe
Will be: Rahm Emmanuel (my problem with Emmanuel is I think he's too short-sighted)

My pick: Dick Lugar
Will be: Dick Lugar

My pick: Tim Geithner
Will be: Larry Summers

My pick: Robert Gates
Will be: Chuck Hagel
posted by CB @ 12:49 AM   1 comments
Monday, November 03, 2008
Prediction 2008
Obama: 291 (wins PA, VA, NV, CO, NM, NH, IA)
McCain: 247 (holds FL, OH, MO, NC)

Dems: Pickups in VA, NM, CO, NH, OR, AK, NC
GOP: Retain MN, GA, KY, MS
posted by CB @ 5:44 PM   0 comments

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