That Certain Feeling

| November 17, 2008 - 10:53 am

Tags: African-American, Barack Obama, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Election 2008, NYT, writers, writing

I had an interesting conversation with my professor, Ellery Washington and the rest of the small narrative essays class where we talked about how we reacted to news of the election outcome. All of us are writers and are therefore used to constantly analyzing the world around us, seeking the threads that can be twisted together to make compelling stories.

The world's biggest peanut gallery offers running commentary on presidential race

[asset|aid=970|format=image|formatter=asset|title=political-pictures-barack-obama-blessed-cheeze-makers.jpg|width=303|height=163|align=left|resizable=true]A rising field in the social sciences, network theory, explains why the 2008 elections are fundementally different from any other election in American history.

Worst case scenarios for voter registration and balloting are coming true

According to a NY Times investigation, voter rolls have been trimmed in six states-- Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina--as a result of state governments botching compliance with 2002 election leigslation meant to overhaul and streamline the voter registration process.

Favorite Satirical Elections Headline Roundup

| September 17, 2008 - 3:18 pm

Tags: Election 2008, humor, politics, The Onion

The Onion, a well-respected satirical newspaper, has a long and illustrious history in poking holes in the most vaunted and sacred of subjects. They act as the funhouse mirror for American media and for society at large, so it's no surprise that they have extensive coverage of this election.

Palin is Obama's Shadow

| September 12, 2008 - 1:16 pm

Tags: Election 2008, fear, Palin, Republicans, the other

An interesting article by Deepak Chopra gets to the heart of the nation's polarizing relationship with Sarah Palin. He says, "She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and exhorting people to obey their worst impulses. In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of 'the other.'"

Campus Invasion: Conservative Edition

[asset|aid=897|format=image|formatter=asset|title=0809battleplan.jpg|width=90|height=150|align=left|resizable=true]In the aftermath of the Republican and Democrat nominations, new poll figures indicate that the race for America's heads, hearts, and votes is widening slightly; Obama is edging out

Campaign Materials?

| February 23, 2008 - 7:45 pm

Tags: Election 2008

Hi All--

This is Tip Wonhoff (2006 Fellow, Saint Martin's University, Lacey WA), and I am in the process of trying to secure about a half-dozen campaign signs from the Obama and Clinton campaigns for an event taking place in western Washington in mid-March.

I have tried contacting the Obama Campaign via email message and telephone, and I have messaged the Washington state Democrats, and I haven't been able to get into contact with anybody personally to inquire about signage.

 Does anybody have any ideas as to any groups I can contact to find some of those signs?



Is Billary "Going Old South on Obama"?

Ma And Pa Clinton Flog Uppity Black Man


During Bill Clinton's first run for President, I appeared on a New
York radio panel with some of his black supporters, including Paul
Robeson, Jr., son of the actor and singer.

Quick - Name Two Labor Strikes!

| November 6, 2007 - 4:13 pm

Tags: Election 2008, Hollywood, labor, strike

If you're like most folks our age, chances are depressingly good you can't name one - as I've written about before, the corporate-produced popular culture of the last forty years or so hasn't been the kindest to labor.

All of which makes the vocal celebrity support for the current WGA strike all the more interesting for me. Whether or not the rumors about Jon Stewart supporting his writing staff until the strike's resolution end up being true, these kind of stories have a sort of impact that we shouldn't blithely underestimate. Granted, a textbook old-media celeb like Jay Leno doesn't carry nearly the same generational cachet as, say, Stephen Colbert, but having Obama and Edwards vocally support a strike (when was the last time you heard a Presidential candidate do so?) is of real value in the war of perceptions.

Time to scrap McCain-Feingold?

| October 4, 2007 - 6:24 pm

Tags: Election 2008, public financing

(Promoted from my own diary by myself, cause I accidentally put it there instead of here)

For those of you following the Presidential race, there has been quite a stir recently regarding Edwards decision to accept public financing.   Read more here and here.

Now I'm not a public financing expert, but from what I've been reading, the problem here is that were Edwards to win big and become the obvious nominee by Feb 5 (as someone likely will), he would essentially be barred from spending money until he officially becomes the nominee, after our convention in October.  This would leave him to get hammered for a good 6+ months without even the chance to respond.