Uh, Zogby?

November 2, 2008

Over at Technorati, I noticed that a bunch of right-wing blogs were all excited that McCain had a one-point lead in Friday’s Zogby daily tracking poll. Well, the Saturday poll is now out, and it gives Obama a nearly six-point lead. In his message explaining how this happened, Mr. Zogby writes:

Remember, as I said yesterday, one day does not make a trend. This is a three-day rolling average and no changes have been tectonic. A special note to blogger friends: calm it down. Lay off the cable television noise and look at your baseball cards in your spare time. It is better for your (and everyone else’s) health.

Not that I know a damn thing about polling, but why it seems like having your poll fluctuate like that would be indicative of some sort of a flaw in the poll’s methodology…


It’s official: Obama was born in the US

November 2, 2008

Another wacko internet rumor bites the dust:

HONOLULU (AP) — State officials say there’s no doubt Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.

Health Department Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said Friday she and the registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, have personally verified that the health department holds Obama’s original birth certificate.

Fukino says that no state official, including Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, ever instructed that Obama’s certificate be handled differently.

She says state law bars release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest.

Some Obama critics claim he was not born in the US.

Earlier Friday, a southwest Ohio magistrate rejected a challenge to Obama’s citizenship. Judges in Seattle and Philadelphia recently dismissed similar suits.

This always seemed like an odd rumor to be spreading, given that McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone, which isn’t exactly normal. (Link via Karen Tumulty at Swampland)

In case the whole voting thing doesn’t work out…

November 1, 2008

…we can always settle the presidential election with a dance off.

Frasier Crane for McCain

November 1, 2008

Looking through the junk emails, I had one from the RNC Wednesday that was a fundraising pitch from none other than Kelsey Grammer:

This is not an easy time to be conservative. In 6 days we might wake up to read that Barack Obama and liberal Democrats have seized total control of Washington.

Take it from me. For 20 years, I played Dr. Frasier Crane on TV, and it is not easy being openly Republican in a Democrat town like Hollywood. But even when the odds are against us, we must never stop fighting for this country.

Will you help stop liberals from seizing total control of our government?

Barack Obama and his liberal allies claim to support the working man. They want us to think they are all Joe and Jane Six Packs. But we all know — that when they think no one is listening — the liberal elite

They ridicule Sarah Palin…they laugh at Joe the Plumber…and they condescendingly refer to middle-class Americans as “bitter.”

Yes, the guy who played the effete Seattle psychiatrist on TV for years is now sneering via email about the “liberal elite.” Alrighty then. (And when did the unwashed masses take up residence in suburbia?

I guess Grammer also played the Republican president in Swing Vote, or so I hear.

About Obama’s Aunt

November 1, 2008

TPM notes that it was illegal for Bush admin officials to leak the info about the immigration case of Obama’s aunt.