As I am currently abroad, and my politics swing far to the left (had you not noticed?) this apparently means that I am getting updates from Democrats Abroad, a non-profit organization trying to get out the important but too ignored expat vote for these elections.
I’m not really a Democrat (if interested email me and ask why…too tedious to indulge myself here) but definitely not a Republican, so I submit to you Democrats Abroad’s latest ad.
Remember when Gwyneth Paltrow raised a stink by touting her ex-pat status and criticizing the U.S.? Well all you flag wavers can bash her again as she is reinstating her expat (albeit responsible voter) status with this ad:
The ad’s not all that but the message is sound. No matter where you are, vote. No matter if you are like me — suspicious of voting protocol and fairness — just VOTE.
If a new survey is to be believed, Central Florida is where Barack Obama needs to be spending much of his $20 million Latino campaign budget. According to a new study by the non-partisan Democracia USA organization, those votes are up for grabs as the population tends to swing both ways (politically speaking):
“It’s something very interesting, very special here in Orlando and its surroundings: the Hispanic voting population isn’t defined. One moment the majority votes Republican and the next it votes Democrat,” Jorge Mursuli, president of the non-partisan Democracia USA organization, told Efe.
According to Mursuli, the Hispanic population of the city of Orlando has doubled over the past year, making the area a hotspot for swiping up votes, not to mention the fact that
“Florida has the largest number of electoral votes among the states where they talk about the importance of the Hispanic vote,” Mursuli said, apparently assuming that the Republicans stand little chance of wresting California – which leads the nation both in electoral votes and Latino population – away from the Democrats.
I hate to be naive, but I similarly don’t see Republicans standing a snowball’s chance in Hades in getting California. Obama needs to pull the mariachi ads and move out East, where he really needs to drum up support.
I’m currently out of the country and because of this, my reaction to the image you see here is probably more dramatic than yours. Maybe this has been all over CNN and you are numb to it? Maybe there is some other meaning behind this that I am missing? All I can say is that I am floored to see the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, Illinois Senator Barack Obama and his wife Michelle depicted as “terrorists” (yes, read that with the quotation marks it deserves) on the cover of the latest issue of The New Yorker magazine.
Both the Obama campaign and the McCain campaign are denouncing the cartoon. Reports SwampPolitics.com:
“The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Sen. Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement, reported by Politico. “But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.”
“We completely agree with the Obama campaign, it’s tasteless and offensive,” McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.
As mentioned in the Obama camp’s quote, the magazine calls the cover a “satire”, meant to call attention to the right’s fear mongering tactics.
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Romney’s out and I’m sad. Not because I don’t despise him (because I do) or because I was excited about some religious diversity in the White House (I was, but not at the expense of having him as our President…shudder to think). It’s because McCain is apparently so “liberal” (read not doesn’t come off as a right-wing nutbar like Huckabee) that he can actually prove to be a threat to the Democrats in the race for the White House. “On the fencers” and other moderates might oscillate between McCain and the Democratic candidate based on issues. Independents might gravitate towards him because he hasn’t walked the Republican party line (and indeed, is hated by most in his party). And (is it possible?) could Democrats — particularly former supporters of John Edwards — be swayed into voting off-ticket because they don’t feel any affinity towards Obama or Clinton? Will Latinos turn to him because of his immigration bill stance?
I think it’s possible and we should be very afraid. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
I’m off to my polling place folks, and I’m hoping I won’t have face any of the irregularities that are being constantly reported both here and in Southern California when I get there. Here in San Francisco (video of our Super Tuesday above) and other parts of the Bay Area, many voters who aren’t registered with any political party (like myself) have been told that they aren’t allowed to vote in the Democratic primary. Not true!
Here in California, it appears that not is all going smoothly at the polls.The Los Angeles Times is reporting that in L.A many voters were met with problems ranging from having to cast provisional ballots to being asked to show identification:
Silver Lake voter Pedro Mas Mayor was upset when he was asked to show identification at his polling place. Mayor, 69, a naturalized citizen who has lived in the United States since 1966, said this was the first time he’d ever been asked to show identification when voting.
“I told them it’s the law that you aren’t supposed to ask,” Mayor said. “I said, ‘Are you sure?’ She said, ‘Yes, you have to.’ She insisted. So I showed my ID and said, ‘I need a ballot.’ ”
Mayor said poll workers at the Sunset Boulevard Free Clinic were also asking white voters for their IDs. “They were asking everybody. I was a little upset, but I was able to vote,” he said.
Interesting that the L.A. Times notes that the voter was a naturalized citizen. Why is that relevant?
The Times also reports that many had to wait for polling places that did not open on time, and didn’t begin taking voters in until 5 hours after the scheduled time.
Are you having trouble voting? Let us know in the comments below!
Guatemala swore in a new president yesterday; Alvaro Colom, a social democrat, defeated a scary army general back in November, and officially began his term with a pledge to help the less fortunate of his country:
“I thank God that Guatemala got the chance for the first time in 50 years to change to a social democratic government,” he said today after being sworn in. “I’m convinced that by giving to those who have the least, we will all have more.”
How many administrations have begun with just those words? Let’s hope Alvaro will keep his word. Guatemala faces serious issues many of which — like discrimination and violence — are age-old. On the topic of racism, Colom says he plans to govern Guatemala “with a Mayan face”.
Progressives around Colombia are celebrating today the triumph of the left in Bogota’s municipal elections. Samuel Moreno of the Democratic Pole party won the spot as mayor (a.k.a. the second most powerful man in Colombia) despite the theatrics of president Alvaro Uribe’s counter-campaign. Columnist María Jimena Duzán of Colombia’s El Tiempo lays out how Uribe’s antics actually ended up producing more support for Moreno:
The flattening triumph of Samuel Moreno in the elections for Bogota’s mayor, aside from consolidating the Democratic Pole as the premiere political force in the capital, demonstrates that we Bogotanos don’t like the president sticking his nose into our business and telling us whom we should vote for. His intervention was so crude that it ended producing the opposite effect. In the end, this strategy took votes away from Peñalosa [the candidate Uribe endorsed].