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  • Can Barack Obama Win Without OH or FL?

    So, you know how every year the Democrats rely on the same couple states full of liberal elitists that will always tip blue (well, unless the nominee is named something like Bondale or Mongale) and then hope like hell that Florida and Ohio just barely squeak out a victory for them or that a third party conservative makes a good enough showing so that they can slip in under the wire?

    Well, some crazy people think that you don't have to do it that way. And one of those crazy people is Obama campaign manager David Plouffe

    …Plouffe told a largely young crowd that the electoral map would be fundamentally different from the one in 2004. Wins in Ohio and Florida would guarantee Obama the presidency if he holds onto the states won by Democrat John Kerry, Plouffe said, but those two battlegrounds aren't required for victory…

    "You have a lot of ways to get to 270," Plouffe said. "Our goal is not to be reliant on one state on November 4th"…

    Plouffe and his aides are weighing where to contest, and where chances are too slim to marshal a large effort. A win in Virginia (13 electoral votes) or Georgia (15 votes) could give Obama a shot if he, like Kerry, loses Ohio or Florida.

    I don't know. This seems like a dangerous deviation from the Democratic tradition of consistent soul-murdering defeat. If Democrats start to win, they could acquire long-time power. And if they had power, they could grow spines. And if they had spines, they wouldn't really be Democrats, would they?

    On the plus side, though, this strategy could open up a whole bunch of new states for Dems to lose in by a few votes. And that means lots more highly plausible, well-researched conspiracy theories.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Florida, Georgia, John Kerry, John McCain, Ohio, Ross Perot, Virginia, Walter Mondale
  • Clinton Aide Mickey Kantor's Fake Slander is Really Slanderous

    Earlier today, we posted a clip from D.A. Pennebaker's The War Room — which has been subsequently pulled from YouTube — that supposedly showed Clinton aide Mickey Kantor using the phrase "white n****r" to describe the good people of Indiana.

    Anyway, and not surprisingly, it looks like the whole made-up scandal is a made-up scandal

    "I've never used that word in my entire life, ever, under any circumstance, ever," an angry Kantor told The Huffington Post, citing his and his parent's work fighting for civil rights. "I have listened to [the video] and so have you. You can't tell what it is I'm saying in that second sentence, you can't decipher that."

    Indeed, a review of the original copy of the 1993 film The War Room, from which the excerpt was taken (around the 4:40 mark) is virtually inaudible. The sound suggests, if anything, that instead of saying "How would you like to be a worthless white n****r?" Kantor says, "How would you like to be in the White House right now?"

    And the original filmmaker himself weighed in

    He said the initial expletive referred to the anticipated reaction in the Bush White House to the fact that Ross Perot's polling numbers were holding strong.

    "What he says is he's surprised Perot's numbers are holding," said Pennebaker in a brief phone interview. "He says they must be shitting in the White House."

    The second expletive, he said, appeared to have been entirely fabricated, with new audio dubbed onto the original movie.

    I listened to the audio from the original film really hard, with my headphones pressed against my ears, and I couldn't make out anything that even remotely sounded like the supposed expletive. Instead, it sounded more like he was saying, "I like to eat the concrete meatball."

    And if he was saying that, that's fucked up!

    The full clip with original audio is after the jump. Skip to the 4:40 mark to hear the unhearable.

    Tags: Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Ross Perot
  • Third-Party Poopers: Ross Perot and the Independent Party

    In 1992, multi-gazillionaire H. Ross Perot bought his way into mainstream politics, running as an independent against incumbent Republican George H.W. Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton, and purchasing half-hour blocks of time on television to air his campaign infomercials.

    Because Perot's platform was fiscally conservative and socially liberal, he managed to woo voters who were disgusted with both major parties. Despite receiving no electoral votes, he took in nearly 19% of the popular vote, though it's not known what percentage actually believed they were purchasing rotisserie ovens.

    Perot tried again in 1996 for the Reform Party, to less spectacular results. Today, he is mostly remembered for the size of his ears.

    Tags: Independent, Ross Perot, Third-Party Poopers