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Old 11-04-2008, 06:14 PM   #1
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2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign Discussion Thread 12: T=zero

Here we are, at last, with the first polls closing within the hour.
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Barack Obama as a Ruling Class Candidate



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........But, as The New York Times' editors certainly know, "they" still "put in who they want to put in" to no small extent. The predominantly white U.S. business and political establishment still makes sure that nobody who questions dominant domestic and imperial hierarchies and doctrines can make a serious ("viable") run for higher office - the presidency, above all. It does this by denying adequate campaign funding (absolutely essential to success in an age of super-expensive, media-driven campaigns) and favorable media treatment (without which a successful campaign is unimaginable at the current stage of corporate media consolidation and power) to candidates who step beyond the narrow boundaries of elite opinion. Thanks to these critical electoral filters and to the legally mandated U.S. winner-take-all "two party" system [2], a candidate who even remotely questions corporate and imperial power is not permitted to make a strong bid for the presidency.

Barack Obama is no exception to the rule. Anyone who thinks he could have risen to power without prior and ongoing ruling class approval is living in a dream world......."



.....Such is the dark authoritarian reality lurking behind the pride and excitement felt by Deddrick Battle and many other poor and black voters who have been inspired by the Obama phenomenon to think that "politics is for them too." President Obama can be counted on to use their new faith in reactionary and imperial ways reflecting hidden allegiance to the timeworn elite principle that really big matters of politics and policy are for the rich and powerful - not ordinary citizens - at the end of the day Obama's job is to keep the restless poor, working class, and global Many safely pacified while serving the needs of the wealthy and imperial Few. It's a deadly juggling act that could have terrible consequences. How long he can maintain the illusion of serving the interests of the people and the elite at one and the same time is an open question......
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Perfect timing for a new thread!
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SurveyUSA Blog Archive McCain 510 Electoral Votes, Obama 28 … How the Map Looked Exactly 2 Years Ago

Look how far we've come.
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Got my munchies. Wearing my comfy (embarrassingly ugly, but comfy) clothes. Now bring on the returns!!!!
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And I dunno if anyone posted this in the last thread, but I am enjoying watching this:

ELECTION DAY 08 - What One Word Describes Your Current State of Mind? - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com
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Oh god, numbers are coming in...
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What are the numbers saying, VP?
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Tech - let me know when 'horny' goes by.
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What are the numbers saying, VP?
Numbers don't talk.
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Numbers don't talk.
Damn you ...
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This is it! The Official 2008 US Presidential Election Results Thread!

After the falls of Hilary Clinton, John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Mitt Romney, Rudy Guiliani, Fred Thompson, Ron Paul, and others...

Nearly two years, 49 debates, one epic head-to-head six-month long primary, two conventions, and endless hours and hours and days and days and months and months and years of debate later...

it all comes down to this...
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What are the numbers saying, VP?
They're saying "VP, we're only Kentucky numbers, don't throw up."
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Dammit, I want to go to bed early with a big smile on my face.
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Okay, I just started getting nervous, and went from 0 to 60 on the nervous scale in no time flat. It's only 3:30 here. I may need to start drinking.

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Dammit, I want to go to bed early with a big smile on my face.
Do need the number for your local escort service?
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