Barack Obama scored a key appointment for his administration today, as it is being reported that Rep. Rahm Emanuel has agreed to be Obama's Chief of Staff.
A note in an AP story Rahm Emanuel being offered the chief of staff job caught my attention. According to some Democrats, John Kerry would like to be Secretary of State, but the freshly shaven Bill Richardson would also like the job, and let's not forget the role of Joe Biden.
While America is basking in the glow of the historic election of Barack Obama, one historic shift should not be overlooked. With his election, perhaps the era of red state/blue state 50/50 political division has been broken.
Hillary Clinton released a statement that praised Obama's victory in a long hard fought historic campaign, but she added the result was well worth the wait.
As I predicted John McCain wasted his time and money in Pennsylvania, as it was called for Obama about a minute after the polls closed, but the big flip was Ohio, which Obama is projected to win. This means that with only the West Coast, Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States.
The McCain campaign has put out a memo complaining about what they call voting irregularities in Pennsylvania, Florida, New Hampshire, and Virginia. The party that brought you Florida 2000, and Ohio 2004 is claiming that the Democrats are trying to steal this election.
How lopsided could the results of tonight's election be? Even "Bush's Brain," Karl Rove is projecting a big Obama win.
In a rare moment for California, it is cold and raining this morning. But as I pulled up to my voting place, I noticed many people braving the rain (ok, in CA it's more like a dirzzle), and the cold (it was a "freezing" 65 degrees!), many of them eager--almost too eager--to cast their vote.
Sometimes, as Americans, you do not realise how big your choice is.
Back in New Zealand, if I vote, I have a fairly clear idea of just how much my vote has an impact. The area of influence stops at somewhere around New Zealand maritime border. I know, with fair certainty, that the biggest impact my vote has internationally is on Japanese whalers and the occasional stray nuclear submarine.
Just witness the 2nd Iraq war, where New Zealand refused to join the US attack on Iraq. Impact this decision had on the International course of events? Absolutely none.
It was announced late this afternoon that Barack Obama's Grandmother Madelyn Dunham has passed away after a battle with cancer.
Two anti-abortion groups, Missouri Right to Life, and the Family Research Council Action have launched ads on election eve which claim that Barack Obama supports infanticide, and he wants to overturn the ban on partial birth abortion.
The Missouri Right to Life ad is an excerpt from a longer video, which makes the claim that Obama supports infanticide.
Here is the video:
John McCain has pinned his hopes of winning the presidency on Ohio and Pennsylvania, but the final Quinnipiac University battle ground state poll shows Obama leading McCain, 50%-43% in Ohio, and 52%-42% in Pennsylvania.
In an interview with MTV, Barack Obama was asked about one of the hot button issues of this campaign, communities that pass laws banning saggy pants.
Yesterday Chris Rock appeared at an Obama rally in Tampa, Florida, and joked about McCain's houses, marriages, and the lies being spread about Obama.
Some times, a story is just almost too good to be true, too funny to ignore, and just too plain stupid to not pass along to as many people as possible.