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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Thursday, September 18, 2008


McCain's post-convention Palin bounce appears to have vanished, thanks in part to Palin's crashing popularity numbers. The trend is now towards Obama, who has once again pulled into the lead in the electoral vote count.

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Blogger Eric said...

I don't think Palin has much to do with this at all; it's all about the economy now, as it should have been all along. If Obama continues to speak in cautious generalities and McCain continues to betray his ignorance of economics, the result of the electionshould remain a foregone conclusion.

9/19/2008 10:31 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

I don't think there's any doubt Palin was the driving force behind McCain's increase in the polls, if only by solidifying the GOP base. She apparently also cut into independents somewhat, but it's clear now that was only temporary. The more people outside the dwindling base learned about her, the less they liked her.

9/20/2008 10:14 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

<< I don't think there's any doubt Palin was the driving force behind McCain's increase in the poll >>

Absolutely she was. What I mean is, I don't necessarily think the public at larges likes Palin less than they did when she was first picked. I think the "crashing popularity" you mentioned is just a return to the pre-convention status quo, brought about by the economic turmoil. McCain was bound to get a temporary bounce out of her selection. I think he might have even been able to maintain the lead, at least for a while longer, absent this week's economic news.

9/20/2008 10:37 AM  

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