Where it began! by BrianInNYC

As this election draws to it’s conclusion I thought it would be fun to pause for a moment and look back and remember where it all began, Iowa!  One can only marvel at just how on message Senator Obama has remained during this campaign season, it is my belief that this more than anything accounts for Senator Obama’s success in his goal of attaining the White House.



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89 responses to “Where it began! by BrianInNYC

  1. chefsheila

    Thanks Brian. Inspiring and riveting!

  2. Of course for me Iowa was not the happiest of nights, alas poor John Edwards, we knew him not as well as we thought!


  3. chefsheila

    Hey the Republicans are REALLY Scared. On MSNBC I just saw a McCain rally in Florida with the big guns on stage.

    Martinez, Tom Ridge, Charlie Crist, for just a few. The shot was too close to see the rest of the stage. But they must be real scared to be sending that out for Joe the Plumber.

  4. Hell they’ve even sent out Joe the Plumber!

  5. dnd

    Very nice Brian. Having spent a lot of time in Iowa, I can tell you these people are the salt of the earth. Conservative and common sense. To see them embrace Obama says something.

  6. chefsheila

    Another day, another land deal.

    In the late 1990s, John McCain tried to get the U.S. Forest Service to exchange part of the Tonto National Forest for land partly owned by a billionaire McCain contributor connected to Charles Keating.

    McCain was spurred to action by a developer, who wanted to turn the 2,154-acre Spur Cross Ranch — desert home to Hopi Indian artifacts and special cacti — into a golf course. (McClatchy)

  7. chefsheila

    Little — if anything — is known about a mysterious GOP donor, Shi Sheng Hao, who has given over a quarter million dollars to John McCain’s campaign and the RNC.
    Hao’s residence, occupation and current whereabouts are all unknown. But here’s what we do know: he declared bankruptcy in 1995, registered to vote after his massive donations began, doesn’t live at any of his listed addresses, and eight associates and relatives of Hao have given $130,000 to the RNC since last year. Curiouser and curiouser. . . (Chicago Tribune)

  8. nannymm

    Good morning from the very snowy North Country!

    Palin is no expert. She sounded like a high school kid on the Speech and Debate team.

  9. dnd

    McCain speaking in Miami. Smearing Obama. And yakking incessantly about “Joe the plumber” and how he didn’t ask for all this attention.

    Put a fork in it…

  10. Based on the volume level of the crowd at McCain’s rally right now the crowd must be fairly small. I wish they would show a crowd shot.

  11. Early Voting Information, Polls

    More than twelve million voters have already cast ballots in the presidential contest, according to one estimate, and new data from the Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll shows these voters breaking Democratic by a wide margin.

    The voter preferences of the group of 1,430 individuals who have already voted and who were interviewed by Gallup between Oct. 17 and Oct. 27 show a 53% to 43% Obama over McCain tilt.


  12. dnd

    Pakistan has suffered a 6.4 magnitude earthquake. They need help. President Bush, are you on it?

  13. horsedooty

    I think it started 4 years earlier at the Democratic Convention. I heard that speech on TV and I knew that was the next President Elect in 2008.

  14. nannymm

    What the devil are they doing over there at MSNBC?? They’ve preempted Obama’s speech right now to show a car chase in Miami. I thought car chases we so last year. LOL

  15. Well, a friend mine says she still doesn’t know who she is going to vote for. I do not even know how to respond. She left me a message, and I can’t even believe that she has no clue. Seriously.


  16. nannymm

    I think that Daily Sow video says it all, UB.

  17. nannymm

    I hope she is a really good friend with a sense of humor.

  18. too late to worry about that I sent it…. 🙄

  19. nannymm

    Oh, well. The truth sometimes hurts. 😀

  20. dnd

    McCain is on the stump saying Obama’s “infomercial” is delaying the start of the World Series game tonight. I just checked our local listings, and no, it’s not. Even Fox said it’s not.

    WTF is wrong with the McCain campaign?

  21. nannymm

    McCain discarded any regard he had for truth; he’s desperate and will try anything to win.

  22. BevnTempe

    It’s been a very long time since it all began, and it was great to be reminded, courtesy of Brian’s video. It’s also great that Florida extended their early voting times. Tuesday should be very interesting – crossing my fingers and trying not to bite my nails.

    If Obama wins, there’s talk of AZ’s Gov, Janet Napolitano, becoming part of Obama’s cabinet. She’s great and would be a wonderful addition. Maybe JMc and Joe the plumber will go into business in AZ!!!!

  23. chefsheila


    Hows it feeling in Arizona? I’m biting my nails for you!

  24. dnd

    Janet Napolitano would be a great addition to the cabinet. A border governor probably has good a good perspective on things like immigration. Richardson would be good too 😉

  25. dnd

    Swastika on campaign sign sparks outrage:

    “A large Barack Obama campaign sign erected east of Durango on Monday sparked two immediate, racist reactions.”


  26. eprof2


    The thoughts of McCain staying as our Senator is bad enough. But, to wish Joe the Plumber on us too is just way too much. LOL!

  27. Hey all….”I got 99 problems…….”

    On my way to the JayZ concert……have a great night, I have to go wiki how to dance to rap…lmao


  28. nannymm

    I didn’t know you could dance to rap. Guess I’m showing my age. LOL Have fun, UB!

  29. dnd

    Sra Burrito,
    We expect a full report of the evening 😉

  30. dnd

    Tom DeLay on Hardball. Must see TV!

  31. BevnTempe

    eprof2 – I totally agree! Maybe he’ll move to one of his other houses, preferably out-of state!

  32. BevnTempe


    The AZ Republic front page this morning: “Obama neck and neck with McCain in Arizona.”

    Yea!!! !

  33. chefsheila

    Thats fantastic Bev!!!

    If you see this post. Maybe you could keep us abrest for the next week.

  34. eprof2

    While I don’t believe for a minute, McCain will lose here in AZ I did notice notice driving around our small town southeast of PHX that there were several new big signs out and temporary vehicles placed here and there getting people to vote for McCain. Even Pat Boone in a robocall sent us a telephone message today in of support McSame. We’ve already voted in an early mail-in ballot, so it’s like what are all these people calling for and sending political mail to us? Isn’t the election over? For us it is, so we’re just waiting for the results next Tuesday. Now, if we only lived in Chicago, we could vote early and often, eh?

  35. chefsheila

    Holy Moly Everybody! Happy Halloween.

    Obama neck and neck with McCain in Arizona


    With less than a week until Election Day, McCain is leading his Democratic rival, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, by 2 points, 46 to 44, down from a 7-point lead a month ago and a double-digit lead this summer, according to a poll from Arizona State University.

  36. chefsheila

    Hey Eprof,

    It doesn’t really matter if Obama doesn’t get the state. Its just great to see McCain getting brused for his nastiness in his own home state.

  37. eprof2

    You’re right, Sheila. He needs to be knocked down more than a notch or two with all of his recent pandering, starting with his pick of Sarah “know nothing” Palin.

  38. nannymm

    Aren’t we all, Brian? It will be so satisfying to see McCain ” knocked down” after the shameless way he has campaigned. It will be even more satisfying to see the repugs strategy of lying and fear mongering be rejected by the voters.

  39. chefsheila

    Mudflats comes through again for a great Alaska For Obama Video. Its really cool!

    Total Americana.

    Human Obama Logo

  40. chefsheila

    Tom Delay is NOT a Brilliant American like Chris just shot up his !@#$ He is a henchman!!!

  41. dnd

    Obama will be in Pueblo, Colorado this weekend. Pueblo is a blue collar town. in the mid-southeast part of the state. And they grow great chilies!

  42. chefsheila

    Which kinds dnd?

  43. dnd

    Puebla. I think they also grow a lot of Mira Sol. Big chili festivals down there.

  44. dnd

    For the non-chili-heads out there, Mira Sol, sometimes called Mida Sol, are fruity, spicy chilies that grow upright. Hence the name Mira Sol, facing the sun.

  45. chefsheila

    Yum! Have had both, but the Mira Sol are hard to get on the east coast.

    Obama on in 10 minutes!

  46. dog's eye view

    good ad so far; like the story about North Kansas City mom; was wondering how he was going to spend 30 mins. and thank goodness it’s not all speech.

  47. chefsheila

    Oh man…….He’s making Me cry. I can’t stand seeing these people in a bad way. That guy that was supposed to get $1500 a month after paying into a retirement and all he got was $375 a month….

  48. chefsheila

    Oh My God……He is so special…..wow…

  49. dog's eye view

    this half hour is going so fast — and without commercials.

    Oh. Right.

  50. dog's eye view

    Live from Florida.

    That’s an impressive audience. It’s a full field house.

    On GOP side, that would be a Palin crowd (not sure she can fill a stadium or field house, though.)

  51. chefsheila

    Well…..awesome! It doesn’t matter if people did not watch. All of us that did, want to work towards the betterment of US

  52. The real victory is Obama’s total domination of the news cycles between now and Tuesday.

  53. Anyone else notice, McCain wasn’t mentioned once?

  54. chefsheila

    I didn’t care. He’s yesterday’s news. 🙂

  55. Sheila so much for being the charitable christian!

  56. dog's eye view

    Brian: I did not notice that re no mention of McCain or Palin.

    Meanwhile, some blogger reports the RNC has no mention of McCain on their homepage, but Obama’s mentioned 6 times.

    That’s pretty true. They’ve got a picture of a McCain-Palin sign up, but that’s mostly it. Fred Thompson’s is first name you encounter, then several mentions of Joe Biden and Obama and ACORN, of course.


  57. Kathy

    this is a great blog found via Sullivan – 82 yr old women blogging about all- here is Sarah Palin- honest and salty:


  58. chefsheila


    Thanks for the reminder. These ladies are the bomb!

  59. dog's eye view

    enjoyed Margaret and Helen’s blog; bears watching!

    Good morning all.

  60. nannymm

    Good morning, everyone.

  61. chefsheila

    Morning John Boy……OOPS! Wrong Show 🙂

  62. chefsheila

    Well Joe Scarborough sure chewed Obama up and spit him out this morning…..we must be winning.

  63. Didn’t see Joe this morning, what was he whining about?

  64. dog's eye view

    From yesterday’s NYTimes: if this does not pull at your heart….

    Sense of Unease in Some Black Voters

    By Susan Saulny

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — For weeks now, James Jones has been extra courteous in traffic and at the gas station because he has an Obama sticker on the back of his truck. “Something like that might make a difference for Barack Obama,” Mr. Jones explained. “I’m not taking a chance.”

    Mr. Jones, a black warehouse worker, bought campaign signs for his yard and made sure his family had valid voter registration cards. He and his wife cast their votes 10 days early to avoid last-minute problems at the polls.

    So imagine Mr. Jones’s disappointment this week when he got word of a rumor making its way around his humble southeastern part of town — that early voting is nothing more than a new disenfranchisement scam, that early votes are likely to be lost and never counted.

    “I went to the library where I voted and I said, ‘Ma’am, I heard rumors that early voting is dangerous, is that true?’ ” Mr. Jones, 47, said he had asked an election worker. “She said: ‘It’s pretty well safe. I wouldn’t worry about it.’ ”

    But in conversations with about a dozen Jacksonville residents in cafes, outside churches and at their homes over three days, Mr. Jones and many of his black neighbors worry anyway, unable to put aside the nagging feeling that somehow their votes will not be counted. ….


  65. chefsheila

    He was running off for most of the time about how the surprise will be how McCain takes the wind out of Obama’s sail.

    He was demonising Obama for the over use of money….

    The way I see it, this is the first time in all most a 50 years the DEMS have had enough money to fight this jugernaut.

  66. yeah Obama’s money was a big talking point of McCain last night on Larry King, jealousy is an ugly emotion, LOL

  67. The Gores to campaign tomorrow in Florida.

  68. chefsheila

    ……Is it election day yet?

    TMI Too much Information!

  69. nannymm

    Not soon enough!

  70. chefsheila


    McCain concedes Obama no socialist

    From his interview to air tonight on Larry King Live.

    Larry has a way of coaxing it out, doesn’t he?

    KING: You don’t believe Barack Obama is a socialist do you?

    MCCAIN: “No, but i do believe that he has been in the far left of American politics and stated time after time that he believes in spreading the wealth around. He has talked about courts that redistribute the wealth. He has a record of voting against tax cuts. And for tax increases.”


  71. dnd

    McCain’s complaints that Obama’s “gauzey infomercial” was paid for because he went back on his commitment of public financing smacks of desperation. Sure it’ll play with his base, but I suspect it comes across as whining to the undecideds.

    And what a sharp contrast to that “gauzey infomercial” where Obama didn’t attack McCain once.

  72. chefsheila

    I gaurantee that the Gauzey Infomercial gave a lot of very afraid Americans hope and he first feeling of calm in a year or more.

    I would not be surprised if their is at least a 1 or 2 point bump from that.

  73. nannymm

    Hard to believe that people really think like this.

    Little Hope in a Little Town
    Some Missourians Think Obama Candidacy Pushes Them Aside

  74. chefsheila


    I think thats the wrong link.

  75. dnd

    Speaking of undecideds, does anyone know if there are stats on what percentage of undecideds vote? This has been the longest, most covered, most controversial, most unique campaign is history. If you’re still undecided, you either have been living under a rock, or don’t care to the level that you probably won’t make the effort to vote.

  76. dnd

    OMG, McCain live on CNN speaking at a rally just said “Joe the plumber is here today. Where’s Joe?” Then he looked around. No Joe. Then he said “you’re all Joe the plumber today!” Another senior moment.

    And what’s with all the “air quotes?”

  77. chefsheila

    According to Chuckie T, the undecided average in this country is presently at 6 – 8%. Most agree that at least 50% of that is going to be people who are not going to vote.

  78. chefsheila

    Amazing how many lies I have been detecting while he has been stumping……I should have been counting.

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