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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Pundit Round-up

Sunday Pundits!

The Guardian:

Though we lack the vote, this is our election too. Such statements outrage many Americans and inspire others. But the rest of the world has not just lived this election. Our life chances and societies will also be shaped by what happens next Tuesday.

Guess who we endorse? And it ain't the disasta from Alaska.

Frank Rich: And so: just how far have we come?

Maureen Dowd:

The McCain campaign specializes in erratica, while the Obama campaign continues to avoid any dramatica.

George Will:

By midnight Tuesday, millions of conservatives probably will believe that the nation, foundering on the reefs of sin, is ruined. And millions of "progressives," emboldened to embrace truth in labeling by again calling themselves liberals, probably will have decided that Heaven is at hand, the nation revived like a flower in an April shower.

And this is a bad thing?

Eleanor Clift:

[McCain pollster Bill McInturff says] "Functionally even—I don't know what that means," says [Economist pollster Sam] Popkin. "Is it the same as functionally illiterate? It doesn't reflect in any way, shape or form the data I'm looking at."

Melanie Phillips: The Brit wingnuts could teach our wingnuts a thing or two about wingnuttery. Example:

Insofar as the American public has managed to obtain some of this suppressed information [about tightening polls], it has been delivered by the Western Resistance comprising internet journalists, Fox News and talk radio. The British press, however, have taken their cue entirely from the fifth-columnist liberal US media.

David Broder: This is the best campaign ever. And I include 1960.

Charlie Cook:

John McCain probably can't win without divine intervention.

And that's no mere mortal who says so.

Doug Schoen: My last gasp at being relevant:

This election is not a mandate for Democratic policies. Rather, it is a wholesale rejection of the policies of George W. Bush, Republicans, and to a lesser extent, John McCain. But it is not, as poll after poll has shown, an embrace of the Democratic Congress, which has approval ratings that are actually lower than that of the president.

Congressional Democrats' approval ratings, of course are far higher than Bush's. But that won't stop me from making a fool of myself.

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