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Today, CNN gives us an explanation on why the political race for the White House remains even. With less than two months before we hit the polls and decide the fate of the nation, we’re being given a brief snapshot on how the two campaigns are basically neck-and-neck with each other. So according to them, the score might as well be 0-0. Just in case there are factual changes to their permalink, I will copy and paste their explanation below and interject where necessary.

Posted: 06:14 AM ET

[McCain: 0, Obama: 0]

From

The presidential race remains close with just 57 days left until the election.

[Nice choice of photos, guys. You are basically telling me that either you are for Obama or against him. So we’re going down the victim exploitation path? Are we reporting the facts or the fact that you are already biased? Oh wait, the article actually begins after this next sentence.]
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The presidential race remains close with just 57 days left until the election.

(CNN) — Why is the presidential race dead even after both parties have had their conventions? In a nutshell, it’s because the conventions have not changed the basic dynamic of the race.

Earlier: CNN poll shows race dead even

New numbers released by CNN Monday explain just how the presidential race remains so close with 57 days to go until voters weigh in at the polls: the conventions were so successful for both parties that that each essentially canceled the other out.

[So if both parties essentially canceled each other out, then the point is moot to even elaborate. Oh, but you’re going to anyway…]

The candidates’ favorable ratings are identical (60 percent) — and almost identical to what they were before the conventions began. The GOP convention made Republicans more enthusiastic (an increase of 17 points). But Democrats are more enthusiastic as well (up 14 points), so an 11 point “enthusiasm gap” favoring remains: 71 percent of Democrats say they are enthusiastic about the election, compared to 60 percent of Republicans.

[Dems: 60% = 60% (before convention) + 0% (after convention), GOP: 60% = 60% + 0% (after convention), got it. So then the point is moot to elaborate further. Oh wait, enthusiasm numbers increased (and why are we measuring emotional states of feeling?) for GOP and Dems, but Dems overall have more enthusiasm and thus our “enthusiasm gap” shows we’re higher than you. Let me throw some numbers at you that also work in your favor: you just spent about 72% of the last paragraph telling us that Dems are still ahead! Yay!]

The candidates’ strengths and weaknesses on the issues also have not changed over the last month — Obama retains his edge on the economy and health care; McCain’s advantage remains on Iraq and terrorism.

[Now that we managed to get that little nugget of golden goodness out of our system. We can start reporting facts again. As a matter of fact (no pun intended), here’s a PDF you can download from CNN and see the results for yourself! But if the race is dead even as you just restated and there hasn’t been anything new to report about the candidate’s platform, do we need to elaborate further? Oh, OK, let’s see what you have to say.]

Full poll results [PDF]

In fact, the Iraq issue is instructive of just how effectively the conventions molded public opinion. Before the Democratic convention, McCain had a 9-point edge; after the Democratic convention it was a tie, and now McCain has a 14-point lead on Iraq.

[Obama: 0, McCain: 5]

But not every convention theme appears to have resonated — although the GOP convention portrayed McCain as a maverick reformer, more Americans see Obama as a “real reformer” (48-41 percent) and as someone who is “not a typical politician” (56-34 percent)

[Obama: more than 0, McCain: 5]

Who would Americans be prouder to have as president? That’s a tie — 46 percent say Obama, 44 percent say McCain, despite the emphasis on McCain’s war record at the GOP gathering in Minnesota. On the other hand, McCain may have managed to best Obama on values (49 percent say McCain is more likely to share their values compared to 45 percent for Obama; in mid-August Obama had a 4-point margin on that measure).

[Obama: > 0, McCain: 5; wait….scratch that last one. Obama: >0, McCain: 9, more likely]

It appears McCain was able to gain some ground on “change,” a theme that the Obama campaign has long called its own. But in the wake of McCain’s pick of Washington outsider Sarah Palin, the Arizona senator has narrowed Obama’s lead on that item from 18 points to 8.

[Obama: > 0, McCain: 18 = 9, more likely + (18-8) -> mental throbbing is starting]

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland says both party’s conventions clearly had their desired effect.

“Although McCain’s acceptance speech did not get the same rave reviews as Obama’s speech, the two conventions appear to have had the same overall effect — 48 percent said that the GOP convention made them more likely to vote for McCain, 51 percent said the same about the Democratic convention and Obama,” he said.

[Obama: >51, McCain: 62 (more likely x2) = 18 more likely + 48 more likely]

But even as polls tighten in McCain’s favor, a slim majority (52 percent) of Americans still think Obama will win in November.

[Obama: >103, McCain: 62 (more likely x2) Does this still sound like it’s an even race?]

“We’ll see if that number changes later this fall once the public sees the latest round of polls,” Holland said.

[MORE POLLS?! WTF! I thought it was even?]

Filed under: Barack Obama

[Oh, they just had to throw one more golden nugget before the report was officially filed! Not under Politics, or Election 2008, or even Polls. Just for kicks, I decided to count how many times Obama and McCain were mentioned in this report and it was dead even… until they added “Filed under: Barack Obama”.]

Overall, this article may have been glossed over by the majority who are already in the political loop. However, I am not in this loop. I’m trying to be but it seems better to stand firm where I am and see things for what they represent (Fox News, you’re next!). Right now, this article is fluffy with very little nutritional value. Those who watch what we consume will pick through the fluff while the rest of us will likely become obese to the point of incapacitation. Why exercise our minds when we can be spoon fed what everyone else feels I should eat? This is madness!

(From the Saddleback Presidential Forum, moderated by Rick Warren)

Christianity: What does it mean to you to trust in Christ?

Obama says he is redeemed through Jesus Christ and that it is a daily source of sustenance and strength. He further explains that, “If I can get myself out of the way, that I can maybe carry out in some small way what He intends. And it means that those sins that I have on a fairly regular basis, hopefully, will be washed away.”

The American Heritage Dictionary defines Christianity as such:

The religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, sent by God. They believe that Jesus, by dying and rising from the dead, made up for the sin of Adam and thus redeemed the world, allowing all who believe in him to enter heaven. Christians rely on the Bible as the inspired word of God.

So if you are a Christian, knowing you are redeemed, meaning your sin debt has been paid in full, there should be no doubt that no matter how many times you screw up in God’s eyes, you are still saved. Of course, as a Christian, you should then pursue an even closer relationship with God which naturally keeps you from sinning as much as you did when you were not saved. Yes, you will sin, we all have and will, but as Christians, we should never stray from the path as we once did. I had to review that little clip several times because when Obama says, “And it means that those sins that I have on a fairly regular basis, hopefully, will be washed away.”, moderator, Rick Warren chuckles but Obama never cracked a smile. Perhaps he was trying to get the answer we Christians wanted to hear out of the way so he could to move on to another point? Perhaps he was having problems getting his point across? As a Christian, I have no problem explaining what Jesus Christ did for me and I have fervor sharing the Gospel to those who want to learn more, so as you can see, Obama’s response so far, left me scratching my head. Does he doubt his salvation? Did he not attend a church who’s doxology reads:

“You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which has no end.”

Most people would gloss over it and continue to listen; when I heard it, I just thought that sounded rather awkward. He continues to his next point…

“But what it also means, I think, is a sense of obligation to embrace not just words but through deeds. The expectations I think that God has for us, and that means, thinking about the least of these, it means acting, well, acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly… with our God. And that, I think trying to apply those lessons on a daily basis, knowing that you’re gonna fall a little bit short each day and being able to kind of take note, saying, “Well, that didn’t quite work out the way I think it should have but maybe I can get a little bit better.” It gives me the confidence to try things, including things like running for president, where you’re gonna screw up once in a while.”

I think I get the gist of his conclusion but it still leaves me confused. After all, why would I be rewinding my DVR to gain a better understanding of his response? I know there are several degrees of Christ following. The more you choose to have Christ be the model of your life, the more the Light of Christ shines for others to see. Kind of like the “lighthouse in the dark storm” metaphor. Some will have a 100,000 watt bulb in the lighthouse, others may have 10 watts, while others may even have a three-way bulb. You are given by God the light bulb that best suits you, how much you want to let this bulb shine for others is totally up to you. At least, 75% of the population of this country are Christians and they’re not all of the same degree. Some are close to the lighthouse while others are way off course. After this initial question posed to Obama, I feel like the lights are on but the glass is a little foggy and not allowing as bright a light to shine through.

Abortion: 40 million abortions since Roe v Wade. At what point does a baby get human rights, in your view.

Obama plays this answer in as diplomatic a way as possible. Not wanting to step on anyone’s toes, he quickly points out that the answer will vary depending on where your viewpoint comes from and that his ability to answer that question with specificity is “above my paygrade.” Ironically enough, he then, at length, proceeds to answer on his general thoughts with specificity – I think.

Point 1 for him: “There is a moral and ethical element to this issue. And so, I think, anybody who tries to deny the moral difficulties and gravity of the abortion issue, I think, is not paying attention.”

Point 2 for him: “I am pro-choice. I believe in Roe versus Wade and I come to that conclusion not because I am pro-abortion, but because ultimately I don’t think women make these decisions casually. I think they wrestle with these things in profound ways. In consultation with their pastors, or their spouses, or their doctors, their family members…”

Honestly, the rest of his response started to sound like radio static because like a Pavlov dog, my ears will only start to listen once I hear the answer to the question given. Was he not being redundant when he stated in his first point that if you deny the issues, then you’re not paying attention? Hello?!! Hey Obama, in the dictionary, under “redundant” it says “see Redundant”! He continue by stating he’s pro-choice, that abortions have not gone down even during the Bush Administration, he wants to work together to reduce unwanted pregnancies, healthcare needs to be available, blah, blah, blah, then all of a sudden, he manages to get to the real crux of the question – I think.

“If you believe that life begins at conception then, and you are consistent on that belief, then I can’t argue with you on that because that is a core issue of faith for you. What I can do is say, “Are there ways that we can work together to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies?” So that we actually are reducing the sense that women are seeking out abortions, and as an example of that, one of the things I’ve talked about is how do we provide the resources that will allow a women the choice to keep a child?”

Nope. I don’t think he answered the question posed on him. He managed to avoid the question by taking two steps back and explaining that perhaps if women are more educated and provided the resources we would control the number of abortions. But the problem remains the same. There are still going to be a large number of women who are going to get abortions. So, Mr. Obama, you still need to address at what point does a baby get human rights? I didn’t appreciate the smoke and mirrors response.

Marriage: Define marriage.

Finally, he gets applause from the audience (because he finally answers a question?) by clearly stating that marriage is a union between a man and a women, AND he adds, “As a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” So naturally, Rick Warren, begs the question of whether Obama should put his money where his mouth is by ammending the constitution with this definition. Immediately, he answer that he wouldn’t because historically we never defined marriage in the Constitution. OK, logistically he’s got a point there. As a believer, I understand that God has given us a “free will” to do as we please. As an American citizen, we are given the inalienable rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As a Christ-follower, we also understand that we are to not be stumbling blocks for other and that we always need to pursue His will for His glory. So in this instance, he tries to please God with his words of the definition of marriage but then also pleases the party that supports him. We cannot serve both sides because eventually, one side will suffer.

That’s a lot to chew on, isn’t it? It is for me. I’m trying to understand this because I feel there is a duty as a citizen to know the candidates and a Christian to know how God wants me to see the candidates for who they are. If I appear to sound against Obama, it’s not my intention. McCain will be seen with the same scrutiny when I get to see what he says.

Ron Paul
I hope this isn’t a case of too much, too little, too late, but Time magazine is finally telling us what we already know. I shake my head in disappointment because this article could have been written earlier. This article shows me that they’re now starting to catch on to what the internet has been trying to push onto the general public. Just read the article and tell me what you think. If everyone thinks this guys a cook, then consider me committed as well.

It’s all in the dentals…

Take a close look at this photograph, taken straight out of CNN.com’s front page today (2/20/08).

I really hate having to waste my time on who Photoshopped the image so that McCain’s teeth look like the Emporer from Star Wars while Obama’s teeth look so white, they’re blinding (CNN? AP? Someone fess up!)? Now grant it, I’m not crazy about either candidate but I do get flustered when the media does these little touches in order to influence your decision one way or the other.

Here’s another photo of McCain taken candidly at an election rally. Get a good look at those chompers

mccain

Again, I understand he’s not totally into the teeth whitening regiment but do those look as bad as the CNN photo? Perhaps we should google another image and make sure we’re not imaging things.

Click on this image if you want to get up close and personal. See what I mean? Teeth are naturally grayish so clearly, he’s practicing good hygiene (perhaps a visit to the orthodontist could help as well but that’s another post for another day). I tried to find another photo to compare with but he mainly smiles with his mouth closed. Almost reminds me of how Austin Powers smiles when he’s being reminded of the advancements in toothcare.

What about Obama? Is that smile as intense as a 200W light bulb? Google search reveals this photo taken from the US Senate website.

Not bad, not bad. Here’s a candid shot taken from NY Magazine’s website.

Clearly there’s a point I’m trying to make in all of this and it doesn’t have to do anything with oral hygiene or these candidates. If I’m trying to sell you a car and I send you a photo of a waxed and polished vehicle that shimmers in the light of the sun, are you convinced enough to buy it or do you go for the weathered car that’s rough on the eyes but has lasted a lot longer than expected? Again, it’s not about the car, but whether I can sell you anything without you having to ask to open the hood and see the engine, or vehicle history report, or how many miles are on the odometer. If I want to sell you something desperately enough, I will do what it takes to make the sale.