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Archives for October 2008

Say Good-Night, Senator Dole

One of the Republican senators unexpectedly facing defeat next week is North Carolina’s Elizabeth Dole. Liddy Dole is the wife of the former Kansas Senator and 1996 Republican presidential candidate, Robert Dole. She took over the traditionally safe Republican seat from the late Jesse Helms in 2002.

This “rocking chair” advertisement gives an indication of how the campaign against Dole has painted her as ineffective and out of touch.

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Closing Argument: Obama Sums Up

Speaking in Canton, Ohio, Senator Barack Obama has delivered a closing argument speech as the presidential election campaign enters its final week.


Paul Keating’s Letter To John Robertson

Keating's letter to Robertson


Defining Moment: Obama Moves To Close The Deal

With the 2008 presidential election campaign now into its final 10 days, Barack Obama’s campaign has released a 2-minute advertisement called Defining Moment which aims to draw together the arguments for supporting Obama. [Read more…]


Calculate Your Tax Cut: Obama’s Online Widget

The Obama campaign is using an internet widget to allow voters to calculate their tax cuts under the Obama and McCain plans.

As the 2008 presidential campaign enters its final 10 days, it is clear that Obama has made more extensive use of the internet, particularly social networking sites, to disseminate his message.

The tax cut calculator is in addition to an extensive online campaign of voter registration, get-out-the-vote and fundraising strategies.


New York Times Endorses Obama For President

New York Times Endorses Barack Obama for PresidentThe New York Times has given its 2008 presidential election endorsement to Senator Barack Obama.

The Times described Obama as a candidate who “has met challenge after challenge, growing as a leader and putting real flesh on his early promises of hope and change”, in contrast to Senator John McCain who “has retreated farther and farther to the fringe of American politics, running a campaig on partisan division, class warfare and even hints of racism”.

This is the text of the New York Times editorial.

Barack Obama for President

Hyperbole is the currency of presidential campaigns, but this year the nation’s future truly hangs in the balance.

The United States is battered and drifting after eight years of President Bush’s failed leadership. He is saddling his successor with two wars, a scarred global image and a government systematically stripped of its ability to protect and help its citizens — whether they are fleeing a hurricane’s floodwaters, searching for affordable health care or struggling to hold on to their homes, jobs, savings and pensions in the midst of a financial crisis that was foretold and preventable.

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Coming Soon: The Howard Years

This is a YouTube video featuring an ABC television promotion for its forthcoming documentary series, The Howard Years.



Government Approves Westpac Takeover Of St George Bank

The Federal Government has approved Westpac’s takeover of St George bank, provided there is no reduction in the number of branches and ATMs. [Read more…]


The New Republic Endorses Obama

The New Republic has published an editorial endorsing Senator Barack Obama in next month’s presidential election.

The endorsement is the latest in a growing list of media recommendations of the Democratic contender against his Republican opponent, Senator John McCain.

This is the text of The New Republic’s editorial.

Obama for President

The past eight years have been like watching a TV makeover show in reverse. We entered the Bush era a ravishing beauty attracting envious stares. We leave it a gum-smacking sad sack with split ends and an empty social calendar. Over the course of George W. Bush’s second term, in particular, the images of our country have not just been unattractive but virtually apocalyptic: a major city destroyed; cars raining into the Mississippi from a crumbling bridge; swaths of exurbia dotted with foreclosed homes; a financial system in ruins; angry emotionalism flooding politics. [Read more…]


Inflation Hits 13-Year High

Inflation has hit a 13-year high of 5.0% with a 1.2% rise in the September quarter Consumer Price Index. [Read more…]