mccain gives up on michigan, springsteen seals the deal in ypsi

Nationwide polling is showing Obama with a massive lead in swing states. If the election were held today, assuming closet racists don’t prove the Bradley effect to be true, Obama would win with 353 electoral votes to McCain’s 185. States, like Michigan, that several weeks ago appeared to be on the fence, no longer are. According to the most recent polling data I’ve seen, Obama now leads in the Great Lakes State by 7%.

And McCain is reacting like you would expect him to. Instead of staying and fighting, he’s pulling out of Michigan and focusing his resources elsewhere. According to the “New York Times” Caucus Blog, “Republican officials said that polling suggested that Mr. Obama was building a lead there, and said they concluded that it wasn’t worth spending any more campaign funds — or Mr. McCain’s time — in the state.”

So, McCain won’t be showing up in Plymouth later in the week, as he’d been scheduled to, and we won’t be seeing his face anymore in local TV ads. But Obama’s Campaign for Change isn’t letting up here. They’re still out there, trying to get as many new voters registered prior to next Monday’s deadline as possible. They’ve even arranged to bring Bruce Springsteen to Ypsilanti, where he’ll play an acoustic set on Monday at 3:00 PM for 5,000 Eastern Michigan University students at a voter registration drive… effectively driving the wooden stake into the heart of McCain’s Michigan campaign once and for all.

[This post also appears, somewhat edited, at the Michigan Messenger.]

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  1. designated republican
    Posted October 2, 2008 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    McCain/Palin will beat Obama/Biden by at least 20 electoral votes in November (whether or not Bruce Stringsteen (or even his more famous cousin Bruce Springsteen!) plays for free in Ypsilanti.

  2. Robert
    Posted October 2, 2008 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Designated republican, why don’t we make things interesting and wager an hour of community service for every electoral vote our candidate ends up losing by?

  3. Old Goat's Wife
    Posted October 2, 2008 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Let them go…Don’t let the door hit your back end on the way out!

  4. Curt Waugh
    Posted October 3, 2008 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Sweet! Robert steps up with a meaningful challenge. So desrep, whatcha gonna do now? Huh, lippy? Put your time where your mouth is? Or are ya gonna cry about it? You gonna cry now? How ’bout now? Now?

    BAM! In your face.

  5. Robert
    Posted October 10, 2008 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, looks like designated republican is living up to his reputation and just spouting bullshit he won’t back up.

    I’m serious. Mark can pick the type of community service the loser has to do. He hates us both so much I’m sure he’d pick something tough. Where are you, designated republican? Cutting and running?

  6. mark
    Posted October 11, 2008 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    That’s a lot of pressure on me, Robert… I mean, I hate you both so much, that I’d want it to be really, really terrible. Cleaning rest area men’s rooms just doesn’t do it.

  7. designated republican, ytown, publius, nammaroo
    Posted October 11, 2008 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    It’s also probably just not a good idea to be potentially assigning a Republican any duties that involve being around men’s rest rooms at all. We all know how that usually ends up.

    Well, in all seriousness, Mark, you know I’m sincere in my challenge. If you could come up with some sort of community service that needs being done around Ypsilanti, let’s hear it. Then, if we both think the service would be potentially worth while, designated republican and I can officially make our bet here on your blog.

    My bet is that even designated republican himself doesn’t believe the stupid shit he says. I think he’s proving it once again. And I think he is very typical of your standard Republican these days. They’re pathological liars. I don’t think they can stop.

  8. Robert
    Posted October 11, 2008 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Oooops, I gave away the fact that it’s me taunting and mocking the neo-con bullshitters who like to post to this blog. Just in case you missed it, I’m the one who posts under the collective name “designated republican, ytown, publius, nammaroo.” I think it’s important that everyone knows it’s me. I wouldn’t want anyone else suspected of such obnoxious behavior. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen enough of their post to be able to represent them pretty accurately, so I’ve appointed myself their collective spokesmodel.

  9. mark
    Posted October 11, 2008 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    You had me fooled, Robert. I really thought that the three of them had gotten together in some sort of League of Justice kind of scenario where they could begin responding as one entity: Deypublioo.

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