Don’t Panic!

…But don’t let your guard down, either. This is a message – an important one – from


1. The polls may be wrong. This is an unprecedented election. No one knows how racism may affect what voters tell pollsters—or what they do in the voting booth. And the polls are narrowing anyway. In the last few days, John McCain has gained ground in most national polls, as his campaign has gone even more negative.

2. Dirty tricks. Republicans are already illegally purging voters from the rolls in some states. They’re whipping up hysteria over ACORN to justify more challenges to new voters. Misleading flyers about the voting process have started appearing in black neighborhoods. And of course, many counties still use unsecure voting machines.

3. October surprise. In politics, 15 days is a long time. The next McCain smear could dominate the news for a week. There could be a crisis with Iran, or Bin Laden could release another tape, or worse.

4. Those who forget history… In 2000, Al Gore won the popular vote after trailing by seven points in the final days of the race. In 1980, Reagan was eight points down in the polls in late October and came back to win. Races can shift—fast!

5. Landslide. Even with Barack Obama in the White House, passing universal health care and a new clean-energy policy is going to be hard. Insurance, drug and oil companies will fight us every step of the way. We need the kind of landslide that will give Barack a huge mandate.

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W: A Review on the Run

No Spoilers Allowed

by The Short Twin

W was classic Stone.  Great stuff. Stone opens up all sorts of psychological and conspiratorial notions and the result left me thoughtful and. . . touched.  I had no idea the movie was long – it flew by.  One of Oliver Stone’s talents is in putting the viewer inside his characters’ minds and in W., he accomplished this with verve.

The ending is magnificent.

In a way, it reminded me of the even stranger and equally touching Bubba Ho-Tep.

On another note, I wonder if Colin Powell waited until now (I expected sooner) to support Obama because of the movie.

I went to W. without reading any reviews and I’m glad of it.  Glancing over a Google results page, it appears some people are reacting to Stone’s not being Michael Moore. This isn’t a documentary; this is a movie based in fact. Based. It’s Stone’s take on reality. It’s fiction, just like JFK and his other movies. Here’s an interview with Stone on the reactions to the movie.

W creator stands by film

From NBC’s Lauren Appelbaum and Abby Livingston
Director Oliver Stone spoke to reporters this morning about his movie W., a biopic on President Bush’s rise to the presidency and his role in the lead-up to the Iraq War.

Stone, director of JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Nixon and Platoon, has been the subject of fierce criticism for occasionally taking artistic license in his previous efforts.  With that track record, releasing an often-unflattering film about a sitting president at the height of the political season has put Stone squarely under the political hot lamp.  Read more here.