Good morning. This post starts the official ExJS 2012 Election Countdown.
The presidential election is a mere 99 days away. I suppose anyone watching the Olympics on network television in a battleground state is probably well aware that the race is on given the giant ad buys saturating the airwaves. Those of us unable to draw in the weak over-the-air signal are not as lucky. The Olympics have made it into the ExJS house by other, perfectly legal means via Roku’s Caribcast channel which offers CMV TV out of Jamaica. They seem to be showing the BBC feed or the official Olympic feed or something, plus occasional local commentary and, naturally, island wireless service commercials featuring cheery people and a nice beat.
Here are a few reads for Day 99:
â€¢ President Obama is due to accept his party’s nomination in a stadium named after a bank that’s too big to fail. The Char-O has a looksee at the relationship between BoA and the Dems and a little of the bank’s history with presidential politics. Bank of America’s support for DNC is quiet, though significant
â€¢ President McCain, his pal Lindsey Graham and Romney Ã¼bersurrogate Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire are coming to Fayetteville today to talk about the defense budget and stuff. McCain comes to N.C. to promote defense spending
â€¢ The NYT has a rather large story out on Bill Clinton’s upcoming staring role in Charlotte. Bill Clinton to Have Leading Role at Partyâ€™s Convention
â€¢ How about that film industry tax break? Three southeast legislators â€” two Reps and a Senator â€” are renting out places to the film industry. Yes, one of them is Susi Hamilton. Via the Star News â€” Third area legislator adds income from film industry
â€¢ UVa’s Cooper Center is out with a look at the demographics of Virginia, which may be instructive.
Demographic Change and Presidential Politics in Virginia
â€¢ In case you missed it, there’s a little Politico story on Zach Galifianakis, whose uncle was beaten by Jesse Helms using that lovely helmsian slogan “He’s one of us” which translates to, well, you know what it means. From the interview:
â€œI was a volunteer for the Michael Dukakis campaign in North Carolina. We cold called people,â€ he said. â€œI would say, â€˜My name is Zach Galifianakis, Iâ€™m calling about Michael Dukakis.â€™â€