What I have believed in, and what I have stood for in these past eight years -- an end to the war, establishing universal health care, closing Guantanamo and banning torture, making the rich pay more taxes and aggressively going after the corporate chiefs on Wall Street -- these are all things which the majority of Americans believe in too. That's why in November the majority voted for the guy I voted for. The majority of Americans rejected the ideology of Rush and embraced the same issues I have raised consistently in my movies and books.
C'mon. I'm as happy about the shift as anyone. But let's not kid ourselves. This election, like those for the last 20 years, was decided by that small segment of the voting public who straddle the fence until late October.
There was a shift to the left? Clinton beat Dole by a wider margin in '96. I think we just saw the correction of the post 9/11 craziness..
RushLimbaugh.com demographics. 133k/mo.
MichaelMoore.com demographics 1.4m/mo -- notreally
"...estimates of Limbaugh's nationwide (and overseas) audience are exercises in guesswork, slippery methodology and suspect data. Limbaugh himself has muddied the water with the claim that he reaches 20 million people a week, although there's no independent support for that figure."
Stone and Parker told me they'd previously seen the G.O.P. as a relief from the big-government liberals, particularly the ones preaching to America from Hollywood. "We see these people lying, cheating, whoring," Stone said. "They're our friends, but seriously, they're not people you want to listen to."
The religious right used to be a better alternative, Parker said. "The Republicans didn't want the government to run your life, because Jesus should. That was really part of their thing: less government, more Jesus. Now it's like, how about more government and Jesus?"
But some commentators (Richard Wolffe of Newsweek, Chuck Todd of NBC News, etc.) have likened this to "what Republicans tried to do to the Democrats with Michael Moore."
... let's not forget that he still won by a very small margin...
Actually, you can forget that.
Obama Popular Vote Margin Largest Ever for Non-Incumbent
If looked at in percentage terms, however, Obama's 7.0-point margin is really fairly middle of the road, having been bettered 26 times overall and by 12 non-incumbents
Don't buy into the hype you hear spun anywhere. John McCain did not have a strong chance of winning the election. Nate Silver is the guy with authority on this:
Today's Polls, 10/4
With the first set of tracking polls out to incorporate at least one full day of post-debate interviewing, there is no indication that John McCain and Sarah Palin have made progress in closing their gap with Barack Obama.
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