October 16th, 2008
10:04 AM ET

America is ready for the Obama effect

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/16/art.vert.obama.jpg width=292 height=320]Donna Brazile
CNN Political Contributor

After two years of talking about the 2008 presidential campaign ad nauseam, I still get one question repeatedly: Is America ready yet?

My firm answer after being on the road nonstop and witnessing the crowds of ordinary people standing together for a cause greater than themselves is that the country is poised to write a new American chapter.

All the polls say Sen. Barack Obama is leading and that his rival Sen. John McCain should be very, very worried. From mid-single digits to low double-digits, some pollsters and pundits seem to believe that Obama has got this election in the bag.

But anyone who's been in this game for more than a round or two knows not to pop the bubbly too early. Who knows what can happen in the final weeks, days and hours of a presidential election? October has earned its reputation for surprises.

Usually it takes an event - an illegitimate child or the rumor of one, a past DUI conviction or a current mistress, a closet drug addiction or some other skeleton rattling its bones - to reverse the fortunes of a front-running candidate.

Editor's Note: Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist, serves as a political contributor for CNN. Brazile, who served as the campaign manager for the Al Gore-Joe Lieberman ticket in 2000, wrote "Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics," a memoir about her life in politics.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Donna Brazile • Raw Politics
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    Interesting comments, especially from the far-right!

    Yes, I agree with Cindy from GA, people will vote for McCain because he is white........ and for Sen. Obama because he is African-American.

    However, I KNOW plenty of white people here in the state of Utah, who are supporting Sen. Obama with money and votes!

    Remember, Sen. Obama carried Iowa! White people voted for him in large numbers.

    The reason I hope and believe that Sen. Obama will be elected, is that we........Americans........REJECT ...... the hate and lies that the Republicans have been spewing!

    The Republicans just don't get it! We detest hate and lies, we are sick of their vile politics!

    October 16, 2008 at 8:12 pm |
  2. Susan (Anaheim, CA)

    I strongly agree with the comments made by "Ken". However, I feel that neither one of these candidates has the knowledge, experience, or wisdom to lead this country in the right direction. We need a real leader who puts this country and it's constitution before personal agendas. Someone without the questionable ties they both have. Someone who will put Country first, not party. I'm tired of the lies and half truths, the constant finger pointing and the abuse of power on both sides. Wish there was a viable third choice. Guess we are going to get the President we "deserve", not the one we NEED.

    October 16, 2008 at 7:16 pm |
  3. Judy

    I too am ready for the race to be over...Palin can then go back to Alaska since they love her so much! I am so tired of hearing about Joe Six-Pack and Joe the Plumber. And, I'm extremely tired of hearing about the committee that Obama and Ayers served on. This wasn't a committee of two, Sen. McCain! And I think in a committee you need a majority vote to send funds to other organizations, ie Acorn.

    I agree whole-heartedly with Ms. Brazile! Obama is coming to St. Louis on Saturday, and St. Louis city is a black community. However, watch your news reports on Sat. night and see what the crowd looks like that attends this rally. I feel safe to bet that you will see people of all ages and colors there supporting him and what he will do to make our country a better place when he becomes President.

    October 16, 2008 at 7:08 pm |
  4. Garnette---NC

    I am ready to have Obama for our president. As for race: 1. He is just as white as he is black. 2. Under his skin, he is pink just like everyone.
    He is intelligent, well educated, and an honorable man, husband and father. He wants the same thing for his children that you want for yours. I think he has the abilities to gather information, evaluate the information , and make careful and decisive decisions. He also has the ability to find advisors who are experts in their fields, listen to their advice and make good decisions. This is much more important than the color of his skin. By the way, I am a 71 year old white female and will definitely be proud to vote for Obama/Biden on November 4, 2008.

    October 16, 2008 at 7:03 pm |
  5. Katie Cabana

    Surely there's not enough red-kneck's left in America!
    It is the new milennium after all!

    October 16, 2008 at 7:02 pm |
  6. Sandra

    America is NOT ready for Obama. America doesn't need to become a socialist country. We have the freedom of choice and can do with it what we want. We need LESS government in our lives and controlling our lives. WE should be able to make our own decisions, not the government making them for us!!

    October 16, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  7. John Galt

    folks, obama is not an african american.....he is an american

    ONE nation under God.

    to those hung up on the color of this american's skin, then vote for his fractional white side if it helps you get some sleep at night.

    October 16, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  8. elizabeth

    Geraldo Rivera had the right idea. He said there are 330 million of us, give us each $1 million & we'd all be solvent. Call it Marxist, socialist or spreading the wealth. Who cares? It's better than giving $800 billion that will go to only the Greedy know where. Look. Nothing new is heard at these debates. McCain's time is past. Obama is a moral, honorable, intelligent man whose time has come. Our world is changing & we desperately need his fresh leadership. The argument that we don't know who he is falls flat & belies prejudice. One would have to be living under a rock to not know the guy. Repubs. can turn over all the rocks they want, there's nothing wrong to find about Obama.

    October 16, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  9. sabetsaiedi

    It is always easy to pursue hypocrisy. Pretending something else to betray American people is not the best pursuit. McCain is not Mr. bush but he sure follows his doctrine. Juxtaposition suggests he is.
    I think this is a clear insult to American people. The US government assumes that great American people are not the smartest people in the world and they can easily be betrayed by their own government.
    The Republican Party needs to reconsider its principles. The notion that Mr. McCain is not a conservative republican is a denial of the consensus among people. He has the same failed polices as George bush does in every single issue. In foreign policy, in tax, health care, energy and clearly he supports the wealthiest in America as oppose to middle class families.
    The American people are one of the smartest people and most respectful people in the world and the US government needs to realize that.
    Right now it is too late for the republican party to acknowledge that and they sure need to hand over the power to fellow democrats.

    October 16, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  10. Nathan

    How much “change” are we looking for? Isn’t it time to stop kidding ourselves? Isn’t it time to leap into the next millennium? Are we looking for just a little bit of change? I’m sure Mr. McCain will bring some change to the current direction of this country, but is that enough in 2008, after all that has happened?
    Mr. McCain’s “experiences” and heroism is greatly admired and honorable, but that is not the kind of experience that can transform this country and prepare it to conduct itself in this global community and what the future has in store. We need a vision to ensure our future is “very” different, not just a “little” different. We are already too late. We can’t afford to have our children get up in front of national television and make comments like “Obama is Arab”. We have to be done with this level of ignorance. The world is different. We need to overcome racism, sexism, nationalism, so our children are raised with 21st century standards. The “Grand Old Party”, by definition, is unable and unequipped to lead us into the rapidly changing times. They can barely handle the present, much less the future. Obama has spent his adolescence helping the masses and digging into the roots of our problems. The experiences of a POW will not help us now; they are in fact totally irrelevant to the needs of this country and the world.

    Denver, CO

    October 16, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  11. Suzi, Billerica, MA

    Please don't give the republicans any ideas, for I wouldn't put it past them and their lack of ethics during times of deparate fear of loosing power, for they may make those accusations you listed falsely for we all know even a rumor or accusation 100% proven false still is believed by 25% of the people and that is more than what they need!

    October 16, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  12. Marty

    Thanks Donna. I have been saying since, probably February, that there is some kind of shift going on in this country...paradigmatic, ideological, generational, whatever it may be called, but something even bigger than race. It's been awesome to watch it unfold, in some ways from a distance, and allow the chips to fall. Some still say that we aren't ready, but when they can arise above race, it is a necessary message that comes from this man that only comes along in rare ocassions anymore. I believe whole-heartedly that a great deal of it comes from a younger generation that is so skeptical and disillusioned by what has unraveled before us the past several years, probably since 9/11, where a message of hope is finally outlasting one of fear and terror. What a gift!

    October 16, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  13. R Dotson

    Concerning Obama... it is a sad state of affairs when 50% of America believes that an outright socialist will return our government to a constitutional basis. It ain't gonna happen. He will keep us on the path to more socialism because that is what socialists do. The ONE party socialist state we are becoming would make the founders sick to their stomachs. Ron Paul was treated poorly by the press (parrots of a leftist state) and treated even worse by his own party. He is the only one who espouses return to a sound monetary system (gold standard), limiting the American socialist state, and who also believes we should avoid foreign entanglements such as the one we are in now in the Middle East. More entanglements lie ahead for either of the two party favorites as does higher taxes, government run medicine, bailouts for ‘well connected’ businesses and more government control like the obviously unconstitutional Patriot Act which was passed by both sides of the ONE party system. God save America.

    October 16, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  14. Manda

    John McCain and Barack Obama somehow ended up at the same barbershop.
    As they sit there, each being worked on by a different barber, not a word is spoken.
    The barbers were even afraid to start a conversation, for fear it would
    turn to politics.
    As the barbers finished their shaves, the one who had McCain in his chair reached for the after shave.
    McCain was quick to stop him saying, 'No thanks, my wife Cindy will smell that and think I've been in a whorehouse.'
    The second barber turned to Obama and said, 'How about you?'
    Obama replied, 'Go ahead, Michelle doesn't know what the inside of a
    whorehouse smells like.'

    October 16, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  15. BRIAN

    Lookin at this from the outside is very funny.Not that I think John Mcain should be your president but I think there is a reason that Obama will become President is the African americans are voting because he is an African American and I think is this is wrong. Also everyone on cnn must have a Obama sign on there lawn.Obama seems like a nice guy but come on he has no experience to be a President at this point.

    October 16, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  16. Barbara Galecki

    Senator Obama wants to hold teachers to a higher standard balanced by greater reward to inspire students to greater heights. Senator McCain seems to have thrown in an ill thought out policy of having returning military with no certification enter classrooms as teachers. What??
    This is only one example of policy and attitude differences and between the two Senators.
    Senator Obama is the future. Senator McCain is the past.

    As for the "Bradley Effect........" For the love of Joe the Plumber, people, step into the 21st century already!! Stop having knee-jerk responses to single issues whether race, abortion, stem cell, Iraq and start actually thinking about how the policies and attitude of leaders affects your future and the future of the United States of America.

    Rochester Hills, Michigan

    October 16, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  17. auldgranny

    ...and I think alot of Southern voters are voting for Obama but not telling their neighbors or pollsters, sort of a reverse Bradley Effect.

    October 16, 2008 at 4:41 pm |

    I think Obama has been in the public eye for so long and so consistantly, that his ethnicity is fading into the background as his character coes to the fore. If someone has a pierced eyebrow, that may be all you can see at first. If you get to know that person, you will hardly notice the adornment after a while. As for people who don't want government taking something from someone else to give to them, where do you think that shift in wealth came from? It came from you and me. Tax and trade policies have been rigged to benefit the top of the pyramid at our expense. it has been the main part of the Republican agenda since 1981. Ending the Bush tax cuts is not punishing people for their success, it is merely a return to sanity in tax policy.

    October 16, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  19. Ruth M from Alabama

    I am worried about the Bradley Effect. I am worried about our country and where GeoW has put us . We need someone to balance out the past 8 years. And that is not McCain and his "opening act" Palin. We need Obama and his ideas and plans for our country. I don't care if he is black, white or purple. We need Obama.

    October 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  20. Deirdre

    It is being said that men (and a certain demographic I care not mention) support Palin a lot. I am hopeful that the Bradley Affect in this race will be called the Palin Affect; and while men may cast their vote for
    Palin in the polls, hopefully they will not vote with crazed testosterone on election day. We need smart votes. Let's not let our hormones choose our leaders.

    October 16, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  21. Timothy Gibson

    As I have said before, the Obama campaign has set the stage for race playing into the campaign and making it an issue. It has been a strong play in the astroturfing of his campaign as well as building him into a God, a person who will shine the light down on you and you will awaken.

    For myself it is not about skin color, but what is best for America. There will be those who vote because of race from both sides, and to me that is wrong and misquided.

    Obama is a master at dodging the questions and fails to answer them when they are tossed at him. He speaks the same thing over and over again as if when he repeats it enough we will begin to believe. His plan for America will only lead to greater hardship for the nation and the people and by then it will be to late.

    However, I do feel, that the vote count will drag on as voter fraud looms like a skull and cross bones before us. Will we find salvation that Obama preaches, or will he lead us into the worst economic disaster to hit America. That is my concern. I do not feel he has the leadership skills to reclaim America. It will not be done with dollars nor on the backs of the American people who are traded like stock on the open market. Had Obama ever talked about true issues, provided a valid plan, the perhaps he would have won my vote. But he does not get a passing grade on my report card.

    Tim Gibson
    San Diego, CA

    October 16, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  22. Cornelius

    The sad thing is that people still think that only white men should run things. Not women, or blacks, no one but white man. That’s the problem and that’s one of the things that need to change. Here is a man that is well educated from the best universities in the U.S., but that means nothing to some. I would rather have someone that can learn and decide what’s best for us rather than someone that will rely on someone else to tell him. We need a thinker, and someone that will help everyone reach his or her goals. That’s the American Dream.

    Taxes are one way everyone can give back. I feel that if you are in a position that you have more, then you should pay more. Why is that the middle class is getting dumped on so bad. We pay taxes for the poor because they do not have the means to pay, we pay taxes for the rich because they do not way to pay taxes so they pay people to make laws so they can keep more of their money and let us pick up the tab.
    Not fear at all.


    October 16, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  23. tiera

    I am a 23 year old, african american, whom is also a single parent to a 12 month old son. i think that having Barack Obama as a president is important and should be special for all people. I believe that Barack Obama possesses what we need in a president. I am not sure if I was the only person listening but i just do not believe that John Mccain has america's best interest at heart. When he made the comment that he was going to allow people who served in the military come home and be able to teach in a classroom without any certification was just completely stupid. Just because you have served our country, and I am thatnkful for that does not mean that you are capable of teaching without getting the proper education, that is the purpose for having a degree in education, so that you are prepared to help our kids reach their full potential.

    October 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  24. JC- Los Angeles

    As a previously undecided Independent, I concur that it is now time to put all the campaigning aside and afford Obama the chance to finally back up his endless platitudes.

    For four years, several book advances, memoirs and one stage production, Obama has waxed poetic about change.

    Forget that he failed to change the Chicago, political machine for which he was born and forget his questionable associates; he has earned a four year internship and a chance to turn things around.

    Judging from the $700 billion needed to bail out worthless leadership, he appears to have his work cut out for him.

    October 16, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  25. JaiNishia

    Barrack Obama Is My Candidate!

    Barrack Obama is the strongest candidate who is running for the upcoming presidential election in November. Why cant Americas see pass the color of his skin. Who cares if he is an Africa American Male? Are we no longer equal? What are saying by not electing him for president? That African Americans will never be quailed enough because of his their skin color and or gender? If that’s not racism in full effect, I don’t know what is? The sad part about it, unlike an employer he could file a discrimination lawsuit against them, but the American people what he is supposed to do?

    Americans are tried of false statements and their promises being deferred, we a ready for change, we are ready for Barrack Obama.

    October 16, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  26. Sandra

    I watched debate #3 with interest. I saw Obama as calm, steady and explaining his policies/plans and attempting to rebut constant accusations. Obama consistantly tried to bring the debate back to the question and things that matter to me. I also viewed McCain as accusatory and clearly ruffled to the point that he could not stick to the subject or question. I don't want to see any more debates–it is becoming a waste of time - a tennis match of blames with McCain on the serving end. This has only served to reinforce my mantra:

    Putting John McCain and Sarah Palin in the Whitehouse is like placing a "mavarick" and a "pit bull (with lipstick)" in a fine china shop!!!!

    October 16, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  27. Daryl

    I'm am absolutely amazed how at how quickly America is changing from a staunch Capitist, realtively conservative society to runnning straight on towards a Socialist, Liberal left society.
    As a Canadian, I've long bemoaned the appearance of too much American influence in Canadian society. Don't get me wrong, I am proud of my conservative beliefs. The fact that Canada is so closely affected by every 'sneeze' that America makes has always made me somewhat apprehensive as a Canadian. America's boasting to be the moral leader of the free world seems 'over the top' to me. Now we are witnessing the fundamental change in American society to the left. How far left are American's willing to go?
    Barack Obama promises the sky for all American's and professes to lead all to the promise land! Wake up America! You're playing with fire by allowing yourselves to be 'hood winked' into believing that talk will turn into action. Who has proven time and time again that actions speaks louder than words? Which candidate has sat back and watched professing that 'he' has all the answers? Need I say more?
    Remember, this is the most important election in modern day history for all American's. As a Canadian with American ancestral roots, I encourage 'all' American's to do a sincere 'gut check' before beleiving everything you are hearing. Action speaks louder than words!
    I wish all American's the best in their personal choice during this election. It is your future that is at stake. What knd of society do you really want?

    October 16, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  28. Gerald Howard

    With his plan to "share the wealth", I wonder how long it will be before Atlas shrugs?

    October 16, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  29. Susan

    I respect your opinion, but you are wrong about Obama's policy. No one is going to take away from you if you make less than 250k, no one is going to intrude big government in to your life, you have a choice on health care and Senator Obama has never said he does not respect the ligitimacy of Isreal, and he does not disrespect life. Your arguments are the blind arguments of a conservative who does not look at both sides of the argument. When Mccain said he is tired of the "health" issues related to womens right to abortion, he added to all the things he is tired of about women. What he is saying is what he has said in the past, women don't matter because they need more education to play on an equal field in this country, now he has added his idea of phony "health" issues to that litany. Well, I say he is wrong, he is wrong on taxes and he is wrong on everything that matters to Joe the plumber as he now claims won the debate. How pitiful that joe the plumber won a debate where McCain needed to put his best foot forward.

    October 16, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  30. Pat

    Well I dunno I'm sure ready for the Obama Effect. I was ready at least five months ago. I don't know why anyone wouldn't be ready? When you hear John McCain open his mouth it's clear he's the second worst disaster that America could possibly face! Heck, he may even surpass the Bush Disaster after listening to him last night! The man is completely off his rails, out of it. He sees nothing except WIN. He's forgotten you actually have to do something for that to happen! Last night with his eyes glazed over, his taunting Bush Grin, his anger and desperation tantrums taking control – He's downright Scarry. Even Bush held it together better during his Campaign! YIKES!

    October 16, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  31. Cliff Shiller

    To me it seems that CNN has already declared Obama our next president. Everytime I turn the television on to CNN, I see the map with red and blue and you are saying Obama has 277 electoral college votes and if McCain wins all the remaining states he will only have 261 of the required 270. With all that said, I have heard many people around me and at my work state "My vote won't count, because CNN has said Obama is going to win" What do I tell them to encourage them to exercise their right as Americans to vote? Thank you.

    October 16, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  32. Al

    My demographic is White Male, Christian, age 70. I believe that Obama is America's best chance to restore itself at home and abroad. He refuses to be dragged into the mire of dirty politics. To me he permeates an attitude that Christian principles and behaviour should not be sacrificed on the alter of Politics. Yes good guys sometimes lose but they also win. McCain has shown himself as a war mongeror and hate mongeror. with his Bomb, Bomb, Iran ditty. Words and action are a window on our Soul. A Christian would never joke about such a thing. Palin is a misguided Christian oblivious to her violations of Christian principle, through deliberate distortion of the facts and other behaviour..

    October 16, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  33. adrian aquino

    Barrack?, Two words flawlessly un-touchable.

    October 16, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  34. Gabriel Lapointe

    As a lifelong Republican, my belief is that the only reason Barack Obama is not leading this Campaign by 50 points + is because of the color of his skin. It seems to me that McCain supporters are not voting FOR McCain because they believe he would make a better president, but voting AGAINST Obama because of the color of his skin. If this race for the White House were about issues, and how to get Our Great United States out of It’s crisis and back on the right track, I know that deep down in EVERY Republicans heart they KNOW that Obama has a much better plan. It is unfortunate that society/press is not willing to bring the “Race Card” into this election, If John McCain were to somehow win this election; he would only win because he is “not black”, not because of his leadership/experience.

    October 16, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  35. Rahni, Connecticut

    I'm ready for the "Obama Effect"! After eight years with the present president, it's time for a major change and shift for the best and Obama is the person who can accomplish this mission. McCain/Palin ticket only can create division among us Americans and Palin campaigning like she wants to get elected not as Vice President but as a Grand Dragon to lead Klans.

    October 16, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  36. Kent, Illinois

    Yeah, I'm bracing for a GOP gotcha moment.........an October surprise. Poll numbers are great but they don't really tell the truth. I hope America is ready for Obama. I hope they believe. I pray that people will vote with this country's future in mind. We are in trouble in this country.........a cool head, superior intellect, and capacity for change is needed. Obama is all of them. We need to turn the page on the past 8 yrs and not repeat picking another "cowboy" President who doesn't know what is going on. I still see hatred where I live. I can only have hope that they stay home on election day. They do not reflect the majority of the population's needs........only the pasts problems. I've never cared so much about a Presidential election in my 43 yrs...........this process and Obama have changed me already............Obama/Biden 08

    October 16, 2008 at 1:08 pm |
  37. MPalalay, California

    Great piece! As I learn more about the two presidential candidates as Election Day approaches and how America has responded to them on all mediums and genres, I also think that a significant change in history and human behavior is about to unravel. Long time coming, but certainly, I do feel that the country is now ready for a so-called "black" president–the "Obama Effect."

    Note that I put my adjective for the word, president, in quotation marks, because as a whole, describing and identifying people by the color of their skin irritates me ad nauseum. Racial color seems oversimplistic for me to categorize people; I'd like to believe that we as humans are more complex than that.

    Color theory presents mixing of certain colors to create new ones. For example: violet and orange makes red, green and violet makes blue, orange and green gives yellow, et cetera.

    Following this trend of thought, shouldn't white mixed with black create gray? Obama descends from a white mother and a black father; why is he then constantly referred to as "black?"

    In Obama's case, I would think that "bi-racial" would be a more accurate description. Not that his race really matters, because I, as a voter, don't look at the color–I look at the man as a whole, inside and out. To me that's what matters, and I hope and pray that so will the majority of the American voting public come November.

    Besides, it will take more than one's skin to bail us out of this rut. We will need (solid) meat and (brain) muscle, too.

    October 16, 2008 at 12:32 pm |
  38. chuck

    Not only is America ready for Barack Obama but the ENTIRE world is ready to listen to him and all the posters and pickets used for George Bush are being thrown out. Can you say HAPPY -–PEACE--and The war is going to be over very soon. Thank you Barack Obama.

    October 16, 2008 at 12:20 pm |

    It's pretty clear why Obama has been scoring increasingly higher in every measure of campaign success and is very likely to win this election. We have seen him become not only more commanding, but steadier and clearer with each and every week of exposure and challenge. His first "executive decision"–choosing Biden as his running mate–showed maturity and intelligence, as well as strategic thinking. His debate appearances have reassured Americans. He is steady and measured in his reactions and solutions. His campaign? A masterpiece of strategy and grass roots organization that will be copied for decades to come–and is a pretty clear window into how he will conduct his work in the White House.
    I'm sure that those who really wanted to vote for the "old maverick" have been disappointed to see him gamble everything by choosing a "lowest-common-denominator," venomous VP running mate, to see his inability to control his own erratic campaign–which, by their own accounts, is in shambles–and to watch him and Palin go nastier and even lower during these last few weeks. Looks more and more like Bush/Cheney with each passing day. NOT what America is looking for. This campaign was his to lose. And lose it he did.

    October 16, 2008 at 12:00 pm |
  40. Sharon Kitchen

    I agree with you,but I still know Obama did GREAT!!!!
    I do have a question for you though, since you are realy involved with elections rights......here in Ga. we have many counties that are trying everything they can to have people not vote,throw out their vote,not mail the absantee correctly to them,etc....mail a primary when the general should be sent and most recently.....keep canidates names of the ballotts.All the correct people have been notified,by many people, in writting,phone,fax and person. This includes the Ga. Sec. of State.,the AG and IG ,local and county law officials,GBI and FBI.
    Fines have been given in the past and the cooruption goes on. This pres. race is just too important to have this type of illegal activety go on. Who else in the U.S. could be contacted?I mean very Important and EFFECTIVE people. Please help if you can. The problems are not from the Democrats.

    October 16, 2008 at 11:28 am |
  41. Annie Kate

    I don't know about America but I'm certainly ready for this election to be finished. Used to the election process only lasted for about 6 to 9 months; now its 2 years. What will it be next time? 3 years? It will be nice to turn on 360 in another month or so and hear news that isn't about the campaign!

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    October 16, 2008 at 11:01 am |
  42. sam

    maybe you can explain it to me. Because as great a speaker as Obama is, it still does not add up!! Health care- he is going to FORCE the provider to cover pre exsisting conditions. This will cause costs to SKYROCKET!! The amount of claims will be astounding and do you think the provider will be able to cover the costs? and lower premiums? does this make sense to ANYONE? Spreading the wealth to who? From those who go to school, work hard, become successful to those who don't? Is this fair? Is this welfare? is this even American? Obama can talk and smile all he wants, but it doen't add up.

    October 16, 2008 at 10:48 am |
  43. Brenda Harris

    It will be alright just as long as we keep in mind the famous words

    Also remember Black and white makes NEUTRAL
    so let's get past this color issue AMERICA

    October 16, 2008 at 10:40 am |
  44. Ken

    Having an african american as president would be fantastic. Yes, it would indicate that we as a nation have come a long way to living up to our constitution and our sermons to other nations. However, this is not about race. At least not where I come from. Senator Obama could not be more conflicting with my ideology. I do not want the government taking from someone else to give to me. I don't want more government and government programs that we legitimately cannot and should not pay for. I want the freedom to make my own living, and keep the living that I make. I do not want a culture that does not respect life, no matter how frail. I do not want a a foreign policy that does not respect the legitimacy of Israel. If Obama is not elected, the news media and the democratic party may try and pin this on a race issue. It never has been at my house.

    October 16, 2008 at 10:32 am |
  45. Cindy

    I do think that the "Bradley Effect" is true. Racism unfortunately is very much alive and well in this nation on both sides of this ticket. Most people when polled tells the pollsters what they think they want to hear. That is why polls mean nothing.

    To think that race will play no part in how people vote in this election is absurd. There will be people voting for McCain because they hate blacks and yes, there will even be people voting for Obama because they hate whites. We have come a long way but we are still no where near ending racism. That is just a fact.


    October 16, 2008 at 10:23 am |