Vote by phone and other fun tricks

by twit

via Threat Level on October 31, 2008:

The residents of Broward County, Florida have recently received misleading robocalls telling them that they can vote by phone on Election Day, according to a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Friday.

um, what?

Another unknown group is distributing flyers (see the flyer after the jump) with official-looking letterhead around the area of Hampton Roads, Virgina that erroneously inform recipients that because of the crowds at the polls, the Virginia State Board of Elections is scheduling Republicans to vote on November 4th, and Democrats on the 5th.

they… really expect that to work?

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that people in the area have been receiving robocalls with the same message. This particular trick is an old one: In 2004, the New York Times reported the same message going out in the Pittsburgh area via flyers.

apparently, yes.

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Obama has the funny

by twit

what lestro said, now with video and this bit:

At the end of the event, a man yelled out to Obama that he will be a better president than George Bush.

Obama responded, “So would you!”

via CBS and You Tube:

the twit has a question

by twit

From the BBC:

… Mr Obama’s campaign said that he had in fact won the battle in terms of the number of delegates which would be allocated to back him at the party conference where the Democratic presidential candidate will be chosen.

The Associated Press reported that Mr Obama had won 13 delegates to Mrs Clinton’s 12.

If Obama won the most delegates, why are there reports declaring Clinton the winner?

Clinton captured the popular vote Saturday, but Obama edged her out for national convention delegates at stake, taking 13 to her 12.

I’m confused. Who gives a fuck about the popular vote? Since when does that matter?

Mrs Clinton’s campaign manager Terry McAuliffe told US network MSNBC: “This is a huge win for Hillary. This is big, this is a big day.”

at the late show he works blue…

by lestro

This is a fun piece from CNN’s Political Ticker blog.

It’s about a new bit Sen. Barack Obama debuted the other night at a rally in Vegas.

I haven’t found a video link yet, but I’d love to see it.

Not only is there a fine bit of reporting in the beginning to set up context of the bit, but the schtick actually has the potential to be funny if delivered right.

And is there any doubt Obama can deliver it?

On the Republican side, the race for funnyman in chief is tighter than for the Dems. The frontrunner was (and probably still is) Rudy Giuliani, who has been brilliant on multiple Saturday Night Live appearances, including his legendary show-opener on the first live broadcast after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, during which Lorne Michaels asked the then-mayor “Can we be funny?” to which he responded “Why start now?”

But recently I saw this video of Mike Huckabee doing a Bob Newhart-style phone call with God during the Republican Governor’s Association Dinner in 2004. Again, it’s a politician doing politician schtick, but it’s very well delivered…

That even gives a cross-dressing Rudy and a randy Donald a run for its money…

posted by twit

UPDATE: The video!