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Oct.18.2008
A lot of my pro-Obama friends are freaking out about the fact that McCain has apparently been gaining in the polls the last few days. He's not. Nate Silver at Five Thirty Eight explains it more exhaustively, but McCain has only gained among people who describe themselves as "likely to vote....
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Oct.18.2008
I didn't expect much when I tuned in to the Al Smith Dinner, the charity event where presidential candidates make jokes about themselves and each other. I certainly didn't expect much from McCain, as stiff and old and tentative and angry and uptight and creepy and false as he's looked lately. But...
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Oct.16.2008
A couple of weeks ago I linked to Ayelet Waldman's brainchild, Books for Barack. Yesterday she officially called it closed--and it was a success beyond her greatest expectations. She thought she might get a few hundred signed books from authors; she'd gotten over 1,500 before she finally felt so...
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Oct.14.2008
I've been hearing something new in my Obama campaign calls: deep skepticism about John McCain's mental and emotional competence. For a week or so I didn't make any calls--work deadlines, sick kid, some issues with my dad's medical care--and when I came back to them yesterday I sensed a shift in the...
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Oct.01.2008
I continue to stick to my regimen of meeting deadlines, campaigning, and resisting the temptation to blog (and it's so hard to resist during this insane election!), but I'm also continuing to upload chapters of Million Dollar Ideas for those who want to keep following the adventures of Ed and...
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Sep.15.2008
That's the question Will Jones, the protagonist of My Pal Splendid Man, is asking in "Literary Lad," the episode I uploaded yesterday. To answer the question, Splendid Man takes him a thousand years into the future, where he meets that team of heroic teenagers known as the Array of...
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Sep.13.2008
I think you might like the new episode of My Pal Splendid Man (uploaded here). This is that series of satirical stories I'm cowriting with Will Jacobs about a would-be novelist who befriends the most powerful superhero in the universe. In this one, "Literary Lad," Splendid Man flies our...
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Sep.12.2008
Ayelet Waldman is blogging about her work for the Obama campaign, most recently a fundraiser she's running called "Books for Barack." Dozens of contemporary authors are sending her signed copies of their books to be auctioned off at various fundraising events. Whether you're contributing...
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Sep.11.2008
There's a new movement spreading through my circle of Obama supporters: getting off the news sites and the political blogs. It makes sense on the surface that staying informed would help us spread the word and convince the undecided. But when hours get eaten up by reading campaign miniutiae,...
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Sep.10.2008
In the midst of all this political stress I completely forgot to mention that I'd uploaded Chapter 8 of my collaborative novel-in-progress, Million Dollar Ideas, to my author page. This is that sort-of-satirical, sort-of-silly book set in Hollywood in the late '40s, about a couple of hustling...
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Sep.08.2008
A new CNN poll has found the reason for John McCain's rise in the polls: a huge swing among white female voters. Before the conventions, Barack Obama led among them 50%-42%. After the conventions, McCain leads 53%-41%. That's a 20% swing, a staggering shift, and there's no equivalent change among...
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Sep.07.2008
This is my Palin bounce, the event that's shifting my writing plans and priorities: tonight I know for sure that this election will not be an easy coast to victory for the Democrats, that it will be won only if those of us who care get out and fight. John McCain and Sarah Palin have taken the lead...
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Sep.05.2008
Coming up from under back-to-back conventions, politicked up and politicked off, trying to get back into The Undressing of America. It's been hard to keep my mind on that early 20th Century story with the early 21st Century being shaped around me, but coming off Sarah Palin I see how that story is...
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Sep.04.2008
Sarah Palin stole the Republican show last night with a crowd-thrilling speech in what has become a Republican tradition: defensive, mocking, resentful, pit-bullish, divisive, blaming the press, and stirring up the old "culture wars." In the process, she most likely did John McCain at...
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Sep.03.2008
A couple of articles about the Republican Party as it comes into focus during the convention: John Nichols in The Nation calls the party platform "a document that steers far to the right even of the conservative positions taken by Arizona Senator John McCain," and says, "There is...
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