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Friday: Free For All

State of the race: CNN has a new poll with Obama up a measley 5% over McCain at 48% to McCain’s 43%. 9% are unsure. Unsure of what?

Hmmm, maybe here is a hint: McCain targets message to Clinton backers. “Mm-wha, Mm-wha, oh, mon cherie, we will make beyootiful museeck together! Have some chocolates and flowers.” Ok, I still think that friends don’t let friends vote Republican but I’m not averse to a little flirtation. Go ahead, make The Precious jealous, a little nervous. Not even all of those unsure voters need to sidle into McCain’s column to upset Obama. Just a majority of them will do.

Paul Krugman tells us about the perils of deregulation in Bad Cow Disease. I guess you never realize how important the FDA is until you get a bad tomato. Or realize that the side effect you got from the last drug you took was noted by doctors over the past couple years but that the FDA didn’t have the resources to sort through the adverse drug reaction reports and enter them into a database.

Ladies and Gents, I know that we’re all getting a little testy this week. It’s maddening when the country wants the one candidate it can’t have. This political stuff would be so much easier if the parties would just get out of the way. But let’s not slip into rumormongering or character assassination. You may loathe Obama with evry fiber of your being but don’t spread rumors about him being a Muslim, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Besides, I have it on good authority from my contacts in the evangelical movement that he’s the anti-Christ. So, get it right.

And it’s not right to pick on his wife either or wish the same plague of sexist locusts on her as descended on Clinton. Turnabout may be fair play but that kind of karma never goes away.

And let us not jump to conclusions that Obama is a corrupt Chicago politician, even if there is mounting circumstantial evidence that suggests that he is. Without proof, we would just be dragging his name through the mud and that would be wrong.

Let’s keep it clean, people. Make Hillary proud of you. Repeat allegations only when you have solid evidence to back them up.

So, what’s up?