"What's the Frequency Kenneth" - REM
Sorry for the absence. I was up in the City of Brotherly Love today and the Amtrak wifi kind of sucked. You would think that the high speed train from DC to NYC would be the one place where they would make sure it was up to snuff.
- So I suspect that I joined a lot of you in getting slightly freaked out by the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll that showed Romney with a 52-45 advantage. I was waiting for Nate to talk me down and he just obliged. (It must be quite a burden to be the oracle of the overly educated and excitable.) Princeton Election Consortium seems to be moving in a more favorable direction the last couple of days. And the latest swing state polls, though close, still seem to lean Obama's way.
- This was some more good news on the marriage equality front. I like the idea of winning in both the courts and at the ballot box in close proximity. We will hopefully have good news forthcoming from Maryland, Maine, Washington, and (fingers crossed), Minnesota.
- Naturally, I found the Romney conference call with the NFIB membership urging them to push employees to support him deeply disturbing. This kind of barely concealed coercion should be distasteful to everyone. I'd like to think that there is some way that this sort of thing can be made unlawful without trampling on First Amendment rights. Employers really have no business implying that their employees will lose their jobs for supporting a candidate.
- I was just noting to my wife the other morning what a total sausage fest Morning Joe is -- someone else noticed. Not to mention an orgy of the worst kind of middle-aged Washington guy conventional wisdom around. Contrast it sometime, if you will, with Chris Hayes' Up program, the most intelligent hour of television you will see anywhere, a place that features an incredibly diverse array of intelligent guests.
Man I will be happy when this election's over -- assuming Obama wins and we retain the Senate.
What's on your minds?