Some news is good news…
Here’s the lead article in today’s Sunday NYTimes, and evidence that in spite of recent events, some news can be good news:
Mr. Obama now has a solid lead in states that account for 189 electoral votes, and he is well positioned in states representing 71 more electoral votes, for a total of 260, according to a tally by The New York Times, based on polls and interviews with officials from both campaigns and outside analysts. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.
Mr. McCain has solid leads in states with 160 electoral votes and is well positioned in states with another 40 electoral votes, according to the Times tally, for a total of 200. Just six states representing 78 electoral votes — Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia — are tossups.
On a related note, according to Politico, the Virginia GOP is up in arms about the state going blue for the first time since 1964. With the traditionally Democratic area of Northern VIrginia continuing to expand and local elections turning increasingly towards the Dems, Senator George Allen has described Virginia as “a true battleground state.” Nervous Virginia Republicans have attributed the shift to a dissolution of party leadership in Virginia, and to the McCain campaign’s reticence to spend much time or money in the state in spite of his campaign headquarters in Arlington. With the election only a month away, GOP officials have complained that McCain needs to get his act together in a serious swing state he has so far overlooked. As one GOP operative noted, “he needs to show the ticket-splitting centrists in voter-rich Fairfax and Loudoun [counties] some love and understanding.” Frankly, as a voter registered in Virginia, I think the best way he could show us some love would be to abandon ship.
Also, here’s John McCain’s brother Joe referring to the Northern Virginia counties as “communist country.”