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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Harlem 4 Obama in the News

Here's a link from Newsweek about Obama and his perceptions in the streets of Harlem. check it out!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

More Must-Reads on the Web

You'll hear many attack Obama as "the Most liberal Senator in the Senate." National Journal is non-partisan, however the method that they decided in which to determine was somewhat biased, according to CQ-Politics, which wrote up this fair-look story about how Obama votes on all issues, just not the hand-picked ones from National Journal. An excerpt:

“Obama is a liberal, but he’s not the most liberal,” said Keith Poole, a University of California-San Diego professor who runs the site. By comparison, McCain is the eighth-most conservative. Ratings from Congressional Quarterly also provide a mixed picture.

In CQ’s calculation of party unity, which measures how often members vote with their party on bills where the parties split, Obama got a 97 percent rating last year. Ten Democrats had higher scores. On votes where Bush indicated his position, CQ found Obama supported the Republican president 40 percent of the time in 2007. That 40 percent rating put Obama in the middle of the pack for Democrats. In 2006, Obama voted with Bush 49 percent of the time.

McCain had the Senate’s highest presidential support score last year, 95 percent, but he missed more than half of the votes because he was campaigning. And McCain hasn’t always been such a strong backer of President Bush. He supported Bush 77 percent in 2005 and has averaged 89 percent since 2001.


National Journal relies largely on the judgment of its editors and reporters. They choose votes that they believe show ideological distinctions (they chose to include 99 of the 442 Senate votes last year) and they decide which side in the vote is liberal and which is conservative. Then they compute how often senators and House members vote each way.

“We’re trying to pick votes where some ideological differences are displayed and show how members of Congress line up relative to one another,” said Charles Green, editor of the magazine.

CQ takes a more empirical approach and calculates how often members vote with their party or the president.

“We don’t try to establish a litmus test or ideological label,” said John Cranford, CQ’s national editor. “What we’re looking for is something that more closely represents how members might characterize their vote, such as how often they vote with the president.”

The whole article is here.

Follow Poll Tracking, Not Polls..

Just a word of caution my fellow Obama supporters. A flurry of polls and electoral maps have come out lately, making it seem that Obama has a very large electoral lead over McCain, 344-194, based on the latest polls as of June 19th. (This particular report is from, a popular electoral projection site that accurately predicted the outcome of the 2004 election.) Here is how it breaks down by state:

However, one should take caution, as such electoral numbers are based on the "latest" poll numbers rather than a direction. It's important to follow a series of poll numbers, which will give a better idea of the electorate. And remember, with our guy, no lead is "safe" and it will take a lot of legwork from we the supporters to place him over the top.

And please..ignore "national" polls numbers altogether. Our President is not decided by popular vote.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Welcome to Our New Blog!


Welcome to our new Harlem4Obama (H40) blog. To compliment our new site, we've added this blog section--dedicated to bringing Obama supporters from the Harlem area and around the world to a common area. The bulk of our topics here will cover discussions about the challenges and choices that Obama supporters face towards getting him elected in November 2008.

Also, if you are in the Harlem/Surrounding areas, feel free to tell us about your events so that we as an organization can coordinate. Together, we can win this election.

We hope that you will take the time to respond to the topics we will post as well as suggest topics of your own. And, as usual, we encourage you all to keep your comments above the belt and to refrain from personal attacks.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

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