the state


-of the horse race by jgrimsrud
Monday, 20 October 2008, 10:44
Filed under: -of jgrimsrud, -of politik

You may recall that in one of the early Democratic debates Charles Gibson of ABC suggested that $200,000 a year was a middle-class income. Tell that to Ohio plumbers: according to the May 2007 occupational earnings report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual income of “plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters” in Ohio was $47,930.

krugman continues in today’s op-ed:

I don’t want to suggest that everyone would be better off under the Obama tax plan. Joe the plumber would almost certainly be better off, but Richie the hedge fund manager would take a serious hit.

But that’s the point. Whatever today’s G.O.P. is, it isn’t the party of working Americans.

meanwhile, colin powell has thrown in his chips for the obama campaign, saying:

“the approach of the Republican Party and Mr. McCain has become narrower and narrower.”

and finally, we were bemused by her snl apperance, but we understand; fivethirtyeight.com puts it this way:

In six polls conducted entirely since the VP debate was conducted on October 2nd, Palin’s net favorability ratings are a -19 (the least Research 2000 tracker), a -9 (CBS/NYT), a +4 (Newsweek), a +7 (NBC/WSJ), a +8 (Rasmussen) and a +15 (CNN). Those ratings average out to a +1, which is pretty much a disaster for a candidate who’s calling card is supposed to be her likability.

well, nothing like sitting through your own comedic demise to make people like you.

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