links for 2008-09-14

  • "We have heard a lot about McCain's failure to capture the overall women's vote by selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate. We have even heard that this move has been mildly effective among "white" women. What we have not heard about, however, is the impact Palin is going to have on the so-called "Latino vote," half of which is women."
  • "I've thrown ballot parties for years now. Not only does this result in a fun excuse for a party, but it's also an ideal way to make sure everyone knows what the hell they're voting for. Even if you and your friends don't agree, at least an informed decision is being made. This also results in network effects. Your vote might not shape an election, but if you get 30 of your friends to vote one way through information and they get 30 of their friends, … well, that changes the results quite quickly, especially for local elections where decisions are often made based on hundreds or tens of votes."
  • "While meeting with Black leaders concerning the absence of any African Americans on her staff, Gov. Palin responded that she doesn’t have to hire any Blacks and was not intending to hire any."