Posts Tagged ‘US Election’

Not too far away!

November 6, 2008

With a few exceptions, I was rather accurate.  It is fascinating how polarised America is.  Take a look at this CNN resource.  GOP clearly do better in rural areas and the Democrats in Cities (and increasingly suburban areas).

One of the most important thing that politicians must do in their career – in my view – is be gracious if they encounter defeat.  I loved McCain’s speech.

Congrats to Obama – an excellent campaign from a very intelligent man!

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Back now from hols!

August 11, 2008

…though with me being the worlds worst long-haul traveller, I may not be back totally for a couple of weeks.

Thoroughly enjoyed my time in both New York and the Cayman Islands.  My first time at the former but been to the latter many times with my in-laws living there.  I got to spend the day in Queens, which was the setting of my favourite movie of all time, Coming to America.

Loved all of the coverage of the US Election.  I find the standards of political coverage much higher on US Networks.  My favourite is probably CNN, which would surprise most people but I find that both the left and right are given a pretty even shot at getting their message across.  I also enjoyed listening to Hardball.

The concensus of the analysts was that this is a year for a Democrat but that Obama does not have a huge lead in the polls at a time when he should.  Key States will include Ohio & Florida.  The bad news for McCain is that he does not have the usual large GOP lead in states like Colarado, Montana, New Mexico & the Dakotas.

The impact of the former Mayor of New York is still talked about fondly.  Without exception, all the New Yorkers I met, spoke very highly of the Rudy Giuliani legacy.  Some were keen to stress that they felt that Mayor Bloomberg has continued the good work.  I do not recall a legacy like this before.

How would I have kept in contact with the UK 20 years or so ago?  The good news with my email was that I could keep in touch with some things in Feltham North.

One of the things waiting for me when I returned was the Voter Registration form 2008/09.  If there are no change of details, it is possible to confirm this online.  You will need the two security codes but urge everyone with internet access to confirm their details this way.  The url is here.