October 14, 2008

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Welcome to another day in my life.

Well we lived through another Monday and I hope yours was as good as mine. I am a little buried in returning telephone calls and emails so please excuse me if you are waiting to hear back from me. The volume of calls and emails has been very high lately and I am just one person but I will get back to you as soon as possible.

I am looking forward to getting back to Jacksonville tomorrow and being home with my partner and my four legged children for a few days before having to head back out on the road. Hopefully, the weather will be below 90 degrees when I get home since we are almost to the middle of October. I did hear there are a couple of tropical systems gearing up so I am hoping we do not get a late season hurricane or tropical storm.

The supporters of Senator Clinton running for president recently got some more bad news. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton puts the chances of her running for president again at near zero slightly higher than the chances she gives for becoming Senate majority leader or a Supreme Court justice.

In an interview aired this morning on "Fox & Friends" on the Fox News Channel, Clinton, D-N.Y., was asked the chances, on a scale of 1 to 10, that she would be the next majority leader in the Senate. "Oh, probably zero," she said. "I'm not seeking any other position than to be the best senator from New York that I can be."

Being nominated to the Supreme Court? "Zero," Clinton said. "I have no interest in doing that."

Running for president again? "Probably close to zero," she said. "There's an old saying: Bloom where you're planted." The former first lady, who was elected to the Senate in 2000 and re-elected in 2006, said she looked forward to working as a senator with a Barack Obama administration.

Being a Clinton supporter, I personally was sad to hear that she would not be running for President again but I respect the decision she has made and wish her the best in all her endeavors.

Speaking of Obama, it's looking more and more like this thing might really be over and that Barack Obama may be solidly in position to get the Electoral College votes he needs to become president.

The most recent sign of that is a round of polling from Quinnipiac University, done in conjunction with the Wall Street Journal and WashingtonPost.com. Quinnipiac surveyed voters in four states that were supposed to be competitive Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin and found that Barack Obama holds a commanding lead in all of them.

Three of those states -- all but Colorado -- went to John Kerry in 2004, and earlier this year Republicans were hoping to snatch at least one away. (That's why the Republican National Convention was held in St. Paul, for instance.) That seems all but impossible now, however. In Michigan, Obama leads 54-38; in Minnesota, he's up 51-40; and in Wisconsin respondents went 54-37 for Obama. (The margin of error is roughly plus or minus 3 percentage points in each of the four states.)

Colorado, meanwhile, went for President Bush in 2004. But if this latest number holds, it's going blue this year. Quinnipiac reports that Obama leads there by 9 points, 52-43. With its nine Electoral College votes, the state is no Virginia, but it's a big prize nonetheless, one that would by itself put Obama almost over the top if he holds Kerry's states and adds Iowa which polls indicate he will to his column.

“Sen. Obama’s leads in these four battleground states are as large as they have been the entire campaign. Those margins may be insurmountable barring a reversal that has never been seen before in the modern era in which polling monitors public opinion throughout the campaign,” Peter Brown, Quinnipiac's assistant director, said in a release accompanying the results. "The only possible bright spot for Sen. McCain -- and you would need Mary Poppins to find it in these numbers -- is that he is holding roughly the same portion of the Republican vote."

So what are your thoughts about electing our next president? Drop me a line and let me know.

I hope you had a great Tuesday and wishing you an even better rest of the week.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab