Archive for the Politics (Outside Ireland) Category

Obama’s Carrot & Stick Approach to Congress

President Barack Obama has, as discussed before and elsewhere, built up a huge list of supporters who want to engage with him.  Now, we’re finally seeing how he’s going to use it on the good side. As you may remember from earlier posts, I’m signed up with the Obama database as living in Alexandria, VA […]

Cake We Can Believe In

Steve found this in a shop in Northern Virginia yesterday: At €15, that’s pretty cheap too!  You can only imagine what an Irish shop would charge for that. In other news, Steve is going to be standing beside Barack when he takes the oath of office.  The bastard (Steve, not Barack – we’ll give Barack […]

This is how you spin

I vaguely remember seeing this somewhere before, but hat tip to James for the reminder. Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher here in southern California , was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Harry (senator (D) fromNevada ) Reid’s great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and […]

Hours of Fun

Minnesota Public Radio have posted some of the challenged ballots from the Norm Coleman/Al Franken recount.  Vote on what you think the result should be for each one! Hours of fun – presuming they keep posting them.  And a great example of public interest broadcasting (at least for political hacks like me!). Who gets this […]

Obama – Followup

The Obama campaign team haven’t just dropped their legions of volunteers now that the election is over.  Apart from their requests for donations to fund the DNC’s debt and the transition phase, they’ve also sent out an email today (in David Plouffe’s name) asking volunteers to give feedback on the campaign.  It’s good to see […]

The Obama Campaign

Well, that was some two weeks.  The Obama campaign is over – ending in victory, of course – and I’m back to Ireland today. (…well, it was “today” when I started writing this last Sunday.) The Obama campaign was, overall, a masterclass in grassroots activism.  The sheer numbers of people contributing to the campaign – […]

Charlie Bird, Blogger Extraordinaire

For the licence payers’ sake, lads.  Two posts?  How much time, effort and money was spent setting that up? C’mon, Charlie.  Give us more, and give us comments! (Hat tip to Suzie)

Virginia – Day 14

Well, it’s all come to an end.  There’s a more detailed post in the works about the Obama campaign and my experiences, but that’ll take a couple of days to complete. From all-you-can-eat sushi to getting thrown out of a restaurant, I’ve had a really great time here, mainly thanks to the great people I […]


Virginia called just seconds before the election as a whole.  It’s been some trip. All my American friends are already unsewing the Canadian flags from their luggage.

Stage Door Café Alexandria – Never Fucking Go There

The Stage Door Café in Alexandria is not a good place to go.  In fact, it’s a fucking bad place to go if you’re a Democrat.  A bunch of us from the Obama campaign were in there and got kicked out.  We were paying customers (although the service was as shite as I’ve ever experienced […]