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Awareness Politics

Lou Dobbs Quits CNN…finally

Yes, it is true.  Lou Dobbs, CNN Anchor, hero of the birther movement and, generally speaking, an anti-immigrant toolbag, has quit CNN.

I can’t even begin to say how much of a relief it is to see him gone, and not because he’s conservative.  I think a major news network on CNN deserves and requires a responsible conservative viewpoint.  I think MSNBC sucks precisely because it’s so openly liberal, and Fox sucks for many other reasons.

I have my problems with CNN, sure, but many of them are being addressed precisely because of a step like this.  I worry that CNN, a network that already has its own bias, was working on moving towards polemicism in an effort to combat Fox News’ growth.  I worry, and I had a reason to.

Lou Dobbs, one of the original anchors from CNN, has moved steadily from being a voice of reason to one of unabashed conservative hype.  He rails against illegal immigrants, hates taxpayer bailouts, but most importantly he was the godfather of the birther movement.  According to the NYT:

Lately, though, he has saved most of his opinions for his afternoon radio show, which made its debut in March 2008. It is on the radio show that he talked repeatedly about the conspiracy-theory claims that President Obama is not a United States citizen. When he mentioned the citizenship issue on CNN over the summer, his bosses were forced to call it a “dead issue.”

Dobbs refused to let the issue die, despite how patently absurd it is.  It was the most disappointing step from a once venerable newsman.

If this is a step by CNN to move towards the middle  and find a proper, responsible voice, then I applaud it.  If it is simply getting rid of an annoying figure, then that’s another thing.

The New York Times has run Dobbs’ closing address. It does make for some interesting reading.  Particularly this:

Over the past six months it’s become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us, and some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem solving as well as to contribute positively to the great understanding of the issues of our day. And to continue to do so in the most honest and direct language possible.

I assume many will be speculating that Dobbs will be moving over to a place like Fox.  I would like to float the idea that Dobbs is considering a run for Senate.  I think he would be well placed to win a conservative riding, and would continue a long line of blowhard hosts with political aspirations (both liberals and conservatives, of course).

If nothing else, this sort of gives the game away:

But each of those issues is, in my opinion, informed by our capacity to demonstrate strong resilience of our now weakened capitalist economy and demonstrate the political will to overcome the lack of true representation in Washington, D.C.

There are 36 or 37 Senate seats coming up for election in November 2010, depending on who you talk to.  While there is an special by-election coming up in January to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat, I don’t think Dobbs stands a chance of winning in Massachusetts.  Of the most likely seats, I think Dobbs will consider running in Missouri (where Kit Bond is retiring) or Kansas (where Sam Brownback is leaving).  The only alternate would be to try to take the New Hampshire seat from Judd Gregg as he retires.

We shall see how it pans out, but I wouldn’t put it past old Lou to try and ride the press over his rapid CNN departure all the way to the capitol.

[Update:  It appears that many are speculating that Dobbs will run for President in 2012.  I still believe my guess is the correct one, but it will be interesting to see how this plays out. ]

Politics

Canadian Election Roundup

We’ve done our best here at 4080 to keep our Canadian readers informed about the big federal election that just happened.

So here is a quick summary of the election results, comparing the 2006 election to the 2008 election.

Party

2006 Seats

2008 Seats

% of public vote
Conservative

124

143

37.63%

103/102

76

26.24%

51

50

9.97%

29

37

18.20%

0/1

0

6.80%
Independent

1

2

0.65%

As you can see, things have shifted, but not by crazy amounts.  The Conservative government under Stephen Harper was strengthened, but stopped 12 seats short of a majority.  This should be enough to force the Conservatives to take a more moderate approach to government than they would have.

Frankly, another minority may mean an impossible situation yet again.  Minority governments rarely function well, and often don’t accomplish much.  And with voter turnout the lowest in Canadian history, I have a feeling voters are entirely sick of going to the polls.

Take it for what you will.  You may be happy, you may be sad.  This election did have a record number of women candidates were elected to the House of Commons, and I was pleasantly suprised by the number of visible minority candidates.

Awareness Politics

Canada Votes Tomorrow (Oct 14th)

Well well people, Canada goes to the polls tomorrow.  The polls will be open from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm and are pretty accessible.

Here are few quick sites to entertain you.

Our own take on what you need to know.

If you missed the Canadian leaders debate, you can catch the whole thing here.

Looking for where to vote?  This site will tell you.

For those of you entirely unfamiliar with the process, the ballot should look like something similar to the image on the right.  You’ll go to the polls and present the required ID.

Once you’re in, go to the little cardboard station and mark your ballot.  Remember, you cast your vote for your local candidate, but because of Canada’s system, the party with the most seats overall (most canadidates elected) will form the government.

While I absolutely do not endorse this site by any means (i’m of the opinion you should vote your conscience after careful and deliberate education on the issues), Vote For Environment provides a riding-by-riding analysis of the likelihood of a particular candidate being elected.  It may give you an idea of who’s going to win in your neighbourhood.

No matter what, get the hell out to vote.  Not hard, and even if you are working, your employer is required by law to give you time off to vote. Here’s a direct quote:

For example, if an employee lives in an electoral district in which the hours for voting are 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and the employee’s hours of work are 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the employee’s hours of work will not allow three consecutive hours for voting. The employer might allow the employee to arrive late (at 12:30 p.m.), to leave early (at 6:30 p.m.), or provide the employee three hours off at some other point during the work day in order to allow the employee the opportunity to exercise the right to vote.

As another example, if the employee lives in an electoral district in which voting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the employee’s hours of work are between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., the employer is not required to provide the employee time off for the purpose of voting, because the employee will already have available three and a half consecutive hours for voting (from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.).