Am I dreaming: The experts at Politico.com, have Barack Obama getting 353 Electoral votes (270 needed to win Presidency) to McCain's 185.
My heart is hoping they are right, but my head tells me, they may be way off, with all of the "Undecided's" in toss up states.
The undecided's is where the "Bradley Effect" most likely lays.
People who have waited this long to make up their minds, are not racist, but may still be uncomfortable voting for a black Senator for President.
This is why, I still believe that the contest will be a lot closer than predicted.
It's only 4 days to election day, and about 30% of votes have been turned in. The youth vote, which Obama is depending on......is coming up a little slower than predicted. Is this just typical college students waiting to the last minute, like studying for a final exam, or just to lazy to go to the polls on election day?
My hope is that Senator Obama wins Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Nevada, but I am worried that he will lose by a couple of percentage points. Then...if he loses Florida----It could be a long night.
Make no mistake, it takes a lot of courage and tenacity to break new ground in politics---and my hope is that Barack Obama passes the bar in that regard.
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Former federal prosecutor decries William Ayers link
In 1973, Ibershof tried to put William Ayers, a founding member of the Weather Underground, in prison for an alleged conspiracy to bomb political targets. Ayers, now an education professor in Chicago, has become a fixture in John McCain's attempt to raise doubts about Barack Obama.
"It seemed manifestly unfair to tar him with this association," Ibershof said in a telephone interview this weekend from his home in Mill Valley. "Sen. Obama had known Ayers during a period he was named Citizen of the Year in Chicago, not when he was committing those terrorist acts."
So Ibershof wrote a letter to the New York Times, saying he was "amazed and outraged" that Obama was being linked to the former radical's terrorist activities, which occurred when "Mr. Obama, was, as he has noted, just a child."
"I came to this gradually but surely watching the campaign," Ibershof said. "It just didn't make any sense to me."
In the letter, Ibershof also defends his reputation, taking issue with the characterization that the case against Ayers was dismissed for "prosecutorial misconduct." The government dropped the case after the Nixon administration's "illegal activities, including wiretaps, break-ins and mail interceptions," were exposed, he said.
Ibershof was a young prosecutor in Detroit in 1972 when he took over the prosecution of the radical Weathermen. Ayers, the group's "education minister" who was then in hiding, and 14 other Weather Underground leaders had been accused of plotting at a 1969 meeting in Flint, Mich., to launch a terror campaign.
Ibershof said the bombings were thought to include a 1970 pipe bomb attack on a San Francisco police station, which killed an officer. The crime has never been solved.
But before the trial even began, some of the defense lawyers asserted their offices had been broken into and searched, Ibershof said.
He also discovered the government had illegally bugged some of the defendants. "I had a sizable room full of files with wiretaps that were not obtained by court order," he said.
The illegal tactics were ordered by Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell and FBI assistant director W. Mark Felt, who was later unmasked as the Watergate scandal's "Deep Throat," Ibershof said. They were part of a plan, exposed during the Watergate hearings, to use "espionage techniques" to gather intelligence on domestic foes.
Even after the revelations, Ibershof believed that he could have prevailed. But after a federal judge ordered a sweeping hearing on the burglary and surveillance charges, the government decided in 1973 to drop the case in the interests of national security, he said.
McCain supporters have denounced Ayers as an "unrepentant terrorist." Ibershof said he believes people deserve a chance to redeem themselves, "a human reaction anyone would have."
After leaving the prosecutor's office, Ibershof moved to San Francisco in 1975 and opened a business litigation practice. He retired about 10 years ago. He said he was unaware of the blizzard of blog postings, pro and con, about his letter. But he has heard from some friends.
"They thought it was a good letter.
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