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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

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Last–minute events can shift election

Every four years as presidential candidates approach the finish line, the election hiccups. It could be a dramatic global event; it could be the final rabbit in a candidate's hat (or the final skeleton in his closet). Whatever form it takes, a presidential campaign must always anticipate that last-minute X-factor, the dreaded "October Surprise." For the candidate in the lead, it represents one last perilous curve ball. For the candidate running behind, it represents opportunity.


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Early voting could mean Obama win

In what pundits are calling a year with "strong Democratic tailwinds" (think economic woes, unpopular president, etc.), Sen. John McCain has managed to hold the presidential contest between him and Sen. Barack Obama very close. According to Real Clear Politics, an organization that averages a week's worth of poll results from multiple sources, McCain was in a dead heat with Obama in national and battleground state polls.


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McCain needs to reinvent his image

The growing chants of "start the buses" resonate every time you pick up The New York Times, tune in to MSNBC or check out the latest poll numbers. Much like Clemson's football season, the McCain-Palin campaign is for all intents and purposes a lost cause.


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Future relies on innovation

I am taking the final economics course for my major. I learned curves, graphs, labor and capital, and I have come to a truth about economics. It is incapable of quantifying human factors, such as fear, trust, greed and hope.


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Issues of the Congo should mobilize students

College students pride themselves on being the most optimistic, innovative and take-action demographic in this country. Our generation in particular is said to be more committed to solving social injustices than any generation before us, but it seems as if college students have lost their giddy enthusiasm and unrelenting optimism.


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Ayers’ actions undeserving of defense

In a Monday Alligator article, four UF professors and associate professors were mentioned as signing a statement backing Bill Ayers and opposing his "demonization." These four members of UF faculty should be ashamed of themselves, as well as the rest of the people nationwide who signed this disgusting document.


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College degrees don’t mean anything

The college degree you're working so hard to get doesn't mean jack. Last week, I mentioned a professor at New Mexico University, Marcus Ross, a paleontologist who believes dinosaurs walked the earth more than 65 million years ago but is also a Young Earth creationist. Yeah, doctorates don't mean a damn thing anymore.


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Halloween encourages poor decisions

In the 2004 comedy "Mean Girls," main character Cady put into words what everyone had been thinking for years: "Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it."


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Obama could escape Bradley Effect

On a November morning in 1982, California residents awoke to see a San Francisco Chronicle story about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Bradley with a headline boasting "Bradley Win Projected."


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Republicans pulling out all stops to win

For those of you who haven't read it already, pick up a copy of George Orwell's "1984." It holds some remarkable insight into the workings of the mind of man when it comes to political and even religious allegiance. The two most important terms in there are "doublespeak" and "doublethink."


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Everyone can learn something from SG

Nearly 10 years ago, the Alligator printed a guest column of mine about Student Government teaching me all I needed to know in life. It was my attempt to author a scathing indictment of the corruption and shortsighted nepotism of SG back in my days at UF.



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