Map and count is current as of 10/6/08. Presentation by Nick, Joe, and Becca.
- Obama / Biden – 264
- McCain / Palin – 163
- Toss Up – 111
Each week between September 15 and November 4 (the election) Senior Current Issues will provide you an update on the progress of the 2008 Presidential Election. Each week at this site you will find a photo (USA Electoral Map in room #112) of the updated polling comparisons between Barack Obama and John McCain. Each week a different group of seniors will offer you a three to five minute podcast of where this election currently stands and the trends they see on the horizon. Student groups will provide a news article that they think will help you to better understand the dynamics of this election. All students are encouraged to listen to the podcast and read the article.
SCI students will offer a “what do you think” question that goes with the news article. All Senior Current Issues students must do the ensuing 20 point blog. All other students may choose to answer the question as an extra credit blog assignment (5 pts max.)
All electoral votes come from estimates located on Real Clear Politics.com Remember polls are only estimates of how people may vote. Until Nov 4 nobody really knows the outcome of this election.
News Article – Time Magazine – “Can McCain Map Out a Comeback Strategy”
Question – Read the article. Obama has become juggernaut in the race and the only thing that seems like it could defeat him is himself. Do you think that McCain has a chance? What do you think McCain has to do in order to comeback?
Postings for the question must be made by 7:00 PM Friday of the week in question.
Check the category “08 ELECTION – The News” for more news about the candidates and the Election.
EVALUATION: NICK / JOE / BECCA
Podcast: (90% A-) Great job. Informative – interesting. You didn’t just list states that changed you actually told us why they are changing. I thought you all were pretty much involved, which gave it more credibility. And the voices were clear and loud enough. The only miss, and it was substantial, was the absence of mention of Pennsylvania in the discussion. Big change / big state.
Article / Question: (93% A) A good question. I thought you got some interesting answers as well. The Time article fit well with the question and was pretty thorough. Again, I thought you guys did a nice job.
Presentation: (88% B+) Nick all we needed to round it out was provide you a top hat and cane…you put on a great performance. However, the presentation should involve all participants. That probably could’ve been handled with a sharing of responsibilities. But you know – again here pretty nicely done.
Overall Grade: (91% A-) You guys did a really nice job. I thought the podcast came out really well – and the article / question combo worked fine too. The only two minuses I see in the entire presentation were the PA miss in the podcast and lack of groupwork in the presentation. But when all is said and done – the plusses are so much more. Well done.