The Washington Times - October 5, 2009, 08:09AM

Today’s Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Virginia goes to court on military absentee ballots, President Obama and General McChrystal’s meeting may not have been very cordial, Larry Sabato on upcoming races in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Texas.:

  • Red State  Soren Dayton on:Virginia argues that they don’t need to send out military absentee ballots in time to vote

The Virginia State Board of Elections argued in their most recent filing that they have no legal obligation to send out military absentee ballots in a timely manner. Restated, the State of Virginia has argued in a federal court filing that they can legally send out absentee ballots to active duty soldiers the day before an election. 

  • Protein Wisdom on: Obama “furious” with Gen. McChrystal for questioning Sheriff Joe’s Afghan strategy 
Obama dithers for weeks, talking with his Afghanistan Commanding General one time in 70 days. The US military is suffering casualities “in the deadliest assault against U.S. forces in more than a year” and what is The Once doing in the meantime.

  • (video) on: Larry Sabato Analyzes Upcoming Political Races in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Texas
Sabato talked about Arlen Specter’s chances in Pennsylvania, where he will face a stiff challenge from Democrat Joe Sestak.