Barack Obama will appear on Tim Russert’s Meet The Press on November 11, 2007. Will Tim Russert treat Obama with the same contempt he displayed towards Hillary during Tuesday’s debate and in previous encounters?
Will Tim Russert ask Obama about the documents the Chicago Sun-Times has been asking for months and months to see?
Will Tim Russert ask Obama about Obama’s gay bashing tour in South Carolina?
Will Tim Russert ask Obama about his ‘attack Pakistan’ speech which led to demonstrations and American flag burnings in Pakistan?
Will Tim Russert ask Obama the $925,000 question?
Will Tim Russert ask Obama about his ties to Alex Giannoulias and the connection to Michael “Jaws” Giordiano?
Will Tim Russert ask Obama about his ties to Antoin “Tony” Rezko?
Will Tim Russert ask Obama about Obama’s failure to vote on key issues (Kyl/Lieberman, MoveOn) in the U.S. Senate, in Illinois?
We will post more questions we doubt Tim Russert will ask Obama as November 11 approaches.
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Forlorn cows wander off in the dead of night. Farmers attach bells around the poor creatures’ ample necks in an attempt to keep track of them as they clang in the dark.
It is time to get a cowbell for Obama. He keeps on disappearing.
Obama’s latest disappearance is again on an issue he makes flowery claims to care deeply about — Iran.
Jim Webb of Virginia a staunch anti-Iraq war, anti-Iran war Senator yesterday sent a letter addressed to Bush which 30 senators co-signed.
Along with 29 co-signers, Senator Jim Webb of Virginia sent a letter to the White House today warning the President not to take offensive military action against Iran without the express consent of Congress. Designed to clarify any ambiguity as a result of a recent Senate amendment urging designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, the Senators also expressed concern that the administration’s increasingly provocative rhetoric has undermined diplomatic efforts with Iran.
The Jim Webb letter which Hillary signed stated:
We wish to emphasize that no congressional authority exists for unilateral military action against Iran. This includes the Senate vote on September 26, 2007 on an amendment to the FY 2008 National Defense Authorization Act [the Kyl/Lieberman non-binding resolution]. This amendment, expressing the sense of the Senate on Iran, and the recent designation of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, should in no way be interpreted as a predicate for the use of military force in Iran.
Barack Obama has refused to sign the Jim Webb letter to Bush. With this refusal to sign onto the Webb letter Obama tops himself again as an exemplar of hypocrisy.
Obama, who in flowery language claims he will work with Ripublicans, apparently cannot rouse himself to work with Democrats.
Obama piles hypocrisy on top of ugly hypocrisy. Obama refused to sign the Webb letter and states his hypocritical reasons:
“Senator Obama admires Senator Webb and his sincere and tireless efforts on this issue. But it will take more than a letter to prevent this administration from using the language contained within the Kyl-Lieberman resolution to justify military action in Iran. This requires a legislative answer and Senator Obama intends to propose one.” – Bill Burton, Obama spokesperson
What in blazes is Obama’s proposed “legislative” solution? Why the very thing Obama has previously denounced: a NON-BINDING Senate resolution!
Democrat Barack Obama introduced a Senate resolution late Thursday that says President Bush does not have authority to use military force against Iran, the latest move in a debate with presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton about how to respond to that country’s nuclear ambitions.
Clinton’s campaign accused Obama of playing politics instead of taking a leadership role from the outset. [snip]
The letter accuses Bush of “provocative statements and actions stemming from your administration with respect to possible U.S. military action in Iran.”
“We wish to emphasize that no congressional authority exists for unilateral military action against Iran,” it says. That includes the Kyl-Lieberman amendment, the letter says.
Obama missed the vote on the amendment because he was campaigning. Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said if Obama was so concerned about the amendment, he should have been there to vote against it. Singer said Obama also should have signed Webb’s letter and co-sponsored two other pieces of legislation that reaffirm the president cannot use force against Iran without congressional approval.
“It’s unfortunate that (Senator) Obama is abandoning the politics of hope in favor of the kind of political games he is so critical of in his book,” Singer said. He pointed to a passage in “The Audacity of Hope” where Obama is critical of the tendency to “exaggerate or demonize, oversimplify or overstate our case.”
But curiously absent from the vote was Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, also a Democratic candidate for president, who had canceled a campaign appearance in South Carolina so he could be in Washington for votes.
Mr. Obama issued a statement calling the resolution, put forward by Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, “a stunt.” Mr. Obama said, “By not casting a vote, I registered my protest against these empty politics.”
At the time of the Move-on vote, Obama was mocked for refusing to vote on the Move-on resolution because Obama had minutes earlier voted for a resolution authored by Senator Boxer.
Does Obama pick and choose which “stunts” he will support? Obama won’t deign to vote on a “stunt” resolution regarding Move-on. But Obama will propose a “stunt” resolution which Obama himself authors. We’re frankly confused. We’ve never encountered a pick and choose Senator before. This politics of absence and stunts must be Obama’s “new politics” – that and gay bashing tours and sliming a fellow Democratic candidate for president.
Obama, instead of working with fellow Democratic senators, has decided to showboat. Obama made no effort whatsoever to help draft the Kyl/Lieberman non-binding resolution. Afterwards Obama complained about the passage of the Kyl/Lieberman resolution which he did not deign to vote on.
Now Obama does not sign the Webb letter because it will take more than a letter to prevent this administration from using the language contained within the Kyl-Lieberman resolution. But hasn’t Obama complained that a non-binding resolution is meaningless and is equivalent to writing a letter?
Why not sign the Webb letter in addition to any and ALL resolutions designed to tell Bush he must not attack Iran? Obama is once again (in South Carolina on his gay bashing tour Obama sought to gain support from Democratic voting African-American’s by gay-bashing) playing ugly political games in order to benefit himself politically and hurt Hillary Clinton.
Why not also support Senator Webb’s BINDING legislation to stop an attack on Iran which has been pending for eight months (since March 2007). On Webb’s BINDING legislation Obama has neither expressed interest nor support. Why no support from Obama for Webb’s letter nor BINDING legislation? [Hint: Hillary is a co-sponsor of the Webb BINDING legislation.]
In the Illinois statehouse Obama at least bothered to vote “present” instead of yes or no on certain abortion bills. In the U.S. Senate Obama does not even bother to be present for votes.
Even when Obama is there he is not there.
Democrats must put a Cowbell on Obama to keep track of him. Obama is lost in the dark, mooing at the moon.