Obama The Clown

Someone get Obama a calendar, quick. Halloween skits lampooning the frontrunner candidate lose their bite when performed in November.

Obama’s unfunny skit this past weekend, in the once popular Saturday Night Live numbingly demonstrates the perils of the Hollywood writer’s strike.

To the politically astute viewer, if any still watch SNL as it airs, what was striking was the unmasked truths of the presidential campaign. Obama, narcissistic as ever, appeared as himself – in an Obama mask. Obama simply cannot get enough of himself. Beneath the mask, is a mask. We are now prepared for young master Obama publishing the third autobiographical tome, in this his 46th year, entitled The Audacity Of Dreaming – Travels With Oprah In Hollywood.

The New York Times noted the oddities of Obama’s clownish appearance on the once funny show.

The comedy show portrayed Mrs. Clinton dressed as a bride at a Halloween party, while the actors playing Bill Clinton and some of the other Democratic candidates called her a witch. All the candidates were lampooned except Mr. Obama, extending what some rival campaigns privately complain is a glut of positive news coverage.

The Obama campaign said yesterday that they were allowed to “tweak” the script, but the extent of such tweaks was not clear. A spokesman for the show said Mr. Obama “had as much input as any guest or host would have on the material but it was written by us, not them.” The spokesman said Mr. Obama had declined to do a prepared sketch about the fact that he and Vice President Dick Cheney are cousins.

The funniest line written to date in this presidential cycle must be this comic masterpiece in the New York Times:

The show’s host was Brian Williams, the anchor of the “NBC Nightly News,” and there was considerable preshow discussion about whether his appearance would compromise his journalistic integrity.

Rivers of tears fell from striking Hollywood writers aware that they could never write anything as funny as “journalistic integrity” coupled with Brian Williams of the NBC Team.

As laughter inducing as that line was, the tragical/comical Emmy award for trenchant political observation goes to Bob Somersby (again) for his comments on the unfunny show’s backstory politics:

In the Post, Tom Shales describes another segment from the program:

SHALES (11/5/07): Among the other highlights [sic] of the show were yet another appearance by Poehler, this time as the elfin Dennis Kucinich during a spoof of the recent Democratic debate at Drexel University, which Williams did in fact moderate…

But this “spoof” struck us as odd—and as oddly instructive. In the skit, we saw the male Democratic candidates, before the debate, conspiring together to go after Clinton. But it was odd! Mike Gravel absent from Tuesday’s debate) was suddenly present on SNL—and high-minded Barack Obama was not! Yep! You saw the other candidates conspiring against Clinton—everyone except high-minded Obama! (Even Richardson, who refused to take part in Tuesday’s auto-da-fe, was shown taking part on SNL.) Meanwhile, guess who else was missing from this “spoof?” Of course—Brian Williams himself, the man who (along with Tim Russert) played the lead role in Tuesday’s attacks against Clinton. To state the obvious, what happened last Tuesday could not have occurred if Russert and Williams didn’t direct it. But SNL disappeared Obama from the conspiring—and their own ten-million buck man.

Obama’s Chicago Circus of the Ridiculous was in the center ring on Saturday night.

But wait one moment. In the unfunny, call Hillary a witch skit, once Obama is unmasked, Obama’s lines are “You know, Hillary, I have nothing to hide. I enjoy being myself. I’m not going to change who I am just because it’s Halloween.”

For Obama though, everyday is Halloween. Here is the man “who has nothing to hide.”

• • An Obama spokesman, Ben Labolt, last week declined to say where Obama’s records from his years in the Illinois State Senate are located. There is no law mandating the state to archive the records. The records from Obama’s office — if he kept them — would potentially show appointments with lobbyists, policy memos, meetings, etc.

• • Obama has supported more earmark disclosure to bolster government transparency. Last June, Obama disclosed the earmarks he requested for Illinois and national interests. However, his office, after repeated requests since June, has yet to disclose earmarks Obama sought in 2006, before he was running for president.

• • Obama does list the names of hundreds of bundlers — people committed to raising at least $50,000 for the campaign — on his Web site. He brags about the disclosure on the stump.

But that’s literally all Obama does, list a name. No cities or states, information that is available to his campaign. Some names are well known because the bundlers are celebrities or longtime activists. But it’s a big country, and there are more than one Bob Clark and Lou Cohen. Just listing a name does lip service to meaningful disclosure.

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, in a memo sent last week after the debate, said Obama is “setting a new standard of openness in campaign fund-raising.” That’s because the bar is very low.

• • Obama’s campaign has refused to identify the biggest bundlers, people who are raising at least $200,000 for him and are given membership in his National Finance Council. Obama, as all major candidates, declines most of the time to disclose details about most fund-raising events.

• • During a town hall meeting last month in Dover, N.H., Obama pledged that he would post all meetings he would hold as president on the Internet. As a senator, Obama has never done that.

• • Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) routinely releases a detailed schedule of his Washington, D.C., meetings — with international leaders, Illinois state and local officials, constituents and lobbyists.

Obama of course has yet to disclose the truth about his absence on the Kyl-Lieberman vote. Obama has not answered Senator Biden’s befuddlement “I wonder why he wasn’t there to vote,” Biden said. “We all knew that this vote was coming up.”

Obama has not answered the Clinton campaign’s question: “If Senator Obama felt so strongly about this resolution, why didn’t he speak out against it or vote against it?”

Early in November, just after Halloween, we posted just a few of the questions Tim Russert could, if he was concerned about journalistic integrity, pose to Obama during Obama’s appearance on the very next Saturday Night Live Meet The Press:

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?

It’s long past time for Obama to take his ‘uniter’ mask off. He can keep the round, red, clown nose on – it suits him.


83 thoughts on “Obama The Clown

  1. I have no hope for NBC/MSNBC after they gave a open platform to Obama to trash Hillary as a witch. MSNBC (to some extent their partners Newsweek) are neck deep in the anti-clinton (pro-obama) propaganda.

  2. I thought the skit, aside from Obama, was a riot. I thought Obama should not have done SNL. Confronting a faux candidate more agressively than the real thing is weird.

  3. right admin, will bully russert not only ask these hardball 100mph questions, but follow up when obama tries to wiggle his way out of it.

  4. man, i love reading this site! if it wasnt for you and my buddy Bob at the Howler – Id have to say that the entire net is just a waste or lame as helll….except for punk rock kittens of course….punk rock kittens….rock….here –


    go see, you’ll be happy you did.

    Isnt it great that barry has now joined larry Klaymans Judical Watch and Linda Tripps luch buddy Issikoff in DEMANDING the release of WH docs ?

    what a fake, what a phony.that these folks want JUST TO EMBARASS, HURT and DAMAGE Democrats?!

    Im sooooo done with that guy –

    I cant wait for him to leave town and go home and run for gOV of Ill – which I have been told by an obama staffer is the plan –

    I ll say good F-ing riddanc….

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  5. man, i love reading this site! if it wasnt for you and my buddy Bob at the Howler – Id have to say that the entire net is just a waste or lame as helll….except for punk rock kittens of course….punk rock kittens….rock….here –


    go see, you’ll be happy you did.

    Isnt it great that barry has now joined larry Klaymans Judical Watch and Linda Tripps luch buddy Issikoff in DEMANDING the release of WH docs that these folks want JUST TO EMBARASS, HURT and DAMAGE

  6. Here’s the latest summary of ‘State of the Race’ from leading political analyst Cook…
    Cook dismisses MSM’s coverage of last week’s debate as “Just wishing for a race and wanting a race doesn’t make it a real race,” Cook said dismissively. Hillary, in Cook’s view, is no less prohibitive now than she was a week ago.

    This is from Time’s blog…

    Karen and I both attended a lunch in DC today held by mega-firm DLA Piper that featured two of its name hires — former House majority leaders Dick Armey and Dick Gephart — on a panel moderated by Charlie Cook to discuss election 2008.

    In a nutshell, Gephardt thinks Hillary is likely to pull out a win in Iowa, and that if she does, the Democratic contest is over. He thinks Romney will win Iowa and, having done that, will be propelled to the GOP nomination, through momentum and an infusion of his personal fortune.

    You might predict that Armey, who replaced Gephardt as majority leader after the 1994 GOP takeover of Congress, would disagree. Not really. Of Hillary, Armey said: “I don’t think she’s going to make a mistake. She’s the best politician in the race..probably the best politician in America. In my view, she’ll win the nomination and will probably win the presidency.” Armey predicted that Clinton will have more appeal to religious voters than most people expect. Never particularly tolerant of religious conservative leaders while in office, Armey was extremely dismissive of Dr. James Dobson and others who think “people will follow their lead”. So overrated is Dobson’s “power,” said Armey, that “you’ll probably hurt yourself electorally if you do something to please Dr. Dobson.”

    Later, Armey warned that opponents of Hillary should understand two things: “One, she’s smarter than they are. And two, she’s meaner than they are.” At least in his initial remarks (I had to leave before the event ended), Armey didn’t even bother to make a case for why Giuliani, Romney, Thompson or McCain would win the GOP nomination.

    Cook was expansive. As you would expect from the creator of the Cook Political Report, he said more and cited more polls and more history, but he, too, concluded that Clinton would win the Democratic nod and that she would then have a 65-70% chance of winning the White House. On th Republican side, he said the race was 50/50 between Giuliani and Romney, effectively dismissing the Thompson and McCain efforts as futile. Cook began by declaring the Republicans have suffered so much bad news in the past few years that the Democrats have a distinct advantage — “a tilted playing field” — going into the 2008 election: self-declared party affiliation now favors Democrats between 4 and 12 percent, he said.

    Cook put Hillary’s chances of winning the nomination at 80%. “If she wins Iowa, it’s over. If she loses Iowa, there’s still a 60% chance” she wins the nomination, he said. “Has anybody seen a more focused, more disciplined candidate?” Cook asked. “Wow, she’s like a machine….sort of Prussian efficiency. It reminds me of the Nixon campaign. Is it cold, joyless? Yes. Does it lack spontaneity? Yes. My guess is that this campaign will come up with a plan to deal with spontaneity.” Ta dum.

    In a twist on what a lot of people out there believe about the mainstream media, Cook accused the media of being desperate for a competitive race for the Democratic nomination, which in turn is what led many journalists and pundits to overinterpret Hillary’s bad week last week and to declare that suddently the race was more competitive. “Just wishing for a race and wanting a race doesn’t make it a real race,” Cook said dismissively. Hillary, in Cook’s view, is no less prohibitive now than she was a week ago.

  7. wow kostner, what a statement made by a respected pundit and political guru cook. he holds a lot a political weight in perdicting political elections.

  8. “Is it cold, joyless? Yes.” Why does Cook always say this. I find Hillary quite joyful. I just have no idea what he means.

  9. Gosh,

    Nancy Pelosi lashed out at Clinton camp. What a moron…. Peolosi is going to damage Clinton’s chance in general election.

    Peolosi represents all the sterotype of women politicians. Weak peaceniks, unappealing, lack of leadership and determination etc… When will she be shoved off the leadership role?

  10. A new CNN poll is out…

    Clinton 44
    Obama 25
    Edwards 14

    The poll involved 467 interviews conducted on November 2-4 with Democrats or independents who lean Democratic. The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

    In an October CNN/Opinion Research poll, Clinton was supported by 51 percent of Democratic voters and had a 30 point lead over Obama.

    “Clinton’s strength is about where it was throughout the summer, indicating that she has lost the support she gained last month but that Obama has not yet cut into her core constituency,” CNN political director Keating Holland said.

  11. In a head-to-head matchup of the two front-runners, Clinton leads Giuliani 51 percent to 45 percent. That lead has increased since October, when Clinton led Giuliani 49 percent to 47 percent

  12. From the ‘Caucus’ (NYT)
    Clinton Invokes Gore on the Trail
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Al Gore wasn’t by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s side as she delivered a speech on energy efficiency here this morning, but he was here in spirit: Mrs. Clinton mentioned her old rival a few times in her remarks, hailing his Nobel Peace Prize victory and embracing some of his ideas on the environment.
    Indeed, Clinton advisers said that Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Gore had spoken about this speech over the last few days. The advisers emphasized, though, that the two have shared ideas about energy and climate policy in recent years, so the latest conversation wasn’t too unusual; they also spoke after Mr. Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize last month.

    wow, an endorsement in the making????

  13. Kostner,

    What has the silly Nancy Pelosi said now about Clinton? That woman is nuts! She is so bloody ineffective and weak!!

    Why do u say that Pelosi will damage Clinton’s chance in GE?

  14. Kostner,
    Even if Al Gore doesn’t endorse her – I hope they can get him to be nuetral. Not that it will do lasting damage but just to avoid headlines for whoever he endorses.

  15. Gore WON’T endorse anyone until the outcome is assured. He was burned by his Dean endorsement last election and won’t risk messing with his current winning streak and popularity. He will probably cozy up to Hillary a bit, but his endorsement will come when her nomination is a fait accompli’.

  16. Oh shit – what the fu*k is wrong with this bloody nancy pelosi. Why the hell does she have to put her worthless opinions on Clinton’s campaign. This woman is a disgrace – so bloody weak and ineffective. Everytime I see her – I feel like – she should just have a career and a librarian. That is what she is suited for. Not suited for a leadership role. Look at the ratings congress is getting!! Here she is attacking her own party’s front runner? Are democrats really nuts??? No wonder they hardly win elections!!!

  17. “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, R-Calif., said Monday that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., hasn’t been treated differently because she’s the only woman in the presidential race, but added that her campaign appears to have been trying to exploit that perception in the wake of last week’s Democratic debate.”

    Pelosi, the nation’s first female House speaker, told ABCNEWS.com in an interview that she didn’t agree with observers who thought Clinton was drawing particular heat because she’s a woman.

    “[Sen. Clinton] said it best: They’re ‘piling on’ — or whatever the words were — ‘because I’m the front-runner.’ That’s why they’re piling on,” said Pelosi. “If she was in third place, they wouldn’t say, ‘Let’s go attack a woman.'”

    But in distributing a Web video splicing together her opponents’ attacks her campaign appears to be exploiting perceptions of Clinton facing down a field of aggressive male challengers, Pelosi said.

    “I think the campaign is trying to take advantage of another — probably people who didn’t even watch the debate, to say, ‘Oh, they were really rude,’ or something like that, and that has some salience,” said Pelosi, who has said she does not plan to endorse a candidate in the Democratic primary. “You know, every vote counts.” Last Tuesday’s debate in Philadelphia has set off a wide debate over the role of gender in the presidential race.

    Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman ever to appear on a major-party presidential ticket, told The New York Times in a story published Monday that Clinton’s opponents were “sexist” in their attacks.

    “John Edwards, specifically, as well as the press, would never attack Barack Obama for two hours the way they attacked her,” said Ferraro, who was Walter Mondale’s running mate in the 1984 presidential election.

    In her first major campaign event after the debate, Clinton traveled to her alma mater, Wellesley College, and said, “In so many ways, this all-women’s college prepared me to compete in the all-boys club of presidential politics.”

    She said Friday, “I don’t think they’re piling on because I’m a woman. I think they’re piling on because I’m winning.”

    Democratic Congress Suffers Low Approval
    Pelosi’s comments came as she seeks to resuscitate perceptions of the Democratic Congress, amid widespread dissatisfaction with Democrats’ inability to bring an end to the Iraq War.


    It isn’t that bad. Remember that the media’s narrative is “Clinton slipping”, until the narrative is “Clinton rebounds”, (in about 3 days) and the polls and campaign’s climate have nothing to do with it.

  18. mj,
    How is it Pelosi’s bloody business to troop into such specifics of the Presidencial campaign when she has avoided getting involved earlier? Why does she have to criticize Hillary’s campaign’s pile on video.
    Something is bloody wrong with that woman.

  19. What a jerk! Did she lash out at Obama for participating in a skit in which Hillary was repeatedly labeled a “witch”?

  20. Pelosi, the nation’s first female House speaker, told ABCNEWS.com in an interview that she didn’t agree with observers who thought Clinton was drawing particular heat because she’s a woman.

    “[Sen. Clinton] said it best: They’re ‘piling on’ — or whatever the words were — ‘because I’m the front-runner.’ That’s why they’re piling on,” said Pelosi. “If she was in third place, they wouldn’t say, ‘Let’s go attack a woman.’”

    Does the quote appear to be attacking Hillary? Does Pelosi seem to be implying what the headline suggests?

  21. yeah, a 19 point lead and the msm says se slipped from 30 points. i wish she can keep up to that level but im realistic. 19 points is not too shabby. 20 point lead average on realclear politcs.com looks sweet.

  22. Secret,

    Pelosi is nuts. The worse type of female politician. This is exactly why lots of talented women can’t get elected. She has a major image problem. Weak, ineffective, shill….

  23. Kostner, I like Pelosi. This was just a mistake. Did you hear this bs about 250 Iowan Republicans are going to cross party lines to vote for Obama?

  24. Gosh,

    That Yoshimi is the stupidest Obama shill…

    First Obama was counting on teenagers to deliver victory to him, the students will be on vaction on caucus night, he’s now resorting to republicians…

    Giggles. What a fraud.

  25. They have to be registered dems to caucus in our caucus. I am not worried about this. They are just trying to stop Hillary if this is true, bc Ripublicans are scared of her.

    Pelosi is coming to the JJ dinner in Des Moines and she will be surprised when Hillary groups from all over the state and from abroad…. are there to greet her (:

  26. I just tried to post the link. The Pelosi thing is media manufactured. She didn’t say Hillary was playing the gender card at all.

  27. mj,

    She is just dumb, period. What’s the point for me to jump into the mud? To make her look strong as a woman?

    I never liked her, she is a terrible, terrible woman politician….

  28. Christ, you’re so wrong. She’s not a terrible, terrible politician. Do you think someone becomes the first female speaker of this house with absolutely no political skills? She was raised in politics. And, she didn’t say anything like that media report. They are manufacturing this story. It’s pathetic.

  29. Date of New Hampshire primary update via Hotline:

    Sec/State Bill Gardner said 11/2 that his announcement of a NH primary date depends on the maneuverings of MI, “which he believes still may move its” 1/15 vote. “Concerned that the date could shift, Gardner said he will be paying close attention to a meeting of” MI Dems 11/7 “to discuss early voting issues like whether to hold a primary or a caucus.” MI Dems have until 11/14 to make a decision. Gardner: “I’m going to wait as long as I can as long as I know that our tradition is going to be preserved.” Gardner “noted that the quantity of candidates that filed” — 21 GOPers and 23 Dems — is the largest since ’92 (Wang, AP/Detroit News, 11/3).

    It’s “ironic” that “Gardner’s final decision is whether he should slight religious minorities — in this case, certain Eastern Orthodox Christians — in setting the long-awaited primary date.” Gardner: “I’ve done a lot of research once I found out about this conflict. We’re talking about literally hundreds of years of religious tradition. It can’t be just dismissed, and I’m giving it careful thought” (Landrigan, Nashua Telegraph, 11/4).

  30. Look around you.. expand your vision.. They are playing with your heads.

    Obama is a media creation… Hillary is the real thing.

    They are showing Obama as Mr. Fun and Friendly as w/the SNL Skit.. approachable, (suddenly outspoken and critical) They are maunfacturing a hostile, edgy, persona for Hillary..in direct opposition to Obama.. They’re saying Hillary’s friend Pelosi said so, even though she didn’t!

    It’s Fun and Games Time people. Tricks abound with perceptions…facts are shaded or ignored…Funny, warm and fuzzy are Obama’s keys..

    If you’ve been saving some ammo in the basement, “now” is the time to bring things back to reality before he’s able to buiild up a head of steam..

    just sayin!

    Mrs. S.

    It’s just that simple!

  31. guys, mathews on hardball listed hillary as number 1 ranking heads on favorite to win the nomination. this guy can’t make up his mind. one show he is railing and praying hillary loses then in another he puts her well ahead.

  32. terrondt:

    The reason Matthews does that is he can abuse her for the next ten shows and get away with it saying he is attacking the front runner. Some of his pieces on Hillary are just vile. Increasingle MSNBC has become that way with Tucker, Matthews et. all. NBC just gave a free ride to Obama to call Hillary a witch and himself a straight forward guy. DailyHowler has more on this as to how the media created a caricature of Gore so that they can go after him. He said that they are doing the same to Hillary this time.

    go to dailyhowler.com to read more.

  33. One Big Media outlet echos our Obama the narcissist post:


    Just a quick thought about that Obama “Saturday Night Live” appearance you’ve no doubt seen by now. The obvious punchline is that Obama is comfortable enough in his own skin to show up to a Halloween party as himself, as opposed to Hillary, who is constantly rooting around for a winning persona. “I’m not going to change who I am just because it’s Halloween,” Obama says. But there’s another interpretation of the sketch that’s less flattering to Obama: That he’s so self-absorbed it didn’t occur to him to come as anyone other than himself. There’s already a low-grade chatter among journalists about how Obama is a little egotistical, that he’s never more engaged than when reflecting on his own identity or his own achievements, that his campaign is one big exercise in navel-gazing. (See, for example, here.) I wonder: Was the SNL sketch intended as a kind of inside joke–Obama’s way of making fun of these tendencies? Or is he so oblivious to them he didn’t realize the joke could be interpreted that way? Knowing what I know about Obama, I suspect it’s the former. But who knows?

  34. I spent three years of my life tracking down the activities of a con artist that a wealthy friend had married. There were woman all over the nation who had been assaulted, raped and robbed. My job was to figure out who they were and what he had done to them. It was an incredible journey – I must say. But during that time, I learned a lot about how narcissists behave. They always love to present themselves as being the noblest, the most blessed, the most able to heal but quickly reveal themselves to be the dirtiest, the most destructive and the most corrupt.

    What I see in the Obama campaign is an appeal to narcissism. I was shocked when the 1984 ad was unveiled – I think it was a new low in inter-party politics. I could be wrong, but I’ve never seen anything like it. But even more shocking than the ad, was the fact that Obama didn’t distance himself from it. I genuinely expected that he would walk out there and say, “guys, thanks for the effort, but this isn’t the kind of campaign I intend to run.” Most Dems would have. Obama didn’t. And I’m frequently struck by the stupidity and the sanctimoniousness of the pro-Obama posters. BrooklynBadBoy at DK brags about how the Obama campaign is decentralized, and so they can represent Obama to the community however they like. Obviously, that’s a go ahead for bad behavior. We’ve all worked on campaigns. We know how tough it is keeping the partisan volunteers under control – the trick to the Obama campaign is that they aren’t even trying. That’s a risky game to play during a general election, but is trashing the garden in a primary. Genuinely destructive. My impression is that a lot of Republicans have infiltrated the campaign and use it as a pretense to attack other candidates from within. It’s a shame that Obama is willing to profit off of that – although fortunately, it doesn’t seem to be working.

    But it’s just like a narcissist to claim he’s running a high minded campaign while simultaneously running one of the dirtiest primary campaigns I’ve ever seen. He’s really put himself out there as the Mighty Quinn – everybody comes runnin’ when he shows up. With people like Obama, you’re either in or you’re out. And his crew cheerfully gangs up on whomever is out.

    Before the incredibly creepy Viral Voice officially joined the Obama campaign, he posted a link to a video that he said was going to change the balance of the campaign. I only watched the first few minutes, but it seemed to be a lot of campaign volunteers talking about how Obama made them feel so important. The less-than-lucid Vera Lofaro, over at DK, made the rec list with a diary about how special she felt because she wrote Obama a litter and he wrote back. Lots of chiming in and congratulations. I think this link leads to the video but I can’t watch it right now, so I’m not positive. But just check out narcissistic even Viral Voice’s comments are. The whole campaign stinks of it.


    The grandiosity isn’t normal. No one writes about any of the other candidates like that. It’s very weird and thank god, he’s losing.

  35. So does it take a few minutes for some posts to show up? Or does anyone else lose posts on a fairly regular basis? Or am I just doing something wrong?

  36. guys, the wife and i are going to vote in the morning on the mayoral race in east hartford,ct, schoolboards, and councilpersons. in connceticuit the optical scan voting machines are in full use this year. big ballots, easy to use, fill in the big bubble next to the candidates, and feed into a fax like machine. paper trail is important to me so it is good. anybody else voting in your local election? it is going to be a thrill voting tuesday but a bigger thrill voting for hillary feb 5th here.

  37. We check the spam filters regularly. While there might be some delay in posting items with links, as far as we know, nothing gets lost. The longer delays are usually due to verification problems with the linked website.

  38. Basement Angel that was a disgusting video to watch. Obama has no idea what he is talking about. His twisting of Rev. Parker and later Dr. King’s wonderful description of the moral universe is revolting. Obama is an idiot. Dr. King would slap him silly if he heard how Obama has twisted Dr. King’s words.

    The point of that ‘moral universe’ bending towards justice line is an inspirational one. Dr. King in the darkest days took refuge in knowing that ‘one day we would be free’. Obama defiles Dr. King’s memory with his vile mutation exhorting young people that the arc has to be bent. Truly vile.

  39. Admin..

    Do not make the mistake of pidgeonholing Obama. He is beyond narcissism. He is a nimble chamelon who can change personas at the drop of a hat.

    “(See, for example, here.) I wonder: Was the SNL sketch intended as a kind of inside joke–Obama’s way of making fun of these tendencies? Or is he so oblivious to them he didn’t realize the joke could be interpreted that way? Knowing what I know about Obama, I suspect it’s the former. But who knows?”

    No, the snl skit was a direct hit at the Clintons. You need to think of Obama as a “Thief in the Night” He needs to be slapped down hard. Caught in a backfierd nuanced prank showing him as the egotistical, thirst for power monger, arrogant, with an air of entitlement fraud that he is…

    He will try his very best to steal Iowa. He needs a Win there desperately and will do anthing to get it..Don’t forget, he has the Republican machine behind him. If he fails, he’s finished.

    Iowa is Obama’s Waterloo.

    All I can say is…”Just Do It!” Protect Hillary’s caucus voters in Iowa.

    Mrs. S.

  40. kostner, What were the three Clinton hit pieces on CNN?

    BTW, a 20-point lead at this point is quite good. As someone said earlier, the 30-point lead wasn’t really sustainable. However, I expect Hillary to knock ’em dead in the next debate. 🙂

    And I also agree that the Pelosi thing is manufactured. The MSM is at it again.

  41. Just watched the Kos video..

    You are right, it is despicable how Obama is twisting kids minds with nuanced euphemisms. It is the Baby Boomers who changed the country…they worked to change the status quo by demonstrating against bigotry and fought for Civil Rights in the 60’s.

    Obama’s is high jacking that theme and staging a Lie as if he is the only one capable of change and they must follow him to accomplish it because he’ll show them how!

    These kids are being duped by a fast talkin salesman selling the past as their future. He’s not asking them to go out and protest the War, the Economy, the Establishment.. He is asking them to pull the “LEVER” that votes for Obama as bending that arc for justice..(notice the hand configuration pulling a lever)

    JFK, MLK, RFK didn’t boggy with the college kids..they sent them out into the streets to change the establishment. Writing letters of Protest, Staging demonstrations, Sitins…demanding change by the power of the People. For the People. Those people who accomplished that were BOOMERS!

    Someone needs to unmask Obama for the nickel/dime charlatan he is.. Someone needs to find those tenants he let freeze over that cold Chicago winter. Have them testify to his ignoring their cries for help..while he filled his pockets with Rezko money for financing his campaign.

    We have got to act now to break this image he is building for himself as some kind of leader that is building an army of children to do his bidding.. This is absolutely sickening..They are just kids for cripes sakes… Kids that are unaware of a ruthless politician that is selling a bill of goods he cannot deliver. And if he can, they will be enslaved loosing their power of free will..

    Obama has breached a dangerous crossroad for our children. He is preaching to them like a Moonie..hustling kids into his enslaved cultist thinking.. This is a Neocon based strategy. Bush/Moonie mind control.

    Mrs. S.

  42. http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2007/11/clinton_leads_g.html

    Monday, November 5, 2007
    Clinton leads Giuliani in New York battle

    By Brian C. Mooney, Globe Staff

    In emphasizing electability, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani contends that if he is the Republican presidential nominee, he will make the party competitive in states that Democrats traditionally dominate.

    But for the second poll in a row, Zogby International shows Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, the state’s junior senator, leading Giuliani, the GOP’s national poll leader, in a head-to-head matchup of New Yorkers, the voters who know them best.

    The latest telephone survey of 705 likely voters on Oct. 30-31 showed Clinton ahead of Giuliani 44 percent to 38 percent, with nine percent undecided and nine percent supporting another candidate. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points, according to a Zogby release. Two months earlier a Zogby poll in New York had Clinton leading by four percentage points.

  43. TheRealist,
    Zogby’s number can be quirky. There’s no way Hillary only leads Rudy by 6 points. He also predicted Hillary leading Lazio by 1 point, and misled George Bush to CA while battling Gore in the final days.

    NY1 just came out with a new NY poll today…. Clinton blew Rudy out of water… All NY polls are showing Clinton with double digits lead over Rudy. Obama/Edwards nominee will make this state very close. I think it’s going to be a disaster if either Obama or Edwards somehow steals the nominee.

    Cliton 45
    Obama 19
    Edwards 7

    Clinton 49
    Rudy 34

    Obama 41
    Rudy 36

  44. Im glad ssomeone posted the truth about how the media were rying to bein a woman on woman brawl between ms pelosi and hillary…she is our friend…its the media that is our foe.

    the glee that the Obaama and edwards folks are feeling these days whenever their buddies Matthews and russert attack her makes me wanna puke…

    have these people leaarned nothing from the WAR ON GORE in 2000….again…all dems should be reading the daily howler and understanding how this modern game is played….that Obama is now caarrying their water on their attempt to embarass the Clintons and all dems with the release of The WH papers makes it clear that these guys ddont even understand the dynamics of our moodern political struggle….but he thinks hes qualified to run the planet….

    ive realized that he really is quite the fool….he’s a celevrity – nothing more…

  45. Mrs. Smith is absolutely right about Iowa being Obama’s waterloo. (:

    I love history, esp. military history. I was thinking about majoring in history, but switched to International Relations/Poli Sci double major; I love it.

  46. Kostner, you’re right about Yoshimi, he’s a big f’n idiot Obama shill. The guy’s got nothing but rocks between the ears. And MJ – I pretty much agree with you on Pelosi. She’s a very shrewd politician, she’s no dummy by any stretch of the imagination. She makes me a bit uneasy in her presentation sometimes, she’s not that smooth. But this is a woman who knows politics in side and out, having grown up in a hugely political family with in Baltimore with her Mayor father…she learned this stuff from the real McCoy.

  47. The press is increasingly painting Edwards as an angry man. I’m really concerned about the potential collateral damage he can cause in Iowa… It looks to me he’s really starting to panic in Iowa. Where will his marginal supporters go? Will Obama benefit from his daily tirade against Clinton? We can’t let Obama just sit on the sidelines and steal a win in Iowa.

    NY Times files another report on the ‘angry’ Edwards…


  48. Edwards has his marching orders from Obama. He is not only a weak candidate but mentaly and morally weak. He is unprincipled and will chose the road of least resistance to get ahead. He’s thrown in with Obama and has become his attack/lap dog.

    Whatever support he gleans in the way of votes, he will quickly throw to Obama. Edwards is a moral degenerate…He likes money and power but is too lazy to work hard for it. Obama and Edwards are of one mind. Edwards doesn’t care about working hard to win the presidency, he doesn’t have to. As long as he’s been promised a spot in the WH…he’ll settle. Edwards could care less about the country and the people.

    All Johnny boy cares about is Johnny boy is comfortable and doesn’t have to work too hard.

    Hi celiff..

    I meant to tell you, your insights are most helpful to us non-Iowans sitting on the sidelines watching this Battle to the White house unfold. Thanks for all the inside info..It’s well appreciated.

    Mrs. S.

  49. When Obama went on SNL and removed the mask, he wanted us to believe that what was underneathe it was the real him. But I have it on good authority that that too was a mask, and underneathe it was a Rezko mask, then a Andrew Lake neocon mask, then an beltway media untouchable mask (courtesy of MSNBC), then a Ronald Reagan mask, and when the last mask was removed the audience would have see him for what he is: “The Devils Advocate”–all in good
    fun. Unfortunately, SNL let his campaign tinker with the script, and hence the quintessential moment of comedy & insight never came to pass.

  50. I marvel at Hillary’s ability to stay focused on the issues that count for the country and not get dragged down into the mudfest of Obama, Edwards, Guilani, Romney, and certain members of the media. Like the poem says: “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs–and blaming it on you . . .”. By taking the high road, she supports the party, its candidates and the country.

  51. I read in the nytimes that rosie odonnel may get her own primetime msnbc show at 9pmest. i know rosie is a hillary supporter. i like her and think she could provide a counterbalance to mathews and russert.

  52. Morning you all. I am going to see our girl today. She’s speaking to some rural Iowans in the Amana Colonies in a barn. I’ll be sure and let you all know how it goes and if there are any interesting happenings whilst i’m there (: It will be over at 4ish, but I have a UDems exec board meeting after this, so I should be free to report at around 7:45 or 8. Hope everyone has a great morning!

  53. Could someone please help locate a film clip of an Obama speech in SC he gave at the end of last week. It would be priceless. He was speaking in nearly Minstrel Show format, using “ise” and “youse” language, pretty much like any stereotypical Uncle Tom. All that was missing was “yessah mastah”.

    It’s playing the race card par excellance.

  54. CNN:Obama supporters pressed Democratic Party officials to keep Colbert off ballot


    Hmm, perhaps Barack Obama’s campaign isn’t above doing a few underhanded tricks. CNN reports that key Obama supporters in South Carolina lobbied the state Democratic Executive Council to keep the one true American in the race, Stephen T. Colbert, off the ballot.

    “The Obama people, they just didn’t want him at all,” said one anonymous council member, who claimed to have been lobbied by former state Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum, who has endorsed Obama.

    “I think lobbying was too strong a word,” Tenenbaum told CNN. “I called them to see what they were thinking, and if they had made up their mind. I am a volunteer in that campaign, and so I am not a staffer. And I thought it could have taken votes away from a lot of people.”

    Had Colbert made it to the ballot, he may have attracted the votes of college students who would otherwise have gone for Obama.

  55. November 6, 2007
    Obama supporters pressed Democratic Party officials to keep Colbert off ballot
    COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) — Two prominent supporters of Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in South Carolina called state Democratic Party officials urging them to oppose putting comedian Stephen Colbert’s name on the primary ballot, according to party officials and Obama supporters with knowledge of the calls.

    Colbert, the host of Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report,” saw his hopes to be placed on the primary ballot ended last week when the South Carolina Democratic Party executive council voted 13-3 to block his bid, with the majority of voters saying he was not a viable enough candidate to be included in the primary.

    At least one member of the executive council, who requested anonymity, told CNN he felt “pressured” by former State Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum to oppose Colbert from being placed on the ballot.

    Tenenbaum is a high-profile supporter of Obama. Her endorsement of Obama in April was touted by the campaign, and she has appeared at several Obama campaign events, including the opening of one of their campaign headquarters this summer. Obama campaigned for Tenenbaum in South Carolina when she ran for Senate in 2004.

    “She said it wouldn’t be fair to the other candidates. That he [Colbert] wouldn’t be sincere. That he was only running in one state,” said the executive council official.

    The official added: “The Obama people, they just didn’t want him at all.”

    Tenenbaum disagreed with the characterization that she lobbied to keep Colbert off the ballot for political reasons.

    “I think lobbying was too strong a word,” she said in an interview with CNN. “I called them to see what they were thinking, and if they had made up their mind. I am a volunteer in that campaign, and so I am not a staffer. And I thought it could have taken votes away from a lot of people.”

    Another Obama endorser who regularly appears at campaign events, state Rep. Bakari Sellers, also made phone calls to members of the party’s executive council about Colbert, according to Sellers.

    “I placed the calls as a concerned Democrat, realizing that we are a country in despair,” Sellers told CNN. “It is not a time for games or to make a mockery of the process.”

    Given the lopsided vote of the executive council against Colbert, it’s unclear if the calls had significant bearing on Colbert’s fate as a bona fide presidential candidate.

    But the calls raise questions about the Obama supporters’ motives, given their close ties to the campaign and the fact that Colbert and Obama both draw support from a similar demographic.

    “A lot of Obama’s support is among younger, college-educated folks, and a lot of Colbert’s watchers are younger, college-educated folks,” said Scott Huffmon, a political scientist at Winthrop University.

    “I understand that Obama might potentially lose some voters,” said Huffmon, who also noted that having Colbert on the ballot would likely bring in new primary voters rather than take them from other candidates. “But in a race where every vote counts it’s a valid concern.”

    The Obama campaign denied any connection to the phone calls.

    “Democrats in South Carolina, including supporters of ours, had strong feelings on both sides of the ballot issue and ultimately it was South Carolina Democrats who made this decision,” said Obama’s South Carolina communications director Kevin Griffis.

    According to members of the executive council, Tenenbaum also called council member Jim Lander, the former South Carolina Comptroller General, as well as another member of the executive council who refused to be identified but said he was confident Tenenbaum was not calling on behalf of Obama’s campaign.

    The party officials called by Sellers did not return calls from CNN.

    Tenenbaum said her quarrel with having Colbert’s name on the ballot was pragmatic rather than political. In deciding which candidates to allow in the primary, the state Democratic Party also had to consider that for every name on the ballot, they would have to pay $20,000 to the state election commission.

    “The whole thing is just the money,” said Tenenbaum, who said she is currently fundraising for the party. “He did not meet the criteria … It’s all in fun and let’s just leave it at that.”

    According to state party rules, for a candidate to be placed on the ballot, he or she must demonstrate national viability as well as spend time campaigning in the state.

    The three members of the executive council who voted in favor of putting Colbert on the ballot were state Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter of Orangeburg; Charles Hamby, former chairman of the Oconee County Democratic Party; and Lumus Byrd of Laurens County.

    The Columbia-based lawyer who represented Colbert in his bid to be placed on the ballot, Dwight Drake, is a supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton. Drake has told CNN in the past he was initially contacted directly by Colbert’s surrogates to assist in the comedian’s bid.

    As for Colbert, he issued a statement late Monday declaring that his campaign is officially over.

    “I am shocked and saddened by the South Carolina Democratic Executive Council’s 13-to-3 vote to keep me off their presidential primary ballot,” Colbert said. “Although I lost by the slimmest margin in presidential election history–only ten votes–I have chosen not to put the country through another agonizing Supreme Court battle. It is time for this nation to heal.

    “I want say to my supporters, this is not over. While I may accept the decision of the Council, the fight goes on! The dream endures! … And I am going off the air until I can talk about this without weeping.”

    – CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby



    He’s getting beat-up over this. It’s always the little things that kill.

  56. admin:

    You need to look at the video of howard fineman interview with Obama on the front page of Newsweek. It looks like Sean Hannity interviewing dick cheney. Throwing softballs to go and take a swipe at the Clintons. Fineman, Alter, Matthews all cut from the same cloth. Dishonest journalism at its best.

  57. Has anyone seen any serious articles about Hillary’s energy plan today? I haven’t. Environmentalists really like her plan, but I don’t see much press coverage. Just like her work/family time proposal. It seems to me the press often ignores Hillary’s plan, even when they are well regarded by policy experts.

  58. These next 8 weeks are crucial for her campaign. The press is in a pile on mood and everywhere you look you find a ton of negative articles about her. She is facing attacks from her democratic and republican rivals in addition to the press. It is a challenging time for her and she needs to sustain it for the next 8 weeks. She is doing the right thing by focussing on the issues and getting away from the national media who are more interested in the horse race manure.

    I am afraid in the end with all these pile ons, we might end up with a candidate who has never been tested with adversity and a ton of negative coverage from the press. On her best day, Hillary gets the same amount of positive coverage that BO gets on his worst day.

  59. mj, I found this: http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071106/NEWS09/711060392/1001/NEWS

    Clinton outlines $150 billion energy plan
    Cutting reliance on oil imports helps climate, economy, security, she says


    November 6, 2007

    Cedar Rapids, Ia. – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday laid out a sweeping plan that she says would move the U.S. economy from petroleum-based to renewable energy, and turn back global warming in the process.

    The 10-year, $150 billion proposal includes a long list of specific goals, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent and raising automobile fuel efficiency standards to 55 miles per gallon by 2050.

    It would require sacrifice on the part of the energy and auto industries and all Americans, akin to overcoming the Great Depression and winning World War II, the New York senator said at a plant where wind-energy turbines are manufactured.

    “The task before us commands the same urgency and demands the same resolve. Tackling the energy crisis is the calling of our time. And when I’m president, it will be the calling of our nation. And it will involve all of us,” Clinton told an audience of about 350 at Clipper Windpower, including area Democrats and Clipper employees.

    In rolling out the majorpolicy plan, Clinton tied the need to reduce U.S. reliance on imported petroleum and carbon-based fuel in general as beneficial to the climate, economy and national security.

    Among her plan’s other goals are to cut U.S. oil imports by two-thirds by 2030, increase the energy coming from renewable sources to 25 percent by 2025 and spur the development of 5 million clean-energy jobs within 10 years.

    It would also offer U.S. automakers a trade-off of $20 billion in bonds for updating plants to accelerate hybrid vehicle production, in return for the sharp increases in fuel economy standards. Likewise, Clinton proposed tax credits to consumers who purchase hybrid electric vehicles of up to $10,000.

    “I believe that America should do what we do best, lead the innovation race,” she said, likening her proposal to President Kennedy’s call in 1960 for a round-trip, manned lunar mission.

    Some energy policy experts described Clinton’s proposal as ambitious and within reach, but not necessarily an easy sell in Congress.

    “Is she going to roll this up into one bill and drop it on Jan. 21, 2009? I think not,” said Daniel Weiss of the Center for American Progress, a Democrat-leaning policy group. “A lot of this is politically doable, but not instantly.”

    Other Democratic presidential candidates to offer comprehensive energy proposals are Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

    Weiss said two things distinguish Clinton’s plan from the others. One is the level of detail in how it would be implemented, he said. The other is the provision to create a strategic energy fund, a $50 billion federal account made up of fees assessed to oil and gas companies and discontinued tax breaks to those industries.

    This fund would help prime the renewable energy industry through government investment in energy efficiency, clean-coal technology, ethanol and other renewable fuels.

    The remaining costs of the proposal would be financed through dedicating savings from closing loopholes for oil and gas producers and dedicating a portion of revenue from a cap-and-trade program.

    The cap-and-trade provision involves allowing companies that produce greenhouse gas emissions to sell the credits they are granted for producing such pollutants. The proceeds from the system would be used in part to finance a program to help low-income Americans heat and cool their homes more efficiently.

    Dodd, who has proposed taxing companies based on their greenhouse gas emissions, criticized Clinton’s plan as not going far enough to require industry to rein in its contribution to global warming.

    “I don’t know how it would do in a public poll, but leading experts agree that a corporate carbon tax targeted at polluters is needed to reverse the effects of global warming,” Dodd campaign communication director Hari Sevugan said.

    Another key element of Clinton’s plan is the establishment of a national energy council, led by a Cabinet-level national energy adviser, as a top adviser to the president.

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