We’ve been scouring the internets all day yesterday looking for “questions and defenses from the Obama supporters” regarding the REZKO. We will have the questions and answers on REZKO posted later today in REZKO For Dummies, Part II.
But first we want to clarify a few matters that have been occurring this past week.
Barack Obama and his campaign staff in all likelihood were contacted by ABC News before Good Morning America aired the news segment on REZKO. The Obama campaign, in other words, knew beforehand that bad news was coming. The bad news they have been trying to sneak past until after the primaries are over and it is too late for Democrats to consider Obama’s record in Chicago.
To prevent any focus on REZKO the Obama campaign has tried to regain some momentum by announcing endorsements. The endorsements for Obama are mostly from er… um…, shall we say “non-winning” former candidates for public office.
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As to New Hampshire recounts, if they occur, we can celebrate that wonderful Tuesday, January 8, 2008 once again.
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Smart, winning politicians know that politics is about addition. Dumb, losing politicians think politics is about subtraction and division. The secret to a winning campaign is to gain supporters and keep the supporters you already have. Losing campaigns try to distract from the issues and the record of candidates. Losing campaigns try to “divide and conquer”.
We saw the poltics of distraction and division when Obama engaged in his gay bashing tour of South Carolina. Here is what we wrote at the time:
From our very first article on this matter it was very clear what this was all about and what it was not about: This was NOT a battle between African-Americans and Gay Americans. This was NOT even a battle between Gay rights and homophobia. This was always about Barack Obama’s willingness to divide and conquer – to divide two key Democratic constituencies for his political benefit.
African-Americans in South Carolina are reliable Democratic voters. Although many African-Americans in South Carolina are rural and poor, many deprived of any higher education, and very very few have ever even visited Harvard University let alone had the opportunity to attend Harvard – these are still sophisticated voters who understand where their interests lie. These are good and smart people who deserve better than to have their prejudices stoked for political advantange. Obama’s gay bashing tour was designed to benefit Obama, not to bring African-Americans who are not gay friendly into the Democratic Big Tent. The African-American voters in South Carolina are already in the Democratic Tent.
Barack Obama attempted to consciously exploit, for his own personal political profit, the lower instincts of this population. It is a disgusting trick employed by white southern politicians for many decades. These white politicians, Jesse Helms in particular comes to mind, race baited in order to get elected – and for decades this ugly trick worked – it still does. Typically the white politicians incited baser instincts on race to harvest white votes. Often white voters voted against their own self interest only because ugly racial prejudice was stoked by white politicians.
Now, Obama supporters and his campaign are undercutting their own arguments and attempting to bring discord, distraction, and division into the Democratic family. Let’s not fall into the trap.
Soon the Democratic Party will unify and battle Republicans for the soul and future of the United States. Soon the Democratic Party will have a nominee to lead the charge in this fight. The Democratic nominee will know that she will need all Democrats and that politics is about addition… not subtraction… not division. The Democratic nominee will also bring in political independents and Republicans of good will.
Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton will let their history, their actions (not merely words) speak for them. Our African-American compatriots are too smart and too knowledgeable to fall for distractions. They know actions speak louder than words.
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Hillary Clinton outlined on Friday an “Aggressive Plan to Jumpstart [the] U.S. Economy”. Hillary’s program establishes “a $30 Billion Emergency Housing Crisis Fund”; takes bold action “to end the housing crisis”; provides $25 billion in emergency energy assistance for familes facing skyrocketing heating bills”; accelerates $5 billion in energy efficiency and alternative energy investments to jumpstart green collar job growth”; invests “$10 billion in extending and broadening unemployment insurance for those who are struggling to find work”; and stands “ready for $40 Billion Rebate to Working Families”.
Hillary is taking care of business. Hillary is not getting distracted from the work of the American people.
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We will continue to discuss Obama’s history with his close friend and slumlord, Chicago Fixer REZKO, – what ABC News called Bribes, Kickbacks, Extortion.
Obama’s history in Chicago is not pretty – Ask Alice Palmer.
In Chicago there is no yellow brick road.
In Chicago there are Bribes, Kickbacks, Extortion, OH MY!