Keep that man’s fingers away from the nuclear button!
If this wasn’t so sad and emblematic it would be funny. It’s not only a 2 second threshold on giving him paper that’s a problem. It’s not just voting “present” that’s a problem – even when he’s there he’s not all there:
Barack Obama angered fellow Democrats in the Illinois Senate when he voted to strip millions of dollars from a child welfare office on Chicago’s West Side. But Obama had a ready explanation: He goofed.
“I was not aware that I had voted no,” he said that day in June 2002, asking that the record be changed to reflect that he “intended to vote yes.”
That misfire was not an isolated case for the young former civil-rights attorney first elected to the state Senate in 1996. At least five times during his eight years in state office, Obama cast a vote and then said he had hit the wrong button, according to transcripts of the proceedings.
The rules allow Illinois lawmakers to clear up a mishap if they suffered from a momentary case of stumbly fingers or a lapse in attention.
But some lawmakers say the unusual practice also offers a relatively painless way to placate both sides of a difficult issue. Even if a lawmaker admits an error, the actual vote stands and the official record merely shows the senator’s “intent.”
“Sen. Obama, it is very difficult having a straight-up debate with you, because you never take responsibility for any vote, and that has been a pattern,” Clinton told him in a debate Monday night.
You got a lot of nerve to talk about being responsible,” said Sen. Rickey Hendon, accusing Obama of voting to close the child welfare office.
Obama replied right away.
“I understand Sen. Hendon’s anger at — actually — the — I was not aware that I had voted no on that last — last piece of legislation,” he said.
Obama asked that the record reflect “that I intended to vote yes.”
Sticky Fingers Obama also has to watch his tongue – he says one thing but means another:
Our friend Ben Smith at Politico reports on a pro-Obama outside group in California called Vote Hope (its website http://www.votehope2008.com/ bears an uncanny resemblance to Obama’s official one)…Vote Hope is both a PAC and a 527, meaning its different arms can conduct different activities playing under different rules.
As you may recall, in Iowa Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, was a fierce critic of outside cash and third party groups — when they were helping former Sen. John Edwards, D-NC.
In an email Smith obtained, Vote Hope told supporters that a different group, PowerPAC would in preparation for Super Duper Tuesday be hiring organizers to help turn out the vote at a salary of $12.50 an hour as well as $15 gas reimbursement.
In August, Obama said “We do not think people should be donating to 527s.” Of Vote Hope, he told the San Francisco Chronicle ‘It would be hypocrisy if I had anything to do with them, since I just heard of them. This not something that I authorized or had any part of…My recommendation to people who are interested in supporting me is to support me through our campaign …Get involved in the campaign that we’ve set up, that is above board, that is transparent, that is legal.”
But some suggest that Obama has gotten mighty silent on the subject since Iowa — when he assailed pro-Edwards 527s as part of “the Wild West” and slammed Edwards, their beneficiary, despite the North Carolinian’s claims he had nothing to do with the groups and had no way to control them.
“So you can’t say yesterday you don’t believe in ‘em, and today you have three quarters of a million dollars being spent for you,” Obama said then. “You can’t just talk the talk. The easiest thing in the world is to talk about change during election time.”
Well? Mr. Obama? What about Vote Hope?
“Oops. Nevermind” we can already hear Sticky Fingers Obama say.
Sticky Fingers Obama is having problems with his hearing too:
There are times in campaigns when candidates say or do things that destroy the major premises of their campaigns in an instant. Barack Obama did that this morning in his interview with Meredith Vieira on the Today Show.
When confronted with a clip (starting at about 5 minutes into the interview) of him saying in Monday night’s debate that he never supported a single-payer health care system and then a clip of him saying he was a proponent of a single-payer system, Obama uncomfortably dodged his very obvious contradiction by telling Vieira that he could not hear the clips.
By relying on the Groucho Marx defense (“Who are you going to believe, me or your lyin’ eyes?”), Obama reduced himself to a typical politician in front of millions of voters.
Vieira reported that the clips were prepared by the Clinton campaign, which was all the more reason for Obama to have been prepared to respond to the clips.
Voters react to demonstrated behavior. If a politician says he or she represents a new style of politics, but his or her behavior clearly demonstrates the opposite, voters will base their judgments on the behavior and not on what the politician tells them.
Taylor Marsh further exposes the Sticky Fingers Republican in the act of misplacing his Democratic loyalty:
Obama: I have no doubt that once the nomination contest is over, I will get the people who voted for her. Now the question is can she get the people who voted for me? And I think that describes sort of one of the choices that people have, just a practical choice, as they move forward.”
There’s a resentment showing from Obama that is quite telling and lacks all grace. As long as everything was going along smoothly and the press was loving him, and there was no real scrutiny and he wasn’t being challenged, he was all for a different kind of politics and change. Now, not so much. The second he started losing we got another glimpse of the man. He sounds resentful after he’s lost a couple of tough battles. He seems to resent the possibility that someone would consider voting for Hillary and almost goes out of his way to scoff at the notion. Who would vote for her? Not my people! It’s the same type of attitude he displayed when he said about Clinton, “You’re likable enough, Hillary.”
I think we’re finally getting a look at the man who stepped on Alice Palmer, and pushed Bobby Rush aside. It’s not pretty.
Whatever happened to the “Politics of Hope”? Maybe Obama misplaced that too.