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The first torpedo headed towards Obama is his “bagman” and indicted slumlord Antoin “Tony” Rezko. We wrote about Rezko yesterday. Today, the Chicago Sun-Times asks: Barack Obama’s handlers may be telling the press Obama has NO “recollection” of a 2004 party at influence peddler Tony Rezko’s Wilmette house, but a top Sneed source claims Obama not only gave Rezko’s guest of honor, Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi, a big welcome . . . but he made a few toasts!
Today we discuss the other two torpedoes headed towards the S.S. Obama – Reverend Wright, and Obama’s very own bitter words.
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Obama sat in “Pastor” Wright’s pews for 20 years without objection. Obama mouthed a speech on race instead of explaining why he sat in those pews while his “Pastor” humped the podium, used language no child should be subjected to on a Sunday morning, and cursed the United States with a robust “God Damn America”.
Obama not only learned race-baiting at the pews of “Pastor” Wright, Obama also learned hypocrisy. When Obama’s constituents were freezing from lack of heat and other services, Obama was getting campaign money from slumlord Rezko as well as crucial financial assistance in purchasing the Obama mansion. Obama apparently learned very little in church about taking care of the poor. Obama also learned to ignore his churches central tenet against “middle-classism”.
Hypocrisy. “Pastor” Wright, like Obama, can mouth a good speech but does not bother living up to his own words. For all of “Pastor” Wright’s well-delivered “sermons” attacking rich white people, “middle-classism”, hanging with the homies, and black pride – “Pastor” Wright chose to live in – a gated or is it segregated, overwhelmingly white, very rich , well policed and protected bubble, in a massive 10,000 square foot mansion, far from his homies. Obama and Wright – take the money and run.
“Nothing could be more dangerous to Mr Obama’s aspirations than the revelation that he, the son of a white woman, sat Sunday after Sunday – for 20 years – in an Afrocentric, black nationalist church in which his own mother, not to mention other whites, could never feel comfortable,” said Shelby Steele, a Stanford University historian and author of a book on Obama.
Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing radio talk-show foghorn, expressed the popular view more succinctly: “No country wants a president who is a member of a church with this kind of radicalism as its mainstream.” [snip]
They intend to ask why he has stopped wearing an American flag badge on his lapel, and why his wife, Michelle, said at a rally: “For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country.”
Republican strategists believe that the rage-filled sermons, in which Mr Wright declares “God damn America”, blames US foreign policy for the September 11 attacks, criticises Israel and levels racist insults against the Clintons, offers them a powerful way to destroy Mr Obama if he becomes the Democratic nominee. Mr Wright was the Illinois senator’s “spiritual mentor” for nearly two decades. After initial denials, Mr Obama admitted in Tuesday’s speech that he had witnessed “controversial” sermons.
Many Republicans who viewed Mrs Clinton as the easier candidate to beat in November are now reconsidering that opinion. Mr Wright’s comments are so appalling, they believe, that they are a political gift that will keep on giving if the Illinois senator becomes Mr McCain’s opponent. It is a fact Mrs Clinton’s aides are privately impressing upon the Democratic party’s so-called super-delegates — the congressmen, senators and officials now likely to determine the nomination.
Obama supporters and Big Media push the narrative that Obama’s Wright troubles are over. Proof of the continuing damage came yesterday. Obama yesterday abandoned his flowery words against wearing American flag lapel pins and started sporting a flag pin. Obama did not start wearing the American flag lapel pin for fashion reasons.
Obama is now wearing an American flag lapel pin because of the permanent damage the “Pastor” Wright controversy inflicted and to attempt to distract from the damage caused by his own condescending, elitist smears against small town America.
Big Media is again trying to protect Obama and claiming these issues do not matter. For once, other voices are speaking up and saying what is obvious.
Some liberal commentators have downplayed the effect of Barack Obama’s fundraising speech at a San Francisco fundraiser last week. But that’s wishful thinking. Along with the revelations about Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright, his remarks in San Francisco will haunt him not only in the upcoming primaries in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia, but also in the general election against John McCain, assuming he gets the Democratic nomination.
Judis notes that a Democratic presidential candidate has to carry most of the industrial heartland states that stretch from Pennsylvania to Missouri. Because Obama is so far behind McCain in Florida and because Obama is attacking the voting rights of Florida voters it is even more likely that Obama cannot win Florida and therefore, as Judis notes, Obama would have to win 45 to 48 percent of the white working class vote.
Judis dismantles the Obama argument that by winning in Virginia and Colorado Obama won’t need states like Ohio or Pennsylvania to win the election. Judis also points out McCain’s popularity with latinos which would help him win in the Southwest.
So to win in November, Obama will have to win almost all of these heartland states. Which is a problem, because even before he uttered his infamous words about these voters “clinging” to guns, religion, abortion, and fears about free trade, Obama looked vulnerable in the region. A look at the white working class’s relationship with earlier Democratic candidates underscores the various reasons why.
Judis makes an historically argument about how Democrats win white working class voters. Judis posits three circumstances favorable to Democrats: When the Republican candidate is unacceptable (due to scandal, background, beliefs, actions); when the Democrats run an acceptable candidate (for instance moderation on guns and abortion); when the Democrats run an empathetic candidate (someone like Bill Clinton who could “feel your pain”.)
He has tried to appear above race, but he will continually be reminded of his ties to Jeremiah Wright (and his not wearing a flag on his lapel, and his wife’s statements about not being “proud” of America) during a general election. [snip]
These difficulties were clear before Obama spoke in San Francisco, but they’re much more glaring now. In the speech, Obama appeared to say that Pennsylvania voters’ opposition to gun control or abortion or immigration or free trade was pathological–a product of what Marxist philosopher Herbert Marcuse once called “false consciousness.” On the other hand, he implied that when he voiced opposition to an issue like free trade–Obama has consistently hammered Clinton on her support for the North American Free Trade Agreement–he was simply pandering to these voters’ displaced anxieties. He was saying to these upscale San Francisco Democrats, “I am really one of you, and I am not one of them.”
Union members in Altoona, and across Pennsylvania, know Obama is not one of them. Obama looks down at them.
You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
Obama has refused to apologize for his remarks. Big Media, as Lou Dobbs notes, is covering up for Obama.
Small town Florida voters are offended too and know Big Media is covering up for Obama. These voters will put Hillary Clinton over the top no matter how much Big Media tries to fool them.
The S.S. Obama will sink. Hillary will Rise.