After months of race-baiting for political profit, after months of Chicago mud flung upon Hillary Clinton calling her a racist, Barack Obama is getting his just deserts. Obama is getting exactly what he deserves. Obama’s chickens have come home… to roost.
For the greater part of his campaign Barack Obama derided the substantive fights for civil rights in the 1960s as somehow relegated to the distant past. Obama swore he and he alone could “transcend” these important battles. Obama belittled Hillary Clinton and all the “baggage” Hillary would bring as a result of her challenges in trying to better the lives of all Americans. With those challenges Hillary gained experience… and enemies.
Obama promised a future free of fighting. Obama promised a future free of debilitating political fights. Those promises are long forgotten. Welcome to the trivial fight club: The Obama Drama.
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What triggered Obama’s twisted reenactment yesterday of Oedipus Rex? Was Obama’s proxy patricide due to something newly outrageous uttered by “Pastor” Wright? No. Obama’s explained the scolding of his “Pastor” of 20 years by stating “And what I think particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks was somehow political posturing.” Obama further whimpered, I don’t think that he showed much concern for me.
Obama, The Great Pretender, was upset because mean ol’ Wright exposed Obama’s lies and because Wright showed “disrespect” for Obama and his pretentious campaign. It wasn’t God Damn America that irked Obama. It was mean ol’ Wright not respecting the new Messiah.
Obama supporters and Big Media (we are being redundant) declare that Obama in yesterday’s whine-a-thon has once again displayed great wisdom and courage. Obama supporters/Big Media declare, once again in error, that Obama’s “divorce” from Wright washes Obama clean. What Obama supporters/Big Media miss is that divorces are bitter, long-lasting, injurious affairs:
“After 20 years of loving Barack like he was a member of his own family, for Jeremiah to see Barack saying over and over that he didn’t know about Jeremiah’s views during those years, that he wasn’t familiar with what Jeremiah had said, that he may have missed church on this day or that and didn’t hear what Jeremiah said, this is seen by Jeremiah as nonsense and betrayal,” said the source, who has deep roots in Wright’s Chicago community and is familiar with his thinking on the matter.
Divorces, like waffles, have 2 sides. We have heard from the Obama side of the waffle. The world awaits “Pastor” Wright’s response. Obama can expect from Wright the same lack of sympathy Wright displayed to the dead of the World Trade Center 5 days after September 11, 2001.
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Barack Obama in his “race” speech tried to drag all Americans into a politically advantageous “debate on race”. Instead of Obama explaining his lack of judgment Obama tried to turn the conversation into a discussion on race. Republicans now see Obama dragging all Democrats, not into a high minded debate on race – but into an electoral debacle.
Republicans will employ Obama to destroy the Democratic Party. Republicans are already mailing literature and now expanding their television advertisments across the country to tie Democrats to Obama’s “bitter” statements and “Pastor” Wright.
The Republican advertisments are having an effect.
Democratic candidate Travis Childers has been tied to Obama:
Travis Childers is now starting to run FROM Obama:
The B.O. stink is spreading to yet other Democrats in other races.
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Why are Republicans tying Democrats to Obama? Because, in Hollywood parlance, he is B.O. Poison. Not Box Office Poison, the term used to describe bad receipts at the Box Office by uncharismatic actors, but – Barack Obama Poison inflicted by a once popular politician at the ballot box.
Even before the latest developments in the Obama Drama, Republicans saw Obama as a wedge in the general election because Obama cannot win white working class voters. In short, Obama is ballot box poison even when he is NOT nominated:
In the Buckeye and Keystone states, she scored 64 and 63 percent, respectively, of the overall white vote and racked up even higher margins among blue-collar Caucasians. Why does this matter? Because for more than 40 years, the ability to capture working-stiff whites has been the sine qua non for Democratic success at the presidential level. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton did relatively well at this and won; Mike Dukakis, Al Gore, and John Kerry did not. Indeed, the writers John Judis and Ruy Teixeira have calculated that, to win the White House, a Democrat needs to win 45 to 48 percent of lunch-pail-toting white voters in the heartland states.
That Obama is having big trouble with such voters would be bad enough by itself. But making matters worse is his abysmal recent performance among white Catholics: He claimed 34 percent of their vote in Ohio and 29 in Pennsylvania. In the past two elections, according to Brookings Institution scholar Bill Galston, among others, white Catholics have emerged as perhaps the most pivotal constituency in the electorate—one concentrated in midwestern states that Democrats must win and whose dramatic swing toward George W. Bush was arguably decisive in 2000 and 2004. (According to Galston, in fact, that shift alone accounted for Dubya’s victory over Kerry in Ohio and Florida.)
And Obama isn’t merely losing godly ground among white Catholics. Whereas in Maryland and Wisconsin he outpaced Clinton by as much as 30 points among regular churchgoers of all stripes, in Pennsylvania she whipped him by double-digits among the observant, while he did best among those who never attend religious services. At the same time, whereas Obama used to routinely thump Clinton among voters describing themselves as conservative, moderate, and somewhat liberal, in Pennsylvania the only ideological cohort he carried was the self-described “very liberal.” In a flash, a candidate who once was hailed as post-partisan, post-ideological, and post-racial was looking like a typical secular lefty, with a base comprising college students, African-Americans, and upscale “progressives.” No wonder, then, that Judis—but not just Judis—has started to wonder whether Obama might just be “the next McGovern.”
The reasons for Obama’s image transformation aren’t hard to pinpoint. In the minds of more than a few white voters the controversy surrounding his association with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright has helped turn Obama from a candidate who is black into a black candidate. His now-infamous bitter/cling comments went a long way toward cementing a picture of him that was already forming—as a down-the-nose-looking elitist at worst, as a detached academic at best. His association with Bill Ayers, the unrepentant Weatherman turned elder statesman of Hyde Park, has helped his enemies to cast him as a spiritual descendant of old-school sixties rabble-rouserism.
Hopes that African-Americans and college students will come out in such great numbers that they will offset the anti-Obama vote are foolishness. Pennsylvania confirmed our thesis of The Rise Of The Anti-Obama Voter.
It’s would not get any better Superdelegates.
How bad will it be for foolish Democrats that have endorsed Obama? How much poison will Obama inject into the general election?
Remember how, to his credit, John McCain strongly denounced the talk show host who repeatedly used Obama’s middle name at a speech? Well, McCain doesn’t have to denounce that in the future. Wright made it legitimate.
“Please run and tell my stuck-on-stupid friends that Arabic is a language; it’s not a religion,” Wright said at a speech to the NAACP on Sunday. “Barack HUSSEIN Obama. Barack HUSSEIN Obama. Barack HUSSEIN Obama.”
Gosh, that muddled point really helps in a country where 15 percent of voters already mistakenly believe Obama is a Muslim.
How bad would it be Superdelegates? Listen to the voters:
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – Barack Obama can talk about his childhood years in Kansas and upbringing by his white Midwestern grandparents, but if voters at one small-town Indiana cafe are any indication, he has a long way to go to convince them he represents heartland America.
”Obama has great ideas but his background scares me,” said Chris Leighton, 60, a secretary having lunch at the Chaperral Cafe in Shelbyville, in southeast Indiana. “Everyone talks about him being a Muslim and having ties to terrorism, but how do people really find out?”
The incorrect belief that the Illinois senator is a Muslim was shared by half a dozen others in the restaurant — a sign that dirty campaign tactics and Internet innuendo has taken root among some voters in Indiana, the next state to vote.
Construction worker Ron Debaun, 61, said he hadn’t yet decided whether he would support Obama or Hillary Clinton in Indiana’s May 6 primary, noting they both “have good ideas.” But he’s leaning toward Clinton.
What doesn’t he like about Obama?
”His Muslim ties,” said Debaun.
Why does he think Obama is a Muslim?
“Let’s just say that he admits it himself,” he said.
Retired locksmith Leslie Hedman, 61, said he doesn’t like any of the three candidates — Clinton, Obama, or Republican John McCain – because none are committed Christians.
”Obama is a Muslim,” he said. Where did he hear that?
”He said he was but then he said he’s not,” said Hedman.
Ironically enough, many of the lunchtime crowd said they were also turned off by Obama’s ties to Rev. Jeremiah Wright – the former pastor of Obama’s Christian church in Chicago, Trinity United Church of Christ.
“I definitely don’t like Obama because of the mess with him and his pastor. I don’t think he’s been honest about it,” said Candace Demmin, 37, as she had lunch with her mom.
”How can you go to a church for 20 years and not heard your minister say something off-color? Either he’s heard it and is lying about it, or he’s lying about going to church as much as he does,” said Demmin. “In which case he’s not the Christian he says he is.”
Want to know how bad it would be Superdelegates?
GWEN IFILL: Rob Christensen, let’s go to North Carolina. Is it true that, in fact, that Senator Obama has been losing ground? And do you know — is there any way to know whether this Reverend Jeremiah Wright controversy has played a role?
ROB CHRISTENSEN, The Raleigh News and Observer: Well, the race is tightening a little bit, Gwen. Whether it’s because of the Wright factor, I don’t know.
But this is what I do know. If you go into the rural areas of North Carolina, and the small towns, and you talk to white Democratic voters, you hear them talking about Reverend Wright. They bring it up on their own. You don’t even have to mention it to them.
So just anecdotally we know that it’s hurting some. And, of course, today the state Republican Party ran an ad that Senator John McCain denounced which features — which ties Senator Obama in with Reverend Wright and with two Democratic candidates for governor, both of whom endorsed Obama.
Want to know how bad it would be Superdelegates?
GWEN IFILL: Matthew Tully, let’s move to Indiana now. When we are paying so much attention here to these comments involving Jeremiah Wright, do they resonate at all? Are people really talking about them in Indiana?
MATTHEW TULLY, The Indianapolis Star: Well, sure, they resonate. And more than anything, they’re a distraction.
This is a state that hasn’t seen a primary of note in 40 years. And people are really excited about it. So it’s been pretty positive campaign up until now.
And now you have Obama having to deal with this distraction, when really this was kind of feeding into his message of change and hope, because people are really just showing up at the events and they were excited.
And you couldn’t help but notice the contrast today. Senator Clinton was in our office for our editorial board meeting. And she was kind of playfully toying along with Senator Obama, saying, “Why won’t you debate me? Come on.” She looked into the camera of our Web cast and said, “If you’re watching, come debate me.”
And at the same time, he’s in North Carolina dealing with this very politically sensitive issue. So the contrast really has become clear in the past couple days in Clinton’s favor.
Barack Obama did not have the wit nor the judgment, he says, to see neither through “Pastor” Wright” nor slumlord Antoin “Tony” Rezko.
Pastor” Wright has known Barack Obama for 20 years. “Pastor” Wright clearly does not think much of Barack Obama.
“Pastor” Wright has “flipped” on Obama. Will the slumlord friend of 20 years – Antoin “Tony” Rezko flip too?
For now, only some… Only some of Obama’s chickens… Have Come Home… To Roost.