Sic Transit Gloria

The first sleepy Sunday of Summer and we cannot stop laughing.

The Obama presidential logo:

The seal includes the same bald eagle as the actual presidential seal clutching an olive branch and arrows in its talons, but instead of a shield covering the center of the eagle’s body, the Obama version displays the campaign’s trademark “O.” Unlike the Presidential seal, which includes the words “Seal of the President of the United States” around the circumference, “Obama for America” and “www.barackobama.com” grace the top and bottom of Obama’s.

Finally, just above the eagle, in Latin, are the words – “vero possumus” – which translates to “yes we can,” the oft-heard chant at Obama rallies.

Very Pompous.

Why is Obama so overtly pompous? The pompous seal is a silly way to dress up in serious clothes a candidate who is callow, has no experience, and is not qualified to be president. If Obama wants a seal that reflects his campaign, try Barnum & Bailey.

 

Obama is not the first politician to make a spectacle of his pomposity. Republican Rehnquist, the late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (isn’t that title pompous enough?) turned the robes of a Justice into a Gilbert & Sullivan costume:

He was the justice in stripes – four gold stripes on each sleeve of his black robe. In the sedate circles of the Supreme Court, that passes for a pretty wild fashion statement.

Rehnquist, a bit of a flashy dresser himself, added the stripes to his robe after an international conference of supreme court judges in Washington in the 1990s. He felt the American justices looked drab compared with some of their counterparts from other countries who wore elaborate, brightly colored robes and headwear to ceremonies in the main chamber of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rehnquist, a fan of Gilbert & Sullivan operas, went to a community theater production of “Iolanthe” in suburban Washington, where the costume for the judge included the robe with gold stripes. He liked it and showed up in court in 1995 with the added fashion touch.

Republican President Richard Nixon had his Obama moment when he played dress-up with the White House guards:

But aping a European leader like de Gaulle had its perils. One was trival and exposed Nixon only to ridicule. White House guards showed up for work one day looking like palace guards from Ruritania, wearing uniforms Nixon had ordered to make them appear more regal. Reporters guffawed so loudly that he was forced into an instant retreat. Those uniforms never made it to the Smithsonian; they were donated to a college marching band and, who knows, may have would up in a Gilbert and Sullivan production.

Nixon and Rehnquist restricted their pomposity to costumes, not Latin verses. Obama has yet to distribute uniforms or clown costumes to his supporters and campaign workers. Thus far Obama’s pomposity has been devoted to flowery words and Latin phrases.

Obama should stop being very pompous with his “vero possumus”.

If Obama wants some Latin on his logo we suggest Sic Transit Gloria – All Glory Is Fleeting.

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100 thoughts on “Sic Transit Gloria

  1. since BO likes to play pretend, why not dress-up as clarabell and sit behind that grotesque romper-room seal? that would certainly complete the picture.

  2. Who’s Sending Flowers to Hillary @ the sentate: copy and add your name then repost!

    DJIA
    I will be in South Dakota by that time

    Neetabug
    I am from Ohio

    birdgal Says:

    June 22nd, 2008 at 3:47 pm
    I am from CA

  3. We will set a date when Hillary is back in Washington. Cut and paste your name, what state you are from to the list. We need people from all states (57) Once we get a person from each state, we will decide on the date to send the flowers. We do know it is not 57 states perhaps some from the same state can send flowers representing the 57 states.

  4. Hi everyone. Remember me? I’m still here. I just had to get out of talking politics for a while so that I could decompress. My anger at the press, at Obama hasn’t even wavered. I hope we all haven’t joined the unity Obama ticket. I have never seen such a fraud in all my life. Admin keep on telling the truth because the press sure isn’t going to.

  5. this is worth re-posting for those of you who missed it….go bill!!!!!!

    carbynew Says:

    June 22nd, 2008 at 6:44 pm
    Bill Clinton Balks At Publicly Endorsing Obama
    June 22nd, 2008 by JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief

    A Reuters reporter notes that former President Bill Clinton has not only not yet endorsed Democratic presumptive nominee Sen. Barack Obama but when given a chance to do so pointedly balked — an unspoken but clear stance contradicting his wife Senator Hillary Clinton’s public calls for party unity:

    The former first lady endorsed Obama, urged her supporters to rally behind him and is scheduled to campaign with him later this week.

    But her husband has not publicly endorsed the presumptive Democratic nominee to succeed President George W. Bush. Asked by journalists when he might do so, Clinton smiled and shook hands with spectators without acknowledging he heard the question.

    That would have been a no-brainer for most politicos. Just say “in a week” or “within the near future I’ll have a statement.’

    But by not answering and moving on Bill Clinton has likely made party unity among the Demmies tougher– or at least it will take longer. While his wife has publicly suspended her campaign and endorsed Obama and plans to campaign with the Illinois Senator next week, Bill Clinton has basically sent a message that he isn’t ready to endorse him yet. And — whether he meant for it or not — it’ll be a message for many Hillary Clinton supporters or Hillary Clinton supporters who cannot stand Obama.

    Even worse: at the same appearance he made it clear he was unenthusiastic about one of Obama’s proposals — yet another sign that will be taken that Bill Clinton is not truly behind Obama as the front runner (and the more paranoid will say it’s a sign that Mr. Clinton won’t do much to help Obama win because he’s harboring hopes of a Hillary Clinton candidacy in 2012):

    Former President Bill Clinton offered faint praise for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s energy policy on Sunday, saying he preferred it to that of Republican rival John McCain.

    “I think we’ll get better national policy next year,” Clinton told the U.S. Conference of Mayors in a speech centered on improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases.

    It was the former president’s first public appearance since his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, ended her presidential campaign on June 7, after Obama emerged as the Democratic candidate in the November election.

    If he keeps this up, Bill Clinton won’t be making many public appearances at public events run by the Obama campaign.

    Bill Clinton is again proving that unlike the Bill Clinton of the 90s who might be emotional but knew how to use it in his and his causes’ interest, the 2008 Bill Clinton is a loose cannon seemingly more focused on personal grudges and power than the larger issue of party unity and helping Democrats as a party regain power and capture the White House.
    themoderatevoice.com/politics/bill-clinton/20560/bill-clinton-balks-at-publicly-endorsing-obama/

  6. I truly dislike it when articles such as this pretend it’s the end of the world if someone does not endorse Obama. It’s so exploitative and manipulative.

    Don’t ever endorse him Bill.

  7. Must be kind of difficult to endorse someone, who called you a racist, bigot, and crapped all over your legacy and wife, and created a divide between AA’s and yourself. I don’t think, I would want to endorse someone who had done that. This party unity is for the birds. Let’s unite, behind a pompus and entitled ass, who is the most unqualified person to be the presumptive party nominee, and a corrupt party to boot.. I think not. Bill knows, that the democratic party is dead.

  8. The commercialization of the presidency continues …
    or is this idiocracy part 2?

    My fav quote “Finally, just above the eagle, in Latin, are the words – “vero possumus” – which translates to “yes we can,” the oft-heard chant at Obama rallies.”

    Give Me a break!

  9. Welcome back, Caroline. Hope you had a nice respite. I took one, too, albeit very brief.

    None of us here on Big Pink have joined BO camp. Sadly, there are a few former posters who have. Not only joined, but one wrote on a blog calling us “deluded” and “bamboozled by the GOP.”

    Anyhoo…

    birdgal, agreed. Unity is just a myth b/c Obama supporters continue to boo Hillary at these unity rallies. Kind of ironic isn’t it? Obama for his part hasn’t said a bleeping thing about the disrespect shown to the Clintons. “Get over it” isn’t language of unity.

    the moderatevoice article wants to put the blame of disunity on Bill and Clinton supporters. The focus should really be on BO. What has he done to bridge the divide? His people have anonymously stated that they don’t need us.

  10. Trouble in Obamanation:
    my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/sharonspooner/gG5SCl/commentary

  11. filbertsf: agreed. BO has not done one thing for unity. Everyone else has to dance to the tune, but his pompous ass has not done one thing. He is taking Clinton supporters for granted. Yes, some will unite, but others will not. “Get over it,” is very telling of his arrogance, narcissism, and entitlement. The “leadership” of the party is so corrupt, that it is scary.

  12. Marie, interesting that people actually protested on his own website. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of dissent allowed over there. By the way, I don’t know about others here, but the Obama web site just gives me the creeps.

  13. Bill Clinton is again proving that unlike the Bill Clinton of the 90s who might be emotional but knew how to use it in his and his causes’ interest, the 2008 Bill Clinton is a loose cannon seemingly more focused on personal grudges and power than the larger issue of party unity and helping Democrats as a party regain power and capture the White House.

    Absolutely rubbish, isn’t it? Putting the blame of party disunity squarely on Bill. There’s no mention that BO further alienated Hillary supporters by elavating PSD to Chief of Staff for potential VP, reluctance to help HRC retire campaign debt, the booeing by his supporters at two separate venues.

    I thought the moderatevoice was pro-Hillary.

    They are going to blame the Clintons should BO’s bid fails. They won’t blame the Great One because he can do no wrong. It’s the Clintons and their supporters fault. I can see that coming.

  14. I guess when the oobamabots finally unplug even they may see things clearer and see him for the fraud that he is.

  15. Buyers Remorse : Please read the comments at end of blog

    check this out
    utdocuments.blogspot.com/2008/06/statement-of-barack-obama-supporting.html

  16. Obamabots are just stupid. BO didn’t all of the sudden become a flip-flopper. He was always one.

    Remember the 527 in IA? BO condemn John Edwards for allowing the 527 attack ads on him; but in Nevada, while the BO-supporting 527 were attacking Hillary, he stayed silent.

    There’s so many other instances.

    It’s not buyer’s remorse. It’s buyers’ stupidity.

  17. filbertsf, which former Clinton supporter on this board is now an Obama supporter? Wow…that’s kind of hard to believe. Obama ain’t gonna be president.

  18. good evening everybody,
    did you se the articles at no quarter today they are great
    all about our girl hillary.

    the truth is finally spoken great read.

  19. Just finished reading the last thread and saw the hillbuzz post on why the GOP isn’t going after Obama. I was wondering that myself. But it makes sense for them to keep their powder dry till after he convention. Also, there’s was that Politico article that said the Repubs weren’t going to swift boat Obama. And it quoted Repubs. Why would they admit that in the first place? I suspect it was disinfo to lull the Dems into a false sense of security.

    As for Bill Clinton, why does he have to make a specific endorsement of Obama? He was present when Hillary endorsed him; isn’t that enough?

  20. Sic Transit Gloria, indeed, Admin. Bho is SO full of himself…it reads like Letterman.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if BHO starts a new men’s clothing line “Prez”, or launches a new fragrance, “Audacity,” at fine department stores near you. Perhaps MO can continue to “refine” her image with a catering empire a la Martha Stewart called “Let Them Eat Cake.” She can REALLY dress the part then, pompadour and all.

    None of this Walmart or Target stuff – that’s just for blue-collar working class, you know – let them have a one-time cut-rate on a new gun or Bible. The discount clothing line? “VP”, with cheap cologne to match “Second Class Citizen”, followed up with coupons to MO’s new drive-through chain “Crumbs.”

    Since he did the double somersault in his trampoline reversal of only accepting public funds for campaigning, he has shown what a complete FRAUD he is, selling his soul to the devil for all the world to see. Commercial after commercial should be aired with the sound bites side-by-side.

    Fairytale turned out to be correct, Bill. “The king is in his counting house, counting out his money…trying to figure out how to spend his daily windfall – continuing to payoff politicians to sell idea to their constituents. Buying off every crook in the Windy City to spread their totalitarianism far and wide – shutting down ANY dissenter or anyone who dares to defy BHO (Larry Sinclair jailed immediately following NPC).

    But hey, Barry, oh BAARRYYY? Still haven’t conned the eighteen million who have your number…TEMPUS FUGITS.

    BHO WAS DEFEATED IN A LANDSLIDE AND THE NATION LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

    THE END.

  21. filbertsf, I have been thinking about why the GOP isn’t going after him too. I wonder if he could be a republican plant. That would be very Rovian, wouldn’t? Sounds crazy though, maybe all this stuff is getting to me!

  22. Paula, I have a different theory.

    I believe the stalwart Republicans want a Democratic victory this year. They need the respite to reflect on almost two decades of foreign and domestic failures. Bush has been the nail to their coffin. He has tarnished the GOP brand… much like what the hippies and anti-war protesters did to the liberal brand.

    The GOP do not have a leader at this point. It is a party that is demoralized and bankrupt by the failures of the Bush Admin. At this point, they are irrelevant, much like Bush is.

    Four more years under GOP rule will be a certain death to the party for another generation or two. The GOPers, if nothing else, are long-term planners/thinkers. In order to save the party, they must allow for the Democratic Party to take over. They need to rally/fight against something.

    More importantly, they need a Democratic screw-up of monumental proportion for the voters to be nostalgic and return to the GOP. If the Democratic-led House/Senate and President Obama screw up or if it’s the same old, same old, the GOP will be resurrected.

    And if that takes sacrificing the next Presidential election, I think it’s a very good investment. I also believe Bush has made Iraq so f*-up that it doesn’t matter who is in office, we’re not getting out anytime soon.

    If McCain wins, it’s not because the GOP tried hard. It’s because Obama fell on his own knife.

  23. confloyd, not so rovian really considering that Bush said It will be a republican to win the presidency in 2008 and he was “VERY” sure of himself as he said it.

    makes one wonder!!

    not so much if bams is a repub, but also Dean, Pelosi,Reid etc…. they do seem to cave in way to easily and give bush everything he wants ……did the republicans take over the DNC???

  24. filbertsf, You make very good points. But I can’t see the GOP wanting Obama to win. They NEVER give up the WH willingly. Fighting tooth and nail is in their blood.

  25. confloyd, the GOP did not want McCain. It was the Republican voters who chose him. No one ever thought McCain would make it this far.

    Garden variety voters are not the same as insiders. They can’t see that another 4 years of GOP will mark an end to their party. But stalwarts see things differently.

  26. Paula, think of Bush. Whatever you think of him, he sees things in the long term. Iraq is a complete mess now, but 50 years from now, the situation may be different. One-hundred years from now, Iraq may be our trading partner (much like Vietnam).

    That’s what I think the differences are between Dems and Pugs and why Pugs continue to win elections (when they want to): long-term vs short-term planners.

  27. filbert, I disagree. The voters were more savvy than the insiders. The insiders want another Bush-type Repub in the long term. The Repubs who were motivated enough to participate know those days are over. McCain is the direction the Repub Party must go in. Despite his work to solidify the base of the Party, he is much more consensus minded than Repub insiders. Voting records only tell half the story. The issues McCain has taken up are immigration reform, the environment, campaign finance reform, broader issues with support that streches beyond the repub Party.

  28. mj, McCain is no moderate. He’s a conservative both fiscally, socially and in terms of foreign policy. Not only that, his age will become a major issue. I think McCain was the weakest candidate of

    If Republican voters were smart, they should have gone with Romney. He, like Schwartzenegger and Crist, is the face of the GOP future: fiscal conservatives and socially moderate. These men can get along with both liberals and conservatives and they (unlike Obama) have a proven record of bridging the divide and are very popular in their home state.

    I, too, have come to like Schwartzenegger. Me, the tree-hugging liberal, like the Terminator.

    The reason McCain won is because moderate GOP voters are sick of their own party and either did not care to vote or voted for a Dem. It’s the stalwart (and more conservative) GOP voters who came out and voted for a man they see as a real Conservative Republican. He being McCain.

    In that sense, the GOP voters are myopic.

  29. Filbert, it isn’t about voting records or even ideology. It’s where McCain puts his time. No one serious thinks McCain will be like Bush, ie pushing a repub only agenda. Everyone knows he’s likely to tackle broad based ideas.

    I think California would be better of with a Democrat, but basically it doesn’t surprise me you like Arnold. He’s rehired Grey Davis’s team, and his wife is basically running the show behind the curtain.

  30. LOL. This isn’t true:

    The reason McCain won is because moderate GOP voters are sick of their own party and either did not care to vote or voted for a Dem. It’s the stalwart (and more conservative) GOP voters who came out and voted for a man they see as a real Conservative Republican. He being McCain.

    Those were the Huckabee voters. You have no idea how conservative conservative repubs are. They are ripping McCain for supporting cap and trade, and not supporting drilling in ANWAR, and not being sufficiently religious. McCain won the anti-war vote. Repubs mostly particpated in the Republican elections. He won the clear majority of moderate Republicans. Moderate Republicans is how he became the nominee.

  31. I love the idea of sending Hillary flowers! Yellow roses might be a good choice, as they were a symbol of women’s suffrage. I don’t have the $$$ to send any myself. Besides, I am not maxed out yet, so if I can afford to do something for Hillary I’m going to donate to her campaign debt relief.

  32. Video of Obama Camp passing out FAKE homemade signs!!! ROFLMAO!!!!

    littlegreenfootballs.com/article/30435_Video-_Obama_Campaign_Passing_Out_Fake_Homemade_Signs#rss

  33. NYT article, showing that Obama is beholden to ethanol lobby:

    ————–
    June 23, 2008
    Obama Camp Closely Linked With Ethanol
    By LARRY ROHTER

    When VeraSun Energy inaugurated a new ethanol processing plant last summer in Charles City, Iowa, some of that industry’s most prominent boosters showed up. Leaders of the National Corn Growers Association and the Renewable Fuels Association, for instance, came to help cut the ribbon — and so did Senator Barack Obama.

    Then running far behind Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in name recognition and in the polls, Mr. Obama was in the midst of a campaign swing through the state where he would eventually register his first caucus victory. And as befits a senator from Illinois, the country’s second largest corn-producing state, he delivered a ringing endorsement of ethanol as an alternative fuel.

    Mr. Obama is running as a reformer who is seeking to reduce the influence of special interests. But like any other politician, he has powerful constituencies that help shape his views. And when it comes to domestic ethanol, almost all of which is made from corn, he also has advisers and prominent supporters with close ties to the industry at a time when energy policy is a point of sharp contrast between the parties and their presidential candidates.

    In the heart of the Corn Belt that August day, Mr. Obama argued that embracing ethanol “ultimately helps our national security, because right now we’re sending billions of dollars to some of the most hostile nations on earth.” America’s oil dependence, he added, “makes it more difficult for us to shape a foreign policy that is intelligent and is creating security for the long term.”

    Nowadays, when Mr. Obama travels in farm country, he is sometimes accompanied by his friend Tom Daschle, the former Senate majority leader from South Dakota. Mr. Daschle now serves on the boards of three ethanol companies and works at a Washington law firm where, according to his online job description, “he spends a substantial amount of time providing strategic and policy advice to clients in renewable energy.”

    Mr. Obama’s lead advisor on energy and environmental issues, Jason Grumet, came to the campaign from the National Commission on Energy Policy, a bipartisan initiative associated with Mr. Daschle and Bob Dole, the Kansas Republican who is also a former Senate majority leader and a big ethanol backer who had close ties to the agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland.

    Not long after arriving in the Senate, Mr. Obama himself briefly provoked a controversy by flying at subsidized rates on corporate airplanes, including twice on jets owned by Archer Daniels Midland, which is the nation’s largest ethanol producer and is based in his home state.

    Jason Furman, the Obama campaign’s economic policy director, said Mr. Obama’s stance on ethanol was based on its merits. “That is what has always motivated him on this issue, and will continue to determine his policy going forward,” Mr. Furman said.

    Asked if Mr. Obama brought any predisposition or bias to the ethanol debate because he represents a corn-growing state that stands to benefit from a boom, Mr. Furman said, “He wants to represent the United States of America, and his policies are based on what’s best for the country.”

    Mr. Daschle, a national co-chairman of the Obama campaign, said in a telephone interview on Friday that his role advising the Obama campaign on energy matters was limited. He said he was not a lobbyist for ethanol companies, but did speak publicly about renewable energy options and worked “with a number of associations and groups to orchestrate and coordinate their activities,” including the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition.

    Of Mr. Obama, Mr. Daschle said, “He has a terrific policy staff and relies primarily on those key people to advise him on key issues, whether energy or climate change or other things.”

    Ethanol is one area in which Mr. Obama strongly disagrees with his Republican opponent, Senator John McCain of Arizona. While both presidential candidates emphasize the need for the United States to achieve “energy security” while also slowing down the carbon emissions that are believed to contribute to global warming, they offer sharply different visions of the role that ethanol, which can be made from a variety of organic materials, should play in those efforts.

    Mr. McCain advocates eliminating the multibillion-dollar annual government subsidies that domestic ethanol has long enjoyed. As a free trade advocate, he also opposes the 54-cent-a-gallon tariff that the United States slaps on imports of ethanol made from sugar cane, which packs more of an energy punch than corn-based ethanol and is cheaper to produce.

    “We made a series of mistakes by not adopting a sustainable energy policy, one of which is the subsidies for corn ethanol, which I warned in Iowa were going to destroy the market” and contribute to inflation, Mr. McCain said this month in an interview with a Brazilian newspaper, O Estado de São Paulo. “Besides, it is wrong,” he added, to tax Brazilian-made sugar cane ethanol, “which is much more efficient than corn ethanol.”

    Mr. Obama, in contrast, favors the subsidies, some of which end up in the hands of the same oil companies he says should be subjected to a windfall profits tax. In the name of helping the United States build “energy independence,” he also supports the tariff, which some economists say may well be illegal under the World Trade Organization’s rules but which his advisers say is not.

    Many economists, consumer advocates, environmental experts and tax groups have been critical of corn ethanol programs as a boondoggle that benefits agribusiness conglomerates more than small farmers. Those complaints have intensified recently as corn prices have risen sharply in tandem with oil prices and corn normally used for food stock has been diverted to ethanol production.

    “If you want to take some of the pressure off this market, the obvious thing to do is lower that tariff and let some Brazilian ethanol come in,” said C. Ford Runge, an economist specializing in commodities and trade policy at the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy at the University of Minnesota. “But one of the fundamental reasons biofuels policy is so out of whack with markets and reality is that interest group politics have been so dominant in the construction of the subsidies that support it.”

    Corn ethanol generates less than two units of energy for every unit of energy used to produce it, while the energy ratio for sugar cane is more than 8 to 1. With lower production costs and cheaper land prices in the tropical countries where it is grown, sugar cane is a more efficient source.

    Mr. Furman said the campaign continued to examine the issue. “We want to evaluate all our energy subsidies to make sure that taxpayers are getting their money’s worth,” he said.

    He added that Mr. Obama favored “a range of initiatives” that were aimed at “diversification across countries and sources of energy,” including cellulosic ethanol, and which, unlike Mr. McCain’s proposals, were specifically meant to “reduce overall demand through conservation, new technology and improved efficiency.”

    On the campaign trail, Mr. Obama has not explained his opposition to imported sugar cane ethanol. But in remarks last year, made as President Bush was about to sign an ethanol cooperation agreement with his Brazilian counterpart, Mr. Obama argued that “our country’s drive toward energy independence” could suffer if Mr. Bush relaxed restrictions, as Mr. McCain now proposes.

    “It does not serve our national and economic security to replace imported oil with Brazilian ethanol,” he argued.

    Mr. Obama does talk regularly about developing switchgrass, which flourishes in the Midwest and Great Plains, as a source for ethanol. While the energy ratio for switchgrass and other types of cellulosic ethanol is much greater than corn, economists say that time-consuming investments in infrastructure would be required to make it viable, and with corn nearing $8 a bushel, farmers have little incentive to shift.

    Ethanol industry executives and advocates have not made large donations to either candidate for president, an examination of campaign contribution records shows. But they have noted the difference between Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain.

    Brian Jennings, a vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol, said he hoped that Mr. McCain, as a presidential candidate, “would take a broader view of energy security and recognize the important role that ethanol plays.”

    The candidates’ views were tested recently in the Farm Bill approved by Congress that extended the subsidies for corn ethanol, though reducing them slightly, and the tariffs on imported sugar cane ethanol. Because Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama were campaigning, neither voted. But Mr. McCain said that as president he would veto the bill, while Mr. Obama praised it.

  34. They are going to blame the Clintons should BO’s bid fails. They won’t blame the Great One because he can do no wrong. It’s the Clintons and their supporters fault. I can see that coming
    ———————————————–
    I disagree. Hillary cannot force her supporters to vote for him, and their votes are not transferable. As Sheila Jackson Lee told him you have got to meet them and relate to them. His response was essentially I am too busy and get over it. If he loses the electon and she does what she committed to do then it will be his fault and that of his supporters. And everyone will know it. Elections are cathartic in that way. Also bear in mind that the Republican Party has been stacking the deck for over a year so they could run against Obama. Obvoiusly they have reasons.

  35. If BO’s bid fails, he’ll become the next Michael Dukakis. He can blame his failure on whoever or whatever is feeding his persecution complex that week, but by then nobody will be listening to him anymore.

  36. Globalizatipn and changing demographics are pulling both parties apart, according to Tom Friedman. He hypothicizes that the consertative republicans and centrist democrats will merge into something he calls the wall party to resist outsourcing, offshoring, supply chain etc. He claims that business repubicans and latte liberal democrats will merge into an internationalist party and that will be the new 2 party system. He is correct about the sheer forces, but whether this will be the ultimated denouman is unclear.

  37. yes dija i saw it. Foreign affairs did a similar article on each of the candidates a few months back. Hers was terrific.

  38. Maybe a targeted campaign of selected states is the way by which to defeat Obama. I think if we can deny him Florida, Ohio, and Michigan he’ll lose. He’s already lost Florida, he’s trailing in Michigan, and Ohio is demographically hostile to him. If we could ensure a loss in Pennsylvania, that would definitely do it.

    I think this a strategy that’s doable. Is there any way he can pull it off without the states I listed above?

  39. Also, I’m beginning to wonder if he’s having financial problems? I hope he is. I think the college kids may be losing interest or he was lying along about small contributions!

  40. It’s borderline comical that Obama, in the face of mounting criticism that working families and middle-class Americans increasingly view him as elitist and out-of-touch, would unveil a ridiculous, fictitious, superhero logo with LATIN interwoven into it.

    I’m sure next week we’ll see an “Obama Force One” airplane with the new logo on the tail…

  41. filbert,

    ‘I believe the stalwart Republicans want a Democratic victory this year.’

    I think the Repubs want it to appear as though they’ve ceded the GE to the UN-democrats all the while having secretly installed a closet-puppet-repub in the WH.

    Manchurian candidate? 👿

  42. Why Johnny-Mac isn’t attacking Obamerrhoid;
    e
    Maybe he’s playing the ‘ignore something and it will disappear’ game. In this instance it could work. Nothing trivializes someone as much as the implicit ridicule of non-acknowledgment. With no one to fight against, BO and his hyper-caffeine-driven cohorts will spin more and more ludicrous images from the obamerrhoid seal to the reinvention of the US map to flip-flopping on FISA, campaign funding reform, NAFTA, etc. they have to do something with all that pent-up adolescent energy and a terrific use for it would be self-destruction.

  43. On MSNBC this am

    GOP has 53 million

    DNC has……..are you ready for this?? 3.9 million his worst donation month!! ROFLMAO!!!!

    add that to the fact that BAM’s raised 21.? million and Mac 22 Million in MAY!!! his best donation month!! ROFLMAO!!!

  44. ooops…. his worst donation month!! ROFLMAO!!!! was supposed to be down with bams total not the DNC’s

  45. I think, his funding will increase, because people will be able to donate for the GE. The DNC’s fund raising has been horrible. All the funds have been going to the candidates.

  46. it will be interesting to see what the FEC has for JUNE and JULY financial reports going into the convention

  47. “Asked by journalists when he might do so, Clinton smiled and shook hands with spectators without acknowledging he heard the question.”

    He smiled and said nothing, and this becomes an excuse for an attack piece? That’s ridiculous.

  48. LOL
    —-
    “”Also due out this summer is a mostly positive look at “The Faith of Barack Obama,” by the best-selling author of “The Faith of George Bush.””

  49. Well we went ahead and did it. MASSDEM had her initial Talk Radio Show on yesterday, entitled, “NO WE WON’T” (vote for Obama) and we are working under PUMA’s mission statement.

    I’m leaving a link here for all of you to listen to the first broadcast of NO WE WON’T …and will repost it when Admin Monday’s brief is published.

    The responders on the broadcast are from another Hill site, “Capital Hill”. wwcapitalhillforum.com

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/NO-WE-WONT/2008/06/22/NO-WE-WONT

    Mrs. Smith

  50. I support Bill Clinton 100% in his not backing Obama. Bill represents the over half the party who voted for his wife to be the nominee. I love the Big Dawg and his actions do not disappoint.

    Had the campaign been run differently, had the Clintons not been smeared as racists and had not articles like Purdunce’s come out in Vanity Fair, then a different tact would be appropriate.

    However, the Clintons were dishonored and pieces like Purdumb’s were set-up. And so here we are.

    What Bill is doing is correct, and just. The Bambians broke the party unity, they own it. And now they live with it. All the way into McCain’s or Hillary’s presidency.

    *

    The GOP and its members need to start working on building up their 527’s. That Politico article about the lack of same is not good. McCain, if he goes against BaJoke, will need those organizations. It is imperative that the GOP starts working to ensure their existence and effectiveness now. Not officially, of course, that would be illegal. But unofficially, at the grassroots level, the effort needs to get moving.

    If they don’t like McCain, that’s fine. Do what the DNC is trying to do: Make the election about the other guy and not your guy.

    When conservatives realize what a BaJoke presidency would look like and the damage that would be done, they will act. Just like any sane Democrat, they will run away at full speed from this pathetic, craven loser named OFraudma.

    *

    As far as the Clintons being blamed when Stick Man loses, who cares? The AA Clark Gable and his ears will be gone, so we can go from there. The most important thing is to defeat him. Once that is accomplished everything else can be taken care of, including the Judases who went Brutus on Hillary.

  51. Good for Bill…they destroyed 30 plus yrs of civil rights work by exploiting his comments. I blame MSM and Clyburn in particular(also Pelosi).

  52. Just a little note in addition to my last post.

    “NO WE WON’T” is working on becoming a weekly interactive radio talk show broadcast. The first broadcast was at 6pm Sunday night. We are looking for an 8pm time slot on Sunday evenings, so that our Left Coast Hill supporters can call in and participate.

    Stay Tuned…

    Mrs. S.

  53. hey all – did you see this? group hired by natl. democrats is registering dead people, pets, etc in Lousiana. SURPRISED! not. gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2008/06/dems-hire-radical-muslim-group-in.html

    VIP is a Washington, D.C., group hired by national Democrats to register some 70,000 new voters in advance of the presidential and other federal elections this fall. [snip]

    The registration cards must be checked out and that’s putting a major burden on the office staffs, Dardenne said.

    Dardenne said cards are being submitted for people already on the voter rolls and “a significant percentage are being submitted without necessary information to register someone and “blatantly false information.

    Two cards received in Caddo Parish had George W. Bush as the voter applicant with a 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. address in Shreveport, Dardenne said. Other cards have been filed for prisoners who cannot vote and dead people. In Jefferson Parish, a voter registration card was filed for the registrar of voters.
    The radical Muslim group signing up dead voters in Louisiana set up their office in the Wahhabi Corridor:

  54. jbstonesfan Says:

    June 23rd, 2008 at 12:22 pm
    Also, why in the hell is BO polling so well? What the hell is McCain going to do???

    He’s not polling so well. they are in a statistical tie when the generic dem is 20 points ahead. Why are they in a tie? Because it’s a crap year to be a Republican. Duh.

  55. INSIDE JOB?

    (Maybe you already know of this…)
    From a link on noquarter to this link, about HRC’s ad(s) being sabotaged from the inside:

    blog.unheardamericanvoices.com/2008/06/17/who-put-this-
    huge-knife-in-hillary-clintons-back–by-karen-hill.aspx

    (Watch out for line wrap “…who-put-this-” going onto to “huge-….”)

  56. Taylor Marsh seems to vacillate between kinda endorsing Obama to kinda lightly criticizing him (about FISA and reneging on his promise to accept public financing in the GE).

    I suppose the main point is that she is not blindly falling in line.

  57. On the polls, this is from WaPo:

    “Given that he is running in a year in which the political climate is as favorable for the Democrats as it has been in any year in recent memory, one question the Obama team must grapple with is why the presumptive Democratic nominee does not have a more substantial lead over McCain in early polls.

    Top advisers point to several factors. First, they acknowledge that the long nomination battle has left scars within the party. Right now, polls show that Obama is winning a smaller share of Democratic support than McCain is winning of Republican support. Campaign officials expect that to change as the summer progresses.

    But they also acknowledge that McCain runs better with independent voters than anyone else the GOP might have nominated. By the fall they hope to have drawn enough distinctions with McCain to make those independents think twice about their support for him.

    Finally, they argue, they have not yet begun to compete for Republican support, particularly among women who favor abortion rights or GOP voters disaffected with President Bush. In the end, they believe that whichever candidate wins the highest percentage of voters in the other party is likely to be the next occupant of the White House.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/22/AR2008062201964_pf.html

  58. Obama & Gaddafi
    What a Pair

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2737QUBxFY
    As we can clearly hear above, Muammar al-Gaddafi discusses the ‘importance’ of a Barack Hussein Obama Presidency to the Islamic ‘Ummah’, in contrast to what he terms “the Dictatorship and Imperialism of the United States”.

    As we have already discussed on this BlogZine (read “The Little Left Book“), the ‘New Left’ ideology, which seems to be motivating, financing and energizing the Obama campaign, is a white washed brand of Maoist socialism, and ironically enough, it is very similar to the concept of “change” and “hope” which cemented Gaddafi’s rise to fame. The question then arises; is Gaddafi speaking about Obama on a random whim, or does he have a concrete connection to Barack Obama?

    By the time Wright and Farrakhan visited, Libyan oil imports had been banned, and America was trying to topple what it called a “rogue regime.” In the several years after that, Farrakhan was pro-active for Qadhfi, even as Libya was internationally isolated for suspected involvement in numerous terror plots, including the explosion of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
    Farrakhan’s and Wright’s 1984 visit and subsequent support was done precisely to openly ally themselves with a declared enemy of the United States. Why? Because these two American men of the clergy — Farrakhan and Wright — are avowed enemies of the United States.

    Of course, Black Liberation Theology and it’s connection to Maoism/Leninism/Marxism is a well established fact.

    Should the fact that Gaddafi knowledge of Obama’s religious and ethnic background seems a bit more advanced than most Americans really surprise us? Are we to assume that Rev. Wright and Gaddafi have not discussed the candidacy of Barack Hussein Obama throughout this process? Has Louis Farrakhan never discussed the immense possibilities that an Obama Presidency could bring for their respective ideologies? Or is Gaddafi simply responding to those “evil internet rumors” to which Obama makes reference on a daily basis?

    The New York Times reported August 27, 1996 (h/t GS), that Farrakhan had applied to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control for “permission” to accept a $1 billion “donation” pledged by Qaddafi during Farrakhan’s January 1996 trip to Libya, which had been under U.S. sanctions for years due to its “links to terrorism” that “bar most business transactions between the two countries and limit travel.”
    To some people, all of these unwholesome links among Obama’s many strange friends may somehow seem ‘irrelevant’ or ‘inconsequential’, but to those of us who actually THINK, the dots are already connected, and what they outline is not a pretty picture.

    ©2008 J. Cifre, J.D., of SAVAGEPOLITICS.com. All Rights Reserved.

  59. neetabug Says:

    June 22nd, 2008 at 7:06 pm
    Who’s Sending Flowers to Hillary @ the senate: copy and add your name then repost!

    DJIA
    I will be in South Dakota by that time

    Neetabug
    I am from Ohio

    birdgal Says:

    June 22nd, 2008 at 3:47 pm
    I am from CA

    ShortTermer Says:

    June 23rd, 2008 at 8:39 am
    I would love to participate in flowers, what is the plan?
    Yellow roses are perfect.

    Admin. What is the date Hillary is due back in the Senate?

  60. This WaPo excerpt says it all:

    “But [the Obama campaign] also acknowledge[s] that McCain runs better with independent voters than anyone else the GOP might have nominated. By the fall they hope to have drawn enough distinctions with McCain to make those independents think twice about their support for him.”
    ——

    This is why BHO is DOA, in my opinion. Obama’s entire schtick in the primary campaign was that he could woo independents, and now he’s losing badly in that category to McCain. Plus, post-Trinity, Obama’s appeal among independents has plummeted, and he hasn’t been doing anything to fix it. All he can do is try and move to the political center (see, FISA) but then that alienates all the latte liberals… he’s f**ked.

  61. Finally, they argue, they have not yet begun to compete for Republican support, particularly among women who favor abortion rights or GOP voters disaffected with President Bush. In the end, they believe that whichever candidate wins the highest percentage of voters in the other party is likely to be the next occupant of the White House.”
    *****************************************************
    The DEMOCRATS are clueless and unbelieveable in their hubris in how their think about WOMEN RIGHTS and EQUAL RIGHTS. It was alright to THROW us under the bus for under prepared Obama who has NO ACCOMPLISHMENT in his 6 years as a politician with his dubious chicago political machine corruptions for a Great American with decades of accomplishments.

    But then to threaten us with then old “chestnuts” of Roe vs Wade and the Supreme court as it is women only interests. The DEMOCRATIC? TALIBAN PARTY time and time again has told women that there is NOWHERE to go….”so get over it” and think and do what the MALES tell you to do. And that is be happy that we ALLOW you ROE vs WADE and that we will US SEXISM and MYSOGINY and political tactics to bring any WOMAN down from her “GOD GIVEN POTENTIAL” if she doesn’t stay in the kitchen.

    Unforturnately, with the PLAYMATES that we’ve been supporting as PROTECTORS OF WOMEN RIGHTS for ALL WOMEN supporting this mindset and getting away with participating is the SEXISM AND MYSOGINY like all PLAYMATES do, we have a problem with being consider a important voice in our own determination.

  62. correction: And that is be happy that we allow you roe vs wad and that we will use sexism and mysoginy as po9litical tactics to bring any WOMAN down from her “God Given Potential” if she doesn’t stay in the kitchen.

  63. jbstonesfan wrote:

    Also, why in the hell is BO polling so well? What the hell is McCain going to do???
    ———-

    BO isn’t polling well, is the problem. If Hillary were the nominee she’d be ahead by about 10 points right now, and instead Obama and McCain are tied. Obama has built up enough of a bad track record over the past year on unreported news items, which McCain will continue to regurgitate (as he’s done successfully so far) in order to drive up Bambi’s unfavorables.

    If you’re a McCain supporter, all is well in the world, at least for now.

  64. McCain is hitting his sweet spot. Complete energy independence. Today he proposes solutions to get us to 100% electric cars. Dems are so stoopid.

  65. mj Says:
    June 23rd, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    McCain is hitting his sweet spot. Complete energy independence. Today he proposes solutions to get us to 100% electric cars. Dems are so stoopid.

    ==================================

    Great if he meant all alternative energy instead of just more drilling.

    Another wild thought. What if he pushed for better contraception so we wouldn’t need Roe vs Wade?

  66. “Great if he meant all alternative energy instead of just more drilling.”

    Of course he does. Electric cars have zero to do with drilling for oil. The oil thing is just a rhetorical argument anyway. He saying states should decide. Most states will decide not to. Indeed, most of the oil is in CA, and they will never agree to that. The other part of the argument is for natural gas, and it’s a good idea. Indeed every major Dem in VA supports drilling for natural gas.

    “Another wild thought. What if he pushed for better contraception so we wouldn’t need Roe vs Wade?”

    Never going to happen, but roe v. wade and social issues are not likely to be top priorities for McCain. that’s why conservatives don’t trust him.

  67. ShortTermer Says:
    June 23rd, 2008 at 8:39 am

    I would love to participate in flowers, what is the plan?
    Yellow roses are perfect.

    We need to help with Hillary’s debt.

    ====================================

    Flowers are good for those who are maxed-out on Hillary.

    For those who can still donate to Hillary, see Heidi Li’s Potpourri for the links.

  68. mj Says:
    June 23rd, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    “Great if he meant all alternative energy instead of just more drilling.”

    Of course he does. Electric cars have zero to do with drilling for oil. The oil thing is just a rhetorical argument anyway. He saying states should decide. Most states will decide not to. Indeed, most of the oil is in CA, and they will never agree to that. The other part of the argument is for natural gas, and it’s a good idea. Indeed every major Dem in VA supports drilling for natural gas.
    ====================================

    Thanks, mj. This is something I need to learn more about … when there’s time. 🙂

    But even with every car electric, most of the current electric power plants still need oil, it’s used for heating, 18 wheel trucks can’t be electric.

    Why is drilling for natural gas prohibited now?

  69. Admin: according to Patton when Caesar returned from his foreign conquests to the adulation and cheers of throngs of well wishers in Rome, a man was positioned in the back of his chariot to whisper in his ear the words you cite: sic transit gloria mundi so he would realize he was still a mortal and not a god.

    Nunc pro tunc. Then as now, with two differences. Here the battle was lost in the field but won in the Roman Senate. Also, there is no one in the back of the chariot to keep his feet on the ground. Interesting to see what will happen . . .

  70. You know Obama’s a political lightweight when the media has nothing to vet him on except his work on the law review from his student days! Hahaha…. what a joke.

    ——–
    Obama kept Law Review balanced
    By: Jeffrey Ressner and Ben Smith
    June 23, 2008 10:58 AM EST

    Barack Obama’s election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review in 1990 gave him his first moment of national fame, a powerful intellectual credential and a sweet book deal. It was also his first electoral victory, won in part by convincing the conservative minority of law students that he would treat them fairly.

    While the title and election have become well-known parts of Obama’s personal story, the substance of his actual work on the Review, where he spent at least 50 hours a week, has received little attention.

    Obama might have had it right back when he was running the journal, where he reportedly ended minor disputes with the words, “Just remember, folks: Nobody reads it.”

  71. basil9 Says:
    June 23rd, 2008 at 7:55 am

    filbert,

    ‘I believe the stalwart Republicans want a Democratic victory this year.’

    I think the Repubs want it to appear as though they’ve ceded the GE to the UN-democrats all the while having secretly installed a closet-puppet-repub in the WH.

    Manchurian candidate?

    =================================

    The Madison Avenue Candidate?

    I agree — why bother to win elections when you can just quietly donate to the real GOP-lites in the Dem party: Pelosi, Reid, Obama….

  72. I think flowers are a nice gesture and surely Hillary would be floored to recieve so many. But being practical, if we sent her the amount we would spend on flowers to reduce her debt and added a note that it was in lieu of flowers, it would help her even more. Remember, she has to run for reelection to the Senate in 2 years and will need to do fund raising then. Just my thoughts. Don’t mean to insult anyone. Thanks

  73. 1950dem,
    I agree.

    BTW, i just had a horrible thought. What if HRC is being held hostage with regards to her campaign debt as well as future senate influence by whether or not she succeeds in delivering her supporters to obammerrhoid?
    Like indentured labor?
    Also, apparently the new strategy for ‘winning’ the GE without Florida, Ohio, Michigan, etc. is by registering ALL blacks in 5 key states. Talk about the race card. 👿

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