Enfants De La Patrie

Bastille Day. Time to overthrow the Democratic? Party leadership.

The Democratic grassroots allied with long-time Democratic high dollar donors will overthrow the Obama/Dean/Brazile/Pelosi/FISA party.

On the ramparts we stand, shoulder-to-shoulder.

The alliance is natural. The Democratic grassroots provided Hillary Clinton with the most votes this election cycle. Democratic high dollar donors provide the Democratic Party with the financing it requires. Hillary donors are especially necessary for the Democratic Party and for the unqualified Barack Obama. The Washington Post:

Several of Obama’s top fundraisers said yesterday that they don’t think trend lines showing three straight months of declining donations to the candidate are cause for concern. But they said the campaign has recognized it will need to expand efforts to raise money from high-dollar donors in order to meet budget projections.

“It’s one of the reasons why the Clinton people are so important,” said Kirk Wagar, Obama’s Florida finance chairman. “Most of us have beaten our Rolodexes pretty badly.”

As we wrote before and will write again:

For a long time we have urged a fundraisers strike against the Democratic? National Committee. We now additionally urge a fundraisers strike against the Democratic? National Convention and B.O.

Democratic big money donors are usually team players. Democratic big money donors do not like to oppose the Democratic Party. Democratic big money donors do not like to be “off the reservation” in any way. However we are seeing very encouraging signs and privately hearing from Democratic big money donors that many are joining the resistance.

The strike is beginning to take shape.

One courageous and mighty high dollar donor in particular is leading the way. Lady Lynn De Rothschild in a must see video that pulls no punches. Aux Barricades!

The exhausted Obama fundraisers absolutely need high dollar donors and our grassroots/donor alliance can deny Obama/Dean/Brazile/Pelosi the financing for the hostile takeover of the Democratic Party of FDR.

Certainly, the Obama campaign seems to have rediscovered an appreciation for traditional bundlers in recent days, illustrated by high-dollar fund-raising events held in New York this week, and by the gaudy expansion of a previously hidden bundler database at the instigation of The Times.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign had the largest stable of bundlers, and after some tortured negotiations, they are now raising big money for Obama.

Many Democratic low and high dollar donors will not accept the force feeding of Obama. NObama. NOvember.

“Frankly, we don’t like him.”

Lady De Rothschild is the founder of the website Together4US.com which according to her means “To-get-her-for-US“.

As the rebel alliance takes form and shape to restore the Democratic Party to greatness low and high dollar donors and grassroots Democrats agree:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

The Rebel Alliance grows.

Aux armes, citoyens!
Formez vos bataillons!
Marchons, marchons !


105 thoughts on “Enfants De La Patrie

  1. Don’t believe it- finally get this borrowed POS to send something, and Admin has moved the venue… ah well at least this time I can copy it.

    Sorry Admin: forgot my manners…read your history/current affairs lesson (Call to Strike, mes amis!!) first. As usual, it is on point. Thank you for keeping our collective noses to the wheel.

    Now to repost:
    okay- third time is a charm…

    Having just lost 2 submits in two hours, am outside to pick up a different signal, and a couple dozen mosquitos.

    here goes.
    AMB90 and wwoebi and Paddy

    Are you gentlemen, and lady, out there? I have things to discuss w/ each of you, and I am always a day late and a dollar short when it comes to finding you (sometimes weeks or more for Paddy, ni hou ma.) So if you are on here reading or lurking, send a signal back.

    I do know that if I stay up til 12 or 1 in the morning, ET I can sometimes find wwboei; and if I get up between 4 and 5 in the morning when they start milking around this county, I can sometimes find AMB90. Paddy comes in between, but more toward AMB, and B Merry, when she is on.)

    Can’t do that anymore guys, getting too cranky and creaky, never mind witless, to do that very much anymore.

    So anyway, let’s each pair set up a meetup- you name the date and time, I’ll confirm, and do my darndest to be here and have a signal.

    Course we will have lurking Pinkers just dying to know, so let’s just pretend we don’t now they are there, like we don’t know Dick Chaingang is checking this out cause I used his name in vain once.

    Whats say ya’ll?

    Love reposting- I get to fix my poor spelling before mindlessly hitting submit again.

  2. The French are Brave people who have had many revolution, and been occupied twice.

    Few countries have had the same experience. Having lived among them, I know they are fiecely private and independent.

    Viva La France!

    The response to our first ad which ran on Friday in the Chicago Tribune was great. It not only got across our goals it created a lot of media attention. As many know the Huffington Post did an article about us featuring the ad and we are in the front section today (Monday) of Congressional Quarterly Weekly (see the article below).

    We are now making preparations to do our first TV commercial. We have contributions steadily coming in but we need to keep the fund raising up to buy the TV time. The louder we can make the wheel squeak the more attention it will get.

    And the wheel is going to squeak a little louder today because Heidi Li has been asked to do an interview today about the Denver Group and our goals on Fox News with Neil Cavuto on his show Your World today between 4pm and 5 pm eastern.

    We can feel a sense of the tide shifting and atmosphere changing and the best thing we can do now is step up the pressure and television is a great way to do it. There will be more print ads but there is nothing like television to escalate the pressure.

    As we said two weeks ago before we ran our first ad, while we love the large contributions, $5 from a thousand people buys as much media as $5,000 from a single person. There is no contribution too small and $5 helps just as much and makes someone just as much a part of what we are doing as $5,000.
    Posted by Marc Rubin at 9:08 AM
    democratsfordemocracy said…
    thank you for starting this group

    July 14, 2008 10:19 AM
    Anonymous said…
    Yes! Media exposure is crucial and you guys are doing an amazing job! I don’t have big money to give (hurting as much as the next person), but just sent in 10 bucks. Will do it as often as I can.

    Meanwhile, let’s all keep the heat on the DNC, the SD’s, and our own local and state elected officials to advocate for a fair democratic process and for Hillary Clinton!


    July 14, 2008 1:24 PM
    Nancy said…
    Heidi Li was great in spite of a rather ignorant moderator who kept talking over her. She kept her cool and was very articulate. Good job, Heidi Li!

    July 14, 2008 1:35 PM
    Dean Mansfield said…
    I truly believe Senator Clinton will be the nation’s 44th President. What you are doing is great. I am sure it is part of the process that will eventually elect her to the highest office in the land. I am, myself, a Republican but feel Mrs. Clinton would be better for the country than our presumptive nominee, whom I greatly admire as a patriot. But I believe Mrs. Clinton would have greater ability regarding the day-to-day running of things in the Executive Branch. That is very important regardless of political views. Also I feel Mrs. Clinton should be your nominee already. It appears there has been some “foul play?” Mr. Obama is too inexperienced but has some powerful forces backing him that, perhaps, want to “use” him? Who knows, but that is how it appears to one outside your party. Good luck to you!

    July 14, 2008 1:50 PM
    Janice said…
    Heidi, I saw you on Neils show today and thought you did great even though the commentator tried to overturn your objective. They just can’t get over the fact that the people really do still have the right and the courage to stand up for ourselves without riots in the streets. I think we have blown the minds of the kids more than anyone that we have the knowledge to beat them at their own game with technology they claim is theirs. The boomers are still alive and well. Thanks to people like you and Rubin.

    July 14, 2008 3:10 PM
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    1. Senator Clinton has only suspended her campaign. She has not conceded and never offered a statement of concession which is traditional when someone is no longer a candidate. She did not officially end her candidacy which she could have chosen to do. She is still technically a candidate.

    2. Senator Clinton has not released her delegates. Releasing or asking her delegates to support Senator Obama is also something she could have done. She has not. All of Senator Clinton’s delegates won during the primary season are still committed to her and can cast their votes for her at the convention as long as her name is on the ballot.

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  4. Chuck Todd finally admitting that if primaries were still going, it would be Hillary vs Matt…

    Because it is now THE ECONOMY STUPID instead of THE WAR.

  5. This is an action diary folks – note that email for Brazile and let her know what you think of her lame-@ss attempts to stack the deck for her guy. While you’re at it – ask her what she’s so afraid of that she has to throw this to him. Doesn’t she think he can win a fair fight against Hillary?

    It’s time to write Donna Brazile.
    Tell her how outraged you are about the DNC trying to cancel the roll call.

    Tell her how angry you are that she stood silent during the sexist treatment of Hillary Clinton.

    Tell her you are not coming home, not now, not ever.

    Tell her it’s time for a change and she is part of that change.

    Her email address is donna@brazileassociates.com.


  6. OMG ADMIN!!!!!!

    MY FAVORITE Big Donor, My Favorite Movie AND MY FAVORITE ADMIN & WEBSITE all in ONE PLACE!!!!

    WOO HOO!

    Go Lynn! GO GO GO BIG PINK! GO 18MillionVoices and the Denver Group and Just Say No Deal and PUMA and PumaPac and, and, and….


  7. Remember the last caller on last nights PUMA radio show? I was just blown away by this amazing woman – she knows what real racism is. You could just hear the anger, disgust and frustration in her voice as she spoke of the way BHO and his followers have watered down the meaning of the word, and the hateful actions that were done against people of color back in Dr. King’s day as a part of that racism.
    If anyone gets BHO, it’s her. She paid the price for the racism during the civil rights movement – something the young people of today can’t possibly understand or appreciate when they call people who choose a candidate other than their own racists. It’s done at the drop of a hat, but a lot of the accusers of today weren’t even born when heads were getting split open and people were getting murdered for the simple act of registering voters down South.

    Take a look at her words, and post them everywhere you possibly can. People need to see the cold hard truth of what she’s saying here, and understand just how much she resents what BHO’s done in her name.

    Listen, I’m a black female supporter of Hillary Clinton – yes – from ____ . I love her! She is wonderful. My husband, my daughters, all of us voted for her, and I am going to tell you something – Obama is a race-baiting phony. People, I am so disturbed I’m so ashamed and disturbed – of what he pulled in South Carolina . I know this is going back in the past, but it makes me want to cry because I worked so hard in ____ marching with Martin Luther King and others. And whites were with us. And for him to come and tell those lies like he did in South Carolina . I always tell people- listen, Obama won out Iowa. Obama lost North Carolina [NH]. He lost Nevada he HAD to win South Carolina . Otherwise he would have been out of the race, people! He would have been out. How could he win South Carolina with Clinton leading 65% among black voters? AND leading in the polls. He had to pry, snatch, steal – whatever you want to say – those votes out of her hands.
    Alegre :: She Speaks for Me
    How did he do it? By lying to black people, riling them up and making them angry. To say that – not Hillary so much but Bill Clinton was a racist. Now, he didn’t say it in those exact words, but baby, he pulled it off. I am so angry at that man I’m not going to go there, OK? If you can imagine I am so angry at him. What he pulled, it was shameful, it was shameful. I am so hurt you all. You can’t understand. Unless you marched – unless you walked there in that hot sun, unless you did that, there is no way to understand what terrible things this man has done. He has set race relations back for a very, very, very long time. I am so y’all, God knows I could cry. I despise him for that. I loathe him for that. I detest him for that. I am personally outraged and offended at him, and I will never vote for him as long as I live. I am so angry that I don’t know what to do.
    Let me tell you all something what I have done. See, I have been a lifelong Democrat. I give to the DCCC, the DSCC, and the DNC, all of them. And now they are sending me a letter of solicitation. I would read it but it’s a little too long, but at the very end of the letter of solicitation I never want them to stop sending them because I tell them every time – I tell them just what I basically told you. I tell them I am personally outraged and offended and I’ll never vote for Obama, and I tell them in regard to your pretend fears about Roe v. Wade, if you were so concerned about that issue you should have voted for Hillary Clinton.

    I was so honored when Sheri and Will invited me to be a part of their show last night, and even more honored that I got to talk with this fine woman. I won’t ever forget her words or the passion behind them, and they help drive me on in my fight to further the causes that Hillary’s been fighting for. I won’t rest until she’s treated fairly and with respect at our convention next month, and neither should any of you.

  8. Sen. John McCain on Monday accused his Democratic presidential rival of flip-flopping on the war in Iraq, as a pair of new polls showed the Republican’s strategy of painting Sen. Barack Obama as politically expedient is beginning to take hold with voters.

    As Mr. Obama repositions himself for the general election after exclusively targeting the Democratic base of committed liberals, it leaves some voters on the left feeling he is abandoning them on their top issue – Iraq – and has independents questioning his veracity.

    “If a perception takes hold that a candidate is flip-flopping on core convictions, that will hurt,” pollster Scott Rasmussen said, noting that nearly a third of voters are “up for grabs” this fall.

    A Fox 5/The Washington Times/Rasmussen Reports poll shows 19 percent of voters classified as “other” – neither Republican nor Democrat – think that on the Iraq war, Mr. Obama is “abandoning voters that got him nominated.” (Eleven percent of Democrats agree.) About 20 percent of independents think Mr. Obama is “not really going to change his opinion” on a U.S. withdrawal within 16 months of taking office, a pledge he has made repeatedly.

    A Newsweek poll found similar dissatisfaction among voters over Mr. Obama’s shifts in policy positions. In the survey, 53 percent of voters said he recalibrated his stances on key issues such as the war and President Bush’s new electronic surveillance law in order to gain political advantage.

    Although the issue of Iraq had faded – replaced by skyrocketing gas prices and a weakened economy – Mr. Obama returned the spotlight to the war, now in its sixth year. He penned an op-ed for the New York Times on Monday, announced he will make a “major foreign policy address” on Iraq on Tuesday and accepted a challenge from Mr. McCain to visit Iraq, a trip he will take next month.

    Whether the first-term senator from Illinois has changed his stance on the issue depends on nuanced rhetoric by the Democrat and a nonstop dialogue between the two campaigns. The McCain camp on Monday released about a dozen e-mails cataloging what it called “myth vs. fact” about its opponent’s Iraq stance, and Mr. Obama’s team followed with rapid-response rebuttals.

    The Democrat has called for a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops by June 2010. His Web site says: “Obama will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq. He will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months.”

    But earlier this month, the candidate said he will “continue to refine my policies” on Iraq, and last month he said U.S. withdrawal will be predicated on ground conditions. “If … you’ve got a deteriorating situation for some reason, then that’s going to have to be taken into account.”

    Mr. Obama also shifted his stance on the “surge” – President Bush’s decision to send about 20,000 additional combat troops into Iraq at the height of rising violence last year, a move even some top Democrats acknowledge has succeeded.

    In his Times op-ed, Mr. Obama wrote that with the surge, “new tactics have protected the Iraqi population, and the Sunni tribes have rejected Al Qaeda – greatly weakening its effectiveness.” But the senator voted against the surge, and on the day it was announced he predicted it would fail.

    “The major point here is that Senator Obama refuses to acknowledge that he was wrong,” Mr. McCain said Monday. “He said that the surge couldn’t succeed. He said he opposed the increase in troops. The surge has succeeded.”

    The Obama campaign denied that he had flip-flopped on Iraq.

    “The McCain campaign again repeated the same false attacks about Senator Obama’s position on Iraq, which independent observers have repeatedly corrected them on,” Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan said. “It’s clear that John McCain would rather offer thoroughly debunked, negative attacks in an effort to distract from his unwavering support of George Bush’s ill-conceived strategy, than offer a real plan to end the war in Iraq, redeploy our troops safely and responsibly, and refocus our efforts on finishing the job in Afghanistan.”

    McCain surrogates also criticized the Democrat.

    “I was astonished when I read the op-ed piece,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican. “It is just an unbelievably brazen effort by a politician to rewrite history. … Senator Obama completely misunderstood what needed to be done, early on, and continues to misunderstand the importance of winning in Iraq.”

    Said Mr. McCain’s foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann: “Senator Obama’s confusion on Iraq continues and the contradictions within his own op-ed in the New York Times today make it clear that the American people should remain puzzled about what his position actually is.

    “He’s never said he wants to win in Iraq,” Mr. Scheunemann said. “He said he wants to withdraw from Iraq and he said that if he’s president he will order his commanders to withdraw,” which the adviser said would result in his giving generals orders to “lose a war they are on the way to winning.”

    In his op-ed, Mr. Obama also said that as president, he would send at least two more combat brigades to Afghanistan. The increase – about 7,000 troops – would follow Mr. Obama’s plan to pull combat troops out of Iraq.

  9. From a fs forum:

    John McCain has got to win the WH in November. I’m probably not going to like everything McCain does, but at least he’ll do what he believes to help the people. Or Something.

    Every day brings about more crap about His Worshipfulness, and as a nation we really don’t have time for all his shenanigans. Has any nominee ever been more of a Drama Queen? First it’s the fuss about his acceptance speech in a football stadium. Then it’s all about him speaking in front of the Brandenburg Gate. Now it’s all about how his Highness is oh so offended by the New Yorker cover.

    Uh..hello!!! I thought this was supposed to be about THE PEOPLE. Do we still remember THE PEOPLE? The PEOPLE are losing jobs. The PEOPLE can’t afford gas and the economy is stalled because of it. Some people can’t even afford tickets to football games anymore. The PEOPLE are losing their civil rights. Some PEOPLE are dying fighting in Iraq.

    These people with much much greater problems are the ones who should really be offended.

    We can’t spend the next 4 years worrying and obssessing about where His Worshipfulness should speak, whether the Rose Garden is big enough, or whether some photo of His Worshipfulness is not pretty enough.

    May I suggest his Worshipfulness reconsiders his career choice and become a wedding planner instead, since he’s so obssessed with styles, appearances and facades?

  10. “May I suggest his Worshipfulness reconsiders his career choice and become a wedding planner instead, since he’s so obssessed with styles, appearances and facades?”

    Oh God. If this were not so true it would be funny. (It was funny, but my goodness)


    This is just a rockin’ video!


  11. Oh gosh

    I just noticed the time! I have GOT To go to bed! I have been having to REPOST a perfectly legitimate INVITATION to join our local 18MillionVoices Meet-up group on Craigslist. It was “flagged” and pulled down by some victim of Hope-Nosis who does not believe in another’s RIGHT to have a Hillary Clinton support group.

    Welcome to the Obama/Dean/Brazile/Pelosi/FISA party. Where the only free speech and right to assemble is theirs.

    Wake Up America,

    Admin, thanks again for ALL you do!

    I’ve got my ticket to Denver!

  12. From PaganPower:

    A Stage the Size of HIS Ego

    The Obama campaign has decided to have the last day of the convention at an outdoor arena to allow for more spectators. Precious just has to have more exposure. And more adoring followers fans is exactly what Precious will get. Yes Hims Will.

    Obama To Accept Nomination At Invesco Field

    On Thursday, August 28, Barack Obama plans to accept his nomination at Invesco Field in Denver, rather than at the Pepsi Center.

    It’s going to cost the convention committee a lot of money to make the move, but Invesco Field can handle more than 75,000 spectators and will make a much better picture.

    An unnamed source close to the campaign (and we all know how reliable they can be) said that Messiah Barack got all snitty because so many PUMAs were demanding that Hillary’s name be placed into nomination.

    He demanded that if “she” had anything to do with the convention he wouldn’t even “do it” unless he could go somewhere else and be recognized. Something large enough for his massive ego.

    And since the Great Wall of China wasn’t available, his snobness settled on Invesco Field.

    As I inferred, you can’t exactly count on the reliability of unnamed sources. But in this case I just might.

  13. “He demanded that if “she” had anything to do with the convention he wouldn’t even “do it” unless he could go somewhere else”

    all the more reason to get her and US there…

    FAT CHANCE tho he will keep his word to take his Seal and go home, just like Donna Brazile’s promise to leave the Democratic Party if Supers decided.

    Well Donna, there is still that possibility. It ain’t over til the fat lady quits.

  14. Norma

    Three snarks in one posting. You rock!

    Happiness is a ticket to Denver. (she said wistfully)

  15. Obama is TOAST he will NOT win the G.E.

    Super Delegates don’t be fooled Obama is NOT electable and it’s not because of the Clintons, PUMA, or any other group. It’s because Obama is WEAK, WEAK, WEAK and does not have the exprience or judgement to handle the the job.

    Also Obama is MORALLY BANKRUPT and I will be DAMN in HELL befor I let that CORRUPTED CHICAGO POLITICAL MACHINE get in the White House.


  16. http://blog.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2008/07/the_newsweek_poll_and_the_surp.html

    And, if you are a Democrat, the poll also included ominous numbers that suggest that past may be prologue in this race. At roughly this point in the 2004 election, Sen. John Kerry led President George W. Bush by a 47 percent to 44 percent margin in the Newsweek survey; at this point in 2000, the race was knotted between Bush (41 percent) and then Vice President Al Gore (40 percent).

    A look beyond the Newsweek poll suggests that while Obama is ahead, the margin is tenuous enough to give Democrats pause.

    And, McCain’s campaign flubs have come in perhaps the least friendly environment for the Republican party since 1974. In the Newsweek poll, just 28 percent approved of the job Bush was doing while 63 percent disapproved. A Pew poll in the field late last month showed that just 19 percent of the country is satisfied with the direction of the country while 76 percent is dissatisfied.

    Despite all of that, McCain is right on Obama’s tail and, depending on which poll you believe, closing the gap a bit.

    “Given the weak Republican brand, the negative political environment and President Bush’s historic low approval marks, recent polls showing McCain running neck-and-neck with Obama have got to be seen as an encouraging sign for McCain,” said Republican pollster Neil Newhouse. “Given the tilt of this electorate, it’s fairly surprising that Obama hasn’t been able to ‘close the deal’ with voters.”

    Polling suggests that while voters are uniquely dissatisfied with the direction of the country and clamoring for a change, they are not yet entirely sold on the idea that Obama, clearly the change agent in the race, is ready to assume the most powerful job in the world.

    The task for McCain then over the next few months is to continue to raise doubts about Obama’s experience and readiness for office while staying within five or six points of the Illinois senator in most polling.

  17. my local abc affiliate poltical reporter tom abrams is doing great work on obama. a solid mainstream reporter-he has a blog and u should read on what he is picking up on. he questions obama b-cert, reports on puma today and much more. he asks the tough questions and we should reward him by going to his blog, commenting and contacting him with praise-

  18. Norma

    I am wondering if the SDs won’t be reconsidering their choice. As the economy worsens, we need someone bright to help us out. Obama is no FDR.

    I have a feeling that it isn’t quite over so I thought I would go and rabble-rouse in Denver but there doesn’t seem to be a hotel room so I guess I’ll have to just send some money to Hillary supporters.

    Where did you find a place to stay?

  19. What do you reckon happened to the Whitey tape? Beckel knows it exists and he was very worried. Wouldn’t you think that Flipper and SnootyNose would be trying to address the issue by now?

  20. Reading the analysis on the Polling, compared to a year in which the Rep had less baggage, should be very troubling to the SDs. With such a supposed edge, the numbers are just not there.

    So force feeding the Party does not work any better than force feeding the women did almost 100 years ago.

  21. When does he close the Deal with the Democratic Voters?

    Just is not happening. I love how that phrase keeps coming up, because it is the only indication that hanging out there somplace there might be a goal or standard for this guy, which he just is not meeting. Yet, he demands and gets a venue like a stadium, which one would think the DNC would require he Close the Deal For. Of course not, we give the Elitist exactly what he wants, BUT


    SDs are you listening, because the cliff is coming in 44 days.

  22. I wonder why Lady DeRothschild didn’t say anything about nominating Hillary in Denver? Instead, she sounded as if she and the other wealthy donors are resigned to supporting McCain.

  23. Confloyd,
    Will Bowers of PUMA estimated that over the July 4th weekend, the PUMA/No Deal movement raised between 6 and 10 million dollars to retire Hillary’s debt. I haven’t heard any figures from last weekend’s money drive. But Hillary should be out of debt by this point, or very close to it.

  24. Vive Lady De Rothschild! At least the moderator allowed her to speak, and did not try to speak over her.

    Vive Admin for another great article.


    Apparently, Hillary is not waiting to be veep and wait 8 years. Nor does she appear to believe Obama will win, and that she’d have to wait 8 years.


    Hillary Clinton’s campaign is sending out letters to donors asking permission to roll a $2,300 contribution to Clinton’s 2008 general election coffers to her 2012 senate election fund instead of offering a refund.

    The letter, read to me by one recipient, includes a photocopy of a handwritten note from Clinton that says, “Dear friend, your commitment has meant so much to me over the course of my presidential campaign. You were there for me when I needed you the most and I’ll never forget it. I hope you’ll help me continue to fight for the issues and causes we believe in by filling out the enclosed form in support of Friends of Hillary.”

    The form says, “I hereby verify that my 2008 general election contribution may be designated to the 2012 Senate election. I designate the entire amount to the 2012 primary election. However if I have already contributed to the 2012 primary, I designate any amount in excess of $2,300 to the 2012 general election.”

    “If we do not hear back from you by August 28 2008 we will automatically refund your contribution.”

    This donor, at least, had no intention of signing. “Of course I’m going to get my money back,” the donor told me.

  26. Obama’s tenuous “lead”:

    It looks like Obama is “winning” the nomination with a mere sliver, 40.5 delegates. So start flippin’, SDs!!!

    (BTW, note how solid McCain’s victory is)


    Democratic Delegates:
    Delegates won: Total 2,118 needed
    Barack Obama 2,158.5
    Republican Delegates »
    Delegates won: Total 1,191 needed
    John McCain 1,401

    Or, “Where’s Waffles-o?”

    Obama’s reversal on “meet you anywhere, anytime, John McCain”, regarding tthe McCain proposal for 10 townhall meetings. McCain’s holding them anyway, without O-man:


    About Those Town-Hall Meetings…

    Published: July 14, 2008HUDSON, Wis. — At nearly every town-hall meeting that John McCain conducts with voters these days, he stops to point out someone missing from the room: Barack Obama.
    “I’ve asked Senator Obama to join me in town halls across the nation,” he said here the other morning. Mr. McCain’s notion was that the two of them would even share a plane, and travel to state to state taking questions from screened audience of uncommitted voters.

    Mr. Obama initially seemed enthusiastic about the idea when it was floated by Mark McKinnon, an adviser to Mr. McCain, as it became clear in early May that Mr. Obama was going to win the Democratic nomination. “I think it’s a great idea,” Mr. Obama said at the time. And for just a moment last spring, it seemed that voters might actually in be for the different kind of political campaign that Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama have both promised but, arguably, have yet to deliver.

    The idea slipped away, though, after what appeared to be a half-hearted response from the Obama campaign. Mr. McCain wanted to hold these town-hall meetings every Thursday until the Democratic convention at the end of August — about a dozen of them in all. The Obama campaign countered with an offer of five — but that included the three debates the two men were already scheduled to hold in the fall, meaning that Mr. Obama was really only agreeing to two of the sessions that Mr. McCain proposed. And the Obama camp wanted one of the two to be held on July 4, a day when Americans could be expected not to flock to their televisions.

    Mr. Obama’s aides insisted that he really did like the idea, but that his time was better spent directly talking to voters and preparing for his convention and the fall campaign. The town-hall meetings would eat up hours of preparation time, and the Democrats noted that Mr. McCain was able to claim his party’s nomination long before Mr. Obama could his, leaving Mr. McCain with plenty of time to do the preparation Mr. Obama is doing now.

    Bill Burton, Mr. Obama’s press secretary, blamed the breakdown on the McCain campaign, for failing to embrace the counter-offer Mr. Obama made. “The McCain campaign didn’t respond to our last proposal, except to reject it through the media,” he said. “They were much happier to play the politics of these joint appearances. Given what we have in the weeks down the road, we’ll see what the schedule dictates.”

    Mr. McCain’s aides scoffed at that, saying that what Mr. Obama — despite his initial enthusiasm — was offering was nothing like what Mr. McCain had suggested. Mark Salter, a senior adviser to Mr. McCain, said after the first conversations between the campaigns, “we were encouraged they were going to do it; after a week or two, we realized they had no intention of doing it.”

    All of this is very much in keeping with the kind of race Mr. Obama is running these days: the safe, take-few-chances campaign of a front-runner.

    From the view of Mr. Obama’s advisers, there was little reason to give Mr. McCain, who is struggling to win attention, the free publicity that would come from a joint national tour. Even though Mr. Obama has proven to be a formidable candidate not prone to mistakes, why risk putting him in a position where he could make an error? And civics aside, there is no evidence that politicians who duck debates are ever punished by voters for it. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton made a similar demand for debates during the Wisconsin Democratic primary, which Mr. Obama won handily even though he rebuffed her.

    Mr. Obama’s advisers suggest that one reason he has been avoiding town-hall matchups is because they play to Mr. McCain’s strengths. Mr. McCain has used such settings for a long time, and he is good at them: he comes off as knowledgeable, fast on his feet, funny and charming. But Mr. Obama has been doing his own town-hall meetings, and has arguably proved as adept as Mr. McCain.

    Town-hall meetings have been the staple of Mr. McCain’s campaign in both 2000 and 2008. He stands in the middle of a crowd of people, takes questions and engages in back-and-forth with voters. They can be friendly crowds drummed up by local party officials, as was the case here in this Wisconsin town near the Minnesota border, or, not so friendly, as when he appeared before an audience of mostly uncommitted factory workers in Belleville, Mich. There he was greeted with silence, and with challenges on his views supporting trade pacts.

    Mr. McCain argues that these kinds of sessions make for better candidates and better presidents, not to mention better-informed voters. They present the candidate with questions that they might not encounter if they spent their time talking only to, say, Wolf Blitzer (and no disrespect intended toward Mr. Blitzer). They bring the candidates face to face with the human side of voters’ concerns. They force candidates to defend and perhaps even rethink positions on issues.

    While some questions are fawning, just as many can be challenging or outright hostile, or danger-laden invitations to wade into a political thicket. Thus, these sessions become a test of the candidates’ acuity and swiftness of feet. (A woman in Hudson told Mr. McCain she was in danger of losing Social Security benefits from her late husband if she married a man she was seeing now; she suggested that she was torn between simply moving in with him without getting married and her feeling that such an act violated her moral teachings. Mr. McCain declined to offer her advice on this).

    For whatever reason — his liking of the forum; the fact that he is the underdog in the race; the belief that he would have an advantage here — Mr. McCain is clearly eager for these sessions to happen.

    With Mr. Obama preparing for an overseas trip and an announcement of a running-mate, and with two weeks of television coverage in August likely to be dominated by the Olympics, it seems that time is running out for them. Which may be precisely what the Obama campaign wants.

  28. Here we go, the scumbag’s latest ‘purge’.
    Barack Obama purges Web site critique of surge in Iraq

    Barack Obama’s campaign scrubbed his presidential Web site over the weekend to remove criticism of the U.S. troop “surge” in Iraq, the Daily News has learned.

    The presumed Democratic nominee replaced his Iraq issue Web page, which had described the surge as a “problem” that had barely reduced violence.

    “The surge is not working,” Obama’s old plan stated, citing a lack of Iraqi political cooperation but crediting Sunni sheiks – not U.S. military muscle – for quelling violence in Anbar Province.

    The News reported Sunday that insurgent attacks have fallen to the fewest since March 2004

  29. Jen the Michigander,

    You still haven’t followed through on the email yet! LOL.

    BTW, I found another big figure skating fan, and now a PUMA on another anti-bambi site. You must know this person as well since she(or he) posts quite often on FSU.

  30. Jen,

    does ‘AliasJohnxxx'(I don’t want to spell her/his full name here) ring bell to you? Imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw this person’s id on ‘the confluence’, an anti-bambi blog. I then asked Alias on a figure skating forum whether it’s her/him. Imagine my double happiness when Alias comfirms it.

    LOL. Another figure skating PUMA found !! The world is small!
    Anti-Obama Bloggers Question Why Google Froze Their Accounts
    h t t p : / / http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,382452,00.html

    Some bloggers opposed to Barack Obama say they suspect Obama’s supporters — with the assistance of Google — may have tried to censor them when the Internet giant froze their Web sites for five days last month.

    Seven blogs run by Democrats who oppose Obama’s nomination for the presidency were incorrectly flagged as spam sites by Blogger, the hosting service Google has owned since 2003. Google says it was an automated response from a spam filter.

    But the bloggers believe that Web surfers who support Obama took advantage of a loophole in Blogger’s system that allows readers to report spam blogs, the artificial Web sites that abound on the Internet and are used to promote other sites.

    “It appears that [Blogger’s] policy can be manipulated by people determined to shut down the free exchange of ideas,” said Carissa Snedeker, whose blog, BlueLyon, was among those that were frozen.

    “It’s unusual — I’ve never heard of similar blogs of the same nature being shut down like that,” said Danny Sullivan, editor-in-chief of the tech site SearchEngineLand.com.

    Google said in a press release that the blogs were blocked because an automatic spam filter had locked on to those seven Web sites.


  31. Obama Re-invents his Trinity Church History
    Ed Lasky

    An interesting nugget from Newsweek’s cover story on Obama and his faith:

    As young marrieds, Barack and Michelle (who also didn’t go to church regularly as a child) went to church fairly often-two or three times a month. But after their first child, Malia, was born, they found making the effort more difficult. “I don’t know if you’ve had the experience of taking young, squirming children to church, but it’s not easy,” he says. “Trinity was always packed, and so you had to get there early. And if you went to the morning service, you were looking at-it just was difficult. So that would cut back on our involvement.”

    After he began his run for the U.S. Senate, he says, the family sometimes didn’t go to Trinity for months at a time. The girls have not attended Sunday school. The family says grace at mealtime, and he talks to the children about God whenever they have questions. “I’m a big believer in a faith that is not imposed but taps into what’s already there, their curiosity or their spirit,” he says.

    As Noam Schrieber writes in The New Republic, ” It’s almost an implicit response to those who, when the Wright controversy flared up this spring, wondered how Obama could have sat through so many sermons without picking up whiffs of Wright’s most inflammatory ideas.”

    Malia , his daughter, was born in 1998 so supposedly his attendance became much less frequent beginning in 1998, right?*

    This latest Obama spin does not square with a more honest portrayal he himself gave in a 2004 interview where he stated that he “regularly attended weekly services at Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ” and indicated that had been his regular schedule since joining the church 16 years before (1988). He did not indicate any scheduling problems or absences back in 2004, no scapegoating of his daughter. Now he has to deal with Pastor Wright controversy and he just dreams up a different history-and Newsweek helps him along.

    He is shameless-and Newsweek is increasingly becoming so. Does the magazine even bother fact-checking?

  32. Commenting on my post from 10:53am (regarding townhalls), with snippets and my $$$ responses.

    All of this is very much in keeping with the kind of race Mr. Obama is running these days: the safe, take-few-chances campaign of a front-runner.

    $$$ “Frontrunner”??? Don’t polls show them tied? (Rasumussen)

    From the view of Mr. Obama’s advisers, there was little reason to give Mr. McCain, who is struggling to win attention, the free publicity that would come from a joint national tour.

    $$$ Yes, the junior st-st-stuttering senator from IL, the “rock star”, doesn’t share no stage. He don’t answer no reporter’s questions. He is immune to your smallness. Just vote for him. And donate. Frequently.

    With Mr. Obama preparing for an overseas trip and an announcement of a running-mate, and with two weeks of television coverage in August likely to be dominated by the Olympics, it seems that time is running out for them. Which may be precisely what the Obama campaign wants.

    $$$ Obama will not win by trying to run out the clock. He is not polling at 70%. Not at 60%. He’s not even cracking 50%. It’s around 43-45%. Showing this level of fear is not a sign of strong leader, and that’s one of the key factors in what influences people in the voting booth.

  33. Jen the Michigander Says:
    July 15th, 2008 at 11:02 am

    I was just over on FSU. The Hillary Lovefest thread is still going strong. But no one has posted in the Obamarama thread since July 3rd!

    FSU??? What site is that?

  34. h t t p : / / http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0708/11750.html

    Hill Democrats miffed at Obama

    After a brief bout of Obamamania, some Capitol Hill Democrats have begun to complain privately that Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is insular, uncooperative and inattentive to their hopes for a broad Democratic victory in November.

    “They think they know what’s right and everyone else is wrong on everything,” groused one senior Senate Democratic aide. “They are kind of insufferable at this point.”

    Among the grievances described by Democratic leadership insiders:

    Unqualified, ungracious, arrogant thugs.

  35. After a brief bout of Obamamania, some Capitol Hill Democrats have begun to complain privately that Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is insular, uncooperative and inattentive to their hopes for a broad Democratic victory in November.

    Wasn’t it the MSM that branded Hillary’s campaign as “insular”? And Obama was the candidate of the free-flowing ideas, and face-booking web denizens moving us forward into the next millenium, yadda yadda yadda..????

    Hey, Dems: Got Buyer’s remorse?

  36. Jen: I haven’t been to FSU, in a couple of months. Good to hear that the Hillary Lurvefest thread is going strong. What happened to all the kool-aid kids? LOL!

  37. birdgal & Jen,

    Do you know this stupid girl(lady) ‘Madison’ on MK skating forum. She is a notorious obamabot. Compltely insane. I’m wondering whether she also posts on fsu.

  38. Kostner,
    Yes AliasJohn posts on FSU.

    I don’t know what happened to the Kool-Aid kids. I avoid the Obamarama thread whenever possible. I figured it was the polite thing to do. Plus, I wanted to keep them out of our Hillary threads so I felt it was best to do unto others as I would want them to do unto me (i.e. leave me alone).

  39. kostner Says:

    July 15th, 2008 at 11:24 am
    h t t p : / / http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0708/11750.html

    Hill Democrats miffed at Obama

    After a brief bout of Obamamania, some Capitol Hill Democrats have begun to complain privately that Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is insular, uncooperative and inattentive to their hopes for a broad Democratic victory in November.

    “They think they know what’s right and everyone else is wrong on everything,” groused one senior Senate Democratic aide. “They are kind of insufferable at this point.”

    Among the grievances described by Democratic leadership insiders:

    Unqualified, ungracious, arrogant thugs.

    There will not be a broad Democratic? victory in November….think Mondale.

    To the SDs…get ready to take the blame of Obama’s failure to sell the deal for the DNC, Howard Dean, Team Obama because when it comes right down to it…you are surely to blame for not voting for what is best for the country and not a cheap cynical gimmick that is grounded in the values of losers.

    There is still time to switch over to Hillary Clinton NOW before the DNC and it’s loser King Obama take the Democratic? Taliban Party over the cliff this November.


    Hey, when’s the next Group on my.barackobama.com going to crop, called say, “Sen. Obama, Go Back to Your Previous Position on Iraq”?


    Obama Has Purged His Own Web Site of Iraq Criticisms

    By SusanUnPCc

    Barack Obama has purged his website of criticism of the surge, and has now credited American troops with the security gains of the last year. The move comes as John McCain repeatedly points out that Obama opposed the surge in January 2007 and said it would make the situation worse:

    New York Daily News:

    “Barack Obama purges Web site critique of surge in Iraq“

    WASHINGTON – Barack Obama’s campaign scrubbed his presidential Web site over the weekend to remove criticism of the U.S. troop “surge” in Iraq, the Daily News has learned.

    The presumed Democratic nominee replaced his Iraq issue Web page, which had described the surge as a “problem” that had barely reduced violence.

    “The surge is not working,” Obama’s old plan stated, citing a lack of Iraqi political cooperation but crediting Sunni sheiks – not U.S. military muscle – for quelling violence in Anbar Province.

    This is from Obama’s site before it was purged:

    More from “Barack Obama purges Web site critique of surge in Iraq“:

    The News reported Sunday that insurgent attacks have fallen to the fewest since March 2004.

    Obama’s campaign posted a new Iraq plan Sunday night, which cites an “improved security situation” paid for with the blood of U.S. troops since the surge began in February 2007.
    It praises G.I.s’ “hard work, improved counterinsurgency tactics and enormous sacrifice.”

    Via John McCain’s press release:


    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Press Office

    Tuesday, July 15, 2008


    ARLINGTON, VA — Today, the New York Daily News reported that Barack Obama has begun to “refine” his Iraq position by removing from his website the statements that he would “immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq” and the Surge is “The Problem” in Iraq:

    Barack Obama “Refining” His Position On Withdrawal…

    New Obama Website: “The Removal Of Our Troops Will Be Responsible And Phased” And Would Be Done In 16 Months. “The removal of our troops will be responsible and phased, directed by military commanders on the ground and done in consultation with the Iraqi government. Military experts believe we can safely redeploy combat brigades from Iraq at a pace of 1 to 2 brigades a month that would remove them in 16 months. That would be the summer of 2010 more than 7 years after the war began.” (Obama For America Website, http://www.barackobama.com/issues/iraq/, Accessed 7/15/08)


    Old Obama Website: “Obama Will Immediately Begin To Remove Our Troops From Iraq.” “Obama will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq. He will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months.” (Obama For America Website, Accessed 7/3/08)

    · Click Here To View This Part Of The Old Website.

    Barack Obama “Refining” His Position On The Surge…

    This Weekend, The Obama Campaign Removed All Criticism Of The Troop Surge From His Website. “Barack Obama’s campaign scrubbed his presidential Web site over the weekend to remove criticism of the U.S. troop ’surge’ in Iraq, the Daily News has learned. The presumed Democratic nominee replaced his Iraq issue Web page, which had described the surge as a ‘problem’ that had barely reduced violence. ‘The surge is not working,’ Obama’s old plan stated, citing a lack of Iraqi political cooperation but crediting Sunni sheiks — not U.S. military muscle — for quelling violence in Anbar Province.” (James Gordon Meek, “Barack Obama Purges Web Site Critique Of Surge In Iraq,” New York Daily News, 7/14/08)

    · The New Website Cites An “Improved Security Situation.” “Obama’s campaign posted a new Iraq plan Sunday night, which cites an ‘improved security situation’ paid for with the blood of U.S. troops since the surge began in February 2007. It praises G.I.s’ ‘hard work, improved counterinsurgency tactics and enormous sacrifice.’” (James Gordon Meek, “Barack Obama Purges Web Site Critique Of Surge In Iraq,” New York Daily News, 7/14/08)

    New Obama Website: Problem Is “Inadequate Security And Political Progress In Iraq.” “Inadequate Security and Political Progress in Iraq: Since the surge began, more than 1,000 American troops have died, and despite the improved security situation, the Iraqi government has not stepped forward to lead the Iraqi people and to reach the genuine political accommodation that was the stated purpose of the surge. Our troops have heroically helped reduce civilian casualties in Iraq to early 2006 levels. This is a testament to our military’s hard work, improved counterinsurgency tactics, and enormous sacrifice by our troops and military families. It is also a consequence of the decision of many Sunnis to turn against al Qaeda in Iraq, and a lull in Shia militia activity. But the absence of genuine political accommodation in Iraq is a direct result of President Bush’s failure to hold the Iraqi government accountable.” (Obama Fo r America Website, http://www.barackobama.com/issues/iraq/, Accessed 7/15/08)


    Old Obama Website: The Surge Is Part Of “The Problem.” “The Problem — The Surge: The goal of the surge was to create space for Iraq’s political leaders to reach an agreement to end Iraq’s civil war. At great cost, our troops have helped reduce violence in some areas of Iraq, but even those reductions do not get us below the unsustainable levels of violence of mid-2006. Moreover, Iraq’s political leaders have made no progress in resolving the political differences at the heart of their civil war.” (Obama For America Website, Accessed 7/3/08)

    · Click Here To View This Part Of The Old Website. [SHOWN ABOVE THE FOLD]

  41. noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/07/15/obama-has-purged-his-own-web-site-of-iraq-criticisms/

    Obama Has Purged His Own Web Site of Iraq Criticisms

    By SusanUnPC

    Barack Obama has purged his website of criticism of the surge, and has now credited American troops with the security gains of the last year. The move comes as John McCain repeatedly points out that Obama opposed the surge in January 2007 and said it would make the situation worse:


    Read more at the full link (above).

  42. Birdgal & Jen,

    I lurcked on MK forum for a while, and no Hillary supporter has jumped onto his ‘worshipness’ bandwagon if Hillary conceded. On the contrary, all of the Hillary guys(girls) are fairly admant against his ‘worshipness’. The resentment is growing on a daily basis. There are only two or three noticeable obamabots.

    Enjoy the exchange there, it’s pretty funny!

    h t t p : / / http://www.mkforum.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=27

  43. They are speculating Romney may end up being Mccain’s running mate. I think it makes sense even if Romney is another crazy flip-flopper. Romney knows economy and he has the experience to turn around Olys, and a not bad governer. Like Bambi, McCain is also terrible in attempting to connect with ordinary voters, those blue-collar voters etc.

    I’m not a big fan of Romney, but he may be the right guy for McCain as economy is in terrible shape.

  44. Barack Obama Emphasizing Equal Pay Over Abortion to Attract Women Voters

    by Steven Ertelt
    LifeNews.com Editor
    July 15, 2008

    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Perhaps sensing that touting abortion has been a losing proposition for pro-abortion candidates in previous presidential elections, Barack Obama is using the issue of equal pay to attract women voters. The decision to de-emphasize abortion is meeting with surprising support from abortion activists.

    Last month, Obama kicked off what he called a “discussion for working women” with a speech directed at the Ledbetter Supreme Court case focusing on pay discrimination.

    Because Sen. John McCain, who favors equal pay, opposed a bill in the Senate that opens the doors for lawsuits and problems for employers, Obama is using that issue instead of abortion to reach out to independent and Republican women.

    The shift became apparent when Obama spoke at a rally with his former rival Sen. Hillary Clinton last week.

    “Usually, when we talk about the Court, it’s in the context of reproductive rights and Roe v. Wade,” he said. “But the Supreme Court also affects women’s lives in so many other ways” — mentioning the equal pay issue.

    Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to the Obama campaign, explained the decision in comments to Politico.

    “People in this country see [Roe] as settled law, so it doesn’t have the immediacy of the Ledbetter case because people, rightly or wrongly, don’t think its going to be overturned,” she said.

    “Not to diminish choice, but the whole economic conversation is much more daily and much more primary to [women’s] lives,” she added.

    Surprisingly, top pro-abortion stalwarts are alright if Obama takes the focus off of abortion and puts it on equal pay to attract votes.

    “It’s a healthy direction for the whole discussion to be moving,” a former legal director for NARAL, told Politico. “Women’s issues and families issues are not necessarily focused on abortion. … They experience the decision [of whether or not to have an abortion] in the context of their lives.”

    Not everyone is pleased, however, as longtime Feminist Majority Foundation president Eleanor Smeal told the web site. “For some reason, they don’t emphasize [abortion]. They emphasize other issues,” Smeal complained.

    “Everyone keeps talking about shaving margins by reaching out to evangelicals. What about the suburban women who do want for themselves and daughters this fundamental right?”

    Though Obama and his campaign may focus on other issues, pro-life groups will assuredly keep the focus on abortion.

    This is what happens when you have an inexperience underqualified candidate running for the most powerful position in the world. The man chances with the wind and not based on his convictions.

    Just like we thought all those women democrats who thought Obama would stand firm on Roe vs Wade…is giving a signal that he will FOLD like a deck of cards.

    Obama is WEAK, WEAK, WEAK!!! Do NOT put your TRUST in HIM to FIGHT your battles, his core is WEAK.

  45. Obama Cash Crunch??

    Patrick Ruffini is collecting the evidence that Team Obama is facing a cash crunch: A telemarketing call to donors that tries to defend him on FISA, a David Plouffe video asking for funds, and the fact that Obama is actually holding back on ad spending (getting outspent by McCain three to one).

    I would add to that list the fact that Obama’s June numbers won’t come out any sooner than required, and a July 9 report that “major donors to Barack Obama’s campaign were told Wednesday evening that fundraising efforts were ‘a little slow.'”

    Regarding his June fundraising, the Obama camp denied the $30 million number the Wall Street Journal. I figured even $44 million would be worth bragging about, as it’s twice McCain’s haul.

    So what’s the expectations? Mid-thirties? High thirties? Even that would seem like something to tout, as they could at least brag they had bounced back from their decline — $55 million in February, $41 million in March, almost $31 million in April, about $22 million in May…

  46. Obama Telemarketers Armed with FISA Talking Points
    h t t p : / / http://www.thenextright.com/patrick-ruffini/obama-telemarketers-armed-with-fisa-talking-points

    Matt Stoller got a call from an Obama telemarketer. When he brought up the FISA issue, the caller was armed with talking points designed to smooth over Obama’s position.

    This is significant on a few levels. First, I think this is first-hand evidence that Obama’s money crunch is real and is being impacted by his moving to the center on FISA and Iraq. In other words, it’s not just the netroots. The Obama campaign wouldn’t target a call like this to the netroots, because of the extreme likelihood that it would be blogged. It’s likely that this is their general telemarketing script, and FISA pops enough as an issue with Obama’s wide universe of donors to be included. That means, as Soren has written, that Obama may actually be killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.

    It’s also interesting that Obama is using telemarketing, usually the least efficient form of direct to market fundraising. Though he has to have used it at some other point in the campaign, I’m sure there was a great hope that the transition to online would obviate the need for more expensive fundraising techniques like mail and phones. This is also the first time I’ve heard of someone reporting an Obama telemarketing call. So, it looks like they’re trying to squeeze out cash any way they can.

    Combine that with the David Plouffe video, and the fact that Obama is actually holding back on ad spending (getting outspent by McCain three to one), and we can start to come to certain conclusions.

  47. Obama is ratcheting up his anti-Iraq war rhetoric again today, flip-flop-flip. He’s coming full circle. He’s veneering back to the left. I bet it has something to do with his money haul.

  48. From crazy Matt’s openleft
    h t t p : / / http://www.openleft.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=6932

    This morning, an Obama represenative (either a volunteer or a paid telemarketer) called me to ask for a donation. The person was very nice, and mentioned that they were local to me and emphasized that Obama’s campaign was the most diverse campaign in American history. The caller was African-American, and it’s possible that the messaging of diversity and the caller’s identity was a strategy to communicate with white liberals, who like that sort of thing. (Sorry to burst the post-racial bubble, but political campaigns make these kinds of calculations). I said I wouldn’t give because of the FISA vote, and the caller instantly launched into some talking points about how the law expired in August, which is why Obama voted for it even though it wasn’t a perfect bill.

    The caller seemed familiar with the discussion, as if it were a fairly common complaint. Though there’s no data out one way or the other, it seems that the FISA issue is resonating among small dollar donors to the Obama campaign. It’s possible Obama is getting ready to announce a blow-out quarter, but that wouldn’t be in keeping with the campaign’s pattern of announcing money hauls. Sean Oxendine at the Next Right notes that Obama announces good fundraising hauls early in the month and poor fundraising hauls late in the month.

    Obama’s record-breaking $55M fundraising haul in February was announced on March 6. Two days after the Ohio/Texas campaigns, when he desperately needed to release some good news.
    Obama’s pretty-darned-good $40M+ fundraising haul in March was announced on April 3, early in the month.

    But Obama’s now-under-expectations $31M in April wasn’t announced until May 20. You remember, the day of the Oregon and Kentucky primary, when everyone was talking about things other than fundraising numbers?

    And the May numbers ($22M) weren’t announced until June 20. A Friday, aka “bury news day.”

    In a week in which McCain should have dropped like a stone and his main economic advisor called Americans a bunch of whiners, Obama is also having trouble in the polls. Rasmussen shows the race tied, and Pollster.com has the race continuing to tighten.

    The reaction from Obama partisans is to blame progressives. Harvard sociologist Theda Skocpol and Stanford Law Professor Larry Lessig both accuse progressives of engaging in childish behavior. Lessig’s piece is titled ‘The immunity hysteria’, while Skocpol asks ‘Can Progressives Unite, or Will It Be the Same Old Bit-Politics Story?’

    The ‘liberal potentates’ of academia like these two, the donor class, politicians like Tim Roehmer and Jim Webb, and liberal pundits like the New Yorker’s David Remnick and the New York Times’s Tom Friedman mostly share this perspective. It is the same argument about Federal bailouts, writ large. Privatize the profits of being close to power in the Obama administration, socialize the losses by blaming failures on progressives who clearly have no power or influence over any of the decisions made in the campaign. One of the reasons I find this race so dispiriting is because Obama’s campaign is clearly controlled by well-mannered wealthy people who hate partisanship, which is simply cover for disdaining the raucous nature of what is known as democracy.

    Don’t expect great things from Obama. Don’t expect anything, really, except blame when he screws up. It’s our fault, since we didn’t clap hard enough.

    Still, there’s the Supreme Court, so I’ll probably end up giving and volunteering at some point later. Not now, though, I don’t like being lectured by Ivy League wankers who tell me it’s my fault when Obama lies to me. That’ll have to blow over.

  49. Barack Does Not Understand Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran
    By Larry JohnsoncloseAuthor: Larry Johnson Name: Larry Johnson
    Email: larry_johnson@earthlink.net
    Site: http://NoQuarterUSA.net
    About: Larry C. Johnson is CEO and co-founder of BERG Associates, LLC, an international business-consulting firm with expertise combating terrorism and investigating money laundering. Mr. Johnson works with US military commands in scripting terrorism exercises, briefs on terrorist trends, and conducts undercover investigations on counterfeiting, smuggling and money laundering. Mr. Johnson, who worked previously with the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism, is a recognized expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, crisis and risk management. Mr. Johnson has analyzed terrorist incidents for a variety of media including the Jim Lehrer News Hour, National Public Radio, ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s Today Show, the New York Times, CNN, Fox News, and the BBC. Mr. Johnson has authored several articles for publications, including Security Management Magazine, the New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. He has lectured on terrorism and aviation security around the world, including the Center for Research and Strategic Studies at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France. He represented the U.S. Government at the July 1996 OSCE Terrorism Conference in Vienna, Austria. From 1989 until October 1993, Larry Johnson served as a Deputy Director in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism. He managed crisis response operations for terrorist incidents throughout the world and he helped organize and direct the US Government’s debriefing of US citizens held in Kuwait and Iraq, which provided vital intelligence on Iraqi operations following the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Mr. Johnson also participated in the investigation of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am 103. Under Mr. Johnson’s leadership the U.S. airlines and pilots agreed to match the US Government’s two million-dollar reward. From 1985 through September 1989 Mr. Johnson worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. During his distinguished career, he received training in paramilitary operations, worked in the Directorate of Operations, served in the CIA’s Operation’s Center, and established himself as a prolific analyst in the Directorate of Intelligence. In his final year with the CIA he received two Exceptional Performance Awards. Mr. Johnson is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security. He taught at The American University’s School of International Service (1979-1983) while working on a Ph.D. in political science. He has a M.S. degree in Community Development from the University of Missouri (1978), where he also received his B.S. degree in Sociology, graduating Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1976.See Authors Posts (701) on July 15, 2008 at 11:25 AM in Current Affairs

    Absolutely pathetic. Rhetoric instead of understanding. His major address on Iraq today was a flop. It is bad enough that George Bush (and John McCain) has played politics with Iraq, touting the surge as the fix instead of admitting that a change in U.S. tactics on the ground achieved the progress we are witnessing in Iraq. McCain is hooking his fortunes to Petraeus, which appears to be a pretty good bet. But Barack demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding about the military and how they are being used.

    He insists that we must get out of Iraq because our Army is sapped and our troops worn out. And it is true that our military has been tremendously weakened by the war in Iraq. But then what does he propose? Moving more troops and personnel to Afghanistan. Excuse me? If we must withdraw from Iraq in order to rest and refit our troops then how does it make sense to expand military operations in Afghanistan.

  50. Just sat and listened to the the great orator read an uninspiring teleprompter speech on the Iraqi war solutionthat he has in mind for us when he is sworn in.This was the worst pile of BS in any campaign that I have ever heard in my 90 years on this earth.He is no doubt the greatest copier(Xzerox) of all time.He has copied just about everything that Hillary has used in her speeches that are worthwhile and have meaning.This person is dangerous.Now you see and hear what REZKO bought with our taxpayer dollars.Dollars that Obama channeled to the smelly Chicago Mob. today America saw and heard a product of corruption and evil associates that we have been handed to us in a bundle of racial excess and fear mongering that we will all regret.Fresh out of Africa and we know nothing about him No valid birth certificate,Religion,Agenda,sources of funding for his Fairy Tale campaign and his underlying plans to become a Black Emperor.
    God help us all,her and throught the world if we unleash this menace to peace and democracy.Hitler tried it and almost succeded.now it is OBAMA Uber Alles.He must be rejected now or OUR NATIONAL TREASURE ‘HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON ‘ will be lost forever.

    By ABM90 Last chance America!!!

  51. Admin. In that clip from the movie casa blanca I expected to see barry sotero show up in a turbin and ask the german officer to point him in the direction of the brandenberg gate because he felt a speech coming on. I am glad to see that part of the movie must got left on the cutting room floor.

    BTW that Lady de Rothchild is elegant and right.

  52. turndownobama: here is another chapter. This one deals with the real cause of Hillary hate. I have struggled to undersand the pathology and I think this pretty much nails it.

    If you examine the curriculum vitae of Hillary Rodham Clinton you will see that she is a two term U.S. Senator (D-NY), a former First Lady of the United States, a wife and mother. Look closer and you will also see that she passed more legislation than any freshman senator in history, and was once slated to be the first female president of the American Bar Association. Go granular and you will realize that the very things which she has devoted her life to in an effort to help people, things like education and health care, have become critical priorities in a global economy.

    She entered the 2008 presidential race not as a woman per se, but as someone who would provide solutions to the country’s urgent problems, and a voice for millions of Americans who have been invisible to the power elites. She pressed hard for the full enfranchisement of all voters as she has done since the days of her youth. Along the campaign trail, women sensed her compassion, men saw her tenacity, and people began to realize that she was the only presidential candidate who understood their issues and had the moral courage to fight for them. At the conclusion of the process, she won 18 million votes–more than any primary candidate in history. And, she captured the hearts and minds of millions more. She became their Evita.

    At the same time however she was subjected to more criticism and abuse than any presidential candidate in history. Thus, the operative question is why would someone as brilliant, capable and committed to this country as she is be attacked in this manner? Some people are quick to attribute this reaction to the controversies which arose during the presidency of her husband. But that is an unsatisfactory explanation because the assault on Hillary began before those controversies arose. Therefore the explanation must lie elsewhere. If you ponder the question further you will begin to understand that the real reason why Hillary is treated in this manner is because she represents a credible challenge to the status quo in terms of her gender, her economic policy and her willingness to fight the entrenched interests on behalf of the American People. Yes, there are other people who challenged the system without incurring such wrath. But they did not have the power, the political skills, and the moral courage that she does. That is why they go nuclear on her. Simply put, Hillary Rodham Clinton is a game changer.

    Many people attack Hillary on account of her gender. They argue that our society is organized along patriarchal lines, and the good old boy club will never take orders from a woman. If that were true then the military would be the first to reject Hillary, since they are the most patriarchal order in the county. But the fact is 35 flag officers including a five star general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have endorsed her candidacy. Why is that? I believe it is because Hillary is a member of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, they know her to be a great leader, and they belong to a profession where there is no margin of error. Then they are those who claim they would accept a woman president, but not that woman. In fact, this is the argument you will hear from radical feminists like Hanoi Jane. Typically, these paragons of virtue have hidden motivations they do not wish to disclose. But if you take their argument on its merits then the question becomes: “if not her then whom; if not now then when?” You will not get a responsive answer.

    Other people attack Hillary because of the economic policies they believe she would implement. They argue that she would institute a “nanny state” in lieu of the glorious free market described above. But the truth is today most people realize that we cannot continue on as we have these past eight years, e.g. the militancy that bled the Athenian democracy dry, the endless borrowing from China, the importation of tainted goods, the low educational results, the rising cost of health care, no control of our borders and the lack of a credible energy policy, etc. When you are on the path of national decline you need a game changer.

    During the course of the campaign, Hillary offered specific solutions to these problems. But that put her on a collision course with the powerful economic interests that control the Big Media and other prominent voices. When she proposed universal health care she became a threat to the insurance companies and health care providers who control the current system. In fact, Ted Kennedy has a fortune invested in the drug industry. When she proposed alternative energy policy, she became bete noir to the oil industry that benefits from the status quo. And when she stood before the American people in Ohio and proposed to re-examine NAFTA to make sure it is operating for their benefit, global business interests complained to congress. Nevertheless, she stood her ground, which is a testament to her moral courage, and her willingness to do what is right for the American People.


    Obama-Dodd? Not After That FISA Vote

    By David Nather | July 11, 2008 3:14 PM

    So Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, one of Barack Obama’s former rivals for the Democratic nomination, is being vetted as a potential running mate. Here’s a tip for the vetters: You might want to check how Dodd voted on that electronic surveillance bill this week.

    Because Obama voted for it, and Dodd was, well, leading the charge against it.

    Dodd and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin held up the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) bill so the Senate couldn’t vote on it before the July Fourth recess, and he sponsored the amendment to strip out the immunity for the telecommunications companies.

    “If we do not change course and stand for our Constitution at this hour, for what is best for our country, for what we know is just and right, then history, I am confident, will most certainly decide that it was those of us in this body who bear equal responsibility for the president’s decisions — for it was we who looked the other way, time and time again,” Dodd said in a floor speech.

    It’s the kind of speech that tends to get quoted back at you if you’re the running mate of a senator who voted the other way.

    By voting for the FISA bill, Obama may have considerably narrowed the field of senators whom he could comfortably pick as a running mate. After all, it’s not a minor issue. When the bill’s opponents quote the Constitution, and the nominee’s base is furious at him for supporting it, you can pretty much guarantee that people will ask how the presidential and vice presidential candidates would settle their differences.

    It’s not just Dodd, who isn’t at the top of most VP speculation lists anyway. It’s also Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph R. Biden, Jr. of Delaware, who is mentioned more seriously and also voted against the FISA bill. There’s also Jack Reed of Rhode Island, a West Point graduate and former Army paratrooper who is sometimes mentioned as a running mate who could boost Obama’s national security credentials. He opposed the bill, too.

    And for anyone who’s still hoping Obama will team up with Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, her “no” vote probably will make that even more difficult than it was before. (She did say, in a statement, that “I respect my colleagues who reached a different conclusion on today’s vote.”)

    That leaves Obama with Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Evan Bayh of Indiana, and Ken Salazar of Colorado, all VP prospects who supported the FISA bill. And if Jim Webb of Virginia ever reconsiders his decision to take himself out of the race, Obama could pick him, since he voted for the FISA bill, too.

    Obama might not want a senator, of course, and a governor wouldn’t present these problems, since none of them got to vote on the bill. But it’s a safe bet that even the governors would be asked how they stand on the issue. And if they disagreed with Obama, they would be wise to talk about it in as non-threatening a way as possible.

  54. AMB90

    I have a Hillary campaign shirt for you. I need to know your tee shirt size.

    Please leave a note, dear friend. I will send you an email thru Admin shortly after.

  55. wbboei:I envy your ability to put into simple words,the greatness and the need for this country to elect Hillary Rodham Clinton.There is not another choice for The Commander In Chief,that this country so badly needs.I applaud your skills in conveying the dire needs of this country,for a great leader in every sense of the words you relate to us.

    Thank you for your for your words of encouragement to keep fighting for this precious LADY.

    By ABM90

  56. wwboei

    Re your Hillary donation. Keep your powder dry and get your $$ back. You never know, you may have to send it back to her on Sept 1st.



    The repudiation of Barack Obama continues unabated. It is something so unprecedented in American history to have so many rebel against the presumptive Democratic nominee even before he has been nominated.

    Yet another anti-Obama website has been launched and this one is by former supporters of the very junior Senator from Illinois.

    leads to new website:


  58. Emjay.Thank you so much for your kindness and making me realise that I am not an old voice in the political wilderness. The size is Med. You are all my friends and you make me feel relevant.

    Blessings to you my new found fighter for our Hillary


  59. abm 90: when I said what you said was true, I meant what you said about Obama and Hillary, not what you said about me. I will leave the self adulation to waffles. He belongs on a psychatrist couch. Onward to the brandenberg gate and do no spare the horses.

  60. Obama is TOAST because you can’t TRUST him.

    I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

    “Trust is like a vase.. once it’s broken, though you can fix it the vase will never be same again.”

    Btw, Weasel quotes also come in mind.

    “A weasel comes to say “Happy New Year” to the chickens”
    Chinese Proverbs quotes

  61. wwboei

    Re your current writing project.

    Use your own voice- it is clear and strong and compelling. Many of us wait for your early am missives, with or without vino veritas, and I always learn, or become contemplative, or am sent seeking out more.

    You don’t need to trick this project up or use second voices or storyboard tricks…you didn’t in your book, and as far as I know, never did in your articles either.

    You ask for comments…you’ll get ’em.

    The chapter idea is good. Use a pithy lead-in comment or question at the end of each “chapter” to raise interest or curiosity or antipathy or whatever, for the upoming section.

    I want to re-empasize: use your own good strong compelling voice.

  62. MORE INTIMIDATION & THREATS (see toward end of post at NQ)


    Demand to See Original Birth Certificate by Aug. 1
    By TexasDarlin

    Requests have not worked. Join me in demanding that Sen. Barack Obama show America a certified copy of his complete and original birth certificate (BC) by August 1. The version he has posted on the web, the Certificate of Live Birth (COLB), is only a short abstract.

    Sen. Obama should do the same thing that Sen. McCain did. He should show reporters a copy of the full version of his BC, which includes the name of the hospital where he was born as well as other details of his birth that are not included on the short COLB.

    Presidential candidates should accommodate such requests, as McCain did. Unless there’s something to hide, it shouldn’t be a big deal. The fact that this request to see Obama’s real and complete BC has become a big deal, is suspicious.

    There is an easy way to do this. Obama can authorize the State of Hawaii to release the certified copy of his original BC to an approved representative in Hawaii. Reporters and other observers must have the option to be present. The date/time should be widely announced 5 days in advance. I am sure that the State of Hawaii would accommodate the Senator on short notice.

    Will Sen. Obama respond to the peoples’ demand to see a certified copy of his original birth certificate before Aug. 1?


    By the way, someone set up a petition demanding to see Obama’s Birth Certificate, but that person shut down the petition after threats were directed at his/her family. I hope that Obama’s campaign had nothing to do with those threats.

    The website for that petition was birthcertificatenow.com. Earlier Sunday, the link worked and there was a notation on the site that the petition had been closed due to threats. Later Sunday, the link led to a solid black page.

  63. That ‘pledge’ at Lady Rothschild’s is too wishy washy! All this “bring us together by” is surrender, saying sure we will come round if they will just do a few gestures and some consolation prizes.l

    I won’t sign it, will anyone else balk on it?

  64. I just have to say, the level of hands-on, grassroots, online organization that’s spreading like wildfire, by Democratic activists and independents alike, to stop Obama’s takeover of the party has amazed me. I had a hunch the feeling was widespread but I didn’t appreciate to what extent. Wow. I have a lot of hope for Denver!

  65. carbynew,

    I bookmarked that guy’s video for a while. He is wonderful, very witty but absolutely cutting to the core. There’s another video clip from that guy you should see. He absolutely creams a crazy Obama cultist’ ‘song’ to worship bambi.

    I laughed my ass off… lol…

  66. This is exactly how i feel about these two clowns Bambi and McCain. Both are like losers, unfortunately Americans will again settle for the less of two evils(in this case, it’s McCain, no doubt)Are Americans really this stupid?
    PRUDEN: When both look like losers

    What happens if it turns out that we’ve nominated two unelectable candidates for president? Do we get our money back?

    This illustration provided by The New Yorker magazine, the cover of the July 21, 2008 issue by artist Barry Blitt, shows Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim and his wife as a terrorist. The magazine says the cover is meant to satirize the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the presidential election to derail Obamas campaign, but Obama’s campaign called it “tasteless and offensive.” (AP Photo/New Yorker)

    Logic, common sense and the Constitution insist that either Barack Obama or John McCain must be elected Nov. 4. Right now it’s difficult to see how. This could be the big break for Ralph Nader and Bob Barr. Together they could break 1 percent.

    The senator from the South Side of Chicago is too grassy green, the man from the Hanoi Hilton is too old. Mr. Obama continues to demonstrate that lean and lithe or not, he may not be ready for prime-time politics. Mr. McCain looks like he may be past his prime. He delights mostly in needling Republicans, and mavericks are clever only the first time. Mr. Obama threatens to desert whoever brung him to the dance, giving conflicting hints as to who he intends to go home with. The late, great Casey Stengel’s plaintive benediction on the New York Mets in their inaugural season applies on any given day to both candidates: “Can’t anybody here play this game?”

    Mr. McCain gained considerable ground in the public-opinion polls over the past fortnight, with Rasmussen (the current hot pollster), Newsweek and Gallup all saying the race is a dead heat. Allowing for “the Bradley effect,” that more people will say they’re voting for a black man than actually will, Mr. McCain may be ahead by a point or two. A poll in mid-July is hardly worth a nubbin, except to show that events and familiarity have steadily nibbled away at the rock star’s once-formidable persona. “Yes we can” has become “maybe we won’t.” Mr. McCain’s great white hope lies in the ancient folk wisdom that most people vote against, not for, and Mr. Obama’s inexperience would give Mr. McCain the edge, just. We probably have to get used to the idea that we’re permanently polarized.

    The McCain campaign put out a list last Tuesday of 17 examples of Obama flip-flops, ranging from a flip on the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq (once demanding it, but not now) to flops on public financing of presidential campaigns, presidential debates, taxes, welfare reform, nuclear power, monitoring of electronic communications, the death penalty, guns, gay “nuptials” and diplomatic relations with Cuba. It’s an impressive list. But all politicians flip and flop, dating from the early days of the republic when a right honorable gentleman could be for hanging horse thieves in one town and prescribe Christian mercy down the railroad line, and get away with it. The invention of the telegraph ruined that.

    But Mr. Obama’s trouble is more fundamental. He’s becoming familiar, aging like a French cheese left out overnight, or a groupie who insists on staying around the morning after. Most voters, similar to the man who’s been to both Natchez and Mobile, have seen too many big towns and heard too much big talk to be easily taken in. Body-slamming in the mosh pit is said to be fun, but eventually everybody tires of the act on stage and wants to climb out of the pit and go home.

    Since he won’t reveal who he is, or was, this enables everyone to define Mr. Obama for himself. The cover of the New Yorker magazine this week depicts the Obamas as a mullah-like figure and his moll (Michelle with an AK-47), and the scorched remnants of an American flag in the fireplace. The editors of the magazine insist it’s satire aimed at the hayseeds who actually believe the discredited rumors, and satire it no doubt is. But the Obama campaign said it “‘taint funny, McGee.” The senator could see this cover becoming an icon, reproduced in the millions by Election Day. Sophistication on the Upper East Side runs only to wine, cheese and the occasional beansprout.

    Soon Mr. Obama is off to Berlin in pursuit of a Leni Riefenstahl to duplicate spectacle when he stands before the Brandenburg Gate. He will reprise John F. Kennedy’s Cold War promise to West Germany that “Ich bin ein Berliner” – “I am a Berliner.” Since some polls show that 72 per cent of Germans are itching to vote for Mr. Obama, he’ll get his photo-op. But a Berliner is also a jelly doughnut, like a Frankfurter is also a hot dog. If the Obama speech is a dud, he could sell the videotape to Krispy Kreme. He’s a man with perfect pitch.

    c Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Times.

  67. There should be a change in election laws. All ballots in all states should have a ‘none of the above’ option. If, at election time, ‘none of the above’ wins the electoral college, all candidates that ran can’t run again and we have another election.

  68. OMG! I can’t believe all the great posts here over the last few days! WOW!!

    I am going to have alot to read to catch up!!!

    I am still in the throws of moving 🙁 but am here at the old house “cleaning” YUCK!
    and will be here for a few days so will be in and out on the forum as i take breaks

    if someone would do a quick recap of all the important stuff from sat-monday for me i would love it! 😉

  69. Obama Sells Soul to Lobbyist to Throw a Party
    Someone has to Pay for All Those Purple Vegetables

    Posted by: Mark Impomeni

    Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 02:44PM


    The New York Times has a profile of the man behind the fundraising effort for the Democratic National Convention in Denver next month. His name is Steven Farber, and he just happens to be the head of the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, which the Times describes as, “one of the fastest-growing lobbying shops in Washington and one of the most powerful firms in the West.” Now ordinarily this would not be news, a lobbyist raising money for a politician, political party, or political event. But as is the case with almost everything about the Democratic Party these days, and about its presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, it is not quite as simple as it appears.

    Obama has made quite a show of his claim to be running a campaign free from special interest money. He claims to take no contributions from lobbyists and hits Sen. John McCain at every opportunity for his alleged ties to lobbyists. Now, as Sen. Obama’s fundraising prowess is coming back to Earth a bit, and as the host committee for the Denver convention has fallen $11 million short of its fundraising goals, Sen. Obama prepares to accept the nomination of his party at an event bought and paid for by powerful special interests.

    How bad is this turn of events for Obama? Consider that when the New York Times notices that the would-be Democratic president has no clothes, and says so, he must not only be naked, but standing behind a magnifying glass.

    Mr. Farber’s vast contact list could prove crucial in raising the millions of dollars needed by the Denver host committee to showcase Senator Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in August in Denver. But Mr. Farber’s activities are a public display of how corporate connections fuel politics — exactly the type of special influence that Mr. Obama had pledged to expunge from politics when he said he would not accept donations from lobbyists. […]

    “Steve Farber is involved with a lot of high-level candidates and ones who have won,” said Floyd Ciruli, head of Ciruli Associates, a Denver political consulting firm. “He’s famous for hiring ex-politicians, their children and ex-judges. He’s very good at making connections with people who have access to politicians.”

    One of those people with “access to politicians” who have worked for Farber’s high-powered lobbying firm turns out to be Judy Black. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because she is the wife of McCain campaign senior adviser and fundraiser, Charlie Black. Black made news recently with some…inartful comments he made about the potential effect on the election of another terrorist attack on the United States. But Obama has periodically called on McCain to drop Black and has made McCain’s alleged ties to lobbyists a feature of his stump speech. How ironic then that Farber, the man who is raising the money to make Obama’s coronation and torchlight parade rally possible, has helped put food on the table of a guy Obama considers to be reprehensible. Now which one is the pot and which is the kettle, Senator?

    Farber isn’t shy about his ability to tap into big special interest money on Obama’s behalf. He knows what he is selling, and who he is selling it to, even if he is a bit shy about admitting who benefits from his connections.

    “I have my list of companies, not only my client list, but companies throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region,” Mr. Farber said in a telephone interview. “We’ve got offices in Las Vegas and California, so I have clients that we can contact, and I have friends of clients that I intend to contact. And if they have given to the convention already, I try to get them to double their contribution.” […]

    “The money to the convention doesn’t go to the candidates or the Democratic National Committee, but to the host committee to pay for the cost of the convention,” Mr. Farber said. “So what [Obama] has said [about lobbyist connections] doesn’t inhibit it.” […]

    “What I am now selling is Senator Obama and the excitement he has created in his candidacy,” he added.

    Whatever helps you sleep at night, Mr. Farber.

    Of course, it’s plain that what Farber is selling is access to Obama, wherever the check goes. And its similarly clear that Obama is willing to be sold. That isn’t the new kind of politics Obama speaks of, it’s the old kind and worse. It’s the kind that brazenly and unashamedly lies to the voters for personal gain and the pursuit of power.

    So, you go, Sen. Obama. Have that coronation party in Denver. Just know that when you sell your soul to the Devil, you never really get what you expect. And the Devil has a long memory.



    BARACK we hardly know Ya. You really can be called.

    ‘The shadow Candidate ‘

  71. Crazy Matt said if Bambi lost this election, he would become the most hated man by democrats. Look at these polling ###

    Obama Leads Bush by Twenty, But Clinton Does Better Against McCain

    , July 15, 2008 Email to a FriendAdvertisement
    Barack Obama says a vote for John McCain is a vote for George W. Bush’s third term, but a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that the Democratic hopeful would have a much easier time of it if he were actually running against the incumbent president this year.

    At a time when Obama and McCain are locked in a tight race, the poll shows that Obama would rout President Bush 54% to 34%. Looking at the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll, McCain is outperforming Bush by more than 15 percentage points.

    The poll results also show that Obama would have an easier go of it against two of McCain’s chief rivals for the Republican nomination. The presumptive Democratic nominee leads former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney by eight points 49% to 41% and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee 50% to 39%.

    However, McCain fares better against Obama than he does against two other prominent Democrats. New York Senator Hillary Clinton leads McCain by eight points, 50% to 42%. Former Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000, leads McCain 50% to 43%.

    These numbers help explain why Election 2008 is competitive even though events so heavily favor the Democrats — because the Republicans are on course to nominate their strongest possible general election candidate but the Democrats are not. Perhaps even more importantly, the data suggests that voters don’t see a potential McCain Administration as the third term of President Bush.

    In all five hypothetical match-ups featured in this article, the Democrat leads the Republican among unaffiliated voters. In the match-up between the two presumptive nominees, McCain holds a slight edge over Obama among those voters.

    See survey questions and toplines. Crosstabs available for Premium Members only.

  72. hey all you figure skting fans!! Can’t wait till the new season starts.

    The thing I found on the blogs is that Hill’s support is FIRM and we are going NObama in NOvemeber.

    For me it’s Hillary or bust.

    I hate the fraud that is Obama aka the Waffler

  73. Carby….nothing hotter than a wellspoken, intelligent, politically savvy man black man! Except, of course, for my hubby, who is neither politically savvy nor black. BUT, he chops wood , wrestles snakes and drives a mean tractor….so he still wins. 😉

    (I know….completely off topic, but screw it. That video guy got me going.)

  74. That ‘pledge’ at Lady Rothschild’s is too wishy washy! All this “bring us together by” is surrender, saying sure we will come round if they will just do a few gestures and some consolation prizes.

    There is NO bringing me together with Barack Obama. NONE! Don’t care what is offered. He can not be trusted. Period. If that son of a bitch assured me that the sun was gonna come up tomorrow, I’d run to the store and stock up on batteries for my flashlight. I don’t believe a single thing that comes out of his lyin’ scheming, two-sided mouth.


  75. Mr. 45%…and dropping?


    Why Obama can Lose

    Looking at all the polling data available on Obama versus McCain on Real Clear Politics website, 147 polls in all since November 2007, a very interesting pattern emerges. I pulled the data provided at that site into a spreadsheet, and within a few minutes, saw some things I did not expect to see.

    When all the polls are averaged, Obama averages 46%. When you look at February to present, to analyze what happened when he really was gaining momentum, Obama averages 46%. And when you just look at the polls from June 3rd forward, when Obama ‘cinched’ the nomination, Obama averages 47% of the vote. This pattern is much more flat that I would have anticipated, and indicates that Obama is having a very difficult time in getting more than 50% of the vote. In fact, only 3 of the 147, or less than 2% of the polls showed him with over 50% of the respondents favoring him.

    I ran the same method of analysis on McCain’s numbers. McCain was also trending a surprising static average. In all 147 polls, McCain averaged 43% of the respondents aligning themselves with him. From February forward, that number remained 43%. And from June 3rd to now, when the presumptive Democratic nominee should presumably have been getting a bounce, McCain’s number only fell by 1%.

    So Barack Obama’s total bounce from his nomination, averaging all polls from June 3rd forward, was a 2% point gain, with Obama gaining 1% and McCain losing 1%.

    All these numbers still show Obama ahead, so you may be wondering by now why the article is titled “Why Obama can Lose.” The answer lies in examining the current voting pool, and what opportunities are left for either candidate to gain votes. To that end, there are 4 groups that can be described as critical to putting either candidate into a majority, and looking at these 4 groups, one can see definite room for McCain support to grow, and little evidence that the same can happen for Obama.

    1. Undecideds – taking an average of the polls since June 3rd, only 88% expressed a preference for Obama or McCain, leaving 12% having chosen neither at this time. According to an analysis piece in Newsweek describing the results of the new Newsweek poll, “85 percent of undecided voters are non-Hispanic whites and only 22 percent of those undecideds have a four-year college degree.” That demographic could be a challenge for Obama to win over.

    2. Independents – That same Newsweek poll showed Obama lost 14 points in independent voters since June while McCain gained 5 points with independents and an additional 5 points with Republicans. Independents and moderate Republicans are asking themselves “Who is Obama?” as his position changes on issue after issue that they had previously thought him to be representing post-partisan governing.

    3. PUMA Democrats and the Just Say No Deal coalition – This group of Hillary Clinton supporters are outraged at the injustice of the DNC and the May 31 RBC decisions on Florida and Michigan that ensured that Barack Obama would wind up with more delegates, effectively giving him the nomination. This coalition represents a significant percentage of Hillary’s famed 18 million, and cannot be counted on to fall in line and vote for Obama in November.

    4. Barack’s base on the left – Probably the most detrimental to Barack Obama right now is Barack Obama himself. For the same reason that Obama is losing support from Independents, he is also seeing a fracturing of enthusiastic support within his base, due to his recent and substantive shifts in policy, including but not limited to:

    Opting out of public financing of campaign even though he pledged to do so in order to keep big money interests out of the campaign. MSM is just beginning to report that the majority of Barack’s funds have come from the likes of Goldman Sachs, Google, Time Warner and GE.

    Announcing that he will be revising his policies on plans for withdrawal in Iraq after running a campaign pledging that he will get the troops out in 16 months, period.

    Agreeing with the conservative minority on the SCOTUS decision to not apply the death penalty in cases of child rape where no loss of life occurs. Obama the progressive told his followers that he would impose the death penalty here.
    Agreeing with the majority in the SCOTUS decision involving the constitutionality of hand gun bans in DC. This reversal from the man from Chicago, where another hand gun ban is in place. This from a candidate who has always positioned himself as a gun control advocate.

    Pledging to expand President Bush’s faith based initiatives. This particular point has several problems. As a progressive candidate, he is arguing against separation of Church and State here. And, given we already know what spiritual advisors have had Obama’s ear for 20 years, I’m not so sure the American public is eager to support the efforts of preachers who insist that the government spread AIDS to kill blacks, or that God should damn, rather than bless America.

    And the real stinger for many: Voting for the revised FISA bill that contains immunity for the telecom community after vowing to filibuster it.

    That’s quite a list, and it’s not even complete. Obama has talked out of both sides of his mouth on trade agreements, abortion, gay marriage, and just about any other issue that requires one to take a stand.

    It is that constituency – those who thought they had found their progressive hero, who feel betrayed. While looking at him most of the year as their Messiah, many among his followers are now feeling as though he has become Judas, right before their eyes. Should he lose any significant proportion of these true believers, he will most definitely lose the election. And there are a lot of indications that this group is becoming very disillusioned. The less passion felt, particularly by younger voters, the less likely they will get out of their own way to get to the polls come November. This is, in my estimation, the most ominous sign of all for Barack.

    The election is still months away and lots can happen along the trail. But if I was Barack Obama, I wouldn’t be buying any champagne yet.

  76. kostner Says:

    July 15th, 2008 at 4:29 pm
    Crazy Matt said if Bambi lost this election, he would become the most hated man by democrats. Look at these polling ###

    Obama Leads Bush by Twenty, But Clinton Does Better Against McCain

    So Obama is running the wrong campaign and against the wrong candidate. He’d like to run against Bush, but can’t. So he has to attempt to conflate McCain with Bush. Given McCain’s “history” w/ Bush, that’s not so easy to do, even with McCain’s pandering to the Right.

    But Obama has been pandering even more, also to the Right. The difference is, McCain has a long track record of experience and working across the aisle. Obama doesn’t. Thin resume, and hardly any accomplishments since he got to the Senate. Ever wonder why we continue to hear so much about his days as a community organizer???

    Kostner, your point is well made. The Repubs chose the best of their lot, went with their most centrist, experienced guy, in order to have any chance of winning. The Dems got rid of the experienced candidates, used a corrupt nominating process, and wound up with the least experienced, most liberal candidate, who now must completely undergo radical surgery to present himself as a centrist.

    Hillary was perfectly poised to make herself a fighter for the progressives in the primaries, and pivot back to the center for the GE. But the DNC was in cahoots with Obama to prop him up.

    He’s your candidate, you hold him up. I’m running to the Repubs to punish the Dems, despite having never voted for Repubs in 26 years. That is, unless there’s a change of plans in Denver….yooohooo, SuperD’s….you listening?

  77. djia Says:

    July 15th, 2008 at 4:11 pm
    can someone translate this ??

    Aux armes, citoyens!
    Formez vos bataillons!
    Marchons, marchons !

    I’ll guess:

    With or to arms citizens!

    Form your batallions!

    We march, march!

  78. dija,

    can someone translate this ??

    Aux armes, citoyens!
    Formez vos bataillons!
    Marchons, marchons !

    I bet it says something like:

    To arms, citizens!
    Form yourselves into batallions!
    We march, we march!

  79. Since this news is a couple days old, I realize it’s ancient history, but I just heard about it and Obama’s typically no-nonsense, no-fun response made me chuckle… talk about having no sense of humor:

    Obama Nervous About Bernie Mac’s Fundraising Show

    By Perry Bacon Jr.
    Washington Post

    CHICAGO — Comedian Bernie Mac, introducing Sen. Barack Obama at a fundraiser here last night, didn’t stick to the usual formula for such occasions (praising the candidate and his campaign and then quickly leaving the stage), giving the Illinois senator more than he bargained for.

    “Having a black first lady is different,” Mac told a crowd of more than 600 at a Hyatt here, during a routine that touched on themes more bawdy and provocative than the standard fundraising fare. “You’re still going to have to do all the dishes and the laundry and all that … you got to pick up the kids…. You were on Air Force One and you couldn’t pick up the kids?”

    He warned that as a black candidate Obama would face unusual challenges.

    “They are going to say things like, ‘You know you was in the club with Lil’ Kim and you and Kanye West got in a fist fight,'” he joked to members of the audience, who had paid at least $2,300 to attend.

    At another point, Mac joked he was “born and raised” a Democrat and would continue to be, but “I’m a Republican at tax time” — a feeling that no doubt will be reinforced by an Obama administration, which plans a variety of tax increases on upper-income Americans to support programs like expanding health insurance.

    After Mac finished, Obama couldn’t resist taking a jab at him.

    “We can’t afford to be divided by region or by class or we can’t afford to be divided by gender,” he said. “And that means, by the way, Bernie you got to clean up your act. This is a family affair…. I’m just messing with you man.”

    After the event, Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki was more serious. “Senator Obama told Bernie Mac that he doesn’t condone these statements and believes what was said was inappropriate,” she said.

  80. The chapter idea is good. Use a pithy lead-in comment or question at the end of each “chapter” to raise interest or curiosity or antipathy or whatever, for the upoming section.
    Emjay: great idea. I will. Like at the end of this chapter a question like: Can the same be said of her opponent? The next chapter will be about senator obama. That chapter will be interesting. It will take a few days because I am being pulled away on puma, 18 million voices and a private project we are working on with a short deadline. I certainly want to make sure I do him justice. The operative question will be who is barack obama and will flow on like the mighty Mississippi from there.

  81. Djia:


    Allons enfants de la Patrie, Arise, children of our country,
    Le jour de gloire est arrivé ! The day of glory has arrived!
    Contre nous de la tyrannie, Against us the bloodied banner
    L’étendard sanglant est levé. (bis) Of tyranny is raised. (repeat)
    Entendez-vous dans les campagnes Do you hear in the countryside
    Mugir ces féroces soldats ? The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
    Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras They come right here among us
    Égorger nos fils, nos compagnes ! To slaughter our sons and wives!

    Aux armes, citoyens ! To arms, citizens!
    Formez vos bataillons ! Form your battalions!
    Marchons, marchons ! Let’s march, let’s march!

    Qu’un sang impur May a tainted blood
    Abreuve nos sillons ! Soak our furrows!
    Aux armes, citoyens ! To arms, citizens!
    Formons nos bataillons ! Let us form our battalions!
    Marchons, marchons ! Let us march, let us march!
    Qu’un sang impur May their tainted blood
    Abreuve nos sillons ! Soak our furrows!

  82. rgb44hrc Says:

    July 15th, 2008 at 5:00 pm
    kostner Says:

    July 15th, 2008 at 4:29 pm
    Crazy Matt said if Bambi lost this election, he would become the most hated man by democrats. Look at these polling ###

    No, the Obamabots and the media will simply blame Clinton and her racist supporters for Obambi losing the election. Oh, and those crazy hippies/progressives (who were rightly angered by his FISA vote). The Obambi strategy is to blame everyone but himself for his own mistakes and failures.

  83. kostner .. email to you on the way.

    I have NEVER believed the Flipper Waflle Man. I don’t trust him, never have, never will. I will not vote for him under ANY cirumstances. I “waffled” when thinking about Hillary on the ticket but in good conscience I could never turn over our security or our country to that flimflam artist.

    Obama is the biggest FRAUD ever perpetuated on the American voters.

  84. Berkeley Vox Says:
    July 15th, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Since this news is a couple days old, I realize it’s ancient history, but I just heard about it and Obama’s typically no-nonsense, no-fun response made me chuckle… talk about having no sense of humor:

    Thanks for posting! i have been gone from any computer or tv for a few days….so this is new to me 😀

    man….bho has no sense of humor! It’s all Quiet the dissent!

  85. Berkeley Vox: This has been a problem from the beginning. Obama is trying to the White House by labelling anyone who criticizes or jokes about him a racist. It’s an easy thing to do and this is how he keeps the focus off of the real issues. This is the biggest problem McCain faces in the general election. He must attack Obama in a way that doesn’t allow Obama to use the race card like he did whenever the Clintons or their surrogates opened their mouths during the primary season.

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