Nut & Honey

The past few days have reminded us of an old Nut & Honey commercial.

First the nuts. There was a gathering of Nutroot Notions (they now call themselves Netroots Nation, formerly YearlyKooks of DailyKooks) in Austin, Texas which had as its chief aim the protection and non-criticism of FISA Pelosi and Barack Obama. It was a sad spectacle.

Barack Obama did not want to be seen anywhere near the Nutroot Notions seance so Obama escaped to Iraq. The escape was necessary not only to avoid Nutroot Notions but Obama is desperately seeking gravitas. Obama needs to find gravitas somewhere. The callow, unqualified Obama figured he might find gravitas in the sands of the Middle East because he has not found gravitas in the United States.

Meanwhile FISA Pelosi (formerly Nancy Pelosi) continued her charm offensive to woo Hillary Clinton supporters:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged disaffected backers of Hillary Clinton to support Barack Obama’s choice for vice president, even if he picks a female candidate not named Clinton.

“I don’t think we should be making an issue after the primary is over about who should be vice president.” [snip] “The only one thing important right now is party unity.” [snip]

Speaking shortly after Al Gore addressed a surprised crowd at Netroots Nation, Pelosi used the appearance of the former vice president to highlight the broad importance of the general election. “I think about [what could have been] all the time,” she said. “I like to say this first seven and a half or eight years of this century are ones we just might have to have a fresh start from. Let’s start the century over.”

FISA Pelosi, even as she pushes her choice (Chet Edwards) for Vice President seems to forget that Vice Presidential choices are matters fit for discussion. Think Lyndon Johnson or even John Edwards – Only when Hillary Clinton is the subject does FISA Pelosi and her ilk denounce the very concept of discussion. For the record, many Hillary supporters do not want Hillary Clinton to have anything at all to do with Barack Obama.

But the nut contest of the past few days was clearly won by Don Flowler and Alice Germond. They wrote a letter.

Dear Democratic Friends:

2008 is a Democratic year-at all levels in all the states. The opportunity is ours. We just have to seize it. [snip]

It is time for all Democrats, supporters of Senator Clinton and all other contenders for the nomination, to stand with him to secure his election and the election of Democrats at all levels of competition.

I must confess a bit of fatigue and irritation with people who continue to carp, complain, and criticize the results of the primary and lay down conditions for their support. The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t establish conditions to recognize the Boston Celtics as NBA Champions; Roger Federer did not demand concessions before recognizing that Rafael Nadal defeated him at Wimbledon.

It is time to act in a mature and resourceful fashion. It’s time to put the primaries behind us. It’s time to support Barack Obama without conditions or demands.

It’s time to WIN for Barack Obama, the Democratic Party, America, and our future. We have an unparalleled opportunity. I hope we will all do everything we can to seize the moment.

We note how Fowler/Germond end the letter – Barack first, America last. Shouldn’t the order be (first) America, (then) the Democratic Party, (ending with) pompous Barack?

There is a lot to disagree with in the letter. The insulting tone and demand that Hillary supporters “act in a mature and resourceful fashion” is only a small matter.

What escapes Fowler/Germond is that many very mature, very resourceful, very intelligent Real Democrats will contine to carp, complain and criticize” the results of the 2000 stolen election. And we sure as blazes will continue to carp, complain and criticize” what has happened this election cycle.

The ones that continue to “carp, complain and criticize” are people like Fowler/Germond who are insistent that Real Democrats do as they are told. It’s not going to happen so Fowler/Germond should refrain from the carping, complaining and criticizing.

Why the carping and complaining and criticizing from the Obama/Dean/Brazile/Pelosi/FISA Democratic? Party? Here is the Honey answer:

When comparing Obama’s full FEC filing for June with a list of 311 “Hillraisers” — or supporters who bundled more than $100,000 in contributions for Sen. Clinton — the Huffington Post found only eight names in common between the two lists. Not all of those donors maxed out, either, making for a relatively paltry figure of $19,250 in direct, hard-money contributions from Hillraisers for the month. [snip]

But still, the fact that fewer than three percent of Clinton’s donors have donated any money directly to Obama in his first month as presumptive nominee is likely to raise the eyebrows of some leaders in the Democratic Party who are hoping to see signs of unity. Clinton suspended her campaign in early June, and officially endorsed Barack Obama in a speech on June 7.

In addition, only a scattered few Hillraisers donated to the Democratic National Committee or its Victory Fund in June — perhaps a more worrying development for the party as it tries to keep pace with its Republican counterpart. (Such checks to the party, however, can go as high as $28,500.) [snip]

And, it must be noted, the ultimate usefulness of some of these figures is not how much they donate personally, but whether they perform the hard work of organizing others to open their wallets. Still, individual contributions can be a sign of intent or enthusiasm.

Judging by the latest figures, there isn’t much of either among Hillraisers at the moment.

The bitter, foot stomping demands that Real Democrats cling to the Democratic Party leaders and their selection of unqualified Obama is due to a growing nervousness, among these leaders, that Obama is a loser.

Barack Obama should be ahead right now. Way ahead. Not even close is how it should look, even though I wouldn’t for a minute tell you that if it were that would seal the deal. But the fact that my old candidate Mike Dukakis was running better 20 years ago against George Bush than Obama is today against John McCain makes me nervous. It should be a sign to some of the whiners on my side, still worried about whether Obama is liberal enough or whether he’s doing enough to help Hillary, that it’s time to stop whining and start working. Otherwise, it will be hello President McCain.

It’s not that McCain is doing so well. He isn’t. [snip]

So why worry?

First, because the experience of the primaries, not to mention that of other African-American candidates, suggests that polls tend to overstate, not understate, support for black candidates. With the exception of Indiana, every pre-primary poll in a major state showed the race between Obama and Clinton to be closer than it turned out to be. [snip]

Second, because this should be a Democratic year. A landslide Democratic year. The best Democratic year imaginable. Twenty years ago, when Michael Dukakis was leading around now, the incumbent Republican, Ronald Reagan, was actually popular. A majority of Americans thought the country was on the right track. Gas cost $1.08 a gallon. Jihadists were “freedom fighters.” The Republicans were the party of peace and prosperity; their “brand,” as marketers call it, was worth something.

To say Republicans have fallen on hard times doesn’t begin to describe it. George Bush’s approval ratings are down to the immediate family; even die-hard Republicans are wringing their hands. Party identification has plummeted. The wrong-trackers outnumber the right-trackers by more than two -to-one. The generic Democrat beats the generic Republican in the generic House contest (if only such things existed) by fifteen points. Even in the real (not generic) world, where the Congress that is controlled by actual Democrats is almost as unpopular as the White House that is controlled by actual Republicans, the numbers crunchers on both sides expect Democrats to increase their majorities in both Houses. Significantly. In the special elections to date, the Democrats are up 3-0, winning seats in places Democrats don’t win.

Third, John McCain is hardly the dream candidate for a tough Republican year. He’s old. He’s had cancer twice. He has a temper. His sense of humor on occasion takes him to the edge, or over it. The circumstances surrounding the break-up of his first marriage were such that the Ronald Reagans basically dropped him from their list (and hired his ex-wife). The circumstances surrounding his second marriage have led to published gossip about his relationship with a blonde lobbyist. He’s a Washington insider at a time when Washington insiders are much reviled.

To say that he is not a favorite of the conservative base of his own party is an understatement of major proportion, and while Republicans may understand the need to be “good soldiers” in political battles better than some of my liberal friends do, the fact that McCain has to spend considerable time and energy appealing to and reassuring his conservative base gets in the way of his efforts to assure swing voters who tend to decide elections that he really is the independent maverick who lost to George Bush in 2000 and not his twin separated at birth.

And then there’s the matter of his campaign, which has not exactly been the model of a well-oiled machine. Senator McCain has had months to put together a general election effort and to fine tune his message, while we Democrats were still playing out the Hillary v. Obama saga. But until last week, when Mike Murphy announced that he would be spending the campaign on MSNBC’s payroll and not McCain’s, the wires were burning about whether McCain would turn to his old friend Murphy for help and advice (he was calling), and whether Murphy would take the job (only if he was the sole chief and not the co-captain) and whether McCain would throw current chief strategist (and former mega-lobbyist) Charlie Black overboard to get Murphy on board.

Not to mention the tepid McCain campaign advertisements which are not helping him draw a contrast with unqualified Obama.

Democratic leaders are nervous about their selected candidate:

So how can Newsweek have the race at a dead heat? How come, even in the polls where Obama is leading, his lead is in single digits? Is it that people still don’t know enough about him? No candidate in my lifetime has ever gotten better press coverage, more adoration from the media. Being attacked by Jesse Jackson is a gift of major proportions. Maybe it just hasn’t showed up yet in the numbers. Maybe race is a bigger factor than people want to admit. Maybe people just need to be convinced on the experience front. But whatever it is, Democrats should take note. It should be a Democratic year, but that is no guarantee that it will be one.

What can Democratic leaders do to sell unqualified Obama? Nuttin’ honey.

116 thoughts on “Nut & Honey

  1. They should be nervous. Instead of worrying about the popular voters the majority of which voted for HRC, maybe they should be be worrying about doing the Right Thing, and voting for the candidate that won the votes of the Democratic party.

  2. I havent moved an inch from where I was 4 hours ago: Pelosi to Hillary supporters: fuck you and lets unify. If that is the message then she is dumber that owl shit/

  3. Forgive me. Maybe its just me. But my strong sense of it here is that you have got these people like dean and gogzilla who know all that is known and knowable about how to LOSE elections tellin all these people who know how to WIN elections how to win elections. And they cannot understand why people who know how to win elections dont want to jump aboard the good ship lollypop with bambi and find out how to lose elections. Go figure.

  4. Forgive me, I am drunk. Surely the answer to this will come in the morning–like a brutal hang-over. On the other hand in wine there is truth;

  5. Maturity is a psychological term used to indicate that a person responds to the circumstances or environment in an appropriate manner. This response is generally learned rather than instinctual. Maturity also encompasses being aware of the correct time and place to behave and knowing when to act in serious or non-serious ways.

    Psychologist B.W. Roberts explains that in an explicit model of personality, one’s personality must be viewed from both the perspective of the actor and the perspective of the observer. Therefore, one’s maturity is not measured solely on how he views himself, but by how others view him as well. By this definition, how an individual feels about himself is no more legitimate than how others feel about him, and so it is important that this individual gains a certain level of maturity as he grows older to earn the respect of others.

    However, maturity need not reflect one’s actions in a social situation among well-known peers, as in these situations there is no need to establish a sense of maturity as once maturity is established, it by no means has to be a norm. Furthermore, one need not establish maturity on how others view their personality, because a casual observer cannot totally judge someone he or she does not know on a personal level.

    Maturity is something of personal character, or how one acts in stressful or difficult situations, because then a person’s true ability to react to a situation can be seen. Fake social interactions are often misjudged as many people rely on outward appearance to mask inner strengths/weaknesses so as to present a simpler version of oneself to the world.

    Additional ways to judge if a person is mature include rational thinking and logical explanation in solving a problem, and the art of reasoning while debating.

    SEEM TO ME THAT HRC SUPPORTERS ARE RESPONDING IN A MATURE MANNER BASED ON THIS DEFINITION. I WANT AN APOLOGY.

  6. Speaking shortly after Al Gore addressed a surprised crowd at Netroots Nation, Pelosi used the appearance of the former vice president to highlight the broad importance of the general election. “I think about [what could have been] all the time,” she said. “I like to say this first seven and a half or eight years of this century are ones we just might have to have a fresh start from. Let’s start the century over.”

    Actually, you stole that from Hillary, you worthless hack.

  7. Great post admin. And I noticed that too, mj — Pelosi is ripping off Hillary’s lines because (a) she’s trying to pander to us mad-as-hell Clinton supporters and/or (b) she’s too dumb to think of anything new on her own.

    Another interesting moment: tonight on CNN, David Gergen, a snake-in-the-grass Republican who propped up Bambi during primary season because he knew HRC was stronger, took the gloves off. He ripped Obama, and said he’d made his first big blunder of the general campaign today. This is because Obama violated rule 1 of American foreign policy, which is that if you’re not President, don’t meddle with the President’s duties. Bambi met with Maliki in Baghdad and basically started negotiating on America’s behalf, and then disclosed what Maliki said to him during the meetings, to reporters, which is unheard of. Gergen was trying to come across as diplomatic, but when he said (paraphrasing from memory) “there’s a fine line between being assertive and being presumptuous about winning the White House” that was all he needed to say.

  8. buzz growing-mcain about to announe his vp pic this week. looks like romney or jindal.
    ENPR Special: Sources say McCain Veep Pick to Come This Week

    Sources close to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign are suggesting he will reveal the name of his vice presidential selection this week while Sen. Barack Obama is getting the headlines on his foreign trip. The name of McCain’s running mate has not been disclosed, but Mitt Romney has led the speculation recently.

    (Developing)

  9. Those women hating republicans just won’t give a woman a chance. I hope and pray its not “I can buy the Presidency Romney” OMG i will have to have a large clothes pen on my nose so I can vote for a McCain/Romney ticket.
    I think they will put up Romney because he will have to debate the our veep. Which better know they economy stuff or it will look bad, of coarse it already does!

  10. So Bambi banned Green from the wardrobe of his staffers when traveling to the MiddleEast. How many Americans would have realized that green was Hama’s color, but Bambi sure did, hmm, his roots are showing!

  11. rumored jindal-

    July 21st, 2008 10:59 PM Eastern
    McCain to Announce VP Pick?
    by Shushannah Walshe
    Manchester, NH–

    Tonight when reporters boarded Straight Talk Air they rushed to the middle section of the plane in between the press seats and where Senator John McCain sits with his staff. We were trying to hunt down this evening’s hot rumor: that McCain may pick his Vice-Presidential choice in the coming days.

    Journalists on campaign planes are sat in a pecking order with embeds regulated to the rows in the back, right before the television crews, so it was Elisabeth Bumiller with the New York Times and Jonathan Alter with Newsweek who were at the front of the pack. Bumiller knocked on the partition separating the press from the candidate and to her surprise the presumptive Republican nominee pulled back the curtain and quipped, “What do you want you little jerks?”

    As the rest of the press tried to push their way to the front of the pack, Bumiller asked McCain if he was going to announce his number two tomorrow. He brushed off the question, not answering and instead giving a mischievous grin.

    Traveling Press Secretary, Brooke Buchanan then came over and pulled the curtain closed saying, “We will have no announcements today” and Senior Advisor Mark Salter said he had, “No comment and he is “not authorized to say anything” regarding the choice.

    When McCain Air took flight Salter came back to the press section and faced a flurry of questions about the Veepstakes. He pressed that there will be “no announcement today” and “no comment,” even adding that he is “not denying, confirming or commenting” on the rumor of a possible running mate pick.

    Salter said McCain gave everyone a stern talking-to regarding speaking to the press about the Vice-Presidential choice and had made it very clear to him and the whole staff that “none of us are to comment until he surprises us with his choice.”

    Carl Cameron spoke to high-level sources within the McCain campaign and his reporting on the topic earlier today leaves the possibility open of a pick this week, “One source, with direct knowledge of the senator’s thinking and of the campaign’s machinations says there will be no announcement today or tomorrow morning. Another top insider says we should NOT throw cold water on the idea that McCain could announce his running mate this week. Still a third said unless McCain wakes up in the next 2 days with a decision, chances are ‘remote.’ ”

    Announcing his running mate this week would draw media attention away from Barack Obama’s trip overseas as would hype surrounding a possible selection—which is what this may very well be. But, McCain’s schedule keeps the speculation going with an event tomorrow in New Hampshire where Mitt Romney has a vacation home and a stop later in the week in New Orleans where the governor, Bobby Jindal, has long been rumored to be a possible choice.
    http://www.embeds.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/07/21/mccain-to-announce-vp-pick/

  12. When the bots say unify you have two possible responses. One is procedural. The other is subtantive. For example:

    1. proceduaral: fuck no. cannot ratify a corrupt process by voting for bwaaaaaaaaaak

    2. substantive: fuck no: bwaaaaaaaak is a fatally flawed candidate who cannot win in Nov.

    Either argument will work. But the two together separated by the word “moreover’ is good.

  13. Dean and Pelosi: somebody ought to be telling them to proceed very carefully here because they are at risk of permanently dividing the party.

  14. Berkeley Vox Says:

    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:50 am
    Picking Jindal would be a very savvy move for McCain
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    Perhaps. But dont you think it will be romney?

  15. Pelosi used the appearance of the former vice president to highlight the broad importance of the general election. “I think about [what could have been] all the time,” she said. “I like to say this first seven and a half or eight years of this century are ones we just might have to have a fresh start from. Let’s start the century over.”
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    Pelosi: if that includes 7 1/2 years without you you 5th bad face lift do nothing then we have finally found something we can agree on.

  16. Bambi issued a list of dress code requirements for women on the tour: No bare shoulders, jewelery, nail polish among other requirements. What no burquas?

  17. Hillary got 12 more delegates, according to Kat on PUMA morning open thread 8:07 am — this was in an email from Teens for Hillary — read the letter

  18. BELOW IS FOR THOSE WHO COULD NOT FIND IT. I LOVED THE LAST PARAGRAPH. THANKS LIL OLE GRAPE

    Dear friends,

    I write to you today with an urgent message of hope, real hope, not the false hope the Obama campaign portrays. Yesterday, 12 Committed Obama Superdelegates announced that they are switching sides again, and are now supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton for President! Even more exciting news, 6 more Committed Obama Superdelegates are scheduled to announce that they are also switching to Hillary on Friday. This means, that Hillary will be only 12 delegates away from Obama’s current total; meaning we only need 12 more delegates between now and the convention, and Hillary WILL WIN THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION during the floor vote!

    At no time in the history of the Democratic party has a nominee so largly ahead in votes been strongarmed out of a race before the nominating convention. Going to the convention is a right that every candidate has whether they have a million votes or 18 million. We are incensed that party insiders are tampering with the process, with the overt help of a biased media, to shut down the process and nominate a grossly inexperienced and unqualified candidate for the presidency, before the convention. Superdelegate endorsements are only valid at the convention. Pledged delegates may even change their minds in the face of persuasive information.

    Time and time again we proved the pundits wrong. After Barack Obama ‘won’ the Democratic nomination, the news media expected a huge number of Hillary’s Superdelegates to jump ship for Obama, that did not happen. It is now clear, the opposite is happening. They have come to their senses.

    They realize that Obama is not the real candidate of change. They have now seen the many faces of Obama. His flip-flop on Iraq, and how he is now saying ‘I will make an informed decision once I access what is really going on there.” His flip-flop on accepting public-financing. His bitter-gate comments to donors in San Francisco. His ties to racist radical leaders like Jeremiah Wright; and his close friends and fundraisers who are convicted terrorists like William Ayers.

    We are 18 Million strong. 18 Million strong who voted for Sen. Hillary Clinton because we know she’d be ready to lead on day one! She has over 35 years experience, fighting for families, fighting for working class citizens, fighting for us. Compared to just 3 years in the U.S. Senate, largely spent running for president, and voting ‘present’ instead of a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on difficult issues like abortion, crime, and guns, which is what you’ll get if you vote for Barack Obama.

    Hillary supporters, now is our time! We are still in this! Hillary started her campaign on my 17th birthday on January 21st, 2007 by saying ”I’m in, and I’m in it to win it.”, we know Hillary is doing what she has to right now, for the party, and to keep her place as a respected former First Lady and U.S. Senator. She can no longer fight for us, the same way that we can fight for her.

    So let’s do it. 12 Delegates, is what we need. The Democratic nomination, and our country is what is at stake. So join me at http://www.ClintonDems.com, as we are in our final stages of organizing our 5 Million Man March on the Convention, and then go to http://www.LobbyDelegates.com, and write as many e-mails, letters, faxes, and make as many phone calls as you can to UNCOMMITTED, and COMMITTED OBAMA DELEGATES. We still have staff on the ground in New York, Washington D.C., Michigan, Florida, and New Mexico; and rest assured, we are putting all our resources into obtaining these last 12 delegates needed to win the nomination at the convention. Tomorrow, Wednesday, I myself will be down in our Detroit Staff office, working the phones, and calling as many Committed Obama delegates as I can. Those 12 wont be easy, given the time, and that we already have a ‘presumptive’ nominee, but if all 18 Million of us work together, there’s no doubt, Hillary will win the democratic nomination.

    As Hillary said in her Ohio victory speech, ”Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. When you stumble, keep faith. When you’re knocked down, get right back up. And never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on. So for everyone whos ever been counted out but refused to be knocked out and for everyone who works hard and never gives up, this one is for, you!”

    We’re going on, we’re going strong, and we’re going ALL THE WAY!

    On to victory,

    – Armando B. Falcon
    President – Teens for Hillary
    Hillary For President

  19. Berkeley Vox Says:

    July 22nd, 2008 at 1:50 am
    Picking Jindal would be a very savvy move for McCain
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    Will be a very dumb move for McCain…Jindal is not ready yet and does not have a national following…now Romney has a solid base and can bring in multiple states..including MA and Utah.

  20. Clarification:Let me say Romney has a better chance to bring in multiple states, including MA and Utah but he went so far right during the primary it might come back on him.

    But this is all just speculation…I just don’t think McCain is going to fall for this trick of announcing his V.P. pick so early. He’ll wait to see who Obambi pick because Obambi is making it easy for the Republicans.

    Obambi is doing all the heavy lifting for McCain and moving more people to him…yes McCain need to be more assertive but as long and the Hillary wildcard is still in play McCain is going to work at expanding his base.

    The Republicans want to run against Obama and not Hillary.

    I

  21. McCain should wait until the dem convention is over…if he really is a maverick and Hillary is available, he should ask her to be his VP. That’s a team I could vote for. BO wouldn’t have a chance!

  22. McCain canvasses US battlegrounds while Obama’s abroad
    1 day ago

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Republican White House hopeful John McCain is campaigning this week in states crucial to victory in the November election while the media spotlight shines on Democratic rival Barack Obama’s trip abroad.

    While Obama visits world leaders in the Middle East and Europe, McCain was campaigning in Maine on Monday before heading later this week to Colorado, New Hampshire and the industrial battlegrounds of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    The two candidates are battling to convince American voters about who is better qualified to revive the struggling US economy, which has become the top concern in the country.

    McCain needs to make his case to states that have been bleeding jobs such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, said Republican pollster Neil Newhouse.

    “It’s not whether he wins or loses the issue nationally,” Newhouse said. “It’s whether he wins it in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.”

    President George W. Bush won Ohio in 2004, helping to hand him victory over Democratic candidate John Kerry.

    McCain plans to reach out to ordinary Americans by holding meetings in small grocery shops and hardware stores.

    “Actually, I have far more experience on the economy than Senator Obama, I’m very strong on the economy,” the 71-year-old senator from Arizona told NBC television on Monday.

    “Obviously the security of our citizens is a president’s first priority,” McCain, who has sought to sow doubts about 46-year-old Obama’s ability to become the nation’s commander-in-chief, told CBS.

    “But the economy is hurting very badly,” he said. “So I think Americans are hurting very badly and it’s of the highest priority.”

    McCain is seeking to put behind him comments from his former campaign co-chair and economic adviser, Phil Gramm, who resigned last week after saying the country was in a “mental recession” and had become a “nation of whiners.”

    But the Republican hopeful will have trouble getting his message out this week, with network news anchors and other top journalists traveling with Obama for a trip the McCain campaign has denounced as a political stunt.

    Asked on ABC television if he thought the press coverage was unfair, McCain said: “That’s up to the American people to decide. It is what it is.”

    Obama was expected in Jordan Monday after visiting Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. He will then travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories before heading to France, Britain and Germany.

    afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5g0T14pd8TEZ241aJvRR9vYaeyElQ

  23. Obama barely leads in New Hampshire
    Email|Link|Comments (2) Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor July 21, 2008 05:51 PM
    A new poll shows John McCain within striking distance of Barack Obama in New Hampshire — one of the states that McCain has the best chance to flip to the Republican column in November.

    The poll by the University of New Hampshire survey center found that 46 percent plan to vote for Democrat Obama, compared to 43 percent for McCain, a lead within the poll’s 4.5-percentage-point margin of error. Only 51 percent of those surveyed July 11-20 had definitely made up their minds.

    New Hampshire voters have taken a liking to McCain’s maverick image, handing him a victory in the January primary that kept his presidential bid alive.

    Democrat John F. Kerry narrowly won the state in 2004, after Republican George W. Bush barely carried the state in 2000.

    http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/07/obama_barely_le.html
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    How is this a lead when the poll has a 4.5% margin of error and Obama is up by 3% and there is less then 5 months left to go?

    I think we need to call the Democratic party the Titanic.

  24. Obama barely leads in New Hampshire
    Email|Link|Comments (2) Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor July 21, 2008 05:51 PM
    A new poll shows John McCain within striking distance of Barack Obama in New Hampshire — one of the states that McCain has the best chance to flip to the Republican column in November.

    The poll by the University of New Hampshire survey center found that 46 percent plan to vote for Democrat Obama, compared to 43 percent for McCain, a lead within the poll’s 4.5-percentage-point margin of error. Only 51 percent of those surveyed July 11-20 had definitely made up their minds.

    New Hampshire voters have taken a liking to McCain’s maverick image, handing him a victory in the January primary that kept his presidential bid alive.

    Democrat John F. Kerry narrowly won the state in 2004, after Republican George W. Bush barely carried the state in 2000.

    http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/07/obama_barely_le.html
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    How is this a lead when the poll has a 4.5% margin of error and Obama is up by 3% and there is less then 5 months left to go?

    I think we need to call the Democratic party the Titanic.

  25. Clinton backer: ‘No way I can see myself’ backing Obama

    A reader sends over an article from the Orthodox Jewish paper Hamodia, in which a Brooklyn Jewish politician, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, says he won’t support Obama.

    “There is no way I can see myself supporting Barack Obama,” he says. “There are real, real questions about Obama that should concern not only every Jew but every person.”

    Hikind mentions Rev. Wright and says Obama has “no real track record” on Israel.

    Some perspective: Hikind is a hard-liner and former Meir Kahane follower who backed Bush in 2004. So his suggestion that he’ll support McCain isn’t all that surprising. (His politics are far enough outside the mainstream that he says in the interview that his central concern is the release of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.)

    On the other hand, he had endorsed Clinton.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0708/Clinton_backer_No_way_I_can_see_myself_backing_Obama.html?showall

  26. Admin:

    Another creative analysis from…”Nuts and honey”.

    All your blogs should be archived and put in remembrance for historical purposes….

  27. Election 2008: Ohio Presidential Election
    McCain Opens Modest Lead in Ohio
    Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Email to a Friend
    John McCain has opened a modest lead over Barack Obama in the key swing state of Ohio. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Buckeye State shows McCain attracting 46% of the vote while Obama earns 40%. Last month and the month before McCain held a insignificant one-point lead over Obama.

    Seven percent (7%) of voters say they’d prefer a third party candidate over either McCain or Obama and another 7% remain undecided.

    When “leaners” are included in the totals, McCain leads Obama 52% to 42%.

    McCain is now viewed favorably by 57%, little changed from a month ago. Obama gets favorable marks from 50% of the state’s voters, down three points from June but up three points since May.

    Nationally, the candidates are very competitive in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

    McCain is supported by 88% of Republicans and Obama earns the vote from 74% of Democrats. Both candidates gain three points from within their own party when leaners are included. However, McCain’s lead among unaffiliated voters jumps from a nine-point advantage without leaners to twenty-three points with leaners.

    Among white Democrats in Ohio, Obama leads 71% to 21% (with leaners).

    Fifty-one percent (51%) of Ohio voters believe most reporters are trying to help Obama win the election. Just 13% believe they are trying to help McCain and 21% think the journalists are attempting to present unbiased coverage. These figures are similar to the results of a national survey released yesterday.

  28. Bambi can’t close the deal with rank-and-file democrats. Republicans always come home in the end. Bambi will lose Ohio.

  29. Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Email to a FriendAdvertisement
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows Barack Obama attracting 43% of the vote while John McCain earns 42%. When “leaners” are included, it’s Obama 46% and McCain 46% (see recent daily results). McCain is viewed favorably by 57% of voters, Obama by 55%.

  30. Belief Growing That Reporters are Trying to Help Obama Win

    The idea that reporters are trying to help Obama win in November has grown by five percentage points over the past month. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey, taken just before the new controversy involving the New York Times erupted, found that 49% of voters believe most reporters will try to help the Democrat with their coverage, up from 44% a month ago.

    Just 14% believe most reporters will try to help McCain win, little changed from 13% a month ago. Just one voter in four (24%) believes that most reporters will try to offer unbiased coverage.

    The New York Times’ refusal to run an op-ed piece by John McCain challenging an article in the paper less than a week ago by Barack Obama is sure to further fuel the belief that much of the major media is biased in favor of the Democratic candidate. At issue is McCain’s response to an article by Obama entitled, “My Plan for Iraq.” Obama was in Afghanistan over the weekend and in Iraq today attempting to build his foreign policy portfolio for the fall campaign.

    A Rasmussen Reports survey earlier this year found that just 24% of American voters have a favorable opinion of the New York Times. The paper’s ratings divided sharply along partisan and ideological lines, with liberals far more supportive of the paper than conservatives.

    At the time of that survey, the paper was being criticized for an article it had run about McCain’s ties to lobbyists. Sixty-six percent (66%) of those who were aware of the story in question believed it was an attempt by the New York Times to hurt the McCain campaign.

    In the latest survey, a plurality of Democrats—37%– say most reporters try to offer unbiased coverage of the campaign. Twenty-seven percent (27%) believe most reporters are trying to help Obama and 21% in Obama’s party think reporters are trying to help the Republican candidate.

    Among Republicans, 78% believe reporters are trying to help Obama and 10% see most offering unbiased coverage.

    As for unaffiliated voters, 50% see a pro-Obama bias and 21% see unbiased coverage. Just 12% of those not affiliated with either major party believe the reporters are trying to help McCain.

    In a more general sense, 45% say that most reporters would hide information if it hurt the candidate they wanted to win. Just 30% disagree and 25% are not sure. Democrats are evenly divided as to whether a reporter would release such information while Republicans and unaffiliated voters have less confidence in the reporters.

    Republicans and unaffiliated voters are more likely to trust campaign information from family and friends than from reporters. Democrats are evenly divided as to who they would trust more.

  31. HE CANNOT CLOSE THE DEAL. 43 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE END OF THE CLIFF. OHIO IS STRICKING OUT FOR MCCAIN, AND THE OTHER BLUE STATES WILL FOLLOW.

    SDs your candidate O has painted his plane, and struck out on his international tour, while banks are closing here in the state. McCain is going to battle ground states, and contemplating a VP that knows the economy. You might have the net works with you, but the bloggs know what is happening. Not many watching the news channel anyway. If you have confidence in those polls before, you need to listen to them Now.

    SDs are changing, and you need to decide if you are coming with them.

    HE CANNOT CLOSE THE DEA. THINK ABOUT IT.

  32. Carbynew,

    don’t worry, the msm has just penned out this article.

    Bookmark the name of ‘Carolyn Kaster’ for later laugh in Nov.

    ———–

    Is McCain a long shot or a no shot?
    by AP Carolyn Kaster

    John McCain might seem like a long shot. He’s the Republican nominee at a time when the two-term Republican President is wildly unpopular and Republicans are losing elections in perennially Republican districts and the party base isn’t exactly drooling over him. He supported the president’s unpopular efforts to transform Iraq and revamp Social Security; he was against the Bush tax cuts before he was for them. He’s a 71-year-old Washington hand in a change election. And his 46-year-old opponent is a lot better at raising money, delivering speeches, drawing crowds and registering new voters.

    Oh, let’s just admit it: John McCain is a long shot. He’s got a heroic personal story, and being white has never hurt a presidential candidate, but on paper 2008 just doesn’t look like his year. And considering what’s happening off paper, it might be time to ask the question the horse-race-loving media are never supposed to ask: Is McCain a no-shot?

    Last week, the McCain campaign’s case against Barack Obama went something like this: He’s irresponsible when it comes to Iraq, naive when it comes to Iran, and a big-government liberal when it comes to the economy. But now Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has more or less endorsed Obama’s plan to withdraw from Iraq, forcing McCain to argue that Maliki didn’t really mean it, and even the Bush administration has accepted a “time horizon” for withdrawal, if not a precise “timetable.” The Bush administration has also engaged in some diplomatic outreach with Iran, just as Obama has recommended, a severe blow to McCain’s efforts to portray Obama’s willingness to talk as appeasement. And on the economy, a TIME/Rockefeller Foundation poll found that 82% of the country supports more federal infrastructure spending designed to create jobs. When big-government liberalism is all the rage, McCain’s courage in opposing water projects or the farm bill becomes less of a selling point.

    McCain has struggled to find his voice in this environment. His initial reaction to the foreclosure crisis boiled down to old-fashioned conservative self-reliance, which went over like a lead balloon, and was eventually replaced with a more aggressive plan for government assistance. He has changed or shaded his positions on offshore drilling, the estate tax, ethanol, immigration and a host of other issues. He can’t seem to decide whether to run as a maverick and risk demoralizing a GOP base that already mistrusts him, or run as a conservative and risk alienating swing voters who already miss the John McCain of 2000. And his campaign — which already survived a near-death experience in the primary — is in seemingly perpetual turmoil.

    But McCain is still a compelling figure, and shakeups happen. His real problem is the political environment. He’s a Republican in what is shaping up as a Democratic year. And he’s aligned with Bush in a year of Bush fatigue over the Bush economy. Emory University’s Alan Abramowitz has concocted a formula that has predicted the popular vote winner in 14 of the last 15 elections; it missed 1968, but got the razor-thin margin right. His barometer uses three criteria: the approval rating of the incumbent president, the economic growth rate, and the “time-for-a-change” factor of whether the incumbent’s party has controlled the White House for two terms. McCain’s score is the worst since Jimmy Carter’s in 1980. “History suggests that McCain is toast,” Clive Crook wrote in the Financial Times.

    Then again, history also suggests that Democrats don’t blow out Republicans; there hasn’t been a Democratic landslide since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. It’s also unwise to underestimate the hunger of the media for an exciting race. If Obama emerges as a big front-runner, it’s a good bet that the press will air more of McCain’s attacks. And so far, polls have indicated a fairly tight race, usually tilting towards Obama by just a few points. He’s still a relative newcomer in a wartime election, unknown to many Americans. He’s still got his Reverend Wright problem. And during the primaries, even a sizable number of Democrats told pollsters they felt uncomfortable voting for a black man.

    But he’s getting to look like a leader this week, comparing withdrawal plans with Maliki, welcoming the Bush administration to the it’s-OK-to-negotiate-with-Iran club, making McCain look like an isolated warmonger. It was one thing when McCain was framing the election as a monumental decision of victory versus surrender; time horizon versus timetable is going to be a tougher sell. Meanwhile, Obama’s campaign has been signing up thousands of new Democratic voters, and shoveling in cash it can use to introduce him to America. He could still foul up the debates, or make a monumental gaffe, or otherwise misplay his strong hand. It’s still possible that something could happen — Castro’s death? A Democratic scandal? — to shake up the dynamics of the race. In politics, anything’s possible.

    That doesn’t mean that anything’s probable. The media will try to preserve the illusion of a toss-up; you’ll keep seeing “Obama Leads, But Voters Have Concerns” headlines. But when Democrats are winning blood-red congressional districts in Mississippi and Louisiana, when the Republican president is down to 28 percent, when the economy is tanking and world affairs keep breaking Obama’s way, it shouldn’t be heresy to recognize that McCain needs an improbable series of breaks. Analysts get paid to analyze, and cable news has airtime to fill, so pundits have an incentive to make politics seem complicated. In the end, though, it’s usually pretty simple. Everyone seems to agree that 2008 is a change election. Which of these guys looks like change?

  33. Again I want to say thank you to Admin and all the great contributers to this blog. It is my lifeboat in dark and stormy seas.

    Wbboei, your work is GREATLY APPRECIATED, whatever your state of sobreity. At least it is not that toxic purple koolaid the bots are forced to consume.

    To All, keep fighting the good fight! Democracy is worth fighting for.

  34. While Obama does Afghanistan, McCain does…baseball
    by: Jeff Mason

    NEW YORK – It’s a Sunday, Democrat Barack Obama is abroad, and John McCain is where? At a baseball game.

    The Republican presidential candidate, who is hoping to draw some attention away from his White House rival’s high profile trip to Europe and the Middle East, kicked off his week by taking in an afternoon of America’s favorite game.

    Who needs to go to the Middle East to be hot?

    Dressed in a cap and sunglasses on a boiling day, McCain joined his friend and former rival Rudy Giuliani at Yankee Stadium, signing baseballs for surprised fans and enjoying a hot dog.

    Giuliani, a big supporter of the Arizona senator since failing in his own bid for their party’s nomination, slipped in a few digs at Obama, who spent the weekend in Afghanistan.

    “I think the fact that Barack Obama is kind of making his first tour, in essence, of the world, gives you an indication that John McCain is the man with the experience,” the former New York City mayor told reporters at the stadium, according to a pool report.

    “John doesn’t have to go for the first or second time to these places. He’s been going for 20, 30 years. He knows the world. He understands the world.”

    blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/07/20/while-obama-does-afghanistan-mccain-doesbaseball/
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    A very nice commn man photo of John McCain at a Yankee baseball game….Politics 101

  35. There’s a post on No Quarter about the press bitching about being denied access to Waffles on his trip. Previous Waffles ass-kisser Andrea Mitchell’s one of the complainers. This is so ironic I’m LMAO.

    BTW, I’m glad Rasmussen’s doing that poll on public attitudes about the press coverage of the campaign. I doubt any other pollster would even bother.

  36. LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A new poll shows 43 percent of Michigan voters back Democrat Barack Obama and 41 percent support GOP rival John McCain.

    The EPIC-MRA poll surveyed 600 likely voters statewide from July 13 to 15. Libertarian Bob Barr got 2 percent and independent Ralph Nader got 3 percent. In a mid-May EPIC-MRA poll, McCain was at 44 percent while Obama was at 40 percent.

    The polls were conducted for The Detroit News and TV stations WXYZ, WILX, WOOD and WJRT. They had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

    A mid-June poll conducted by Quinnipiac University for the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post had Obama at 48 percent and McCain at 42 percent.

    The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

    http://www.wtol.com/Global/story.asp?S=8715224

  37. New ARG polls show Waffles now losing FL to McCain and seeing a 12-point NH lead drop to 2.

    americanresearchgroup.com/

  38. Few Democratic Donors Help
    Opposing Candidate
    Obama Gets Little
    From Clinton’s Side;
    McCain’s Uptick
    By MARY JACOBY and T.W. FARNAM
    July 22, 2008; Page A6

    After a hard-fought contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, donors to Sen. Barack Obama and defeated rival Sen. Hillary Clinton didn’t rush to help each other’s candidates in June, new campaign-finance data show.

    People who had previously given to Sen. Clinton’s campaign donated $1.8 million to Sen. Obama in June, the month he secured the nomination. That is an increase from the $500,000 Clinton donors gave to him in May. But it represents less than 4% of Sen. Obama’s June fund-raising total of $52 million.

    online.wsj.com/article/SB121668937836772311.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  39. OK, one demand only: Hillary for President
    Posted on July 22nd, 2008 by turndownobama-com

    So Fowler and Pelosi and Brazile et al are getting fatigue and irritation from our ‘carping’ and ‘demands.’

    Okay, let’s simplify. Hillary for President.

    If she is the nominee for President, fine. (We can even live with Clinton/Obama.) But if Obama is nominated for President, then we don’t vote for him.

    That’s what we have 9 million HIllary supporters saying in the world outside the internet (per recent poll). They’re simply saying they won’t vote for Obama. They’re not talking about speeches at the convention or other cosmetic stuff. They’re talking bottom line.

    Now that we have the DNC’s attention, maybe it’s time for us to talk bottom line.

    No fiddly symbolic stuff, not even just an honest-appearing vote (which Pelosi could strong-arm just as she did in June).

    Just the result: Hillary for President.

  40. This woman is simply unbearable for me.
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    Michelle Obama’s pledge: Barack will save all the children

    Charles Krauthammer wrote last week about the enormous arrogance of Barack Obama, but even Krauthammer couldn’t imagine that the Obamas would claim to rescue all of the world’s children through their election. Michelle Obama appeared in Colorado last week, the same time as Krauthammer wrote his column, and told the audience that she didn’t have time to get angry — but she wishes she did. Why? Well, let her tell you:

    “We have one candidate who essentially is telling us every day that the world as it is just fine. That what we’ve been doing for the last eight years is fine,” Obama said. “Stay the course. Don’t make too many changes.

    “And then we have this other candidate — Barack Obama — who is saying every day that the world as it is not right. It’s not good enough,” she said. …

    “I wish we had time to be divided. I wish we had time to be upset. To be angry. To be disappointed. I wish we did,” Obama said. “Because if we had time for that, then things wouldn’t be so bad right now. Instead, we’re in a place where another four or eight years of the world as it is will devastate the life of some child.”

  41. I like the children of the world, but charity needs to start at home. There are single parents who will not be able to afford to keep their children warm this winter, Michelle. Certainly we should do what we can world wide, but we need to take care of our educational system, our medical system, our food system. If we make a Strong America, then we can go out and help the world.

    Oprah could have built a first class school in a getto here. Instead she said that American children were not greatful enough, and wanted too many gadgets. So she decided to build one in Africa.

    Now we know where these ideas come from. America is not perfect, but is our country. We need to Take care of American children FIRST

  42. Kostner, I think Michelle Obama may be an even more arrogant than Theresa Heinz Kerry was. Ugh!

  43. Today’s Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll, including “leaners,” has McCain in a dead-even tie with Bambi. Wow, wow, wow. With all that glowing media coverage, all those mountains of money, and the Republican party in complete shambles, and we haven’t even started the rough-and-tumble part of the campaign season, and already Bambi is having trouble treading water.

  44. how much money have the obamas contributed to charity outside of trinity church? and whose foundation managed to negotiate a deal with the drug companies with regards to hiv drugs? who has a mansion who tells hard working middle class americans that they cannot keep thier thermostat on 72?

  45. nmf, I certain that Ophra is happy that we are taking millions out of the mouths of our children’s mouth and putting it the children’s mouth in Africa!

  46. Reading NOQuarter postings, there are many, many comments regarding the arrogance and narcissism of BO. He is doing and saying things, that he should not be doing as a presidential candidate. I’m surprised Bush doesn’t call him out on it. This guy is a sociopath, and his wife is one also. Delusions of grandeur. MO, thinks BO, is going to save the world’s children, is very grandiose and delusional.

  47. confloyd

    She is as arrogent as he is. She has her million dollar dress ready for his ball. Can you imagine how many poor people could use that money for heat, and she is spending it on her dress. I wonder what happens to the Dress if she does not get a chance to wear it.

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    Comment form is at the bottom of this page. No login required. 128
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    Quote:
    Obama aides are emphatic that Ms. Obama is the un-Hillary in some
    respects. She does not formulate policy behind the scenes on her
    husband’s campaign; she would not have a policy role in the White
    House; she would be mothering the kids far more than jet-setting as
    First Lady (Mrs. Clinton took more than 80 trips abroad during her
    husband’s two terms, several of which included their daughter
    Chelsea). And Ms. Obama has displayed no interest in running for
    office on her own someday.

  49. Carbynew

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    I am from Ohio i hope it stays thay way.

    I am talking my head off about O to people. Most people here thinks he has no experience, and he is very arrogant

  50. 1950democrat, it’s amazing how the Obama campaign hasn’t been able to pivot away from the primary campaign, and they keep talking about Hillary all the time. What a bunch of inexperienced beginners.

    What really cracks me up is that Obama is STILL using that catty campaign slogan, “Change We Can Believe In.” If you’ll recall, Hillary was the first one to use the term “change” as part of her slogan. Her “Change + Experience” message that she used early on, was used to great success, and the Obama campaign felt the need to copy it, to capitalize on voters’ desire for broad change in government/away from Bush and the status quo. So what did they use? “Change We Can Believe In,” which was a not-so-subtle dig at Hillary. It was their way of saying that Hillary wasn’t credible, and that only BHO could bring about “true” change. (Never mind the fact that he has zero track record of changing anything — he just toes the party line.)

  51. Hillary didn’t “jet set” when she was first lady. It makes it sound they were pleasure trips. What bullshit.

  52. Berkeley: I have always wondered about “Change We Can Believe In.” What type of change are they talking about? I certainly haven’t seen any, “new change.” Just the same old and dirty politics, but on a grander scale.

  53. Paula Says:

    July 22nd, 2008 at 2:56 pm
    Hillary didn’t “jet set” when she was first lady. It makes it sound they were pleasure trips. What bullshit.

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    Amen to that Paula! Anyway, Chelsea did travel with her on the trip and is a well-adjusted and smart girl. Besides Chelsea was older than Obama kids. Chelsear probably have more foreign experience than Obama!

  54. That crap about staying her and taking care of the kids like Hillary igorned Chelsea. Chelsea was here. She said she was with one of her parents every night. She is fine young lady, and if you have half the sense that Hillary Clinton has, hopefully yours will turn out the same.

    The proof of how well they raised their duaghter is seen when you meet her. People are asking her to run for Presidnet.

  55. According to Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown, who is accompanying Obama on his trip to the Middle East and Europe, Obama’s campaign sent out a “dress code” that especially targeted female reporters as to the appropriate attire while traveling in Israel and Jordan.
    Obama press told to cover up, not wear green

    No green. That is the color of Hamas. Also no nail polish, a limited amount of jewelry, covered shoulders and arms, closed-toed shoes, and stockings for women. (Do they make stockings anymore?) Women must also be prepared to cover their heads.

    Two points:

    First, Obama fails to assume that female reporters (or “Sweeties as he calls them) might just know a thing or two about the world and its cultural traditions. These women’s world travel experience likely far exceeds his own.

    Second, Jordan’s culture is far more limiting for women, but a look through online photos reveals a range of female dress (e.g., short sleeves, jewelry, and no head scarves) especially among younger women. But Israel? Huh? Much of Israel is almost like being home again.

    I am not against respecting people’s views and customs while visiting other lands, especially their sacred sites. But, considerable concern already exists about how Obama views women, and this autocratic paternalism seems to be playing out once again.

  56. They make is sound like Hillary neglected her daugter! Bull!

    There was once a show on a couple of years ago talking about some of the Presidents’ kids. I don’t remember the title and I came in the middle of it. But it was discussing how practically all of the most recent presidents had problems with their kids and/or they were problematic at the White Hourse according to people there. All of the presidents’ kids like Reagan, Bush and even Gore had problems with their kids or their kids wasn’t as well liked at the White House, except for Chelsea. Chelsea received very positive remarks. It was said that the previous Presidents” kids that was mentioned embarrassed their parents, except for Chelsea in which they said that her parents embarrassed her due to the Monica Lewinski affair. But of course the Clintons weathered that storm.

    No matter what you may think of the Clintons, Chelsea seemed to be generally well-behaved and likeable. Even some Republicans had some positive things to say about her.

  57. The following is from Redstate, a GOP blog. Take it with a grain of salt
    —————————
    David_Rasbold July 22nd, 2008 at 12:41 p.m.

    Was recently in Warren, Ohio (smaller blue-collar town that has lost tons of manufacuring jobs) and while eating at a local Panera Bread I engaged a group of elderly ladies talking politics. I couldn’t resist and asked them about their thoughts.

    All four of the ladies (I assume they were in their late 50s and 60s) were all democrats – life long – that interestinlgy would not be voting for Barack. Period. In fact, not only will they not be voting for Obama, three of the four were definitely going to vote for McCain. All were Hillary supporters.

    Yes, this is anecdotal. Yes, it’s a small town in Ohio. However, I think it’s telling about a potentially significant group of people in blue-collar states.

    These ladies spoke of their friends and neighbors that feel/believe the same way they do.

    In the end, and i asked them specifically about this, they said their is absolutely nothing that could sway them to vote for Obama.

    If nothing else it’s interesting. At the most, it possibly portends much about how this election will ultimately play out in states like Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Indiana.

    Consider it food for thought!

  58. Obama is a fool and a sexist, one of the most popular women in Jordan and Israel is Angelina Jolie.

    Obama is an arrogant clown and it’s very telling on how he regards women.

  59. Nancy Pelosi and all those women organisations that is supporting Obama….their silence speaks loudly.

  60. NARAL backs Kerry in Senate race
    By Jeremy P. Jacobs

    NARAL Pro-Choice America, the women’s advocacy group dedicated to fighting for abortion rights, endorsed U.S. Sen. Sen. John Kerry (D-Boston)John Kerry’s (D-Boston) reelection campaign Tuesday, bolstering the senator’s abortion rights credentials.

    “Sen. Kerry is a visible and effective advocate for a woman’s right to choose,” said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL. “His leadership is critical in such a closely divided Senate where choice-related votes are often won or lost by one vote.”

    Kerry has staunchly supported abortion rights throughout his political career. His voting record has consistently received a 100 percent from NARAL.

    “I am honored to have the endorsement of NARAL, one of the nation’s leading advocates for women’s rights,” Kerry said. “Throughout my 24 years in the U.S. Senate…I have always been proud to have the support of NARAL. I’m proud of the fights we’ve fought together, and I am looking forward to a time when the rights of women are no longer under assault in this country.”

    Kerry is currently in a primary race against Gloucester attorney Ed O’Reilly and a general election race against Republican Jeff Beatty.

    In particular, Keenan commended Kerry for fighting the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. “We faced long odds at the time…but Sen. Kerry reinforced the threat Alito posed to our constitutional right to privacy. Even with President Obama in the White House, we will need Sen. Kerry to help shepherd good nominees through the Senate.”

    Kerry added that he looks forward to the next Congress because he believes the Democratic majority in both chambers will expand in November.

    “Come November,” Kerry added, “we’ll have a bigger, stronger Democratic majority in Congress and a Democratic president, and together we can all continue to work and fight for progress that’s long overdue.”

    http://www.politickerma.com/jeremyjacobs/442/naral-backs-kerry-senate-race
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    Pathetic!!!

  61. Beatty: If McCain picked Romney as VP, he’d win Mass.
    By Jeremy P. Jacobs

    Jeff Beatty, the Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Boston), said Tuesday that he believes if U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) picked former Gov. Mitt Romney (R) to be his running mate, the GOP would carry Massachusetts in November for the first time since President Ronald Reagan carried it in 1980 and 1984.

    Responding to recent speculation that McCain may announce his choice for vice president this week while U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is overseas, Beatty wrote a letter to McCain on Monday urging him to select Romney as his vice presidential candidate.

    If McCain did pick Romney, “I believe that we’d be able to deliver Massachusetts and its 12 electoral votes to him,” Beatty told PolitickerMA.com. “I think that voters in Massachusetts have had a couple years of [Gov.] Deval Patrick (D-Milton) that have failed to meet expectations.”

    Beatty said Romney’s economic credentials would perfectly complement McCain’s foreign policy and military bona fides. “We have two challenges facing our country,” Beatty said, “national security and our national economy. A McCain/Romney team, with McCain’s foreign policy experience and Romney’s economic experience, will meet those two challenges.
    continue…

    http://www.politickerma.com/jeremyjacobs/441/beatty-if-mccain-picked-romney-vp-he-d-win-mass
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    Interesting to see how the democratic experiment Deval Patrick is called a failure in Mass. and one of the leading reason for a win for McCain if Romney is his running mate.

    What is so interesting you didn’t hear any of this when Hillary Clinton was running, the focus was Mass was going to be a strong Blue state….now Republicans are confident they can win Mass., interesting isn’t it?

  62. Kostner

    What is so interesting about this is the US honors the customs of the Nation. Yet, when they come here, the women can either dress Traditionally, or Modern.

    My personnel opinion is we support the oppression of women in these countries when we abide by thier rules.

    It is also interesting that all those rules were given out, and someone blogs that they Like Jolie. She does not exactly fit their traditional mold.

    Like I said, my personnel opinion.

  63. carbynew ,

    Let’s be realistic, there’s no way McCain can win MA. I don’t care much about his V.P. choice. I have no idea whether Romney will be a plus or minus for McCain’s candidacy. It’s probably a wash.

    Romney is another snake oil sales man, and flip-flopper, but well, at least he had some stuff to show. He savaged the 2002 winter Olympics.

  64. NewMexicoFan,

    It just shows you the arrogance and stupidity of Obama and his campaign. Jordan is a relatively liberal Arabic country. Women work as doctors, teachers, lawyers there! Don’t forget both Kings married two very westerinized QUEENS!

    It’s crazy to ask female reporters to wrap up under Taliban’s burkas while entering into Jordan, let alone Israel!

  65. I don’t think Hillary embarrassed Chelsea, the mother/daughter relationship between these is evident in their faces as well as the relationship between Hillary’s mom, Hillary and Chelsea! I am quiet sure Chelsea, Hillary and Hillary’s mom were embarrassed by the Monica affair, but time heals all wounds and forgiveness seems to run rampet in the Clinton household.

  66. confloyd Says:

    July 22nd, 2008 at 4:58 pm
    I don’t think Hillary embarrassed Chelsea, the mother/daughter relationship between these is evident in their faces as well as the relationship between Hillary’s mom, Hillary and Chelsea! I am quiet sure Chelsea, Hillary and Hillary’s mom were embarrassed by the Monica affair, but time heals all wounds and forgiveness seems to run rampet in the Clinton household.
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    It may have been embarrassing at that time and Chelsea was young and probably received some flack from it. Some women was upset with Hillary and some may still be that she didn’t leave Bill(which may have been the embarrassing part that the show was talking about on Hillary’s part). Chelsea handles herself well now and the family has weathered the storm. I am not saying that she is embarrassed about them now. I just think that the documentary that I saw was embarrassing how other presidents have had trouble and embarrasing moments with their kids and the Clinton’s was the exception. Chip Carter irritated some of the people in the White House, we all know about the Reagans daughter, Patty, The Bushes had an embarrassing moment with their twin daughters public drinking and partying (all seems to have been forgiven there) and I think that Al Gore had a problem with his son.

    The show was rather complimentary to Chelsea while they dissed the other presidents’ kids. 🙂

  67. BREAKING!! Could this be true? I found it hard to believe. But if National Enquirer has photos, all bets are off…
    It’s kind of amusing.
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    h t t p : / / http://www.nationalenquirer.com/sen_john_edwards_caught_with_mistress_and_love_child_in_la_hotel/celebrity/65193

    SEN. JOHN EDWARDS CAUGHT WITH MISTRESS AND LOVE CHILD!

    Vice Presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards was caught visiting his mistress and secret love child at 2:40 this morning in a Los Angeles hotel by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER.

    The married ex-senator from North Carolina – whose wife Elizabeth continues to battle cancer — met with his mistress, blonde divorcee Rielle Hunter, at the Beverly Hilton on Monday night July 21 – and the NATIONAL ENQUIRER was there! He didn’t leave until early the next morning.

    Rielle had driven to Los Angeles from Santa Barbara with a male friend for the rendezvous with Edwards. The former senator attended a press event Monday afternoon with L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on the topic of how to combat homelessness.

    But a months-long NATIONAL ENQUIRER investigation had yielded information that Rielle and Edwards, 54, had arranged to secretly meet afterward and for the ex-senator to spend some time with both his mistress and the love child who he refuses to publicly acknowledge as his own.

    The NATIONAL ENQUIRER broke the story of Edwards’ love child scandal last year, when Rielle was still pregnant and Edwards was still considered a strong candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

    Both parties denied the NATIONAL ENQUIRER report and a close friend of Edwards’ came forward and said he was the father of Rielle’s baby. But sources told the NATIONAL ENQUIRER a far different story – they revealed that Edwards was engineering a massive cover up of his shocking infidelity.

    Sources came forward after that story appeared and told The NATIONAL ENQUIRER that Edwards and Rielle had met secretly several times, so that he could see his baby and continue his relationship with Rielle.

    The NATIONAL ENQUIRER learned ahead of time that one such meeting was set for yesterday.

    At 9:45 p.m. (PST) Monday Edwards appeared at the hotel, and was dropped off at a side entrance. NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporter Alan Butterfield witnessed the ex-senator get out of a BMW driven by a male companion and stroll into the hotel.

    Said Butterfield: “Edwards was not carrying anything. He walked in alone. He was wearing a blue dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up. He was looking around nervously before he entered the hotel.

    “Once inside, he interestingly bypassed the lobby and ducked down a side stairs to go to the bottom floor to catch the elevator up – rather than taking the elevator in the main lobby. He went out of his way not to be seen.”

    Meanwhile, Reille had reserved rooms 246 and 252 under the name of the friend who had accompanied her from Santa Barbara, Bob McGovern. Reille was in one room and McGovern was in another with her baby. This allowed her and Edwards to spend time alone, a source revealed.

    Edwards went out of the hotel briefly with Reille, they were observed by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER and then went back to her room, where he stayed until attempting to sneak out of the hotel unseen at 2:40 a.m. (PST). But when he emerged alone from an elevator into the hotel basement he was greeted by several reporters from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER.

    Senior NATIONAL ENQUIRER Reporter Alexander Hitchen asked Edwards why he was visiting Rielle and whether he was ready to confirm that he was the father of her baby.

    Shocked to see a reporter, and without saying anything, Edwards ran up the stairs leading from the hotel basement to the lobby. But, spotting a photographer, he doubled back into the basement. As he emerged from the stairwell, reporter Butterfield questioned him about his hookup with Reille.

    Edwards did not answer and then ran into a nearby restroom. He stayed inside for about 15 minutes, refusing to answer questions from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER about what he was doing in the hotel. A group of hotel security men eventually escorted him from the men’s room, while preventing the NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporters from following him out of the hotel.

    Said reporter Hitchen: “After we confronted him about seeing Rielle, Edwards looked like a deer caught in headlights!

    “He was clearly surprised that we had caught him at this very late hour inside the hotel.

    “Some guests up at this late hour watched the spectacle in amusement from a staircase nearby.”

    Meanwhile, Rielle’s friend McGovern also refused to answer any questions from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER or offer any explanation for her meeting with Edwards.

    The Edwards “love child” scandal drew international press attention after the NATIONAL ENQUIRER published a blockbuster investigation about the politician in our Dec. 31, 2007 print edition.

    We reported that Rielle, a woman linked to Edwards in a cheating scandal earlier last year, was more than six months pregnant – and we reported that she told a close confidante that Edwards was the father of her baby!

    Edwards denied the affair and that he was the father, and in a bizarre twist, a close friend of his, Andrew Young, said he was the father. Young, 41, was married at the time with three children. The NATIONAL ENQUIRER has learned he still is married.

    Sources told the NATIONAL ENQUIRER exclusively that Edwards had engineered a massive cover up of the affair and love child scandal and that Young was taking the blame for his good friend. At the time Rielle had been relocated from the New York area to Chapel Hill in Edwards’ home state of North Carolina, where she was living in an upscale gated community down the street from Young. Strangely, Young even had Rielle to his house for dinner with his wife and kids, the NATIONAL ENQUIRER has learned.

    Young has been extremely close to Edwards for years and was a key official in his presidential campaign.

    Rielle is a self-described filmmaker whose company was hired by a pro-Edwards group called One America Committee. She was paid $114,000 to produce videos for Edwards’ campaign and worked with him on those videos.

    After story last December, reporters from other media outlets asked Edwards about the report during a campaign stop in Columbia, S.C.

    Edwards responded: “The story is false. It’s completely untrue, ridiculous,” adding: “Anyone who knows me knows that I have been in love with the same woman for 30-plus years.”

    Rielle issued her own statement, saying in part: “The innuendos and lies that have appeared on the Internet and in the NATIONAL ENQUIRER concerning John Edwards are not true, completely unfounded and ridiculous.”

    But a source told the NATIONAL ENQUIRER: “Now that it seems to have blown wide open, Rielle may get her wish – all she wants is for John to marry her and for them to live happily ever after with their baby. She’s tired of running and living a lie.”

    A representative for Rielle had no comment on last night’s meeting with Edwards.

  68. Hey all

    another misogynist for President

    Drudge reporting John Edwards caught with mistress in Beverly Hills (and supposedly his love child too!)

  69. I know it’s a tabloid mag. But could it be true?? Do they have the photos??
    ——————————————————-

    Vice Presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards was caught visiting his mistress and secret love child at 2:40 this morning in a Los Angeles hotel by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER.

    The married ex-senator from North Carolina – whose wife Elizabeth continues to battle cancer — met with his mistress, blonde divorcee Rielle Hunter, at the Beverly Hilton on Monday night July 21 – and the NATIONAL ENQUIRER was there! He didn’t leave until early the next morning.

    Rielle had driven to Los Angeles from Santa Barbara with a male friend for the rendezvous with Edwards. The former senator attended a press event Monday afternoon with L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on the topic of how to combat homelessness.

    But a months-long NATIONAL ENQUIRER investigation had yielded information that Rielle and Edwards, 54, had arranged to secretly meet afterward and for the ex-senator to spend some time with both his mistress and the love child who he refuses to publicly acknowledge as his own.

    The NATIONAL ENQUIRER broke the story of Edwards’ love child scandal last year, when Rielle was still pregnant and Edwards was still considered a strong candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

    Both parties denied the NATIONAL ENQUIRER report and a close friend of Edwards’ came forward and said he was the father of Rielle’s baby. But sources told the NATIONAL ENQUIRER a far different story – they revealed that Edwards was engineering a massive cover up of his shocking infidelity.

    Sources came forward after that story appeared and told The NATIONAL ENQUIRER that Edwards and Rielle had met secretly several times, so that he could see his baby and continue his relationship with Rielle.

    The NATIONAL ENQUIRER learned ahead of time that one such meeting was set for yesterday.

    At 9:45 p.m. (PST) Monday Edwards appeared at the hotel, and was dropped off at a side entrance. NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporter Alan Butterfield witnessed the ex-senator get out of a BMW driven by a male companion and stroll into the hotel.

    Said Butterfield: “Edwards was not carrying anything. He walked in alone. He was wearing a blue dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up. He was looking around nervously before he entered the hotel.

    “Once inside, he interestingly bypassed the lobby and ducked down a side stairs to go to the bottom floor to catch the elevator up – rather than taking the elevator in the main lobby. He went out of his way not to be seen.”

    Meanwhile, Reille had reserved rooms 246 and 252 under the name of the friend who had accompanied her from Santa Barbara, Bob McGovern. Reille was in one room and McGovern was in another with her baby. This allowed her and Edwards to spend time alone, a source revealed.

    Edwards went out of the hotel briefly with Reille, they were observed by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER and then went back to her room, where he stayed until attempting to sneak out of the hotel unseen at 2:40 a.m. (PST). But when he emerged alone from an elevator into the hotel basement he was greeted by several reporters from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER.

    Senior NATIONAL ENQUIRER Reporter Alexander Hitchen asked Edwards why he was visiting Rielle and whether he was ready to confirm that he was the father of her baby.

    Shocked to see a reporter, and without saying anything, Edwards ran up the stairs leading from the hotel basement to the lobby. But, spotting a photographer, he doubled back into the basement. As he emerged from the stairwell, reporter Butterfield questioned him about his hookup with Reille.

    Edwards did not answer and then ran into a nearby restroom. He stayed inside for about 15 minutes, refusing to answer questions from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER about what he was doing in the hotel. A group of hotel security men eventually escorted him from the men’s room, while preventing the NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporters from following him out of the hotel.

    Said reporter Hitchen: “After we confronted him about seeing Rielle, Edwards looked like a deer caught in headlights!

    “He was clearly surprised that we had caught him at this very late hour inside the hotel.

    “Some guests up at this late hour watched the spectacle in amusement from a staircase nearby.”

    Meanwhile, Rielle’s friend McGovern also refused to answer any questions from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER or offer any explanation for her meeting with Edwards.

    The Edwards “love child” scandal drew international press attention after the NATIONAL ENQUIRER published a blockbuster investigation about the politician in our Dec. 31, 2007 print edition.

    We reported that Rielle, a woman linked to Edwards in a cheating scandal earlier last year, was more than six months pregnant – and we reported that she told a close confidante that Edwards was the father of her baby!

    Edwards denied the affair and that he was the father, and in a bizarre twist, a close friend of his, Andrew Young, said he was the father. Young, 41, was married at the time with three children. The NATIONAL ENQUIRER has learned he still is married.

    Sources told the NATIONAL ENQUIRER exclusively that Edwards had engineered a massive cover up of the affair and love child scandal and that Young was taking the blame for his good friend. At the time Rielle had been relocated from the New York area to Chapel Hill in Edwards’ home state of North Carolina, where she was living in an upscale gated community down the street from Young. Strangely, Young even had Rielle to his house for dinner with his wife and kids, the NATIONAL ENQUIRER has learned.

    Young has been extremely close to Edwards for years and was a key official in his presidential campaign.

    Rielle is a self-described filmmaker whose company was hired by a pro-Edwards group called One America Committee. She was paid $114,000 to produce videos for Edwards’ campaign and worked with him on those videos.

    After story last December, reporters from other media outlets asked Edwards about the report during a campaign stop in Columbia, S.C.

    Edwards responded: “The story is false. It’s completely untrue, ridiculous,” adding: “Anyone who knows me knows that I have been in love with the same woman for 30-plus years.”

    Rielle issued her own statement, saying in part: “The innuendos and lies that have appeared on the Internet and in the NATIONAL ENQUIRER concerning John Edwards are not true, completely unfounded and ridiculous.”

    But a source told the NATIONAL ENQUIRER: “Now that it seems to have blown wide open, Rielle may get her wish – all she wants is for John to marry her and for them to live happily ever after with their baby. She’s tired of running and living a lie.”

    A representative for Rielle had no comment on last night’s meeting with Edwards.

  70. Norma,

    I was about to post the link to ‘National Enqurer’… It’s a very detailed report. Don’t know whether there’s any truth to it.

  71. Well…who knows, but if there isn’t any truth to it, it certainly seems like the powers that be certainly don;t want HIM to get anywhere

  72. Senior NATIONAL ENQUIRER Reporter Alexander Hitchen asked Edwards why he was visiting Rielle and whether he was ready to confirm that he was the father of her baby.

    Shocked to see a reporter, and without saying anything, Edwards ran up the stairs leading from the hotel basement to the lobby. But, spotting a photographer, he doubled back into the basement. As he emerged from the stairwell, reporter Butterfield questioned him about his hookup with Reille.

    Edwards did not answer and then ran into a nearby restroom. He stayed inside for about 15 minutes, refusing to answer questions from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER about what he was doing in the hotel. A group of hotel security men eventually escorted him from the men’s room, while preventing the NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporters from following him out of the hotel.

    Said reporter Hitchen: “After we confronted him about seeing Rielle, Edwards looked like a deer caught in headlights!

    “He was clearly surprised that we had caught him at this very late hour inside the hotel.

    “Some guests up at this late hour watched the spectacle in amusement from a staircase nearby.”

    Meanwhile, Rielle’s friend McGovern also refused to answer any questions from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER or offer any explanation for her meeting with Edwards.

  73. Edwards went out of the hotel briefly with Reille, they were observed by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER and then went back to her room, where he stayed until attempting to sneak out of the hotel unseen at 2:40 a.m. (PST). But when he emerged alone from an elevator into the hotel basement he was greeted by several reporters from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER.

    Senior NATIONAL ENQUIRER Reporter Alexander Hitchen asked Edwards why he was visiting Rielle and whether he was ready to confirm that he was the father of her baby.

    Shocked to see a reporter, and without saying anything, Edwards ran up the stairs leading from the hotel basement to the lobby. But, spotting a photographer, he doubled back into the basement. As he emerged from the stairwell, reporter Butterfield questioned him about his hookup with Reille.

    Edwards did not answer and then ran into a nearby restroom. He stayed inside for about 15 minutes, refusing to answer questions from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER about what he was doing in the hotel. A group of hotel security men eventually escorted him from the men’s room, while preventing the NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporters from following him out of the hotel.

    Said reporter Hitchen: “After we confronted him about seeing Rielle, Edwards looked like a deer caught in headlights!

    “He was clearly surprised that we had caught him at this very late hour inside the hotel.

    “Some guests up at this late hour watched the spectacle in amusement from a staircase nearby.”

  74. Edwards went out of the hotel briefly with Reille, they were observed by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER and then went back to her room, where he stayed until attempting to sneak out of the hotel unseen at 2:40 a.m. (PST). But when he emerged alone from an elevator into the hotel basement he was greeted by several reporters from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER

  75. Senior NATIONAL ENQUIRER Reporter Alexander Hitchen asked Edwards why he was visiting Rielle and whether he was ready to confirm that he was the father of her baby.

    Shocked to see a reporter, and without saying anything, Edwards ran up the stairs leading from the hotel basement to the lobby. But, spotting a photographer, he doubled back into the basement. As he emerged from the stairwell, reporter Butterfield questioned him about his hookup with Reille.

  76. I think, I’ll wait for more reliable source, than The National Enquirer. I read about it, on NOQuarter.

    Norma: LOL!

  77. Senior NATIONAL ENQUIRER Reporter Alexander Hitchen asked Edwards why he was visiting Rielle and whether he was ready to confirm that he was the father of her baby.

  78. birdgal,

    National Enquirer is a paparazzi, but if they have the photos, well… They did indicate a photographer was on the scene. Remember they have caught lots of sex scandals of Hollywood movie stars…

  79. Kostner, I ‘ll keep my eyes open for the new edition, with the picture on the cover (if a picture exists). Photos don’t usually lie.

  80. From NOQuarter:

    “So Barack Obama is finally making his highly touted trip abroad. What does he do when he gets to Afghanistan, the country about which he could not be bothered to actually hold a meeting as Chair of the Senate’s Subcommittee on European Affairs (and NATO)? He plays basketball. Hoops. Roundball. We are currently fighting a war in Afghanistan, and he spends part of his two whole hours there playing a game. Wow. Have we not had enough of almost eight years of an adolescent in the White House?? Do we REALLY want another one?? From what I understand, he isn’t even all that great!! Yet, he spends all of this time on the campaign trail playing basketball. Have a debate?? Oh, he is WAY too busy for that!! But he can sure find time to go shoot some hoops! Bush has his bicycle, and Obama has his basketball. It boggles the mind.”

    noquarterusa.net/blog/

  81. And another winner (not):

    “Teleprompter broke again.

    Let me be absolutely clear,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, said today at a press conference in Amman, Jordan. “Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under a McCain…administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change.

    How true.”

    blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/07/obama-wants-to.html

  82. How funny – we have 2 complete dim wits running for President. Obama’s only hope is that he’s not quite as dim as McCain. The Year of the Dim ones, and we could of had a real gem. This idiot at work just said how Obama was like Kennedy. I wanted to gag.

  83. Agreed, kitforhill. Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, running for President. Ugh. This election got so lame/boring once Hillary bowed out.

  84. Iraqi media doesn’t care about Obama

    ABC NEWS’ NATALIE GEWARGIS REPORTS:

    Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, can’t seem to make any stops along his whirlwind tour without a press parade following him.

    But if you’ve only read Iraq’s papers Tuesday morning, you wouldn’t even know the presumptive nominee was there.

    With the exception of one paper, Asharq Al-Awsat, a widely read Saudi publication, most local and regional papers seemed decidedly under-whelmed by the candidate’s visit.

    Local issues dominated the headlines, including news of increasing typhoid outbreaks, a full Iraqi cabinet meeting (for the first time in about a year), and a story about the frequency of Iraqi visits to a local Baghdad park, among others.

    On Tuesday, the newspaper Al Mashriq continued to report on the death of Husam al-Shakti, the son of Hamid Hummud al-Shakti, the governor of Iraq’s Salaheddin province. Al-Shakti’s son was shot by Coalition Forces Sunday during a raid on the family’s home in the town of Beiji.

    In addition to security developments, most Iraqi papers track the activities of Iraq’s Council of Ministers and the Iraqi parliament on a daily basis. Other issues that elicit frequent coverage include the occurrence of power blackouts and a daunting fuel crisis, and water shortage.

    Given all that’s occurring (and making the news) in Iraq, it seems that the majority of Iraqis think that the junior senator from Illinois is just a senator from Illinois.

    And while Obama’s camp may sometime seem a little too ready for their “Mission Accomplished” moment, Iraqis seem less apt to jump the gun.

  85. “Obama aides are emphatic that Ms. Obama is the un-Hillary”

    me thinks that is the nicest thing i have ever heard an obama-puke say. hillary, i’d take that as a compliment!

  86. btw

    as much as i dislike romney, i think he would be McCains best choice for vp. i think he would seal the deal for michigan. his dad george was governor when i lived there..very well liked as i recall. not only that, he brings youthful good looks and vigor to the ticket. i know that sounds superficial, but what the heck.

  87. alcina wrote:

    “Obama aides are emphatic that Ms. Obama is the un-Hillary”

    me thinks that is the nicest thing i have ever heard an obama-puke say. hillary, i’d take that as a compliment!
    ——

    Amen to that!

  88. someone mentioned the rip-off of the “change” slogan. it’s hard to keep track, B-HO has stolen so many ideas, etc.

    i still have my new hampshire hillary “ready for change – ready to lead” tee-shirt from last septembers debate @ dartmouth. ( i think B-HO was still in his “hope” phase at that point in time.)

  89. palin wont be on a mccain ticket. she is in a shocking scandal in ak. u wont believe this-

    Palin investigator expected
    Posted by Alaska_Politics

    http://www.community.adn.com/adn/node/127456

    Posted: July 21, 2008 – 1:36 pm

    From Sean Cockerham in Anchorage —

    Lots of talk today among legislators about investigating whether fired public safety commissioner Walt Monegan was pressured by the Palin administration to get rid of trooper Mike Wooten, who was in a messy divorce with Palin’s sister.

    Senate Judiciary chairman Hollis French said he spoke over the weekend with Senate President Lyda Green and other members of the Senate majority.

    “I’m fairly confident at this point that what we’re going to see is the appointment of an independent investigator to make sure that politics is not involved into the inquiry into the Monegan firing and if it was motivated by the handling of the Wooten case or something else,” French said today. “And a separate track into whether there were violations of the personnel act in certain members of the administration’s handling of the Wooten case.”

    French said he thinks a special investigator would be appointed within a week. Some legislators are talking about also having hearings right away on the Monegan firing. But French said he didn’t think there would be immediate hearings. He said the Legislature has to focus on the gas pipeline and energy relief issues up now in the special session, and try to keep politics out of the Monegan issue.

    Things are more in flux in the state House. There’s discussion in the House of both an investigator and hearings — and of what legislative committee would hold any hearings. Lawmakers were flying into Juneau today to resume the gas pipeline special session and the House majority hasn’t made a decision on how to proceed.

    “I think everybody will be all over the place until we have a few days to be down here and get assembled,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jay Ramras.

  90. wbboei

    You said at the front of this article of how the not wons are trying to tell the wons. Those are such true words.

    1. Dean could not get past Iowa, and he is implementing badly the 50 states strategy that was nvented by the Republicans, and he does not understand the concept.

    2. Palosi just happened to be in the right place at the right time, and she has failed miserable as majority leader.

    3. The only true successful candidate in memorable history is William Jefferson Clinton, and the party does not want to follow him because they are afraid of HIS power.

    BETTER TO FOLLOW A WINNER THAN A FOOL.

  91. White House Rules On Air Obama?

    From Politico

    Carrie Budoff Brown reports from the flight from Amman to Tel Aviv:

    Obama aides were reminded by reporters – for the second time today – that he isn’t in the White House yet, and therefore they can’t invoke White House rules and traditions.

    An unpaid foreign policy adviser [who] worked for Clinton) [sic] told reporters that he never, in his four years in the White House, had [to] go on the record for a briefing. Several reporters retorted that they weren’t in the White House.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0708/White_House_rules_on_Air_Obama.html

  92. Obama apparently thinks that if he pretends he’s already President (White House rules on his plane, imaginary Obama presidential seal, holding fake negotiations with Maliki, etc.), maybe he can find gravitas that way. It’s cringe-inducing to watch.

  93. What I have found over the years is people that had class, never had to pretend they had class. Others around them recognized it. Those who wanted class usually pretended that they had it, trying to convince themselves and those around them. Usually you find out the pretenders.

  94. It has begun.

    Citizens United Productions is baaaaackkkk. And they are about to release a film entitled “Hype: The Obama Effect“. Based on what I have seen on the internet, I expect they will need a police presence in the theaters because Obama supporters don’t like their Plastic Jesus being criticized. It can be dangerous to your health.

    The movie stars all the people we couldn’t stand to look at in the days before the DNC shoved a Presumptuous Nominee who looks even worse to us down our throats. The Chicago Kneecapper is going to get Kneecapped a few times before November. In some quarters, they call this Poetic Justice.

    Public Release Date: September 1, right after Obama gives his “I am MLK, JFK and Jesus Of Nazareth” speech to a screened audience–with protestors far enough away to ensure they don’t interfere with the worship ceremony. Suffer unto me the Little Suckers.

    All I want to know is, where do I go to get the popcorn concession license?

    Here is the TV Ad:

  95. First of all I want to say how much I love this site. Positive and truthful for Hillary. I hope more SD will turn her way. Did anyone view yesterday the picture of the plane that flew OB oversees?. Get the American Flag painted over on the tail of the plane, and advertising his web site address and america change. Nice reading your blogs. Keep them coming. Good luck Hillary.

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