Democratic Culture Of Corruption

Lift the rock, find the snakes.

Now we know why Florida Congressman Robert Wexler did not care that Florida votes did not count during this primary cycle.

Now we know why Florida Congressman Robert Wexler did not care that Florida voters were disenfranchised.

Now we know why Robert Wexler defended Obama and abandoned his constitutents at the Democratic? Rules and By-laws Committee.

Now we know why Congressman Robert Wexler supports Barack Obama.

Answer: Birds of a feather… um… roost together. The Democratic Culture of Corruption is back.

Florida Congressman Robert Wexler did not care that Florida votes did not count during the primaries because he has abandoned Florida for Maryland. The Florida Congressman who represents Obama, not Florida:

You see, the longtime Democratic rep says he lives in Delray Beach and he’s required to maintain a residence in his district. But he really lives in Potomac MD. The house in Delray that he calls his “offical residence” is owned by Lawrence and Roslyn Cohen, the parents of Wexler’s wife, Laurie. And it’s in a restricted over-55 community, which makes it impossible for Wexler and and his three children to reside there. [snip]

You might think this seems a small matter and you might not like the vigor with which O’Reilly goes after Wexler (fresh liberal meat, you know). But it’s about more than partisan politics or even the fact that Wexler hasn’t lived in his district for ten years and lists a sham residence in official papers. Put bluntly, this is a sleazy and unethical move by Wexler and O’Reilly and the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund touch on the reasons why. For one, he gets a housing deduction from Congress to help him maintain two residences. Unless, he’s paying Mrs. Cohen rent when he sleeps on the pull-out, he’s just pocketing that little federal benefit.

Another thing is that he might be using the sham Delray house for tax purposes — as in, to not pay them. Florida doesn’t have a state income tax, Maryland does. That means his little deceit might be bringing him more than a little coin. It’s not proven, but his cars are, weirdly, registered in Florida and it deserves to be looked into.

Basically, this could be tantamount to fraud and it could actually have some legs, though I seriously doubt we’ll see any criminal charges and I’m quite certain his loyal voters will quickly forgive him. He’s good ol’ Bobby Wexler, after all.

That’s why we wrote:

Fight against Robert Wexler who brags about how much he helped and is helping Obama. Wexler is now whining about what a tough race he faces in very Democratic and very Pro-Hillary Broward County against a self-funded candidate. Wexler helped disenfranchise Florida Democratic voters. Now he wants Democratic voters to help him. “Just Say NO”. NOvember.

We also wrote:

Also, do NOT vote for those who enabled the race-baiting, gay-bashing, women-hating Obama campaign. Fight against John Kerry. Force Kerry to spend his Summer in Massachusetts fighting for his job – which is supposed to be representing the will of the people of Massachusetts. [snip]

Fight against the John Kerry who thinks Obama should be elected “because he is African-American”. John Kerry must still think Governor Patrick was a good choice because of the color of his skin too.

Kerry, still using the term “tar baby” – when will Kerry be called a “racist” or is he exempt from the charge because he supports Obama?

Massachusetts voters have a choice in the Democratic primary:

The Plymouth Democratic Town Committee recently announced that Ed O’Reilly, currently in the running for U.S. Senate, will be the guest speaker at its annual fundraising golf tournament dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 25, at the Squirrel Run Golf and Country Club.

This will be O’Reilly’s first public appearance in Plymouth.

O’Reilly received an unpredicted 23 percent of the vote for the U.S. Senate nomination at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention in Lowell last month. He is running against U.S. Senator John Kerry, who has run unchallenged since he took office 23 years ago.

O’Reilly, 55, has been a criminal defense trial attorney for 25 years. He worked his way through law school as a firefighter and fisherman. Raised in Watertown, he lives in Gloucester.

O’Reilly strongly supports the orderly and complete withdrawal of our troops from Iraq; the end of special interest manipulation in Washington, D.C.; universal health care; progress of the green and renewable energy industries; and the halt of global warming.

Then there is Obama enabler John Edwards. We defended Edwards when allegations about his personal life emerged last year. We lightly mocked Edwards about his sprawling house purchase and his $400 haircut charged to the contributors to his campaign. We thought at the time that Edwards’ haircut/house problems were mostly irrelevant but also foolish, self-inflicted, and displayed tone-deafness for a candidate who sold himself as a tribune of the poor.

Edwards enabled Obama not only with an endorsement of unqualified Obama but also repeatedly called Hillary Clinton’s character into question.

Edwards, when not attacking Hillary on a personal and character basis utilized his wife’s cancer to prop up his dead on arrival campaign.

Now this, ignored by Big Media which ceaselessly speculated about Bill Clinton on the front pages of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers:

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 divorcée 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. [snip]

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.” [snip]

Meanwhile, Rielle had reserved rooms 246 and 252 under the name of the friend who had accompanied her from Santa Barbara, Bob McGovern. Rielle 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 Rielle, 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 Rielle.

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.

John Edwards, tribune of the poor, today issued a not very convincing denial: “I don’t talk about these tabloids. They’re tabloid trash and just full of lies.” Ask Gary Hart about Monkey Business.

But the greatest corruption Americans are witnessing today is the corruption of the political process by Obama/Dean/Brazile/Pelosi aiding and abetting a Big Media intent on force-feeding an unqualified Barack Obama on the electorate.

The electorate is not so easily fooled however.

While Barack Obama has touted his travel to the Middle East and Europe this week as a “fact-finding” trip, 63% of Americans do not believe it makes the Democratic candidate any more qualified to be president.

A new Rasmussen Reports national survey, taken Monday night, also finds that less than a third (32%) think Obama will learn from his trip to Iraq.

Big Media is also scratching it’s collective head about why Obama is such a hard sell.

Lots of speculation on the web, and in whispering circles, about why Obama’s foreign trip–a slam-dunk success substantively and in photo-op terms (Obama laughing with Petraeus in the helicopter was the best)–hasn’t resulted in a polling bump. The emerging conventional wisdom seems to be that the trip is a bit too grand, too…presumptuous and voters are wary of that. (And presumption, of course, always comes with the subterranean tinge of racism.) Maybe so.

But I have another theory. People may be thinking, what on earth is Obama doing over there when we have so many problems back home? Why isn’t he talking about the economy? No doubt, the Obama staff figured they needed this week abroad to establish the image of Obama as a potential Commander-in-Chief…and, no doubt, he will turn to the economy–a Democratic strength, according to the polls–when he gets home. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama is paying a price for vamping about overseas while banks are cratering, gas prices soar and people are getting really, really nervous about their futures.

The answer Big Media is that Obama is not qualifed to be president. And Americans know there are too many unanswered questions about Obama’s Chicago Culture of Corruption.

And of course,

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

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225 thoughts on “Democratic Culture Of Corruption

  1. I guess he does not think he is an elitist, because that is the way he lives, and he thinks it is normal. Red flags should be going off for people. You don’t make your self an expert in international affairs in one trip overseas, and your second display of granduer with this plan are things people look at.

    Have you forgotten, he has not been elected to anything, and the popular vote electected HIllary. The SDs, who have been promised money. hopefully will get a ride on the plane. It might be the only real perk that they get.

    Do you See the Money rolling In.

    WHEN WILL OBAMA CLOSE THE DEAL?

  2. Time to Kick John Kerry to the Curb!

    youtube.com/watch?v=cOL-7qnIIIc

    Admin can you embed this video?

  3. I believe if Hillary’s debt has actually been paid down it is time to start contibuting to those running against the powers that has been.—pelosi–kerry et al

  4. DBKP Exclusive!–excepts
    An Inside Look at How the National Enquirer
    Scooped the Mainstream Media

    In the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter Investigation
    –Difficulties, as well as Disapproval and Dismissal by the MSM during the investigation.

    How did the supermarket checkout staple, The National Enquirer, scoop the combined forces of CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox News, Time Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, New York Times and the rest of the mainstream press in the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter Love Child affair?

    “Inquiring minds want to know.”

    After an hour-long interview with David Perel, Editor-in-Chief of the National Enquirer, we can now say with certainty: it was easy. The steadfast “cone of silence” placed on the story by the Mainstream Media (MSM) made it easy for anyone willing to do the legwork to grab the story from a decidedly-uninterested “respectable” press.

    Perel, who was promoted to Editor-in-Chief of the Enquirer in 2005, has overseen the John Edwards Scandal investigation from the very start and provided DBKP with some interesting insights on Edwards, the Love Child Scandal and the Mainstream Media.

    Mondoreb: Hi David, congratulations on the National Enquirer’s scoop of the mainstream press–again.

    David Perel: Thank you. It was nice to finally have the “smoking gun”.

    Mondo: This story has been on-going over the last–what–ten months?

    DP: Yes, something like that. Certainly, it’s taken some time.

    Mondo: Do you feel vindicated by the latest turn of events in the John Edwards Love Child Story–after the Enquirer’s reporters cornered Edwards in the Beverly Hilton?

    DP: Absolutely. We’d gotten information and tips that Edwards was seeing Rielle Hunter and the baby. On Monday, we got some good intel that there was going to be a meeting at the Beverly Hilton hotel and we got the information in time to get everyone in place when it happened. We had a big team on it

    and

    Mondo: Have you ever seen a more blatant–what we’ve called it–”media blackout” of any story the Enquirer has broken than the Edwards affair?

    DP: No. Amazing, simply amazing. It wasn’t a total blackout, but very nearly.

    Mondo: Why do you think this was?

    DP: A couple of things: partly a lack of ability and partly a lack of desire on the part of the media.

    Mondo: Do you think it might have anything to do with the fact that reporters on the regular campaign beat get too “comfortable”? Maybe they’re afraid of offending whoever they’re assigned to cover; who is really their meal-ticket?

    DP: Absolutely. It’s a flaw in the system and certainly a flaw in the coverage.

    What would it have taken for a reporter to stick a microphone in Edwards’ face and ask him to confirm or deny certain details of the story we broke in December? What would it take for a reporter to stick a microphone in his face now and ask him to deny or confirm he was in the Beverly Hilton? What was he doing visiting Rielle Hunter there?

    Edwards is supposedly on the list for vice-presidential candidates. Look at Edwards actions, his involvement with the cover-up, the size of the cover-up. It shows a bit of his character. People might not want someone that close to the presidency.

    Mondo: If they knew about it…

    DP: Yes.

    Mondo: What were some of the difficulties in the Edwards investigation?

    DP: The cover-up by the campaign, the scope of the cover-up.

    I can tell you it was not easy locating Rielle Hunter. A couple times it was very hard finding out where she had moved. It took a lot of time, effort and resources.

    Mondo: You were in contact with the Edwards campaign in December about the story. Did you give them a chance to respond to it before it came out?

    DP: Yes.

    Mondo: And they didn’t?

    DP: There was no official response from the campaign or its lawyers.

    Mondo: The National Enquirer’s record on breaking political scandals is pretty solid. What do you say to your detractors; the ones who dismiss anything you uncover with a “Well, it’s in the Enquirer”.

    DP: Our detractors don’t read the magazine. The ones who read it know we get it right.

    Mondo: Isn’t it just a way of avoiding having to address the facts; to attack the Enquirer?

    DP: It’s like reviewing a book you’ve never read. Or like, who was it, Maxim reviewing an album they’d never listened to.

    Mondo: There was some rumblings about the first and second Love Child stories being the products of the Clinton camp. One of the Clinton backers has a share of your parent company, I believe. Any comments?

    DP: It has nothing to do with the editorial side, which I run. They could say that back in December when Clinton was still in the race, but now, she’s supposed to be uniting the Democrats behind Obama. So, it doesn’t make much sense.

    We follow the story, not the man. We cover both sides. We broke Rush Limbaugh’s Oxycontin troubles, we did Jesse Jackson’s love child and we broke a lot of the news in the OJ story. It’s nothing personal–it’s the story.

    Mondo: You have more updates planned on this latest installment?

    DP: We’ll be updating the story several times. We’re not finished yet.

    Mondo: Any other comments?

    DP: We were looking for the “smoking gun”: time, place, day and date. Edwards could always “deny, deny, deny”. Now, Edwards can’t deny being at the Beverly Hilton and visiting Rielle Hunter. There were at least 10 eyewitnesses to the affair of Edwards running on the stairs and ducking into the restroom. I’m proud of the story. It speaks for itself.

    Mondo: Congratulations on your scoop and thanks for talking with me.

    DP: Any time. Keep in touch.

    [A few other subjects were covered, some off-the-record and some on.]

    deathby1000papercuts.com/2008/07/john-edwards-affair-interview-with-david-perel-editor-in-chief-of-the-national-enquirer/

  5. The sight of Edwards ducking into a restroom, somehow, sounds and looks very suspect and degrading.

  6. If Edwards isn’t guilty, then why did he act so suspiciously when he came out of the elevators? If there is a reasonable explanation, why didn’t he give it?

  7. John Edwards ‘Caught in Affair’ at a Beverly Hills Hotel

    The National Enquirer is at it again. After last year’s “love child” scandal (aided by Huffington Post) that eventually died down, today, the Enquirer leads with this, claiming that “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.”

    They say that their reporters waited around until they saw Edwards leaving, approached him, but Edwards wouldn’t talk and ran into the bathroom for 15 minutes until security ousted the writer and photographer.

    The story was so huge today, that a link from Drudge apparently crashed the National Enquirer’s website.

    laist.com/2008/07/22/john_edwards_caught_in_affair_at_be.php
    ******************************************************

    Drip, Drip, Drip, Drip…The National Enquirer story is breaking big and they are making money on their website and then their magazine distribution which is worldwide.

    What day will Obama be speaking to his German voters in his quest for worldwide domination?

    I can’t wait for my copy of the magazine.

  8. Admin. Thanks for another great article. When I heard Billo last night I thought EXACTLY the same thing you wrote. Here in Florida we were appalled at Wexler’s behavior. He didn’t fight for us, he didn’t fight for the State. HE fought for his self-interest and for his unqualified candidate and now we know why. I sat in amazement tonight when Billo went after him with both barrels and was delighted to see it.

    I am so damn sick of these politicians thinking they are above the law. (and yes, lets SEE BO’s birth certificate…I could have done a MUCH better job of that in Photoshop than they did)

    As for Edwards and the MSM silence…why, another POV is that it would by necessity take the limelight off His Arrogance and be an embarrassment to HIM and to the media when it became know that all this was going on while they were pillorying HRC, exposing their BLATANT sexism for what it is…Politics as usual.

    Thanks for reporting these things. Many more REAL people are now reading BP and we can bet that they must be starting to digest, with soome peptic discomfort, all that is Hope and Change is just another scam.

  9. Between Dean/Pelosi/Brazile/Kerry/Wexler/MSM/Edwards/FISA and THIS PERSON from “My Barack Obama” we are in a world of hurt if this guy gets “elected”

    “The crowd was overwhelmingly white (as it’s Seattle), except for those directly behind the candidate, where the cameras would pick them up. There it was diverse, with a higher percentage of Asians, Blacks, and Muslims. It was also overwhelmingly young. [snip]

    As we waited some entrepreneurial supporters realized that there were box seats right behind them, and started climbing into them.

    It was actually the most exciting part, as we waited for two hours for the candidate to show up. We watched as security would come in and escort one box seat out, while at the other end supporters were still climbing into the next. It was rather humorous, to realize that they were irrevocably losing their seats down below, for shortly security would come to escort every box seat claim jumper out.

    Finally people began to come out to speak. Like in the last Seattle Obama rally, there was a very bad presenter to clearly differentiate what came after. [snip]

    Then, to the roar of a record-breaking crowd …the man arrived. [snip]

    If you look closely at the picture on the right, you can actually see Obama’s halo. Gives whole new meaning to the name “Barack”- Blessed. [snip]

    And wouldn’t you know it, but my Flip Video claimed I had a whole hour available, when it reality it was only about 52 minutes. So the best part of the speech wasn’t caught. To paraphrase, Obama went Biblical on his detractors, speaking straight out of the New Testament, about what Hope really is. Hope isn’t some mealy-mouthed thing. Hope is what inspired a movement which gave women the right vote. Hope is what ended slavery. Hope is what began child labor laws. Hope is what changes the world.

  10. yall gotta go to drugereport right now-obama tried to have a rally at the freakin w wall in israel. a rally complete with obama banners.

  11. Hi Henry

    Aww…that is sweet of you!

    Nope, still fighting the good fight for democracy!

    How are you?

  12. Obama Visits the Wall
    By Jeff Zeleny

    JERUSALEM — Senator Barack Obama made a pre-dawn visit here Thursday to the Western Wall, arriving in the Old City as a clear moon helped illuminate a still-dark sky.
    Mr. Obama, wearing a white yarmulke, made his way down a walkway toward the Wall. He was escorted by the Rabbi of the Wall, Shmuel Rabinovich, and surrounded by many other followers at one of the holiest sites in Judaism.
    As the rabbi quietly read from Psalm 122, both he and Mr. Obama flipped through a Holy book on a wooden stand. The moment unfolded as a lone man standing about 10 yards away yelled over and over, “Obama, Jerusalem is not for sale! Obama, Jerusalem is not for sale!”

    After the prayer, Mr. Obama walked a final few paces to the Wall and followed the custom of placing a personal prayer between the stone cracks, with his note left alongside hundreds of others. He placed his hand on the Wall, bowed his head and stood in quiet contemplation for a few moments.

    The heckler continued his chant as Mr. Obama walked away from the Wall. Several other men tried to drown out his voice with chants of, “Obama, Obama, Obama.”
    “It was a little rowdier than the last time I was there,” Mr. Obama said later.

    Dozens of people cheered and reached out to grab the senator’s hand as he walked away from his final appearance of the day in Jerusalem. With this symbolic image captured, Mr. Obama set off for Germany

    thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/23/obama-visits-the-wall/

  13. WOW!! Jews Protest Obama In Jerusalem!!! (Video)

    Jewish Groups Protest Obama– Show Support for United Jerusalem

    Israel National News reported on a protest in Jerusalem today against Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama:

    The Coalition for a United Jerusalem held a news conference in the capital Tuesday night to demand that US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama express unequivocal support for the unification of Jerusalem under Jewish sovereignty.

    The Coalition, which represents a group of Jewish organizations including the American Israeli Action Coalition, the Council of Young Israel Rabbis in Israel, Emunah Women, the Rabbinical Council of America in Israel, the Worldwide Young Israel Movement and the Zionist Organization of America.
    The Jews in Israel are very concerned about Obama’s waffling on an undivided Jerusalem.
    His past associations with Jew-haters probably does not help him out any.
    Here’s the video:

    gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2008/07/wow-jews-protest-obama-in-jerusalem.html

  14. Norma
    i am well
    became a puma but this was my first and still favorite site
    trying to arrange a denver trip

  15. Henry! I have my ticket, and I have a place to stay unless something comes up! Things are good!

  16. Admin can you embed?

    Lipstick on a pig, remember? Cindy Sheehan’s campaign video.
    August 6th, money drop.

    Nancy Pelosi Must Be Held Accountable!

    youtube.com/watch?v=IUi-oIEARVQ

  17. bought a tent
    its salmon not pink but close enough
    i look forward to camping haven’t done it since i went on my [post college backpack tour

  18. We are trying to get a centralized spot for ALL who want to join us to celebrate HRC. I won’t post info here but I will let you know when it gets finalized.

  19. Everyman vs the elitist= Ed O’Reilly vs John McCain at Plymouth
    county league.

    youtube.com/watch?v=_XxVhULw3z8

    It is important that we get rid of John Kerry and put someone who will work and listem to all the voters.

    Help elect Ed O’Reilly

  20. I said it before here if Senator Clinton’s debt is actually paid down lets do a money bomb for ed O’reilly and wexlers opponent. You can bet your ass the DNC will hear that loud and clear.

  21. Kerry, still using the term “tar baby” – when will Kerry be called a “racist” or is he exempt from the charge because he supports Obama?

    That is the question. Is it because he is underhandedly calling John a racist or is John Kerry intentionally trying to put some racially charged words out there to make it look like Obama has had to deal with racism in this election as much as Hillary had to deal with sexism.

    You remember how the Obama people came over here saying racist things to make it look like this site was racist.

  22. Veterans group hits McCain on troop pullout

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080724/ap_on_el_pr/veterans_ad

  23. I’m an infrequent blogger here, but faithfully tune in every day. Thank you for your fine and serious work. I submit for anyone’s consideration a story broadcast Wednesday evening (7/23/08) on Glenn Beck. Topic: DNC using taxfree gas in Denver. Seems all those getting ready for the convention have been driving to the place where Denver police fill up their tanks. No tax. And we remember how Hillary was dissed for wanting to suspend tax for awhile. Hypocrisy.

    Also wish to post this from uppitywoman. It is in response to the statement that placing Hillary in nomination is militant:

    For your information:

    Jimmy Carter had 2,129 delegates.

    Ted Kennedy had 1,150 delegates.

    Ted Kennedy’s name was placed in nomination at the Democratic Convention

    Walter F. Mondale had 2191 delegates.

    Gary W Hart had 1200 delegates.

    Jesse L Jackson had 485 delegates.

    Jesse Jackson’s name was placed in nomination at the Democratic convention.

    Michael Dukakis had 2687 delegates.

    Jesse Jackson had 1218 delegates.

    Jesse Jackson’s name was placed in nomination at the Democratic convention.

    Nancy! Howard! Donna! Barky!

    What’s The Problem Here, Huh???????

    http://uppitywoman08.wordpress.com/

  24. Um texan4hillary,

    The Western Wall is not “freakin”. It is one if not the most holiest place in Israel.

    That being said, I agree that trying to hold a political rally there is just plain wrong on so many levels.

  25. I guess that I am getting the feeling that O and his staff just do not understand the significant, the respect to be paid, and the cultures of people internationally.

    It reminds me of the Disney Corp who built a park near Paris, and wanted it to be exactly like the American Parks. However, it do not go over well there. I am sure they had all the right degrees to analyize this, but thought for some reason, they could set the standards in a foreign country. It did not work.

    Well do they learn from this or not. Disney somewhat did, but that park has never been very successful.

    OBAMA HAS A HISTORY OF NOT LEARNING. Case in point, that fact that his peers in the Senate said that he does not work well in controversail situations with people. (In other words, bring people together to compromise). His Unity efforts are not working well with the Democratic Party. So you have to wonder about his international future.

  26. NewMexicoFan,

    “I guess that I am getting the feeling that O and his staff just do not understand the significant, the respect to be paid, and the cultures of people internationally.”

    Excellent post! 🙂

  27. Jan-their ignorance does not stop at where and when to hold political rallies. It is at the heart of their campaign.

    Of all the causes which conspire to blind
    Our erring judgment and miguide the mind
    What the weak head with stronget bias rules
    Is pride the never failing vice of fools

    Their attitude that who supported Hillary will fall in line-we got the issues is an example of this. It has its parallel in labor relations.

    When we were at the point of impasse, some young manager would always say I know my people, they live paycheck to paycheck. If they strike they will be begging to come back to work in a week when they cant make mortage payment

    What you would have to tell thse managers was that there are issues at stake here other than money, issues like institutional power and pride-group and personal.

    Some people may come back after a week but many will not, so unless we have something to offer their leaders, get ready for a long hard winter. And by the way when was the last time you drove a semi with people shooting at you.

    The DNC is too arrogant to understand this. They are like a long horned Laddadino–all horn and no brain.

  28. Thursday, July 24, 2008

    BARACK OBAMA

    The Complaint Against Obama Filed With the Illinois Bar

    Some anonymous figure has filed a complaint with the Illinois Bar Association, charging Obama with:

    a) making a statement of material fact in connection with a bar application that the applicant knows to be false; b) committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s fitness to practice law; c) engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation; d) engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice; and e) engaging in conduct which brings the courts or the legal profession into disrepute.

    The complaint charges Obama with not admitting his drug use on his application.

    18. Have you ever, either as an adult or juvenile, been cited,
    arrested, accused, formally or informally, or convicted of any
    violation of any law other than moving traffic violations.

    In response to question 18, it is understood the Respondent answered
    “no.” The Respondent did not disclose his multiple drug use occurring
    through his time in high school and college.

    Interesting. One wonders how the anonymous complaint filer knows that Obama answered “no.”

    This part of the complaint is almost an “in-joke”:

    The following individuals have personal knowledge of, or access to
    documentation of these facts:

    William Shaheen, Esquire
    Shaheen & Gordon, P.A.
    P.O. Box 977
    140 Washington Street, 2nd Floor
    Dover, NH 03821-0977
    (603) 749-1838 fax
    (603) 749-5000 phone
    wshaheen@shaheengordon.com

    Shaheen, of course, is the husband of the former governor of New Hampshire, a Hillary supporter who wondered aloud in front of reporters if Obama ever dealt drugs.

    Readers may recall my earlier questions about Obama’s bar application. But in case anyone’s wondering, no, I didn’t file the complaint.

  29. I was going to draft a petition yesterday for presentation at the August Convention calling for the superdelegates to declare by unanimous consent that the Democratic Party be renamed the Barack Obama Party since it now marches entirely to his drum and he has declared on more than one occasion that ist is his party. Furthermore, if you were controlled by soros who we know despises nationalism in general and the United States in particular is it any surprise you would develop your own seal, paint over the US insignia on airplanes, refuse to wear the flag pin, salute the flag–is there perchance a pattern here. To turn a phrase on Mich this is the first time in my life I have been ashamed of this party.

    I hope Hillarys fundraisers continue to hold the line. If they cave in then we will not need a petition to proclaim that which will be obvious to all.

  30. wbboei,

    I have been reading your posts with great interest. They are both educational and eye-opening! Thank you for being so thorough.

  31. This John Edwards thing.

    All he has to do is get tested to show he is not the father. How hard is that.
    Instead of him calling the Enquirer trash, PROVE IT

  32. Per Washingtonpost… Be aware Q-polls are not particularly reliable, but the trendline is not good for our Messiah. McCain has a real shot at taking MI. If he wins OH/FL/MI, he will be the next president. I originally thought PA is also winnable for McCain since Hillary beat Obama by a big margin. But it’s a bit tougher since democrats out-registered republicans by a wide margin.
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    h t t p : / / http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/07/24/ST2008072401398.html

  33. McCain Makes Significant Gains in Four Key Battleground States

    Republican John McCain has quickly closed the gap between himself and Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama in several key battleground states even as the Arizona senator struggles to break through the wall-to-wall coverage of Obama’s trip to Europe and the Middle East this week.

    McCain and Obama are in a statistical dead heat in Colorado, Michigan and Minnesota while the Illinois senator has a more comfortable double-digit edge in Wisconsin, according to polling conducted by Quinnipiac University for washingtonpost.com and the Wall Street Journal during the past week. Only in Colorado, however, does McCain hold a greater percentage of the vote share than Obama.

    The first in the series of polls, conducted in the four states in mid-June, showed Obama comfortably ahead of McCain in Wisconsin and Minnesota while the races in Michigan and Colorado were closer although Obama still held the lead. The latest polling, showing a much tighter race, was conducted July 14 to 22, during Obama’s high-profile trip to the Middle East.


    However, independents generally were far more evenly divided between Obama and McCain than in last month’s Quinnipiac/washingtonpost.com/Wall Street Journal surveys.

    A month ago, Obama led McCain among Independents by anywhere from 21 points (Minnesota) to eight points (Michigan). In the most recent set of data, McCain actually outperforms Obama by three points among independents in Michigan while losing that crucial voting bloc far more narrowly in Colorado (Obama +8), Minnesota (Obama +8) and Wisconsin (Obama +9).

    Two of the states in the battleground surveys — Minnesota and Colorado — are also playing host to high profile Senate races. In each, the news is good for Republicans.

    In Minnesota, Sen. Norm Coleman has built a 53 percent to 38 percent edge over entertainer Al Franken ¿ thanks in no small part to a series of gaffes by the former “Saturday Night Live” star. In Colorado, former Rep. Bob Schaffer (R) has pulled into a dead heat with Rep. Mark Udall (D), an affirmation of Republicans’ insistence that the contest will be among the closest in the country.

    ….

  34. BTW, the headline #s from those 4 states.

    CO
    McCain 46(+2)
    Obama 44(-5)

    Minnesota
    McCain 44(+7)
    Obama 46(-5)

    MI
    McCain 42
    Obama 46(-2)

    WI
    McCAin 39
    Obama 50(-2)

  35. SDs Are you listen? WHEN WILL HE CLOSE THE DEAL.

    ONE OF THOSE LAST MINUTE SWINGS UP YA SURE, LIKE THAT WORKED WITH HILLARY.

    The only candidate who has proven that they can work hard and pull it our is Hillary R. Clinton.

    Think about it when you vote in August. How many days left, around 42.

  36. Maybe the DEMS won’t win more Senate seats…at least not as many as they thought they would….and then things will be tougher in 2010 and 2012….

  37. mp,

    exactly, I think some voters are catching up. They’re getting tired of both Ds and Rs in the Congress. The sure bet of several senate races is suddently looking up in the air. The most interesting findings of this poll:
    Just imagine D blows both their chance in presidential race and senate/congress…
    ———————
    However, independents generally were far more evenly divided between Obama and McCain than in last month’s Quinnipiac/washingtonpost.com/Wall Street Journal surveys.

    A month ago, Obama led McCain among Independents by anywhere from 21 points (Minnesota) to eight points (Michigan). In the most recent set of data, McCain actually outperforms Obama by three points among independents in Michigan while losing that crucial voting bloc far more narrowly in Colorado (Obama +8), Minnesota (Obama +8) and Wisconsin (Obama +9).

    Two of the states in the battleground surveys — Minnesota and Colorado — are also playing host to high profile Senate races. In each, the news is good for Republicans.

    In Minnesota, Sen. Norm Coleman has built a 53 percent to 38 percent edge over entertainer Al Franken ¿ thanks in no small part to a series of gaffes by the former “Saturday Night Live” star. In Colorado, former Rep. Bob Schaffer (R) has pulled into a dead heat with Rep. Mark Udall (D), an affirmation of Republicans’ insistence that the contest will be among the closest in the country.

  38. Folks,

    It’s only July. Democrats always do better in polls during Summer time. Rasmussen just compiled the daily tracking poll during 2004 Summer time. Kerry was largely maintaining a 3-5 points lead, pretty similar to Obama’s current position.

    h t t p : / / legacy.rasmussenreports.com/MembersOnly/Election%202004%20Tracking%20Archive/Three%20Day%20Presidential%20Track%20Jul%201%20-%20Aug%2031.htm

  39. mp

    You were reading my mind. Many of the SDs are some of these people who are incumbants running in surpise competions now. O has promised them not only money but his coat tails.

    Those coat tails look awfully short, almost nonexistant.

    If I were an invester in Political Campaigns, and saw that O was meeting no goals (none are set for him), that his slide was continuing, and that McCain has had to put very little effort out right now, I woud not be investing my money in O. I would looking at McCain.

  40. Lets just face it George Soros backed the loser Kerry, so he might do well in cheating people out of the countries, but he doesn’t seem to be able to get his U.S. Puppets elected! Americans are smarter than Soros gives them credit for!

  41. Wow, that John Edwards story is nuts…..so that was the sex scandal the LA Times was sitting on??? Maybe that was Sinclair???? Who knows now?

    Anyways:

    outiniowa.wordpress.com/

    New site, by someone y’all might know.

  42. Washington Post poll shows McCain making big inroads in battleground states vs Bambi:

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    McCain Makes Significant Gains in Four Key Battleground States

    Majority of Voters in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin Favor Keeping Troops in Iraq, According to Quinnipiac-washingtonpost.com-Wall Street Journal Survey

    By Chris Cillizza
    washingtonpost.com staff writer
    Thursday, July 24, 2008; 10:00 AM

    Republican John McCain has quickly closed the gap between himself and Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama in several key battleground states even as the Arizona senator struggles to break through the wall-to-wall coverage of Obama’s trip to Europe and the Middle East this week.

    McCain and Obama are in a statistical dead heat in Colorado, Michigan and Minnesota while the Illinois senator has a more comfortable double-digit edge in Wisconsin, according to polling conducted by Quinnipiac University for washingtonpost.com and the Wall Street Journal during the past week. Only in Colorado, however, does McCain hold a greater percentage of the vote share than Obama.

    The economy is still the dominant concern of voters in each state. Nearly six in ten respondents in Michigan, a state crippled by the dire problems of the auto industry, cited the economy as the single most important issue in their decision this fall. The war in Iraq ranked second in terms of voter priorities but was named by less than one in five respondents in each state. Potential hot button issues such as terrorism and illegal immigration were cited by fewer than 10 percent of voters in ranking their top priorities.

    The surveys are part of a four-month long effort to measure voter sentiment in key battleground states that could determine the outcome of the race. The path to the presidency runs through a handful of battleground states, as both Obama and McCain seek the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House. Thus, the four states surveyed in this project provide a snapshot of where things stand less than four months before Election Day.

    The first in the series of polls, conducted in the four states in mid-June, showed Obama comfortably ahead of McCain in Wisconsin and Minnesota while the races in Michigan and Colorado were closer although Obama still held the lead. The latest polling, showing a much tighter race, was conducted July 14 to 22, during Obama’s high-profile trip to the Middle East.

    National polling suggests Obama retains a steady but statistically significant edge. In the most recent Washington Post/ABC News survey, Obama held a 50 percent to 42 margin over McCain; in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, released last night, Obama leads 47 percent to 41.

    While both campaigns are heavily engaged on television in most of these states, it’s not immediately clear from the data what accounted for McCain’s rapid rise — particularly in Minnesota and Colorado.

    One possible reason is the campaign’s focus over the last month on the war in Iraq and national security concerns more broadly. McCain’s campaign has hammered home the idea that Obama was mistaken in his opposition to the surge of U.S. troops last year and is wrong now about his proposed 16-month timetable for withdrawing troops.

    Voters in all four states seem to agree. Asked whether they would prefer a “fixed date” for withdrawal or to “keep troops in Iraq until the situation is more stable,” majorities in all four states preferred the latter option despite the fact that similar majorities in each state say that America was wrong to go to war in Iraq.

    [snip]

  43. This is a little off-topic, but did anyone see the game show Family Feud this morning when the survey question was: Past or Present, name a famous woman whose face should be on Mt. Rushmore.

    1. Hillary Clinton – 20% (#1 Answer)

    Other names that followed was Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks and Oprah Winfrey(9%) I think that there was another person listed but I forgot who it was. I was surprised to see Hillary’s name there. But it was nice to see her acknowledged.

  44. Oprah is responsible in large part for this mess…I detest her. She has gotten rich off white women, and abandons the only real candidate capable to lead in these troubled times. I hope she gains all her weight back.

  45. I am from Cleveland, Ohio, i just received a call from the Obama campaign to volunteer.

    I told them no thank you, i will not be voting for Obama, that i would be voting for John McCain

  46. McCain visits German restaurant _ in Ohio
    27 minutes ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican John McCain chose to go to a German restaurant as rival Barack Obama toured Berlin.

    McCain told reporters that he’d loved to give a speech in Germany. “But I’d much prefer to do it as president of the United States rather than as a candidate for president.”

    McCain said he was devoting his attention this week to campaigning across the nation’s heartland.

    ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iE2JCSH5p9r2GBkQWS9TWAMzmuvQD924BFP01
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    ROTFLMAO!!!

  47. neetabug: if anyone calls me, I’ll tell them the same thing. But, I re-registered as an Independent, so they probably, won’t be calling me.

  48. Hi All

    Sorry if this has been posted already

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/7/24/102142/024

    watching them watching us. HI44 gets a BIG mention Admin.

    Now the Kossacks have to totally make shit up (as usual) about who we are, about who PUMA is and about why we do not support Obama.

    They DO NOT UNDERSTAND NOR DO THEY CARE that the First Amendment too the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES ALLOWS us to say what we want and have out own political voice.

    They have to lie and try to silence us to have Barack Obama elected.

  49. Sending Obama to run around making speeches in Germany(?!?) was the dumbest strategic move so far of this campaign. That’s cute that Bambi wants to play dress-up and pretend he’s JFK, but it’s not an important issue for voters right now.

    McCain has turned his eyes to the heartland and the economy, and he’ll benefit a LOT from it.

  50. Why is this nut visiting Europe. No one there can vote for him. I just talked to a friend of mine in England, they could care less about Obama

  51. Norma: I read that diary. ROFL! They are delusional. Especially this line, “Republican organization called P.U.M.A.” They don’t get that this, is bigger than Hillary. They need to get a life. Hanging out at pro-Hillary or PUMA sites must be very taxing, frustrating, and exhausting for them.

  52. jbstonesfan Says:

    July 24th, 2008 at 1:30 pm
    Oprah is responsible in large part for this mess…I detest her. She has gotten rich off white women, and abandons the only real candidate capable to lead in these troubled times. I hope she gains all her weight back.

    LOL!!!!! (about Oprah). I never was a huge fan of Oprah’s but had respect for her because of the way that you rose up above the poverty that she was raised and have done well for herself. But I was really shocked when she immediately(and one of the big names) backed Obama before many of us really knew who Obama was. I hadn’t really heard of him before. I was wondering why she was backing him so quickly when she hadn’t voiced any political opinions or endorsed any previous candidates before now.

    I thought that she liked the Clintons. But that just goes to prove that she made a racist move when she publicly endorsed Obama. She certainly didn’t do herself any favors for doing so. I haven’t heard very much about her lately.

    Carbynew:
    That quote from John McCain made my day!!

  53. This will put the cat amongst the pigeons (0+ / 0-)

    to quote my favorite sports commentator, Phil Liggit. Now the HI44 and PUMA gangs know that they have moles in their ranks. They’ll become more distrustful of their own, more insular, and less effective.

    Good job all round!

    by jvance on Thu Jul 24, 2008 at 08:54:54 AM PDT

  54. JanH-I meant no offense about the W Wall. i was being sarcastic about Obama having kids out at this holy site saying obama in hebrew. And yes i know what the wall is having been there, having had part of my family murdered at Babi Yar in the holocaust etc.. As a Jew Im very aware of the importance of the wall and as a holocaust historian im profoundly and emotionally attached to it.

  55. Aaron Klein is reporting that the posters used at the Wailing Wall were put there by the campaign and not brought along by “supporters”

    No one knew he was going to be there.

    How disrespectful.

    Next he will be plastering his website on a visit to Treblinka or something

  56. Oh Birdgal, I know. I’ve been here long enough.

    It just amazes me tho how intense they get about this stuff.

    That they have all the answers. And this from the same type people who said on mybarackobama.com “If you look closely (at the picture) you can actually SEE his halo!”

    And they want to run the government?

    Do they REALLY BELIEVE Barack Obama is a deity and THAT is what America is all about?

  57. Norma: That is one of the main things that turned me off to him. He does not warrant this type of attention. We are electing a President, not an American Idol.

  58. I wonder what the real diety thinks of all of this. As I remember the worship of false idols was somthing frowned upon.

    I agree, the overseas trip was not a good move. McCain is seen here, paying respect, and talking to people about the price of gas. He is going to score points here.

  59. Birdgal, what really made me look deep (again) into the mind of the Obama fanatics is that the poster at mybarackobama.com ACTUALLY SEES a halo and asks others to see it too.

    I am making a video now, and I am aghast at the number of pictures of this Community Organizer with a halo-like light around him, the posters that have been made, the statues and the graffiti done along these lines.

    Of course, the photographers in MS have a lot to do with perpetuating the image with their “art shots” but the sheer number are not only nauseating, but frightening.

    That, and of course the sheer number of magazine covers that virtually PROCLAIM Obama as “the President” (already) with an utter disregard to the fact that for now, at least, we still have elections in this country…no matter how rigged they are.

  60. The more troubling aspect of all of this is Obama does NOTHING to tamp down the spectacle. If we had made HRC out to be a GODDESS rather than a good hard-working American Politician, we would have been laughed off the reservation (more so than those at Kos are trying to do now) but yet THEY, at KOS and even MSM TREAT THIS GUY like he walks on water. The banking committee gaffe, the LIES about his past (in Germany again today ‘My father was a Goat Herder from Kenya’) the BS about his Flip Flops.

    Obama has spoken, truth or not, it is all ok with everyone. And those who dare to question are labeled Republicans or Racist.

    It is really creepy.

  61. texan4hillary,

    As a fellow Jew, I completely understand. It just caught me unawares…sigh…it upsets me that this man even set foot there in the first place.

    The idea that this man and his people put up posters there as well is just conconscionable.

  62. People who go around acting as “moles” on political websites that espouse beliefs to which they’re opposed are the craziest of the crazies. Just ignore ’em… that’s been the time-tested and proven strategy! 🙂

  63. Team McCain has a good week in t erms of internet war.
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    Is Barack Obama Losing His YouTube Mojo?
    h t t p : / / http://www.alleyinsider.com/2008/7/is-barack-obama-losing-his-youtube-mojo-

    If elections were held on YouTube, Barack Obama would win hands-down — so far. But the McCain campaign is making inroads on the Web, aided by some good old-fashioned attack ads.

    McCain has beaten Obama in terms of viewers on YouTube (GOOG) on four of the last six days, thanks to the success of two ads: “Obama Love,” a montage of press fauning over Obama, and “Pump”, which blames Obama for high gas prices. The former has been viewed more than 176,000 times in two days, and the latter 140,000 times in three days.

    To get a sense of how rare this is, McCain has beaten Obama on just two other days in video views since the campaign began: February 11, 2008 and November 29, 2007, according to TubeMogul. Thanks to his clever and aggressive use of video and obvious appeal to the YouTube generation, Obama has owned Web video: His clips have been watched 56 million times since the campaign began; McCain’s have been watched 4.5 million times.

    But McCain’s team seems to be figuring out Web video. Or at the very least, they’re having a good week, according to TubeMogul:

    Obama’s team of 50 video producers shoot thousands of documentary-like footage, and uploading videos at a breakneck pace. The Obama campaign’s YouTube channel has 1,177 videos, compared to McCain’s 224.

    But McCain’s videos reflect a big difference in strategy. They consist of speeches and attack ads either made for the Web, like “Obama Love” or repurposed from TV, like “Pump.” The old wisdom is that the YouTube generation isn’t swayed by over-produced political propaganda. But then, with 83 million unique users, the YouTube generation is starting to look more like America. Here’s a look at the two that took down Obama this week:

  64. oops…”The idea that this man and his people put up posters there as well is just conconscionable.”

    meant to say unconscionable.

  65. Bwahahaha!!!!! Most preposterous line from Bambi’s speech today in Berlin:

    “I come to Berlin as so many of my countrymen have come before, not as a candidate for president but as a citizen, a proud citizen of the United States and a fellow citizen of the world,” he said.


    Oh realllllllllllllllly? You’re not here as a candidate for president? This has nothing to do with the campaign? This has nothing to do with the fact that your advisors are whispering to you that most Americans don’t trust your profound lack of foreign policy experience? You just happened to be in the neighborhood, vacationing as a private citizen, and thought hey, maybe I’ll just grab this microphone and make a little speech?

    Who dreams up this stuff?! lol…. pure comedy

  66. So making speeches and giving picture perfect smiles in international locales is going to do what for Obama? Give him the experience he desperately needs in foreign affairs to go forward?

    What a joke. It’s as if he’s on one of those bus tours for tourists where you can go to 10 different European cities in two weeks and see the sites.

    I wonder how many “wish you were here” postcards he’s sent to MO so far.

  67. DNC chair happy with Invesco
    By Chuck Plunkett
    The Denver Post

    Howard Dean, the Democratic Party chairman, said after a tour of Invesco Field at Mile High this morning that he thought the venue would be a “terrific” venue for Barack Obama’s acceptance speech.

    In fact, Dean said, the stadium was so “spectacular” it made him want to be a Broncos fan.

    Obama is to make his historic speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, which runs Aug. 25-28.

    Because Invesco can seat delegates on the field, Dean said he expected 80,000 to attend, the vast majority of them members of the public.

    “This is not an insiders’ convention,” Dean said. “This is an outsiders’ convention.”

    Dean was joined by Federico Peña, a national co-chair of Obama’s campaign, four Colorado delegates to the convention, and Democratic National Convention Committee chief executive Leah Daughtry.

    http://www.denverpost.com/ci_9983874
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    We have a bunch of elitist asshole running thie party and the more the dems disrespect and demean the American voters the more the Democratic? Taliban Party will lose.

    I can’t stand hypocrits and this party of sexist, mysogisnistic aholes is turning my stomach. I hate to say this but everything the Republican party has said about Democrats always telling you who and how you should vote and think is pissing me off.

    The Democrats have been heavy in the the thought police this year and I’m not surprise by Obama’s FISA vote…he’s worst then GWB. Also don’t believe that Civilian Police Force that Obama slipped out was a slip…Obama is close to the NOI and Liberation groups and they don’t trust the “People.

  68. janh-worse our own jewish orgs like adl say nothing to condemn obama on his khalidi ties etc. its sick.

  69. Well if the ADL and other Jewish civil rights orgs stay silent, then they will have lost their credibility just like all the playmates orgs for women rights.

    Their NOT TAKING A STAND during the Primary left lasting credibility questions for a very long time. Because the NEXT time these groups want to talk about, lecture about anybody else….their behavior during the Democratic? Taliban Party Primaries will come back and haunt them.

  70. texan4hillary & carbynew,

    Their silence condemns them as well. I live in hope that they will start speaking out. I don’t understand how they can condone or even support this candidate.

  71. Another bad poll for bambi. Gosh, Howard Dean/Pelosi’s panic button is about to explode.
    ——————————
    Foxnews poll just in
    Obama 41
    McCain 40
    h t t p : / / http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,390301,00.html

    FOX News Poll: No Bounce for Obama From Overseas Trip
    The significant news coverage Barack Obama is receiving on his foreign trip has not translated into a bounce in his numbers, a just-released FOX News poll shows. Obama now holds the slimmest possible edge over John McCain, leading by just 41 percent – 40 percent in a head-to-head contest. In fact, Obama’s support is down slightly from his 45 percent – 41 percent advantage last month

    ——————
    The internals are telling us we PUMAs are making the huge difference.
    ———————————
    Among independents, Obama has a narrow 2 percentage point edge: 34 percent to McCain’s 32 percent, and 34 percent undecided.

    McCain has more strength of support from his party faithful. Fully 86 percent of Republicans back McCain compared to 75 percent of Democrats that back Obama.

    Given that the independent vote splits about evenly, one might expect McCain’s strength in Republican support would give him an advantage overall. The reason that fails to happen is that the pool of Republican voters is smaller than the pool of Democratic voters, which means McCain’s party-based edge has less impact on the race than it might otherwise. In this poll 42 percent of voters identify as Democrat and 33 percent Republican, and that’s about where the party identification numbers have been all year.

    “It seems increasingly clear that this race will come down to which candidate can better appeal to the roughly one-third of independent voters who remain undecided,” says Ernie Paicopolos, a principal of Opinion Dynamics.

    McCain’s support declines a little when third party candidates are included, even though Libertarian Bob Barr receives less than 1 percent and independent Ralph Nader receives only 2 percent, Obama’s advantage goes to 3 percentage points (40 percent to 37 percent). Another 17 percent are undecided.

    More voters say they would be “enthusiastic” if Obama (23 percent) were to become the next president than if McCain does (13 percent). On the other hand, more also say they would be “scared” if Obama wins (19 percent) than if McCain wins (14 percent).

  72. Well-known lawyer could face felony charge
    Published: July 24, 2008 at 2:29 PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) — A well-known Los Angeles lawyer could face felony charges for illegal campaign contributions.

    Lawyers for Pierce O’Donnell say the U.S. Justice Department has made him a target for political reasons, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

    The newspaper cites sources who say that a federal grand jury is investigating O’Donnell’s contributions to the presidential campaign of former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards. The sources say the U.S. Attorney’s Office has rejected O’Donnell’s offer to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, insisting on his admitting a felony charge that would mean he could no longer practice law.

    O’Donnell allegedly encouraged employees of his law firm to contribute to Edwards’ Democratic presidential campaign and repaid those who made gifts. His lawyers have assembled a list of cases where campaign wrongdoing involving larger amounts of money was handled administratively by the Federal Election Commission.

    Even some Republicans question whether O’Donnell deserves a felony charge, the newspaper said.

    “There are very legitimate questions as to how one can justify imposing a professional death penalty over this type of conduct,” said George Terwilliger III, who was a legal adviser in the Florida recount in 2002 and served in the Justice Department under President George H.W. Bush.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/07/24/Well-known_lawyer_could_face_felony_charge/UPI-36211216924168/
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    I’m sorry but I’m soooo tired of all these lawyers not being held accountable for their criminal acts…when everybody knows the average person doesn’t have the connections and get 3 strikes and your out.

    Until our government start applying the rules to these “FAT CATS” we will continue to have Obamas year after year.

    I’m not happy about Bush/Cheney misuse of power but that doesn’t mean I want it continued or that Democrats now have the same rights to misuse the American people.

  73. This is getting weirder and weirder. Obama is assembling presidential transition team.

    ——————————
    “Barack is well aware of the complexity and the organizational challenge involved in the transition process and he has tasked s small group to begin thinking through the process,” a senior campaign adviser said. “Barack has made his expectations clear about what he wants from such a process, how he wants it to move forward, and the establishment and execution of his timeline is proceeding apace.”
    Last month, the Post’s Chris Cillizza reported that campaign advisers were sounding out John Podesta, a former White House chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and currently the president of the Center for American Progress, for his advice.
    An aide confirms that Podesta will probably be asked to head the transition team, which would take over from the campaign if Obama wins in November, and would be tasked with ensuring a smooth handover of powe

    Finding a hole in the offensive line, Team McCain sweeps through and moves in for the sack:
    Before they’ve even crossed the 50-yard line, the Obama campaign is already dancing in the end zone with a new White House transition team. The American people are more concerned with Barack Obama’s poor judgment and readiness to lead than his inaugural ball.

  74. Visit to US Military Bases Cancelled ++

    1:42 p.m.: SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that Obama has cancelled a planned short visit to the Rammstein and Landstuhl US military bases in the southwest German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The visits were planned for Friday. “Barack Obama will not be coming to us,” a spokesperson for the US military hospital in Landstuhl announced. “I don’t know why.” Shortly before the same spokeswoman had announced a planned visit by Obama.

  75. I’ve seen a bunch of state and national polls showing Waffles getting less than 80 percent of Dems, like this new Fox poll shows. That could change, of course, but it’s a month and a half since Hillary suspended her campaign, and Waffles is still having trouble pulling in HRC supporters. Of course, that doesn’t surprise us PUMAs, lol.

    BTW, What’s Hillary up to these days? I really miss seeing her.

  76. A Workout Instead of Meeting U.S. Troops? Bad Move, Senator Obama.

    Schedule snafus happen.

    But this…

    SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that Obama has canceled a planned short visit to the Rammstein and Landstuhl US military bases in the southwest German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The visits were planned for Friday. “Barack Obama will not be coming to us,” a spokesperson for the US military hospital in Landstuhl announced. “I don’t know why.” Shortly before the same spokeswoman had announced a planned visit by Obama.

    coupled with this…

    Obama noted that in a break from his whirlwind schedule, “we’ve got some down time tonight. What are you guys gonna do in Berlin? Huh? Huh? You guys got any big. plans? …I’ve never been to Berlin, so…I would love to tour around a little bit.”

    and this report of Obama using the fitness room of the Berlin Ritz Carlton suggest that Obama and/or the people around him have egregious sensibilities on what his priorities ought to be.

    You just don’t cancel on the troops. You just don’t.

    You particular don’t cancel on the troops, but go on with other events like the rally. He’ll get tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of Germans to chant his name? Terrific. Too bad he’s not campaigning to represent them. Let him immigrate and run for Chancellor if he wants.

    UPDATE: Obama, on the plane to Berlin:

    Aboard his plane early this morning, someone asked what was the high point of the trip so far. “This,” Obama deadpanned, referring to his 15-minute appearance in the back cabin with reporters. “I had to earn it,” he said. “I said, ‘When do I get a chance to go back and talk to the press?’ ”

    Amid laughter, he was asked for his second-favorite moment. He paused. “You know I really get a kick out of spending time with the troops. Their morale is high, but they really appreciate acknowledgement of what they’re doing,” Obama said. “You know, everywhere we went in Afghanistan and Iraq they were just really eager to tell their story, what they were doing. And it was moving. And it’s neat to see the mix. You have a bunch of 20-year olds and then you’ll get a 40-year old or 50-year old who’s in the Guard; a Missouri banker who’s helping to try to set up a agricultural project. You know, that’s pretty spectacular.”
    Who decided that Obama had spent enough time with the troops?

    UPDATE: A very interesting email from a source I must protect suggests that Obama’s visit to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center had the green light until a campaign staffer raised a stink about going with Obama. (There are rules meant to ensure candidates do not use soldiers or military bases for campaign purposes, and they state that personal and committee staff may accompany a sitting senator on a visit but campaign staff may not.) I am told that when one of Obama’s campaign staff was told he or she would be denied access, the visit was canceled.

    The last-minute cancellation speaks more poorly of this unidentified staffer than of Obama himself. But in the end, shouldn’t Obama have been able to say, “fine, the staffer stays in Berlin (or where-ever) and I’m going to Landstuhl? Can he still say so?

  77. Did anyone catch today during godbama’s Germany speech that he praised
    the idea to not withdraw, not pull back troops in the fight for freedom?
    That freedom is worth fighting for etc?

    Wasn’t it only yesterday that he could not praise the hard work, commitment and dedication of our troops in Iraq?
    He couldn’t be bothered to say or admit that the surge has worked,
    or to even spend some quality time with the troops, other than to exploit them for a photo op?

    Both ways Barack strikes again, IMO.

  78. Hypocritical Media Protecting Obama-Surrogate John Edwards

    Slate Magazine writer Jack Shafer has a great piece up today criticizing the press for protecting Obama-surrogate John Edwards, who was outed on Tuesday for fathering a love child with his mistress Rielle Hunter, and hiding in the bathroom of her hotel at 240 in the morning.

    Whether you believe the Enquirer or not (and you should believe them, because, sadly, they are the only investigative journalists still working these days), it’s a valid question as to why former Senator and perpetual presidential candidate Edwards was hiding in a bathroom at all, let alone at 240 in the morning at the Beverly Hilton, where Rielle Hunter and her newborn baby just happened to be staying.

    Maybe Edwards just likes hiding in bathrooms.

    But, when Senator Larry Craig was making news in a Minneapolis bathroom, the press had a field day.

    Are bathrooms in Minnesota just inherently more interesting to reporters than bathrooms in California?

    Or, is the press just ignoring this story because Edwards is a high-profile Obama surrogate, and any bad ink for Edwards is bad press for the Obamassiah?

    OR, is this just more blatant homophobia on parade? The media destroyed Larry Craig for bathroom shenanigans involving another man, but Edwards hides out in a bathroom in California, after leaving a late-night rendezvous with a woman who was very much not his wife, and the press pays no attention at all.

    What gives?

    But, gosh, that Edwards sure has gorgeous hair, though. So preppy and cute. No wonder the press doesn’t want to expose the truth about him.

    He’s just too D-R-E-A-M-Y.

    hillbuzz.blogspot.com/2008/07/hypocritical-media-protecting-obama.html
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    Do Democrats really want John Edwards in the White House in any capacity?

    Then they better think again about this man actions and not be caught up in his obvious phony words.

    John Edwards operated a major cover-up for greed and power, he did not do it for the “People”…John Edwards been with his baby momma for more then 2 years and all people can say is that the National Enquirer scoop the story.

    I respect the National Enquirer…at least they’re honest and have not turn into a propaganda machine. Remember this is the same media that gave us GWB and the Iraq war.

    Turn off the news pimping propaganda machine and wait until your bullshit filter is working, then review those stories that interest you from multiple sources.

  79. That staffer is an idiot. Waffles should’ve followed the rules and told the arrogant aide to stay behind.

  80. Obama’s European vacation was a waste of time and money. He did it merely to feed his own ego and provide photo ops for his MSM monkeys. The American people can see that this was simply for show and a way that Obama could give another speech lacking in any substance or political importance. This might have worked for George W. Bush but Americans have been fooled enough by Bush to understand that our country can’t afford another arrogant leader with no experience.

    NOBAMA ’08

  81. Paula,

    I don’t think it will change much. Democrats are always more difficult than republicans to unite. This year is even worse with bambi being shoved down our throats. Exit polls are generally very good since they polled voters who actually voted. If PA/OH/WV etc exit polls are of any indication, Pelosi/Dean/Obama will have a rude awakening in Nov as almost 50% of Hillary supporters won’t vote for him in the end, that translates into roughly 25% of total democrats.

    In fact, the only thing than keeps McCain alive is PUMAs. Since democrats’ registration far outpaced republicans this year, McCain needs PUMAs badly to offset this disadvanage. Ds have a generic advantage of roughtly 10% in registration according polls across the board, but McCain has roughly 10% advantage in rally GOP base than bambi does over Ds. That’s why they’re roughly even in many polls.
    Usually McCain gets 85% of R, Bambi gets 75% of D. I predict in the end, McCain will get 90+% of R, Bambi will only get 80%+. It’s going to be very close.

    If the nominee is Hillary, she will blow McCain out of the water since she can usually garner 80+% of Ds based on most polls I’ve seen.

  82. kostner, I agree with your analysis. This race will be a lot closer than most Dems think, and closer than what it should be considering the anti-Bush, anti-GOP sentiment out there.

  83. I was in the car when His Snobineess started speaking so i girded my loins and forced myself to listen.

    One comment that really ticked me off was when he said something to the effect of many ohere Americans having spoken in berlin and how none of them looked like him.

    The race card again. I wonder if the European trip isn’t intended to elicit cries of racism from other countries if Waffles isn’t elected.

    And of course he bashed America, saying we weren’t perfect, but we’d been trying. (paraphrasing). He is nauseating.

  84. UPDATE: A very interesting email from a source I must protect suggests that Obama’s visit to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center had the green light until a campaign staffer raised a stink about going with Obama. (There are rules meant to ensure candidates do not use soldiers or military bases for campaign purposes, and they state that personal and committee staff may accompany a sitting senator on a visit but campaign staff may not.) I am told that when one of Obama’s campaign staff was told he or she would be denied access, the visit was canceled.

    The last-minute cancellation speaks more poorly of this unidentified staffer than of Obama himself. But in the end, shouldn’t Obama have been able to say, “fine, the staffer stays in Berlin (or where-ever) and I’m going to Landstuhl? Can he still say so?
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    This is why Gore lost the Florida re-count, the same LOSERS are running his campaign and their arrogance is going to be the downfall of King Obama.

  85. I wonder if Waffles’ failure to win over more Dems will force him to ask Hillary to be VP (she may decline anyway). No one else would unite the party. His only other decent option, in my book, is Sen. Evan Bayh. I like him on a number of levels, and he wouldn’t infuriate Hillary supporters. But he wouldn’t bring them on board necessarily either.

  86. Not seeing the troops in Germany, was a horrible and arrogant thing to do. I agree, the arrogant staffer should have stayed back. So much, for the trip not being a campaign activity. This decision proves it.

  87. That must be some V.I.P. staffer for such an important event to be cancelled (note sarcasm here).

    Both ways Obama values the troops and disvalues them in the blink of an eye.

  88. « If Clinton donors don’t donate to Obama, who’s to stop ’em? | Main

    John McCain picks up steam in Colorado and Minnesota
    If John McCain and his loyalists were hoping for something to brighten their day amid the blizzard of coverage of Barack Obama’s foreign tour, they’ve gotten it with new poll results from four key states — Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

    The survey by the Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, conducted between July 14 and Tuesday, contains especially good news for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in Colorado and Minnesota.

    In Colorado, the one state among the four that President Bush carried in 2004, the poll showed McCain ahead by 2 percentage points. That lead is within the poll’s margin of error, but it represents a positive trend for the Arizona senator; in a Quinnipiac survey a month ago, Obama led in the state by 5 percentage points.

    The poll found McCain making even greater strides in Minnesota, host of the convention where McCain will formally become his party’s nominee in early September. Obama’s advantage over McCain there now is negligible — 2 percentage points — compared with a 17-point lead the same survey gave the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in June.

    Here are the new results:

    Colorado (nine electoral votes): McCain 46%, Obama 44% (in June, Obama 49%, McCain 44%).

    Michigan (17 electoral votes): Obama 46%, McCain 42% (in June, Obama 48%, McCain 42%).

    Minnesota (10 electoral votes): Obama 46%, McCain 44% (in June, Obama 54%, McCain 37%).

    Wisconsin (10 electoral votes): Obama, 50%, McCain 39% (in June, Obama 52%, McCain 39%).

    The Quinnipiac release on its poll notes that McCain “has picked up support in almost every group in every state, especially among independent voters and men voters.”

    Summarizing the change over the last month, Peter Brown, the poll’s assistant director, says that Obama’s “post-primary bubble hasn’t burst, but it is leaking a bit.”

    Brown’s comment contrasts starkly with his summary …

    … of the results a month ago. At that point, as The Ticket reported, he said: “November can’t get here soon enough” for Obama. “He has a lead everywhere, and if nothing changes between now and November he will make history.”

    A change that could explain McCain’s gains, Brown says, is the energy issue. He notes that the new survey found “increased support for additional drilling, which McCain supports and Obama opposes. Roughly one in 10 voters say they have changed their minds and now favor drilling because of the jump in energy prices.”

    Several other states will prove crucial to the election’s outcome, including Ohio, Virginia, New Hampshire, Iowa and New Mexico. But the four states Quinnipiac has focused seem, as of now, especially criticial to Obama’s game plan for winning the White House.

    Amassing the 270 electoral votes required for victory will become much more of a strain for him if he cannot hold onto the upper Midwest trio of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, which every Democratic presidential candidate since 1992 has carried.

    And snatching Colorado from the GOP column, which the Obama camp long has viewed as very doable, would make for a much straighter path for him to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    The new poll also will hearten Republicans hoping to keep their party’s expected Senate losses in November’s vote to a minimum. GOP-held seats in Colorado and Minnesota have been viewed as prime pick-up opportunities for Democrats, but the survey finds a deadlock in Colorado and a growing lead for incumbent Norm Coleman in Minnesota.

    In Colorado, last month’s poll put Democratic Rep. Mark Udall 10 points ahead of Republican Bob Schaffer in their fight for the seat GOP Sen. Wayne Allard is giving up; the new numbers show the candidates tied at 44% each.

    In Minnesota, Coleman’s margin over Democrat Al Franken is now 15 points, up from 10 points in June.

    — Don Frederick

  89. Paula,

    Choosing HIllary as VP won’t necessarily bring HIllary supporters on board either.

    Some like the idea — but many of us here and at bitterpoliticz and pumapac are disgusted by it. We don’t want HIllary to give up her own Senate career to iron Obama’s shirt for eight years!

    Have there been any polls to show which of us is in the majority?

  90. Went to Kos (never go there) to see what they’re saying about us — comic — sound like little kids playing secret clubhouse.

    Paula asks what’s Hillary doing these days? I miss her too, Paula, and take an interest in what she’s doing.
    While the empty O plays rockstar, bouces a basketball around the globe, and lamely meddles in international diplomatic relations, Hillary Clinton continues to work for the people at home.
    Here is a sampling from July 2 to July 22, of what Hillary has been doing:
    July 22, 2008
    – Senator Clinton Presses Support For Delaware County Plan For Innovative Renewable Energy Project
    – Senator Clinton Presses Support For Delaware County Plan For Innovative Renewable Energy Project
    – Senator Clinton Calls on FDA to Take More Aggressive Action on Contaminated Food
    – Senator Clinton Praises GEAR UP for 10 Years of Success Helping Low-Income Students Achieve the Dream of Higher Education
    – Senator Clinton Calls On Belgian Brewer To Ensure Jobs Will Remain At Budweiser Canning Facility In New Windsor
    – Senator Clinton Welcomes More Than $124,000 For Wave Hill To Showcase 400th Anniversary Of Historic Henry Hudson Voyage
    – Senators Feinstein, Kerry, Reid, Obama, Clinton, Leahy, Schumer, Murray, Wyden Introduce Bill to Require the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to Provide Access to Voter Registration for Veterans
    – Senator Clinton Questions Air Force Nominees on NY Bases
    July 21
    – NY & NJ Senators Urge Administration to Keep Top 9/11 Health Expert
    July 18
    – Clinton Hails Key Senate Committee’s Restoration of Support for United Nations Population Fund
    – Schumer and Clinton Welcome Senate Committee Approval of Military Construction Funding for Hancock Air National Guard Base
    – Schumer and Clinton Welcome Senate Committee Approval of Military Construction Funding for the Hudson Valley
    – Schumer and Clinton Welcome Senate Committee Approval of Military Construction Funding for New York’s North Country
    – Schumer and Clinton Welcome Senate Committee Approval of Military Construction Funding for Staten Island
    – Schumer and Clinton Welcome Senate Committee Approval of Veterans and Military Construction Funding for Long Island
    – Senator Clinton to Testify at Hearing in Support of Her Bill to Honor Heroines Who Fought to Secure Equal Rights for Women
    – Clinton, Lowey, Family Planning Advocates Sound Alarm on Bush Administration Plans to Obstruct Family Planning Services
    July 17
    – Senator Clinton Joins Congressional Women for Rally for Fair Pay
    – Schumer, Clinton: Feds Reject Trade Petition Threatening Rochester Area Company—Senators Called On USTR Last Fall to Ditch Petition, Allow Terphane, Inc. to Remain Competitive
    July 16
    – Senator Clinton Hails Senate Passage of Legislation To Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
    – Senator Clinton Presses for Greater Accountability and Oversight for Iraq Reconstruction Contracts
    – Senator Clinton Urges General Motors to Continue to Move Forward with Production of New Diesel Engine at Tonawanda Plant
    – Senator Clinton Calls for Public Meeting in Barrier Beach Area on Nassau County Flood Map Plan
    – Senators Clinton and Murray Call on HHS to Stop Plans to Obstruct Family Planning Services
    July 15
    – Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Veto Override of Medicare Fix
    – Clinton, Nadler welcome U.S. House Approval of Resolution Honoring Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
    – Schumer-Clinton-Higgins Resolution to Rename Portion of Route 20a Near Ralph Wilson Stadium as ‘Timothy J. Russert Highway’ Passes Full House – After Passing Senate a Few Weeks Ago, on Its Way to President for Signature
    – Statement of Senator Clinton on IBM Announcement of $1.5 Billion and 1000 New High-Tech Jobs for New York State
    July 14
    – Senator Clinton Urges Belgian Brewing Company to Honor Their Promise Not to Cut Jobs at Budweiser Brewery in Baldwinsville
    – Senator Clinton Pushes for Direct Payments to Farmers Recovering from Last Month’s Devastating Hail Storm
    July 11
    – Statement of Senator Clinton on Senate Passage of the Housing Reform Act
    – Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Confirmed Deaths of Missing 10th Mountain Division Soldiers in Iraq
    – Senator Clinton Welcomes Introduction of House Companion to Her Legislation Improving Foster Care Adoption
    – Lawmakers Call for ‘Forever’ Purple Heart Stamp
    – Clinton, King Welcome FEMA Decision To Begin Deploying Hurricane Supplies On Long Island
    July 09
    – Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Senate Vote to Stop Cut to Medicare Payments
    – Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on the FISA Amendments Act of 2008
    July 08
    – Schumer, Clinton Continue Protest Against Firing of Federal 9/11 Health Chief
    – Schumer, Clinton Announce More Than $675,000 in Transportation Funding for Oneida County
    July 03
    – Senator Clinton Urges President to Extend Appointment of Head of Vital Treatment Programs for Victims of 9/11 Attacks
    – Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Troop Levels in Afghanistan
    – Clinton, Schumer Announce More Than $150,000 in Transportation Funding for Rockland County
    July 02
    – Senator Clinton Visits Buffalo Artspace
    – Senator Clinton Joins Buffalo Leaders to Open Erie Canal Harbor
    – Senator Clinton Inspects Hail-Damaged Crops in Newark
    – Senator Clinton Joins Governor Paterson and Mayor Driscoll to Discuss Green Collar Jobs in Syracuse
    – Senator Clinton Visits Red Jacket Orchards in Geneva
    – Clinton Calls On State Department To Ensure Return Of Kovacevic To United States To Face Prosecution In Savage Beating Of Binghamton University Student
    – Senators Call For Investigation Of PBCG Pension Payments

  91. Poor Cadaverdy.

    He’s mystified as to why so many Clinton supporters want to derail waffles. 👿

    caffertyfile.blogs.cnn.com/

  92. kostner said:Usually McCain gets 85% of R, Bambi gets 75% of D. I predict in the end, McCain will get 90+% of R, Bambi will only get 80%+. It’s going to be very close.
    If the nominee is Hillary, she will blow McCain out of the water since she can usually garner 80+% of Ds based on most polls I’ve seen.

    Huh? Typo? Anyway, for some good number crunching about how many votes all this comes out to, see Craig Della Penna’s blog, linked frm turndownobama.com

  93. Rocky Mountain news has a write-up on the latest CO poll. After Dean/Pelosi/Obama are done with his ‘Green’ director, ‘green’ food, ‘carbon credit card’ gimmick in CO, this state will fall into McCain’s column.
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    McCain takes lead in Colorado, poll shows

    John McCain is now winning among likely Colorado voters, helped by a surge of sentiment blaming Democrats for the soaring price of gas, new poll results show.

    The Quinnipiac University polls shows McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, the top choice among 46 percent of likely Colorado voters. Democrat Barack Obama is the top choice among 44 percent of likely voters.

    A month ago, Obama held a 49-44 percent lead over McCain in the same poll.

    And in the U.S. Senate race, Republican Bob Schaffer has closed the gap against Democrat Mark Udall. Udall was ahead a month ago by 10 percentage points, but the latest numbers show a dead heat — 44 to 44.

    The poll, conducted for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, zeroes in on key battleground states — Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin — where the presidential contest is expected to be very close.

    Besides surging ahead in Colorado, McCain made a big move in Minnesota and narrowed large Obama leads in Michigan and Wisconsin, the poll found.

    Pollsters asked 1,425 likely Colorado voters their views between July 14 and 22. The poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.6 percent.

    Coloradans are evenly divided on which presidential candidate has the best energy policy. But by a 50 percent to 39 percent margin, voters here say energy policy is more important than the policy on the war in Iraq when assessing which candidate should get the vote.

    Democrats were winning on the energy issue as recently as April — convincing voters that their recipe for alternative fuels, wind and solar energy, was the best solution for America’s future, public opinion guru Floyd Ciruli said this morning.

    “Then it shifted in April, when gasoline hit $4 a gallon,” said Ciruli, who heads Ciruli & Associates of Denver.

    Suddenly, the pain at the gas pump was so acute that most voters moved away from the idealistic view of an American energy diet and looked for who to blame for the high prices, he said.

    They chose the Democrats, who’ve opposed drilling off shore and in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, in the name of environmental sustainability.

    Voters in each of the four battleground states support off-shore drilling and drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge — activities that McCain supports but Obama opposes. In Colorado, the margin is 52 percent to 44 percent.

    One in 10 of those polled said they have changed their minds and now favor drilling because of the jump in energy prices.

    “Sen. Barack Obama’s post-primary bubble hasn’t burst, but it is leaking a bit,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “It’s been a good month for Sen. John McCain. His movement in these key states, not large except for Minnesota, jibes with the tightening we are seeing in the national polls.

    There has been a shift among quite a few Americans from blaming the administration for everything related to the economy to focusing on one particular issue — the price of fuel, “and blaming the Democrats for being against production,” Ciruli said. “That has put the Republicans back in the game,” both in the presidential race and the US Senate race in Colorado.

    Unaffiliated voters could hold the key in Colorado.

    While 75 percent of Colorado Republicans support drilling for new oil in Alaska, and 70 percent of Democrats oppose it, unaffiliated voters are much more evenly split.

    When asked that question, 52 percent of unaffiliated voters support the ANWR drilling, while 44 percent oppose it. Colorado independents have similar sentiments about off-shore drilling.

    Overall, unaffiliated voters in Colorado support Obama over McCain by a 47 percent to 39 percent margin.

    A month ago, Obama’s lead among Colorado independents was just a bit stronger, 51 percent to 39 percent.

    Obama leads among women in Colorado, 50 percent to 39 percent, while men back McCain 55 percent to 37 percent.

    McCain leads among voters older than 55 here, while Obama gets the majority of the younger vote.

    Among Colorado college graduates, Obama leads by 2 percentage points, while McCain has a large lead among Coloradans who don’t have a college degree.

    McCain has a 10-point lead among white voters in Colorado, while Obama has a 28-point lead among Hispanics.

    “The good news for McCain is that he has improved his standing in Colorado and Michigan, two states that are critical to each man’s strategy,” Brown added.

    Obama very much wants to make a break through in the Rocky Mountain states, traditional Republican strongholds, and Colorado seems to be the key, Brown said.

    Just 31 percent of the Coloradans polled say they approve of the job President Bush is doing — while 62 percent disapprove. That 31 percent, though, is higher than the marks Bush got in the other battleground states, where his approval ratings are in the 20s.

    Two-thirds of the Coloradans polled said they’re holding steady despite the rocky economy. Among Republicans here who aren’t holding steady, more said they were doing better than said they were falling behind.

    By contrast, among Colorado Democrats not holding steady, 25 percent said they are falling behind, while only 13 percent said they are getting ahead.

    Those polled in Colorado said Cindy McCain better fits their idea of a First Lady than Michelle Obama — by a 37 percent to 27 percent margin, with a lot of people not expressing an opinion.

  94. In this poll 42 percent of voters identify as Democrat and 33 percent Republican, and that’s about where the party identification numbers have been all year.
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    Hm. What about all those Dems who tore up their Dem cards and registered as something else around the first of June?

  95. Admin. John Edwards looks strange in that video. His eyes look like piss holes in the snow. Vodka does that to me. I wonder what his problem is.

  96. Basil…I heard him play the Race Card too. It INFURIATED ME.

    Also, another LIE on the world stage

    Can anyone PLEASE GIVE ME A CITATION beside Obama’s own mouth, that his father was a “goat Herder”

    EVERY SINGLE SOURCE I CHECK including MSM like Google, Yahoo, etc., categorically say this is NOT TRUE!

    Yet again, like the banking committee gaffe, this guy gets a COMPLETE PASS

  97. ‘Hitler Youth’ is going mainstream! Idiot Margaret Carlson is worried about Bambi.
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    Obama Needs Europe to Restrain Its Enthusiasm: Margaret Carlson

    This is the first election in memory when a small crowd is better than a large one, a passionate crowd inferior to a bored one, where drawing a million people in Berlin is less likely to be compared with Ronald Reagan or John F. Kennedy but to Hitler Youth chanting “Sieg heil!”

    Following Hillary Clinton’s successful tack, Senator John McCain has picked up the theme that there’s something sinister in Barack Obama’s appeal. Some in the media are buying it. All of us are repeating it. To give a rousing speech is to appeal to our basest instincts, an adoring crowd abroad the kiss of death. For all we know, there might be socialists or soccer hooligans among them. For sure, they’re foreigners

  98. Barrack HUSSEIN Obama is a big phony…..WE need HRC to be the nominee……

    There’s something wrong about us, we as the americans, if we elect this PHONY….

  99. His Worshipfullness fancies himself to be JFK II

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    This is nauseating. HW and his posse are styling themselves like the Rolling Stones or U2 kicking off a world tour. What happened to issues, positions and substance? This Berlin event is all about stirring up screaming fans, promoting HW’s cult of personality, and picking the most bombastic backdrop for photo ops. HW is the new poster boy for American pop culture. If Andy Warhol were still around, I suspect we’d see silkscreen Obama faces like the soup cans or Marilyn Monroe.

  100. They call him Flipper, Flipper, king of bamboozlers
    No one you see, is shiftier than he,
    And our Flipper, lives in a world of delusion
    And of confusion, as we shall see!

    Or could it simply be:

    When I am not near the one I love
    I love the one I’m near

    Obama Backpedals on Meeting With Rogue Nations

    Thursday, June 12, 2008 8:26 AM

    By: Kenneth R. Timmerman Article Font Size

    Sen Barack Obama won praise last week from foreign policy skeptics when he appeared to tell the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that he was no longer considering “unconditional” negotiations with Iranian leaders.

    In his AIPAC speech, which he read verbatim from teleprompters, Obama said that as president, he would do “everything” in his power to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

    However, he added, “I have no interest in sitting down with our adversaries just for the sake of talking.”

    Many commentators took the apparent tough talk on Iran and the sympathetic statements on Israel as a signal that Obama was tacking to the political center, now that he had won the Democratic Party nomination.

    But on Wednesday, former Assistant Secretary of State Susan Rice, a top foreign policy adviser to the Obama campaign, reiterated the Illinois senator’s earlier statements that he planned to conduct unilateral negotiations with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad without preconditions.

    “Barack Obama’s view is that the United States ought to be able to engage directly with Iran alongside our partners, just as we’ve belatedly come to do in North Korea,” Dr. Rice told a National Public Radio interviewer this morning.

    “He would not require the same precondition that the Bush administration has insisted upon and indeed that John McCain has insisted upon, which is that the Iranians must suspend their nuclear program before we sit down to talk to them about suspending their nuclear program,” she said on the “Diane Rehm Show.”

    Rice adamantly rejected criticism that Obama had “flip-flopped” on the issue.

    “He’s been very clear from the first time he was asked that question, whether or not he would be willing to engage directly with Iranian leadership without preconditions, and he has said yes, he would be willing, at the appropriate time, with due preparations, and that he would not have the self-defeating precondition of demanding that the Iranians do before we talk to them one of the critical things we would seek to accomplish in negotiations.”

    Minutes later on the same program, Sen. McCain’s top foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, ridiculed Sen. Obama’s approach as “cowboy summitry,” and said that the Obama camp “has got more preconditions on doing town halls with Sen. McCain than they do with meeting President Ahmadinejad.”

    Scheunemann said it was ironic that Obama was advocating unilateral U.S. action, whereas the Bush administration and McCain both believed in closely coordinating any approach toward Iran with our European allies.

    “The European position is, we should not meet at higher levels until they suspend enrichment,” he said. “The unilateral Obama position is, let’s engage in cowboy summitry in defiance of the common position of our allies, and in fact, he disparages the efforts of our allies.”

    Both Rice and Scheunneman agreed that Iran would be a hot button issue in the fall election campaign.

  101. Kostner wrote:

    If Andy Warhol were still around, I suspect we’d see silkscreen Obama faces like the soup cans or Marilyn Monroe.
    ——

    I know. Dude, I work in San Francisco and I see Warhol-style pop-art prints of Obama’s face all the time plastered on freeway overpass pillars, etc. Spooky…

  102. The story of the day is that McCain is making huge strides in critical background states, while Bambi is basically vacationing in Europe, pretending he’s JFK. Which candidate would you rather be?

  103. Gallup today: Obama 45, Bambi 43
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    Obama’s much anticipated overseas trip enters its sixth day, but so far it has not meaningfully affected the choice for president voters would make if the election were held today. Obama has held a modest advantage over McCain for all but a few days (in which the candidates were precisely tied) since he clinched the Democratic nomination in early June. (To view the complete trend since March 7, 2008, click here.)

    Today, Obama will give what is considered to be the major speech of his trip in Berlin, Germany. McCain was planning to give a major speech of his own today from an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, but that had to be canceled due to the after-effects of Hurricane Dolly. — Jeff Jones

  104. Norma,

    Yeah. it was sickening.
    Trivial humor:
    Ich bin Berliner means I am a citizen of Berline
    but
    Ich bin ein Berliner means i am a jelly donout! 😉

    I so HOPE Waffles said that! (I couldn’t listen to much of the speech).
    ,

  105. Obama’s speeches are so vacuous. He’s telling everyone in Berlin today that the world needs to “unite” against terrorism. Memo to Bambi: dude, we ARE united against terrorism. The trick is ferreting it out in the right way, and making sure civil liberties aren’t compromised, and that we go after al Qaeda and catch them. Obama conveniently forgets to mention that his Senate committee still hasn’t HELD A SINGLE HEARING ON AFGHANISTAN yet. Why not? Oh, that’s right — too busy giving photo-op speeches in places like Europe, while getting fellated by the media.

  106. Some of his vacuous comments, which do not mean anything.

    BERLIN – Cheered by an enormous international crowd, Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama on Thursday summoned Europeans and Americans together to “defeat terror and dry up the well of extremism that supports it” as surely as they conquered communism a generation ago.

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    Obama said he was speaking as a citizen, not as a president, but the evening was awash in politics as the first-term U.S. senator sought to burnish his international credentials for the fall campaign at home. His remarks before a crowd estimated at more than 200,000 inevitably invited comparison to historic speeches in the same city by Presidents Kennedy and Reagan.

    Now a presidential candidate himself, Obama borrowed rhetoric from his own appeals to campaign audiences this year in the likes of Berlin, N.H., as he spoke in one of the great cities of Europe.

    “People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment. This is our time,” he declared.

    “The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand,” Obama said, speaking not far from where the Berlin Wall once divided the city.

    “The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes, natives and immigrants, Christians and Muslims and Jews cannot stand,” he said.

    Obama’s speech was the centerpiece of a fast-paced tour through Europe designed to reassure skeptical voters in the U.S. about his ability to lead the country and take a frayed cross-Atlantic alliance in a new direction after eight years of the Bush administration.

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080724/ap_on_el_pr/obama

  107. I wonder if they bussed the crowds into Berlin to hear him speak….maybe handed out candy bars to keep them there…

  108. PumaResponders alerts Jy 24 — Denver Post

    Here are two related articles for commenting at the Denver Post, and links to more are at that page.

    Denver Post: DNC chair happy with Invesco [stadium for BO speech]
    h t t p : / / http://www.denverpost.com/ci_9983874
    Pretty easy posting. They require registration but it isn’t bad, and
    they do save your post till you get back. Very short string I think.

    Obama is to make his historic speech on the final night of the
    Democratic National Convention, which runs Aug. 25-28.
    Because Invesco can seat delegates on the field, Dean said he expected
    80,000 to attend, the vast majority of them members of the public.
    “This is not an insiders’ convention,” Dean said. “This is an
    outsiders’ convention.”

    I just posted and compared this with their previous story “Obama’s
    price is Activism” or “Price for Obama tickets? Activism”
    h t t p : / / http://www.denverpost.com/commented/ci_9976737?source=commented-
    which went out on a prevous PumaResponders-lite alert. C. 67 posts.

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  109. Jan H. : I read on NOQuarter, that there were about 200,000 people. A couple of popular bands played before the propaganda.

  110. So he needed bands to get the people in. I wonder how many would have showed up just to see him otherwise.

  111. kostner Says:
    July 24th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Gallup today: Obama 45, Bambi 43

    —————————————————-

    And Israel will be Israel’s friend — under either administration!

  112. The new poll also will hearten Republicans hoping to keep their party’s expected Senate losses in November’s vote to a minimum. GOP-held seats in Colorado and Minnesota have been viewed as prime pick-up opportunities for Democrats, but the survey finds a deadlock in Colorado and a growing lead for incumbent Norm Coleman in Minnesota.

    In Colorado, last month’s poll put Democratic Rep. Mark Udall 10 points ahead of Republican Bob Schaffer in their fight for the seat GOP Sen. Wayne Allard is giving up; the new numbers show the candidates tied at 44% each.
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    The Poll also saying that down line Democrats are not benefiting from King Obama….in fact it’s the reverse.

    I get the feeling that if Obama when then the Democrats will lose in Congress and might lose the Senate.

  113. clarification: Obama when = Obama wins.

    I hope for the opposite…like if Hillary is not nominated…then McCain is POTUS and the Democrats keep Congress but lose Sen. Kerry and Pelosi with another Democrat.

  114. I know that I don’t look like the Americans who’ve previously spoken in this great city. The journey that led me here is improbable. My mother was born in the heartland of America, but my father grew up herding goats in Kenya. His father — my grandfather — was a cook, a domestic servant to the British.

    The complete transcript.

    (Barf-alert)

  115. For those who love conspiracy theories:
    2:15 A.M.: The networks show Bush surging to a 50,000-vote lead in Florida. They quickly declare him the winner of the state and the overall election.

    Crowds in Austin — dubbed “Victory City” by one TV commentator — let out a mighty cheer. Loudspeakers blare the Motown classic Signed, Sealed, Delivered as supporters chant, “We Want George.”

    “It’s a new day in America! George W. Bush: 43rd president of America!” Fred McClure, a prominent black Texas Republican, yells to the crowd.

    http://www.sptimes.com/News/110900/Election2000/What_a_difference_12_.shtml

  116. ADMIN!
    Can you embed?

    Welcome to Obamatopia. 😛

    noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/07/24/hey-who-let-reality-in/#comment-492887

  117. It’s amazing what the mainstream press considers to be “political action” these days. A mere speech is considered to be a huge accomplishment! Reporters hold their breath, hanging on Obama’s every word, and applaud gleefully like junior high school kids at an MTV TRL taping when BHO delivers an emphatic punch line. Check out Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, overanalyzing and over-crediting what was an otherwise boilerplate speech from Bambi today, filled with typical, breezy platitudes about fighting terrorism:

    ——–
    WaPo:

    “It shouldn’t be terribly surprising that Obama delivered a powerful speech on the world stage. After all, this is a guy whose candidacy was launched by his address at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 and propelled at crucial times (particularly his address on race after the Rev. Wright scandal) by his oratorical abilities. Obama’s gift for public speaking, however, should not take away from the degree of difficulty of the speech he just delivered. While there appears to be some early criticism of Obama’s decision to re-use his “this is our moment” line, the Illinois senator seemed to generally dodge the various problems that the speech posed without breaking a sweat (although he did awkwardly wipe his brow at one point.) The speech was neither a dry foreign policy address nor a campaign-centric talk — either of which would have left Obama open to criticism. It was serious without being stultifyingly boring and global in view and without being overly solicitous of Europe. “

  118. Waffles comments about the US:
    -I know my country has not perfected itself

    -we struggle to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people

    -our actions around the world have not lived up to our intentions

    -we have made our share of mistakes

    The friggin nerveof this $%$%^&#^&I

  119. Not wanting to offend anyone, but the whole idea of Obama choosing Berlin to give his major speech scares me. With 200,000 Germans thrilled to hear him, it smacks of terrible Hitler memories when he did the same thing.

    Why Berlin? Why defame America’s reputation with comments like he made in the one country that does not deserve an apology?

  120. John McCain does his own German thing

    As the time neared for Barack Obama’s speech to a huge crowd massed in Berlin, John McCain paid homage of a sort to Germany — lunching today at Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus in the historic German Village section of Columbus, Ohio.

    The eatery choice was the latest in a Republican effort to none-too-subtly turn up its collective nose at Obama’s widely anticipated appearance in the city that once personified the Cold War divide.

    As The Ticket noted previously, the Republican National Committee bought air time (which could not have been that expensive) for ads attacking Obama in three U.S. cities named Berlin, and then continued the schtick with broadcast plans for the spots in a trio of U.S. cities named Paris (Obama will be stopping in the French capitol as he wraps up his world tour).

    McCain ate a bratwurst at Schmidt’s — making a point of noting that the eatery has no link whatsoever to Steve Schmidt, the aide he recently tapped to ride herd over his campaign — and indulged in a chocolate cream puff for dessert. His dining companions included best pal Lindsey Graham, the GOP senator from South Carolina, and a covey of local businessman.

    As he digested his Teutonic fare, McCain held a brief media availability outside Schmidt’s Fudge Haus (it rarely hurts for a business to diversify). He immediately pressed what is becoming one of his party’s main narratives in this year’s campaign: that Obama is prematurely, and arrogantly, assuming the trappings of the presidency.

    Asked about the point he sought to make with his stop at Schmidt’s, McCain said, “Well, I’d love to give a speech in Germany … that maybe the German people would be interested in. But I would much prefer to do it as president of the United States rather than as a candidate for the office of the presidency.”

    A more barbed reaction to Obama’s address came from the communications staff at the Republican National Committee (they, like their counterparts at the Democratic National Committee, get paid to mercilessly needle the other side).

    In a release headlined “Ich Bin Ein Hypocrite,” the RNC scoffed that while Obama urged Germans to hang tough in the fight against Islamic extremists in Afghanistan, he has failed on that front in the U.S. Senate.

    As usual, McCain’s face time before the cameras was less than carefully choreographed. As he responded to a handful of questions, some pesky wind chimes …

    … jangled sporadically jangled in the background.

    His restaurant of choice is a Columbus institution; the latest family member to run it is Geoff Schmidt, 58. Given less than an hour’s notice, he and his staff handled the sudden intrusion of the McCain campaign entourage with apparent aplomb.

    Schmidt told pool reporter Elizabeth Holmes of the Wall Street Journal that although he was not aware of a previous stop by a presidential candidate, lots of personages have frequented his place. Those include California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who helps host an annual bodybuilding and fitness event in Columbus (a city he has called his “second home”).

    Schmidt also showed his own political skills in dealing with the national press.

    Holmes reported that when she asked him if he was a Republican or a Democrat, Schmidt “grabbed your pooler by the arm, looked her in the eye and gave her a tight-lipped smile. ‘We’re Americans,’ he said with a laugh. ‘We serve everybody.’ “

    latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/07/john-mccain-doe.html

  121. New article over at Politico, detailing Barack Obama’s and Michelle’s weird practice of never giving their daughters Christmas presents or birthday gifts.

    Christmas morning must be real fun in The House That Rezko Built, eh? No presents, no Santa Claus, but you get to head over to Trinity Church and hear sermons about “God Damn America!”

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0708/12035.html

  122. The McCain campaign held a press call this morning with senior policy advisers Doug Holtz-Eakin and Nancy Pfotenhauer on the candidate’s energy plan, in which the subject of yesterday’s tanker spill near New Orleans and McCain’s canceled trip to an offshore rig because of Hurricane Dolly made him think twice about his call for more drilling.

    “This is the right thing for the economy, it is the right thing for national security. And, as he is always committed to pursuing these endeavors in an environmentally friendly way, it’s the right thing for the environment in the long run as well,” said Holtz-Eakin.

    “It is a reality if you talk to any kind of environmental community, everything has to be on the table. You have to have coal, you have to have natural gas, you have to have oil, you have to have nuclear power, you have to have every power source as part of the portfolio if the United States is going to achieve its environmental goals and achieve its national security goals,” Holtz-Eakin continued. “John McCain has laid out a common-sense course and allowed himself to solve the problems as opposed to being trapped by ideology.”

    The idea that offshore drilling is “the right thing for the environment” will be a tough point for the McCain campaign to prove. McCain has also maintained that offshore drilling is “safe enough these days that not even Hurricanes Katrina and Rita could cause significant spillage from the battered rigs off the coasts of New Orleans and Houston.” But according to government figures, storms in 2005 caused 146 small spills in federal waters. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita completely destroyed 113 oil rigs and damaged 457 pipelines, and Katrina alone spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Mississippi River.

    Pfotenhauer also argued that yesterday’s spill wasn’t at all related to drilling — even though one would guess that the 420,000 gallons of fuel oil that were dumped into the river yesterday had to come out of the ground somehow.

    “I believe it was a traffic jam, or a water-traffic accident, and didn’t have anything to do with drilling. It had to do with transportation. And oil is transported on barges, and so you have the potential for those accidents regardless. No matter where it was drilled you have the potential for those accidents in transportation,” said Pfotenhauer. “Obviously everybody takes every step they can to try to minimize those. And the record for offshore drilling has been remarkably safe over time.”

    Holtz-Eakin followed with comment that the real threat to the environment isn’t the potential for oil spills, but terrorism. “I just want to point out that, with regard to spillage and other environmental threats that come from energy sources, let’s remember that our reliance on imported oil makes the whole supply chain a target for terrorists. And in addition to that being a national security issue, it’s a big environmental threat to have terrorists looking for an opportunity to damage the supply chain for oil into the United States, and weaning ourselves of that dependence would a great thing.

    He was also asked about where the candidate stands on oil-shale development, the energy topic of the week:

    The senator believes that we should take advantage of the most opportune ways to meet our oil needs in the near-term. Obviously the OCS [Outer Continental Shelf] is the most promising, readily-developable oil available. Past that, he believes that the other efforts he will undertake will make it unnecessary to use large amounts of different kinds of sources. We’re not going to use them now, but if we need to use those, we’re going to use the same formula we’re going to apply to the OCS. Let’s have the local stakeholders have their say, let’s make sure we do this in an environmentally friendly way, and let’s make sure that the leases and royalties are shared in a way that’s appropriate.”

    gristmill.grist.org/story/2008/7/24/143259/352
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    Even Hillary talked about a comprehensive Energy policy that put everything on the table…I loved Hillary but McCain is very reasonable and he does not pander about corn ethenol and believes in suger can import from Brazil while we jump start alternative energy.

  123. Berkeley Vox

    re Christmas story above. It’s funny. I was thinking about that same thing the other day wondering if they celebrate Kwanza.

    Not many gifts given on Kwanza…at least among those I know who practice it. It’s more a day of community service.

    That would fit.

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  125. Topic A: Obama’s Berlin Speech

    Friday, July 25, 2008; A21

    An occasional feature in which The Post asks for first impressions on a hot topic.

    Douglas E. Schoen, author of “Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System.”

    The pundits are unanimous. Barack Obama’s tour of the Middle East was a triumph, but his speech in Berlin was fraught with risk. Even Obama’s supporters worried that it was too political, too presumptions, too foreign, too novel — in short, too much like the things many skeptics find most worrisome about the candidate himself.

    So why did he do it?

    To win in November, Barack Obama must convince voters that his worldview trumps John McCain’s credentials. If Obama can do this, victory is certain. Yesterday’s speech was the first salvo in this all-important campaign.

    Despite Obama’s recent successes, polls suggest serious weaknesses. According to the latest NBC-Wall Street Journal survey, Americans see Obama as a riskier choice for president than McCain by a margin of 20 percentage points. Thirty-four percent see McCain as the more experienced commander in chief.

    That’s why Obama sought to do something bold in Berlin. Instead of touting programs and proposals, he offered a worldview — one in which the best way for America to secure its safety and prosperity is to elect him president. Partnership with Europe and the rest of the world is the only way to proceed, his speech insisted. In place of a war on “Islamofascism” or a new Cold War with Russia, Obama offered engagement. Instead of American exceptionalism, he offered cooperation and even apologies for past misdeeds.

    In a multicultural world, the real risk, Obama implied, would be to elect a president who lacked his background and values.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/24/AR2008072403148_pf.html
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    Obama failed and the Democrats FAILED, it won’t happen over night but it’s all in the details and the one details Team Obama didn’t count was his TREATMENT to our soldiers in Germany.

    Obama hasn’t even won the presidency and already he’s compromied a sitting president with this speach. Foreign Policy is not the end all with the votes…it’s the economy and and gas prices.

    Obama is taking the voters for granted…McCain does not.

  126. I do not believe Obama or Michelle don’t give there children gifts. This is another lie you can add to the LIST

  127. neetabug, it’s true. Shocking, maybe, but true — Obama’s quoted in this week’s People magazine as saying that he and Michelle don’t ever give their kids Xmas or birthday gifts. I’m usually pretty non-judgmental about other people’s parenting habits, but to me that’s just cruel.

  128. Some religious groups do not give gifts; Jehovah Witnesses are one group. But, if they celebrate Kwanza, that would fit.

  129. “That’s why Obama sought to do something bold in Berlin. Instead of touting programs and proposals, he offered a worldview — one in which the best way for America to secure its safety and prosperity is to elect him president. Partnership with Europe and the rest of the world is the only way to proceed, his speech insisted. In place of a war on “Islamofascism” or a new Cold War with Russia, Obama offered engagement. Instead of American exceptionalism, he offered cooperation and even apologies for past misdeeds.”

    How is this not boilerplate Democratic policy? Indeed, how many Repubs, aside from GWB, don’t believe in engagement?

  130. jbstonesfan Says:
    July 24th, 2008 at 1:30 pm
    Oprah is responsible in large part for this mess…I detest her. She has gotten rich off white women, and abandons the only real candidate capable to lead in these troubled times. I hope she gains all her weight back.

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    let’s have an eighteen wheeler drop-off an entire load of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at her studio door.

  131. lil ole grape Says:
    July 24th, 2008 at 4:05 pm
    Here is a sampling from July 2 to July 22, of what Hillary has been doing:
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    lil ole grape
    sorry to see HRC has been sittin’ on her butt doing nothing since she suspended her campaign.
    😉

  132. a true example of reaching across the aisle

    clinton.senate.gov/news/statements/details.cfm?id=301179&&

  133. Clueless MSM propagandanists… Shame on these pigs
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    CNN’s Amanpour ‘Surprised’ by Lack of ‘Euphoria’ After Obama Speech

    CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, reporting on Barack Obama’s speech in Berlin on Thursday’s “The Situation Room,” expressed her shock that the European crowd didn’t seem to have the same mania for the Democrat that the media has: “I did ask some people as they were leaving what they thought. Everybody said good, good. But I was surprised that there wasn’t this sort of euphoria afterwards, given how many people had come to listen and how much it had been anticipated.” She later stated in the segment that one unnamed political analyst talked about how “people [in Europe] want a political redeemer —

  134. Disgraceful, disgusting, a true human trash
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    Obama’s Reason for Snubbing Wounded Troops in Germany: Visit Would Be “Inappropriate”
    After visiting GIs in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq as part the congressional delegation prelude to his campaign swing in the Middle East and Europe, Barack Obama canceled planned visits to the U.S. military bases at Ramsteina and Landstuhl.

    Landstuhl is where wounded U.S. troops are taken from the battlefield to be stabalized before being flown to Walter Reed in Washington, D.C. and other military hospitals back home.

    Jake Tapper of ABC News reports the Obama campaign issued a statement saying the planned visits with the troops were canceled because it was deemed by the campaign to be “inapprpopriate” because Obama’s stop in Germany was part of his presidential campaign.

    Curiously, Obama opened his speech in Berlin today by saying he was speaking not as a candidate but as a ‘citizen of the United States and as a citizen of the world.’

    Other news outlets have reported that Obama has taken time to work out at a gym in Berlin and kidded around with reporters about exploring the nightlife in Berlin.

    Der Spiegel first reported that Obama canceled the visit to the troops. That story was picked up on Free Republic and then exploded on the blogosphere.

  135. Will Media Report Concert Before Obama’s Berlin Speech?

    Remember back in May when media gushed and fawned over a huge crowd in Portland, Oregon — supposedly gathered to hear the words of Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama — but chose not to report the free concert given before his speech?

    Well, it has been learned that before the presumptive Democrat nominee spoke to a crowd in Berlin Thursday, two popular German acts — reggae artist Patrice and rock band Reamonn — entertained the gathering audience.

    Will media report this tonight, or just gush and fawn over the huge crowd again?

  136. puke, puke, puke.
    ————————

    Export this guy to Germany and let him run there.

    ABC World News Tonight and a German interviewed called him his new “messiah”.

  137. The more I read about this guy, the higher my blood pressure is getting, and I am FAIRLY young!! Much younger than our Messiah!
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    JERUSALEM – Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign plastered the entrance to the Western Wall – the holiest site in Judaism – with official campaign posters, WND has learned.

    Jerusalem police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld confirmed to WND posters that adorned police barricades erected at the Western Wall plaza for Obama’s visit were distributed by the presidential candidate’s campaign.

    “These posters were his campaign and not the doing of the police,” said Rosenfeld, whose police department coordinated security and provided protection for Obama’s visit today to the holy site.

    Asked if it was traditional practice for politicians visiting the Western Wall to bring along posters or campaign materials, Rosenfeld replied, “No.”

  138. Jake Tapper of ABC News reports the Obama campaign issued a statement saying the planned visits with the troops were canceled because it was deemed by the campaign to be “inapprpopriate” because Obama’s stop in Germany was part of his presidential campaign.
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    Obama is a PIG! He’s too important to visit wounded troops but not too busy to go out clubbing.

    Commander n Chief my ass. I call him LOSER n Chief.

  139. The media is simply disgusting. This election is about sweeping them into the garbage bin once and for all.
    Gosh, they treat this guy as king. What news will they break next time? Obama just farted…?
    ———————————-

    BREAKING NEWS: Plane Lands Safely!
    WSJ’s, BEST OF THE WEB TODAY ^ | July 24, 2008 | JAMES TARANTO

    “So there they were on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” talking about a new ad for John McCain, an ad “going after the mainstream media, which he says is in love with Barack Obama…”

    “CNN interrupts a discussion of whether the media are in the tank for Obama for a news bulletin that Obama’s plane has landed safely…”

  140. I guess this is a question of priorities. Barack Obama apparently ran short on time in his visit to Germany today, and travelers know how schedules can slip during long tours, even without all of the events Obama had planned. Those circumstances force people to prioritize their time, and eliminate less-useful stops.
    So what did Obama cut today? Der Spiegel’s blog reports on Obama’s priorities:
    ++ Visit to US Military Bases Cancelled ++
    1:42 p.m.: SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that Obama has cancelled a planned short visit to the Rammstein and Landstuhl US military bases in the southwest German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The visits were planned for Friday. “Barack Obama will not be coming to us,” a spokesperson for the US military hospital in Landstuhl announced. “I don’t know why.” Shortly before the same spokeswoman had announced a planned visit by Obama.
    On the other hand, the campaign apparently has no problem in keeping this event on its schedule:

    The message here is that thousands of screaming German fans at the Tiergarten take precedence over visiting Americans serving their country at Ramstein and Landstuhl. Maybe one of the networks following Obama could interview a few of the soldiers about how they perceive that set of priorities from Obama.
    Der Spiegel also notes that the French seem diffident about Obama’s visit to Paris, with none of the enthusiasm of the neighbors to the east:
    ++ Paris Left Cold by Obama Visit ++
    3:30 p.m.: While Obama’s Berlin visit has caused a stir, hardly anyone is interested in his trip to Paris on Friday. There are hardly any French media reports on the eve of his visit. There is merely some grumbling about the extensive itinerary for his trip to Berlin. “A speech in Berlin, five little hours in Paris,” writes French daily Le Monde.
    Heck, why didn’t Obama skip Paris? He could have still worked in a visit to the American bases in Germany. Apparently, even diffident French get priority over American military personnel.
    Update: A number of Hot Air readers reminded me that Landstuhl’s mission includes treating the wounded from the war:
    The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) is an overseas military hospital operated by the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense. LRMC is the largest military hospital outside of the continental US. It is located near Landstuhl, Germany, and serves as the nearest treatment center for wounded soldiers coming from Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, it serves military personnel stationed in Germany as well as their family members.
    A large proportion of serious casualties from the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters are treated here, flown in via the Ramstein Air Base.
    So Obama’s priorities look even more askew than first thought

  141. So Obama is a Christian…huh?

    And this Christian doesn’t know how much reverence all Christians hold this-“holiest site in Judaism” in esteem?

    But he might practice Kwanza based on paganism…and yes, I’m still mistified why so many Black churches allow this pagan practice in their churches.

    I just don’t get it. I know when this first came out when I was young my mother and church condemed Kwanza going against God’s law. And you know who was pushing this….the Black liberation on College campuses and now decades later Black Christians practice this.

    The body of the Church is teaching nothing but donating.

  142. per no quarter
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    was just catching FOX News and it appears Obama demanded to know how it is that FOX got hookups in all those military bases where he performed his shameless photo opportunities? It seems paranoid Narcissist Obama believed it was by Presidential Executive Order that his reverie and comfort with his Worship Trip was interrupted by the potential that somebody might actually capture and report something that isn’t set up as a photo op a not-so-Kodak moment about the Great One.

    As it turns out, the troops get to request which news outlets they prefer and FOX is always included. Yes, Barack, sometimes you just can’t control everything around your own self-absorbed world. Sometimes, people get choices. I know this is hard for you to believe, since your entire candidacy has been an Axelrod production.

    FOX just happens to be very popular over there in the war zones. You see, Barack, the men and women over there are tired and weary, and their lives are in danger daily.

    Watching a media creation preen and prance around like a rooster with nary a dirt smudge on him, as he continues his quest to Know Nothing and be in Charge of the Everything and Everybody in the World, isn’t all that impressive to them. In fact, in some quarters over there, this is exactly the kind of person they are fighting against. In short, they make it possible for an arrogant self-impressed ass like yourself to safely prance around the world pretending to be Presidential, telling everybody anything they need to hear, while terrorist organizations guard your Precious Self.

  143. This guys reminds me so much of George W. Bush. When W., the empty suit was competing against Al Gore, the same media was also in awe of his worshipfulness. Geez.

    I can hardly stomach neither. I don’t watch news. Whenever either of them is on TV, I just switch channel. Nightmare!

  144. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC news poll finds that energy — including gasoline and utility costs — ranks as the economic issue that voters say affects them the most personally.

    The prolonged stalemate over energy policy raises the stakes for both parties heading into the fall election. Republicans, emboldened by polls indicating rising support among Americans for increased domestic drilling for oil and natural gas, are trying to cast Congress’s Democratic leaders and the party’s presidential nominee, Barack Obama, as obstructionists responsible for the country’s energy crisis

    Polls of likely voters in four battleground states, conducted this month by Quinnipiac University in partnership with The Wall Street Journal and Washingtonpost.com, show voters in each state say energy policy is more important to them than the war in Iraq.

    By margins of 22 to 31 percentage points, voters in each of the states — Michigan, Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin — said they support offshore oil drilling, according to the polls, which were released Thursday.

    Overall, the polls also show Sen. John McCain closing in on Sen. Obama in each state.

    “These numbers point to an opening for Sen. McCain to redefine the economic issue as being about energy,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

    In recent days, Sen. McCain’s campaign has sought to highlight Sen. Obama’s opposition to overturning a federal ban on offshore drilling, with a TV ad that shows a picture of a smiling Sen. Obama on the screen next to a gas pump while a voice blames “some in Washington” for “still saying ‘no’ to drilling in America.”

    Congress remained stuck Thursday in a partisan stalemate over whether to open more of the U.S. to drilling, as the Bush administration and many congressional Republicans favor, or to tap the emergency’s petroleum stockpile and limit speculative oil trading, as Democrats prefer.

  145. I really start to hate hate the entire democratic party. I don’t want any of Obama’s enabler to get elected in Nov.

  146. Carbynew

    Not my church.

    Even Halloween my pastor frowns on it. Also he is against reading the books or seeing the movies of Harry Potter

  147. I’m sure Kennedy and Reagan are rolling over in their graves, after Bambi’s pathetic attempt to channel their legacies by giving a speech in Berlin today. The fact that he was piggybacking onto a reggae concert and got big crowds THAT way shows what a lightweight the guy is…

  148. This is gettin better and better. For me, this election is not just about defeating bambi, it’s about sweeping the entire MSM into garbage bin. They shoved Bush down our throats in 2000, and now they want to give us another fraud. Just imagine Matthew/Olberman crying like little babbies , how sweet…
    When American voters completely buries the MSM, democracy will truly prevail. More and more voters are disgusted with MSM’s pathetic bias according to the latest foxnews poll
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    h t t p : / / elections.foxnews.com/2008/07/24/fox-news-poll-does-obama-get-better-treatment-by-the-press/

    As Barack Obama travels abroad, Americans seem to think most members of the media are in line with his message, according to the latest FOX News poll.

    Nearly 7 in 10 Americans (67 percent) say they believe most in the media want Obama to win the November election-while a scant 11 percent think the media are pulling for John McCain. Moreover, only about 1 in 10 (11 percent) volunteers the belief that the media is neutral on the race to become the 44th President of the United States.

    When asked to rate the objectivity of media coverage of the campaigns, Americans feel Obama gets more of a positive spin by a better than 7-to-1 margin (46 percent more positive toward Obama; 6 percent more positive toward McCain). Just under 4 Americans in 10 (36 percent) says both campaigns are being covered objectively.

  149. On heels of bad polling data from senate race in MN and CO, another D is in trouble, this time in NH. Dean/Pelosi are going to have a rude awakening in Nov.
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    Poll: Shaheen’s lead evaporating

    CONCORD – Democratic Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen’s once imposing lead over U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu has all but vanished in recent months according to a University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll released today.

    Shaheen leads Sununu in this poll of likely voters, 46 percent to 42 percent, but the spread is within its margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

    Pollster Andrew Smith stressed the race remains wide open since only 22 percent said they had definitely decided upon a candidate.

    During a telephone interview, Smith said voters are starting to focus more on the choices they will face in the fall elections and Sununu has firmed up support among Republicans and economic conservatives.

    “Everyone knew this race was going to be close as it was the last time,” Smith said of the 2002 race Sununu won, 51 percent to 46 percent.

    Since UNH’s poll in April, Americans for Job Security, a conservative special interest group made a radio ad attacking Shaheen as a liberal lover of taxes while she was New Hampshire’s governor.

    “I’m sure those ads didn’t help because the tax message is always an effective one here,” Smith said.

    The challenge remains for Sununu, a one-term incumbent who is one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the country, Smith continued.

    “Any time you have an incumbent who is very well known in his state at 42 percent, that’s not a good thing,” Smith explained. “She has lost some of her momentum, but she’s still ahead and Senator Sununu has to figure out how to get to 50 percent plus one by Election Day.”

    These results emerge one day after the American Research Group reported that its own survey had Shaheen out in front of Sununu by 22 percentage points.

    In other UNH survey results, former Republican Congressman Jeb Bradley holds a narrow lead over first-term U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, 46 percent to 40 percent.

    Shea-Porter is leading by six points when pitted against the other GOP candidate in the First District race, ex-Health and Human Services Commissioner John Stephen.

    “Carol-Shea Porter is in some trouble. She’s still not as well known as Jeb Bradley who lost in 2006 because too many Republicans stayed home,” Smith said.

    “I don’t believe that will happen this November.”

    U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes continues to maintain a large, double-digit advantage over Republican rivals in seeking a second term.

  150. NH-SEN:

    UNH:
    Sununu 42 (40)
    Shaheen 46 (52)

    Rasmussen:
    Sununu 45 (39)
    Shaheen 50 (53)

    The 14 point lead from the last Rasmussen was the biggest one they have shown in the race. But the small 5-point margin in the most recent poll is the closest the race has been since last September. This race is a re-match from 2002 when Sununu won 51-47. Shaheen is a popular ex-GOV and the favorite.

    This race has moved from bordering on uncompetitive to one of the closest races in the country. Both candidates have strong fav/unfav numbers, but UNH finds Sununu’s numbers rising from even to +19 over the last year. Shaheen’s have fallen a little from +30 to +22.

  151. Hey guys–
    Great article at real Democrats about how the MSM neglected to mention (once again) that Obama’s huge turn-out crowd in Germany was the result of not 1 –but 2–rock concerts with the “chosen one” sandwiched in the middle…
    I guess since it worked in Portland….

    http://realdemocratsusa.blogspot.com/

  152. CO-SEN:

    Quinnipiac/WaPo:
    Schaffer 44 (38)
    Udall 44 (48)

    Rasmussen:
    Schaffer 43 (40)
    Udall 47 (49)

    Both polls show significant tightening. Schaffer is tied in the first and down 4 in the second, improvements of 10 and 5 respectively. Both candidates have their party vote sowed up. Udall leads among Indies by a 46-38 margin in the Quinnipiac poll but the party ID of the sample is a tad Republican, thus the vote comes out tied. CO is one of few states where GOPer do outnumber Ds, although the margin is narrowing.

    This is a race that has never moved into “uncompetitive” status. But it seemed on the verge of moving from Lean D to Likely D. These two polls keep it firmly in Lean D and keep the possibility of Toss Up alive.

  153. Shaheen is a huge Clinton supporters so I hope she wins. McCain seems to be gaining in battleground states and Obama’s lead in PA is evaporating! The best news, his trip overseas gave him NO bounce!

  154. I got this in an email. I am not sure if it is true, but it really sounds like O.

    Subject: From our friend who is serving in Afghanistan

    I know this to be true, I checked it out before sending it to you. This comes through a relative of Jeffrey’s who lives here in Boise. Steve S.

    ———- Forwarded Message ———-
    Hello everyone,
    As you know I am not a very political person. I just wanted to pass along
    that Senator Obama came to Bagram Afghanistan for about an hour on his visit
    to “The War Zone”. I wanted to share with you what happened.
    He got off the plane and got into a bullet proof vehicle, got to the area to
    meet with the Major General (2 Star) who is the commander here at Bagram.

    As the Soldiers where lined up to shake his hand he blew them off and didn’t
    say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the General. As he
    finished, the vehicles took him to the ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent
    that military personnel can play basketball or work out in with weights) so
    he could take his publicity pictures playing basketball. He again shunned
    the opportunity to talk to Soldiers to thank them for their service.

    So really he was just here to make a showing for the American’s back home
    that he is their candidate for President. I think that if you are going to
    make an effort to come all the way over here you would thank those that are
    providing the freedom that they are providing for you.

    I swear we got more thanks from the NBA Basketball Players or the Dallas
    Cowboy Cheerleaders than from one of the Senators, who wants to be the
    President of the United States. I just don’t understand how anyone would
    want him to be our Commander-and-Chief. It was almost that he was scared to
    be around those that provide the freedom for him and our great country.

    If this is blunt and to the point I am sorry but I
    wanted you all to know what kind of caliber of person he really is. What you
    see in the news is all fake.

    *In service,*
    *CPT Jeffrey S. Porter*
    *Battle Captain*
    *TF Wasatch*
    *American Soldier*

  155. admin,
    Democratic culture of corruption continues…. Pervert!
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    h t t p : / / http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/07/assemblyman_neil_cohen_investi.html

    Assemblyman Neil Cohen under child porn investigation
    Deputy Assembly Speaker Neil Cohen is being investigated for alleged possession of child pornography, according to two of his Democratic colleagues who said they brought the matter to the attention of law enforcement.

    In a joint statement, Sen. Raymond Lesniak and Assemblyman Joseph Cryan (both D-Union) confirmed they alerted authorities to the possibility Cohen (D-Union) had child pornography on his computers.

  156. Obama’s Ego Trip
    Will the candidate’s European progress backfire?
    24 July 2008
    Presidential candidates traditionally visit foreign parts in order to impress on voters back home that they have a sure grasp of international affairs. Barack Obama’s European expedition, however, is more of a premature celebration: part royal progress, part rock and roll tour. It will give him a chance to thank Europeans in advance for their support if he becomes president, while reassuring them that he has taken their views on board.

    There is little doubt that Europeans would overwhelmingly vote for Obama if given the chance. The Guardian reported last week that the British, who turned on Tony Blair after he tied himself to President Bush’s mast and who generally disapprove of the Iraq War, prefer Obama over John McCain by 53 percent to 11. (The remaining 36 percent expressed no opinion.) In Germany, according to the Telegraph, the figures are even more stark, with Obama attracting 67 percent support to McCain’s 6.

    Part of Obama’s popularity has to do with Europe’s intense antipathy toward Bush. The president has made little effort to woo the Europeans over the last seven years, and he studiously ignored their leaders’ efforts, through the United Nations, to postpone the invasion of Iraq. Unlike his father, he was unable to assemble a grand coalition of Western allies, and he has paid a price for his independence. As so often happens in politics, the unpopularity of an incumbent heightens regard for his likely successor. (When Kenneth Clarke, a minister in Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, was asked who would succeed the Iron Lady if a bus were inadvertently to run her over, he responded, “Why, the bus driver, of course.”) Obama’s popularity largely rests on his not being Bush.

    But Obama is treading a dangerous path. It would be rash to take a November victory for granted; if he has learned nothing else from his slim victory over Hillary Clinton, he should have learned that nothing is inevitable. He would not be the first front-runner to fall victim to hubris. Rather than revel in the adulation of adoring crowds, he would do better to confirm to skeptical American voters that he will not value the well-being of foreigners ahead of the interests of Americans. Only by stressing that as president he would, like his predecessors, put America first—thereby disillusioning the Europeans—will he be able to convince voters at home that he has his priorities right.

    But it seems the Europeans are in no mood to be distracted from their Obamamania. The continent is considerably to the left of America, and its people are generally more liberal on such matters as abortion, the death penalty, and gun control. On all three issues, Obama has shown himself prepared to shift to more conservative positions in order to be more electable. If the Europeans have noticed this pragmatic change of tack, they have put it out of their minds. Further, Obama’s early and long-standing opposition to the Iraq War has made him a standard bearer for an anti-Americanism that is now rife throughout the European Union. Many Europeans see his unusual family background and his mixed ethnicity as confirmation of their belief that he is not quite wholly American—that he is even, perhaps, un-American.

    Much has been made about the scale of the American press circus accompanying Obama, and it is generally thought that pictures of him acknowledging the crowds’ good wishes will boost his popularity at home. But if the coverage even hints at the un-American spirit in which he is being greeted as a prophet and a hero, his triumphant tour of European capitals will surely backfire

  157. As always, what slim victory did he have over HRC. There was no= victory, and the SDs have yet to vote.

    Such distortion should be criminal.

  158. McCain would be smart to make the pro-Waffles media bias a central part of his campaign, even more than he has already.

  159. I was watching at a distance when this first came up yesterday. Campbell Brown has this look on her face, like WHO ME.

    They have lot their credibility. People are looking for truth elsewhere.

    The one thing the news people should never do it lose credibility, as people stop listening to them.

  160. My friends are communicating by email and blog. That is where they are getting their information. They no longer believe the newspapers, or the TV.

    I think this is going to be interesting.

  161. Agreed, Paula. Most voters dislike the media and view most mainstream reporters as hot-air blowers. McCain should continue to joke about the issue, and emphasize how he’s focused on solving problems instead of making cotton-candy speeches like Obama always does… the speeches taste good at first, but they have no substance.

  162. My post at
    h t t p : / / http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/24/AR2008072403148_Comments.html

    Wasn’t it an early Rolling Stone article that told about designing the Obama brand: Axelrod following BO around with a video camera to see what his potential supporters responded to? BO and the merchandisers hadn’t thought much about BO’s childhood and such, till one old woman on hearing “The Story” of this multicultural destiny’s child, sighed “I think I’m in love” before even meeting him.

    It is a good story, and a good world view. I hope someday Obama grows into it himself. With real confidence in it, he would not have to cheat his way to a nomination as he is attempting to do this year.

    Maybe if Justsaynodeal and such can get Hillary a fair vote at the convention — or if that fails, defeat Obama in November — he will go back to Hawaii and examine his conscience and learn to live up to this desirable image. Then someday we could really have the kind of president he now pretends he would be.

  163. “That’s why Obama sought to do something bold in Berlin. Instead of touting programs and proposals, he offered a worldview.”
    **************************
    How about something REALLY bold for a worldview: like counting every vote. In the old days they called that Democracy!
    _______
    he and Michelle don’t ever give their kids Xmas or birthday gifts.
    Mechille is too busy crying, “Give me something!”

  164. warehouse553 Says:
    July 24th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Shaheen is a huge Clinton supporters so I hope she wins.

    ———————————-

    Cindy Shaheen? Good for her. Last I heard, she needs another 4,000 signatures to get on the ballot in Pelosi’s congessional district. SF area.

    I can’t find her website or much about her in Google.

  165. Off topic, but I was watching some of the news shows tonight and my question for everyone is what do you think the game plan of the Republicans will be for fall? Right now it seems like they are just sitting there. Are they waiting for Obama to implode, are they afraid to really go after him because their party will be called racist, or is there some strategy here that I am missing? The Republican response to Obama just seems lackluster. Have they drank the Kool-Aid too? Or are they frustrated on how to fight back against the incredible media bias? It’s disturbing how quiet it’s been…I fear Obama may be unstoppable due to the incredible hype going on right now although I know many things will play out before the actual election in November.

  166. Why go after him, when he has not been nominated yet. McCain played it very cool in the primary, and won. I don’t why they should be doing anything when the polls are going down, and O is doing a great job of helping them.

    I don’t think we will see much action until after the Republican convention.

    Sen McCain, having been a prisonor of war, really understand being patience.

    He was great today in Ohio at a German Resturant. He said he would not make a tour like Os until he was President. Wise quiet put down of O. McCain is doing Town Hall meetings, his strong suit. Asking people about what matters to the. O is in Europe having photos ops. The American people are smart.

  167. i fully believe the combine is in on it too, he is president elect obama, we have our work cut out for us to get the dnc tripped up, to tell the truth and let the people have the President they want–Hillary.

  168. American Gal,

    For one thing they want to be sure Obama gets the nomination. If he tanked too soon, they might have to run against Hillary!

    As for McCain, there may also be something in the rules of public financing about when you can run ads about your opponent.

  169. The press is disgusting scumbag.
    ——————————-

    Around midnight on July 16, New York Times chief political correspondent Adam Nagourney received a terse e-mail from Barack Obama’s press office. The campaign was irked by the Times’ latest poll and Nagourney and Megan Thee’s accompanying front-page piece titled “Poll Finds Obama Isn’t Closing Divide on Race,” which was running in the morning’s paper. Nagourney answered the query, the substance of which he says was minor, and went to bed, thinking the matter resolved.

    But, the next morning, Nagourney awoke to an e-mail from Talking Points Memo writer Greg Sargent asking him to comment on an eight-point rebuttal trashing his piece that the Obama campaign had released to reporters and bloggers like The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder and Politico’s Ben Smith. Nagourney had not heard the complaints from the Obama camp and had no idea they were so steamed. “I’m looking at this thing, and I’m like, ‘What the hell is this?’ ” Nagourney recently recalled. “I really flipped out.”

    Later that afternoon, Nagourney got permission from Times editors to e-mail Sargent a response to the Obama memo. But the episode still grates. “I’ve never had an experience like this, with this campaign or others,” Nagourney tells me. “I thought they crossed the line. If you have a problem with a story I write, call me first. I’m a big boy. I can handle it. But they never called. They attacked me like I’m a political opponent.”

    So much for “Obama Love.” That’s the title of John McCain’s new web ad, which strings together clips of cable news pundits gushing over Obama like besotted teens. This romance has been a prominent story line of Obama’s entire campaign, and clearly elements of it are true: “I felt this thrill going up my leg,” Chris Matthews crows in one clip flagged in the ad. But scratch the surface, and you’ll find a lot of mixed feelings behind the Obama “love.” Reporters are grumbling more and more that the campaign is acting like the Prom Queen. They gripe that it is “arrogant” and “control[ling],” and the campaign’s own belief that Obama is poised to make history isn’t endearing, either. The press certainly helped Obama get so far so fast; the question is, how far can he get if his campaign alienates them?

    Last year, when Hillary Clinton campaigned as a front-runner, Obama provided access to the press corps and won over the media. One night, during a campaign stop in Iowa, he met reporters for off-the-record drinks. He cooperated for magazine profiles and appeared on the cover of GQ. And Clinton’s relationship with the press wasn’t half as easy. “The difference is the Clinton people were hostile for no reason,” a reporter who has covered both Democrats tells me.

    But, as Obama ascended from underdog to front-runner to presumptive nominee, the flame seems to have dwindled. Reporters who cover Obama these days grouse that Obama’s flacks shroud the campaign in secrecy and provide little to no access. “They’re more disciplined than the Bush people,” a reporter on the Obama trail gripes. “There was this idea of being transparent, but they’re not. They’re total tightwads with information.”

    In June, there was something of a revolt after Obama ditched the press corps on his campaign plane for a secret meeting with Clinton at Senator Dianne Feinstein’s house in Washington, leaving the reporters trapped on the flight to Chicago. The D.C. bureau chiefs of half a dozen news organizations, including the late Tim Russert, sent an angry letter to Obama aides Robert Gibbs and David Plouffe and threatened not to reimburse the campaign for the cost of the flight. “The decision to mislead reporters is a troubling one,” they wrote. “We hope this does not presage a relationship with the Obama campaign that is not based on a mutual respect for the truth.” After the incident, the press corps decided that one pool reporter would keep Obama in sight at all times. “It’s a body watch,” one reporter jokes.

    Meanwhile, there have been widespread complaints over the shortage of spots to accompany Obama on his tour of the Middle East and Europe. A few days before the tour departed, Time magazine was told it couldn’t send a photographer along, and, on July 22, NBC foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell complained on-air that the only images the press had received of Obama meeting with the troops was released by the U.S. military. (To be fair, congressional delegations to Iraq are kept secret for security purposes). And there’s been widespread grumbling that the campaign revoked New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza’s spot on the trip as retribution for the magazine’s recent satirical cover. These may or may not be legitimate complaints–the evidence is mixed–but the press is hardly inclined to give the campaign the benefit of the doubt.

    Obama’s press liaison, Robert Gibbs, has built a particularly large reservoir of ill will. David Mendell, who covered Obama’s Senate campaign for the Chicago Tribune and authored the 2007 Obama book From Promise to Power, wrote about Gibbs as “the anti-Obama” and described him as “Obama’s hired gun, skillfully trained to shoot at reporters whose coverage was deemed unfair. Mendell tells me, “if [Gibbs] feels you’re necessary to achieve a campaign goal, he will give you access and allow you in. But, if he feels you’re not going to be of help, he can just ignore you.” Mendell has his own specific gripe: Apparently, the Obama team was less than pleased with his biography, on which they cooperated, and Gibbs has since refused to help with the second edition.

    One reporter sniffs that Gibbs, a native Alabaman and veteran of John Kerry’s 2004 campaign, is the “communications director who doesn’t communicate.” “If you’re getting an interview, and they say ten minutes, it’s ten minutes,” adds Time’s Karen Tumulty, who scored an interview with Obama in June. “Robert Gibbs will cut it off.”

    Much of this is certainly the run-of-the-mill complaining of campaign reporters who can’t get enough access. Still, the campaign hasn’t helped itself, approaching reporters with a sense of entitlement. “They’re an arrogant operation. Young and arrogant,” one reporter covering the campaign says. “They don’t believe in transparency with their own campaign,” another says.

    Reporters who have covered Obama’s biography or his problems with certain voter blocs have been challenged the most aggressively. “They’re terrified of people poking around Obama’s life,” one reporter says. “The whole Obama narrative is built around this narrative that Obama and David Axelrod built, and, like all stories, it’s not entirely true. So they have to be protective of the crown jewels.” Another reporter notes that, during the last year, Obama’s old friends and Harvard classmates were requested not to talk to the press without permission.

    As tensions escalate, the risk to Obama, of course, is that reporters will be emboldened to challenge his campaign ever more aggressively. At the same time, McCain has demonstrated a longstanding ability to deftly manage the press. After all, it wasn’t long ago that McCain, short on cash and trailing in the Republican primaries, re-launched his campaign in New Hampshire by courting the press, “my base,” as he once proudly put it. In June, the McCain camp unveiled its redesigned campaign plane, a Boeing 737 that recreates the Straight Talk Express bus, so reporters can assemble with McCain and shoot the breeze.

    Now, Obama may be handing McCain a shot at winning back his “base.” Of course, making ads that paint the media as Obama’s stooges may not be the best way to accomplish that. But the press wants to put its love somewhere, and, right now, that love is up for grabs.

  170. “The difference is the Clinton people were hostile for no reason,” LOLOLOL. Yeah right, no reason at all. Are these people for real?

  171. No, they’re arrogant too. The difference is that they got played by Obama and feel for his “oh gosh am just a poor black man from a single mother” crap.

    Obama whole narrative is a lie and once the press start doing it’s job and treat the candidate more and less equal, then I might start watching the news.

    But until then no news except what I find on youtube that might interest me and I’ll use my common sense.

  172. Hey everyone!

    Yep i am still around, busy unpacking 🙁

    and of course i am on my hubby’s really slow computer with really slow dial up …….i hate this!

    I left my laptop at my old house for when i return for the last of stuff (saturday) then i will have a fairly quicker time of surfing the net…i hope!

    at any rate… i am reading the forum each day atleast once to keep up on things, but chatting is not in my abilities right now on this old thing LOL!
    but know that i am here! and hope to be back more and more soon 😀

    oh…… i did hear bambi on rush today he was playing BHO’s speech he was giving in germany today……..what a fool!!!! rush was really pissed
    close to swearing he said……bam’s just keeps opening mouth and inserting his feet, fist bumps, and his ears in all at the same time his head is up his A$$!!!

    listened to hannity on the radio today too , same thing there

    I sure miss having tv as i love to watch fox news
    so i can’t wait till dishnetwork gets out here to hook me up (next week)

  173. turndownobama-com Says:

    Cindy Shaheen? Good for her. Last I heard, she needs another 4,000 signatures to get on the ballot in Pelosi’s congessional district. SF area.

    I can’t find her website or much about her in Google.
    *****************************************************
    Here is Cindy Sheehan website

    http://www.cindyforcongress.org/

    From her website they have collected 8764 signitures.

    Bio:

    EXPERIENCE
    Cindy Sheehan was born in Inglewood, California in 1957 to working-class parents who came of age during the depression and World II. Cindy’s parents, Shirley and Dennis Miller met at the Lockheed Martin Corporation where they both worked during the 1950s. Shirley raised three children—Cindy, her younger sister Dede and brother Scott—while Dennis worked as an electrician. Cindy attended public school in Bellflower, California.

    In 1974, Cindy Miller met Patrick Sheehan. The couple married in 1977 in Norwalk, California. In the subsequent years, Cindy and Pat Sheehan had four children Casey, Carly, Andy and Jane, and settled their family in Vacaville, California. When her youngest child was two, Cindy decided to go back to college to earn her bachelor’s degree. She first attended Cerritos College where graduated with honors. Thereafter, Cindy transferred to UCLA where she majored in U.S. history with a concentration in California history.

    After studying at UCLA, Cindy worked as a Youth Minister at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vacaville, California for eight years and coordinated an after-school program for at-risk middle school children for the City of Vacaville.

    Cindy’s world changed forever on April 4, 2004, when her eldest child, Casey Austin, was killed while serving in Iraq. He was 24 years old. Casey, who was a Specialist in the First Cavalry Unit in Sadr City, was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star posthumously for his valor in combat.

    In response to this tragedy, Cindy Sheehan founded the Gold Star Families for Peace in January 2005. This organization, which is comprised of family members who have had relatives die as a result of war, is dedicated to ending the occupation in Iraq and bringing our troops home.

    In August 2005, Cindy traveled to Crawford, Texas, with the goal of speaking personally to President Bush to demand an end to the occupation of Iraq. Other peace activists joined Cindy’s efforts and the demonstrations that came to be known as “Camp Casey” began. Camp Casey was a regular gathering held whenever Bush was in Crawford, Texas, and it drew thousands of activists and celebrities from all over the world to protest the Iraq conflict.

    Between Camp Casey events, Cindy traveled to numerous countries to speak to world leaders about diplomatic resolution to conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan. She has met with foreign leaders and legislators from South Korea, Canada, Venezuela, Cuba, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, Ireland, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and Jordan. Cindy Sheehan has received special recognition for her diplomatic missions from the U.S. Congress and the governments of South Korea, Scotland, and Canada.

    Cindy Sheehan has been a keynote speaker and honored guest at numerous conferences and organizations around the world. She has received dozens of peace awards and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Nobel Literature Laureate Dario Fo has written a play about Cindy, called Peace Mom.

    Known worldwide for her determined efforts to promote peace, Cindy Sheehan has been dubbed “the Rosa Parks of the antiwar movement” and “Peace Mom” by the mainstream press. Specifically, she has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, The Nation, Rolling Stone, The Advocate, and Vanity Fair, along with scores of alternative media publications.

    Cindy is an accomplished author, having written numerous newspaper columns and magazine articles. She has written three books: Not One More Mother’s Child, Dear President Bush, and Peace Mom. In addition, Cindy has authored several articles that have been published in compilations and written forwards to many others.

    Cindy Sheehan resides in the Mission District in San Francisco, California.
    *****************************************************
    Although Cindy now lives in Northern California I think it is very important to help Cindy have the opportunity to take on Nancy Pelosi…Please help Cindy hold Nancy Pelosi Accountable.

    I do admire Cindy and she was the FIRST one to call Nancy’s bullshit out for what it is and continue to be.

  174. Billy Shaheen was the Hillary supporter who dared to bring up Obama’s drug use even though everything he said was true. The media basically called him a racist! Can’t anyone question even facts about this joker, Barry?

  175. about BHO backing out on seeing the troops in germany… on rush today i heard it wasn’t just our troops, it was our “wounded” troups…….to me that makes it 1000 times worse IMHO

  176. McCain tops Obama
    In a new Colorado poll
    Gene Davis, DDN Staff Writer
    Friday, July 25, 2008

    Sen. Barack Obama has lost his 5-percentage-point lead over Sen. John McCain in Colorado, according to a poll released yesterday.

    The poll, which interviewed 1,425 likely Colorado voters, found that McCain now leads Obama 46 percent to 44 percent. More respondents also said that Cindy McCain fits the profile of first lady more than Michelle Obama.

    The poll’s results came on the same day Democratic party officials scoped out Invesco Field, which was the first time they toured the stadium since it was announced as the location for Obama’s nomination acceptance speech. The Obama campaign is likely hoping that the Illinois Senator speech at Invesco Field will tilt the Colorado polls back in his favor.

    “The move to Invesco Field at Mile High affords us the opportunity to bring tens of thousands more people into this process, inviting them to make history with us,” said a statement from Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean. “That stands as a powerful example of the inclusiveness that is so core to our party’s values.”

    According to the poll, younger voters in Colorado are still tilting towards Obama. The move to Invesco, which will allow for many more attendees, is expected to rally the young base, implied Obama campaign co-chair Federico Pena.

    “The 2008 convention in Denver will be a different kind of convention — one that will put people never before involved in the political process front and center,” he said in a statement. “Not only is this a great opportunity to engage the people that already voted for Barack Obama, it’s also an opportunity to involve new people going forward.”

    Details on how to get tickets for Obama’s speech at Invesco will be released next week.

    The AP contributed to this story.
    http://www.thedenverdailynews.com/article.php?aID=1296
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    Howard Dean has been the WORST DNC Chairman EVER!!! All this coronation for King Obama is doing is pissing large segment of the democratic base off…

    The more the dems keep telling voters that we consider you bad racist people and any and all criticisms come out of this preception and we don’t need to earn your vote, you need to give it to us because you are evil.

    What kind of winning stategy is that?

    It’s not a winning stategy, it’s a bullshit losing stategy and the arrogant reinforcing of the ideas that this is an Obama Coronation is repugnant to all SANE American voters (I do not include the cultists).

    The facts are the facts and McCain is leading in Colorado and have erase Obambi 5% lead from last month.

  177. Admin pls embed.

    John McCain short press conference from Saugage Haus:

    youtube.com/watch?v=JcISaG_6F1k

    btw: Let me again address this again…McCain has offer a middle of the road solution of offshore drilling that is left up by the States to agree or disagree in it.

    I do believe this is a national security issue and our Energy solutions needs to be handle wisely.

  178. Clarification:”I do admire Cindy and she was the FIRST one to call Nancy’s bullshit out for what it is and continue to be.”

    I do admire Cindy for taking a STAND and being one of the First to call out Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic party out for their bullshit but Cindy is more to the left then my personal political beliefs but I do admire her hard work and dedication to many issues we do agree on.

    I think it’s very important to keep the Democratic? Taliban Party accountable and Nancy need to be held accountable.

  179. John Edwards: The Story Gets Weirder

    Earlier we reported that the National Enquirer is leading the journo pack on a story about an alleged affair by John Edwards.

    Well, now Franklin Ave. notes that if that affair actually happened, it happened in front of 30 million reporters (give or take a few) who were staying at the hotel for the Television Critics Association Press Tour.

    Franklin Ave. seems to take umbrage with Edwards gall, but we’re more annoyed at our media brethren. A whole hotel of reporters whose job it is to watch TV and the only people to “catch” Edwards is the National Enquirer? Sigh. Well, I hope your interviews with Teri Hatcher were worth it.

    http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlLA/darwin_was_right/john_edwards_the_story_gets_weirder_90103.asp

  180. North Carolina Press Won’t Pass on Edwards Story
    How often do you see the media getting kicked around for being too respectful of personal privacy? That’s what’s happening at the moment, as various commentators wonder aloud why more outlets aren’t following up on the National Enquirer’s report that John Edwards met up with his alleged mistress and baby mama at a Beverly Hills hotel.

    Jack Shafer thinks it’s because Edwards, unlike Larry Craig or Mark Foley, was accused of heterosexual hijinks. Jon Fine guesses it’s because Edwards isn’t much of a public figure since he dropped out of the presidential race. Roxanne Roberts says the Enquirer isn’t “credible” enough to justify a follow-up, at least not without photos.

    But while the national media may be tied up in earnest deliberations, the local press in Edwards’ home state of North Carolina is less conflicted. “I can tell you that we’re looking into it,” says Dan Barkin, senior editor at the Charlotte News & Observer. (Barkin’s running the newsroom this week while executive editor John Drescher is on vacation. “I don’t know how much I can say beyond that. It’s something we’re looking at and trying to determine what’s there.”

    So it’s fair to say the News & Observer doesn’t feel Edwards, as a non-candidate and non-officeholder, should be allowed to conduct his personal life away from the view of reporters? “I think obviously that might be a decision that an editor in Des Moines might make, but not here,” he says. “[Edwards] remains a very newsworthy guy because of who he’s been in this state and where we are. That’s not rocket science to figure that out.”

    http://www.portfolio.com/views/blogs/mixed-media/2008/07/24/north-carolina-press-wont-pass-on-edwards-story
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    I do have to say that the local press have been the saving grace of the abysmal behavior of the National Media.

  181. Jan H: here are a couple more pieces to the previously posted section:

    VI. PARADISE LOST (additional paragraph)

    How could this happen? If you ask Big Media they will try to blame Hillary, since that is what they always do. They will tell you that she ran a poor campaign, hired the wrong advisors, failed to define herself as a candidate of change, had no strategy past Super Tuesday, could not compete with his fundraising, let Bill get out of control, underestimated Obama, etc. Really? Then how is it that she won the popular vote, the large states, the swing states and had the momentum at the end of the race? These are not the reasons that Hillary is not the nominee. They are not why her supporters are livid. The only reason Hillary Clinton is not the nominee is because the Big Business interests described above were able to hijack the Democratic Party nominating process, and bamboozle the American People. The strategy was to implement the Dean Plan, corrupt the caucuses, control the media and violate sacred party principles to ensure the nomination of their chosen candidate Barack Obama. To be clear, Dean, Pelosi and Brazille were not the architects of this strategy but merely its executioners. Those three are what Lenin called “useful idiots”.

  182. Hillary may or may not get her name placed in nomination at the convention, but she most certainly will not fill the stadium giving an acceptence speech at Invesco Field.

    I honestly don’t know what is up her sleeve but she is for the most part staying out of the news except for small bits of her BHO fundraising efforts.

    I truly suspect that she will be like most of us and watch BHO and the democratic party fall flat on its face this election.

    She has her baby “NY” and I think she will be fine working there and whatever other policies or issues she decides to support.

    I guess I’m too much a realist to think Hillary can take this party to victory now since we are all so dang mad at the leadership and the delegates.

    I’m doing nothing except pledging my vote against BHO at this point and I will stand firm on that. My vote is not for sale, and I will not fall in line even if it means my issues have to wait another 4 years to be addressed.

    I really do appreciate all the updates and the posts by admin and I enjoy reading all the comments here too. I call you guys my extended family and this is usually the first place I look each day to find out whats going on.

  183. Much more to come on this one

    VII. HOW TO HIJACK AN ELECTION

    The story of how Big Business hijacked the 2008 Democratic primary begins with an obscure document known as The Dean Plan which was the blueprint for his unsuccessful presidential run in 2004. When Dean dropped out of the race, he transferred the plan and his bloggers to Obama who was campaigning to become Senator. The key elements in the Dean Plan are: i) to bring in political activists in the local community, ii) to bring in party outsiders who are on the web, iii) to set up a universe of small donors and garner press attention, iv) to select a presidential candidate with no national name recognition, a personality for public office and an ability to handle the stress of campaigning, v) to replace large Democratic contributors with small ones, to set up 527 political action committees which can raise unlimited amounts of money, and vi) to change the media landscape and create a movement through the recruitment of young people, an accelerated primary schedule (N.B. to
    produce a single strong party candidate for the Presidency an unprecedented eight (8) months before the election), to disseminate arguments and symbols that convey a sense of political change, to create a mainstream press echo chamber, to get liberal commentators on board and to create a web echo chamber. (See Rezko Watch)

  184. Debbie- I cannot remember who it was that said it. Maybe Sun Tzu. The power to destroy is always greater than the power to create, and to hold on, and to try to convince the world that you are a party of laws when the world knows it is not true. When superdelegates start talking about how they were threatened or bribed that is when it will get real interesting.

  185. wbboei,

    The key elements in the Dean Plan are: i) to bring in political activists in the local community,

    INTO?

    ii) to bring in party outsiders who are on the web, iii) to set up a universe of small donors and garner press attention, iv) to select a presidential candidate with no national name recognition, a personality for public office and an ability to handle the stress of campaigning, v) to replace large Democratic contributors with small ones,

    SHOULD TEH FOLLOWING BE vi) ?

    to set up 527 political action committees which can raise unlimited amounts of money, and vi) to change the media landscape and create a movement through the recruitment of young people, an accelerated primary schedule (N.B. to
    produce a single strong party candidate for the Presidency an unprecedented eight (8) months before the election), to disseminate arguments and symbols that convey a sense of political change, to create a mainstream press echo chamber, to get liberal commentators on board and to create a web echo chamber. (See Rezko Watch)

    INTERESTING. IS the original of this Dean Plan actually written down somewhere?

  186. debbie Says:
    July 25th, 2008 at 4:32 am

    Hillary may or may not get her name placed in nomination at the convention, but she most certainly will not fill the stadium giving an acceptence speech at Invesco Field.

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

    Obama is making sure that only his activist supporters get into the stadium stands! See
    h t t p : / / http://www.denverpost.com/commented/ci_9976737?source=commented-

    I hope HIllary knows this and won’t agree to give her speech at the stadium, where his bots would all be ready to boo her. The convention center itself would be half and half.

  187. III. WHO IS HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON?

    Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of the greatest political leaders this nation has managed to produce in its entire history. etc….

  188. turndownobama: thanks a million for those edits. I am getting careless. Yes, the dean plan is in writing. Apparently it was published by a journalism professor in 2004. I got all this information at the Rezkowatch site where I found this summary by bmerry. If you google Dean Plan Rezkowatch you will get this plus a narrative.

  189. ATTENTION PUMAS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA:

    Here is the link to download the petition to get CINDY SHEEHAN on the November ballot. The number of signatures required from registered voters by AUGUST 8TH is 10,198. They have collected 8,764 so far. Let me remind you that Cindy is running AGAINST NANCY PELOSI. Let’s help Cindy get her name on that ballot.

    h t t p : / / http://www.cindyforcongress.org/

    According to her website, people out of area can donate for the people who stand around collecting signatures. They get paid $1 per signature.

  190. I don’t feel sorry for the Media. When you relenquist your impartiality, and allow your reporters to gush, have tinkly legs, and behave like the person is a sex object (plane incident), you really lose control of the democratic reporting process. Then trying to put some journalistic rules back in place become impossible.

    It is a bit like parents who have children that they just worship from the day they were born, then try to put rules back in. Very tough if not impossible to do.

    The person worshiped thinks they are entitled.

    Watching the news conference with John McCain made me feel very comfortable. He is not scripped, he talks about his many meeting with these heads of states (vs one meeting and a political rally), and that he would be talking with them again when he was President. I don’t think John McCain would ever cancel a visit to wounded Soldiers.

    It is not a world of entitlements, which O feels he has. It is a world of respect and negotiations, hard negotiations. Those items are difficult if not impossible for O, where as McCain has learned those concepts a long time ago.

    I appreicate the opinions of the young. I think they are always challenging us to move forward. But it is experience that makes us think about where we are going, making sure we are not reacting to some new trend, but going foward in a thoughtful manner.

    That is what age and experience gives you.

  191. I just wanted to add, that I think this experience can be developed at a young age, given the right exposures. I see vintage followers of O that don’t even bother to look at his record, gushing, and I see young people who have done their home work.

    So although I said that “that is what age and experience gives you”, that does not always mean you have to be ancient to have it, and that all vintaged people have it. In this campaign, I have seen some very young people who have developed this awareness and experience, and vintaged people who have not.

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