Sexy Sadie Does Berlin

For months we’ve explored “pet rocks”, The Music Man, Elmer Gantry, and the Heaven’s Gate cult, as earlier, pre-Obama, incarnations of pop flim-flam phenomena.

We have discussed a February 2008 article published by Berlin’s Der Spiegel on the Obama cult. German historians know the devastation wrought by cults of personality and the need to remember history:

The rise of democratic frontrunner Barack Obama signifies an alarming victory of style over substance. Not unlike the dot-com hype, his campaign promises more than he can deliver. The one thing his voters can count on is that they will ultimately be disappointed.

Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama reminds many people of former President John F. Kennedy or civil rights leader Martin Luther King. But when I hear him speak, I have to think of the crazy days of the New Economy.

It was a magical time, even for the most levelheaded of business executives. For several years, wild promises seemed to be the most valuable currency in circulation. Profits? No big deal! Experience? Unnecessary! Realism? More of an obstacle than anything else. While some entrepreneurs undoubtedly had realistic business models and administrative talent, most of them were simply peddling ideas.

The Der Spiegel article described well the effects of the snake oil, Hopium, which Obama was peddling.

The future is a hotly traded commodity in the 2008 US presidential campaign. Voters are hungry for change and for radical departure from a present they now perceive as mediocre, especially after seven meager years under the current president, George W. Bush. A man like Barack Obama is adept at taking advantage of this yearning. He utters beautiful sentences that massage the soul, sentences like: “We are the ones we have been waiting for” and “Our destiny will not be written for us, but by us.”

At his campaign appearances, Obama and his adoring supporters toss his campaign slogan, “Yes, we can,” back and forth until the room is in a frenzy. His events are reminiscent of Sunday morning exchanges between a fiery pastor and his enthusiastic congregation, except that Obama’s crowds are even more fervent.

But anyone able to look past the rhetoric of the 46-year-old candidate will recognize a growing sense of doubt — doubt that Obama easily manages to quell in his next speech, or his next one after that. The senator’s successes in the primaries also have a narcotizing effect. Obama defines himself as a new type of politician, as someone who refuses to be judged by the old standards.

The entire Der Spiegel article is a must read as Obama torments the citizens of the great city of Berlin:

Nevertheless, if Obama is elected he will eventually be forced to disappoint his voters. Politics in a democratic society is a balancing of interests, not a revivalist meeting. It takes finesse, experience and power to transform ideas into reality. Hope and optimism can enhance these qualities, but they cannot replace them. Obama’s message is more of a promise to heal the nation than a campaign platform.

The future Obama is promising seems foggy and indistinct. He wants to change the rules of engagement in politics, but he neglects to explain how and in what direction. He wants to write a new page in the history books, but what handwriting does he plan to use to make his entry? He wants to drive out lobbyists, but if he does, who will champion the interests of union members, war veterans and chemical corporations? He wants to negotiate with the world’s dictators, but to what end, exactly?

Will the bubble burst before late August?

If democracy functions only half as well as the market economy, the Obama bubble will burst. The burning question is: When? Will it happen before the Democratic nomination this August — or not until afterwards?

* * *

For some it is too late to wake up from the effects of Obama’s Hopium. James Lee Bishop, convicted murderer, died as penalty for his crimes. His last thoughts were Hopium addled ones about Obama.

“For those who oppose the death penalty and want to see it end, our best bet is to vote for Barack Obama because his supporters have been working behind the scenes to end this practice,” Bishop said. [snip]

Bishop’s final words were: “God bless America. It has been great living here. That’s all.”

Unlike some of Obama’s prominent friends and spouse Bishop blessed America even as American law permitted Bishop’s life to be taken in retribution.

What (34 years old and white) James Lee Bishop failed to understand was that Obama is not a death penalty opponent. For Obama the death penalty debate is merely a political matter of life and death – Obama’s political life and death.

Still, Obama found himself on various sides of the death penalty debate.

Five months into office, he voted to expand the list of capital crimes to include the brutal murder of a senior citizen or a disabled person. Four years later he opposed adding murders that were part of “gang activity” to the list, saying the term was a “mechanism to target particular neighborhoods [and] particular individuals.”

James Lee Bishop was not alone among the duped or confused by Obama as Obama plays all sides on every issue.

* * *

The Big Media Party which has both dispensed and consumed vast quantities of Hopium is growing is also growing truculent as their increasingly arrogant Obama tail wants to wag the Big Media dog.

Some journalists are now regurgitating the toxic Hopium.

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.” [snip]

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.

Last thing Obama wants is the fictions in his book and campaign exposed further.

* * *

As Obama marches through the vast Unter Den Linden in the shadow of the Victory Column monument in Berlin Hopium-free Americans grow resistent to the not-qualified Obama.

No matter how hapless and retrograde the John McCain candidacy is, Americans remain wary of Obama. No matter how much money Obama spends, no matter how much advertising is employed to sell Obama, no matter how little coverage McCain receives, no matter how much things go “well” for Obama and “bad” for McCain the question arises Why is Obama 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.

Far from receiving a “bump” Americans refuse to consume the Obama cotton candy.

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 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. [snip]

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.

It was not so long ago that Obama and Big Media insisted that this election was different. Now, it’s back to the same old “battleground states”.

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. [snip]

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.

Americans deep down have grave misgivings about Obama. Deep down Americans know Obama is “riskier” even as Big Media sells as a glorious new toy the “pet rock” of the year.

A majority of Americans think Barack Obama is a riskier choice for the presidency, but he maintains a six-point lead over Republican John McCain, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

With slightly more than 100 days until the election, the survey provides a glimpse of the challenges facing both presidential candidates.

For McCain, it comes amid a toxic political climate for Republicans. Just three in 10 respondents approve of President Bush’s job. Only one in seven McCain voters say they’re excited to vote for him. And the percentage of Americans who believe the country is on the right track is at its lowest mark ever in the poll.

For Obama, it’s that a majority think he’s a risky choice for the presidency; that less than half say the Illinois Democrat shares their background and values; and that there are concerns he’s too inexperienced.

“When it comes to mood, the Republicans face very long odds,” says Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Neil Newhouse. “And when it comes to perceptions of Barack Obama, I think the Democrats and Barack Obama have a job to do.”

There is little enthusiasm for McCain in what is supposed to be a very big Democratic year. Bush and the Republicans are almost universally loathed. Many Americans know the nation is on the “wrong track”. The bad news for McCain comes in daily. And yet, Obama is only barely ahead.

The news of Obama avoiding bitter and clingy American troops stationed in Germany won’t assist Obama in his efforts to appear qualified to be president.

* * *

For Democrats and Obama the sound track to this election year is Sexy Sadie.

Sexy Sadie was the “pet rock” of music group, The Beatles. The song “Sexy Sadie” was originally titled “Maharishi”. The title change to “Sexy Sadie” was made to avoid potential lawsuits due to the depiction of the guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in a harsh way. Recall:

John Lennon wrote this about the Maharishi while he was leaving India in 1968. After attending his Transcendental Meditation camp with the other Beatles, Lennon thought The Maharishi was a crock.

The song describes Lennon’s total dissatisfaction with the Maharishi. While at his retreat, it has been said that the Maharishi attempted to rape Mia Farrow. Once The Beatles learned of this, they immediately went to the Maharishi, and Lennon announced they were all leaving. The Maharishi asked why? Lennon said, “If you’re so cosmic, you’ll know why.” As originally written, some of its lyrics were considered obscene, and had to be refined. Lennon had used the Maharishi’s name, but had to change it for fear of being sued. But, Sexy Sadie is the Maharishi. Needless to say, that was the end of the Maharishi and The Beatles relationship.

The new Sexy Sadie is Barack Obama marching his way through world capitals after failing to do any work in the U.S. Senate.

[Lyrics HERE]

Sexy Sadie what have you done
You made a fool of everyone
You made a fool of everyone
Sexy Sadie, ooh, what have you done

Sexy Sadie you’ll get yours yet
However big you think you are
However big you think you are
Sexy Sadie, ooh, you’ll get yours yet

Sexy Sadie, it’s another way of saying:

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.


123 thoughts on “Sexy Sadie Does Berlin

  1. I wish to makea couple points clear to Mr. Obama
    1. It is premature to act president now
    2. The germans are not going to vote in the GE

  2. Admin,

    Another great column!


    I read your last summary. Well done!

    Something that has been niggling at me for a while is the following: What happens if/when Obama and the dems lose the general election? What happens to Obama, Dean, Brazille, the media, etc.? Apart from putting the blame on Hillary, where do they go from there?

    Any thoughts?

  3. Politico has this about how close polls are in Obama vs McCain:

    For all that Obama’s had a blowout week, and that the candidates’ political skills, the campaign organizations, and the mood of the country should make for a mismatch, the state polling ( ) and the national polling continue to show a pretty close race ( ).

    And as John Judis notes ( ), Bill Clinton was up by solid double-digit margins at this point in 1996. Dukakis was up 17 in a Gallup poll in late July of 1992.

    So what’s going on?

    Judis’s take is, to me, the most compelling, if only because there isn’t a strong alternative:

    My explanation is the same tired one. Obama remains the “mysterious stranger” rather than the “American Adam” to too many voters who are put off rather than attracted by his race and exotic background. Obama will have considerable chance to turn that impression around, but he hasn’t done so to date–and that’s why he is underperforming in the polls.

    On the other hand, Obama is winning, if by not as broad a spread as some expected. And a narrow win is a win.

    More Judis:

    I think that the Obama campaign needs to ignore the pundits who have already declared him the winner. He is the favorite because of the Democratic tailwind behind him, but he could easily lose even to the latest version of Bob Dole. He probably should be following Clinton’s example and flooding the airwaves. And he should not get too cocky in choosing a vice president. He may have to pick someone who is not to his liking, but who can make sure he carries states like Michigan and Pennsylvania and give him a better than average chance in Ohio and Florida.

  4. JanH Says:
    July 25th, 2008 at 8:19 am
    What happens if/when Obama and the dems lose the general election? What happens to Obama, Dean, Brazille, the media, etc.?



  5. Admin:

    I learn more from you everyday….did not know the history behind this song!

    I still would like to know you “admin” is!!! 🙂

  6. Jan,

    I asked the same questions a couple of weeks back but couldn’t find the answer. I’m especially curious about the Brazille/Dean future in a post-Waffles world.

    Anyone know the ROOOOOLLLLLZZZZZ on that? Especially since DNC chair is, evidently, appointed.

    Brazille says she no longer works for the DNC but how can that be true when she’s on the committee?

  7. Alcina and Basil,

    Maybe I am looking at this the wrong way…lol…

    If/when Obama’s balloon bursts, psychiatrists are going to have a great huge boom in business. The obamabots are going to be in such dire straights without their messiah to lead them into the white light.

    I’m also thinking that Hillary is going to come out of this very well.

  8. It’s starting to sink in to some of the obamabots that their emperor has no clothes on. Obama is WEAK, WEAK, WEAK and his coattails will not help the down ticket as much as you think it will.

    MAJOR TURNOFF King Obama’s Coronation in Denver will backfire big time.

  9. I wonder if they will bus in the crowds for the arena in Denver? Maybe offer more Kool aid? Big entertainment?

  10. Economists: McCain would be better for stock markets than ObamaBaltimore Business Journal
    Arizona Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign is touting a new survey of economists who predict he would have a more positive impact on stock markets than Illinois Democrat Barack Obama.

    The Reuters news service asked 29 economic firms which presidential candidate would be better for stock markets, which have been hit by inflation, high energy prices, the housing collapse and financial sector troubles.

    Twenty-one of those economists said McCain’s economic agenda would have a more positive impact on stocks, six cited Obama’s policies and two gave no response.

    McCain wants to cut U.S. corporate income tax rates from 35 percent to 25 percent, double the $3,500 child tax credit, and ban Internet and new communications taxes. The Arizona Republican also backs domestic offshore drilling and free trade policies.

    McCain was in Baltimore this week for a campaign fundraiser hosted by former Gov. Robert Ehrlich that raised $1 million.

    Obama favors elimination of capital gains taxes for startup companies as well as middle-class tax relief funded in part by new taxes on oil company profits. The Chicago Democrat also wants to revamp free-trade policies and does not favor offshore drilling.
    Chicago has one of the highest sale tax in the country…over 10% and is not very friendly to small businesses and high crime.

  11. McCain Memo Factchecks Obama
    Posted by KYLE TRYGSTAD

    The McCain campaign released the following memo this morning:

    To: Interested Parties From: Randy Scheunemann, Senior Foreign Policy Adviser Date: July 25, 2008 Re: The Barack Obama Foreign Policy Myths
    In the past few days, Barack Obama has been trying to alter the reality of international developments to the benefit of his political campaign. Please find below the key Obama myths from this week.

    MYTH: Barack Obama Claims People Have Adopted His Unconditional Timetable For Withdrawal From Iraq

    FACT: John McCain, our military commanders and the Iraqi government agree that our troops should come home based upon conditions on the ground — not the unconditional timetable Barack Obama supports. Unlike Barack Obama, John McCain believes our troops should come home with honor and victory. Barack Obama’s support for an unconditional timetable has led to an “open disagreement” with our military commanders. Even Iraqi leaders believe our troops should leave depending upon conditions on the ground. The only one advocating an arbitrary, unconditional timetable is Barack Obama. Everyone but Barack Obama agrees that a withdrawal dictated purely by politics invites chaos and the possibility that our troops would have to return.

    MYTH: Barack Obama Claims The United States Has Adopted His Policy Of Unconditional, Presidential-Level Meetings With Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    FACT: Barack Obama’s policy of unconditional, presidential-level summits between himself and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad undermines the current multilateral efforts between the U.S., our European allies and Iran. As they have been for years, the U.S. and our European allies are engaged in diplomatic talks with Iran and John McCain supports these multilateral efforts. Barack Obama’s stated policy of meeting unconditionally with leaders like Ahmadinejad undermines these efforts. As The Washington Post reported, our European allies “are uncomfortable” with Barack Obama’s unconditional pledge believing that grants unilateral concessions to Iran and undermines multilateral diplomacy. If Barack Obama is truly interested in listening to our allies, he will have to address these concerns.

    MYTH: Barack Obama Claims Others Have Adopted His Strategy For Afghanistan

    FACT: John McCain has long supported adding troops in Afghanistan and been in favor of the successful counterinsurgency strategy that Barack Obama continues to oppose. The situation in Afghanistan is about more than just about troops. We need to adopt and adapt the tactics and strategy that were behind the surge’s success in Iraq — opposed by Barack Obama. Without employing the strategy, tactics and unity of command that turned Iraq around, increased troop levels in Afghanistan will not result in the same improvement we saw in Iraq.

  12. Carby,

    I agree with your prediction that the convention speech will backfire big-time.


    I also agree HRC is going to come out of this smelling like a rose.
    It’s too bad the decks have been stacked against her but she has remained an inspiration, a role model, a champion of preserving one’s dignity in the midst of the most egregious, biased opposition. She is a champion, our Shero.

  13. GOP memo: McCain hangs tough in adverse environment
    By Klaus Marre
    Posted: 07/25/08 10:39 AM [ET]

    A Republican memo on Friday says that, despite a political landscape that benefits Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, “very little separates” the Illinois senator and presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.).

    “Despite the most challenging environment for Republicans in years and an overwhelming advantage in attention paid by the media, Barack Obama remains unable to open the lead against John McCain that many pundits predicted,” the Republican National Committee (RNC) said in a memo distributed to its members.

    The RNC document also tries to soften the impact of Obama’s ongoing and highly publicized trip to Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Germany, France and England.

    The memo describes the tour as a last-minute effort by Obama to “compensate for his relative inexperience in foreign affairs.”

    However, the RNC believes that “the bump Obama may receive from increased exposure due to his trip abroad will be temporary as it becomes clear he still has no real solutions to solve America’s pressing energy and economic challenges.”

    The document also criticizes “the national press” for seemingly viewing Obama “more favorably,” and says a lack of coverage has not hurt McCain in favorability polls.

    The memo also points to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll that shows that the Republican senator, by a wide margin, is viewed as a stronger leader, more in tune with the values of voters and as someone who would be a good commander in chief.

    “In critical battleground states, leads that opened for Barack Obama after he became the presumptive nominee are evaporating, including several states that were ‘blue’ in 2004,” according to the document.

    Lastly, the memo states that “Obama’s pandering and reversals on issues will continue to remind voters why they trust John McCain more to be our next leader. Voters will not take a risk on an unproven and untested candidate like Obama.”

    The Obama campaign did not immediately comment.
    Tick-tock, Tick-tock….before the Democratic? Taliban Party jumps over the clift. You backed the wrong horse…this horse is not going to win the big prize…Kentucky Derby, anyone?

    SD’s do the right thing and vote for the best candidate that will beat John McCain, not a gimmick.

  14. Obama Disses Wounded Troops
    July 25, 2008 10:51 AM EDT

    So Senator Obama and his campaign decided that it would be inappropriate to visit wounded soldiers in Germany while touring Europe as a candidate for the presidency. Senator McCain hit this one right on the head: it is never inappropriate to visit our wounded men and women in uniform. In fact, I don’t anything could have been MORE appropriate.

    The Obama camp’s explanation was that since the Europe trip was funded by his presidential campaign, it wasn’t right to schedule a visit with our injured soldiers (and I use that term to mean soldiers, sailors, marines, and members of the Coast Guard) and that the decision was made out of “respect” for the members of our armed forces.

    Newsflash: the best way to show “respect” to our wounded is to visit them, spend time with them, love them, and care for them. Each and every one of them is a hero who volunteered to serve his or her country in uniform, and then shed their blood so that the rest of America’s citizens could go about their daily lives in ignorant bliss.

    I find it hard to accept the campaign’s reasoning for the cancellation of the visit. I just don’t buy it. What’s really going on here? Is it that Senator Obama was worried that he might not be greeted as warmly by the men and women doing the fighting as he was by the Europeans eager for the United States to end the war in Iraq? Was Senator Obama showing us all what his priorities are by making a huge production of his “We are all citizens of the world and I’m going to fix America for you” speech rather than thanking those who left pieces of themselves on Iraq’s battlefields? What’s the real reason behind this?

    I’m not buying the campaign line, and neither should anyone else. As a sitting United States Senator and serious contender for the presidency of the United States, I believe that Senator Obama had an OBLIGATION to visit our wounded men and women in uniform.

  15. Absolutely he should have visited the wounded troops and the EXCELENT MEDICAL staff at the hospital.
    He could just walk in as a visiting senator; could not have cost too much out of his own money to do so!

  16. carbynew,

    I’m almost afraid to ask, but how are the media treating his decision not to visit the wounded troops? Are they giving him a free pass?

  17. If you look at this “not visiting the wounded troops in Germany” in its totality it is such a disaster:

    – You have 300 foreign policy advisors on your team.
    – you have collected nearly $350M on the campaign and you are personally rich; but did not spend a penny on this short trip to a hospital.
    – you have backing of the DNNC leadership/stooges.
    – you had the time

    All you did not have is a team of campaign staff media press…that is all.


  18. Insightful and integrative as always, Admin! (I can’t wait for your book.) This must-read was forwarded by a fellow Hillary stalwart in our lonely Land of Lincoln. If ONLY the press would get a clue about the totalitarian leftist regime envisioned by The One. Same song, different verse.
    The New Republic
    End of the Affair
    by Gabriel Sherman
    Barack Obama and the press break up.
    Post Date Thursday, July 24, 2008

    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.”

  19. I read on this blog or NOQuarter, yesterday, that the reason BO did not visit the troops, was because a campaign staffer could not go. The military has regulations against campaigns visiting the troops. Even if a campaign staffer could not attend, one would think, that arrangements might have been made, for a military escort. This smells bad. He chose to give a speech, but could not make satisfactory plans to visit wounded troops. This stinks.

  20. I read the same thing about the prohibition against campaign staff – same applied to the Iraqi military installations, right? In any case, Obama’s decision not to visit the wounded is yet another example of his NARCISSISM and TERRIBLE JUDGEMENT. As if we needed more examples.

  21. I apologize if this was posted recently.

    Definition of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which
    people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep
    need for admiration. They believe that they’re superior to others.


    1) has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates
    achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior
    without commensurate achievements)

    2) is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power,
    brilliance, beauty, or ideal love. Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)

    3) requires excessive admiration

    4) has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of
    especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or
    her expectations

    5) is interpersonally exploitative, takes advantage of others to
    achieve his or her own ends

    6) is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of
    him or her shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

    7) Excessive need to feel special, adored, loved, appreciated, or

    8) Inflated self-esteem, or grandiosity (bragging, “fishing” for

    9) An attitude that demonstrates “the world revolves around me”
    and “you need to cater to my ideas, opinions, thoughts, and feelings

    10) An unwillingness to reflect on his/her own behaviors

    To the extent that people are pathologically narcissistic, they can
    be controlling, blaming, self-absorbed, intolerant of others’ views,
    unaware of others’ needs and of the effects of their behavior on
    others, and insistent that others see them as they wish to be seen.

  22. I have no sympathy for the press. They cast their lot with Waffles, and deserve what they get. They stopped doing their job months and months ago.

  23. Here is the link:

    Barack cancelled his visit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center because, his spokesman said, he decided it would be “inappropriate” to do so during a campaign trip. Wait. I thought this was a mission with fellow senators, touring the embattled countries of Iraq and Afghanistan where these soldiers were wounded. Then there’s that today he told Berliners that he wasn’t in Berlin as a candidate but as a “citizen.” I’m confused. Well, thankfully, there are good people who visit these soldiers stuck in Germany far from family and friends:

    Bless Eddie. Bless Ryan. Then there’s Barack. Here’s what Jake Tapper reports:

    … The German magazine Der Spiegel is reporting online that Obama has “cancelled a planned short visit to the Rammstein and Landstuhl U.S. 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 U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl told Der Spiegel. “I don’t know why.”

    Obama senior adviser Robert Gibbs told ABC News in a statement, “During his trip as part of the CODEL to Afghanistan and Iraq, Sen. Obama visited the combat support hospital in the Green Zone in Baghdad and had a number of other visits with the troops. For the second part of his trip, the senator wanted to visit the men and women at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to express his gratitude for their service and sacrifice. The senator decided out of respect for these servicemen and women that it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign.”

    John McCain’s campaign didn’t buy that baloney:

    “Barack Obama is wrong,” said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers. “It is never ‘inappropriate’ to visit our men and women in the military.”

    An Obama adviser, Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration (Ret.), later elaborated on Obama’s decision to skip the event.

    “We learned from the Pentagon last night that the visit would be viewed instead as a campaign event,” Gration said. “Sen. Obama did not want to have a trip to see our wounded warriors perveived as a campaign event when his visit was to show his appreciation for our troops and decided instead not to go.”

    Good god almighty.

    Well, he had his priorities.

    Doing a rock star turn in Berlin definitely trumps visiting wounded soldiers. Definitely.

    Although he could claim that visiting the wounded troops was relevant to the work of his committee — a committee of which he is actually a member, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

    But that involves doing the WORK of the committee instead of just TALKING about the committee.

  24. Does anybody still believes in the “clown prince’s” JUDGMENT….his only personally self-defined strentgh?

  25. JanH Says:

    July 25th, 2008 at 11:31 am

    I’m almost afraid to ask, but how are the media treating his decision not to visit the wounded troops? Are they giving him a free pass?
    This is the kind of story that doesn’t need MSM media pushing it. The military has their own media serivice and it is just as tech savy as the NYT.

    Obama actions once again show his true Anti-American feelings. He does not have any pride in this country and in the men and women who work very hard to provide him and his family security.

    Obama is TOAST and so are the Democrats if they choose to jump off this clift with Obama.

    Obama is all about personal power, greed and Anti-American.

  26. BO is all about photo-ops, and when he learned that the press and campaign staffers could not accompany him, during a visit to the wounded soldiers, the visit was cancelled. I cannot believe, that the DNC wants to nominate this arrogant, narcissitic, and meglomaniac person, as POTUS. I am thoroughly disgusted and angry about this.


  27. carbynew,

    I guess it’s very true that Hillary and the rest of us don’t have to do anything. Obama can self-implode all on his very own!

  28. Admin: I yield to a greater power-you. Another terrific post.

    This morning I had an epiphany of sorts. Normally, when Bambi comes on tv I activate the mute button and find what that old country western song called peace of mind. When I see his ugly mug in newspaper I avert my gaze. But this morning my eyes fell on the front page of the NYT and I beheld the site of a Nurenberg style rally in the country that gave us Nurneberg rallies, but never until now right after a rock concert or should I say a third rock concert in a row devoid as usual of anything specific.

    Well it finally happened. He moved me so much that I just had to write this closing to the chapter PARADISE LOST, whereas before I was stuggling with writers block and he dts.

    And now they expect us to fall in line like good Democrats, to worship their golden calf, and accept the inevitability of our own subjugation. But through twenty centuries of stony sleep comes the warning not to succumb:

    “Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the people have abdicated their duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out high civic office, military command, Roman legions-everything, now restrains itself and hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.” (Satire X by the Roman Poet Juvenal, 1st Century A.D.)

  29. Now Obama is blaming the military for not visiting the wounded soldiers in Germany.

    What a PIG!!!

    And PIGPOST is helping Obambi once again with the propaganda with headlines like these.:

    Obama Camp: Pentagon Nixed Troop Visit

    When Obama cancelled his military base visit, he was responding to a Pentagon ruling:

    “We learned from the Pentagon last night that the visit would be viewed instead as a campaign event,” the adviser, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, said in a statement.

    “Senator Obama did not want to have a trip to see our wounded warriors perceived as a campaign event when his visit was to show his appreciation for our troops and decided instead not to go.”

    Reuters has more from the Pentagon:

    The Pentagon in a statement cited longstanding Defense Department policy that prohibits military personnel or facilities from association with partisan political campaigns and elections.

    “We told him he could visit Landstuhl (Regional Medical Center in western Germany) with his Senate staff, but not with his campaign staff,” said Army Lt. Col. Elizabeth Hibner.


    ABC News reports that Barack Obama was planning to visit two U.S. military bases in Germany, but decided it wasn’t the right time:

    The German magazine Der Spiegel is reporting on line that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. has “cancelled a planned short visit to the Rammstein and Landstuhl U.S. 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 U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl told Der Spiegel. “I don’t know why.”

    Obama senior adviser Robert Gibbs told us in a statement, “During his trip as part of the CODEL to Afghanistan and Iraq, Senator Obama visited the combat support hospital in the Green Zone in Baghdad and had a number of other visits with the troops. For the second part of his trip, the senator wanted to visit the men and women at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to express his gratitude for their service and sacrifice. The senator decided out of respect for these servicemen and women that it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign.”

    John McCain’s campaign has been quick to call most of Obama’s activity abroad inappropriate. Now that Obama has chosen not to do something, you might think they would be pleased. But you would be mistaken:

    “Barack Obama is wrong. It is never ‘inappropriate’ to visit our men and women in the military,” McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said in response to the news.
    I hope Arrianna Huffington keep on helping King Obama and throw in John Kerry, Donna Brazile, Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean too.

    Pathetic and Disgraceful….Obama is a PIG!!!! No let me clarify that.

    Obama is a WEAK Pig!!!

  30. DoD spokesman says Obama camp was reminded of political rules

    Chief Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell confirmed to Politico that Department of Defense officials cautioned Barack Obama’s campaign that his planned visit to wounded American troops in Germany could not be political in nature and that he would be barred from bringing along campaign staff and reporters. He also said that Cindy McCain recently requested to visit sailors aboard the U.S.N.S. Comfort and was denied.

    “Sen. Obama is welcome to visit Landstuhl or any military hospital in his official capacity as a United States senator,” Morrell said in a brief interview. “But there is a DoD policy which governs campaigning and electioneering at military facilities that would have to be respected if he were to visit. That distinction was relayed and made clear to campaign, and they made a decision on their own based on that guidance.”

    Morrell, in a subsequent interview, added that military officials told Obama he could only visit the military facility with his Secret Service detail and Senate staff.

    “We made it clear to him that campaign staff and press would not be permitted to accompany him,” Morrell said of Obama. “We relayed those ground rules. They made a choice based upon the information we relayed to them. It was their choice. We had nothing to do with it.”

  31. Last time we elected a new President, America got duped by a newcomer with no track record of success, disguised by feel-good speeches, smiles, and handshakes. Not again!

  32. Obama’s $845 billion U.N. plan forwarded to U.S. Senate floor
    ‘Global Poverty Act’ to cost each citizen $2,500 or more

  33. He could have gone with just a few staffers, but he wanted the media posse with him. What is the difference between visiting the troops in the other two countries, but not Germany? Just when, I think, he and his campaign could not sink any lower, they pull this. They had to know the regulations before the trip. Very disgraceful. He could give a speech, but not visit the wounded soldiers, and he was in the same country. I hope, this becomes fodder for the McCain campaign.

  34. VI: THE DEVILS PACT (continued)

    Suppose instead that you are an investment banker with Goldman Sachs. You have supported Obama for years and are now his largest single contributor. You have persuaded your competitors at J.P. Morgan, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley and UBS Securities to underwrite his candidacy as well. You all like him because he is by his own admission a “free market guy” and to you that means le bon temps roule. He didn’t seem to mind much when you created a company called ICE to horde oil futures on the London Exchange (similar to what Enron did), which caused the recent spike in oil prices that hurt the Middle Class because they are not on his radar scope. But Hillary called the game on you and you did not like it. The battle she has waged in this campaign is not for the divine right of globalists like you but the survival of the the Middle Class and the working poor. Not your kind of people. It is similar to the one Roosevelt waged against investment banker J.P. Morgan during the Depression. It is different in the sense that today your guys own the media.

    Finally, suppose you are George Soros—would be master of the universe and 43d richest man in the world. You are a speculator, philanthropist, political activist and unrepentant Nazi collaborator (see 60 Minutes interview, February 20, 1998). You are a peerless manipulator of markets. You predict market collapses in oil, the mortgage industry and the dollar so your hedge fund can buy low and sell high. You favor the North American Union, the collapse of borders and illegal immigration. You despise nationalism and believe in a One World Order. You are also a political activist. You fund leftist organizations like, etc. supported the 2004 presidential run of Howard Dean, launched the political career of Barack Obama. You introduce him to the largest contributors in politics. In fact, you are his Godfather. Perhaps that is why Obama does things that most presidential candidates would never consider like create his own presidential seal, paint his campaign symbol over the United States insignia on an airplane tail, refuse to wear an American flag pin, or to pledge allegiance. And, if you examine his campaign symbol you find that it is a blue planet which is suggestive of the New World Order favored by him mentor George Soros.

    You “Gorgeous George” are the one who has changed the nature of politics as we know it. When McCain and Feingold proposed campaign finance reform legislation in 2001 to eliminate the influence of big money in the election process you helped create the 527 loophole through which globalists like you to exert even greater influence and control. You now use 527 organizations as demonize the opposing candidate on particular issues. You fund activist groups like Americans Coming Together (ACT) which was given the third largest fine in history by the Federal Election Commission for spending $70 million dollars to fund Democratic candidates in violation of the law when it claimed to be engaged in lawful voter registration. You fund activist organizations like the Association of Community Organizations for Community Reform Now (ACORN) entered into a settlement with the State of Washington over what Secretary of State Sam Reed called “the largest case of voter registration fraud in the state’s history’. ACORN employees were supposed to help eligible voters fill out their registration cards, but instead were submitting false names like that of former boxing champion Leon Spinks. (Washington DC Examiner Newspaper 9/7/07.) These tactics are endemic in the Obama Campaign as PUMA will prove in the near future.

    This in turn raises one obvious question: to whom does Barack Obama owe his ultimate loyalty? Whether the issue is tenants freezing in a Chicago slum in his district, the reversal of his promise to review the impact of NAFTA on the American people (which his surrogate privately retracted before the Canadian government), his reversal on Campaign Finance Reform (which would have reduced the leverage of Global Capitalists over elections), his reversal on FISA (which would have protected the civil liberties against corporate governmental eavesdropping) or his recent legislative effort to send nearly a trillion dollars to Africa (when we need that money here at home) the answer is always the same: when there is a dispute between the rights of global capitalists and those of Americans he consistently comes down on the side of Global Capitalists. They set his agenda.

    There is nothing new under the sun. My own godfather was a backroom leader of the Democratic Party in the State of Washington in the decades following World War II. He was a close personal friend and campaign manager for the late Senator Warren Magnuson. One thing he used to say in good humor was “an honest politician is one who stays bought”. In Obama the globalists clearly have their man. Sixty percent of his campaign funds comes from big donors rather than the small ones he always touts. But where does that leave the American People in the Age of Globalization? If Hillary is denied the nomination there is no good answer to that question.

  35. Security Guard Confirms Late-Night Encounter Between Former Sen. John Edwards, Tabloid Reporters In Beverly Hills Hotel
    Friday , July 25, 2008

    A hotel security guard told he intervened this week between a man he identified as former Sen. John Edwards and tabloid reporters who chased down the former presidential hopeful after what they’re calling a rendezvous with his mistress and love child.

    The Beverly Hilton Hotel guard said he encountered a shaken and ashen-faced Edwards — whom he did not immediately recognize — in a hotel men’s room early Tuesday morning in a literal tug-of-war with reporters on the other side of the door.

    “What are they saying about me?” the guard said Edwards asked.

    “His face just went totally white,” the guard said, when Edwards was told the reporters were shouting out questions about Edwards and Rielle Hunter, a woman the National Enquirer says is the mother of his child.

    The guard said he escorted Edwards, who was not a registered guest at the hotel, out of the building after 2 a.m. Edwards did not say anything while he was escorted out, said the guard, adding that at times the reporters on the scene were “rough on him,” sticking a camera in his face and shouting questions.

    The guard did not recognize Edwards at the time of the incident, but said he concluded it was the 2008 presidential hopeful after hearing reports about the incident and finding an Enquirer reporter’s notebook at the scene.

    The guard said during the chase the reporters had dropped the notebook, which he picked up. “This book has everything in it on him,” he said, referring to Edwards. The guard later confirmed Edwards’ identity after being shown a photograph.

    A former campaign staffer, speaking on condition of anonymity, told he wishes he were “more surprised” to hear reports Edwards was visiting Hunter. “I’m definitely upset by it. I wish I was more surprised, though.”

    Edwards this week has repeatedly refused to comment on the Enquirer report. Asked about it on Thursday at an event in New Orleans, he said: “I have no idea what you’re asking about. I’ve responded, consistently, to these tabloid allegations by saying I don’t respond to these lies and you know that … and I stand by that.”

    Enquirer Editor-in-Chief David Perel told his reporters caught Edwards visiting Hunter and her baby at the hotel earlier Monday evening. Perel said Hunter and Edwards have been occasionally getting together so Edwards can see the baby. Hunter came to Beverly Hills with a male friend, Bob McGovern, said Perel. Hunter and her companion reportedly booked two rooms under McGovern’s name, and McGovern picked up Edwards to bring him back to the hotel.

    Perel said Enquirer staff had been given information about the planned Edwards-Hunter meeting, and the tabloid sent reporters to the hotel in anticipation of Edwards’ arrival. According to the Enquirer, Edwards was first spotted being dropped off at the hotel at 9:45 p.m. PT, about 25 minutes after reporters watched McGovern leave the building in his BMW.

    Edwards went to Hunter’s room and the two left the hotel together and returned 45 minutes later, Perel said. Edwards reportedly entered her room and stayed there until after 2:30 a.m. PT. could not independently confirm the Enquirer’s allegations. Perel also declined to identify where the Enquirer received the information about Edwards’ alleged visits.

    Perel told that after leaving Hunter’s room, Edwards took an elevator to the basement, where he was confronted by two Enquirer reporters. He ran into the bathroom, where he remained until the security guard arrived.

    The Enquirer says it has videotape showing Hunter entering the room where she met Edwards, and shows Edwards leaving the same room. However, the Enquirer has thus far declined repeated requests by to release any photographs or videotape evidence of the incident.

    Lynda Simonetti, Director of Public Relations at the Beverly Hilton, said she has “no information that he was there or that this incident occurred.”

    As recently as last month, individuals vetting vice presidential candidates for Barack Obama had listed Edwards as a potential running mate. Edwards was viewed as a candidate who could help Obama appeal to white, working-class voters who had favored Hillary Clinton in the primaries.

    Edwards, who was John Kerry’s running mate in 2004, endorsed Obama in May, saying the presumptive presidential nominee held the same views he did about uniting a divided America.

    Before and during the Democratic primaries, Edwards urged all candidates to boycott planned debates on FOX News, even though he had made prior appearances on the channel. One of those debates was to be sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus.

    Last October, the Enquirer reported that several sources said a former campaign worker on Edwards’ campaign had been having an affair with the former North Carolina senator. In an e-mail allegedly written by Hunter to a friend, she wrote that she is “in love with John,” but it’s “difficult because he is married and has kids.”

    Edwards’ wife Elizabeth, whom many have credited as being one of the driving forces behind Edwards’ campaign, announced in March that her breast cancer had re-emerged after going into remission following a 2004 diagnosis.

    Hunter has said that the father of her child is former Edwards campaign official Andrew Young. The 41-year-old married father of three has also said he is the father.,2933,391426,00.html
    DRIP, DRIP, DRIP……………………………..under the bus?

  36. So, it was OK to play basketball in Afganistan with the troops, but he could not go to see the wounded at Landstuhl.

    So what was the difference. Was the first event a mistake, and they cancelled the second?

    How about the lousy staff work here. These are people that would work in the White House. It is not like they had 24 hours to prepare for this.


  37. omg wbboei!

    You better be putting all of this into a book to be published!

    The problem with Obama is that he owes loyalty to so many questionable factions that a presidency led by him can’t help but be corrupt before it even begins.

  38. Wonder why the Enquirer isn’t releasing the video/photos.

    Also, I get Buzzflash e-mails (I hardly ever read them since they became Waffles surrogates) but today they link to a story saying Terry McAuliffe told Va. dems that Gov. Tim Kaine would be Waffles’ best VP choice. They interpreted that to be a direct indication Hillary wasn’t going to be VP. I don’t care if she’s not VP, because I don’t think she wants the job anyway, but I wanted to pass this on.

  39. Jan, wbboie: you’re right. Obama owes so many people so much – he’ll spend four years paying them all back. It’s scary how many people here in Chicago think they “made” him.

    One of the many good things about Hillary was that she didn’t owe people much: she worked hard for so many people and if anything, they owed her.

  40. BTW, I wonder if EE knows about the mistress and love child. She ought to kick his ass out of the house if it’s true.

  41. The Confluence has an interesting post up, about the Edwards “affair.” They are looking at the story, from the viewpoint, of who might have leaked the story to the NE? Guess who, they think may have done it?

  42. BTW, it appears Waffles is getting a small bounce in the tracking polls from his overseas trip. We’ll see if he sustains it. This was probably inevitable considering the unbelievable press coverage he’s gotten. McCain can’t compete with that in the short term.

  43. That is an interesting post from riverdaughter. If Waffles’ people were the tipsters, the point may have been to find an excuse not to make him AG.

  44. That $845 billion global poverty Act better NOT pass!

    With foreclosure rates, health care costs, gas prices, a crumbling infrastructure, incompetent public school systems, this country can’t afford to fund the rest of the world.

    Charity begins at home but Waffles has made it clear America isn’t his. He’s a citizen of the WORLD! 👿

  45. basil9,

    There have been a number of devious and totally amoral men throughout history who have wanted to be citizens/rulers of the world.

    UPDATE: John Edwards’ secret meeting with his mistress at the Beverly Hilton hotel has now become part of a criminal complaint.

    NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporters Alan Butterfield and Alexander Hitchen filed a criminal complaint with the Beverly Hills Police Department on Thursday, July 24, charging that hotel security acted unlawfully while the reporters were trying to question the former senator.

    Edwards now could be contacted by police to give an eyewitness account of what occurred.

    Hotel security tried to stop the reporters from questioning Edwards in the basement of the hotel at approximately 2:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 22 after Edwards came off an elevator and appeared to be attempting to leave the hotel unseen.

    His secret mistress Rielle Hunter and her baby were upstairs, and Edwards had just spent hours with them in a secret rendezvous.

    As Butterfield and Hitchen tried to question Edwards, he ran down a hallway and ducked into a men’s public bathroom. The reporters attempted to follow him in and Edwards pushed the door shut from inside.

    Hotel security showed up and intervened. The reporters charge that not only did one security guard threaten to break their camera but that security also violated several statutes of the California Penal Code, including false imprisonment and preventing a guest from entering land.

    The ENQUIRER reporters were registered guests at the hotel, while Edwards was not.

    Police recorded the criminal complaint and will turn it over to detectives.
    I don’t feel sorry for John Edwards, I think the people of this country has suffered enough on these backstabbers. Yeah, people always like to compare themselve to Bill Clinton but for me, Bill worked hard for the American People and produced results.

    What has John Edwards every did that benefited and produced results for the people of this nation? And this guy couldn’t wear a condom? Or the elaborated cover-up made it a 100 times worse because it compound his judgement and character or lack of.

    But I do agree with Riverdaughter…the tip-off seem very familiar, like a Obama m.o.

  47. Wow,
    A ton of material to comment on.

    -Bambi snubbs the troops in favor of a drink and a mirror.
    -Senator Clinton working hard for America.
    (We need you Dame Hillary, Your Country Needs You
    for President of the United States).
    -The media is recognized as the dung clean up patrol, koolaid drinking lackeys they are, and they are starting to notice the odor.
    -the DNC is being outed as the Soros sellouts that they are.
    -Edward has a ‘love child’ and MSM refuses to cover it.

    Power to the People

  48. Paula Says:

    July 25th, 2008 at 2:35 pm
    BTW, it appears Waffles is getting a small bounce in the tracking polls from his overseas trip. We’ll see if he sustains it. This was probably inevitable considering the unbelievable press coverage he’s gotten. McCain can’t compete with that in the short term.
    I don’t trust these polls and everytime you look into the details..something is always off.

    That 845 billion global poverty act is going to sank the Democrats in states like CA where folks are losing their homes and Banks are in danger.

  49. I tried to post this at the times online uk satire, but it didn’t go through.

    Well, he’s certainly brought not peace but a sword, brother against brother (well, bros against hos) everywhere else he’s gone. Starting in Chicago by knocking his ‘beloved elderstateswoman mentor, Alice Palmer, off the ballot), now splittng the Democrats, then causing a quarrel between the German leaders….

    Hopefully PUMA and Justsay nodeal and similar groups in the US can stop him in November. If “The Denver Group” doesn’t stop him at the Dem convention August 25.

  50. Speaking of the Edwards affair. I have been seen twice National Enquirer articles of Obama and Michelle having screaming matches about his alleged affairs on the campaign trial. But of course that isn’t mentioned on the news. Haven’t read the story, just saw the cover. Maybe I should google to see what’s up.

  51. 1950democrat,

    That article made me sick to my stomach. A whole arena of stepford wives is just too bizarre!

  52. JanH Says:
    July 25th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    omg wbboei!

    You better be putting all of this into a book to be published!

    The problem with Obama is that he owes loyalty to so many questionable factions that a presidency led by him can’t help but be corrupt before it even begins.


    Right, though I’m not sure corruption is the point. Bush Jr was a wooden puppet but most of his puppet masters were pulling the same direction, and he at least knew the territory from his father Bush Sr, and his backers were an experience (tho corrupt) clique.

    Obama is a wooden puppet with a dozen puppet masters, all pulling strings in different directions. Plus he has no background for reality check and he seems to think he’s a messiah. So in a crisis, no telling which way he would jump.

    HIllary or McCain in 2008!

  53. JanH Says:
    July 25th, 2008 at 4:04 pm


    That article made me sick to my stomach. A whole arena of stepford wives is just too bizarre!


    I assume Hillary’s staff is watching this kind of stuff and she will know better than to agree to speak in the stadium???

    Or can someone here pass it up the line?

    For access to the stadium in Denver, they’re interviewing bots to see if they have their own transportation and are dedicated enough to Obama.
    h t t p : / /

  54. I agree, polls are funny, and I don’t think it is beyond Os behavior to fix those. I think the Democratic pollsters were trying to give him this big lead, but the honest pollsters kept refuting that, so they have to drop back.

    And they say the Dems poll higher in the Summer, and Bill Clinton was ahead by double digits.

    It is hard to undertand how they don’t realize at this point they are in trouble. They are trying to lie their way out of this, and turn it around.

  55. I heard the bots must agree to a complete obamalobotomy before
    they can gain access to dear leader.
    Also their first born, when applicable.

    (j/k) if you can’t laugh about it once in awhile, it’ll drive ya nuts.

  56. independent2008 Says:

    July 25th, 2008 at 3:46 pm
    Speaking of the Edwards affair. I have been seen twice National Enquirer articles of Obama and Michelle having screaming matches about his alleged affairs on the campaign trial. But of course that isn’t mentioned on the news. Haven’t read the story, just saw the cover. Maybe I should google to see what’s up.

    I have heard the same about her screaming about his alleged affairs

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  58. Arrogance Will Not Help Get Obama Elected
    Friday , July 25, 2008

    By Susan Estrich

    Now that Barack Obama has completed his beyond much-publicized overseas trip, it’s hard to argue that the trip wasn’t everything his strategists hoped for.

    Could the speech have been better? I’m not sure how. Could the crowds have been bigger? They were plenty big. Could the coverage have been more exhaustive? The Beatles come to America! Barack Obama goes abroad!

    True, each of the three network anchors, especially Katie Couric, who got savaged on the blogs the most harshly for it, managed to actually sound like reporters asking real questions, but who was listening? (Literally, in one of the few press availabilities, even if you were listening, you could only hear Obama, since he was the only one with a microphone). People watched, and the pictures couldn’t have been better.

    But, will it make any difference in terms of who is going to win this election? I’m not sure.

    The point of the trip, of course, was to give Obama gravitas on foreign policy issues, to help voters forget that he is only six years removed from the Illinois State Senate and only eight years from having his credit card declined when he tried to rent a car at the 2000 Los Angeles convention (a story he used to tell on himself). So there he was, looking, acting, being treated, like he is already president, walking in the footsteps of John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan in Berlin, even borrowing their words. Every Obama supporter I know was in heaven.

    Problem is, there aren’t enough Obama supporters yet to carry the election. It’s the folks in the middle, the folks who haven’t deecided, the folks who need convincing or are inclined not to like him, or are still smarting from the defeat of Hillary Clinton, who will decide this election. Did the foreign trip move them?

    In the prayer he left at the Western Wall, Senator Obama asked the Lord to protect him from pride and despair. Maybe he should have added something about protecting his campaign from the related danger of arrogance. It might be the biggest threat to Obama’s success.

    “They think they can’t lose,” one of the smartest people I know said to me this week, describing the attitude he sees on display in the Obama campaign. He isn’t the first one to say it.

    There was a crop of stories, as the trip was ending, suggesting that the Obama campaign, which used to pride itself on its openess and transparency as compared to the Clinton machine, has now abandoned openess and transparency in favor of tight controls, attacks on reporters who write less-than flattering pieces, and a particularly unattractive form of hardball that people who think they are on the way to the White House, or already there, often adopt. It will not serve him well.

    There is no reason for arrogance. Yes, the economy stinks. Yes, people are sick of the war in Iraq. Yes, they think the country is headed in the wrong direction, that the Bush years have cost us dearly, that we need change. The generic Democrat beats the generic Republican. John McCain is old and has, since winning the nomination, run a pretty uninspired campaign. He’s on a tightrope between now and the convention, rightly concerned that he not offend the right in a way that leads to a repeat of the disastrous 1992 Republican Convention, where conservatives were determined to dominate even at the expense of their candidate, and did, to his great detriment.

    But even with all this, even with the press cooing, the Republican stumbling, his message muddled and his base shaky, the polls are showing the race neck-and-neck, Obama within the margin of error, behind in the key state of Ohio. And this without even factoring in, or trying to, just how many people are giving the politically correct answer to pollsters, saying they’re for Obama when they aren’t. This is, my solid blue friends, no time for arrogance.

    Once he gets past the convention, McCain will run a better campaign. He will run as an insurgent, an independent, a man who defies labels, the guy who championed immigration reform and stood up to his colleagues on the left and right (remember the Gang of Fourteen that broke the logjam on judges), the guy who is tough enough and experienced enough to be president. If he’s within a few points now, he will be stronger then. The Republicans will unite because they might not love McCain, but they love the White House and control even more.

    I’m not saying McCain will win. Maybe the pollsters are all wrong in their predictions of what the electorate will look like this time. Maybe so many more blacks and 18-29 year olds will be moved to vote that it won’t matter that seniors, who always vote, don’t think McCain is too old. Maybe McCain the independent will lead at least some of the conservative Christians who helped put Bush in office, twice, to stay home, or not make their phone calls. I just wouldn’t count on it. Obama could win, but he also could lose. If his campaign doesn’t understand that now, they will pay for it in November.,2933,391473,00.html
    Obama is a gimmick and since the Democrats? are running a gimmick instead of person with experience and ego in check, we will see more and more Obama flip-flops and pandering that won’t move many people towards Obama.

    You Can’t Trust Obama.


    Sung to the Battle Hymn of the Republic

    Russ Vaughn

    Mine eyes have seen the stories from Obama’s media horde;

    They are trampling out what sanity their liberal brains once stored.

    How he’s using them is frightening, he’s become their liberal lord,

    But the dupes keep marching on.

    You’ll be sorry how he’s used ya; you’ll be sorry how he’s used ya,

    You’ll be so sorry when he screws ya, but you dupes keep marching on.

    Mine eyes have seen the talking heads kneeling to lick his shoes;

    They regurgitate his talking points and tell us that it’s news.

    We’ll all be struck by lightening ‘fore we hear opposing views,

    But those dupes keep marching on.

    You’ll be sorry how he’s used ya; you’ll be sorry how he’s used ya,

    You’ll be so sorry when he screws ya, but you dupes keep marching on.

    Mine eyes have seen Chris Mathews as he rubs his leg and grins,

    And drools just like a panting pup a’humping Obama’s shins,

    And like all puppies everywhere forgives all Master’s sins;

    That stupe keeps marching on.

    You’ll be sorry how he’s used ya; you’ll be sorry how he’s used ya,

    Chris you’ll be sorry when he screws ya, but you dupes keep marching on.

    Mine eyes have seen the New York Times as it descends to naught;

    The liberal pup who inherited it all has driven it to aught.

    This murderer of the Old Gray Dame’s a spoiled and stupid snot;

    But this dupe keeps marching on.

    You’ll be sorry how he’s used ya; you’ll be sorry how he’s used ya,

    You’ll be so sorry when he screws ya, but you dupes keep marching on.

    Mine eyes have seen these cattle as they kneel and meekly moo;

    They’re hooves are trampling out our votes uncaring what they do.

    Where once there was some honesty there’s now no news that’s true;

    But these dupes keep marching on.

    You’ll be sorry how he’s used ya; you’ll be sorry how he’s used ya,

    You’ll be so sorry when he screws ya, but you dupes keep marching on.

    Russ Vaugh

  60. Posted July 25, 2008 4:48 PM

    by Frank James

    The Republican National Committee e-mailed a transcript from an MSNBC report this afternoon by correspondent Andrea Mitchell.

    The RNC wanted people to focus on the part of Mitchell’s report where she said that the Pentagon told Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign that the presidential candidate could visit wounded soldiers at Landsthul Medical Center if he only brought a single Senate aide but no campaign staff in order to keep the event from being a political one.

    The RNC obviously wants to put Obama on the defensive for allowing this seemingly minor condition to prevent his visit.

    But that’s not the only noteworthy part of what Mitchell reported. She also said that Obama campaign people were angry at the Pentagon for creating a fuss about an event whose details the campaign thought they had finalized more or less

    ANDREA MITCHELL: “Spin from both sides: the Pentagon would have told you that these are rules that everyone follows. That he was welcomed, he could have gone if he had gone with just a Senate aide, but that no campaign aides could go with him. Privately, some people are suggesting that one of the issues was a general – Scott Gration — who travels with him who’s a campaign aide and retired Air Force general and that the general was told that he could not use his privilege as a retired member of the military to accompany Senator Obama because he is now joined the political campaign.

    … So that may have been one of the stumbling blocks. … The Obama people certainly feel resentful. They had a planned event. They were planning to leave the press corps on the tarmac and go in themselves, and that they feel the pentagon made it difficult and reminded them of the rules, about which they didn’t need to be reminded having just come from a similar visit in Iraq. But whatever the result, they feel that they have been treated badly by the Pentagon, and that is certainly creating some bad blood.”

    Question: which side needs the other more? It would seem the campaign needs the Pentagon (surely the senator’s schedulers will want to get him onto military bases or into hospitals before the campaign is over) more than the Pentagon needs the campaign. So this is one where the Pentagon probably has the greater leverage.
    Arrogance thy name is TEAM OBAMA.

  61. From an Obama supporter:

    I hope John McCain wins the next election and get saddled with four more years of Bush policies.

    Americans don’t deserve Barack Obama.

    Stupid gets what stupid does.

    Posted by: Mostlympc | July 25, 2008 at 01:38 PM
    Between wanting to blame GWB for Obama’s dissing the wounded troops this is the attitude of some Obama supporters.

  62. Some more comments on LAT blog regarding Obama cancellation of wounded troups.

    What most of America witnessed this week was a very well choreographed spectacle and most people see through this superficial person. Even some of the media like Chris Matthews of MSN’s Hardball have now begun saying he went overboard on this trip. Chris Matthews said, and I paraphrase, what is this guy thinking giving a speech on foreign soil, where President’s like JFK and Ronald Regan spoke, acting like he’s a sitting president!

    In one way, I have to hand it to Obama’s team and in another his team showed the American people what a poor choice he would be as president.

    Naïve. A perfect word to describe the man himself and his followers.

    Bless all of you who listen and believe in your idol. You are like lambs following your trusted Shepard to the slaughterhouse.

    Posted by: America-the-Beautiful | July 25, 2008 at 02:00 PM

    Since I don’t watch the news was nice to see a comment that included Chris Mathews flip-flop on Obama…the dissing the troops must have been a “Dukakis in a tank” moment for Obama.

  63. Now I’m Definitely For McCain
    posted July 25, 2008

    I would like to share with everyone the words of Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell:

    “Sen. Obama is more than welcome to visit Landstuhl or any other military hospital around the world,” said Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary. “But he has to do so, just as any other senator has to do so, in his official capacity. It is not acceptable to do so as a candidate.”
    “In an election year,” Morrell said, “I donʼt believe that any candidate is allowed to visit a DOD facility with press.”

    Sen. Obama canceled a visit to Landstuhl Hospital to visit wounded troops. He did so because cameras were not allowed on post. He could have made the visit to encourage and thank those who have paid the greatest sacrifice for our country in his official capacity, but he didn’t, because it wouldn’t be a Kodak moment.

    I think Senator Obama has a lack of appreciation for the military and has no idea what it means to serve this country in uniform. I had been straddling the fence through this election. I’ve confidently landed on the McCain side now.

    Roger Perdactur
    Obama never take any responsibility and his latest Blame Bush and the Pentagon is just WEAK and show NO LEADERSHIP at all.

  64. Obama’s Campaign Not Off the Hook For Landstuhl

    I had hoped to enjoy an afternoon free from politics, but I must note the latest controversy…

    The latest version of the why-didn’t-Obama-visit-wounded-troops story has some lefty readers insisting that Bush, McCain, and the Pentagon conspired to make sure Obama didn’t meet with any wounded troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

    The reporting on Talking Points Memo, no friend of McCain:

    A Pentagon spokesperson confirms to me that because of longstanding Department of Defense regulations, Pentagon officials told Obama aides that he couldn’t visit the base with campaign staff. This left Obama with little choice but to cancel the trip, since the plan to visit with campaign aides had been in the works for weeks.

    But while Greg Sargent reports, “the Obama camp says they received the Pentagon’s directives on Wednesday, after they were already abroad,” those “longstanding regulations” on no campaign staffers didn’t just appear. Some lefty bloggers are insisting it was a last minute change on the part of the Pentagon, which wouldn’t appear to be supported by the facts. The Obama campaign and his Senate office should have foreseen the logistical problems of an official Senate fact-finding portion of the trip right in the middle of the campaign-funded portions of it. (Or did they think that those regulations were just going to be waived because it was a special occasion?)

    (Just as an exercise, I decided to take a look at options for traveling the 420 miles from Berlin to Landstuhl. The campaign plane would have been a no-go, for obvious reasons. But there’s a train, and a rent-a-car. (How do they pay? Senator, if there was ever a time to whip out the AmEx, this would be the time.) Could Obama have hopped on the Autobahn with the Secret Service guys and shown up at the gate? (Presumably the campaign staffer could have driven Obama to Landstuhl and waited outside.) I would have been impressed with the ingenuity. Of course, the traveling press would have screamed bloody murder about being left behind as Obama jets across Germany with no warning, but I think the McCain camp had it right — nobody would have given Obama much grief for making a stop to visit troops. (The lack of press would have made it even better, knocking down the “it’s just a photo-op” excuse.)

    Instead of that (admittedly difficult) scenario, the Obama campaign released an initial statement that the candidate decided it would be “inappropriate” to visit the troops on a trip funded by the campaign.


  65. From No Quarter, yet another example of Bambi’s unparalleled arrogance:


    When Jim Steinberg, Bill Clinton’s former national security adviser, told reporters that during four years in the White House he had never had to go on the record for a briefing there was a chorus of retorts that Obama wasn’t in the White House.

    The same day, during a testy exchange in which Team Obama persisted with the preposterous contention that the Berlin speech was not a campaign event, Susan Rice, another Obama foreign policy aide, was also accused of hubris.

    “It is not going to be a political speech,’ she said. “When the President of the United States goes and gives a speech, it is not a political speech or a political rally.” A reporter reminded her: “But he is not President of the United States.”

  66. I posted something (that’s probably in the spam trap, sorry, forget it!) about donating to Cindy Sheehan’s primary campaign agaisnt Nancy Pelosi.

    Cindy is very close to having enough signatures to get on the primary ballot. She needs donations to pay signature collectors —

    I posted it over at clintondems and someone replied:

    I just donated. And when I filled out my name and address, i noticed a option to donate “In Honor Of”… I wrote-
    “In honor of Sen. Hillary R. Clinton. One of 18 Million wants Pelosi OUT! (Don’t let the door hit ya, Nancy!)”
    Everyone who donates to Cindy, make sure you donate “in honor of” Hillary. That will make a statement that we Clintonites are working hard to ruin the policial careers of hypocrites like Pelosi.

  67. Obama continues to show love to Europe.-excerpts

    Obama’s ‘important’ speech in Berlin, Germany today was referred to as Obamafest. He got lots of great photo ops and headlines out of the whole thing. Unfortunately, he didn’t get time to stop by and see wounded American troops in Germany. You know, he was busy and all. Read about it below and see photos and a video

    What about the troops? This whole thing was originally about the troops and the Global War on Terrorism, right? We kind of forgot about them once he got a cold reception from the troops on his first stops in Afghanistan and Iraq and he got caught making fake news reports about it.

    Well, he apparently did learn that the troops watch Fox News during his short dash through their lives. He was able to use that to make a joke at Fox News’ expense – and insult the troops while he was at it. I’m sure he doesn’t realize he insulted them, because he doesn’t understand them at all. What he said was that the Commander and Chief makes them watch Fox News. The implication of that would be that they don’t have minds or will to do what they want. That’s the old liberal insult to American Soldiers. That they are just robotons without brains or free will. Poor, uneducated, kind of dumb guys who can’t do anything other than blow things up for ‘the man’ without giving thought to what they are doing. The concept of service to the country is so completely alien to him/them that they can conceive of honor, integrity, courage and duty for the sake of country.

    After all, Obama made it clear, while he was in Berlin, that he’s a citizen of the world rather than of just America.

    And now he ignores wounded Soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Its seems that Obama has never been to Berlin before and wanted to tour around a bit. He extended his stay there, cutting into his time in France. If he had gone by Landstuhl and the military bases in Germany, he’d have had even less time in Berlin.

    Whoops! He didn’t mean to say that. He corrected it. He refined his explanation several times. After a long meeting with some of his 300 advisers, he made a statement that he felt it was inappropriate to go by to see the troops as part of a campaign stop [note reference to campaign posters at the Wailing Wall, which apparently he didn’t view as inappropriate]. But he told Berliners that he wasn’t there campaigning. Well, then he said that he had visited troops and even wounded troops in Afghanistan while he was there and felt it was intrusive for him to impose himself and his campaign on them while he was there.

    Besides, he hadn’t gotten to a beer hall yet and Berlin is a GREAT city to visit and he had to get on to France to do a photo op or two before he had to head off to London to make sure he got a photo op with the King and Queen there (they do have a King and Queen, right?). There really is so little time and he’d already done what he came there to do, speak in Berlin about walls and stuff and look Presidential.

    Then there the thing about the Soldiers not really being happy to see him. It was awful trying to get that ‘warm welcome by soldiers’ shot in Afghanistan. They had to do LORD ONLY KNOWS how many takes for him to make that basketball goal and a handful of soldiers meant close-in camera shots so it looks more crowded. How on earth could he get that kind of shot at a military base or a military hospital. What if they just aren’t thronging around him? It would be wasted time with no take-away great photos.

    Oh hell, he’s not getting their votes anyway. He’ll write them off like he did West Virginia, Kentucky and any other state he knew he couldn’t win.

    And besides, they are just American Soldiers and Obama is a citizen of the world
    Damn, Obama messed up more then I thought he would…making that joke about Commander and Chief…no wonder TEAM OBAMA didn’t have any media at those photo-ops.

    Andrea Mitchell would had spilled the bean to MSNBC that the troops hate OBAMA and his Commander in Chief joke, insulted the troops….yikes.

  68. Primabama is that guy that just cannot pass a mirror or a pane of glass
    without checking and admiring his own reflection.


    I am sorry to bring down the level of discourse on this wonderful blog,
    I am just so sick of watching bambi admiring himself daily.

  69. McCain meets Dalai Lama, presses China on rights
    Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:18pm EDT
    ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain urged China on Friday to address human rights concerns and free Tibetan prisoners after he met with the Dalai Lama in Colorado.

    “I urge the Chinese leaders to engage in talks and make progress with his Holiness’ representatives in addressing the just grievances of the Tibetan people,” McCain said, with the Dalai Lama at his side.

    “I urge the Chinese government to release Tibetan political prisoners, account for Tibetans that have ‘disappeared’ since the protests in March, and engage in meaningful dialogue and genuine autonomy for Tibet.”

    The exiled Tibetan leader said McCain had shown “genuine concern” for human rights, democracy and environmental concerns with regards to China.

    McCain, an Arizona senator who sees foreign policy as a key strength in his quest for the White House, said the Dalai Lama’s words were not an endorsement.

    (Reporting by Jeff Mason; editing by Todd Eastham)

  70. McCain counters Obama tour to Europe with Dalai Lama meetingElana Schor, Friday July 25 2008 Article historyWhile Barack Obama meets Nicolas Sarkozy and Gordon Brown today, his Republican presidential rival plans to vie for attention by meeting the Dalai Lama.

    McCain will meet the exiled spiritual leader, whom he called a “role model and hero”, after a speech by the Dalai Lama at a Tibet conference in Aspen, Colorado.

    The Republican presidential nominee was among the first to say he would boycott the Olympics opening ceremonies next month in Beijing after China launched a bloody crackdown on Tibetan independence activists. Obama later echoed McCain, although they did not convince George Bush to change his mind on attending the Olympics opening ceremony.

    The meeting with the Dalai Lama could allow McCain to project strength on foreign policy by chastising China for its violent presence in Tibet, an effective counter-attack to Obama’s high-profile foreign tour.

    The Tibetan leader wrote to McCain in March, thanking him for the “concern you have shown regarding the sad turn of events in Tibet and for your efforts to persuade the Chinese authorities to exercise restraint”.
    I’m not surprise McCain has always been steadfast in his this issue about fighting for freedom and liberty. His years as a POW made him more determine, not less that the freedoms that we enjoy are worth fighting for.

    Hillary Clinton was the same way you do you have to take a STAND for our values…It still burns in my memory on how Obama and Kennedy acted at GWB SOTU when he talked about the Surge is working…Obama should had stood up and clap because so many young men and women sacrifice so that it would work.

    What does Obama say when he goes to Iraq….The surge workes because of the Sunnis.

  71. Obama never take any responsibility and his latest Blame Bush and the Pentagon is just WEAK and show NO LEADERSHIP at all
    which is why hillary should not be his vp

  72. I heard someone local say again today, that HRC would have to be put on the Ticket as VP in order for his to win.

    Sorry, I don’t care if the Democratic Party wins. I am comfortable, in fact more comforble with McCain.

    When the Democratic Party understand what a Democracy is, that the popular vote must and should count, and that women should be respected, then maybe I will consider voting for their party again. (What hypocrites, they went crazy when Bush won against Gore based on the Electorial college, vs the popular vote, and then they do the same thing in their primary thinking we would not notice, or that we would have to comply).

    You can criticise the Republicans, but at least they are upfront about where they stand.

  73. For your Friday night cocktail:

    from a friend of mine, from a friend of his…
    You probably already found it. A bit much, but fun anyway.

    At least we didn’t hear “Ich bin ein Berliner” or “Je suis un Parisienne.” The only one I’ve ever seen use the first correctly, incidentally, was JFK himself. Heard, actually–didn’t see.

    More later.


    > This is one of the better pieces of campaign commentary so far.
    > “He ventured forth to bring light to the world”

  74. I am LMAO!

    I just peeked at drudge and there are back-to-back headlines in the right column.

    The first says:
    Obama Campaign: Pentagon Nixes Troop Visit.

    Beneath that is:
    Penatagon: Obama Campaign Nixes Troop Visit.

  75. A detectable stench: Media Matters (and we all know who THEY are) BLAMES THE REPUBLICANS for Obama’s BM Circus coverage! Do we detect a pattern in the writing style and story line?

    Barack…your Soros is showing…..
    (here’s a portion)
    But the coziness of that relationship has become increasingly one-sided in recent months, as McCain and his campaign lash out at the media, who then redouble their efforts to please the Arizona senator.


    For months, the Republicans have argued that it was of utmost importance for Obama to visit Iraq. Then, when Obama did so, the media behaved as though the visit was important. But Obama didn’t commit whatever mistake the Republicans were hoping for during his trip, so the Republicans decided the trip shouldn’t get so much coverage — and many reporters, ever responsive to GOP complaints, rushed to agree.

  76. Here’s the Headline

    I suppose you can find it on their website in it’s entirety…if you care.

    The Weekly Update from Media Matters for America

    Even while carrying McCain’s water, media worry they aren’t doing enough for him

  77. “It is not going to be a political speech,’ she said. “When the President of the United States goes and gives a speech, it is not a political speech or a political rally.” A reporter reminded her: “But he is not President of the United States.”

    are ALL of these people delusional?

  78. NewMexicoFan…Hillary winning the popular plus all the states dems needed to win in the G.E. should have swayed the SD’s but since the fix was in for Obama from the begining and the Democratic? Leaders and the DNC already condone the sexist, mysoginistic tactic and Obama’s insiders advantages…look the DNC and Democratic Leaders where not fair and unbias…they wanted Obama and they helped win.

    It was more about the GIMMICK and not what was best for the country or it’s people. A lot of knifes came out on the Clintons and Hillary was not just running against her opponnest she was running about the party establishment so they looked the other way, when Obama broke a rule, or hit below the belt because they wanted the GIMMICK.

    So now the Dems got the GIMMICK and all the help in the world and he STILL can’t close the deal. At one time he might have been able to but the more you get to know him and the LOSERS in the Democratic Party who put this egomaniac at the head of the ticket.

  79. # JanH Says:
    July 25th, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I wonder if they will bus in the crowds for the arena in Denver? Maybe offer more Kool aid? Big entertainment?

    I don’t think there’s any need to speculate.

    Obama is THE vacuous empty-suit candidate. Makes W. look “competent” (now that’s hard to do).

    So all’s that is left is stage production, nicely coordinated events, lots of control of press, of images, keep the protesters at bay, yadda yadda.

    So yes, every big name musician (Springsteen, dave matthews, etc.) will be there “to sing a song or two”.

    That’s all they’ve got, “Let’s put on a show”. Plouffe, Axelrod, Obama, they all know his only shot is big crowds who don’t ask any questions.

  80. carbynew

    I agree, but what sort of organization will not admit it is wrong, and change their positon, before they blow an election they should have won by a mile.

    I really have no intelligent words for that.

  81. # Norma Desmond Says:
    July 25th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    “It is not going to be a political speech,’ she said. “When the President of the United States goes and gives a speech, it is not a political speech or a political rally.” A reporter reminded her: “But he is not President of the United States.”

    are ALL of these people delusional?

    Good question. I don’t think they are actually delusional. Maybe some of the fringy starletty supporters are delusional: (“Oh my god, he’s so wonderful, but I can’t think of one tangible reason why…”), such as Susan Sarandon (she really admitted that she couldn’t put a finger on why she was such a strong supporter).

    But the “operatives” (Obama campaign, DNC, media) are NOT delusional. They all have their specific “interests”.

    Dem candidates, for instance, know that if they don’t back Obama, they will have a candidate in their district who will run against them. They are also being bought off with financial campaign contributions.

    The media whores, who gave W. repeated blow jobs, do it for “access”. No need to report the facts, just be within 30 feet of the President every so often to earn “journalistic cred”. Sluts like this helped get us into Iraq. Sluts like this gave us Obama. (And by “sluts”, I mean that male journalists qualify as well).

  82. I would be willing to bet John Edwards was going to be the Veep. He had to talk to the girlfriend and keep her quiet for the campaign. Did I hear that Obama was going to tell us who the Veep was any day now?
    I know Soros likes Edwards and he is definitely his pick for #2, so I bet its back to the drawing board for Obama!

  83. That rumor should be so easy to prove wrong. You have to wonder why? I like EE, and I feel for her family in this terrible personal situation.

  84. Admin,

    Could you wander over to the spam filter and let my friend go?

    It’s a veddy British thing on BamsiBaby.

    I submitted around 7pm I think. From

    Thank you.

  85. Don’t you find it interesting the Elizabeth Edwards is so quiet on this issue?

    I don’t see any help coming out of N.C. from the wife.

    Silence speaks loudly.


    The debate over the role of government in our economy and society is a relevant issue in the current presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton believes in markets provided they are properly regulated and are not distorted by speculation. She thinks government has a role to play in building infrastructure and extending favorable credit terms to certain sectors. She favors reindustrialization to restore balance to our economy, tariffs to prevent dumping, and public works to promote job growth and rebuild the country. She believes that government has an obligation to provide education, health care and safety nets. She supports the nation-state and the protection of national borders.

    Obama is more enigmatic on the role of government in our economy and society. During the primary season he professed to favor government action and copied Hillary’s position on most issues, with the obvious exception of health care where he was perfectly content to leave 15 million Americans uninsured and she was not. After the primary however he repudiated a number of those positions or in his words “shifted to the center”. This was hardly surprising to those of us who know what he really is, but it was a great shock to some of his own supporters who made the mistake of believing what he told us initially. To them he became A God That Failed. Big Media took it all in stride. They applauded his first position, then applauded his reversal and then called the supporters he broke faith with deranged leftists.

  87. Obama Held Private Session With Iranian-Americans

  88. The media reminds me of a parent who’s child can do no wrong. What every their child does, no matter how wrong, or reversed, the child is always just excptional and someone else is at fault. The voters are wrong the people from the left are wrong, if he sneezes, it is the most magnificant speech sending shivers down your spine.

    What you find with these children is they don’t really know when they are good, and automatically think that what ever they do is excepiton, resulting in a person who really is not very good at all.

    Exceptional people have been told how they failed in life, and they have ajusted so that they really determine what is good and what is not.

    O thinks he is a Diety, and therefore, everything he does is exception, when it is ordinary.

  89. ERROR: second sentence above. This corrects it. I do not see her as a regulator or reregulator of markets. That is what her opponents accuse her of being-but it is just not true. I just think she would take steps to deal with predatory speculation which costs the American people dearly because congress always bails out the banks–but not the poor sob on main street.


    The debate over the role of government in our economy and society is a relevant issue in the current presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton believes in the efficiency of markets provided they are not distorted by speculation. She thinks government has a role to play in building infrastructure and extending favorable credit terms to certain sectors. She favors reindustrialization to restore balance to our economy, tariffs to prevent dumping, and public works to promote job growth and rebuild the country. She believes that government has an obligation to provide education, health care and safety nets. She supports the nation-state and the protection of national borders
    Obama is more enigmatic on the role of government in our economy and society. During the primary season he professed to favor government action and copied Hillary’s position on most issues, with the obvious exception of health care where he was perfectly content to leave 15 million Americans uninsured and she was not. After the primary however he repudiated a number of those positions or in his words “shifted to the center”. This was hardly surprising to those of us who know what he really is, but it was a great shock to some of his own supporters who made the mistake of believing what he told us initially. To them he became A God That Failed. Big Media took it all in stride showed. They applauded his first position, then applauded his reversal and then called the supporters he broke faith with deranged leftists.

  90. Do things seem a trifle boring right now? Maybe even dull as hell? The Bambi conquers Berlin shit is just more of the same. Ich ben ein phony, etc. If somebody could tell me what reading a speech someone else wrote for you full of vague generalities throug a telepromter has to do with being president perhaps I would be less cynical.

    I got a nice letter from Hillary today thanking me for the campaign vounteer work. Form letter but still a nice touch. We got a great video and petition done in the last couple days on our own just three of us. I will get it over here within a week, and we hope it will get huge traction. I will tell you more about it then. PUMA meeting on Sunday. I am glad I have got this damned paper to write or I would be going stir crazy right now.

  91. “So if you want my take on this, if you want to remember one thing about this trip, is that Barack Obama chose to work out rather than see the wounded troops because he couldn’t bring Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, and Brian Williams with him.” — Sean Hannity

    “The Sean Hannity Show”
    July 25, 2008

  92. I got a great surprise in the Mail from the Hillary Campaign. I had submitted a voucher for gas for the Iowa Caucus. It was over $400. We had driven a large van with 5 of us in it, three college students. I kind of forgot about it. Today in the mail, I was paid back for my Gas.

    Hillary’s staff did not forget me. What a thoughtful thing today. It like making sure you have completed the job, and do not forget the people who Helped.

  93. I just posted at NYT

    The bots will be manning the offices where you have to go to even apply for a seat. There’s a ‘conversation’. Only those who please the bot in charge get in.

    Otherwise some Hillary supporters might get in…. I hope she knows about what kind of audience she’d be facing and refuses to speak at the stadium.

    Wouldn’t it be great if “The Denver Group” and Justsay nodeall and such manage to get a fair vote at the convention and she wins the nomination! I hope she would cancel the stadium and apply the money to something worthwhile.

    h t t p : / /

    “Every single person is going to be a level of seriousness,” Hildebrand said. “[…] Give us a sense of whether or not you’re really serious about this. If you’re not, we’re going to provide someone else with this.’ ” [….]
    Those who want a seat will begin the process at their local Democratic Party office.
    “They fill out a form; there’s a conversation,” Hildebrand said.

  94. That is disgusting. This is getting so out of hand. Whoever heard of an interview process, in order to attend a convention? The democratic? party disgusts me.

  95. Susan Estrich makes a good point about McCain being able to run a stronger campaign postconvention. I hadn’t thought of that.

    BTW, a paternity is all that’s needed to prove if Edwards is the dad.

    Drug Use Disclosed on Security Clearance Application?
    Actual Bar Complaint, as filed

    Andrea Mitchell: Unprecedented Censorship by Obama
    ALSO, did you see that Obama’s new jets, which are carrying the press corps all over the world, have been stripped of the US flag? Via Susan at No Quarter:

  97. According to Yahoo news the DNC has stripped another Clinton delegate. Shameful! I also caught that Dean said she will be on the ballot if Hillary choses to be on it. I wonder if they are threatening her?? Why wouldn’t she want to be on the ballot, all her predecessors were, with less delegates that she has!

  98. I”m posting at
    h t t p : / /

    Hillary has stated that she does NOT want to be VP. She would only take it if requested as a favor by the party.

    Why should she give up her own Senate career to iron Obama’s shirt for eight years! The years between 60-68.

    Someone else would take her NY Senate seat. When she was free again, at age 68, would you expect her to bump off that person (if a Democrat)?

    Any true friend would try to get someone else to take the VP job, not Hillary.

  99. Published: 07/22/08, 11:52 PM
    An Open Letter to Barack Obama
    by David Ha’ivri

    We know who you are and who your friends are.

    Barack Obama, why don’t you just go home?

    Barack, your visit here is just a waste of time; you’re not wanted or needed here. We’ll do just fine without you and you’ll probably do better with out us, too. Don’t come around here making as if you’re looking out for the good of Israel. We know who you are and who your friends are. Zigzagging back and forth about dividing or un-dividing
    Zigzagging back and forth about dividing or un-dividing Jerusalem won’t clear your history.
    Jerusalem won’t clear your history.

    I’m not talking about your middle name. Any good Christian might have the middle name Hussein (although I can’t think of any others). We won’t hold that against you. There are worse things than having an Arab name; like for instance being supported by a known Jew-hater, bigot Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, who among other statements has accused the Jews of bringing on the Holocaust through cooperation with Hitler – “They helped him get the Third Reich on the road.” But, of course, it would be wrong to hold that against you, because you haven’t been rallying for his support (recently).

    We can’t really blame you for the beliefs of Father Michael Pfleger, who embraces Black Liberation Theology, which claims that Jesus was Black – so the Jews have no claim to Israel and, therefore, the Muslims are the rightful heirs of the Holy Land. Those beliefs have nothing to do with you, aside from the fact that you have coined the man your “moral compass.” But one must admit that Pfleger is not your only mentor and also is not alone in looking up to Farrakhan.

    Your spiritual mentor is Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who has praised Jimmy Carter for denouncing Zionism. Last year, the Trumpet Newsmagazine of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to Louis Farrakhan and said that he is a man who “truly epitomized greatness.” You are a member of that Church and Jeremiah Wright is its leader and your spiritual adviser.

    Now you won’t go so far as to criticize Jimmy Carter, not even for meeting with the heads of Hamas, because, to paraphrase your words, “It’s not your place to criticize him.” That is, not until the next day, when you were seeking the support of Jewish leaders. Then you must have found a new place for criticism. Aren’t the Jews great for giving a guy a new vision and a sense of self-confidence? Is that what you meant by, “It’s time for change”?

    Barack Hussein, we won’t hold it against you. But can you tell us what you mean by supporting a Palestinian State along side Israel? Do you mean a replay of the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Gaza three years ago? Do you foresee soldiers carrying men, women and children away from their homes, which are to be demolished by bulldozers? Palestinian rule brought on the endless rocket fire on Sderot and the thousands of Jewish refugees who have yet to find permanent homes or means of a steady income. Is that your vision of a new hope that Farakkhan’s Final Call website praises you for?

    Barack Hussein, why don’t you just go home? Your visit to Israel this week is not because you’re looking out for the wellbeing of Israel and the Jewish people. You’re coming to Israel looking for the Jewish vote; your goal is to
    Don’t use us or our land as a photo-op.
    speak with the Jewish American voters through the press coverage of this tour to the holy land. You want them to think that you took the time off from your busy campaign to further peace in the Middle East. Your hope is that enough stupid Jews will misread the message and take it as an act of support for Israel.

    Don’t use us or our land as a photo-op to transmit a twisted call for support to Jewish-American voters. You don’t fool us. We know who you and your friends are.

    Barack Hussein, why don’t you just go home? But on the way out, remember the words you heard here from the proud Jewish settlers in Judea and Samaria: “This is our land!” We are back after two thousand years of forced exile and we are not about to leave it again.

  100. # JanH Says:
    July 25th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    omg wbboei!

    You better be putting all of this into a book to be published!

    The problem with Obama is that he owes loyalty to so many questionable factions that a presidency led by him can’t help but be corrupt before it even begins.

    Obama’s biggest IOU will be to Soros which is why he’s backing BO with so much $$$ because he wants a President in his pocket. Soros would never have been able to buy off the Clinton because she wouldn’t NEED him and his money to win in the GE.

  101. I am working on the causcus debacle now. The thing I have not been able to figure out is what happened in the final months and why. The answer has come to me now based on the law of probability and some key details. It is really the story of how the final months of the campaign populism lost out to big businee. Democratic Party ceased to be the party of the people and became the party of big business-irretriebly so. Until now we have been focusing on the why. Next I will deal with the how and the when. If I do not post it that is because the proofs do not line up or I find some flaw in the logic which I do not see now.

  102. Wbboei:

    An absolute MUST-READ for a chronology of the Brazille Coup.
    A few choice excerpts.
    Even in the aftermath of her power grab, Brazile continues to denigrate those who challenge the authority of the party’s new African American leadership. In a July 22nd post on Daryl Cagle’s website, she groaned, “How many ways do these Hillary delegates, voters and supporters need to hear it before they get it? Sen. Barack Obama is the party’s nominee. He won. He will get to choose his running mate. Obama sets the agenda for the convention, and, while I understand their passion in wanting Hillary to be on the ticket and to have a prominent role at the convention, it’s not her decision… As much as we all would have loved to see a woman in the Oval Office, it wasn’t Hillary’s time. Period.”
    It’s ironic when you think about it. The DNC’s Voting Rights Institute was created to stop exclusionary practices and increase participation at the polling booth. Now its chairwoman is presiding over one of the most hostile and fraudulent campaigns since those newspaper delivery trucks ran over the boy scouts in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
    “Mr. Rove proved you can win elections with rumors, fear, division and manipulation.” Brazile wrote back in 2007, after that friendly exchange with Air Force One. “But you can’t win hearts that way.”
    Anyone who has watched the re-broadcast of those DNC proceedings on CSPAN can’t help but be dumbfounded by the discussion that followed Thurman’s presentation. A slam-dunk case for a rule waiver turned into a shameless bout of piling on, as committee member Brazile and several others accused the state party of not trying hard enough to change the date. (One also noticed from the broadcast the unusually high number of African Americans on the 30-member committee, as opposed to near zero representation for other minorities.)

  103. jen the michlander: I seem to recall you mentioning that Levin told someone you knew that Hillary did not stand a chance of winning. Can you give me an approximate idea when he said that. I asked that question 3 days ago, but perhaps you did not see it. Thanks.

  104. Basil: Daryl Cagle is someone people should pay attention to. His website is posted at msnbc. He is someone who is the most graphic sexist on the planet. More to follow on him.

  105. Wbboei,
    Please read this excerpt from 8:37 post.
    Check how the Repubs threw the Illinois Senate race to Obama.

    “Obama did score a landslide victory that year, but it had little to do with his age, energy level or the obsolete nature of the Democratic Party establishment. His campaign manager David Axelrod ran the classic Rovian smear campaign, first accusing Obama’s top primary contender of sexual impropriety. After disgracing Blair Hull out of contention, Axelrod used the same device against the G.O.P. primary winner, Jack Ryan.

    Of course, this is where things get interesting. House Speaker Dennis Hastert decided he must stick his oar into the battle, calling on Ryan to end his senate bid. The candidate dutifully bowed out, and in his stead, the Illinois Republican Party fielded an unknown, African American bible-thumper from Maryland named Alan Keyes. Clearly, the G.O.P. wanted Obama to win that election. No other explanation can account for the party sacrificing a senate seat to a (supposedly) liberal Democrat who’d (supposedly) spoken out against the Iraq War in 2002.

    A Hollywood script writer couldn’t have come up with this storyline. Within a year of arriving in Washington, Brazile’s rising star – the product of a globe-trotting Kansas woman and a philandering tribal leader in Kenya – had launched his presidential exploratory committee. The Internet fundraising team of Howard Dean signed on for the ride. So, too, did some of Wall Street’s biggest investment banks, corporate law firms, and energy giants. By the end of 2007, Obama would post a record-breaking haul of $100 million in campaign contributions. And all while he was still “introducing himself”, as Brazile and other analysts put it, to the American public.

    Who exactly brought the banks and oil companies to the table still remains to be ferreted out, but it wasn’t Dean or Brazile, or even the man who placed Obama on the speaker’s list at the 2004 Democratic Convention, John Kerry. It’s more likely that Karl Rove huddled with top Bush fundraisers to set that gravy train in motion. Among the candidate’s money bundlers were George Kaiser and Robert Cavnar, both oil industry executives. Other Bush campaign pioneers joined the bandwagon soon afterward.


    I’ve always had a gut instinct that brazille has been one, if not THE main forces behind the coup.

    Some excerpts:

    She is deeply frustrated with her own party for what she calls years of taking African-Americans for granted and for failing to organize for elections in a coherent way.
    Citing Democratic Party figures, she said her party was more preoccupied with appealing to white men, 37 percent of whom vote Democratic, than to black women, 95 percent of whom vote Democratic. And yet, she said, the party counts on black women to show up on Election Day.
    She is encouraging black office-holders to run as ”favorite son or favorite daughter” delegates to the 2004 Democratic Convention without committing themselves in advance to a particular presidential candidate.
    The idea is to re-energize the African-American electorate and revive the Democratic Party at the same time,”
    But Ms. Brazile has angered some black Democrats who say they believe her ”favorite son” delegate strategy is really intended to stop the candidacy of the Rev. Al Sharpton by keeping black delegates from committing to him.

    When Mr. Rove wrote a thank-you note to Ms. Brazile in December for doing a favor for a friend, he invited her to lunch at the White House. Tantalizing her with the mischief they could make by being seen together, he wrote, ”We’ll really cause heads to turn and tongues to wag.”

  107. Basil: thank you very much. I have read city edition articles before and know them to be very well researched and accurate. I am piggybacking on some of their research to reach conclusions of fact along the way. The trick is to be selective but fair. Otherwise the detail can get a little mind numbing unless you have a numb mind to begin with as some of the adversaries do.

  108. So O is considering a GOP women no was has a lot of knowledge about Is this an example of the people he choses? What state will she carry? Women should vote for her just because she is a Women? She will be a heart beat away from the Presidency, and what oragnization in the GOP was she a part of?

    It just keeps getting better. SDs, I think you should ask for a vote in private. I sure would not want to step up to the Mic or put my hand up.


  109. If Rove had a plan to overthrow the leadership of the Democratic Party with the able assistance of TRAITORS LIKE BRAZILLE (yes that is the right word) then do you not believe he also has a plan for wiping bambi off the face of the map after the convention. My guess is there will be blood in the streets figuratively speaking. Whatever I might say or think about Obama now is as nothing compared to what lies ahead. On the other hand perhaps I am wrong. Perhaps Rove will abandon the skills and go for the throat tactics he has perfected over a lifetime and just give up in the face of dean pelosi and godzilla. I must admit they are a fearsome group if you are trying to avoid laughing. My sense is they may launch some false charges against him in an effort to distract but I do not think it will work. Maybe he will sneak into the production room and slip the lyrics of Its A Small World After All into bambis telepompter and capture that deer in the headlights look it will produce with some appropriate caption lee atwater lives.

  110. When Mr. Rove wrote a thank-you note to Ms. Brazile in December for doing a favor for a friend, he invited her to lunch at the White House. Tantalizing her with the mischief they could make by being seen together, he wrote, ”We’ll really cause heads to turn and tongues to wag.”

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