When Hagel Met Bagel

There are reasons why Barack Obama and Chuck Hagel
get along so well. They both sure talk real purty. But for all the very purty talk, well, it’s just talk, no action.

Hagel, a while back was thinking about running for president and possibly doing so on a third party line (if Bloomberg paid the bills). It was all talk.

Hagel, like Obama, is a big talker when it comes to Iraq. For instance, in early 2007 Hagel did the Obama three-card monte shuffle by voting against a resolution that Chuck Hagel had sponsored.

The Republicans, including Nebraska’s Chuck Hagel, this week blocked debate on a resolution that several of them had co-sponsored.

They reversed course Wednesday, when Hagel and six colleagues wrote the leaders of both parties vowing to use every tactic available to force a Senate debate of the president’s plan. [snip]

But a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., replied that Republicans had the chance to vote for their own resolution Monday – and only two did.

The rest voted against a formal debate, complaining that the Democratic majority was using arcane rules to block consideration of alternative resolutions.

“Hopefully this letter signifies that the others have had a change of heart and will be willing to vote for their own resolution in the future,” Reid spokesman Jim Manley said.

Politico, sensibly, is ignoring Chuck Hagel’s Donna Brazile style neutrality and declaring Hagel an Obama supporter.

First, he tags along with his colleague to offer a bi-partisan sheen to the codel.

And then he comes home and all but tells his other colleague and longtime friend to pipe down.

“Quit talking about, ‘Did the surge work or not work?’ or, ‘Did you vote for this or support this?'” Hagel told reporters yesterday upon returning from the trip. “Get out of that. We’re done with that. How are we going to project forward?

“What are we going to do for the next four years to protect the interest of America and our allies and restructure a new order in the world. … That’s what America needs to hear from these two candidates. And that’s where I am.”

I guess by not formally endorsing Obama just yet, he guarantees more media interest. But it’s pretty clear where he stands.

Chuck Hagel defended Obama’s snub of American troops.

On CBS’s Face The Nation Hagel objected to John McCain’s statement noting Obama’s snub of injured American troops as well as an advertisement about the issue which McCain has broadcast.

“I think John is treading on some very thin ground here when he impugns motives and when we start to get into, ‘You’re less patriotic than me. I’m more patriotic,'” Hagel said.

Hagel never objected to Obama or John Edwards (or his very own Republican Party) attacking Hillary on personal or “character” issues. But now the Nebraska Republican is imitating in full the Democratic? leadership by defending Obama from “character” attacks but not denouncing Obama’s own smears of opponents.

Hagel’s defense of Obama’s snub of American troops was confused at best. The latest laughable line of defense appears to be that Obama did not want his European Vacation to be seen as “political”.

The McCain advertisement is thus far the first somewhat effective ad the hapless McCain has broadcast. Obama, and his campaign of smears, enjoys attacking the character of opponents but is very nervous about the public airing of Obama’s own character.

“It’s accurate, effective, and timely,” said Rick Wilson, a Republican consultant, of McCain’s ad. “It seriously speaks to the calculated nature of the trip and Obama’s own [calculating nature].”

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When Hagel Met Bagel

There once was a senator named Hagel
who went on a trip with a Bagel.
It was doughy and round, toasted light brown,
with a big empty hole for a navel

Said Bagel to Hagel
“I think I’m a fable”
“”And I’m really quite something to see”
“The crowds they adore me”
“My friends all pay for me”
“And a mirror I always carry with me.”

Said “Big Pink” to Hagel
“Look under the table!”
“If you want to see the truth, not the lie!”

“His wife she likes sable.”
“Friends stink like a stable.”
“and at slime he’s a master divine.”

“A Quayle is more able?”
Asked a perplexed Hagel,
“And McCain should be the guy?”

“The choice it is yours.”
Big Pink loudly roared
“Just don’t buy a pig in a poke.”

“The Bagel can’t be trusted.”
“Without Hillary we’re busted.”

“America, we’re counting on you.”

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149 thoughts on “When Hagel Met Bagel

  1. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that Barack Obama’s Berlin bounce is fading. Obama now attracts 45% of the vote while John McCain earns 42%. When “leaners” are included, it’s Obama 48% and McCain 45%. Both Obama and McCain are viewed favorably by 56% of voters.

    ————–
    Obama enjoyed two very strong nights of polling on Thursday and Friday. His lead grew to six-points for results released on Saturday (see recent daily results). However, polling on Saturday and Sunday showed the candidates much closer with single-day results similar to polling from before the Berlin speech.

    Obama earns the vote from 77% of Democrats, McCain is supported by 82% of Republicans. Unaffiliated voters are evenly divided.

  2. You beat me to it, admin — I logged in to post about Rasmussen and lo and behold, there was your comment, heh.

    By now, we all now Obama’s modus operandi: when he falters, he has his aides hype the importance of an upcoming, “difficult, complex” speech that he’s going to be making (i.e., Berlin speech). Then he delivers the speech, before an adoring audience, and the media oohs and ahhs over what a home run Obama hit.

    Flowery speeches are nice, and like cotton candy, they provide a nice little sugar high, but they don’t provide much long-term benefit.

  3. Admin,

    Great post again. I didn’t know that you were a poet also. Excellent!!
    I have been reading your posts and the comments, but I have not had time to post.

    Just read on another No Quarter that there was a free concert and free food in Berlin before Obama spoke. That is why the crowd was so huge. Why were we not told this by the MSM?? Just wondering.

  4. We don’t hear about the beer, bands and sausagues because it would confuse the obambi supporters. They think he is giving out fish and bread!

  5. Anyway you look at it, it’s an uphill fight for MCcain. This guy has mesmerized not only the masses, but seemingly intelligent people like Chuck Hagel. It is a fairy tale with no end in site. It is amazing Hillary was able to receive more popular votes and would have won, but for the corrupt DNC. Meanwhile, McCain better get his ass in gear and start making some noise or we will face a very sad reality come Nov.

  6. Idunn Says:

    July 28th, 2008 at 12:37 pm
    I need a yard sign that reads: I CAN LIVE WITH MCCAIN
    *****************************************************
    Me too!

    I can live with McCain for four years while reforming the Democratic Party and putting in the support needed for Hillary Clinton. Also if McCain win, it will pretty much bring down some of those idiots in Leadership…with the help of replacing John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi and some others.

    I don’t trust Obama on NOTHING his FISA vote told me all I wanted to know…he is a puppet right now but just like GWB once he get the reign on power can he be trusted?….I.DON’T.THINK.SO!!!!

    Also I don’t TRUST some of these WOMEN GROUPS major disappointment, MAJOR. To allow sexism and mysoginy to go unchalleged in the media (women are the major target group to advertisers) and in government.

  7. jbstonesfan,

    change the word “fairy tale” to “horror story” and I agree with you completely. I just hope that election day delivers a huge embarrassment and downfall for Obama.

  8. Hagel is TOAST in his own party so he has no where to go except to the democrats or Obamacats.

    I love that the polls sanked again after non stopped OBAMA LOVE FEST but Obama hurt himself with the dissing the wounded troops and blaming the military for HIS discision to diss the troops.

    I was explaining to my daughter that Obama is lying about dissing the wounded troops and that it has been a long term policy and tradition in this country for our military to be neutral….since George Washington.

    Obama doesn’t have any credibility on this issue and for Chuck Hagel to stand up there and support Obama, when the Democrats didn’t do it…tells me plenty about Hagel’s own standing within the Republican party. …ZERO.

    Also my daughter tried to poo-poo the John Edwards scandal but I told her…that poo-poo won’t fly. John Edwards political career is over but it will die a slow death…don’t see him as vp but is concern with this talk of letting him be Attorney General….no way in hell….this can is corrupted and a liar. That babymama cover-up was insane and elaborate and tells me John Edwards will be another Alberto Gonzales–loyalty before country.

  9. A very good recount of what happened in Atlanta with Dean and the PUMAs.

    riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2008/07/28/atlanta-pumas-show-dean-some-southern-hospitality/#more-2893

    Keep up the great work…it is a shame what is happening with the media in this country. Media reform is needed.

  10. Idunn Says:

    July 28th, 2008 at 12:37 pm
    I need a yard sign that reads: I CAN LIVE WITH MCCAIN

    Hysterical!

  11. Didn’t Novack break the Plame story? Wasn’t he just involved in a car accident, where he hit someone? The same Novack?

  12. I want my sign to say

    OBAMA: Bush’s heir apparent (hot air apparent)

    Vote for change: John McCain

  13. Admin, breaking news.

    Are Howard/Pelosi/bambi going to press their panic buttong. McCain is vaulting to a 4-point lead in the latest Gallup/USA poll. Polls are all over the place right now, but this should send orange dailykooks into panic attack.
    ———————————–
    h t t p : / / blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/2008/07/gains-for-mccai.html

    Republican presidential candidate John McCain moved from being behind by 6 points among “likely” voters a month ago to a 4-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama among that group in the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. McCain still trails slightly among the broader universe of “registered” voters. By both measures, the race is tight.

    The Friday-Sunday poll, mostly conducted as Obama was returning from his much-publicized overseas trip and released just this hour, shows McCain now ahead 49%-45% among voters that Gallup believes are most likely to go to the polls in November. In late June, he was behind among likely voters, 50%-44%.

    Among registered voters, McCain still trails Obama, but by less. He is behind by 3 percentage points in the new poll (47%-44%) vs. a 6-point disadvantage (48%-42%) in late June.

    Results based on the survey of 791 likely voters have margins of error of +/- 4 percentage points — so McCain’s lead is not outside that range. Results based on the survey of 900 registered voters also have margins of error of +/- 4 percentage points.

    Gallup editor Frank Newport tells Jill that “registered voters are much more important at the moment,” because Election Day is still 100 days away, but that the likely-voter result suggests that it may be possible for McCain to energize Republicans and turn them out this fall.

  14. thanks kostner…

    we needed that USA today poll to counteract the ones by gallup…

    yes it is tight!

    And it is just beginning.

    PLEASE NO money to any Democratic organization…DSCC, DCCC and especially DNC and
    BO.

    DSCC annd DCCC are trying it use to “share” it around; my local reps are safe seats and they come begging for money for BO supporting DEMS in other states… I say no deal, no money to anybody at the moment;

    At this stage, I do not want to give too much to Hillary either (I am maxed anyway on her primary fund) but her hillpac would be used to campaign for BO…no way!!!!

  15. Greetings, Hillfriends. Hope all are well – Admin, interesting post! I’ve thought for a long time (since mayor Daley’s birthday dinner with W) that BHO really is the establishment candidate, running for W’s third term, only masquerading as Jimmy Carter’s second term. Second verse, same as the first…..

    Meanwhile closet BO supporter Chuck Hagel’s prescriptive list includes “…and restructure a new order in the world.” Yikes! What “new world order” might that be? VERY SCARY.

  16. mj,

    The USA TODAY/Gallup Poll is separate from Gallup’s daily “tracking” poll on the presidential race, which this afternoon shows Obama ahead by 8 points among registered voters — 48%-40%.

    Frank says that while the tracking poll indicates Obama may have gotten some gains from his overseas trip last week, any benefits may be short-lived. That tracking poll of 2,674 registered voters was also done Friday-Sunday and the margins of error on the results are +/- 2 percentage points.

    As for the difference between the tracking and USA TODAY/Gallup polls, Frank says not to read too much into it. “Statistical noise” may be largely to blame.

    Watch for more from the polls and analysis of the results later today at USATODAY.com and in tomorrow’s print editions of USA TODAY.

  17. McCain hitting BHO hard over his European Vacation gaffes:

    ———-
    politico.com

    As Barack Obama traveled overseas, the campaign against him appeared to take a decisive new turn when John McCain zeroed in on his Democratic opponent’s character.

    In a year when polls show an easy victory for a generic Democratic candidate, McCain has until now been loath to employ the tack many strategists see as essential and which anonymous e-mailers and commenters with no apparent links to his campaign have been practicing since last summer: hitting Obama not on his record or his platform, but on his values and person.

    The Democrat’s Achilles’ heel in this model is an inchoate sense among some voters that the new arrival on the national stage with the unusual biography — who’s the first black nominee from either party — isn’t American enough.

    Prior to Obama’s trip overseas, though, McCain had instead employed, without appreciable effect, a more conventional critique of his opponent as an ordinary politician, a flip-flopper and, of course, a liberal.

    On Saturday, though, McCain released a new television advertisement in which the announcer says that on his trip, Obama “made time to go to the gym, but canceled a visit with wounded troops. Seems the Pentagon wouldn’t allow him to bring cameras.”

    “John McCain is always there for our troops,” adds the announcer, before concluding with the campaign’s new slogan: “McCain, country first.”

    The slogan’s inverse implication for his opponent was made clear earlier in the week, when McCain accused Obama of placing the his political ambitions before the national interest.

    [snip]

  18. What still pisses me off is that he has not the respect to ask Hillary to be the VP..I know she will likely(?) decline, but it would go a long way to show he cared about the 18 million of us who voted for her……

  19. The slogan’s inverse implication for his opponent was made clear earlier in the week, when McCain accused Obama of placing the his political ambitions before the national interest.

    Well, duh.

    Jbs, he doesn’t.

  20. The most honest quote from BHO of all time:

    “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.” – ‘The Audacity of Hope’

  21. VOIGHT: My concerns for America
    OP-ED

    We, as parents, are well aware of the importance of our teachers who teach and program our children. We also know how important it is for our children to play with good-thinking children growing up.

    Sen. Barack Obama has grown up with the teaching of very angry, militant white and black people: the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, William Ayers and Rev. Michael Pfleger. We cannot say we are not affected by teachers who are militant and angry. We know too well that we become like them, and Mr. Obama will run this country in their mindset.

    The Democratic Party, in its quest for power, has managed a propaganda campaign with subliminal messages, creating a God-like figure in a man who falls short in every way. It seems to me that if Mr. Obama wins the presidential election, then Messrs. Farrakhan, Wright, Ayers and Pfleger will gain power for their need to demoralize this country and help create a socialist America.

    The Democrats have targeted young people, knowing how easy it is to bring forth whatever is needed to program their minds. I know this process well. I was caught up in the hysteria during the Vietnam era, which was brought about through Marxist propaganda underlying the so-called peace movement. The radicals of that era were successful in giving the communists power to bring forth the killing fields and slaughter 2.5 million people in Cambodia and South Vietnam. Did they stop the war, or did they bring the war to those innocent people? In the end, they turned their backs on all the horror and suffering they helped create and walked away.

    Those same leaders who were in the streets in the ’60s are very powerful today in their work to bring down the Iraq war and to attack our president, and they have found their way into our schools. William Ayers is a good example of that.

    Thank God, today, we have a strong generation of young soldiers who know exactly who they are and what they must do to protect our freedom and our democracy. And we have the leadership of Gen. David Petraeus, who has brought hope and stability to Iraq and prevented the terrorists from establishing a base in that country. Our soldiers are lifting us to an example of patriotism at a time when we’ve almost forgotten who we are and what is at stake.

    If Mr. Obama had his way, he would have pulled our troops from Iraq years ago and initiated an unprecedented bloodbath, turning over that country to the barbarianism of our enemies. With what he has openly stated about his plans for our military, and his lack of understanding about the true nature of our enemies, there’s not a cell in my body that can accept the idea that Mr. Obama can keep us safe from the terrorists around the world, and from Iran, which is making great strides toward getting the atomic bomb. And while a misleading portrait of Mr. Obama is being perpetrated by a media controlled by the Democrats, the Obama camp has sent out people to attack the greatness of Sen. John McCain, whose suffering and courage in a Hanoi prison camp is an American legend.

    Gen. Wesley Clark, who himself has shame upon him, having been relieved of his command, has done their bidding and become a lying fool in his need to demean a fellow soldier and a true hero.

    This is a perilous time, and more than ever, the world needs a united and strong America. If, God forbid, we live to see Mr. Obama president, we will live through a socialist era that America has not seen before, and our country will be weakened in every way.

    Jon Voight is an Academy Award-winning actor who is well-known for his humanitarian work.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jul/28/voight/
    *****************************************************
    I do agree with most of what Jon said in this article. He was very careful to talk about issues and not talk about Obama personally, so Team Obama will look ignorant and immature when they throw that race card out there.

    I love how the closer we come to the convention more and more people are coming and speaking out against that faker. Howard Dean has been the worst Chairman of the Democrats and this GIMMICK they played is only going to split the party, like it is doing right now.

    Down line Dems are going to have a very hard time this election in swing states…with Obama at the head of the ticket. John Edwards baby mama drama and Obama dissing the wounded troops and the word of mouth anger that is generating with the voters has not done the down line Dems any favor.

    The Dems are going to need those swing votes and I do think we’re in the “quiet before the storm.”

  22. Gallup/USA Today Poll: McCain +4
    Posted by TOM BEVAN | E-Mail This | Permalink | Email Author

    This one should set the tongues wagging:

    Republican presidential candidate John McCain moved from being behind by 6 points among “likely” voters a month ago to a 4-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama among that group in the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. McCain still trails slightly among the broader universe of “registered” voters. By both measures, the race is tight.

    The Friday-Sunday poll, mostly conducted as Obama was returning from his much-publicized overseas trip and released just this hour, shows McCain now ahead 49%-45% among voters that Gallup believes are most likely to go to the polls in November. In late June, he was behind among likely voters, 50%-44%.

    This is the first poll showing McCain with a lead over Obama since a May 1-3 Gallup/USA Today survey showed him with a slim 1 point lead. A Fox News poll at the end of April had McCain up 3.

    With today’s Rasmussen and Gallup tracking both ticking down for Obama (-2 and -1, respectively) and a new Dem Corps poll showing Obama up five, the new RCP National Average has Obama’s lead over McCain dipping to 3.2%

  23. His candidacy is weakening! The question is are SDs so afraid of appearing racist that won’t do anything but go down with the Titanic?

  24. McCain has been moving foward while Obama has been sliding, if it wasn’t for the very, very Obamapress pushing O down our throat 24/7 it would be Obama who?

    Four more weeks is a long time in politics, we must not become CO-DEPEND on the SEXIST, MYSOGINISTIC Democrats.

    Open up you mind and look beyond the rhetoric and see the actions and results…what has Obama done for this country, ouside of benefiting himself?

    Oh I forgot he worked hard to bring in ethic reform…the refuge of crooks is to design the system you will break…again he is knowledgeble in the loopholes since he helped in the law.

    Did ye vote NO on FISA….again that would not help him in his quest for power and money…that vote would only help the American people.

  25. jbstonesfan Says:

    July 28th, 2008 at 3:51 pm
    What still pisses me off is that he has not the respect to ask Hillary to be the VP..I know she will likely(?) decline, but it would go a long way to show he cared about the 18 million of us who voted for her……

    ****************************************************************************

    no JB, and the Obama camp goes beyond that…they leak a story that they are considering a Republican woman just to play with us and piss us off more…screw them…

    and Wexler, that paragon of virtue from our neck of the woods…no wonder he could not be bothered protecting our votes, he doesn’t even live here…I hope that guy runnning for his seat exploits that little bit of info…

  26. And he could not tell his senate staff to do the work and get organized for even 1 day’s of hearings on subcommittee overseeing NATO since jan 2007!

    Da! He cannot multitask….as a president will need to!

  27. skmf: That video clip, is one of the many reasons, that I am against the Global Poverty Act. We cannot afford it, when we have so many Americans living in poverty. It is disgraceful.

  28. Does anybody if Hagel and Jack REED (RI senator) went with BO on the O Force One when they went to Iraq/Afghanistan? or did they fly in a different aircraft?

    If they travelled in the O Force One, then these two senators have no shame…flying in an aircraft with the American flag taken off?

  29. skmf: That video clip, is one of the many reasons, that I am against the Global Poverty Act. We cannot afford it, when we have so many Americans living in poverty. It is disgraceful.

    My feelings exactly. I live in rural Appalachia. I can not support an act that offers aid to foreign countries, while my neighbors must live through winters without heat or running water.

    Fuck that! We HAVE hope…we need HELP!

  30. if its kaine recall he is anti choice and says he is pro life. opposes right to chose people. that should quell qorried dems

  31. Why is Obama not improving in the polls?
    By Adam Nagourney

    Monday, July 28, 2008
    WASHINGTON: It is a question that has hovered over Senator Barack Obama even as he has passed milestone after milestone in his race for the White House: Why is he not doing better?

    It shadowed him as he struggled against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in many states through the primaries – results that sometimes stood at odds with the huge, enthusiastic crowds that turned out to see him. It was there in the exit polls that suggested that many Democrats were uncomfortable with Obama, putting an asterisk next to some of his biggest primary victories.

    And it is back again as he returns from an overseas trip that even Republicans have described as politically triumphant. In this case, the question is why, given how sour Americans feel about President George W. Bush and the Republican Party, about the Iraq war and the ailing economy that Bush will leave to his successor and about the perception that Obama is running such a better campaign than Senator John McCain, the senator from Illinois is not doing even better in national opinion polls

    Most polls show Obama with a lead of 6 or 7 points over McCain nationally, and he rarely breaks the 50 percent mark. Those are statistics that have given Republicans, who are not exactly feeling joyful these days, a line to grab onto and has fed some underlying anxiety among some Democrats.

    “They’ve known John McCain for years,” said Bill McInturff, a pollster for McCain. “But people say in focus groups, ‘Who the heck is Barack Obama? Had you heard of him before six months ago?’

    “And he’s 46 years old. He’s somebody nobody knows about.”

    McCain is “running ahead of where he should be based on the environment,” McInturff said.

    Peter Hart, a Democratic pollster, said the statistics should serve as a reminder of the particular obstacles that Obama faces.

    “Here’s a 46-year-old African-American with a narrative that is very unusual and that few other Americans can relate to,” he said. “Add to the fact that he has had four years in the United States Senate and very little international experience. That’s a large leap for the American public to make.”

    Beyond that, Obama faces an opponent in McCain with a history of appealing to independent voters and defying his party on occasion. McCain’s advocates argued during the primaries that he was the strongest candidate the party had in a general election contest for just these reasons.

    “I believe had Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney been our nominee, they’d be 10 or 12 points behind right now, they’d be much closer to the generic vote,” McInturff said.

    Yet for all that, is Obama really struggling? Are these summer polls truly evidence of underperforming or fundamental weaknesses in his campaign?

    The truth of the matter is, given the history in open presidential elections over the past 50-years – not to mention the recent polarization that has marked politics in the United States – a seven-point victory by Obama, or by McCain, in November would have to be considered substantial in a contest where there is no incumbent on the ballot.

    “If you look at this historically, presidential elections are close,” said David Plouffe, Obama’s campaign manager.

    In the elections of 2000, 1968 and 1960, with no incumbent president on the ballot, the two candidates were separated by less than a percentage point. George H.W. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis in 1988 by seven points, and suffice it to say that Obama is no Dukakis. Bill Clinton defeated Bush four years later by six points, and that was in a three-way election with H. Ross Perot.

    Some analysts said that Obama could be like Ronald Reagan in 1980. Reagan was up against an unpopular incumbent, President Jimmy Carter, who for all his weaknesses was a known quantity. Only after Reagan convinced voters that he was credible as a president did the polls break in his direction.

    Even Obama’s advisers say they are uneasy at his difficulty at breaking the 50 percent barrier, a reminder – in poll after poll – that there are a lot of Americans who are not ready to cast their lot with him and may never be.
    continue….

    http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/28/america/obama.php

  32. Obama Plans a Hawaiian Break
    By Peter Slevin
    CHICAGO — Sen. Barack Obama, preparing for the Democratic National Convention and the long march to November, plans to spend about a week in Hawaii in mid-August, mostly on vacation.

    Obama spent a large chunk of his childhood and adolescence in Hawaii, graduating from Punahou School. His maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, still lives there, and the Obama family often took winter vacations to Hawaii before he became a candidate.

    Of course, given that he is a candidate, Obama does expect to hold at least one Hawaiian fundraiser.

    blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/07/28/obama_plans_a_hawaiian_break.html
    *****************************************************
    Going home to fix your birth certificate, Barack?

  33. I see Obama is trying to lock up one of those caucus states he hyped he could win.

    People always under estimate the American voter. Obama can’t close the deal.

    McCain winning likely voters by 4% in a USA/Gallop poll. That says alot right now.

  34. Hi all.

    Admin, you never cease to amaze me. I had a couple of donuts today while painting my apartment. I come here and I am served bagels! Life is good at BP.

    Skmf – wow. Within the first thirty seconds of watching the video you posted I wanted to run off and work with these native americans. I have done SO MUCH work in disaster situations and that is what this appears to be. I wish I were financially able to go work and help. I did 13 years with America Red Cross disaster services as a volunteer and had to stop because I couln’t pay the bills if I were gone for three-six week stints cleaning up after hurricanes etc. I worked in Family Service providing direct aid and love the work.

    We know for a FACT that Obama could give two hoots about anyone but himself and his corrupt friends. All you have to do is look at his Chicago District.

    If black americans think they are going to get anything from him beside the pride in having , for them, a black president, they are sorely mistaken.

    Thank you for that post. It really makes me remember where I am. Also, Idunn…I amd VERY familiar with you neck of the woods. I have been there a lot and have seen poverty like I have NEVER seen anywhere except in the streets of Istanbul. I have been inside home up in the mountains that were so bad it was almost frightening. And the thing was, these people DID NOT have “hope” nor did they need it. They needed running water, electricity and food as well as education.

    It’s miserable we have these problems in this country, and all we want to do is “help the world”.

    I wonder what all the bots and latte liberals think about the video you posted skmf. I bet there is someone Obama can blame for not voting.

  35. Idunn, It would be great if he picks Tim Kaine because it would be a disaster. I say hurray for Hillary in 2012. Hillary is 45!

  36. How the Democratic? Taliban Party has no problem taking money from WEAK ASS Women Groups and then these same groups doesn’t take a STAND when the Democratic? Taliban Party blatantly uses SEXISM and MYSOGINY to bring down the better candidate Hillary Clinton and LOCK OUT her Supporters from DEBATTING at the convention.

    Women aren’t you tired of being TAKEN FOR GRANTED by the DEMOCRATIC? TALIBAN PARTY taken you money and your support for candidates that help defeat your issues? And only by getting called out do you know their true character?

    example:
    Powers Flips on Choice

    Local news coverage of Jon Powers’ struggle with issues of women’s dignity and respect has raised eyebrows across the state. First, in 2003, Mr. Powers was honored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and Irish-Catholic Organization as their Man of the Year.1

    In July of 2007, Mr. Powers claimed that choice was an issue that as an Irish-Catholic he was “struggling” with.

    But so far he labels himself primarily as “fiscally conservative and socially progressive” – ducking answers on hotbed issues like abortion. “I’m an Irish Catholic and that’s something I struggle with,” he said. “Soon I’ll be in a position to make a decision on it.”

    Memo to Powers: That’s an issue on which an opinion is usually required.2

    The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, reported on how a non-partisan women’s organization expressed concern over Mr. Powers’ inconsistency. The Rochester Chapter of NOW complained that Powers gratefully accepted his Man of the Year award from Ancient Order of Hibernians, an organization whose rules require he must concur with Catholic doctrine on abortion rights.

    Powers’ honor by the Hibernians is “a serious problem” for the candidate, said Linda Stephens, political action committee chairwoman for Rochester NOW, a chapter of the National Organization for Women.3

    When Powers balked at affirming his pro-life position publicly, The New York State Democrats for Life President JoAnne Capone went public with her outrage, saying that Jon Powers had solicited money and support from her under false pretenses.4

    Finally, only after a public beating, did Powers come to rest on his current position:

    As recently as last summer, Powers indicated he was, as an Irish Catholic, struggling with the abortion issue. He indicated Wednesday he was pro-choice at the time but didn’t want his grandmother to learn of his position without hearing it from him first.5

    That’s Mr. Powers’ definition of leadership by example – the “grandma defense.”

    http://www.powersplatoon.com

  37. gag me BO ad from move on posted by B Merry here and funny as S***. Admin, this might be one you would like to use in one of your brilliant posts!

    therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/2008/07/28/name-that-ad-and-write-your-own-punchline/#comment-1347

  38. Why didn’t Obama campaign foresee McCain’s Troop Smear?

    UPDATE: To address some reader comments, it was a big mistake by his staff, however it happened, not to go to the hospital, and his staff should have foreseen the devastating PR consequences of failing to do so, especially because it feeds into the “weak on national security” and “failing our troops” narrative the GOP is trying to pin to Obama.

    My guess is that they didn’t want to get into a dispute with the Pentagon over the ground rules for a visit, so his staff decided to scrap it to avoid a political controversy over visiting the wounded troops while worrying about being accused by the GOP of using the soldiers as props in a political campaign. Apparently, they didn’t realize that failing to make the visit would prove far more damaging than any disputes over rules. But once he failed to make the visit, and was headed to other European capitals, he needed to do at least do some effective damage control and not allow himself to be portayed by the Pentagon and its right-wing allies as a showboat who doesn’t care about the troops.

    Unfortunately, Joe Scarborough and other conservative commentators are continuing to push,unchallenged today even by liberal analysts and reporters on their shows, the scurrilous myth in the McCain ad that Obama didn’t go because he couldn’t bring along the media.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/art-levine/how-will-obama-progressiv_b_115162.html
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    It seem Obama’s not visiting the WOUNDED TROOPS is having an effect on his campaign because most people are not buying Team Obama’s many excuses why he didn’t have the time to give support and Thanks to the many brave men and women in the Hospital in Germany…but Obama did have time to go the gym.

    It’s not like Team Obama didn’t plan to go visit, it’s just that Obama couldn’t make it a campaign photo-ops…so they ditched them. Then to make matters worst BLAME the military for reminding them of longstanding policy of no campaigning on military bases.

    Obama take no responsibility or accountability…what a great commander in chief…………nah!

  39. Reid plan splits Dems
    By Alexander Bolton
    Posted: 07/28/08 08:04 PM [ET]

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has split the Democratic front opposed to drilling with a plan that would open new areas for exploration.

    Reid’s proposal was meant to insulate Senate Democratic candidates from public anger over gas prices. Instead, it has created a divide with liberal colleagues and drawn fire from senior House Democrats.

    A group of influential Senate and House Democrats has sided with environmental groups against Reid to call exploration in new areas unnecessary.

    The legislation, drafted by Reid and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), would open nearly a billion new acres off the coast of Alaska to study for drilling. It would also dramatically accelerate oil leases in the western and central Gulf of Mexico.

    “I am unalterably opposed to drilling,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, who cited a massive oil spill that closed nearly 100 miles of the Mississippi River last week.

    Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) urged Reid to be “very careful about drilling off the coast of Alaska.”

    Reid could also face resistance from other Democrats who oppose drilling off Alaska’s shores.

    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), for example, has sponsored legislation to ban drilling in the North Aleutian Basin, an area that Republicans have already opened to oil leasing.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told The Hill that lawmakers should focus on the National Petroleum Reserve on Alaska’s North Slope instead of offshore.

    “There are tens of millions of barrels in the reserve. If you want oil in Alaska, drill there,” she said.

    Some Democrats are irked that Senate leaders haven’t shown stronger resolve in the face of Republican attacks that attempt to blame opponents of offshore drilling for higher gas prices.

    “Some people are just scared of the accusation that not leasing more acres has an impact on oil prices,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, a senior Democrat from Oregon. “It just doesn’t.”

    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, echoed Pelosi.

    “I don’t object to oil companies doing more drilling where they already have leases,” said Waxman.

    “I don’t think any of the proposals to open more areas for oil drilling off the coast of our country makes a lot of sense, because it will be years before we see any oil from these places,” he said.

    Democratic lawmakers say the Reid-Bingaman proposal seems to be gaining momentum, though these same sources questioned whether Pelosi would schedule it for a vote in the House.

    The provision has attracted support from powerful liberals such as Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works panel.

    But Pelosi has balked at scheduling any drilling legislation for a regular floor vote because that would give Republicans an opportunity to force vulnerable Democratic incumbents to vote on difficult amendments.

    Votes against expanded drilling would open Democrats to accusations that they had blocked efforts to lower record gas prices. Votes for Republican amendments to encourage more drilling, however, would anger environmental activists.

    Before reaching the House, the proposal must pass the Senate, where it is caught in a procedural dispute.

    Reid has suggested voting on his legislation and a Republican alternative in the form of amendments to a pending oil speculation bill.

    Reid’s office did not respond to requests seeking comment.

    Republicans are demanding votes on several amendments and have pledged to block Democrats from moving to other issues until drilling receives floor votes.

    Environmental activists have panned Reid’s suggestion that more of Alaska’s waters should be studied for oil drilling.

    “We truly believe drilling off the icy shores of Alaska is a bad idea,” said Melinda Pierce, a lobbyist for the Sierra Club, who said that sea ice increases the chances of an accident in the Arctic. “We’ve been long and vocal opponents of offshore development in the Arctic Ocean.”

    Eleanor Huffines, Alaska director for The Wilderness Society, urged Senate Democrats to forget about offshore drilling and concentrate instead on tax credits for renewable energy development and other ideas.

    “We think looking for additional oil and gas leasing will do nothing to lower the price of gas,” said Huffines.

    Bill Wicker, spokesman for the Energy and Natural Resources panel, said Bingaman supports tax credits for renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.

    But he said the Reid-Bingaman proposal could significantly increase domestic oil production.

    Specifically, the proposal would set up planning areas covering nearly 1 billion acres off the Alaskan coast with access to an estimated 1.2 billion barrels of oil.

    The bill would also accelerate leasing by requiring the government to offer lease sales more frequently. It would also eliminate some royalty relief for Outer Continental Shelf leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Wicker acknowledged environmentalists’ criticism that opening more territory would have little immediate impact on gas prices.

    “We never presented this as going to have an immediate impact on lowering the price of gasoline,” he said.

    thehill.com/leading-the-news/reid-plan-splits-dems-2008-07-28.html

  40. DNC protesters heading back to court
    By Kevin Vaughan

    Originally published 06:51 p.m., July 28, 2008
    Updated 06:51 p.m., July 28, 2008

    Protesters intent on having their voices heard at the Democratic National Convention head to federal court Tuesday in an effort to win better access to delegates at the Pepsi Center.

    But many answers — including how close the protesters will be able to get to Invesco Field at Mile High, where Sen. Barack Obama will deliver his acceptance speech on the convention’s final day — apparently won’t come until at least the second week of August.

    At issue is a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and more than a dozen protest groups, claiming that plans to force protesters into a fenced-off area in a Pepsi Center parking lot and stop parades several blocks from the arena threaten their free speech rights.

    Representatives of Denver and the U.S. Secret Service have argued that the restrictions are necessary to maintain security at the Aug. 25-28 convention. To that end, they established a 47,000-square-foot area for protesters in a Pepsi Center parking lot that at its closest point is 194 feet from the arena and will be surrounded by two fences.

    They also established a parade route that ends several blocks from the arena and only allowed parades from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Most delegates will begin arriving at the Pepsi Center around 3 p.m., with events scheduled to begin each day at 4 p.m., DNC officials have said.

    U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger has set aside three hours for each side at Tuesday’s trial, with closing arguments scheduled Thursday.

    However, she won’t consider testimony on the same issues at Invesco Field until Aug. 11. Although an attorney for the city on Monday announced a route for parades that can be held on Aug. 28, the day the convention moves to the football stadium, no decisions have been made about where demonstrators will be allowed to gather there.

    At today’s hearing, Krieger will listen to testimony on four questions, all related to the first three days of the convention at the Pepsi Center and a parade route that was announced earlier.

    Essentially, Krieger will consider whether, in an effort to protect the First Amendment rights of demonstrators, she should:

    Reconfigure or move the Pepsi Center protest area.

    Redraw the existing parade route to take marchers within “sight and sound” of the Pepsi Center.

    Allow a parade down Chopper Circle, right next to the Pepsi Center, on Aug. 24, the day before the convention opens.

    Allow a parade through downtown ending at the federal court complex on 19th Street.

    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/jul/28/dnc-protesters-heading-back-court/?printer=1/

  41. R.N.C. Creates Facebook Parody Site for Obama
    By Michael Falcone

    Here’s an entry you would not expect to see on Barack Obama’s official profile on the social networking site Facebook: “Barack Obama is now friends with Antonin ‘Tony’ Rezko.”
    thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/

    http://www.barackbook.com/

  42. texan4hillary Says:

    July 28th, 2008 at 9:37 pm
    expect tons of protestors if obama does what i think pick a pro life vp

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    I hope he does do that. Who do you think is in the running?

  43. Unbelievable, anything for politics.

    http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2008/07/obama-prayer-scandal-is-fraud.html

    Monday, July 28, 2008
    Obama Prayer Scandal is a Cynical FRAUD

    Almost from the second that the Obama Prayer showed up in Ma’ariv there was a debate whether it should have been published. Here in the blog world there were nasty debates regarding whether blogs should be posting the private prayer of a public person. Even in synagogue this past Saturday there was a loud debate regarding whether the note should have been published.

    Regular readers of these pages will note they didn’t see the note here. Not because of the private nature of a prayer, but because the entire thing smelled. As I told Yael of Boker Tov Boulder on Friday, commented on Atlas Shrugs , and my Rabbi on Saturday), I did not believe that a Yeshiva Student would violate the sanctity of someones personal prayer to God and even more important was the fact EVERY SINGLE Second of Obama’s “world tour” was detailed for maximum political effect. If a guy could hang campaign posters at such a holy site as the Kotel, he could cynically stage the release of the Prayer that was written by his staff.

    Sadly the news came out today that I was correct. Ma’ariv announced today that the whole thing was done with the cooperation with the Obama Campaign

    A Ma’ariv spokesman was quoted in the Jerusalem Post as saying that “Barack Obama’s note was approved for publication in the international media even before he put in the Kotel, a short time after he wrote it at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.”

    The paper added that is was “pleased” with its “journalistic accomplishment.”

    The campaign might be less pleased with another pronouncement by Maariv: “In any case,” the spokesman said, “since Obama is not a Jew, publishing the note does not constitute an infringement on his right to privacy. Source

    First of all the Paper is 100% WRONG! Most Rabbis would agree that ANY note in the Kotel is private, whether written by a Jew or a Gentile (you won’t find 100% of Rabbis agreeing on anything)

    Most important is the fact that this supposedly religious man is so cynical about his relationship with God, that he allowed his campaign to fake a theft of his note to God, in order to look good politically.

    Posted by Yid With Lid at 7/28/2008 10:38:00 PM

  44. Today, the Gallup polling firm was for Barack Obama’s lead over John McCain before they were against it.

    If that sounds complicated, it’s only the beginning. Early Monday, Gallup released the latest of its daily tracking polls, which showed Obama holding an eight point lead over John McCain 48-40. Then, at the close of business, Gallup revealed results of its co-effort with USA Today, in which — gasp! — John McCain was shown to have a four-point lead over Obama.

    In the latter instance, the metric being evaluated was one near and dear to the hearts of pollsters, the “likely voter.” In the earlier poll that showed Obama ahead, Gallup merely surveyed registered voters.

    Obama partisans would perhaps point out that the Illinois Democrat’s entire campaign is based on drawing new voters — or “unlikely voters” in the parlance of pollsters — into in the political process. Many observers have taken the record-breaking turnout from the Democrats’ primary season as empirical evidence of an unusual enthusiasm among rank and file voters on that side of the partisan divide.

    Which makes investigating the Gallup/USA Today “likely voter” statistics all the more odd. Besides its rare finding of a McCain lead, almost all of the voters deemed “unlikely” to turn out just so happened to be Obama voters.

    Emory Univeristy political scientist Alan Abramowitz broke it down for the Huffington Post. Noting that out of the 900 voter sample surveyed by Gallup/USA Today, the pollsters deemed 791 of those individuals to be “likely” ones, and it is their responses which make up the 49-45 figure that immediately got coverage on MSNBC’s Hardball.

    By contrast, the full 900 person sample of registered voters polled by USA Today showed Obama with a 47-44 lead. So what about those 109 unlikely voters? According to Abramowitz, “among your 109 unlikely voters, according to Gallup, Obama leads McCain by a whopping 61 percent to 7 percent. Putting it another way, according to Gallup 16 percent of registered Obama supporters are unlikely to vote compared with only 2 percent of registered McCain supporters.”

    Meanwhile, Gallup’s independent tracking poll is conducted with an entirely different — and larger — sample of 3,000 voters.

    And Abramowitz notes that this isn’t the first time Gallup has courted controversy in calculating “likely” voters. “Eight years ago the Gallup organization got in hot water for using a likely voter screen several weeks before Election Day that produced wild fluctuations in candidate preference. At one point, the Gallup tracking poll went from an 8 point Gore lead to an 11 point Bush lead in three days. Of course, this was nonsense. The wild swings in the tracking poll were almost entirely caused by the likely voter screen. Those results were not to be believed. And neither are these.”

    Jeff Jones of the Gallup Poll pushes back on Abramowitz’s critique of their joint USA Today poll by noting that the voter model “assumes a 60 percent voter turnout of national adults. The likely voter sample is weighted to match this assumption, so the weighted sample size of likely [voters] is 604.”

    Therefore, Jones says Obama’s lead among “unlikely voters” is merely 51 percent to 21 percent.

    Still, that’s a huge margin. And it begs the question: How useful is it to try to estimate, 100 days out from the election, which registered voters are likely to vote — especially when they favor one candidate so dramatically?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/28/two-gallup-polls-one-day_n_115473.html
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    I see that Gallop poll is causing some concerns about Obama being able to close the deal.

  45. It suddenly occurred to me that before this primary/election season, I had so much respect for a number of politicians, celebrities, and other VIPs in different walks of life. Their choice of Obama has taken all of that away from me. I will never look at these people the same way again.

  46. birdgal Says:

    July 28th, 2008 at 10:02 pm
    carby: Kaine of Virginia has been mentioned. Might as well pick a Republican.

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    I’m not surprise, Carter has been saying for awhile that the Dems worry about Pro Choice too much instead of focusing away from that.

    That why I condemn those WEAK WOMEN GROUPS that has supported the weak azz Democrats and abandoned their principles and let blatant SEXISM and MYSOGINY as political tactic and DON’T hold the Democratic? Taliban Party feet to the fire.

    The Democrats do not respect WOMEN!!!

    They believe they can divide us to conquer and then we will come running back ready to scrap and bow for the little bits they throw at our feet.

    The minute that crap started to happen all those WOMEN GROUPS should had spoken up and stood on their principle and values…but NO, divide and conquored because those leaders are so full of crap, Playmates!

  47. Check this out:

    Monday, July 28, 2008
    Obama Prayer Scandal is a Cynical FRAUD

    Almost from the second that the Obama Prayer showed up in Ma’ariv there was a debate whether it should have been published. Here in the blog world there were nasty debates regarding whether blogs should be posting the private prayer of a public person. Even in synagogue this past Saturday there was a loud debate regarding whether the note should have been published.

    Regular readers of these pages will note they didn’t see the note here. Not because of the private nature of a prayer, but because the entire thing smelled. As I told Yael of Boker Tov Boulder on Friday, commented on Atlas Shrugs , and my Rabbi on Saturday), I did not believe that a Yeshiva Student would violate the sanctity of someones personal prayer to God and even more important was the fact EVERY SINGLE Second of Obama’s “world tour” was detailed for maximum political effect. If a guy could hang campaign posters at such a holy site as the Kotel, he could cynically stage the release of the Prayer that was written by his staff.

    Sadly the news came out today that I was correct. Ma’ariv announced to day that the whole thing was done with the cooperation with the Obama Campaign

    A Ma’ariv spokesman was quoted in the Jerusalem Post as saying that “Barack Obama’s note was approved for publication in the international media even before he put in the Kotel, a short time after he wrote it at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.”

    The paper added that is was “pleased” with its “journalistic accomplishment.”

    The campaign might be less pleased with another pronouncement by Maariv: “In any case,” the spokesman said, “since Obama is not a Jew, publishing the note does not constitute an infringement on his right to privacy. Source

    First of all the Paper is 100% WRONG! Most Rabbis would agree that ANY note in the Kotel is private, whether written by a Jew or a Gentile (you won’t find 100% of Rabbis agreeing on anything)

    Most important is the fact that this supposedly religious man is so cynical about his relationship with God, that he allowed his campaign to fake a theft of his note to God, in order to look good politically.

    Posted by Yid With Lid at 7/28/2008

  48. Obama campaign backs U.S. Rep. Wexler despite residency flap
    Washington Bureau
    July 27, 2008
    WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler remains in good standing with the Barack Obama presidential campaign despite a flap over the congressman’s residence in South Florida.

    “Representative Wexler has provided incredible support in reaching out to voters across Florida,” said Bobby Gravitz, a South Florida spokesman for the campaign. Wexler “will continue to work to ensure that Senator Obama is elected as our next president.”

    Wexler’s opponents in his re-election campaign and other critics have questioned whether he meets congressional residence requirements by listing his in-laws’ home in Delray Beach. He moved his family to Maryland 11 years ago. One of his opponents has said he wants the Florida secretary of state to investigate.

    Wexler, co-chairman of Obama’s Florida campaign and chief liaison to the Jewish community nationwide, calls the criticism a “baseless political attack.”

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/florida/sfl-flawexler0727sbjul27,0,3625484.story

  49. BHO really has a character problem. This is the biggest problem so far.

    “Most important is the fact that this supposedly religious man is so cynical about his relationship with God, that he allowed his campaign to fake a theft of his note to God, in order to look good politically.

    Posted by Yid With Lid at 7/28/2008”

  50. lindax, Is that what happened, a member of his campaign stole it just to publicize it?? Do you have a link??

  51. So am I reading the tealeaves right with these stories about Virginia Governor Tim Kaine being (possibly) BO’s VP choice, after Terry McAuliffe strongly signaled the same thing last week?

    That’d mean – obviously – Hill doesn’t want it and prefers to remain in the Senate.

    It’d also mean she received NOTHING after – as we know all too well – getting more votes than Obama and winning every big Democratic primary.

    If that’s the case, someone’s really going to have to explain this strategy to me….

  52. Simply, They don’t want Hillary Clinton….no male want to see a female President and Hillary Clinton had a very legitimate chance to become the 1st female POTUS.

    It’s alright for women to back up the male candidate or work behind the scene also Hillary Clinton was the real progressive with her plans.

    There is NO doubt in my mind she would have got universal Healthcare passed that would have taken away many of the benefits to the Insurance company then goes against the pocketbook of the comsumers and provider.

    She would have reign in the Credit card industry and other Banking practices that is bankrupting this country and rolled back Bush/Cheney energy bill…that Hillary and McCain did not vote for, while Obama did.

  53. Hi Guys,

    Haven’t posted for a while, but do read, and just had to tell you this story. A friend of mine was vacationing in Israel some weeks ago, and came back with these Obama postcards that said Hope and Change (or something like that) in Hebrew! This was weeks and weeks before Obama went to Israel. Who ever heard of this? Can you imagine a politician from another country running for their highest office coming to the U.S. and giving out what looks like campaign material weeks in advance? I find it creepy. it’s like Obama’s running for President of the World, or something.

  54. Tim Kaine ? What a joke. This guy has thinner resume than Bambi, no wonder Obama’s going to pick him. Kaine coasted on Warner’s lustre to victory in 2005 election. He has had no achivements for the extremely short 2-year tenure.

    Kaine is a complete bore. he doesn’t speak well and has this weird habit of eyebrowing.

    Geez, no surprise bambi will choose this guy, another boring, submissive, idiotic man who will not overshadow our Messiah.

    Obama/Kaine combo is toast.

  55. “That pilfered prayer has now been published in an Israeli newspaper, exposing to the world a personal plea for God to help him “guard against pride and despair.”

    too late for item #1

    “despair” ? Obama?

    I am sorry, but the fact that he had cameras on him while he was placing his prayer (and it was a rather fumbled placement) and publicized the whole thing withh campaign banneers makes this man more vapid than I thought.

    And that is hard.

    Obama’s Arrogant Prayer and Cynical Call to the Heavens

  56. You would have at least thought he would have asked for World Peace…

    but once again

    all about him

  57. Soooooooooooo . . . . let me get this straight. Bambi goes to the country that gave Dachau, Treblinka and Bukenwald to the world and apologizes for Amerika’s imperfections . . . . . to a crowd of 200,000 germans (who are probably stoned out of their minds after 2 rock concerts). . . . . and drops 4 points in the polls.
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    Obama’s Trip Backfires; McCain Surges to 4-Point Lead in USA Today/Gallup Poll

    Monday, July 28, 2008 9:35 PM

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    A surprising poll released Monday confirms Sen. Barack Obama’s worst nightmare: he actually lost ground to Sen. John McCain after a global trip meant to buck up his sagging credentials in foreign and military policy.

    The USA Today/Gallup poll has McCain leading Obama by four points, 49 percent to Obama’s 45 percent, among likely voters.

    Just last month, the same poll had McCain trailing by six points to the neophyte U.S. senator.

    Among registered voters, McCain was just three points behind Obama — a statistical dead heat.

    The USA Today/Gallup poll is consistent with the Rasmussen tracking poll, which also shows Obama ahead by just three percentage points — again a statistical tie.

    The polls suggest that Obama’s efforts to act like a president abroad — even though he has yet to be elected — may have backfired among American voters.

    In Berlin, Obama spoke to 200,000 cheering Germans. The Democratic candidate used the foreign platform to express the view that he was a “fellow citizen of the world” and apologized for America’s imperfections.

    Later, he decided not to visit wounded American soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in southern Germany. When the Pentagon informed Obama’s campaign that the hospital would be closed to the press and campaign staff — only the senator and his official staff would be allowed in — Obama decided to cancel the event.

    McCain has been quick to seize on Obama’s ill-advised decision to cancel the humanitarian visit to the hospital.

    A McCain television commercial released on the Internet this past weekend chided Obama for his callous act.

    “And now, he made time to go to the gym, but canceled a visit with wounded troops,” the ad says. “Seems the Pentagon wouldn’t allow him to bring cameras. John McCain is always there for our troops.”

  58. kostner- Kaine is a guiness book bore and a guiness book nerd. His wife is the one who told the world that bambi is the worlds first metasexual–does that mean hermorpidite?

  59. Hillary was offered the vp job that night at Feinsteins house and turned it down. No she doesnt want the thing. That is just hype. Yes she said she would do it to help the party. She is probably breathing a sight of relief that he did not accept, Did you notice nobody else did either. Venaman??????? I was doing some legislative work for the Texas Cattlemen years ago and her name popped up. Great crendentials for his vp–orchard crops in Califrornia if I recall. Nuts/

  60. In relation to the blog by Carbynew, “my concerns for America” I would like to try and add my thoughts on this subject. The heck with all of the POLLS. In the past they have evident nothing for sure. I believe I have blogged to Hillary a while back that it appears that OB is not that happy to run for President of our country. His speeches, behavior, flip,flops running away and not remembering what he has said leads one to wonder if he truly believes in his heart that he wants to be president. The evidence put forth in the media, blogs etc has shown he is supported, directed on what to do, where to go and what to say, in otherwords, his financial supporters, some who are from the underground supporting his campaign in order to take over our country. As time tells at this moment, OB and his underground magnets are organized and using OB as their front coffer because he is weak and will follow whatever they say in order to gain control by winning the election. Additionally, a fear and a big one is the plan is for him to put in high office his associates who may be ready to jump aboard once he takes office. So far, he is wishie washie on naming a VP. No not Hillary or any one in office at this time. It looks like he has someone other waiting behind the curtain to name VP. Look our senate and house because it is possible there will be big changes there as well.
    As for the hope that Hillary or anyone else having a chance in 2012 to run for President, it would be unlikely due to OB has talked about our country having to many elections now. He will never get out of office by election because our country will no longer be free. Just look and think about what already has happened in our country. He is the only candidate running for high office and allowed to be above the law no matter what law or laws he has broken. The evidence so far has supported who he really is, who he is associated with, his wife, by the way, yesterday on the media there was an article that OB has thrown out the workers in South Florida democratic offices and put in his own staff., He is paying them 2,500.00 a month to run around and sign up new voters. The people are mad because his staff does not know where they are going or what they are doing. Imagine what he has done in other states. We have lived in S. Fl. many years, the Hispanics are 50% many do vote. illegals and others who cannot vote are high. I will end by saying that I am shocked that our fathers have allowed him to get away and not doing anything to stop this take over and shame of our Country. I realize that you don’t have to agree and that is okay with me. I will continue to read your blogs, support Hillary, vote and pray for the best. Your opinions will be appreciated.

  61. Obama campaign backs U.S. Rep. Wexler despite residency flap
    Washington Bureau
    July 27, 2008
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    birds of a feather
    flock together

    all it is is a flap??????????????????????????????????? Nice reporting.

  62. harriet–100% sure bo is front man for kennedy machine. Also believe Illiniois combine–wants to go nationwide, and group of powerful economic interests Soros et. al) Also this move of dnc to chicago is suspicious once you get past the pretext arguments like tax incentives. lowere cost of livin and get to the real one. If I were Patrick Fitzgerald or one of his asst aspiring us attorneys I would be looking into any connection between Illinois combine and dnc and the takeover of these state party appartaus=LCN model? dont know/

  63. Watched a re-broadcast of hannity colmes a couple of minutes ago and laughed my a** off when Dick Morris said that they just discovered that women over forty a problem for waffles. how can he be taken seriously– “just realized”????

  64. texan-she sounds more fatalistic than miffed. We know the guy is a liar and so does she. I think Teddy Kennedy may be pulling the strings.

  65. note obama says will announce in mid aug giving little time to mobilize against his pro lifer pick

  66. # texan4hillary Says:
    July 29th, 2008 at 12:49 am

    nyt-obama says no to hillary and hillary is miffed. very sick-
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/us/politics/29dems.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print
    ***********
    GOOD!!! 😀 this means the Hillary supporters that were willing to vote for BHO if he picked Hillary as his VP will no longer be willing to vote for him 😀 YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he just threw the other 9 million Hillary supporters back under the bus for another running over !! LOL!!

    this is great news!!!

  67. Kaine is such a boring pick. I can’t see even Obama picking him. Probably just a smokescreen to keep the final pick a surprise?

  68. 1. Adam Nagorney (NYT); Mr. Obama’s aides are confident that the passions of the primary season have given way to a more pragmatic view among Mrs. Clinton’s supporters and that Mr. Obama would not risk a major backlash from women or other constituencies associated with her if the vice presidential slot goes to someone else.

    2 Chris Matthews: I don’t think by any means, does BO have this deal closed with the Clinton crowd. Their contributors, women, women’s group they are not together. The Clinton people are not aboard. The Democratic party is not united and anybody that thinks that it is, is confused or deluded. This Democratic Party has got problems on it’s hands. And it’s BO challenge to bring Bill Clinton aboard. When I see their two faces together in the same room, I’ll believe it. I haven’t seen that yet. There is big time problems in the Democratic party.

    3. Q: Can both statements by true? If not who is lying?

  69. # texan4hillary Says:
    July 29th, 2008 at 12:49 am

    nyt-obama says no to hillary and hillary is miffed. very sick-

    *******

    I suspect this stuff is about as true as speculations about what arguments Angelina and Brad are having this week.

  70. Blue: do you know what happened that caused 100 or whatever the number of sds to jump over to bambi on june 3. somebody told me rangel made a deal with obama and never told her about it. That she could finish campaigning on condition that she would concede at end of primary. Is there any truth to that? Is there some other reason that you know of. Not enough money to explain it.

  71. wb,

    That she COULD? finish campaigning?

    How would Rangel stop her? I speculated at the time based on what leaked of the conference call that Rangel was thinking primarily of keeping his chairmanship on Ways & Means, combined with the fact that he and the other blacks were ditching Hillary to take ‘their’ shot.

    The big threat was that supposedly, those who joined Rangel COULD face challenges in their district (in Hillary’s state!) from Obama-backing candidates.

    OOOOOOooooooo…. Big Fuckin Deal. Lamest shit I ever heard.

    Something stinks well beyond the high heavens here… as we know.

  72. Obama and the DNC Target Hispanics in Swing States
    Tuesday, July 29, 2008; A06

    A $20 MILLION PLAN

    Obama and the DNC Target Hispanics in Swing States

    Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee are expected to unveil a $20 million investment in Hispanic voter mobilization Tuesday that targets most major battleground states.

    DNC Chairman Howard Dean said the sum is unprecedented for a presidential campaign and represents a show of Democratic confidence that Latino voters could prove pivotal in states including New Mexico and Michigan.

    Although Republican rival John McCain represents Arizona, a state with a strong Hispanic presence, Dean cited a poll last week by the Pew Hispanic Center showing Obama’s approval rating with registered Latino voters at 66 percent nationwide, compared with 23 percent for McCain.

    “We need to cement that,” Dean said of the Pew lead. “There’s enormous potential in the Latino population.”

    Targets will include Florida; Western states such as Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico; and Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, industrial battlegrounds with sizable Hispanic populations. The money will be spent on niche advertising and other outreach, along with mobilization efforts aimed at identifying, registering and turning out new Democratic voters.

    Over the weekend, the campaign held a training session in Las Vegas to teach local organizers how to canvass Hispanic communities. A similar forum will be held soon in Florida, Dean said, and sessions in other states are in the planning stages.

    The investment is intended to benefit other Democratic candidates as well, including high-profile House and Senate races in Colorado, New Mexico and Florida.

    Last week’s Pew poll suggested that Obama’s support among Hispanics has climbed steadily since the primary season, when the increasingly influential voter group broke solidly for Hillary Clinton. But McCain also is competing aggressively for Hispanic support, and his campaign said a grass-roots effort is well underway.

    “We’ve been doing all that,” McCain spokeswoman Hessy Fernandez said of Obama’s efforts.

    The McCain campaign has zeroed in on a similar group of states, and the candidate will hit three of them this week: Nevada, Colorado and Florida. McCain is running Spanish-language radio, online and television ads and has hosted forums with Hispanic small-business owners, among other events.

    Fernandez conceded that the Republican Party’s poor standing with Hispanics, attributable partly to its stance on immigration, has harmed McCain. She said the challenge is to distinguish the candidate from the party, reminding voters that McCain’s ties to the Hispanic community run deep. McCain has long advocated a middle ground on immigration, especially on the issue of illegal workers.

    “It’s an important distinction,” Fernandez said. But “we’re confident we can do very well among the Latino community,” she said.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/28/AR2008072802786_pf.html

  73. NOW-NYS Head To Obama: Woo Women Voters With ‘Gifts’
    NOW-NYS President Marcia Pappas is at it again.

    The staunch Hillary Clinton supporter who caused a Web tsunami last January when she accused Sen. Ted Kennedy of “betraying” women by endorsing Barack Obama for president, has issued a press release entitled “What Woman Want From Obama” that proposes a list of “gifts” he must bring to the table to woo the female vote.

    They include:

    1) Four or five pro-choice, women appointed to the US Supreme Court, plus a pro-choice litmus test for all lower-court appointments.

    2) Replace DNC Chairman Howard Dean with a woman “who will not sit back quietly whil sexist attacks are levid against women candidates.”

    3) Ensure superdelegates reflect gender equality.

    4) Change the primary system (Pappas deems caucuses “not democratic” and wants to allow secret ballots so women aren’t “intimidated” and can “vote their conscience.”

    5) (Direct quotes here):

    “Many misogynists from other parties crossed over party lines to vote in the Democratic primaries. In fact Obama counted on this. He didn’t want a re-vote in Florida or Michigan because the Republicans had already voted.”

    “If we ever get another woman candidate who can make a serious bid for the presidency, misogynists from other parties should not determine the Democratic candidate. Women make up two thirds of the Democratic party; and our effect should not be diluted by the primary/caucus process.”

    “When there is work to be done, when there are close votes, and when there are close races, women are the backbone of the Democratic Party. When it comes to choosing the Democratic nominee, women’s votes must be represented proportionally.”

    “Before women have another opportunity for the presidency, there should be a level playing field. In case we get another chance, we need assurances that this misogynist sleight-of-hand won’t happen again. Obama must bear these gifts. Then we can talk.”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2008/07/nownys-head-to-obama-woo-women.html
    *****************************************************
    This is WEAK and Unrealistic, Obama doesn’t have to do any of this because WOMEN allow this crap to happen. You can’t negotiate with the problem you must attack it and remove it, to make them realize that there are consequences to this behavior.

    You need to see action before commitment this time because we are past words.

  74. Monday, July 28, 2008
    NOW OBAMA AND THE DNC ARE LYING ABOUT AN OPEN CONVENTION.

    Someone who can only be considered a paid liar for the DNC by the name of Tom McMahon sent out a fund raising letter on behalf of Barack Obama and the DNC that is nothing short of being an out and out lie, inviting Democrats to “the first truly open Democratic Convention in a generation”.

    It was interesting that the DNC and Obama chose to use the key words that are in every Denver Group ad calling for “an open convention:” But in reality Obama and the DNC are inviting people to an open convention in much the same way they stood up for Florida and Michigan when it came to fulfilling democratic principles. And Obama wants an open convention the same way he kept his campaign promises of “every vote must count” and “voices must be heard” when it came to seating Florida and Michigan.

    First the Fowler letter and now this. It seems there is no depths to which Obama and the DNC will not sink and no lie too shameless.

    What the DNC deserves is a barrage of calls and letters demanding a true open convention since they have decided to use the term to dishonestly try and raise money unless of course they are willing to truly have an open convention which means only one thing — Senator Clinton’s name in nomination. If they don’t have that truly open convention, or if Senator Obama is still the choice of super delegates after all his dishonesty, then they deserve one other thing — the worst defeat in history of the party which Clinton supporters can accomplish if they refuse to vote for Obama. That will purge the party of all the dishonest players that seems to have taken over the party. They need to know its going to be one or the other. Either way Clinton supporters will win.

    tominpaine.blogspot.com/2008/07/now-obama-and-dnc-are-lying-about-open.html

  75. Yet more hypocrisy, another reason he’s a lying piece of shit.

    During the Democratic primary battle, blasting the private security firm Blackwater USA as a bunch of unaccountable trigger-happy mercenaries was an easy crowd pleaser – particularly after the September 2006 Nisoor Square incident and a subsequent congressional report that stated the company’s use of force was “frequent and extensive”.

    Hillary Clinton announced she was sponsoring legislation banning the use of private security contractors. Barack Obama didn’t sign up to this and would not rule out using Blackwater and its ilk. But he made clear his disdain for the outfit, trumpeting in Iowa City last October his proposal for “tougher government reforms than any other candidate in this race – reforms that would eliminate the kind of no-bid contracts that this administration has given to Blackwater”.

    He added: “Most contractors act as if the law doesn’t apply to them. Under my plan, if contractors break the law, they will be prosecuted.”

    In Pennsylvania in March he stated that “we have to crack down on private contractors like Blackwater, because I don’t believe they should be able to run amok and put our own troops in danger and get paid three or four times or ten times what our soldiers are getting paid”.

    So who do you think protected Obama and his fellow senators Jack Reed and Chuck Hagel during their recent and much ballyhooed congressional delegation trip to Afghanistan? Yep, that’s right – Blackwater.

    In his Washington Whispers column, the well-connected Paul Bedard reports that Obama was overheard saying that “Blackwater is getting a bad rap”. A fairly startling alleged observation given his previous utterances about the company – though perhaps unsurprising given he was in a war zone and his life was in the hands of Blackwater guards.

    A tight-lipped Anne Tyrrell, spokeswoman for Blackwater, said she could neither confirm nor deny that the company had been involved in the visits by the senators to Afghanistan or Iraq. My request to Bill Burton, Obama’s national spokesman, for comment on the Bedard story – including whether the alleged quote or its sentiment was genuine – went unanswered.

    But a source familiar with Obama’s security arrangements told me that Blackwater, along with the Secret Service, did pull security for the three senators in Afghanistan, though not Iraq.

    Deceiver describes this as Obama’s “Rosie O’Donnell moment” That’s maybe a tad harsh but it will be interesting to see whether Obama’s public position on Blackwater changes as a result of his up-close time with their personnel in Afghanistan.

    blogs.telegraph.co.uk/toby_harnden/blog/2008/07/29/blackwater_protected_barack_obama_in_afghanistan

    deceiver.com/2008/07/27/baracks-rosie-odonnell-moment/

  76. Yup and Obama opens his big mouth and lets things slip into an mic he didnt know was there.

    Obama confides to Cameron about the risks of becoming a political dilettante

    The two young politicians who could soon have UK-US relations in their hands lamented the pressures of crammed schedules and the lack of time to think clearly when they got together today.

    Barack Obama and David Cameron apparently thought they were having a private chat when they met at Westminster earlier – unaware that the whole exchange was being picked up by a big fuzzy boom mike.

    ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper runs their tete-a-tete here on his excellent Political Punch blog.

    How long before the Mr Obama’s foes – if not the John McCain camp directly – seize on these unguarded comments? I can imagine the feverish excitement in the conservative blogosphere as he appears to admit that his packed daily diary can end up in him making mistakes and losing the “big picture”.

    Actually, Mr Obama has unwittingly given us a frank and accurate insight into the pressures on politicians in this day and age. And he also lays out how he tries to stand back and make political judgments based on advice from the experts that surround him.

    “You should be on the beach,” Mr Cameron tells him. “You need a break. Well, you need to be able to keep your head together.”

    The Senator responds that he has a week’s holiday planned for August before starting to riff on the problem of packed schedules leaving a politician with no time to think.

    The Conservative leader agrees, referring to how his diary fills up as “the dentist’s waiting room”. Obama replies: “And, well, and you start making mistakes…or you lose the big picture. Or you lose a sense of, I think you lose a feel– ”

    “Your feeling,” interrupts Mr Cameron, showing that famous touchy-feely side. “And that is exactly what politics is all about. The judgment you bring to make decisions.”

    And then Obama reveals his philosophy for taking decisions,

    “The truth is that we’ve got a bunch of smart people, I think, who know ten times more than we do about the specifics of the topics. And so if what you’re trying to do is micromanage and solve everything then you end up being a dilettante but you have to have enough knowledge to make good judgments about the choices that are presented to you.”

    blogs.telegraph.co.uk/philip_sherwell/blog/2008/07/26/obama_confides_to_cameron_about_the_risks_of_becoming_a_political_dilettante

  77. and again he shows his stupidity in foreign questions

    blogs.telegraph.co.uk/toby_harnden/blog/2008/07/25/memo_to_barack_obama_no_walls_have_come_down_in_belfast

    Memo to Barack Obama: no walls have ‘come down’ in Belfast

    The words sounded wonderful. “Not only have walls come down in Berlin, but they have come down in Belfast, where Protestant and Catholic found a way to live together,” Barack Obama told 200,000 gathered for his speech at the Victory Column. Only trouble is, that’s not the case – since Good Friday peace agreement in 1998, the walls dividing Belfast’s sectarian enclaves (known as the “peace line”) have been going up, not coming down.

    Obama has no excuse for getting this wrong because his own Northern Ireland adviser Trina Vargo wrote an oped piece in the “Irish Times” in February that began with the words “Belfast’s so-called peace walls remain”. It quoted former Senator George Mitchell – who chaired the Good Fiday talks – as saying: “I hope and pray that I live to see the day when the peace line goes the way of the Berlin Wall: its destruction will be the symbolic end of an age of conflict.”

    In September 2007 Vargo even drew a direct contrast between the wall coming down in Berlin and walls staying up in Belfast in another “Irish Times” piece in which she asked: “With things settling down in Northern Ireland, isn’t it time to consider taking down the so-called ‘peace’ walls separating communities instead of erecting more””

    A quick Google search would have clued in Obama’s speechwriters. Shawn Pogatchnik, the long-time Belfast correspondent for the AP, wrote a piece in May that was headlined “Despite peace, Belfast walls are growing in size and number” in “USA Today”. He reported: “Ten years after peace was declared in Northern Ireland, one might have expected that Belfast’s barriers would be torn down by now. But reality, as usual, is far messier. Not one has been dismantled. Instead they’ve grown in both size and number.”

    I checked in with a couple friends in Belfast last night. They confirmed that the trend I witnessed while reporting from Northern Ireland up to late 1999 has continued. While there has been dramatic political progress in Northern Ireland, if anything there has been an increase in sectarianism. The consensus is that it will take at least another generation before Protestants and Catholics can “find a way to live together” in a fashion that the rest of the civilised world would consider normal.

    Obama could also have checked with one of the foreign policy staff travelling with him. He is being accompanied on his grand tour by James Steinberg, who as President Bill Clinton’s deputy national security adviser was closely involved in the Northern Ireland issue.

    No doubt the Obama campaign will try to wriggle out of this by saying Obama was referring to metaphorical walls. But that won’t cut much ice with those living on either side of the peace line in fear of attacks from sectarian mobs.

    Dumb as rocks indeed.

  78. texan4hillary Says:
    July 28th, 2008 at 9:37 pm
    expect tons of protestors if obama does what i think pick a pro life vp

    ————————–

    i hope he does. the traitors NARAL, NOW, et al deserve it.

  79. Blue Democrat Says:
    So am I reading the tealeaves right with these stories about Virginia Governor Tim Kaine being (possibly) BO’s VP choice, after Terry McAuliffe strongly signaled the same thing last week?

    That’d mean – obviously – Hill doesn’t want it and prefers to remain in the Senate.

    It’d also mean she received NOTHING after – as we know all too well – getting more votes than Obama and winning every big Democratic primary.

    If that’s the case, someone’s really going to have to explain this strategy to me….

    Hillary has plainly said she doesn’t want VP and prefers to stay in the Senate. She said this in the NY Mag cover interview in early June, and also earlier in the campaign. She told Couric she would be ‘the Senator from NY.’

    She said the only way she would take VP would be as a favor to the party if requested.

    There are many advantages to Senator, none to VP. Not sure which strategy you want explained.

  80. confloyd Says:

    July 28th, 2008 at 10:42 pm
    lindax, Is that what happened, a member of his campaign stole it just to publicize it?? Do you have a link??
    ************************************
    http://stuckon-stupid.com/2008/07/29/obama-campaign-collaberated-with-media-on-release-of-western-wall-note/

    Also,
    http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2008/07/obama-prayer-scandal-is-fraud.html

    You can go to RealClearPolitics.com and get these articles on the “Reader’s Article” section in the lower right corner.

  81. confloyd Says:

    July 28th, 2008 at 10:42 pm
    lindax, Is that what happened, a member of his campaign stole it just to publicize it?? Do you have a link??

    ***************************
    I tried post the links twice, but somehow it did not show. You can go to RealClearPolitics’ home page under “Reader’s Article” in the lower right hand corner to find two article’s about this. Apparently, BHO’s campaign released his note to one Israel paper even before he went to the west wall.

  82. So who do you think protected Obama and his fellow senators Jack Reed and Chuck Hagel during their recent and much ballyhooed congressional delegation trip to Afghanistan? Yep, that’s right – Blackwater.

    LMFAO!! I honestly don’t think I’ve ever encountered a person less able to take a stand on ANYTHING. He’s moved from being pathetic to being downright comical.

  83. Apparently, BHO’s campaign released his note to one Israel paper even before he went to the west wall

    So much for Jesus’ instruction not to pray loudly from the street corner, in order to be seen and praised. 😉

  84. carbynew

    You are right about women and their demands now. In tough negotiations, you negotiate before you endorse. Women still think you can get someplace within the DNC system. When in fact, women in the workplace and outside the workplace have only made progress outside the system, by standing their ground when they have the power, and making sure their issues were covered. Many women by themselves have stood up and called corporate America on how they have overlooked women, and other women have profited from this. Women still I think have a problem with being tough in this respect. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are smart and work hard, but controversay, and ruffling the feathers are hard calls for them. they prefer to think that men will take care of them.

    Obama does not need to take care of them, because they threw their power away.

    It will be the women and their supporters who stand their ground outside the convention area, and embarrasse the DNC that will make any sort of impression. We need to give them our strongest support possible.

  85. SDs I would have thought that the overseas trip was a test. So what is happening to the bump? It has to be very worrisome that about 30 days until the end to the cliff that this test failed so miserable. So what are the polls telling you. That McCain is ahead at all, is truly amazing. The summer is suppose to be the high point in polls for the Democrats, according to experts. This was suppose to be the megga year. BC was ahead double digit, and he won like by 6%.

    O CAN NOT CLOSE THE DEAL. TOO BAD YOU STAKED YOUR CAREERS ON HIM. IF HRC WERE THE NOMINEE, SHE WOULD BE POLLING DOUBLE DIGITS.

    But then why did you think this would happen, when Dean could not even win Iowa, and O has no experience. Did you think, shoving it down our throats would work.

    AND TO THINK MANY OF YOU WENT AGAINST THE POPULAR VOTES IN YOUR AREA, THINKING AN O VICTORY WOULD MAKE YOUR SUPPORTERS FORGET. It is going to be hard to explain when you come up for reelection how you did not support your supporters vote, and lost a shoe in for the DNC.

  86. LMAO! Here’s a brilliantly witty comment left on Wonkette:

    “I think ‘Obama-Kaine’ is what my dentist used to knock me out before he and his assistant did unspeakable things to me. At least, that’s what I requested.”

  87. In my part of the country a lot of the over 40 Democrats are going to sit this elections out, they are so upset. If McCain conducts some of his townhall meetings, I think he can convince this segment to vote here. I think they will relate really well to him, and his townhall meeting style.

  88. Women are not going to be treated with anymore respect, until they stand up to the misogynists. The DNC, is counting on the women to “get in line.” The list of demands by NOW, is very weak and does not have any consequences.

    This is the most closed convention ever. No nomination for Hillary, and attendees have to be screened, starting at their local democratic party chapters. This is “open?” Tell me in what universe, is this an open process? No dissent is allowed, demonstrators regalated to a chained-in area, away from the delegates. The convention is a sham, of the greatest magnitude, ever.

  89. Open convention:

    The crowd enveloping Barack Obama when he accepts the Democratic nomination for president at Invesco Field at Mile High will be asked to get to work for the privilege of witnessing the historic event live.

    In a half-hour interview Wednesday with The Denver Post, Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Steve Hildebrand, said he wants to use the ticketing process as a massive recruitment tool meant to bring in supporters from all 50 states and energize them to carry the campaign into the final 60 days of the general election.

    “We’re going to ask those 80,000 people in that stadium to march out of there and go with very specific instructions and goals to register millions of new voters,” Hildebrand said.

    oohnuance.blogspot.com/2008/07/want-seat-at-democratic-convention.html

  90. I have a really hard time believing that a “member of his staff” stole Obama’s note. Obama is nothing if not cunning. This was supposed to be a halo moment for the annoited one. Instead he has egg on his face.

    It angers me no end that this man made a mockery of one of the holiest rituals for the Israelis. The fact that he even stepped foot on Israeli soil is an abomination as well.

  91. Jan: The note was given to the press by the BO campaign. Staffers would not have stolen the note from the annoited one.

  92. Jan: The note was given to the press by the BO campaign. Staffers would not have stolen the note from the annoited one.

  93. birdgal,

    Unless women can stand up on their own feet, they’ll be doomed to be ignored. I am frankly very disgusted and disappointed with the behavior of many of those women who have no self-respect whatsoever.

  94. Nancy is just as delusional as bambi. With a shill like Pelosi, women can forget about electing their own as president for a looog looog time to come.
    ———————————-
    Pelosi: ‘I’m trying to save the planet’

    With fewer than 20 legislative days before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, the entire appropriations process has largely ground to a halt because of the ham-handed fighting that followed Republican attempts to lift the moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration. And after promising fairness and open debate, Pelosi has resorted to hard-nosed parliamentary devices that effectively bar any chance for Republicans to offer policy alternatives.

    “I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet,” she says impatiently when questioned. “I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy.”

    “I respect the office that I hold,” she says. “And when you win the election, you win the majority, and what is the power of the speaker? To set the agenda, the power of recognition, and I am not giving the gavel away to anyone.”

  95. Nancy is full, of you know what.

    Kostner, the movie Iron Jawed Angels was an eye opener for me. Back in the days of the suffragette movement, there were different groups of activists. One group wanted to work within the party, and the other group was more militant. They held demonstrations, marches, and wrote many articles. They were scorned, beaten, and imprisoned for their actions. Guess which group was ultimately successful, at achieving the women’s right to vote? The women’s groups of today, should be ashamed of themselves.

  96. birdgal,

    Obama and his campaign should be ashamed of themselves. Nothing seems to be sacred as far as they are concerned.

  97. birdgal

    It is like I have been saying for some time, that change for women occurs outside the group. Women inside the group bennefit from it. They should be ashamed of themselves. It is the women who have made the hard sacrifices that they should be respecting now, and Standing up for. This starts with every women who has been elected to local, state or federal office. WHERE ARE THEY?

    They would not be where they are today without people being ostricized, called horrible names, beat, even excluded by friends and family. So you sit there in your offices, and reap the rewards of that, but don’t stand up. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES.

  98. The following is from PUMA

    murphy on 07.29.08 at 9:27 am Thanks NFIL — PROWL coming up in a bit.

    Spent the evening with Diane and Liz from JSND — GREAT time — lots of gossip, but a bit late for me, so pardon my being somewhat behind this morning.

    I also spoke with the group that is lobbying delegates — short story: KEEP IT UP PUMA PAC! We are being heard and we are providing a service for those Hillary delegates who are being pressured by the Obama Movement to fall in line and keep their mouths shut.

    I heard that there’s evidence that many delegates pretended to be Hillary supporters in order to be assigned to her but fully intended to back Obama at the Convention from the beginning. Not sure if it’s true, but it fits the pattern.

    Also heard that the Mile High Coronation has got tons of Dems royally p’d off — many Clinton delegates arent even going to attend — which is good, in a way — but in another way it’s just another example of the Obama Movement intimidating Hillary’s voters into silence.

    Jerks.

  99. meiyingsu,

    I wish those Clinton delegates would make some noise outside the event. That would say a lot.

  100. Significant change never happens within the process. If it did, we would have never had to have the American Revolution, or the Civil War.

    Significant change must be left to the outside.

    So the people outside the convention, are much more important that the people inside.

    I THINK THE PUMA SHOULD ROAR.

  101. This type of behavior cannot be rewarded. Delegates pretending to be for Clinton, but in reality, for BO, are the worst kind of scumbags. Obviously, the only way, they can win, is by cheating, fraud, and stealing. Now, who is doing anything to win? They are the worst type of hypocrites. The democratic ? party, as we know it, does not exist. I don’t understand, why so many people are on this bandwagon. It doesn’t make sense.

  102. Just thinking out loud. I wonder if O had won the popular vote, and HRC the SDs, how restrictive of the demonstrators they would have been.

    I can see Dean allowing them in the convention.

    When did we lose our Democracy.

  103. Viewer discretion advised
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    John Kerry For Party President

    Looking to get re-elected, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry went on a campaign binge on Saturday night — at a Nantucket house party full of young chicks. Electoral college girls gone wild!

    The married 65-year-old hung out with some Bud Light drinking constituents who, we are told, are college sophomores and juniors. We hope John’s campaign is ready for the Senator to get tagged in some Facebook photos with ladies drinking through penis straws.

    No word if John had to kiss any babies.

    h t t p : / / http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/stadium.weblogsinc.com/tmz/images/2008/07/_0001_John-Kerry_full.jpg

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  104. Now Kaine is high on the “list” and Hillary not even really a shot….have these people no humility.

  105. It’s much better for Hillary to stay as far away from the VP position and Obama as possible. It would only give him more ammunition to blame her for each and everything that goes wrong from here on out.

  106. Birdgal says:

    This is the most closed convention ever. No nomination for Hillary, and attendees have to be screened, starting at their local democratic party chapters. This is “open?” Tell me in what universe, is this an open process? No dissent is allowed, demonstrators regalated to a chained-in area, away from the delegates. The convention is a sham, of the greatest magnitude, ever.

    —————————–
    Howie Dean has decided to use the Rovian lexicon where
    Democracy = totalitarianism, Open = Closed.

    By the way, speaking of movies, Texan4Hillary had a great recommendation of a documentary called Not For Ourselves Alone by Ken Burns/Paul Barnes, and it’s the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her political partnership with Susan B. Anthony…

    There’s one sequence that reflects today – frederick douglass who attended the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls is now pushing to pass the 15th Amendment a voting rights amendment which would disallow discrimination when it comes to race, though not gender…he sells out on voting equality for all and throws the women under the bus. Susan B. Anthony retorts – even as slaves who have been beaten and killed, not once would Frederick Douglass trade places with a woman.

    This was about 150 years ago. And even now, women are second class citizens, meant to wait their turn…

  107. count the vote: Thank you. I will look for that movie. I had read the story about Douglass doing that. Amazing, how history repeats itself.

  108. birdgal – fantastic documentary and if you can’t get it at local video stores, PBS online store should have it.

  109. kostner Says:

    July 29th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    I posted those pics on bitterpolitiz… amazing. Need to send them wide and far.

  110. LEGACYof RETRIBUTION-Obama injects those words into every major Teleprompter speech.These are the words that really describes why he has to succede in his pie in the sky to fire up every AA in the country that can vote.He has in numerous speeches,warned of the burden that will be placed on our treasury to implement this compensation scheme that is really all that he has to offer his cult followers.They would support him even if he was on the most wanted list.Dangerous politicians,come in all shapes,sizes and colors.Beware of the gifts that he will bring.None of them are good for our country and our freedoms.He truly is a man without a country.Barack Hussein Obama,SHOW US YOUR CREDENTIALS AND YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE.NOW!!!
    America,do not let Hillary Clinton be deprived of the Presidency because of this political group of untrustworthy and devious Hacks,called the DNC.Their cradle to grave careers are all that they care about.

    ” IT WILL TAKE THIS WOMAN TO FIX OUR VILLAGE ”

    By ABM90

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