Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Barack Obama And The Race Card

If John McCain wants to help himself with Hillary Clinton supporters: fight Obama on the race card.

John McCain has plenty to be ashamed of in his history with the Clintons. John McCain himself has plenty to be ashamed of. Yes, after John McCain has slimed Bill and/or Hillary Clinton he has usually apologized. Barack Obama has had no such decency. Barack Obama still has not apologized to Bill and Hillary Clinton for all the calculated smears and mud Obama has flung. Barack Obama pretends he is an innocent, but Barack Obama is as dirty as they come. And in Chicago, that is plenty dirty.

It is not only Bill and Hillary Clinton that have been slimed and smeared with Obama’s Chicago mud. We Hillary Clinton supporters have been smeared and slimed too. Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton can forgive Barack Obama for Obama’s slimes and smears directed at them. But we Hillary Clinton supporters do not forgive or forget Obama’s slimes and smears directed towards us.

Here on Big Pink, with a large group of African-American Hillary Clinton supporters, we will not support the smear merchant Barack Obama. Because we have not, nor will not support the unqualified, race-baiting, and gay-bashing, and woman hating, Barack Obama we are accused of being racists. Even African-American Hillary Clinton supporters are unfairly attacked as racists.

We at Big Pink do not believe in unilateral disarmament. We do not believe in whining. We do believe that sometimes you get a dog to eat a dog.

Hillary Clinton supporters who will support and vote for John McCain in NOvember if the Democratic Party decides to commit suicide by selecting the unqualified, race-baiting, and gay-bashing, and woman hating, Barack Obama should communicate to the John McCain campaign the need to defend Bill and Hillary Clinton from the race-baiting Obama.

It is not enough for John McCain to send the very capable Carly Fiorina to speak with Hillary Clinton supporters. Hillary Clinton supporters who will vote for John McCain must insist that John McCain defend Bill and Hillary Clinton. We are pleased to read this:

“Say whatever you want about Bill Clinton,” McCain campaign chieftain Steve Schmidt tells Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith, “but it’s deeply unfair to suggest his criticism of Obama was race-based. President Clinton was a force for unity in this country on this subject. Every American should be proud of his record as both a governor and president. But we knew it was coming in our direction because they did it against a President of the United State of their own party.”

There are a number of prominent African-American Democrats who would disagree that Bill Clinton’s criticism of Sen. Barack Obama during the primaries was beyond reproach, but it of course long before Sen. John McCain got into the act, Bill Clinton was the first one to accuse the Obama camp of playing the “race card.”

[Tip to the McCain campaign: study the Axelrod race-based campaign in New York City for Fernando Ferrer in the wake of the Sharpton and Mark Green primary fight during the earlier election cycle.]

Yesterday, we noted how Rick Davis, the John McCain campaign manager replied to the Obama smear on race. In the comments, many noted Big Media (especially Andrea Mitchell) and its full throated support for race-baiting Obama. We noted the nexus of Bernie Mac, Ludicris, and Barack “I’m just messing with you” Obama. We noted that Obama played the race card against Hillary. Now the Obama campaign is playing the race card against McCain.

Rick Davis and John McCain have said what is needed to be said:

Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck,” Mr. McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, charged in a statement with which Mr. McCain later said he agreed. “It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.”

For those that don’t gamble, Rick Davis, was referring to cheating when he accused Barack Obama of playing from the bottom of the deck. When a playing card dealer in a gambling casino deals the playing cards in an honest fashion, the card dealer takes the cards from the top of the card deck and distributes them fairly. If a card dealer secretly places an “Ace”, a valuable card, at the bottom of the deck then when needed deceptively takes that high card from the bottom of the deck and distributes it to a crony – that is called cheating. This dirty dealing is what happened during the primary season.

Obama dealt the race card from the bottom of the deck.

Obama dealt the race card, his most valuable card, during the Jeremiah Wright scandal. The questions during the Wright scandal were of Obama’s judgment and friends of 20 years, the use of the “N” word in church, the sexual “humping” of the podium by Wright in front of children in Obama’s church, and whether Obama approved of his long-time mentor and pastor saying “God Damn America” on the Sunday after September 11, 2001. Obama played the race card and did not answer any of these questions. Obama answered questions about his own lack of judgement with a speech about race relations. Obama played the race card.

Obama plays the race card in an attempt to smear anyone who takes note of the fact that he is unqualified to be president and in order to label any and all criticism as racist.

Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton can forgive Barack Obama for sliming and smearing them, if they so choose. Bill and Hillary Clinton were unable in a Democratic primary and especially not in the African-American community they saw as friends, to fully take Obama on for his race-baiting (especially with the smears coming from “neutral” Obama cronies Brazile and Clyburn).

Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton may forgive. We believe the slimes and smears against us however have to be answered with a total rejection of Barack Obama and his dirty cronies and Dean/Brazile/Pelosi.

John McCain has Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and us, as examples of those Barack Obama has slimed and smeared when Obama played the race card. McCain better not be surprised when Obama plays the race card again from the bottom of the deck.

We are not surprised that Obama deals from the bottom of the deck because Obama is the bottom of the barrel.

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377 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Barack Obama And The Race Card

  1. Obama’s so-called “European Vacation bounce” has evaporated and he remains in a statistical tie with McCain. Obama, simply by nature of the fact that he is a Democrat (insert joke here), should be ahead by about 15 points right now, before the race tightens in the fall. He is a fatally-flawed candidate and cannot win.


    Friday, August 1 2008:

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Barack Obama attracting 45% of the vote while John McCain earns 43%. When “leaners” are included, it’s Obama 47% and McCain 46% (see recent daily results). McCain is viewed favorably by 57% of voters, Obama by 55%. Tracking Polls are released at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time each day. Premium Members can also visit the Daily Snapshot for an advance look at new polling on affirmative action and other Election 2008 topics.

    Voters continue to have stronger opinions about Obama than McCain. Thirty-two percent (32%) have a Very Favorable opinion of the Democrat while 27% have a Very Unfavorable opinion. For McCain, the numbers are 19% Very Favorable and 17% Very Unfavorable.

  2. Great article Admin.

    I am so sick of the race issue. Obama’s camp needs to shut up. We all know this is all he has. The man is an empty suit

    The RACE ISSUE WANT WORK THIS TIME. WE ARE ON TO HIM

  3. I agree that you are right about playing the Race Card with Hillary and Bill was different than with McCain. The difference being that McCain would not have been ready to handle without Hillary and Bill taking the arrows first.

    And you are exactly right. You have to defend yourself differently within the party, vs outside of the party. McCain is playng his cards exactly right, thanks to Hillary and Bill

  4. Gallup.com: poll shows that Obama’s European Vacation was a waste of time, money:


    August 1, 2008
    Views of Obama on International Matters Little Changed
    Public gives Obama the edge over McCain in handling relations with other countries

    by Jeffrey M. Jones

    PRINCETON, NJ — A clear aim of Barack Obama’s overseas trip was to demonstrate to Americans who questioned his foreign policy credentials that he is up to the job of commander in chief of the military and can handle key matters of foreign policy. However, at least in the short term, the trip does not appear to have accomplished that goal — just 52% say Obama can handle the job of commander in chief of the military, compared with a 55% reading before the trip.

  5. Maybe the next question here is when will McCain crack 50%. If he does, the mental impact of that will be interesting. A man who has played it fairly low key, in the summer months, in a year the Reps were not suppost to win, and certainly should be down by double digits at this point cracking 50%.

    O spent a lot of money agains HRC, and he could not CLOSE THE DEAL. I think it is obvious that he is not a politician that goes to the people, hads town halls, gets in there and talks to people who are on the fence or might even dislike him, and changes their minds.

    I guess he is like a clean politician, who does not like to get his hands dirty. (Notice how he shoved the heckler until later under Q & A).

    Hiring hundreds of Blockers, sending checks off to SD and reminding them why they must vote for you, throwing millions at ads, just might not work.

  6. Oh good lord. I peeked in to Oliars website today only to find them oohing and ahhing over their own haikus. Yes…haikus.

    Example:

    I see in Barack
    Vision that looks past anger
    Grace to walk through fire…

    (Pssst…I think they MEANT to see grace to walk on water) 😉

  7. Actually, I don’t think that will happen until after the Reps Convention. He does not want to give the Dems cause to change to Hillary, and he wants to be within site of the finish line. A wonderful rousing convention and nomination, the people shift, and he rides the wave into the White House.

  8. (Notice how he shoved the heckler until later under Q & A).

    If anyone ever finds a clip of Oliar actually answering those people’s questions, I’d sure love to see it.

  9. McCain campaign goes nuclear on NYT compares it to daily kos … Bring it on!!!
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    h t t p : / / http://www.observer.com/2008/politics/mccaim-camp-compares-times-editorial-board-average-daily-kos-diarist

    McCain Camp Compares Times Editorial Board to ‘the Average Daily Kos Diarist’

    Where the New York Times sees an editorial scolding, the McCain campaign sees an opportunity.

    At issue is an editorial, which appeared yesterday on the Times blog “The Board,” accusing the McCain campaign of “starting up the same sort of racially tinged attack on Mr. Obama that Republican operatives ran against Harold Ford.”

    McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb just sent out this statement, attacking the Times as hysterically pro-Obama:

    “If the shareholders of the New York Times ever wonder why the paper’s ad revenue is plummeting and its share price tanking, they need look no further than the hysterical reaction of the paper’s editors to any slight, real or imagined, against their preferred candidate. This campaign has never engaged in ‘racially tinged attacks,’ and the Obama campaign conceded as much yesterday in a statement clarifying that “Barack Obama in no way believes that the McCain campaign is using race as an issue.”

    That the Times made this allegation in a blog post rather than running it on the editorial page indicates that they either knew the charge was bogus or they didn’t have the nerve to make their case in full view of the public. But in their new role as bloggers, the paper’s editors seem to have all the intelligence and reason of the average Daily Kos diarist sitting at home in his mother’s basement and ranting into the ether between games of dungeons and dragons. They also have about as much care for the facts–the “board” has already been forced to append a correction.”

  10. McCain campaign compares NYT to dailykos.
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    Where the New York Times sees an editorial scolding, the McCain campaign sees an opportunity.

    At issue is an editorial, which appeared yesterday on the Times blog “The Board,” accusing the McCain campaign of “starting up the same sort of racially tinged attack on Mr. Obama that Republican operatives ran against Harold Ford.”

    McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb just sent out this statement, attacking the Times as hysterically pro-Obama:

    “If the shareholders of the New York Times ever wonder why the paper’s ad revenue is plummeting and its share price tanking, they need look no further than the hysterical reaction of the paper’s editors to any slight, real or imagined, against their preferred candidate. This campaign has never engaged in ‘racially tinged attacks,’ and the Obama campaign conceded as much yesterday in a statement clarifying that “Barack Obama in no way believes that the McCain campaign is using race as an issue.”

    That the Times made this allegation in a blog post rather than running it on the editorial page indicates that they either knew the charge was bogus or they didn’t have the nerve to make their case in full view of the public. But in their new role as bloggers, the paper’s editors seem to have all the intelligence and reason of the average Daily Kos diarist sitting at home in his mother’s basement and ranting into the ether between games of dungeons and dragons. They also have about as much care for the facts–the “board” has already been forced to append a correction.”

  11. could you smell the incense emanating from your computer?

    Oddly enough, all I could smell was the smoke from the bongs.

  12. But in their new role as bloggers, the paper’s editors seem to have all the intelligence and reason of the average Daily Kos diarist sitting at home in his mother’s basement and ranting into the ether between games of dungeons and dragons.

    ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Funniest thing I’ve heard all week!

  13. One has to give it to the McCain campaign for cutting to the chase. They do not mince words. Loved the following quote:

    “But in their new role as bloggers, the paper’s editors seem to have all the intelligence and reason of the average Daily Kos diarist sitting at home in his mother’s basement and ranting into the ether between games of dungeons and dragons.”

  14. Hehe, wow, I gotta say to the McCain campaign’s diss of the NYT: well-played! Using Obama’s own statements to refute the NYT editorial was pretty clever.

  15. Another little giggle from Olairs minions:

    THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW!
    Where there is unity, strength
    Where there is strength, movement
    Where there is movement, change
    Where there is change, a new beginning
    Where there is a new beginning, hope
    Where there is hope, peace
    Where there is peace, love

    Wow…that IS urgent. And here I was worried about losing my home. Silly me. 🙄

  16. The ultimate bore, the furiously speculated V.P. candidate Kaine endorsed Lieberman for president in 2004. Let’s see how the kos kids will reaction.
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    Kaine: Lieberman for President
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    ABC News’ Jan Crawford Greenburg reports: It was just last week that the McCain VP hysteria was at a fever pitch, after a couple news outlets breathlessly speculated that his running mate selection was imminent.

    This week, it was an uncharacteristic media blitz around Tim Kaine, after a page one story in the Washington Post that he’d told associates he was on Obama’s “short-list” for VP. The Virginia Governor then made the rounds with TV and radio interviews.

    But before everyone gets ready to anoint Tim Kaine as Obama’s VP, consider this startling fact, which has some of the liberal blogs up in arms: Tim Kaine endorsed Joe Lieberman for president in 2004—over both John Edwards and John Kerry.

    Here’s what Kaine said then, according to a story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

    “Joe’s record as a state official and senator shows he has the qualities necessary to lead our nation, strengthen our economy and promote a safer world,” Kaine said. “Joe is the right person to revive the Harry Truman wing of the Democratic Party, which has traditionally been strong for national defense, strong for the economy and strong for equal opportunity.”

    The story goes on to say that Kaine had applauded Lieberman’s nomination as Al Gore’s vice president because “he clearly personified the party’s commitment to faith, family and a values-based approach to public life.”
    Of course, Independent Democrat Joe Lieberman is now one of McCain’s closest advisers and most dedicated campaigners—and on McCain’s own shortlist for VP.

    It’s entirely unclear whether or not Lieberman will be John McCain’s VP—the prospect is on the table, but it’s obviously an enormously risky move that could inflame the Republican base.

    But even if he’s not the pick, it’s easy to see how much fun the McCain folks would have pointing out that VP nominee Kaine thought so highly of Lieberman he endorsed for him for President just four years before.

    And if Lieberman and Kaine were the actual VP nominees? Imagine the potential for a Bensten-Quayle moment in the VP debate.

    Lieberman could point out Kaine’s position two years ago that it would “send a horrible message to cut and run from Iraq.” And then he could have this kicker: “you even endorsed me in 2004!”

    But before we get ahead of ourselves here, let’s talk timing. It looks like the selections from either side aren’t imminent–we’ve now reached Aug. 1 without an announcement from either camp, despite lots of earlier reporting that an announcement from one or the other was guaranteed by the end of July.

    Sources close to McCain now are saying, well, pretty much what they’ve said all along—McCain’s pick is likely to come after Obama makes his selection and probably just before the Republican National Convention in early September.

    They insist McCain has not made up his mind—nor decided what path he will take with the nomination. As I reported yesterday, he is weighing whether to tap a conventional conservative like Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty or Rob Portman—or whether to go an entirely different route with a “transformative” pick like moderates Tom Ridge or Lieberman.

    Some of them have advised McCain to fully vet one from each camp—then wait and see what Obama does before making the final call. But at the end of the day, the decision is going to be John McCain’s—and while politics and numbers will play a role, of course, it’s more likely going to turn on who he sees himself actually governing with.

    On the Obama side, the New York Times’ terrific Jeff Zeleny (and my former Chicago Trib colleague) is reporting that campaign aides say nothing is imminent before mid-August.

    Which gives us plenty of time for more speculation.

  17. Gallup Daily: Race Tied at 44%

    is not much different from the results reported in Gallup Poll Daily tracking on Thursday, when the two were nearly tied with 45% for Obama and 44% for McCain. However, it is a substantial turnaround from earlier this week when Obama held a statistically significant lead coming off his high-profile trip to Europe, Afghanistan, and the Middle East.

    Obama and McCain were closely matched in each of the three nights of interviewing included in today’s result, with neither candidate ahead by more than three percentage points. This suggests that the recent surge in voter support for Obama has truly subsided.

    The contrast between Obama’s recent advantage over McCain (ranging from six to nine points) and today’s result is particularly notable because this is McCain’s strongest showing in over a month. The last time Gallup found the race exactly tied was in late June. By contrast, in the weeks just prior to Obama’s overseas trip, he had led the race by an average of four points

  18. I think with the racist remark, O was trying to stop the decline in the polls. It failed. It will be interesting to see if there is any affect on the polling. Mc really reacted well, with the wisdom you need in a President. O has already changed his story.

  19. train treck. I’ll say this if McCain & Obama tied in October, McCain will likely win.

    Obama is notoriously incapable of closing the deal. In the primries, Clinton routinely trouced him by double digits among the final ‘deciders’ according to most exit polls.

  20. My Interview with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin [Larry Kudlow]

    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has exactly the high energy, political toughness, and conservative reform message that would boost Sen. John McCain’s presidential run if Big Mac were to put her on the ticket. In an interview last evening on CNBC, Palin was very clear on her drill, drill, drill message for Alaska and the rest of the U.S., along with her strong supply-side tax-cutting and free-market economic views. She did not shirk from questions about an investigation of her firing the state’s safety commissioner. She told us she has nothing to hide — let them bring it on.

    Palin is dealing with Alaska’s culture of corruption by supporting all manner of reform and investigation. She basically dissed Ted Stevens, calling him a distraction. She then talked about cleansing the Republican party of all the pork-barrel corruption that cost it the congressional election of November 2006.

    Palin’s response to all the vice-presidential talk is fascinating. It was a point of view I have never heard before and it underscored her independence. I have interviewed all the veep prospects, and I still have Gov. Palin at the top of my list.

    I hope readers will enjoy this interview.

  21. It’s time for the Democratic? Taliban Party to THROW Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, John Kerry, Donna Brazile, John Clyburn and others UNDER the BUS this September if Obama the DIVIDER is the Nominee.

  22. Look at Clinton’s senate news website:

    clinton.senate.gov/news/statements/index.cfm

    very busy lady.

  23. Admin,

    hehehehe. I liked this one:

    Obama the Smear merchant. 👿

    All,

    The McCain putdown of the NYT bloggers is a classic!

  24. The Demcoratic Party needs for its existance, the Democratic people expect a Victory here.

    The Cliff is becoming more clear. So how are you keeping the SDs on board. The polling is not helping, and the actions he has taken have been miserable failures. So how do you keep the SDs shakled.

    This man has a shakey nonexistant record at best. His ability to be able to stop a slide in polling or close the deal is just not there. His movement toward the middle cost him a number of followers.

    Remember the existance of an organziation is directly tied to how flexible they are, especially when they are facing extinction.

    Other than fixing all the voting machines (and let’s face it, if it is not close, they can not really do that or it becomes suspect), how else are they justifying this. The convention will show a big bounce. We had bounces, and they came right back to the center. Remember the Reps have the second convention bounce. That is a much better positon to be in.

    You should really be thinking about changing your positons at this point. It is your career, not Deans, Polosies, or Brazilles. They can go on to be color commentators, but is not an option for most of you.

  25. But Barack Obama’s slip last night on Hillary Clinton is telling and fits a pattern of mysogyny in his campaign. Visa CBS:

    “At a time when we’ve got bigger challenges than any time in our history and you’re running ads with Hillary and er – with Britney and ah Paris in it. I mean come on. The American people deserve better.”
    Of course, this is par for the course. He diminished Hillary Clinton with sexist attacks in the primary. I wrote this a while back:

    Jake Tapper first noted this when Obama said that Hillary was “taking out the claws.” At the same time he noted that Obama would use “[l]anguage such as ‘when she’s feeling down’ ‘periodically’ she ‘launches attacks.'” Tapper noted that a number of female reporters and bloggers picked up on this. Later Obama complained that Hillary was “throwing the China” at him. Again, Tapper heard the dog whistle. Tapper noted that this “feeds into the ‘harridan’ caricature of Clinton.”
    Obama’s slip was just more of the same.

  26. Among those touted names as his V.P . candidates, I hope for God he will pick boring Kaine/the Kanasa gov/MO senator.

    I hope Biden/Evan won’t commit their political suicide by hook up to that train treck since I still have good impression of both.

  27. Obama: Just Inflate Your Tires and Everything Will Be Fine

    I’m laughing so hard I am practically crying here. What on earth is wrong with Barack Obama? Is he a simpleton? Is he unable to grasp complex problems? Or is it just that he shouldn’t be allowed to speak without a teleprompter?

    As you might recall, Manchild Barack Obama has already told us that as President he will expect us to follow his order: “Don’t Drive. Don’t Eat. Freeze Your Butt ala Jimmy Carter Malaise.

    Now, according to this turkey, we actually won’t need to drill for oil if only all of us would just inflate our tires.

    That’s right folks. You inflate your tires and it will solve our oil problem. We won’t need to drill, because our properly inflated tires will save us the same amount of oil we would garner if we drilled.

    I think Powerline says it best:

    Barack Obama is a lot like Sean Penn or George Clooney. If you give him a script, he can deliver it pretty well. But if he tries to talk without a script that has been written for him by others, he quickly reveals that he is poorly-informed if not downright ignorant. Today he delivered another classic, by claiming that if only we would all properly inflate our tires, we could save as much gasoline as “all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling.” Seriously:

    The stunned silence with which the crowd greets this howler suggests that most Americans have a more practical understanding of energy consumption than Obama.

    Powerline also did the math, which brings us to the conclusion that without a teleprompter and a pre-written script composed by somebody with an IQ, Barack Obama is truly a stunningly stupid dimwad. While he prances around the country claiming that people will try to make us afraid of him because he doesn’t look like the guys on our currency, it is becoming glaringly apparent that there is good reason to be afraid of him and it has little to do with his tan:

    Properly inflating your tires can improve gas mileage by 3%. Of course, many people already keep their tires properly inflated, and many more are at least close to being properly inflated. Let’s be generous and assume that one-half of the total possible savings would be realized if we all inflated our tires properly; that’s a net gain of 1.5% fuel efficiency.

    Americans drive approximately 2,880 miles per year. If we average 24 mpg, we use around 120 billion gallons of gasoline in our vehicles. If, through perfect tire inflation, we improved our collective fuel efficiency by 1.5%, that would be 1.8 billion gallons. A barrel of oil produces around 20 gallons of gasoline, so the total savings available through tire inflation is approximately 90,000,000 barrels of oil annually.

    How does this stack up against “all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling?”

    ANWR: 10 billion barrels
    Outer Continental Shelf: 18 billion barrels (estimated; the actual total is undoubtedly much higher, since exploration has been banned)
    Oil shale: 1 trillion barrels

    So, on the above assumptions, it would take only 11,308 years of proper tire inflation to equal “all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling.”

  28. ADMIN!!!!!!

    PLEASE embed McCain’s new ad! it has footage of Charlton heston as Moses parting the Red Sea and it’s called Praise the One! It is hysterical!

    D@mn! Can’t figure out how to cut and paste on my new laptop but the link is at Drudge.

    http://www.drudgereport.com

  29. This is hilarious. Both parties are corrupt, incapable, and I truly hope they’ll soon have a cage match just as in Taiwan parlimentary.
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    Blackout: Pelosi turns off the lights as GOP demands action on drilling; Update: Video added

    h t t p : / / hotair.com/archives/2008/08/01/blackout-pelosi-turns-off-the-lights-as-gop-demands-action-on-drilling/

  30. basil9,

    where’s the link? It must be a web ad. I hope he’ll do a ‘Obama-inflating-tires’ ad soon.

  31. PLEASE embed McCain’s new ad! it has footage of Charlton heston as Moses parting the Red Sea and it’s called Praise the One! It is hysterical!

    OMG! McCain is taking it to fucking church!! (runs off to see)

  32. Say whatever you want about Bill Clinton,” McCain campaign chieftain Steve Schmidt tells Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith, “but it’s deeply unfair to suggest his criticism of Obama was race-based. President Clinton was a force for unity in this country on this subject. Every American should be proud of his record as both a governor and president. But we knew it was coming in our direction because they did it against a President of the United State of their own party
    _______________________________________

    Admin. great posting. It makes me think of something Army Secretary Robert Welch said to Senator Joseph McCarthy when the latter was drunk on power: “Have you no decency man?”

    The same question should be put to Barack Hussein Obama. Of course, in both cases the question is merely rhetorical. The answer is obvious: “No”.
    .

  33. OMG! That is so hysterical. The guy is so full of himself, that it is scary. He is definitely, a person with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).

    What does “We are ones, that we have been waiting for” mean?

  34. Democrats again . So foolish. GOP is having another field day, and I’m wondering when they’ll put this on air?
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    Democrats Say No Domestic Drilling — Even If Gas Hits $10 [

    Iain mentioned this below, but here’s the video of McConnell trying to get democrats to agree to domestic oil exploration on the outer-continental shelf if gas hits $4.50, $5, $7.50, $10 a gallon:

    h t t p : / / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0FcNNeuf0E

  35. Another field day for GOP, another disaster for Nancy’s house.
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    House Dems turn out the lights but GOP keeps talking

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats adjourned the House and turned off the lights and killed the microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.

    Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other GOP leaders opposed the motion to adjourn the House, arguing that Pelosi’s refusal to schedule a vote allowing offshore drilling is hurting the American economy. They have refused to leave the floor after the adjournment motion passed at 11:23 a.m. and are busy bashing Pelosi and her fellow Democrats for leaving town for the August recess.

    At one point, the lights went off in the House and the microphones were turned off in the chamber, meaning Republicans were talking in the dark. But as Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz..) was speaking, the lights went back on, and the microphones were turned on shortly afterward.

    But C-SPAN, which has no control over the cameras in the chamber, has stopped broadcasting the House floor, meaning no one is witnessing this except the assembled Republicans, their aides, and one Democrat, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who has now left.

    Only about a half-dozen Republicans were on the floor when this began, but the crowd has grown to about 20 now, according to Patrick O’Connor.

    “This is the people’s House,” Rep, Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) said. “This is not Pelosi’s politiburo.”

    Democratic aides were furious at the GOP stunt, and reporters were kicked out of the Speaker’s Lobby, the space next to the House floor where they normally interview lawmakers.

    “You’re not covering this, are you?” complaing one senior Democratic aide. Another called the Republicans “morons” for staying on the floor.

    Update – The Capitol Police are now trying to kick reporters out of the press gallery above the floor, meaning we can’t watch the Republicans anymore. But Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is now in the gallery talking to reporters, so the cops have held off for a minute. Clearly, Democrats don’t want Republicans getting any press for this episode. GOP leaders are trying to find other Republicans to rotate in for Blunt so reporters aren’t kicked out.

    Update 2 – This message was sent out by Blunt’s office:

    “Although, this Democrat Majority just Adjourned for the Democrat 5-Week Vacation, House Republicans are continuing to fight on the House Floor. Although the lights, mics and C-SPAN camera’s have been turned off, House Republicans are on the Floor speaking to the tax payers in the gallery who, not surprisingly, agree with Republican Energy proposals.

    All Republicans who are in town are encouraged to come to the House Floor.”

    Update 3 – Democrats just turned out the lights again. Republicans cheered.

    Update 4 – Republican leaders just sent out a notice looking for a bullhorn and leadership aides are trying to corral all the members who are still in town to come speak on the floor and sustain this one-sided debate.

    Also, Republicans can thank Shadegg for turning on the microphones the first time. Apparently, the fiesty Arizona conservative started typing random codes into the chamber’s public address system and accidentally typed the correct code, allowing Republicans brief access to the microphone before it was turned off again.

    “I love this,” Shadegg told reporters up in the press gallery afterward. “Congress can be so boring…This is a kick.”

  36. This is hilarious. Both parties are corrupt, incapable, and I truly hope they’ll soon have a cage match just as in Taiwan parlimentary.
    —————————————-
    Blackout: Pelosi turns off the lights as GOP demands action on drilling; Update: Video added

    Kos, I’m not in favor of offshore drilling myself, mainly because we need help NOW, but I applaud the Republicans for demanding that it be put up for a vote. Rgardless of what Pelosi and her minions think, they DON’T own this country!

  37. Anyone know the shortcut to paste?

    There’s a New York Daily News article saying HRC Doesn’t Want her name placed in nomination.

    Can someone link, please?

    (Time to read my manual. grrrrrrrr!)

  38. Update 4 – The scene on the floor is kind of crazy. Normally, members are not allowed to speak directly to the visitor galleries, or visitors are prohibited from cheering. But in this case, the members are walking up and down on the floor during their speeches, standing on cheers, the visitors are cheering loudly. Some members even brought in visitors, who are now sitting on the House floor in the seats normally filled by lawmakers, cheering and clapping. Very funny.

    Democrats faced a choice here – should they leave the cameras on and let Republicans rip Pelosi & Co. on C-Span, or should they leave the cameras off and let the Republicans have their “tantrum,” as one Democratic aide characterized it, with the cameras off. So the cameras are off, but Republicans, and the crowd, are clearly enjoying the scene.

    Uodate 5 – Republicans are literally hugging each other on the House floor. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.), not normally known as an distinguished orator, just gave a rousing speech, accusing Democrats of stifling dissent. He referenced President John Quincy Adams, who returned as a House member after being defeated in his bid for re-election as president. Waving his arms and yelling, Manzullo brought the crowd (including a lot of staff shipped in by GOP leaders to fill up the place), and he left the floor to hugs from his colleagues. You don’t see that up here every day.

    Update 6 – Rep Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) just pretended to be a Democrat. He stood on the other side of the chaber and listed all of the GOP bills that the Dems killed.

    He then said “I am a Democrat and here is my energy plan” and he held up a picture of an old VW Bug with a sail attached to it. He paraded around he house floor with the sign while the crowd cheered.

  39. Hey everyone…….finally caught up with the reading here 😀

    Admin……BRILLIANT as usual! love it!!

    I have had a little time (actually a lot as i am on dial up that is slower than BHO’s comprehension of racism) to surf my fave sites BP and noquarter mostly but today i also went to liberal rapture’s (liberalrapture.com/) sight and found this awesome “rant” post(letter) and although it has naughty lanquage i am still going to post it here as it’s absolutely PERFECT and feel it will be well received by most. I know it totally speaks every word for me! 😀

    Race Rant – it’s a riot!
    Thursday, July 31, 2008
    I have a ranter friend (don’t we all) Mike -Since he was always going off about something I set up a “rant” site called Mule Kick to the Crotch for him to unload on topics other than politics. Give LR some variety etc etc. He has not used his space to much but you can check out a few rants here. Last night he sent me a political rant… so I am putting it on L.R. It made me smile. Actually, it is harsh – but not too bad – however if your sensibilities are very delicate – skip it. Mike’s homerun moment: The ‘old people did this’ paragraph.

    FROM MIKE:

    Dear Mr. Polly Prissy Pretend President,

    Listen up Your Highness Obama. I have something to say.

    Shut TF up about race. Now. We are sick of it. In fact, this writer is sick to death of it. You keep saying crap like “they” will try to scare you because you don’t look like past Presidents or you have a weird last name or whatever. Bullshit. BULL SHIT. This is nonsense. You got millions of votes (less than Hillary but still millions) in the primaries. None of those voters gave a shit you look like the result of Dr. Moreau sending Alfred E Newman, Bob Saget, Dumbo, and Urkle through a wood chipper and fusing their DNA in a wheat grass juicer.

    Many still voted for ya, homeboy!

    Of course, in your weird world voters in California, West Virginia, Michigan, Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, Massachusetts, Indiana, American Samoa, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arizona, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Arkansas and Rhode Island are all racists.

    WRONG! You lost all those contests and you lost the popular vote. And not because your father was African. I am not afraid of you because of your race (es) or your “weird” middle and last names. I am afraid of you because you’re a buffoon – an errand boy sent by grocery clerks. You’ve done nothing in your adult life except promote yourself.

    I AM FED UP WITH THE IMPLICATION THAT IF I DON’T VOTE FOR YOU I AM A BIGOT.

    F*#k YOU.

    You have overplayed the race card. And we are turning on you, dude. BIG TIME! Stop playing the whiny victim. God – I can imagine you being President. It will be all: “Ooooh Putin was so mean to me. He doesn’t like me cuz I’m black” Whaaa, whaaaa, whaaa.

    As for your middle name – WTF? We can’t say it because…why?….I didn’t give you that name, dude. A lot of good people have your middle name. Why are you ashamed of it? Why are WE playing dirty for mentioning YOUR middle name?

    Grow up, whiner. I can say your middle name if I want. It is not my fault your daddy put that name on some birth certificate no one can come up with.

    HusseinHusseinHusseinHusseinHusseinHusseinHusseinHussein
    HusseinHusseinHusseinHusseinvHusseinHusseinHusseinHussein
    HusseinHusseinHusseinHussein….

    Your whole campaign is through the bloody looking glass. YOU can talk about race but WE, who oppose you, can’t.

    Screw that.

    If you talk race. We talk back. Grow up.

    Every time you bring up race you smear millions. You smeared the last Democratic President with this race crap. It was unforgivable. YOU ARE UNFORGIVEN. You played dirty, rotten scumbag politics with the most painful issue in American history. This makes you a dirty, rotten scumbag.

    Stop whining you whiner.

    Not one damn thing in your life indicates you have ever been held back because of your race. The opposite is true. Millions oppose you because they OPPOSE YOU, your policies, your lack of experience, the obnoxious rock concerts you put on, your freakish history populated by Marxists, bomb makers, slumlords, brain dead minsters, effete America bashing limo liberals, and Democratic Socialist pseudo intellectual gas bags. As John forever points out, you remain in this contest only because the deranged media refuses to report on these criminals, killers and imbeciles.

    I don’t care one damn bit what you look like. Also, Your Highness, it is dumb politics. You think implying that millions of voters who have justified reservations about you want to hear for the next 3 months they are probably racist? Dumb ass. That is gonna make people mad as hell. SHUT UP ABOUT IT.

    Stop whining you whiner.

    You want to talk about race, Barry? Why don’t you cough up whiny Michelle’s Princeton thesis? Let’s hear Missy “I am finally proud of my country” Michelle defend or refute HERSELF.

    Then you attack by implying that McCain has committed the great crime of aging. You are obnoxious. McCain is 71. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed a peace accord with the PLO when he was 71. Michelangelo created the architectural plans for the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli when he was 88. Albert Schweitzer ran a hospital in Africa when he was 89. Take your stupid ageism and shove it where the sun don’t shine, Barry. In a sane society aging is an asset. You are proof we need some professional help. Only in the sick little American Idol world of the United States of 2008 are you even possible.

    Read a blog today that said calling you “arrogant” had racist implications, too. Moron. I say to that blowhard no,no,no,no,no!!!! You will not remove that word too. You are arrogant. The evidence is everywhere. It is not racist to call you arrogant. It is truthful.

    I am not a racist. I am not voting for you. Deal with it, Barry.

    Very Truly Yours,
    Mike

  40. Dija-how about this one”

    Dear Waffles-

    I am not a racist and have no intention of voting for one so do not expect my vote.

    Sincerely

  41. god the gop is stupid. yeah u cite adams on this. the gop for yrs prevented the dems from having any open debate on key items. on the medicare bill hastert held the house hostage as the dems defeated the stupid thing but hastert used some rule to keep the members locked in for hours until enough caved to changed their vote. this has never been done before in history. yeah i bet they complain but they have had it good under pelosi. too good.

  42. birdgal, thanks.

    can you find and post this? it’s on youtube and is video of Barack Obama being heckled in st. petersburg, florida.

    (i COULD go inside and sit at the desktop but it’s so nice out today!)

  43. copied from no quarter
    ———————

    The Story of A Young DNC Volunteer Knocking On My Mom’s Door Today.

    I just got a call from my mom tonight telling me her story of her encounter with a young man that knocked on her door today working for the DNC. He certainly did not know what was coming when he came to her door. She saw his DNC shirt, and started to lay into him about how the Democratic Party leaders have totally destroyed the Party, and completely rigged the election for Obama, and she would never give him a dime.

    Once she noticed the fear in the young man’s eyes, she stepped back and invited him in for some water. She asked him how he got the job, and how it was going and did he know what happened in this election? He said he had worked only three days, and that he would get a percentage of everything he raised from the grass roots. She then asked how he was doing. “Terrible”, he said. She then asked, if the DNC trained him and informed him what he would be facing going door to door. He said, “no they did not”.

    So she let him know about the voter fraud in the caucuses, the dis-enfranchisment of Michigan and Florida, the stealing of votes at the RBC meeting, the buying of super delegates, and the rigging of the election by the Party Leaders. She said she was a life long Democrat who was Jerry Brown’s campaign manager when he ran for Governor in the 70s, and for the first time in her life she would be voting for a Republican because of what Dean, Pelosi, and Brazille had done to the Party. She told him about Obama’s relationship with Rezko and Ayers, and the corrupt Chicago machine, and that Obama bought and threatened many super delegates with their lives if they did not back him.

    This poor young man got an education. She felt bad for him, and encouraged him that it was great that he was working on a grass roots campaign, and that it was important for young people to be involved, but he needs to educate himself on what he is selling before agreeing to the job. She then said, “Honey you need to make sure you pick the right movement.” He agreed.

    He said that the DNC did not tell him anything, and after three days of working and raising no money and getting yelled at that he is done, and quitting tonight. He said he is going to take a job at Walmart instead. With a turkey sandwich, two bottles of water, and an apple in hand the young DNC volunteer from UC Santa Cruz left my mom’s home awakened by the truth, and completely dismayed. He then promised my mom as he left that he would tell the DNC exactly how she felt right before he quits

  44. On media and message the mccain people are starting to impress me. They shine the light of realism on this hopium bullshit and call the game on him. The NYT blogger rebuttal citing falling revenue and share price is he way to get their attention.

    So the bots play their little game of if he brings a knife we will bring a gun. But he turns around and shows them that it is easy to shoot yourself when you dont know what you’re doing.

  45. Senator Obama and his allies in the liberal press are flummoxed and mystified by assertions that Obama is playing the race card. Yet, Obama keeps on pointing out that we are being “scared” by “they” because he doesn’t look like all those other Presidents on the dollar bill. I guess he’s trying to entertain us with some of those fun, Sunday paper-style puzzles.

    I tried the first game, which is to find all these Presidents that Senator Obama claims are on the dollar bill. I lost though … I could only find one.

    The second game is a lot more fun. It’s called “In What Way Does Senator Obama Not Look Like the Other President(s?) on Dollar Bills” or, more briefly, “Spot The Differences”.

    h t t p : / / http://www.flickr.com/photos/25553564@N03/2723278516/

  46. I hope you folks’ blood pressure won’t rise. A few crazy
    Bots on mydd are insisting Hillary should start to attack McCain on Obama’s behalf since she’s so much better at this.

    They even had a mini debate. One bot said Obama should ask Hillary to do so.

  47. birdgal,

    thanks but that’s not the right one. (sigh)

    i can’t even post comments now. guess i’ll have to wait ’til i get back to the desktop.

    just in case this goes through;

    why can’t i post??????

    here’s the heckling video.

    //www.breitbart.tv/html/143513.

  48. re Hillary and the no-NOmination stuff floating around

    therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/2008/08/01/pardon-us-while-we-enjoy-a-puma-sized-laugh-a-close-clinton-insider-says/

  49. Here’s the link to the Heckling video. (had to come inside to the friggin” desktop! %$$#@#$

    Here is the explosive video of Barack Obama being heckled by African-American protesters in Florida:

    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjIzAMzqcGc

  50. djia

    LMAO at the post from “mike”

    That is EXACTLY how I felt yesterday, and today, and last week and and and….

    GO MIKE!

  51. Here’s the link to the Heckling video. (had to come inside to the friggin” desktop! %$$#@#$

    Here is the explosive video of Barack Obama being heckled by African-American protesters in Florida:

    youtube.com/watch?v=WjIzAMzqcGc

  52. I hope you folks’ blood pressure won’t rise. A few crazy
    Bots on mydd are insisting Hillary should start to attack McCain on Obama’s behalf since she’s so much better at this.

    I swear, if she bails Owimpy out on this one, she is dead to me. Dead, you hear! 🙂

  53. So SORRY everyone for my technical ineptness!

    Anyway, here’s the NY Daily News article about HRC NOT permitting her name to be placed in nomination.

    is this TRUE????????

    Hillary Clinton asks not to be nominated at Democratic National Convention

    By MICHAEL SAUL and THOMAS M. DeFRANK
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

    Updated Friday, August 1st 2008, 9:59 AM
    Petitions abound, but Hillary Clinton won’t put in for a nomination, insiders say. Sakuma/AP

    Petitions abound, but Hillary Clinton won’t put in for a nomination, insiders say.

    Hillary Clinton has decided against being nominated for President at the Democrats’ Denver convention, but many of her more die-hard partisans may vote for her anyway.

    A source close to the New York senator confirmed she won’t file a formal request to the convention asking to be nominated along with Barack Obama, who eked out the victory in their fierce primary slugfest.

    “She is not going to submit the signed request,” the insider told the Daily News. “People are still circulating petitions on her behalf, but this is a done deal.”

    Party rules stipulate that Clinton must ask in writing to be nominated herself and also submit a petition signed by 300 to 600 delegates. Without her signed request, petitions of support are meaningless.

    Her nomination would be window dressing because Obama’s nomination is assured. But many of Clinton’s most ardent boosters believe it’s symbolically important to certify her glass ceiling-shattering candidacy with a formal nomination.

    Nevertheless, delegates can vote for whomever they want during the roll call of the states. Personally and through surrogates, Clinton has counseled her 1,886 delegates to vote for Obama. A source familiar with discussions inside the Clinton camp told The News she may release those delegates when she speaks to the convention on Aug. 26.

    “Depending on the dynamics, hundreds of delegates might decide to demonstrate their support and affection,” a Clinton source speculated.

    If so, that could be read as a dis to Obama from female Democrats still bruised by Clinton’s defeat and resisting her pleas for party unity.

    Other Clinton backers, however, worry that she could be embarrassed by a roll call because many of her delegates already have switched to Obama.

    “Hillary Clinton is 100% committed to helping Barack Obama become the next President of the United States and realizes there are passionate feelings that remain among many of her supporters,” said Clinton spokeswoman Kathleen Strand. “No decisions have been made at this time.

    msaul@nydailynews.com

  54. When Nancy demands that she help the Precious, HRC could just coyly bat her eyebrows and say, “But Nancy dear, how would it LOOK if a WOMAN had to come in and fight the presumptive Presidents battles for him?”

  55. I was reading some reports from PUMAs who attended a fundraiser yesterday, in CA. Hillary told them, that putting her name in for nomination would help to unite the party.

  56. 😳

    I’, Answering myself, here.

    From alegre about HRC and the nomination in Denver debunking the NY Daily News.

    by: Alegre
    Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 11:41:28 AM EDT
    I’ll stack my source up against the unnamed source of the Daily News’ any day of the week and twice on Sunday…J

    The Daily News is claiming Hillary’s decided to release her delegates at the convention. They’re making this stuff up guys. Take a look at this article and you’ll see that this so-called source is unnamed, and that the writer admits that spokeswoman for Hillary’s team – Kathleen Strand (the only person named in this POS article) has stated that no decisions have been made at this time. This article is nothing but innuendo and fabrication – I’m guessing it’s a slow news day at the Daily News so they tossed this out to drum up some chatter.

    Think about it – after all she’s been through in this campaign, does anyone really think she’d leak this monumental story to a paper like the Daily News? It’s laughable!

    Meanwhile we’ve contacted Hillary’s New York office and we were told that this report is not true. We’ve also got a contact who met with Hillary in San Francisco Thursday, and they told us the following…

  57. Kostner…….those bots are BATSHIT CRAZY!! they need a one way ride on the retardo racer to the whacky shack! LOL!

  58. kostner Says:
    August 1st, 2008 at 3:11 pm
    I hope you folks’ blood pressure won’t rise. A few crazy
    Bots on mydd are insisting Hillary should start to attack McCain on Obama’s behalf since she’s so much better at this.
    ————————

    oh my achin’ ass. tell mr. prissy presumptuous nominee to fight his own f**king battles!

  59. HA! Djia…made my day…

    and and and…I heard on a news clip while i was being rained out of my yard sale (and apparently the Obama Throng here in St. Pete got DRENCHED waiting on HIM today)

    Obama praised the economy of the NINETIES with something like “Ya know, back in the nineties, your income increased 6-7000 a year, right? And over the last seven years you’ve lost a thousand….”

    CAN’T WAIT for that one to resonate through the blogosphere

    Obama Praises Clinton Policies!

  60. btw, this has been a delicious day for McCain fans. he’s fightin’, boys and girls. the pimply-faced-bots are on the defense.
    that video “the one” couldn’t be better! the bots will be shittin’ bricks over this one. 🙂

  61. and now we know whats going to happen to Obama and its this man. Obama better watch out because this guy is ruthless. Explains why McCain has suddenly sprung to life.

    John McCain’s ‘bullet’ leads the assault on Barack Obama

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2486268/John-McCains-bullet-leads-the-assault-on-Barack-Obama.html

    Steve Schmidt, 38, is known as one of the most forceful figures among the elite of the Washington professional campaigners. He learnt the destructive arts of his trade from Karl Rove, the architect of President George W. Bush’s two electoral victories, who gave him his nickname.

    Also once referred to as “human artillery” and affectionately called “Sgt Schmidt” by Mr McCain, he took over the day to day running of the campaign last month and was quickly credited with bringing much needed discipline. His arrival coincided with that of at least two other former Bush staff members.

    He quickly sanctioned a series of negative advertisements, backed up by assertive, tightly focused remarks to the press, targeting Mr Obama’s personality and fame.

    The result is that the Illinois Democrat aiming to make history as the first black US president has been on the defensive ever since returning from his triumphant world tour last weekend. Negative attacks are risky but appear to be working, as Mr Obama has slipped in the polls. His lead on Mr McCain has slipped to an average of 2.9 per cent, down from 4.7 per cent a week ago.

    Read on……………

  62. “This is the people’s House,” said Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.). “This is not Pelosi’s politiburo.”

    video included!

    HA!

    Those waskily weft wingers…

    gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2008/08/house-republicans-refuse-to-vacate.html

  63. Yo Basil, great to see you, yes I am on the men but jesus, i am totally phobic of staircases these days.

    Well we were right, the repugs have only started and they are going to make mincemeat of Obama, with Rove and Schmidt leading the way for McCain, bambi better be wearing his shit free pants because they are gonna need changing on a daily basis.

  64. A great way for the republicans to bring down Obama is to bring down that great cesspit of a mess Pelosi is running, if they can turn people of her then the rest will tumble.

  65. “Ya know, back in the nineties, your income increased 6-7000 a year, right? And over the last seven years you’ve lost a thousand….”

    Oh my god, his audacity knows NO bounds! How’re you gonna try to ride Bill Clintons coattails now, you two faced son of a bitch, when it was YOU who tried your damnedest to destroy that legacy??!!

  66. Birdgal, its not like they’ll be short of ammo, never seen so many piles of cow dung to fling than Obama has provided for them.

  67. “bambi better be wearing his shit free pants because they are gonna need changing on a daily basis.

    HA!!!!!

  68. Idunn…ya noticed he didn’t say Under the last Democratic President, or Under President Clinton…it was just “back in the nineties”

    he is a total whore and an embarrassment to the (former) Democratic Party

    he JUST CANNOT GIVE ANY CREDIT TO ANYONE BUT HIMSELF

  69. “This is the people’s House,” said Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.). “This is not Pelosi’s politiburo.”

    video included
    ————————–

    I find both parties are obnoxious. It’s absolutely hilarious to hear GOP claim ‘people’s house’.

    Poor Pelosi.

  70. What sort of a name is Thaddeus McCotter, poor bastard, i bet he had years of therapy.

    Moon, that made me spit out my tea for real. First time that’s EVER happened.

  71. wbboei Says:
    August 1st, 2008 at 7:50 am
    Assume he loses big time. Assume by then the globalists have taken over the party. 2011 rolls around.
    ==============
    If he loses big time, what will that do to the globalists TAKNG OVER THE PARTY? If King Obama the Presumptive becomes the McGovern of 2008, mayn’t we hope his kingmakers will go down with him?

    I’m a little confusd and haven’t read the new thread, so I’ll defer commenting on the rest of your post.

  72. Its funny how people often live up the names given to them, i mean

    Nancy Pelosi, that name comes across hard, you know she’ll be a cow.
    Bob Wexler, just reeks of slimy schyster.
    Teddy Kennedy, yup reeks of privelege and arrogance.

    Hillary Clinton, thats just gorgeous and sweet.

    Seriously just look at peoples names and they often match up to their personailty traits.

  73. Everyone i just want to THANK YOU especially Admin for those great articles. As you know i am an AA. I have been e-mailing some of these articles to my friends. Well would you know, you have just changed two more of my friends mind. They were O supporters, they will be voting for McCain if Hillary is not the nominee. I am from Ohio. Thank you

  74. Per hot air, a right wing nut.
    ———————–

    Obama to McCain: “You’re running ads with Hillary and er – with Britney and ah Paris in it”

    Who shall defend our modern-day Susan B. Anthony from this scurrilous sexist attack?
    Today is Obama’s third day back on the campaign trail after his foreign trip and the Illinois senator is showing signs of fatigue. Last night at a fundraiser in Houston, he appeared to mistake his former opponent and current ally, Hillary Clinton, for the controversial pop icon, Britney Spears.
    “Now we’ve got ads about Britney and Paris,” Obama said referencing McCain’s new ad comparing his opponent to the young celebrities, Spears and Hilton. “At a time when we’ve got bigger challenges than any time in our history and you’re running ads with Hillary and er – with Britney and ah Paris in it. I mean come on. The American people deserve better.”
    Evidence that Obama holds Hillary in the same esteem as America’s most superficial, idiotic celebutantes? No. Evidence that Obama, like any human, is apt to lose his train of thought when he’s tired? Yes. So why post it? Because (a) it’s Friday; (b) per the new Orwellian rules that guide our political discourse, had McCain said this it would warrant a 3,000-word deconstruction at Talking Points Memo; and (c) now that Maverick’s finally being demagogued on race by the same bottom-feeding Obama supporters who demagogued Hillary, I figured I’d do my part to put it out there in case her fans want to exploit it for payback. Steve Schmidt, McCain’s new strategist, cannily referenced Bill Clinton last night in explaining why McCain’s not going to let Obama’s insulting nonsense on this subject pass unanswered, but McCain voters simply aren’t in the same position as Clinton voters in terms of their standing to accuse Obama of foul play. Remember, the entire premise of those Orwellian rules is that bad faith can be irrebuttably assumed based on party affiliation; as such, Hillary’s people enjoy a degree of immunity that you and I never will, which is why we have to hand off the baton. So here you go, Clintonites, right in your hand. Go crazy!

  75. Obama Heckled, Criticized for Turning His Back on Low-Income African American Communities:

    ——-
    Obama Heckled on African American Policies
    washingtonpost.com

    By Jonathan Weisman
    ST.PETERSBURG, Fla. — A day after John McCain’s campaign accused Barack Obama of having “played the race card,” the senator from Illinois was confronted by self-described members of the “International African Revolution” concerned he doesn’t talk enough about race.

    A boisterous town hall meeting in the Gibbs High School gym here was repeatedly interrupted by activists from the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, a pan-African socialist group, who accused Obama of ignoring the plight of poor blacks targeted by predatory lenders, police brutality and racist attacks. Obama tried to calm the situation, with assists from a supportive crowd that shouted the hecklers down.

    Handing the activists the microphone did little to assuage them.

    “All these attacks are clearly being made on the African community,” one of the hecklers, St. Petersburg resident Diop Olugbulu, 31, said, when Obama recognized him and directed the microphone to him. “Why is it that that you have not spoken to the issues or spoken on behalf of the African community?”

    Obama defended his record, saying he had spoken out on every issue the hecklers raised, from the shooting of Sean Bell in New York to the prosecution of the Jena Six in Louisiana to predatory lending targeted at blacks and Hispanics.

    “That doesn’t mean I’m always going to satisfy the way you guys want me to talk, which gives you the option of voting for someone else, which gives you the option of running for office yourself,” Obama replied as the young man stood stony-faced, arms crossed, amid deafening cheers. “But the one thing that is important is that we’re respectful toward each other.”

    The altercation comes as the issue of race resurfaces in the campaign for the White House. McCain’s campaign yesterday accused Obama of having “played the race card” when he warned supporters that people would bring up Obama’s “funny name” and the fact that “he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills” in order to scare voters. McCain aides have challenged the Obama campaign for specific examples, and are still waiting. McCain will address the Urban League today in Orlando, and Obama will address the Urban League tomorrow on the second day of his swing through the I-4 corridor of Central Florida.

    At the dawn of Obama’s political ascent, he faced questions from some African Americans over whether he was “black enough.” But after he won the Iowa caucuses, such doubts gave way to overwhelming pride in a black community that mobilized — with some help from Obama organizers — in unprecedented numbers to help deliver him the nomination. Obama is counting on that enthusiasm to help deliver him the presidency, as well, but this morning’s altercation served as a reminder that the relationship is not without its complications. Just weeks ago, the Rev. Jesse Jackson accused Obama of “talking down” to black people.

    In a interview after the event, Olugbulu called Obama’s reaction to the Bell judicial decision “one example of how he falls short in the African American community. He falls short every time.”

    Such flare-ups could also help Obama as he tries to win over skeptics. Obama did not back off his lecturing today, telling the audience, as he often does, that families need to mind what they eat, turn off the television, help their children learn and stop “yelling at the teacher” if their children are doing poorly in school.

  76. Can obamabots relax and just have some fan? obviously not.
    —————————————

    Obama camp responds: ‘sad…juvenile antics’

    Barack Obama’s campaign responded sharply to a new McCain webad depicting Obama as a parody of a biblical prophet.

    “It’s downright sad that on a day when we learned that 51,000 Americans lost their jobs, a candidate for the presidency is spending all of his time and the powerful platform he has on these sorts of juvenile antics,” said spokesman Hari Sevugan. “Senator McCain can keep telling everyone how ‘proud’ he is of these political stunts which even his Republican friends and advisors have called ‘childish’, but Barack Obama will continue talking about his plan to jumpstart our economy by giving working families $1,000 of immediate relief.”

    The ad, released only on the Internet, is the latest in a series mocking the Democratic nominee.

    “It should be known that in 2008 the world shall be blessed,” begins the ad’s deep-voiced narrator. Later, Obama emerges Godlike from the clouds.

  77. Rep. Robert Wexler is getting desperate.

    After several media outlets discovered the Democratic congressman from Florida uses his in-laws’ house in a Florida retirement community to meet residency requirements, he has sent out an e-mail (entire text here) asking for campaign donations – alleging it’s his “strong and vocal stands in favor of impeaching President Bush and Vice President Cheney” that has made him a target of “ultra-conservative” media.

    “In the eyes of the right wing, I am seen, along with Rep. Kucinich, as one of the symbols of the impeachment fight. They believe that if they defeat me – they defeat our cause,” Wexler wrote. “For the last week, I’ve been relentlessly targeted by ultra-conservative radio and television hosts, as well as my local media. It has taken a toll. Now more than ever, I need your support to help me stay in Congress to represent your voice in Washington.”

  78. texan4hillary Says:
    August 1st, 2008 at 4:18 pm
    call ny daily news on this lie about hillary right now
    212-210-2100
    =============

    Huh? WHICH lie? 🙂

  79. There are some important signs going on.

    1. Hillary supporters are returning to blog.

    2. Steve Schultz (right had person of Rove) has been placed in position to run McCain’s campaign, along with other Bush people. This must mean that they think they can win this.

    3. They have put out some soft negative ads, and it has worked for them.

    4. The slippage in the polls continues, even though O has had two events where he should have gone over 50%. These bumps have been modest and short lived. (Hillary suspending her campaign/International Trip)

    5. The American people (exceptions Polosie, Dean, Brazille) are beginning to see that he needs more experience before he runs for President. If HRC had the advantages he has (Media, Party leadership, SD % Popular Vote) she would be double degit, and just coasting.

    6. The Democratic Party and their appointed candidate are a disaster.

  80. NewMexicoFan, i was just over at DU and they are really starting to teeter on the less confident less arrogant brink, they know theres a mess starting.

    Couldnt happen to a nicer bunch of Obama crackwhores than Democratic underground.

  81. The Guerilla Congress [Mark Hemingway]

    I just got back a short while ago from the press gallery at the House of Representatives where, as Ramesh mentioned, the Republicans are keeping up the fight on creating new domestic energy and lowering gas prices.

    You can read more details about what happened here, but in a nutshell, Democrats voted on Wednesday to recess for five weeks (a motion that cleared by one vote, without a single Republican voting to recess) without taking any action on the energy issue. With Congress recessing after today, Republicans planned a maneuver to extend today’s session as long as possible to make a point about the Democrats inaction. Democrats caught wind of the plan and motioned to adjourn before being foiled by the Republicans.

    So what did the Republicans do? Even as the House Democrats left town running scared, they stayed on the floor of the House. House Republicans are still railing against the House leadership and are orating like their lives depend on it, to anyone who will listen about the need for cheaper gas and energy. The C-SPAN cameras have been shut off (C-SPAN has no control over them), the Democratic leadership made the sergeant-at-arms kill the microphones, and they even at one point tried to turn off the lights.

    It’s summer, so there are no shortage of tourists trying to get in to witness what promises to be a heck of a civics lesson. They’re lined up out the door, and being that the House is out of session, the G.O.P. has even opened up the floor seats to visitors. Every five minutes or so the throngs of citizens would erupt into loud applause and cheering at something that was being said. One source on the Hill I spoke with was calling this “The Guerilla Congress.”

    The atmosphere is positively electric in the House. It’s a good thing for Democrats this isn’t on C-SPAN because they’d look awful.

  82. Per politico:
    —————–

    GOP Talkathon Part IV: Come on Down

    With the public viewing galleries shutting down for the night, Rep. Kevin Brady has just invited everyone down to the House floor to keep the protest going.

    It has been quite the scene on the House floor this afternoon, as GOP staff members have kept the chamber filled with an eclectic assortment of people.

    Boy Scouts, members of the German army, stray tourists and even members in shorts and t-shirts have all been spotted on the floor at different times.

    While Democrats have privately decried the breakdown in order, Republicans defended the protest.

    “You are not witnessing a revolt,” said Rep. Mike Pence. “You are witnessing democracy in action.”

    Rep. Donald Manzullo also delivered a passionate speech, saying today was his late father’s birthday.

    After relating how his father, an Italian immigrant, came to live in Illinois and own a little grocery store, Manzullo brought the crowd to its feet with this line: “The people of this country are rising up and saying, ‘We want our country back!'”

  83. C-Span: Don’t blame us for not showing GOP revolt

    C-Span, the network of congressional coverage, wants everyone to know that the GOP revolt on the House floor – Republicans don’t want to go home until they are allowed a vote on offshore oil drilling, even though the House has adjourned – is not their fault.

    C-Span has just issued this statement: “A number of media organizations have incorrectly referred to ‘C-SPAN cameras’ being turned off and not providing televised coverage of the GOP House members’ post-adjournment protest on energy policy being held on the House floor on Friday afternoon. Please note that cameras in the House chamber are under the control of the Speaker of the House and that all media organizations, including C-SPAN, wishing to cover events in the chamber must use the official House TV feed. No private media cameras are permitted in the House (or Senate) chambers.”

  84. And Idunn…i HOPE HOPE HOPE I get to meet you in Denver! I have this GREAT IMAGE of you and I know I am NO WHERE NEAR RIGHT, but it’s funny as hell and I think you would appreciate it

  85. Moononpluto

    I understand that feeling. We felt it when Hillary was coming down from those big polling numbers, but Hillary could pull it out. She also understands fighting against the Reps.

    O has flunked test after test here. They should be freaking out. He just can not hack it at this point. Put some experience between his ears, and teach him some humility.

  86. I had coffee with a Clinton delegate last evening and she told me that the Florida Democratic Party has given them instructions on what to wear on what night of the convention…with the exception of the night Hillary addresses the delegates.

    One night, Red White and Blue
    another, “Dress Like Floridians” (nothing stereotypical in THAT remark!) and that “sunglasses will be provided”
    (I see trip and fall lawsuits coming!)

    One night “Wear your Obama gear”
    (She didn’t own any but said she had a bumper sticker from the DC protest!)
    as for Hillary’s Night….

    no word yet

  87. Norma, I hope it’s not an image of Angela Davis, or you’ll be sadly disappointed. I look like the female version of american idol Justin Guarini. 🙁

  88. As for Obama being heckled by
    Blacks, I expect that blackagendareport might have something interestng to say.

    There’s a similar Black journalistic site too, can’t remember the name.

  89. I tried the first game, which is to find all these Presidents that Senator Obama claims are on the dollar bill. I lost though … I could only find one.
    =================

    LOL!l Maybe they’re with the dead fallen heroes that Obama saw before him in the audience at New Mexico,was it?

  90. Idunn…no, not angela at all..and I don’t know who Justin Guarini is! LOL (Guess I’ll google)

    nope, but because you are SO funny, and because you have “tennessee-like” things to do so often, and because your descriptive writing conjures great imagery (including rollers and a bandolero), my picture is mine, and i enjoy it!

  91. Just googled Justin…

    now, yes, close in many ways! LOL…but add a sewing machine, firewood, a computer, and maybe one of those inside out alpaca hippie vests from the late 60’s and there ya go!

  92. turned-down,

    see the ny daily news article at 3:28

    moonpluto,

    theodore mccutter. hehehe.

    careful on those steps.

  93. Well I’m glad I’m just full off one liners at present. You could fill a book with them on Oblahblahblahma.

    I hope Chicago has some pretty big sewer pipes, they need tunnel sized ones for the amount of turd that flows from Obama’s gob.

    Obama in Berlin, he was more like Sally Bowles on her back in the Berlin Cabaret shafting anyone for a bit of cash and praise.

    All together now, “a mark, a yen, a buck or a pound”.

  94. LOL…but add a sewing machine, firewood, a computer, and maybe one of those inside out alpaca hippie vests from the late 60’s and there ya go!

    LMAO! Damn, you go on with your bad self, Miss Cleo.

    Except for the vest, though. Too damned hot for alpaca anything right now. 😉

  95. HA!

    Miss Cleo!

    LMAO

    well…i betcha the Alpaca thing is hangin’ in the closet just waiting for the matching hiking boots for a trek out to the mailbox, past the split-rail fence and the horses in January

  96. but you will leave the housecoat on, as you will be returning to make some wonderful thing in a big pot on the woodburning stove!

    LOL

  97. Make that ABSOLUTELY absurd: Andrew Malcolm at the LA Times reports that while most of us were apparently sleeping or in a mass coma, Obama has already been elected president. On Thursday, this is how the crowd at a town hall meeting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, greeted soon-to-be (on Monday) Birthday Boy Obama:

    But the happy crowd did not sing the song, “Happy Birthday, Senator Obama.”

    It was a small but revealing thing. The very confident crowd sang the song, “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.”

    And Barack Obama looked very pleased to hear it.

  98. Lyrics – Pride comes before a fall; I should have known she would win in the end –

    A Friday evening song for Obama and his Obama-ettes:

  99. “But in their new role as bloggers, the paper’s editors seem to have all the intelligence and reason of the average Daily Kos diarist sitting at home in his mother’s basement and ranting into the ether between games of dungeons and dragons.”
    Someone on NoQuarter said this was picked up off from their site the other day…good for McCain’s campaign, coming up to speed on the blogs.

    Ha, ha, just heard the Republicans call the revolt in the House chamber “The Boston Tea Party.” Little Nancy better get back there and turn the lights on…free speech and all that ya know.

    The bots must be smokin’ that wacky tobaccy again telling Hillary to attack McCain…but then we all knew The One would be asking her to do the heavy lifting. Just Say No Hillary.

  100. IMPORTANT!

    HRC on video about the convention and putting her name in nomination.

    i don’t like the woman’s question but at least the reply is from HRC personally.

    //countusout.wordpress.com/

  101. McCain is having fan. Hilarious
    ——————————
    In Panama City, Florida, today, per ABC News Bret Hovell, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said of his new web video mocking Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, as a false messiah, “we were having some fun. We were having some fun with our supporters that we sent it out to and we’re gonna display a sense of humor in this campaign. I noticed a couple of days ago that Senator Obama challenged me to a duel. Well, light sabers is my weapon of choice.

    “But seriously if we have differences, we should have appeared at the Urban League convention today,” McCain continued. “I’ve asked him time after time to appear with me on the same stage so we can discuss the issues that are important to the American people.”

    Asked if his mocking tone undermines his previously stated desire to run a respectful campaign, McCain said, “This is a very respectful campaign. I’ve repeated my admiration and respect for Senator Obama. That clip is of Charlton Heston. It’s a movie. …So, I really appreciated the movie and I appreciated Charlton Heston’s magnificent acting skills as I saw it, but it’s a movie.”

    On whether the campaign’s general tone has been negative, McCain said, “I don’t think our campaign is negative in the slightest. I’m, we think it’s got a lot of humor in it and we’re having fun and enjoying it. And that is what campaigns are going to be like, that’s what every campaign that I have been involved in…I am going to enjoy it and I’m the underdog. And we will continue to fight and scrap all the way till November the fourth.”

    The Obama campaign has called McCain’s new ads, including the TV ad that likens Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, as “juvenile antics” that have helped them raise money.

  102. Obama’s Top Ten Flaws That Will Cost Him in November
    by John Hawkins

    townhall.com/columnists/JohnHawkins/2008/08/01/obamas_top_ten_flaws_that_will_cost_him_in_november

  103. just a reminder…and an important on, re FDRJim’s site

    we want our voices heard!

    noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/08/01/if-you-havent-filled-out-the-survey/

  104. Obama is back to imploding, the same way he was during the last two months of the primary campaign. Time for us to REALLLLY start lobbying the SDs to switch their votes!

    ———–
    Obama and McCain trade old-school political jabs

    By MIKE GLOVER, Associated Press Writer

    Thursday, July 31, 2008
    (07-31) 12:23 PDT Cedar Rapids, Iowa (AP) —

    Barack Obama and John McCain traded old-school political jabs Thursday, with McCain contending that he had been wrongly accused of planning a racial attack and Obama countering that his opponent was inventing a controversy to avoid talking about the issues.

    After months of contending that their campaigns would eschew personal attacks as part of a new kind of politics, the presumptive presidential nominees of the major parties turned nasty over what Obama meant when he said McCain and other Republicans would try to scare voters by pointing out that the Democratic candidate “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”

    McCain took on the role of aggrieved victim, his campaign waiting almost a day after Obama’s remarks to charge that he had injected race into the presidential campaign. “Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. Its divisive, negative, shameful and wrong,” McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said.

    Obama, smarting from McCain’s constant thumping about a first-term senator’s thin resume wrapped inside a charismatic speaking style, countered that being black had nothing to do with his prediction of the nature of attacks yet to come. However, comparing his looks to those of presidents on U.S. currency — all white men — gave his opponents a chance to say the man who would be the first black president was subtly charging racism.

    Not so, Obama’s campaign said, explaining that Obama was referring only to being new to Washington politics.

    “Barack Obama in no way believes that the McCain campaign is using race as an issue, but he does believe they’re using the same old low-road politics to distract voters from the real issues in this campaign, and those are the issues he’ll continue to talk about,” Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said.

    Obama on Wednesday told a gymnasium full of people in Springfield, Mo., that McCain and President Bush will resort to scare tactics to maintain their hold on the White House because they have little else to offer voters.

    “Nobody thinks that Bush and McCain have a real answer to the challenges we face. So what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me,” Obama said. “You know, ‘He’s not patriotic enough, he’s got a funny name,’ you know, ‘He doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.'”

    While calling to mind the images of presidents on the nation’s paper money — George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant are on the bills most commonly used — Obama didn’t make clear what distinctions he thinks McCain is likely to raise. Besides being white, they were for the most part much older than Obama when elected.

    McCain has not raised Obama’s race as an issue in the campaign; he has said that Obama lacks experience.

    When asked by The Associated Press what Obama meant by the comparison, Obama strategist Robert Gibbs said Thursday morning that the senator was not referring to race.

    “What Barack Obama was talking about was that he didn’t get here after spending decades in Washington,” Gibbs said. “There is nothing more to this than the fact that he was describing that he was new to the political scene. He was referring to the fact that he didn’t come into the race with the history of others. It is not about race.”

    Obama often makes references to his distinctions as a candidate, such as saying there are doubts among some voters because he has “a funny name.” At times he refers to his race as well, saying he looks different from any previous candidate but then adding that the differences are not just about race. Addressing supporters Tuesday night at a fundraiser in Springfield, he said, “It’s a leap, electing a 46-year-old black guy named Barack Obama.”

  105. I enjoyed the video of Hillary accepting the so called placement of her name on the ballot. What I noticed during that whole thing was the last 5 or6 words she said “I hope everybody knows I don’t have a lot of control over this”. People for me that says it all. So YOU IN THE HELL DOES??? The people who voted for should have the ONLY power to have her name in the process and elect her if she gets enough votes.
    Wbboei, I hope you listen carefully to what she is saying on that video. The ending statement was the real FREAKING truth!!

  106. i wish mccain would say:

    ‘YOU USED THAT RACIAL CRAP ON HILLARY, DONT EVEN
    THINK OF TRYING THAT ON ME…’

  107. Lordy yall, I am watching the folks at MSNBC have a collective meltdown. If it wasn’t so bad and makin me sick to my stomach i’d just pretend it was a comedy show and laugh out loud. That’s the main reason I haven’t been writin’. The whole business makes me sick. But I wanted to say that I, too, appreciate how John McCain has called out his opponent on playin’ the race card. You wrote a great essay about it admin. I appreciate this young man on MSNBC who is explainin’ to the likes of Rachel Madow how manipulating the language to play the race card is done. She’s not believin’ him and he’s speaking from his perspective as an African American man. Hello, Rachel. I think this man has some experience with the question on the table. All of this reinforces the need for a real discussion by real people in this country.

    But a bigger issue that’s naggin’ at me is why are some women so damn afraid and even resentful of a powerful woman like Hillary? Sexism, like racism, cuts both ways. Women can have an insecurity that makes them react against other women, I suppose, and, of course the same can be said for men. It’s a complex question.

    I just learned that some damn liars have been saying that Hillary is not going to let her name go into nomination. Like I say this shit just makes me sick. Pardon my language. Perhaps I need some of idunn’s holy water. I sure have missed your sense of humor, idunn.

  108. what does everyone think about HRC’s comments regarding her name being put into nomination?
    I’m not sure what to make of it. She seemed less than enthusiastic and kept citing her support for waffles
    or am i just interpreting it wrong?

    I’m confused.

    (video clip at 6:13)

  109. okay, far be it from me to pretend to know things i dont, that
    being said, on that tape of hillary, what she says is a bit disturbing.

    she says no candidates in the past, have so quickly endorsed the
    new prsumptive candidate. she says some wait until the convention
    to finally endorse their opponent…

    why?
    why did she jump on the unity pony so quickly?
    if she stayed in it to win it, they would have to keep her name
    in nomination, because, there was no way obama had the
    nomination sealed up either.

    to me, she essentially screwed herself… oh well, no sense
    crying over spilled milk huh?

  110. molly,

    see the vuideo of HRC talking about her name being put into nomination at 6:13.

    About women and how they treat other women, unfortunately it’s true we’re our own worst enemies.

    it’s the Queen Bee and Wannabee syndrome. 👿

  111. If there is any justice in this world, Obama will continue to experience pie-in-the-face and foot in the mouth disease until the convention.

    It’s so much fun reading about this idiot’s mistakes. They just keep coming! 🙂

  112. skmf,
    i don’t get it either. it almost sounded like she was patiently trying to explain something she knew was a real ‘fairy tale’ to kids still waiting for santa claus, or the easter bunny. she sounded weary.

    i agree it’s strange to hear her say most candidates wait until the convention to endorse and she threw her support behind waffles earlier than many other candidates including Kennedy, hart, brown.

    (Sorry for typos. i am NOT used to the laptop!)

  113. skmf12, just listen to the last 5 or 6 words, she tells you what has happened. It is very clear to me!

  114. agree it’s strange to hear her say most candidates wait until the convention to endorse and she threw her support behind waffles earlier than many other candidates including Kennedy, hart, brown.

    I took it as her way of saying to the party elders, “Look, don’t go freaking on me just because I’m responding to what my supporters want and need from me. I DID what you wanted me to do, I endorsed the son of a bitch.”

    Of course, I have no way of knowing WHAT was really going through her head.

  115. jan, i thionk it’s funny too until i realize he and ludicruz COULD paint the WH black.

    admin,

    funny clip. ‘i’m a loser’ was even better.

  116. Folks, let’s pray for President Clinton travel safety, this is NO joking matter. Per ABC blog.
    ——————————————————–

    Bill Clinton’s Plane Aborts Take-Off in Africa; Fmr Prez ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ in Bon Jovi Press Plane

    ABC News’ Kate Snow and Dana Hughes Report: It’s becoming a running joke except it’s not that funny. For the seventh time, mechanical failures are holding up former President Clinton’s tour of Africa.

    At first we were reluctant to write about it, after all it was only the press corps suffering. For more than 48 hours — from Monday at 4pm until Thursday at 1:02am — the small group of press who had signed up to cover Mr. Clinton’s annual trip to the continent to visit the work of his Clinton Foundation was stranded in Newark, New Jersey. The former president was already safely overseas, having flown on a 767 reportedly owned by several Google executives.

    The 727 that was to ferry the press to Ethiopia had breakdown after breakdown — a broken air conditioner, a problem with the fuel tanks that led to an aborted take-off, a shattered cockpit window involving a small fire, a broken fuel valve. One of Clinton’s advisors took to listing the problems on the back of his hand. He ran out of room and had to use his middle finger.

    Finally, Bon Jovi came to the rescue.

    An old war horse of a 707 used by the rockers was finally brought in from the Bahamas to get the press back on track and safely to Addas Ababa. On Friday, in a frantic, now abbreviated schedule, there was a single event in Ethiopia covered by reporters. Then it was back to the planes — the press 707 and the Clinton 767 — to dash to Rwanda. But an hour after the press plane took off, a Clinton foundation aide came to our cabin looking sheepish.

    “This comes from the category of you can’t make this up,” he said.

    President Clinton’s beautiful plane — the one reporters had been so jealous of just days before — is now grounded. Apparently, as the 767 sped down the runway in Addas Ababa, the take off was aborted — engine problems. Everyone on board is fine but the plane is not. Clinton will now join the press plane, which had to turn around in mid-air to retrieve the grounded president.

    If there’s any silver lining at all, a Clinton aide said, Ethiopia is considered one of the top places in the world for repairing Boeing engines. Let’s hope it doesn’t take long as space is getting a little cramped on the 707 — with four legs left on the trip.

  117. basil,

    I refuse to believe that this buffoon will get anywhere near the White House. I want to believe that not only will he lose this election but also his senate seat.

  118. McCain Web Ad Mockingly Compares Obama to Moses

    elections.foxnews.com/2008/08/01/mccain-web-ad-obama-might-be-the-one-but-maybe-not-ready-to-lead/

  119. idunn,

    i thought about that, too, that she was doing a cya just in case there were any moles present but i also sensed defeat in her responses and it hurts seeing her give up.

    confloyd,
    i understand what you’re saying and i agree but WHY would she capitulate so completely??????? she almost seems like a different person.

  120. basil: I don’t think Hillary has much control over, what is happening. She had to endorse, to get on the unity pony, in order to satisfy the DNC. If she hadn’t, she would have been barbecued.

    Admin: You have outdone yourself, with “The Loser.”

  121. I like the McCain ads. Making fun of someone or ridiculing them, is the worst thing, one can do, to someone with a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Just Desserts.

  122. did somebody already post this article from clintons4mccain?
    well here it is again…
    *****************************************************
    Why, You Think Obama is Dangerous? Oh My…

    By: Tracy Karol

    It might be a subtle uneasy feeling felt deep inside, like a nagging suspicion you’ve left the iron on with a baby in the room. You are not even quite sure what it is about him, but you know something about Barack Hussein Obama is a bit, well, frightening…dangerous, even. Oops, I said his middle name…it’s only a matter of time before they come and get me!

    It could be that you aren’t sure if he has socialist tendencies if not communist/Marxist views (witness his recent wild popularity in European countries with socialist leanings), or Muslim ties, relations and at best sympathies (he has received funds and endorsements from Muslim groups and even terrorists). The two are on opposite ends of the spectrum, so you don’t really know what to believe about Barack Obama but feel he’s slick, maybe too slick?

    You might think Obama is dangerous because he doesn’t seem to think before he speaks, unless it is a carefully crafted speech, of course, and those are often blatantly stolen from speeches of the past. When he does speak off the cuff, his remarks show his inexperience, like his comments about invading Pakistan, a country with nuclear weapons – and again after he has oft said he wants to pull out of Iraq. Where does he stand on war? Who truly knows, since he never seems to admit when he is wrong on issues? Hmmm….Clinton supporters have a bit more insight and intelligence when it comes to such things. Call it ‘intuition.’

    You might think Barack Obama is dangerous because he never seems to tell the truth. He has changed positions so many times – flip-flopped, if you will – whispering to one audience what it wants to hear and another what it prefers, while the media turns a blind eye, so you truly have no idea what his policies are. In fact, he doesn’t seem to have any policies, other than “hope and change,” which are mere words that sound pretty but don’t actually mean anything.

    You think Barack Obama is dangerous because you have been left to wonder if his friends are worse than Al Qaeda; oops I did it again, here they come. By now, some, not all, but some of you have probably heard of his past associations (or not truly past; just tossed under the bus, for the time being) with:

    Tony Rezco, the developer and criminal who helped him get his start in Chicago politics and was a close personal friend to both Barack and Michelle Obama, buying the empty lot next to their house so they could buy their home. He’s now in jail.

    Louis Farrakhan, whom he helped organize the Million Man March, and who is known as the “black Hitler.”

    Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his pastor for 20 years at his radical church, whose rants about AIDS were blatantly racist, who damned America and said our country deserved the 9/11 attacks, while Obama sat in the pews listening and later brought Wright on as an advisor to his campaign.
    William Ayers, the terrorist who blew up buildings and also held fundraisers for Barack Obama.

    The last and most certainly one of the worst, Rajala Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya and cousin of Obama who is accused of radical terrorist acts and ethnic cleansing since as far back as 1985. Yet, Obama still endorsed his candidacy and campaigned for him during his run for Prime Minister.

    These are just a few of his associates…there are plenty more to come. With friends like Obama’s, who needs Al Qaeda?

    You think Barack Obama is dangerous because he is inexperienced?
    You think he is a proven liar?
    You are concerned about electability because of little things like being radically to the left on the issues?

    Hmmm…what do you think of his stance on abortion – going further than even NARAL would in voting against legislation similar to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act in Illinois, and his record as the most liberal Senator, a title he took away from Ted Kennedy? Barbaric maybe you think?

    Well, if only you’d studied his tax plan you’d know that no matter what your income level, you will pay significantly more in taxes under his leadership than you would under John McCain’s. That should make you feel less reluctant about his competency, right?

    Yet even with his radical plans, he is still against gay marriage, something most in the homosexual community don’t even know – so they support him, assuming he will back that cause when in fact he is only in favor of civil unions, the same as John McCain. While his healthcare plan would not only leave millions still uninsured, it would drive up taxes so high that those who most needed it would be pushed into poverty. Yet, you think he is dangerous? I say indeed!

    You know Barack Obama is dangerous for this country, and you know he is dangerous for you personally? There are many reasons why people think he is dangerous, so you are not alone.

    He’s a study in contradictions. It’s impossible to point to just one, as it’s impossible to pin him down on any one thing. But one thing is clear: You know Obama, a dangerous man, is the wrong choice for America.
    Posted by Clintons4mccain at 11:46 AM

  123. The “Walking Eagle has landed”.Is it Black or is it White? No way of knowing.Depends on the color of his audience.What a mess this self-centered light weight has made of the election process.He must be denied the candidacy or the countre is headed for the worst era in its history.This phony is so full of himself.That is why “The Eagle cannot fly”.STOP HIM NOW and DEMAND that HILLARY’s name be put in nomination.recreate68 will not happen if we fight back.By the way,what good are the properly inflated tires that BHO offers as a solution for better mileage,if they get slashed by his cult for his loss of the nomination.FEAR is the game and Barack Hussein Obama is his name.

    Hillary must be the NOMINEE.

    By ABM90

  124. Hillary, do not take the bait , do not take Bambi’s VP offer if he asks.
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    TARA WALL, DEPUTY EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR, “THE WASHINGTON TIMES”: Of course not. McCain is defending what he believes has been a line that has been crossed.

    And, you know, the campaign has said, look, it needed to defend itself. It was wrong, what Obama said when he — when he went into the race issue. He was — he got to a point where he was fine, up until he mentioned the fact that, oh, by the way, they’re going to say, you know, he doesn’t look like other presidents. […]

    DAVID GERGEN, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: Huh. I’m not sure there’s an easy way to turn this to an advantage. I think it’s turning into a knife fight, Wolf. And both sides — the McCain side starting this fight. They have really gone after him. Now they have goaded Obama into this comment that I think is from — I think I agree with Roland. He went too far.

    ………….

    GERGEN: It is. And I’m glad you raise that, Wolf, because I want to go back to the beginning of this. It was Hillary Clinton who long ago predicted that the Republican attack machine would crank up against Obama. And she’s been proven business right. Here they come. And I think what we see now is, in a race that, after this marvelous publicity Obama has had over the last two or three weeks, you would normally assume a candidate like this would be ahead by eight to 10 points. And, yet, we see a much closer race. The Gallup tracking poll this week actually saw significant slippage on Obama’s part.

    What it tells me is that Barack Obama and his team need to take a fresh look at the prospect of Hillary Clinton being his vice president. She is the one who understands this fight. She’s been in these fights before. She knows how to handle herself in a fight. She would help to unite the Democratic Party.

    And, as Lanny Davis pointed out in an important “Wall Street Journal” piece today, if you look at the most recent polls, by FOX, for example, a few days ago, Obama was ahead by one point against McCain head on head. If it’s Obama and Clinton, Hillary Clinton, vs. McCain and Romney, he picks up eight points.

    So, in my judgment, given the closeness of this, it’s time for the McCain — for the Obama people to rethink, give a fresh think about how much Hillary Clinton could add to this ticket, because the number-one objective here for the Democrats is to win the election.

  125. For those who would like to rub the journalist’s nose in it, here is the info all together.

    h t t p : / / http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2008/07/31/2008-07-31_hillary_clinton_asks_not_to_be_nominated.html#community

    Hillary on Wanting Her Name to be Placed into Nomination: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8gdU_1MM44

    For those who can’t play the video of Hillary saying she DOES want to be nominated and on the ballot, here is a report from someone who was present when Hillary said it

    Originally it was labeled an event to help pay down her debt but some how it morphed into a unity event. there were about 10 Pumas that I know for sure but I’m sure there were more. Afterwards we all stood around and told each other our pen names. She said that she thinks it would help unify the party if her name was put into nomination and that she wants her supporters and delegates to be recognized and heard.

  126. Basil 9, when someone threatens you or your family with death, guess what you are a different person after that! I am telling she was threaten, i dug up an article that stated that Soros threatened to kill Chelsea. I don’t have it anymore, forwarded to a friend!

  127. Idunn…this is for you! As a matter of fact, the whole site is! (Be sure and check out the ‘Dashboard Obama’ in the sidebar!)

    In a brilliant move, which media pundits are describing as audacious, Barack Obama has chosen himself to be his own running mate. “That’s how I roll,” Obama told reporters in a briefly held brief briefing during the intermission of a Bon Jovi concert, after which he dropped the microphone with a loud thump. As he left the stage, members of the press corps ripped off their shirts and threw them toward the stage, while their female colleagues threw their panties, all of them experiencing what can only be described as “minimally disguised orgasms.” (read more)

    thepeoplescube.com/red/viewtopic.php?t=2174

  128. VII. MEDIA CORRUPTION

    In his widely acclaimed book Winning the former Chairman of General Electric Jack Welch writes about how he came to acquire NBC, and ultimately its affiliate MSNBC. He tells us that two years later a hostage situation developed at NBC’s News Division where the leaders “openly and brazenly questioned GE’s ability to manage a journalistic enterprise . . . and put together a budget which made money.” So Welch fired the leader of the division and got himself a yes man. Evidently the new man he was ready, willing and able to put profit ahead of integrity. I say this because he was fired when Dateline got caught rigging a General Motors Truck to explode- which gave new meaning to the expression anything for a story. During the course of this election there was no mistaking what went on in the Big Media shops with the concept of journalistic integrity.

    Big Media was on a mission to force Hillary Rodham Clinton out of the race. For example, they tried for six months and 51 primaries to force her out of the race. They wrote her obituary after she lost the first primary in Iowa. By February they were publishing headlines like “With Skies Darkening Hillary Soldiers On”. When she won a series of large state primaries they dismissed them as racism and published headlines like “Hillary Clinton Deathwatch”. And, when we came to the final primary in South Dakota they took an innocent remark she made about the tragic death of Robert Kennedy and conspired with the Obama campaign to twist it into a death wish toward Obama with headlines like “Killer Gaff” and “Get Out!” Nevertheless she managed to win South Dakota and the popular vote.

    Moreover, Big Media was determined to demonize her in the eyes of the American public. Last December, while Clinton was commanding that huge lead in the national polls, political analysts and professional strategists retained by CNN and other broadcast networks began hammering across the notion that “the voters don’t like her”. It was pretty brazen stuff. Using the branding techniques of commercial product marketers, adjectiveslike “divisive”, “polarizing”, “dishonest”,
    “untrustworthy” and “calculating” have been repeated over and over in connection to Clinton in the same manner that “biological warfare” and “weapons of mass destruction” were pounded across the air waves in the lead-up to the Iraq War. Before the Indiana-North Carolina primaries on May 6th, she was labeled a “panderer” by the networks. ABC political correspondent Jake Tapper, apparently taking his cue from Obama campaign surrogates, even compared to the New York senator to Tonya Harding, the ice skater who caused Nancy Kerrigan’s ankle injury. (The Bamboozling of America). Not to be outdone MSNBC heaped torrents of sexist abuse on Hillary every evening while the DNC stood silent.

    Furthermore, Big Media was determined to diminish her candidacy. For example, when we got to the later states and refused to accede to their demands to quit the race, they stopped giving her equal time. Worse, when they would give her any time at all they would interrupt her segment move to an Obama speech and never come back to her. CNN was notorious for this little ruse. And they would stack their panels with Obama advocates and exclude pro-Hillary people. These pundits would criticize her and eulogize him. MSNBC was notorious for that. Finally they misrepresented the delegate rules to claim it was mathematically impossible to win and when the DNC violated its own rules to elect him they covered it up.

    Finally, Big Media aggressively promoted her opponent as if he was a new brand of perfume. While they were parsing every nuance of Hillary’s words they were ignoring his serial gaffs. While they were calling her a liar for the Bosnia remark they were ignoring the fact that he gave us nine (9) different accounts on whether he was in church and knew about the “Goddam America” and racist statements of his 20 year spiritual advisor Reverend Jerimah Wright. And while they were maligning her positions on Iraq they were characterizing his dramatic reversals on key policy matters (infra) as a mere “shifting style” or “moving to the center”.) This double standard became so blatant that Saturday Night Live did two comedy skits on it before Obama issued a veiled threat to Tina Fey SNL and she stopped.

  129. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!

    Obama 2004: Baby, I’m a star!

    “Andy Warhol said we all get our 15 minutes of fame. I’ve already had an hour and a half. I mean, I’m so overexposed, I’m making Paris Hilton look like a recluse.”—Then-Senator-elect Barack Obama (D-Ill.), Gridiron Dinner, December 2004.

    h/t The Anchoress

    http://www.therealbarackobama.wordpress.com

  130. wbboei,

    I no longer watch CNN, MSNBC, or NBC. I don’t consider them to be “big media.” I consider them to be “little bullies” with the mentality of laughing hyenas.

    My apologies to the laughing hyenas out in the wild.

  131. GERGEN:
    What it tells me is that Barack Obama and his team need to take a fresh look at the prospect of Hillary Clinton being his vice president.
    ===========

    Booo! ABC/WP poll found for every voter HIllary would add, they’d lose one. 23% vs 22%

  132. So what did the Republicans do? Even as the House Democrats left town running scared, they stayed on the floor of the House. House Republicans are still railing against the House leadership and are orating like their lives depend on it, to anyone who will listen about the need for cheaper gas and energy. The C-SPAN cameras have been shut off (C-SPAN has no control over them), the Democratic leadership made the sergeant-at-arms kill the microphones, and they even at one point tried to turn off the lights.

    It’s summer, so there are no shortage of tourists trying to get in to witness what promises to be a heck of a civics lesson. They’re lined up out the door, and being that the House is out of session, the G.O.P. has even opened up the floor seats to visitors. Every five minutes or so the throngs of citizens would erupt into loud applause and cheering at something that was being said. One source on the Hill I spoke with was calling this “The Guerilla Congress.”

    The atmosphere is positively electric in the House. It’s a good thing for Democrats this isn’t on C-SPAN because they’d look awful.
    ******************************************************
    Can’t those visitors or GOP staffers bring video cameras?

  133. I’ve just been catching up by reading this thread. I wondered why the McCain campaign suddenly seemed a lot more aggressive and on the ball, and now I know: Steve Schmidt. And this quote had me almost screaming YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! out loud:

    “Say whatever you want about Bill Clinton,” McCain campaign chieftain Steve Schmidt tells Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith, “but it’s deeply unfair to suggest his criticism of Obama was race-based. President Clinton was a force for unity in this country on this subject. Every American should be proud of his record as both a governor and president. But we knew it was coming in our direction because they did it against a President of the United State of their own party.”

    So it takes a Karl Rove-trained strategist to point out something no prominent Dem ever bothered to. Sure, Schmidt has an ulterior motive for doing this, but he’s also telling the hard truth, one the MSM and Dem elites ignored. I, for one, will never forget how they were complicit in the trashing of the only two-term Dem president since FDR. Never.

  134. And it’s only going to get a hell of a lot worse for Waffles. His campaign is based on a cult of personality, so McCain is now running against his presumed strength, which as someone in an article pointed out above, is a classic Rove strategy. They will exploit his arrogance, narcissism, elitism and lack of a sense of humor till the cows come home. There’s plenty of ammunition, that’s for sure.

    Another thing I like about Schmidt’s statement is it points out how fundamentally dirty “Mr. Change” was to accuse a popular president OF HIS OWN PARTY of race-baiting.

  135. Cuban-Americans sticking by McCain
    Obama not popular amongst exiles

    Allen Abel, National Post
    Published: Friday, August 01, 2008

    Eric Thayer/Reuters
    In search of someone – anyone – on this planet who is not in love with Barack Obama, I am in the banquet hall of a Cuban restaurant in the Miami suburbs, and there are dozens of men and women around me and they are hollering “McCain! McCain! Sí McCain!”

    A man shouts out in Spanish that I am a political reporter from Canada visiting South Florida. He asks for a show of hands declaring presidential preference. The result: John McCain, about 50; Mr. Obama, two. And the room is just beginning to fill. Soon there will be 250 people here.

    Everyone is elegantly dressed on this Sunday afternoon. The women drip with gems. The men are in lacy guayaberas or business suits, crisp despite the subtropical heat. Almost everyone is 60 or older. They are sipping Bacardi on ice from salt-rimmed glasses, greeting old neighbours with kisses and abrazos, sharing their pride and their sadness.

    It is a reunion of a group that calls itself the Municipal Council of the City of Santiago de Cuba in Exile. Santiago is where Fidel and Raúl Castro and 160 other upstarts wearing stolen military uniforms began their revolution on el 26 de Julio, 1953. Almost all the insurgents were killed or captured as they attempted to overrun an army base at six o’clock in the morning. The Castro brothers escaped to the high sierra, only to be surrounded, arrested, tried, convicted, condemned to death, reprieved, imprisoned, pardoned, and freed by the same Cuban government they soon would overthrow.

    Against one wall is a display of paintings by an artist from the nearby island of the exiles’ distant youth. One depicts the historic fortress and lighthouse of Havana above a crystal sea. A woman approaches and gestures angrily at the canvas.

    “There is where they need change,” she snaps. “We don’t need change here.”

    continue……

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/world/story.html?id=696014

  136. Amen paula. I will see what I can find out about him. Sounds like he is a more than a match for Axelrod.

  137. paula,

    thx for posting that comment by steve schmidt.
    it sure made me feel good, cause it is true, even if it
    took a republican with an agenda to say it.

    IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE DEMOCRATS WHO SAID IT,
    INSTEAD, IT WAS THE OPPOSITION…

    thx repubs, for speaking the truth about BILL CLINTON…

  138. Dinosaur media death watch. I am so glad these dirty MSM is dying before our eyes.
    ——————————————-
    Washington Post Swings to Loss
    Washington PostCo. on Friday reported a net loss for the second quarter, as growth in the education and cable divisions failed to offset steep advertising revenue declines at its namesake newspaper and Newsweek.

    The company posted a loss of $2.7 million in the quarter, compared with net income of $68.8 million for the same period last year. The results reflect a charge of $87.4 million mostly related to the 231 Washington Post employees who accepted buyouts offered in the spring.

    The advertising revenue picture at the Post has darkened as the newspaper industry continues to get battered by the dual forces of a sagging economy and the shift of readers and advertisers to the Web. Print ad revenue at the paper declined 22% to $99.8 million for the quarter, compared with a decline of 11% in the first quarter. The company attributes the losses primarily to softness in classified and retail advertising.

    Ad revenue at Newsweek declined 21% as the magazine publishing division reported a 15% drop in revenue to $62.7 million.

    Total revenue at the company increased 5.7% to $1.1 billion due largely to continued growth in the company’s Kaplan education business, where operating income grew 26% to $47.4 million on revenue of $576.5 million.

    The strong performance of Washington Post’s non-newspaper business has helped cushion the blow of losses in the newspaper and magazine divisions, but lately the company has made moves to cut costs in its news operations. Since the beginning of the year it eliminated over 200 editorial positions at the Post and Newsweek through voluntary buyouts.

    The Post is a paper in transition. Last month, the newly appointed publisher Katharine Weymouth tapped former Wall Street Journal managing editor Marcus Brauchli to succeed Leonard Downie Jr. as the paper’s executive editor.

  139. …and Media Matters is getting hysterical:
    “There’s nothing magical about the criticism that makes it an “effective GOP shot” — it is effective because reporters choose not to do their jobs. Narratives that are based on false examples don’t just “take hold” — reporters choose not to do their jobs. It’s really that simple. And it isn’t the difference between good journalism and bad journalism. It’s the difference between journalism and something else entirely. A journalist doesn’t simply repeat false claims the Republicans make. A journalist doesn’t adopt the underlying premise of an attack when the evidence in support of it is false. Whatever you call the people responsible for this nonsense, don’t call them journalists.”

    HA!

    Welcome to our world, MMFA

  140. basil,

    HUNKS FOR SURE….. 🙂

    yeah they did lose, but they looked real good doing it… 🙂

    oh yeah, about the delegates,
    well frankly, i find it hard to believe we will find 300 of them
    to step up and vote their concience.
    seriously, i am skeptical.
    i hope i am wrong.
    but this election cycle, is forever going to be known as
    ‘THE YEAR OF THE SCOUNDREL’.
    i wont hold my breath.

  141. LMAO!!!! This guy is over the top! (Can’t link as it is an email, but it must be on MMFA site)

    LOVE THIS!!!

    Instead, the media spent the bulk of the week discussing Barack Obama’s purported “presumptuousness” and “arrogance” — even though they (occasionally) acknowledged that the examples upon which the charge is based are bunk. There is simply no good reason for this.

  142. McCain new ad:

    Donde Los latinos?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZKxWrPQFXc

    McCain: Obama ignored Latin America
    Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor August 1, 2008 01:32 PM

    A new Spanish-language web ad from Republican John McCain needles Democratic rival Barack Obama for ignoring Latin America on his foreign tour.

    It uses footage from Obama’s speech last week to 200,000 people in Berlin, addressed to the “people of Berlin, people of the world.”

    “The world according to Barack Obama,” it says on the screen, before a series of quick cuts showing him mentioning countries and cities around the globe — one after another — with none of them in Central or South America.

    “And the Latinos?” appears on the screen. “Did he perhaps forget about us?”

    The video is an appeal to Hispanic voters, who could play a key role in several battleground states. According to recent polls, McCain has a lot of ground to make up.

    A national survey released by the Pew Hispanic Center last week showed Obama leading among Latino voters 66 percent to 23 percent. And in Florida, where both are stumping today, a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found Hispanic voters favoring Obama 56 percent to McCain’s 36 percent even as the poll showed an overall statistical tie.

    http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/08/mccain_obama_ig.html

  143. Looks like Mr. Schmidt knows how to manipulate the MSM narrative, too, lol. He does appear to be a match for Axelrod.

  144. I think, someone may have mentioned this earlier, but the latest flip-flop is offshore drilling.

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday he would be willing to support limited additional offshore oil drilling if that’s what it takes to enact a comprehensive policy to foster fuel-efficient autos and develop alternate energy sources.

    ADVERTISEMENT

    Shifting from his previous opposition to expanded offshore drilling, the Illinois senator told a Florida newspaper he could get behind a compromise with Republicans and oil companies to prevent gridlock over energy.

    Republican rival John McCain, who earlier dropped his opposition to offshore drilling, has been criticizing Obama on the stump and in broadcast ads for clinging to his opposition as gasoline prices topped $4 a gallon. Polls indicate these attacks have helped McCain gain ground on Obama.

    “My interest is in making sure we’ve got the kind of comprehensive energy policy that can bring down gas prices,” Obama said in an interview with The Palm Beach Post.

    “If, in order to get that passed, we have to compromise in terms of a careful, well thought-out drilling strategy that was carefully circumscribed to avoid significant environmental damage — I don’t want to be so rigid that we can’t get something done.”

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080802/ap_on_el_pr/obama

  145. Umm….We know what Geraldine went thru on this “race-baiting” issue!!!!!

    Unfortuntely the pimps and whores of DEM leadership will ask bill clinton to hit back at McCain onn the race issue.

    I just hope Bill says “go to hell with them”!!!! though I feel he and Hill will be further pressured to come out strongly “united for the party and BO”!

  146. Dear Idunn

    If I send you lots of hope and peace and love, will that take care of your mortgage and stop global warming and most important, will that make me the one you’ve been waiting for?

    XOXOXOXOX

    Love, Freckles

  147. Night all….gotta do another yard sale in the morning and I was up real late last night..

    have fun, and keep up the good work!

    Admin…XOXOXO

    thanks for all you do ;-D

  148. major barf ,, copied from DU, the nuttiest loonies bunch
    ————————————–
    I’ve seen Kerry on the M$M but am I missing something? While McCain goes negative, etc. where are the party leaders?? Why aren’t they out there ripping McCain and his campaign for going negative, etc? Where is Hillary/Bill, Edwards, Howard Dean, Pelosi, Reid, ??? Why aren’t they all over the place condeming the crap that’s taken place the last few days?
    ———————————————-
    I was thinking the same thing. Maybe they are going to wait until after the weekend?
    ——————————————————————
    I have been asking the same question
    ——————————————————–
    It’s like they are just Leaving Obama out there all by himself. They need to step up for him and the party.
    ————————————————————
    Maybe Obama’s team needs to send out fucking talkingpoints EVERY SINGLE DAY
    ———————————————————————–
    Kerry and Biden have done well; where the hell are the rest.Hagel has been more helpful than some Dems!
    —————————————————————–
    waiting for a directive from an inept campaign?
    —————————————————-
    Wonder why Bill is so quiet? Strange, here’s the much-vaunted VRWC folks.attacking our nominee with outright lies and smears, you’d think that would get a former President’s dander up. He was all over attacking Obama, all across the country, every day, in every way–but can’t be bothered to utter a peep now? Was he only for Hillary, or is he for the PARTY?
    ————————————————————–
    On vacation, apparently- from everything including the news since they have
    clearly allowed the McShame team to hijack the media away from issues. Claire McCaskill was on Joe Scarbo this morning and did an excellent job but the rest are being strangely (and disturbingly) silent.
    Think about it- the absurdity that they are accusing the Obama campaign of playing the race card!
    ————————————————————-
    Claire McCaskill was on Morning Joe this morning, you’re right, they should be out in full force.
    She’s good, but she’s not exactly a wise elder of the Senate or of the party.
    We need bigger names, and bigger knives.
    ——————————————————————–
    They are very quiet. Very quiet. There is no question that McCain is defining Obama at his leisure with a new negative ad every day. There is no defense at all. Yes, Obama is raising money, but the media totally controls everything and they are locked in with McCain across the board. Those ads , even the internet one that McCain just put out there are being played repeatedly. We knew it was coming and the media has been given their orders. Their next step will be to deny time to Obama even if he wants to buy it for ads.

  149. They want Bill Clinton to come to The One’s defense and say The One didn’t deal the race card from the bottom of the deck?

    After comparing Bill Clinton to Lee Atwater?

    That’s rich.

  150. Kostner: I need to get another glass of wine after that crappola. They are so delusional. Waffles is doing it to himself. Nothing the Repugs have said, has been untrue. They are just using the foibles of Waffles, to their distinct advantage. He has done it to himself, like a true narcissist.

  151. birdgal
    I poured a triple vodka and orange juice. Can that be real? Not saying kostner fabricated but the posters cannot be serious. In the 10 to 12 postings not a mention of ludikris and the b word.

  152. The bots don’t realize that BC is over in Africa, practicing what he preaches. He is helping people with AIDS and other diseases. His focus is not on saving Waffles from himself.

  153. Henry, the bots are as narcissistic as their leader. Everything revolves around Waffles and them. I think, the postings are for real. We are not dealing with people that have a full deck (excuse the pun).

    Did anyone notice the chanting of “yes we can” during the heckling today? The bots had their arms up, and it reminded me of Nazi Germany.

  154. h t t p : / / http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6a42365c-5ffa-11dd-805e-000077b07658.html

    Democrats anxious for Obama to widen lead
    In 1980, Ronald Reagan asked voters whether they felt better off than four years earlier. He went on to defeat Jimmy Carter a few weeks later. On Friday Barack Obama raised the same question: “Do you think that you are better off now than you were four years ago or eight years ago?” he asked voters in Florida. “And if you don’t . . . do you think you can afford another four years of the same failed economic policies that we’ve had under George W. Bush?”

    With unemployment on Friday jumping by 51,000 to take this year’s job losses to almost half a million, Mr Obama is mining a potentially rich seam. But a number of Democrats, including advisers to the Obama campaign, are worried that the Democratic party’s overall electoral advantage this year has not yet translated into comfortable leads for Mr Obama. On Friday Gallup showed Mr Obama just one point ahead of John McCain – a significant tightening in the past two weeks.

    Mr McCain’s improving fortunes have coincided with a strikingly negative turn in his campaign’s tactics, with the launch last weekend of an advertisement criticising Mr Obama for failing to visit wounded soldiers when he was in Germany because the Pentagon refused to permit the media to accompany him. That allegation has since been debunked.

    But the signs are that Mr McCain’s continuing attacks – most recently in a commercial that portrayed Mr Obama as a vapid celebrity against images of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears – may be striking a chord with the white working class voters who shunned Mr Obama so emphatically in many of his primary contests with Hillary Clinton.

    With just one month to go before Labour Day – the traditional beginning of the general election – and only three weeks before the Democratic convention, many Democrats fear that time is running out for Mr Obama to overcome the suspicions of this key swing vote.

    We have got to move away from these beautifully choreographed speeches which appeal to groups of voters who are unassailably in the Obama camp already,” said a non-staff adviser to Mr Obama. “What plays well with the educated liberal voter sometimes grates with the blue-collar folk, whom we need on our side if we are going to win.”

    The numbers back up the concern. Although Mr Obama has a good shot at winning traditional Republican states such as Colorado, Virginia and even North Carolina, he cannot capture the White House if he loses more than one of Pennsylvania, Ohio or Michigan – the more traditional, blue-collar swing states, which Mrs Clinton won by huge margins in the primary contests. Polls suggest these states are too close to call.

    At this stage in the 1988 presidential race, Michael Dukakis, the Democratic candidate, had a 17 percentage point lead over George H.W. Bush, who went on to win the election. John Kerry emerged from the 2004 Democratic convention with a strong lead over George W. Bush only to lose the election as well. In 2008, conventional wisdom says Mr McCain is running a much less effective campaign than either of the Bushes.

    That only reinforces disquiet about Mr Obama’s inability so far to take a decisive lead. “Even on his worst day, Bill Clinton was able to signal that he understood voters’ concerns and that he felt their pain,” said Douglas Schoen, a Democratic consultant. “Obama has no trouble with the campaign stagecraft. But this isn’t Harvard, it’s the beer hall. He has to talk in language that people understand.”

    Conventional wisdom also suggests Mr McCain’s campaign overstepped the mark by moving on to direct negative attacks on Mr Obama’s character. But Mr Obama has also kept up a stream of material for them to exploit. At a meeting with Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday, he said he represented the world’s hopes for America. “This is the moment the world is waiting for,” he said when asked about his overseas trip. “I have become a symbol of restoring America to its best traditions.”

    The Obama campaign says the remarks were taken out of context. But reports such as this can still play badly in communities that pay little attention to foreign policy and are looking for empathy with their economic situation, say analysts. “Look, Obama has pulled off a good tour of Europe and it was probably necessary,” says a Democratic consultant who backed Mr Obama against Mrs Clinton. “What we need now is campaign events in hospital emergency rooms and in unemployment offices and small town diners. These people have a vote.”

    Given the McCain campaign’s barely concealed contempt for Mr Obama and Mr Obama’s occasional tendency to present his candidacy in soaring, epochal terms, many believe the pattern of negative attacks is now here to stay.

    “Obama obviously thinks very highly of himself,” says Juleanna Glover, an adviser to Mr McCain.

    “Not everybody shares that view.”

  155. They should be worried. O has not shown any sign of being able to talk to people that don’t particularly like him, or who are on the fence.

    His best audiences are those who’s eyes glaze over, and they chant, yes we can. Debates and town hall meetings are not his forta. He cannot win without them.

    The DNC felt that he would not need them. They were so wrong. It looks extremely bad for 2 November, as the DNC cannot admit that they are wrong, and take the corrective action.

    What was the name of that party that died in 2008? Oh ya, the Democrats.

  156. NewMexicoFan
    well at least the democratic party will have company in hell with the big media which I believe has lost all credibility.

  157. Those DU comments had me LMAO. And to think I used to be a DU regular a few years ago.

    hwc, I agree with you about the comments concerning Bill Clinton. I’m guessing these people fail to grasp the definition of irony. The message the Dem elites sent him during the primaries was that he no longer mattered. So now he’s back doing his philanthropic work, which he loves. They told him to get lost, and now he’s doing the same.

  158. I also found the sentence in the above article about the McCain campaign’s “barely concealed contempt” for Waffles pretty interesting but not surprising. They know he’s an empty suit, just like we do.

  159. Henry,

    I agree. Once people no longer trust you, it is difficult to win them back. I get my news from the blogs. Anything of interest the blogs bring it up. they also link you to the video, or article so you can read it for yourself. Therefore, I can interpret it. Sometimes the leads are misleading, but I feel it is my responsiblity to go back to the original source.

    With the media reporters, I don’t have the same verification process, and therefore must trust their judgments.

    Base on what they did to HRC, I will not longer trust them.

  160. NewMexicoFan
    to me from day one of the primary season the agenda of the big media– save fox– has been to nominate waffles. There no longer exists the fourth estate. I do take comfort in the fact that thier ratings have not improved as they had anticipated.

  161. The problem is, Waffles really is self-centered and arrogant, so it’s not as if he can pretend to be otherwise. He’ll just keep acting that way because it’s who he is.

  162. Paula

    In my estimations selfcentered and arrogant are signs of a very insecure person.

    You want that taking a 2 a.m. phone call in the White House. Opps, sorry I was not suppose to bring that up, as Obama does not like it (Insecure again).

  163. I agree, NewMexicoFan. BTW, Waffles is too arrogant and insecure ever to offer Hillary the VP. Not that I want her to take it. She needs to stay in the Senate.

  164. kostner Says:
    August 1st, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    major barf ,, copied from DU, the nuttiest loonies bunch
    ************************

    Thanks, that was great stuff! LMAO!

  165. Senator McCain was talking about his mother the other day. Someone asked how she was. He said fine, that she is doing well. He said that she had always been a been a very strong person. Then he proceeded to tell a story about her going to Europe on her own, and she wanted to rent a car. Eviedently they denied her, because of her age. So she bought a car to drive around Europe.

    Not that is a women who knows how to solve problems.

  166. Not sure if this was posted;
    Sure is nice to see someone admit it…

    “Say whatever you want about Bill Clinton,” McCain campaign chieftain Steve Schmidt tells Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith, “but it’s deeply unfair to suggest his criticism of Obama was race-based. President Clinton was a force for unity in this country on this subject. Every American should be proud of his record as both a governor and president. But we knew it was coming in our direction because they did it against a President of the United State of their own party.”

    There are a number of prominent African-American Democrats who would disagree that Bill Clinton’s criticism of Sen. Barack Obama during the primaries was beyond reproach, but it of course long before Sen. John McCain got into the act, Bill Clinton was the first one to accuse the Obama camp of playing the “race card.”

    It behooves McCain and his team to cozy up to Bubba on this issue. The goal: to woo those still-angry Clinton voters and to make Obama look like a racial whiner.

  167. Great to see Hillary’s forces re-energised. One new video, her saying she wants her name in nomination. I wish she wanted to fight for the nomination though..Maybe, something is brewing we don’t know about. Symbolism just doesn’t make it for me. I want Hill to b President, we need her.

  168. Obama Cannot Keep Running On Narcissism
    By GEORGE F. WILL | Posted Friday, August 01, 2008 4:30 PM PT

    As the presidential candidates enter the three-month sprint to November, Barack Obama must be wondering: If that did not do it, what will?

    The antecedent of the pronoun “that” is his Berlin speech. The antecedent of the pronoun “it” is assuage anxieties about his understanding of the need to supplement soft power (diplomacy) with hard power (military force).

    He spoke in Berlin at the bullet-scarred base — it was in the crossfire 63 years ago as Russian troops neared Hitler’s bunker about a mile away — of an 1873 monument to German militarism. To be precise, the monument celebrates the Franco-Prussian War and lesser triumphs of the militarism that would help ruin the next century.

    Anyway, at that monument Obama exhorted Germans — does the candidate of “change” appreciate how much beneficent change made this exhortation necessary? — to be more willing to wage war, in Afghanistan. He was right to do so.

    But polls taken since his trip abroad do not indicate that Obama succeeded in altering the oddest aspect of this presidential campaign: Measured against his party’s surging strength in every region and at every level, he is dramatically underperforming.

    Surely this fact is related to anxieties about his thin resume regarding national security matters, the thinnest of any major party nominee since Wendell Wilkie’s in 1940. But the fact also might be related to fatigue from too much of Obama’s eloquence, which is beginning to sound formulaic and perfunctory.

    Even an eloquent politician can become, as Benjamin Disraeli described William Gladstone, “a sophistical rhetorician inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity.”

    John Kennedy said in Berlin, “Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.” That half-baked and badly written thought was either trivial because it was tautological (when one man is enslaved, not every man is free) or it was absurd (when one man is not free, no man is free).

    That absurdity is dangerous because it makes a grandiose mission seem imperative, as in President George W. Bush’s second inaugural address: “The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands.”

    Sugary Rhetoric

    Does Obama have the sort of adviser a candidate most needs — someone sufficiently unenthralled to tell him when he has worked one pedal on the organ too much? If so, Obama should be told: Enough, already, with the we-are-who-we-have-been-waiting-for rhetorical cotton candy that elevates narcissism to a political philosophy.

    And no more locutions such as “citizen of the world” and “global citizenship.” If they meant anything in Berlin, they meant that Obama wanted Berliners to know that he is proudly cosmopolitan. Cosmopolitanism is not, however, a political asset for American presidential candidates.

    Least of all is it an asset for Obama, one of whose urgent needs is to seem comfortable with America’s vibrant and very un-European patriotism, which is grounded in a sense of virtuous exceptionalism.

    Otherwise, “citizen of the world” and “global citizenship” are, strictly speaking, nonsense. Citizenship is defined by legal and loyalty attachments to a particular political entity with a distinctive regime and culture. Neither the world nor the globe is such an entity.

    In Berlin, Obama neared self-parody with a rhetoric of Leave No Metaphor Behind. “Walls”? Down with them. “Bridges”? Build new ones between this and that. “A new dawn”? The Middle East deserves one.

    And Berlin was the wrong place to vow to “remake the world once again.” Modern Berlin rose from rubble that was the result of the last attempt at remaking “the world.”

    Of course, from Obama, such tropes, although silly, are not menacing, any more than they were from Ronald Reagan, who was incorrigibly fond of perhaps the least conservative, and therefore the most absurd, proposition ever penned by a political philosopher, Thomas Paine’s “we have it in our power to begin the world over again.”

    No. We. Don’t.

    The world is a fact, and facts are indeed stubborn things. After eight years, if such there are, of an Obama presidency, if such there is, the world will look much as it does today — if we are lucky.

    Swift and sweeping changes are almost always calamitous consequences of calamities — often of wars, sometimes of people determined to “remake the world.” Wise voters — polls might be telling us that there are more of them than Obama imagines — hanker for candidates whose principal promise is that they will do their best to muddle through without breaking too much crockery.

  169. I hope BO’s 75,000 full Invesco Field spectacle backfires as much as his European Magical Mystery Tour.

  170. More Angst From Michelle Obama

    From the Women For Obama luncheon on July 28, 2008, here is more of Michelle Obama’s outlook on the state of American society, from the eyes of a woman.

    Michelle Obama – 1

    And then we have to get them to vote. That’s what we have to do, because if there’s one thing that I’ve seen out there as I’ve traveled around the country over this last year is that women need an advocate in the White House now more than ever before, more than ever before. Michelle Obama – 2

    See like all of you in this room, I wear a whole lotta hats, lots of hats going on. I’m a working woman, I’m a daughter, I’m a sister, I’m a best friend. But the one role that I cherish the most that you’ve come to know is that role of mom. My girls are the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing I think about before I go to bed. And I don’t care where I am – on the campaign trail, in a fundraiser, sitting in the back of a van somewhere, I am worried about how my girls are doing, about their well-being, about their stability. So for me, policies that support working women and families, this is personal. These are the issues that I carry in my heart every single day.

    Michelle Obama – 3

    And it’s even harder if you’re a single parent. Often times, they work more than one job just to keep ends together. And that doesn’t include the jobs that happen when you come home from work. Those jobs, quite frankly, that still fall predominantly on the laps of women, things like getting the laundry done, making dinner, nutritious dinners, because you can’t just make a dinner. It’s got to be a nutritious dinner grown with good, fresh, clean food. That takes time, trust me.

    Michelle Obama – 4

    …handing out discipline, getting the homework, paying the bills, and as you see the bills piling up, and the money running short, then you’ve got another job. And that’s often late night worrier. There’s just not enough hours in the day. And I know, like many of you, I have spent my nights wishing for that magic machine that could add more hours to the day so I could sleep a little longer, something that would clone me so that I can be in two, three places at one time at least. But I don’t know about you, I haven’t found that machine. It hasn’t shown up. But even with that, I joke about our challenges, but I do know Barack and I know that we are lucky. We are some of the lucky ones, because we have resources.

    Michelle Obama – 5

    I hear these stories everywhere I go, from women doing everything that’s asked of them. And these women aren’t asking for much. They’re not asking for government to solve all their problems. They’re willing to work. They’re just hoping that Washington will understand what’s happening to families on the ground, particularly mothers with the variety of the challenges that they face. And there just aren’t enough Sister Bertas out there in the world to catch folks who don’t make it, and fall through the cracks.

    Michelle Obama – 6

    These struggles, the struggles of working women and families, are just not new to me. They’re not new to many of us, and they’re certainly not new to Barack. You see, Barack is the product of this kind of strong women upbringing, trying to struggle, making it together. Barack has been shaped by these stories. He grew up with a mother who was a very young, single woman who struggled to finish her education and take care of him and his sister. Now she was one of the kindest people that you’d ever meet. She was a dreamer, the kind of person that would hop on the back of a motorcycle to help women in rural credit programs all over the world. And she had this eternal optimism and commitment to fairness and justice, an unwavering belief that she could help bring about better lives for women all over the world. And a lot of her still lives in Barack. It explains a lot, if you know what I mean.

    Michelle Obama – 7

    She was determined to show him and his sister that in America, there are no barriers to success if you’re willing to work hard. But he also saw her struggle, often times, needing to rely on food stamps to pay the bills. And in her final months, stricken with cancer, he saw her worrying more about how she would pay her medical bills than getting well. He saw his grandmother, the primary bread winner in his family, work her way up through a bank from being an assistant to being a senior person in the bank. But he also saw her unable to break certain glass ceilings, watching men who were less prepared than her soar past her. And he sees me, his wife, trying to juggle it all in the midst of it, always living with the guilt that if I’m spending too much time at work, then I’m not giving enough time to my girls. And if I’m with my girls, then I’m not doing enough for work, or you name it. It’s a guilt that we all live with in this room. Can I hear an Amen?

    Michelle Obama – 8

    And trust me, Barack understands this, too, because the women he loves most in the world have gone through this. So that’s why he carries our stories, the stories of women and our struggles with him every single day. And that’s why as president, Barack is going to change Washington so that we’re not just talking about family values, we’re actually creating policies that show that we value families in this country. Michelle Obama – 9

    And as many of you know in this room, when Barack first talked about running for president of the United States, what was my reaction? No. Don’t do it. Please don’t. You see, the truth was, is that I thought that politics was a mean, rough business. And honestly, the last thing that I wanted for my girls was to have them grow up in this, have their lives turned upside down in the midst of all this, to have them hear their parents being criticized on national TV, to have them away from their dad for weeks on end. I didn’t want that for my girls. I don’t think anyone would really want that for their kids. Michelle Obama – 10

    But then I had to take a step back and take off my “Me” mommy hat, and put on my “Us” mommy hat. And I started thinking about the kind of world that I would want to hand over to my daughters. I had to think long and hard about wanting them to be able to dream of anything for themselves, you know, wanting them to be able to imagine any kind of future for themselves, and know that they would have the kind of support from this country that would allow them and all of our children to achieve those dreams. And then I realized that if that’s the kind of world that I wanted for my girls, then I had to do everything in my power, make every sacrifice, to make it possible. So that’s why I’m a woman for Obama. That is why.

  171. “I hope BO’s 75,000 full Invesco Field spectacle backfires as much as his European Magical Mystery Tour.”

    ——–

    That’s what McCain was doing this week. Spoiling Obama’s campaign video footage from Berlin by using it first to turn him into a cartoon character.

    And, pre-empting Obama’s stadium rock concert coronation. Viewers will now be expecting vacuous celebrity.

  172. “[Tip to the McCain campaign: study the Axelrod race-based campaign in New York City for Fernando Ferrer in the wake of the Sharpton and Mark Green primary fight during the earlier election cycle.]”

    Wow, I didn’t know Axelrod ran Ferrer’s campaign. That was the first time I ever voted Republican — for Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg, by the way, was a total unknown when he ran for mayor — most people thought his campaign was a playboy party joke. But many blacks, including myself, and Latinos either stayed home or voted Bloomberg after Axelrod’s race baiting. So Axelrod threatened to do to the DNC that he did to long-time liberal Mark Green in NY?

  173. hwc – yes, exactly. McCain is pre-empting Obama’s bump in polls Convention week and framing all of his “rock concerts” as exactly that – vapid spectacles which have nothing to do with the concerns of regular Americans and everything to do with BO’s vanity.

    I read in the Telegraph UK article that McCain’s campaign manager, Steve “the bullet” Schmidt, was part of this small Republican operative group, including Rove, who met weekly and plotted Kerry’s takedown – framing him as arrogant and elitist.

    With Obama, they don’t even have to manufacture anything – this guy is the epitome of an arrogant elitist.

  174. Diji…your friend Mike is hysterical…i sent it on to some friends…

    basil9 and skmf12 – regarding Hillary and the video…I think she wants her name in nomination and a roll call…I think she honestly believes she and her supporters deserve and earned it and should be recognized and respected…

    however I think she almost has to speak in code because she is constrained by the pressure put on her by the obama camp and dnc…a lot is out of her control…but I could hear our fighter Hillary speaking…even if she had to mute her tone…

  175. They didn’t have to manufacture anything with Kerry either. He is the epitome of arrogant elitist.

    The Boston Herald has been grilling him for having a primary challenge, saying how awful it is that his summer has been ruined having to get his hands dirty campaiging. They lampoon him as “looking for a proper nouvelle cuisine brasserie in gritty towns like Fall River and Haverhill….” when he should be home on Nantucket (the only place in Massachusetts he ever visits).

  176. O can not possible know what a women’s life is like unless he is one. To work your heart out, excel at your education, be the expert in your field, and then have them bring in some young male who says, I think I can learn how to do that.

    Women, no matter how much experience or education they have, are always challenged for their authority, and the B word is used behind their backs.

    In the work place when a women says something it is like, how does she know that. When a man says jump, they say How High Sir.

    Just look at what is going on here. His background has been completely manufactured, and people don’t even question it or care.

  177. Wow, so many great posts here since I left last night!

    Canaan…that Ferrer info is a real eye opener to me. If we have any McCain operatives lurking, I sure hope they are smart enough to run with that!

  178. To work your heart out, excel at your education, be the expert in your field, and then have them bring in some young male who says, I think I can learn how to do that.

    NewMexico, you just wrapped up this entire Democratic Primary in a nutshell.

    How sad is THAT?

  179. hwc Says:

    August 2nd, 2008 at 2:41 am
    “I hope BO’s 75,000 full Invesco Field spectacle backfires as much as his European Magical Mystery Tour.”

    ——–

    That’s what McCain was doing this week. Spoiling Obama’s campaign video footage from Berlin by using it first to turn him into a cartoon character.

    And, pre-empting Obama’s stadium rock concert coronation. Viewers will now be expecting vacuous celebrity.
    ******************************************************Well that is not hard Obama is a vacuous celebrity unfortunately for the Clintons are problem is not Obama so much but our weak vacuous Democratic? Taliban Party Leaders.

    That is why I’m voting for McCain and taking my party back from these weak ass Leaders. Because it was the Party Leadership that selected that cynical gimmick known as Barack Hussein Obama, over the most qualified candidate our Party has had in years. While sending WOMEN RIGHTS efforts backwards.

  180. EMILY’s List at the 2008 Democratic National Convention
    Join Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Special Guest Michelle Obama for a gala reception at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

  181. Oh brother. 🙄

    I wish like hell HRC would quit selling her soul to the Democratic Party. She’s so much better than that.

    At least Bill slyly gave them the finger by hopping on a plane and going back to work.

  182. hopefully by the time the “girls night out gala” arrives, there will be so much buyers remorse, it won’t matter.

    well, that’s how i rationalize it, anyway……. 🙁

  183. Idunn, Yeah whatever they did to Hillary, they certainly changed her attitude, she is completely different NOW!

  184. Here’s a chuckle from the Conference Call on Obama’s Emergency Economic Plan:

    Our next question comes from Scott Horsley. You may ask your question.

    Q You mentioned the Congressional Research Office, could you just explain how you structure a windfall profits tax that it doesn’t either raise the price of oil, or make us more reliant on foreign oil?

    (Long pause.)

    Q Hello?

  185. There are no women’s group in the democratic party that have any back bone at all, or loyalty.

    These groups don’t undersand it is democracy, women and then party. They think they can change the system within the party, so they are sticking their noses you know where.

    DEOMCRACY FIRST
    HE CAN NOT CLOSE THE DEAL BECAUSE THE POPULAR VOTE DID NOT ELECT HIM

    POLITICS 101 – Dean did you miss that class?

  186. Idunn, Yeah whatever they did to Hillary, they certainly changed her attitude, she is completely different NOW!

    Confloyd, HRC has NEVER been a radical. Very early on, she developed the strong conviction that they ONLY way to affect change was to do so from within the system. Whatever concessions she is now making to the party, I’m absolutely convinced she is doing to advance her leverage in the future. Study her political rise, and you’ll see that this is the same game plan she has ALWAYS had.

    I personally hate to see her do this, but she knows what she is doing.

  187. Inverness Field Event

    It will become the background for the videos the Rep will put out on his elitism. Steve S is going for the juggler, and O is giving him plenty of ammunition.

    The putting in place of these top guns by the Reps is a clear signal that they are back from there vacation early as they think they can win this one.

    The Dems on the other hand are sitting on their hands saying, we can still win this. We know he has not performed well against Hillary or McCain, but the fix is in. He will start performing better (we have the debates to go where he has not done well with the viewers or the focus groups, except as viewed by the media). Will that be where McCain cracks 50%?

    When the voters feel that they have been robbed, they carry a grudge. It does not matter whether they are Dems or Reps. In today’s Democracy, we expect the popular vote to be respected, and a leader not selected by a group of SDs that lack back bone, and that have so much corruption in their backgrounds you can obviously terroize them, or buy them off.

    In addtion you have selected a person who is arrogant and does not relate to the common American. Do you see McCain saying, I am the one the world have been waiting for?

    McCain has trouble getting out of bed in the morning because of the wounds he received being a POW, and he elected to stay there (refused to be released), until all the POWs captured before him were released.

    I am sorry, I Am The One does not cut it for me. I save that for the person I Pray to.

  188. i don’t believe hillary is a different person today. she has to play this role to get to the place she wants to be. she is the master of her craft. time will show her to be doing the right thing. i know it’s tough to watch her go through this, but we’ve gotta have patience.

  189. I hear your disappointment in Hillary, but her position as a sitting Senator representing the People of NY as a Democrat requires that she play this game. She is not in a position to step out. She is on a tight rope right now.

    It would be killing me if I had to do what she is doing now. I agree with alcina, we must be patient.

  190. NewMexicoFan Says:
    August 2nd, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Do you see McCain saying, I am the one the world have been waiting for?
    ————————-
    i cannot imagine ANY of the former candidates, democrat, republican, libertarian, whatever, making such an asinine, arrogant statement such as that.

    he is beyond belief. absolutely sickening. bring it on, repubs. bring it on.

  191. One thing you can say about the Clintons is they know the Democratic base and all the players involved. Right now Hillary has to do what Hillary has to do because Hillary is a loyal Democrat that loves the ideals and goals of the Democratic Party before Howard Dean, Nancy “great dissappointment” Pelosi, Donna Brazile and those WEAK Elite John Kerry and company.

    Everything we are doing now is helping Hillary Clinton even voting for John McCain because do you really want to see Obama weak self as POTUS?

    Do you want to continue to support those backstabbers Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, John Kerry, James Clyburn, Donna Brazile and others of our Democracy and Party. Plus I’am tired of the Kennedy Clan thinking they are owned a political seat in the Congress.

  192. All I meant is she is very subdued. She is following someones orders, you can bet she is doing that. Now what her motives are for doing so are what is in question. Is she following order to preserve her standing in the senate? Is she doing their bidding because they have promised her something? Is she doing so because they have threatened her or her family? Only time will tell!
    Personally, I think they have threatened her!

  193. Obama: Celebrity in Chief
    Aug 1, 2008, 08:23 PM | by Benjamin Svetkey

    Argue with John McCain all you want about off-shore oil drilling and time tables for troop redeployment, but the Republican candidate is indisputably correct about one issue: Barack Obama really is “the biggest celebrity in the world.” McCain’s new attack ad (you know, the one casting Britney Spears and Paris Hilton as this election’s Willie Horton) is right on target when it points out that Obama looks as much like a pop icon as the presumptive Democratic nominee. Where McCain goes wrong, though, is mistaking this for a bad thing. Obama’s movie star style of campaigning may well be what wins him the White House this November.

    Just look at the “optics” from Obama’s trip overseas last month. There he is hovering over Iraq in a helicopter, flashing a Top Gun grin. There he is on a basketball court in Kuwait sinking a three-pointer with the aplomb of a wonkier Michael Jordan. And there he is in Berlin, rocking a crowd of 200,000 in Tiergarten Park, with a speech almost as political as one of Bono’s. Rock star. Matinee idol. Sports hero. At times Obama has even resembled a fashion model — striding out of a jet in designer suit and sunglasses, a duffle slung effortlessly over one shoulder. Is this a campaign stop or a Dolce & Gabbana ad?

    JFK may have been the first American President to use television to his political advantage, Ronald Reagan may have been the first to master the medium, but Obama is the first candidate to turn his campaign into a multimedia marketing extravaganza akin to the launch of a blockbuster film. He’s made himself more than a politician; he’s a brand, complete with logo (that red, white and blue “sunrise” symbol).

    McCain complains that his opponent is too much of a glamour puss to be President — usually while doing a badly lit photo op in the dairy aisle of a Midwestern supermarket. But Obama is merely appropriating the pop cultural syntax of our time, speaking to voters in the visual language of our celebrity-crazed, media-saturated, consumer-driven age. Sure, it can be derided as shallow and trivial, but this is how you infiltrate people’s head space in the 21st Century. It’s one of the reasons Obama is reaching voters who never paid much attention to politics before (like all those kids snapping up Obama “superhero” T-shirts at Comic-Con last week). These days, when more people read People than Newsweek, when some of our best friends are celebrities — when we know more about Brad and Angelina’s kids than our neighbor’s and have a more intimate relationship with Oprah than with our doctors — star power isn’t such a terrible thing to have if you happen to be running for President of the United States.

    popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2008/08/celebrity-in-ch.html
    ******************************************************ROTFLMAO!!!

    I love Sarcasm and Irony and this USA Today article has both lovingly displayed.

  194. I just read the wikipedia of the 68′ convention. Man, it was a mess with Daley as mayor of Chicago and wanting Ted Kennedy to take his brother’s place in the nomination. Ted refused then, I wonder why? He certainly tried in 80′ when he was clearly beaten. 1980 was one of the most divisive convention in history,certainly everytime Ted is involved it is. His concession speech in 1980 included the fact that he wanted to party to go to left more and not the center or right. He is certainly getting what he wants this year, even to the point of outright stealing the nomination from the real winner.
    So this year we have the same players from 68′ and 80′ and all behind the fraud Obama!

  195. Carbynew

    Plus I’am tired of the Kennedy Clan thinking they are owned a political seat in the Congress.

    ——————-

    You can say that again. His wife or Caroline K should have it over some Democrat who has been working in that state, shaking hands with the people, working there way through the system and understanding it!

    Oh, that is right, O feels you don’t need to set up networks, get significant legislation through, and understand the system. You just need to be related to JFK, endorsed by him, or give good speeches of I AM THE ONE YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR.

  196. Heh heh…the bots are flipping out over Oliars offshore drilling reversal. I’ve actually heard some of them say, “He’s just saying what he needs to say to get elected, and once he’s elected he can do whatever he wants.”

    Wait a second? Is THAT the same charge you people tried to smear HRC with? That she would say and do anything to get elect?

    Too funny.

  197. Wbboei, Here is what I just found on exelon’s company employee contributing to Obama.
    Axelrod’s public and private efforts bump into each other at ComEd, too. Illinois employees of the utility and its parent, Exelon, have contributed $181,711 to Obama’s presidential bid—more than workers at any other company in the state.

    Axelrod’s client Exelon, how interesting is that. Axelrod is dirty and is knee deep in all this!

  198. Confloyd, thank you, that history is amazing. I have learned so much reading this blog. Too bad our Democracy has deteriorated to the point that we cannot have a real convention. In addition, any embarassing demonstations of the people this politiacal party works for will be kept at a polite distance away so that the SDs will not feel bad, and have to answer to the 18M who know they are wrong.

  199. HA! glad to hear the bots are pissing their panties over bambies off-shore sell-out. yeah..sounds familiar all right, she’ll, oops, he’ll do anything to get elected. but that’s ok because it’s OBAMA!

    hhmm.. just how many changes has mr. change made in the past month? FISA, campaign financing, off-shore drilling, iraq time-table..which ones have i missed??

  200. You all realized that suspending HRCs campaign early has forced him into revealing a lot of stuff that is hurting him right now. It also allowed him to do the ego pretend I am God and President stuff. I personnelly think it was a smart political move.

  201. NMF, I can tell that 18m is way more than anyone has ever gotten, although Bambi has gotten close, but in all other primaries the numbers are even close. I like to think the numbers are that high because of Hillary. Of coarse, O’s supporters will say it was because of him. I think it was because of both of them. It was really too bad he did not wait his turn, then we would have had a landslide win against the republicans. If Hillary were the top of the ticket and he on the bottom, we could have won, but he and his campaign manager got greedy and now we are divided, we are going to lose just as we did in 80′. We can thank Axelgrease and the the rest of the idiots!

  202. C’mon Alcina, let’s be fair to the man. He IS consistent on SOME things. Pulling the race card every time he’s fairly criticized, for instance. he never wavers on THAT.

  203. Hillary just has to sit and watch Obama unravel all on his own.

    Yes her hands are tied, but she has gone about her senate business with dignity. She is hard at work for her constituents.

    In the meantime, Obama continues to vie for the best cartoon character of all time. I think of him as the Elmer Fudd of politics! 😉

  204. So tell me, you big O funders, why are you continuing to give money? You must understand when a venture looks like a good investment. This one is going South. So when do you stop investing? Oh, I guess you have accepted O as your personal Savior?

    Even those movements fold, when people find out they are ACing their dog houses.

    That is the point a lot of people are missing. We are election someone amoung us to lead, because we think they have the knowledge to work the Government system, and the personality to work here and abroad. They are people amoung us that have the qualification to do the job. They are not better than we are.

    We are not joining a Church that says God Dam America.

  205. Obama calls McCain ‘cynical,’ not racist
    By: Mike Allen
    August 2, 2008 10:34 AM EST

    Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told reporters in Titusville, Fla., on Saturday that he is at “peace” with a McCain campaign ad seeking to portray him as an airhead celebrity in the mold of Britney Spears or Paris Hilton.

    “Let me be clear,” Obama said in response to a question about the injection of race into the campaign.

    “In no way do I think that John McCain’s campaign was being racist, I think they’re cynical, and I think they want to distract people from talking about the real issues.

    “And so I’m at … peace with the Britney and Paris Web ad. Or [the campaign’s charge that] somehow I wouldn’t go visit the troops unless I had reporters with me — which every reporter who was on the trip knows is absolutely not true. …

    “Their team is good at creating distractions and engaging in negative attacks and planting doubts about people. And what we’ve got to do is make sure that we are very clear to the American people about how my policies will make a difference in their lives. …

    “I am absolutely confident that the people in Union, Missouri, Jacksonville, Florida, or any other city or town across the country, at the end the day, [are] going to be making their decisions based on what they think is going to be best for their lives and their children’s lives.”

    In the “weekly radio address” the McCain campaign has begun distributing to reporters, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) urges voters not to let their minds be made up by “pundits and pollsters,” who “have written me off many times — and, now and then, they seemed to be on to something.”

    “But I don’t answer to the pundits and pollsters. I answer to you. And even when we don’t agree, you will always know exactly where I stand,” he says.

    McCain goes on to reiterate his contention that Obama is more style than substance.

    “Senator Obama is an impressive orator, and it’s a lucky thing for me that people aren’t just choosing a motivational speaker. Washington is full of talented talkers. And Senator Obama is one of the best to come along in quite a while,” McCain says in the address, offered in English and Spanish sound files.

    McCain gets in one more jab as he signs off: ““Good speeches aren’t everything in politics – good judgment matters, too.”

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    Obama’s weak, pathetic response to McCain’s on the spot ads.

    What Politician talks like Obama…”I’m at peace with the Brittney and Paris Hilton web ad.”

    McCain got inside Obama’s head with that Celeb video…”I’m at Peace” statement…ROTFL.

    What a WEAK and PATHETIC response!!!

    This more then anything convince me that Hillary will not be Obama’s VP because Hillary is a Leader while Obama is a CELEBRITY on the Paris Hilton stature.

  206. JanH Says:

    August 2nd, 2008 at 10:44 am
    Hillary just has to sit and watch Obama unravel all on his own.

    Yes her hands are tied, but she has gone about her senate business with dignity. She is hard at work for her constituents.

    In the meantime, Obama continues to vie for the best cartoon character of all time. I think of him as the Elmer Fudd of politics!
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    C’mon JanH, you have to give credit to whom it is due.

    Team Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, Donna Brazile, John Kerry, Jim Clyburn, Tim Russert, Chris Matthew, and a host of Democratic? ELites and Leaders held the door opened and KICKED Hillary and Bill to the curb.

    In Fact, they wanted HILLARY CLINTON gone after TEXAS, so I have to give CREDIT WHERE IT IS DUE and REMEMBER IN SEPTEMBER 2008 those responsible for this.

  207. BHO is now the “LIMPING EAGLE”.He is so burdened with self inflicted wounds and his BS keeps piling up.A RARE BIRD indeed.Give up now oh sacred Cow for the sake of our country.We do not want you,we do not need you and you will never be able to fill the shoes of those presidents that have served before you.There are two sides to you Obama.One white and one Black.You made a bad choice.Neither side is serving you well and the chaos you have caused with your total inexperience ,bad judgements and loose lips in spreading your great love for yourself as the chosen one will bring your disgusting inclusion of the Race Card from the bottom of the deck,will leave you stripped of your evil ambitions to steal this election.Asi have stated before,Obama tke your phony BC,Axlerod,MO,your cult worshippers and start a new life on the African Continent.You will fit right in with evil royalty waiting for you.

    By ABM90 Lets put Hillary in the White House before it gets that black coat of paint that the rappers have in mind

  208. Carbynew

    which every reporter who was on the trip knows is absolutely not true. …
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    Do you think those are the women reporters that were oogling him on that other flight, that managed to retaine their jobs? Oh ya, like they would verifiy anything you told them to. The Media surrounding you has lot all credibility.

  209. carbynew,

    I agree completely with you. I have no respect for those idiots who tried to stone the Clintons to death.

    That being said, Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea continue to stand tall. The others continue to be nothing more than a joke.

  210. Here is another on of Axelrod’s methods of dismantling the opponents campaign besides the race card.
    Axelrod is known for operating in this gray area, part idealist, part hired muscle. It is difficult to discuss Axelrod in certain circles in Chicago without the matter of the Blair Hull divorce papers coming up. As the 2004 Senate primary neared, it was clear that it was a contest between two people: the millionaire liberal, Hull, who was leading in the polls, and Obama, who had built an impressive grass-roots campaign. About a month before the vote, The Chicago Tribune revealed, near the bottom of a long profile of Hull, that during a divorce proceeding, Hull’s second wife filed for an order of protection. In the following few days, the matter erupted into a full-fledged scandal that ended up destroying the Hull campaign and handing Obama an easy primary victory. The Tribune reporter who wrote the original piece later acknowledged in print that the Obama camp had “worked aggressively behind the scenes” to push the story. But there are those in Chicago who believe that Axelrod had an even more significant role — that he leaked the initial story. They note that before signing on with Obama, Axelrod interviewed with Hull. They also point out that Obama’s TV ad campaign started at almost the same time. Axelrod swears up and down that “we had nothing to do with it” and that the campaign’s television ad schedule was long planned. “An aura grows up around you, and people assume everything emanates from you,” he told

    Has anyone looked at that controversy of Bill Clinton running with a wild crowd that seem to come out just as hillary was winning the last primary contest. She suspended her campaign right after the news about Bill came out!

  211. It is a Dead Heat According to Gallup: The spike a one day wonder, just like O.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/109219/Gallup-Daily-Race-Tied-44.aspx

    Gallup Daily: Race Tied at 44%Registered voters evenly split in their support for Obama versus McCainUSA Election 2008 Gallup Daily Americas Northern America Click here for Gallup’s special roundup of July’s important election polls.

    PRINCETON, NJ — According to Gallup Poll Daily tracking from July 29-31, John McCain and Barack Obama are now tied at 44% in the preferences of national registered voters.

    This is not much different from the results reported in Gallup Poll Daily tracking on Thursday, when the two were nearly tied with 45% for Obama and 44% for McCain. However, it is a substantial turnaround from earlier this week when Obama held a statistically significant lead coming off his high-profile trip to Europe, Afghanistan, and the Middle East.

    Obama and McCain were closely matched in each of the three nights of interviewing included in today’s result, with neither candidate ahead by more than three percentage points. This suggests that the recent surge in voter support for Obama has truly subsided.

    The contrast between Obama’s recent advantage over McCain (ranging from six to nine points) and today’s result is particularly notable because this is McCain’s strongest showing in over a month. The last time Gallup found the race exactly tied was in late June. By contrast, in the weeks just prior to Obama’s overseas trip, he had led the race by an average of four points. (To view the complete trend since March 7, click here.) — Lydia Saad

  212. Gallop needs to do a new poll asking how many would vote for Hillary against McCain if she were the nominee. I think the results would speak for themselves.

  213. So what proof do they have at this point that a spike from the Convention will not be a one day wonder. Kerry was ahead by 4% after the convention. After the voting Dems see the coranation, I am not even sure they will get 4%.

  214. I am soooo going to love watching the “ONE” get trounced by McCain in November, but I will certainly love watching Axelrod go down too. He couldn’t get Edwards elected because according the him, Edwards couldn’t close the deal. Guess what Axelrod, Obama can’t either.
    Axelrod is a most disgusting character of man, anyone that has tried so hard to destroy Hillary Clinton political career as much as he has deserves to have his career go down in flames as well.
    Hillary as done volumes for David Axelrod’s sick daughter, and how does he repay Hillary, by bringing her career down. Axelrod deserves what he has dished out! I will be enjoying watching it!

  215. The best parts about McCain’s ads were those arrogant and narcissist words were BHO’s own. They should also include “To know me is to love me.” Even Paris Hilton would blush with that kind of talk.

    McCain really impressed me this time. He has the guts to tell it as it is. No BS.

    Now they should do a new one with oil drilling: first no new drilling, then inflate your tires is as much as new drilling, then maybe limited new drilling. Who can believe BHO, regardless your position on drilling?

  216. Obama Opposes Slavery Reparations, Apology
    By CHRISTOPHER WILLS
    Associated Press Writer

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama opposes offering reparations to the descendants of slaves, putting him at odds with some black groups and leaders.

    The man with a serious chance to become the nation’s first black president argues that government should instead combat the legacy of slavery by improving schools, health care and the economy for all.

    “I have said in the past — and I’ll repeat again — that the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed,” the Illinois Democrat said recently.

    Some two dozen members of Congress are co-sponsors of legislation to create a commission that would study reparations — that is, payments and programs to make up for the damage done by slavery.

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People supports the legislation, too. Cities around the country, including Obama’s home of Chicago, have endorsed the idea, and so has a major union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

    Obama has worked to be seen as someone who will bring people together, not divide them into various interest groups with checklists of demands. Supporting reparations could undermine that image and make him appear to be pandering to black voters.

    “Let’s not be naive. Sen. Obama is running for president of the United States, and so he is in a constant battle to save his political life,” said Kibibi Tyehimba, co-chair of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America. “In light of the demographics of this country, I don’t think it’s realistic to expect him to do anything other than what he’s done.”

    But this is not a position Obama adopted just for the presidential campaign. He voiced the same concerns about reparations during his successful run for the Senate in 2004.

    There’s enough flexibility in the term “reparations” that Obama can oppose them and still have plenty of common ground with supporters.

    The NAACP says reparations could take the form of government programs to help struggling people of all races. Efforts to improve schools in the inner city could also aid students in the mountains of West Virginia, said Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington bureau.

    “The solution could be broad and sweeping,” Shelton said.

    The National Urban League — a group Obama is to address Saturday — avoids the word “reparations” as too vague and highly charged. But the group advocates government action to close the gaps between white America and black America.

    Urban League President Marc Morial said he expects his members to press Obama on how he intends to close those gaps and what action he would take in the first 100 days of his presidency.

    “What steps should we take as a nation to alleviate the effects of racial exclusion and racial discrimination?” Morial asked.

    The House voted this week to apologize for slavery. The resolution, which was approved on a voice vote, does not mention reparations, but past opponents have argued that an apology would increase pressure for concrete action.

    Obama says an apology would be appropriate but not particularly helpful in improving the lives of black Americans. Reparations could also be a distraction, he said.

    In a 2004 questionnaire, he told the NAACP, “I fear that reparations would be an excuse for some to say, ‘We’ve paid our debt,’ and to avoid the much harder work.”

    Taking questions Sunday at a conference of minority journalists, Obama said he would be willing to talk to American Indian leaders about an apology for the nation’s treatment of their people.

    Pressed for his position on apologizing to blacks or offering reparations, Obama said he was more interested in taking action to help people struggling to get by. Because many of them are minorities, he said, that would help the same people who would stand to benefit from reparations.

    “If we have a program, for example, of universal health care, that will disproportionately affect people of color, because they’re disproportionately uninsured,” Obama said. “If we’ve got an agenda that says every child in America should get — should be able to go to college, regardless of income, that will disproportionately affect people of color, because it’s oftentimes our children who can’t afford to go to college.”

    One reparations advocate, Vernellia Randall, a law professor at the University of Dayton, bluntly responded: “I think he’s dead wrong.”

    She said aid to the poor in general won’t close the gaps — poor blacks would still trail poor whites, and middle-class blacks would still lag behind middle-class whites. Instead, assistance must be aimed directly at the people facing the after-effects of slavery and Jim Crow laws, she said.

    “People say he can’t run and get elected if he says those kinds of things,” Randall said. “I’m like, well does that mean we’re really not ready for a black president?”

    http://www.myfoxkc.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=7121664&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.1.1
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    Obama NEVER promise anything to the BLACK COMMUNITY. So for Blacks to press him on this issue, which is not a driving issue in the Black Community by the way, has been smoking the hopiem too.

    What I do find consistent about Obama is his flexibility to any issue because I know for a fact that many Obama’s supporters pushed this issue and many other in the Black community. Like our issues of poor schools and lack of access to good educational opportunities, safe housing, lower cost in stapes (food, heat, medicine) and crime is only a complaint of Black America and not a symptom of the larger divide of poverty and shrinking of the middle class in this country.

  217. meiyingsu Says:

    August 2nd, 2008 at 11:45 am
    Tie goes to Obama

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    I find that analysis flawed. In NM they have paper ballots, and they can recount and verify. They do not have the hanging chad. Of couse this article was written before the latest polls.

    The O people are also fighting with the inner group in NM, so all is not peaceful with the Dems in NM. This also happened with Kerry.

  218. Obama‘s team raising unlimited convention funds
    Staff and agencies
    02 August, 2008

    By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writer Fri Aug 1, 2:11 PM ET

    WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama has put his fundraising team to work helping raise unlimited donations from big donors for the cash-hungry Democratic National Convention.

    Last month, the convention‘s Denver host committee reported an $11.6 million shortfall in its mid-June fundraising goal of $40.6 million.

    Organizers had, in part, blamed the lengthy Democratic primary for their fundraising difficulties.

    Fundraising for the Republican National Convention has been on target and presidential candidate John McCain‘s campaign said McCain has not participated in fundraising for the event.

    In helping raise money for the convention, the Obama campaign can seek sums significantly larger than the $2,300 maximum donations allowed by individuals for his campaign.

    “There is a greater concern when members of Congress are raising the money, and, of course, Sen. Obama is a sitting senator,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics. “This being the case, it‘s definitely valid to question what the motives are behind these donations and whether such candidates would feel beholden to these companies.”

    “We are working together and confident that we will raise the funds necessary to have a successful convention in Denver,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said. “We are going to continue not raising money from lobbyists, even if raising for the host committee.”

    But big money is what drives the conventions. And the money is largely from corporations, many of which have legislative interests. A study by the nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute updated this month found that the 146 organizational donors to the Democratic and Republican conventions that have already been identified have spent $1.1 billion to lobby the federal government on legislation and regulation since 2005.

    Farber said the Obama camp supplied names of donors and fundraisers “that we can contact and get support.”

    The Denver host committee originally had a target of $55 million in private donations — now closer to $60 million with Invesco Field. The Democratic and Republican conventions also will get $16.5 million each in public money — from the presidential fund financed by taxpayers who choose to designate $3 on their tax returns each year.

    “We‘re still a little bit short, but I‘m not worried about it,” said the Rev. Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee. “The (Obama) campaign is on the ground, and they‘re helping out. And, you know, we‘ll have all the money that we need to pay everybody on time according to their contracts.”

    http://www.localnewswatch.com/skyvalley/stories1/index.php?action=fullnews&id=22654
    ******************************************************When has going to the voters and addressing their concerns with your campaign equate blame for theie problems with raising funds for the Democratic? Taliban Party Convention?

  219. Olbermann Mocks the Elderly as ’65 to Dead’
    By Brad Wilmouth (Bio | Archive)
    August 2, 2008 – 10:55 ET

    On Friday’s Countdown, during the show’s “Worst Person in the World” segment, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann tried to characterize the ratings of his show as more admirable than than those of FNC’s highly watched O’Reilly Factor by narrowly citing viewing figures among younger demographics. Olbermann, who regularly cites the viewing figures for those 25-54 years old — citing their value to advertisers — to make himself appear more competitive with O’Reilly, on this occasion dismissively referred to older viewers as “65 to dead.” Olbermann: “But don’t worry, Bill, you’re still dominating that important demographic, 65 to dead.”

    And, although Olbermann vaguely claimed that Bill O’Reilly “crows about the ratings and then gets them wrong again,” the MSNBC host in no way contradicted O’Reilly’s numbers as Olbermann merely cited the statistics for the specific younger demographics, which did not disprove anything the FNC host stated.

    TVNewser reported on the July figures: “”The top rated program was again The O’Reilly Factor at 8pmET(2,252,000 viewer average). For MSNBC, the top program was Countdown with Keith Olbermann at 8pmET in 9th place (959,000) and for CNN it was Larry King Live tied for 10th (940,000).” The TVNewser report can be seen here. (Transcript follows)

    continue….
    newsbusters.org/blogs/brad-wilmouth/2008/08/02/olbermann-mocks-elderly-65-dead
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    I’m starting to like FoxNews and I have to say Sean Hannity is growing on me. Which is pretty pathetic but MSNBC and CNN are so patheticly bad as Obama’s propaganda machine that they have help in making FoxNEws #1.

  220. I love the local media:

    Ed O’Reilly. Who? He’s the guy giving John Kerry heart palpitations. Can he win? At the Massachusetts Democratic Convention a couple of months ago Ed O’Reilly grabbed about 23 per cent of the delegates in spite of Kerry’s efforts to keep him off the ballot. O’Reilly has come from virtually nowhere in a year’s time to become the Democratic darling of the common man. O’Reilly is one of us. He’s had a real job, several in fact. He’s worked his way through school, paying as he went. Many of us can relate. Ed O’Reilly is a lawyer, a former fire fighter, a lobstersman and a former local elected official. Can any of us imagine John Kerry fighting a fire or serving on the local school board? Oh, stop it. I can just about picture Kerry in the Bay State. And even then Louisburg Square is hardly Bryantville. For my vote, I’ll take Ed O’Reilly. Educated in the public schools and the son of a fire fighter. If Mr. Smith isn’t around to go to Washington, let send Mr. O’Reilly. And remember as long shots go, it was just a few short years ago people were calling our now governor Patrick Deval. Now they remember the name. Maybe lightning will strike twice and this time for Ed O’Reilly.

    http://www.wickedlocal.com/pembroke/news/lifestyle/columnists/x1851804064/The-Boyle-ing-Point-Of-Politics-Yellow-Ribbons-and-Common-Sense

  221. Obama Concedes Racial Dimension to ‘Dollar Bill’ Comments; Says McCain Campaign Not Racist, But Cynical

    blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/08/obama-concedes.html

  222. John Kerry’s been spending too much time doing everything but looking out for Big Mass. We only see him at election time when he shows up acting like he’s our best friend. We went for Hillary Clinton in our primary. Once again, Big Mass wasn’t good enough for John Kerry. We never are. Instead he had to support the candidate we rejected, Barack Obama. And instead of taking care of our interests, he was running to the media throughout the primaries defending his boyfriend.

    Big Mass deserves a senator who will stand up for us and look out for us. Ed O’Reilly is that candidate. The primary’s next month. If you live in Big Mass, show your support for Ed by voting for him. My entire family plans to and I don’t know anyone that’s not planning to at this point. John Kerry has ignored us one time too many.

    wwwmikeylikesit.blogspot.com/2008/08/barack-ed-oreilly-ralph.html

  223. I find it’s extremely amusing to watch the horror and fear of democrats anything associated with Rove is mentioned. The democratic consultants and pundits are starting to write in horror of McCain’s new campaign manager, Steve “the bullet” Schmidt, the so-called Rove protege. It’s completely bemusing.

    McCain had a great week , no doubt, but it’s a long way to go since it’s really a bad year for any Republican. Obama is the weakest candidate, which is the only way McCain can win in Nov.

    McCain’s ‘The One’ Web Ad is a great success. The youtube version has already generated close to half a million hits within 24 hours. close to 150 papers including NYT/Washington/Foxnews carried this story.

  224. Democratic consultants/pundits are nervous about Obama’s polling numbers. See new article on TNR
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    h t t p : / / tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=0e0dbc4f-000d-4d75-9f23-614ae8d06494

    Last week, for the first time in our history, we had an African American president. Barack Obama posed for pictures with Angela Merkel and toured the skies of Iraq with David Petraeus. Meanwhile, George W. Bush was nowhere to be seen, as if he had already handed over the keys to the White House.

    Savor the moment. It might not last.

    Despite the ecstatic throngs in Berlin and the impeccable Sderot photo-op, Obama’s lead hasn’t grown in the polls. In fact, as of this writing, it has actually diminished in some polls of Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota–and evaporated in Colorado. National polls show McCain hanging within a stunningly small margin. (According to pollster.com’s average of all polling, he leads by just 2.5 percent.) What makes this margin so stunning is that nothing has gone right for McCain this past month. Obama has owned the news cycle–a fact that has turned McCain and his advisers into contemptuous whiners, complaining about the media’s infatuation with Obama and even belittling their own travelling press corps as the “junior varsity” squad.

    But, in truth, McCain should be happy that Obama has so dominated the airwaves and front page for these past weeks. These days, McCain’s every utterance about foreign policy seems to arrive packaged in an embarrassing slip (sorry, Senator, Pakistan doesn’t border Iraq); his crowds are paltry, and his campaign’s stage-managing of events (see the cheese-aisle press conference) is downright, well, JV.

    Yet, somehow, despite all this, McCain remains in the game. This is not easy to explain–and it should cause a great deal of introspection at Obama headquarters. For all the many ways that the stars have aligned for Obama, he has yet to take full advantage of what historically has been a great opportunity. Of course, we speak of the economy. These are the type of painful times when voters invariably turn to Democrats. So why aren’t they turning to Obama in greater numbers?

    If you journey to Obama’s website, you’ll find a slew of terrific policy proposals to fix financial markets and salve the worst blows of the downturn. But if you watch his ads and listen to his speeches, you’ll struggle to hear him articulate a consistent narrative for our economics woes. His campaign has been notably devoid of the populist criticism of Al Gore’s 2000 campaign–which is a shame, because there are corporations and banks well deserving of opprobrium just now. And, more importantly, he hasn’t found a clear, compelling way to explain the contours of this current crisis–how it reflects structural changes and manifests itself in peoples’ lives–a prerequisite for building faith in his capacity to solve it. The model should be Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, which didn’t just relentlessly harp on hard times–it had a clear theory for what caused them. In part, this is a consequence of the prolonged primary season: Obama should have been compiling his general election case many months ago, while he had to contend with Hillary Clinton. And, now, time is growing short. Just because every data point would suggest an Obama victory, doesn’t mean that he won’t blow it.

  225. One comment to TNR article

    small comment from France: There are many similarities between your US campaign and our last year presidential campaign in France. Segolene Royal won the support of the left in the primaries because she was closest to people and most able to gather support from her own camp. But she was the worst placed to gather votes beyond her camp and to win the election. She had no real economic program, appeared new and improvising on most issues, and could not credibly talk to the right camp. On the other side, Mr Sarkozy had a clear and simple economic message (“work more to make more”), very simple promises (“whatever I say, I will do”), managed to steal votes from the extreme right by annihilating their anti-immigration talk and consistently repeated that victory would be “too easy” because there was no credible opponent. Ms Royal, in contrast appeared young, inconsistent, unexperienced, incredible. If, like in France, US voters go for the most-easy-to-understand candidate with “a consistent narrative for our economic woes”, you may end up with the same results as we did…

  226. If stars align, McCain may win in the end. Here’s the best scenario I have:

    1. Obama picks a boring VP such as Kaine etc, actually any V.P candidate other than Clinton will not do him any favor.

    2. McCain and Obama tied in polls going into convention, Obama got a small bounce after another ‘Berlin’ speech.

    3. McCain picks an unconventional V.P., Sarah Palin, and Hillary’s loyal female supporters start to rally behind McCain/Sarah. I really believe Sarah Palin will be a good pick for McCain. She is very conservative, and will definitely inject some enthusiasm into GOP’s base. She is also down-to-earth type woman politician. From a few interview clips I saw, in the way, she reminds me a little bit of Clinton’s style, basically no B.S. Her message of drilling, and record of combatting big oil companies in Alaska will also be appealing to many moderate democrats.

  227. kostner

    There they go again, blaming it on Hillary. You would have thought that THE ONE who obviously had a seal ready and a trip to Europe planned would have had a consistent narrative for our economics woes.

    I guess he was too busy planning Inverness and his Transition.

    I could very well be that he will not need the transition plans.

  228. What they all fail to see is that O is not a very deep or organized person. Remember the debate when he said someone had to hand him a paper five minutes before. That is a very telling look at his.

    If he need a paper handed to him five minutres before you do anything, who will give him that paper at 2 a.m. in the morning.

  229. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that the race for the White House has become breathtakingly close. Barack Obama attracts 44% of the vote while John McCain earns 43%. When “leaners” are included, it’s Obama 47% and McCain 46%. While the race has been very close for much of the past few weeks, McCain has never held the lead for even a single day in the two weeks since Obama clinched the nomination (see recent daily results).

    McCain is viewed favorably by 56% of voters, Obama by 53%. McCain earns positive reviews from 86% of Republicans while Obama does the same from 82% of Democrats. Among unaffiliated voters, 60% have a favorable opinion of McCain. For Obama, that number is 50%.

  230. The national polling numbers are informative, but I think, the state to state polls might be more telling. How is the electoral college looking?

  231. I find it unusual that after reading Axelrod’s methods of political games that Bill Clintons Vanity Fair piece came out 3 days before she suspended her campaign and Edwards outing of his girlfriend as he suspended his campaign. There has to be a connection here and I think that connection is Axelrod. I will looking.
    I also found it quiet interesting that Axelrod has known and helped shape Obama for the last 15 years. So Axelrod has been working on “Rock Star” ever since Obama was 30 years old! Hmmm Hmmmm?

  232. confloyd: I don’t think, Hillary’s dropping out, had anything to do with the Vanity Fair piece. It was a smear piece, but I think the forces behind Hillary’s withdrawal from the race, were much stronger than a smut piece. But, I think you are right-Axelrod was probably behind it.

  233. JanH Says:
    Gallop needs to do a new poll asking how many would vote for Hillary against McCain if she were the nominee.
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    I think some poll company is doing that, or was tll very recently. Hillary beat McCain where McCain beat Obama. Rasmussen?

  234. From Us Weekly, the celebrity weekly:
    Tim Russert’s Son to Report on Conventions for NBC News
    Friday August 1, 2008

    Tim Russert and son Luke attend “Live From New York Its Wednesday Night” on September 1, 2004 in New York City.

    Tim Russert’s 22-year-old son Luke will report on the Republican and Democratic conventions for NBC News, the network announced Thursday.

    “I’m not trying to be my father, he’s irreplaceable,” Luke told the Associated Press of the late Meet the Press host and NBC political analyst, who died June 13 of a heart attack at 58.

    Luke, who co-hosts a sports talk show on XM Satellite Radio, will focus his convention coverage on youth issues.

    “I’m simply trying to do something that I think there’s a real niche for, that there’s a calling for, that has to do with youth, not just in the election but in politics from now on,” Luke explained.

    The Democratic convention in Denver takes place Aug. 25-28 while the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn. runs over Sept. 1-4.
    ******************************************************Elites ruining the newspapers and media of this great country. Cronyism goes both ways.

    NBC/MSNBC has truly lost all credibility and it’s only because no one has told them to their face how pathetic they are…so I hope people continue to treat all their news shows and the propaganda machine for TEAM OBAMA.

  235. carbynew,

    I read that story the other day, and was fumed. It’s simply disgusting another ‘prince’, their ‘loyal family member’ will inherit the propaganda machine. What’s the difference from the Red China? Seriously.

  236. • birdgal Says:
    August 2nd, 2008 at 12:22 pm
    I would love to see O’Reilly unseat Kerry. It is a long shot, but it would be nice
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    MA citizens are weary of Kerry. Boston Globe poll about a month ago found that well over half the population wants to see Kerry retired. I and my friends wear our O’Reilly buttons every day and the comments are very favorable Only 38 per cent want to re-elect Kerry.

    Kerry is avoiding debates with O’Reilly. Just last Saturday he declined a debate of the issues offering the excuse that he had a meeting with colleagues that night. We saw pictures this week of Kerry and his meeting with drunken young colleagues.

    “Ed O’Reilly believes it is not too much to ask Senator Kerry to devote 5 days every 6 years to enter into dialogue with the people of Massachusetts.”
    http://www.edoreilly.com/

    Here is brief CNN video on O’Reilly.
    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2008/07/01/lothian.kerry.primary.challenge.cnn

  237. August 2nd, 2008 at 12:22 pm
    birdgal Says:
    “I would love to see O’Reilly unseat Kerry. It is a long shot, but it would be nice”
    ——————————————————————.
    MA citizens are weary of Kerry. Boston Globe poll about a month ago found that well over half the population wants to see Kerry retired. I and my friends wear our O’Reilly buttons every day and the comments are very favorable Only 38 per cent want to re-elect Kerry.
    Kerry is avoiding debates with O’Reilly. Just last Saturday he declined a debate of the issues offering the excuse that he had a meeting with colleagues that night. We saw pictures this week of Kerry and his meeting with drunken young colleagues.
    “Ed O’Reilly believes it is not too much to ask Senator Kerry to devote 5 days every 6 years to enter into dialogue with the people of Massachusetts.”
    http://www.edoreilly.com/
    Here is brief CNN video on O’Reilly.: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2008/07/01/lothian.kerry.primary.challenge.cnn

  238. kostner Says:

    August 2nd, 2008 at 1:00 pm
    carbynew,

    I read that story the other day, and was fumed. It’s simply disgusting another ‘prince’, their ‘loyal family member’ will inherit the propaganda machine. What’s the difference from the Red China? Seriously.
    *******
    Red China has a bad reputation, but the fact is there is no ‘loyal family’ in China today. Communists transfer power on meritocracy, not genealogy. Deng to Jiang to Hu, at least so far no Kennedy’s, Daley’s or Bush’s yet.

  239. confloyd Says:
    I also found it quiet interesting that Axelrod has known and helped shape Obama for the last 15 years. So Axelrod has been working on “Rock Star” ever since Obama was 30 years old! Hmmm Hmmmm?
    =====================================

    Right. See an early Rolling Stone profile.
    Also, at ironmyvote.com, scroll down to lnks to other profiles of Obama.

  240. lindax,

    Yes, you’re absolutely right. I know China quite a lot. It’s just a slip in my tongue, hehe. China actually has had a very good way to select their leader since Deng. Most top leaders since Dean are very pragmatic, and as you said, based on meritocracy, which is a major reason they’re closer and closer to U.S.’s dominance in the world.

    In the same period, America produced two relatively good leaders including Clinton and Reagan(yes, I do believe Reagan was not bad), but Carter, two Bushes are basically disaster.

    Either Obama or McCain will be a bad thing for America for the next 4 years. The difference is that Obama is simply dangerous, he’ll probably run the country off the cliff in one year. McCain, I don’t know, as long as there’s not another war, he will have a mediocre but not disastrous 4 years.

  241. The BUSH/CHENEY ENERGY BILL :

    U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 109th Congress – 1st Session
    as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

    Vote Summary

    Question: On the Conference Report (Conference Report H. R. 6 )
    Vote Number: 213 Vote Date: July 29, 2005, 12:50 PM
    Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Conference Report Agreed to
    Measure Number: H.R. 6
    Measure Title: A bill to ensure jobs for our future with secure, affordable, and reliable energy.
    Vote Counts: YEAs 74
    NAYs 26

    Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State

    Grouped By Vote Position YEAs —74
    Akaka (D-HI)
    Alexander (R-TN)
    Allard (R-CO)
    Allen (R-VA)
    Baucus (D-MT)
    Bayh (D-IN)
    Bennett (R-UT)
    Bingaman (D-NM)
    Bond (R-MO)
    Brownback (R-KS)
    Bunning (R-KY)
    Burns (R-MT)
    Burr (R-NC)
    Byrd (D-WV)
    Cantwell (D-WA)
    Chambliss (R-GA)
    Coburn (R-OK)
    Cochran (R-MS)
    Coleman (R-MN)
    Collins (R-ME)
    Conrad (D-ND)
    Cornyn (R-TX)
    Craig (R-ID)
    Crapo (R-ID)
    Dayton (D-MN)
    DeMint (R-SC)
    DeWine (R-OH)
    Dole (R-NC)
    Domenici (R-NM)
    Dorgan (D-ND)
    Durbin (D-IL)
    Ensign (R-NV)
    Enzi (R-WY)
    Frist (R-TN)
    Graham (R-SC)
    Grassley (R-IA)
    Hagel (R-NE)
    Harkin (D-IA)
    Hatch (R-UT)
    Hutchison (R-TX)
    Inhofe (R-OK)
    Inouye (D-HI)
    Isakson (R-GA)
    Johnson (D-SD)
    Kohl (D-WI)
    Landrieu (D-LA)
    Levin (D-MI)
    Lieberman (D-CT)
    Lincoln (D-AR)
    Lott (R-MS)
    Lugar (R-IN)
    McConnell (R-KY)
    Mikulski (D-MD)
    Murkowski (R-AK)
    Nelson (D-NE)
    Obama (D-IL)
    Pryor (D-AR)
    Roberts (R-KS)
    Rockefeller (D-WV)
    Salazar (D-CO)
    Santorum (R-PA)
    Sessions (R-AL)
    Shelby (R-AL)
    Smith (R-OR)
    Snowe (R-ME)
    Specter (R-PA)
    Stabenow (D-MI)
    Stevens (R-AK)
    Talent (R-MO)
    Thomas (R-WY)
    Thune (R-SD)
    Vitter (R-LA)
    Voinovich (R-OH)
    Warner (R-VA)

    NAYs —26
    Biden (D-DE)
    Boxer (D-CA)
    Carper (D-DE)
    Chafee (R-RI)
    Clinton (D-NY)
    Corzine (D-NJ)
    Dodd (D-CT)
    Feingold (D-WI)
    Feinstein (D-CA)
    Gregg (R-NH)
    Jeffords (I-VT)
    Kennedy (D-MA)
    Kerry (D-MA)
    Kyl (R-AZ)
    Lautenberg (D-NJ)
    Leahy (D-VT)
    Martinez (R-FL)
    McCain (R-AZ)
    Murray (D-WA)
    Nelson (D-FL)
    Reed (D-RI)
    Reid (D-NV)
    Sarbanes (D-MD)
    Schumer (D-NY)
    Sununu (R-NH)
    Wyden (D-OR)

    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00213
    *****************************************************
    Look at all the Democrats that voted on the 2005 Bush/Cheney Energy Bill: Guess what? Both Illinois Senators=Obama and Durbin voted yay.

    I have NO confidence that Obama want alternative energy, in fact since he voted for the oil and gas guys bill, his actions continues to present a opposite view of his rhetoric.

  242. Does this guy have any principal? I always found it’s amusing and angry when press & primary voters bought into his claim that Clintons shifted their positions with every single poll. This guy spent the most on polling, and any drop, even one point drop in polls will likely enable him to sell out everybody, even it’s his poor Michelle Obama.
    ————————————-

    ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., fought back against the perception that he’s shifted away from his opposition to off-shore oil drilling by suggesting he softened his position as a compromise toward a broader energy policy.

    Obama first indicated Friday in an interview with the Palm Beach Post that he would be willing to compromise on his opposition to off-shore drilling, and would consider expanding the current drilling boundaries — if it was part of a plan to make the country more energy independent by developing more fuel-efficient cars and alternative energy sources.

    Today, at a press availability in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Obama said that his comments weren’t a shift.

    “This wasn’t really a new position. What I’m saying is that we can’t drill our way out of the problem,” he told reporters. “And if we can come up with a genuine bi-partisan compromise in which I have to accept some things I don’t like, or the Democrats have to accept some things that they don’t like, in exchange for actually moving us in the direction of energy independence, then that is something I am open to.”

    On Friday, the bi-partisan “Gang of 10” group of senators unveiled a compromise energy plan that would include opening areas of the Gulf of Mexico and southeast Atlantic to drilling –- in addition to raising taxes on major oil companies. Part of the plan also includes oil exploration 50 miles off of Florida’s coastline –- a state that is an important battleground in the general election.

    Obama said that while he hasn’t seen the Gang of 10’s final legislation, he understood it has some aggressive elements that could move America in the direction of energy independence

  243. Hmmm…Didn’t Hillary talk about raising taxes on the major oil companies?

    Saw this video of the irreverent Rev. Manning, where he calls BO a “long-legged MacDaddy” and blasts black people. He also disses the Obama Girl.

  244. Kostner,

    I’m not that negative on McCain and think he will be a fair and just President. McCain reminds me more like Eisenhower republican and I have no problem with that.

    I do agree with McCain on Iraq, torture, and the middleast, Oil Shore Drilling and Alternative Energy. Americans need to get off Foreign Oil and some limited Off shore drilling in cooporation with the states are not extremist views, in my opinion.

    I also admire his stand on Sugar Cane over Corn ethanol, he is right on that stand…the Democrats pandered to IOWA and other corn farmers.

    Hillary Clinton was right also and she nailed it on the ENRON gaming going on with Oil and Gas that was allowed because of the Bush/Cheney Energy bill that Obama and many other Dems signed.

    On Healthcare Hillary hit it out the park and was the most progressive one on the table that could have been past. The left shot it’s foot off by supporting Obama…will never happen because Obama is a puppet. So I can deal with McCain’s for four years until Hillary is voted into Office.

    I’m not surprised at Obama’s flip-flop on Offshore drilling…he just threw Nancy Pelosi under the bus because it shows how little respect she has in Congress and her only job was to SINK Hillary Clinton POTUS campaign.

    Nancy doesn’t like to share power or be the number #2 to Hillary Clinton.

    I think we need a fighter in Nancy Pelosi 8th district and one thing you can say about CINDY SHEEHAN is that she is a fighter and she was the first to call out Nancy Pelosi and those b.s. Democrats.

  245. Wbboei, if you are on today look up the “reform institute”, it is a front for Soros’s campaign funds.

  246. No wonder he’s scrambling in FL and sweating.

    —————————————————–
    New Florida poll: McCain 45, Obama 40

    In a new poll released by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, 45 percent of Florida voters said they would vote for Sen. John McCain if the presidential election were held today. Forty percent said they would vote for Sen. Barack Obama. Fifteen percent were undecided. …

  247. 1. Grand Strategy: in the primary campaign, his strategy was to present himself as the candidate of high moral character, who was not tied to Washington and would unite the country. At the same time, he portrayed Hillary as someone of questionable moral character, tied to the past and divisive in all respects. In the general election, his strategy appears to be different. He tried to play the race card against McCain as he did with Hillary and got smacked down for it. He tried to present himself as the one the world has been waiting for and McCain dismissed him as an eccentric celebrity. And he abandoned policy positions on security and cultural issues so the election is decided on the basis of charisma only to have McCain label him a flip flopper. More important however McCain has McCain has gotten inside Obama’s head by showing his megalomania, narcissism, arrogance and the presidential seal. Finally, the world is beginning to see him as he really is and not as his marketers want him to be perceived

  248. kostner,

    Here is what I see the main difference between China and US at this point: John Adams who may not be a great US President, he certainly had very insightful writings. I quote here, “I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain. Letter to Abigail Adams (1780-05-12)”. China is now at the stage of ‘his son’ that means building and making things, just like US at the turn of the 20th century. US is at the stage of ‘his grandson’ that means past the building and making thing stages. Politicians have to promise more government giveout to get elected. Hillary is only one I actually hear saying “We have to roll up our sleeves and get to work!” Her mid-western upbringing certainly made her a hard worker. The fact that BHO with his thin resume can actually get where he is is actually very telling. This won’t happen in the late or early 20th century’s US. But it happends today, and there is a chance he actually could get there. John Adams did not say what would happen to “his son’s grandson’. You know what I think? Artician’s sons will have to consume their grandparent’s assets and if that’s not enough, they will have a revolution. That means war, that means back to John Adams’ generation again. Throughout Chinese long history, dynasties after dynasties, this was basically the cycle. I don’t know whether demacracy is any different. Just my thought.

  249. If they insist on nominating him, and he is defeated, the SDs are going to have a lot of explaining to do when they come up for re-election.

    Their constituants forgive if you are victorious, but have long memories if you are defeated, and you defied their directions.

  250. 2, 2008
    Obama in Africa: Unanswered Questions About What He Said and Did in Kenya, 2006
    Posted by hillbuzz under Uncategorized

    We believe the GOP has audio or video material from Obama’s 2006 Congressional Delegation trip to South Africa, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya that will sink Obama’s campaign — typically, this kind of stuff comes out in August, but Hillary Clinton is the X-factor this year: if the GOP hits Obama hard before the Democratic Convention, the way it hit Dukakis and Kerry hard before their Conventions, then superdelegates might wise up and dump Obama before it’s too late. Emphasis on might, because these people are Democrats, and our party hasn’t done the right thing in a very long time (here’s looking at you, Dean/Brazile/Pelosi/Reid).

    Dukakis and Kerry essentially lost their elections before the Convention. And they were up 17-20 points against their Republican opponents. Obama leads McCain by 1 point currently. And, the worst McCain has done to him is said that Obama is nothing more than a celebrity candidate — which is true. Republicans just flat-out made stuff up about Dukakis and Kerry…but, we hate to admit, in the end they were right about those two. As bad as George W. Bush is, he’s still a better president than John Kerry would have been: in 2006, Kerry proved his stupidity by insulting his troops; in 2008, he proved his character by behaving the way he did in the primaries as an Obama surrogate. The Swift Boat Veterans were right about him — we truly hate admitting that, but it’s true. John Kerry is a terrible person and we are glad he was not elected president.

    And the Swift Boat stuff was rehashed rumor and innuendo from decades ago, with stale photos of Kerry at unpatriotic rallies. Kerry, however, did not tour Kenya with his cousin, Raila Odinga, who is working to overthrow the US-backed government.

    The reason we keep talking about this is that Obama keeps proving that when he does not have a script or a teleprompter in front of him, he veers off onto crazy tangents that get him in trouble. In Kenya, he traveled widely with Odinga, spoke to many people, and appeared in front of large worshipful crowds, the kinds Obama likes to stand in front of, telling the people whatever it is they want to hear.

    Media reports at the time said that while campaigning with Odinga, Obama’s status as the first US Senator with direct Kenyan heritage made people treat him as a “virtual Head of State”. It sounds to us like this got to Obama’s head, as happens frequently, and it was reported he was openly critical of Kenyan government corruption under US-backed President Mibaki.

    According to most independent sources, Obama’s criticisms of Mibaki were unwaranted, especially considering the alternatives in Kenyan politics. Obama’s cousin Odinga, for instance, is incredibly corrupt, and wants to institute fundamentalist Shari’a law in Kenya – which is very much against US interests in the region.

    But, here’s specifically why we believe the GOP is not hitting Obama hard yet, the way they hit Kerry and Dukakis (Gore too, for that matter) in the summer months before the Convention: while campaigning for Odinga, it seems like Obama could not have avoided making anti-American statements, since the Kenyan government of Mabiki is strongly US-backed. From reports on this at the time:

    Obama’s partisan support for Odinga was considered so transparent, that the Kenyan Government spokesman, Alfred Matua, complained of political posturing to aid Odinga’s election chances: “It is very clear that the senator has been used as a puppet to perpetuate opposition politics,” And, “…we earlier thought he was mature in his assessment of Kenyan and African politics,” Mutua told AFP.”We forgive him because it is his first time in the Senate and he is yet to mature into understanding issues of foreign policy,” he said.” Subsequently, Ambassador Ogingo Ogego made a public complaint to the US.

    So, whatever Obama was saying in Kenya was so bad that Mabiki’s government complained to the United States about it.

    Yet, the American media reported nothing on Obama’s Kenyan trip, except to say he was treated as a visiting god in the country. They never showed Obama at campaign rallies for Odinga, and never played any footage of his stirring, moving speeches on the trail with his cousin.

    That always seemed odd to us, because the American media would play footage of Obama reading his grocery list in Whole Foods if he’d indulge them (Arugula…endives…fennel…prosciutto…fois gras…more arugula…). So, why no footage of Obama, with Odinga, railing against the Kenyan government — the very stuff that prompted that official complaint to the US about Obama?

    That’s always been such a mystery to us. If there’s tape of Obama eating waffles in a restaurant in Pennsylvania, where he refuses to talk about any issues and demands to just be left alone to eat his waffles, then why isn’t there footage of Obama talking about the government of Kenya, since that would be considered, fairly, foreign policy experience under Obama’s belt.

    Heck, we’ve never been to Kenya, Chad, South Africa, Djibuti, etc.

    In the lead up to Obama’s recent Rainbow Tour of Europe and the Middle East, the media made it seem like this was the first time Obama had ever been out of the country.

    Why was there no mention of this Congressional Delegation trip to Africa?

    We believe it was because the media and Obama campaign want to pretend tha African trip never happened, because there is footage of Obama with Odinga on the campaign trail during that trip in which Obama says things that are anti-American.

    There’s no reasonable belief he didn’t say those things, since he was campaigning with a candidate that is anti-US by nature of being anti-US-backed-Kenyan-government. We’ve been to enough campaign speeches in the past two years to know that a politician looking to upset the apple cart as much as Odinga wants to, doesn’t hold tea parties. Those rallies would be heated and rowdy, with Obama in the thick of it, feeding off the crowd, and feeding into exactly what they want to hear.

    He does this all the time.

    He did it in Berlin, telling Germans what they wanted to hear from a US candidate. He did it in San Francisco in the spring, telling wealthy elites what they wanted to hear about bitter, frustrated, religion and gun-clinging Midwesterners. He told the people of Ohio what they wanted to hear about NAFTA, then had his aide tell the Canadian government what they wanted to hear as well.

    The media is not looking into this because they know what’s there. They know when audio or video of Obama in Kenya with Odinga comes out, it’s over for the Democrats. Kerry and Dukakis were lousy candidates, but to our knowledge they never campaigned for a zealot who wants to take down a US-backed government in a bloody revolution. That’s scary stuff.

    And Obama is in the thick of it. Just wait until after the Convention in Denver. There is a lot of stuff that is going to come out about Obama that everyone is going to pretend to be shocked about, but it’s all been in plain view this whole time. But, in retrospect, people are going to blame the Obamas, and say how angry they are that everyone was tricked by them, that they weren’t who they claimed to be.

    But, anyone who is paying attention knows exactly who these people are. If you have been paying attention, you know that in 1999 Obama made a speech in Chicago advocating Palestinian positions against Israel. In 2004, Michelle Obama went on a rant about former President Clinton and said he was responsible for all the atrocities in Africa. In 2006, Obama in Africa ranted against the US himself, all to benefit his cousin Odinga, and to burnish his street cred in Africa, and presumably with African Americans back home, in his preparation to alienate the African American community from the Clintons. In that frame of referance, Michelle Obama’s rant makes a lot more sense: she, too, could have been laying the groundwork, even back then, to drive a wedge between the African American community and President Clinton — all the better to create a void for her husband to fill. It seems very likely that even back in July of 2004, when Obama was selected to be the keynote speaker at the convention in Boston, that people like Donna Brazile were telling him that if Kerry lost, it would be Obama’s turn next (screw Hillary Clinton, apparently).

    contine on this good juicy story on the website:
    hillbuzz.wordpress.com/2008/08/02/obama-in-africa-unanswered-questions-about-what-he-said-and-did-in-kenya-2006/

  251. New Mexico: here is the rest of that section:

    VI. THE OBAMA PLAYBOOK

    1. Grand Strategy: in the primary campaign, his strategy was to present himself as the candidate of high moral character, who was not tied to Washington and would unite the country. At the same time, he portrayed Hillary as someone of questionable moral character, tied to the past and divisive in all respects. In the general election, his strategy is similar. He tried to play the race card against McCain as he did with Hillary and got smacked down for it. He tried to present himself as the one the world has been waiting for and McCain dismissed him as an eccentric celebrity. And he abandoned policy positions on security and cultural issues so the election is decided on the basis of charisma only to have McCain label him a flip flopper. More important however McCain has gotten inside the head of Obama by showing his megalomania, narcissism, arrogance epitomized by the presidential seal. Finally, the world is beginning to see him as he really is and not as his marketers want him to be perceived.

    2. The Dean Plan: is an obscure document developed prior to 1994 by person or persons unknown to serve as the playbook for the ill-fated presidential bid of Howard Dean. Today, it is the playbook of the Obama campaign. The core elements are as follows: i) bring in political activists in the local community, ii) bring in party outsiders who are on the web, iii) set up a universe of small donors and garner press attention, iv) select a presidential candidate with no national name recognition, a personality for public office and an ability to handle the stress of campaigning, v) replace large Democratic contributors with small ones, to set up 527 political action committees which can raise unlimited amounts of money, and vi) change the media landscape and create a movement through the recruitment of young people, an accelerated primary schedule (N.B. to produce a single strong party candidate for the Presidency an unprecedented eight (8) months before the election), to disseminate arguments and symbols that convey a sense of political change, to create a mainstream press echo chamber, to get liberal commentators on board and to create a web echo chamber.

    3. Dominate the Internet: hire an army of 400 bloggers; create pro-Obama websites, post comments favorable to him, and censor critical comments; troll opponent websites, post false stories and profane comments about opponent to create a demoralizing effect on supporters; discover the identity of opposing bloggers in order to intimidate or harass them up to and including death threats; to attack opponent websites. .

    4. Control the Media: enter into a quasi-business relationship with certain national networks, e.g. MSNBC, NBC, CNN (infra); appeal to certain pundits who may hope to have a place in your administration (Gergen?); have them stack their panels with your supporters; boycott networks that will not roll over for you, e.g. FOX; have lackey journalists attack honest debate moderators who force your candidate to answer tough questions (ABC: Gibson and Stephanopolous); feed false and inflammatory information to media about your opponent; use compliant polling organizations to produce results designed to mislead the public, and disguise real voter sentiment (Zogby?, Rassmussen?). (Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal). Plant pro-Obama stories in local newspapers and rebut anti-Obama stories in the reader comment section of those newspapers. (Note: I have it on good authority that Axelrod thinks some Obama supporters at NYT, WashPo and MSBC are a joke! On that limited point I think we have unity).

    5. The Race Card: American University Professor Sean Wiltentz studied the tactics of the Obama campaign and concluded that they deliberately, falsely and successfully portrayed Hillary and her campaign as unscrupulous race baiters while portraying Obama as a post racial figure. These charges were deliberately manufactured by the Obama camp and trumpeted by a credulous and/or compliant press corps in order to strip away her once formidable majority among black voters and to outrage college educated white liberals. They did so when Obama ran into dire straits after his losses in New Hampshire and Nevada. At that point MSNBC pundits and Obama shills Chuck Todd (Politico) and Eugene Robinson (Washington Post) falsely accused voters and the Clinton campaign of racism for electing Clinton over Obama. They would repeat that false charge in later primaries as well. Finally, Obama campaign officials threatened black congressmen who supported Hillary to either fall in line or face primary challenges. Obama himself maintained a posting on his website entitled field slave (Obama supporter) vs house slave (Clinton supporter). Based on this record one can logically assume he would play the race card as well if he were to become president, and this could be highly destructive of our country, just as his actions in this instance have created a major problem uniting the party. A self-inflicted wound.

    6. Build New Coalition: the goal of the Democratic National Committee is to change the core of its governing coalition from white working class and Hispanics to blacks, white liberals and young people under black leadership. They do so in the name of party building, and so they do not have to rely on working class people to win elections. Notwithstanding demographic changes, this is a risky strategy. Experience has shown that the party won presidential elections when it pursued the interests of its traditional coalition and it lost them when it divided the coalition and adopted a more leftist platform. But there is a further reason why the Democratic National Committee leadership is keen on creating a new coalition and it goes beyond mere party building. The old coalition would never agree with the neo lib agenda of sending trillions of dollars overseas to save the world when we have major problems here in this country, whereas the new coalition is more compliant. Black voters can be swayed through the symbolism of a black president and the promise of slavery reparations which Conyers is working on. Young voters can be seduced by pop culture iconography and rock concerts. White liberals can be manipulated by slogans like saving the planet one darter snail at a time and are economically insulated from the destructive impact of globalist policies unless they trigger a depression in which case those little darlings may be forced to make their own sacrifices like cutting back on their consumption of Rhone Valley wine.

    7. Aggressive Ground Game: recruit, hire and train an army of grass roots activists to conduct get out to vote activities, rallies and to strong arm voters. Also, use union allies (SEIU) and Soros thugs (ACORN). In the primary they focused on the states that had caucuses. In Iowa they bussed in thousands of out of state people to vote in the local elections, security procedures were lax and voter fraud occurred on a massive scale. In Washington they got their people to the polling sites early, took over the voting assignments, locked out 200 pro-Hillary people at one site alone, and began chanting in loud tones O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma to intimidate older voters. State party chairman Dwight Peltz-an Obama supporter called this a “triumph of democracy”. In Texas, Obama people engaged in intimidation, forged voter ballots, and ignored the legal procedures for the election of officers. In Gary Indiana there was massive voter fraud which was directed by the Mayor (an Obama supporter). Two thousand complaints of voter fraud have been filed nation-wide. Here is one shining example of the “triumph of democracy” in Texas, where the caucuses were deemed by Democratic Coordinator to be “broadly illegitimate” state-wide:

    “In one example of fraud that I witnessed, one of my precinct captains, an elderly Hispanic woman, called me to report that BHO supporters had illegally seized control of the convention. During our series of phone calls, Mrs. “A.” reported that the Obama people took the convention materials and did not have a legal election of officers. The Obama people ordered Mrs. A. to sit across the room during the delegate calculation, and excluded Hillary supporters from the process. Mrs. A. overheard an Obama supporter call in a false delegate count to Austin. In a 13 delegate precinct where Obama should have won 4 delegates, the Obama supporters attempted to award 19 delegates to Obama”. (Pacific John: Democratic Coordinator from California).

    In the general election, follow the Dean Plan and focus on key swing states. Colorado has been used as the testing laboratory for aggressive voter education, registration and get out to vote strategies. Strong media advocacy efforts are underway. Traditionally, Colorado has been a red state, but the Wall Street Journal reports that if the election were conducted today Barack Hussein Obama would win.

  252. Again, this is why polls always favor democrats in Summer, the generic ballot benefit is much delusional. I can’t see how bambi can win if there’s only 5 points deficit in party IDs in Nov.

    ———————————————————
    During July, the number of Americans who consider themselves to be Democrats fell two percentage points to 39.2%. That’s the first time since January that the number of Democrats has fallen below 41% (see history from January 2004 to present).

    While the number of Democrats declined, there was virtually no change in the number of Republicans. In July, 31.6% said they were Republicans, the fourth straight month that number has been below 31.4% and 31.6%.

    The Democrats now have a 7.6 percentage point advantage over the Republicans, down from a 9.5 percentage point advantage in June and 10.1 percentage points in May.

  253. Q- Did I read that July 10 was your one-year anniversary of deciding to run for the House of Representatives – 8th district?

    Sheehan: Yes, Cathy. One year ago on July 10—which was my 50th birthday—I was in Crawford Texas at Camp Casey and I said that if Pelosi didn’t put impeachment on the table by the time our Journey for Humanity arrived in DC on July 23rd, I would challenge her in San Francisco for her congressional seat.

    Q- That’s an awfully HUGE and important decision to make! Can you remember what you were doing when you made the decision? And can you remember precisely what drove you to make it?

    Sheehan: Um, I was “retired” from the peace movement and I was heading to Crawford, Texas to have my 50th birthday party there and to say “good-bye” to my Camp Casey which I had just sold to Bree Walker [progressive talk show host in L.A.] and I had just “un-retired” because Bush commuted Scooter Libby’s sentence for obstruction of justice and perjury. I was incensed that Congress didn’t do anything to Bush, because I think Bush was involved in Libby’s crimes.

    So, we decided to jump back into things by starting our Journey for Humanity from Camp Casey to DC to join other activists in demanding impeachment. John Conyers had told me that his major obstacle to impeachment was “Pelosi” and that the only thing that would move Congress was if their jobs were threatened. So, I had an inspiration one day to challenge Pelosi, whose district was not far from where I live in California.

    Q- It has been an amazing ride for you since I first saw you covered… before Camp Casey… I believe it was your first video before that, on truthout, if I’m not mistaken. When was that? In late 2004 or early 2005?

    Sheehan: It was in March 2005…I went to Fayetteville, North Carolina for the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq to speak at the rally there.

    Q- I remember the first time I saw you in a video and was absolutely mesmerized by the eloquence with which you spoke – and also the fact that you spoke from the heart – and you spared no words! Do you remember that first videotaped speech and what you were thinking at the time?

    Sheehan: I do remember it…but after literally hundreds of interviews, it is hard to remember what I was thinking. I know at the time, I was still in fresh and raw pain from Casey’s murder and I was super-pissed at Bush, of course. It wasn’t even a year since Casey died then. [Casey was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004]. I can now speak most of the time without crying, but I cry at least once a day for Casey—and I just teared up, now.

    Q- I am truly, sorry, Cindy. I can’t even imagine. Since then, what would you say is the most interesting thing you’ve learned that most people do not learn from the mainstream media?

    Sheehan: I think the most interesting and devastating thing that I have learned is that there is little, if any, difference between the two political parties in this country and that is why I am challenging Pelosi as an Independent. It is hard, but I think it is worth it because this needs to be highlighted.

    Q- It?s obvious you not only believe it?s worth it, but that you put your life into living your values, as well. I read that you’ve traveled to different countries. What has been your mission while traveling?

    Sheehan: I have traveled to many foreign countries and my main mission and message is that we members of what is called “civil society” in most countries is to join hands and hearts together to be able to understand different cultures and different ways of doing things, so we can no longer allow our so-called leaders to demonize and kill our brothers and sisters in other countries.

    [why is something so simple and so wise as this overlooked by our “leaders”?]

    Q – I admire you so much – for both your strength and your determination to end these wars. Is that what motivated you to run against Nancy Pelosi in Congress? Or was it something else?

    Sheehan: I left the Democratic Party shortly before I “retired” because they gave George more funding for the wars, but I challenged her specifically for her anti-impeachment stance.

    Since I have been here on the ground in San Francisco, I have learned so many disgusting things about Pelosi: How she worked diligently to privatize the Presidio – a former Army base that became a National Park, which Pelosi gave to private developers to develop as a national park for profit? and her and her family’s part in gentrifying San Francisco?s only remaining black neighborhood: Bayview Hunter’s Point. Hunter’s Point is a closed Naval shipyard that is deeply poisoned by radioactive waste and dozens of other toxins and is an EPA super-fund site that Pelosi, Feinstein [Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)] and Newsom [Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco and nephew to Nancy Pelosi by marriage] want to use as a new football complex for the 49ers who want to move to Santa Clara anyway.

    Pelosi is a corporate elitist who has lost touch with her constituents, if she ever had any contact with them at all.

    Q- Lately, Congresswoman Pelosi has caught a lot of heat for taking impeachment off the table – and it is official now, as we just learned the other day. In addition, she’s being blamed for the continued funding of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq ? over more than $650 Billion now. Do you feel these are fair criticisms?

    Sheehan: Of course…she has committed treason to her oath of office as an officer of the Constitution by taking impeachment off the “table” and her Congress has appropriated over one-half trillion dollars for the occupations. One cannot say that one is against the wars if one continues to fund them.

    Q- Excellent point. In addition to these national issues like ending wars and impeachment, what do you hope to bring to the residents of San Francisco that you believe Nancy Pelosi has not adequately addressed while in office?

    Sheehan: Like I said before, she is a corporate elitist who does not know how the average San Franciscan suffers.

    Key issues in this town that I will address by addressing the occupations and cutting military funding are affordable housing; better and cheaper public transportation; eliminating this country’s sick dependence on fossil fuels; single-payer universal health care; excellent, inexpensive, and easily accessible education from pre-school to university; jobs programs and repealing all “free” trade agreements that increase our work force and also reducing a work week to 30 hours, at 40 hour pay, to make more jobs.

    I oppose any amendments to the California constitution that would prohibit same-sex marriage and I am for a woman’s right to reproductive freedom.

    All of these are important progressive issues that can not be addressed when our politicians are beholden to the Military Industrial Complex.

    Q- Judging by the way people you’ve met have reacted, are they happy to hear that you are planning to bring about change?

    Sheehan: Many people are very happy, but San Francisco is a deeply Democratic-machine town that is mired in the status-quo. We will break through that last barrier because our campaign is principled and we are standing up for what is right: Peace, environmental sustainability, justice, economic equality? and for our rule of law.

    Q- When you are elected (and I’m not the only one who seems to believe you will be!) what are the first three things you would like to accomplish once you get to DC?

    Sheehan: Number one, end the occupations. Number two, impeach Bush and Cheney. Number three, work on electoral reform so third party and independent candidates? voices can be heard and we can have a true democracy? which means a variety of opinions working together and in opposition for the people – *not* corporate interests.

    Q- Thank you so much for speaking with me, Cindy! When you get to DC, which is not far from where I live in Maryland, will you please autograph my copy of your book, “Peace Mom: A Mother’s Journey through Heartache to Activism.? I have a strong feeling that your book one day is going to be worth a whole lot of money after you get into Congress and turn that whole place around!

    Sheehan: (with a smile in her voice) ? Ummm, well, Okay?Thanks, Cathy, it was wonderful to talk to you and when I get to Congress, I will never sell out my principles for a buck or a vote … That will be a true revolution! Integrity in DC!

    rebelcentral.net/blog/?p=376

  254. “John Conyers had told me that his major obstacle to impeachment was “Pelosi” and that the only thing that would move Congress was if their jobs were threatened. ”
    ***********************************************
    I wonder if John Conyers and other is trying to get Nancy Pelosi out and replace her with James Clyburn?

  255. You’re Welcome Birdgal but let me be clear, although I do admire Cindy Sheehan I don’t agree with her political conclusions regarding a strong defense. I think her conclusions are “pie in the sky” but we do have Common Cause and she is a fighter and I agree with her about Nancy Pelosi.

    I Like Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton but find I Nancy Pelosi weak and ineffective and John Conyers was the one to motivate Cindy to run against Nancy Pelosi….Lets get all the snakes out in the open. I wonder who John Conyers, Howard Dean, Donna Brazile want to be Speaker of the House once they get rid of Nancy Pelosi?

    Jesse Jackson Jr. or James Clyburn???

    Because they sure don’t respect Nancy Pelosi (dems convention co-chairman) and Harry Reid undercuting Nancy Pelosi’s no drilling is going to cost her credibility in her CA 8th district. Nancy looks weak and her not standing strong against SEXISM and MYSOGINY hurt her deeply with many women.

    She

  256. Cindy said she resigned from the Democratic party (over impeachment I think). She seems very liberal on many things, environment etc.

    The main point is, she would not be Speaker of the House. She would be just another new congressperson. It would just be a bootout for Pelosi.

    Strong support for Cindy before the convention might get a message through to Pelosi….

  257. my biggest fear is that if polling continues downward trend for obama for the next few weeks, he will be forced to choose Hillary to save his ass. I do NOT want Hillary to be his running mate, period. There is also no quarantee Hillary will help him win an election.

    According to a latest Newsweek article, Obama campaign was initially planning to announce a VP this week before Olys, but has delayed. The current polling must be sending them into panic mode. Obama’s biggest ego will not allow him to pick Hillary, the only possibility is that he sees clear signal of losing in November. Just as he flip flops on every single issue, under the propsect of blowing a sure win in Nov, he may flip flop again and picks Hillary. I don’t want this to happen, period.

    According to a foxnews poll last week, Obama tied with McCain, 40 to 41, i think. But an Obama/Clinton ticket beats McCain/Romney ticket by 8 points.

  258. carby,

    WOW! That Kenya story is stunning! I knew about Waffles talking with odinga during the NH primary, the slaughter of 1000 christians, the dickie-toe-sucking Morris association, odinga’s plan to reimpose sharia law (now that EREALLY terrifies me) but had no idea about that waffles may have made anti-american comments. if that’s true, it’s over.

    About Conyers and impeachment, don’t you think that his wife being under investigation may have inspired him to back-off?

  259. kostner,
    me too, especially since gergen regurgitated the new meme on talking heads the other night.

    if waffles does name her i’m hopeful she’ll figure out a creative and graceful way to refuse.

  260. Kostner, my biggest fear is he doesn’t pick her, squeeks by a win(it is the best year for the Dems in the past 40) and we are stuck with the Dean/Pelosi/Brazile?obama wing of the Party for the next 4-16 years.

  261. mj,

    I absolutely disagree. Bambi and his new democratic party won’t last past 2010 (mid term) even if they squeeze out a win. I don’t want Hillary to do anything with that party, period.

    He is Jimmy Carter in the making. I am leaning towards D, but have no loyality towards either party whatsoever. I actually loathe both parties. So for me, party won’t sway me.

    McCain’s ‘The One’ ad hit 511,165 in 24 hours.

  262. Kostner, Party doesn’t sway me anymore either. I hope you are right, but it’s not so easy. Conservatism as a movement crested in 2006, so until the Repubs find some issues that actually resonate with people, I think we may be stuck with the Obama Party, and I fear that more than anything.

  263. must read-progressives send ltr to obama demanding he become progressive-too bad they didnt support progressive hillary!
    Change We Can Believe In

    An Open Letter to Barack Obama
    This article appeared in the August 18, 2008 edition of The Nation.

    July 30, 2008

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    Add your name to this Open Letter calling on Barack Obama to stand firm on the principles he so compellingly articulated in the primary campaign.

    Dear Senator Obama,

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    We write to congratulate you on the tremendous achievements of your campaign for the presidency of the United States.

    Your candidacy has inspired a wave of political enthusiasm like nothing seen in this country for decades. In your speeches, you have sketched out a vision of a better future–in which the United States sheds its warlike stance around the globe and focuses on diplomacy abroad and greater equality and freedom for its citizens at home–that has thrilled voters across the political spectrum. Hundreds of thousands of young people have entered the political process for the first time, African-American voters have rallied behind you, and many of those alienated from politics-as-usual have been re-engaged.

    You stand today at the head of a movement that believes deeply in the change you have claimed as the mantle of your campaign. The millions who attend your rallies, donate to your campaign and visit your website are a powerful testament to this new movement’s energy and passion.

    This movement is vital for two reasons: First, it will help assure your victory against John McCain in November. The long night of greed and military adventurism under the Bush Administration, which a McCain administration would continue, cannot be brought to an end a day too soon. An enthusiastic corps of volunteers and organizers will ensure that voters turn out to close the book on the Bush era on election day. Second, having helped bring you the White House, the support of this movement will make possible the changes that have been the platform of your campaign. Only a grassroots base as broad and as energized as the one that is behind you can counteract the forces of money and established power that are a dead weight on those seeking real change in American politics.

    We urge you, then, to listen to the voices of the people who can lift you to the presidency and beyond.

    Since your historic victory in the primary, there have been troubling signs that you are moving away from the core commitments shared by many who have supported your campaign, toward a more cautious and centrist stance–including, most notably, your vote for the FISA legislation granting telecom companies immunity from prosecution for illegal wiretapping, which angered and dismayed so many of your supporters.

    We recognize that compromise is necessary in any democracy. We understand that the pressures brought to bear on those seeking the highest office are intense. But retreating from the stands that have been the signature of your campaign will weaken the movement whose vigorous backing you need in order to win and then deliver the change you have promised.

    Here are key positions you have embraced that we believe are essential to sustaining this movement:

    § Withdrawal from Iraq on a fixed timetable.

    § A response to the current economic crisis that reduces the gap between the rich and the rest of us through a more progressive financial and welfare system; public investment to create jobs and repair the country’s collapsing infrastructure; fair trade policies; restoration of the freedom to organize unions; and meaningful government enforcement of labor laws and regulation of industry.

    § Universal healthcare.

    § An environmental policy that transforms the economy by shifting billions of dollars from the consumption of fossil fuels to alternative energy sources, creating millions of green jobs.

    § An end to the regime of torture, abuse of civil liberties and unchecked executive power that has flourished in the Bush era.

    § A commitment to the rights of women, including the right to choose abortion and improved access to abortion and reproductive health services.

    § A commitment to improving conditions in urban communities and ending racial inequality, including disparities in education through reform of the No Child Left Behind Act and other measures.

    § An immigration system that treats humanely those attempting to enter the country and provides a path to citizenship for those already here.

    § Reform of the drug laws that incarcerate hundreds of thousands who need help, not jail.

    § Reform of the political process that reduces the influence of money and corporate lobbyists and amplifies the voices of ordinary people.

    These are the changes we can believe in. In other areas–such as the use of residual forces and mercenary troops in Iraq, the escalation of the US military presence in Afghanistan, the resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the death penalty–your stated positions have consistently varied from the positions held by many of us, the “friends on the left” you addressed in recent remarks. If you win in November, we will work to support your stands when we agree with you and to challenge them when we don’t. We look forward to an ongoing and constructive dialogue with you when you are elected President.

    Stand firm on the principles you have so compellingly articulated, and you may succeed in bringing this country the change you’ve encouraged us to believe is possible.

    Here is a list of early signatories to this open letter:

    Rocky Anderson

    Moustafa Bayoumi

    Norman Birnbaum Professor Emeritus
    Georgetown University Law Center

    Tim Carpenter
    Progressive Democrats of America

    John Cavanaugh, director
    Institute for Policy Studies

    Juan Cole

    Chuck Collins

    Phil Donahue

    Barbara Ehrenreich

    Tom Engelhardt
    Tomdispatch.com

    Jodie Evans, co-f0under
    CODEPINK: Women for Peace

    Thomas Ferguson

    Bill Fletcher Jr., executive editor,
    BlackCommentator.com

    Eric Foner

    Milton Glaser

    Robert Greenwald

    William Greider

    Jane Hamsher

    Tom Hayden

    Christopher Hayes

    Richard Kim

    Stuart Klawans

    Bill McKibben

    Walter Mosley

    Richard Parker, president
    Americans for Democratic Action

    Gary Phillips
    Writer and activist

    Jon Pincus
    achangeiscoming.net and member of Get FISA Right

    Chip Pitts

    Frances Piven

    Elizabeth Pochoda

    Katha Pollitt

    Marcus Raskin

    Betsy Reed

    Bob Scheer

    Herman Schwartz

    Jonathan Schell

    Gene Seymour

    David Sirota

    Norman Solomon
    Author and Obama delegate to Democratic National Convention

    Mike Stark

    Jean Stein

    Matt Stoller

    Jonathan Tasini

    Zephyr Teachout

    Studs Terkel

    Katrina vanden Heuvel

    Gore Vidal

    David Weir

    Howard Zinn

    Affiliations have been added when requested by the signatory.

    Add your name to the Open Letter calling on Barack Obama to
    http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080818/open_letter/print

  264. Can anyone tell whether the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act is the brain child of George Soros, I am reading that it was. I sure would like some more confirmation on that!

  265. kostner Says:
    my biggest fear is that if polling continues downward trend for obama for the next few weeks, he will be forced to choose Hillary to save his ass. I do NOT want Hillary to be his running mate, period. There is also no quarantee Hillary will help him win an election.
    ….
    According to a foxnews poll last week, Obama tied with McCain, 40 to 41, i think. But an Obama/Clinton ticket beats McCain/Romney ticket by 8 points.
    —————————————————————————————————–

    Might Romney be the factor there? How does O/C do against McCain/someoneelse?

    I’m clinging to the WP/ABC poll that said O/C was a wash — it would win some, lose some, and they cancel out (23%-22% or such). Link at turndownobama.

  266. kostner Says:
    During July, the number of Americans who consider themselves to be Democrats fell two percentage points to 39.2%. That’s the first time since January that the number of Democrats has fallen below 41% (see history from January 2004 to present).
    —————————————————–

    Typo? “first time since January” OF WHAT YEAR?

  267. turndownobama-com

    I think that this reduction in percentage of Dems is even higher, as the O people are out in force registering people. So I think the number is really higher that has shifted.

  268. This is my take on something which we have all been turning over in our mind. See if you agree.
    ———————————————–
    Her performance on the campaign trail has raised other questions. Hillary was a heroine to the American People as she moved across the country in a tour d force. She persevered like a War Goddess against a Machiavellian opponent, Big Media and Globalist Money. She won the popular vote and vowed to fight on to the Convention. But when she learned that a large number of super delegates had been bought off or coerced into not supporting her at the Convention, she determined that it would be counterproductive to put her super delegates through that ordeal. At that point, Hillary decided to suspend her candidacy, endorse Obama and campaign for him. Needless to say this was a huge jolt for her supporters. They have deep concerns about Obama if they are at all informed. They know he is unqualified for the job, will not support critical policy objectives and will diminish her stature within the party as any other dictator would do. In their eyes Hillary’s submission to him is a source of despair and they wonder whether plus ca change, plus c est pareil, i.e. the more things change the more they stay the same. Other supporters are able to understand the difficult situation she is in at the present time, and know she will fight on for the issues that matter as best she can. But, it remains to be seen whether there is any future for a populist agenda if globalists succeed in their effort to hijack the party. Finally, the Obama campaign and their media allies have made it appear that Clintons are racists. This is a false charge belied by the work they have done on behalf of that community but it is not easily washed away.

  269. I read recently that if after the convention, the republicans really do destroy BO, maybe prove he’s not legally qualified to be President, and he has to step down…his VP candidate will become Pres candidate in his place. That’s the only way it could benefit Hillary…if that would be the legal procedure. I don’t know if that’s true. Maybe someone here knows.

  270. NewMexicoFan Says:
    turndownobama-com
    I think that this reduction in percentage of Dems is even higher, as the O people are out in force registering people. So I think the number is really higher that has shifted.
    =====================

    Good point, which should be reflected in the ‘likely voters’ weighing. Those who cared enough to switch, care enough to vote (unless they stay home as protest against Obama). Those who only just registered becasue someone knocked on their door and helped them, may not bother to vote in November.

    Especially with Obama flipping and McCain mocking him (yea McCain!).

  271. I think she suspended her campaign and is giving lip service to supporting him to let people really see how he performs as a President, allow him to fall on his face (which he is doing nicely), and retire her campaign debt. It will also give the DNC the opportunity, if they don’t change this to fall on their face and kill the Party.

    Then a new Democratic party can arise, one which likes small town people who cling to their guns and religion, who truly promote and support women, and who think patriotism start here in America, not in Africa and Germany.

  272. It does sound strange that there was no taping of what happen in Africa. We tape everything else. If they have something showing him performing in a very unAmerican way at a rally, I think he is toast.

    Heck we have tape of the women reporter oogling him, so why would we not have tape of this visit. Of course it will not come out until after the Convention. SS (Steve) the new McCain Campaign person goes for the jugular.

  273. jeleanoro Says @ August 2nd, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    My only argument with that theory is that the Republicans know that Hillary can beat McCain hands down. They don’t want to be the reason she becomes the democratic nominee.

  274. wbboei Says:
    August 2nd, 2008 at 4:58 pm
    This is my take on something which we have all been turning over in our mind. See if you agree.
    ======================================

    Not really…..

    wbboei Says:
    August 2nd, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    This is my take on something which we have all been turning over in our mind. See if you agree.
    ———————————————–
    Her performance on the campaign trail has raised other questions. Hillary was a heroine to the American People as she moved across the country in a tour d force. She persevered like a War Goddess against a Machiavellian opponent, Big Media and Globalist Money. She won the popular vote and vowed to fight on to the Convention. But when she learned that a large number of super delegates had been bought off or coerced into not supporting her at the Convention, she determined that it would be counterproductive to put her super delegates through that ordeal.

    REASONABLE. ALSO THREATS TO HER DOWNTICKET PEOPLE IN NY I HEARD SEMI_CREDIBLY.

    At that point, Hillary decided to suspend her candidacy, endorse Obama and campaign for him. Needless to say this was a huge jolt for her supporters.

    YES, BUT…. THE FOLLOWING SOUNDS LIKE WE ARE TAKING HER ‘SURRENDER’ SERIUOSLY. MOST OF US ARE STILL IN DENIAL, THINKING SHE”S JUST FAKING.

    They have deep concerns about Obama if they are at all informed. They know he is unqualified for the job, will not support critical policy objectives and will diminish her stature within the party as any other dictator would do.

    I HAVEN”T SEEN MUCH OF THE FOLLOWING. THOSE WHO TAKE HER ‘SURRENDER’ SERIOUSLY IMMEDIATELY DRINK THE COOLAID. EG Taylor Marsh, linfar….

    In their eyes Hillary’s submission to him is a source of despair and they wonder whether plus ca change, plus c est pareil, i.e. the more things change the more they stay the same.

    Other supporters are able to understand the difficult situation she is in at the present time, and know she will fight on for the issues that matter as best she can.

    AND OF COURSE THERE”S US WHO THINK SHE”S FAKING AND LYING LOW FOR THE DENVER GROUP OR FOR 2012.

    But, it remains to be seen whether there is any future for a populist agenda if globalists succeed in their effort to hijack the party.

    ON FIRST READING I THOUGHT YOU WERE SAYING THAT THE ONLY REASON PELOSI ET AL HIJACKED THE CONTEST WAS That they are conscious cardcarrying members of the godless international capitalists’ conspiracy to bring back King Charles’ HEAD. I THINK they have other reasons and may not be connected with the CCGLICCTBBKCH at all, other than being nurtured by donations.

    Finally, the Obama campaign and their media allies have made it appear that Clintons are racists. This is a false charge belied by the work they have done on behalf of that community but it is not easily washed away.

    I”LL CONTINUE IN A NEW post.

  275. wbboei,

    Okay, this one is all mine, no caps needed. Personally I’m very encouraged by the longrange big picture. For years I thought everyone who drove pickup trucks had all gone Reagan believing their paychecks were being taxed to finance generations on welfare and other rightwing stuff.

    Hillary’s success shows that the New Deal voters are still there and will come out if called by a good candidate. This shows that it’s worth her or other real democrats running in future.

    I’m disappointed that in a year when we could have cleaned up the White House, we’re going to have to clean up the DNC instead. But now we know who and how (Brazile etc) have been dragging the Dems down for decades, and we can clean them out once and for all. Hopefully.

  276. JanH-there are people with sources I do not have that will tell you that Obama was put forward when he was to help build the new coalition and to prevent Hillary from becoming president with the idea that he would be destroyed later and whoever his vice president was would be the ultimate candidate. All this would occur within the Democratic Party. Gore would be the nominee. Since I cannot confirm this and I have to treat it as pure speculation, but if that is what happens just remember you heard it here first.

  277. wbboei Says:
    Turndownobama: let me revise it accordingly unless you want to rewrite it.
    =========================

    I wouldn’t presume to! I’m not even sure what you were trying to get at, since I’m not reading every chapter.

    I’m just giving the impression it gives me as a casual reader. Talking guinea pigs is us.

  278. McCain’s campaign disparaged Obama for backing off. “We understand it might be beneath a worldwide celebrity of Barack Obama’s magnitude to appear at town hall meetings alongside John McCain and directly answer questions from the American people, but we hope he’ll reconsider,” spokesman Brian Rogers said.

    ROTFLMFAO!!!!!!!!!!

    I am starting to fall in love with McCain alittle, I think. 🙂

  279. Turndownowbama: thanks for your wise comments. I do not disagree with much of what you said except I do see a sea change here from the globalist end. Writing from China a few monts back Paddyforhill talked about how much money was being made as a result of globalization and the rise of the neo-lib. A few years back we saw the rise of the neo-con in the other party and that event was a gamechanger. The finacial structure of the world has changed dramatically with power centers in places like China, India, Egypt and Russia. There is even talk of moving away from the dollar according to Samuelson. I have had people from PHDs to major venture capitalists tell me there are trillions of dollars in investment offshore waiting to come into the United States when the opportunity is right. On those facts I think it is reasonable to assume that these global interests would play a significant role in both parties. And when I see the degree to which Soros is invested in the Obama candidacy the circumstantial evidence mounts up. If Obama were a mature politican with a sense of who he is and some core values that would be one thing. But what I see in him is an empty vessel who can be controlled and history has shown that in fact her has been controlled by business interests in terms of voting pattern. That business interests would control a candidate is nothing new. That they would be globalist is new but is really nothing merely reflection of who has the money. Where you and I may differ is what this means t Roosevelt Democats. If the globalists control the party, I think their reaction will be similar to what we see with Rohatyn namely free market uber alles and no New Deal. But let us assume that I am wrong about this. What alternative explanation would there be for what has occured. I can imagine some but some but which seem most likely to you?

  280. wbboei

    Do you still have a copy of Paddy’s thesis?

    I posted a couple, maybe several, weeks ago that it was time to repost that, and asked if anyone had it squirrled away.

    She was prescient

  281. A strange speculation on the Alice Palmer incident. Obama bumped out the incumbent AP, a ‘beloved elder stateswoman’ and former community organizer by getting her (and all his opponents knocked off the ballot). I wonder if she was doing too good a job, and the Daley Machine used him to get rid of her. As he’s now being used against Hillary….

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