Hillary Held Hostage

It is both amusing and nauseating to read Hillary Haters and/or Big Media commenting on what Hillary supporters think/feel. The speculations about what we Hillary Supporters think/feel are so off the mark we typically ignore them.

Perhaps those speculations are merely wishful thinking disguised as analysis so herewith we will correct some impressions about our impressions.

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Note to the Obama campaign and the Ve Vill Haf Unity contingent: you do not understand Hillary Clinton supporters, at all.

At any event with Hillary we notice what a classy lady Hillary is. We take note of her inner and outer strengths. We know her history as a real uniter, forging coalitions with those who hate her in order to make policy changes that will benefit the American people.

We have been amazed in the past as she forged alliances with Hillary and Bill Clinton haters (even former impeachment Republicans). We were amazed this past year as Hillary Hater extraordinaire Richard Mellon Scaife endorsed Hillary in the Pennsylvania primary after Scaife stopped the hating and started listening to Hillary.

We know Hillary Clinton is not weak and does what she thinks is best. At times her reasons are kept private, at times she does her duty. Hillary Clinton is an extraordinary person whom we respect.

Yesterday, we read about this event hosted by EMILY’s List:

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.

It is easy to understand that Hillary would help raise money for EMILY’s List because the organization endorsed Hillary for President.

But understand this Hillary Haters (and that includes you Barack and Michelle): these “Unity” events do not have the effect you imagine they cause.

Watching Hillary with Barack or Michelle or FISA Pelosi, or Brazile merely makes us loathe Barack, Michelle, FISA Pelosi and Brazile even more.

When we see Hillary Clinton with Dean/Obama/Brazile/Pelosi it does not inspire unity. It inspires revulsion. We feel we are watching a hostage event.

We do not like to see hostages paraded around by the Taliban or Al Queda or terrorists of any kind. We don’t like to see videos of John McCain used for propaganda purposes by his North Vietnamese captors. We don’t like to see anyone who is captured in any conflict or war paraded about and parroting what the captors want to hear.

We discount statements made by captives while they are captive. We don’t like hostage events.

Dean/Obama/Brazile/Pelosi and other Obama cultists must understand that we do not see unity – we see captivity. We see a glorious bird held in a cage, temporarily.

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Obama with Big Media as his campaign volunteers and all the advantages possible in what is supposed to be a very huge Democratic victory year continues to no more than tie John McCain in the polls. Meanwhile the Democratic Party leadership persists in an attempted suicide by selecting Obama.

Hillary Clinton supporters are trying to stop the Democratic Party suicide. But we are dealing with obstinate, willful fools. The leadership of the Democratic Party continues to oppose the Democratic grassroots.

Fearful of a surging McCain campaign and of an increasingly resistant Democratic grassroots, Obama/Dean/Brazile/Pelosi want, like Eastern bloc dictators, to prevent any possibility of Democracy at the Democratic? National Convention. They are propagandizing in Big Media outlets that it is Hillary that does not want a roll call vote at the Democratic? National Convention. But we know better (video from July 31, 2008):

Hillary, for Democratic reasons, wants a roll call vote at the convention. Hillary also says “I hope everybody knows I don’t have a lot of control over this”.

Why is it that Democrats have to be forced to hold votes? At every turn during the primary campaign the call from Obama/Dean/Brazile/Pelosi has been to shut down voting. Obama/Dean/Brazile/Pelosi want to block a convention vote and they are putting words in Hillary’s mouth or trying to force their captive to agree to shut down Democracy and not vote.

We demand a roll call vote.

Free Hillary! from her captors.

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  1. Admin,

    Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This may just be my favorite article of yours to date! 🙂

    Any event that includes Hillary as well as Pelosi, M.O., and the others will prove one thing and one thing only. Hillary will outshine all of them. The shortcomings, falsehoods, and lack of class of a select number of the women s standing up with her will be written right across their faces.

    Bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. (reposted from last article)

    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.

    Camp McCain is on a roll. 🙂

  3. I google searched ‘John Kerry’, and found some articles for us to laugh off…
    Kerry, too, was the media darling

    During a CNN weekly gathering of Washington-based television pundits in July 2004, Evan Thomas candidly noted in referring to biased reporting that the mainstream media wanted Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic candidate for president, to win.

    Thomas discussed how the media would portray Kerry and his running-mate, John Edwards, as “young and dynamic and optimistic and all, there’s going to be this glow about them that is going to be worth, collectively, the two of them … maybe 15 points.”

    Thomas was the assistant managing editor for Newsweek magazine, owned by the Washington Post Co., and he was speaking as an epitome of a major media insider.

    Less than eight weeks before the November vote, with the mainstream media firmly in Kerry’s corner, Dan Rather — then the news anchor for CBS evening news — dished out the fraudulent story on President George W. Bush shirking his duties while serving in the Texas Air National Guard.

    Despite all that, Americans gave a second-term to the sitting president.

    President Bush’s 2004 victory came with a three-point margin over Kerry. It should have been double digit since Kerry’s numbers reflected the glow of the media cheering for him, as Thomas had explained.

    It is worth recalling the above as the same media, short of painting a halo around all the pictures of Barack Hussein Obama they print, have now gone The Full Monty — the 1997 British comedy with the cast of would-be male strippers — for their newest, favourite candidate.

    It also merits remembering — since the mainstream media possesses a very selective memory in keeping with their liberal-left tilt — that Kerry, like Obama, was Europe’s preferred candidate.

    The French particularly loved him for speaking in their tongue quite effortlessly, while the multilingual Teresa Heinz Kerry was pleasantly at home among worldly-wise Europeans.

    But if the mainstream media pandering to Obama, as they did to Kerry in 2004, fails to deliver an election victory for the Democrats in November, no one should be surprised.

    Though it is still summer, the average of daily tracking poll numbers show — even after the fawning coverage of Obama’s recent “world tour” — that the Democratic nominee and his Republican counterpart, John McCain, are separated by the margin of statistical error. In other words, virtually tied.

    Folks in Middle America are realists. Middle America, besides geography, also refers to the American character — irrespective of ethnic origin — of being proud of a country built by the love and sacrifice of previous generations into the greatest power in history.

    Middle Americans uncomplainingly run the daily routines of keeping America free, prosperous and strong. Theirs is a story of unfailing optimism, generosity, courage and romance.

    They cheer for the underdog, and might lend their ears for a while when an unknown fake like Harold Hill from the musical favourite, The Music Man, comes along. But it is not long before they see through the likes of Hill in their midst.

  4. Admin: BRAVO! Spoken from my heart.

    Another flip-flop: No debates until the Fall:

    abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=5502793

    Idunn’s posting must be the McCain’s campaign response.

  5. Idunn’s posting must be the McCain’s campaign response.

    It is. And thank you for posting the article, Birdgal. I thoroughly enjoyed that.

    Does ANYONE here post on McCains page, or have a registration there? I’m thinking that Audacity Of Democracy might help them prepare for what’s ahead of them. 😉

  6. Idunn, Thanks for posting that McCain campaign response. It’s perfect, lol.

    BTW, you all should read this No Quarter post the race-baiting chickens coming home to roost. There’s a link to a Big Tent post on how Waffles supporters like N.Y. Times columnist Bob Herbert have no credibility in calling McCain out on any race-based tactic because they smeared the Clintons with that crap.

    noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/08/02/the-race-card/

  7. Thanks for posting that McCain campaign response. It’s perfect, lol.

    I know. It sounds ALOT like something HRC would say, doesn’t it?

    Hmmmm…we are SURE Bill and Hill aren’t coaching McCain, aren’t we? 😉

  8. August 1, 2008

    Hey, Barack, Hillary Only Suspended Her Campaign

    Frank Salvato

    In the turbulent wake left by Barack Obama’s world tour – his campaign to be loved by all, less a significant percentage of the American people – it seems something has slipped the minds of David Axelrod and David Plouffe; Hillary Clinton didn’t quit her campaign, she suspended it. This becomes increasingly significant as more Americans – more Democrats, Progressive-Leftists and especially Democrat superdelegates – realize that Barack Obama is less about substance and more about marketing; more about “flash.”

    In light of the shameful snubbing Barack Obama inflicted upon the wounded US military personnel at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, it is painfully clear that he is not the candidate of “change.” If anything he is this election cycle’s version of the status quo; a hybrid of inflated rhetoric and Madison Avenue glitz. He offers hollow bumper-sticker catchphrase solutions (“yes we can,” “hope,” and “change”) to political, social and ideological problems he is ill equipped to address professionally. This is the typical tradecraft of a political operative possessing an extremely limited political resume.

    Those not blinded by the “bright, shiny thing” – the distractions of the hollow rhetoric and media marketing – understand that Obama is a political creation of the Chicago Democrat Machine; the Chicago Daley Machine. He is a slickly choreographed media tool meant to reinvent the image of the Democrat Party for the 21st Century. The first clue to this reality is the fact that his main campaign handler (some would say “puppet master”) is David Axelrod, a longtime strategist for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who fancies himself a “strategist in urban politics.” More recently, proof of the Chicago connection can be seen in the fact that the DNC moved a major portion of its operations to Chicago.

    Truth be told, an investigative reporter for a junior high school newspaper could divine the fact that while Obama’s marketing team has successfully packaged the candidacy of Barack Obama as the “secular second-coming,” he is, truthfully, just another product – another political operative – of the Chicago political machine. Even for the dead who routinely vote in Chicago this comes as no surprise. But there is something taking everyone by surprise – even the dead in Chicago: Barack Obama is starting to buy into the facade created by his marketing gurus.

    Former Bush political genius, Karl Rove, was perhaps the first strategist to recognize Obama’s Achilles heal: vanity. Obama’s arrogance grew as he rose through the primary field to square off against Hillary Clinton – and then as he assumed (the operative word for this article) the mantle of Democrat nominee for president. At first his arrogance came off as confidence, as good self-esteem, a quality that attracted the Liberal electorate. But as his arrogance grew, as his adoring masses nurtured his politically naïve belief that one politician, one elected official, can singularly change the everyday working of inside-the-beltway politics, that arrogance and misplaced confidence started to feed the beast of ego.

    Obama’s ego exploded onto the world, witness his recent closed-door meeting with Congressional Democrats:

    “…this is the moment, as Nancy [Pelosi] noted, that the world is waiting for… I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions… It has become increasingly clear in my travel, the campaign — that the crowds, the enthusiasm, 200,000 people in Berlin, is not about me at all. It’s about America. I have just become a symbol…”

    As Obama’s ego grows, so does the budding discontent within his base and his political party. The anti-war Left is critical of his flip-flopping on funding the war effort, his waffling on the immediate removal of troops from the Iraqi battle theater and his sudden dedication to committing troops to multiple battle theaters in the war against radical Islamists globally. The pro-Islamist/anti-national security/anti-capitalist Left is outraged by his vote on the retooled FISA law. The feminist Left is bitter – and rightly so – over his playing the race-card in his perceived defeat of Hillary Clinton, so much so that close to half of all female Hillary Clinton supporters are refusing to vote for him, opting instead to vote for the Center-Right John McCain. And as Obama’s ego grows, as his arrogance wafts increasingly from radios and televisions across the country…excuse me, around the world, more factions jump off the “Soul Train.”

    Meanwhile, Barack Obama has pledged to help Hillary Clinton retire her campaign debt. He has enlisted her help in reaching out, not only to those Liberals and Progressive-Leftists disenfranchised by his “assumed” nomination, but to all Democrats. In doing so Obama has been singing Clinton’s praises, handing her compliments and touting her achievements. Obama has embraced Hillary Clinton as the quintessential candidate would he not be the “symbol” he has become and he has done so before locking up the Democrat nomination; before the convention; before it is all “official”; before the superdelegates have committed their votes.

    We’ve all heard the old adage that one should go to the funerals of their foes, if only to make sure the body is in the coffin as it is being lowered into the ground.

    Should Barack Obama continue his slide into ego’s abyss, his campaign of arrogance, naively buying his own marketing scheme, should he continue to alienate the loose association of factions that make up the total of his base, he risks fiddling as his Rome burns; he risks facilitating the migration of superdelegates from his candidacy to Hillary Clinton’s. Remember, she suspended her campaign, she didn’t end it.

    Should this scenario occur it would not only usurp “Dewey Defeats Truman” as the biggest media failure in American history, it would create a solid field of Leftist support for Hillary Clinton. Liberal and Progressive-Left feminists will be drunk with determination. Those who defected from her camp originally will work twice as hard to make amends and prove their loyalty (come on, who is stupid enough to cross a Clinton in power?). Those who backed Obama will work twice as hard for Hillary to cleanse themselves of their political naivety. And Democrats in general will still have their “history making” event in the nomination of the first female nominee to head a national party ticket.

    To put it succinctly, if Obama folds because of his arrogance, because of his ego, it will be twice as hard to stop Hillary Clinton from attaining the White House.

    FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Frank Salvato is the managing editor of the New Media Journal, the Executive Director of the Basic Project, and a writer whose work is regularly featured in more than 100 national and international publications Feedback: editorialdirector@familysecuritymatters.org.

    http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.772/pub_detail.asp

  9. What is the saying, “Pride goeth before the fall.”

    I am glad that people are starting to talk about his arrogance, vanity, and narcissism. He fits the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria perfectly for Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

    I think the McCain campaign understands what they are dealing with. The recent ads, reflect their understanding of BO’s arrogance and vanity. Remember, they have a 1,000 page dossier on his Chicago activities. Republican operatives spent time in Chicago gathering information about him. I remember reading about this, several months ago.

  10. 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
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    This is how to do it . . . . .

  11. I have finally figured out who he really is: barack hussein obama caesar . . . .senatus publicus que romanus…. and all points north south east and west. Oh hail mighty caesar and wouldst thou deign to join a plebian like john mccain in a lively and spirited discussion not about your athough we could write books about that couldnt we but about the needs of your humble subjects oh great one.

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

  12. Thank you Admin. for your great article.You have the gift of keeping things honest,simple an easy for all to understand and realize that our thoughts and opinions are with the majority of Americans that realize that Hillary is the National TREASURE that we have long prayed for.We must fight for her with our comments and our purses.She is Our chosen one and if we fail ,It will be the greatest disappointment of my 90 years.I look back at the dem debates and watched the greatest woman of our time,clean the clocks of all opponents and biased MSM Gestapo interogators.Barack Hussein Obama was the poorest excuse for a candidate that the DNC has ever bought for a political campaign.”Walking Eagle”,scoop up yor BS and go home.

    By ABM90

  13. WaPo: Obama … not carefulposted at 9:56 am on August 2, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

    Dan Balz does a little more work and shows a little more independence on Barack Obama’s use of the race card this week. Instead of spinning in concert with the campaign as Michael Powell did in the New York Times, Balz does some actual reporting — like asking the Obama campaign for examples of race-based attacks. The silence was, as they say, deafening … and defining:

    First, Obama campaign officials, lacking any example of McCain ever pointing directly or indirectly at Obama’s race as an issue in the campaign, have backpedaled rapidly away from any suggestion that their Republican opponent is using the very tactics Obama suggested on Wednesday.

    Campaign manager David Plouffe was pressed hard during a conference call on Thursday for examples and could not point to any. An inquiry to the Obama campaign later in the day produced no immediate response and later no answer to a direct question asking for evidence to buttress Obama’s suggestion that McCain would try to scare people into not voting for Obama because he’s black.

    In other words, the Obama campaign, including the candidate himself, has engaged in smear tactics. It’s no different than McCarthyism (and spare me the McCarthy-was-right e-mails, I’m talking about making vicious allegations without evidence), only exchanging “racist” for “Red”. Media outlets that will drone on for hours about the “blacklist” of fifty years ago somehow miss it when it comes from the Democrats.

    Why did McCain choose to fight back? Balz explains that better than the Times:

    Before all this happened, McCain advisers believed that the Obama campaign successfully pinned a racist label on Bill Clinton during the during primaries — for comments that drew protests from some leading African American politicians — and were determined not to let the same happen to McCain. Also, they take personally any suggestion from the Obama campaign that they are part of a campaign that would play the race card and are indignant about it.

    The general consensus is that Bill Clinton didn’t hit back hard enough at the accusations of racism from Obama and his campaign, but Clinton began that exchange by dismissing Obama’s showing in South Carolina on that basis. McCain hasn’t even suggested that kind of dynamic. He has annoyed some on his own side for scolding them over references to Obama’s middle name and his twenty-year association with racial demagogue Jeremiah Wright, demanding message discipline in this campaign. If McCain took this attack personally, he had good reason to do so after all of his efforts to leave race out of the campaign.

    McCain is no Bill Clinton. He knows how to fight, and Obama and his team just learned that lesson.

    hotair.com/archives/2008/08/02/wapo-obama-not-careful/
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    I disagree with the last sentence, the Republicans are used to the race baiting and was prepared for it. Bill and Hillary Clinton didn’t expect their so-called friends to give them bad advice and also get the knives in their back.

    The liberal media, Democratic? Party Leadership, DNC and party operatives inside and outside her circle and the House Democratic Leadership grasping for power and thinking they had destroyed the Clintons.

    What is so funny is that more and more those Democrats awakening form Obama overdose are calling for help from the Clintons because they see the writing on the wall and Team Obama look inexperice, weak and corrupted…and they don’t like want they see coming up.

    President McCain and a Republican control Senate.

    SD’s don’t let Obama take the Democratic Party over the cliff…vote for Hillary08. Remember Obama is tied now but can’t you see over the clift and all those down line democrats face now republicans if Obama is the head of the ticket?

    I can.

  14. Admin: a fabulous article, straight from my heart!

    We need to let those sd’s that if they back the fraud/theif we will (voters) will make sure they will not get re-elected. Where there is many there is power and we must prove it it to the DNC!

  15. If he get the nomination, we should picket the poling stations all across this nation!! Of coarse, if it is legal!

  16. Everyone keeps talking about what a terrible month McCain has had. I would venture to say that Obama’s month was even worse.

  17. When we see Hillary Clinton with Dean/Obama/Brazile/Pelosi it does not inspire unity. It inspires revulsion. We feel we are watching a hostage event.
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    Admin, you hit the nail on the head. I was wondering why I could not watch those. I have a hard time watching the hostages they have shown from Iraq also.

    The DNC are beginning to look like Terrorists.

  18. NMF, the DNC has conspired to act like terrorists this year for sure and it looks like they have been planning the takeover for several years now. So if it looks like a duck, quack like a duck, then it is a duck! LOL!!

  19. On Wednesday, after his speech to the AARP, John Edwards ducked out a side entrance in order to avoid reporter’s questions.

    That’s a fact. It’s well sourced — a dozen reporters were there. Nobody is disputing it. And to anyone covering the story, it’s hugely significant for two reasons; it’s damning on it’s own and it shows a pattern of behavior that gives credence to the National Enquirers reporting.

    First point – Edwards is acting how people act when they are hiding something.

    Think like a journalist, not a John Edwards supporter. Why do politicians avoid reporters, not issue statements, and duck an issue that multiple news outlets are running down? The answer is – always, in every case – because they have something to hide.

    There is a reasonable limit to the amount of times someone should be forced to deal with any issue. However, this isn’t a story that’s been beaten into the ground. It’s fresh and there are new developments since Edward’s last real statement in 2007. The NE claims to have caught Edwards at a hotel ten days ago and since then Edwards has yet to give one single statement denying he was there.

    What some of my fellow Kossacks apparently want the press to do is to think this way “John Edwards just snuck out a side entrance to avoid my questions – but you know….maybe he’s tired and Elizabeth is sick and he’s a private citizen…sure he just gave a political speech but I can see why he wouldn’t want to answer questions especially since there’s nothing to those trashy tabloid rumors.”

    Edwards could easily issue a terse denial. If the story is true in any way, he could explain. If there’s a personal matter with his wife, say so. Mainstream, responsible journalists covering this story want him to go on the record again, after the latest claims by the NE. And that’s exactly what they should want.

    More importantly, that’s exactly what YOU should want and ESPECIALLY if he’s innocent. A simple straightforward statement. If there’s an explanation, give it – because avoiding reporters only prolongs the story, creates embarrassing headlines and adds to the appearance of guilt.

    Second point and just as obvious – by ducking reporters the way he did, Edwards is acting the same way the NE claims he did at the hotel. He sees a reporter and high tails it. He just gave the NE’s claims more validity.

    You can make excuses for this all day but no journalist can, will, or should. No Kossack should either. To fail to demand even the most basic accountability from Edwards – answer a couple of questions – does everyone a disservice. Even our favorite politicians can’t be placed on a pedestal of unaccountability.

    Here’s berryberry’s Evidence Comment – all proof copyright 2008, berryberry

    Of course there is evidence, most of which is circumstantial. To put my lawyer hat on for a moment, that does not make it inadmissible. In a court context, all of the following would be admitted into evidence.

    1. Mr. Edwards and Ms. Hunter know each other and have shared proximity. Thus, they’ve had opportunity for conversation.

    2. There are eyewitnesses to JRE’s visit to Ms Hunter and the child at the Beverly Hilton.

    3. A corroborating, disinterested witness places Mr Edwards at the Beverly Hilton, hiding in a restroom and avoiding the NE reporters.

    4. The act of visiting alone tends to prove (not disprove) some relationship. (The recklessness of the act (in the absence of a relationship) is more a commentary upon the quality of the evidence.)

    5. The witnesses attest (sort of…this is the NE) that they attempted to question JRE. His response was to run and hid in the toilet. This is “guilty conscience” evidence.

    6. Aware that this matter is swirling around him, Mr. Edwards was sought by members of the MSM yesterday (at another hotel, ironically) for comment about the NE report. Mr. Edwards evaded the MSM and sought an alternative exit where he would not be seen. Again, any trial attorney would point to this conduct as admissible on the basis that it demonstrates “consciousness of guilt.” When asked, Mr Edwards proffered an excuse that he lacked time to respond.

    7. There is a child. She has DNA.

    It is wishful thinking for those in this forum to ignore this with the an unexamined mantra that there is” no evidence. ”

    And of course let us not forget the inevitability of a DNA test, an admission by Ms Hunter and an admission by Mr. Edwards. Can there be any doubt that these are on the way?

  20. brilliant post admin.

    re. emilys list event: appearing with 5th bad face lift and first lady of hate– keeping her friends close and your enemies closer.

    revulsion not unity

  21. For the second time in ten days, John Edwards has chosen to escape from a hotel to avoid reporters asking awkward questions about his friend Rielle Hunter and the baby girl it is claimed he fathered.

    The former two-times presidential candidate was speaking at a symposium at the Hotel Monaco in Washington DC on Wednesday when it became clear that the assembled reporters and photographers were not just there to learn about poverty and ageing, the subject of the conference.

    To avoid questions, Edwards’s aides escorted him through the kitchens and out of a side door. When he emerged on a back street, he was confronted by a reporter from the Charlotte Observer in his home state, North Carolina, asking about the latest twist in the Rielle Hunter affair – the discovery by the Observer that the birth certificate of Rielle Hunter’s daughter identifies no father.

    Edwards told the reporter: “Can’t do it now, I’m sorry” and quickly walked away.

    This episode follows reports in the National Enquirer that the tabloid’s reporters found Edwards visiting the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles after midnight on July 21 for a secret rendezvous with Rielle Hunter and her daughter. Edwards had met the 44-year-old when she was hired to make a video documentary during his recent failed run at the Democratic presidential nomination.

    To escape the reporters at the Beverly Hilton, Edwards hid in a men’s lavatory until hotel security guards could escort him to safety.

    The Enquirer alleges that Rielle Hunter’s daughter, born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, is Edwards’s child. A former Edwards campaign worker Andrew Young – also a married man – has claimed paternity, but the Enquirer alleges that this is a lie and that both Young and Hunter (also known as Lisa Druck) have received “hush money” to keep Edwards’s paternity secret.

    Asked yesterday why no father was listed on the birth certificate, Hunter’s lawyer, Robert Gordon, told reporters: “A lot of women do that.” Reminded that he and Hunter had publicly revealed two months ago that Andrew Young was the father, Gordon replied, “That’s a personal matter between them.” He then declined to comment further.

    Edwards has been mooted as a vice-presidential running-mate for Barack Obama, or for some other key position in an Obama cabinet should the Illinois senator win the presidential election in November.

  22. I disagree with the last sentence, the Republicans are used to the race baiting and was prepared for it. Bill and Hillary Clinton didn’t expect their so-called friends to give them bad advice and also get the knives in their back.
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    astute.

  23. Yesterday, we reported that the National Enquirer—the only publication in the country that has actually bothered reporting out this John Edwards scandal—was going to publish another exclusive, this time establishing a financial link between the (allegedly) philandering former Democratic presidential hopeful and his mistress Rielle Hunter, with whom he is rumored to have a bastard child. Today, they’ve gone ahead and done it: the tabloid reports that Hunter has been receiving $15,000 a month in hush money from a “wealthy colleague” of Edwards who is closely tied to his campaign.

    Oh, and about the alleged baby (well, Edwards’ alleged baby; we’re pretty sure she’s a baby either way): Her name is Frances Quinn Hunter, and she was born at Santa Barbara Cottage hospital. Edwards’ good friend and former aide Andrew Young stepped forward last December by claiming to be the father of the child (he’s married with kids himself), but the Enquirer reports that he too is receiving cash from the same guy who is paying off Hunter. A few weeks after the story first broke at the end of last year, the Enquirer noted that Hunter was “living in Chapel Hill, N.C. in a gated community, just a few streets away from Andrew Young,” and that she had been spotted around town driving a BMW registered in his name. Young hasn’t been heard from since. (Maybe the house in question belonged to Edwards backer, Tar Heel, and former NBA center Eric Montross? This story is weird enough for that to almost make sense. Plus, how great would it be to have a sports angle?)

    Whether the money is enough to keep Hunter quiet remains to be seen—she’s supposedly in the process of securing an interview with a major network. Edwards has yet to address the latest crop of rumors directly, and he won’t have to until a mainstream outlet asks him to do so. Which may not happen for a few weeks because the Enquirer says it won’t release the photos from the Beverly Hilton ambush, and the MSM seems to have unilaterally decided not to do anything until they are released. We still can’t figure out why the pics are so important, since they won’t confirm anything Fox News hasn’t already, but the absurdity with which this scandal is playing out in the media is matched only by the absurdity of the scandal itself, so I guess the nonsensical nature of it all is kind of fitting.

  24. Pretty boy John Edwards thought he was safe from the mainstream media
    August 2, 2008 · 1 Comment

    Get your political currency here! The Enquirer kept on the beat. The Democrat’s pretty boy, Breck Girl, Silky Poney, John Edwards has been having an affair with a female staff memeber at the same time he was using Mrs. Edwards cancer as a campaign ploy to win sympathy votes.

    Edwards, still hoping to join the dream ticket with Obama has been protected from the mainstream media. But now, his hometown newspaper has looked into the matter.

    No father is listed on the birth certificate of the child who the Enquirer has reported is linked to the former presidential contender and now VP hopeful.

    What a dream it was. What a nightmare for Mrs. Edwards.

    The document helps the Enquirer link the Democrat to a sexual relationship, and later a baby, with Rielle Hunter, who had been hired last year by Edwards’ presidential campaign.

    The same time he had his wife on the campaign trail attracting women’s votes from Hillary.

    Edwards is famous for backing the Green Party/socialist agenda while living in a 20,000 square foot house and jetting around the country to appear for photo ops in his bid to stay on the Democrat Party stage.

    sadbastards.wordpress.com/2008/08/02/pretty-boy-john-edwards-thought-he-was-safe-from-the-mainstream-media/
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    Why John Edwards should be held accountable for his massive cover-up and lack of political character and honor.

    I don’t normally care about the private lives of politician unless they cross over into corruption and illegality…John’s massive cover-up that contained falsification of documents and friends lying about told me plenty on how he would lead and how he would govern if he got hold of great power.

    There is this sliminess about Edwards and his fake concern for the poor to gain political gain and power disgust me, but more importantly his disregarding the law when it came to him.

    Since there was so much talk about him becoming Attorney General of the United States or V.P. it is important that we take John Edwards out before he put this county in harms way.

    btw, I still remember him carry Obama’s torch to hurt Hillary in the debates.

  25. has anyone seen okieatty?Idunn?

    LOL. Are you asking if anyone has seen me, or if I’ve seen Okieatty? If it’s the later, then I’m sorry to say, no I haven’t. 🙁

  26. Idunn
    I was just reflecting on Jan/Feb and the welcome comedic relief that the two of you provided then.
    I think Obama should choose this clark rockefeller as his vp. Thier backgrounds and identities are equally vague.

  27. A WEEK LATE – This was sent to me from a friend from another blog.

    A Week Late
    Jennifer Rubin – 08.01.2008 – 10:39 PM
    On July 9, 2008, I wrote:

    Gas prices are now a top concern of voters and Barack Obama’s Dr. No approach to increasing domestic oil supply (and almost every other idea on the production side) has even Democrats nervous. So why not switch positions and come out for “responsible energy development” and “environmentally safe drilling”? It seems like a no-brainer. If he can change on FISA, NAFTA, Kyl-Lieberman, Iran, the surge (sort of), guns, abortion, campaign financing, corporate taxes, the payroll tax cap, his devotion to Reverend Wright and Trinity United Church, unconditional meetings with Ahmadinejad, and an “undivided” Jerusalem, why not this? I figure it’ll take a couple of weeks (or until gas hits $5 a gallon, which ever comes first).

    I must admit I was wrong. It took all the way until August 1 ( three weeks and two days) for Obama to reverse course. In a Florida newspaper interview he explained that he really had no objection to offshore drilling:

    If it is part of an overarching package, then I am not going to be rigid in preventing an energy package that goes forward that is really thoughtful and is going to really solve the problem.

    The report continues:

    And what I’ve also said is, if people are expecting short-term relief because of offshore drilling, then they’re not going to find it because we won’t see a drop of oil for at least a decade.” Still, Obama’s willingness to go along with any new drilling off the U.S. coast is a marked shift from his previous statements. Earlier this summer, Obama sought to distinguish himself from GOP rival Sen. John McCain, who wants to lift a moratorium on offshore drilling.

    There you go. The most important thing to remember about Obama? There is never a bottom line. On anything. He has a very low threshold for conflict with his base (or a very low tolerance for weathering politcal turbulence). So with enough time and enough political pressure he is likely to shift gears on just about anything. (The shifts always go in the direction of popular opinion, of course.) That’s why it was not hard to see this coming.

    For people who are basing their votes on candidates’ positions on issues, they should be forewarned. Obama doesn’t really have any. Rather than positions, he has “pauses” along the political road where he briefly rests, makes speeches, and gains applause before one particular crowd and then moves on to the next position, effortlessly denying that anything different preceded it. And on he travels. The notion that he believes in any set agenda or fixed principles is, in the words of Bill Clinton, a “fairytale.”

  28. “The notion that he believes in any set agenda or fixed principles is, in the words of Bill Clinton, a “fairytale.”

    How true that statement has become.

  29. I was just reflecting on Jan/Feb and the welcome comedic relief that the two of you provided then.

    Man Henry, you’re really dissing my solo act, aren’t ya? 😉

  30. I am so sick to death of Obama opening his mouth. I just wish he would shut up for at least 24 hours and give us a break from his ungodlike repertoir.

  31. I think every person in America should buy a tire, deflate the damned thing, and mail it directly to Oliars Blood Money Mansion. Maybe with a note that says, “Keep the change”. 🙂

  32. birdgal

    I thought the word fairytale at the end of that article was perfect. Bill had it right a long time ago.

  33. wbboei

    repost for you from last thread;

    # Emjay Says:
    August 2nd, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    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

  34. wbboei–

    am trying to figure out how to get this to repost – Word Press is giving me fits- says I already did this…duh, I know that, but it was on last thread
    repost for you from last thread;

    ——————————————
    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

  35. Per the Ed Morrissey post upthread: I agree with a lot of it except Bill Clinton is as much of a fighter as McCain; the problem was, he couldn’t call out the Waffles campaign on their race-baiting they way I’m sure he wanted to. No one in her campaign could because of the restrictive climate they were operating in. McCain and his camp are much freer to defend themselves.

    Glad to see, though, that the McCain people know Bill was screwed over and won’t let it happen to them.

  36. I am beginning to be impressed with the McCain campaign newbees.

    The statement on his pulling out of the town halls was perfect.

  37. We know the thesis is out there. If the wife tape from the church ever surfaces, and there are African tapes of Waffles, I think McCain might just go to double digits.

  38. I think if BHO fails to reach the White House, we have to give the biggest credit to Hillary. If it were not for the long primary, not many people would see through BHO. Even Republicans would not be prepared for the race-baiting. Hillary’s long primary fight also exposed the Big Media. The Big Media is even a bigger loser than the DNC. From this point, Hillary is even more admirable. The fighter in her did so much good.

  39. I was just listening to Darragh from PUMAPAC on NQ radio and he made some interesting comments about getting 300 delegate signatures for the petition to put HRC’s name in nomination.

    he says there can be no more than 50 per state with a minimum of 300 and a max of 600.

    A big problem is that since the campaign was suspended there’s no centralized contact area and delegates are off in space depending on the obama campaign to keep them informed 👿

    Darragh was talking about trying to organize an apparatus whereby HRC delegates can make contact, communicate, brainstorm.

    It’s a good show. Goes on until 10 over at NQ.

  40. McCain Aims to Drive Home Obama ‘Celebrity’ Label

    elections.foxnews.com/2008/08/02/mccain-aims-to-drive-home-obama-celebrity-label/

  41. Cindy Sheehan to Oppose Nancy Pelosi in Congressional Race

    Be grateful on Election Day if you are not a resident of San Francisco. If you happen to be an inhabitant of probably the most far-left city in the United States, you will get the honor of choosing between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and anti-war Gold Star mom, Cindy Sheehan, who is running as the Independent candidate, to represent California’s 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Wow! What a choice!

    Of course, there are two other options: a Republican and a Libertarian, but, we all know they don’t stand a chance. Truthfully, I seriously doubt Cindy stands a chance either. Although, there are many liberals livid at Pelosi for not ending the war in Iraq.

    Sweetness & Light reports how Sheehan managed to get her name on the ballot.
    http://sweetness-light.com/archive/sheehan-expected-to-get-on-the-ballot

    “It looks as though Independent Congressional candidate Cindy Sheehan has collected enough signatures to challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on November’s ballot.

    Sheehan submitted 13,300 signatures to the California Department of Elections, which is about 30 percent more than the 10,198 required to qualify for the ballot and certification will just be a formality, according to campaign workers.

    ‘We found that a lot of people are upset about Nancy Pelosi funding the war,’ says Sheehan who collected many of the signatures herself. ‘People also want to see more Democracy, more choice and more debate.’ …

    ‘Now that we have the signatures, we can start the campaign in earnest,’ Sheehan says.

    ‘And it’s pretty safe to assume the first thing I’m going to do once we received certification is challenge Nancy Pelosi to a debate.’”

    Now, that debate would be a hoot to watch. Which of the gals could out-left the other?

    exposingliberallies.blogspot.com/2008/08/cindy-sheehan-to-oppose-nancy-pelosi-in.html

  42. mccain vettin cong cantor-
    McCain is vetting Cantor
    By MIKE ALLEN & JONATHAN MARTIN | 8/2/08 8:34 PM EST Text Size:

    The McCain campaign is vetting Rep. Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) as a potential vice-presidential candidate, a campaign adviser told Politico on Saturday.

    Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is a top running-mate prospect for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), opening up the possibility of an all-Old Dominion, Kaine vs. Cantor vice-presidential debate.

    Cantor, 45, has provided records to the running-mate search team of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the adviser said.

    With a Southern lilt and that belies his talent for raw politics, Cantor is one of the nation’s most prominent Jewish Republicans, and has impressed the McCain team by becoming a prolific fund-raiser for the campaign.

    A young fiscal conservative who could help keep Virginia from tipping blue, Cantor could also be an asset in such battlegrounds as Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. He has shown appeal to the party’s base as well as to independents, and would be an unconventional choice at a time when McCain is looking to add excitement to his campaign.

    “McCain needs to do something different,” said Chris LaCivita, a top Virginia Republican strategist. Citing his youth, ties to the business community, strong relationship with conservative activists and proven ability to raise money, LaCivita said Cantor “fits all the bills.”

    The commonwealth, which has been reliably Republican in presidential races, has become more Democratic, making it a top target for Obama and a huge concern for McCain.

    Cantor, who lives in suburban Richmond, would bring to the ticket a photogenic family and a track record of raising prodigious amounts of money from his own national network. On weekends, he travels constantly on behalf of Republican House candidates and the national party

    Known on Capitol Hill as squeaky clean, Cantor has successfully campaigned and raised money in key states like Missouri, New Jersey and New York.

    Mark Warner, the former Virginia governor and now Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia, has said that Cantor was his toughest potential opponent. Cantor decided to stay in the House to continue rising the leadership ladder.

    Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and one of the nation’s most influential evangelical leaders, recently praised Cantor as a potential McCain running mate, calling him rock-solid on social issues—a huge concern for Christian conservatives with the maverick McCain at the top of the ticket.

    Amid hothouse speculation throughout the party, Cantor joins a tiny list of Republicans known to be under real consideration by McCain. The Republican convention runs from Sept. 1-4.

    Other contenders include former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Rob Portman of Ohio, former congressman, White House budget director and U.S. trade ambassador.

    Cantor is a member of the House Republican leadership, chief deputy majority whip, and a member of one of the most coveted committees.

    From his official biography: “Eric Cantor is a lifelong resident of the Richmond area. He got his start in politics as a student at George Washington University by interning for Congressman Tom Bliley in Bliley’s Washington office and serving as a driver on Bliley’s first re-election campaign. Eric received his law degree from The College of William and Mary and his Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York.

    “While in New York, Eric met his wife Diana and brought her back to Virginia where they are currently raising three children, Evan, Jenna and Michael, who attend Henrico County Public

  43. yep. catnor is a hradcore conservative. i dont think he wil have much appeal with jewish voters. doesnt matter-mccain will get a large number of such votes

  44. jade, if you look through that site(which is where the Obama girl video comes from)it’s totally slanderous of Hillary and Bill Clinton. It’s very pro-Obama.

  45. Yahoo! News
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    30% of Conservative Democrats Say They’ll Vote for McCain

    rasmussenreports.comThu Jul 31, 8:54 AM ET

    Thirty percent (30%) of conservative Democrats say they’re voting for John McCain. Rasmussen Reports data also shows the Republican hopeful picking up support from 19% of White Democrats and 15% of Democrats over the age of 50. These results are from national telephone survey interviews conducted with 14,000 Likely Voters during the two weeks ending July 24. The sample includes 5,074 Democratic voters.

    The data shows that 43% of Democrats consider themselves politically liberal, 37% say they’re moderate, and 18% are conservative.

    Forty-one percent (41%) of conservative Democrats have a favorable opinion of John McCain. Sixty-seven percent (67%) say the same about Obama.

    Among liberal Democrats, just 23% have a positive opinion about McCain, but 90% give Obama favorable reviews.

    Obama is supported by 78% of Democrats overall, a figure that includes 62% of conservative Democrats. He leads 84% to 13% among Democrats under 30. But, among those over 65, Obama earns just 74% of the vote while McCain is preferred by 16% of Democratic senior citizens. It is interesting to note that just 2% of Democrats under 30 hold back from selecting either Obama or McCain. That number grows to 9% among Democrats over 65.

    While Obama is losing some Democratic voters, he begins with a significant advantage over McCain by virtue of the fact that there are far more Democrats in the country than Republicans.

    Overall, there are twice as many uncommitted voters at this point in Election 2008 as there were four years ago. An analysis released yesterday showed that there are more Democrats than Republicans in the uncommitted category, but that they are leaning more towards McCain than Obama.

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll shows that the race between Obama and McCain remains competitive. Other key stats of Election 2008 are updated daily at Obama-McCain: By the Numbers.

    Please sign up for the Rasmussen Reports daily e-mail update (it’s free)… let us keep you up to date with the latest public opinion news.

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  46. Did I read somewhere that sexist Bernie Mac is hospitalised????

    I guess he could not take any more ranting against him…

  47. John Edwards has more than just his private life to answer for.

    He aided and abetted Obama against Hillary as did his supporters.

    And he was also responsible for the mess in MI/FL…

    Who knows? Maybe this Reille womans knows a lot? I hope she does?

    I feel sorry for Elizabeth but not John…

  48. jade, it’s ok. that video was funny. But then I flipped through the rest and saw what they were about. Seems a bit too put together for just a supporter. I smell Axelrove.

  49. MJ

    I just went through a couple and I see what you are saying. I surely don’t want to promote any pro-waffles stuff here or anywhere for that matter. Admin and all of the regulars does such a wonderful job keeping us informed. Good looking out.

  50. Has anyone here noticed the Breaking News on No Quarter from Allegre?
    “… her delegates have heard her message and they’re already working on pulling together the necessary signatures on a nominating petition. I just got a heads-up / press release from a group who’ve been working to make sure we have a fair and honest vote at our convention – check it out!”

  51. Best article to-date, Admin.

    They ARE terrorists, as they are TERRORIZING our country by hijacking democracy – through rigged caucuses, disenfranchised voters in two key states and out-and-out THEFT of this primary season.

    She DID win the must-win states.

    She DID win the popular vote.

    She did win the last half of the primary season DECIDEDLY.

    You are correct. Hillary IS being held HOSTAGE. And it is up to EIGHTEEN MILLION of us to SAVE her NOW.

  52. h t t p : / / http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=3&docID=news-000002932848

    Clinton Supporters Wondering: Will She Be Nominated at the Convention?
    By Marie Horrigan, CQ Staff
    While Hillary Rodham Clinton has not made any final decisions about whether she wants to be nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention, a New York Daily News report said she has asked not to be nominated. But some of her supporters continue to press ahead.

    Clinton spokeswoman Kathleen Strand said in a statement Friday that Clinton was “100 percent 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.” Strand said that no decisions have been made but, when they are, “they will be made collaboratively with Senator Clinton and her staff, the DNC and Senator Obama’s campaign.”

    Toni Alves, a Clinton advocate, said she attended a Clinton fundraiser Thursday in Palo Alto, Calif., where the senator indicated she thought her nomination would be good for party unity. Alves told CQ Politics that Clinton said she wanted her supporters to have their voices heard and her delegates to have the chance to vote for her at the convention.

    Some Democratic activists are moving ahead with plans to finish gathering delegate signatures for a nominating petition for Clinton. Will Bower, co-founder of the pro-Clinton group PUMA (“Party Unity My Ass”), said the organization has 200 of the 300 delegate signatures necessary to qualify Clinton for the ballot. Party rules stipulate that Clinton would have to sign off on her own nomination.

    Bower said the Daily News report was an attempt by the media to quash the petition drive. “It’s not true. She wants her name to be placed in nomination but she can’t actively ask for delegates to do it because she has suspended her campaign and that would be campaigning. But we can make sure the petition is in place for her to sign if and when she needs to or wants to at the convention,” he said.

    Bower also said PUMA is holding a closed conference Aug. 8-10 in Washington during which activists will meet to coordinate their strategy for the Democratic National Convention and also to try to secure the final 100 signatures necessary to get Clinton nominated.

    Heidi Li Feldman, a Georgetown University law professor, co-founded The Denver Group to push a roll call vote on Clinton’s nomination. She says Clinton is in a tenuous political situation, caught between her desire not to undermine Obama’s candidacy or Democratic efforts to win the White House, and giving voice to her supporters and delegates.

    The Democratic National Committee and Democratic leadership “has chilled her speech,” Feldman claims. She charges that the Democratic Party leadership spent the entire primary season telling Clinton to get out of the race, “so she has every reason to believe that they’ll start beating that drum again” if she makes any sort of public statement.

    Feldman added that she would continue raising money to help Clinton’s nomination “unless and until she says ‘I am releasing my delegates.’”

  53. 3 days ago obama said this about drilling: haaaaaaaaaaah

    “The oil companies are shoving this thing down the throats of Congress, because they know everybody wants to try to pretend they’re doing something about the energy crisis,” Obama said. “This is not real. I know it’s tempting. The polls say its one of the ways that a majority of Americans think we’re going to solve this problem, but it’s not real.”

    “I understand how desperate folks are. If I thought that I could provide you some immediate relief on gas by drilling off the shores of California and New Jersey… I’d do it.”

    But the Democratic presidential candidate added, “The soonest you would see any drop of oil from drilling off our shores would be 10 years from now….The most you would end up saving 10 years or 20 years from now would be a few cents on the gallon, although at that point, I figure oil might be $12 a gallon.”

    Citing the oil companies’ record profits, Obama charged that they are, “making money hand-over fist, they’re making out like bandits.”

    http://www.politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/07/30/obama-calls-offshore-drilling-a-scheme/

  54. turndownobama: re. soros–this goes to the issue of why he opposes Hillary-

    1. he is a financial speculator who wants to bring foreign investment into US freely (translation: no fingerprints, dump on markets etc)–this is the thing I was referring to whereas–

    2. she has some clear intensions for the establishment of guidelines regulating investments made in America by the vast pools of capital
    controlled by foreign powers

    3. Whereas obama is –how hall I put it–more flexible in this respect

  55. texan–so he managed to hold out on his positon for three whole days this time before he flipped. Throw him a sardine!

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

  56. Emjay: here is paddy’s thesis in its entirety:

    March 26th, 2008 at 5:04 am
    The Rise (and Fall) of the Neo-libs
    When and where did the neo-libs come from? One might say that the first sightings of what would eventually evolve into the neo-libs were the various state level Green Party organizations that sprung up in the early 1990s. These were Americanized copies of similar groupings in Europe, mainly white university liberal arts graduates from upper middle class families. The Greens were strongly anti-establishment and radical environmentalists. Their slogan was “think globally, act locally”, and were the ones to first coin the “global village” concept.
    They never made it into the mainstream and peaked with the Green Party candidacy for President of Ralph Nader. It didn’t matter much. Although they themselves did not hit the big time, their ideas lived on. For soon, most of their political positions had been usurped by a new radicalized youth who began protesting against the global status quo at international gatherings. And unlike the more pacifist Greens, the protests grew more and more violent, culminating in the notorious Seattle riots. Lacking an organizational base, financial support and a cadre of capable leaders, these protests may have just faded into the haze of yesterday’s news headlines as just another of those leisure-time indulgences undertaken by the spoiled offspring of well-off families. But something else was simultaneously happening that would alter the landscape of political America. The very global system that the protesters were rebelling against was creating one of the biggest wealth transfers the world had ever witnessed.
    Globalization resulted in vast amounts of wealth moving to the United States. This wealth though was not distributed evenly among the general population, but instead enriched a new group of younger, well educated, liberal minded, high tech savvy, entrepreneurs and highly paid professionals, now often described as middle-class millionaires. They made their fortunes using new asset classes of investment such as hedge funds, private equity and venture capital, most out of the reach of the average investor. This group of new rich left stood in stark contrast with old money that had long identified with the conservative faction of the Republican Party. The new class, who described themselves as progressives, was for the most part well-heeled political clones of the radical student protesters. Hence they were very internationalist in focus, taking extreme positions on the environment, human rights, global working conditions, and a collection of various causes such as Tibetan independence, organic farming, fair trade, and opposition to international organizations such as the World Bank and IMF. There was then a marriage of convenience between the two. Sharing similar goals as to what the world should look like, the new rich left differed from their radical student soul-mates in that they had money and lots of it to achieve their political goals. On the other hand their student ideological allies would be the ones that would supply the manpower. As the old saying goes, “if you’ve got the money honey, I’ve got the time.”
    Its was this convergence of what was left of the Greens, the radicalized youth and the new rich left, that gave birth to what I am calling the neo-libs. This name was chosen deliberately to draw on the similarities between the neo-libs and the neo-cons who occupy the opposite end of the political spectrum. Both hold views that are not at this point part of mainstream American politics, both are by themselves small factions within the two major parties, both are more concerned about international than domestic affairs, both advocate interventionism, including the use of force if necessary, to obtain their political objectives, both pose a grave danger to world peace and security.
    But major distinctions exist between the neo-libs and neo-cons. The neo-libs actively seek to dominate the newest and fastest growing form of information, the internet, through the use of coercion and e-violence. The student wing because their comfortable life styles and affluence allows them the time and finances, is employed to contain opposition to their movement. A variety of intimidation tactics ranging from the use of gross profanity on anti-neo-lib blog entries, posting crude and rude comments on sites running unfavorable news articles, conducting web searches on active opposition bloggers in order to find personal information that can be used on-line in ugly ways, and even death threats on the web against political opponents, are becoming commonplace. The majority of political blog sites are controlled by the neo-libs and most use strict censorship to screen out entries they consider unfriendly.
    Political intimidation tactics are not confined to the internet. Polling organizations have close connections to the neo-libs and many poll results are obvious attempts to mislead the public to disguise real voter sentiment. During the Democratic caucuses, it was common place for neo-lib student radicals to intimidate voters into voting for their candidate Senator Obama. The censorship of anti-Obama stories in the media and their near worshiping of his holiness has been so obvious that a famous late-night comedy program started a series of skits poking fun if it. Such a wide range of political intimidation and information control has not been seen in western developed countries since the early days of the National Socialist movement in Germany. This kind of worshiping of a political leader by followers and media alike is also too reminiscent of the National Socialist Adolf Hitler to be comfortable. While the neo-cons were able to take advantage of the weak Bush conservative administration to give us such things as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the neo-libs promise to give us much worse if they ever come to power. The neo-libs are no lovers of freedom.

  57. wbboei Says:
    August 3rd, 2008 at 2:46 am
    =============
    Reading from the bottom of the list up.

    Somehow this made sense to me! Perhaps because it centers on Hillary.

  58. What we need is a McCain bump. I also read yesterday in the AOL headline news that Obama should win because of the Economy.

    I really had to laugh. That is only true if the candidate is not who we have, or specifically, a Dem that is leading by double digits in Summer, and a Rep that is not as centered as McCain. I love it when they write those articles.

    I am sorry, and I don’t mean to offend, but I found Economics a Historical study, as I think a lot changes with the people all the time. That they should feel like they are predictors I think is interesting.

    Mostly they seem to either up or reduce interest rates, and that is about it. I hope there are not any economists here.

  59. One thing we know is the terrorists cannot threaten and maniupulate John McCain. Let us face it, the man has withstood torture, so I think this is a piece of cake for him.

    Amazing that the Dem SDs are so scared. But of course their families and careers are on the line. I guess Term limitations sound pretty good right now.

  60. In my personal opinion, there is nothing McCain could do to help Obama MORE than pick an ultra conservative running mate.

  61. I am surprised no one has mentioned Christy Todd Whitman for vice president for McCain. She would appeal to women and independent voters. On the other hand I have not head that she is being vetted.

  62. There is talk that Obama is listening to Hillary on platform issues. If that is so, then she should propose regulation on foreign investment in the United States and see how far that one goes. Its all bullshit because the platform is merely a tool for–yup you guessed it–party unity. Besides we know that what he tells the American People is not what he tells foreign govenments and even if he says yes one day it will be no the next. Yesterday he managed to hold out against himself for three days which is a record.

  63. wbboei

    The meeting with Hillary is all for show. He is bullying his platform, which is as you guessed it, something he will use, but not pay attention to (I see this at the State levels). I have lost all fath in the Dems being fair or honest after watching my state steal delegates from HRC.

    Idunn

    We all know this is manuvering. He is waitng to see who O picks, and then he will make his decision based on that. Will he go ultra conservative. I really don’t know. But if he does it will harm his chances of getting Independence and cross over Dems. They say this is where the election will be won.

    Who knows. But a Democracy is possible only if the people in it protect it. Those folding in with their party on either side where they see dirty politics going on, are not the protectors of our Democracy.

    If the founders of this country had folded in, we might not be a democracy right now.

    The people I see making a difference is PUMA.

  64. NewMexicoFan,

    Of course it is all for show! Obama and his handlers are desperate. They will do anything to blur the truth and make it seem that they are embracing Hillary’s ideas. His numbers are down. He should have gone over the 50% mark already. They want Hillary’s supporters in their camp. They want the votes.

    It’s all a sham!

  65. JanH

    It is hard to understand what they are telling the SDs. If they don’t get over double digits, by election time, it will be really had to fix the election. Fixing the election only works when it is close. If McCain breaks 50% and before the convention, look out the dam will break. Mentally that will be very damaging to the campaign.

    The One should be able to do better. In fact, one has to begin to wonder why he is not doing Better now, if he is THE ONE.

  66. h t t p : / / http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25992648

    Clinton embraces return to ambassador role
    After the bitter primaries, he calls charity ‘my life’

    KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 2 – There will be no Clinton restoration — not this year, at least. But the rehabilitation of Bill Clinton has begun.

    The former president in many ways ended the Democratic primary campaign more isolated than his wife, with his own friends and allies unhappy with his flashes of anger and ill-chosen words and blaming him in part for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s defeat. With a negligible relationship with Sen. Barack Obama — he has spoken to him just once since the primaries — Clinton has been shut out of the Obama campaign almost entirely and does not know even basic things, such as the role he will play at the Democratic convention.

    It is uncharted territory for the most successful Democratic politician of his generation, and part of the reason he was in Kigali on Saturday, the latest stop in a grueling journey across Africa to visit some of the places where his charitable foundation has been active — and in the process re-establish his role as a global elder statesman. At the same time, Clinton began, slowly, to discuss the bruising Democratic primary season that ended two months earlier

    In his first extended interview since his wife exited the campaign in defeat, Clinton said he was glad to be back doing international foundation work. “This is my life now, and I was eager to get back to it, and I couldn’t be happier,” Clinton said in a hotel suite, with three aides looking on.

    In a session that lasted more than 45 minutes, Clinton described his role in the 2008 campaign as “a privilege, an honor,” and said, “I loved it,” but he declined to discuss any of his own possible mistakes, describing them as a distraction. “Next year, you and I and everybody else will be freer and have more space to say what we believe to be the truth” about the primaries, he said.

    Clinton volunteered very little praise of Obama, beyond describing him as “smart” and “a good politician” when asked about him toward the end of the interview. He did, however, muse at length about the role that race could play in the general election — the issue that some of his former black allies angrily accused him of introducing in the Democratic primaries — as a factor, if not a decisive one.

    Clinton appeared at ease, in a yellow button-down shirt and green khakis, an unlighted cigar in his hand, after a long day in which he had visited a remote town in eastern Rwanda to meet with local farmers growing cassava, a sturdy root plant, with assistance from his foundation.

    He worked his way up into a village on foot, meeting a 14-year-old boy with AIDS who is receiving care from a local health provider allied with the Clinton health initiative. Then, after having lunch with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, he took a helicopter to just south of the Ugandan border to break ground on a new, advanced hospital — digging a shovel into the ground and declaring the space as one that “symbolizes health and hope and peace and unity.”

    He was, along the way, classic Clinton: nodding attentively as villagers described the impact his nonprofits are having, interrogating participants about what they needed, showing off his range of expertise on topics including gorilla preservation and pediatric AIDS care.

    Former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack, who with his wife, Christie, accompanied Clinton on the trip, pointed to the stops as part of the way the former president is still helping set an example without making policy outright.

    “The lesson here is that this is what foreign policy ought to be about,” Vilsack said.

    Yet the sight of the Vilsacks trekking down a dusty road in rural Rwanda with Clinton — with Terry McAuliffe, the ubiquitous Clinton cheerleader and former Democratic National Committee chairman, bounding along close behind — offered a snapshot of how remote the former president’s orbit has become. Vilsack was one of Hillary Clinton’s most dogged backers after his own presidential bid faltered, and he remains a Clinton ally now, when it is less fashionable

    Back home, even unwavering allies acknowledge that Clinton is now in a period of recovery. “They don’t call him the comeback kid for nothing,” Mark Penn, the chief strategist for much of the campaign, said — implicitly acknowledging Clinton has something to come back from.

    “If there’s one thing that we’ve learned in the last 20 years, it’s never to count Bill Clinton out,” said Howard Wolfson, the senior communications adviser to Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign. “And I think this trip is a very powerful reminder of the really extraordinary work that he has done around the world over the last eight years and he will continue to do. And in the end, his work on behalf of people and the substance of that work will trump the YouTube moments that came to characterize some of the last 18 months for him.”

    Perhaps mindful of the way former vice president Al Gore reversed his downward trajectory after losing in 2000, Clinton has brought along a documentary film crew, sponsored by his Hollywood friend Steve Bing, to chronicle his trip. And two months after his last campaign appearance for his wife, on the eve of the South Dakota primary, Clinton started to talk again to reporters, a species he came to especially resent during the course of the campaign after what he and aides felt was a raft of unfair coverage.

    Clinton said that even if Obama wins, people who voted for him will still have immense work to do.

    “What we Democrats can’t afford to do, even as we support Senator Obama, is try to build one America on the cheap,” Clinton said, explaining that people could not tell themselves, ” ‘I voted across the racial divide; I have no obligations to do something in my community or around the world.’ In other words, if he wins . . . we’ve still got a lot of problems. We’ve got to heave-to here. We’ve got to show up.”

    Asked his view of Obama’s high-profile overseas trip, Clinton said it could wind up helping him in the long term if not right away. “I think that the benefit Senator Obama may get out of that trip may come later in the course of this campaign in ways that aren’t as obvious as having however many people — 200,000 people or however many people — showed up in Berlin.”

    Obama might be helped, Clinton said, “in some debate when he can say, ‘You know, a captain I met in Iraq said this to me,’ or, ‘I observed this in Afghanistan’ — and I don’t mean in a phony, showy way. I mean you want your president to have a feel for this. . . . It’s like everything else. You just learn it. You absorb it, so every time you do it, your comfort level goes up.”

    Clinton said it is an open question whether Obama’s big events overseas ultimately helped or hurt politically. But, he said: “He should not be either discouraged or encouraged by the reaction of that trip. He should internalize it. It should be a thing that had merit for him in and of itself. And the fact that it had very little political impact in the short run should be of no concern to anybody. Most voters don’t have the space for it right now.”

    Still, there is a new world order for Clinton, even half a planet away. His trip has drawn large crowds in the places he has gone but has been little more than a blip on the global radar screen, low-key compared with what a Clinton international visit once was and almost invisible compared with the journey Obama made just a week earlier.

    Even in Africa, the continent to which Clinton has devoted so much energy, the enthrallment with Obama, the son of an African father, is evident: Before dawn Saturday at the Kigali airport, where Clinton was to arrive to take a helicopter ride out into the country, workers gathered around a television to watch a story about Obama, who was thousands of miles away. At a hotel later, local workers asked reporters if they knew Obama. An African guest wore an “Obama ’08” T-shirt.

    Clinton is on a characteristically whirlwind journey: After starting out in Ethiopia, he flew to Rwanda on Friday. He travels to Liberia and Senegal on Sunday, making announcements on work his foundation has done on malaria drug price reductions and HIV, and then, without even an overnight stop, he will travel back across time zones to Mexico City to deliver the keynote address at an international AIDS conference on Monday.

    His daughter, Chelsea, who took a leave of absence from her job to campaign for her mother, joined her father at every stop, asking questions of local officials and posing for photographs.

    And McAuliffe, the over-the-top advocate who introduced Hillary Clinton as “the next president of the United States” on June 3, the night she effectively lost the nomination, brought his exuberance to the small villages along the route as if it were a campaign trail.

    As Clinton strolled through a rural town Saturday morning, McAuliffe, running ahead, spotted a group of young children and local villagers waiting to meet the former president. He ran up with his arms outstretched. “How we all doing? Good?” McAuliffe shouted at the bewildered crowd. He waved the Vilsacks over and ordered up a photograph of the moment, and soon the entourage was on to the next stop

  67. That is a bunch of bullshit from MSNBC!

    President Clinton has NOTHING to come back from and if anything Team Obama is the fool and will reap what he has sow with his race baiting.

    As a Black American I have never been so disgusted as I have this year with the Democrats and their power struggles. I hope after this year many in the Black Community will spread the love around and not be so wedded to one party or another but look who will offer solutions to problems in their communities.

    Independence is looking really good right now.

  68. You know, to be honest with you, I don’t so much blame Obama for the mess the Democratic Party now finds itself in, as I blame his supports and and the party leaders.

    If shit is a product, you can’t blame it for trying to sell itself as a rose. But if you are the consumer, and you’re looking to buy a rose , shouldn’t you at least NOTICE that it smells like shit?

  69. Only 22% Say McCain Ad Racist, But Over Half (53%) See Obama Dollar-bill Comment That Way

    Sunday, August 03, 2008 Email to a FriendAdvertisement
    Sixty-nine percent (69%) of the nation’s voters say they’ve seen news coverage of the McCain campaign commercial that includes images of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton and suggests that Barack Obama is a celebrity just like them. Of those, just 22% say the ad was racist while 63% say it was not.

    However, Obama’s comment that his Republican opponent will try to scare people because Obama does not look like all the other presidents on dollar bills was seen as racist by 53%. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree.

    Both campaigns expressed a desire to move beyond the recent flap. On Saturday Obama backed off the racism charge and accused McCain’s campaign of cynicism instead. He also rejected McCain’s charge that the Democrat himself had brought race into the campaign with his dollar bill comment.

    Two months after Obama clinched the Democratic Presidential Nomination, the race for the White House remains amazingly close in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

    Not surprisingly, the McCain ad generates significantly different perceptions along racial and ethnic lines. Most African-American voters—58%–saw the McCain ad as racist. Just 18% of white voters and 14% of all other voters shared that view. To watch the ad, click HERE.

    As for Obama’s comment, 53% of white voters saw it as racist, as did 44% of African-Americans and 61% of all other voters.

    There were also significant partisan divides. Democrats were evenly divided as to whether the McCain commercial was racist, and they were also evenly divided on the Obama comment. Republicans, by an 87% to 4% margin, rejected the notion that the McCain campaign ad was racist. But, by a 67% to 26% margin, GOP voters believe that Obama’s comment was racist.

    Unaffiliated voters, by a five-to-one margin, said the McCain ad was not racist. By a much narrower 50% to 38% margin, unaffiliateds viewed Obama’s comment as racist.

    Overall, just 22% of voters believe that most Americans are racist. That view is shared by 32% of Democrats, 20% of unaffiliated voters and 12% of Republicans. African-American voters are evenly divided on the question

  70. Sorry, the Clinton’s did not lose. I keep seeing that repeated like if they say it enough we will believe it.

  71. As a woman of color, I’d LOVE to hear just what those AA’s found to be racist in those ads.

    Were they insulting? Hell yes. Racist? Give me a friggin’ break.

  72. I just found this on the net! Its another case of silencing all opposition to the messiah!
    In Berlin, supporters of one of these organizations, PUMA (Party Unity My Ass) PAC, were distributing leaflets calling for such an open party convention. Obama’s security team confiscated the leaflets, not only from the PUMA organizers themselves, but also from any spectator who passed through the security gate, leaflet in hand. So much for Obama’s

  73. Meet the Press comment:

    Obama would never pick Hillary for VP because she is too experienced and that will show his shortcomings in that area.

    Heck, even Mickey Mouse is more experienced than Obama! 😉

    Hillary can do much better than be a prop for Obama’s sinking ship.

  74. Printed from

    Obama’s downward spiral continue, McCain trails by 3 points
    3 Aug, 2008, 1633 hrs IST, PTI

    WASHINGTON: As the race for the White House hots up, Republican presidential nominee John McCain has chipped away the lead enjoyed by his Democratic rival Barack Obama, according to the latest average of national polls.

    Obama, who hopes to be the first black-American President now holds a three-point lead over the Senator from Arizona, McCain in an average of national polls, 47 per cent to 44 per cent, down from the five-point margin he held over the Vietnam war veteran, a poll says.

    The poll of polls includes the latest Gallup daily tracking poll, conducted July 29-31, that showed the two candidates tied at 44 per cent after several days of back-and-forth between their campaigns over the McCain camp’s tough new anti-Obama ad, and accusations of racial politics on the trail.

    “It appears that Obama received a temporary boost from his trip to Europe and the Middle East,” noted Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib. “That boost has now faded, but the overall dynamics of the race have not. Obama is still in the lead as he has been since clinching the Democratic nomination.”

    In addition to the Gallup daily tracking poll, the CNN poll of polls also included a Pew poll conducted July 23-27, a USA Today/Gallup survey conducted July 25-27, and a Opinion Research Corporation conducted July 27-29. The CNN poll of polls does not have a margin of error, the network said on its website.

    Obama, 47, and McCain, 71, will vie for the White House in the November 4 polls. The winner will succeed incumbent, George W. Bush on January 20, 2009.

    economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/PoliticsNation/Obamas_downward_spiral_continue_McCain_trails_by_3_points/articleshow/3321335.cms
    ******************************************************
    What legitimate poll doesn’t have a margin of error?

  75. I can’t remember her name. But they were talking about V.P. possibilities for Obama and also said that Biden had too much foreign experience so Obama’s people didn’t want him outshining their messiah on his trip and left him behind (even though he wanted to go). Also said that his experience would be a problem for Obama regarding V.P. situation.

    LOL…he can pick someone as inexperienced as him too and the Repubs will go after him either way. He’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

  76. Hold off on that Obama coronation
    TheStar.com – Opinion – Hold off on that Obama coronation

    August 02, 2008
    Michael Barone

    Just when you think you’ve got the presidential race figured out, something comes along to upend your carefully wrought conclusions.

    Mainstream media provided lavish coverage of Barack Obama’s trip abroad the week of July 21 and predicted he would get a bounce in the polls. Some of his supporters believe he has put the election away. Other observers employ the hackneyed and meaningless phrase, “it’s his to lose.”

    The poll numbers tell a different and more nuanced story. The two national tracking polls showed Obama getting a bounce while he was in Europe, especially after his speech before 200,000 or so Berliners. Gallup showed him rising from a 46 per cent to 42 per cent lead over John McCain on July 22 to a 49-40 per cent lead on July 26. The Rasmussen tracking poll showed him rising from a 47 per cent to 45 per cent lead on July 23 (reflecting the previous days’ polling) to 49-43 per cent on July 26.

    But over the next several days, Obama bounced back down. Gallup showed him leading by a statistically insignificant 45 per cent to 44 per cent as of July 31. That’s the closest the race had been in Gallup all that month. Rasmussen had him down to 48-46 per cent on the same day. The world tour bounce has begun to look like a bubble.

    Obama may have got some lasting benefits from the trip. He can now say that he has been in Afghanistan and that he has visited Iraq for the first time since January 2006. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s seeming acceptance of Obama’s withdrawal timetable may have undermined McCain’s argument that an Obama presidency could lead to disaster there. And there are a substantial number of American voters who will be attracted by a candidate who seems to pass what John Kerry in 2004 called a “global test.”

    Still, the basic dynamics of the race haven’t changed. Obama appears to have a small lead. But he doesn’t come close to maximizing the Democratic vote. And there is some evidence that the balance of enthusiasm has shifted and that young people – who seemed to turn out and vote for Obama in unusually high numbers in the primaries and caucuses – are no longer so enthusiastic about him.

    The first bit of evidence comes from the July 10-13 ABC/Washington Post poll. It asked registered voters if they were “certain” to vote. Only 46 per cent of voters under 30 said they were. That’s substantially lower than the 66 per cent who said so in the ABC/Washington Post poll taken Feb. 28-March 2, at a time when Obama was enjoying a string of primary and caucus victories and before the sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright were circulated on YouTube on March 13. The 46 per cent of young voters who said in July they were certain to vote was far lower than the 79 per cent of 65 and over voters who said they were.

    The second bit of evidence comes from the Gallup/USA Today poll taken July 25-27. This poll showed that when you narrowed the base of respondents down from registered voters to likely voters, McCain was ahead 49 per cent to 45 per cent. That’s a vivid contrast from the contemporaneous Gallup and Rasmussen tracking polls, and it was the first national poll since May showing McCain ahead.

    The Gallup/USA Today poll employs an unusual technique to decide who is a likely voter, and accordingly its results tend to vary more widely than other polls; political insiders tend to take its numbers seriously less as an indication of where the race is than as an indication of which candidate is benefiting, at least for a moment, from the balance of enthusiasm.

    For most of this year, the balance of enthusiasm has been in favour of Democrats and Obama. Turnout in Democratic primaries was about 50 per cent higher than in Republican primaries while both parties’ nominations were seriously contested. Democrats generally and Obama in particular have raised far more money than Republicans; McCain voters have typically expressed less enthusiasm for their candidate than Obama voters have for theirs.

    These poll results suggest that something – the rantings of Rev. Wright or Obama’s flip-flops on issues like Iraq and terrorist surveillance – has dampened enthusiasm for him, particularly among the young. The hope that his candidacy would benefit from a historically unprecedented turnout of young voters seems more audacious than it did a short time ago.

    Nothing about an election is harder to predict than turnout, and experience shows that the balance of enthusiasm can change abruptly and in unpredicted ways. The poll numbers examined here are not the final word, or anything close to it, and this campaign could take many twists and turns before it is over. But you could do worse than expected the unexpected.

    http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/471470

  77. This is a must read for those of us who believe Obama is owned by someone or a group of people!
    larouchepac.com/files/pdfs/080618_soros_dossier.pdf

  78. Regarding Clinton’s ‘come back’, those MSM journalists are clueless. What ‘come-back’ does Clinton need? He’s a very successful two-term president, he is now doing what he enjoys which is to help people.

    It’s bizarre to read those clueless idiots writing everything as if it’s an election. American political journalism is so narrow-minded, it’s almost a joke. Retarded journalists indeed.

  79. LOL…he can pick someone as inexperienced as him too and the Repubs will go after him either way. He’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

    And, he can’t pick Hillary because 1). she would outshine him by a mile, 2). a large part of her base is vehemently opposed to her in the number 2 spot, and 3). obama has already successfully framed her as “the politics of the past” to his supporters.

    He can’t pick ANOTHER woman, or the HRC supporters who have decided to hold their nose and vote the party line would be enraged by another female choice.

    He can’t pick a vp with ALOT of foreign experience, or that will simply point out his own lack of experience in that area. He can’t pick a vp with as little foreign experience as him, because he needs SOMETHING to reinforce him in that area.

    And so on and so forth.

    Yep…I’d say Waffles is pretty much fucked.

  80. Speaking of retarded journalists, what about retired poll people

    That boost has now faded, but the overall dynamics of the race have not. Obama is still in the lead as he has been since clinching the Democratic nomination.”

    ———————-
    They ignore the important stuff, and even their title. The slide continues, and when one poll shows 44% that is a big victory for the Rep nominee, O has not clinched the Dem nomination (that happens at the convention, and we can cancel that crappy expensive event if what you say is true).

    So what does the title have to do with the writing. It is like someone slapped an appropriate Headline on this, then imported something else.

    Guess what, that vintaged race horse is catching up. He was at Os shoulders, he had now pulled close to his eyes.

    You know, we used to have standards for journalistic writing. Where have they gone?

  81. Hold off on that Obama coronation
    TheStar – Opinion

    August 02, 2008
    Michael Barone

    Just when you think you’ve got the presidential race figured out, something comes along to upend your carefully wrought conclusions.

    Mainstream media provided lavish coverage of Barack Obama’s trip abroad the week of July 21 and predicted he would get a bounce in the polls. Some of his supporters believe he has put the election away. Other observers employ the hackneyed and meaningless phrase, “it’s his to lose.”

    The poll numbers tell a different and more nuanced story. The two national tracking polls showed Obama getting a bounce while he was in Europe, especially after his speech before 200,000 or so Berliners. Gallup showed him rising from a 46 per cent to 42 per cent lead over John McCain on July 22 to a 49-40 per cent lead on July 26. The Rasmussen tracking poll showed him rising from a 47 per cent to 45 per cent lead on July 23 (reflecting the previous days’ polling) to 49-43 per cent on July 26.

    But over the next several days, Obama bounced back down. Gallup showed him leading by a statistically insignificant 45 per cent to 44 per cent as of July 31. That’s the closest the race had been in Gallup all that month. Rasmussen had him down to 48-46 per cent on the same day. The world tour bounce has begun to look like a bubble.

    Obama may have got some lasting benefits from the trip. He can now say that he has been in Afghanistan and that he has visited Iraq for the first time since January 2006. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s seeming acceptance of Obama’s withdrawal timetable may have undermined McCain’s argument that an Obama presidency could lead to disaster there. And there are a substantial number of American voters who will be attracted by a candidate who seems to pass what John Kerry in 2004 called a “global test.”

    Still, the basic dynamics of the race haven’t changed. Obama appears to have a small lead. But he doesn’t come close to maximizing the Democratic vote. And there is some evidence that the balance of enthusiasm has shifted and that young people – who seemed to turn out and vote for Obama in unusually high numbers in the primaries and caucuses – are no longer so enthusiastic about him.

    The first bit of evidence comes from the July 10-13 ABC/Washington Post poll. It asked registered voters if they were “certain” to vote. Only 46 per cent of voters under 30 said they were. That’s substantially lower than the 66 per cent who said so in the ABC/Washington Post poll taken Feb. 28-March 2, at a time when Obama was enjoying a string of primary and caucus victories and before the sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright were circulated on YouTube on March 13. The 46 per cent of young voters who said in July they were certain to vote was far lower than the 79 per cent of 65 and over voters who said they were.

    The second bit of evidence comes from the Gallup/USA Today poll taken July 25-27. This poll showed that when you narrowed the base of respondents down from registered voters to likely voters, McCain was ahead 49 per cent to 45 per cent. That’s a vivid contrast from the contemporaneous Gallup and Rasmussen tracking polls, and it was the first national poll since May showing McCain ahead.

    The Gallup/USA Today poll employs an unusual technique to decide who is a likely voter, and accordingly its results tend to vary more widely than other polls; political insiders tend to take its numbers seriously less as an indication of where the race is than as an indication of which candidate is benefiting, at least for a moment, from the balance of enthusiasm.

    For most of this year, the balance of enthusiasm has been in favour of Democrats and Obama. Turnout in Democratic primaries was about 50 per cent higher than in Republican primaries while both parties’ nominations were seriously contested. Democrats generally and Obama in particular have raised far more money than Republicans; McCain voters have typically expressed less enthusiasm for their candidate than Obama voters have for theirs.

    These poll results suggest that something – the rantings of Rev. Wright or Obama’s flip-flops on issues like Iraq and terrorist surveillance – has dampened enthusiasm for him, particularly among the young. The hope that his candidacy would benefit from a historically unprecedented turnout of young voters seems more audacious than it did a short time ago.

    Nothing about an election is harder to predict than turnout, and experience shows that the balance of enthusiasm can change abruptly and in unpredicted ways. The poll numbers examined here are not the final word, or anything close to it, and this campaign could take many twists and turns before it is over. But you could do worse than expected the unexpected.

    Michael Barone is a writer with U.S. News & World Report and co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.

  82. Michael Barone has done a much better analysis and indepth than we have seen from many others.

    The other thing they don’t understand here is the campaigns employ a lot of young inexperienced people. It is difficult when you encounter that brick wall of resistance. In this case that resistance is a huge wall. So when you are in that crowd in lock step, and you actually go out and work the field office it is two different things.

    As a slightly vintaged person myself, I have a little telephone canvassing under my belt, and I am sound on the issues. When people came at me with I really don’t like this about Hillary, I had a feeling on how to handle it.

    What I have noticed about young people is conflict, and controversary are very hard for them. They prefer the chanting crowds.

    When you get up, stand in line sometimes for hours, and vote, there are no crowds chanting. The stalward people bring a book.

  83. Idunn Says:
    And, he can’t pick Hillary because 1). she would outshine him by a mile, 2). a large part of her base is vehemently opposed to her in the number 2 spot
    =========================

    I certainly am, and so are most of the responses here, on bitterpoliticz, and on pumapac when it comes up.

    Has anyone seen quotable evidence on this? All I’ve found is an ABC/WP poll a few days ago saying that O/C would lose as many voters as it would gain, but that was in the general public, not just among Hillary supporters.

  84. Has Hillary been able to go to any fundraiser by herself without he company of an Obamabot?

    We should start a Free Hillary video.

  85. As I remember they would not let Patty Hurst rob banks on her own. So I doubt they trust the captive Hillary on her own either.

  86. wbboei Says:
    even if he says yes one day it will be no the next. Yesterday he managed to hold out against himself for three days which is a record
    =============================

    LOL! Three whole days together.

  87. This will throw all you Gore lovers in to a fit:
    MoveOn.Org
    MoveOn.org got its start in 1998, receiving major support
    from the most fascist Democrats in the party, Joe
    Lieberman
    and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, to censure President
    Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Faced in
    1998 with a worldwide economic collapse, President Clinton
    called for a “new financial architecture,” echoing Lyndon
    LaRouche’s call for a New Bretton Woods financial system.
    Soros, at the same time, engaged in currency warfare,
    which intentionally collapsed the Thai baht, the ringgit of
    Malaysia, and the lira in Italy. In short order after the President
    called for a new financial architecture, the Lewinsky
    scandal blew-up. The Newt Gingrich-led Congress, along
    with Al Gore’s treasonous faction inside the Democratic
    Party fed the ensuing media frenzy, effectively destroying
    the Clinton Administration’s economic program in its remaining
    years. In its drive to censure President Clinton,
    MoveOn demonstrated a proclivity for political prostitution,
    appreciated by Soros’ controllers. Soros moved to buy
    up MoveOn. By 2004, MoveOn, the so-called “grassroots”
    organization, was practically owned by George Soros.

  88. Daily Kos banning people who talk about the Edwards story now, the coverup continues
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    h t t p : / / deceiver.com/2008/08/03/todays-john-rielle-fix/

    Today’s John & Rielle Fix

    Categories: The Naughty Bits, The Washed Up and U.S. Left-wing Politicos
    Digg this The John Edwards/Rielle Hunter story continues to, as they say, develop. You might even say it’s gestating. Whether the “legitimate” news likes it or not:

    Lee Stranahan, who posted the first (only?) serious, thoughtful analysis of the whole mess at the Huffington Post, has been banned from the Daily Kos for daring to talk about it there.
    Some Wikipedians keep trying to add the forbidden name “Rielle Hunter” to thoroughly relevant entries, and other Wikipedians keep taking it out. In the Wiki entry for the 1988 Jay McInerney novel Story of My Life, one brave soul has added some information that seems pretty well-sourced, considering Hunter herself put it up on her site, Being Is Free: the fact that Hunter directly inspired Alison Poole, the main character in the novel. For some reason, certain people don’t consider this fact relevant to understanding the novel, or to be of any interest to anyone whatsoever. The two sides are now battling it out. (I haven’t been keeping track of Edwards’ Wiki entry, after the same thing happened there last week, but I think they’re finally starting to acknowledge Hunter’s existence.)
    Incidentally, if Google Blog Search is any indication, Deceiver was the first blog to post anything substantial about Being Is Free. Sam Stein at the Huffington Post noted last year that the site had been deleted, but it looks like we were the first ones to note that there’s a mirror site, let alone to look at it in any detail. (And I’m still not done with it.) But of course, Wikipedia can’t cite us because we’re just a silly blog with a hot pink logo.
    (Update: Deceiver reader Kris, who originally tipped me off to Being Is Free, has the provenance of that information. The Stranahans are on the case!)

    If I had to sum up my past week of posts (and at this point you probably wish I would), one thread runs through this story: People taking down stuff they had put up on the Internet voluntarily. The Edwards campaign videos that Hunter made: deleted. Hunter’s whole site: deleted. The resume and contact info for Bob McGovern, Hunter’s friend and alleged hotel hookup-enabler: deleted. And that’s just what we know about so far. It sure does look like somebody’s trying to cover their tracks.
    To put it into perspective: Last month, a blogger named Xeni Jardin went through the archives of the group blog where she posts and deleted — or as she insists, “unpublished” — every single post that so much as mentioned a particular person she didn’t like anymore. Within a week this made national news, all the way up to the hallowed New York Times.

    Now we have a past and potentially future candidate for Vice President of the United States apparently scrubbing lots of possibly damaging information from the Internet, and two weeks into the story, only a handful of people are talking about it. Even if you don’t care about the more lurid aspects of this whole debacle, you have to admit that the Edwards camp has a very poor grasp of Netiquette.

    Just to end things on an up note, I’ve got “John & Rielle” running through my head to the tune of “Johnny Ryall” by the Beastie Boys. What, me obsessed?

  89. confloyd Says:
    This will throw all you Gore lovers in to a fit:
    MoveOn.Org
    MoveOn.org got its start in 1998, receiving major support
    from the most fascist Democrats in the party, Joe
    Lieberman
    and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, to censure President
    Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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

    It’s throwing me into a fit. WHAT TOTAL BULLSHIT! Moveon was started during the impeachment in 98 to tell the GOP to drop the impeachment and ‘move on’. It was started by MODERATES, mostly Democras, and its first purpose (after the impeachment failed) was to support MODERATES of both parties to get rid of the rightwing GOP who had done the impeachment, and other extremists. (Which unfortunately failed, as they were all in safe seats.)

  90. Senator Clinton in the primary
    campaign.
    For example, on May 13, the day of the West Virginia
    primary, John Edwards publicly stated his neutral position
    concerning which candidate he would back for President
    until the nominating convention in August. A day later
    he came out to endorse Obama, following Obama’s
    defeat by Senator Clinton by huge margins in the West
    Virginia primary. Edwards thus participated in a public
    spectacle meant to take the sting away from the millions
    of votes Clinton received from the poorest state in the nation.
    Edwards had just launched an anti-poverty campaign
    called “Half-In-Ten,” which proposes to cut poverty
    in half in the next ten years. Edwards anti-poverty campaign
    received significant funding from the Soros controlled
    CAP and ACORN organizations. In addition to
    threats and other pressure tactics known to have been utilized
    against super-delegates, one wonders what might
    have been brought against Edwards concerning the

  91. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMGgyPm9kh4Barack

    Hussein Obama is WEAK and doesn’t have the strength that Americans want in their president.

    Barack Obama backs out of debates, again.

    For the second time since Barack Obama made his “I will meet John McCain ‘anytime, anywhere’ to debate foreign Policy”, speech, Obama backs out of that challenge again.
    Remember when Barack Obama made one of his speeches and said “I’ll meet John McCain ‘anytime, anywhere’ to debate foreign Policy”?

    If not, the video is above.

    For the second time, Obama is refusing to keep to that promise.

    There are three scheduled debates to be held but John McCain had proposed 10 townhall style debates with Obama and back in June negotiations for those proposed debates broke down when Obama’s campaign made a counter offer.

    Obama has offered to meet McCain in five joint appearances between now and the Nov. 4 election, but only one of those would be town hall-style and it would be on the July 4th Independence Day holiday, when few Americans would be watching. McCain called the offer “a very disappointing response.”

    Three of the other joint appearances are traditional sanctioned debates, scheduled for Sept. 26 in Oxford, Miss., Oct. 7 and Oct. 15, 2008.

    Lo and behold, the townhall style debates to which the McCain campaign again re-issued their challenge for, has once again been turned down by the Obama campaign.

    Barack Obama’s campaign released a letter this afternoon from campaign manager David Plouffe to the Commission on Presidential Debates only agreeing to the traditional three sanctioned fall debates and single vice presidential forum.

    “Due to the late date of the two parties’ nominating conventions, and the relatively short period between the end of the conventions and the first proposed debate, it is likely that the four commission debates will be the sole series of debates in the fall campaign,” Plouffe writes.

    Obama and his supporters have been insisting that John McCain needs to focus on the “issues” during his campaign and yet when John McCain accepted Barack Obama’s “anytime, anywhere” statement at face value and tried to make plans to discuss the issues, it is Obama and his campaign that has been refusing for months now to stand toe to toe with John McCain, in front of ordinary Americans, no teleprompters, and speak to those issues.

    The McCain campaign’s response to this latest news by stating, via Brian Roges, a McCain spokesman, “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.”

    http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/258164

  92. All I can say folks is that we don’t have Hillary Rocky Clinton anymore. She apparently has been told to shutup and follow marching orders of someone. Those of us who really don’t want this country to end in the clutches of capitalists that have absolutely no conscience, we must search and research to find the answers or we will end up with Barack Insane Obama!
    I don’t want to ruffle any feathers but I am not into a one world government as I heard Al Gore mentioned at a news conference just the other day.

  93. John Edwards is a John Kerry problem…so anything regarding John Edwards is another failure of John Kerry’s vetting.

    I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired…we need to throw the bums out!

  94. Graham and Daschle in heated debate over ‘the race card’
    08/03/2008 @ 11:46 am
    Filed by David Edwards and Andrew McLemore

    After race issues dominated the campaign trail last week, Senator Lindsey Graham and former Senator Tom Daschle debated whether Barack Obama had “played the race card,” as the McCain campaign claimed Friday.

    In a Wednesday speech, Obama told the audience that Senator John McCain would attempt “to make you scared of me” by telling them that Obama didn’t “look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills,” referring to a McCain attack ad shown below which transplants Obama’s face with those of famous presidents on Mount Rushmore and Benjamin Franklin on the $100 bill.

    Graham said Obama’s comments had unjustly accused John McCain of mounting attacks based on race.

    “John McCain doesn’t have a racist bone in his body,” Graham said. “And there’s no doubt in my mind that what Senator Obama is trying to suggest that he’s a victim of something.”

    Graham continued by claiming that Obama’s popularity stems from an undeserved celebrity, effectively reinforcing another recent McCain ad that coupled images of Obama with images of Britney Spears.

    “He is living off celebrity, not ideas, and one of the campaign issues is credibility,” Graham said. “To say that Barack Obama did not intentionally inject the idea that he was going to be a victim of his name and his race is a lie.”

    Daschle said that Obama publicly stated he didn’t believe McCain was a racist and that it was McCain, and not Obama, who had launched a smear campaign.

    “First of all, again, I say John McCain is not a racist. Nobody’s ever accused him of being that,” Daschle said. “But you’ve just seen the evidence here. You’re seeing exactly what Barack is talking about. If you’re going to say that Barack Obama is no better, no different than Britney Spears or Paris Hilton, what is that? That’s exactly what Barack is talking about, Chris. That’s exactly what Lindsey seems to overlook here. We’ve talked about changing the tone. I can’t think of a worse tone than simply going negative and using these kinds of accusations and allegations over and over again.”

    This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast August 3, 2008.

    rawstory.com/news/2008/Graham_and_Daschle_in_heated_debate_0803.html
    ******************************************************Senator Lindsey Graham carved up Tom Daschle like a Thankgiving turkey. Those videos must be very effective because they have stopped the Democrats in their attack plan of making race and race baiting their winning strategy.

    The Democrats look very, very weak and all Tom Daschle was doing was backpeddling and saying…oh, no McCain is not a racist. They’re holding the Democrats feet to the fire over that crap and flipped the script and made McCain the victim of REVERSE DESCIMINATION.

    They’re using Obama’s own words against and just like the “Celeb” video and ‘”The One” video, it’s Obama’s own words that make John McCain case.

    And then calling Obama….WEAK and a COWARD for not facing the American people to answer their questions.

    Nobody believes the Democrats on this issue because what they did to the Clintons….NOBOBY!

  95. Democratic platform embraces Obama’s change theme
    8/3/2008, 12:31 p.m. EDT
    By THOMAS J. SHEERAN
    The Associated Press

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Democratic Party leaders have completed three days of hearings in Cleveland to draft a platform for presidential nominee-in-waiting Barack Obama.

    The draft completed Sunday underscores Obama’s theme of change. It also incorporates pieces of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health care proposals. Clinton and Obama competed against each other during a marathon string of primaries. Their supporters now are trying to come together to defeat Republican Sen. John McCain.

    The drafting committee will complete a platform document by Tuesday to reflect late suggestions.

    http://www.cleveland.com/newsflash/cleveland/index.ssf?/base/politics-2/121778154786910.xml&storylist=cleveland

  96. Change for what???? All I have seen, are the same old and tired politics. There is NOTHING new about BO. This campaign is built around hypocrisy and race baiting.

    PUMA

  97. Why the Democrats are worried?

    Toplines – McCain Commercial – August 1, 2008
    National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
    Conducted August 1, 2008
    By Rasmussen Reports

    1* Have you read, seen, or heard news reports about the television commercial including images of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton?

    69% Yes

    26% No

    5% Not sure

    2* Have you actually seen the commercial?

    63% Yes

    35% No

    2% Not sure

    3* Is the McCain ad racist?

    22% Yes

    63% No

    15% Not sure

    4* Barack Obama said his opponent will try to scare people because Obama does not look like the other Presidents on dollar bills. Is that a racist comment?

    53% Yes

    38% No

    9% Not sure

    5* Are most Americans racist?

    22% Yes

    62% No

    16% Not sure

    NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/pt_survey_toplines/august_2008/toplines_mccain_commercial_august_1_2008

  98. MSNBC, CNN say Britney ad racis, but American people do not
    By Soren Dayton (Bio | Archive)
    August 3, 2008 – 12:49 ET

    Exactly how wide is the gulf between elite media opinion and public opinion on matters of politics?

    Let’s put it this way, after Sen. Barack Obama falsely accused Sen. John McCain of saying he (Obama) doesn’t look like the other presidents on the currency and has a funny name, Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, called Obama’s “Dollar Bill” statement “self-deprecating”:

    ANDREA MITCHELL: I have to tell you that the people who heard Barack Obama say what he said Wednesday night—and it’s very similar to things he’s said in Paris and Berlin and a lot of other stops—it’s very self-deprecating. He says “I don’t look like other people who have been President of the United States,” most people who watched that, I don’t know very many people who’ve watched that, and the people in the audience, the reporters, have never interpreted it, have never inferred from that, that he is making some kind of racial statement, but that’s the way the McCain camp says that they took it, and Rick Davis by putting it out there, sure –

    Sen. Obama, echoing Mitchell’s talking points, himself made the same observation during his Saturday morning press conference:

    SEN. BARACK OBAMA: Most of the people here were at this event in Union, Missouri. Almost none of you, maybe none of you, thought that I was making a racially incendiary remark for playing the race card. …

    So we’re clear: According to Andrea Mitchell and Sen. Obama himself, no one in the journalist class heard Sen. Obama’s remarks about his looks and name to be a reference to his race.

    There can be no doubt that this lopsided view within elite media has colored the coverage. Here’s how CNN’s Wolf Blitzer kicked off a panel discussion last Thursday:

    WOLF BLITZER: It doesn’t get more poisonous or explosive than to inject this whole issue of race, especially when you have obviously the first African-American on a major ticket. So what’s the strategy behind the McCain campaign right now?

    Meanwhile, on a Sunday morning panel, Blitzer gave credence to the idea that the McCain campaign’s Britney-Paris-Obama ad was racial in tone:

    WOLF BLITZER: All right. Images are very important, and there’s been several comments in recent days, our own Donna Brazill made the suggestion here in “The Situation Room” the other day and Bob Herbert a columnist for “New York Times” wrote this, referring to this ad. Referring to the blonde and the Harold Jr. ad when he was running for senator in Tennessee. That’s a very serious charge that’s been leveled against the McCain campaign right now saying that what the McCain campaign did this week was similar to what Republicans did against Harold Ford Jr. in Tennessee when he was running for the senate …

    According to the media consensus, then, Sen. Obama was not playing the race card when he wrongly accused Sen. McCain of commenting on his looks but Sen. McCain’s campaign was playing the race card when he compared Barack Obama to mindless celebrities.

    This morning pollster Scott Rasmussen provides for us a snapshot of regular peoples’ views on the controversy. And it isn’t at all in line with the elite media’s view. According to Rasmussen:

    Sixty-nine percent (69%) of the nation’s voters say they’ve seen news coverage of the McCain campaign commercial that includes images of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton and suggests that Barack Obama is a celebrity just like them. Of those, just 22% say the ad was racist while 63% say it was not.

    However, Obama’s comment that his Republican opponent will try to scare people because Obama does not look like all the other presidents on dollar bills was seen as racist by 53%. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree.

    To recap: Zero journalists interpreted Sen. Obama’s remarks as racist. Fifty-three percent of the general public did.

    newsbusters.org/blogs/soren-dayton/2008/08/03/msnbc-cnn-say-britney-ad-racis-american-people-do-not

  99. Leftwing Blogosphere in Uproar Over Obama Oil Drilling Switch
    By P.J. Gladnick (Bio | Archive)
    August 3, 2008 – 12:04 ET

    So just how upset do you think the leftwing blogosphere is over Barack Obama’s latest policy switch on offshore oil drilling? You can get a good idea of the passion generated by this flip flop by noting that the Huffington Post currently has over 4700 comments on this topic. In addition, there is a tidal wave of outrage at both the Democratic Underground and the Daily Kos on Obama’s apparent reversal on his prior stand of opposition to more offshore oil drilling. The story that the HUffington Post commenters reacted to so overwhelmingly was titled, “Obama Shifts, Says He May Back 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.

    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.

    Here is a sampling of the very upset comments at the Huffington Post:

    I sadly predicted several weeks ago, when Obama wimped on FISA, that the stage was set for more flip-flops. He apparently continues…he doesn’t have to be doing this stuff, at all.

    Please Senator Obama, say it ain’t so!

    …It looks like capitulation to the Mc Cain demands, and makes him look politically weak and undecisive. The strategy has been and should continue to be change. Having to explain and diminish his statement does not serve him well.

    Thanks Obama, you have now made the entire Democratic party against drilling look like the fools they have been acting like for the past 6 months. People like Reid & Pelosi have put everything they have against drilling and now they are left standing alone.

    The reaction to Obama’s oil drilling reversal was no kinder over at the Democratic Underground:

    just the latest in a now lengthening list of complete 180’s he’s made… I just “love” all the spinning his die-hard followers are trying to do – unsuccessfully.

    I always viewed Obama as a ball of clay – it was yet to be seen what he would do & the choices he would make. These early indications are NOT good signs. Actions, not words. Disappointing to say the very least.

    This stinks. And I’m disgusted he’s supporting it.

    Finally, the Daily Kos Kossacks weigh in on the Obama oil drilling ban flip flop:

    I think his statement is pretty nuanced, I don’t think its a radical flip flop. I do think it’s disappointing.

    If Obama would have maintained a consistent “NO to off-shore drilling” position we here would be behind him. But now we are divided and fighting among ourselves, instead of fighting against our common enemy.

    I’m no McCain supporter, but at this point, I really have no enthusiasm anymore for Obama.

    Obama is failing as a leader on this issue just like he did on FISA. I hope he just playing election politics and will show real strength and leadership once elected, but it seems less likely to happen that way as time goes.

    There are many more of these comments, reflecting a mixture of anger and depression, which you can view at the DUmmie FUnnies.

    newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/08/03/leftwing-blogosphere-uproar-over-obama-oil-drilling-switch

  100. If the Obama folks can recreate68, Hillary’s folks need to recreate32′ and install the female version of FDR. The same thing was happening then, the corporatists were on the verge of taking of American, and the people candidate FDR was nominated and we were able to get the US back from the throes of the depression.
    Its the same now!

  101. Most Americans, with even a slight
    degree of historical literacy, know these
    basic facts about the election of 1932 . Few, however, know
    how close the nation came to a disaster at the Democratic
    nominating convention in Chicago; how close FDR came
    to being deprived of the Presidential nomination, despite
    a groundswell of popular support; and how ruthlessly his
    Wall Street and City of London enemies sought to overturn
    the outcome of the 1932 election, through attempted
    assassination and coup d’état.

  102. In that interview Bill Clinton did in Africa, the most interesting comment I found was when he said he would be able to talk more freely about the primaries once the election is over. Can’t wait, lol.

  103. admin, pigs are flying
    ———————————

    Here is video of Democratic operative Donna Brazile, on This Week today, admitting what everyone already knows — that Barack Obama has injected race into this campaign repeatedly. His campaign has denied that is the case, but even Democratic leaders like Brazile know it is impossible to deny.

    h t t p : / / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gp0SJeVl94

  104. Ralph Nader, the former Green Party candidate and scourge of many Democrats who blame him for Al Gore’s defeat in 2000, earned a place on the California ballot Saturday as the newly minted candidate of the Peace and Freedom Party.

    Nader won the party’s presidential nomination over the spirited challenge of a socialist candidate, Gloria La Riva, in an eclectic gathering of the political left in a Sacramento hotel.

    The crowd at the Peace and Freedom convention was minuscule when compared to the crowds who will greet John McCain at the Republican convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., and turn out to see Barack Obama accept the Democratic nomination at the Invesco Field football stadium in Denver.

    But in a packed, sweaty room at the Hawthorn Suites, Nader emerged as the champion for “progressive” activists who rallied to send a message to the two “corporate” parties, lambasting Democrats and Republicans alike for condoning sustained war, abusing workers and neglecting families.

    The Peace and Freedom Party is on the ballot only in California. But Nader said getting the party’s nomination – and a place as a candidate in the nation’s most populous state – provided a critical jump-start to his bid to qualify for the ballot in as many as 45 states as an independent or Peace and Freedom candidate.

    Nader, who ran for president as an independent in 2004, won the Peace and Freedom nomination over current Green Party candidate and former Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney, La Riva and fellow socialist Brian Moore.

  105. HARRISBURG – Ralph Nader has landed a spot on the Pennsylvania presidential ballot again. The question is, can he keep it this time?

    Nader, an independent who was knocked off the ballot by Democratic challenges in 2004, submitted nearly 55,000 signatures to the Department of State yesterday. That’s more than twice the number needed.

    The department counted and reviewed 24,665 signatures, the number needed for third-party candidates to place their names on the fall ballot, spokeswoman Leslie Amoros said.

    In 2004, a group of Democratic voters challenged Nader’s petition and Commonwealth Court ruled that a majority of the signatures were invalid.

    This time, Nader campaign officials say, the signatures are good.

    “One hundred percent of the signatures are valid,” said Christina Tobin, Nader’s national ballot access coordinator. “I was watching them very closely myself.”

    Nader has named San Francisco politician Matt Gonzalez as his running mate.

    The battle over Nader’s 2004 ouster has continued, fueled most recently by the indictment of 12 Democrats on charges of using taxpayer money to fund campaign activities – among them, the Nader ballot challenge.

    Last week, Nader appeared in Harrisburg calling for the reconsideration of a court order that he pay $81,000 in court costs in light of new evidence resulting from a state grand jury investigation.

    Last year, lawyers representing the Democratic voters in the 2004 suit persuaded a Washington judge to freeze three bank accounts belonging to Nader and totaling $61,000. Nader still has no access to the funds, his attorney, Oliver Hall, said last week.

    Hall said yesterday that he planned to file a request with Commonwealth Court asking the court to reopen the final judgment it entered in April 2007.

    The Department of State will not be conducting an in-depth examination to verify signatures, Amoros said.

    Michael Barley, a spokesman for the state Republican Party, said, “No challenges are planned.” A spokesman for the state Democratic Party declined to comment.

    In February, Nader called Pennsylvania “the poster child for obstructing small-party and third-party candidates from the ballot.”

    Pennsylvania is among the most difficult states for third-party presidential candidates because tens of thousands of signatures are required to gain access to the ballot.

  106. Mr. Darcy Comes Courting

    By MAUREEN DOWD
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that Barack Obama must continue to grovel to Hillary Clinton’s dead-enders, some of whom mutter darkly that they will not only not vote for him, they will never vote for a man again.

    Obama met for an hour Tuesday with three dozen top Hillaryites at a hotel here, seeking their endorsement and beguiling their begrudging. He opened the session by saying that he knew there had been frustration about what they saw as sexism during the primary.

    The Los Angeles Times reported that Hillary die-hards want to enshrine a whine in the Democratic platform about how the primaries “exposed pervasive gender bias in the media” and call on party leaders to take “immediate and public steps” to denounce any perceived bias in the future. That is one nutty idea.

    Perhaps it is because feminists are still so busy cataloging past slights to Hillary that they have failed to mount a vivid defense of Michelle Obama, who has taken over from Hillary as the one conservatives like to paint as a harridan.

    Before the Obama campaign even had a chance to denounce Ludacris, one of the rappers on the senator’s iPod, Hillary Inc. started to mobilize. Susie Tompkins Buell, a former Clinton bundler, told The New York Observer that Obama had to distance himself, given Ludacris’s new song rooting for Obama to “paint the White House black” and calling Hillary the b-word.

    Despite Obama’s wooing, some women aren’t warming. As Carol Marin wrote in The Chicago Sun-Times, The Lanky One is like an Alice Waters organic chicken — “sleek, elegant, beautifully prepared. Too cool” — when what many working-class women are craving is mac and cheese.

    In The Wall Street Journal, Amy Chozick wrote that Hillary supporters — who loved their heroine’s admission that she was on Weight Watchers — were put off by Obama’s svelte, zero-body-fat figure.

    “He needs to put some meat on his bones,” said Diana Koenig, a 42-year-old Texas housewife. Another Clinton voter sniffed on a Yahoo message board: “I won’t vote for any beanpole guy.”

    The odd thing is that Obama bears a distinct resemblance to the most cherished hero in chick-lit history. The senator is a modern incarnation of the clever, haughty, reserved and fastidious Mr. Darcy.

    Like the leading man of Jane Austen and Bridget Jones, Obama can, as Austen wrote, draw “the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien. …he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening, till his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud, to be above his company, and above being pleased.”

    The master of Pemberley “had yet to learn to be laught at,” and this sometimes caused “a deeper shade of hauteur” to “overspread his features.”

    The New Hampshire debate incident in which Obama condescendingly said, “You’re likable enough, Hillary,” was reminiscent of that early scene in “Pride and Prejudice” when Darcy coldly refuses to dance with Elizabeth Bennet, noting, “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me.”

    Indeed, when Obama left a prayer to the Lord at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a note that was snatched out and published, part of his plea was to “help me guard against pride.”

    If Obama is Mr. Darcy, with “his pride, his abominable pride,” then America is Elizabeth Bennet, spirited, playful, democratic, financially strained, and caught up in certain prejudices. (McCain must be cast as Wickham, the rival for Elizabeth’s affections, the engaging military scamp who casts false aspersions on Darcy’s character.)

    In this political version of “Pride and Prejudice,” the prejudice is racial, with only 31 percent of white voters telling The New York Times in a survey that they had a favorable opinion of Obama, compared with 83 percent of blacks.

    And the prejudice is visceral: many Americans, especially blue collar, still feel uneasy about the Senate’s exotic shooting star, and he is surrounded by a miasma of ill-founded and mistaken premises.

    So the novelistic tension of the 2008 race is this: Can Obama overcome his pride and Hyde Park hauteur and win America over?

    Can America overcome its prejudice to elect the first black president? And can it move past its biases to figure out if Obama’s supposed conceit is really just the protective shield and defense mechanism of someone who grew up half white and half black, a perpetual outsider whose father deserted him and whose mother, while loving, sometimes did so as well?

    Can Miss Bennet teach Mr. Darcy to let down his guard, be more sportive, and laugh at himself?

  107. Idunn, I agree, we are now in the twilight zone. WTF is going on?? He is now going to seat the delegations, WOW. Somehow I think some sort of deal has been made benefitting only HIM!

  108. Admin….I agree with all the posters here re this article…one of THE BEST!

    I read it last night then got caught up in HOURS of conference calls with several PUMA JSND coalition groups (I have an important post coming up i need ALL to help spread!)

    now…B MErry comments on the Asshole Obama and the delegations of FL & Mich. Calls a spade a spade, for sure. (And before all you twittering bots go nuts, that is a TERM FROM CARDS, and is NOTHING to do with race…but Obama knows all about cards, as he deals from the bottom of the deck)

    GOOD POST at therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/2008/08/03/theres-no-nice-way-to-say-this-obama-is-a-cheater-a-liar-and-a-thief/

    please comment!

  109. Team Obama was always going to seat the delegates but on his own terms because he doesn’t want the convention to be divided.

    Remember UNITY.

  110. okay,

    maureen dowd is always saying that barack is fine, in what
    universe?
    beauty is in the eyes of the beholder for sure, but we dont all
    see it her way.

    ‘WARRICK’, on CSI, is FINE !!!! (gary dourdan)
    obama, NOT SO MUCH…
    ‘WARRICK’ HAS A HARD BODY !!!!
    obama, NOT SO MUCH…

    if we want to start talking about fine black men, good enough,
    but in no world i know of, is obama a fine looking man……………

    and as for dowd, that cougar needs to get something with
    ever ready batteries…

  111. Maureen Dowd is slime too….

    in this phrase….”In this political version of “Pride and Prejudice,” the prejudice is racial, with only 31 percent of white voters telling The New York Times in a survey that they had a favorable opinion of Obama, compared with 83 percent of blacks.”

    the inference is the racists are the white voters…. although the overwhelming support of His Lord Highness Barack Obama by blacks seems to be where the REAL racism is. I bet less than 31 percent of them can name his policies and programs. At least the ones he has today….

  112. I thought that even with the fl and mi delegations being seated that the delegates from those states have to vote what they said they would at their state conventions?? If we are able to get Hillary’s name on the ballot, then in essence with a few crossover SD’s she could actually come out the winner?? Correct me if I am wrong!

  113. Dean/Obama/Brazile/Pelosi and other Obama cultists must understand that we do not see unity – we see captivity. We see a glorious bird held in a cage, temporarily.

    ———————————————————

    admin, you couldn’t have said it better.

  114. BO is NOT Mr. DARCY!!!! he is the eloper and seducers of Miss
    Bennett’s crazy sister…Mr. Wickham

    Like Miss Bennett’s father sid of the young eloper, he swarms and smirks. lying nd cheating his way around…

    Let us banish that eloper like Mr. Bennnets and Mr Darcy did out of town, invisible spot.

    Mr. Darcy had character!!!! Mr. BO has none!!!

  115. The Democrats were always going to seat Florida and Mich in full… but only after they had forced Clinton out.

  116. MP,

    your right, B O IS NO MR DARCY !!!!!!!!

    but its hard to decide, is he mr wickham or is he mr collins?
    hmmmmmmmmmm….

    both
    ofcourse if the rumors are true, he may be lady catherine.

  117. Citizen Kaine…

    what a perfect cherry on top of Citizen of the World Alice through the looking glass Obama

  118. mp Says:

    August 3rd, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    BO is NOT Mr. DARCY!!!! he is the eloper and seducers of Miss
    Bennett’s crazy sister…Mr. Wickham

    Like Miss Bennett’s father sid of the young eloper, he swarms and smirks. lying nd cheating his way around

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

    That’s what I was going to say, but they’ve closed comments.

    I was thiniking of starting out with:

    It is pretty univerasally acknowledged that Bush beat Kerry by 3 million votes, widely considered a lead of comfortable substance.

    9 million Hillary supporters are now refusing to vote for Obama etc etc.

  119. The delegates from MI and FL were always going to be seated, when it didn’t really count for anything. It is just window-dressing.

  120. “So does this mean that they have forced her out and she has released her delegates??”

    ——-

    I would assume enough superdelegates have switched to The One that he doesn’t need Florida or Michigan votes. The whole thing has been rigged from the start.

  121. OMG, this whole thing makes me sick! I beginning to think there is nothing that can be done about this takeover by the EVIL one!

  122. ‘Save planent’ Pelosi is outfoxed by GOP again
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    House Republicans go back on the floor Monday to talk gas prices

    Continuing with their guerilla tactics from last week, House Republicans will be back on the floor Monday to talk gas prices, even though Congress is in recess, and they may stay there all week.

    More than a dozen Republicans have already committed to make appearances, according to House GOP leadership aide, including National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (Ga.).

    Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who lead Friday’s five-hour talkathon after the House shut down for the August recess, are also expected to be there, according to this aide.

    “In an urgent memo sent to GOP Members and staff Saturday (“A Call to Action on American Energy”), Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) hailed Friday’s action, which was led by Reps. Mike Pence (R-IN), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Tom Price (R-GA), and others, and encouraged House Republicans to return to the Capitol beginning Monday morning to help keep the historic effort going,” said a press release just released by Minority Leader Boehner’s office.

    “It’s not a request we make lightly. But the American people are suffering,” Boehner and Blunt said in the memo. “The consequences of continued congressional inaction on gas prices are unacceptable. We’ve called on the Speaker to call Congress back into an emergency session this month and schedule a vote on the American Energy Act. We must continue to make a stand until the Speaker complies.”

    The session will not be televised, since C-Span does not control the cameras inside the House chamber. Rather, those come under the purview of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats, and they’re unlikely to do anything to help Republicans.

    But Republicans felt they got a lot of good press out of Friday’s “revolt,” so they will be back at it again, and younger GOP lawmakers were clearly energized by the tactic, something not evident among Republicans for most of the 110th Congress

  123. hey-my friend watched george steph this am and sais he pressed pelosi on an open convention with up and down votes on each candidate. i cannot find the clip-can u help?

  124. what a bunch of robbers, they are saving the planet my arsh. They are catering to the freaking people who bought and paid for them.

  125. crap-that is not what he asked about-it as about why pelosi wont allow a house vote on drilling

  126. confloyd,

    I respectfully disagree with your comments about Hillary Clinton. I don’t presume to be an insider and know all the facts, but I do believe that she is just as strong as she ever was.

  127. Has anyone seen the new movie: Swing Vote with Kevin Kostner?

    It’s an amazing movie with a huge political message. 🙂

  128. So when these people take the oath of Office, what do thay say. I assumed they said that they would uphold the Consitution of the United States and would represent the people that voted for them.

    It might be interesting to see what those Oaths of office say.

  129. David Gergen Suggest McCains Charleton Heston Ad Racist, video created by the most notorious blog race hustler John Marshall’s TPM.

    I love the way these race hustlers are working frantically. It will blow up in their face in general election according to polls.
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    h t t p : / / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfXvK84MPqQ

  130. JanH, I did not mean she was weak, she has more support than ever, but she definitely is being muzzled. I don’t see the same spirit as she had before outwardly, but I can imagine she is the same inwardly, just unable to say anything!
    I was pertaining to the Obamamaniacs that think they are running the part and at this time they are.

  131. Anyone who votes democratic this year, gives permission for these illegal and fraudulent tactics to be used again. Since when, have we not had an open convention? Just because the first AA is running for the presidency does not give license for this type of behavior. It decreases the legitimacy of his candidacy.

  132. kostner, that was outrageous, those F(*&ers) are so biased its is outrageous. When Clinton supporters were saying racist crap. that is crap!

  133. confloyd,

    Thanks for explaining.

    I look at Hilary’s work schedule and the accomplishments she continues to make and am very proud of her. As far as muzzling, no amount of pressure can erase her importance.

  134. No of coarse not. Hillary is fantastic, but we need to face she is in the middle of a DNC takeover and has to be very carefull what she is saying. I don’t think for one second she would EVER throw us under the bus.

  135. John Kerry is terrible, McCain campaign is mocking his latest appearance relentless.
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    Maybe French Subtitles Would Help

    John Kerry appeared on Meet the Press this morning opposite Joe Lieberman. Among the topics discussed was this campaign’s latest TV ad, Celeb. The script for the ad reads:
    ANNCR: He’s the biggest celebrity in the world. But, is he ready to lead?

    With gas prices soaring, Barack Obama says no to offshore drilling. And, says he’ll raise taxes on electricity. Higher taxes, more foreign oil, that’s the real Obama.
    Can John Kerry go on national television and pontificate about it an ad he didn’t watch? Yes he can!

    h t t p : / / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYbFrXyP4r0

  136. If I have to watch Donna Brazziere for 8 freaking years, I am cancelling my subscription to CNN. Those people on are so far out of touch with the average citizen in this country is amazing! Lets not forget Al Gore, I think he is in to his knees in this takeover!

  137. The media experts are nothing but taking heads at this point.

    We saw it happening at the end of the primaries, or really as soon as they said she should pull out. Time and again the people said no (In Major Blue Primaries and on Debates).

    The Ad McCain put out has been deemed non racial by the majority of the American Public, and the Dollary Bill comment has been designated Racial.

    So I guess the rest of you are out of touch with how the majority of the American’s feel, not only on these issues, but who the candidate for the DEMS that really WON.

    Tell me how do you sleep at night. You get at least 6 figures, and you don’t even know what the people of this country want, let along support it.

  138. More change we can believe in thanks to Barack.

    Seems that a guy named Pelligrino (a white man) is calling NBC a racist network because it hires white men or something. Then he turned up the heat on them with same charge. Browkaw calls it a cheap stunt and guess who-yup fucking hear evil see no evil speak when it comes to sexism Capus steps forward and calls it pathetic. (I think we can take judicial notice that Capus is an expert on the subject of pathetic).

    More change we can believe in. Un belle de we can all stand on the corner of Times Square and everybody can call everybody a racist. Traffic stops, nothing moves, riots break out and all of a sudden Hobbes vision of the perfect state of nature is realized: a war of all against all–and just imagine it all started with the second man in a row who told us he was a uniter.

  139. Maureen O’Dowd is trying to re-direct any impending (convention) noise about the primaries by limiting it only to women, as if it’s just a small group – and not a travesty of the american political system which just occurred.

    Too late Maureen, the ‘whole’ world isn’t stupid.
    Some people actually paid attention and KNOW what happened.
    And that’s why they try to keep it on the fringes.

    The more talk, in NY Times ink, about how it was some ‘women thing’ instead of a theft of the democratic nomination in the sleaziest & most-cold-blooded of ways the modern world has to offer, the better for BO-Republican forces. Period.

  140. can’t help myself……

    bp3.blogger.com/_CSUPQ7EpU_4/SIH3CrmONzI/AAAAAAAAZPs/uHLsA2jol44/S1600-R/leave-obama-aloneo.jpg

  141. If I had to watch Brazilla for 8 years, I’d give up my subscription to life!

    The sight if her Joe Frazier-like mug has meant an insta-click on my remote for months now… 🙂

  142. David Gergen is a RINO because he has been fighting Obama’s battle better then Donna Brazile.

    That look on George Will”s face as he watch David Gergen push the racist card had me ROTFL.

  143. by the way someone spoke earlier about a BHO platform….

    HE has no platform…he’s too empty headed to even conceive the magnatude of what one is.

    He is a robot, he is exactly like Bush was. We thought Bush lowered the bar….!!!!
    Gotta give it to the dems..they won’t be outdone here!

    This will be all behind the scenes by the power brokers… and if it didn’t scare you the last 8 years, then you are in for a much bigger surprise.

  144. Poll: McCain’s attack strategy paying dividends
    By STEVEN R. HURST – 36 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Intensified attacks by Republican John McCain on the character of his Democratic opponent have coincided with Barack Obama losing a nine percentage point advantage in a national poll, which showed the candidates running dead even over the weekend.

    McCain, who had vowed to avoid the kind of negative tactics that were used against him in the 2000 Republican primary contest with George W. Bush, began attacking Obama during the Illinois senator’s trip to Iraq and Afghanistan late last month.

    In the course of the McCain offensive, Obama’s lead in a Gallup Poll tracking survey slid from nine percentage points on July 26, when he returned from overseas, to nothing by Saturday, when the poll showed the candidates tied at 44 percent.

    The four-term Arizona senator, who backed the war and claims experience with security and foreign policy issues, charged that Obama’s promise to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq within 16 months of taking office amounted to his having chosen to lose a war to promote his run for the presidency.

    McCain has not relented even though he took criticism for the remark. It appeared at the time to be a defensive response to the massive attention paid to the Obama visit to the two U.S. war fronts as well as to the Middle East and Europe.

    He subsequently ran a television ad that accused Obama of deciding not to visit wounded U.S. troops because he could not take television cameras — a claim that appeared to be false. Next he issued a commercial that interpose images of Obama with pop culture figures Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, trying to paint Obama as a celebrity without the experience to lead the country.

    That was followed by accusations that Obama, who would be the first black U.S. president, had resorted to racial politics by asserting McCain and other Republicans would try to frighten Americans because Obama did not look like past U.S. presidents whose images are on the country’s paper money.

    And most recently, in an Internet advertisement, the voiceover calls Obama “The One” and features Obama appearing to describe himself and his presidential quest in grandiose terms. It ends with Charlton Heston as Moses parting the Red Sea in the movie, “The Ten Commandments.”

    Obama may have given McCain more fodder in recent days by announcing a readiness to compromise with Republicans on offshore oil drilling — which he had opposed — and apparently rejecting McCain’s challenge to join him in a series of town hall meetings.

    On Saturday, Obama said McCain’s campaign was cynical and trying to distract voters from real issues but that he did not believe his opponent and his campaign had engaged in racism.

    “In no way do I think John McCain’s campaign was racist. I think they are cynical,” Obama said. “Their team is good at creating distractions and engaging in negative attacks.”

    ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iX2arGasws02Vc4yiVCrGG8AHP0gD92B2N400

  145. I am nothing like Hillary, I would have never held my cool when I saw that sign that said ‘iron my shirt’

    I would have walked right down the aisle and ripped that f**krs head off.

    so see..you really don’t have to have everything in common with her to love her.

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