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February 17, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Hillary Clinton Wants To Accomplish On Her Trip Overseas

10 Exchange U.S. dollars for currency that's worth something

9 Win respect defeating Japan's top-ranked sumo wrestler

8 Shift world's perception of America from "hated" to "extremely disliked"

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

5 Visit burial site of revered Chinese military leader, General Tso

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

3 Convince China to switch from lead-tainted products to mercury-tainted products

2 Catch Chinese screening of Benjamin Button entitled "The Strange Adventures of Freaky Grandpa Baby"

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

February 16, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Abraham lincoln Would Say If He Were Alive Today

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

8 "Who's that handsome sumbitch on the five?"

7 "Is that free Grand Slam deal still going on at Denny's?"

6 "I just changed my Facebook status update to, Tthe 'ol rail splitter is chillaxing'"

5 "How do I get on 'Dancing with the Stars'?"

4 "Okay, Obama, you're from Illinois, too. We get it!"

3 "Hey Phelps, don't Bogart the weed!"

2 "What's the deal with Joaquin Phoenix?"

1 "A Broadway play? Uhhh, no thanks. I'm good."

January 28, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard at the Meeting Between Barack Obama and the Republicans

10 "I miss the Clinton administration when we'd meet at Hooters"

9 "Can we wrap this up? I've got tickets to the 4:30 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop"

8 "Smoke break!"

7 "You fellas really need to take it easy on the Old Spice"

6 "Mr. President: don't misunderestimate the Republicans"

5 "Another smoke break!"

4 "What was the deal with Aretha Franklin's hat?"

3 "About that tax the rich stuff -- you were joking, right?"

2 "Sir, it's refreshing to have a Chief Executive who speaks in complete sentences"

1 "Senator Craig's offering his stimulus package in the men's room"

January 27, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Ways Rod Blagojevich Can Improve His Image

10 Star in new television series, "America's Funniest Haircuts"

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

8 Start pronouncing last name with Jerry Lewis-like "BLAGOOOYYYJEVICH"

7 Offer a senate seat with no money down, zero percent interest

6 Team up with John Malkovich and Erin Brockovich for hot Malkovich-Brockovich-Blagojevich sex tape

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

3 I don't know...how about showing up for his impeachment trial?

2 Wear sexy dresses, high heels and say, "You Betcha!"

1 Uhhh...resign?

January 16, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Signs Obama's Getting Nervious

10 New slogan: "Yes we can... or maybe not, it's hard to say"

9 In moment of confusion, requested a $300 billion bailout from the bailout industry

8 He's up to not smoking three packs a day

7 Friends say he's looking frail, shaky and...no, that's McCain

6 He's so stressed, doctors say he's developing a Sanjay in his Gupta

5 Been walking around muttering, "What the hell have I gotten myself into?"

4 Offered Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, $100,000 to buy his old Senate seat back

3 Standing on White House roof screaming, "Save us, Superman!"

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

January 8, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Barack Obama Plans To Fix The Economy

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

7 Put a little of that bailout money on the Ravens plus 3 at Tennessee. Come on! It's a mortal lock!

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

5 Lotto our way out of this son-of-a-bitch

4 Appear on "Deal or No Deal" and hope to choose the right briefcase

3 Bail out the adult film industry -- not sure how it helps, but it can't hurt

2 Release O.J. from prison, have him steal America's money from China

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

January 7, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard At The Presidents' Lunch

10 "Sorry, you're not on the list, Mr. Gore"

9 "If Hillary calls, I've been here since Monday"

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

7 "You guys wanna see, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'?"

6 "Call the nurse -- George swallowed a napkin ring!"

5 "Hey Barack, wanna go with us to Cabo in March? Oh that's right, you have to work!"

4 "Kissey kissey"

3 "Obama? I think he's downstairs smoking a butt"

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

1 "I hope Clinton's unbuckling his belt because he's full"

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More Flops, More Flips, More Flims, More Flams

Update: Obama lied in February 2007 about his vote for Dick Cheney’s energy bill when he visited Selma for the first time ever.

Although Sen. Obama voted for the legislation, he has spoken as if he opposed it on the campaign trail, criticizing it repeatedly. At a presidential debate he said “You can look at how Dick Cheney did his energy policy…he met with oil and gas companies forty times, and that’s how they put together our energy policy.” He’s attributed the failure of our current energy policy to Congress’s “failure to stand up to the lobbyists.”

Sen. Obama’s rhetoric blasting the policies of Vice President Dick Cheney and energy lobbyists can be stirring. But Obama’s actions haven’t matched his words.

Obama’s latest flim-flam – still pretending he opposed the Cheney energy bill:

Democratic candidate Barack Obama criticized Republican John McCain on Tuesday for taking a page out of “the Cheney playbook” on energy, overlooking his own support of oil-friendly policies that the unpopular vice president helped to craft. [snip]

“President Bush, he had an energy policy. He turned to Dick Cheney and he said, ‘Cheney, go take care of this,’” Obama said. “Cheney met with renewable-energy folks once and oil and gas (executives) 40 times. McCain has taken a page out of the Cheney playbook.” [snip]

However, Obama himself voted for a 2005 energy bill backed by Bush that included billions in subsidies for oil and natural gas production, a measure Cheney played a major role in developing. McCain opposed the bill on grounds it included billions in unnecessary tax breaks for the oil industry.

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It’s an emergency. It’s a genuine emergency. For real, it’s an emergency. That’s right, Obama/Big Media thought Obama would be 15 or more points ahead in the polls after the celebrity European Vacation and instead the water is rising to nose level. The hapless, formerly very badly run McCain campaign, chortles:

“As you may know, not long ago a couple hundred thousand Berliners made a lot of noise for my opponent. I’ll take the roar of 50,000 Harleys any day,” McCain said, referring to Democrat Barack Obama’s recent visit to the German capital.

Billed as the largest event of its kind in the world, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has become something of an annual bikers’ Woodstock during the past 70 years. It features nine nights of entertainment, with bands including Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd and REO Speedwagon.

McCain played to a crowd that paused for a veterans salute. He criticized Obama for supporting a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq while opposing efforts to reduce record-high energy prices.

It’s an emergency! Time for a bamalooza flip-flop-flim-flam to rival Grant Park’s Lollapalooza.

Obama 1 month ago:

Transcript:

As Republicans point out, Obama was against tapping the preserve just earlier this month. “I do not believe that we should use the strategic oil reserves at this point,” Obama said July 7. “I have said and, in fact, supported a congressional resolution that said that we should suspend putting more oil into the strategic oil reserve, but the strategic oil reserve, I think, has to be reserved for a genuine emergency. You have a situation, let’s say, where there was a major oil facility in Saudi Arabia that was destroyed as a consequence of terrorist acts, and you suddenly had huge amounts of oil taken out of the world market, we wouldn’t just be seeing $4-a-gallon oil. We could see a situation where entire sectors of the country had no oil to function at all. And that’s what the strategic oil reserve has to be for.

It’s an Obama emergency. To hell with America, Obama only acts when Obama is threatened. When Obama’s mentor and pastor of more than 20 years, Jeremiah Wright, cursed “God Damn America” Obama did not flinch. Obama called Wright his friend. When Jeremiah Wright who knows Obama better than most mocked Obama as just another Chicago pol doing what Chicago pols do, Obama declared an emergency. Jeremiah Wright had gone too far, declared Obama.

So now it’s oil, not Wright, that is the Obama emergency. But, oil drillers can’t trust Obama. Anti-oil drillers can’t trust Obama. Republicans can’t trust Obama. Democrats can’t trust Obama. RINOs and DINOs and PINOs and WINOs can’t trust Obama.

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

Obama can’t be trusted.

Every single story I’ve read about Obama’s energy speech today has the exact same lead: it’s yet another switcheroo from the Democratic candidate. Flip flop, flip flop.

And we can’t blame this one on the media, folks: Obama really is flopping around on energy policy, and he’s doing it in the most craven possible way, switching from correct but politically risky stands to dumb panders.

As Obama watches poll numbers fall, he ups the amount of flip-flop-flim-flams. Prepare for more flip-flops and flim-flams.

Barack Obama has lost ground among some of his strongest bases of support, including young people, women, Democrats and independents, according to a new ATV/Zogby poll.

The Illinois Democrat has also lost some support among African-Americans and Hispanics, where his lead over Republican John McCain has shrunk, and among Catholics, where he’s lost his lead.

In Florida it’s an Obama emergency. McCain beats Obama in Florida 50-44%. The big reason for McCain winning Florida? McCain leads among women 51-44 and among more wizened voters (65 and over) McCain wins 54-41%.

Among Obama’s biggest flim-flams has been the notion (remember this is what the Hopium dens used to chant) that Obama was competitive and would win everywhere. It was supposed to be an Obama landslide. Does anyone now think that Obama will have a “50 state strategy”? Does anyone think Obama will campaign in Kentucky and West Virginia?

50 state money waste:

Liz Sidoti of the Associated Press runs down the 7 longtime Republican states that Barack Obama is targeting this election: Alaska, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Virginia. Obama campaign manager David Plouffe told Sidoti, “We have the organizational ability and the financial ability to compete there. There is not a head fake among them.”

No one has ever accused the Obama campaign of lacking confidence, but there’s a difference between pouring resources into these states to “be competitive” and the likelihood of actually winning any of them. Indeed, the Obama campaign’s primary objective appears to be to force McCain to spread his resources around to defend in places he normally wouldn’t have to, though some question the wisdom of that strategy in a winner take all general election.

For example, is spending $5 million in Georgia to lose by 3 points a smarter, more effective use of resources than spending nothing and losing by 13? Theoretically, it might make sense if McCain has to spend a million or two to fend off Obama in Georgia, money that could be spent in Ohio or Michigan. But what if McCain doesn’t have to spend a dime to win Georgia?

As Sidoti suggests, Obama’s best chance is probably Virginia – especially if Tim Kaine is added to the ticket – but beyond that the odds get longer and longer as you go down the list, arranged below by Obama’s standing in the RCP Averages for each state:

Karl Rove wasted money and time in California during the 2000 election cycle. Rove tried to intimidate the Gore campaign into spending valuable resources in California. Gore ignored Bush/Rove and won California handily. John McCain knows the Obama trick of trying to buy the presidency so McCain won’t waste valuable resources and play Obama’s foolish game.

Virginia
RCP Average: Obama +1.0
Last voted Democrat: 1964
Amount Obama has spent on ads*: $2,660,000
Amount McCain has spent on ads: $1,509,000

Indiana
RCP Average:Obama +0.5
Last voted Democrat: 1964
Amount Obama has spent on ads : $1,268,000
Amount McCain has spent on ads: $0

North Dakota
Lead in latest poll: McCain +3
Last voted Democrat: 1964
Amount Obama has spent on ads: $157,000
Amount McCain has spent on ads: $71,000

North Carolina
RCP Average: McCain +3.7
Last voted Democrat: 1964
Amount Obama has spent on ads: $1,620,000
Amount McCain has spent on ads: $0

Montana
RCP Average: McCain +5.3
Last voted Democrat: 1992
Amount Obama has spent on ads: $136,000
Amount McCain has spent on ads: $0

Georgia
RCP Average: McCain +7.0
Last voted Democrat: 1992
Amount Obama has spent on ads: $1,824,000
Amount McCain has spent on ads: $0

Alaska
RCP Average: McCain +7.0
Last voted Democrat: 1964
Amount Obama has spent on ads: $88,000
Amount McCain has spent on ads: $0

Liz Sidoti notes that in these seven states Obama has spent $7,753,000 on television, McCain has spent only $1,580,000 (95.5% of that in Virginia). McCain knows that Obama outspent Hillary but Hillary won the voters’ trust and votes.

So far, it’s not clear that Obama is reaping any benefit from outspending McCain roughly 5 to 1 in these states. Perhaps even the opposite. In Montana, for example, the most recent Rasmussen survey taken just last week (July 29) showed Obama dropping 5 points to McCain in one month.

In Virginia, two of three most recent polls, by Rasmussen and SurveyUSA, show Obama losing ground to McCain in the last month by 2 and 5 points, respectively. A third poll in Virginia, by the Democratic firm PPP, shows Obama’s lead unchanged.

And there’s scant evidence in the polls in Georgia and North Carolina that Obama’s spending has had much of an effect, if any, in those states.

The Hopium dens and the Hope fiends should read history.

But I can’t help but see an echo of 2000, when Karl Rove and George Bush spent valuable time and money suggesting and/or believing places like New Jersey and California were in play. They weren’t: Bush lost New Jersey to Gore by 15.8% and California by 11.8% – and those dalliances nearly cost them the election in the end.

If Obama ends up losing a very close race by failing to capture winnable states like Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, or Michigan, his campaign will receive a tremendous amount of criticism for spending so much money, time, and effort trying to flip these seven states – if they continue the current strategy all the way through November, that is. I suspect that if they don’t start seeing more of a return on their investment soon, they’ll bow to historical reality at some point and shift the resources elsewhere.

The Hopium dens and Hope fiends will eventually “bow to historical reality”. When that bough breaks they’ll wake up and realize that all along Obama was just flim-flamming them while flip-flopping them.

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  • kostner

    neetabug Says:

    He better keep his shirt on as skinny as he is
    ————————————
    How dare you utter ’skinny’ on our Messiah, did you hear the memo? It’s a racially tinged word.

    Slate’s Noah: Calling Obama Skinny ‘A Coded Discussion of Race’
    h t t p : / / newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2008/08/05/slates-noah-calling-obama-skinny-coded-discussion-race

    When “Skinny” Means “Black”
    The Journal stumbles over racial subtext.
    By Timothy Noah
    h t t p : / / http://www.slate.com/id/2196756/?from=rss

  • kostner

    Video: Stewart skewers the left’s paranoia over McCain’s ads

    h t t p : / / hotair.com/archives/2008/08/05/video-stewart-skewers-the-lefts-paranoia-over-mccains-ads/

  • Idunn

    Perfect, Admin!

  • admin

    And let’s not forget Obama’s energetic lies in Selma about the energy bill he voted for.

    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5isOFwdbq0tsqatW6vJpkDRTI1gMgD92CAK900

    Democratic candidate Barack Obama criticized Republican John McCain on Tuesday for taking a page out of “the Cheney playbook” on energy, overlooking his own support of oil-friendly policies that the unpopular vice president helped to craft.

    Vice President Dick Cheney, a former oilman, early in the Bush administration helped draft an energy policy that Obama asserted is biased in favor of tax breaks and favorable treatment for big oil. Obama’s remarks were an attempt to capitalize on Cheney’s unpopularity.

    “President Bush, he had an energy policy. He turned to Dick Cheney and he said, ‘Cheney, go take care of this,’” Obama said. “Cheney met with renewable-energy folks once and oil and gas (executives) 40 times. McCain has taken a page out of the Cheney playbook.”

    In stumping Tuesday in this key battleground state, Obama sought to link the troubled economy with Republican policies and offer his own energy plan in contrast. He has tried to cast McCain as more concerned about oil company profits and drilling than an overall energy strategy.

    However, Obama himself voted for a 2005 energy bill backed by Bush that included billions in subsidies for oil and natural gas production, a measure Cheney played a major role in developing. McCain opposed the bill on grounds it included billions in unnecessary tax breaks for the oil industry.

  • kostner

    admin,
    yeah, the right wing sites are now lumping Obama with big oilman dick Chenney. This is hilarious. McCain, a GOP, voted against Bush/Cheney energy bill, Obama, a so-called liberal, voted for it.

    h t t p : / / http://www.redstate.com/diaries/redstate/2008/aug/05/barack-obama-voted-for-big-oil/
    Barack Obama Voted for Big Oil

    …..
    “It’s beginning to look like Obama is willing to negotiate away whatever beliefs he may have while we know from bitter experience that McCain is an uncompromising pain in the rear. Maybe we’re backing the wrong guy in this race.”(I hope this is not a satire…)

  • JanH

    Thanks Admin,

    Great article!

    Obama needs to get someone on his payroll to keep track of everything he says. This flip-flopping is become a national embarassment.

    Yes I hit the red button…oops I didn’t mean to nuke that country…can I take it back? ;)

  • texan4hillary

    funny-obaam said hillary didnt have good judegment and he did bc she voted to auth the war. um-bayh voted for the war etc.. so hillary wasnt suited to be in the whitehouse but tis ok for obama’s vp to be having bad judgement/

  • nikki22

    Liz Sidoti makes a great point. The GE is winner take all. It doesn’t matter if Obama loses Georgia or North Carolina by 3pts or 13pts. Then end result is still the same- he lost & McCain wins those state’s electoral votes! It’s a waste of money. I think the Obama campaign already knows this though. What they’re hoping to do is try and trick McCain into spending his resources in these safe red states so he’ll have less to spend in the true battleground states. Doesn’t look like McCain is taking the bait.

  • SUGAR

    Hola peeps! I haven’t been here in forever and I needed this! Great post as usual admin. Obama can not be trusted and McCain’s campaign deserves a lot more credit than it’s getting.

  • basil9

    Excellent article, Admin!
    .
    For Real. :wink:

    BTW, LOVE that Johnny did the Sturgis Festival.

  • admin

    We updated the article. Don’t miss our first link which is now to a Hillary Clinton press release calling out Obama on his vote FOR the Cheney Energy Bill which Obama attacks on the campaign trail.

    McCain should pounce on this one.

  • Idunn

    Great to see you, Sug. :)

  • TheRealist

    It has been a long time, but TheRealist is still here, still reading and still supporting the community, Hillary and Admin.
    Never Surrender!

  • birdgal

    admin Says:

    August 5th, 2008 at 4:50 pm
    We updated the article. Don’t miss our first link which is now to a Hillary Clinton press release calling out Obama on his vote FOR the Cheney Energy Bill which Obama attacks on the campaign trail.

    McCain should pounce on this one.

    May I say, “hypocrite” once again? Does he really think, people won’t pounce on this? The media is dead.

  • texan4hillary

    buzz-it aint bayh?

    12:20pm Update: While a highly placed Indiana Democrat who requested anonymity has confirmed that my theory is correct, numerous Democrats I’ve spoken to coming out of this weekend’s IDEA convention stated that they were given the indication that no decision would be made this week.

    1:40pm Update: Brian Howey has a solid commentary on the Howey Political Report that I wanted to point out. Brian waffles between an announcement this week or the week leading up to the convention. Two other journalists have chimed in to say they’ve been told to expect the announcement in that last week as well. Am I off on my timing and this is just another test balloon?

    From Howey’s story:

    Bayh will be there to introduce Obama, his spokesman Eric Kleiman confirmed for Howey Politics Indiana this morning. What we don’t know is the time. The Obama campaign said doors will open at 7:15 a.m., but there is no starting time established. If it’s before 10 a.m,, it’s highly unlikely this would be a veep rollout. Anything after 10 a.m. would allow West Coast viewers to watch on the Today Show, Good Morning America or Morning Joe. Most vice presidential rollouts tend to come in the afternoon (i.e. George H.W. Bush announced Dan Quayle’s selection at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday during the Republican National Convention in 1988).

    We know there is a long press flight layover in South Bend, with the Obama media arriving at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and not leaving until 3:25 p.m. Wednesday. It seems like a long layover, but an explanation could be that Obama will be at his Chicago home for the night. Democratic media consultant Chris Sautter was at Obama’s Chicago headquarters and spent time with David Axelrod last weekend. ” He seemed to me more a like a guy who was going to finally get some rest over the weekend rather than someone gearing up for a major rollout the next week,” said Sautter. “I could be completely wrong, but everyone seemed a little loose for a VP announcement. Larry Grisolano told me he was going away for the weekend. On the other hand, David perked up when I told him that Indiana had the highest jump in unemployment in the month of June. So anything is possible, I guess.”

    Finally, the event will be held in the Concord HS basketball gym. Veepstakes usually aren’t rolled out in a basketball gym. To which we respond: yes, but this is Indiana.

    http://www.bilerico.com/2008/08/obama_will_name_bayh_his_vp_choice_on_we.php

    but note-
    From the web site of the Virginia Democratic Party:

    Michelle Obama in Norfolk
    Posted XXXXXX on Wednesday, July 30

    Please Join

    Michelle Obama

    and

    Tim Kaine and Anne Holton

    for an evening benefitting the Obama Victory Fund

    with a performance by Bruce Hornsby.

    Wednesday, August 6th at 6:00 PM

    Harrison Opera House
    160 East Virginia Beach Boulevard
    Norfolk, Virginia 23510

  • texan4hillary

    oh boy
    Man heckles Obama about Pledge of Allegiance

    Aug 5 04:25 PM US/Eastern
    Write a Comment

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., invites a man…

    A heckler on the press riser puts his hand over his heart as he loudly says…

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., puts his hand…

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) – A man who wore press credentials and took photographs from a platform interrupted Barack Obama’s town-hall meeting Tuesday by shouting complaints that the Democratic presidential candidate had not called for the audience to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
    Obama invited the heckler to lead the audience in the pledge, and he did.

    Attendees at the gathering in the gymnasium at Baldwin Wallace College in this Cleveland suburb rose to their feet and recited the pledge. “Thank you, sir, appreciate it,” Obama told the man.

    The man, who carried a large, professional-style telephoto lens, was among photographers and videographers on the main press platform at one end of the gym. He wore what appeared to be the regular daily news media credential the campaign issues local news media members who cover the Illinois senator at a single events.

    Campaign officials said they did not know who the man was, and no effort was made to remove him. He continued taking photographs throughout Obama’s appearance.

    Speaking with reporters afterward, he identified himself only as “John Q. Public” and declined to say which news organization, if any, he represented.

    Asked why he had interrupted the event, the man said: “He (Obama) said it was a town-hall meeting” and open to the public. He expressed dismay that Obama hadn’t called for the pledge himself, saying, “You all learned the pledge in the first grade.”
    Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Berkeley Vox

    One of the best posts I’ve read on this site admin — awesome!

    The American people don’t want a second straight dishonest President who misleads them about his beliefs on energy and oil. NOBama!!!

  • Berkeley Vox

    Once AGAIN, McCain holds the lead over Obama in today’s tracking poll. This is OUTRAGEOUS, to think that the Democrats have nominated such a massive loser (he should be ahead by 20 points right now, given America’s political climate) during what should be the biggest cakewalk of a presidential general election in American history.

    ——–

    Tuesday, August 05, 2008

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows the race for the White House is tied once again– Barack Obama and John McCain each attract 44% of the vote. However, when “leaners” are included, it’s McCain 47% and Obama 46%.

    McCain is currently viewed favorably by 55% of the nation’s voters, Obama by 53%. Tracking Polls are released at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time each day. Yesterday, Rasmussen Reports also released state polling data for Arizona, Alabama, and Connecticut.

    This is the second straight day showing McCain with a statistically insignificant advantage nationally over Obama. These two days are the first time that the GOP hopeful has enjoyed a lead of any sort since Obama clinched the Democratic nomination on June 3. Overall, however, these results are consistent with results from the past couple of weeks showing a race that is essentially even as the convention season approaches (see recent daily results).

  • NewMexicoFan

    Sorry, wipped out everything and then accidently sent the. Buy maybe that is significant, and it means the end.

    If McCain can get it up to 4% before the convention and he gets his usually small bump that reverses, then the have the Rep convention and he picks an interesting VP. IT IS OVER.

    SDS HOW IS THAT CLIFF LOOKING.

  • texan4hillary

    dont know if this really works but this website claims to have a way to email all supers with one clikc and has tested all email addresses s they do work. worth a try
    http://www.politicallydrunk.blogspot.com/2008/07/last-stand-email-initiative-for-puma.html

  • Berkeley Vox

    Exactly, NewMexicoFan. To all the super delegates out there: DO NOT BACK A LOSER. EXERCISE YOUR INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT. NOMINATE THE BEST CANDIDATE IN DENVER.

    And if you don’t, we’ll remember…

  • NewMexicoFan

    If I were a Rep Political stratigist right now, I would be holding my breath saying, we have a chance.

    If I were a Dem Politcal stratigist right now, I would be saying Aw Sxxx.

  • NewMexicoFan

    Kostner, Admin

    Those articles you linked us to were great. Anything critical of O, much of which relates to his flipping, his lack of policy, his arrogance appear to be off limits to the main stream media.

    I think the online blogging is the only free press we have left.

  • moononpluto

    OBAMA’S SCREWED and this will be why

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

    John McCain is now trusted more than Barack Obama on nine out of 14 electoral issues tracked by Rasmussen Reports. The latest national telephone surveys find that McCain has the biggest advantage on the war in Iraq, by a 51% to 39% margin.

    Perhaps the most interesting finding of these polls is that McCain has expanded his leads on nearly every issue he had previously had the advantage on, while Obama’s leads have diminished over the past two weeks.

    The big one here is McCain is now trusted more to balance the budget and both ties on the economy when the Dem’s should be running away with that.

    Yup sinking like an albatross.

  • basil9

    I’m having problems posting, too.

    BTW, I gotta admit I’m not a huge fan of the Pledge of Allegiance. It was written by a company at the end of the 20th century as a marketing ploy to sell more flags.

    :evil:

    On another note, Waffles is still insulting Sean and threatening to send a surrogate to the show to
    “tear him up.” How ghetto.

  • basil9

    Mr. Sturgis is the guy Waffles wants to send to Hannity to “tear him up.”

  • wbboei

    Morris believes John must start a withering attack against the race baiter this month. Also more stuff is surfacing on obama but need corroboration
    ———————————————–

    Obama’s Plans Spell Economic Doom

    Tuesday, August 5, 2008 2:42 PM

    By: Dick Morris & Eileen McGann Article Font Size

    Barack Obama had it half right when he said that the McCain campaign would focus on raising voters’ fears about him.

    He was wrong in saying that the chief point of attack would be that he “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on dollar bills.” He wishes that were it.

    But McCain does need to raise fears about Obama; that is, play on voters’ worries about electing a man they don’t know who has only a few years of experience in federal office. (Indeed, Obama’s only been in the Senate since 2005, and he spent most of 2007 and 2008 running for president, paying almost no attention to his duties in the Senate, as witness his absentee record.)

    These fears will focus on two key areas: the economy and national security.

    McCain needs voters to hear repeatedly, from top economists and office-holders, that Obama’s tax-hike plans spell economic doom. The campaign must explain that Obama is not simply raising taxes on the rich, he’s crippling their ability to generate jobs, make investments and produce wealth. (For example: “When Obama says he’ll only tax the rich, he’s saying he will only tax the engine room, not the rest of the ship.”)

    The public must learn what the impact of doubling the tax on capital gains would be — how it would drive investment out of the country and cost us one to two points a year in economic growth for the rest of the decade.

    Voters must hear how Obama can’t possibly finance his programs — particularly his health-insurance schemes — with the tax hikes he’s advocating. They need to ponder the impact of these tax hikes on an already slowing economy, it’s legitimate to fear a new depression, not just a recession.

    Economics is a field voters don’t know much about and, consequently, fear greatly. Obama can capitalize on the current hard times, but he can lose big time if the impact of his tax policies is explained.

    On national security, events could take over and put the issue center stage. But McCain must lay the groundwork to take advantage of whatever situation develops. He needs to hammer home the accusation that Obama is “naive” and “inexperienced” — both of which are obviously true.

    He should run ads mocking Obama’s claim that Iran is a “tiny nation” that could pose no real threat to the United States. He needs to hit hard at Obama’s plans for Iraq and Afghanistan, hammer at Obama’s opposition to the surge and refusal to vote to pay for the troops.

    The offshore-drilling issue helps McCain, but it doesn’t conjure the kind of fear that national security and the economy do. McCain has a long task ahead of him of burying Obama’s credibility on these issues, and he needs to begin right away.

    For better or worse, this election is about Obama. It is a referendum on the Democratic candidate and his agenda of change. McCain is a well-known commodity: Voter opinions of him are not likely to change much in the next three months. But their view of Obama is subject to wild fluctuation.

    That’s why the undecided vote right now is running at twice its 2004 percentage at this time in the race. That’s why older women are withholding their approval of Obama.

    McCain can and must use August to tilt these doubts into negatives.

    © 2008 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  • moononpluto

    Ha this one comment over on another site says it all.

    “At a gut level, Americans trust McCain, even if we do not always agree with him. Obama is an unknown and he is getting more worrisome as the clock is running out. I think Mikea has it with McCain you get what you see – you might not like what you see but he is like the label on the tin – it does what it says !

    Never a truer word.

  • wbboei

    MC CAIN IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT BECAUSE HE LOVES AMERICA

    WHEREAS

    OBAMA IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT BECAUSE HE LOVES OBAMA

  • NewMexicoFan

    That is why a sitting president, rep or Sen is always hard to turn out of office.

    People in 2004 voted for a known bad as he was, vs an unknown.

  • justmeinmountdorafl

    I’m so proud of you guys, I’m still all the way for Hillary! President for 2008! If not onward to 2012!

  • Idunn

    buzz-it aint bayh?

    12:20pm Update: While a highly placed Indiana Democrat who requested anonymity has confirmed that my theory is correct, numerous Democrats I’ve spoken to coming out of this weekend’s IDEA convention stated that they were given the indication that no decision would be made this week.

    I swear…if they pull out an “it’s Hillary!” surprise, I’m gonna loose my friggin’ mind FOR REAL!!

  • justmeinmountdorafl

    Idunn, explain?

  • meiyingsu

    Bayh shuts down Bayh buzz

    From the good old Indianapolis Star:

    Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., told The Indianapolis Star today that Sen. Barack Obama has not asked him to be his running mate and that he’s not expecting Obama to announce his vice presidential pick when Obama is in Indiana Wednesday.

    Asked if he will be Obama’s vice presidential choice, Bayh said; “I have no idea. You’d have to ask him.”

    Bayh will be introducing Obama at Wednesday’s town hall meeting in Elkhart, but said he knows of no plans for a private meeting with Obama…

    [snip]

    Bayh said that while he has “no idea” what Obama’s timeline is for announcing his running mate, “I’m absolutely confident there will be no announcement tomorrow. I guess the best way to put it is, if there’s an announcement tomorrow, I’d be as surprised as anybody else.”

  • NewMexicoFan

    I might be wrong, but I can not think of one person he can pick as VP that is going to get him out of this mess, even HRC.

    You might have the media by the BXXXs, but he have lost the trust of the Voters.

    People vote for the candidate they trust.

  • Idunn

    Idunn, explain?

    Just that if all this has been alot of red herrings so they can march out HRC as vp in one last ditch effort to secure a win for Bambi…I’m might need to have a restraining order slapped on me. That’s all.

  • moononpluto

    All I can say is, if she takes the nomination for VP, expect her to get nominated and then pull the trapdoor lever on Bambi when there is sod all anyone can do to nominate someone else and she has to take over.

    Evil thoughts I am thinking.

  • admin

    McCain get celebrity help to tag Obama as a celebrity:

    http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2008/08/obama_fundraiser_in_switz.php

    We are very excited to announce that Academy Award winning Actor George Clooney will be headlining an event for the campaign. The event will be Tuesday, September 2nd in Geneva, Switzerland and we really need your help to make this special event a success.

    The evening will be broken down into two parts – a reception for $1,000 where Mr. Clooney will speak and take questions followed by an exclusive dinner at the home of NFC member Charles Adams for $10,000 per person.

  • Informed in Illinois

    ‘Afternoon, Hillfriends. With the last several ads, it looks like Team McCain has finally awakened, although his spokesperson on Morning Joke missed an opening to say that Obama voted for the Bush Energy bill and McCain voted against. I was looking for evidence (any evidence, please!) that McCain has addressed women’s issues (besides choice) like equal pay or any human rights issues. (Sorry, nothing) But, here is an impressive excerpt posted on their website from the transcript of a weekly radio address. He is able to be much harder hitting than our sainted good Democrat Hillary would be.
    * * * * * *
    “To summarize the Obama agenda: Government is too big, and he wants to grow it. Taxes are too high, and he wants to raise them. Congress spends too much, and he proposes more. We need more energy, and he’s against producing it. We’re finally winning in Iraq, and he wants to forfeit.

    “With an agenda like that, a knack for rhetoric comes in mighty handy. But good speeches aren’t everything in politics — good judgment matters too. And that’s what America is going to need from the next commander in chief.”

  • birdgal

    All about BO: It was his birthday. Mind you, his girls do not get gifts for birthdays or Christma. Doesn’t he remind you of Nero?

    On Monday Barack Obama celebrated his 47th birthday. I understand that when it is your birthday you have every right to be the center of attention. In our society, when it is your birthday you are generally pampered by friends and family. This isn’t true in all cultures. I celebrated my first birthday in Spain when I turned 19. To my dismay (and that of my modest bank account) I found out that it is traditional there for the birthday boy/girl to take all of their friends and family out to celebrate–their treat. Some people will save for months before their birthday just to show their friends how much they really mean to them.

    I’m not saying that it is any better, but the Spanish tradition does inspire humility. You get a chance to thank all of the people in your life for accompanying you on this journey. When you think about it, celebrating a birthday is all about humility and grace. We acknowledge our mortality, while at the same time celebrating our existence.

    Then there is Barack Obama:

    The event, held at the swank State Room near Faneuil Hall, was expected to bring in close to $5 million for Obama and the Democratic Party, which organizers say would make it the biggest political fund-raiser ever in Boston.

    Crooner Harry Connick Jr. and his 9-year-old daughter led the serenade of “Happy Birthday” to Obama at a reception of 850 people. Revelers sipped wine and beer in front of stunning, 33d-floor vistas of Boston Harbor. About 250 people paid $15,000 each – $28,500 for a couple – to dine with him afterward.

    OK, I understand that part of running for president includes schmoozing for money. Hillary Clinton held her own birthday bash last year and raised money, but not nearly on the scale as Obama

    Former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea joined the New York senator onstage to thank supporters, who had donated as much as $2,300 apiece to attend. Hillary Clinton’s mother, Dorothy Rodham, and brother, Tony Rodham, looked on from the audience.

    Sure, $2300 is a lot of money, but nothing compared to $15,000. And at least the guests at her party were the center of attention. They got to see a rock show featuring Elvis Costello and The Wallflowers. At Obama’s party it was all about him. The entertainers sang to him, the guests paid him huge amounts of cash just to be in his presence, and of course there were gifts. But what about The One’s birthday wish? Would he try to make up for his selfish prayer in Jerusalem (1 out of every 5 words in the prayer was either me or my)? Would he wish for peace, prosperity, maybe an end to America’s wars? No, no, no…it’s his birthday, and its gonna be all about him!

    Introducing Obama, Kerry said: “I asked Barack what he wanted for his birthday, and he said just three things: ‘Indiana, Colorado, and Virginia,’ ” referring to three swing states Obama hopes to wrest from Republicans on Nov. 4.

    That’s Obama for you, classy to a fault. And of course we can’t have a birthday without taking a few whacks at the piñata Unity Pony. Because, you know, even though MA overwhelmingly went for Hillary, that’s all in the past now, and everything is hunky dory in Obamaland.

    riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2008/08/05/can-i-call-him-arrogant-now/#comments

  • moononpluto

    Is that legal to raise cash for a US Presedential Campaign outside of the US.

    I don’t think so.

  • Idunn

    HA! Check ouot this PUMA prowl…it’s priceless!

    my.barackobama.com/page/dashboard/view/public/gbt93

  • carbynew

    Repost
    carbynew Says:

    August 5th, 2008 at 5:44 pm
    Obama: GOP Detractors ‘Take Pride in Being Ignorant’

    Barack Obama, responding to a week of taunts from John McCain’s campaign, said Tuesday that his Republican detractors “take pride in being ignorant” and that it’s time to get serious.

    The Illinois senator was responding in part to criticism from Republicans who mocked him for suggesting last week that Americans could save on energy costs and gas by properly inflating their tires. McCain surrogates passed out tire gauges that say “Obama’s Energy Plan,” and McCain said last week the “only thing” Obama has proposed with regard to energy is to inflate tires.

    “This is the kind of thing they do. I don’t understand it,” Obama said at a town hall meeting in Berea, Ohio, Tuesday. “Two points: One, they know they are lying about what my energy plan is, but the other thing is they are making fun of a step that every expert says would absolutely reduce our oil consumption by 3 to 4 percent.

    “It’s like these guys take pride in being ignorant,” he said.

    Obama also suggested that the McCain campaign’s ad last week comparing his alleged celebrity status to that of pop idols is distracting from more serious issues.

    “They need to do their homework, because this is serious business,” Obama said. “Instead of running ads about Paris Hilton and Britney Spears they should go talk to some energy experts and actually make a difference.”

    But if McCain’s campaign is “ignorant,” then Obama is just plain “confused” — so said McCain on Tuesday.

    The Arizona told reporters that Obama is off base when he criticizes him for taking oil company campaign contributions, since Obama himself voted for a 2005 energy bill backed by Bush that included billions in subsidies for oil and natural gas production.

    “I saw that Senator Obama’s latest attack is, has got to do with oil and campaign contributions,” McCain said. “I think he might be a little bit confused because when the energy bill came to the floor of the Senate full of goodies and breaks for the oil companies, I voted against it. Senator Obama voted for it. People care not only what you say but how you vote. “

    Both candidates are putting extra attention on energy issues this week. McCain, who has called for the construction of 45 new nuclear plants by 2030, visited a nuclear facility in Michigan on Tuesday as Obama spoke to voters in Ohio.

    Obama said Tuesday that if elected he would direct the full resources of the federal government to make sure the United States eliminates the need for oil from the Middle East and Venezuela within 10 years.

    FOX News’ Mosheh Oinounou and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    elections.foxnews.com/2008/08/05/obama-gop-detractors-take-pride-in-being-ignorant/
    *****************************************************
    Obama just LOST the election for the Democrats and he hasn’t even been nominated!!!

    We need to throw Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, John Kerry, Donna Brazile, Jim Clyburn and the rest of those whinny Democratic leaders out! Tom Daschle should stay Obama’s poster boy because I know the GOP are loving it.

    This is PATHETIC…can you see Obama being STRONG against our enemies? WEAK, WEAK, WEAK

    This is what happens when you don’t vet a candidate and when you select the weaker over the stronger.

  • Idunn

    We all ought to sign up on Waffles page and join the group. ;)

  • admin

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-castellanos/the-molten-core-of-barack_b_116904.html

    Barack Obama should not have to hit a three-pointer to win this election. It should be a lay-up. Yet if Senator Obama is doing so well, why is he doing so poorly? And if John McCain is doing so poorly, why is he doing so well? [snip]

    Despite the McCain campaign’s effectiveness, however, the best campaign against Barack Obama is not being run by his opponent, but by Barack Obama. It is Obama’s campaign that presents their candidate as an ever-changing work-in-progress. It is his own campaign that occludes our ability to know this man, depicting him as authentic as a pair of designer jeans.

    To earn the Democratic nomination, as Fred Thompson points out, Obama ran as George McGovern without the experience, a left-of-center politician who would meet unconditionally with Iran, pull us precipitously out of Iraq, prohibit new drilling for oil, and grow big government in Washington by all but a trillion dollars. In his general election TV ad debut, however, Obama pirouetted like Baryshnikov. With a commercial Mike Huckabee could have run in a Republican primary, Obama now emphasizes his commitment to strong families and heartland values, “Accountability and self-reliance. Love of country. Working hard without making excuses.” In this yet unwritten chapter of his next autobiography, Obama tells us he is the candidate of “welfare to work” who supports our troops and “cut taxes for working families.” The shift in his political personae has been startling. Obama has moved right so far and so fast, he could end up McCain’s Vice-Presidential pick.

    General-election Obama now billboards his doubts about affirmative action. He has embraced the Bush Doctrine of pre-emption saying, “I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon…everything.” He tells his party “Democrats are not for a bigger government.” Oil drilling is a consideration. His FISA vote and abandonment of public campaign finance introduce us to an Obama of recent invention. And as he abandons his old identity for the new, breeding disenchantment among his formerly passionate left-of-center supporters and, equally, doubts among the center he courts, he risks becoming nothing at all, a candidate who is everything and nothing in the same moment. In one of the most powerful marketing books of the past few years, Authenticity, an exploration of our demand for what’s real in an increasingly contrived world, authors Gilmore and Pine quote philosophy professor Crispin Sartwell about Al Gore. “Every attempt to regain authenticity,” Crispin says, “only casts a new, infinitely repeated image through the hall of mirrors that is his political life and our media experience of that life.” Those reflections set the authenticity of John McCain in high-relief. McCain has revealed himself to his core.

    ————————
    In the defining moment of his life, McCain was willing to give everything for one thing, and that one thing was his country. Contrast that with Obama, who has told America that he is “a proud citizen of the United States and a fellow citizen of the world.” Obama is the talented salesman who seduced one state after another saying “Iowa, this is our moment,” “Virginia, this is our moment,” “Texas, this is our moment,” and then tells Europe, “people of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment.” How many times can Barack Obama sell the same moment to everyone, before he becomes Mel Brooks in “The Producers”? Who is Barack Obama? His campaign, as it reupholsters him before our eyes, says we can never know — perhaps because Barack Obama does not know himself.

    —————-

    This is the trap Barack Obama has made for himself, the one he cannot escape, the one Hillary Clinton foresaw, the one that may doom him. The Obama campaign knows it too. In fear the dream is being lost drop-by-drop, they are going negative on John McCain. Maybe the aliens should ask to meet McCain, as well.

  • Berkeley Vox

    Obama’s advisors are complete idiots. Everybody with half a brain KNEW that Obama’s trip to Europe was going to blow up in his face like this. Big Media — lemmings that they are — fawned all over it, completely missing the point that Obama looked like a complete dork gallivanting around Europe, giving big speeches at reggae concerts, while Americans back home struggled with gas prices and a broken economy. It was possibly the biggest gaffe of the campaign, in that it was a major expense (both time and money) that resulted in no polling bounce. And now Obama has been dropping like a stone in the polls, ever since.

  • Idunn

    I actually think what started the whole ball of wax in motion was his FISA vote. From then on, it just kept on going downhill.

  • admin

    Carbynew, Obama tries to fool us and then accuses us of being ignorant.

    When Obama said he would attack Pakistan if Pakistan “wouldn’t” go after terrorists Obama tried to pretend he did not say what he said by changing the “wouldn’t” to “couldn’t”. But “wouldn’t” was Obama’s original construction.

    When Obama said he would meet with dictators in the first year without preconditions he later tried to change the meaning of “preconditions”.

    As to the inflated tires speech – it was Obama who said if we inflated our tires properly that would save enough oil equivalent to the oil we get from drilling. Now Obama calls us ignorant because we quote him exactly. Obama also said we could get the same about of oil we get from drilling by doing car tune-ups. We did not say such ignorant things – Obama did.

    Obama lies then calls others liars. NObama. NO-NO-NO-vember.

  • moononpluto

    Have you guys see the new video mix “leave Barack Alone” i’m pissing myself. You just knew someone was gonna do it.

    It had to happen

    link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid271557392/bctid1701226987

  • Idunn

    Admin, I almost posted the same exact thing you did. Only I was gonna use a “Rezko” example instead of the “speaking to dictators without preconditions” example.

  • birdgal

    8 months ago, I was asking myself, “Who is Barack Obama?” The question hasn’t changed. It has become more pronounced. “Who is Barack Obama?”

  • admin

    Berkeley Vox, we confess we thought going to on his European Vacation was a good idea. Obama has no experience so we figured this was a good way to puff up the resume.

    We also thought that for sure Obama would get a huge bump in the polls (minimum lead of 15%) which was conventional wisdom.

    In our defense we thought Obama would hold small private meetings with leaders, not those embarrassing rallies he does not seem to understand do NOT help him (we’ve been saying this since mid-2007 comparing these rallies to the ineffective Nader mass rallies of 2000).

    But the biggest mistake of all was when Obama preferred the Berlin idolatry to taking time for what should have been his priority – a visit with the troops. It was this window into Obama’s narcissistic priorities and snub of injured American troops that we knew made his European Vacation a big fat negative.

  • birdgal

    Snubbing the injured troops was a big mistake. Whatever, was he thinking, when he did that? Not CIC material.

  • moononpluto

    its a simple fact that narcicists eventually fall on their ass because the ego becomes so large, no one can handle it.

  • carbynew

    Repost the article

    Rolling With McCain In South Dakota

    STURGIS — What does it say about the McCain Campaign that the poster for Monday’s event featured a bar blond in chaps and bikini-top riding a buffalo, her left hand in a tuft of b-hair, her right cradling a beer? John McCain — his photo — is smaller and below her. The billboard on the road into Sturgis, site of the 68th annual Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle rally, read “Kellie Pickler, Kid Rock and John McCain,” in that order, for the night’s mainstage event at the Buffalo Chip campground. The McCain campaign folks back at the Virginia HQ must have been pulling their very human hair, but what does a war hero care about third billing?

    I am at the event. I am choking on nitro, mown hay, chopper dust and pot. Police dogs are sweeping the crowd. The mainstage announcer says bikers have to move out of the security perimeter during the sweep. “Be sure to take all knives and bombs with you,” he chortles. For sure, the knives are real. Cruising through town, I pass a “knives sharpened here” booth at the Episcopal Church. Three aged and rounded cavaliers of the road lounge before a poster, hand-drawn in black and red, featuring a dripping dagger and the advertisement “Under the Blood.”

    Sturgis, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is cavalry country. Historic Fort Meade is here, as well as the Fort Meade Veterans Hospital. On the flight in from Denver, a benefits coordinator for the VA tells me that her job now is all about helping young men with head injuries re-connect. There are more types of brain trauma than human beings should be subject to.

    All afternoon I’d been wondering how many of the thousands of bikers here are veterans. Most of them are middle-aged, some in their sixties and seventies. They tend to the large and soft. A bounty of beer bellies on parade. Authenticity aside, this is McCain Country, too. The best advertisement for a bar here is “owned by a veteran.” The proprietor of a Gentlemen’s Club — wet t-shirt contests daily — “served in Iraq on a medical team.”

    The lure of motorcycle week in Sturgis is the surrounding Badlands countryside with its miles of open road. But it’s also alcohol, drugs and sex. My other plane conversationalist was a Texas woman coming in to help at her family’s barbeque booth. Dorothy’s husband called her down in Austin the night before to complain of the couples coupling nekkid on his picnic tables at the Chip. The evening will be more than a mere military tribute to John McCain.

    The bikers are a sedate group, though, staying within the speed limits and using turn signals, strolling through town with plastic-bagged purchases in hand. Christianity is a strong current running through biker culture. Groups of threes and fours clasp arms to shoulders, heads bowed in prayer. There’s a “bike for Jesus” charity bike wash and plenty of daily AA meetings. A younger man in khaki shorts strode down the sidewalk bearing up jauntily under a varnished and emblazoned crucifix that must have been twelve feet tall. The t-shirt on this pilgrim says, “Live a good life so the preacher won’t have to lie at your funeral.” Motorcycle week in South Dakota is the descendant of the old summer camp meeting — sex and redemption in equal measure at campground.

    Bikers brought their rides inside the security perimeter earlier in the day. The spit and polish on them makes them look as if they are standing at attention, waiting for McCain. The crowd itself is amiable. Sitting next to me and smoking at a press table, which has been claimed most amiably by bikers, is an older guy wearing a black cowboy hat with two toothpicks stuck through the brim. “I don’t care if you’re for the other guy,” he says apropos of Senator Obama to his friends, “God Bless we have a choice!” His spirit of generosity is reflected in the low level of enthusiasm of this pro-McCain group for their man as candidate.

    “I’m not excited about McCain,” George tells me, “but Obama’s gonna spend all our money.” Unusually thin and wiry for a road hog, but decked out in classic black leather, George adds, “We’re still fighting the Vietnam War.” George and his wife Marie urge me to walk over to the fence and check out the POW/MIA car, printed with the names of all the American servicemen who were imprisoned or went missing in Nam. “It’s possible it could happen again over there,” George warns of Iraq. He’s summed up the evening’s sentiment, for most everybody seems to find the meaning of life and politics in the crucible of war. Many bikers wore the red poppies the elderly VFW volunteers sold throughout the day.

    The Tribute to the Troops portion of the evening’s entertainment was all genuine iconic McCain Event — bold-faced and underlined. We sang the National Anthem to the accompaniment of a whining electric guitar and the vroom-vroom-vroom of dozens of Harleys. “Hu-a! Hu-a!” the leader of the Patriot Guard greeted the crowd, and the Marines hailed him back. “We believe in America! The land of beautiful roads, the land of beautiful bikes, the land of ice-cold beer, and a land of beautiful women!” Coyote howls from the men. “That’s the best hu-a a man can get.”

    “No matter what you do, don’t change!” the Marine tells the men in the audience. “Don’t change for politicians, don’t change for the press, don’t change ’cause your momma or your wife or your daughter wants you to change. Because you are the real Americans.”

    Before the solemn rite of the Flag Folding Ceremony, in which a grizzled vet intones the meaning of the twelve folds, Jillian from the volunteer organization Hearts to Serve introduces another woman not with her name but with the description, “a proud Marine Corps wife of twenty-one years.” She says that four years ago she received a phone call that her husband — they had been high school sweethearts — had been shot on his second tour in Iraq. “No one is prepared for that phone call,” she says. Her husband had been shot through the eye, the bullet taking two inches of his brain before exiting. “He was handed to me as roadkill,” she says of her Master Sergeant, who now needs her round-the-clock care. This Marine Corps wife is not looking for pity — she is looking for donations to Hearts to Serve. “God Bless, and Semper Fi,” she says.

    “President Johnny!” the bikers shout as John McCain takes the stage. VROOM-VROOM-VROOM! The choppers add their chorus. “I’ll take the roar of 50,000 Harleys any day,” McCain says in reference to Obama’s crowd in Berlin. “FREEDOM!!!” the poachers at the press table roar, and the table shakes as if under attack. McCain mentions his rival again, saying Obama wants to save gas by inflating tires, and some of the bikers cry, “Fuck him! Fuck Obama!”

    “I want us to come home [from Iraq] with victory and honor,” McCain tells the crowd. VROOM! For these biker vets, that’s the pledge of Semper Fi — that their sacrifices and the lives of their friends never be in vain. “You are the heart and soul of America,” McCain says to the bikers. “America will remain the last best hope for man on earth.” Beyond the hyperbole, the bikers get McCain’s underlying message, his assurance that their lives do indeed count for something. Quickly, McCain moves on to humor, musing that his wife is pretty enough to win the beauty contest later in the evening, the only American woman to be both First Lady and Miss Buffalo Chip. “Wet t-shirt! Wet t-shirt!” a guy in the crowd shouts. McCain and some of the bikers laugh. In closing, he says, “I want to see a lot of bikes parked outside the polling places of America.”

    Not so many of the bikers stayed for Kellie Pickler and Kid Rock, a different crowd came in for the late show. Elmo, a biker whose black leather vest is sewn with Harley patches, grabbed my hand. “You’re press, right? ” He leaned in close to confide. “I’m not crazy about this guy [McCain] — but that Obama! A Communist! We gotta save the country, you know?”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mayhill-fowler/rolling-with-mccain-throu_b_116962.html

  • NewMexicoFan

    Third day in a row slightly down, on the defense, looking like milk toast.

    I know they are telling the SDs just wait until he announces the VP and the convention. However, The problem here is, it is already too late for the Democrats.

    They quote history and polls ever time it is in their favor, and ignore them when they are not.

    If Kerry was leading by double digits, and lost, how can you possible spin this positive, and better yet, anyone believe you.

  • moononpluto

    Yup and there we have it, yup, not totally happy with McCain but they sure as shit don’t trust Obama.

  • neetabug

    If HIllary is asked to be O’s VP an she excepts i am completly done with her.
    This man has done so much to her and her husband, and also his supporters, slhe would have to be absolutely crazy to except the VP spot If she is being held hostage (Speak Out). Bring it out in the OPEN. Stop playing games

  • carbynew

    Admin would you please embed this video?

    John McCain–Ignorant And Proud Of It
    August 5th, 2008 | by rbyers |
    Here is a video of Barack Obama talking about tire gauges, energy experts and making a difference.



    at a 1:40 is when Obama makes the Ignorant comment and look at the face of the guy behind Obama.

    After the Republicans get through with linking all of Obama’s demeaning and elitist comments I don’t know how the Democrats are going to be able to save the Senate.

    Hillary Clinton or McCain…TICK TOCK TICK TOCK.

  • carbynew

    Admin I just posted a video on Obama calling folks ignorant can you check to see why it didn’t post?

  • carbynew

    This is an Open letter to Hillary,

    Hillary you can’t save the Democratic? Taliban Party until we get rid of some folks. Now it up to them to do the right thing…that is VOTE for you at the Open Convention and Nominate you or LOSE the Election.

    It’s that simple. If the Democratic? Taliban Party still vote of that WEAK CRYBABY Obama then we’ll know that more work is needed institutionally that can’t be fix right now but will be in place by 2012.

    I will be very happy to vote for John McCain 08 while we do “spring cleaning” this year on the Democratic? Taliban Party.

  • Berkeley Vox

    Agreed — not seeing the troops while instead going to the gym to work out was a PR fiasco for Obama. What was amazing to me was how his campaign didn’t do the obvious fix, which would have been to immediately have Obama meet with troops as soon as the controversy erupted, to make it go away. What did he do? Nothing at all.

    He’s just such a rookie, is the main thing. I constantly cringe, watching his campaign, thinking to myself, WHY doesn’t he do this or that, instead of digging himself in deeper, whenever he gets into trouble? A big part of his problem is “political stubbornness,” which is what happens when your personal ego prevents you from publicly correcting course, even when the public correction would result in higher poll numbers. This is a fatal flaw.

  • NewMexicoFan

    Berkeley Fox

    A big part of his problem is “political stubbornness,” which is what happens when your personal ego prevents you from publicly correcting course, even when the public correction would result in higher poll numbers. This is a fatal flaw

    The Same is true of the Democratic leadership, which I keep trying to point out. When you are headed for the cliff, indications are that you are not doing well (history and polls), you need to take corrective action.

    WHAT IS DEAN DOING?????

  • texan4hillary

    hey somewhere on this thread there is a new poll showing mccain more trusted on the economy. can someone pull it-i need it for some ads i email

  • NewMexicoFan

    I keep thinking of the minister who told his congregation to drink poison, and they did. Why would people do that. I wish I knew. But I see the SDs drinking poison right now ALSO. Again you have to ask yourself, WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT.

  • Informed in Illinois

    Admin, forgot to say, one of your best articles ever. Thank you and everyone here for this island in a sea of insanity. Rise, Hillary, rise!

  • birdgal

    nwf: “WHAT IS DEAN DOING?????”

    Dean is cheerleading BO and the new democratic? party.

  • NewMexicoFan

    birdgal

    You are right the new Global Democratic Party. They obviously have big voting groups in Berlin and Switzerland.

    I wonder what the farmer in Ohio or South Dakota thinks of that?

  • birdgal

    photos of Hillary on Riverdaughter from the fundraiser in CA, last week:

    riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2008/08/05/hillary-to-visit-latino-voters-plus-puma-sfs-hillary-photo-journal/#comments

  • JanH

    “But the biggest mistake of all was when Obama preferred the Berlin idolatry to taking time for what should have been his priority – a visit with the troops.”

    Admin,

    The idea that Obama even chose to go to Germany to give that speech makes me sick. His dissing of those honorable men who put their lives on the line for freedom shows just how shallow this wannabe really is.

  • Paula

    Looks like the Bayh VP buzz was a trial balloon, like Kaine was last week. Weird.

  • confloyd

    Neetabug,
    Pls don’t give up on hillary if she is his veep. Remember if this birth certificate is shown to be fraudulant he will be asked to step down and hillary would be there to take over. At this point in time, with the bc controversary, the FEC campaign contributions from the Gaza strip is proven true, then he will have to bow out gracefully and Hillary can finish. Now with all this new stuff out and some that isn’t out yet we stand a better chance if she were on the ticket!!! Hang in there!!

  • JanH

    Paula,

    If that is true, then Obama is sure running out of candidates for the job. Not only that, but he is making a joke and mockery of the whole process.

  • admin

    Paris Hilton runs for President. She is about as qualified as fellow celebrity Obama.


    See more funny videos at Funny or Die
  • carbynew

    confloyd Says:

    August 5th, 2008 at 7:23 pm
    Neetabug,
    Pls don’t give up on hillary if she is his veep. Remember if this birth certificate is shown to be fraudulant he will be asked to step down and hillary would be there to take over. At this point in time, with the bc controversary, the FEC campaign contributions from the Gaza strip is proven true, then he will have to bow out gracefully and Hillary can finish. Now with all this new stuff out and some that isn’t out yet we stand a better chance if she were on the ticket!!! Hang in there!!
    *****************************************************
    Confloyd,

    I respect you very much BUT you are underestimating Obama’s narcissim and fragile ego. Obama doesn’t accept any responsibility or accountability.

    He had an chair on his plane monogram with President under his name. If you looked at the video he is pissed off at McCain’s “Celeb” video and being lumbed with Brittney Spears and Paris Hilton more then then his filp flop on drilling oil offshore.

    Obama always bring the conversation back to himself and that has been Obama main focus. That “Celeb” video hurt Obama already low self esteem.

    Obama doesn’t care about the values and traditions of this country so why would he care about harming the Democrats downline?

  • birdgal

    Paris sounded halfway coherent in that ad.

  • birdgal

    Let’s draft Paris.

  • NewMexicoFan

    Admin, the Paris Hilton video was great. She did great at delivering her line. Yes, that is all that is required, so I don’t see why she should not run for President.

  • confloyd

    neetabug
    I am sure he doesn’t give one rat’s ass about anybody or anything that doesn’t have his logo or his name on it, but Hillary will not be bought at any price, if she is on his ticket, I believe she has a plan. No one has ever put Hillary out to pasture and I doubt this little dumb ass from Chicago can do it. THe thing her 18 million supporters won’t let him.
    If she could be bought she would have already given up her delegates.
    Do you not think it is unusual that Bill and Chelsea are in Africa and all over the world and not here. I thought Chelsea took 1 year off to help her mom, well that was over in June, so why is she still gone???

  • confloyd

    Yep, Paris sound a whole lot smarter that hmmmm, haaaaa, hmmmmm, hhaaaa Obama! ROTFLMAO!

  • birdgal

    good McCain ad.

  • alcina

    great post in redstate. i see ads of B-HO on the beach in hawaii while U.S. troops give their lives and limbs across the globe. B-Ho just ain’t got no time for those yucky-icky troops.

    —————————————————————-

    Is Obama going to skip a military townhall for a vacation in Hawaii?
    Did he learn nothing from Germany?
    Posted by: Soren Dayton

    Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 09:31AM

    11 Comments
    Kudos to Newsbusters for tracking this down.

    John McCain and Barack Obama have been invited to participate in a townhall with the active duty military and their families on August 11. According to the organizers, only McCain has agreed to attend. What’s Obama’s excuse? Scheduling conflict:

    Obama campaign spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said that while the senator has a scheduling conflict on Aug. 11, he “strongly supports” veterans and military families, and he has worked hard on their behalf in the Senate.

    What’s he doing? Vacation in Hawaii August 8-15, with an “astounding” fundraiser on the 12th which is supposed to raise $500,000.

    Did he learn nothing in Germany? Could he send a clearer signal to the troops about what he thinks about them?

  • NewMexicoFan

    alcina

    His staff is really showing their inexperience, and the Dems want to hand him the keys to the White House.

    Another utube add for McCain

    As I remember he took a vacation during the primary, and the Hillary took contests they said he would win. But of course, they said he really did not want to win those contests anyway.

    Can this get any worse.

  • NewMexicoFan

    These vacations are starting to remind me of Bush and his trips to the Ranch.

  • JanH

    He takes vacations when the going gets rough.

  • jade

    Admin please embed this video. Thanks.

    Senator Obama, Why don’t they want you now? Version 2.


    The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later.

  • NewMexicoFan

    Just got surveyed by telephone by compuer. They wanted to know what my party was, who I was voting for, and if what had happen lately made me more or less favorable to each candidate.

  • admin

    Sounds like a Hillarious if not Ludicris conversation, NewMexicoFan.

  • mp

    yep, the dnc and obama are all aboput money…every day, eveyr hr…emails, mail letters, phones, fundraisers etc etc.

    THAT IS ALL THEY DO!

    BTW: bo should bottle his hot air to fill those tyres for his plane!!!! Air coming out of both sides of body…mouth and you know where?

    That is something I believe would save the wordl a lot of global wrming as well.

  • At least all of Hollywood has not bought into Obama

    VOIGHT: My concerns for America
    Obama sowing socialist seeds in young people

    OP-ED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jul/28/voight/

  • alcina

    The Awakening Begins
    BY TAYLOR MARSH

    As for the rest of us, to change the country, Obama is it. I simply do not want more of the same, no matter how flawed the Democratic nominee.

    —————————————————

    that says it all. taylor marsh is completely insane.

  • alcina

    sean hannity and ann coulter breaking B-HO’s balls on H&C.

  • Idunn

    Can this get any worse.

    Oh HELL yes it can get worse. And trust me, it will. McCain & Co. are just now dipping their toes into the waters. If the water feels okay to them, they are gonna plunge in head first. And then, my friends , it is all over.

  • NewMexicoFan

    Like I like to describe this, like a horse raise, I think they are holding back right now. We had some trial balloons and they went very well. He is going up with very little effort.

    Too much effort right now would mean a reversal at the Dem convention (Don’t worry about that, you would have hit this group with a brick).

    Then they take their convention turn, and he names his VP, and we are off to the finish line.

    Like mentioned before Trust is a big issue here, and O keeps losing people trust. The Reps don’t have to work so hard to win this one.

    Who would have thought OUR YEAR, and we do something like nominate THE ONE.

  • confloyd

    Larry Sinclair is on Momma’s E’s and taking questions! hcsfjm.com

  • confloyd

    Fox News and Cnn has been listening to Momma’s and said they are going to air Larry Sinclair story!

  • Idunn

    You gotta be kidding. For what? Kook factor?

  • wbboei

    Fucking gumbee is at it again–condemns mccain on energy policy when low and behold this:However, Obama himself voted for a 2005 energy bill backed by Bush that included billions in subsidies for oil and natural gas production, a measure Cheney played a major role in developing. McCain opposed the bill on grounds it included billions in unnecessary tax breaks for the oil industry.

    Gumbee–the gift that keeps giving,

  • wbboei

    Did I miss anything in terms of broad allegations?

    1. Paradise Lost: at the beginning of the primary season most Democrats assumed that: i) the process would be a fair one, ii) the party rules would be observed, iii) the nominee would be elected by the voters and iv) there would be an open convention, based on the lessons learned in 1968. Unfortunately that is not what occurred. Instead: i) the process was fraudulent in terms of design and execution, ii) the party rules were violated repeatedly for partisan ends, iii) the nominee was secretly selected by party elders who failed to advise other candidates and contributors and iv) we now understand the convention will be on lockdown to prevent a ballot, roll call and open debate for a candidate who won 18 million votes. In addition, the party turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the blatant sexism which was perpetrated against one of the two final candidates. As a result many contributors, volunteers and voters have formed various organizations to condemn the process, reject the nominee and/or demand an open convention. Thus, the Democratic National Committee (Dean, Pelosi and Brazille) stands accused of the high crime of hi-jacking democracy.

  • confloyd

    Wbboei
    Is this the latest information about the convention?? Will it be a lockdown event to prevent a ballot and a rollcall and open debate??

    I thought they had succeeded in getting her name on the ballot and a roll call vote??

  • wbboei

    VOIGHT: My concerns for America
    Obama sowing socialist seeds in young people
    ——————————————–
    I bet the thanksgiving and christmases john has with his daughter angline are a real trip. Beware of flying drumsticks and suffocation by mashed potatoes. Holy. . . whatever. When he and Hanoi Jane made the China Syndrome they probably took turns pushing eachother into the nuclear reactor.

  • lindax

    Did anyone notice whether Judas (Bill Richardson) still went on TV on BHO’s behalf? Seems he has been quiet for a while, wonder why?

  • wbboei

    ConfloydL I heard that a couple weeks ago. They are, I suspect, in negotiation. Much of what you hear in the news is propaganda. I am basing this on what I was told a couple weeks ago. It is what I was hearing from delegates who were thinking about not even going.

  • wbboei

    THANKS JADE–PUMA IS PUTTING OUT A WORLD CLASS PRODUCT IN THAT VIDEO.

  • texan4hillary

    texan clinton chair gary mauro calls for hillary to have rollcall vote for nomination and tells this stupid pundit off here!


  • Jack_Chekrezi

    The notion that Obama voted for the Cheney’s energy bill is wrong.
    Senator Obama did, in fact, vote against it, but pressed instead the wrong button…

  • Mary Jo

    Hi! This is my first time posting on your site. A friend and fellow hillaryvillager asked me to share the following blog entry with you…

    An Open Letter to the Media

    August 4, 2008

    SUBJECT: Democratic Process Reminder: A viable candidate, Senator Clinton, must be placed in nomination and on a roll call vote

    Dear Media Representative:

    We are entering the Final Stage of this election season. It is now or never for the DNC. There are two ways for Senator Hillary Clinton’s name to be put in nomination in Denver. The first way is for Mr. Howard Dean, as Chairman of the Democratic Party, to allow Senator Clinton to be nominated. The second way is for a minimum of 300 pledged delegates to sign a petition supporting the nomination.

    Chairman Dean and Speaker Pelosi hold the key to the outcome at the Denver convention. They MUST listen to the EXPECTATIONS of the voters regarding FAIR representation at our own Party’s Convention. Anything less than Senator Clinton’s nomination and a public roll call vote of the delegates is UNACCEPTABLE.

    In January, we were in a democracy. At the conclusion of the primaries, its sacred shores were trampled by our own party leaders due to their elitist arrogance and unfair tactics. I rely on your integrity to help the voters return this convention to its traditional democratic process.

    Thank you for your attention.

    Sincerely,

    M. xxxx
    xxxx, Illinois
    Puma PAC Democrat
    ——————–
    You can be so proud that, from now on, it will be unremarkable for a woman to win primary state victories, unremarkable to have a woman in a close race to be our nominee, unremarkable to think that a woman can be the President of the United States. And that is truly remarkable. — Hillary Rodham Clinton, June 7, 2008 Speech, Washington, D.C.
    ————————-
    Hillary Clinton – Simply the Best

  • texan4hillary

    top clinton donors meet with mccain-
    www.
    patriotroom.com/?p=566

  • turndownobama-com

    Pretty concise. Should echo from the far corners of the courtroom, too.

  • Idunn

    Welcome to Big Pink, Mary Joe. I love the letter. Thanks for sharing it.

    As for the DNC…I’m not unreasonable. I can meet them halfway. Restore Florida and Michigan to full vote status, put HRC’s name on the roll call, let the process play out as it was INTENDED to, and apologize for not taking a stand against the rampant misogyny in the media against HRC, and I won’t vote for McCain.

    I still won’t vote for Obama, but I won’t use my vote against him.

    That’s the best offer they’re gonna get from me.

  • Idunn

    Oh, and unlike their SELECTED nominee, I am good for MY word. ;-)

  • kostner

    That Paris Hilton ad is brillant, McCain campaign’s response is even hotter.
    h t t p : / /

    The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later.

    In the unkindest cut of all, McCain’s spokesperson Tucker Bounds tells TMZ that on the subject of energy, Paris is deeper than Barack. He says, “Sounds like Paris is taking the ‘All of the Above’ energy approach that John McCain has advocated — both alternatives and drilling. Perhaps the reality is that Paris has a more substantive energy plan than Barack Obama.”

  • texan4hillary

    take comfort. report says obama will make his vp decsion with michele and axelrod. plan for disaster. read more her-
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1dbfb37e-631d-11dd-9fd0-0000779fd2ac.html?nclick_check=1

  • mj

    Texan, I have no idea what you are saying. Take comfort but plan for disaster? Hum?

  • kostner

    Turns out “small donors” funding Obama’s campaign aren’t so small

    h t t p : / / http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/05/america/bundlers.php

    In an effort to cast himself as independent of the influence of money on politics, Senator Barack Obama often highlights the campaign contributions of $200 or less that have amounted to fully half of the $340 million he has collected so far.

    But records show that a third of his record-breaking haul has come from donations of $1,000 or more – a total of $112 million, more than the total of contributions in that category taken in by either Senator John McCain, his Republican rival, or Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, his opponent in the Democratic primaries.
    Behind those large donations is a phalanx of more than 500 Obama “bundlers,” fund-raisers who have each collected contributions totaling $50,000 or more. Many of the bundlers come from industries with critical interests in Washington. Nearly three dozen of the bundlers have raised more than $500,000, including more than a half-dozen who have passed the $1 million mark and one or two who have exceeded $2 million, according to interviews with fund-raisers.
    —————————
    He is one scary manchurian candidate, Who is the real power behind him?

  • kostner

    Should Paris Hilton be the next President of the United States of America?

    Let’s look at her many positives. President Paris would represent a fundamental change in the character of America. As the first female President, she’d serve as more than herself, she’d be the key that unlocks the door for millions of other girls dreaming of one day serving in the highest office in the land. No longer will they imagine what it’s like to be the First Lady or the intern. No, the big chair will be theirs to aspire to.

    Paris has the ability to engage the audience. Whether it is her natural speaking ability, her charm or charisma, something about Paris stands out. Consider that she’s never really accomplished anything. Neither actress nor singer, neither intellectual nor athlete, Paris still managed to become a household name. She has that certain something, that … je ne sais quois. Imagine having those communication skills at her command as she meets with the leaders of the world.

    Everywhere Paris goes, people mob her. She is surrounded by cameras and media attention. Isn’t popularity a good thing? Don’t we want the President to be widely known; to have the President’s attention and affection sought after? I think we do.

    Paris also clearly has the ability and intent to speak on the issues. She articulately addressed her energy plan. Unlike the politicians, she was true to her heart, and she spoke from it.

    Some say she doesn’t have much experience, but I say, do we really want another old white guy in the office? We’ve tried experience before … it’s time for change.

    Lastly, Paris gives us hope. Little boys everywhere have the not completely unreasonable hope that they may one day date President Paris. Girls everywhere have hope of achieving the same dream as Paris fulfilled: to be given accolades based on being attractive, young, and not too terribly busy doing things in life merely to get that aforementioned, overrated, so-called experience.

    In summary, isn’t being young, unqualified, inexperienced, prone to gaffes, and wildly famous what you really want in your President? Then take my advice, vote Oba Paris Hilton in 2008. It’s hot.

  • wbboei

    He is one scary manchurian candidate, Who is the real power behind him?
    ———————————————-
    1. neo-libs with money

    2. multi-national

    3. investor bakers

    4. financial specuators (Soros consotium)

    5, foreign investors

    6, labor unions

    7. goose lake gruop

    8 middle east interests

  • wbboei

    9. international law firms

    3 investment bankers (spI

  • wbboei

    Paris is deeper than Barack. He says, “Sounds like Paris is taking the ‘All of the Above’ energy approach that John McCain has advocated
    ———————————————
    the r’s figure hillary won t be nominee or vp so they are willign to start firing for effect in August. as morris recommends. Much better people running Johns campaign now. Once I get paper done I will meet with them. Paris would make a better presidnet than barack

  • wbboei

    Obama himself voted for a 2005 energy bill backed by Bush that included billions in subsidies for oil and natural gas production, a measure Cheney played a major role in developing. McCain opposed the bill on grounds it included billions in unnecessary tax breaks for the oil industry.
    ———————————————–

    change you can believe in

  • wbboei

    Obama himself voted for a 2005 energy bill backed by Bush that included billions in subsidies for oil and natural gas production, a measure Cheney played a major role in developing. McCain opposed the bill on grounds it included billions in unnecessary tax breaks for the oil industry.
    ——————————————–

    hope

  • wbboei

    Obama himself voted for a 2005 energy bill backed by Bush that included billions in subsidies for oil and natural gas production, a measure Cheney played a major role in developing. McCain opposed the bill on grounds it included billions in unnecessary tax breaks for the oil industry.
    ———————————————-
    and the one all the tree huggers have been waiting for

  • texan4hillary

    mj-
    i was being sarcastic. im saying hillary wont be vp pick if axelrod and michele have to give thumbs up for sure. to me that is a disaster.

  • wbboei

    When the DNC steps on democracy like they have done here they really leave us no choice. Before they object to anything we do they should carefully consider the fact that they cast the first stone, and when it hit Hillary it hit 18 milliion of her supporters as well.

  • turndownobama-com

    h t t p : / / http://www.politicallydrunk.blogspot.com/2008/07/last-stand-email-initiative-for-puma.html

    Well designed automatic posting a PUMA message plus your comment message to supers inc Pelosi, Dean, etc.

  • turndownobama-com

    kostner Says:
    August 6th, 2008 at 12:25 am
    Should Paris Hilton be the next President of the United States of America?
    ——————————-
    LOL! Can you post that at Real Clear Politics or somewhere where it will get a good mixed audience?

  • turndownobama-com

    kostner Says:
    August 6th, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Turns out “small donors” funding Obama’s campaign aren’t so small
    h t t p : / / http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/05/america/bundlers.php
    In an effort to cast himself as independent of the influence of money on politics, Senator Barack Obama often highlights the campaign contributions of $200 or less that have amounted to fully half of the $340 million he has collected so far.
    —————————————-

    And even the amount $200 could be given several times by the same donor, adding up to a big amount.

  • kostner

    h t t p : / / embeds.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/08/05/rnc-delivers-tire-gauges-to-obama-press-corps/

    RNC Delivers Tire Gauges to Obama Press Corps
    When the Obama press corps arrived at the Elkhart, Indiana, Jameson Inn where the campaign is staying tonight, Obama staffers were on hand to distribute room keys – and a small white envelope from the RNC.

    That’s right, the Republican National Committee.

    Inside the envelope addressed to individual members of Obama’s regular traveling press, was a small tire gauge labeled “Obama’s Energy Plan” along the side, and a note that joyously read, “Happy Birthday, Barack Obama!”

    The RNC along with the McCain campaign seized upon Obama’s advice to a voter last week to properly inflate her tires to increase fuel efficiency, and have managed to create a sideshow to mock Obama’s “judgment” and “experience” when it comes to energy policy.

    Today Obama helped continue the story line when he accused the Republicans of being “ignorant” on the issue. At his Ohio town hall this afternoon, Obama said, “They think it is funny that they are making fun of something that is actually true. They need to do their homework because this is serious business.”

    The RNC doubled down on their humorous assault tonight with its “gift” to the press corps. “We hope you’ll enjoy this complimentary tool related to Barack Obama’s energy plan – your very own tire gauge. Because, instead of actually increasing America’s domestic oil supply, this is how Obama thinks you should try to alleviate your pain at the pump,” the note read.

  • texan4hillary

    WOW. How refreshing. Hillary has written an op-ed in today’s Wall St Journal! I say refreshing because a real thinking Democratic LEADER has a thought out plan on rooting out the corruption form the Bush years. She says we need a Truman in the Whitehouse. No mention of obama though. God I love this woman. Let’s lobby those supers and work even harder-if that is possible. America needs a REAL LEADER.

    texan4hillary :: Hillary Writes Op-Ed in Wall St Journal!
    No Crisis Is Immune
    From Exploitation
    Under Bush
    By HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
    August 6, 2008; Page A15
    Tucked away on the Cayman Islands sits Ugland House, an unassuming, nondescript building of modest scale and size. However, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), this five-story office building is home to more than 18,000 corporate entities, nearly half of which have U.S. ties.

    In the past few years, the number of corporations flocking to places like the Cayman Islands to evade U.S. taxes has exploded. One of these companies, former Halliburton subsidiary KBR, has used offshore tax havens to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in federal taxes. To no one’s surprise, instead of cracking down on KBR, the Bush administration has rewarded the company in April of this year with a 10-year, $150 billion contract in Iraq.

    There appears to be no crisis, tragedy or disaster immune from exploitation under the Bush administration.

    …….
    I’ve proposed a comprehensive overhaul to root out corruption in no-bid contracts and other shady deals. Reforms must include the following:

    - Instead of rewarding companies that exploit tax shelters and incorporate in tax havens, let’s ban the federal government from contracting with companies that hide profits offshore.

    - We should put in place safeguards so that contracts are awarded to responsible companies that abide by the law and complete the work they’re hired to do.

    - Let’s put a stop to the disgraceful practice of giving bonuses to contractors for work never performed, which has been allowed to happen in Iraq and throughout the federal government according to the GAO and inspectors general.

    - We need to increase transparency and competition in the contracting system, and to stop the ideological privatization of critical governmental functions.

    In 1941, as the U.S. mobilized and entered World War II, then Sen. Harry Truman proposed and chaired the Senate Special Committee to investigate the National Defense Program. Over the course of three years, Truman set about investigating a president of his own party in order to discover and eliminate wasteful and fraudulent spending. By some estimates, the “Truman Committee” saved the American people some $15 billion — more than $165 billion in today’s dollars.

    Truman took on the war profiteers because he understood that when the lives of Americans hang in the balance, we cannot afford to misuse even a single dollar. In the Democratic Congress, we’ve proposed a new Truman Committee to address the waste, fraud and abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan that has already taken place, a proposal stymied by the president and his allies. And my proposal would prevent waste, fraud and abuse in future contracting.

    Of course, we need far more than a Truman Committee. We need the Truman spirit in the White House, where the buck finally stops.

    Mrs. Clinton is a Democratic senator from New York.

    See all of today’s editorials and op-eds, plus video commentary, on Opinion Journal.

    see more http://www.online.wsj.com/article/SB121798030763715107.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries

  • texan4hillary

    many on redstate are terrified that mccain is attacking obaam too hard to soon. they worry hillary will get nominated. if this was the gop maybe-but this is the dnc.

    http://www.redstate.com/diaries/dave_in_fla/2008/aug/03/mccain-could-be-in-serious-trouble/

  • admin

    Texan4Hillary, the redstate people get it.

  • texan4hillary

    Admin
    yes the repubs do. if the shoe was on the other foot and it was to be a banner gop yr and mccain was struggling months out the gop would toss him at or near conv time. will the dems? doubt it but might as well try.
    also ADMIN-WORTH A FRONT PAGE POST-BIG OBAMA PROBS IN TX

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/robison/5922437.html

  • alcina

    texan4hillary Says:
    August 6th, 2008 at 2:42 am
    WOW. How refreshing. Hillary has written an op-ed in today’s Wall St Journal! I say refreshing because a real thinking Democratic LEADER has a thought out plan on rooting out the corruption form the Bush years.

    ——————————————————-

    how long before B-HO rips-off this plan as his own?

  • meiyingsu

    the following is from PUMA web site,

    Quoted from,
    The Case Against BARACK OBAMA
    by David Freddoso

    pages 40-41

    “As the debating, cajoling, and negociating over the last undecided caucus-goers winds down, the realignment process in the 9th Precinct tells the whole story of the 2008 Iowa caucuses. After the first ballot, Clinton has a huge lead with 52 votes, followed by Edwards with 43 and obama with 39. But of the 31 minor-candidate supporters to realign, only 3 of them go into Clinton’s section, just in front of the stage. Edwards gets 12 of them, while Obama gains 15 in the second round.

    And then elle Jacobs—a twenty-year-old first time voter and the last person in the room to decide—goes over to Edwards instead of staying with her parents in a neutral corner. She tells a reporter in the room why she made her decision: I just don’t like Hillary.

    The bottom line: Clinton is nobody’s second choice—her negatives, are just too high. If you weren’t for her at the beginning of the night, you weren’t going to support her at all.

    Because of one young woman’s decision, John Edwards carries this precinct by a single vote over Hillary, 56 to 55. Obama finishes with 54 votes. It’s as close a finish as you can possibly get.

    Edwards gets 7 county delegates from the precinct, while Clinton and Obama get 6 eachh. The single delegate, while it does not change the statewide result, does mean Clinton’s final total of county delegates will not be rounded up to 30 percent (a virtual tie for the second place with Edawards) but instead is rounded down to 29 percent—firmly in third place.

    Elle Jacobs has killed Hillary Clinton in Iowa.”

    Quoted from,
    The Case Against BARACK OBAMA
    by David Freddoso

    pages 40-41

  • NewMexicoFan

    Well, the Reps are showing their intelligence again. They understand if you take your moves too soon, things might happen to STOP THE REPS FROM WINNING IN 2008.

    The Dems are still saying they are going to win this big. One party obviously understands what is going on here, and the other is still in disbelief.

    This is the superbowl, and the Reps have not read the reviews about how great the DEMS are, and how big this win could be. They came to play, and they what the polls.

    The Dems are busy planning THE ONEs acceptance speech in the Stadium. The Reps don’t have that distraction.

    Remind me why I am a Dem again. Oh that is right, I will be until November.

  • NewMexicoFan

    SDs things are not turning around, and you can see the cliff clearly now. You must joing the voices to ask for her name in nomination, and a roll call vote.

    The leadership of the Dems need to told what the voice of the people is. Your people. Remember, if you lose, and have defied them, they will not forget. If you lose, but have supported their selection, they will embrace you for supporting their pick.

    DEMOCRACY WITH THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE – So where did you stand in 2008?

  • admin

    NEW ARTICLE IS UP.