Blond Ambition

Barack Obama is not qualified to be president. Final proof of that very sad fact comes from Paris. Not Berlin. Paris… Paris Hilton.

Paris Hilton, celebrity Paris Hilton, who has traveled the world, has mobs of fans, avoided spending too much time in jail, threw her long time pal Nicole Richie under the bus, communicates lucidly on energy policy without a teleprompter, knows a thing or two about phallic symbols, runs several businesses primarily trading on her celebrity, lives in a lovely house she paid for, has not flip-flopped (on issues anyway), mocks older people who have acquired their wrinkles and grey hair with hard won experience, is very very popular with the youth demographic, declares herself “hot” (no doubt to know her is to love her), is a big hit on YouTube, knows more than she should about drilling, is a darling of Big Media, loves the camera and crowds, does not know much about the simple life or bowling… is running for President. She is “the one”.

The sad fact is that the very ambitious Hilton heiress is more qualified that Barack Obama to be president.

The ambitious Hilton heiress declared her candidacy after starring in a John McCain video mocking Barack Obama. The feisty and publicity saavy celebrity answered the McCain ad with her audacious declaration of candidacy. It was an impressive response.

Barack Obama is running away, as he has throughout this campaign season but especially during the last few primary months, from debates or townhalls. John McCain will no doubt have a debating partner in Paris Hilton if demure Obama persists in hiding from discussions of his views in formats where he can be challenged.

The McCain campaign recognizes that Paris Hilton is a more substantive candidate than the reclusive, sun-glasses loving Barack.

“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.”

No doubt the McCain campaign, trembling from this unexpected threat to his election, will soon float the name of Miley Cyrus as a potential vice presidential pick. If the young Miley’s age is a constitutional problem, Nicole Richie will in all likelihood be approached.

* * *

The crisis in the McCain campaign is growing. Not only is Paris Hilton a worthy opponent, but McCain’s advertisement noting the vapidity of Barack Obama’s candidacy is now under the microscope of our most intelligent Big Media minds. The hidden messages in the ads are being dissected and exposed by these extremely brilliant analysts.McCain is finished now, with Paris Hilton in the mix. What can possibly save the Democratic Party then, from the sure to self-finance heiress, Paris Hilton?

The answer as always: Hillary! Hillary Clinton.

* * *

Many grassroots Democrats are working to save the Democratic Party. We are not alone in our demand to have a roll call vote at the Democratic? convention. Now Texas Democratic Party Chair Gary Mauro is calling for a roll call vote too. We disagree with Gary Mauro on the acceptability of Obama because Obama is not qualified to be president. But we have great respect for Gary Mauro’s judgment on the roll call vote issue and his choice of candidate.

We demand a roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention. Voting is Democratic and democratic.

Superdelegates preparing to vote can today feast on the column written by Hillary Clinton in the Wall Street Journal. The column is substantive and well thought out. There is no mention of Barack Obama.

Americans need Hillary Clinton’s passionate policy prescriptions and her steady hand and experience.

After 8 years of Bush, Americans do not deserve the blond ambition of Paris Hilton.

After 8 years of suffering under Bush, Americans do not need the blind ambition of Barack Obama.


368 thoughts on “Blond Ambition

  1. Amazing that you also picked up on that. When she stated her position on Energy, so eloqently, I thought, heck, based on presentation, she looked really good.

    So what else do we need to know. Many would think that is all we need to know.

    All Paris needs is the right staff, right.

  2. For even more laughs at Obama’s expense from under the bus:

    The Muslim-outreach coordinator to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama has resigned amid questions about his involvement in an Islamic investment fund and various Islamic groups.

    Chicago lawyer Mazen Asbahi, who was appointed volunteer national coordinator for Muslim American affairs by the Obama campaign on July 26, stepped down Monday after an Internet newsletter wrote about his brief stint on the fund’s board, which also included a fundamentalist imam.

    “Mr. Asbahi has informed the campaign that he no longer wishes to serve in his volunteer position, and we are in the process of searching for a new national Arab American and Muslim American outreach coordinator,” spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a statement.

    A corporate lawyer at the firm of Schiff Hardin LLP, Mr. Asbahi tendered his resignation after he and the Obama campaign received emailed inquiries about his background from The Wall Street Journal. He did not respond to the email or a message left at his law office; the campaign released a letter in which Mr. Asbahi said he did not want to be a distraction.

  3. No surprise here:

    While Obama still leads in most matchups with John McCain, the Illinois senator’s apparent stall in the polls is a sobering reminder to Democrats intoxicated with his campaign’s promises to expand the electoral map beyond the boundaries that have constrained other recent party nominees.

    That gap between expectations and reality comes as Democrats enjoy the most favorable political winds since at least 1976. At least eight in ten Americans believe the nation is on the wrong track. The Republican president is historically unpopular. From stunning Democratic gains in party registration to the high levels of economic anxiety, Obama by most every measure should have a healthy lead. Yet in poll after poll, Obama conspicuously fails to cross the 50-percent threshold.

    Or as ABC News polling director Gary Langer asked, “If everything is so good for Barack Obama, why isn’t everything so good for Barack Obama?”


    Three demographic groups have generally kept Obama ahead in the past two months: African-Americans, youth and Hispanics. But a lead based on those groups is a tenuous one. The youth vote, notorious for not meeting expectations, must turn out in significantly higher numbers than in past elections. Obama must continue to win the black vote nearly unanimously and still turn out new African American voters. McCain must continue to underperform with Hispanics by about 10 percentage points compared to Bush in the summer of 2004.

    McCain might also be said to have hit a ceiling himself. At best, he has only statistically tied Obama for fleeting periods this summer.

    Yet in this Democratic year, the subject that dominates chatter among pollsters is Obama’s stubbornly slim lead.


    Like Gore in 2000, Obama nearly splits white women and loses white men by a large margin, according to an aggregate of polling in June and July 2008 and 2000 polling by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press.


    In general—and with men in particular—Pew’s data shows that Obama’s gains with young whites compared to Gore in 2000 are offset by a weakness with older whites.

    Obama also seems to have hit a ceiling with Hispanics. Latino support fluctuates between 57 percent by the latest weekly measure to 68 percent the week before—roughly the margin of Hispanic support that has marked the entire summer, by Gallup’s measure.

    What all this suggests is a general election that is much tighter than many analysts predicted and defined by far more stubborn levels of support.

  4. many on redstate are terrified that mccain is attacking obaam too hard to soon.

    The thing is, McCain really ISN’T hitting Obama all that hard. The Paris Ad, the One ad, the tire gauge mock…that’s really all small beans. Especially considering what McCain COULD be hitting Obama with.

    That Obama is crumbling is due more to his own weakness, than it is to any real strength McCain has shown.

  5. Jon Ralston interviews flip-flop-flim-flam Obama and Obama gets testy for being called out on voting for the Cheney energy bill. Ralson basically tells Obama “you can’t be trusted”:

  6. Idunn,
    Yep. Schmitt and co are just getting started. I think they were testing BO to see how he would respond with a few mild attacks. Now they know that just like Kerry he has a glass jaw and won’t aggressively respond. So come September, October they’ll roll out the hard hitting negative ads.

  7. Admin thanks for the video.

    Did Obama do what John Kerry tried to do regarding ‘I voted no before I voted yes on the war authorization vote” with all of Obama’s Bush/Cheney votes?

  8. Yesterday’s Dean devotees, today’s Obamanuts

    I’ve been reading Daniel Okrent’s new book on his turn as the Times first “Public Editor.” In it, he reprises his columns from the period — December 2003 to May 2005 — and offers new retrospective comments.

    Great summer reading.

    One chapter, especially, was notable.

    In January of 2004, Okrent devoted an entire column to the messages he was getting from an increasingly vocal constituency:

    Nearly every time there’s a story about [Howard] Dean in the paper, my in-box fills with complaints from his fans. (Every time there isn’t a story providing a precis of a new policy statement from the Dean camp, it’s almost the same). They attack the edtiors of the Times, [Dean beat writer Jodi] Wilgoren, national political correspondent Adam Nagourney, and other staff reporters for misrepresenting, ridiculing or attempting to sabotage Howard Dean. They especially object to The Times’ microscopic inspection of their candidate, while, many say, the depredations of George W. Bush go unexamined.

    And he didn’t even mention the Comments section!
    The obamabots are making many enemies with the MSM. Because it looks like when they get tired of kissing Obama ring, they will have a lot of pent up anger to release.

  9. Dems tap Pittsburgh to finalize convention platform
    By David M. Brown
    Wednesday, August 6, 2008

    Pittsburgh on Saturday will host the Democratic Party’s 186-member platform committee as the group puts final touches on the party’s 2008 platform and adopts it in advance of the Democratic National Convention late this month.

    Delegates to the national convention will vote on the platform during the Aug. 25-28 convention in Denver.

    Democratic Chairman Howard Dean is scheduled to lead the platform committee meeting that starts at 9:30 a.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, the national party said today in a news release.

    The platform is designed to provide a guideline for Democratic candidates, including presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama, for the party’s position on key issues in the run-up to the Nov. 4 election.

    The platform drafting committee met last weekend in Cleveland to iron out the preliminary document to be discussed at Saturday’s session in Pittsburgh. The process included months of work, 1,600 “listening sessions” and input from more than 20,000 people in all 50 states, the news release said.

    The selection of Pittsburgh as the location for making the final draft suggests the importance of the Keystone State in the battle between Obama and presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, analysts say.

    McCain is scheduled to be back in the state on Monday for a two-day bus tour that includes stops in Western Pennsylvania, according to the Republican’s campaign.
    Didn’t I read from one of the PUMA groups fighting to incorporate some of Hillary Clinton’s policies were locked out by Obama’s thugs on the committee?

  10. great article about the the hypocrisy of Donna Brazile wrt Bill Clinton. Got agenda, Donna?

  11. Information overload this morning, but one thing that stands out for me is how tired and upset I am of the tricks, crimes, and underhanded dealings that have taken place to deny Hillary her rightful place in this election…that of DNC presidential nominee.

    Yes, having her name on the nomination roll is important, but I for one am still going to be angry. There are powerful players pulling the strings to push this monster into power. The arrogance of it all upsets me tremendously.

    Only a huge upset in Hillary’s favor will make this right. The chances of that are slim, I know, but other than that, Democrat voters turning away from Obama in droves in November will send the right message to the DNC?.

  12. Hillary Clinton is Who will Decide Arbitrate Judge if She (Hillary) will Have Her Name Candidacy Open for Placed in Nomination Roll Call of States’ Delegates Moment of Truth DNC Chairman Howard Dean Tells MSNBC’s Chuck Todd that Hillary Holds the Cards for Democrats’ National Convention in Denver
    Only Hillary Clinton (and her advisers) will decide whether or not her name will placed in nomination at the Democrats’ national convention in Denver in few weeks, because neither Team Obama nor the Democrat National Commitee has any say-so in this touchy matter whatsoever, says Howard Dean to Chuck Todd on MSNBC today, and knowing the Clintons, you can almost sense that Dean greatly fears that is exactly what she and Bill have up their sleeves, particularly now, with the American public becoming much more aware of Obama’s history in the new blockbuster book release, The Obama Nation, by Jerome Corsi, which is certain to engender much discussion on talk radio and tv, and with the legitimacy of Obama’s birth certificate now more than questionable after close inquiry (google Techdude Atlas Shrugs). Team Hillary can make a great case for her nomination over Obama’s at the convention, and we shall see how the debate develops.

  13. I thought he supported Yucca mountain. He has lots of nuclear $ in his coffee cans…

    Here’s a great article on the subject from mydd:

    In short, Obama opposed YUCCA when it was politically expedient for him to do so. But when he had 2 opportunities to do so when it wouldn’t have benefitted him politically, he did nothing.

    In other words…same old same old.

  14. If this having her name in the nomination process is just a token gesture, I do not want anything to do with it.

    It must be allowed for the validity and the fairness…with all the issues highlighted openly in the primaries.

    What will people do when the DNC leadership comes back…well we allowed her name and she lost in a fair process…are you going for barack.

    I DO NOT WANT BARACK…at any cost!

  15. PPP Florida
    McCain 47, Obama 44
    June: Obama 46, McCain 44

    According to PPP:
    Raleigh, N.C. – John McCain has retaken the lead in Florida, Public Policy Polling’s
    newest survey shows.
    Barack Obama had taken a small lead in June after trailing in PPP surveys of the state in
    March and January, but McCain now has a 47-44 advantage.
    Obama earns just 76% of the Democratic vote, with the folks in his party supporting
    McCain disproportionately older white females.
    “The Democrats crossing over to support John McCain are your prototypical Hillary
    Clinton supporters,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Barack
    Obama still has some work to do getting those folks on his side if he wants to have any
    chance of winning Florida.”
    The survey also shows tightening among Hispanic voters over the last month. Obama
    now leads by just three points with them after showing a 14 point advantage in the
    previous survey.

  16. Redstate are worried McCain will get too far ahead, Florida is flipping, Hispanics are flipping, Ohio is too close to call, South probably not (did he not brag about SC, so what was the significance of that, none, and the media really celebrated that, what crooks), when someone in the media thinks to question him on his policies or his change on policy, they are called McCain surrogates (I guess they cannot use racial any more), a slow steady decline.

    SDs this was suppose to be the DEMS year. When you have hitched your career to a leader that does not seem to be CLOSING THE DEAL, When do you bale. You better do it at the convention, because it is the last chance.

    The people are NOT listening to the media, but your constituantes are listening and watching you, And Guess What


  17. This came in my mail box this morning, and I want to share it here for those of us who prefer action to talk:

    Dear Clinton Dem,

    As you may be aware, John McCain has slipped ahead of Barack Obama in a few key polls. It is very unusual for this to be the case at this stage of a presidential campaign, and much more unusual in a year when it appeared all factors played into the hands of Democrats. A “generic” Democrat performs much better against McCain than Obama himself does.

    Since we would like very much for the delegates to get a chance to see what a nomination for Hillary Clinton could bring to the party, we ask that you contact each of the polling organizations below and ask them to include Hillary Clinton’s name in their polling data.

    Dear Pollster X,

    In light of Barack Obama’s lagging performance in the polls against John McCain, and the fact that nearly 60% of Americans want a Democrat for president, I ask you to please place Hillary Clinton’s name in your presidential polls from now until at least the convention.

    There is currently no certified nominee. It is not too late for the party to re-evaluate (or validate) their choice with a viable comparision. Maybe it is time for the pulse of the American people to be taken again?

    Hillary was ahead when the last polls like this were done soon after she suspended her campaign.

    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

    Your Name

    Rasmussen Reports, LLC
    Phone: 732-776-9777

    Quinnipiac University
    275 Mount Carmel Ave.
    Hamden, CT 06518-1908

    Sarah Van Allen
    Phone: 877-242-5587
    Alt: 202-715-3030
    Fax: 202-715-3045
    901 F Street, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20004

    Keep Fighting!

  18. ADMIN,

    i must tell you, i have really enjoyed your recent posts greatly.
    you are always a dynamo with facts, figures and history.
    you have a cool sense of humor.

    but your posts are different to me somehow.
    i feel that your latest posts are like conversations.
    to me, it seems that you are revealing a personal side.
    how you feel, how we feel, how they feel…
    i appreciate that very much…

    like you, we have all been hurt by this whole thing, and we need
    to express it, understand it, and get stronger because of it.
    we need also need to hear your ideas.
    there is no one here, who would not love to hear what you
    really think is going on…
    you know we all think you know more than you CAN tell us.
    its hard to go on faith alone…
    but that said, we are trying…

    thx for some really dynamite articles…

  19. kostner Says:

    August 6th, 2008 at 11:50 am
    wow folks,

    for amusement, did you guys see NE’s photo of Edwards and his baby!!!

    h t t p : / /
    I bought last week National Enquirer and they hinted about this…they said “What’s in a (baby) name? Plenty! They even said the baby looks a lot like John Edwards.

    The tabloid has a lots of hints and talks about Johns’s friends involved in the cover up. They also said they will be releasing more photos and dropping more names.

    Also on the website today. That photo of John holding his baby is telling. NE placed spy cameras in their room….John Edwards political career is TOAST!

    N.E also respectfully mentioned Elisabeth Edwards and where she was on the day the story broke…in Chicago working with Lance Armstrong raising cancer awareness.

    I think NE is going to let this scandal drip, drip drip for awhile.

  20. skmf12:

    Well said about what admin has been doing for us.

    I miss other folks here who no longer post…like terrondt. I wonder what happened to him..

  21. mp: A couple of months ago, I went to the McCain website, and Terrondt was posting there. I haven’t visited the site for awhile, so I don’t know, if he is still posting there.

    Ditto about what skmf12 said. I always enjoy reading admin’s posts. Some saneness, in a sea of surrealness.

  22. I feel very sorry for Elizabeth Edwards.

    but John is another story; he has been such a tow-faced man. I blame him for way he abetted and aided Obama against Hillary like a gang.

  23. Just read that Brazile excerpt posted over on Clinton dems – thanks for the tip, Idunn. That DB is real slime – no character at all.

  24. mp,

    yeah we have all scattered after the whole rules committee fiasco.
    its good to see you back also.
    there are fortunately many places to go, and find like minded
    there is lots of people doing their own blogs now, and thats okay,
    cause our cause is growing expedentially…

    also people are looking for the movement…
    HERE AT 44…….

  25. ADMIN

    I don’t know who you are either. But you have done a service for our Democracy. To conquer someone, you divide and isolate them. In this primary process, that would have happened, if you had not been here. Abused women are cut off from their families, and told to stay home.

    They then tell them they are no good, worthless, and cannot survive on their own.

    We have heard that about the Hillary Renagade supporters. We are told that we will get over it (like they can dictate that), that we are sore losers, that we don’t count.

    Do you notice that pattern again. But we had Hillaryis44, plus all the other blogs that sprung up and rallied under PUMA. That is what saved us. We continued to come here, whether we spoke or not.

    THANK YOU FOR SAVING THE DISENTING VOICES. We are the democracy, and we will be hear.


  26. The Edwards Love-Child Old Media Doesn’t Want You to See

    Hooray! The National Enquirer has published photos of former political person John Edwards with a baby. The baby is almost certainly made up in part of DNA he left in a woman named Rielle Hunter, a former Edwards staffer who now spends her time cashing checks and hiding in hotels and denying everything to the media (until Good Morning America finally books her!).

    So now would be a perfect time for, like, established print media to cover this story, right? Anyone? Ha, no, they are all too embarrassed. Once again, it’s up to the internet!

    The story is still sneaking in through the cracks. McClatchy ran a “why isn’t Edwards answering our questions” piece that will set the tone for future MSM stories on this terrible subject. Leno and Conan have mentioned the story too, which definitely suggests that the era when no one would’ve known about this unless the Times picked it up is finally over.

    But now it is the internet’s time to shine! Slate’s done great by the story, with cranky Mickey Kaus justifying his insane anti-MSM crusade and Jack Shafer being his usual cantankerous and inarguably correct self. And hey, it’s been good for Gawker too—nothing helps beat the August doldrums like a sex scandal that also allows for excoriation of Olde Media.

    Of course, not everyone on the internet has performed so honorably. It’s bannable to mention the story at liberal blog powerhouse DailyKos, the HuffPo is still mostly quiet on it, and the Wikipedia edit war is staggering into its second contentious week.

    But now we have photos! Once there are pictures, the story is ready for television. If the Edwards love child was the Montauk Monster, CNN would’ve been all over it last week! And once the story is on television, the newspapers can finally go back and write about it, even if it’s just a meta-media “oh dear what happened to the press on this one” kind of story.

    John himself has played this stupidly, running from reporters and hoping they’ll maintain their vow of silence as long as he keeps his mouth shut. They will, John, because they love your wife, but they can only justify this to themselves for so long.

    Because, as you can see above, the photo is damning and ready-made for distribution on the internet or cable television.

    Drip, Drip, Drip. This is going to go down like a bomb in North Carolina and since John Edwards is bucking for a cabinet position in the Obama admin and campaigning for Obama…..

    Will this hurt Obama in NC, SC, TN, WV, TX, AR, MS, LA, and others states questioning Team Obama’s associates?

  27. Again, couldn’t care less about John Edwards personal life. Don’t care about that any more than I cared about Bill and Monica. It just isn’t relevent to me politically.

    (which is not to suggest that it isn’t something others aren’t free to discuss here)

  28. wobbei,

    I haven’t read any messages this morning, but woke up with an idea for you. I hope some others here can give leads as to where to find the quotes I’m talking about.

    On the international investors chapter, I suggested ‘grounding’ it at the beginning with a masthead quote from HIllary, and working out from there: giving more detail on the picture she had summarized. The second masthead might be someting about Obama beng a tool of the Chicago Combine?? Some quote from someone in his Chicago days. I’m looking for specific grounding real life things here.

    On the chapter about the DNC rigging the primary contest, what about the same thing, only this time starting with a certain quote from Brazile about tweaking the allocatoin of delegates etc to favor black areas, so that BLACKS ACTING IN CONCERT across the nation could CONTROL THE NOMINATION. Then perhaps a second box with juicy quote/s from Obama from his 1996 ‘campaign’ for state senate, perhaps the one about ‘some people might think that the public should get to vote in eveyr election … but … If you can win, you should win, and get on with doing the people’s business.’ This second box might also contain a short quote or two by Chicago pols who were there in 1996, and/or journalist,s rationalizing that attitude: Ryan Lizza(sp?) in his ‘Unlikely Political Education’ and/or the Chi Trib journalist for the ‘Bare Knuckles’ profile segment. Links to both of these and more are at my page, scroll down a few screens.

    I don’t have a lead for the Brazile quote, except that it was posted probably here and came from some DNC document from around 2004???

    It wasn’t the short piece she did for Slate?/Salon? something like ‘Why people hate democrats’ about Kerry’s defeat. That one would be good to quote in a separate chapter about Obama’s public conduct of the campaign: all fluff and cool, no substance. A second box for that public conduct chapter could be maybe something from Axelrod and possibly about Deval Patrick.

    The racism might deserve a chapter or someting of its own. A masthead box quote there might be from one of Obama’s books about Blacks often using race card in politics. A contrasting quote perhaps from Brazile’s piece a few years ago praising Bill Clinton as the best leader of AA’s. This was posted very recentlly, perhaps at

  29. If this is true, I think John deserves what he gets.

    However, Elizabeth, their adult daughter, and the two younger children are the real victims here They did nothing, and I know they are hurting and upset right now.

    I hope for them that they know we do care about how they feel. I think if John did he would have handled this better.

  30. “Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid are holding a fundraiser in September to help Hillary with her debt according to Ben Smith.”

    In exchange for what???

  31. What is this with all of the traitors helping Hillary reduce her debt.

    Personnelly if Judas, Nancy and Harry are beside her, I will not go. I will donate direct to her site. somehow these appearances with Hillary seem odd.

    She does not need the good publicity. However, they do. But of course it will not work. It is just another gun to the head of the hostage they invoke with these events.

    I guess it is another OH THEY WILL GET OVER IT EVENTS. Maybe if we appear with her showing some prefunctory support, they will forget

    We Will not forget.

  32. Roland Martin’s 20 seconds of fame is up! He needs to STFU!!!

  33. To think JE was running for president. Did he not think this would have come out? What if he had become the nominee? I just don’t know, what is going on in this world.

    Is he another one all into himself,

  34. JEZZUS!
    Poor John Ralston could barely get a word in edgewise except to respond that he wasn’t, as Waffles sneered, McCain’s proxy. That a$$wipe goes on and on and on and on and on and on . . . i think his strategy is to eat up as much time as possible to prevent additional questions.

    great description of Paris and her accomplishments. LOL

  35. In exchange for what???

    In exchange for us dissenters getting in line, that’s what.

    Fuck ’em! We need another big drive to independently finish off her debt.

  36. Excerpted from article )


    Any rounded treatment of Obama’s early political career has got to give prominence to the issue of race. Obama has recently made efforts to preemptively blunt discussion of the race issue, warning that his critics will highlight the fact that he is African American. Yet the question of race plays so large a role in Obama’s own thought and action that it is all but impossible to discuss his political trajectory without acknowledging the extent to which it engrosses him.

    In 2004, a U.S. District Court disallowed the ordinance under which Chicago required the use of at least 25 percent minority business enterprises and 5 percent women’s business enterprises on city-funded projects. In the immediate aftermath of the ruling, Obama and Jesse Jackson were among the prominent voices calling for a black leadership summit to plot strategy for a restoration of Chicago’s construction quotas. Obama and his allies succeeded in bringing back race-based contracting.

    No Hispanics Encroaching in Black Areas

    When the 2000 census revealed dramatic growth in Chicago’s Hispanic and Asian populations alongside a decline in the number of African Americans, the Illinois black caucus was alarmed at the prospect that the number of blacks in the Illinois General Assembly might decline. At that point, Obama stepped to the forefront of the effort to preserve as many black seats as possible. The Defender quotes Obama as saying that, “while everyone agrees that the Hispanic population has grown, they cannot expand by taking African-American seats.”

    Liberalism Reigns Supreme

    At a November 1999 candidate forum, the Hyde Park Herald reported that “there was little to distinguish” the candidates, who “struggled to differentiate themselves” ideologically. Acknowledged Obama, “[W]e’re all on the liberal wing of the Democratic party.” Indeed, the common political ideology of the candidates was a theme in Herald coverage throughout the race. Rush’s background suggests what that ideology was: A Chicago icon and former Black Panther, Rush received a 90 percent rating in 2000, and a 100 percent rating in 1999, from the liberal Americans for Democratic Action. Both years the American Conservative Union rated him at zero percent.

    Tough to differentiate between Barack Obama and a Black Panther? Not the guy I’m looking for in the White House.

    Election Strategy

    The most interesting characterization came from Obama himself, who laid out his U.S. Senate campaign strategy for the Defender in 2003: “[A]s you combine a strong African-American base with progressive white and Latino voters, I think it is a recipe for success in the primary and in the general election.” Putting the point slightly differently, Obama added, “When you combine an energized African-American voter base and effective coalition-building with other progressive sectors of the population, we think we have a recipe for victory.” Obama consciously constructed his election strategy on a foundation of leftist ideology and racial bloc voting.

    Crime and Bill Ayers

    Crime is also a key contact-point between Obama and his most celebrated radical associate, William Ayers. We’ve heard a good deal of late about Ayers’s Weatherman terrorism back in the 1960s and his lack of repentance. Ayers refuses to answer questions about his relationship with Obama, while Obama has dismissed Ayers as just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood.” Yet several Obama-Ayers connections are known: Obama’s 1995 political debut at the home of Ayers and his wife (and fellow former terrorist) Bernardine Dohrn, Obama’s joint service with Ayers on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago, a couple of appearances with Ayers on academic panels, and what the New York Times called Obama’s “rave review” (not actually a full review, but a warm endorsement) of Ayers’s book on juvenile justice, which Obama dubbed “a searing and timely account” in the Chicago Tribune.

    Soft on Crime

    When Obama offers examples of ill-conceived legislation, he often points to building prisons: Instead of building another prison, why not expand health care entitlements? Biographer David Mendell cites Obama’s irritation with fellow legislators who “grandstand” by passing tough-on-crime legislation, while letting bills designed to bring “structural change” languish. Debating Bobby Rush in 2000, Obama bragged that he had “consistently fought against the industrial prison complex.” Obama’s Hyde Park Herald column echoes these points.

    Also in 1998, according to the Hill, a Washington newspaper, Obama was one of only three Illinois state senators to vote against a proposal making it a criminal offense for convicts on probation or on bail to have contact with a street gang. A year later, on a vote mandating adult prosecution for aggravated discharge of a firearm in or near a school, Obama voted “present,” and reiterated his opposition to adult trials for even serious juvenile offenders. In short, when it comes to the issue of crime, Obama is on the far left of the political spectrum and very much in synch with his active political allies Ayers and Dohrn.

    Racial Profiling

    Obama’s signature crime legislation was his effort to combat alleged racial discrimination by the Illinois police. In 2003, the Defender said Obama had “made a career” out of his annual battle for a bill against racial profiling. For years, profiling legislation was bottled up by the Illinois senate’s Republican leader. When senate control shifted to the Democrats in 2003, Obama’s racial profiling bill finally passed-just in time to give his drive for the U.S. Senate nomination a major boost.

    Police doubts were entirely justified. Obama’s bill is a deeply flawed example of precisely the sort of grievance-driven race-based politics that fuels legislation on affirmative action and minority set-asides. All of these “remedies” falsely leap from statistical evidence of racial disparities to claims of discrimination. In the case of racial profiling, disproportionate police stops of black or Hispanic motorists in no way prove discrimination.

    Obama is All About Reverend Wright’s Black Liberation Theology

    Indeed, Obama’s racial profiling crusade shows his political alliance with Wright, Pfleger, and Meeks in action. We know from Obama’s 1988 “Why Organize?” essay that a long-term goal of his was to politically organize “liberationist” black churches:

    Nowhere is the promise of organizing more apparent than in the traditional black churches. Possessing tremendous financial resources, membership, and-most important-values and biblical traditions that call for empowerment and liberation, the black church is clearly a slumbering giant in the political and economic landscape of cities like Chicago.

    We also know from a 1995 profile that Obama viewed his legislative role as an extension of his grass-roots organizing career. So it’s unsurprising to see in the Hyde Park Herald of February 28, 2001, that Obama’s “grass-roots lobbying effort” for racial profiling legislation is to feature not only the ACLU and the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, but also appearances by Meeks and Pfleger. The Chicago Defender notes the additional presence of Reverend Michael Sykes, an associate pastor of Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ. So Obama’s drive for racial profiling legislation brought to fruition his long-time goal of politically organizing Chicago’s most liberationist black churches. Of course Wright, Meeks, and Pfleger are known for their demagogic accusations of white racism. Obama’s racial profiling bill fit squarely in that tradition. As with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, it’s evident that the liberationist preachers were also his valued political allies.

    Breaking the Bank in A War on Poverty

    Important though it is to Obama, the crime issue runs a distant second to his deepest passion: social welfare legislation. “Big government liberal,” “redistributionist”-call him what you like, Obama’s fondest hope is to lead America into another war on poverty. Everything in his state-legislative career points in this direction, and Obama calls for a renewal of expensive national anti-poverty programs in his book The Audacity of Hope. True, Obama’s promotion of government partnerships with private-sector housing contractors (like Antoin “Tony” Rezko) was supposed to open up novel, post-Great Society solutions to the problem of poverty. Yet, as a devastating Boston Globe report on Obama’s Illinois housing policy recently showed, the results of Obama’s new war on poverty are just as counterproductive as those of the old war on poverty. Neighborhoods supposedly renovated now lie deserted by the private developers who took Obama’s government handouts and ran-quickly building or renovating housing units, but failing to maintain them.

    But if Obama takes the presidency with a Democratic Congress at his back, we’ll likely see a grand-scale version of the fiscal mayhem Obama and his colleagues brought to Illinois

    God help us if he wins in November.

  37. Ummm I kinda feel like gossiping today..

    -maybe this Rielle woman is a surrogate mother for John…
    -maybe John is the lawyer who is handling the case between Rielle and the “real married father”…
    -maybe John has story on Obama but he first needs to get this one over so he and Rielle can spill all the beans about Obama..

  38. Admin:

    Blond ambition???

    Now now! I think this could be reverse discrimination…what about redhaired, brunette, gray haired etc etc

    You gotta be fair!!!! The Obama race baiters will be after you!!!


  39. Poor Rush is having conniptions over the media trying to support the messiah’s idiotic inflate-your-tires energy saving strategy.

    OMG! He’s furious at having to talk about such absolute lunacy because it’s all over the news and the talking heads are solemnly reporting on the chosen one’s brilliant solution.

    This really IS insane! No doubt if his Snobbiness were to comment the earth is flat the media would report that as the gospel truth, too.

  40. If the DNC was smart, which of course they aren’t , they’d put HRC at the top of the ticket and Obama in the number 2 spot.

    Do that, and you’d see ALOT more of us dissenters “get in line”.

  41. Idunn: I don’t even think, he belongs in the #2 spot.

    The Global Poverty Act is going to bankrupt this country.

  42. mp,

    i am so with you on that last statement!!!
    we’ve all heard the rumors about obama and edwards going
    on vacation together twice…

    well boys will be boys apparently…

    why did edwards suddenly stop fighting for his own candidacy,
    and suddenly was all about being obamas greatest fan?

    so lets get this straight, now edwards is ‘busted’, now he wont
    be vp, would he tell secrets?
    no i guess not, i guess he would still hold out for cabinet position

    maybe elizabeth will mad enough, she may tell what she knows?
    no, she has more important worries…

    well, maybe someone else has a reason to tell the story, that
    we all believe is waiting to see the light of day..

    TO TELL?

  43. This sep fundraiser offer by reid and Pelosi…

    I think hillary is stupid to accept it…she needs to have most of her personal debt settled before Aug 28th otherwise she loses/forfeits most of it.

    And I would have thought by now, most of her vendor debt except for Penn would have been paid off.

    Something does not gel well here!

  44. JanH Says:

    August 6th, 2008 at 1:47 pm
    Roland Martin’s 20 seconds of fame is up! He needs to STFU!!!

    That article made me sick. What sanctimonius crap.

  45. Look I think maybe Hillary was even in more debt than one originally thought.

    And last week when she visited SF, she spoke out in front of the AFSCME campaigning for Obama
    Was this event another one that cost her more than what she collected at a private fundraiser for settling her debt.

  46. Advertising in the newspapers are down, the viewership of the Major Networks, CNN and MSNBC (the Dems Channels), are down. So where is that all going. I see a lot of ads on the internet now, and I see a lot more truthfulness in the reporting there.

    So tell me again why I would bother to watch the media say, Amen, it shall be done, When I can go to the internet, and see reports linked back to the actual source where I can read it and verifiy it myself (make sure I have the same interpretation).

    And why do they watch Bill O’Rielly? I never did, but in the primary fieasco, I started to see a person who brought a lot of crap up that the Dem Media was not willing to talk about.

    I still don’t like him, but I think he has the people listening to him because he is willing to hear it all.

    As for the convention, I will not watch the dog and pony show of the DEMS. They left me behind, when they left Democracy behind.

    It cost the networks a lot of money to cover this. I wonder if it will be worth it for them.

  47. mp Says:
    What will people do when the DNC leadership comes back…well we allowed her name and she lost in a fair process

    Right. Even if the vote is technically fair, if Pelosi twists arms behind the scenest to pressure the delegates to vote for BO, that’s worse than openly excluding her from the ballot.

    Still, the movement is gaining, and if it fails then they have “Well, she couldn’t even get enough signatures on her petition.”

    But Hillary seems to like the idea, and our doing it is a show of support for her — a bargaining chip she can use as and when she chooses.

  48. basil9,

    that is funny that you said that about a tribute to admin,’

    i was going to say this on my post upstream, but i thought
    people would think i was dumb…
    but you obviously are on the same page….

    I wanted to say:





  49. Double Standards Galore:

    Edwards in Denver?

    You don’t have to accept the legitimacy of the National Equirer’s continuing drumbeat* against John Edwards to realize that the question of whether he gets (or wants) a prominent role at the Democratic convention is becoming pretty sticky. The higher his national profile the more excuses reporters have to ask nettlesome questions.
    So if the National Enquirer hadn’t did this story, Obama, Dean, Pelosi, Brazile would have given John Edwards a prominent role at the Democratic? Taliban Convention.

    There is no doubt they would have done it because they are covering up for Edwards. How does John Edwards ugly scandal HELP the Democrats in the G.E.?

    All it does is reinforce liberal hypocrisy and double standards of Character, Sexism and Mysoginy.

    I love Bill but there is no way I’m going to condone is lack of discipline but to act like John Edwards terrible, terrible horribly bad judgement and massive cover-up while John Edwards is running for a high level cabinet position in Obama’s Admin. while he stood there and tore down a better candidate knowing his pecadilloes will be tolorated and covered up by the Democratic Leadership.

    Please tell me WHAT John Edwards had done for poor people when it didn’t benefit him?

    Since NC dumped Edwards as fast as they could when they found out he was an “empty suit” and was invisible to them at their time of need….they had to turn to Elizabeth Dole for help during that terrible flooding when John was their Senator. That told me alot…John’s words does not match his actions.

  50. nikki22 Says:

    August 6th, 2008 at 1:36 pm
    Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid are holding a fundraiser in September to help Hillary with her debt according to Ben Smith.
    I thought her debt had to be paid off before the convention in order to apply….so why are they a fundraiser in September to help Hillary….this sounds more like DNC money.

  51. I will add my thanks to Admin as well.

    This is a great place to be and a very welcoming one. The 100% loyalty to Hillary Clinton that I see in the posts here make my day. It is heartwarming to know that while all is insane in the outside world of Obama, the media, and DNC hanger-ons, this is the one place that sanity reigns!!!!

  52. Anyone know what the big speakers’ schedule is like, for the convention? I’m assuming it will be Bill Clinton on the first night, Hillary on the second night?

  53. NewMexicoFan Says:

    August 6th, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    I will not watch the dog and pony show of the DEMS. They left me behind, when they left Democracy behind.

    It cost the networks a lot of money to cover this. I wonder if it will be worth it for them.


    I hear Ya. I will not be watching the convention neither. No ratings from me

  54. A toast to Admin — for constantly making the case so well, and for your delightful sense of humor in this very difficult time.

  55. The Obama campaign’s handling of the offshore drilling is one of the most glaring example’s of Bambi’s general ineptitude. He’s flip-flopped back and forth, like a nervous rookie, when a simple “all options are on the table, as we move forward to develop a comprehensive energy package that will help the American people” would have prevented all of this from happening.

    This is EXACTLY why Democrats constantly lose presidential elections. We nominate egotistical windbags who don’t know when to keep their traps shut on the campaign trail.

  56. A toast to Admin — for constantly making the case so well, and for your delightful sense of humor in this very difficult time.

    ::lifts glass::



    and the few I read were basically Obama God, Clintons evil
    so could use the truth

    Bill won’t say Obama’s “ready” to president, and Hillary says the
    presumptive nominee hasn’t fulfilled his fundraising promises. Howard
    Fineman on the continued tension between the old and new guard.

    “And while Hillary has agreed not to have her name placed in
    nomination, that concession has yet to yield a definitive answer on
    what, exactly, her role will be in Denver. ”

    tdo: This rumor has been debunked by a Hillary video, link and
    transcript at, alegre’s blog, and elsewhere.

  58. I want to call your attention to that PPP Florida poll. PPP is very pro Obama, but McCain has flipped Obama’s slim lead in June to a 3 points lead.

    The most interesting tidbits are the comments from the pollster. He said basically the hardcore Hillary supporters(older women) in Florida are flipping this race to McCain.


    Obama’s support among hispanics is also starting to crack.

  59. by the way,

    Why was Edwards sweating so heavily in that photo. It’s very weird. Was that photo taken in a CA hotel, or different location?

  60. Obama site: Jews must be ‘burned’
    Anti-Semites congregate on candidate’s official presidential campaign blog

  61. Carby: I believe the part of her debt that must be paid off, before the convention, is the portion of her own funds, that she lent to the campaign.

  62. skmf,

    I KNOW! 😀

    You gave me the idea! And we really should try to do an organized tribute. Personally, I would have gone nuts the past 6 months if i hadn’t found this site.

    Bravo Admin and all the terrific posters on board.

  63. meiyingsu,

    Obama is one big disclaimer. He isn’t responsible for anything. Those comments on his blogs make me sick to my stomach!

  64. Not quite ready for prime time

    During a stop at a McCain campaign event in New Hampshire last November, a New York Times reporter who had been covering the various candidates for months told me that McCain had answered more questions from reporters in the preceding two hours on his bus than Clinton, Obama, and Romney had answered during the entire campaign. I don’t know whether Clinton and Romney became more willing to answer reporters’ questions during the campaign season (in Hillary’s case, I think not). I do know that Obama has continued to limit his exposure to such questions, complaining on one occasion that he had already answered “like eight questions.”

    It shows. Thus, in the exchange below, Obama responds to tough but perfectly reasonable questioning from a Las Vegas reporter about his vote on energy legislation by referring to the reporter as McCain’s “proxy”:

    RALSTON: I guess what the American people want to know though Senator, is what is the real difference between you and John McCain. You are running this ad tying him to the industry saying that he has taken all of these contributions, but as you well know there is a story out today about how you supported the Dick Cheney bill and he opposed it. That bill gave subsidies to the oil and gas companies, John McCain opposed the bill saying those are tax breaks for those companies, Barack Obama favored it.

    SEN. OBAMA: Hold on a second Jon, I thought I was talking to you instead of debating John McCain, but I am happy to let you serve as his proxy. The fact of the matter is that I supported that energy bill saying at the time that those tax breaks were wrong but also recognizing that this was the largest investment in alternative energy in history. And that it was important for us, for the solar industry to get off the ground in places like Nevada, for to get wind kicked off the ground, that that was something that we had to do and I immediately said during that time and subsequently that we should strip out those tax breaks for oil companies. I would point out that in December of last year, we had a vote to strip out those tax breaks for oil companies, there was one Senator that did not vote on that measure, and that was John McCain.

    Now in fairness to Obama, this exchange followed some pretty aggressive initial questioning from a pushy talk show host. And Obama actually handled himself well during much of the interview. Even so, a political figure who can’t explain a controversial vote on key legislation without first attacking the professionalism of the reporter is probably not ready to run for, much less serve as, president. Obama could use more time in the Senate to (a) learn about the legitimate role of the press in this country and/or (b) develop thicker skin.

  65. BASIL,

    i like your idea, but how do we organize it?
    you know admin wont let us post the article for the day… 🙂


  66. What an unsavory character Barack Hussein Obama has turned out to be.The more he speaks,the more deeper the hole gets.The only good quotes that make sense are the words in the ideas and plans that Hillary has expressed alot longer than he has been around.The only original words that he has expressed in this campaign ar either about RACE or STUPID PIE IN THE SKY PIPE DREAMS. Mark my words We will prevail and Hillary will be our most precious nominee that this country is waiting for.Tune in to FOX NEWS and see and hear the real Empty suit that has bought the real words of Forest GUMP.STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES. BARACK WE NEED A VALID BIRTH CERTIFICATE FROM YOU

    By ABM90 Full of prayers and hope for HILLARY

  67. I say we excercise some more of our awesome PUMA power, and threaten to walk off this blog unless ADMIN let’s US write the next article of the day.

  68. Cindy Sheehan Needs Your Help!

    According to her sister, Dede, 3000 petition signatures are needed by 3 pm this Friday!

    Cindy Sheehan is running for Congress in San Francisco (California’s District 8).

    It has not been easy collecting signatures to put Cindy Sheehan on the ballot.

    San Francisco is a city of commuters. Many working people cannot or do not live in the downtown district. The poorest residents are seldom registered, or are not interested in voting.

    The toughest brag, ‘Can’t vote! I’m a felon!”

    (At least these individuals have a touching awareness of what rights they have lost.)

    Many know who Cindy Sheehan is but do not understand why she is running. I blame the establishment media for this.

    Some people think getting Cindy on the ballot is a shoe-in– not true– and I blame the alternative media for this.

    The most deplorable group of people understand the stakes, but can’t be bothered. Perhaps like me, they walk down the street with ear buds pretending they can’t hear anything like ‘Please help!”


    Today, Cindy’s sister Dede sent out a new plea for help.

    She wrote:

    We need your help. Of the 10898 signatures we turned in last tuesday close to 5,000 were invalidated.

    We need 1694 additional valid signatures to get Cindy on the ballot and we need to accomplish this huge task by 3pm this friday. In order to cover another outrageous invalidation rate we need to collect 3,000 signatures.

    If you have either the old In Lieu of Filing Petitions or the Old
    Nomination Petition please come in and get the new Supplemental Nomination Petitions. The old petitions will not be accepted by the Department of Elections.

    The goal is within our grasp…we can’t let it slip through our

    Please call Dede at 415-621-5027 and let us know WHEN you can help.

    [Headquarters at 1260 Mission Street]

    Here is more info:

    it is critical that people pick up the latest supplemental petitions.

    The downloadable ones at Cindy’s website this evening will not do.
    URGENT!!! Don’t be fooled ALWAYS contact the candidate website and let them tell you where they’re at in the signature battle. At least give her the opportunity to be in the battle.

    Hold Nancy Pelosi accountable!!!

    by ntuit
    Wednesday Aug 6th, 2008 12:32 AM


    Due to petition invalidations by the San Francisco Elections Office and the unfair requirements for independent candidates to make the ballot, Cindy Sheehan needs more petitions of registered voters in order to put her on the ballot to oust Bush Enabler Nancy Pelosi.

    Come to the campaign headquarters at 1260 Mission Street Wednesday or Thursday to sign a petition or take one and gather signatures. We are at a critical stage and need people who really want to hold Pelosi accountable for the failure to bring impeachment charges against Bush and for giving Bush almost everything he has wanted to fund the Iraq war. Also, what did she know about torture and what did she condone? HELP CINDY NOW.. COME TO 1260 MISSION BETWEEN 8TH & 9TH STREETS.

  70. Texan and Birdgal…I NEVER joke when it comes to PUMA power. 🙂

    Anyway, I’m guessing Admin would cave in a day…tops. He or she wouldn’t be able to stand not having us around. 😉

  71. I just got this response from Ben Graber, who is running as an Independent for Congress against Robert Wexler for Palm Beach-Broward congressional district.

    “Thank you. Please spread the word. Everyone will soon know they made a major error in not supporting Hillary. Thanks.”

    You remember Wexler from the DNC Rules & Byaws Committee kangaroo court. The loud mouthed, fist-pounding Obama disciple. Wexler, the Congressman from Florida who uses his mother-in-law’s address in Delray Beach while flagrantly making his home in a Maryland suburb.

    The house he lists on his voter registration is his in-laws’ house, in a gated 55-and-older community. Legally, he can’t move back with his children under the age of 18. Now he’s looking to rent an apartment in Delray Beach due to “concerns” of his constituents.

    Wexler received property tax breaks by declaring his house in Potomac, Md., a “primary residence” from 1999 to 2002. He also signed a loan document with his wife in 2005 describing the house as “my/our principal residence.”

    Wexler’s chief of staff, Eric Johnson, said Wexler mistakenly signed paperwork declaring the Maryland house his primary residence when he bought it in 1997 and corrected the error in 2003 when it was brought to his attention.

    Johnson said the signature on the loan document was not the same as a legal declaration of residency but was an affirmation that Wexler would be living in the house “for a good majority of the time” rather than renting it out.

    WOW, Wexler is using one right out of the Obama playbook. Remember how Obama says he did not fill out a questionaire as an Illinois Congressman stating his support for gun control, even though his notes were in the margins of the form?

    Wexler represents a Palm Beach-Broward congressional district that is about 50 percent Democrat and about 25 percent Republican. Wexler hasn’t even faced a Republican challenger in the last two elections. He’s been in office since 1996 and it’s time for him to go.

    Come on PUMAS, let’s pound Wexler and get Ben Graber elected. If you are a Florida Puma you can volunteeer and find out more at:

  72. idunn,

    yes, it think that would be a great idea, just great!

    maybe admin would let 44nistas do a guest blog….
    either we could have a couple of our good writers do the writing,
    or we could have various posters do a paragraph. sticking to
    the subject only ofcourse…

    what do you guys think?

    i admin says no,
    we could hijack the thread….
    we could post our name our article and headline it as whatever
    title we agree too.

    but better if admin just gives over for one f*cking day….


    it would be cathartic…

  73. skmf said:
    it would be cathartic…


    LOL! But how can we consider ourelves supporters of Admin if we don’t follow her commands! We must all be Republicans! Trying to cause chaos!

    Actually I agree with Admin (not that I’ve read what she said, I’m reading up the column). Time is short . Let’s roast her AFTER the convention.

  74. ADMIN,

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    look admin,
    idunn is going to hold her breath if you dont work with us…
    are you prepared to take resposibility for that?

  75. Time is short

    All the MORE reason for her to give in to our demands. She wouldn’t DREAM of doing anything to hurt Hillary. It’s a great leverage point, imo. 😉

  76. idunn is going to hold her breath if you dont work with us…

    WTF?! Notice how I’m the one who gets shoved out front as the sacrificial lamb? You’re making us fight amongst ourselves now, Admin. Is THAT what you want?! You want to destroy the UNITY of this blog?!

  77. Well..I vote for Idunn doing the first guest post…with her talent!

    I respectfully decline the nomination and instead nominate Lil Ole Grape, because despite what she says, I’m STILL convinced that she is Islander who wrote that AWESOME post over at Confluence.

  78. Heads up everyone, just got this in my email about google

    from this site:

  79. You bloggers are funny. So take pity on a person who does not know, and tell me how to get the smiley faces?

    Is that something you download that you can insert here?

    Just curious.

  80. I AGREE MP!!!!!

    I would be honored if Idunn would speak on our behalf.
    i would like it said how much we have all been through together.
    i would like it said how much we have hurt, how much we have
    grown, and how much we have learned.

    i would like it said where we are going and why.
    but most of all, i would like the story told about ADMIN44…
    admin, set a group of hillary hopefuls on a path that will change
    the future of politics.

    we remember the DREADED HILLARYIS44, brand that scared the
    hell out of tweety and msm.

    anyway, i hope admin will think about this.

  81. Do you remember the Gettysburg Address? Well I don’t remember it all. But I do remember the beginning.

    Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth a new nation, concieved in liberty, and dedicated to the propostion that all Men (People) are created equal.

    I guess that excludes Primaries and SDs.

  82. Well I obviously don’t understand, and I don’t see the emoticon codes

    You all are obviously more skilled than I am.

  83. Blush is… colon opps colon.
    eyeroll is… colon roll colon
    tears are…colon cry colon


  84. Thank you for teaching me something today.

    hey, it’s a slow news day, what else do we have to do except teach emoticons and get militant on Admin. 😉

  85. Thank you again. I remember a very lengthy discussion on how to Italize, bold, underline etc. I don’t want to take up space here. Is there a website that tells me how to do that also?

  86. Guys,
    If you get a chance check out Hillary’s speech at Bloomberg’s party for her on Youtube. She tells a funny story about Chuck Schumer & David Patterson.

  87. So AOL has a poll going on whether McCain has gone negative, since he promised not to. (right now it is equal yes and no).

    It seems I remember O saying the same thing. So do they have to be so obvious about disliking people.

  88. OK still don’t have the changing moods one yet.

    neither works, so what am I doing wrong.

  89. Clinton Backers not Giving up as Convention Looms:

  90. If you get a chance check out Hillary’s speech at Bloomberg’s party for her on Youtube.

    Got a link Nikki? I can’t find it on youtube.

    Thanks for the headsup on HRC’s webchat, Berkley. 🙂

  91. Check this out ev1
    Does this sound familiar

    This will be considered off-topic — but it isn’t. I thought I’d share this letter which was sent to the Editor of the Times-Dispatch by a gentlemen who escaped Cuba in the 1960’s. His words come from the experience of believing in someone, without taking the time to know who they really are, and the consequences that followed:

    Subject: Celebration

    From Richmond Times-Dispatch, Monday, July 7, 2008

    Dear Editor, Times-Dispatch:

    Each year I get to celebrate Independence Day twice. On June 30 I celebrate my independence day, and on July 4, I celebrate America ’s. This year is special, because it marks the 40th anniversary of my independence.

    On June 30, 1968, I escaped Communist Cuba, and a few months later, I was in the United States to stay. That I happened to arrive in Richmond on Thanksgiving Day is just part of the story, but I digress.

    I’ve thought a lot about the anniversary this year. The election-year rhetoric has made me think a lot about Cuba and what transpired there. In the late 1950s, most Cubans thought Cuba needed a change, so when a young leader came along, every Cuban was at least receptive.

    When the young leader spoke eloquently and passionately and denounced the old system, the press fell in love with him. They never questioned who his friends were or what he really believed in. When he said he would help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and education to all, everyone followed. When he said he would bring justice and equality to all, everyone said, ‘Praise the Lord.’ And when the young leader said, ‘I will be for change and I’ ll bring you change,’ everone yelled, ‘Viva Fidel!’

    But nobody asked about the change, so by the time the executioner’s guns went silent, the people’s guns had been taken away. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By the time everyone received their free education, it was worth nothing. By the time the press noticed, it was too late, because they were now working for him. By the time the change was finally implemented, Cuba had been knocked down a couple of notches to Third-World status. By the time the change was over, more than a million people had taken to boats, rafts, and inner tubes. You can call those who made it ashore anywhere else in the world the most fortunate Cubans. And now I’m back to the beginning of my story.

    Luckily, we in America would never fall for a young leader who promised change without asking, what change? How will you carry it out? What will it cost America ?

    Would we?

    Manuel Alvarez, JR.
    posted by
    Kathleen | 08.06.08 – 2:48 pm | #


  92. When I moved over the smiley it told me the code, dau!

    Well, thanks for teaching ME something today! 🙂

    Had I known that, I could have just done the emoticons and told you guys to mouse over them for the codes. Sure would have been easier.

  93. Damn Marie! That letter gave me chills!

    Thank you for that wisdom,Manuel Alvarez, JR., where ever you may be.

  94. Ok, so there are two cols there, and the shock one works but the other I will put in ( so we can all see it (to be used without ( of course)


  95. Neetabug,
    What if john would have been the nominee?
    My question what if he knew he wasn’t going to be the nominee in the beginning, so he did not care as much about his personal character coming out?

  96. 🙂 Smile

    :confused: Confused

    😡 Mad

    :p Stick Out Tongue

    😉 Wink

    😀 Big Grin

    😮 Embarrassment

    🙁 Frown

    :rolleyes: Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)

    😎 Cool

    😮 EEK!

  97. Admin must be very amused with our smiley conversation. So much for us writting the col.


  98. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    admin Says:

    August 6th, 2008 at 4:56 pm
    We’re open to the guest post idea.

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


    OR SO….




    so do we have multiple posters, or do we have one or two?




  101. I personally would not like to guest write the col, although I have written a Thesis. I am just on here for fun. But there are a few on here that really do write well. So having said that, do we let Admin select or what?


  102. If they don’t want to select, then I think we should have one of the posters as the focal point for this, like the suggester. 😳

  103. We’re open to the guest post idea.

    I’m so glad! I’d have had a REALLY hard time with a walkout. 😉

  104. I say we DEMOCRATICALLY elect one poster, and then discuss what we would like included in the article.

  105. well new mexico,

    i was wondering that myself…
    should admin select submissions?
    can admin be trusted to not be modest? will admin post what is
    obviously meant to be a thank you to Admin?


    ADMIN, could you be neutral, and choose according to how
    well written even if it is embarrassing?

  106. Perhaps one of us with an outside blog would be open to the idea of letting us all discuss what we want to say over there? Sugar, perhaps?

  107. IDUNN,


    :80: YAY!!!!!

  108. ADMIN, could you be neutral, and choose according to how
    well written even if it is embarrassing?

    I’d kind of prefer Admin be surprised by what we write. 🙂

  109. NOTE: Now, the mystery left to solve is exactly “why isn’t the national media reporting on this?”.

    Are they protecting Edwards because, as such a vocal surrogate of Obama’s, anything that’s bad for Edwards is bad for the Precious too?

    Or, as Republicans have maintained for years, is the national media really just a shameless mouthpiece of the Democratic Party, hurting Republicans whenever possible, but always protecting liberals?

    And we are DEMOCRATS who are questioning this, because the Obama campaign has exposed so much real liberal media bias, that even we can’t ignore this anymore.

    This is a major news story because, had Edwards secured the nomination, right now his campaign would be imploding over this love child and brazen extramarital affair. It’s also relevent because Edwards runs for president every four years, and either the press reports on this now, while it’s unfolding, or waits to bring this all up the next time Edwards runs. Running for president or vice president is the only thing Edwards has done for the last 6 years — and something that disqualifies him from doing the only thing he knows how to do anymore is certainly news-worthy.

    If the national media found it appropriate to cover Rush Limbaugh’s problems with prescription drugs and Larry Craig’s bathroom antics, then it has no excuse not to report on Edwards’ own bathroom hiding and love child fathering shenanigans.

    Also, there’s another thing to think about here — which gives us insight into how the rest of the campaign is going to unfold. When the story broke several weeks ago that Edwards was caught hiding in a bathroom at the Beverly Hilton, everyone demanded to know why the photos from that night weren’t instantly released. Then, critics said there couldn’t be any photos, because they would have been released already, and Edwards apologists rambled on about how this was all a conspiracy of rumors and lies targeting John “bathroom hider” Edwards.

    So, you see, yet again, that the people with images, video, documents, whatever, damaging to a politician have their own timetable for releasing this stuff. Everyone wanted the Edwards photos three weeks ago, but here they are today — and not even the best ones, we imagine. The Enquirer has a lot of papers to sell — this is only a tease. Expect to see photos of Edwards dodging reporters and hiding in the bathroom soon (and of being rescued from the bathroom by a Beverly Hilton security guard).

    There are agendas out there that don’t jive with the public’s desire to have all the information, all the tapes, all the embarrassing campaign and political career-ending material out all at once, whenever we the public want it.

    It’s a drip, drip, drip sort of thing…until the mighty flood. Though the media thinks Obama can walk on water, just wait until the post-Denver tsunami reaches him. We have a feeling that’s all going to make photos of Edwards’ love child look like nothing scandalous at all.

    This is why Democrats lose: they push unvetted candidates with exploitable skeletons in their closets – and then they feign surprise when the inevitable Gary Hart, Michael Dukakis, John Kerry, and John Edwards meltdown happens.

    Obama better get ready for his post-Denver Enquirer close-ups.

  110. Well when it got around to writting the Declaration of Independence it was suppost to be Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Ben just turn to Tom and said, I can’t write it you do it. The results were Brillant. At least I think it was the Declaration of Independence, or was it the Constituion?

  111. WAIT,

    (cause of you know who….)




  112. skmf, idunn, all,

    I’m up for whatever is decided. I do have a blog but I haven’t accessed it for years. maybe I’ll see if it’s still in existence. 😳


    that is an excellent article.


  113. I think we know nothing can happen with the nomination of Hillary if she doesn’t get her name on the ballot, have her name in the roll call and have an open convention. We know some (Pelosi/Dean/Brazille) will be twisting arms with their backroom deals, but we still have two weeks and we all know 2 weeks in politics is a long time.
    There is the book out on Obama and the tide is turning against him. We can hope and pray these SD’s will grow a brain and restore the rightful candidate to the nomination.
    Donna Brazille, when you try and stop the roll call vote, keep her name off the ballot and have a closed convention that is what my mama always told me was changing the rules after the games started and she always told me that CHEATING!

  114. I just created a bare bones blog for our tribute.

    I’m new to blog creation so it looks like s$#$% but maybe this will serve our purpose?

    If you go there please let me know so i can check.


  115. Dems to vote on presidential platform here on Saturday
    Wednesday, August 06, 2008
    By Jim O’Toole, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    The Democratic Party’s Platform Committee meets at the David Lawrence Convention Center Saturday to approve the traditional statement of party principles that will be submitted to the presidential nominating convention.

    The 186-member committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. for a session that is open to the public. The panel will review and is expected to approve the work of platform writers who met last weekend in Cleveland. While there have been noteworthy platform battles at some past conventions, such as in 1948 when elements of the party were bitterly split over a civil rights plank, there have been relatively few policy divisions among the Democrats this year.

    The Democratic primary battle, dominated by debates on biography and leadership qualities, produced few confrontations on policy. Perhaps the most significant divide was on health care. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Sen. John Edwards promoted plans that promised wider coverage tied to mandates for adults to obtain health insurance.

    While endorsing the goal of universal coverage, and calling for mandatory coverage for children, Sen. Barack Obama’s otherwise similar health proposals did not include such a mandate for adults. He argued that the best way to make progress toward universal coverage was through measures to make health care more affordable.

    The platform committee includes supporters of Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Edwards but it is likely that the final draft would contain language smoothing over such differences.

    More details in tomorrow’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

  116. A blogger over on no quarter said that all of Bayh’s top aide’s are now on Obama’s payroll. So they have decided to wait to announce!

  117. :mrgreen: does not care about the American that is at the bottom of the ladder. That is crap about making it more affordable. I thought this was a party that did care about the down trodden. Oh that is right, :mrgreen: is actually George W. Bush reincarnated. Sorry, I was confused.

  118. False alarm, everyone.

    i can only see are my comments. I’m gonna go check my desktop, which is the email address i
    registered and then i’ll post here. in the meantime, i did find my old blog.

    i’m gonna try and figure this out.

  119. How to Rationalize Reporting on the John Edwards Scandal
    Or: How to criticize those who don’t

    Oh, you heard about the John Edwards scandal? How? Because nobody is covering it. Supposedly! This trend is back for the media, and bad for America, and there are at least five reasons why. Slate’s Mickey Kaus, who’s been calling on National Enquirer editor David Perel to release any photo evidence of Edwards’ love child he has, has a few bullet points for anyone else — like the LAT or CNN — not interested in covering the scandal.

    First, you need to prove Claim 1, that there is no “private citizen.” Says Kaus:

    Some reporters say he was still on Obama’s VP list until quite recently. If he’s now finished as far as those big jobs are concerned, it’s in large part because of this scandal, which Obama might never have learned about if everyone had followed the MSM’s lead. Even now, Edwards may not be out of the running for an array of lesser public posts–including cabinet-grade positions–that provide non-trivial power and a platform for future advancement.

    Then, you can get to Claim 2, “Hypocrisy”:

    Why, after all, was Edwards ever considered presidential material. Is he a great executive? No. A brilliant policy expert? No. An accomplished diplomat? No. He’s an ex-Senator with one undistinguished term in office who rose in life on the basis of his singular ability to use tearjerking stories to move juries and win large verdicts. His presidential campaign has featured similarly moving anecdotes, such as the famous 10-year old girl “somewhere in America” who goes to bed “praying that tomorrow will not be as cold as today, because she doesn’t have the coat to keep her warm.” Edwards’ most effective anecdote this year, however, was probably the story of his popular wife Elizabeths’ struggle against cancer.

    Then there’s Claim 3, a loosely-defined point titled “Relevance”:

    If a politician is a great executive, thinker or diplomat who cheats on his brave, ill wife, you figure, “OK, We’re not hiring him because of his sterling private behavior.” If a politician whose chief appeal is his self-advertised loyalty to his brave, ill wife cheats on his brave ill wife, what’s he good for again?

    Claim 4 isn’t so much a rationale to report the scandal, but an excuse to do so, a reason to get him, because of Edwards’ “Irresponsibility”:

    How irresponsible was it to seek the party’s nomination knowing that this scandal was lurking around, ready to explode? What if he’d won? Are we sure it wouldn’t have been discovered by the McCain campaign before November? Rock stars get to behave this badly because they’re only rock stars. Worst that happens is the band breaks up. What if Edwards actually got elected–and then the scandal was discovered when he was in office? Did Democrats enjoy the Lewinsky years?

    And lastly, Claim 5, “The Coverup.” Because Edwards tried to hard to keep the scandal quiet, it’s even more worthwhile to report!:

    If the scandal is true, it almost certainly means that during the campaign Edwards presided over an elaborate coverup involving at least a) having an aide wrongly claim paternity and b) having other aides go out and lie to reporters. It probably also included payments of money to cooperating parties and various familiar slurs on the character of the ‘other woman,’ Rielle Hunter. All this would obviously be germane to Edwards’ fitness to hold any office, including clerk at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Even if Edwards were to forswear all future public employment, there’d be an interest in documenting and publicizing his role in the coverup for the same reason we track down bank robbers 10 years after the crime–to deter others from pulling the same stunt in the future.

    Meanwhile, Kaus’ only reason not to report on the Edwards scandal is out of sympathy to wife Elizabeth, who’s struggling with cancer. But that would be like saying nobody should’ve reported on Bill Clinton’s relations with Monica Lewinsky out of deference to wife Hillary. And her future political aspirations.

  120. I can only see mine too. 🙁

    The Democratic primary battle, dominated by debates on biography and leadership qualities, produced few confrontations on policy. Perhaps the most significant divide was on health care. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Sen. John Edwards promoted plans that promised wider coverage tied to mandates for adults to obtain health insurance.

    Push hard, John and Hillary!

  121. So why do we think the Inquire Story is true, but the magazine I saw on the news stand this week says :mrgreen: has a love child is not true.

  122. YAY!!!!!
    I figured it out. it’s COMPLICATED! I haveta be at the desktop to ‘moderate’ which means all your comments go to the email address on DT and then i haveta approve them.

    Oh, the power!!! LOL

    FOR REAL, I can see this is a lotta work but hey, I’m willing if everyone else is but you guys haveta come up with the master plan.
    back to hawketales i go.

  123. I think the idea of a guest post is a great idea. Two names specifically pop out at me who I think would make great contributions: ABM 90 and wbboei.

    I think all of you are great writers though so I look forward to reading your wonderful work.

  124. Well, we have hit paydirt again, MO is getting interviewed on Good Morning America by Robin Roberts in the A.M. So she will have one more chance to screw up before the convention. Of coarse they timed it just before the start of the olympics, just in case she messes up!

  125. This won’t come as news to any of you lot, but the Edwards mistress/love child scandal really hurts Obama, too. Edwards tried to deliver his supporters (primarily working-class white Dems) to Obama, but if this scandal grows, it will steer that voting bloc even further away from BHO than they already are.


    The mainstream media’s reaction to the National Enquirer’s reports on John Edwards’ “love child” scandal has been reminiscent of the Soviet press. Edwards’ name has simply been completely whitewashed out of the news. Say, why isn’t anyone talking about John Edwards for vice president anymore? No, seriously — hey! Why are we going to a commercial break?

    I suspect that if I tried to look up coverage of the Democratic primaries in Nexis news archives, Edwards’ name will have disappeared from the debates. By next week, Edwards won’t have been John Kerry’s running mate in 2004.

    Do you know what this means? At this precise moment in time, I could call Edwards a name that would send me to rehab, and the media wouldn’t be able to report it!

    A Washington Post reporter defended the total blackout on the National Enquirer’s John Edwards’ love child story, telling the Times of London: “Edwards is no longer an elected official and he is not running for office now. Don’t expect wall-to-wall coverage.” This was the perfect guy to talk to because if there’s one thing they’re careful about in London, it’s tabloid excess.

    Isn’t there some level of coverage between “wall-to-wall” and “double-secret probation, delta-force level total news blackout” when it comes to a sex scandal involving a current Democratic vice presidential and Cabinet prospect?

    Hey, what sort of “elected official” was Ted Haggard again? He was the Christian minister no one outside of his own parish had ever heard of until he was caught in a gay sex scandal last year. Then he suddenly became the Pope of the Protestants. And yet, despite the fact that Haggard was not an “elected official,” the Post gave that story wall-to-wall coverage. And what sort of “elected officials” were Mel Gibson, Rush Limbaugh and Bill Bennett?

    The MSM justify banner coverage of the smallest malfeasance by any Christian or conservative, with or without independent verification, with the lame excuse of “hypocrisy.” Hey, why didn’t you say so! If all it takes to get the Edwards story into the establishment press is a little hypocrisy, boy, have I got a story for you!

    Based on information currently saturating the Internet: (1) The entire schmaltzy Edwards campaign consisted of this self-professed moralist telling us how much he loved the poor and loved his cancer-stricken wife; (2) the following was Edwards’ response to CBS News anchor Katie Couric’s question about whether voters should care if a presidential candidate is faithful to his spouse:

    “Of course. I mean, for a lot of Americans — including the family that I grew up with, I mean, it’s fundamental to how you judge people and human character — whether you keep your word, whether you keep what is your ultimate word, which is that you love your spouse, and you’ll stay with them. … I think the most important qualities in a president in today’s world are trustworthiness — sincerity, honesty, strength of leadership. And — and certainly that goes to a part of that.”

    There you have it, boys: Go to town, MSM!

    Moreover, the National Enquirer reports that Edwards is paying Rielle Hunter — the former “Lisa Druck” — $15,000 a month in “hush money.” Shouldn’t the IRS be investigating whether Edwards is deducting those payments as a “business expense”?

    Maybe The Washington Post didn’t hear about the Enquirer catching Edwards in a hotel with his mistress and love child since it happened way out in the sleepy little burg of Los Angeles near the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards — you know, the middle of nowhere. But surely the public can count on the Los Angeles Times to report on a tabloid scandal occurring under its very nose.

    Kausfiles produced this e-mail from an L.A. Times editor to its bloggers soon after the Enquirer’s stakeout of Edwards visiting the alleged mistress and love child at the Beverly Hilton:

    From: “Pierce, Tony”

    Date: July 24, 2008 10:54:41 AM PDT

    Subject: john edwards

    Hey bloggers,

    There has been a little buzz surrounding John Edwards and his alleged affair. Because the only source has been the National Enquirer we have decided not to cover the rumors or salacious speculations. So I am asking you all not to blog about this topic until further notified.

    If you have any questions or are ever in need of story ideas that would best fit your blog, please don’t hesitate to ask.

    Keep rockin,


    Hey, I have a story idea I think the L.A. Times might like: How about something on the glorious workers’ revolution that will restore the means of production to the people and create a workers’ paradise right here on Earth, free of the shackles of capitalism?

    I assume it would be jejune to point out that the MSM would be taking the wall-to-wall approach, rather than the total blackout approach, to the love child story if it were a story about Mitt Romney’s love child or, indeed, Larry Craig’s love child. They’d bring Ted Koppel out of retirement to cover that. Katie Couric, Brian Williams and Charles Gibson would be anchoring the evening news from Romney’s front yard. They might even get Dan Rather to produce some forged documents for the occasion.

    But with a Democrat sex scandal, the L.A. Times is in a nail-biting competition with The Washington Post, The New York Times, ABC, NBC and CBS for the Pulitzer for “Best Suppressed Story.”

  127. I’m sure I’m missing something but whats the big deal with Edwards here.
    Personally I could care less about him and never was a supporter.
    I have no sympathy for him or his wife, for all I know they have an open relationship.
    Far be it from me to tell anyone how they should live.

    In the meantime Hillary is having her open chat thursday at noon

    see here, for those that missed the earlier post

  128. Idunn Says:

    August 6th, 2008 at 4:53 pm
    Damn Marie! That letter gave me chills!

    Thank you for that wisdom,Manuel Alvarez, JR., where ever you may be.

    This is a chilling likeness sounds so familiar to what is happening in this election cycle.

  129. Sry if this is a repost
    Saturday, 2 August 2008

    The One can’t withstand ridicule

  130. Extinguishing any chance at an appointment as the Attorney General, the National Enquirer has released a photograph of John Edwards’ alleged love child!

    The blurry snap (hey, at least it’s better than little Sunday Rose’s pic) shows the former presidential contender holding young Frances Quinn Hunter at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles during a visit to his babymama last month.

    A source tells the tabloid: “These photos are damning proof. He’s been caught lying about his affair with Rielle [Hunter] and their love child for many months – and now the proof against him is piling up. His elaborate coverup is unraveling at the seams.”

    Adding to the sleaze value, Edwards’ wife of over thirty years Elizabeth Edwards has been battling breast cancer via a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy since November 2004. Despite her personal battles, she continues to work within the Democratic Party and her husband’s One America Committee.
    I knew the Democrats were going to give him so high cabinet posts…Edwards is a lying FRAUD.

  131. The Obama-bots are having fun while wearing their blinders, but the rest of the country isn’t too enamored with Obama — from Politico:

    Obama stalls in public polling
    By: David Paul Kuhn
    August 6, 2008 05:33 PM EST

    In the two months since Barack Obama captured the Democratic nomination, he has hit a ceiling in public opinion polling, proving unable to make significant gains with any segment of the national electorate.

    While Obama still leads in most matchups with John McCain, the Illinois senator’s apparent stall in the polls is a sobering reminder to Democrats intoxicated with his campaign’s promises to expand the electoral map beyond the boundaries that have constrained other recent party nominees.

    That gap between expectations and reality comes as Democrats enjoy the most favorable political winds since at least 1976. At least eight in ten Americans believe the nation is on the wrong track. The Republican president is historically unpopular. From stunning Democratic gains in party registration to the high levels of economic anxiety, Obama should have a healthy lead by almost every measure. Yet, in poll after poll, Obama conspicuously fails to cross the 50 percent threshold.

    ABC News Polling Director Gary Langer asked, “If everything is so good for Barack Obama, why isn’t everything so good for Barack Obama?”


  132. skmf,

    I read and commented. My problem is the laptop is new and isn’t set up with my email account or my original browser so for now i’m bouncing from desktop to laptop but as long as you’re patient with me we should be able to get something going. 😀

    In other words, i can’t moderate or approve on the laptop.


    Now you’ve done it!

    guess i’m gonna haveta get off my a$$ and attempt some technical coordination.

    This Ain’t gonna be pretty!


  134. oh basil,

    you are a true patriot ….
    i salute you !!!!!

    🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄

  135. Anyone who needs a good laugh get thee over to NQ and check this hilarious post about all the phallic sYmbols in McCain’s Celebrity ad.

    It will have you ROTF!

    Bob Herbert and Keith Olbermann Don’t Know Dick

  136. DEAR ADMIN,







  137. basil,


    Comment by Chelsea Patriot | 2008-08-06 18:30:23

    Keith Olbermann is hung like a hamster.

    Reply to this comment
    Comment by The Real Hope | 2008-08-06 18:43:12

    Yeah especially when he’s spinning on his wheel.


  138. From Hillary’s website today: 8/6/2008 6:55:53 PM

    Hillary recorded the following message for her online supporters. Watch her special video below and make sure to join us tomorrow at 12:00 PM EDT on BlogHillary for an online chat with Hillary!

  139. Edwards tried to deliver his supporters (primarily working-class white Dems) to Obama, but if this scandal grows, it will steer that voting bloc even further away from BHO than they already are.

    You lost me. How does Obama bear any responsibility for JE’s lack of scruples?

  140. Concerning the veep stakes: It looks as if Waffles and McCain are each hoping the other goes first in making the choice. Usually at this point VP picks are already made.

  141. wow-abc news and time reports on hillary tonight! she wants rollcall. obma freaking out. reports of demsalarmed by obama’s standing. obama’s worst nightmare may come true

  142. wow-abc news and time reports on hillary tonight! she wants rollcall. obma freaking out. reports of demsalarmed by obama’s standing. obama’s worst nightmare may come true


  143. I must voice a complaint tonight, I am listening to all the wife’s out there that are abused and considered second class citizens. Just iron my shirt, clean the house, cook, clean and don’t forget be sure to get and go to work.
    I want to know if Hillary’s position as the winner of 18 million votes, and behind by a few delegates were a man like (ted Kennedy, John Edwards, Joe BIden) were in that position, do you think the powers like Dean, Pelosi, REid, Brazille would be asking her to step aside? Do you all think they would be asking him to campaign for the fraud or raise money for him?? Do you all think the media would be telling everyone that he had lost??
    This whole thing bottomline is getting done because the winner of the 18 millions votes is a woman. There is no other answer. We can talk about maybe Bill has not been a good boy for the last 8 years and we can talk about her being hated by the republicans, but folks, lets get real here. It is being done because Hillary Clinton is a WOMAN!!

  144. LAMBRO: Savvy GOP maneuver

    When Democratic leaders shut down Congress last week for the rest of the summer to avoid dealing with record oil and gas prices, they may have committed the biggest political blunder of the 2008 elections.

    What they didn’t expect is that many Republican House members were not leaving town without addressing the hottest national issue in this year’s presidential and congressional campaigns.

    Instead of quietly acceding to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s stubborn refusal to take up a comprehensive energy bill to deal with punishing $4-a-gallon gas prices, a gang of Republicans refused to follow Democrats home for a five-week vacation. They gathered on the House floor Monday to continue a protest that began spontaneously Friday to denounce Mrs. Pelosi’s action.

    Her rigid, iron-fisted decision appears to have boomeranged on her party — making it appear insensitive to the plight of ordinary Americans struggling under the yoke of budget-crushing gas prices while Democratic lawmakers bask in the luxury of more than a month off that most workers can only dream about.

    Handling the gas price debate with remarkable political dexterity, the Republicans have shoved the Democrats on the defensive and seized the high ground on the No.1 economic issue of the year. And they did it by demanding what most Americans want: To vote on a bill to lower gas prices by boosting oil exploration and production.

    Meeting Monday in the Capitol by the Will Rogers statue, the American humorist who ridiculed Congress as bumblers and bunglers, they plotted a week of protests on the House floor where Republicans are blasting the Democrats for skipping town without taking up a pending energy bill.

    The Democrats have “shuttered the U.S. House of Representatives for a five-week vacation while ignoring the No. 1 issue weighing down our economy and the budgets of American families — high gas prices,” said Republican Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri.

    And it wasn’t just the Pelosi Democrats who found themselves under a barrage of political fire on the issue. Barack Obama was being pounded this week by John McCain for not demanding that his party return to take up an “all of the above” energy bill that would reduce oil prices and lower the cost of gas here at home.

    That means encouraging alternative energies like wind, solar, biofuels and geothermal, Mr. McCain lectured the freshman senator. But it also means “we need more nuclear power. It means we need clean coal technology. And that means we need to offshore-drill for oil and natural gas. We need to drill here and we need to drill now,” the Arizonan said Monday.

    “And anybody who says that we can achieve energy independence without using and increasing these existing energy resources either doesn’t have the experience to understand the challenge we face or isn’t giving the American people some straight talk,” he said.

    The Republicans’ double-barreled offensive is beginning to make Democrats squirm.“It’s so disappointing to see Obama now say he would consider expanding offshore drilling,” Friends of the Earth testily said in a statement this week.

    Most Republicans were home in their districts this week, flogging the Democrats for inaction on gas prices while several dozen rear-guard Republicans were coming to the House floor each morning, demanding vacationing Democrats to “get back to work.”

    At the same time, the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee were saturating the Internet with ads showing Mr. Obama telling an audience that “simple” answers to the gas crisis included inflating your tires and getting a tuneup. What next? Remove the spare to lighten your car’s load?

    Reporters on Mr. McCain’s campaign plane were being given tire gauges with the words “Obama energy plan” stamped on them.

    “I really sense we are at a tipping point in our country on this issue,” said Republican Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana.

    But there is something more damaging going on here. Democrats fled town because they do not want a vote on the Republicans’ proposal to repeal the ban on offshore drilling — a vote Mrs. Pelosi and her friends know they will lose and that the anti-drilling environmentalist lobby vehemently opposes. Democrats are perfectly happy with the way things are because they believe voters will blame the Republicans and that will help them win the election.

    But in the end, this issue threatens to hurt the Democrats with the base of their party. Republicans are going to keep the heat on, and working-class voters are only going to get angrier as they stand at the pump and see their gas bill rise dollar by dollar.

    Increasingly, the Obama Democrats are being seen as the problem, not the solution.

    Donald Lambro, chief political correspondent of The Washington Times, is a nationally syndicated columnist.

  145. You have to wonder, now, why JE endorsed him when he did. I assume this was hanging over his head EE did not accompany him to endorse, so maybe this was way.

    However, :mrgreen: really does not want him not only as VP but anything else, so it was time to throw him under the bus.

    He was used and abused.

  146. The media is in Obama’s pocket. If they are bringing up Hillary now it is so they can manipulate, the DNC can manipulate, and the Obama campaign can manipulate the way this is going to go. Watch for the Clinton hatemongers to blame Hillary for Obama’s drop in the polls, etc…etc…

  147. Idunn, what was on ABC news tonight in regards to Hillary? Spill the beans for those of us who missed it….

  148. JanH,
    You betcha the folks are going to blame Hillary, they always blame the woman for all their shortcomings.
    This is true in marital relationships, as well as work relationships, so why would it not be true in politics??

  149. Idunn, what was on ABC news tonight in regards to Hillary? Spill the beans for those of us who missed it….

    I have no idea. Someone else posted about it. I just said, “Huh?” in response because I don’t know anything about it.

  150. Some media is in Obama pocket but John Edwards political career is over…his handling of his babymama and kids is circling the globe and the way the Democratic? Taliban Party handled it and the MSM silence is hurting Obama and questioning his and the party judgement.

    John Edward is SLEAZY and unbecoming of any person who might be VP (commander in chief) and Attorney General (Massive Cover-up and falsification of documents) $15,000 payoffs and friends lying and taking the fall for the boss…doesn’t that remind you of Cheney/Libbey?

    In the G.E. people are evaluating your actions more then your words…how you handle adversity, stress and pressure and the media. John Edwards running and hiding in Bathrooms, basements, ducking and dodging legitimate questions after months on the campaign trail. Doesn’t look good for the Dems and the more they try to sweep this under the rug…the more the voters are going to wipe their hands of this mess and hold people accountable.

  151. What I hate most about this political season is that it has made me bitter.

    LOL…I hate being bitter! 😉

  152. The Oprah Effect on Obama
    August 06, 2008 8:37 PM

    Did Oprah Winfrey’s May 2007 endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, mean anything?

    Talking heads may pooh-pooh celebrity endorsements, but Oprah, as we know, is no ordinary celebrity.

    In the 12 weeks before she put Anna Karenina on her Book Club list in 2004, 11,648 units of the book were sold. In the twelve weeks after she deemed the Tolstoy classic merited inclusion, sales increased 5,421 percent, selling 643,122 units.

    Before Oprah put Ciao Bella blood orange sorbet on her 2007 “Oprah’s Favorites” list the company website received an average of 175,000 hits a week. After the sorbet was put on the list, that number jumped to three million.


  153. Iraq Roadside Bomb Attacks Drop to Record Low, U.S. Army Says

    By Ed Johnson

    Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) — Roadside bomb attacks in Iraq dropped to a record low thanks to last year’s surge in American troop numbers and the support of local Sunni Muslims battling al- Qaeda, a senior U.S. military officer said.

    Fourteen bombings were carried out in June, down from about 76 in the same month last year, Army Lieutenant General Thomas F. Metz told reporters yesterday, according to the Pentagon’s news service.

    Twelve U.S. soldiers died in Iraq in July, the lowest monthly total since the start of the war five years ago. In Afghanistan, 28 NATO soldiers were killed in June, making it the deadliest month for the international force since the Taliban regime was driven from power in late 2001.

    Roadside bombings in Afghanistan increased in recent months as the Taliban recognize so-called improvised explosive devices as a “strategic weapon,” the American Forces Press Service cited Metz as saying.

    About half of roadside bombs are found and cleared in Iraq before they can do damage because of better detection techniques, said Metz, who runs a unit aimed at tackling the IED threat.

    Local groups opposing al-Qaeda, such as Sons of Iraq, have helped by passing on information from their communities about where bombs are buried, he said.

    Afghanistan Attacks

    Attacks are rising in Afghanistan, partly because of more aggressive coalition operations to root out Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives, the press service cited Metz as saying.

    The effectiveness of the bombs is used by insurgents for propaganda purposes and recruiting, he said, adding more mine- resistant vehicles in Afghanistan would help counter the threat.

    Since the 2003 invasion, 4,133 U.S. military personnel have died in Iraq, of whom 3,362 were killed in action, according to Defense Department figures. More than 30,000 have been wounded, 13,530 of them so seriously they couldn’t return to duty.

    The last of five brigades sent to Iraq last year as part of the surge of U.S. forces came home this month. There are now about 140,000 American military personnel in Iraq.

    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has said he would withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months of taking office and bolster American forces in Afghanistan. Republican candidate John McCain is opposed to setting deadlines for a withdrawal from Iraq and also proposes reinforcements for Afghanistan.

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has about 53,000 soldiers in Afghanistan. The U.S. has about 17,500 soldiers under NATO command and about 18,500 in an American-led counterterrorism force in the South Asian nation.

  154. Sen. Hillary Clinton Seeks Democratic Convention Voice
    Sen. Hillary Clinton Not Ruling Out Having Name Put Up for Vote in

    Hillary Clinton Holds Convention Bargaining Chip
    Sources close to both Obama and Clinton told ABC News that the New York senator is highly unlikely to allow her name to be formally submitted for a roll-call vote on the convention floor. The Obama campaign wants to avoid such a vote, since it would underscore the party’s splits and remind voters of the divisive primary campaign between the two Democrats.

    The refusal to publicly announce her intentions is widely seen as a bargaining chip Clinton is holding on to as party officials negotiate logistics regarding her convention speech and other activities, according to several Democrats who are closely involved in the matter.

    ‘Sex and the City’ Vote Favors ObamaSo Hard to Say Good Bayh: Hug & Bus Ride’Other Woman’ VP Talk Angers Clinton AllyClinton plans to hold a Web chat with supporters Thursday afternoon where she might clarify her convention role. In announcing the Web chat, she urged her supporters to continue to stay tuned to her Web site for updates about her convention activities.

    But the very fact that details of her convention role remain unresolved less than three weeks before the Democrats descend upon Denver is a fresh sign of the difficulties the party will face at a convention when nearly half the delegates were chosen because of their support for a candidate who will not be the nominee.

    History provides little guidance: In the modern convention era, the delegate count for the two leading candidates has never been this close.

    Lanny Davis, a longtime friend and supporter of the Clintons, called the idea of putting Clinton’s name into nomination a “completely idiotic idea that leads to nothing but party disharmony.”

    Still, the fact that some Clinton supporters are clamoring for a chance to vote for her at the convention is partly Obama’s fault, he said. Davis, who described himself as “100 percent behind Obama” in the general election, said Obama should be doing more — in symbolic and substantive gestures — to make clear he values and needs the support of former Clinton supporters.

    “It’s a reflection of genuine frustration by Hillary Clinton supporters that Sen. Obama seems to have forgotten about 18 million voters,” Davis said. “My concern about Sen. Obama is he doesn’t recognize that the outreach to the Clinton grass roots has to be more visible, more overt, as well as more symbolic.”

    The two camps have worked cooperatively on a draft of the party platform, and Clinton is set to hit the campaign trail for Obama on Friday, appearing by herself at an Obama event in Nevada.

    The campaigns also issued a joint statement today, reiterating that there is no division.

    “We are working together to make sure the fall campaign and the convention are a success,” the joint statement said. “At the Democratic Convention, we will ensure that the voices of everyone who participated in this historic process are respected and our party will be fully unified heading into the November election.”

  155. Lanny Davis, a longtime friend and supporter of the Clintons, called the idea of putting Clinton’s name into nomination a “completely idiotic idea that leads to nothing but party disharmony.”

    And I think YOU are completely idiotic, Lanny. So that makes us even, huh? :p

  156. Is the big pink shutting down?

    heavens no! We’re just working offsite to create our own tribute to Admin, which we will later post here as a guest article. Just a way to thank Admin for creating this space, keeping us focused and sane, and providing a haven in a storm.

    Feel free to join us over there, Confloyd.

    HELL NO….



    we are not sure if we will have more than one day, or what…

    many things have happened over the last year.
    many people dont know, some of us have had horrible things
    things happen to us. life changing things…

    for some people, there is a story.
    but for all of us, there is shared heartache about hillary.

    we want to speak of that and other things…
    we have a website to talk about OUR DAY.


    some people made it through personal tragedy,

  158. Sorry I misread it, but will be glad to join you over at hawketales.
    Here a little excerp from the Denver Convention guide, I thought you guys would enjoy it! 🙂
    The Democratic Party is nominating a true change candidate this August, and it is only fitting that we make some big changes in how we put on the Convention,” said Governor Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). “Senator Obama’s candidacy has generated an enormous amount of excitement and interest, not only in the Democratic Party but also in the 2008 Convention. By bringing the last night of the Convention out to the people, we will be able to showcase Barack Obama’s positive, people-centered vision for our country in a big way.”

  159. I have to say it. I am beginning to think that the Clinton Supporters supporting Obama are as delusional as the Obama’s drinking Kool Aid.

    Their support of Obama in November will do nothing but cause his failure. Everytime we see them, we see the captive American in a Iraq hostage situation, being forced to support someone who wins by bullying, and not by winning the popular vote.

    When someone has declared himself the winner in a Democracy when the Popular vote says different, they can only fail. Did the Dems learn nothing from 2000.

    Why would you expect us to feel otherwise. Do you not respect the intelligence of the American Democrat.



  160. Clinton Delegate Gathering Signatures
    And party leaders are coming together to help retire her campaign debt, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scheduled to headline a fundraiser on her behalf Sept. 17.

    Still, some Clinton loyalists have complained that Obama hasn’t done enough to help Clinton pay off the debt she amassed during the primaries.

    Davis said that if Obama won’t name Clinton as his running mate, he could at least designate her the convention’s keynote speaker. Clinton will get a choice prime-time slot Tuesday night, but no decisions have been announced regarding the keynote address.

    Sneak Peek: ‘You Get a Job Offer Yet?’Obama Leads McCain But Doubts LoomTIMELINE: Obama’s Path to the White House”Her supporters want — after 18 million votes, and the record of success from March 1 through June 1 — to feel recognized, and I think we should,” Davis said.

    Clinton is facing pressure from some of her die-hard supporters to request that her name to be placed into nomination.

    Several groups of Clinton supporters are organizing marches and demonstrations in Denver. Major events are being planned for Aug. 26, the date Clinton is slated to speak at the convention — which happens to be the 88th anniversary of the ratification of the constitutional amendment guaranteeing women’s suffrage.

    Susan Castner, a Clinton delegate from Portland, Ore., is gathering the 300 signatures from delegates that Clinton would need in case she decides she wants to be part of convention balloting.

    “We will have this in hand for Sen. Clinton, should this be needed,” said Castner, who said that she’s already gathered about half the necessary signatures.

    Castner said she and many other Clinton supporters will only feel as if their voices are being heard if they are allowed to vote for Clinton on a first ballot.

    “It’s been a tradition since the late 1800s — it’s a nominating convention, you vote, you nominate someone, and you come out unified. I don’t see how alienating 1,800 delegates gives you party unity when we walk out of the stadium,” she said. “Hillary delegates feel like we’re not welcome, needed, or valued.”

    “I cannot believe that Sen. Clinton, after putting in that much time, energy and effort, would just say, ‘ Nah, take my name out,’ ” Castner said.

  161. I would like 1800 delegates to walk out of the convention, how would that look on national TV???
    There has never been a closed convention, sorry Obama has sooo litttle confidence that he has stop any show of love and support to Hillary from her delegates??
    They use their own money to come to the convention to vote for her. Some campaigned and worked really hard to become a national delegate only to be told by the (terrible2yearold Obama) that this is my party and you can come in a play!

  162. In this thoroughly researched and documented book, the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry explains why the extreme leftism of an Obama presidency would leave the United States weakened, diminished and divided, why Obama must be defeated—and how he can be.

    THE OBAMA NATION Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality

    Barack Obama stepped onto the national political stage when the then-Illinois State senator addressed the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Soon after Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, author Jerome Corsi began researching Obama’s personal and political background.

    Scrupulously sourced with more than 600 footnotes, THE OBAMA NATION is the result of that research. By tracing Obamaâ’s career and influences from his early years in Hawaii and Indonesia, the beginnings of his political career in Chicago, his voting record in the Illinois legislature, his religious training and his adoption of Christianity through to his recent involvement in Kenyan politics, his political advisors and fundraising associates and his meteoric campaign for president, Jerome Corsi shows that an Obama presidency would, in his words, be a repeat of the failed extremist politics that have characterized and plagued Democratic Party politics since the late 1960s.”

    In this stunning and comprehensive new book, the reader will learn about: -Obama’s extensive connections with Islam and radical politics, from his father and step-fatherâ’s Islamic backgrounds, to his Communist and socialist mentors in Hawaii and Chicago, to his long-term and close associations with former Weather Underground heroes William Ayers and Bernadette Dohrnâ associations much closer than heretofore revealed by the press

    -Barack and Michelle’s 20-year-long religious affiliation with the black-liberation theology of former Trinity United Church of Christ Reverend Jeremiah Wright, whose sermons have always been steeped in a rage first expressed by Franz Fanon , Stokely Carmichael and Malcolm X, a rage that Corsi shows has deep meaning for Obama
    -Obama’s continuing connections with Kenya, the homeland of his father, through his support for the candidacy of Raila Odinga, the radical socialist presidential contender who came to power amid Islamist violence and church burnings

    -Obama’s involvement in the slum-landlord empire of the Chicago political fixer Tony Rezko, who helped to bankroll Obama’s initial campaigns and to purchase of Barack and Michelle’s dream-home property.

    -the background and techniques of the Obama campaign’s cult of personality, including the derivation of the words âœhope” and changeâ
    -Obamaâ’s far-left domestic policy, his controversial votes on abortion, his history of opposition to the Second Amendment, his determination to raise capital-gains taxes, his impractical plan to achieve universal health care, and his radical plan to tax Americans to fund a global-poverty-reduction program

    -Obamaâ’s naïve, anti-war, anti-nuclear foreign-policy, predicated on the reduction of the military, the eradication of nuclear weapons and an overconfidence in the power of his personality, as if belief in change alone could somehow transform international politics, achieve nuclear-weapons disarmament and withdrawal from Iraq without adverse consequences, for us, for the Iraqis or for Israel.

    Meticulously researched and documented, THE OBAMA NATION is the definitive source for information on why and how Barack Obama must be defeated—not by invective and general attacks, but by detailed arguments that are well-researched and fact-based.

  163. John Edwards under growing pressure to confront tabloid reports of love child

    McClatchy Newspapers

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Former Sen. John Edwards has a deadline to save his spot on the national stage.

    With two weeks to go before their national convention, a number of Democrats are saying that Edwards needs to publicly address National Enquirer stories that have alleged he had an affair with a campaign worker and fathered her baby.

    The Enquirer released photos Wednesday purportedly showing Edwards and the baby.

    If Edwards fails to clear up the story in short order, he risks party officials deciding not to have him speak or, if they do, creating a distraction from a week focused on Barack Obama accepting the nomination.

    “If there is not an explanation that’s satisfactory, acceptable and meets high moral standards, the answer is ’no,’ he would not be a prime candidate to make a major address to the convention,” said Don Fowler, a former Democratic National Committee chair.

    Democrats gather in Denver on Aug. 25 and Edwards, as the 2004 vice presidential nominee and a presidential candidate who won delegates this year, ordinarily would be locked in as a speaker.

    “He absolutely does have to (resolve it). If it’s not true, he has to issue a stronger denial,” said Gary Pearce, the Democratic strategist who ran Edwards’ 1998 Senate race. “It’s a very damaging thing. …

    “The big media has tried to be responsible and handle this with kid gloves, but it’s clearly getting ready to bust out. If it’s not true, he’s got to stand up and say, ’This is not true. That is not my child and I’m going to take legal action against the people who are spreading these lies.’ It’s not enough to say, ’That’s tabloid trash,’“ Pearce said.

    Edwards is widely regarded as a rousing speaker, particularly on poverty, and still has as many as 19 delegates pledged to him, making him a logical choice for a high-profile convention role under normal circumstances.

    Convention organizers said Wednesday that the schedule of speakers has not yet been announced.

    Edwards’ political currency declines with each day the story goes unresolved, Fowler and other Democratic strategists said.

    An appearance at the convention would only highlight the unresolved story, said Chris Lehane, a Democratic consultant and former aide to then-Vice President Al Gore. A convention speaking appearance could become the moment that drives news media coverage of the alleged affair to explode.

    “You want to address these issues long before you get to that point,” Lehane said. “Otherwise people who haven’t written about it before, now start writing about it.”

    Edwards’ decision not to take questions about the alleged affair has allowed doubts to linger and political bloggers to speculate. The National Enquirer has reported that he fathered a child with a former campaign worker and met with her in a Beverly Hills hotel last month. He made no response to the National Enquirer’s posting of its photos Wednesday.

    Two weeks ago, after the National Enquirer ran the story about the hotel liaison, he dismissed a reporter’s question in Houston and used the “tabloid trash” line.

    He brushed off a Charlotte Observer reporter in Washington last week: “Can’t do it now, I’m sorry.”

    His designated staffer for press contacts has not responded to e-mail requests for an interview.

    No one answered a reporter who rang a buzzer at the gate of Edwards’ Orange County home on Wednesday.

    Friends and former staffers refuse to comment now, though they helped Edwards last fall by dismissing an October story in the Enquirer of a sexual relationship between Edwards and a campaign videographer when it initially broke.

    “Sorry cannot help you on this one,” wrote Jennifer Palmieri, a former top Edwards aide, in an e-mail Wednesday.

    The Enquirer’s October story, citing unnamed sources, claimed that Edwards was having an affair with a woman who had filmed a series of videos during his presidential campaign. The tabloid later reported that she was pregnant.

    Two weeks ago, the tabloid posted a story online chronicling how Edwards had visited the woman, Rielle Hunter, and their child on July 21 at a Beverly Hills hotel and that the paper’s reporters confronted him afterward.

    Hunter posted an online statement at the time denying the October story. In December, a campaign worker for Edwards, Andrew Young, claimed paternity of the woman’s then-unborn child.

    Last week, though, the Charlotte Observer obtained a copy of the child’s birth certificate, which did not list the father. Hunter’s lawyer would say only that “a lot of women do that” and that it was a personal matter between Hunter and Young.

    Presidential candidates who lose in the primaries traditionally are invited to address their party’s convention. Politico reported last month that Edwards told others he was promised a prime time speaking slot when he endorsed Obama.
    Tick Tock Tick Tock that Obamabus is comming around the corner.

  164. oklahomahills Says:
    August 6th, 2008 at 10:42 pm
    What this country needs is a good nickel tire gauge.

    Now, THAT took a minute. LOL! Thanks.

  165. Wbboei,
    This kind of makes you wonder just who is Soros and his group is really backing. Maybe he is part of operation chaos. Read this, it was out of Hillary’s Oped article published today!
    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.

  166. Poor Oraph.
    Does ‘Oprah’ need a makeover?
    h t t p : / /

    W hen local TV ratings were released for the month of July — rarely a newsmaking event in this or any other city — one set of numbers practically leaped off the page.

    “The Oprah Winfrey Show” finished fourth in its time slot.

    “Oprah” is in reruns every summer, but this July viewers had less interest than ever in watching them. “KCTV-5 News at 4” won the 4 p.m. time slot, followed by “Judge Judy” on Fox 4. Incredibly, KMBC even finished behind two game shows on KSHB, a station it once routinely trounced during the Oprah power hour.

    “Oprah” — the show and the host — has long been the most dominant name in daytime television. When KMBC-9 outbid Fox 4 for the rights to the show in 1988, it was a watershed in the station’s history, bringing tens of thousands of new viewers and propelling it into first place for all local newscasts. There was a time when “KMBC-9 News at 5” following “Oprah” drew a bigger audience than any other station’s newscast at any hour of the day.

    But Winfrey’s reign as a ratings powerhouse is over. The show has been drifting back to Earth, losing 7 percent of its audience nationwide this year alone. O the Magazine saw a double-digit decline in circulation. Authors can no longer count on the “Oprah effect.” And her endorsement of Barack Obama may have turned off, literally, viewers who supported Hillary Clinton.

    When asked about this in May, the head of Harpo, her production company, denied that Obama had hurt the Queen of Talk.

    “Those stations pay us a lot of money for that show, and if they felt she was doing anything that was diminishing the mother lode, we would get a call saying, ‘Enough,’ ” Tim Bennett told the New York Times. “We didn’t hear one iota of feedback.”

    Either Bennett is not telling the truth or he has learned to drown out any negative vibes by turning up the soothing sounds of Oprah’s XM satellite radio channel.

    As I went through the ratings in market after market, they showed an undeniable trend. In July “Oprah” finished third in Houston, D.C., Pittsburgh and Miami, and second in New York, Dallas, St. Louis and many others. In two major markets “Oprah” was beaten by “The Young & the Restless.”

    As for that fabled ratings bump for the news, it’s gone. In New York, L.A., Philly, Dallas, Atlanta and on down the list, late afternoon newscasts following “Oprah” actually picked up viewers — a third more viewers, in some cases, than were watching Winfrey. (In fairness, she still appeals to younger viewers, unlike “Jeopardy” and “Y&R.” And, again, “Oprah” is in reruns, though I doubt TV stations got a price break on those.)

    C. Wayne Godsey, general manager of both KMBC-9 and KCWE-29, which reairs “Oprah” at night, didn’t want to be quoted on what it felt like to be in fourth place. That is understandable. It almost never happens at KMBC, still the market leader in news. But I’ll bet Godsey — a longtime TV executive who once managed several stations for Pulitzer Co. — shared his opinions freely and forcefully with the “Oprah” people.

    In the past, whenever her show seemed to be losing its edge, Winfrey always got it back. But her billion-dollar empire was not nearly so vast then. Next year Discovery is giving her a cable channel to run. She’s losing “Dr. Oz” to a syndicated spinoff in 2009. She’s not just in the TV-movie business but the movie-movie business as well (“The Great Debaters”).

    At 50-something, Oprah Winfrey looks great. At 20-something, her show looks like it could use an extreme makeover. Or at least a guest host for the summer.

  167. GOP Planning to Revolt Right Up to Dem Convention

    House Republicans are gearing up to continue their revolt of Congress’ adjournment for at least the next two weeks – right up to the start of the Democratic Convention in Denver – according to a memo sent Wednesday to GOP members from Minority Leader John Boehner.

    “Republicans will not rest until we have an honest, up-or-down vote on the American Energy Act,” Boehner wrote. “To that end, we request that you contact the Whip’s Office and indicate any time you may have available to come to Capitol in the coming weeks. We specifically request that you indicate your availability for any days during the next two weeks, August 11th through 22nd, as soon as possible.”

    Republicans began their protest on Friday, as the House went into its August recess. Through a handful of members, Republicans have been able to continue rounds of speeches on the House floor ever since.

    The plan now seems to be to continue taking to the House floor every weekday until at least the start of the Democratic Convention, which kicks off on Aug. 25.

    “The nationwide House GOP energy protest is making history, and we are writing to announce that the Call to Arms will continue,” Boehner continued. “And with your help, we will keep the pressure on the Speaker until she gives the American people the energy vote they want, need and deserve.”

    The GOP effort has triggered strong reactions from Democrats this week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee issued releases Wednesday that mocked the Republican energy plan.

  168. Palestinians Deny Obama Returned Illegal Contributions
    Candidate’s staffers insist Gaza brothers refunded, but men say, ‘We did not receive any money back’ In response to a WND story, Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign contends it returned $33,500 in illegal contributions from Palestinians in Hamas-controlled Gaza, but the donors told Aaron Klein of WND today they have not received any money. The Wall Street Journal reported it spoke to Obama officials who said the donations from three Palestinian brothers were received between Sept. 20 and Dec. 6 last year, and virtually all of the money was returned by Dec. 6. The campaign said, however, the refunds were not reported to the Federal Election Commission due to a technical error.

  169. Could Jesse Jr. Replace Obama in Senate?
    Date: Wednesday, August 06, 2008
    By: Michael H. Cottman

    The following hypothetical title could become official if America elects its first black president: Sen. Jesse Jackson Jr.

    U.S. Rep. Jackson, the son of civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson, said he would accept an appointment to the U.S. Senate if Barack Obama wins the presidency, which would leave Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich with a vacancy to fill.

    “I wouldn’t say no if asked,” said the Illinois Democrat, who serves as a national co-chairman for Obama’s campaign.

    An Obama presidential victory would leave the Senate without an African American member and Jackson wants to fill that void.

    “Of course Congressman Jackson would take a free appointment to the world’s most exclusive legislative body – who wouldn’t?” Peter C. Groff, a Colorado state senator, publisher of, and the founder and executive director of the University of Denver Center for African-American Policy, told

  170. Clinton’s growing shadow
    Victor Davis Hanson, Tribune Media Services

    Wednesday, August 6, 2008

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    Barack Obama and John McCain are running neck and neck.


    It would seem so. Republican President Bush still has less than a 30 percent approval rating. Headlines blare that unemployment and inflation are up – even if we aren’t, technically, in a recession. Gas prices are around $4 a gallon. Housing prices have nosedived. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, has been indicted – another in a line of congressional Republicans caught in financial or sexual scandal.

    The GOP’s presumptive candidate, John McCain, is 71 years old. The Republican base thinks he’s lackluster and too liberal.

    So, everyone is puzzled why the Democratic candidate isn’t at least 10 points ahead. It seems the more Americans get used to Obama, the less they want him as president – and the more Democrats will soon regret not nominating Hillary Rodham Clinton.

  171. Vulnerable Democrat gets DCCC help
    By Alex Isenstadt

    When the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a television advertisement in mid-July targeting Republican congressional candidate Lou Barletta, it was a decision many saw as an ominous sign for the longtime Democratic incumbent who was the object of Barletta’s challenge.

    Twelve-term U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Nanticoke) hasn’t usually had to worry about re-election. But this cycle, Kanjorski is widely seen as vulnerable. The Democrat is facing questions about the more than $10 million in earmarks he has reserved for a tech firm that is owned by his relatives. He has also been criticized for saying in August 2007 that his party overpromised prior to the 2006 midterm elections that his party could end the war in Iraq.

    That the DCCC would go to bat for Kanjorski, for many, was affirmation that Kanjorski is in trouble. Last week, citing the ad, the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report downgraded Kanjorski’s race to the “Toss Up/Tilt Democratic” category.

    The intention of the ad by the DCCC is clear: In a Democratic-leaning district that in the last two presidential contests favored Al Gore and John Kerry, portray Barletta as nothing less than Bush-style Republican.

    On the campaign trail in his blue collar district, Barletta, who for the last eight years has served as the mayor of Hazleton, fashions himself as a populist, reminding voters that as mayor he took a hard-line stance on immigration. The Democratic committee wants to make sure Barletta doesn’t go unchecked.

    “Barletta supported George Bush’s failed economic policies. Barletta even helped lead Bush’s campaign in Pennsylvania. And both have supported privatizing Social Security, putting our retirement at risk,” a narrator intones in the DCCC’s ad. “Lou Barletta – he may be George Bush’s friend, but he’s no friend of the middle class.”

    “Lou Barletta is trying to mislead voters and we will not allow him to undergo an extreme makeover about his strong support of President Bush’s failed economic policies, tax cuts for the rich, and privatizing Social Security,” said DCCC spokesman Doug Thornell.

    The DCCC’s rush to defend Kanjorski can be traced to the committee’s tendency to place a priority on shoring up endangered incumbents. In one notable example, the organization worked early in the 2006 to help ensure the re-election of Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Texas), an incumbent in a conservative district.

    “Clearly, the first priority of any of the party committees – Democrat or Republican – is to shore up their incumbents,” said Alixandria Lapp, who has served as deputy director of the DCCC’s independent expenditure operation. “In the game of math, when you’re trying to gain or build a majority every seat you lose is a seat you have to gain somewhere else.”

    There are other factors to the committee’s focus on retaining incumbents, said one strategist who works closely with the committee. The DCCC is a member-sponsored organization, and knocking off an incumbent is harder than defending an incumbent.

    This cycle the committee is also placing a premium on playing offense and picking up seats currently in the hands of the opposing party. Of the 51 districts where the DCCC has reserved advertising time, Republicans hold 34.

    “They are less incumbent-focused at this time than at any time in the past,” said one consultant who is working closely with the committee this cycle. “I think they are making a political judgment as to maximize the seats they can win.”

    Another consultant working with the DCCC said the organization was focused on shoring up vulnerable incumbents now with an eye toward heavily shifting the funds to Republican seats closer to the fall.

    But the DCCC’s early focus on Kanjorski, analysts say, speaks to the delicate political situation in which Kanjorski finds himself.

    “It is recognition that this is a competitive race,” said David Wasserman, who monitors House races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. “Kanjorski is in a unique situation. Barletta is a strong candidate and Kanjorski has faced some ethical problems.”

    Kanjorski spokesman Ed Mitchell disputed the idea that the DCCC’s involvement in the race was an indication of the Democrat’s vulnerability, arguing that it was simply an outgrowth of the committee’s financial might. The DCCC leads the NRCC in fundraising by a steep seven-to-one ratio.

    “It shows they have a financial edge over the NRCC that allows them to play in more districts than (the NRCC) can and this is one of them,” said Mitchell.

    But NRCC spokesman Ken Spain had a different perspective on the ads.

    “The fact that the DCCC chose to go up on the air is proof positive of how perilous a position Paul Kanjorski is in,” Spain said.

    Barletta is using the DCCC’s purchase to reinforce his message that he is running against Washington.

    “The American people have lost confidence in Washington,” the mayor said in an interview. “A 24-year incumbent has to take responsibility for being there the whole time.”

    He argued that the organization’s involvement was a sign his campaign was resonating with voters. “The DCCC wasn’t in their game plan to start spending money in July” on a longtime incumbent, he said.

    Kanjorski’s 11th Congressional District encompasses Luzerne and Lackawanna counties and cuts into Columbia, Monroe, and Carbon counties. It is an economically-struggling area where the median household income totals less than $35,000 a year. Though the district tends to vote Democratic, voters are more conservative on social issues like gun control and abortion.

    Barletta has tapped into that conservative sentiment by loudly advertising his hard line stance on immigration. Since challenging Kanjorski in a failed bid for the seat in 2002 Barletta has used the issue to establish himself both locally and nationally. He has appeared as a frequent guest on evening cable news programs to talk about border policies.

    “My name recognition has certainly changed,” he said. “People did not know who I was when I ran in 2002.”

    Jeff Jubelirer, a Pennsylvania-based Republican consultant, said Barletta’s increased profile this time around gives him the advantage of not having to introduce himself to voters. It also makes him a more difficult target for Democrats, Jubelirer said.

    “Trying to paint Barletta won’t be as easy as it was years ago because he’s a known quantity,” he said.

    But Barletta is facing a significant disadvantage in the fundraising realm. At the end of June, Kanjorski had almost $1.2 million in the bank while Barletta had short of $322,000. Barletta’s campaign has been kept off the television airwaves and has focused its efforts on blasting Kanjorski in a slew of daily press releases.

    But Barletta argues that his insurgent-style campaign is scrappy. “I don’t need to raise as much as (Kanjorski). I just have to have enough to get my message out,” he said.

    Kanjorski’s side, however, argues Barletta’s fundraising performance is putting him at a disadvantage in the contest.

    “Free press doesn’t hold well against television,” said Mitchell. “I’d feel like one of my hands was tied behind my back.”

    Thomas Baldino, a political scientist at Wilkes University said that, aside from his campaign bank account, Kanjorski has another advantage: his ability to tell voters that he’s brought bacon back to the economically-struggling district. The congressman has been called “a master of earmarking.”

    But while Democrats are poised to pick up seats in the House this cycle, Republicans insist that the contest for Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District, along with other races in New Hampshire, Kansas, and Texas, is one of their top opportunities.

    “You don’t see many 12-term incumbents turning to the DCCC to save their floundering campaigns,” said the NRCC’s Spain.

  172. Vulnerable Democrat gets DCCC help
    By Alex Isenstadt

    When the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a television advertisement in mid-July targeting Republican congressional candidate Lou Barletta, it was a decision many saw as an ominous sign for the longtime Democratic incumbent who was the object of Barletta’s challenge.

    Twelve-term U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Nanticoke) hasn’t usually had to worry about re-election. But this cycle, Kanjorski is widely seen as vulnerable. The Democrat is facing questions about the more than $10 million in earmarks he has reserved for a tech firm that is owned by his relatives. He has also been criticized for saying in August 2007 that his party overpromised prior to the 2006 midterm elections that his party could end the war in Iraq.

    That the DCCC would go to bat for Kanjorski, for many, was affirmation that Kanjorski is in trouble. Last week, citing the ad, the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report downgraded Kanjorski’s race to the “Toss Up/Tilt Democratic” category.

    The intention of the ad by the DCCC is clear: In a Democratic-leaning district that in the last two presidential contests favored Al Gore and John Kerry, portray Barletta as nothing less than Bush-style Republican.

    On the campaign trail in his blue collar district, Barletta, who for the last eight years has served as the mayor of Hazleton, fashions himself as a populist, reminding voters that as mayor he took a hard-line stance on immigration. The Democratic committee wants to make sure Barletta doesn’t go unchecked.

  173. I don’t know if anyone else on this blog noticed that Hillary is attacking Bush’s failed policies for Obama, she isn’t attacking John McCain. Another blogger noticed that and after I watched and read her Oped article, I noticed she did not say anything against McCain??? It’s kinda unusual I think?

  174. John Edwards: The Picture of a Scandal
    New developments in the story that cannot be reported.

    By Byron York

    ‘We’re working off our timetable, not yours,” says David Perel, editor of The National Enquirer. “I’m not letting other media drive the story for us.”

    Perel is talking about the issue of whether the Enquirer should have published, by now, photos of a July 22 confrontation in a Los Angeles hotel between its reporters and former Sen. John Edwards. Edwards had, the Enquirer reported, come to the Beverly Hilton to see a woman named Rielle Hunter, with whom he has had an affair and a baby. In an almost surreal scene described on the Enquirer’s website, Edwards was said to have fled to a men’s room, pushing against a door while the reporters pushed and asked questions from the other side.

    By now, it’s well known that the big news outlets — the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, as well as the broadcast and cable networks — have largely ignored the story. Some observers have speculated that those outlets would report the news if the Enquirer published the pictures. And now, sure enough, Perel has published a picture — just one, a fuzzy image the Enquirer calls a “spy photo,” of a man who appears to be Edwards holding a baby. The paper says it was taken inside the Beverly Hilton room in which Edwards met with Hunter.

    What is a spy photo? I ask Perel.

    “That’s a good question,” he says, without answering.

    “Was it taken surreptitiously?”

    “Well, it’s not a photo that he handed out, let’s put it that way,” Perel answers. He declines to say who took the picture or under what precise circumstances.

    We’ll see if the new photo changes any minds at the big media institutions. It’s more likely that editors and reporters who don’t want to report the story will continue to not report the story, perhaps saying the picture is not clear enough. And Perel says he doesn’t care; he’s concerned with the Enquirer’s story and the Enquirer’s timetable.

    But just what is that timetable? “There are a lot of factors that go into it,” Perel tells me. For one thing, the Enquirer has been closely watching Edwards and the Edwards camp for reaction. “We learned a lot the first time around,” Perel says, referring to Edwards’s denials of Enquirer reporting. Edwards called the July 22 story “tabloid trash,” said he didn’t know anything about it, and avoided reporters who wanted to know more. But he didn’t deny it.

    Last December, when the Enquirer first named Hunter, Edwards did deny it. A couple of months earlier, when the Enquirer published a thinly-sourced story claiming that Edwards was “caught in a shocking mistress scandal that could wreck his campaign,” Edwards quite emphatically denied it. “The story is false,” he said then. “It’s completely untrue, ridiculous. Anyone who knows me knows that I have been in love with the same woman for 30-plus years.”

    Since then, the Enquirer has reported that a man named Andrew Young, an Edwards aide, claimed that he, Young, is the father of the child (although the baby’s birth certificate lists no father). The Enquirer has reported that Edwards or his allies have made monthly payments to Hunter, supporting her first in North Carolina and now in California. And the tabloid has reported that Edwards or his allies relocated Young from North Carolina to California to support the story of his fatherhood. Continuing to develop that angle — most people would call it a cover-up — is, Perel says, part of the Enquirer timetable.

    But is there anything else? Maybe the Democratic National Convention, coming up a little more than two weeks? “Obviously, the convention has not been our driving force behind the story,” Perel says. “The reporting takes however long it takes. It took seven months to go from the December story to the [Beverly Hilton] meeting….But if it happens to be a happy coincidence — if the story just happens to be breaking around that time, in terms of maximum exposure — “ Perel pauses. If the convention wasn’t part of the timetable before, it is now. The Edwards pictures might make a nice splash with the Democratic delegates gathered in Denver.

    So the Enquirer continues to hold off on publication of the Beverly Hilton photos. And the big press outlets continue to stay away from the story, although the local Edwards press, like the Charlotte Observer, are moving closer to the story. In any event, more and more people know about it through the Internet — and now, late-night comics have been making their share of jokes about it. It’s all part of a phenomenon described by a headline in a Los Angeles gossip website, Deceiver: “John Edwards Anti-Scandal Continues to Not Continue.”

    And so it will

  175. GREAT Washington Post article, from tomorrow’s front page, about how many Dems are slowly realizing that Obama is a bad campaigner and weak general election candidate:


    Obama Hits Back, Too Softly For Some

    By Jonathan Weisman and Perry Bacon Jr.
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Thursday, August 7, 2008; A01

    Barack Obama released a television advertisement yesterday that questions John McCain’s claims to be a “maverick,” and he charged in a campaign appearance that the Republican displays independence only when it suits him politically.

    Obama aides said Democratic hand-wringing about polls showing that the presidential race remains tight had nothing to do with the volleys.

    “We are not going to base our campaign on the concerns of so-called campaign strategists on cable TV,” spokesman Bill Burton said.

    But the ad and the Democrat’s rhetoric in Indiana appeared to up the ante in a campaign that took a distinct turn toward the negative last week.

    “The price [McCain] paid for his party’s nomination has been to reverse himself on position after position,” Obama told a crowd of more than 1,000 at a high school gym in Elkhart. “That doesn’t meet my definition of a maverick. You can’t be a maverick when politically it’s important for you but not a maverick when it doesn’t work for you.”

    The parries come more than a week after his Republican opponent launched a string of increasingly personal attacks on Obama. McCain has said that his rival would lose a war in order to win a campaign, accused him of going to a gym rather than visiting wounded troops, and, while aides asserted that he had “played the race card,” hinted that Obama has a messiah complex and portrayed him as a celebrity comparable to Paris Hilton or Britney Spears. That final line of assault continued yesterday with a new McCain ad, again mocking Obama as “the biggest celebrity in the world.”

    Such attacks have raised worries among Democratic strategists — haunted by John F. Kerry’s 2004 run and Al Gore’s razor-thin loss in 2000 — that Obama has not responded in kind with a parallel assault on McCain’s character. Interviews with nearly a dozen Democratic strategists found those concerns to be widespread, although few wished to be quoted by name while Obama’s campaign is demanding unity.

    “Democrats are worried,” said Tad Devine, a top strategist for Kerry who thinks Obama must stay on the high road. “We’ve been through two very tough elections at the national level, and it’s very easy to lose confidence.”

    Obama’s latest ad may be his toughest yet, using words and images to link McCain to President Bush and concluding: “The original maverick? Or just more of the same?”

    But Democratic strategists said that it is nothing like the character attacks by McCain, and that the response could be far nastier, perhaps raising McCain’s ethical scrape in the Keating Five savings and loan scandal, mocking his family wealth and designer shoes, or highlighting his age. After McCain economic adviser Phil Gramm suggested that the United States has become “a nation of whiners,” Democratic strategists said Obama should have immediately started an ad blitz.

    “If somebody attacks you, you have to frame the attack: ‘This is the same old politics, or better yet, the Bush-Rove politics,’ ” something Obama has done well, said one Democratic strategist. “At the same time you do that, you have to counterattack. You don’t want to look like a whiner. You want to look tough.”

    Said another Democratic consultant: “There needs to be a negative McCain track beyond the Bush policy stuff. One of the great strengths of the Obama campaign has been to not listen to the D.C. chattering class. They have a plan and they stick to it. But clearly, the D.C. chattering class are all wringing their hands.”

    A liberal advertising consultant said: “There’s frustration there because they’re watching these childish ad campaigns, and they know exactly how to answer it, but they’re powerless to do so.”

    Powerless, that is, because most of the independent groups that would have taken the lead in such an independent campaign have been sidelined by Obama’s insistence that Democratic donors channel their money to him, rather than outside groups. Obama’s efforts have succeeded in maintaining message discipline in a campaign predicated on what the senator from Illinois has called a new kind of politics.

    But that has hamstrung what would have been one of the three fronts on which Democrats had hoped to wage the 2008 campaign, said Donna Brazile, Gore’s 2000 campaign manager. Obama’s team was able to push back quickly against McCain’s character attacks, she said, and the Democratic National Committee is beginning to engage the Republican National Committee in a more cutting effort, yesterday starting an “Exxon-McCain ’08” campaign that portrays the Republican as the running mate of the oil giant.

    But the surrogate groups remain dormant, Brazile said, because of Obama’s decision to cut them out.

    “There are no independent groups. Everybody’s walked off the field,” said Tom Matzzie, who left to form Progressive Media USA specifically to launch a massive attack against McCain. The group has since disbanded for lack of funding.

    So far, said Eli Pariser,’s executive director, the best response to McCain’s celebrity attack has come from Paris Hilton herself, who released her own ad Tuesday calling McCain “the oldest celebrity in the world, like super old.”

    Consultants close to Obama say the Democrat has good reason not to risk his own campaign by following McCain’s lead. Because McCain has accepted public financing for the general-election campaign, he must spend all his primary campaign money before the party conventions. Obama is focusing on turning out voters, while airing a mix of positive ads and responses.

    And more ads may not help, according to a Pew Research Center poll released yesterday. Nearly half of respondents — including 51 percent of independents — said they have been hearing too much about Obama lately, and 22 percent said all that news has made them feel less favorable toward him. On the other hand, significantly more Americans view McCain’s ads as mostly negative than say the same of Obama’s.

    Because Obama opted out of public financing and the spending limits that come with it, he will be free to swamp McCain with television spots in the fall. If he needs to become more negative at that point, he can — knowing that McCain would be hard pressed to reply.

    Obama spokesman Burton said the campaign sees no reason to shift strategy.

    “This is a classic Washington story, anonymous quotes from armchair quarterbacks with no sense of our strategy, data or plan,” he said.

    Bacon reported from Elkhart, Ind.

  176. ADMIN: just to re-echo what NewMexicoFan said at 1:04 you have done a great service to Hillary supporters and the country with this website and all your wisdom. And yes your humor too always at the most opportune moment. You are the best.

    Incidentally, I do agree Paris Hilton would make a better President than bwwwwaaaaaaaakkkkkkkk. Nurenrenberg rallies, bombastic verses and infatuated germans can be a lethal combination. But for bwwwwaakkk its just another opening another show, more proof that the world loves him almost as much as he loves himself.

  177. We have a feeling that’s all going to make photos of Edwards’ love child look like nothing scandalous at all
    Are we quite certain that edwards is the only one with a love child, and photos to prove it? Just curious.

  178. Lanny is a great guy. But he is like me trying to read finacial sheets. The moderator is explaing some archane point and I am still trying to find the right page. Its deja vu florida all over again.

    No reason for barack to get upset–if he really is. The only way to achieve party unity is to let her supporters be heard. My god with godzilla there to protect him and saying comforting things like dont be scared little bambi nobody is going to eat you up–he should be just fine. Besides the guards are armed and have instuctuions to shoot anyone who looks like a mccain supporter on sight

  179. confloyd Says:

    August 6th, 2008 at 11:50 pm
    Nation states have no permanent friends only permanent interests–metternick or someone I dont remember. Same way with the british hit man and his marketz uber alles crew.

  180. We are very inclusive today. Discussion ranged from Paris Hilton to Lord Palmerston.

    Lord Palmerston:

    “Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.”

    Lord Palmerston is mostly forgotten. His quote unfortunately is also mostly forgotten by most of our foreign policy meddlers.

  181. Since bwak has his own presidnetial seal and grand ideas about how to redecorate his white house and all that jazz it only seems proper that he have a special uniform to befit his role as commander in chief. I think he woud look divine in a midnight blue uniform with gold epiletts, with white pants, a re red sash, and a black hat and a white steed crossng the alps cira 1814. If we didnt know better we might mistake him for Napleon til mish comes along and sets everyone straight with that wonderful line hooooooo aint gonna kiss his ass.

  182. Thanks to all for the kind words and compliments.

    When we started the website it was a lonely and loony internet world for Hillary supporters. Part of our mission was to spur a resistance movement in support of Hillary. Is it inappropriate to say “Mission Accomplished”?

  183. Yes, Admin – mission accomplished. I remember that lonely world for Hillary supporters and this site was around before most others; I remember reading this last Aug 07 – it wasn’t until after Super Tues when Hillary ran out of funds and made that loan to herself that the grassroots began to grow.

    Thank you for this site.

    Also, here’s a great YouTube that’s on Riverdaughter – a radio clip of a Michigan voter angry that her “vote” was stolen – she says she would never have voted for BO.

  184. When we started the website it was a lonely and loony internet world for Hillary supporters. Part of our mission was to spur a resistance movement in support of Hillary. Is it inappropriate to say “Mission Accomplished”?

    Hell no it’s not inappropriate!!

    There may be fancier and flashier HRC sites that are part of the resistence NOW, but Big Pink was out there fighting the fight long before the rest of the resisitence fighters ever got on board. We took the hard hits the enemy dished out, and cleared the front lines , so that there was a way made for those bigger, fancier, flashier sites.

    We didn’t feel the need to “refine” our words, or present an “appropriate” face. We did what needed to be done to win, whether it was hard or ugly or dangerous. War is a dirty business, and we still have the mud and grit and blood all over us to prove it. I’m proud as HELL of that!

  185. I can’t believe that it NEVER occurred to me that Michigan voters who voted “uncommitted” were robbed. Maybe some of them truly were uncommitted. I’m sure more than a few of them voted “uncommitted” to show support to John Edwards. So how the HELL can any of those delegates FAIRLY be alotted to Obama?!

  186. Admin, yes it is appropriate to say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED and I would like to award you some smileys

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
    😆 😆 😆 😆

  187. The :mrgreen: camp has screwed up. McCain won the utube war. Paris did nothing but impress us over you know who. The rest of her message was lost.

    In his discussion on this, :mrgreen: looked like he was wineing.

    They say this is all strategy, and that he has a better plan. (Obviously a defensive position, he does not play these well) In the mean time, McCain has won a big media victory. He is hitting a group of people that do not know him, and they paid attention. (well spent money)

    (So he is spending all that money on political markets that don’t seem to be benifiting him, and yet, he does not take action here, I think he is in over his head).

    (Well I obviously don’t know how to link smiley’s together, so if someone can give me the answer, i would appreciate it).

  188. Hey New Mexico, did you get the word to join us over on ?

    Also guys, don’t forget to join HRC on her website at noon est today for the webchat! 🙂

  189. awww…poor bambi…he’s going gray! With any luck they won’t let him back on the mainland. 😉,0,5641940.story

  190. hi basil: thanks I will

    meingsu: thanks for posting that red states article. The writer has great insight. It inspired me enough to write the following:

    3. No Convictions: the most important question any voter can ask about a political candidate, and most certainly about a prospective president, is this: apart from all the hype you hear on the campaign trail what will that candidate actually do if he or she gets into office? (Note: low information voters do not ask this question because they are more concerned about style than substance).

    This is a predictive matter because it involves future action and we cannot know all the circumstances which will apply, as opposed to past action which is known and therefore knowable.

    So where do we go to determine how that politician is likely to behave if he or she takes office? We must look either to the record of what that politician has done in the past, or else to his core values.

    Therefore the question is this: i) does the politician have a resume we can look to for job related accomplishments? ii) does the politician have a core set of values, if so what are they and will he or she adhere to them in the face of adversity?

    In the case of Obama he has no resume to speak of. Therefore, we must look to his values and how well he has adhered to them. In the case of Obama however it is hard to say what his core values really are.

    For example, does he believe in patriotism or Reverend Wright, Democratic principles or Republican ones, the welfare of the American People or the people of the world?

    To say he believes in all these things is to miss the fundamental point which is when there is a conflict between these principles which ones take precedence. We do not know the answer to that question and neither does he.

    But assuming arguendo that he has a set of core values the further question is whether he will adhere to them or abandon them in the face of adversity?

    The evidence in this respect is hardly encouraging given his past history of flip flops. And mind you this is not a mere tinkering around the edges that all politicians do but rather a wholesale abandonment of core democratic values.

    The growing suspicion among many people is that he is unprincipled and opportunistic, and that if he ever becomes president he will abandon American values as well.

  191. The LA TIMES has been terrible since the Chandlers sold the paper…LA used to be a good newspaper town but’s just terrible. All those mergers have done nothing uplifting but sell off assets and now what’s left are getting the news out but the owner and publisher are whack they wouldn’t know news if it hit them in the face, it’s all about suppression of the news.

  192. One of the ways to get some delusionals off the hopium is to ask them to recollect a time in their life when they were happy enough, and then there was CHANGE and then they were worse off than they were before.

  193. I have a Hillary sticker on my car, but in this town its all obama. Rather than call them clingons or worse I now tell myself that these are merely low information voters who live only for the moment and elevate style over substance–which is another way of saying dont listen to them. Same reason you should not sing to pigs–it will do you no good and only annoy the pigs.

  194. How Would Nominee Clinton Have Treated Obama?
    By Big Tent Democrat, Section Elections 2008
    Posted on Thu Aug 07, 2008 at 07:24:28 AM EST

    On Morning Joe, Chuck Todd said that the “feeling in Chicago,” presumably referring to the Obama campaign, is that Hillary Clinton is seeking treatment that she would never have given Barack Obama had the roles been reversed. If they REALLY believe that, then they are fools. If Hillary Clinton were the nominee, Barack Obama would have been the vice presidential nominee a month ago. I can not believe Todd is passing on this foolishness.

    Todd said something else that is quite foolish – that the last few days have given Obama the “high ground” in how he treats the Clinton camp now. The high ground? Is Todd crazy? Suppose that were true, how in the hell does “having the high ground” help Barack Obama with Clinton supporters? How does it help him win in November? Or is that NOT the goal?

    More . . .

    By contrast, David Axelrod handled the situation beautifully. He attacked the Media for trying to cause trouble where none existed. He strongly defended Bill Clinton and accused the ABC reporter Kate Snow of trying to pick at the scabs of the primary battles.

    Axelrod mentioned the joint statement issued by the Obama and Clinton camps:

    “We are working together to make sure the fall campaign and the convention are a success. At the Democratic Convention, we will ensure that the voices of everyone who participated in this historic process are respected and our party will be fully unified heading into the November election.”

    That has to be the message from the Obama camp. They WON. They need to be thinking about winning in November, not scoring points against the Clintons.

    I do not know what part of the Obama camp Todd is talking to, but whoever it is is as dumb as a bag of hammers. Axelrod may want to find out who Todd is talking to and get them under control because right now they are doing some good work — for McCain.

    By Big Tent Democrat, speaking for me only
    I’m glad people are starting to speak up for the Clintons because what went down after Obama was “selected” was so petty and backstabbing at the Clintons.

    With the Chris Matthews, Tim Russerts, Howard Dean, Donna Brazile, Jim Clyburn, Tom Daschle and other loudly “crowing’ about how the Clinton Machine was crushed and “don’t let the door hit it you…” bullshit. With Team Obama saying they didn’t need Clinton Supporters or Clinton’s Supporters had to come to Obama because they had the “New Democratic Coalition’s of graveyards, felons, New Black Panther Party, Weathermen, Nation of Islam, Green Party, German, France, England, Gaza, everybody but the Democratic Base.

  195. Fellow Democrats: Kill the Elitist and Undemocratic Caucuses

    By Lanny Davis
    Former White House Counsel/FOX News Political Contributor

    It’s time for Democrats to kill the undemocratic and elitist caucus system for selecting national convention delegates for the presidential nomination. Instead, all delegates should be selected in primaries.

  196. The LA TIMES has been terrible since the Chandlers sold the paper…LA used to be a good newspaper town but’s just terrible. All those mergers have done nothing uplifting but sell off assets and now what’s left are getting the news out but the owner and publisher are whack they wouldn’t know news if it hit them in the face, it’s all about suppression of the news
    It is owned now by the Chicago Trib and is just as bad. Biased dullards. There are only two places in the LA Times where you can get the truth: the sports page and the obituaries.

  197. By Lanny Davis
    Former White House Counsel/FOX News Political Contributor

    It’s time for Democrats to kill the undemocratic and elitist caucus system for selecting national convention delegates for the presidential nomination. Instead, all delegates should be selected in primaries

    Yea right Lanny. Right after bambi agrees to public financing of elections and the limitations on campaign contributions that go with it.

  198. carbynew 12:09
    Don’t fall for that crap, Todd is saying and doing what Bambi and Axelrod wants.
    That was a set up deal, MSNBC going after Hillary and for the Bambi/Axelrod mafia to finally freaking defend, I say this total BULLS*&^!!!
    Don’t fall for the hopium, its a crock!

  199. Lanny was/is about the only team Clinton member that remained loyal and still pushing for her as VP….

  200. JBstonesfan, what are we getting excited about, did Hillary say something good about the convention?? I couldn’t get the webcast!

  201. JanH Says:

    August 7th, 2008 at 11:32 am
    awww…poor bambi…he’s going gray! With any luck they won’t let him back on the mainland

    He probably was already gray. He stop dyeing his hair.

  202. Sen. Hillary Clinton Seeks Democratic Convention Voice
    Sen. Hillary Clinton Not Ruling Out Having Name Put Up for Vote in Denver
    Aug. 6, 2008


    Sen. Hillary Clinton told a gathering of supporters last week that she’s looking for a “strategy” for her delegates to have their voices heard and “respected” at the Democratic National Convention — and did not rule out the possibility of having her name placed into nomination at the convention alongside Sen. Barack Obama’s.
    Some analysts predict that Clinton will still attempt to run for president.

    “I happen to believe that we will come out stronger if people feel that their voices were heard and their views were respected. I think that is a very big part of how we actually come out unified,” Clinton, D-N.Y., said at a California fundraiser last Thursday, in a video clip captured by an attendee and posted on YouTube.

    “Because I know from just what I’m hearing, that there’s incredible pent-up desire. And I think that people want to feel like, ‘OK, it’s a catharsis, we’re here, we did it, and then everybody get behind Sen. Obama.’ That is what most people believe is the best way to go,” she said.

    “No decisions have been made. And so we are trying to work all this through with the DNC and with the Obama campaign.”
    Obama-Clinton Battle Continues
    WATCH: One-on-One With Michelle Obama
    The Other Women: ‘Dream Ticket’ Dead?

    Clinton’s comments shed some light on a fierce behind-the-scenes squabble between the Clinton and Obama camps over how to recognize Clinton and her achievements in the primaries without overshadowing or detracting from a convention that belongs to Obama.

    Clinton’s Role Being Negotiated

    The New York Daily News reported Friday that Clinton has decided not to submit a signed request to the DNC to have her name put into nomination; party rules require such a move for a candidate to be voted on.

    But Clinton aides continue to say publicly that such details are still being discussed in consultations among the Clinton camp, the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

    “No decisions have been made,” Clinton spokeswoman Kathleen Strand said.

    “Sen. Clinton is 100 percent committed to helping Barack Obama become the next president of the United States,” Strand added. “She is very appreciative of the continued commitment of her supporters and understands there are passionate feelings around the convention. While no decisions have been made at this time, they will be made collaboratively with Sen. Clinton and her staff, the DNC and Sen. Obama’s campaign and released at the appropriate time.”

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  204. Keep Up The Pressure On Drilling
    August 7, 2008

    To drill or not to drill? According to recent polls, two thirds of Americans think Congress should lift restrictions that prevent energy companies from exploring the outer continental shelf for oil and natural gas. President Bush, John McCain, most Republicans, and some Democrats support lifting the ban. Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid find themselves on the wrong side of the drilling question, and it has thrown their party into disarray.

    All three Democrats are tangled on the same tripwire: Their friends in the environmental movement want to stop oil exploration. Unlike most politicians, who face public outcry when gas gets pricey, environmental groups are willing to argue that gas should to be more expensive in order to make alternative sources of energy seem cost-efficient by comparison. It’s not just that they oppose new drilling; they also support a windfall-profits tax on the oil companies, new restrictions on current oil production, and the elimination of tax provisions that allow energy companies to write off the cost of expanding refinery capacity.

    By making gas cheaper, increased domestic oil production would prolong what environmentalists see as America’s harmful dependence on fossil fuels. These groups would oppose offshore drilling even if it had no direct impact on the environment.

    Obama echoed this thinking in June, when a reporter asked him if high gas prices could help wean the U.S. from its dependence on oil. Obama answered that they could, even though he “would have preferred a gradual adjustment.” That same month, he said that McCain’s drilling proposal “would only worsen our addiction to oil and put off needed investments in clean, renewable energy.”

    That was then. In July, Rasmussen released a poll showing that 67 percent of Americans support lifting the ban on offshore drilling, and now Obama appears to have reversed his position. If “a careful, well-thought-out drilling strategy” were attached to “the kind of comprehensive energy policy that can bring down gas prices,” he said in an interview with the Palm Beach Post, he wouldn’t “want to be so rigid that we can’t get something done.”

    Obama’s reversal coincides with the news that Nancy Pelosi has given at-risk Democrats permission to publicly support offshore drilling, freeing them to take the popular position while she blocks any efforts to lift the ban. Pelosi refused to allow any votes on drilling before adjourning the House for a five-week August vacation. A number of House Republicans stayed in Washington to hold protest sessions, arguing that Congress shouldn’t be taking a vacation at a time when high gas prices have caused many Americans to cancel theirs.

    In the Senate, Harry Reid (“Oil makes us sick, . . . It’s ruining our world. We’ve got to stop using fossil fuels”) also blocked energy legislation for fear that Republicans would offer drilling amendments and force Democratic senators (such as Barack Obama) to commit to positions. While their counterparts in the House are keeping the issue alive in Washington, Republican senators headed home to spend all five weeks talking about energy.

    In both houses of Congress, the Democratic leadership has offered gimmicky solutions to distract the public from the drilling issue. First, Democrats argued that the oil companies had already leased millions of acres of public land that they weren’t using to produce any oil. That effort foundered when the oil companies pointed out that they weren’t producing oil on this land because they hadn’t found any when they explored it.

    Then, Democrats pointed the finger at commodity traders, accusing them of driving up the price oil through “excessive speculation.” This effort didn’t gain any traction, either. Traders don’t conspire to drive up prices; they try to anticipate movements in supply and demand – so of course, as U.S. demand has slowed (and as an increasing number of U.S. policymakers have argued for increasing supply), the price of oil futures contracts has fallen.

    The latest half-baked idea comes from a “gang of ten” senators – five Republicans, five Democrats – who have offered a compromise that would lift the ban on offshore drilling in exchange for $20 billion in new federal spending on alternative sources of energy. The list – ag-friendly guys like Saxby Chambliss and Kent Conrad, corn-staters like Ben Nelson and John Thune – smells of ethanol. The compromise bill includes $2.5 billion for biofuel research and billions more in incentives for automakers to make cars with ethanol-burning engines. There might be a smart way for Washington to subsidize research into alternative energy, but this isn’t it.

    There is a simpler solution. The congressional ban on drilling has to be renewed each year, and the current ban expires in September, so congressional Republicans and President Bush should fight to stop the ban’s renewal. The Democrats are backpedaling like mad. Their presidential candidate doesn’t have a coherent position and has resorted to Carter-esque lectures on energy conservation. Meanwhile, the speaker of the House is telling vulnerable members of her caucus to support lifting the ban.

    The Democrats find themselves on the wrong side of the most important issue to Americans right now. Now is not the time for a compromise. It’s time to keep applying pressure
    This is what happens when you “select” an inexperince p.r. made candidate who doesn’t know shit and can’t speak about most the issues
    off the top of his head. So, Obama is a puppet who is being fed lines to say on weightier subjects.

    If Hillary is the candidate you know she would have brought it right back and then some to the Republicans. Like she did in May and did all those campaigning in front of gas stations, back of trucks, on farms, job commutes…those images gave her credibility with the voter.

    What did elitist Obama do?
    Stand high up in his TOWER approving redesigning of the presidential seal and ordering plush airplane seat monogramed President. Oh by the way give an academic answer to keep the price of oil high.

    I can’t wait for those Carter gas lines again.

  205. I just visited HRC’s site and I confess I’m underwhelmed by her comments.

    She’s supporting His Snobbiness and talking about what she’ll do for the next 4 years as NYS

    To see the chat go to her site and click on the blog tab on the menu bar.

  206. basil9 Says:

    August 7th, 2008 at 1:00 pm
    I just visited HRC’s site and I confess I’m underwhelmed by her comments.

    She’s supporting His Snobbiness and talking about what she’ll do for the next 4 years as NYS

    I was thinking the same thing. She sounds like a step-ford wife.

  207. Oh shit…my big mouth I’m about to really get in trouble on the live chat.

    Fuck it. It’s what we’re all trying NOT to say, so someone might as well break the seal. 😉

  208. I just visited HRC’s site and I confess I’m underwhelmed by her comments.

    She set this whole thing up just to feel us out. Guarantee it. 🙂

    So hey, to hell with the unity pony…I’m gonna be honest. And I encourage you all to go right over there and do the same.

  209. A few of them are still stuck in moderation though, and may not make it through.

    He supports Universal Healthcare, MY ASS!! 🙄

  210. From our very own Idunn @ Hillary’s live blog:

    Biting tongues…

    I hope you realize just how many of us are treading VERY lightly with respect to our comments, Hillary. There is ALOT we’d like to say, but aren’t saying, because we KNOW that you are trying your best to restore unity to the party.

    And may I just add how VERY much we all respect you for those efforts.

    by Idunn at 8/7/2008 12:45:50 PM
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    well said

    I think you put this very well, Idunn.

    by docmks at 8/7/2008 12:50:50 PM
    Way to speak passionately, and wisely, on a national forum Idunn!


  211. confloyd Says:

    August 7th, 2008 at 12:29 pm
    carbynew 12:09
    Don’t fall for that crap, Todd is saying and doing what Bambi and Axelrod wants.
    That was a set up deal, MSNBC going after Hillary and for the Bambi/Axelrod mafia to finally freaking defend, I say this total BULLS*&^!!!
    Don’t fall for the hopium, its a crock!
    Politics is like CHESS, it a game of statergy. You have to be able to read between the line to see them when they flinch. The Democrats are nervous and they really, really want UNITY and for once somebody is calling out Team Obama for bashing the Clinton.

    They are now starting to value the Clinton Supporters/PUMAs that are NOT going to just fall in line and kiss Obama’s ring.

    Again, Hillary Clinton is a loyal Democrat and she is in a hostile environment and if she has to play possum or whatever even 2012 campaign, more power to her, Love Her! I see Hillary Clinton playing an diferent game, more insider and so she has to do what she has to do.

    But Hillary Clinton doesn’t OWN my vote. I have a choice.

    SD’s it either Hillary Clinton or John McCain. Tick Tock, Tick Tock.

  212. Kilpatrick from Michigan, he is in big trouble, he is going to jail, I love it, soon it will POTUS going along side of Rezko, the democrats are so stupid!!

  213. She’s started taking questions off the comments section…hmmm….

    Way to speak passionately, and wisely, on a national forum Idunn!

    it could have been better, but at least it encouraged a few others to speak what’s in their hearts, so it was good in that respect.

    The entire blog is too sweet and forced

    Agreed. But I’m sure the more militant comments are being let through. What speaks VOLUMNS to me are the comments, like mine , that actually ARE getting through. Someone must want those things to be known.

    Also…notice how so many “Put your name on the roll call!” comments are getting through. LOL.

  214. I’m still staying away from the hostagehillary’s site, but from what you’re quoting here, it sounds like she’s sure not applying for VP. 🙂

  215. Oh, I think your right Carbynew, the dems are nervous and they are trying to close the gate after the horse is out. They are trying to get us to unite, and how are they doing it? Setting up a fraudulent story about Hillary and playing up to us by defending her. THey put her up on a webcast, who the hell paid for that, it wasn’t free, isn’t she in debt up to her elbows?? Doesn’t sound like anybody that is in debt to me. I am sure the DNC or Obama paid for that Webcast. I did not watch. I don’t like watching her suck his ass, Sorry for the profanity, but that is how I feel!

  216. (sigh) Well, I don’t know what Hillary gleened from that webchat, but I’m guessing she’s paying attention to ALOT of posts that came in but couldn’t be aired in the comments section. 😉

    Moving on…

  217. Anytime HRC wants to know what we think she can read BP, PUMA,and all those 300+ related sites in the JSND coalition.
    This was more hostage talk and it makes me sick. Everytime I hear her speak O I feel sick — he’s just not worth it — as Admin says, O cannot be trusted. I can’t vote for him — I’m not that stupid! How can we ever forgive or forget what they have done to her, how can we overlook the corruption in the party? This is not over! The more I see and hear about him the more firm;y I am sworn off this bastardized version of the Democratic Party. Oh, I am so hoppin mad and I might never the rest of my life get over it!!!

  218. C’mon now Grape…Obama’s not all that bad. Hell, I think I’m just gonna go ahead, give him the benefit of the doubt, and vote for him.

  219. Again Hillary Clinton is not a kiss ass she is a Loyal Democrat who is in a HOSTILE enviroment. I do believe Hillary is letting TRUE democrats see that narrative Team Obama did is not the Truth.

    Hillary is not the one who is causing the problem. Hillary kept her word and had her people donate to his campaign and met those goals…what has Obama done?

    Hillary has to change the narrative and show by actions and not by words who she is and who Obama is.

    That’s why that article made the point to say if Hillary was the presumptive nominee, she would have offered Obama the vp and did everything to help the Democratic Party win in the G.E.

    Obama only cares about Obama…and he is sucking up all the money from the Party and downline democrats. Moving the DNC to Chicago during the campaign was a selfish act that only benefits Obama…Obama is spending money like a drunken sailor on shore leave but hey, that’s what Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, Harry Reid, John Kerry the O’DNC cares about.

  220. So will President Clinton be speaking at the convention? Has he even been approached to do so? Has the DNC remembered how important and respected a figure he is?

    Let me just say that if this doesn’t happen, the DNC can wallow in quicksand for all I care.

  221. I think her stategy is the right one. I just dont like watching it. She knows the party leadership is weak, Too weak to support the American people at this critcal moment. Too willing to roll over for big business. The country needs Hillary and it is just as simple as that. Axelrod has the moral scruples of Himmler. He is busy orchestating a strategy to make her into a feminist icon with no political power. Chances are he set up that hostile interview just to reinforce this mantra of unity. This is a real bad guy, someone who probably used psd to get inside information and orchestating the politics of destruction against Hillary after she helped his child get special medical help for a severe case of epilepsy. Do not believe a word he says.

  222. JanH Says:
    So will President Clinton be speaking at the convention? ….
    Let me just say that if this doesn’t happen, the DNC can wallow in quicksand for all I care.

    Speak and say what? Endorse Obama? I think Bill and Chelsea should boycott the convention!

  223. Anyone hear, that 18 million voices is no longer part of JSND?

    I submitted one last comment, which probably won’t be posted, because I ended it with “PUMA.” That webcast was weak and discouraging. She is being held hostage.

  224. janH,

    I was being sarcastic. I meant that all he would be ALLOWED to say would be pro-Obama, or it would all be made to appear that he was supporting Obama.

    He woldn’t DARE speak for us.

  225. John Edwards Scandal: Dem Fundraiser is Mystery Hush Money ManPosted on August 7th, 2008 by mondoreb in 2008 Election Coverage, Breaking NewsRead 314 times.Mystery Man Resides in Dallas, TX

    Bloggers May Run Down Money Man’s ID Faster than MSM

    More clues to the identity of the mysterious money man who’s been “funneling hush money” to the principle actors in the Edwards scandal cover up?

    The National Enquirer released more than just the photos of John Edwards holding Frances Quinn Hunter yesterday [THE PHOTOS EVERYONE’S BEEN WAITING FOR!]: it also revealed more clues to the identity of the man who, the Enquirer claims, funneled the hush money to Rielle Hunter and Andrew Young.

    But, the Enquirer released the details in their print edition only, which hit parts of the country yesterday. One area of the country which doesn’t have the new Enquirer yet is our own. But through the efforts of one reader–who wishes remain anonymous and who purchased a copy of the newest Enquirer for us!–that went beyond and above the call of duty, we did obtain some details about the Edwards “hush money man”.

    We won’t spill all the Enquirer’s beans here; after all, David Perel, the Enquirer’s Editor-in-Chief, has to recoup the investment of a year’s worth of reporting on the story.

    It ain’t cheap chasing around people who don’t want to be found.

  226. lil ole grape Says:

    August 7th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    You are correct of course. That is why I did not watch it. It is not Hillary. The inside game-the negotiation over the convention–which we are not seeing is the one I am interested in. Forget about the bread and circuses. I tell myself stay focused on the missson of defeating obama.

  227. JanH,
    I can understand what you are saying about Bill and Chelsea speaking at the convention, he should have as rightful a place and the Dem convention as Bush has at the Puke convention, but I personally don’t want to see another Clinton hostage. We have to understand this year this convention is not being held by democrats, its being held fascists, and those people who want open borders and unrestrained capitalism at the expense of the middle class.

  228. carbynew
    JUst when is big media going to pick up on Obama’s love child, one that is not being taken care of. It’s a bigger cover up than Edwards’. The media feels good about not covering that story because they can pat themselves on the back because they are saving poor Elizabeth the embarassment. So this coverup is rewarding for them! Bah, Soros is covering it up!

  229. Maybe the best way to think about this is in the family context.

    If you and your spouse had a fundamental disagreement over things would you be inclined to fight it out in front of the world (and kids) or wold you resolve it behind closed doors, like Hillary is doing now. If your every public move was being scrutinized and misinterpreted by a hostile, deranged and totally evil media would you show any signs of anxt. Stepford wives it a good analogy but I doubt it was anything like this. Like the Bible says unto whom much is given much is expected–or was that Palmerston?

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