Update II: She’s still alive. Still fighting. Things still look very bleak.
Update: Our hearts break. The wonderful and brave Stephanie Tubbs-Jones is dead. Many days and nights during this year, especially the tough nights, Stephanie Tubbs-Jones sustained us. She was a fighter like Hillary. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones could not be intimidated. She stood by Hillary and principle. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones also worked on voting rights with Hillary and fought the good fight for Ohio voters in the aftermath of the 2004 election. We’ll miss you Stephanie.
Fights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.
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There is a Phantom Menace stalking Barack Obama.
Today Maureen Dowd types another of her Hillary hallucinations. As Bob Somersby has detailed for many year, Dowd’s poison of choice is to imagine imaginary conversations to attack Democrats. Today, again, Hillary Clinton is the target.
Dowd colorfully imagines Hillary Clinton and John McCain sharing “celebratory shots of brutally cold Stolichnaya” vodka as they politically bury Barack Obama. Dowd’s poison is notable today only in that it informs us of how Big Media now sees their tool, Barack Obama.
They chortle with delight.
“He’s a bright young man, but he got ahead of himself,” McCain says. “He needs to be taught a lesson, and we’re the ones to do it. Have you seen the new Bloomberg poll? Obama’s dropped and we’re even again. [snip]
Looking pleased, Hillary expertly downs another shot. “His secret fear is being seen as a dumb blonde,” she says. “He wants to take a short cut to the top and pose on glossy magazine covers, but he doesn’t want to be seen as a glib pretty boy.”
McCain lifts his glass to her admiringly. “If I do say so myself, while the rookie was surfing in Hawaii, I ate his pupus for lunch. Pictures of him pushing around a golf ball while I’m pushing around Putin. Priceless.” [snip]
And you don’t have to worry about my army of angry women. We’ve spread the word in the feminist underground — as opposed to that wacky Obama Weather Underground — that ‘catharsis’ is code for ‘No surrender.’ My gals know when I say ‘We may have started on two separate paths but we’re on one journey now’ that Skinny’s journey is to the nearest exit.”
“But Obama’s says he’s finally ready to hit back,” McCain says, frowning. “He’s starting a blistering TV campaign and attacking me for attacking his patriotism.”
“Now, John, you know that every time he tries to get tough, he quickly runs out of gas. Sometimes in debates, he’d be exhausted by the third question. He must use up all his energy in the gym. He doesn’t have any stamina, and he certainly doesn’t have our bloodlust. [snip]
“You can announce that you won’t be running for re-election because you’d be 76, and you can pick somebody really lame to run with, like your pal Lieberman. That means one term for you, and two for me.”
“It’s a deal,” McCain says, sticking out his hand to shake on it. “That was inspired to snatch his convention away — makes him look so weak. Listen, why don’t you stop in Sedona on the way to Denver? Wear a black wig and I’ll spirit you up to the cabin for the night. I’ll catch a catfish in the mill pond and grill it for you. It will be an adventure.” There’s a knock on the door. Jesse Jackson sticks his head into the meeting.
“Is it over?” he asks his co-conspirators.
“Yes, he’s over,” they respond in unison.
The internet Hopium dens stop chanting. They are silent, listening. They see a dark shadow darken their caves. They sense the presence of the Phantom Menace. The chanting murmers begin again, quietly, nervously.
Will more nerves be rattled if we disclose much earlier meetings, much much earlier conversations, much earlier planning, much more Carly and Tony – that we have known of? Or will this notification from today suffice?
A brother of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and local Democrats who backed her unsuccessful presidential campaign socialized privately Monday with a top surrogate of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain.
The private gathering featured Carly Fiorina, Mr. McCain’s top economic adviser, and took place at the Dunmore home of political consultant Jamie Brazil, a longtime friend of Mrs. Clinton’s family who has signed on as paid national director of Mr. McCain’s Citizens for McCain Coalition.
The attendees included Tony Rodham, Mrs. Clinton’s youngest sibling, his wife, Megan, and their two children; attorney Kathleen Granahan Kane, who coordinated Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign in Northeast Pennsylvania during the primary election; and Virginia McGregor, sister of Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty.
With the Democratic National Convention less than a week away, the gathering raises questions about the support Illinois Sen. Barack Obama can expect from former local supporters of Mrs. Clinton, who dominated at the polls in the Northeast in the April primary election. Mrs. Clinton won 74 percent of Lackawanna County Democrats to Mr. Obama’s 26 percent.
Ms. Fiorina’s daylong local visit, part of a two-day bus tour of the state, was aimed at talking disenchanted former supporters of Mrs. Clinton into supporting Mr. McCain. The private gathering was not a fundraiser. [snip]
Mrs. Kane said her presence at the gathering should not be read as a sign of support for Mr. McCain.
“I don’t know. I’m not sure. I’m trying to get as much information as I can on both of them,” she said when asked if she’s backing Mr. McCain. “I would have loved to see her as president. We still have a week to go. You never know what’s going to happen at the convention. I think she would be a fantastic choice (for vice president).”
The shadow of the Phantom Menace once again falls over the shaking denizens of the Hopium dens. Silence reigns as fear grows. The chanting picks up slowly again in front of alters marked “hope” and “change” and “new politics” and “new voters” and “registrations” and “new coalition” and “death to old winning coalition” and “red state victories” and “expanded map” and “landslide… landslide…landslide”.
More silence. The shadow of the Phantom Menace grows darker.
The fear grows as the Hopium loses potency.
In what could be an ominous sign for Barack Obama just days before he is formally named the Democratic presidential nominee, a new CNN poll of polls out Tuesday shows the Illinois senator’s lead over John McCain has been cut in half in recent days.
According to CNN’s average of several recent national surveys, Obama’s lead is now a slim 3 points over the Arizona senator, 46-43 percent — half of his advantage in a CNN poll of polls one week ago, and down from a high of 8 points in mid-July.
The latest poll results come amid increased attacks from McCain on Obama’s readiness to be commander-in-chief and the re-emergence of national security worries among voters in the wake of the Georgia crisis. [snip]
A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll out Tuesday evening was the latest national survey to indicate Obama’s lead is dwindling, putting the Illinois senator ahead of McCain by only 2 points, well within the poll’s margin of error. The CNN Poll of polls also includes new surveys from Quinnipiac and Gallup.
Darker and darker, the shadow of the Phantom Menace:
In a sharp turnaround, Republican John McCain has opened a 5-point lead on Democrat Barack Obama in the U.S. presidential race and is seen as a stronger manager of the economy, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.
McCain leads Obama among likely U.S. voters by 46 percent to 41 percent, wiping out Obama’s solid 7-point advantage in July and taking his first lead in the monthly Reuters/Zogby poll. [snip]
McCain now has a 9-point edge, 49 percent to 40 percent, over Obama on the critical question of who would be the best manager of the economy — an issue nearly half of voters said was their top concern in the November 4 presidential election. [snip]
Obama’s support among Democrats fell 9 percentage points this month to 74 percent, while McCain has the backing of 81 percent of Republicans. Support for Obama, an Illinois senator, fell 12 percentage points among liberals, with 10 percent of liberals still undecided compared to 9 percent of conservatives.
“Conservatives were supposed to be the bigger problem for McCain,” Zogby said. “Obama still has work to do on his base. At this point McCain seems to be doing a better job with his.”
The dip in support for Obama, who would be the first black U.S. president, cut across demographic and ideological lines. He slipped among Catholics, born-again Christians, women, independents and younger voters. He retained the support of more than 90 percent of black voters.
Tracking polls, national polls, state polls are moving to the Arizona senator. The shadow of the Phantom Menance spreads from state to state. News from Minnesota is not good as the race tightens to 47%-45%.
The land of Ohio increasingly lost.
Missouri, according to a Democratic polling firm, is gone from Obama too. McCain is in a double digit lead there. Indiana is gone too. The shadow grows.
The only light for Obama is the investigative light. How little Americans know about Obama is clear. How little Obama knows about Obama becomes clearer. Meanwhile Obama relatives continue to pop up. The bedraggled Obama family is coming into focus.
The Italian edition of Vanity Fair said that it had found George Hussein Onyango Obama living in a hut in a ramshackle town of Huruma on the outskirts of Nairobi.
Mr Obama, 26, the youngest of the presidential candidate’s half-brothers, spoke for the first time about his life, which could not be more different than that of the Democratic contender.
“No-one knows who I am,” he told the magazine, before claiming: “I live here on less than a dollar a month.” [snip]
Vanity Fair also noted that he had a front page newspaper picture of his famous brother – born of the same father as him, Barack Hussein Obama, but to a different mother, named only as Jael. [snip]
He has only met his famous older brother twice – once when he was just five and the last time in 2006 when Senator Obama was on a tour of East Africa and visited Nairobi. [snip]
“I have seen two of my friends killed. I have scars from defending myself with my fists. I am good with my fists.”
Am I My Brother’s Keeper? How little Americans know about Obama.
The very prestigious Battleground poll has 75% of Americans saying the country is on the “wrong track” and McCain beating Obama. The question “Who was your first choice for President during the time when the primary elections and caucuses began? Obama 21%, Hillary 23%, Edwards 5%. More and more Democrats who voted for Obama are shamed of their vote. Hillary grows in strength.
The Real Clear Politics Electoral College assessment now has McCain at 274 electoral votes. Only 270 electoral votes are needed to win in NOvember.
Why is the shadow falling over Obama? The pompous presumptive Obama presidential seal, the pompous presumptive Obama European Vacation, the attempt to smear John McCain the way he smeared Hillary Clinton by shouting “racist”, the mess which was the contrast of callow Obama and experienced McCain at Saddleback, the ill timed additional Hawaiian vacation, not to mention the incessant flip-flop-flim-flams on FISA and oil drilling and the rest.
Right now Hillary Clinton grows in power. Hillary Clinton is the only force that can salvage the atrocity which is the Barack Obama campaign. Hillary Clinton could easily get the “sniffles” and avoid the Denver convention and thereby decapitate the Obama campaign. Hillary Clinton clearly is the only one who can save the suicidal Democratic Party as the atrocity which is the Barack Obama campaign falls further and further into shadow.
If the Superdelegates do wake up to their pending destruction before next week’s vote in Denver it would serve them well if Hillary Clinton would walk away from them.
It would teach a great lesson to the authors (Dean/Brazile/Pelosi/Kennedy/Kerry) of the Obama atrocity if Hillary Clinton would refuse to rescue the Democratic Party as it becomes clearer and clearer they are on board the Titantic.
Hillary Clinton is not the Phantom Menace.
The American Voter is watching as Barack Obama proves every day he is not qualified to be president.
The Phantom Menace stalking Obama is the American Voter.