If the Democratic Party decides to commit suicide by selecting Barack Obama, we know who his running mates will be.
Obama’s running mates reveal who Obama really is. Obama’s running mates reinforce the reality that Obama will concede, if not in August, then NOvember.
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Recall the Obama flim-flam that he was “transformational”, that Obama would “change the map”? All 11 Southern states are solidly for John McCain, by a margin of 25%. Say “good-bye” Obama to Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Sought Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia.
Obama is a loser, a major loser. Obama snubbed white working class voters and now they are snubbing Obama. Obama’s response to the snub for snubbing? Bamboozlement and flim-flam is the answer. Obama will try to bamboozle and flim-flam those he snubbed, including Hillary Clinton supporters, by pretending he is a working class hero from Hawaii:
Since he returned from vacation in Hawaii last week, Mr. Obama has intensified his focus on the economic pressures facing everyday Americans and portrayed Mr. McCain as an active participant in the policies of the last eight years, saying they have left more people behind.
Instead of focusing on the promise of sweeping change that propelled him to the nomination, Mr. Obama this week has been echoing Bill Clinton’s 1992 promise to “fight for you every single day.” The tightened message is part of a continuing effort since the primaries to bring his oratory down to a more human scale.
It also coincides with Mr. Obama’s slip in public opinion polls, with some, including the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, putting him and Mr. McCain neck and neck.
As part of the Obama bamboozle and flim-flam tour, Obama yesterday tried to smear John McCain as “out of touch” spiced with the notion that McCain is too old and can’t remember how many houses he owns.
Many of Obama’s friends, like John Kerry, have many houses and some are quite expensive mansions. Some of Obama’s friends, like Robert Wexler, make up stories about what houses they actually live in. Some of Obama’s friends, like Senator’s Dodd and Conrad, follow Obama’s example and receive questionable help to purchase their homes and investment houses.
So yesterday, as part of the Obama bamboozle and smear and flim-flam tour, Obama tried to smear John McCain.
The Obama smear led to Second City Chicago comedy. By the end of the day Obama was not laughing.
That’s right Hillary.
The John McCain campaign walked through the big door Obama opened.
The Obama worshiping nutroots were happy. The dementia of these incense burners was displayed in their logic. According to the incense burners Obama had now opened the door to discussion of the decades old “Keating Five” scandal that would destroy John McCain. More importantly for the Obama worshipping dens of Hopium eaters they finally saw signs of life oozing from the Obama
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Fox News comic Sean Hannity joked “Which is more important, the number of houses Cindy [McCain] owns, or the number of houses Obama’s friends have blown up?”
But as damaging as the independent advertisment against Obama running mate Ayres what scared the Obama campaign the most was the strength of the response from John McCain and the Republican Party.
McCain and the Republicans clearly will use all the research and investigation from here at Big Pink and take that knowledge to the airwaves. The attack this time will not be just Hillary the candidate making statements about Rezko only to be ignored by Big Media. The coordinated expose Obama operation will come from paid advertisements exposing Obama’s ugly connections.
But what this firefight today hints at is that McCain or his allies will soon pull a greater weapon out of the arsenal than Rezko or Bill Ayers, both of whom they’ve cited in the past.
With Obama hitting so hard on the class angle — and sure to keep it up — it’s difficult to see how much longer the GOP can avoid the temptation to invoke the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
The Republican convention will doubtlessly have a lot more, for four days, on Obama’s running mates Rezko/Ayres/Wright.
The Republican Party yesterday also unveiled a website called “Shady Deal” about Obama and his bag man Antoin “Tony” Rezko.
The campaign was getting the site ready Thursday afternoon. McCain surrogates on television were being armed with facts about Rezko’s relationship to Obama’s purchase of his Chicago home in 2005.
Previewing the message the campaign will seek to drive, a McCain spokesman said: “In an attempt to make something stick, Barack Obama has re-aired his dirty laundry with convicted felon Tony Rezko that led to a highly questionable land deal. Rezko’s dirty dealings are well-documented and his relationship with Barack Obama goes back 20 years.”
Big Media will try to protect Obama from his dirty running mates. That is why it is important for paid advertisments to be aired and not allow John McCain to be smeared. John McCain’s campaign will protect McCain from getting smeared and is following “The Gergen Rule“.
Hillary personally mentioned Rezko during the primaries but Big Media, as with John Edwards, protected Barack Obama. Paid advertisements circumvent Big Media protection of Obama. Obama, like John Edwards with his floozy, opened a door and McCain and his campaign are now walking in:
Sen. John McCain’s campaign is finishing a hard-hitting television ad highlighting Barack Obama ‘s ties to shady Chicago land dealer Tony Rezko, the one-time Obama patron who was convicted earlier this summer of fraud.
A campaign official said that the decision to Go Rezko was Obama’s. “He’s opened the door to this,” the official said. [snip]
Though McCain is widely perceived to to drawn first blood by attacking Obama’s character, the official said that the difference between Obama’s mocking McCain for his wealth and his shaky answer on the number of homes he owns was that McCain’s charge “reflects an existential reality,” where Obama’s charges “attack Cindy. She owns the homes. I thought he said the wives were off-limits.”
The McCain camp will not be swiftboated by the Chicago mud machine. The McCain campaign yesterday also released a document highlighting Obama’s running mate Rezko:
Hed: “OBAMA’S HOUSING PROBLEM”
Subhed: “Brought To You By Convicted Felon Tony Rezko”
“Obama Engaged In Deal With Convicted Felon To Get Deal On House That Had Four Fireplaces And A Wine Cellar.”
Obama Paid $300,000 Less Than The Asking Price For His Mansion, While Tony Rezko’s Wife Paid Full Price For A Vacant Lot Next Door On The Very Same Day. “Two years ago, Obama bought a mansion on the South Side, in the Kenwood neighborhood, from a doctor. On the same day, [Antoin ‘Tony’] Rezko’s wife, Rita Rezko, bought the vacant lot next door from the same seller. The doctor had listed the properties for sale together. He sold the house to Obama for $300,000 below the asking price. The doctor got his asking price on the lot from Rezko’s wife.” (Tim Novak, “Obama And His Rezko Ties,” Chicago Sun-Times, 4/23/07)
The Seller Of Obama’s Home “Wanted To Sell Both Properties At The Same Time.” “On the same day Obama closed on his house, Rezko’s wife bought the adjacent empty lot, meeting the condition of the seller who wanted to sell both properties at the same time.” (Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz, “The Rezko Connection,” ABC News’ “The Blotter” Blog, abcnews.go.com, 1/10/08)
Obama Later Purchased A Portion Of Rezko’s Land For $104,500; It Was Valued At $40,500. “Later, the Obamas bought a 10-foot-by-150-foot piece of the lot for $104,500. An appraisal put the value of the strip at $40,500, a spokesman said, but Obama considered it fair to pay one-sixth of the original price for one-sixth of the lot.” (Peter Slevin, “Obama Says He Regrets Land Deal With Fundraiser,” The Washington Post, 12/17/06)
Rezko Was Convicted Of Wire And Mail Fraud, Money Laundering, And Aiding And Abetting Bribery. “A federal jury today convicted developer Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko of corruption charges for trading on his clout as a top adviser and fundraiser to Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rezko’s guilty verdict on 16 of 24 corruption counts could have broad repercussions for Blagojevich, who made Rezko a central player in his kitchen cabinet. It could also prove a political liability for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, who once counted Rezko as a friend and fundraiser, as the likely Democratic presidential nominee heads into the general election campaign against Republican John McCain. … The jury convicted Rezko of wire and mail fraud, money laundering and aiding and abetting bribery. He was acquitted of attempted extortion.” (Bob Secter and Jeff Coen, “Rezko Convicted Of Corruption,” Chicago Tribune, 6/4/08)
NOTE: The 3 Story House Has Four Fireplaces And A Wine Cellar. “When Obama and his wife, Michelle, a hospital executive, decided to move with their two young girls from their Hyde Park condominium, they chose a spacious three-story Georgian revival home on a tree-lined street in the Kenwood neighborhood, not far from the University of Chicago. The owner had listed the house — nearly 100 years old, with four fireplaces and a wine cellar — and an adjacent lot as separate parcels.” (Peter Slevin, “Obama Says He Regrets Land Deal With Fundraiser,” The Washington Post, 12/17/06)
Obama Provided Political Favors To Tony Rezko, Including Writing Letters On His Behalf:
“As A State Senator, Barack Obama Wrote Letters To City And State Officials Supporting His Political Patron Tony Rezko’s Successful Bid To Get More Than $14 Million From Taxpayers To Build Apartments For Senior Citizens.” (Tim Novak, “Obama’s Letters For Rezko,” Chicago Sun-Times, 6/13/07)
The Letters Show That Obama Did Do A Political Favor For Rezko. “Obama’s letters, written nearly nine years ago, for the first time show the Democratic presidential hopeful did a political favor for Rezko – a longtime friend, campaign fund-raiser and client of the law firm where Obama worked – who was indicted last fall on federal charges that accuse him of demanding kickbacks from companies seeking state business under Gov. Blagojevich.” (Tim Novak, “Obama’s Letters For Rezko,” Chicago Sun-Times, 6/13/07)
FLASHBACK: In December Of 2006, Obama Said He Had “Never Done Any Favors For Him.” “The letters appear to contradict a statement last December from Obama, who told the Chicago Tribune that, in all the years he’s known Rezko, ‘I’ve never done any favors for him.'” (Tim Novak, “Obama’s Letters For Rezko,” Chicago Sun-Times, 6/13/07)
Rezko Offered Obama A Job After Law School And The Two Have Been Friends Ever Since:
Rezko Offered Obama A Job When He Was A Harvard Law Student And The Two Have Stayed In Touch Ever Since. “One of them was Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who was offered a job by Rezko in the early 1990s while a top student at Harvard Law School. Obama did not take it, but over the years, the two men stayed in touch…” (Peter Slevin, “Obama Says He Regrets Land Deal With Fundraiser,” The Washington Post, 12/17/06)
Rezko Was One Of Obama’s Biggest Fundraisers, Raising $250,000 For His Campaigns:
Rezko Was “One Of The Biggest Fundraisers” For Obama. “‘This was discussed a lot. They wanted to have a good showing,’ said a source familiar with the fund-raiser [Rezko held for Obama], speaking on condition of anonymity. ‘Tony was one of the biggest fund-raisers.'” (Chris Fusco and Tim Novak, “Rezko Cash Triple What Obama Says,” Chicago Sun-Times, 6/18/07)
Obama Has Admitted To $250,000 Worth Of Campaign Funding Provided By Tony Rezko. “For the first time, Sen. Barack Obama put a figure Friday to the amount of campaign contributions that indicted political fund-raiser Tony Rezko raised for the senator’s campaigns, and the number — about $250,000 — was far more than he previously acknowledged.” (Tim Novak, Chris Fusco, Dave McKinney and Carol Marin, “More Rezko Dough Found,” Chicago Sun-Times, 3/15/08)
Obama And Rezko’s Socializing Included Their Wives And A Trip To Rezko’s Lake House:
Obama And Rezko Socialized Over Lunch Or Breakfast And Discussed Politics And Family. Obama: “We’d [Obama and Rezko] continue to have lunches or breakfasts. We’d talk about politics. We’d talk about family.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Interview With Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, IL, 3/15/08)
Obama And Rezko Would Also Socialize With Their Wives Over Dinner. Obama: “In terms of other than lunch or breakfast he and I had, socially, Michelle and I probably had a couple of dinners, or two or three dinners with [Rezko] and his wife during the course of this six or seven or eight years.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Interview With Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, IL, 3/15/08)
The Obamas And Rezkos Took A Trip Together To Rezko’s Home At Lake Geneva, WI. Obama: “[Barack And Michelle Obama] Visited their home in Lake Geneva once for the day.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Interview With Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, IL, 3/15/08)
As part of the coordinated information campaign there also Barackbook with more information about Obama and his running mate Rezko.
As part of the coordinated information campaign there is also the “Meet Barack Obama – Learn the Real Story About Illinois’ Freshman Senator” website.
John McCain knows who Barack Obama’s Running Mates are. Soon American Voters will know who Barack Obama’s real Running Mates are too.