When drug addicts decide to immediately “kick the habit”, when addicts try to piece back their lives and finally stop injesting the reality distorting hard drugs, they sometimes undergo a process termed “cold turkey”. It’s not pleasant. Cold turkey – an immediate withdrawal from powerful narcotics. Cold sweats, sleeplessness, shivering, fevers, pain, delirium tremens, emotional regrets, body wracking pain – cold turkey.
Addicts decide to detox usually when reality intrudes and their lives become unmanageable. For Obama supporters, fueled for months by powerful intoxicating Hopium, reality is finally taking its toll. To paraphrase the poet John Donne Ask not for whom the poll tolls, it tolls for thee.
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The Obama campaign and poor Barack are in desperate straits. So discombobulated is Obama that yesterday Obama atttacked Governor Sarah Palin for being “for” the “Bridge to Nowhere” before she was “against” it. Does Obama really want to go there? If he does, it is Obama who is on the bridge to nowhere.
It is a Republican attack line used against the hapless John Kerry in 2004. Kerry said he was “for” supplemental Iraq funding before he was “against” it. Kerry, running a primary fight in Massachusetts against the competent Ed O’Reilly cannot be happy to have his 2004 incompetence regurgitated by Obama.
And does Obama want us to remind him that he was “against” FISA before he was “for” FISA? Good night nurse, does Obama want all his flip-flop-flim-flams splatted out by Governor Palin? Don’t go there Barack, you are not man enough.
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Remember when Obama premised his entire campaign on bringing Democrats and Republicans, and Independents together? Remember “new politics”? Remember that the premise of Obama’s campaign for “change” was that he would win so big in red states and in blue states that he would be able to win a landslide and thereby be able to enact legislation despite lobbyists and other bogeymen resistent to change? Obama’s entire premise was that he needed a big electoral victory in order to force change through congress. Ain’t gonna happen now guy. No change from Obama because there won’t be a big win for him. According to the polls, that big Obama tsunami of votes, won’t fill a teacup.
Obama however, has united Hillary Democrats and Republicans and Independents – against him.
The Hopium eaters are going cold turkey along with down ballot Democrats that Obama had falsely promised he would help:
McCain leads Democrat Barack Obama by 50%-46% among registered voters, the Republican’s biggest advantage since January and a turnaround from the USA TODAY poll taken just before the convention opened in St. Paul. Then, he lagged by 7 percentage points.
The convention bounce has helped not only McCain but also attitudes toward Republican congressional candidates and the GOP in general.
To add to the Obama Hopium eater worries, there is the Big Pink call to step on the money air hose. On March 15, 2008 in protest over the disenfranchisement of Michigan and Florida voters we declared a donors strike: No Donation Without Representation. The donor strike picked up steam in April 2008. In June the donors strike became a topic of conversation.
On June 27, 2008 Big Pink issued the new call: NO UNITY – NO DOLLARS. We wrote:
The Obama calculation is that his well of donations is already dry but that now he can tap Hillary supporters for the $300 million Obama will need for this election if the Superdelegates ignore the fact Obama is unqualified and unelectable and gift him the nomination.
Obama wants to spend money raised by Hillary Clinton supporters in order to intimidate John McCain. Obama has worked hard to forget that even when he outspent Hillary by 5-1, 4-1, 3-1 in Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, California, etc., etc. Hillary still beat him.
McCain will beat Obama too no matter how much money Obama raises. [snip]
Hillary Clinton’s Democratic donors must treat Obama with the same contempt Obama subjects Hillary Clinton and her supporters. Let Hillary spend the summer fundraising and taking her message to Americans. Let Obama raise his own cash from his internet dens of Hopium.
The Big Pink call for a donors strike is having a powerful effect. The Obama finance ministers are now going cold turkey according to the New York Times:
The signs of concern have become evident in recent weeks as early fund-raising totals have suggested that Mr. Obama’s decision to bypass public financing may not necessarily afford him the commanding financing advantage over Senator John McCain that many had originally predicted. [snip]
But the campaign is struggling to meet ambitious fund-raising goals it set for the campaign and the party. It collected in June and July far less from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s donors than originally projected. Moreover, Mr. McCain, unlike Mr. Obama, will have the luxury of concentrating almost entirely on campaigning instead of raising money, as Mr. Obama must do.[snip]
The Obama campaign has also been spending heavily, including several million more than the McCain campaign in advertising in August. [snip]
Combined with the $84 million from public financing, that would leave the McCain campaign with about $300 million at its disposal. [snip]
The Obama campaign set a goal in mid-June of raising $300 million for the campaign and about $150 million for the Democratic Party over four-and-a-half months, fund-raisers said. As of the end of July, however, the Obama campaign was well short of the $100 million a month pace it had set, taking in about $77 million between the campaign and the party that month.
The dollar amounts are not the only ugly numbers forcing a cold turkey reality onto the internet Hopium dens.
The Real Clear Politics average is now McCain +2.9
In Virginia McCain is once again in the lead (49 to 47) in this Obama must win state.
In must win for Obama and McCain Ohio, McCain leads by 7 (McCain over 50% at 51 to Obama 44). Even uglier for Obama McCain is viewed favorably by 63% of Ohio voters and Obama is viewed favorably by only 50%.
In a surprise, Obama is barely ahead in Washington state (49 to 45)
In Obama must win Pennsylvania Obama is barely ahead by 2% (47 to 45)
In Obama must win Colorado, Obama is only 3% ahead of McCain (49 to 46). Obama is viewed favorably by 54% and McCain is viewed favorably by 61%.
A CBS News national poll has McCain beating Obama 46 to 44.
An ABC News national poll has McCain beating Obama 49 to 47. And more bad news for the Obama Hopium dens:
White women have moved from 50-42 percent in Obama’s favor before the conventions to 53-41 percent for McCain now, a 20-point shift in the margin that’s one of the single biggest post-convention changes in voter preferences. The other, also to McCain’s advantage, is in the battleground Midwest, where he’s moved from a 19-point deficit to a 7-point edge.
A CNN national poll has it tied at 48%.
A Rasmussen national poll has McCain ahead 47 to 46.
The Hopium eaters at MSNBC are weeping too as Olberman and Matthews of the Big Media Obama campaign lost a power struggle and were demoted.
Tears flowed in the Obama Hopium dens now that the sexists and misogynists at MSNBC they so counted on to do to Palin what they did to Hillary were now out of commission.
Obama Hopium eaters went cold turkey.
Hillary supporters smiled.
John McCain smiled.