Cold Turkey

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.

Sarah smiled.

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448 thoughts on “Cold Turkey

  1. Admin: this and your previous thread are priceless. The real cold turkey for Bots will come in November. The methadone clinic next to my house will look like Yankee Stadium.

  2. Obama is losing his mind. On Sunday in the TV with George (apologies to Seurat) the Obama gaffe of the day was “My Muslim faith.”

    Monday it was “Barack the terrorist”.

    We don’t make this up. Here’s the jaw-dropping story: Obama at a rally on Monday night decided to give a lecture regarding habeas corpus. Obama, who recoils when someone mistakenly calls him Osama provided the McCain camp with a ready made advertisement against him.

    Discussing the importance of Habeas corpus Obama said this:

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/28041414.html

    “He said U.S. authorities sometimes mistakenly arrest the wrong person, confusing “Muhammad the terrorist” with “Muhammad the cab driver” or “Barack the bomb-thrower” with “Barack, the guy running for president.”‘

    And, if that stupid remark wasn’t enough to delight McCain campaign ad makers, Obama repeated what many Americans think:

    “He said some critics accused him of being “less interested in protecting you from terrorists than reading them their rights.”‘

    What a boob!

  3. A reprise of a little Habeas Corpus joke, especially for the lawyers here (film buffs too).

    In a Laurel and Hardy movie, after some legal complications, Laurel asks Hardy “What is a Habeas Corpus?” Hardy answers “It’s a town in Texas.”

    Bonus for early risers – the new Obama theme song:

  4. Washington Post

    New poll: 25% of Hillary voters are ready to vote for McCain

    Also on the news this morning that McCain/Palin raised $4 million in Chicago. Chicago !!!!!!!!

  5. This new Washington post is making Obama look weak

    24% of the American voters think that Obama is ready to be commander-in-chief (69% think McCain is)

    Obama is only 5 points ahead on the economy.

  6. Survey USA – Oklahoma McCain 65% Obama 32%

    McCain 33% ahead.

    What was that about Red states

    Red State Oklahoma Stays Red;

    Sooners Back Back McCain 2:1 Over Obama: In an Oklahoma election for President of the United States today, 8 weeks from Election Day, Republican John McCain defeats Democrat Barack Obama 65% to 32%, according to this SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City. McCain takes two-thirds of voters age 35 to 49, 71% of voters age 50 to 64, and 73% of voters 65+.

    40% of Democrats vote Republican. bwahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  7. Survey USA

    In WA State, McCain-Palin Slices Into Obama-Biden:

    Democrat Barack Obama’s once double-digit lead in Washington state is no more, according to this latest SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KING-TV Seattle and KATU-TV Portland Oregon.

    In an election today, 09/08/08, eight weeks till votes are counted, it’s Obama 49%, McCain 45%.

    Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll 4 weeks ago (before both candidates had named their running mates), Obama is down 2 points; McCain is up 1. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll 8 weeks ago, Obama is down 6; McCain is up 6. Obama led by 17 points in June, led by 16 points in July, led 8 points in August, leads 4 points today.

    Among voters with no college education, there is continuing movement to McCain. Obama led by 15 points in July, now trails by 8, a 23-point erosion. Among voters who earn less than $50K a year, there is continuing movement to McCain. Obama’s once 26-point lead among the lower-income group is now 5 points, a 21-point erosion. Among voters older than McCain, Obama had led by 24 points in July, now trails by 1, a 25-point erosion. McCain always has run well among Conservatives, but his advantage among Conservatives has grown from 4:1 in May to 11:1 today. In Eastern Washington state, Obama led 5:4 in June, but McCain leads 2:1 today.

    Among women, McCain is up 9 points from June, Obama is down 11 points from June. McCain had been gaining ground among female voters before he picked Sarah Palin. That continues. Among men, Obama leads by 4 today, a 5-point shift toward Obama from last month, when McCain led by 1. This is one of the few bright spots in today’s poll data for the Democrats.

  8. MoononPluto, there are a lot of interesting data from the polls coming out. You posted some. The sentence structure in this paragraph is confusing but it appears that Obama confused more Americans than anything else:

    Overall, four in 10 voters in the new poll said Obama has done enough to explain the “change” he promises; that is down six points from before the Democratic convention, during which he set out his ideas before more than 84,000 people in Denver and a television audience of nearly 40 million.

    McCain also gained ground on other key issues and candidate attributes tested in the poll, and although Obama still boasts more enthusiastic supporters, the senator from Arizona has narrowed the gap.

  9. MSM Obama made huge mistake not taking public financing.

    Democratic Sen. Barack Obama must troll for money while Republican Sen. John McCain can campaign leaving himself vulnerable and short of time. The conventional wisdom is Obama was smart to pass on that $84 million check from the government and to instead raise money on his own for the last 2 months of the campaign.

    Maybe that will work, maybe it won’t. I admire the risk taking.

    The promise breaking — he had said he would accept public money — I do not like.

    And I don’t think it will work.

    McCain and the RNC left their convention with $200 million in the bank and expect to raise another $100 million, Bloomberg reported.

    While the Obama campaign claims they raised $10 million in a day because Republican Gov. Sarah Palin scared Democrats out of their complacency, Republicans say they collected $17 million off her in 2 days.

    It’s liar’s poker.

    The main number is Obama starts out $84 million behind McCain with Republicans able to raise “soft money” off the hottest personality in American politics today.

    Obamania after the arrival of Palin is like Beatlemania after the arrival of the Rolling Stones.

    Someone may have overreached.

    At a minimum, he has to raise $3 million a day for the next 60, but $4 million seems more likely.

    That’s just to keep up with the Republicans.

    To beat them by $100 million — his goal — he will have to raise at least $5 million a day.

    So how is he doing? He spent today in New Jersey squeezing $3.1 million out of 300 supporters. That’s enough to stay even with the Republicans.

    I realize he can do online and telemarketing to meet that goal. And you have to make campaign stops anyway.

    But what happens when he has to spend weekends in California to raise money while McCain is in Pennsylvania?

    We’ll see. But it is looking like a trip to Berlin to me.

  10. Hey Admin, Obama has put him in a precarious place.

    He’s going to have to act like an octopus for 60 days to keep all the plates balanced.

    He may be slightly ahead but from the data i see about the split of his favourables/unfavourables, he is going to have a hard job taking states.

  11. The thing is, if McCain starts making this competitive and takes this thing out of the battlegrounds into other states and forces Obama to defend states he shouldnt be, then Obama is going to dry up quicker than a pub in prohibition.

  12. Moononpluto,

    Obama wanted total control and all the money for his campaign (also moved the DNC to Chicago and blocking money to 527s).

    In 2004 we argued Kerry should have gone outside the public financing system. This year with all the loopholes being used it made sense to take public financing. The surprise is that the Republican Governors Association has not fully exploited its fundraising loopholes – yet.

    McCain is fighting the battle of 2008. Obama and his team are fighting the battles of 2000 and 2004.

    As you write, Obama is going to be busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger. We’ll get the finance report on the 15th but it is doubtful Obama will raise $100 million (remember Obama people had said he would raise $100 million in June, then July, then… hasn’t happened yet.

    It would be a great deal of fun if Hillary donors continue to refuse to bundle or fundraise for B.O.

  13. BTW, that Washington state poll is deadly. If Palin is changing the situation in the Pacific coast states, Obama courts historic disaster.

  14. As a self diagnosed card carrying member of the slow reading group, I ask you how can he have legally raised a half of a billion dollars? Excluding bambi it is my understanding that Senator Clinton raised more for the primaries than any candidate ever. Her base was fired up and the bulk of her money came after super tuesday. Yet her total is far shy of his. Tried to divide 500 million by 2300 but had a very very late night early morning and can’t do math.

  15. what is up folks, i can’t get on very easy this morning. I did not get on at all yesterday. I started my new job yesterday so been out of touch. Looks like Bambi is fumbling badly and Hillary is an expert how not to get cornered. The stupid Dnc and stupid Obama couldn’t share on bit of glory with Hillary. She is the only one that will still be standing when this is over. LOL!! She will have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that she was the better candidate.

    So have we proved that Obama was getting money from other countries yet???

  16. con
    I too cannot get on
    a real shame cause my last response probably would have won a pulitzer. alas we cannot recreate perfection

  17. Expect to see Harpo on the sidewalks anyday now with “kool-aid/cardival’ Make-your-ownBHO-button” contest – and we’ll pay you each $199.99.

    Of course, this be be “anonymous” in sponsor. Like we are THAT stupid.

    In return, you go to the next block and fill out donor form to his campaign. That way, Oprah can spend her billion dillars right there on the Chicago-thug streets – doling it out to thousands upon thousands, legitimately giving The One a big chunk of her fortune – financed by you and me. That’s another way to bring her down too, I suppose.

    One small hitch – better have that next booth hog-tied tied to the first, because 99% of the “supporters” would detour down the street in the middle to the Southside to deal drugs/buy illegal weapons. You don’t think they REALLY care do you? This may be a case for identity politics. Or, it just may be “who’s giving out money today.”

    Buying votes, old as Old Chicago-style politics as usual, should be met with Mrs. O’leary’s cow. Cow……maybe Oprah is in the process of “setting this race on fire?”

    Hmmmmmmm…………………..

    Harpo back to the drawing board.

  18. I am liking Pat Buchanan more and more each day:

    One of Them, and One of Us
    By Patrick Buchanan

    One wonders: What did Sarah Palin ever do to inspire the rage and bile that exploded on her selection by John McCain? What is there either in this woman’s record or resume to elicit such feline ferocity?

    What did we know of her when she was introduced?

    That she was a mother of five who had brought into this world a baby boy with Down syndrome, thus living her Christian beliefs. That she was a small-town conservative who had risen from mayor of Wasilla (Pop. 9,700) to be governor of a state twice the size of Texas.

    That she was a reformer who had dethroned an Old Boys’ Network by dumping a sitting Republican governor. That she had taken on Big Oil, taxed the companies and returned the money in $1,200 checks to every citizen of Alaska. And that she had cut a deal with Canada to build a pipeline to bring natural gas to her fellow Americans.

    And, oh, yes. She was “Sarah Barracuda” — a fierce high school athlete, a runner-up in the Miss Alaska pageant, a Feminist for Life and lifetime member of the NRA. Introduced by McCain, she praised Hillary Clinton and pledged to finish her work by smashing through the glass ceiling in which Hillary had made 18 million cracks.

    What, in any or all of this, is there to justify the feral attacks within minutes of her introduction? What had she done to cause this outburst? Answer: absolutely nothing.

    No. Sarah Palin is not resented for what she has done, but for who she is: a Christian conservative who believes unborn children are gifts of God, even those with birth defects, and have a God-given right to life.

    Normally, the press is reluctant to rummage into the private lives of public servants, unless their conduct affects their duties or they preach virtues they hypocritically do not practice.

    Yet, no sooner was Palin introduced, than the media went berserk over the news that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. As one in three births in America is out-of-wedlock and Hollywood celebrates this lifestyle, why did The New York Times and The Washington Post splash this “news” on page one above the fold?

    How does Bristol Palin’s pregnancy disqualify Sarah Palin to be vice president? Why is it even relevant?

    They did it because they thought it would damage Sarah Palin in the eyes of a Christian community they do not comprehend.

    So out of bounds was the media that Obama, in an act of decency, declared Palin’s family off limits and reminded the media that he was himself born to a teenage single mom.

    If one would wish to see the famous liberal double standard on naked display, consider.

    Palin’s daughter was fair game for a media that refused to look into reports that John Edwards, a Democratic candidate for president, was conducting an illicit affair with a woman said to be carrying his child and cheating on his faithful wife Elizabeth, who has incurable cancer. That was not a legitimate story, but Bristol Palin’s pregnancy is?

    Why did the selection of Sarah Palin cause a suspension of all standards and a near riot among a media that has been so in the tank for Barack even “Saturday Night Live” has satirized the infatuation?

    Because she is one of us — and he is one of them.

    Barack and Michelle are affirmative action, Princeton, Columbia, Harvard Law. She is public schools and Idaho State. Barack was a Saul Alinsky social worker who rustled up food stamps. Sarah Palin kills her own food.

    Michelle has a $300,000-a-year sinecure doing PR for a Chicago hospital. Todd Palin is a union steelworker who augments his income working vacations on the North Slope. Sarah has always been proud to be an American. Michelle was never proud of America — until Barack started winning.

    Barack has zero experience as an executive. Sarah ran her own fishing fleet, was mayor for six years and runs the largest state in the union. She belongs to a mainstream Christian church. Barack was, for 15 years, a parishioner at Trinity United and had his daughters baptized by Pastor Jeremiah Wright, whose sermons are saturated in black-power, anti-white racism and anti-Americanism.

    Sarah is a rebel. Obama has been a go-along, get-along cog in the Daley Machine. She is Middle America. Barack, behind closed doors in San Francisco, mocked Middle Americans as folks left behind by the global economy who cling bitterly to their Bibles, bigotries and guns.

    Barack has zero foreign policy experience. Palin runs a state that is home to anti-missile, missile and air defense bases facing the Far East, commands the Alaska National Guard and has a soldier-son heading for Iraq.

    Barack, says the National Journal, has the most left-wing voting record in the Senate, besting Socialist Bernie Sanders. Palin’s stances read as though they were lifted from Reagan’s 1980 “no pale pastels” platform. And this is what this media firestorm is all about.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/09/one_of_them_and_one_of_us.html

  19. Thanks Admin,

    He’s flipflopped on so many things already, I’m waiting for him to flip on public financing again. 😉

  20. Old Johnny is raising lots of money, I wonder how much is coming for old Hillary supporters?? Poor little Bawwaaaak he is realy showing how much stress he is under, gaffe after gaffe he just plain can’t take the heat. How does he expect to be POTUS, it fires faster and with much more furosity for a sitting Potus? He is just so out of touch! Axelrove even has sweaty hands! LOL!! Wonder what old Brazoid is doing?? Gotta go to work, check yah later!

  21. Wonderful post, admin. As Bill says, you can feel the ground shifting. Americans are seeing through the shyster, and the hopium addicts feel this. Oh, how they shake and lash out and cry for rescue.

    Bitter Americans are seeing that though McCain may do some damage to this country because he is no Hillary, the hopium alternative could well destroy it, and our democratic process, by handing it over to ego, inexperience, and a criminal Machine.

    Hillary smiles and campaigns for true Democratic values, but does not rescue the boob. He flails, she quietly rises.

  22. moononpluto Says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 6:04 am (+7:00}
    admin Says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 6:07 am

    Thanks for the great information. Good work from both of you pm and am.

  23. Admin I am ROTFLMAO!
    How appropriate
    Here’s a rough transcription of the lyrics.

    I’m cuckoo
    You’re cuckoo
    Let’s take a chance
    And have a new dance
    I’m cuckoo
    You’re cuckoo
    Sing la la la la la

    All the folks jump all around
    Over the house-ee-doo
    It is because two funny chaps
    Taught them just what to do

    Side by side
    Start your glide
    Forget all your troubles
    Let everything slide

    I’m cuckoo
    You’re cuckoo
    Sing la la la la

  24. The Note: The Big Shift
    Obama Takes on Obama-like Phenomenon, But Seeks New Focus for Race
    By RICK KLEIN with HOPE DITTO

    He’s danced over caucuses and superdelegates, skated past two dozen debates and 19 months on the trail, rolled through Jeremiah Wright and Hillary Clinton — and a hockey mom from Alaska could be his undoing?

    Eight weeks out — his lead in the polls erased (for now), the money not quite flowing the way he anticipated, women voters impressed by the newest newcomer — the weight of the race falls on Sen. Barack Obama’s shoulders.

    abcnews.go.com/Politics/TheNote/story?id=3105288&page=1

  25. The slide of the cuckoos has begun basil9. 🙂 (and we don’t mean Laurel and Hardy).

    Meiyingsu, thanks for the article and thanks for the laugh. Did you notice the name of the second reporter in the story you linked to? Sounds like an Obama campaign worker or a DailyKook!

  26. Rev Wright in another Sex Scandal

    (hey Obama, you better check those kids are yours, the way Wright has put it about)

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/09092008/news/nationalnews/o_pastor_in_sex_scandal_128142.htm

    He almost wrecked Barack Obama’s presidential dreams, and now firebrand pastor Jeremiah Wright has helped destroy a Dallas church worker’s marriage – and her job, The Post has learned.

    Elizabeth Payne, 37, said she had a steamy sexual affair with the controversial, racially divisive man of the cloth while she was an executive assistant at a church headed by a popular Wright protégé.

    When word of the unholy alliance got out, Payne’s husband dumped her, and she was canned from the plum job at Friendship-West Baptist Church, she told The Post.

    “I was involved with Rev. Wright, and that’s why I lost my job and why my husband divorced me,” Payne said.

    She refused to reveal when the adulterous affair started or how she met Wright.

    But fellow churchgoers at Friendship-West “found out about the affair in the spring,” Payne said.

  27. Look at this

    Obama in trouble in NJ

    McCain Trails Obama by 6 in NJ

    A Fairleigh Dickinson-PublicMind poll out Tuesday shows Sen. Barack Obama apparently leading by 6 points in New Jersey, 47-41 percent. That’s down from the 16-point lead Obama enjoyed here in an FDU poll taken in June.

  28. New Jersey too? Amazing.

    Here’s a bit more information on Hillary refusing to be anyone’s catspaw or “dog” (Norma Desmond informed us yesterday about the Florida rally this article is about):

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94394599

    One thing that was not part of her speech today was any direct reference to Palin. New polls show that since the Republican National Convention, the presidential race has tightened, and many analysts credit Palin with making the difference.

    Afterward, Clinton was asked about Palin’s role in the race and whether the Alaska governor might attract some of the independents and women who voted for Clinton in the primary.

    Clinton said that she could not speak for the 18 million people who voted for her but that she believed Obama ultimately will get the votes he needs. Clinton also refused to take issue with Palin’s recent reference to her own candidacy and the “18 million cracks in the glass ceiling” that Palin said Clinton originally made and that the Republican ticket was now prepared to “shatter.”

    “I think it’s a historic achievement, and it is certainly worthy of congratulations to the Republicans,” she said about Palin as the vice presidential pick. “Now, both our major parties have nominated a woman for vice president: the Democrats in 1984, the Republicans in 2008. But what this election is really about is what each ticket would do for the people of this country.”

  29. If McCain is bringing these blue states into play, Obama is going to have big problems, i for one think PA is going to flip red.

  30. More Obama plagiarism:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/TheNote/Story?id=3105288&page=2

    An Obama gaffe? The Boston Globe’s Scott Helman sees Obama as a Tom Toles fan. Said Obama, in mocking McCain-Palin: “Except for economic policies, and tax policies, and energy policies, and health care policies, and education policies, and Karl Rove-style politics — except for all that, we’re really going to bring change to Washington! We’re really going to shake things up!”

    Wrote Toles, in his Washington Post cartoon Friday: “Watch out, Mr. Bush! With the exception of economic policy and energy policy and social issues and tax policy and foreign policy and Supreme Court appointments and Rove-style politics, we’re coming in there to shake things up!”

  31. Straining to Reach Money Goal, Obama Presses Donors

    Basically Obama’s oilwell has dried up, donors maxed out and Obama;s spending more than he’s bringing in.

    Oh dear, how sad, never mind

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/09/us/politics/09donate.html?_r=4&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&ref=todayspaper&adxnnlx=1220968958-2DrDcv55KRW5KRyvMt5uBA

    After months of record-breaking fund-raising, a new sense of urgency in Senator Barack Obama’s fund-raising team is palpable as the full weight of the campaign’s decision to bypass public financing for the general election is suddenly upon it.

    Pushing a fund-raiser later this month, a finance staff member sent a sharply worded note last week to Illinois members of its national finance committee, calling their recent efforts “extremely anemic.”

    At a convention-week meeting in Denver of the campaign’s top fund-raisers, buttons with the image of a money tree were distributed to those who had already contributed the maximum $2,300 to the general election, a subtle reminder to those who had failed to ante up.

    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.

  32. Straining to Reach Money Goal, Obama Presses Donors

    …or, how to waste 400 million dollars and still keep over 300 advisers

    Now we know why Obama stop all ads during convention week. If these keeps up, how is going to afford anything.

    McCain has a huge warchest now to spend and Obama’s running on empty.

  33. So I guess a great way to look at this and its what they threw at Hillary, if you can’t handle a campaign and its finances, what makes you think we can trust you with the economy.

    McCain are you listening.

  34. Whats going to happen when all those people downticket start asking for the dough he promised them for their support in the primaries and he can’t pay up, he’s going to throw down ticket under the bus soon.

  35. moon do you sleep?
    I have tried to post a few times this am and keep getting an error. Sad really cause my last post was brilliant. A shame that it now lives on alone in cyberspace.

  36. big trouble brewing

    Dozens of $10,000 a week “Consultants”, $7 million dollar hollywood sets, etc,etc…

    Obama’s staff has been burning through cash at a HORRIFIC rate, thinking they would be able to raise $100 MILLION (!!!)per month in these closing days.

    OOPS….

    They have NOT been coordinating with state and local parties in most areas, they have yet to receive downticket money instead, paying for everything from scratch. That’s about to bite him in the ass…

  37. Does anyone remember that old comedy with Richard Dreyfus where he was the doppleganger of a leader in a third world country and took his place when the guy died.

    Well, not that I wish anything so dastardly to happen to McCain’s opponent, but with all the gaffes coming from this guy’s mouth, maybe they should find a double for him and put him back on the shelf before he self-destructs.

    Jus saying… 😉

  38. He’s runing out of dough and not to mention that running a campaign was was one of the things specifically cited by Obama as “experience”.

    Hows that experience for you Bambi

    Overbudget, overspent and over and out.

  39. McCain did the smart thing because i bet you bambi never even thought, hey we’re in the middle of a recession.

    McCain should say the main reason i went with public financing was that i didnt have to ask hard up individual voters to pay when the economy is in such trouble

  40. In our gated community here in FL the Red Hat society is pretty big; a Red Hatter relayed yesterday that on the way to a luncheon, the Hatters in the car she rode in were talking politics, two for Obama and two against Obama. The discussion got so angry that the driver said, no more talk of politics in the car. When I asked her what the Obama supporters were saying in defense of Obama, she said all they could say was Changey, Hopey with no specifics.
    ROFLMAO, and these are well educated well to do women.

  41. Here is a debunking of some of the smears against Palin (by Newsweek’s Fackcheck):

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/157986

    Sliming Palin
    False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain’s running mate.

    Brooks Jackson, Jess Henig, Emi Kolawole, Joe Miller and Lori Robertson
    factcheck.org
    Updated: 6:55 PM ET Sep 8, 2008

    Summary
    We’ve been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain’s running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading.

    Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.

    She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a “What if?” question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin’s first term.

    She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.

    Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a “courtesty” when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.

    Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska’s schools. She has said that students should be allowed to “debate both sides” of the evolution question, but she also said creationism “doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum.”

    A few of these claims were included in a chain e-mail by a woman named Anne Kilkenny. We’ll be looking into other charges in that e-mail for a future story. For more explanation of the bullet points above, please read the Analysis.

    Analysis
    Since Republican presidential nominee John McCain tapped Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate, information about Palin’s past has been zipping around the Internet. Several claims are not true, and other rumors are misleading.

    No Cut for “Special Needs” Kids
    It’s not true, as widely reported in mass e-mails, Web postings and at least one mainstream news source, that Palin slashed the special education budget in Alaska by 62 percent. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien made the claim on Sept. 4 in an interview with Nicolle Wallace, a senior adviser to the McCain campaign:

    O’Brien, Sept. 4: One are that has gotten certainly people sending to me a lot of e-mails is the question about as governor what she did with the special needs budget, which I’m sure you’re aware, she cut significantly, 62 percent I think is the number from when she came into office. As a woman who is now a mother to a special needs child, and I think she actually has a nephew which is autistic as well. How much of a problem is this going to be as she tries to navigate both sides of that issue?

    Such a move might have made Palin look heartless or hypocritical in view of her convention-speech pledge to be an advocate for special needs children and their families. But in fact, she increased special needs funding so dramatically that a representative of local school boards described the jump as “historic.”

    According to an April 2008 article in Education Week, Palin signed legislation in March 2008 that would increase public school funding considerably, including special needs funding. It would increase spending on what Alaska calls “intensive needs” students (students with high-cost special requirements) from $26,900 per student in 2008 to $73,840 per student in 2011. That almost triples the per-student spending in three fiscal years. Palin’s original proposal, according to the Anchorage Daily News, would have increased funds slightly more, giving intensive needs students a $77,740 allotment by 2011.

    Education Week: A second part of the measure raises spending for students with special needs to $73,840 in fiscal 2011, from the current $26,900 per student in fiscal 2008, according to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

    Unlike many other states, Alaska has relatively flush budget coffers, thanks to a rise in oil and gas revenues. Funding for schools will remain fairly level next year, however. Overall per-pupil funding across the state will rise by $100, to $5,480, in fiscal 2009. …

    Carl Rose, the executive director of the Association of Alaska School Boards, praised the changes in funding for rural schools and students with special needs as a “historic event,” and said the finance overhaul would bring more stability to district budgets.

    According to Eddy Jeans at the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, funding for special needs and intensive needs students has increased every year since Palin entered office, from a total of $203 million in 2006 to a projected $276 million in 2009.

    Those who claim that Palin cut special needs funding by 62 percent are looking in the wrong place and misinterpreting what they find there. They point to an apparent drop in the Department of Education and Early Development budget for special schools. But the special schools budget, despite the similar name, isn’t the special needs budget. “I don’t even consider the special schools component [part of] our special needs funding,” Jeans told FactCheck.org. “The special needs funding is provided through our public school funding formula. The special schools is simply a budget component where we have funding set aside for special projects,” such as the Alaska School for the Deaf and the Alaska Military Youth Academy. A different budget component, the Foundation Program, governs special needs programs in the public school system.

    And in any case, the decrease in funding for special schools is illusory. Palin moved the Alaska Military Youth Academy’s ChalleNGe program, a residential military school program that teaches job and life skills to students under 20, out of the budget line for “special schools” and into its own line. This resulted in an apparent drop of more than $5 million in the special schools budget with no actual decrease in funding for the programs.

    Not a Book Burner
    One false rumor accuses then-Mayor Palin of threatening to fire Wasilla’s librarian for refusing to ban books from the town library. Some versions of the rumor come complete with a list of the books that Palin allegedly attempted to ban. The story is false on several fronts: Palin never asked that books be banned; the librarian continued to serve in that position; no books were actually banned; and many of the books on the list that Palin supposedly wanted to censor weren’t even in print at the time, proving that the list is a fabrication.

    It’s true that Palin did raise the issue with Mary Ellen Emmons, Wasilla’s librarian, on at least two occasions. Emmons flatly stated her opposition both times. But, as the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (Wasilla’s local paper) reported at the time, Palin asked general questions about what Emmons would say if Palin requested that a book be banned. According to Emmons, Palin “was asking me how I would deal with her saying a book can’t be in the library.” Emmons reported that Palin pressed the issue, asking whether Emmons’ position would change if residents were picketing the library. Wasilla resident Anne Kilkenny, who was at the meeting, corroborates Emmons’ story, telling the Chicago Tribune that “Sarah said to Mary Ellen, ‘What would your response be if I asked you to remove some books from the collection?’ ”

    Palin characterized the exchange differently, initially volunteering the episode as an example of discussions with city employees about following her administration’s agenda. Palin described her questions to Emmons as “rhetorical,” noting that her questions “were asked in the context of professionalism regarding the library policy that is in place in our city.” Actually, true rhetorical questions have implied answers (e.g., “Who do you think you are?”), so Palin probably meant to describe her questions as hypothetical or theoretical. We can’t read minds, so it is impossible for us to know whether or not Palin may actually have wanted to ban books from the library or whether she simply wanted to know how her new employees would respond to an instruction from their boss. It is worth noting that, in an update, the Frontiersman points out that no book was ever banned from the library’s shelves.

    Moreover, although Palin fired Emmons as part of a “loyalty” purge, she rehired Emmons the next day, and Emmons remained at her job for two-and-a-half more years. Actually, Palin initially requested Emmons’ resignation in October 1996, four days before the public discussion of censorship. That was at the same time she requested that all four of Wasilla’s department heads resign. Palin described the requests as a loyalty test and allowed all four department heads to retain their positions. But on Jan. 30, 1997, three months after the censorship discussion, Palin informed Emmons and Wasilla’s police chief, Irv Stambaugh, that they would be fired. According to the Chicago Tribune, Palin did not list censorship as a reason for Emmons’ firing. Palin rehired Emmons the following day. Emmons continued to serve as librarian until August 1999, when the Chicago Tribune reports that she resigned.

    So what about that list of books targeted for banning, which according to one widely e-mailed version was taken “from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board”? If it was, the library board should take up fortune telling. The list includes the first four Harry Potter books, none of which had been published at the time of the Palin-Emmons conversations. The first wasn’t published until 1998. In fact, the list is a simple cut-and-paste job, snatched (complete with typos and the occasional incorrect title) from the Florida Institute of Technology library Web page, which presents the list as “Books banned at one time or another in the United States.”

    Closet Secessionist?
    Palin was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party – which calls for a vote on whether Alaska should secede from the union or remain a state – despite mistaken reports to the contrary. But her husband was a member for years, and she attended at least one party convention, as mayor of the town in which it was held.

    The party’s chair originally told reporters that Palin had been a member, but the official later retracted that statement. Chairwoman Lynette Clark told the New York Times that false information had been given to her by another member of the party after she first told the Times and others that Palin joined the AIP in 1994. Clark issued an apology on the AIP Web site.

    The director of Alaska’s Division of Elections, Gail Fenumiai, confirms that Palin registered to vote in the state for the first time in May 1982 as a Republican and hasn’t changed her party affiliation since. She also told FactCheck.org that Palin’s husband, Todd, was registered with AIP from October 1995 to July 2000, and again from September 2000 until July 2002. (He has since been registered as undeclared.) However, the AIP says Todd Palin “never participated in any party activities aside from attending a convention in Wasilla at one time.”

    There is still some dispute as to whether Sarah Palin also attended the AIP’s 1994 convention, held in Wasilla. Clark and another AIP official told ABC News’ Jake Tapper that both Palins were there. Palin was elected mayor of Wasilla two years later. The McCain campaign says Sarah Palin went to the 2000 AIP convention, also held in Wasilla, “as a courtesy since she was mayor.” As governor, Palin sent a video message to the 2008 convention, which is available on YouTube, and the AIP says she attended in 2006 when she was campaigning.

    Didn’t Endorse Pat Buchanan
    Claims that Palin endorsed conservative Republican Pat Buchanan for president in the 2000 campaign are false. She worked for conservative Republican Steve Forbes.

    The incorrect reports stem from an Associated Press story on July 17, 1999, that said Palin was “among those sporting Buchanan buttons” at a lunch for Buchanan attended by about 85 people, during a swing he took through Fairbanks and Wasilla. Buchanan didn’t help matters when he told a reporter for the liberal publication The Nation on Aug. 29: “I’m pretty sure she’s a Buchananite.” But in fact, she wasn’t.

    Soon after The AP story appeared, Palin wrote in a letter to the editor of the Anchorage Daily News that she had merely worn a Buchanan button as a courtesy to her visitor and was not endorsing him. The letter, published July 26, 1999, said:

    Palin, July 26, 1999: As mayor of Wasilla, I am proud to welcome all presidential candidates to our city. This is true regardless of their party, or the latest odds of their winning. When presidential candidates visit our community, I am always happy to meet them. I’ll even put on their button when handed one as a polite gesture of respect.

    Though no reporter interviewed me for the Associated Press article on the recent visit by a presidential candidate (Metro, July 17), the article may have left your readers with the perception that I am endorsing this candidate, as opposed to welcoming his visit to Wasilla. As mayor, I will welcome all the candidates in Wasilla.

    Palin actually worked for Forbes. Less than a month after being spotted wearing the “courtesy” button for Buchanan, she was named to the state leadership committee of the Forbes effort. The Associated Press reported on Aug. 7, 1999:

    The Associated Press, Aug. 7 1999: State Sen. Mike Miller of Fairbanks will head the Alaska campaign chairman for Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes, campaign officials said. Joining the Fairbanks Republican on the leadership committee will be Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin, and former state GOP chairman Pete Hallgren, who will serve as co-chairs.

    Still, after nine years, the truth has yet to catch up completely.

    No Creationism in Schools
    On Aug. 29, the Boston Globe reported that Palin was open to teaching creationism in public schools. That’s true. She supports teaching creationism alongside evolution, though she has not actively pursued such a policy as governor.

    In an Oct. 25, 2006, debate, when asked about teaching alternatives to evolution, Palin replied:

    Palin, Oct. 25, 2006: Teach both. You know, don’t be afraid of information. Healthy debate is so important and it’s so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both. And you know, I say this too as the daughter of a science teacher. Growing up with being so privileged and blessed to be given a lot of information on, on both sides of the subject – creationism and evolution. It’s been a healthy foundation for me. But don’t be afraid of information and let kids debate both sides.

    A couple of days later, Palin amended that statement in an interview with the Anchorage Daily News, saying:

    Palin, Oct. 2006: I don’t think there should be a prohibition against debate if it comes up in class. It doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum.

    After her election, Palin let the matter drop. The Associated Press reported Sept 3: “Palin’s children attend public schools and Palin has made no push to have creationism taught in them. … It reflects a hands-off attitude toward mixing government and religion by most Alaskans.” The article was headlined, “Palin has not pushed creation science as governor.” It was written by Dan Joling, who reports from Anchorage and has covered Alaska for 30 years.

    That E-mail Author
    Switching gears: Almost 100 readers have written to ask us if the many claims made about Palin in an e-mail written by someone named Anne Kilkenny are true. We can tell you that Kilkenny is a real person. (She was quoted by the Chicago Tribune, as we said above.) According to the New York Times, she’s a Democrat. According to Kilkenny herself, Palin “has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah’s attempt at censorship.”

    We’re still analyzing Kilkenny’s claims, and we will be posting something on this soon.

    Republished with permission from factcheck.org.

    Sources
    Sutton, Anne. “Governor signs revamped education package into law.” Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2008.

    Holland, Megan. “Intensive needs funding examined.” Anchorage Daily News, 12 Jan. 2008.

    Cavanagh, Sean. “Alaska Legislators Overhaul Funding.” Education Week, 29 Apr. 2008.

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    URL: http://www.newsweek.com/id/157986

  42. Obama blow a huge gaping hole in his economic plan yesterday, MSM picking up on it. I knew this would happen and we need to spread this far and wide.

    Barack Obama retreated on another key policy yesterday, and this one has repercussions for his entire economic and spending plan. Obama acknowledged in an interview on ABC that rescinding the Bush tax cuts in a recession…would be destructive. Obama has proposed almost $300 billion in new spending in his presidential campaign. If he can’t raise taxes, at least in his calculation, all of that becomes deficit spending. He wants to accuse McCain of fiscal irresponsibility for supporting the extension of the Bush tax cuts, but his spending plans now have no revenue. How exactly does that express responsibility?

    Obama has campaigned successfully on economics mostly through populist rhetoric and class warfare. He has cast the Bush cuts as egregious without explaining the five years of solid growth they produced.

    Now that he has to start getting past the slogans and start producing specifics, he seems lost and self-contradictory… Voters have begun to realize that Obama is making it up as he goes along.

  43. jason altmire
    running for congress. south western pa. over 20k from waffles and poopie. his distict strong democrats his district voted for Senator Clinton. He endorsed what’s his name. Stop this man now.

  44. Sarah Palin, speaking in Ohio just now, said

    “Government isn’t always the answer…in fact, sometimes, government is usually the problem!”

    The woman is turning into Reagan. lol.

  45. Poor Waffles, he’s yesterday’s news.

    The cable networks (CNN, Fox, MSNBC) cut off Obama’s “big” education speech in Ohio to go to Governor Sarah Palin’s speech at a run of the mill campaign event, also in Ohio.

    Poor Waffles.

    Maybe this will cheer him up:

  46. The MSM probably thought, not another fecking speech, he’s boring everyone shitless now and i bet it was the same crap all over again.

  47. After all these months of hopium, is it really coming to an end? Some of those new polls are amazing, especially the WA poll. Let’s keep the tide turning. 25% of Hillary supporters, not supporting BO? Wow! A few months ago, Rove said, if McCain received support of 20 % of Hillary supporters, McCain would have a better chance of beating BO. Is this coming to fruition?

    The bots need to sing the Laurel and Hardy song:

    I’m cuckoo
    You’re cuckoo
    Let’s take a chance
    And have a new dance
    I’m cuckoo
    You’re cuckoo
    Sing la la la la la

    All the folks jump all around
    Over the house-ee-doo
    It is because two funny chaps
    Taught them just what to do

    Side by side
    Start your glide
    Forget all your troubles
    Let everything slide

    I’m cuckoo
    You’re cuckoo
    Sing la la la la

  48. Okay, I like the Sara Smiles video choice, but did you consider “Man Eater” also by Hall & Oates? The prowling puma image really is too perfect. (And Sarah really is chewing Obambi up!)

  49. and to think McCain probably wouldn’t have picked a woman vp if the dems had chosen the rightful heir to the throne: HILLARY CLINTON

  50. Well dems…you reap what you sow and this time the fallout will be huge.

    Maybe time to start running for the hills???

  51. Arrogance will be the downfall of BO and democrats. They were so arrogant that they thought they could win without the person who garnered 18 million votes. I sincerely hope, that these trends continue. Surprising that McCain/Palin raised 4 million dollars in Chicago, of all places.

  52. riverdaughter gives one of the many reasons why Obama will lose (she has a list):

    “Because you have failed to stop your fanbase from proselytizing like zombie Jehovah’s Witnesses on crystal meth, annoying and frightening every voter they meet.”

  53. I can’t believe Obama

    The mans a joke apparently heres the latest.

    How many states now? Are we up to 58?

    Barack Obama: Fighting For The People Of New Pennsylvania

    I want to see the vid, I am very interested in where “New Pennsylvania” is. Is it near New Bethlehem? Or New Philadelphia? Or New Wilmington? Or New Texas? Or New Albany? Or New Salem(3 of them listed!)? Or New Paris? Or,,,y’all get the picture.

  54. Georgia, USA is under the bus.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/0908/Georgia_not_so_much_on_Os_mind.html?showall

    So much for my hopes of getting in a fall trip to The Varsity or even ‘Tween the Hedges: Obama is bailing on Georgia.

    My colleague Lisa Lerer went to the Obama HQ for a briefing by manager David Plouffe and reports:

    Obama recently stopped running ads in Georgia, a state the campaign originally identified as a potential battleground. Some Georgia field staff was moved into North Carolina, said Plouffe.

  55. but but but, I thought Obama was going to definitively going to win Georgia, wasnt that part of the reason the SD’s picked him.

  56. has anyone else lost friends over this selection? I have. Bitter sweet because I realize i never should have placed stock in them to begin with,

  57. Ok now I’m pissed.

    Biden: Palin becoming VP would be a step back for women

    hotair.com/archives/2008/09/09/biden-palin-becoming-vp-would-be-a-step-back-for-women/

  58. henry,

    You and me both. And all because I’m not allowed to say anything in the least negative about the new messiah.

  59. moon
    obama has allegeneycounty and philly as well. Took my two year old grand niece to the zoo on saturday via the bus and going through the oakland area(U of PITTS and Carnegie MEllon) bambi signs everywhere.
    I am a grand uncle at 41 so i did my best to shield the little one from axlerods pornography.

  60. Henry: Unfortunately, yes. I haven’t spoken to my bot brother in about 4 months, another friend of 25 years that was sending me e-mail propaganda garbage, I finally asked her to remove me from her list. Her reply missed the entire point. She didn’t see the sexism in the piece that she sent to me. This is a highly educated woman, but she is a bot.

  61. moon,

    New Pennsylvania is a utopian state where Obama is going to win by huge numbers. Same as in New Florida, New Georgia, etc… 😉

  62. bird
    if it is any comfort you have company. But what makes me really angry is when they accuse me of buying into media manipulation. To which I ask for a link. So as Hill4texaS asked earlier today please when you quote something give the link. take off the http but give the link. bots will stoop to nothing. discreding us on sites that they have yet to realize only they read goes no where. A bit of irony- everytime they made fun of a hill supporter only cemanted the commotment and added to what is now a large goup of dems for McCain,

  63. Okay, this is stuck in my head and won’t go away. Perhaps a new theme song from Paradise, also known as Florida, for those opposing Obama and the undemcratic Democratic Party. Maybe we should have a song fest and reword the lyrics to:

    One fine day as I was walking down the street
    I spied a beggar man with rags upon his feet
    Took a penny from my pocket in his tin cup I did drop it
    And I heard him say as I made my retreat

    May the bird of paradise fly up your nose
    may an ELEPHANT caress you with it’s toes
    May your wife be plagued with runners in her hose
    May the bird of paradise fly up your nose

    My laundry man is really on his toes found a
    hundred dollar bill among my clothes
    When he called me I came running gave him back his dime for phoning
    And I heard him saying as I turned to go

    May the bird of paradise fly up your nose
    may an ELEPHANT caress you with it’s toes
    May your wife be plagued with runners in her hose
    May the bird of paradise fly up your nose

    I was way behind one day to catch a train
    The taxi driver said we’ll make it just the same
    A speed cop made it with us and as he wrote out the ticket
    I stood by politely waitin’ for my change

    May the bird of paradise fly up your nose
    may an ELEPHANT caress you with it’s toes
    May your wife be plagued with runners in her hose
    May the bird of paradise fly up your nose

    Words & Music : Neal Merritt
    recorded by Little Jimmy Dickens and by Ernest Tubb

    Maybe a Hillaryis44 person more lyrical them I can recreate the words to fit the occasion.

  64. I think Hillary’s campaigning because she will try and save downticket Dems.

    Obama’s the Titanic.

    Hillary’s on a lifeboat trying to save lives.

    Hillary’s the kind of person who should be leading the Senate. Pelosi is the captain of the Titanic.

  65. What, can’t i go out anywhere now?

    I do my best to bring lots if info and its tiring and i forget sometimes links, whats the problem?

  66. Maybe:
    May the bird of paradise fly up your nose
    may an ELEPHANT caress you with it’s toes
    May your wife be plagued with big boogers in her nose
    May the bird of paradise fly up your nose

    What say you, as O’Reilly would ask?

  67. Ok, I have a wedding anniversary to go to tonight.

    Have fun, keep up the good work guys., see you about 6pm ET.

  68. Sorry, not gone yet.

    This is what is turning Washington state around.

    The Dem Gov is in a huge corruption scandal.

    http://www.casinochris.com/

    The Republican Governors Association has rapidly become one of the most effective campaign organizations within the Republican Party. They reorganized a couple of years ago and now map out long term strategies and fundraising, instead of spending 100% of their cash cycle to cycle.

    This year they have set their sights on Christine Gregoire (D-WA). I’ve written about the issue before and it has people hacked off in Washington. Gregoire received over $600,000.00 in campaign contributions from American Indian tribes then decided to give up the state’s share of revenue generated at Indian casinos. The tribes get to keep 100%.

    Critics have seized on the issue and voters are angry. Gregoire has responded by calling the critics racist. The RGA though, fearless of Gregoire criticisms, have taken to the internet and airwaves to highlight this issue.

    “Gov. Chris Gregoire has benifited from more than $650,000 in campaigncontributions from American Indian tribes.”

    “Gregoire killed a gambling compact potentially worth more than $140million a year to the state.”

    “It’s a payoff,” said University of Nevada-Las Vegas professor WilliamThompson, who has been studying tribal gambling since 1988. “Sheshouldn’t take any campaign money, nor should her political party, andit smells too quid pro quo for my liking.”

    “Even some Democrats in the Legislature question the deal. ‘Why wouldyou give someone a monopoly without taking a cut?’ asked Sen. KenJacobsen, D-Seattle.

    [the dem state senator] “By the time anybody in the Legislature heardabout it, it was a done deal,” he said. “there are a lot of people,Democrats and Republicans, who were a little bit grumpy about thatbecause, God, that’s a lot of money we gave them without gettinganything back.”

    [AP 6/13/08]

  69. Obambi is giving a press conference and he STILL can’t give say the SURGE has worked…Hillary was start she was one of a few Democratic cheerleaders for our success in Iraq, even when she had disagreements.

    This boob is on camera sitting on his hands at the SOTU when GWB stated the surge is working, Hillary clapped loudly and Obama sit on hands…now don’t you think the Republicans can make a great ad on Obama not happy SURGE is working?

  70. The press is still in a fenzy over Palin and her appeal to average people. Very good post up on riverdaughter, with an article on how Palin thinks she is “better than the rest of America”. They are going after podunk Alaska the way they went after podunk Arkansas in the 90’s. I shit you not.

    http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/why-does-time-magazine-hate-alaska

    Oh, the Georgetown Social Club that is our press are clutching their pearls and fainting into their rose-scented fingerbowls. They are having FURIOUS conversations at dinner parties about how that white trash frontierswoman (shudder) has DARED to challenge their position as arbiters of public opinion.

    This isn’t about ideology, folks, this is about a bunch of insufferable snobs that rule the media getting all AFFRONTED that they are not being sufficiently bowed and scraped and shuffled to.

    Palin challenged the position in the heavenly firmament of the cocktail weenie circuit blowhards. And by God she shall PAY for that impertinence!

  71. Obama’s candidacy is shrinking before our very eyes. He is going down and no one and that includes CNN and MSNBC can stop it. LOSER!!!!!!!

  72. Henry, Birdgal, others who have lost friends or acquaintances over this: me, too. It is very painful. That’s why I’m “underground.” Stinky is doing the same thing that Bush did in ’00 and ’04. Neither are “uniters” they are “dividers. Second verse, same as the first….
    * * * * *
    I LOVE

  73. This year they have set their sights on Christine Gregoire (D-WA). I’ve written about the issue before and it has people hacked off in Washington. Gregoire received over $600,000.00 in campaign contributions from American Indian tribes then decided to give up the state’s share of revenue generated at Indian casinos. The tribes get to keep 100%.
    ******************************************************
    She is a fool and should be KICKED to the CURB that’s not good governance. She is sending the message that it is alright for the state to takes a cut from small business and everybody else but not from Indian casinos?

    Where’s the logic in that!

    Wait until Gov. Sarah Palin come to town talking about maximizing the state resources for the people of Alaska by making the Big Oil pay their fair share in taxes so that “WE THE PEOPLE” doesn’t have to pick up their share.

  74. Carby: I totally agree about the WA governor. That is very corrupt. Even in CA, the tribes have a sweetheart deal that Arnie worked out with them, but the state still gets something. Kick her to the curb!

  75. Lorey Says:

    September 9th, 2008 at 12:15 pm
    Obama’s candidacy is shrinking before our very eyes. He is going down and no one and that includes CNN and MSNBC can stop it. LOSER!!!!!!!

    ——————————————————————-

    With the garbage CNN and MSNBC have been pulling, it is to be hoped that they go down with Obama’s ship too.

  76. (sorry, hit “submit” by mistake)

    Admin, I LOVE TODAY’S ESSAY! LOL! Today is a good day. I hope that Hillary has a headache again. Hillary, is just saying “NO” to WAFFLES, while saving the butts of the Senate colleagues who will surely elect her majority leader. She is magnificent!

    And, who else here is IN LOVE WITH PAT BUCHANAN? (Idunn, I have to re-stake my claim here.) He says, “…Michelle has a $300,000-a-year sinecure doing PR for a Chicago hospital.” Sinecure! That man does magic with the English language – in one word, he has summed up business as usual in Chicago. Nice “work” if you can get it!

    SINECURE: A sinecure (from Latin sine, without, and cura, care) means an office which requires or involves little or no responsibility, labour, or active service. Sinecures have historically provided a potent tool for governments or monarchs to distribute patronage, while recipients are able to store up titles and easy salaries.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinecure

  77. Admi!

    A Waffles encore!

    may we all enjoy many more curtain calls before he gets the hook on nov. 4.

    Shorttermer,
    Ewwwww……..
    The flock just heard that song and are cowering in fear, terrified at the thought of getting lost in BO’s cavernous noz. No telling what’s up there!

    👿

  78. Jonathan Martin
    Sept. 9, 2008
    Yahoo Newws

    The leaders of a women’s political organization that launched earlier this year to support Hillary Clinton are speaking out against what they say are examples of media sexism toward Sarah Palin and urging members to tell the press corps “to back off.”

    WomenCount, a group co-founded by top Hillary fundraiser Susie Tompkins Buell, posted a lengthy item on their blog decrying questions over whether Palin can, as a mother of five, juggle her family responsibilities and still be vice president.

    “The very notion that Sarah Palin should not have accepted this nomination because she is a mother with demanding challenges underscores just how far we have to go,” wrote Rosemary Camposano, the group’s communications director.

    She added: “It will be good for America to watch Sarah Palin on the campaign trail – bouncing from parenting to politics. That’s how most women function – multi-tasking, leaning on friends and family, and waking up each morning and doing it all again.”

    The group notes, however, that they do not approve of Palin’s politics. “We cannot pretend that Governor Palin meets any standard of progressive politics or social values,” Camposano writes.

    Unlike other feminist organizations which have taken up against Palin because of her conservative views, however, WomenCount says they’ll “work to stamp out sexism when we see it on the campaign trail.”

    “To paraphrase the words of one blogger who said it best over the weekend: We will defend Sarah Palin against misogynist smears not because we like her or support her, but because that’s how feminism works.”

    WomenCount was founded earlier this year by Buell, once the head of Esprit and now a full-time philanthropist and activist, when Clinton was urged by some to quit the race. The group pushed back against such sentiments and has since contributed to other female candidates. They’ve also yet to endorse Obama

    Clinton herself took to the campaign trail in Florida yesterday on Obama’s behalf and urged voters to support the Democratic ticket. But, prompted by one spectator, she declined to take after Palin.

    “You know what? I don’t think that’s what this election is about,” Clinton said at a rally in Kissimmee. “This election is about the differences between us and the Republican Party,”

  79. henry,
    Providing links isn’t always easy. Even when omitting the html or 3 w’s the server still won’t let some links through.

    I’ve spent up to 15 or 20 minutes sometimes trying to bypass the spam filter without any luck.

  80. A very big Obama flip-flop-flim-flam:

    http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/09/quietly_obama_campaign_flashes.php

    …That’s because, after a year of telling donors not to contribute to 527 groups, of encouraging strategists not to form them and of suggesting that outside messaging efforts would not be welcome in Obama’s Democratic Party, Obama’s strategists have changed their approach.

    An Obama adviser privy to the campaign’s internal thinking on the matter says that,with less than two months before the election and with the realization that Republicans have achieved financial parity with Democrats, they hope that Democratic allies — what another campaign aide termed “the cavalry” — will come to Obama’s aid.

    The Obama campaign can’t ask donors to form outside groups; it can only communicate, through the public and the media, with body language, tells and hints.

    The upshot: Obama’s campaign will no longer object to independent efforts that hammer John McCain, just as, in their mind, the McCain campaign has not objected to those efforts targeted at Obama. “I assume with their 527s stirring, some [Democratic] ones will as well,” another senior campaign official said.

  81. Birdgal I took 2 friends to dinner yesterday, one of whom I got registered a few weeks ago as a Rep.

    The other is a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat with whom I have always agreed, even when we were almost the only ones. He would have been a Clinton voter but he couldn’t attend the caucus and he didn’t like Obama. Now he insists on voting for Obama, not even not voting. We argued all through dinner.

    I realized that we have all been brainwashed (present co. excepted) by liberal orthodoxy. I don’t mean by issues (pro-choice or one man-one vote) but by labels. We have thought of Reps as devils for so long, we can no longer see that even a stopped clock is right twice a day. We (and they) assume that anyone who mouths the right phrases has ‘holly in his heart’ and is smarter. Most of us cannot imagine ever voting for the other side.

    The problem with that blind loyalty is that both sides know it and there lies disaster. We pass over lies and corruption, and assume only the ‘other’ is intolerant.

    My friend told me that Obama passed over Hillary because of Bill Clinton. He didn’t find it appalling and revealing that O passed over the smartest woman in the room because of the smartest man he knows. Looks good for the cabinet picks, doesn’t it?

    BTW, I reread some Sarah coverage this morning and liberals don’t describe her as pro-life but as determined to outlaw abortion. Evidently Congress no longer has any legislative power. If we elect McCain he will just decree conservative ideas and we will be stuck with them.

    Thus we must elect anyone with a D next to his name.

  82. Biden: Palin becoming VP would be a step back for women
    h t t p : / / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijGoISc7vFc


    ———————–
    This is appalling. I guess according to Biden, women voters don’t know what’s best for them, they have to listen to an old white male politician to teach them what’s in the best interest of women.

  83. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/campaign-2008/story/677890.html

    Republican John McCain has launched his first television ad in Florida, a must-win state already leaning his way despite a $9 million advertising blitz by Democrat Barack Obama.

    McCain and the Republican National Committee held out until about one week ago when a joint fundraising committee dropped about $1.1 million in the state, according to media analyst Evan Tracey, chief operating officer of TNS Media Intelligence/CMAG. Tracey said Obama has recently narrowed his advertising campaign to Central Florida, a bastion of uncommitted voters.

    ”There’s no reason to spend the money if they can’t move the needle,” said Tracey, who pegged Obama’s investment since June 20 at $9 million. “Florida may be kind of frozen right now . . . If there’s a late break of undecided voters there’s not much they can do with advertising dollars right now.”

    McCain’s new ad, which is running in Tampa, Orlando, West Palm Beach and Jacksonville, claims Obama and the Democratic leaders in Congress will raise taxes and thwart offshore oil drilling. ”It’s not change; it’s more of the same,” the ad says. “Obama and his liberal allies. Not ready to lead.”

  84. When the biased Media agrees to ask Obambi real questions, I hope the ask him the following:

    Why did you sit in a racist, hate-filled church for 20 years; allowed your children to be baptized there when you knew they were preaching hate and anti-Americanism?

    Why did you associate yourself with a known terrorist/radical such as Ayers?

    Why did you help Tony Rezko, a convicted felon, obtain millions of dollars for his shady businesses?

    Did Rezko bribe you, and if so, why did you accept it? Were you that desperate to live in a million dollar home?

    Why do you denying ever being a Muslim when evidence suggests both your dad and stepfather were devout Muslims? Your school records in Indonesia also suggest you were registered as “Muslim.”

    Why did you vote “present” or “I-don’t-care” more than one hundred times in the Illinois legislature? What else was more important than casting your vote?

    Why did you play the race card against the Clintons?

    Why did you smear the Clintons for political gain?

    How dare you now ask the Clintons to save your candidacy when you didn’t have the judgment and common sense to pick the most qualified candidate (male or female) as your VP?

    Do you admit picking Biden as your VP was a bust?

    Did Michelle ever call White Americans “Whitey”?

    What did you mean by “Typical White people” where referring to your grandmother?

    Do you agree McCain has a longer history of reaching across the isle than you do?

    Do you agree that Sarah Palin has as much experience as you do to be president?

    And lastly, are you scared? Good…you should be!

  85. OK, let’s review:

    1. Obama is counting on our (Hillary supporter) money to finish his GE campaign
    2. WOMEN’S votes from “middle class,” rural and suburban areas will decide this election.
    3. Obama says rural or small-town Americans are bitter, clingy xenophobes.
    4. Obama says that women are just racist “typical white people” if they become nervous when passing a thuggish black man on a lonely street at night.
    5. Obama’s supporters say (every chance they get) that women are stupid to consider voting for a conservative woman with an otherwise solid record of achievement.

    Much has been made of how intelligent and thoughtful BO is. All evidence to the contrary: Obama is too stupid to be president.

  86. I love how the McCain ads, turn the tables on the BZero campaign:

    It’s not change; it’s more of the same,” the ad says. “Obama and his liberal allies. Not ready to lead.”

    Freckles: “The problem with that blind loyalty is that both sides know it and there lies disaster. We pass over lies and corruption, and assume only the ‘other’ is intolerant. ”

    This a major problem. Blind loyalty is deadly, as this campaign is beginning to show us. The “liberals” are just as bad, as the far right extremists. They are showing their classism, racism, elitism, and prejudices in their treatment of Gov. Palin, and small town Alaska. What is astounding, is that I think people are seeing through it. Thus the turn to McCain. Remember during the primaries, it seems like the more garbage that was thrown at Hillary, and the more the BO campaign denigrated her and her supporters, the more she started to win? It was more than that, but it was definitely a factor. I think, we are seeing a serious backlash, and people are getting sick and tired of it. I know I am.

  87. As a Lifelong Democrat I have ALWAYS wondered why we don’t have energy independence in OIL while working to bring all the other avenues of alternative energy on line.

    I DO NOT WANT TO SEE ANOTHER WAR OVER OIL!!!

    I DO NOT WANT OUR MONEY TRANFERRED OVER TO COUNTRIES THAT HATE AMERICA!!!

    I don’t understand DEMOCRATIC? Taliban PARTY anemic response on these issues.

  88. Oh, and I forgot the most stunning one: Obama rejected Hillary, but now wants her 18 million supporters to pay for his campaign, volunteer for him and vote for him.

  89. Illinois: The height of arrogance and entitlement. They took us for granted. Just because someone has a “D” doesn’t mean that all democrats will vote for that candidate.

  90. kostner says:

    ———————–
    This is appalling. I guess according to Biden, women voters don’t know what’s best for them, they have to listen to an old white male politician to teach them what’s in the best interest of women.

    ****
    to be fair to Biden, he now has to be attack dog. Hillary wouldn’t do it (bless her!).

  91. Bill Clinton said it best that if we agree with one guy on 50% of his positions, but can trust him person to deliver on 100% of what he says; vs. the other guy with whom we agree 100%, but can’t trust to deliver anything…. well…..

  92. Illinois: I saw that clip of Bill Clinton saying that. Candidate X vs. Candidate Y. Hmm….Which one to vote for?

  93. OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED OBAMA CANNOT BE TRUSTED

  94. henry,

    I don’t know about local groups, but one thing people can do on their own is to print flyers and cards etc and leave them on bulletini boards, in laundramats, etc. The printouts carry some information and a link to appropriate websites for more.

    You can either make these up on your own computer or print out from some that are already made at pumapacusa and camille424.

  95. I think Sarah Palin has Obambi and the thugs (Dean, Pelosi, Reed, Richardson, Brazil, Todd, Kerry, Kennedy, etc.) running for the hill lol! They don’t know what just hit them..they’re dazed and confused. Let me spell it out for them: IT WAS HURRICANE SARAH!!!!

    LMAO!!!

    You reap what you sow!

  96. birdgal..so you’re from cal, wher in Cal? i’m from san diego…

    the car salesman can not win here in san diego….

    Vote for john mccain for HRC 2012……

  97. admin,

    the facinating thing about going “cold turkey” is it produces delirium tremors (also known as DT”S, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone)

    maybe I’ll make one exception…

    After reading your article and others posted here, it’s clear the BHO campaign is experiencing these symptoms.

  98. Birdgal, agreed. People are saying that we’re misquoting this, but I like it anyway:
    “No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party which ignores her sex.”
    – Susan B. Anthony
    * * * * *
    And here’s an apt blog post about BHO v. Mac on independence in response to BHO’s assertion to Stephanopoulos that he is THE ONE who will buck his own party:

    “How can we believe you will buck your party as president when you voted 97% of the time with your own party? [SNIP] And McCain voted 88% with the Pubs. At Harvard, did they teach you that 12% was greater than 3%?”

    Posted by: Original Pechanga | Sep 7, 2008 11:29:45 AM
    blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/09/obama-to-step-5.html

  99. Time for the Big Pink chant:

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

    (Sorry, I’m at work and don’t have time to go back throught the posts to cut and paste – did I get it right?) 🙂

  100. magic007 Says:

    I am in Northern CA, the northeast Bay Area.

    Illinois: I love that Susan B. Anthony quote. I wish Hillary would do that.

    LOL! BHO is going to buck his party???ROFL. This is the guy who backed down from FISA, the surge, NAFTA, campaign finance reform, etc. What a joke.

  101. henry,

    Sometimes the server gets overloarded and people get a message saying “account suspended” or something like that. Sometimes it has other problems. Sometimes the spam filter goes berserk and catches random posts.

    Keep trying, I love your posts and don’t want to miss any. I guess you know that h t t p : or even just / / set off the spam trap unless you space them out.

    What most of us do is copy every post before sending. That way if it doesn’t show up, you still have it in memory and can try agian. An easy way to do this is just before hitting ‘submit comment’, do this:

    Control-A (this selects all the text in your comment box)
    Control-C (this copies it to memory)

    Then if the post doesn’t show up do this:
    Click inside the comment box
    Control-V (this inserts the saved text into the box)
    Click on ‘submit comment’

    If it’s a specially good or long post, while it’s still in memory, you can also put it into some other place, such as a word processor file and/or some other PUMA blogs. Again, the way to do this is to click where you want it and then hit Control-V.

  102. Illinois Underground wrote:

    Admin, I visited http://www.hillaryis45.org which simply says, “This space is reserved for 2012.” Woo-hoo! (I hope you’re the one who has reserved it…) 😉
    ————

    I checked the domain registration information, and the same anonymous proxy company that runs this site is the same one that registered hillaryis45…

    😀

  103. Here’s my big THANK YOU to the DNC, Obama, and Big Media:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB7pQpNx-F4

    After all you put me through
    You’d think I despise you
    But in the end, I wanna thank you
    ‘Cause you make me that much stronger

    When I, thought I knew you
    Thinking that you were true
    I guess I, I couldn’t trust
    Called your bluff, time is up
    ‘Cause I’ve had enough
    You were, there by my side
    Always down for the ride
    But your, joy ride just came down in flames
    ‘Cause your greed sold me out of shame

    After all of the stealing and cheating
    You probably think that I hold resentment for you
    But, oh no, you’re wrong
    ‘Cause if it wasn’t for all that you tried to do
    I wouldn’t know just how capable I am to pull through
    So I wanna say thank you

    ‘Cause it makes me that much stronger
    Makes me work a little bit harder
    It makes me that much wiser
    So thanks for making me a fighter

    Made me learn a little bit faster
    Made my skin a little bit thicker
    Makes me that much smarter
    So thanks for making me a fighter

    Never saw it coming
    All of your backstabbing
    Just so you could cash in
    On a good thing before I realized your game
    I heard you’re going round
    Playing the victim now
    But don’t even begin
    Feeling I’m the one to blame
    ‘Cause you dug your own grave

    After all of the fights and the lies
    Yes you wanted to harm me but that won’t work anymore
    No more, oh no, it’s over
    ‘Cause if it wasn’t for all of your torture
    I wouldn’t know how to be this way now
    And never back down
    So I wanna say thank you

    ‘Cause it makes me that much stronger
    Makes me work a little bit harder
    Makes me that much wiser
    So thanks for making me a fighter

    Made me learn a little bit faster
    Made my skin a little bit thicker
    It makes me that much smarter
    So thanks for making me a fighter

    How could this man I thought I knew
    Turn out to be unjust, so cruel
    Could only see the good in you
    Pretended not to see the truth
    You tried to hide your lies, disguise yourself
    Through living in denial
    But in the end you’ll see
    You won’t stop me

    I am a fighter and I
    I ain’t goin’ stop
    There is no turning back
    I’ve had enough

    ‘Cause it makes me that much stronger
    Makes me work a little bit harder
    It makes me that much wiser
    So thanks for making me a fighter
    Made me learn a little bit faster
    Made my skin a little bit thicker
    Makes me that much smarter
    So thanks for making me a fighter

    Thought I would forget
    But I remember
    I remember
    I’ll remember, I’ll remember

    Thought I would forget
    But I remember
    I remember
    I’ll remember, I’ll remember

    ‘Cause it makes me that much stronger
    Makes me work a little bit harder
    It makes me that much wiser
    So thanks for making me a fighter
    Made me learn a little bit faster
    Made my skin a little bit thicker
    Makes me that much smarter
    So thanks for making me a fighter

  104. henry Says:

    September 9th, 2008 at 11:16 am
    has anyone else lost friends over this selection? I have. Bitter sweet because I realize i never should have placed stock in them to begin with,

    Henry, i have just one. She told me she was a yellow dog democratic and take her off my e-mail list. I told her we were never friends in the first place. Friends disagree all the time, but not to the point of losing friendship. I told her i had a right to vote for whomever i please, i told her the reasons why. I told her politics come and go and sometimes we want agree on everything, if she chose to end the friendship like this then more power to her. I also told her when you need something or need a ride or a shoulder to cry on CALL UP OBAMA and see what you get. I then told her may the best candidate win. I told her Mccain/Palin 08 She got really mad.

  105. rjk1957 Says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 8:09 am

    I am liking Pat Buchanan more and more each day:

    One of Them, and One of Us
    By Patrick Buchanan

    One wonders: What did Sarah Palin ever do to inspire the rage and bile that exploded on her selection by John McCain? What is there either in this woman’s record or resume to elicit such feline ferocity?

    The reason folks are reacting is not her gender, it’s not her personality, it’s not even her race or her party- it’s she is not an “insider.”

    The fact of the matter is as much as BO wants to pretend he’s all about hope and change, voters know better. They know-even his most ardent supporters- that it’s bull hockey. What he offers is he makes folks feel better- call it the same disease that afflicted the idiots who vote for Bush in 2000 and couldn’t admit the mistake in 2004 after 9-11 happened (I still believe if 9-11 hadn’t happened, he’d never been re-elected)- the “I like this guy for some reason better than the other guy because all things considered, neither of them will do what they say because they’re part of the problem.”

    Think about it. After 9-11, the market crash, the invasion of Iraq, the housing crisis, the credit crisis- even the most ardent supporters of Bush can only defend their votes by saying he’s a politician and they lie. Period. No responsibility in that vote. No siree. The truth is they never saw him as one of them because of his family ties, his education and his “career.” To some extent, that belief structure about politicians hurt Hillary the most. How many times did we see “Bush-Clinton-Bush—no Clinton?” It’s not CDS, it’s a hatred for dynasties and unfortunately by the time voters woke up and realized she wasn’t a continuation of Bill- but her own woman who disagreed with him early on about NAFTA, who was more hawkish, and who had a real and legendary history of supporting families- it was too late delegate count wise.

    Sarah Palin is not Ivy League or Annapolis or West Point. She’s U of Idaho. She’s a hockey mom, a soon to be grandmother, a woman with a strong marriage to her HS sweetheart with no affairs, no divorces and no rumors of sexual shenanigans in backs of limos. Hell, like most Americans her limo riding is probably pretty sparse. Pictures of her with guns (well, except for the photoshopped ones) are genuine- not photo ops. She’s one of us and when they attack her- voters see themselves being attacked and they get riled. She’s not one of the political elite, the powerful and monied being attacked (bc they deserve it afterall), she’s us being humped over and over again by the Washington elite.

    McCain got lucky with that pick. He was going for Maverick-style and he got “us.” BO ought to listen to Wolfson if he has a fucking brain in his head. He and his idiot bot army should be going after McCain, not Sarah. Thankfully for us, he is an idiot and it’s too late to backtrack on the nastiness.

    He’s shat in his messkit.

  106. Neeta- get her a “Democrats for McCain” sticker from the website. Just google it. I’m sure she’ll love it on her car. 😆

  107. We have nothing to do with that “45” site. That is an incense burner operation.

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    The Hopium eaters are like Obama, they imitate. Hillary gives an answer and Obama copies it. Hillary gives a speech, Obama mumbles it. We do “44” they do “45”.

    To paraphrase John Simon, ‘they are at their best when derivative and at their worst when original.’

  108. Back later. Off to court. Blech. I hate wearing these damn monkey suits. Why won’t they let us wear track suits? 🙂

  109. Okie says: “The reason folks are reacting is not her gender, it’s not her personality, it’s not even her race or her party- it’s she is not an “insider.”

    This is so true. Much of hate is coming from the Washington insiders. Palin is truly the Washington outsider, and is like a breath of fresh air.

  110. OkieAtty: Nice article.

    Dems hate dynasties… unless they’re named Kennedy. Or Rockefeller. Or Daley. Or Stroger. Wait a minute…. Dems DON’t hate dynasties. They hate outsiders. “We don’t want nobody nobody sent.” The Dem machine is all about “so, what can you do for me?” This is Obama’s culture.

    IMHO, even after all their successes, all their achievements for our country, the Clintons are still outsiders. They don’t owe the machine or anybody else. They help others and others owe THEM. Therefore, they can’t be controlled, each march to his/her own drum. That is why they are hated by the “insiders.”

    Hillary is different from Bill, sure, but she, too is still perceived as an outsider. But, she has the same independence, same attitude toward service: “What can I do for YOU?” This is why her supporters like us will always stay loyal.

    This may also be why we can deal with Mac and Sarah for the time being – their attitude toward service is much more like the Clintons than like BHO.

  111. Admin: Oh, well. Perhaps it’s a great opportunity to surprise everyone with something new to make Hillary 45. (Or, you can always back-order the domain – A.D.D. will kick in and they’ll lose interest and you’ll get it later.)

  112. Palin Attacks Obama on Earmarks
    by Shushannah Walshe
    Lebanon, OH–

    The GOP ticket spent another day on the trail together and Sarah Palin again attacked Barack Obama on earmark requests. This time her hit was harder and she compared it to what she was doing to fight pork barrel spending in Alaska:

    “In just three years our opponent has requested nearly one billion dollars in earmarks. That’s nearly a million dollars for every working day,” Palin told the cheering crowd, “So as we reform the abusive earmarks in our state our opponent was requesting nearly a billion dollars in earmarks as a senatorial privilege as I was vetoing half a billion as an executive responsibility.”

    She again failed to mention the earmarks she has accepted for Alaska which amounted to 52 earmarks valued at $256 million in her first year and 31 earmarks valued at $197 million this year.

    The duo campaigned at a rainy outdoor rally dubbed “McCain Street USA” and amongst an excited crowd of over 5,500 chants of “Sarah, Sarah, Sarah!” could be heard. Supporters carried signs that read, “You Go Girl!” and “America Respects John McCain. America Loves Sarah Palin.”

    The Alaska governor pressed her and McCain’s reformer credentials which reinforces the message of their television ad released yesterday, “We are going to take that message of reform all across this nation to everyone in every party or no party at all and we are committed to that reform and that is what John McCain and that is what I am all about.”

    Wearing a red blazer and rocking 3 inch red heels, she greeted supporters after the rally that were clearly ecstatic to be close to the Vice-Presidential candidate. One woman put her hand on her chest and looked faint after shaking Palin’s hand.

    embeds.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/09/09/palin-attacks-obama-on-earmarks/
    *****************************************************
    Obama is a Jr. Senator from IL and he was able to get almost 1 billion dollars in earmarks through Congress and Sen. John Kerry who has been in Congress for 24 years couldn’t even bring half that “fatten calf” home to MA.

    BTW/ I love how Ed O’Reilly stuck the knife into John Kerry in their debate.

  113. birdgal Says:
    Some of those new polls are amazing, especially the WA poll. Let’s keep the tide turning. 25% of Hillary supporters, not supporting BO?
    =========

    I havent’ seen that poll. Nationwide, about 20-30% of Hillary supporters have ALWAYS planned to vote for McCain! In the exit polls at the later primaries iirc it was about 35%.

    Imo the confusion comes because different pollsters figure things differently. Opinion Reseaarch in June found 3 million voting for McCain PLUS 4 MILLION PROTESTING BY STAYING HOME. Other pollsters seem to count only those who will actually vote for McCain and ignore the stayhomes.

    I’ve got more details and cites at turndownobama.com and at a clintondems diary linked from there. Haven’t seen any clear polls since Palin.

  114. admin,

    I’m grateful for this site as it brought me to the truth. No matter what name you decide on for the future (if in fact you do rename), I will look forward to your articles of inspiration and all the posts from this fantastic group.

    I’m hoping that this site will remain in affect for as long as it takes to clean up our elections, campaigns and even candidates. It took years for it to get this bad, I suspect it will take years to fix.

    What a revelation this election has been…

  115. McCain Camp Says Biden Is “Playing Politics” on Stem Cell Research
    Posted by Ryan Corsaro|

    (ST. LOUIS, MO.) – John McCain’s campaign expressed outrage over comments made by Joe Biden, who used disabled children as an example to criticize Republicans who do not support stem cell research.

    McCain spokesman Ben Porritt took the attack as being directed at GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who has a child with Down syndrome.

    “Barack Obama’s running mate sunk to a new low today launching an offensive debate over who cares more about special needs children,” wrote Porritt in a statement. “Playing politics with this issue is disturbing and indicative of a desperate campaign.”

    Biden made the comment at a town hall style meeting in Columbia, Mo., today, saying, “I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy, because there’s joy to it as well, the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don’t you support stem cell research?”

    The line received a standing ovation from the crowd of several hundred.

    The Obama campaign denied the statement was directed at Palin, saying Biden was pointing out that between the McCain-Palin ticket and Bush Administration there was “not a dime’s worth of a difference” on stem cell research.

    In a statement to reporters, Biden’s press secretary, David Wade, wrote “Long story short: couldn’t be farther from being a comment about Gov. Palin.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/09/09/politics/fromtheroad/entry4431597.shtml
    *****************************************************
    And Obama choose this “gaffe machine” over Hillary Clinton.

    I say keep it up Democrats, you might even help the Republican with their registration efforts with all this condemenation, dismissive and demeaning statements.

  116. Turndown: The information about the poll is from a posting from Moon, earlier this a.m. I had seen the numbers that you posted, but this seem to be a new poll.

    moononpluto Says:

    September 9th, 2008 at 5:55 am
    Washington Post

    New poll: 25% of Hillary voters are ready to vote for McCain

  117. HillaryforTexas Says:
    WHAT???? Obama has now invented “New Pennsylvania”?
    ======================

    Well, maybe that’s where he plans to help the “Oregan veterans of Pennsylvania”?

    Maybe somewhere near the Great Lakes of Oregon?

  118. Re links, I’ve heard rumours of some browser that will copy the link along with whatever text you’ve selected to copy. I wish I could find that or make it work!

    In the meantime sometimes I get lazy and figure people can Google for a snippet of the text. (Sometimes thath turns up interesting reples to it along with the original.)

    What I wish is that posters would mention whether the article has a Comments section so I’ll know if it’s worth looking up to send otu to PumaResponders.com

  119. Illinois Underground Says:
    Henry, Birdgal, others who have lost friends or acquaintances over this: me, too.

    ======================

    I learned early to keep quiet. I figure I do enough on the interenet pseudonominously. At this point I’m just barely quietly debunking some of the charges against Palin.

  120. Okay, this is a little salty, but I have never seen a better smackdown of an Obamabot. This one came onto Uppity Woman’s blog and whined:

    jjb, on September 9th, 2008 at 1:37 pm Said:

    so you don’t think McCain picked Palin JUST because he knew idiot people like you would suddenly CHANGE ALL YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS and vote republican? Because that’s what I think. And I think you all need to see past gender here. Bitch is the new bitch, btw. Why don’t you stop being bitches and start trying to be people who aren’t blinded by rage?

    Uppity replied:

    *********I’ll tell you why. Because adults don’t let socialists, marxists, left over Maoists and Communists from dead parties, old hippies still on the bong, Guys from Hamas Compounds, the Nigeria Stock Exchange and pissants like you pick presidents. That’s why.

    I have news for you pissant. I would vote for a cockroach before I would vote for barack obama and Bill Ayers. and don’t give me that “it was 40 years ago” horseshit. I remember this sociopath and he is as cured as Jeffery Dahmner would have been if he had lived for 40 years.

    Furthermore, I didn’t work to get the rights of women for pissants like you to trample on them.

    Now run along. You sound very panicky. You need to go to Kos and make up some stories. Maybe use the C word a few times so you feel better. It helps McCain get even more votes because the country is on to you pigs. You blew your little wads on Clinton and now your pants are down. So why dont you run home, maybe smack your mother and eat some cheetos. Make sure she bleeds ya hear?

    Now get the hell out of here. You aren’t welcome. Just like we weren’t welcome at HuffPo, Kos and MyDD.***************

  121. turndown: I am very quiet at work, not only because it is inappropriate to talk politics at work, but I work with many bots. Bay Area liberal types.

  122. The highest and best use of Hillary’s time certainly is not rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic… I mean, um… HMS O’Biden. Getting senate dems re/elected is quite another thing….

  123. Turndown, Bird: “Quietly debunking”… yes, that about sums it up. I mostly avoid politics… now that the primary is over. Even then, it was dicey. I’m in Chicago.

  124. Don’t you love it that you have to go overseas to hear about this stuff:

    Sarah Palin dolls go on sale as John McCain’s running mate’s popularity soars

    Two Sarah Palin action dolls portraying the Republican vice-presidential nominee as an executive and an action hero have gone on sale in the United States.

    Last Updated: 3:57PM BST 09 Sep 2008

    The dolls are an attempt to cash in on the popularity of the Alaskan governor, who has impressed since being chosen as John McCain’s running mate.

    Mrs Palin joins an illustrious list of politicians, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, to have been immortalised as plastic toys.

    The executive doll is available for $27.95 (about £16) from the website HeroBuilders.com. The action hero version costs two dollars more.

    Palin-mania has gripped Republicans since the electrifying speech by the self-confessed “hockey mom” at the party convention in St Paul, Minnesota last week.

    More than 6,000 exultant supporters turned out to greet Mrs Palin and Mr McCain with chants of “Sa-rah, Sa-rah!”, “John Mc-Cain, John Mc-Cain!” and “U-S-A!”

    Mrs Palin spelt out the McCain campaign plans to take on Mr Obama in the final 60 days before November’s election, targeting patriotic voters unconvinced by the Democratic candidate’s national security and economic credentials.

    “We went right from the convention to small town USA,” she said. “It’s true that they grow good people, people who are working hard for America.

    “You love your country in good times and bad and you’re always proud to be Americans.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2705087/Sarah-Palin-dolls-go-on-sale-as-John-McCains-running-mates-popularity-soars.html

  125. OkieAtty Says:

    September 9th, 2008 at 1:51 pm
    Neeta- get her a “Democrats for McCain” sticker from the website. Just google it. I’m sure she’ll love it on her car.

    Okie, better yet i will order it and put it on her back bumper

  126. I’m so pissed off at the media, I was day dreaming about a website where people are polled, who would they like to see fired first:

    Campbell Brown, Roland Martin, Anderson Cooper, Candy Crowley, Wolf Blitzer, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, etc.

  127. I just met a remarkable woman at a workshop who after 5 kids went back to school to get her MS and had another child and went on to finish her PhD in Math and now has a full time career. If women can repeat her performance of having it all (with that many children) it is well and good. But what is most objectionable is if she were relegated by some outside societal forces to just taking care of her children just because she was a woman. What a waste of intellectual potential that would have been. For me, sure try to have it all but also try to realize your nature given potential without hindrance from outside influences.

  128. Illinois, JanH, Birdgal –

    oh, I don’t have the time. I like to come up with the ideas – but re: the media, vengeance is what I seek.

    I think it should be a spiffy website where people can rate journalists, their accuracy and bias based on their quotes, maybe even level of sexism. Kind of like Snopes, but targeting journalists. And then, there would be fun polls of who should be fired first when BO loses in Nov.

    And then we should do a site for Senate and Congress members – I’d like to see Nancy Pelosi booted out first.

  129. Idunn Says:

    September 9th, 2008 at 3:29 pm
    Can we just have a poll of people other people would like to throw off a cliff?

    ——————————————————————————————

    The cliff would have to be very high. Hmm….the Grand Canyon might do.

  130. Great idea. There can be grading scales for each aspect of their work and positions: hypocrisy, misogyny, phobias, biases, etc. And on the positive side, achievements and partnerships. But, doesn’t this already exist, at least for the congress members?

  131. Why Should Palin and Voters Be Reverent Toward Obama’s Community Organizing?

    September 09, 2008 02:05 PM ET

    Barack Obama and many in the left blogosphere have hurt feelings over Sarah Palin’s comments on community organizers. They evidently think that everyone should regard Obama’s years as a community organizer with the reverence—I choose a religious word deliberately—they do. Pretty naive. They can count on mainstream media to follow the party line pretty closely. But MSM’s voice is not the only one heard in politics today.

    Community organizing along the lines of Saul Alinsky strikes me as a quintessentially Chicago phenomenon, and Obama, with no previous ties to Chicago, decided to move there when he took up community organizing in the 1980s and returned there to do it again after he finished Harvard Law School. Alinsky’s style of community organizing is premised on the continuing existence of a partially corrupt and deeply incestuous political machine that cannot be dislodged but can be pressured.

    I recall one community organizing project launched, I think, by Alinsky: He wanted some change in public policy, so he had people sit in all the toilet stalls at O’Hare International Airport and remain there for hours. O’Hare was the favorite project of the late Mayor Daley (and of the current Mayor Daley as well), and the sit-in resulted in a quick capitulation by “Da Mare.”

    But Obama seems to have rejected the Alinsky model. That’s the thesis of a fascinating article by John Judis in the New Republic. Citing Obama’s memoir and some independent reporting, Judis argues that Obama decided that community organizing was a dead end and concluded that electoral politics was the way to make real change. He made his leap shrewdly. Living in Hyde Park/Kenwood, he cultivated a left-wing base that included the unrepentant terrorist bomber William Ayers, who admitted to setting bombs at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, and 13th District state Sen. Alice Palmer. Part of the 13th District was in Hyde Park, but most of its voters were on the overwhelmingly black South Side, where Obama made friends by joining the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s church. At Ayers’s house, he got Palmer’s endorsement to succeed her; then, when she re-entered the race, he challenged her ballot petitions and got her (and all the other candidates) thrown off the primary ballots.

    As a state senator and then as a U.S. senator, Obama took care not to antagonize the Chicago civic establishment. His patron in the state Senate was Emil Jones, who was backed by Mayor Richard M. Daley over Jesse Jackson Jr. in a special congressional seat race in 1995. He backed a redistricting bill that reshaped the 13th District to include all of Chicago’s lakefront from the Indiana border to North Michigan Avenue, so as to include the neighborhood where many of Chicago’s richest and most prominent civic leaders (and campaign contributors) lived. The redistricting reduced the district’s black percentage from 74 percent to 58 percent. He supported Todd Stroger for Cook County Board president over a reform candidate in 2006, when Stroger was put on the ballot to replace his incumbent father after his death. Alinsky assumed that the machine would always be there and believed you must stir up opposition to it. Obama assumed that the machine would always be there and that if you can’t beat ’em then you must join ’em—or at least do business with ’em. There’s an obvious contrast here between Obama and Sarah Palin, who defeated both of her predecessors as governor in 2006 and chartered a clear course of reform.

    Questions: Why should we be obliged to take a reverent view toward community organizing when Obama evidently did not? And what basis is there in his career to see Obama as a reformer?
    —————————————————————
    Here’s a comment in response to this article:

    Community Organizing does not mean whatever you want it to mean. It is not a generic term used for any non-profit or charitable work.

    It is a very specific title to a specific role. The Communist Saul Alinsky, who coined the term and literally wrote the book, called it a Community Organizer; the rest of the U.S. tends to call it an agitator. It an important role in the grievance industry that has become such a large part of urban life. Al Sharpton is a Community Organizer.

    It seems to me than when you make fun of someone being a one-time mayor, you better have your own resume pretty darn bullet-proof for the inevitable reply.

    Obama spent a lot of time highlighting his Community Organizer days, and I have to admit, I first thought it sounded noble. But when he kept bringing it up, over and over again, is it really a surprise that people s finally tarting asking, “Just what is a community organizer and what do they do?”

    Most people who have asked, haven’t really liked the answer.

    http://www.usnews.com/blogs/barone/2008/09/09/why-should-palin-and-voters-be-reverent-toward-obamas-community-organizing.html#481418

  132. I think there may be another land mine for Obama (how often have I said that so far?)

    It seems that there is a picture of the committee that is ‘investigating’ Troopergate. Where was this picture taken you ask? Obama HQ! last May or so.

    The question I never hear is WHY wasn’t trooper what’s-his-name fired? If you drive drunk and taser a 10-yr old, shouldn’t you lose your job? Shouldn’t the man who refused to fire him be fired himself?Obama thinks he will get votes by sticking up for this man. Most people will applaud any attempt to get him fired, thinking that he’s lucky she didn’t shoot him.

    But for Obama, this won’t look like the ‘new politics’ he touts.

    As for young voters, I’m not so sure how many will vote for a man who’s no longer so cool and more of a joke.

  133. God willing he loses, I can’t wait to hear the explanation from Dean, Pelosi, Brazille, et al..(racism/Hillary/Bill)………………..Michelle will most certainly not be proud of her country once again.

  134. Excellent post, Carby. I like Sarah Palin’s comments (approximate): “I suppose that being a mayor of a town is kind of like being a community organizer, except with real responsibilities.”

  135. The South is breaking for Palin/McCain…
    ———————–
    SurveyUSA NC poll…
    h t t p : / / abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/politics&id=6380065

    In an election for President of the United States in North Carolina Tuesday, September 09, Republican John McCain suddenly and breathtakingly surges to a 20-point win over Democrat Barack Obama, 58% to 38%, according to this latest exclusive SurveyUSA election poll conducted for ABC11-WTVD.

  136. McCain Campaign Stands Up Palin Truth-Squadding Team
    09 Sep 2008 03:37 pm

    The McCain campaign is standing up a truth-squadding operation designed to push what they deem as “smears” about Gov. Sarah Palin out of circulation.

    The team, headquartered in Arlington, includes Mark Paoletta, a former chief counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Edward O’Callaghan, a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District, and Brian Jones, a GOP strategist and former RNC research director. Jones, who stepped down as the campaign’s communications director last June, and Paoletta, who became a senior adviser to the campaign in August, are volunteers; O’Callaghan is on staff.

    The campaign plans to announce the team’s existence today in the wake of a report by John Fund about Democratic operatives and lawyers scouring Anchorage for dirt about Palin.

    “We’re meeting it head on,” said Brian Rogers, a campaign spokesperson.

    The campaign will dispatch high-profile surrogates — mostly women — to combat false info in the press, and the campaign will send “truth squad alerts” as warranted.

    Along with validated claims — that Palin sought and obtained earmarks, that she didn’t initially oppose the Bridge to Nowhere, that she raised sales taxes as mayor of Wasilla, that she maintained a working relationship with Sen. Ted Stevens, plenty of inaccurate information has spread , including charges that cut special needs funding (she didn’t), was a Buchananite (not true), that she wanted to mandate the teaching of creationism in Alaska public schools (she said that it didn’t have to be taught alongside evolution, although she didn’t oppose it), that her pastor was a Jew for Jesus (a guest pastor at the church was, not her regular pastor), that she was a member of the Alaska Independence Party (her husband was) and that she covered up her daughter’s pregnancy (Nope.) Partisans are currently litigating a slew of other incidents: did Palin want to ban books in Wasilla? No books were banned, but a “rhetorical” question was asked. Did Palin overstep her authority in pressuring a subordinate to fire a former relative? That’s pending. Among many others. The battle to define Palin will probably last through the election.

    The team reports directly to chief strategist Steve Schmidt.

    A full list of the GOP truthsquadders can be found after the jump.

    National Members Of The Palin Truth Squad:

    · Former Governor Jane Swift (R-MA)
    · Governor Linda Lingle (R-HI)
    · Lt. Governor Sean Parnell, (R-AK)
    · Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
    · Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
    · Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
    · Congresswoman Thelma Drake (R-VA)
    · Congresswoman Mary Fallin (R-OK)
    · Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
    · Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX)
    · Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
    · Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-MI)
    · Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-FL)
    · Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
    · Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R-NM)
    · Jo Ann Davidson, RNC Co-Chair
    · Rosario Marin, Former U.S. Treasurer
    · Meg Stapleton, Former Aide To Governor Palin
    · Kristan Cole, Lifelong Friend Of Governor Palin

    State Members Of The Palin Truth Squad:

    · Former Lt. Governor Jane Norton (CO)
    · State Representative Amy Stephens (CO)
    · State Board of Education Member Peggy Littleton (CO)
    · State Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff (FL)
    · County Commissioner Mildred Fernandez (FL)
    · Former Iowa Senate President And Former U.S. Ambassador To The Eastern Caribbean, Mary Kramer (IA)
    · State Representative Jackie Walorski (IN)
    · State Representative Laura Brod (MN)
    · Former GOP State Party Chairwoman And Former State Rep. Barb Sykora (MN)
    · Jayne Millerick, Former NH GOP Chair (NH)
    · State Senator Jennifer Beck, Honorary Co-Chair NJ Women For McCain-Palin (NJ)
    · Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, Honorary Vice Chair NJ Women For McCain-Palin (NJ)
    · Bergen County Clerk Kathe Donovan, Honorary Co-Chair NJ Women For McCain-Palin (NJ)
    · DA Dona Ana County Susana Martinez (NM)
    · Former Lt. Gov. Lorraine Bono-Hunt (NV)
    · State Senator Barbara Cegavske (NV)
    · State Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert (NV)
    · Sue Lowden, Nevada GOP Chair (NV)
    &# 183; Kay Ayres, OH GOP Vice Chair (OH)
    · Betty Montgomery, Ohio Women For McCain-Palin Chair (OH)
    · Mary Taylor, Ohio Auditor Of State (OH)
    · Margie Hughes, Clackamas County Chair Of Women For McCain-Palin (OR)
    · Linda Neace, West Linn Small Business Owner For McCain-Palin (OR)
    · Deanna Smith, Women For McCain-Palin Chairwoman (OR)
    · Renee Amoore, PA GOP Deputy Chair (PA)
    · Joyce Haas, PA GOP Vice Chair (PA)
    · State Senator Lisa Baker (PA)
    · Diana Irey, Washington County Commissioner (PA)
    · Christine Toretti, RNC National Committeewoman and McCain-Palin Pennsylvania Co-Chair (PA)
    · Kim Ward, Westmoreland County Commissioner and McCain-Palin Pennsylvania Regional Chair (PA)
    · Former First Lady Susan Allen (VA)
    · Lori Ann Miller, Young Republican Federation Of VA Chairman (VA)
    · Former Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow (WI)
    · Peggy Oban Boze, McCain-Palin Chairwomen For King County (WA)
    · Susan McCaw, Former Ambassador To Austria (WA)
    · Della Newman, Former Ambassador To New Zealand (WA)

  137. sign # 5,487 that the Obama/Biden campaign has no clue how to win: they decided to pick a fight with Sarah Palin over special needs children and stem cell research. Wow, wow, wow. I knew Axelrod wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer but this takes the cake:

    ————–
    McCain camp says Biden ‘sunk to a new low’
    Posted: 03:45 PM ET

    From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
    Was Biden referencing Palin in his comments about stem cell research?
    Was Biden referencing Palin in his comments about stem cell research?

    (CNN) — John McCain’s campaign hit back hard at Joe Biden Tuesday after the Democratic VP candidate appeared to suggest Republicans who do not support stem cell research — like GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin — are lacking in their support of children with disabilities.

    “Barack Obama’s running mate sunk to a new low today launching an offensive debate over who cares more about special needs children,” McCain-Palin spokesman Ben Porritt said. “Playing politics with this issue is disturbing and indicative of a desperate campaign.”

    The sharp response, indicative of the increasingly heated rhetoric from both presidential campaigns as the election enters the final stretch, came shortly after Biden said advocates for people with disabilities should support stem cell research.

    Biden did not mention Palin — the mother of a baby with Down syndrome, and someone who has said she will be a “friend and advocate in the White House” to parents of children with disabilities — but seemed to direct a question to her.

    Election Center: Where the candidates stand on stem cell research

    “I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy…and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect,” he said. “Well, guess what folks? If you care about it, why don’t you support stem cell research?”

    Biden spokesman David Wade insisted Tuesday the Delaware senator’s comments were not directed at Palin.

    “This is a clash of policies, not a clash of personalities,” Wade said. “We’ve heard not a dime’s worth of difference between the McCain-Palin ticket and the Bush Administration on medical breakthroughs that millions of parents and doctors believe could save lives and transform the quality of life for countless Americans.”

  138. Kostner that NC poll is breathtaking.

    McCain is now in front among the educated and less educated, among the affluent and less affluent. He’s polling at 64% in Coastal Carolina (up from 57%), at 60% in Charlotte (up from 53%), and at 54% in Raleigh / Greensboro (up from 44%). Pro-Life voters backed McCain 2:1 last month, 4:1 this month.

    SurveyUSA interviewed 900 North Carolina adults 09/06/08 – 09/08/08. All interviews were completed after the Labor Day weekend, and after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention. Of the 900 adults, 783 were registered to vote; of them, 671 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the 11/04/08 general election. North Carolina has 15 Electoral College votes. Incumbent Republican President George W. Bush carried the state by 12 points in 2004 and by 13 points in 2000.

    abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/politics&id=6380065

  139. And what team did HRC have to help fight the sexism and smears against her?

    Just a few of us loudmouthed bloggers.

  140. Geez, Biden is so FULL of himself… The smartest man in the room!! My goodness.

    in Green Bay, discusses debating a woman, and suggests it’s a “time warp” view.

    “She’s going to have to answer questions,” he says. “My plan is to do no different than I get ready to debate Elizabeth Dole on the floor of the Senate.”

    He’ll assume, he said, that she’s “as smart as I am, as though as I am, and knows as much as I do.”

    He describes her reported views, particularly on global warming, as “extreme” and “pretty far out there.”

    UPDATE: Palin spokesman Ben Porritt responds: “Last year the Obama campaign linked her to a Nazi sympathizer. This week they’re calling her extreme. They can trot out as many labels and attacks as they want, but at the end of the day Americans recognize Sarah Palin as a leader who will shake up Washington and change business as usual.”

  141. I’m still scratching my head why the Messiah, the so-called smartest intellectual would select Joe Biden.

    He’s a big drag on that ticket, and even if they were elected, what exactly would Biden help to govern?

    He always thinks highly of himself, but look at his record on foreign policy/national security, he’s been all along.

    His plan to partition Iraq was dumb beyond ridicule. It would be an even worse scenario than simply getting out of Iraq once and for all.

  142. admin and Hillary is 44 blog fans like myself,

    Could you help me out and kick some butt as I try to make rabid Hard Leftist misogynistic attack dogs understand why I have left the party to become an Independent? I have some supporters, but I think that your verbal skills could help here. Iowa City is drowning in phony egalitarian “liberals,” and I dared to write a “Why I left the Democrats” editorial for the local newspaper, the Iowa City Press-Citizen. If you’re willing, go to

    http://www.press-citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080909/OPINION01/809090324/1019

    I’ve gotten over 60 comments and have generated at least three letters to the editor just today, according to the opinion page editor, Jeff Charis-Carlson.

  143. Countthevotes,

    Nancy Pelosi is in Iowa right now showing everyone what a great humanitarian she is and how compassionate she is by looking at Iowa’s flood damage. I wish I could vote against her.

  144. With all of the polls coming out showing McCain doing well, I can’t help but wonder if M.O. is thinking that the U.S. is a mean country again…

  145. Kostner is right
    Biden was a dumb choice
    but
    Barack has no foreign policy credentials

    remember everyone, Hillary beat BO in OH and KY and WV; she could have beaten McCain

    BO will never win OH or KY or WV
    and
    No one has ever become President – since 1916-
    without WV because the state defines the demographic in OH, MO, KY and WV that loves Hillary!

    McCain may even win PA

  146. admin et al.,

    Did anyone see Tammy Bruce’s op-ed on RealClearPolitics.com? She wrote the same column that I did only better and with more detail in her defense of Sarah Palin as a feminist.

  147. jonnyb,

    Yes, the DNC is really stupid, given that Hillary Clinton won a lot of the swing states that Obama needs to win the election. He pulled an Obama-destroys-woman-candidate maneuver much like what he did to Alice Palmer in Chicago, and suddenly realizes — I hope, anyway — that he’s cut off his nose to spite his face!

  148. Admin
    fyi hillary is 45 was purchased by one of the fine young men at something awful. Months ago after posting my email address here i rec’d a lovely missive from one of them informing me of all the reasons I should take my own life complete with suggestions on how to do so. I hit their site out of curiosity and remember reading that one had made the purchase. By the way the name something awful does a great disserice to the word awful. God I pray the little fuckers have gotten laid by now and have moved on.

  149. Total behind-the-scenes panic at Obama/Biden. All the poll numbers are rapidly shifting away from Obama in virtually every battleground state. The attacks on Palin are absolutely killing Obama. Obama is hemorrhaging what little support among white women, blue-collar workers, and seniors he had left. The Palin pick was pure political genius by McCain — she continues to rocket ahead in popularity. Obama/Biden strategists cannot fathom how to staunch the bleeding. Their initial reaction was to ride out the initial wave of Palin mania, but the wave doesn’t appear close to be cresting, so they’re trying to draw up Plan B.

  150. Henry…. it’s a badge of honor to be targeted by the Children of the Corn. You’re still here… and Hillary will be 45 no matter the name of our meeting space.

  151. Berkeley Vox
    out of curiosity do you think the coalition to stop obama should stand down and let things fall into place? Or should I ask do you think a very vocal anti-obama group which was effective a month ago may need to turn down the volume or risk alienating?

  152. * More reasons for panic in Otopia:

    Gallup:

    September 9, 2008

    McCain Now Winning Majority of Independents
    Majority of independents now prefer him over Obama, 52% to 37%

    by Lydia Saad

    PRINCETON, NJ — John McCain’s 6 percentage-point bounce in voter support spanning the Republican National Convention is largely explained by political independents shifting to him in fairly big numbers, from 40% pre-convention to 52% post-convention in Gallup Poll Daily tracking.

    By contrast, Democrats’ support for McCain rose 5 percentage points over the GOP convention period, from 9% to 14%, while Republicans’ already-high support stayed about the same.

    The surge in political independents who favor McCain for president marks the first time since Gallup began tracking voters’ general-election preferences in March that a majority of independents have sided with either of the two major-party candidates. Prior to now, McCain had received no better than 48% of the independent vote and Obama no better than 46%, making the race for the political middle highly competitive.

    More details:

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/110137/McCain-Now-Winning-Majority-Independents.aspx

  153. Here’s a dilemma:

    Does Women’s Voices, Women’s Vote pull the trigger on their get out the women’s vote mobilization? Or do they pull the plug because it will backfire with Palin on the ticket?

  154. IIinois
    gotta confess the kids were cruel, but also funny. It is always painful to witness wasted potential. What they said about me and to me had me spitting up laughing on my keyboard. But as admin noted recently it is because of them and others like them that the site has endured and grown. Wish I hadn’t deleted the letter as it was akin to a purple heart.

  155. Maria, It never ceases to amaze me, that the bots do not see the corruption that was part of this election. Yes, there were major mistakes in Hillary’s campaign, and she was in debt, but the corruption is what people do not see, or they do not want to see.

  156. Woah mariaconz,

    some of those comments to you are downright mean. Those obamabots are full of anger but especially the ones who bring race into the picture.

  157. The RNC is taking NOTHING lying down. They are ON this shit. SMACK! Take that you old dinosaur!

    Biden: Palin Would Be ‘Backward Step for Women’

    Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) says that if Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) becomes the first female vice president it will be a “backward step for women.”

    UPDATE: Republican National Committee spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson has a response:
    “The only person taking a step backward is Joe Biden, whose appalling and arrogant statements are better suited for the back rooms of his old boys club. Sarah Palin’s nomination as the Republican vice presidential nominee is an historic opportunity to break the highest glass ceiling. While John McCain and Sarah Palin continue to press their message of change, Joe Biden should stop these sorts of old-style attacks.”
    Now that is the way to hit back!!

  158. moononpluto Says:

    September 9th, 2008 at 10:15 am
    Whats going to happen when all those people downticket start asking for the dough he promised them for their support in the primaries and he can’t pay up, he’s going to throw down ticket under the bus soon.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&

    I heard on the radio news within the past few days, where a PA labor union guy was talking about the need for the unions to be properly funded for get out the vote operations, specifically, “street money”, and that they were looking forward to helping Obama, yadda yadda.

    I guess to most listeners, their take would be, “That’s kinda interesting…”. To me, it was a huge indicator, because I could “hear in between the lines”.

    Knowning that Obama wouldn’t cough up street money in the primary in April, and left a sour taste in many mouths, this to me was a strong HINT, HINT to Obama and the Dems. We know Obama is being tight fisted, that he only cares about his campaign, and that he doesn’t care or have time or have resources to help with down ticket candidates.

    So he’s been centralizing the money pool in Chicago, for one candidate (himself). The DNC and part overall must secretly be pretty annoyed or angry, that he’s starving them. And with his monetary woes growing (gave up 84 million in public financing, and has to endlessly fund-raise, and drying up their leads), he’s only going to get stingier, and make more demands for fundraising.

    “Another email from Obama??? Geez, this is getting really annoying”.

    Heh, heh.

  159. Henry said:

    Berkeley Vox
    out of curiosity do you think the coalition to stop obama should stand down and let things fall into place? Or should I ask do you think a very vocal anti-obama group which was effective a month ago may need to turn down the volume or risk alienating?
    ——-

    Do you mean the PUMA crew? TO be honest, I don’t know — my only info comes from a friend working as a mid-level staffer on the Obama campaign, who’s a good guy and a longtime friend. We enjoy talking politics and he gives me little tidbits of interesting info once in a while.

    I think it’s great what the PUMA crowd is doing, but that’s just me. This election has left me pretty drained: first Obama let me down by cheating Hillary out of her spot, and now he’s letting me down again as a Democrat, by blowing the GE. The upside is that his loss will be the political equivalent of a brush-fire: Dean, Kerry, Pelosi, Brazile, Obama, etc. and the rest of the power-mongers will end up with no power and tarnished legacies. There are no guarantees in politics but Hillary will be in prime position heading into 2012.

  160. Great article on how the media (and the blogs) is killing Obama’s campaign.

    I have one piece of advice for the struggling Obama campaign:
    Fire MSNBC. They’re killing your campaign.

    snip

    It’s hard to make charges about Palin’s tax policy as a mayor stick when cable talk show kooks are screaming about rumors she killed and ate an Inuit as part of a radical Pentecostal religious ceremony.

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/op_ed/view.bg?articleid=1117752

  161. I got my usual money begging letter from Dean. My reply was a little exuberant:

    I have only this to say:

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

    How are all those Clinton donors you were counting on working out for ya, Howie?

    Have ya seen the swing in women in the polls?

    Didn’t need us, did ya?

    BWAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA!!!!

  162. mariaconz Says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 4:22 pm
    Could you help me out and kick some butt as I try to make rabid Hard Leftist misogynistic attack dogs understand why I have left the party to become an Independent? I have some supporters, but I think that your verbal skills could help here. Iowa City is drowning in phony egalitarian “liberals,” and I dared to write a “Why I left the Democrats” editorial for the local newspaper, the Iowa City Press-Citizen. If you’re willing, go to
    http://www.press-citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080909/OPINION01/809090324/1019

    ==============================

    Bravo Maria! I commented and sent the alert out on
    PumaResponders@googlegroups.com and
    PumaResponders=lite@googlegroups.com

    IF you’ll send me an email address I’ll subscribe you to PumaResponders with posting priviledges so on your next article you can send the alert to the Responders yourself.
    tdo@turndownobama.com

  163. VIDEO: Hillary visits Polk County, FL Obama for President Headquarters on Monday

    h t t p : / / link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1569844333/bclid1425858110/bctid1782590237

    Pic: U.S. SEN. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON gets a leg hug from 5-year-old Sydney Tritschler during an impromptu visit to the Polk County Obama headquarters while traveling to Tampa on Monday

    h t t p : / / images.theledger.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=LL&Date=20080908&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=809080273&Ref=AR

  164. Biden and Developmental Disabilities (Joe Blow a Gaffe-Riot)

    corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NDMzZmJmODRjOTAyNzA1OGI4OGE0NTAwNDNlMzkwMzI=

    Joe Biden’s comment today, suggesting some contradiction between support for those born with developmental disabilities and opposition to embryo-destructive research is among his more appalling and insulting gaffes to date. As CBS reports it, Biden said:

    “I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy, because there’s joy to it as well, the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don’t you support stem cell research?”

    When asked whether this was an implicit reference to Sarah Palin’s son with Down syndrome, Biden’s press secretary put out this statement:

    This is a clash of policies not a clash of personalities. We’ve heard not a dime’s worth of difference between the McCain-Palin ticket and the Bush Administration on medical breakthroughs that millions of parents and doctors believe could save lives and transform the quality of life for countless Americans.

    Where to begin? First of all, the example Palin sets in how she and her family have welcomed her Down syndrome child points in precisely the opposite direction from Biden’s call for the destruction of human embryos for research: it points toward a society that treats every human life as deserving of protection and regard. It is the very reason to oppose embryo-destructive research.

  165. I visited McCain/Palin satelite station here this afternoon. There was a black woman heading up the office to my surprise; we chatted for a long time. I asked what they were doing to bring Hillary Republicans onboard for the November election.

    We talked about how Obama now owns his enemies, she thinks he does Bill and Hillary and stated that she knew when they showed up with matching ties that Obama had conquered them, I mentally observed that but we agreed that the Clintons were smart and I personally suspect that they are living to fight another day and are relying on us to KEEP ON GOING. She said that Bill and Hillary are sending us messages, but we all knew that.I asked that they consider reinstating the fight for the E.R.A. and to please fight sexism and misogyny every time it rears its ugly head.I told her how Obama crucified Hillary through the acceptance of sexism and misogyny but mostly he had hurt us, Hillary supporters.

    She is going to design and order Hillary Republican bumper stickers. I asked her to work hard to let the Hillary supporters know they are wanted and welcomed. I feel good about helping Palin out today, and exacting a little revenge for Hillary.

  166. I love this, every state Bambi said he was going after is not falling into line

    Rasmussen: McCain/Palin Lead by 11 in Montana

  167. I am beginning to believe all this talk about Obama not raising as much money as they thought they would is a ploy by his campaign to get the media talking about it. All just to get his “Followers” to worry and donate more.

  168. rjk1957 wrote:

    I am beginning to believe all this talk about Obama not raising as much money as they thought they would is a ploy by his campaign to get the media talking about it. All just to get his “Followers” to worry and donate more.
    ————

    I suspect the same. Hillary cleverly used this tactic when her back was against the wall, and it prompted her donors to rally and raise donations. Obama’s doing the same thing. Don’t believe the hype — Obama has plenty of money and will be able to run a full-financed campaign. His problem is strategy: no one over at Obama/Biden has any idea how to stop the huge shift caused by the Palin selection.

  169. Electoral vote . com is being shifty in its analysis.

    http://www.electoral-vote.com/

    see whats wrong here, the guy has put in all the polls from last nights rassmussen in, except for the ohio one which had McCain leading 51 to 44.

    Be careful of this site, he picks and choose what polls he wants to add in, only when it favours Obama.

    I think we need to either boycott or complain. He’s always taking shots at McCain or Palin also.

  170. What was that about Florida.

    Florida: Public Policy Poll has McCain up by 5 Points (The God Who Failed?) and this is a Dem pollster.

    http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_Florida_909.pdf

    A new Public Policy poll has John McCain extending his lead over Barack Obama to a 50-45 margin in Florida, up from a three-point McCain edge last month. The pollsters say McCain’s lead is mostly due to white voters shifting from “undecided” to “pro-McCain,” with McCain now garnering 61 percent of the white vote to 34 percent for Obama. The Democrat is keeping it within range by dominating with black voters (88-10) and winning with Hispanics (49-42), a margin he’ll likely need to improve if he plans to carry the state.

    And like voters everywhere else, Floridians are wild about Sarah Palin, with 45% saying they are now more likely to vote for McCain because of his Veep choice, while just 36% say the same of Obama for his pick of Joe Biden.

    The poll also found that U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez still has lots of work to do to shore up his 2010 re-election chances. Martinez’ approval rating is just 23 percent, and the poll shows he’d lose 37-33 to either Rep. Allen Boyd, D-Monticello, or Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton. Previous surveys found Martinez trailing

  171. I am farily certain that the Obama campaign is not accumalating small donors correctly….his small donors may have exceeded the max without him ever having to report it to fec explicitly…

    i bet may small donors have changed addresses and first names etc often enough to be classified as new donors…

  172. There’s a strong rumour going about that Obama is shutting up shop in all states and in the process of closing all offices in the south with the exception of Virginia.

    Money problems and they feel the south is lost.

  173. moononpluto:

    yes he will close and shut down all those fraud causus states and the dem for a day primary states.
    !!!!

    NC, SC, VA, GA, AL, MS, MT etc..

  174. The way presidential elections are determined, it is kind of foolish to spend moeny in a state you know you are not going to win. Now if the election were determined by the total popular vote it would be a different story.

  175. I was speculating today, that Obama has a big problem on his hands, if McCain makes any of the Blue states competitive.

    Obama may be forced to spend big money in defending blue states like New Jersey, Washington, Michigan, Penn, NH, Wi. those states are looking a little vulnerable. Bizarrely enough, McCain has started opening offices all over CA. Something about their internals showing a startling surprise.

  176. Hey don’t you guys know that “New Pennsylvania” is one of those 7 additional states Obama added to the US? LOL

  177. LOL Moon you’re right about that. I just don’t see how anyone with even half a brain can be fooled by this charlatan.

  178. rjk1957 Says:

    September 9th, 2008 at 6:04 pm
    The way presidential elections are determined, it is kind of foolish to spend moeny in a state you know you are not going to win. Now if the election were determined by the total popular vote it would be a different story
    —————————————————————————————————-

    He has been spending money foolishly all year. Example: Moving to the stadium for his speech and the greek columns. Don’t forget moving DNC to Chicago

  179. This is hilarious, Gravel comes out in defense of Palin

    Democrat Mike Gravel Defends Sarah Palin in Interview with

    Dumbfounded Lefty Radio Hosts

    This is classic! Two Left-Wing radio hosts had former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel on their program to tell listeners what “the Republicans aren’t telling us about Sarah Palin.” They clearly were licking their chops at what they hoped Gravel would reveal. Instead, on issue after issue, he defended Sarah Palin! You have to hear this to believe it. As Hot Air.com said about it, “Comedy Gold.”! . . . (Hear Audio at Link)

    http://www.blogsforjohnmccain.com/democrat-mike-gravel-defends-sarah-palin-interview-dumbfounded-lefty-radio-hosts-audio

    see also internet piece by him

    Sarah Palin’s Clean Slate

    By Sen. MIKE GRAVEL

    http://www.counterpunch.org/gravel09032008.html

  180. # birdgal Says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    moon: I counted about 56 offices for McCain in CA, including 20 in Northern CA.

    —————————–

    How do you know?

  181. Tacky Tacky Tacky

    Bill Maher Admits on Wolf Blitzer’s Show That they are a “Brother Network” to CNN.

    Wolf was just introducing Bill Maher and said that he was from our “cousin network or sister network”. Bill Responded, “I like to think of us as the brother network because we support the “brother” for president.”

    Talk about open bias now.

  182. Mariaconz: OK, I registered and left a post on your (very hateful) blog site. My goodness, I didn’t know they were so mean in IA! I’ll bet most of the posters are straight out of the BO corps of paid bloggers.

  183. Hi Hillfans, how do you think the language BHO use as following?

    Obama Says McCain Is Offering Fake Change: ‘You Can Put Lipstick on a Pig, But It’s Still a Pig’
    September 09, 2008 6:10 PM

    LEBANON, Va. — “That’s not change,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said of what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is offering.

    “You know, you can put lipstick on a pig,” Obama said, “but it’s still a pig.”

    The crowd rose and applauded, some of them no doubt thinking he may have been alluding to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s ad lib during her vice presidential nomination acceptance speech last week, “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

    “You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called ‘change,'” Obama continued, “it’s still gonna stink after eight years.

    “We’ve had enough of the same old thing! It’s time to bring about real change to Washington. And that’s the choice you’ve got in this election.”

    Obama added that “it is not going to be easy…John McCain has a compelling biography, you know Sarah Palin is an interesting story.”

    The crowd booed.

    “No, she’s new!” Obama said. “She hasn’t been on the scene, you know, she’s got five kids and my hat goes off to anybody who’s looking after five, I’ve got two and they tire Michelle and me out!”

    – Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

  184. Everyone: I grew up in S. California; they never liked Bush, but historically they have elected lots of Republicans. If Arnold gets busy, Mac and Sarah might do pretty well. NObama, NOvember. Hillary 2012.

  185. “You know, you can put lipstick on a pig,” Obama said, “but it’s still a pig.”

    Oh wait til the msm plays that one on repeat, thats insulting. Did he just call every single hockey mom a pig?

  186. meiyingsu Says:

    September 9th, 2008 at 6:27 pm
    Hi Hillfans, how do you think the language BHO use as following?

    * * * * *
    Ewwwwww. NO CLASS.

  187. Moon: I’m on McCains mailing list.

    Northern CA:

    california.johnmccain.com/content/sitecontentmain.aspx?guid=05606e22-bc6c-48c2-9c71-fca7d4f98806&DB=

    Central CA:

    california.johnmccain.com/content/sitecontentmain.aspx?guid=1f04a2b7-6879-4214-af91-bb21e8f24129

    Southern CA:

    california.johnmccain.com/content/sitecontentmain.aspx?guid=bff37fd7-c8d2-483a-880f-c7b348d0e95a

  188. Oh my god! This is just horrendous and makes me sick to my stomach! Fox just talked about it…

    newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2008/09/09/outrageous-fake-ebay-listing-selling-palins-baby-trig-political-

  189. Hers the detail from the NC Poll

    Rising GOP Tide Floats All NC Boats; McCain Leaps Ahead; Republican in Gov Race Up Sharply; Dole Gains in Bid to Hold Senate Seat: In an election for President of the United States in North Carolina today, 09/09/08, Republican John McCain suddenly and breathtakingly surges to a 20-point win over Democrat Barack Obama, 58% to 38%, according to this latest exclusive SurveyUSA election poll conducted for WTVD-TV. In 3 previous SurveyUSA NC tracking polls, McCain had led by 8, 5, and 4 points. Today: 20. McCain has gained ground in every demographic group. Among men, McCain led by 9 last month, 27 today. Among women, Obama led by 2 last month, trails by 12 today. McCain holds 9 of 10 Republican voters; Obama holds 3 of 4 Democratic voters; independents, who were split last month, break today crisply for McCain, where, in the blink of an eye, he is up by 25. McCain is now in front among the educated and less educated, among the affluent and less affluent. He’s polling at 64% in Coastal Carolina (up from 57%), at 60% in Charlotte (up from 53%), and at 54% in Raleigh / Greensboro (up from 44%). Pro-Life voters backed McCain 2:1 last month, 4:1 this month.

    SurveyUSA releases separate polling data today in the North Carolina Governor’s race, where Republican Pat McCrory is riding McCain’s coattails, and in the U.S. Senate race, where incumbent Elizabeth Dole has benefited, though modestly.

    McCain is taking 62% of the male vote and 54% of the female vote.

  190. meiyingsu, yeah, interesting choice of words by Obama. Palin compared herself to a pit bull, and now Obama’s comparing her to a pig, instead? Obviously, in Obama’s defense, he was invoking the old cliche about a pig wearing lipstick, but that’s still not a chance I’d have taken, in an election cycle when every word uttered by any candidate is subject to pretty heavy scrutiny!

  191. The gaffe clock is reset.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0908/An_awkward_moment_in_St_Louis.html?showall

    Biden is a fuckwit, a mother of all gaffes.

    An awkward moment in Columbia (Biden)

    Biden had an awkward moment during a rally in Columbia, Mo., Tuesday. At the start of his remarks, he pointed out several state lawmakers in the audience for praise. When he got to Chuck Graham, a state senator from Green Meadows, Biden urged the lawmaker to “stand up Chuck, let ’em see ya.”

    But Graham, is in a wheelchair, can’t stand up – a fact Biden quickly picked up on.

  192. Berkeley: It sounds like, he has young kids writing his speeches. Remember Annie Oakley with a six-shooter in a duck blind? Totally inappropriate, since a shotgun is used in a duck blind. BO is shooting himself in the foot (no pun intended. LOL).

  193. Palin says

    “whats the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull, lipstick.

    Obama :

    “You can put lipstick on a pig and its still a pig”

    Now if I was a hockey mom hearing that, i could take it as him calling me a pig.

  194. Moon, yeah – it’s the “lipstick” that does it. Never mind that the saying is as old as the hills in the ad world.

  195. great article:

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bfdd387c-7d3d-11dd-8d59-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1
    This article is not the first to note the cultural contradiction in American liberalism, but just now the point bears restating. The election may turn on it.

    Democrats speak up for the less prosperous; they have well-intentioned policies to help them; they are disturbed by inequality, and want to do something about it. Their concern is real and admirable. The trouble is, they lack respect for the objects of their solicitude. Their sympathy comes mixed with disdain, and even contempt.

    Democrats regard their policies as self-evidently in the interests of the US working and middle classes. Yet those wide segments of US society keep helping to elect Republican presidents. How is one to account for this? Are those people idiots? Frankly, yes – or so many liberals are driven to conclude. Either that or bigots, clinging to guns, God and white supremacy; or else pathetic dupes, ever at the disposal of Republican strategists. If they only had the brains to vote in their interests, Democrats think, the party would never be out of power. But again and again, the Republicans tell their lies, and those stupid damned voters buy it.

    follow the link for the rest of the article

  196. Oh dear Obama’s made a big whoopsie, that pig lipstick comment is on Drudge in huge whopping headlining letters.

  197. oig remarks front and center on drudge. holy hell the gop is about to tear up obama on this. obama is no womens rights dud e for sure.

  198. I’ve just had an AHA! moment. My amazement that BO didn’t BEG HRC to be his VP has just turned into FEAR. He really is too egotistical, weak and deeply flawed for the job. This is a dangerous individual. And, if I were him, I would abandon the “running a campaign as experience” line for the moment.

  199. Well talk about landing yourself in the shit, he thought he would try and do what he did to Hillary with the finger scratch and he’s going to get ass handed to him on this one.

    A lot of woman know this comment, its been used in every male chauvanists repetoire for years, all women have heard it and thats why Obama is going to have major trouble out of this.

  200. Well, it will be a fun evening of talking heads. We’ll see who covers it. Moon, do you get any cable shows where you are?

  201. Illinois Underground Says:

    September 9th, 2008 at 6:49 pm
    I’ve just had an AHA! moment. My amazement that BO didn’t BEG HRC to be his VP has just turned into FEAR. He really is too egotistical, weak and deeply flawed for the job. This is a dangerous individual. And, if I were him, I would abandon the “running a campaign as experience” line for the moment
    ————————————————————————————————-

    You didn’t know that, before? His arrogance and entitlement are mind boggling. He is very dangerous, which is why, I’ll never vote for him. He is deeply flawed.

  202. Birdgal, I did know it – but just for a moment a bit earlier, it smacked me right upside my head the breathtaking, gobstopping, stunning stupidity of his rejecting Hillary and all its implications (not that I wanted her to be anywhere near him, for the record). I can live with sane McCain and sister Sarah.

  203. Obama, Dems sharpen personal attacks on Palin

    Barack Obama and his Democratic allies are intensifying their attacks on Sarah Palin, as her sustained and surprising central role in this race is upending Obama’s strategy and often overshadowing McCain.

    Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan on Tuesday – introducing Joe Biden at a campaign event – ripped into Palin’s record and punctuated it with this snarky jab. “There’s no way you can dress up that record, even with a lot of lipstick,” he said. Obama himself used similar langauge later in the day about the McCain-Palin reform rhetoric, saying “You can put lipstick on a pig,” he said. “It’s still a pig.”

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13315.html

  204. Obama’s ego continues to get the better of him, as he continues to attack Palin directly himself. From sfgate.com:

    ————-
    “So a deal was cut where Alaska still got the money. They just didn’t build a bridge with it, and now she’s out there acting like she was fighting this thing the whole time,” [Obama] said, jabbing his fist in the air like a boxer. He released his own ad in response to the GOP spot that says McCain and Palin are “politicians lying about their records.”

    At an earlier stop Monday in Flint, Obama said of the bridge claim: “I mean, you can’t just make stuff up. You can’t just re-create yourself. You can’t just reinvent yourself. The American people aren’t stupid. What they are looking for is someone who has consistently been calling for change.”

    Two Democratic strategists, speaking on condition of anonymity, complained that Obama should assign his own running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, the task of countering Palin, rather than do it himself. They declined to speak on the record to avoid appearing critical of Obama’s campaign.

  205. Another Biden screw up today. talking about mcCain/Palin he said he they really wanted to hlep special needs children they should support stem cell research. Biden later said he was not speaking about Gov. Palin. Yea, sure you won’t Joe.

  206. This is not some funny joke.

    Obama has gotten so far off his message that he now is hurling personal insults toward our vice-presidential candidate. He must be near panic by now to do such a thing.

    Don’t you think he’d be concentrating on presidential-candidate to presidential-candidate?

    And on some of the other blogs, people are saying he really didn’t say “Palin was a pig” or didn’t say “Palin stinks.” No indeed. He meant “it was like …”

    What an insult to our intelligence! Like we can’t figure out what he meant if he had really intended to say what he meant to say. Classic double speak.

    This is a BAD day for the Obamanation….

    – He initiates a dirty gutter war by CLEARLY slandering a beloved woman..
    – Calling a woman a “pig” is one of the most despicable insults a Muslim can hurl.
    – He throws the “age” card, after playing the race card failed.
    – Rev. Wright is charged in an adulterous relationship with a married woman..
    – Biden hasn’t yet received the required brain transplant.
    – The Muslim dictator of Libya has declared Obama a Muslim.
    – Obama’s poll numbers are as low a whale shit, and that’s on the ocean floor.
    – Michelle is mad at America again — for rejecting her puffed up BAMBI…
    – Taliban’s Summer Offensive got a lot of Obama’s Islamist friends killed.

    THEY JUST PLAYED THE VIDEO ON FOX NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  207. What is wrong with obama? he can’t stop attacking women…let Joe do it, even if he does screw it up with gaffes.

    Obama can’t even delegate the sexism….

    What kind of leader will he make? sheesh.

  208. ADMIN…thanks for a great post…really great…

    ***********************************************

    like UppityWoman says: It’s the women, stupid!

    …love it…here comes Karma…

    noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/09/09/reuters-mccain-surge-attributable-to-white-women-voters/

  209. yeah, if Obama flipped the finger to Palin and brushed “her” off his shoulder, the entire Evangelical, Conservative and Conservative media would be after him.

    Hillary – nada. no help. just us in our tiny world of Horton Hears a Who! screaming our lungs out.

  210. The comment is everywhere and its even worse when you listen to it, the crowd know exactly what he’s saying.

  211. From the Dept of They Never Learn:

    Just saw on FOX, Obama talking to a crowd said “You know, you can put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig”
    This guy is really stupid.

    Attention Obama: there is no need to rev up your little juvenile army any more than they already are. You are supposed to be appealing to the voters you DON’T have, not reinforcing the nasty superior feelings of the ones you DO.

    Jesus Christ on a waffle cone, , even Dukakis wasn’t this clueless.

  212. He just about called every woman, hockey mom, Sarah, pigs.

    This is not going to go down well. If I hear any feminists defend this, i’ll slap them myself.

  213. With that statement, he just called a woman a pig. Jeez. I can’t believe it. And this doofus is a presidential candidate.

  214. HillaryforTexas Says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    From the Dept of They Never Learn:

    Just saw on FOX, Obama talking to a crowd said “You know, you can put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig”
    This guy is really stupid.

    *****
    I am getting the feeling that it was Obama himself who put together that Ebay Trig stunt…

    This guy really has f*’d up issues with women. Like, really.

  215. birdgal Says:

    September 9th, 2008 at 7:18 pm
    Women voting for BO need to have their heads examined.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________

    AMEN

  216. I just saw a comment on DU, were the guy was slamming DU, saying thanks to you lot we are going to lose Virginia, that little stunt of putting Trig on Ebay is all over Virginia, people are going very angry about it.

  217. If the BO campaign had any common sense, which they do not seem to possess, they come out with a statement, telling the bloggers to knock this s*** off, because it is making many people angry and backfiring on them. They were able to get away with it, with Hillary, because the DNC leadership was against her. The RNC is not going to tolerate this c***, nor should they.

  218. Berkeley Vox Says:

    September 9th, 2008 at 7:08 pm
    Obama’s ego continues to get the better of him, as he continues to attack Palin directly himself. From sfgate.com:
    [SNIP]
    At an earlier stop Monday in Flint, Obama said of the bridge claim: “I mean, you can’t just make stuff up. You can’t just re-create yourself. You can’t just reinvent yourself. The American people aren’t stupid. What they are looking for is someone who has consistently been calling for change.”
    * * * * *
    Exactly. People judge others in terms of themselves. If you want to know about somebody, listen to what they say about others.

    And, BTW, “calling for” change isn’t the same thing as a “record” of implementing change.

  219. This is going mega on the wires, This is going to do an incredible amount of damage.

    Add this to bitter gun toters clinging to religion.
    “you’re likeable enough Hillary”

    Maybe McCain should run an ad of all the nasty shit he’s said

  220. The American people aren’t stupid. What they are looking for is someone who has consistently been calling for change.”

    No, you preening prat, we do not give a rat’s as who has been CALLING for change. We want to see who has ACCOMPLISHED some damn change.

  221. “You can’t just re-create yourself. You can’t just reinvent yourself.” LOL! No, only THE ONE is allowed to do that!

  222. H4T,
    LMAO!
    “Jesus Christ on a waffle cone, even Dukakis wasn’t this clueless.”

    Everyone, don’t lipstick me but to be fair BO has used that phrase a number of times in the past year and it was never in reference to women and it could just be part of his repertoire, don’tcha think?

  223. basil, it does very little for me, but it will bring Republicans and more conservative Indies out in DROVES.

  224. basil, we all know that it’s a common phrase. But given the now infamous “lipstick” speech, you can’t tell me he had no idea the connection he was making. If you see the actual clip? He knew.

    He’s just smug enough to think he can get away with it, with a wide-eyed innocent stare, because he always has. Trust me, it is not going to fly this time.

  225. No, basil, I don’t think. It’s classic Obama. He really doesn’t like women. He’s probably thrilled Palin is the VP. Gives him a woman to attack. Has anyone ever seen a Presidential candidate go after the VP?

  226. Basil: I think it is way too extreme. But, clearly I’m not in the intended target market. Do you know where they plan to run it?

    Education is one of my top issues and another reason why I have little respect for BO. He had, what, eight+ years in the IL legislature – the very governing body that could have actually done something about reforming education funding in Illinois – there is a huge groundswell of support for it – but he did nothing. He was too busy working on legislation to expunge the records of ex-offenders. Personally, I think that would send a stronger message than sex vs. reading. But, again, I’m not in that ad’s target market.

  227. Oh, and I just looked at the film of his “lipstick reference” – sure looks as though he’s once again scratching his face in an unusual way.

  228. mj, only once have I seen the Pres candidate go after the VP. Dukakis was obsessed with Dan Quayle. How’d that work out?

  229. this lipstick on a pig comment –

    c’mon, it remind me of that little stunt he pulled flipping the bird and doing the brush off on Hillary…

    same thing – and then he claims – Oh no, I wasn’t intending anything.

    This guy acts like 12 year old.

  230. Even if he didn’t say it intentionally, which I don’t believe, it was a very obnoxious and clueless thing to say. If he has used this phrase in the past, it was not appropriate to use in today’s environment. If Palin is getting under his skin, what will Putin and Iran do to him?? He is too thin-skinned, and right now, he is acting like a loose cannon.

  231. “CountTheVotes Says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    The “fish” comment was worse….the crowd “got it”…He really is a sociopath and he is out of control. His campaign managers must be sh***ing bricks.

  232. mj, h4t,
    I haven’ seen the clip, yet, just read about it and I know i heard him use that phrase a couple of times before but you’re right that at the very least he should have been sensitive to the fact that Palin used a lipstick analogy in her speech.
    Sometimes this twisting of words and meanings gets me nuts no matter who’s doing it, from whites using terms like black hole and fairytale to obama using that particular phrase. Perhaps he is as clueless about its significance to white women who have heard that phrase tossed around within rutting groups of males while rating the chicks as whites are to the hidden meaning of uppity, fairytale, etc.
    I dunno. You all are probably right that it has to be heard and seen in context in order to understand the true intention. I’m sure it will be on FOX.

  233. LOL! Funny analogy from a PUMA

    We are done with getting upset and angry for this election.
    We can kick back, relax, and enjoy the show.
    The GOP doesn’t need our help getting angry. They live for this shit.

    It’s kinda like when the drunk who tried to pick a fight with you takes a swing at the bouncers.
    You get to watch from the sidelines as he gets his ass kicked.

  234. SHV Says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    “CountTheVotes Says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    The “fish” comment was worse….the crowd “got it”…He really is a sociopath and he is out of control. His campaign managers must be sh***ing bricks

    ****
    Wait, there’s a “fish” comment?!?! oh, boy. does not sound good.

  235. I’m beginning to think that Obama has been going through withdrawal since Hillary stepped away. He hasn’t had a woman to attack in the vicious way he/his handlers attacked her.

    He must be jumping for joy that Palin is now on the horizon.

  236. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/09/obama-says-mc-1.html

    Obama Says McCain Is Offering Fake Change: ‘You Can Put Lipstick on a Pig, But It’s Still a Pig’
    September 09, 2008 6:10 PM

    LEBANON, Va. — “That’s not change,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said of what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is offering.

    “You know, you can put lipstick on a pig,” Obama said, “but it’s still a pig.”

    The crowd rose and applauded, some of them no doubt thinking he may have been alluding to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s ad lib during her vice presidential nomination acceptance speech last week, “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

    “You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called ‘change,'” Obama continued, “it’s still gonna stink after eight years.

    “We’ve had enough of the same old thing! It’s time to bring about real change to Washington. And that’s the choice you’ve got in this election.”

    Obama added that “it is not going to be easy … John McCain has a compelling biography, you know Sarah Palin is an interesting story.”

    The crowd booed.

    “No, she’s new!” Obama said. “She hasn’t been on the scene, you know, she’s got five kids and my hat goes off to anybody who’s looking after five. I’ve got two and they tire Michelle and me out!”

    — Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

  237. HillaryforTexas Says:

    September 9th, 2008 at 7:17 pm
    From the Dept of They Never Learn:

    Just saw on FOX, Obama talking to a crowd said “You know, you can put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig”
    This guy is really stupid.

    Attention Obama: there is no need to rev up your little juvenile army any more than they already are. You are supposed to be appealing to the voters you DON’T have, not reinforcing the nasty superior feelings of the ones you DO.

    Jesus Christ on a waffle cone, , even Dukakis wasn’t this clueless.

    **********************************************************

    I guess he has not noticed that women are fleeing from him in droves…someone ought to clue him in…we do not care if it is an expression…it sounds reprehensible coming out of him…nice example he sets for his supporters…as if they need any more sexist encouragement…

  238. “Wait, there’s a “fish” comment?!?! oh, boy. does not sound good.”

    From “uppity’s blog”

    “Then, true to the lowlife he is, he also referred to “wrapping a fish in paper but it still stinks”. I guess he heard that in the basketball locker room a few times. I’m sure plenty of guys said it about Michelle when he was away too.”

  239. Between Biden’s comment, “VP is a step backwards,” and BO’s lipstick and stinky comments, are they trying to drive away the women’s votes??? They are acting like, they are in a locker room.

  240. Just saw the O’Reilly/BO interview.
    Bill grilled him about Ayers and Wright.
    BO didn’t do too bad but one weird thing I noticed is they were seated facing one another, as usual, and BO kept leaning forward and touching O’Reilly’s left knee with his left index finger.
    It was truly bizarre, almost like he was trying to neutralize Bill’s energy by draining it or something.

  241. count,
    here’s the quote.

    “You can put lipstick on a pig,” he said to an outbreak of laughter, shouts and raucous applause from his audience, clearly drawing a connection to Palin’s joke. “It’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It’s still going to stink after eight years.”………
    from AP

  242. BO kept leaning forward and touching O’Reilly’s left knee with his left index finger.
    It was truly bizarre, almost like he was trying to neutralize Bill’s energy by draining it or something.

    Oh no!!! That’s how HWSNBN sucks the brain out of your head…through the legs! Bill O’Reilly, Chris Matthews….it’s too late for them. But it’s not to late for you! Guard your legs people!

  243. IDUNN!!!!!!

    I just got half-masticated Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies with pecans all over the friggin keyboard!!!!!!!!

    I see a stand-up comedy routine in your future!

  244. to the lipstick comment, personally as a one who never wears the stuff, I still see the comment as totally tasteless…regardless of when it is uttered.

    women (and a very small handful of men) wear lipstick exclusively. so the reference is about women and not the lipstick, therefore attributing the pig to women.

    I am heartbroken that my country allows this speak. I am heartbroken that a democrat would enjoy applause at that comment.

    good god can it get any worse? … don’t answer that!

  245. I personally don’t read a thing into his “lipstick” comment. “Stinky fish” comment either. (snicker)

    But if OTHER people do…GREAT!

  246. I thought, maybe, he was referring to McCain as a pig, and Palin was the lipstick, but the plans were the same. It was totally distasteful.

  247. I asked this person that I’ve known for 25 years, to stop sending me political e-mails, and what do I get today? Two e-mails that are very sexist in nature (the other ones were funny). jeez.

  248. That pig comment was totally off base. It reminded me of fingergate and the brushing the dust off his jacket. The man hate powerfull women. He just can’t deal with a woman putting him in his place. He is absolutely disgusting. This race is going to be so much more than a landslide for McCain, it is going to be an avalanche. This guy is everything we thought he was and more!

  249. We are done with getting upset and angry for this election.
    We can kick back, relax, and enjoy the show.
    The GOP doesn’t need our help getting angry. They live for this shit.
    ================

    Yup, more or less. I think the only thing the GOP can’t (openly) handle is defneding SArah against charges that she’s an extreme right-winger who might want to force her personal standards on everyone. They may not want to disappoint their rightwingers by defining exactly where she draws the line.

    Also we know what arguments will work with us liberal women about abortion etc.

  250. debbie, me either. LOL

    Hannity leading with the lipstick story, contrasting Palin’s lipstick comment with BO’s.
    Wish i had popcorn istead of cookies.

    Idunn, this one’s for you. A rare poster who approaches your comedic brilliance. 😀
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  251. We are done with getting upset and angry for this election.
    We can kick back, relax, and enjoy the show.
    The GOP doesn’t need our help getting angry. They live for this shit.

    ====================

    PS. Our energy might be better spent on Hillary, like the movement to make her Senate Majority Leader.
    See the new site from Heidi Li: http://www.hrcforsenatemajorityleader09.com

  252. Two Democratic strategists, speaking on condition of anonymity, complained that Obama should assign his own running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, the task of countering Palin, rather than do it himself. They declined to speak on the record to avoid appearing critical of Obama’s campaign.

    Apparently they’re unaware of the deal Biden struck with Obama where he said he wouldn’t be BO’s attack dog.

  253. to me, it is inappropriate language for someone seeking the Presidency…it does sound like locker room trash talk…

    so this is the kind of example…the level of discourse…he wants to set…

    it’s gross…

    I guees he cannot resist the need to sound cool in front of his crowds…but yuk!

  254. I will say I am enjoying watching the “ONE” take his licking. He has had it coming for a long, long time. I hope Hillary is enjoyiing the show as much as I am!! LOL!!

  255. # basil9 Says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    count,
    here’s the quote.

    “You can put lipstick on a pig,” he said to an outbreak of laughter, shouts and raucous applause from his audience, clearly drawing a connection to Palin’s joke. “It’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It’s still going to stink after eight years.”………
    from AP

    ******
    ugh – maybe I’m reading too much into it, but nearly 2 weeks of the most sexist coverage of a woman since Hillary, innuendos about lipstick and smelly fish to me seem like a disgusting diss of Palin.

  256. Berkeley Vox Says:
    Obama … continues to attack Palin directly himself. From sfgate.com:
    “So a deal was cut where Alaska still got the money. They just didn’t build a bridge with it, and now she’s out there acting like she was fighting this thing the whole time,”
    ============

    So what DID Alaska do with the money? Sounds like it might have been a win/win for Alaska.

  257. S, on uppitywoman blog, she says the same. The man is crude and sneering all the time. She said “Really, the only thing left for Obama to do on camera is scratch his nuts.”

  258. birdgal Says:
    Remember Annie Oakley with a six-shooter in a duck blind? Totally inappropriate, since a shotgun is used in a duck blind. BO is shooting himself in the foot (no pun intended. LOL).
    ==============

    They should make a cartoon, small in front Obama and his teenymachos laughing at HIllary — and coming up behind, a giant Annie Oakley Palin with her big gun.

  259. turndownobama, they likely did something godawful with that bridge money, like build a homeless shelter or fix broken sewer pipes.

    I’l bet you this – none of it went to Rezko’s sliumlord pockets, or to get Todd’s employer to get him a 160% raise.

  260. Obama whining on O’Reilly about Sean Hannity…sigh…what an idiot.

    Can he please just go away for good? Haven’t Americans been punished enough already?

  261. Rev Pfleger was right about one thing ie someone is crying and whining thinking they are entitled to this thing but some white woman is ruining the party
    Way to go with the prophecy Rev, you are really a true priest

  262. Pig with lipstick = Obama’s “Macaca” moment.

    Joe – you were worried about protecting the “Biden brand” – well for the good of your shareholders, it’s time to jump ship.

  263. @ justmeinmountdorafl:

    The truth about Palin’s per diem charging is that she charged about 80% LESS than what her predecessor charged.

    Google it.

  264. just: Her per diem cost was about 93,000 compared to the previous Governor’s cost of over 400,000. You have to fly everywhere in Alaska. There are very few roads.

  265. justme, she did take the “hotel” per diem to go sleep at home. What the bots neglect to mention is that “home” was 600 miles away, so it met the criteria because of travel cost (cost the same as staying there and renting a hotel room.) It was legal, and logical. And she STILL spent less on per diems than any governor before her.

  266. wow, the media, sure has a way of twisting words, don’t they.

    ADMIN, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give us a guide or more of a to-do to clean this mess of a Democrat Party and to restore it to what it was established for. Im just digusted at the party – its a party of much about do nothing or the party of the elites or the party of the fools.

  267. I think Cindy McCain is going to snag the NASCAR vote:

    sports.espn.go.com/espn/e60/news/story?id=3571491&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab5pos1

  268. Greta just interviewed Palin’s pastor on FOX. He debunked the story that he had an anti-gay speaker in his church. Never happened.
    There was a seminar in anchorage by Dobson, and he put a blurb in the church bulletin, in with all the other blurbs. That’s all.

  269. Many people and commentators insisted tonight that “Obama wasn’t talking about Sarah with his lipstick on a pig’ comment.

    If you believe that, and Mark Halperin of Time does, insisting that it was just “crocodile tears” from the McCain side when it was “obviously not about Sarah”. OK, Mark, fine. He was talking about McCain and change. He just happened to use an expression which sounds like Sarah’s signature line.

    OK, fine. This then proves that he is the stupidest man to draw a breath. At a time when he is being accused of being sexist, he decides to use a ‘lipstick’ expression. Interestingly, the same Mark Halperin later said that Obama is so flummoxed by Sarah that he is saying dumb things because he feels he has to or because he can’t stop himself. I vote the latter.

  270. so obama came out for vouchers, charter chools and merit pay? my mom i s in pub school and she told me the teachers are furious and wont vote obama. they say lets vote for the real republican.

  271. They’re absolutely flummoxed. I don’t believe Obama’s pig comment was meant to be a direct shot at Palin because I don’t think he’s that stupid. However, why would you even use a phrase that COULD be construed that way in the first place? That’s how off his game he is.

  272. Someone also pointed out that Hillary said that Obama was a dangerous nominee because he wouldn’t know how to handle Republican attacks.

    Congratulations, Hill. As usual, you told the truth.
    Now we can watch him unravel as he doubles down on the sexist comments he used against Hillary.

    I want to know how he won that election at Harvard.
    Did he say a vote against him was racist? Or did he eliminate the competition? I will accept the notion that he’s bright — I would just like to see an example of it.

  273. Paula: I don’t think it was either. I saw the clip, and on another board with bots, BO has used this phrase before. I would think the campaign would choose to be more careful. I can see how it would be construed that he was taking a shot at Palin. After all the hits that Hillary took, I am certainly more wary and on alert. It seems like other people are too.

  274. Paula Says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    If this happened in isolation, I would agree. Put together with “the brush off”, “the finger” after gettting hammered by Hill in the debate and now “lipstick, pigs, fish” after getting hammered by the Sarah-cuda all week..the crowd reaction both time is the tip off to me..Barry is a sociopath who’s ego got stomped by women and he has to hit back.

  275. There are two bright sides to the Sarah attacks. They are turning the country toward her, believing that it’s dirty pool. And they are so wrong that by the time they find something to criticize, nobody will be listening.

  276. justmeinmountdorafl Says:
    ADMIN, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give us a guide or more of a to-do to clean this mess of a Democrat Party and to restore it to what it was established for.
    ==============

    I second the request, just as soon as y’all have time. At least give us some hints. When and how is the new Chair of the DNC chosen? Who gets to vote? How can we peons influence this?

    What keeps Brazile in such power, after she has lost us the 2000 and 2004 elections? HOW can we get rid of her?

    How does the DNC leadership work, anyway?

  277. # Paula Says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    They’re absolutely flummoxed. I don’t believe Obama’s pig comment was meant to be a direct shot at Palin because I don’t think he’s that stupid. However, why would you even use a phrase that COULD be construed that way in the first place? That’s how off his game he is.

    *****
    well, I would say the most basic characteristic of people who are misogynists is insensitivity. If BO was innocent, he still doesn’t understand what a wide range of women this has offended. He’s out of touch – what kind of President will he be if he has no intention of understanding people, no empathy at all.

  278. Paula,

    When all is said and done, Obama and friends have made gaffe after gaffe since Palin as vp was announced. Each individually aren’t that bad, but when you get them one after another, it’s like been blungeoned with a baseball bat. It’s almost numbing…

  279. “The “pig” story is still the big headline on Drudge, BTW.”

    I borrowed this one but it fits:

    “Let’s not look this gift pig in the mouth.”

  280. They’re absolutely flummoxed. I don’t believe Obama’s pig comment was meant to be a direct shot at Palin because I don’t think he’s that stupid. However, why would you even use a phrase that COULD be construed that way in the first place? That’s how off his game he is.
    ———————————————
    He does his best (worst) work subliminally. He is the messiah, and is therefore infallible (and stupid).

  281. This “pig,” “fish’ story is hysterical. What a fucking moron. It’s like he’s trying to throw the election now. I mean, has he done anything right since Denver? Anything? Should Howard Dean take a looksee and see if he has an offshore account with a huge, recent deposit coinciding with Denver?

    I still stand by my earlier post about Washington elites vs. the Average Joe (or Josephine in this case). But now, you can definitely add gender to the equation. There’s no getting around it.

    If Dumbass (his official moniker now for obvious reasons) were smart, he’d be on the morning shows with a mea culpa. No “major” speeches, no bullshit rhetoric. He’d stand up and take his lumps like a man.

    It’s the only thing that will get him any respect from the swing state voters and women voters he is losing rapidly. His numbers with men suck and the newest studies have men valuing honor over sex. Standing up like a man might stop some of the hemorrhaging, but it will not absolve him of his dumbassery and rampant sexism.

  282. CounttheVotes, he IS that stupid; and “lipstick” has become a mantra of his campaign.It was equivalent to calling all [hockey] moms pigs. If the word Tampon had been used by Sarah and then the nObama campaign used that word, first Obama and then Biden, would you have considered that unintentional. I am a mom and I found it indefensible and offensive, and unforgivable. The only consolation is that it has come back to bite him in the a$$; just as it should.

    Then Biden tells a man in a wheelchair to stand up……they just don’t get special needs.

    Obama Lin Biden are not to be trusted. They should be called on every little sexist thing they say and do…..every time they do it.

    …and to think, we could have had Hillary!

    PS, is there credibilty to the idea that Biden might leave the ticket and be replaced???? I ask because the lady who was in charge of the Republican hdqtrs satellite sort of asked that question.

  283. Got this from a link on the ebay story- Olbermann fed Obama his own campaign material as part of the interview Monday. althouse.blogspot.com/2008/09/obama-on-olbermann-was-much-worse-than.html

    Jesus. And on the heels of Keitho getting the boot? Jesus Christ on a cracker. Are all of DK and HuffPo’s messiahs gifted with shit for brains?

  284. wbboei, I think he thought it was subtle and deniable enough that he could say it “on the down low” and get away with it. After all, he’s been allowed to get away with everything from caucus stealing to outright lies, so he figured this was no different.

    He does not realize that the game has changed, and his old methods aren’t going to fly. He is just beginning to have a taste of an implacable enemy scrutinizing your every word, and he is falling apart after only a few days of it.

  285. Hello everyone. I was out for a long time, but I am glad this site is running and it is not supporting Obama despite everything that happened. I am still voting for Mc Cain just to make sure Obama don’t win.

  286. short termer: Biden is not going to be replaced. Can you imagine how lame that would look? Even Hillary could not save the election for BO.

  287. ST, I have felt since Denver that Biden’s heart isn’t in this. I’d bet a steak dinner at Del Frisco’s that his arm was twist to accept the nomination. There were lots of good Dems who stated up front they didn’t want the job.

  288. OkieAtty Says:
    September 10th, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Axelrove and the other handlers must be going bat shit crazy. I doubt, at this point in time, that anyone can tell the “O” that he is f***ing up, after all one of his great accomplishments is running his campaign. With Obama’s blood in the water, the media sharks won’t be able to help themselves. Obama is falling apart and the Repubs. haven’t even taken the gloves off and started the fall attacks. I would love to hear the wire-tap of the Nancy and Howie phone calls tonight. These morons bet the DNC farm on an un-vetted Sociopath. geeeez!!!!

  289. MEMORIES….

    I just wrote to Hannity and linked “finger-gate” – when BO flipped off Hillary. It was the same reaction from the audience – they were “in the know” and his dirty joke:

    youtube.com/watch?v=UoOFp-RDpvM&feature=related

    Also, Hannity said he has evidence that the Democrats are intentionally attacking Palin…and not so coincidentally, there was another Democratic official today who said a demeaning phrase and said something about “lipstick.” Hannity quoted it, I wasn’t paying enough attn.

  290. This is from the state NOW president who stood up to her nat’l organization. I also have her open letter to Hillary, of which I have sent about 50 copies.

    To: Women Who Love Their Political Party Too Much

    By NOW-NYS President Marcia Pappas

    September 9th, 2008

    Many years ago, I read a book called “Women Who Love too Much: When You Keep Wishing and Hoping He’ll Change” by Robin Norwood. It’s a book to help women look at why they might find it difficult to leave unhealthy relationships. So I got to thinking, what if we exchanged “men” for “the party?” I have often used this analogy when talking about my feelings and to explain why women have such difficulty holding their “party” accountable for its actions.

    In the women’s movement, we often say the personal is political. For as long as I can remember, I’ve known that abusive relationships can extend beyond our personal relationships with individuals into our political lives. So let’s re-read Women Who Love Too Much, substituting “the party” for “men.” It will show the dynamics of some current events, so I urge you to take this test I send, with love and a desire to empower women. Women inside and outside the women’s movement, please ask yourself these questions:

    1. Do you find yourself attracted again and again to a troubled, distant, party?

    2. Do you obsess over a party that is emotionally unavailable, addicted to power, money, alcohol, or other women?

    3. Do you neglect your friends and your own interests, your ethics, and ideals to be immediately available to the party?

    4. Do you feel empty without the party, even though being with it is torment?

    If you answer yes to any of these questions, please continue. If not, continue anyway. Maybe you can help another suffering sister who needs to break away from a dysfunctional party.

    Why do so many women become obsessed with a political party that is emotionally unavailable, addicted to work, alcohol, or other women, a party that cannot love them back with laws to support women’s rights?

    Women inside and outside the women’s movement need recognize the roots of our destructive patterns. These symptoms can apply to men as well as women and Republicans as well as Democrats. However experience shows me that more women than men suffer from this syndrome. Be truthful with yourself. Do you fit this description?

    1. You come from a dysfunctional society in which your emotional needs were not met. (Women grow up in a patriarchal society that devalues everything we do).

    2. Having received little real nurturing, validation, or encouragement to be yourself, you try to fill this unmet need vicariously by becoming a care-giver, a champion especially to a party that appears to be, in some way, needy.

    3. Because you were never able to change the culture into a society of supportive, caring society that believes in the true equality, you respond deeply to the familiar type of emotionally unavailability that you can change through love and devotion.

    4. Terrified of abandonment, i.e. losing the Supreme Court, you will do anything to keep the relationship from dissolving. Women have been duped by the party; and some feel they’ve nowhere else to go.

    5. Almost nothing is too much trouble, takes too much time, or is too expensive if it will help the party with which you are involved.

    6. Accustomed to lack of respect in a patriarchal, misogynist society, you are willing to wait, hope, and try harder to please the party.

    7. You are willing to take far more than fifty percent of the responsibility, guilt, and blame for the failures inside and outside the party.

    8. Your self esteem is critically low, and deep inside you do not believe you deserve to be happy. Rather, you believe you must earn the right to enjoy life. You are convinced that you can earn that joy by submitting to whatever the party wants, even if it means supporting unqualified candidates or trading off one civil right off for another. In other words, you are subservient.

    9. Having experienced little security in life, you have a desperate need to control your party. You mask as “being helpful” your efforts to control people and situations.

    10. In a relationship with the party, you are much more in touch with your dream of how it could be than with the reality of how it is.

    11. You are addicted to men in the party and to the emotional pain they inflict. It’s all you know. After all, women have been hurt by patriarchy since birth.

    12. You may be predisposed emotionally and often bio chemically to addiction to drugs, alcohol, and/or certain foods, particularly sugary ones. This is the reason so many women have “body image” issues that lead to obesity, anorexia, or bulimia.

    13. By being drawn to a party with problems that need fixing, or by being enmeshed in situations that are chaotic, uncertain, and emotionally painful, you avoid focusing on your responsibility to yourself and to the issues you espouse.

    14. You may have a tendency toward episodes of depression (the outcome of living in a patriarchal, misogynistic society that has oppressed you for your entire life), which you try to forestall through the excitement provided by an unstable relationship with the party.

    15. You are not attracted to any political party that is kind, stable, reliable, and interested in you and the issues you support. You find such political parties to be boring.

    What does this test say to you about you and your relationship with your party? You decide. Is it time to leave the party, or will you stay and keep wishing and hoping they will change?

    -end-

  291. Some words of wisdom from RiverDaughter’s site in a guest post by myiq2xu:

    First of all, Obama supporters need to quit claiming that Senator McCain and Governor Palin are insane extremists. They aren’t. They are pretty much typical conservatives, and about half this country shares their views. I don’t agree with them, but I think they are rational, intelligent people. If they win in November it will not plunge our nation into the Dark Ages.

    Secondly, Obamanation needs to knock off the frantic search for something negative to throw at them, particularly in regards to Governor Palin. The Obama bloggers already sacrificed their credibility with “Panty-Sniff 2008,” wherein they horrified the nation with a wankfest claiming Sarah wasn’t the mother of Trig Palin.

    So the attempt now to make mountains out of every molehill in Alaska is not only a waste of time, it is counterproductive. Every time they attack Governor Palin, more people decide to vote for her and Senator McCain. Don’t believe me? Check the polls.

    I know my words will fall on deaf ears. I can say it loud and clear:

    OBAMA SUPPORTERS! YOU ARE HURTING OBAMA AND HELPING MCCAIN BY RELENTLESSLY ATTACKING SARAH PALIN OVER PETTY ISSUES!

    But they still won’t listen. Obamanation is alienating the voting public, but alientating is what they do best. They thought insulting Hillary supporters was the way to get us to vote for Obama. But if they are going to be so damn stupid, I wish they wouldn’t call themselves Democrats.

  292. How does the DNC leadership work, anyway?

    The DNC is stacked with ultra-liberal party activists. Think about it. In a third of the states (like South Carolina, for example), that’s all that’s left in the Democratic party. Everyone else is a Republican.

    You can’t change it. The DNC hates DLC centrist Democrats. Would rather lose elections than have those moderates in the party.

  293. “This “pig,” “fish’ story is hysterical. What a fucking moron.”

    I figured it out…The messiah got confused, it was supposed to be “Loaves and fish”, not “Pigs and fish”.

  294. was just checking out Hillbuzz – and there’s a video on there, Hillary images, Palin images – and a petulent BO while the song “it’s too late to apologize” plays.

    I have to say, it made me so sad to see how Hillary fought, and then the recipient of all her work is Sarah Palin…one generation to the next.

    youtube.com/watch?v=kh_ipqk6dj4&eurl=http://hillbuzz.wordpress.com/

  295. hwc, the ultra liberal extremists are exactly why the Republicans have better trust numbers on national security historically.

    Would you trust someone who doesn’t give a shit about losing? Who values their own small-minded brand of morality over the greater task?

    Dumb fuckers…I can’t wait to get them ousted from the DNC leadership and cull them from the state parties for their Gestapo tactics employed during Denver.

    Obama will lose this election, but he’ll do it at the cost of all those county and state leaders who vouched for him and threatened their brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends. What will hurt the most is that it will cost the Dems valuable organizational time and manpower, but oh, well. In the end the party and the country will be stronger when they are silenced.

  296. hmm, didn’t post,retry:

    hillbuzz has a video with the song “It’s Too Late to Apologize” – Hillary images, Palin images, and arrogant, petulent images of BO…

    I got sad because all Hillary fought for – Sarah Palin has received the benefits.

    youtube.com/watch?v=kh_ipqk6dj4&e

  297. “The DNC hates DLC centrist Democrats. Would rather lose elections than have those moderates in the party.”

    I think that is the bottom line..but it has nothing to do with political philosophy…Bill Clinton rejected the “Old guard’ losers in the late ’80’s and further embarrassed then by winning the Pres. x 2. This is all about payback and they FU’s by picking an un-vetted sociopath to do the paying back.

    I must say that I am a Liberal and nothing that Obama, the DNC or the ‘bots do has anything to do with liberalism. Hillary is a Liberal, the ‘bots are neo-Stalinists.

  298. count the votes: I think Palin recognizes that she is benefitting from the fighting that Hillary did. She did thank her, and Geraldine Ferraro. Sad, though.

  299. I hope so too birdgal – it is just sad to see the country will go down the drain, no matter what candidate gets into office…but Hillary wouldn’t have let it go…

    But those images bring it back – it was nice to see Chelsea in one of the photos, she too will benefit from everything Hillary fought for. We all will.

  300. “I got sad because all Hillary fought for – Sarah Palin has received the benefits. ”

    CTV,

    truer words were never spoken!

  301. I have a hard time watching any Hillary videos. I start crying, so I will save the one mentioned above for another day.

  302. I read yesterday, that Chelsea is starting a Master’s program in Public Policy at Columbia. Seems the primary season may have had some effects on her.

  303. SHV, I just hope the freaking dirty hippie wing of the party is finally dead after this November never to rear it’s head again (i could use descriptors here to describe what shit for brains they are, but…).

    Until that part of the party is dead and buried, there will be no real progress in this country and real issues, issues we all care about here along with 18 million other good people will go unaddressed.

  304. Before I sign off for the night, I nearly forgot- Jim Inhofe started running an ad tonight on USA about Andrew Rice. Lists off a bunch of tax and spend issues/votes by Rice including his votes for tax payer funded abortions, a picture of him with long hair in a leather jacket, and saying he’s too liberal for OK with his new “clean cut” pic right next to a pic of Dumbass with a big O with a slash thru it for “no.”

    Highly effective ad. Rice would have been a great replacement, but he’s now being tied to Dumbass in a state where 2/3 can’t stand him and will vote for McCain. had Hillary been the nominee, Rice would have a fighting chance against a well-funded incumbent. Folks here hate Inhofe, but they hate Dumbass more.

    Ah, what could have been….

  305. Okie:

    I believe the Republican Party will beat the Dems to the middle (after a couple of decades of kowtowing to the Jesus Freaks) and dominate the political landscape for many years to come.

    The Dems had a golden opportunity and blew it. Now, they can only sit back and watch the Repubs elect a “maverick” candidate and the first female VP with very broad appeal.

    Dems are so stupid. They don’t understand that you WANT to position your party in the center and force the opposition into a fringe party corner. Instead, the Dems paint themselves into the corner and hand the center to Republicans.

    Now, they’ve even jimmied the delegate apportioning to guarantee that the party continues down this road. A Democrat with suburban and rural appeal gets the shaft in delegates and can’t win the nomination.

  306. Please Bill, when you meet with Obama on Thursday…please…please…please…don’t try to help him out of this quicksand.

  307. birdgal – i met Chelsea in North Carolina – i know this sounds really funny, but we talked about drag queens. one of her friends had gone out the night before and i was with her, and ironically, we discovered the drag shows in Raleigh are really really good. Chelsea wanted to hang out and go to the show that night, but had to fly to Indiana the next morning.

    anyway, chelsea is a gem. she is her mother and her father – she has the ability to focus on anyone she’s talking with as if that person is the only person in the room.

    it’s nice to know she wants to influence policy – i think her future will be in politics, at the very least public service. i don’t think working for a hedge-fund really cut it for chelsea.

  308. # birdgal Says:
    September 10th, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Okie: Thanks. I think the primary changed Chelsea.

    I think you are right. Growing up, Chelsea wanted to be a pediatrician and started out at Stanford as a Chem/pre-med major. Switched to history then MS at Oxford in International Relations. Never..ever..ever wanted to be a politician. I think the primary changed that attitude; she will be a damn good politician if that’s what she wants. She will also be ethical, unlike most of the POS that are running today.

  309. “she has the ability to focus on anyone she’s talking with as if that person is the only person in the room.”

    That is Bill and not Hillary. Many years ago I met Bill on several occasions and that ability to be “the only person in the room” is memorable. I have never experienced “it” before or since.

  310. SHV – I agree, it is definitely more Bill. Chelsea was walking from person to person to shake hands, and she could change gears immediately and talk about anything.

    I think the thing about Chelsea that struck me as more Hillary was just her empathy and warmth.

  311. salon.com/opinion/paglia/2008/09/10/palin/index3.html

    I can’t stand Hillary-hater, Camille Paglia, but she has a couple good lines:

    “A feminism that cannot admire the bravura under high pressure of the first woman governor of a frontier state isn’t worth a warm bucket of spit.”

    “Now that’s the Sarah Palin brand of can-do, no-excuses, moose-hunting feminism — a world away from the whining, sniping, wearily ironic mode of the establishment feminism represented by Gloria Steinem, a Hillary Clinton supporter whose shameless Democratic partisanship over the past four decades has severely limited American feminism and not allowed it to become the big tent it can and should be.”

    It is nonsensical and counterproductive for Democrats to imagine that pro-life values can be defeated by maliciously destroying their proponents. And it is equally foolish to expect that feminism must for all time be inextricably wed to the pro-choice agenda. There is plenty of room in modern thought for a pro-life feminism — one in fact that would have far more appeal to third-world cultures where motherhood is still honored and where the Western model of the hard-driving, self-absorbed career woman is less admired.

    But the one fundamental precept that Democrats must stand for is independent thought and speech. When they become baying bloodhounds of rigid dogma, Democrats have committed political suicide.

    “The witch-trial hysteria of the past two incendiary weeks unfortunately reveals a disturbing trend in the Democratic Party, which has worsened over the past decade. Democrats are quick to attack the religiosity of Republicans, but Democratic ideology itself seems to have become a secular substitute religion. Since when did Democrats become so judgmental and intolerant? Conservatives are demonized, with the universe polarized into a Manichaean battle of us versus them, good versus evil. Democrats are clinging to pat group opinions as if they were inflexible moral absolutes. The party is in peril if it cannot observe and listen and adapt to changing social circumstances.”

  312. hello everyone! sarah has made barack and his ‘bots thrown off his game by the sarah-mania. playa has been upstaged and boy, he is so not liking it! like somebody upthread said: she made him so yesterday’s news. she mocks him like the joke that he truly is and now, he’s attacking her.
    hillary and mccain must be toasting each other as we speak!

  313. Ruh-roh… Bambi’s in hot water yet again for making strange, vaguely sexist statements:

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    McCain Camp Sees An Insult in a Saying
    – Obama Called Policies ‘Lipstick on a Pig’

    By Anne E. Kornblut and Michael D. Shear
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Wednesday, September 10, 2008; A06

    Sen. Barack Obama said yesterday that Sen. John McCain’s claim that he will shake up Washington after agreeing with President Bush for so long is like “putting lipstick on a pig” — a common colloquialism that Obama has used for years, and one that even some Republicans have been known to say. But to the McCain campaign, it was an example of unbridled sexism clearly aimed at Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

    “Senator Obama uttered what I can only describe to be disgusting comments, comparing our vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, to a pig,” former Massachusetts governor Jane Swift declared in a conference call with reporters.

    Obama uttered the phrase in the midst of ridiculing the Republican nominee’s commitment to change. “John McCain says he’s about change, too,” Obama said in an appearance here, leading into a string of ways he contends McCain represents more of the same — on economic policy, taxes, education, foreign policy, campaign tactics.

    “That’s not change. That’s just calling something that’s the same thing something different. You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig,” Obama went on, and the crowd erupted in cheers. “You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper and call it change. It’s still going to stink, after eight years. We’ve had enough of the same old thing.”

    Swift, the newly designated chair of the “Palin Truth Squad,” demanded that Obama apologize. She said Obama must have been talking about Palin because she is the only one of the four candidates who wears lipstick, and she called the remark an obvious reference to Palin’s joke in her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last week that the only difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick.

    But Anita Dunn, a senior Obama adviser, said: “The McCain campaign’s attack tonight is a pathetic attempt to play the gender card about the use of a common analogy — the same analogy that Senator McCain himself used about Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health-care plan just last year.

    “This phony lecture on gender sensitivity is the height of cynicism,” Dunn added.

    The saying is usually meant to convey putting the best possible face on a bad situation. Torie Clarke, Donald H. Rumsfeld’s press secretary at the Pentagon — a Republican and a woman — named her book “Lipstick on a Pig: Winning in the No-Spin Era by Someone Who Knows the Game.” And McCain himself used the phrase late last year to describe Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s plan for universal health care.

    “I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” McCain said of the plan last October as Clinton was running for the Democratic nomination.

    Four reporters were allowed to pose questions during the conference call, and three of them were from women who asked, with obvious incredulity, whether Swift believed that Obama was referring to Palin.

    When one reporter asked Swift why she assumed the remarks were directed at Palin, Swift replied: “It seemed to me a gendered comment. There’s only one woman in the race.”

    “As far as I know, she’s the only one of the four — the presidential and vice presidential candidates — who wears lipstick,” Swift said.

  314. Read lots of posts here and elsewhere regarding the pig/lipstick fiasco. So bambi is denying intent claiming its an old expression. Funny I didn’t read anything where anyone pointed out that a barracuda is a fish. That statement I found far more offensive.

  315. And as an aside did anyone notice the non-blueness of bambi’s lips on the oreilly interview. Looked like lipstick to me.

  316. Here’s the reason Obama’s “you can’t put lipstick on a pig” comment was offensive:

    1) Palin injected “lipstick” into the national political short-term lexicon with her acceptance speech. It was the signature line of the speech, instantly defined her as a tough-talking, no-nonsense hockey mom, and led to a huge surge in the polls.

    2) “Pit bull” imagery suddenly appears everywhere: political cartoons, talk show jokes, and so on. Obama supporters begin chanting “no pit bulls!” at rallies.

    3) Obama tries to one-up Palin by following her lipstick-related zinger with a custom zinger of his own. He says “you can’t put lipstick on a pig” which can only logically be interpreted to directly equate Palin with a pig, as opposed to a pit bull. Obama’s only possible defense is that he RANDOMLY happened to be using a lipstick-related colloquialism, and was not referring to Palin in any way.

    I don’t know if the comment was necessarily sexist, because a man could also be rudely compared with a pig. In any event, it’s insulting, degrading, and unpresidential.

  317. Berleley
    but wasn’t biden referred to as the pit bull pre Repub convention and wasn’t Gov Palin responding to that when she querried “Whats the difference……”

  318. And I again find the stinky fish analogy much more offensive and sexist. Her nickname is barracuda, I don’t think he went after McCain at all. I think both jabs were leveled at Palin.

  319. Yeah that “stinky fish”-masquerading-as-change line of Obama’s was REALLY weird.

    I think the reason Biden was referred to as a pitbull was just because of the recent adage that a candidate for V.P. is should attack like a pit bull, but yeah, factoring Biden in, then that makes it even more unlikely that Obama would have randomly chosen that phrase.

  320. Yet another red state that Obama had vowed to win, Montana, surges for McCain/Palin:

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    Election 2008: Montana Presidential Election
    Montana: McCain Surges Ahead by Double-Digits
    Tuesday, September 09, 2008
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    John McCain has opened a double digit lead over Barack Obama in Montana. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Treasure State finds McCain leading by eleven, 53% to 42% (demographic crosstabs available for Premium Members).

    That’s quite a change from late July when the race was a toss-up. Montana has voted for a Republican candidate in nine of the last ten presidential elections but Obama had made clear his intention to compete for the state’s three Electoral College votes. The candidate himself spent the Fourth of July in Butte, Montana and his campaign ran significant television advertising in the state. However, just before the Democratic National Convention, Obama stopped advertising in Montana and several other traditionally Republican states.

    With release of this poll, Montana shifts from “Leans Republican” to “Likely Republican” in the Rasmussen Reports Balance of Power Calculator.

  321. McCain/Palin increase lead in OH:

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    Election 2008: Ohio Presidential Election
    Ohio: McCain Continues Upward Swing in Key State

    The latest Fox News/Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Ohio, finds John McCain out in front of Barack Obama 51% to 44% (crosstabs available for Premium Members).

    The latest numbers, which are the first to be released since the conclusion of both parties’ conventions, mark an improvement for the Republican nominee. In August, McCain had a slightly more modest advantage over the Democrat. In fact, the GOP hopeful has held a modest lead since July in the swing state that finally decided the 2004 election.

  322. Who knows what Obama meant? He thinksthere are 57 states, a Great Lakes of Oregon, his Muslim faith … he’s always talking nonsense. Who cares?

  323. Well left wing extremist Harold Myerson is back on WashPo with gratuitous advice on how to neutalize the mccain bounce. Last time he was running around telling people he was being stalked by Hillary people, but coudnt prove it.
    The sob is one french fry short of a happy meal. Here is my response to his statement that the republicans offer us 4 more years of disaster. It is short and sweet:

    And Obama promises a depression.

    Come on get a grip, and lay off the hopium.

    Say werent you the guy who was claiming Hillary people were after you.

    Was it Hap Arnold who said: Nuts?

    You are a low information voter when it comes to Obama.

    But for some reason you have a bully pulpit.

    Luv and kisses

  324. The latest Fox News/Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Ohio, finds John McCain out in front of Barack Obama 51% to 44% (crosstabs available for Premium Members)
    ———————————————
    Sounds about right. With msnbc calling it a dead heat I figured mccain must be 7-8 points up.

  325. ***************** CHECK THIS OUT ******************

    ANDY MARTIN’S released statement at: ContrarianCommentary.com

    AYERS HAS BEEN THE MASTERMIND BEHIND THE RISE OF OBAMA

    AYERS HAS DESIGNED AN OBAMA CAMPAIGN STRUCTURE WHICH IS BASED ON AYERS’ THEORIES OF MAOIST REVOLUTION

    THE CHICAGO VERSION OF “FRIENDS”

    OBAMA LIED TO ABC AND NATIONAL TV AUDIENCE

    Unable to successfully link here, but go to ContrarianCommentary.com

    Martin is author of Man Behind the Mask and was the first Chicagoan to expose Obama years ago dating back to Keynote address at 2004 convention. He’s been right on the money since the onset. Really study the parrallel structure of BHO’S campaign and Mao’s communist regime. REMEMBER AYERS IS AN “EDUCATIONAL EXPERT,” AND THE ULTIMATE REVOLUTIONIST. The revolution we need is to have Hillary Rodham Clinton re-emerge as leader of the DNC, oust all corrupted top levels within the DNC, and elect McCain-Palin 2008 in the interim.

    PASS THIS ON TO ALL YOU KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ************READ THIS NOW – DON’T PASS THIS UP******

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  326. Barcrack Banana is always a gentleman. When he made the comment about lip stick on a pig it had no reference to Sara Palin. He has nothing but respect for women. And the record proves it:
    ———————————————
    G. No Respect For Women: it is important for women to see Obama as he really is. The telltale signs can be found in the way he treated Hillary during the course of the campaign. When he won the Iowa caucus the first thing he did was play the rapper song “99 problems but a bitch ain’t one!” He went on to make a number of public comments about Hillary which reflect a misogynistic bent. For example: “the claws come out”, “when she is not feeling well” and she is “likeable enough”. Also, there is that photograph of him gesturing to her with his middle finger. Finally, he is closely allied with the Daily Kos and MoveOn.Org group who launched brutal misogynistic attacks against Hillary, yet Obama went along with it. When the leader displays this attitude, and fails to control associates it is only a matter of time before those views permeate the organization and determine its behavior. Thus, it is hardly surprising that his foreign policy advisor called Hillary a monster, when his military advisor mocked her tears in New Hampshire, and his own hateful wife said she can’t take care of her house then how can she take care of the White House. What about you MO?

  327. A friend called me tonigt about the Fannie May& Freddie Mac bailouts, taxpayers saving the assess if guilty as hell wall street intererst, said this was why powers that be wanted hillary out cause she would have said not so fast, total cost 23 trillion according to him. I asked him whether barcrack voted presesnt and he said no he voted yes. Good warmup for his first year tax increase–benchmarking,

  328. Good Morning all! Admin: Please publish including Links. Thanks

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    Cross posted at B Merry’s site

    September 10, 2008 at 8:34 am

    SPEAKING OF PLAGIARISM –

    I received these two emails from 18MillionVoices FOUNDER Elizabeth Fiechter. I am a core Organizer with 18MillionVoices and I am HORRIFIED at the information below.

    I want your readers to be aware that plagiarism comes not only from ripping off without credit the works and writing of bloggers and researchers, but goes to also to STEALING the Good Will and Good Name of our group and its members who worked tirelessly for WOMEN’S RIGHTS in Denver and to celebrate Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments.

    ANYONE hearing from the woman identified in this letter needs to IGNORE HER as she is a thief and does not have the mental capability or the originality to come up with EITHER her OWN NAME for her “group” OR the ability to build her “groups” OWN GOOD WILL.

    THIS IS DISGUSTING,

    —– Original Message —–
    From: RiseHillaryRise
    To: risehillaryrise@gmail.com
    Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 9:13 PM
    Subject: WE HAVE NO AFFILIATION WITH THE EFFORTS BEING DESCRIBED AS “18 Million Voices Phase II”

    It has come to our attention that a group plans to launch an effort calling itself “18 Million Voices Phase II” seemingly in an obvious effort to capitalize on the good will and reputation that our organization has built around the name “18 Million Voices” with all of our hard work and dedication these past months.

    We have contacted the individual, Dr. Saharra Bledsoe, and requested that she immediately cease and desist all use of the name “18 Million Voices”. We understand Ms. Bledsoe to be affiliated with the website TheRise2008 from her own assertions, and it is on The Rise website where the intent to launch “18 Million Voices Phase II” is announced .

    We are fully prepared to take EVERY and ALL lawful actions at our disposal to protect the name “18 Million Voices” and have made that fact clear to Ms. Bledsoe.

    As you are all supporters, members, friends, or contacts of 18 Million Voices” in some manner, we contact you today to simply make you aware that 18 Million Voices is IN NO WAY affiliated with these efforts that are misleadingly being called “18 Million Voices Phase II”.

    WE DO NOT SUPPORT, ENDORSE, OR APPROVE OF THESE EFFORTS BEING MISLEADINGLY CALLED “18 MILLION VOICES PHASE II” NOR DO WE SUPPORT, ENDORSE, OR APPROVE OF THE USE OF THE “18 MILLION VOICES” NAME TO ADVANCE THESE EFFORTS IN ANY MANNER,

    Thanks,
    RiseHillaryRise
    Lead Organizer/Founder
    18 Million Voices
    http://18millionvoices.blogspot.com
    ph: 973-776-4125

    Letter #2

    We provide more details below regarding our position on the use of the name “18 Million Voices” by the other group that has announced their intent to use the name, as a few people have emailed us with further questions.

    The group attempting to use the 18 Million Voices name is a candidate advocacy, pro-McCain group. The link is here, http://ltittc.com/18millionvoices_phase2.htm
    the text describing their effort is below.

    The use of the name “18 Million Voices” in this manner hurts our efforts, hurts our reputation, impairs our good will (which WE built and created), and arguably raises measurable and REAL damages that flow form this unauthorized use.

    This other group is a self-proclaimed pro-McCain advocacy group– WE ARE AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN CANDIDATE NEUTRAL.

    These individuals need to simply spend their own time and energy to come up with their OWN name and establish a reputation with THEIR OWN EFFORTS and NOT continue in this misguided attempt to exploit, for their purposes, the name that WE CREATED and ESTABLISHED.

    We will take EVERY and ALL necessary lawful action to STOP the unauthorized use of the “18 Million Voices” name, especially in a manner contradictory to what the platform of 18 Million Voices is and always has been. This is the announcement on their website:

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    18MillionVoices Phase2 (18MVP

    We will not be ignored, hushed, or pushed aside

    &

    We will put Country before Party!

    Our Ballots will read

    Straight Democrat

    With McCain for President!

    We Join those who are dedicated to the Americans who refuse to support Barack Obama for President in 2008

    Web Site and More Info Coming Soon!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Thanks,
    RiseHillaryRise
    Lead Organizer/Founder
    18 Million Voices
    http://18millionvoices.blogspot.com
    ph: 973-776-4125

  329. I’m enjoying the “shoe, meet foot” routine. Tremendously. Obama is in the same boat re: sexism with the Repubs that Hill was in re: racism with Obama.

    At this point, the he will have to almost go out of his way to praise her, and will have to watch his EVERY word for anything even slightly dismissive. He will have to, as Hill did, fight with one hand tied behind his back.

    Hilary handled that completely unfair pressure well, and still beat him in the popular vote. Obama is crumpling under it, even though in his case it is justified given his campaign history of misogyny.

  330. WOW!

    Just saw the lipstick online ad: juxtaposing Palins’ remark, “You know what the difference between hockey mom’s and a pig is? Lipstick” with BO’s “You can put lipstick on a pig . . . . ”

    It ends with Couric’s remarks that sexism has been prevalent throughout the election process.

    Holy cow! McCain IS fast! This is the first ad I’ve seen that directly addresses sexism.

  331. Time to write a letter to the editor of the local paper! Check what my Gov. is saying, now. this after calling HRC’s campaign desperate after replacing Spitzer and then saying the US would be racist if they don’t elect BO. I am PO’D!

    ‘At the Crain’s Business Forum this morning, Paterson drew attention to a phrase used numerous times by speakers at the Republican National Convention to describe Barack Obama’s leadership experience: community organizer.

    “I think the Republican Party is too smart to call Barack Obama ‘black’ in a sense that it would be a negative. But you can take something about his life, which I noticed they did at the Republican Convention – a ‘community organizer.’ They kept saying it, they kept laughing,” he said.

    Paterson referred to McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin who compared her work experience to Obama’s.

    “So I suppose a small town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except with real responsibilities,” she said at the convention.

    Paterson sees the repeated use of the words “community organizer” as Republican code for “black”.

    “I think where there are overtones is when there are uses of language that are designed to inhibit other people’s progress with a subtle reference to their race,” he said.

  332. everyone???

    One more tidbit, copied from NQ.

    “Uppity..Michelle was on the Ellen Show..she came on dancing ..and then boldly and most cocky brushed her shoulders off..there is no doubt what that meant to the obama followers..and stupid assed Ellen followed right along and brushed her shoulders off..”

  333. EVERYONE:
    PLEASE EMAIL SENATE ETHICS COMMITTEE ABOUT OBAMA
    Email Address:Senator@boxer.senate.gov
    Or send fax: 202-224-2981
    Or call: 202-224-7416
    Dear Senator Boxer,
    As chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, I hope you will immediately open an inquiry into
    Senator Barack Obama’s discussions regarding a timetable for US troop withdrawal, as reported by the Iraqi leadership.
    I don’t think there is any question, that suggesting a delay (which would theoretically benefit him politically) was not
    only ill-advised but a direct violation of the Logan Act.
    The people have not yet voted for Senator Obama to be President, and until the time when they make their preference known,
    it is not only outrageous for Senator Obama to be negotiating anything with any foreign government or leader—it is against the law.

    I would also respectfully suggest that the Ethics committee look into Senator Obama’s August 2006 trip to Kenya where he campaigned for Opposition Leader (now Prime Minister) Raila Odinga.
    Odinga, as you may know, ran on a virulently anti-American platform in which he vowed to cease further cooperation with the US in sweeping up Al-Queda cells in
    the Horn of Africa and discontinuing extraditions of suspected terrorists to the US.

    Thank you for your attention.

    Very truly yours,
    your name

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