Now that the campaign is officially suspended Bill and Hillary and their supporters have some time on their hands to reflect on the race for the Democrat Party nomination, Mark Leibovich reports in the New York Times that supporters of the former first couple have been making a list of who did right and who did wrong to the Clintons.
Leibovich cites Clinton insider Doug Band's storied scorekeeping of friends and enemies of Bill and Hill in the wake of the primary race. Leibovich writes, Mr. Band keeps close track of the past allies and beneficiaries of the Clintons who supported Mr. Obama’s campaign, three Clinton associates and campaign officials said. Indeed, he is widely known as a member of the Clinton inner circle whose memory is particularly acute on the matter of who has been there for the couple — and who has not.
Mr. Band, who declined to comment, is hardly alone in tallying those considered to have crossed the former candidate or the former president in recent months by supporting Mr. Obama. As the Obama bandwagon has swelled, so have the lists of people Clinton loyalists regard as some variation of “ingrate,” “traitor” or “enemy,” according to the associates and campaign officials, who would speak only on condition of anonymity.
Based on the names mentioned in the article the short list for Clinton "traitor" A-lister would have to lead off with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson who served as Energy Secretary and later United Nations ambassador under the administration of President Bill Clinton. Richardson had tilted markedly toward Hillary in the early stages of the campaign but shifted in the last minutes Other notables cited as "charter members" in the top-tier list of Clinton enemies are Matt Drudge, and MSNBC hosts Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann. Select members of the DNC rules committee would have to be included in the list.
I prefer to think of the Clintons during this time as the cute couple depicted in this early video released by Hillary's campaign during the early stages of her run for the White House.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Now that the campaign is officially suspended Bill and Hillary and their supporters have some time on their hands to reflect on the race for the Democrat Party nomination, Mark Leibovich reports in the New York Times that supporters of the former first couple have been making a list of who did right and who did wrong to the Clintons.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Little Green Footballs spotted an entry for "How the Jewish Lobby Works" on the candidate's campaign website and uncovers a long list of the motivations behind Obama's supporters. Michelle Malkin and PowerLine Blog also picked up on the vile Jew-Hating entry on the Senator's official campaign website.
The site was quickly scrubbed but not before LGF was able to capture this image on the official Internet presence of Senator "Change You Can Believe In".
Before you dismiss with a "How can he possibly control what his supporters say" defense keep in mind that Obama is not running a public blog hosting service but is running to become President of the United States. These vile entries are appearing on his official website.
Not to worry however there are plenty of Marxists/Socialists/Communists/Jew-Haters posting Blog entries for their candidate under my.barackobama.com as sampled here and they have plenty to say about what he will do about Israel and the United States if he ever gets elected to the highest office in the land.
Here was another charming entry captured by LGF that appeared on Obama's website titled; These Jews Are Corrupting U.S. Politics. This little diddy was available to you if you clicked the link titled “Tennessee for Obama ‘08” at the top of the page according to LGF.
The fun just doesn't end there. This entry is posted by Jemaah Islamiyah For Obama and noted on LGF.
Allah has blessed us with a man who will stand up to the neoconservatives and the racist zionists. I believe with all my heart that Barack Obama will stop the American occupation of Iraq. No longer will American soldiers be able to kill our women and children with impunity.
Mr. Obama will also talk to Iran's leader Mahmoud Amadinejad, whom the current chimp in the White House has treated so badly. I mean why should American and Israel be able to have nukes but not Iran? That is very unfair. Obama will right that wrong.
Here's what the entry looks like:
And more joyous news. If elected Obama promisses to "Prosecute War Criminals" according to this flyer titled Turn the Page in Iraq uncovered by LGF.
Obama must have really hated to give that talk before AIPAC last week. Only last week, Barack first reassured his audience that "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided".
Obama's campaign quickly issued a "clarification" on Barack's assurances to AIPAC. "Jerusalem is a final status issue, which means it has to be negotiated between the two parties" as part of "an agreement that they both can live with. Two principles should apply to any outcome," reported the Jerusalem Post on remarks made by an Obama campaign advisor addressing the issue. The adviser demurred that, "Jerusalem remains Israel's capital and it's not going to be divided by barbed wire and checkpoints as it was in 1948-1967." The advisor, refused, however, to rule out other configurations, such as the city also serving as the capital of a Palestinian state or Palestinian sovereignty over Arab neighborhoods.
Not exactly a rock-solid endorsement for Jerusalem's status as Israel's capital. And Obama's ability to attract the support from groups and individuals that have such vile hatred for Israel and the United States is troubling to say the least.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Before a wildly supportive and enthusiastic crowd of campaign faithful, Hillary Rodham Clinton conceded her race for the nomination and threw her support behind Barack Hussein Obama for the Party's 2008 Democratic Presidential race in November. In what promisses to be a rough road ahead for Obama the sound of booing piercing the cheers of others in the audience can be heard on the tape. Toward the end of the segment, when Hillary says "And I ask all of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me." the boos are so overwhelming and disruptive that she has to stop and pause before continuing with her obligatory endoresment of the man from Hyde Park.
LGF detects A Distinct Lack of Enthusiasm by the Hill faithfull for changing horses in mid-stream.
The most striking thing about Hillary Clinton’s “concession” speech was the reaction of the crowd. Most of the speech was actually about Hillary, not Obama — but every time she used her catchphrase “We must elect Barack Obama,” the crowd’s reaction was less and less enthusiastic, and a lot of people were booing.
The last time she said it, there was almost no applause. People sitting behind her podium gave it a perfunctory golf clap.
Hillary is 44 acknowledges The Party's Over and notes:
Sixty percent of her Democratic supporters would vote for Obama, 17 percent would vote for McCain, and 22 percent say they would stay at home in November and not vote for anyone.
And a few words of advice to Hillary: If you lie down with dogs you wake up with fleas.
Michelle Malkin points to a Boston Globe article bemoaning the negative reaction of the Clinton faithful to the very thought of supporting Obamessiah.
Hundreds of women have logged onto Clinton's campaign website, with many insisting they will not vote for "that man" - Obama - and urging Clinton to run as an independent or challenge Obama's nomination at the August convention in Denver. Many on the website pledged to vote for Senator John McCain of Arizona, the presumptive GOP nominee.
A new 527 called the PUMA (Party Unity My Ass) PAC has formed to fight the party and the media for the shameful way Mrs. Clinton was treated by her own party and former media fans.
In Thank You, Hillary Clinton. We'll take it from here.
The PUMAs give a synopsis of how their candidate was treated by the DNC bosses and their media jackals.
Hillary was baited by false accusations of racism. She was called a monster for competing with all her strength. She was depicted using the most humiliating and sexist sorts of stereotypes — as a castrater, a witch, a madwoman, a harpie, a shrew, a bitch, inhuman and insane. These twisted depictions did not come from the public, from voters or citizens who did not support her. If they had, it would be unfortunate, but not unconscionable. But they did not. The majority of Americans admired and continue to admire Hillary Clinton, even after all these months of insulting and demeaning onslaught by the media and her own political party. No, the personal and humiliating attacks on Hillary Clinton, the rhetorical violence used to undermine her legitimacy, her very existence, came from the institutions of American life that we rely on every single day — for guidance, for information, for leadership, for truth. By shirking that responsibility for guidance; by throwing principles to the wind and engaging in a witch-hunt; by using technicalities instead of inspiration to win — they have let us all down. This is truly a shameful day for them.
But our new work is just beginning. We now have a duty to ourselves, our candidate, our party, and our country to make those institutions accountable for their actions. Pumas, this is not the end for us — it is only the beginning.
WE WILL BE PROTESTING THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE
We want it back.
They're mad as Hell and they're not going to take it anymore!
Friday, June 06, 2008
This is dedicated to the brave men who sixty-four years ago today took part in the largest invasion in history as allied troops invaded Normandy in France to free Europe from the tyranny of Nazi conquest and domination.
The men and women who sacrificed so much for that momentous day opened the way for freedom's light to pierce through the darkest night of facist rule. These and their peers truly were the greatest generation.
We will never forget you or your sacrifice, and we will forever be in your debt.
God Bless you all!
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Questioned by a McClatchy News reporter about the veracity of rumors circulating around the Internet that wife Michelle was caught on video in a heated rant against white people, Senator Obama brushed aside the question and turned instead to decry whispering campaigns.
Politico's Ben Smith says the Senator responded with, “We have seen this before. There is dirt and lies that are circulated in e-mails and they pump them out long enough until finally you, a mainstream reporter, asks me about it,”....That gives legs to the story. If somebody has evidence that myself or Michelle or anybody has said something inappropriate, let them do it.”
Smith writes, Asked whether he knew it not to be true, Obama said he had answered the question.
So was it even acceptable to ask the question?
Before Obama could answer, communications director Robert Gibbs interjected: “You just did.”
“That is my point,” Obama said. “I just think people have to think about it before they ask.”
The reason the reporter asked the question Senator Obama, was to dispel rumors swirling around the Internet of a race centered tirade by the Missus at the 2004 Rainbow/PUSH Coalition conference held in your city that year. The reporter assigned to your entourage was giving you a golden opportunity to categorically deny that any such outburst ever occured by the woman who provides the world with a window to your soul.
Instead of responding with a conclusive answer such as, "It's absolutely untrue." or "Michelle never said anything of the sort." or even, "That's a complete lie." the Senator instead responded with a reflexive retort, then redirected to the subject of how unflatering stories are circulated by email, scolded the reporter for having the temerity to ask the such a question and finally challenges the unknown person or person's holding such a compromising recording to produce the evidence!
Are we at some forensic forum or at trial that you should respond in such an indirect manner to a direct question Senator? Has the practice of engaging in Socratic fencing matches when confronted with direct queries become second nature to you?
A flat out "No" Senator would have gone a whole lot farther in putting this whole thing to rest than responding with stupid debating trick #1, Attack The Messenger. Why address a question when you can attack the questioner? By attacking the questioner you can avoid answering directly or answering at all and then redirect to appear to hold the higher ground.
OK, you heard the Senator, if someone really has a Tape or DVD or oil painting of Michelle Obama deep in the throes of some race-baiting rant then produce the evidence for all of us to see. It's time for the person or person's holding such collateral to put up or shut up because if such a video does exist, Obama's campaign to represent his party this November is finished.
Chicagoans Against Obama too are not impressed by the Senator's non-answer answer.
...it looks like this tape probably does exist based on the following:
1. Barack did not deny it’s existence
2. He reverted to belittling a reporter for asking the question—he typically does this if someone refers to, or asks him about……his middle name, heritage, lack of experience, voting record, lies, preachers, mentors, fundraisers, wife, Palestinian friends, Hamas negotiating foreign policy advisors, terrorist friends, etc……
The latest update from Bloggers reporting a purported tirade made against whites by Michelle Obama was that the candidate's wife's unleashed the vitriolic remarks during a Women's Session at the 2004 Rainbow/PUSH Conference in held in Chicago, IL which was held between June 26th and July 1st of that year.
A promotional flyer for that year's convocation highlighted the celebrities, political luminaries and subjects slated for the event.
Annual Rainbow/PUSH Conference
John Kerry, Bill Cosby, Howard Dean, Barack Obama Highlight Annual Rainbow/PUSH Conference CHICAGO-Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, entertainer/educator Bill Cosby; former presidential candidate and Vermont Governor Howard Dean; Chicago Stock Exchange Chairman Valerie Jarrett; Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree; Democratic senatorial candidate Barack Obama and Starbucks Chairman and Chief Global Strategist Howard Schultz are among the dozens of newsmakers scheduled to attend the 33rd Annual Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund Conference, to be held June 26 - July 1, 2004, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.
This year’s conference, 2004: A Year of Critical Choices For Inclusion and Growth, has extra significance as this presidential election year marks the 20th anniversary of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.'s historic run for the presidency of the United States. His 1984 campaign was the first serious bid by an African-American for the nation’s highest office.
The flyer continues with a quote from Reverand Jesse Jackson.
"For all of us, Reunion Day is about tapping the strength of our roots, about looking deep and wide to know who we are. This event is one way of keeping our roots watered." Many of the elected officials and people gathering for Reunion Day will remain in Chicago on Sunday, June 27, for the convention’s Leadership Summit Day. Guests scheduled to attend the summit include former presidential candidate and Vermont governor Howard Dean, Senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown; Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., Democratic senatorial candidate Barack Obama, and many current and former lawmakers at state and federal levels.
Highlights of the event were listed for the conference attendees.
Saturday, June 26
Old warriors of the movement return to Dr. King’s Workshop at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s headquarters, where Rev. Jackson talks about the past and the future.
Hip Hop workshops: Spoken Word Slam, Graffiti Art and Break Dancing competition and demonstration.
Sunday, June 27
Focus: Leadership Summit
African Diaspora Forum, "Reconnecting, Collaborating, Empowerment, and the Way Forward" 2:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Black leaders from Africa, South America, Europe and North America will be participating.
Concert and Awards Ceremony featuring Cook, Dixon & Young (formerly known as Three Mo’ Tenors) at Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr.: 7:00 p.m.– 10:00 p.m. The organization honors Barack Obama and black generals in the military.
Monday, June 28
Focus: The Church and the Marketplace
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Sessions on finance, health, issues in the religious community and related topics will be held throughout the day. Rev. Major Jemison, president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, gives the keynote address. Rev. Stephen J. Thurston, president of the National Baptist Convention of America, presides.
Women's Luncheon, with keynote speech by Rev. Jackson:
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Gospel Explosion and Awards Concert
7:00 p.m.- 10:p.m.
featuring Darius Brooks, Vicky Winans, Darryl Cooley and the Rainbow/PUSH Mass Choir:
Tuesday, June 29
Focus: Labor and Sports
Sessions on organized labor issues, labor aspects of athletics and sports, and related topics will be held throughout the day; see daily schedules for specific events and participants. International Labor Breakfast:
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
"The Wal-Mart Factor: Dumbing Down the American Economy"
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
12 noon – 2 p.m.
Motor Sports and the NCAA – George Payne, vice president of marketing for NASCAR, is the keynote speaker.
Employment Exposition job fair
4:00 p.m. –7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 30
Sessions on franchising, venture capital funding, other business opportunities, and related topics will be held throughout the day. Howard Schultz, chairman and chief global strategist of Starbucks, is the keynote speaker.
Access to Capital Luncheon
12 noon -2 p.m.
Valerie Jarrett, chairman of the Chicago Stock Exchange, James Bell, executive vice president and CFO of Boeing, and Attorney Martin King, chairman of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Board, are some of the speakers.
Town Hall Meeting – To Be Counted – In this session, participants debate the People Meters versus the Diary System when counting people for the Television Arbitron Ratings.
Thursday, July 1
Sessions on issues in education for educators, parents and youth will be held throughout the day; see daily schedules for specific events and participants.
Hip-Hop and youth panels throughout the conference Oratorical competition, DJ demonstrations and competitions, voter registration drive and workshops such as The Criminalization of the Hip Hop Generation, The Political Maturation of the Hip Hop Generation, Inspirational Hip Hop and The Business of Hip Hop.
For the complete conference schedule and press credentials, contact the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s media office at...
In a July 26th 2004 article that appeared in BNET the Reverand Jackson noted, "In our quest for civil rights and social justice, the stakes have never been higher and the resistance is more tense. Nevertheless, our ability to affect change has never been greater. We can elect a U.S. Senator, Barack Obama, the first (Black) male since Reconstruction. We can determine the outcome of the presidency. We can open up doors to corporate America. We can expand our gains, but if we do not unite and rally together, we risk losing it all."
By that time Illinois State Senator was a rising star on the distant horizon and would in only four weeks give a stirring televised address before millions at the Democratic National Convention.
The "tape" of Mrs. Obama's furious denunciation of whites is reportedly a DVD that was available up until March of this year on Trinity United Church of Christ's online Bookstore. Trinity's web site has been scrubbed and the DVD is no longer for sale according to reports.
Larry Johnson of No Quarter provides a narrative of the alleged outburst.
Michelle Obama appeared as a panelist alongside Mrs. Khadijah Farrakhan and Mrs. James Meeks.
Bill Clinton spoke during the Conference, as did Bill Cosby and other speakers, but not at the panel Michelle attended.
Michelle Obama spoke at the Women’s Event, but referenced Bill Clinton in her rant — his presence at the conference was the impetus for her raving, it seems.
For about 30 minutes, Michelle Obama launched into a rant about the evils of America, and how America is to blame for the problems of Africa. Michelle personally blamed President Clinton for the deaths of millions of Africans and said America is responsible for the genocide of the Tutsis and other ethnic groups.
She then launched into an attack on “whitey”, and talked about solutions to black on black crime in the realm of diverting those actions onto white America. Her rant was fueled by the crowd: they reacted strongly to what she said, so she got more passionate and enraged, and that’s when she completely loses it and says things that have made the mouths drop of everyone who’s seen this.
Larry Johnson maintains that the DVD exists and that people from the Guilliani campaign got hold of it. From there it would be a short trip to the RNC whom he says are holding onto the DVD for an opportune time like August or October.
I'm thinking that there are enough motivated people from the GOP and Hillary faithfull that are scouring the virtual highways and byways to get hold of and air this DVD if it exists. Something this hot is not going to stay in the cooker very long if it is true.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Addressing the party faithful at his campaign rally in New Orleans Tuesday night John McCain jabbed at his presumed opponent for the general election in November.
Senator McCain said, I'm surprised that a young man (Obama) has bought into so many failed ideas. Like others before him he seems to thinkgovernment is the answer to every problem. That government should take our resources and make our decisions for us.
McCain took a shot at the Obama campaign's meme that a McCain presidency would be a third term in office for George Bush.
You will hear from my opponent's campaign in every speech, every interview, every press release that I'm running for President Bush's third term. You will hear every policy of the President described as the Bush-McCain policy. Why does Senator Obama believe it's so important to repeat that idea over and over again? Because he knows it's very difficult to get Americans to believe something they know is false. So he tries to drum it into your minds by constantly repeating it rather than debate honestly the very different directions he and I would take the country. But the American people didn't get to know me yesterday, as they are just getting to know Senator Obama.
McCain also hit Obama for his opposition to the troop surge that has proved to be successful in winning the war in Iraq.
Senator Obama opposed the new strategy, and, after promising not to, voted to deny funds to the soldiers who have done a brilliant and brave job of carrying it out. Yet in the last year we have seen the success of that plan as violence has fallen to a four year low; Sunni insurgents have joined us in the fight against al Qaeda; the Iraqi Army has taken the lead in places once lost to Sunni and Shia extremists; and the Iraqi Government has begun to make progress toward political reconciliation.
None of this progress would have happened had we not changed course over a year ago. And all of this progress would be lost if Senator Obama had his way and began to withdraw our forces from Iraq without concern for conditions on the ground and the advice of commanders in the field. Americans ought to be concerned about the judgment of a presidential candidate who says he's ready to talk, in person and without conditions, with tyrants from Havana to Pyongyang, but hasn't traveled to Iraq to meet with General Petraeus, and see for himself the progress he threatens to reverse.
I know Americans are tired of this war. I don't oppose a reckless withdrawal from Iraq because I'm indifferent to the suffering war inflicts on too many American families. I hate war. And I know very personally how terrible its costs are. But I know, too, that the course Senator Obama advocates could draw us into a wider war with even greater sacrifices; put peace further out of reach, and Americans back in harm's way.
Obama knows he can't hit back too hard on McCain given the Arizona Senator's Vietnam War record and given the baggage Obama has carried from close associations with the likes of Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, Bernadette Dorn, and Frank Marshall Davis and given the spate of problematic faux pas made by his wife about America while on the campaign trail. Obama's statements about the U.S. Military having to resort to using weapons from fallen Taliban in Afghanistan along with his stated committment to effectively disarm the United States during a time of war along with the enthusiastic support his candidacy has from the likes of Hamas, Fidel Castro and FARC won't help him in his effort to put up a good fight against McCain either.
Hill makes nice with Obama and summarizes her campaign during an upbeat speech and rally in New York City where she tells her supporters that she will not make any decisions tonight. During her speech Hillary beats the National Health Care drum and sounds familiar Democrat Party talking points as her supporters chant Denver, Denver, Denver, Denver.
The Clinton campaign has made much of the fact that she has gained more of the popular vote during the primaries than her rival and makes a point of mentioning all of the states she has won during this long battle with the Illinois Senator.
Obama's not out of the woods yet no matter what feeling Chris Matthews gets in his leg. There's a fight coming on the floor of the Democratic convention this August.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
With over 2118 delegates pledged to his candidacy Senator Barack Obama claimed victory in his party's nomination during a celebratory rally held in St. Paul Minnesota Tuesday night. Senator Obama told a crowd of wildly enthusiastic supporters that, Sixteen months have passed since we first stood together on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Thousands of miles have been traveled. Millions of voices have been heard. And because of what you said—because you decided that change must come to Washington; because you believed that this year must be different than all the rest; because you chose to listen not to your doubts or your fears but to your greatest hopes and highest aspirations, tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another—a journey that will bring a new and better day to America. Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States.
Before his remarks Obama took a moment to thank his family and offered a special note of thanks to his grandmother whom he at one time equated to the racist Reverand Jeremiah Wright during his More Perfect Union speech on March 18th when he told enraptured reporters, I can no more disown (Reverand Wright) than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.
Last night Senator Obama thanked members of his immediate family as well as those working on his campaign and took a solemn moment to recognize his grandmother this time in a more favorable light when he told a briefly subdued crowd, Thank you to my grandmother, who helped raise me....who poured everything she had into me. Who helped make me the man I am today. Tonight is for her.
What a guy. First he uses grandmother as a symantic wedge to prop up against the hate-filled racist Reverand Wright then he dedicates his campaign victory night to her. (Class act)
I guess his forebearing grandmother can come out from under the bus now.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee then went on to make nice with his nemesis of the past sixteen months, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
At this defining moment for our nation, we should be proud that our party put forth one of the most talented, qualified field of individuals ever to run for this office. I have not just competed with them as rivals, I have learned from them as friends, as public servants, and as patriots who love America and are willing to work tirelessly to make this country better. They are leaders of this party, and leaders that America will turn to for years to come.
Oh brother, can he lay it on thick.
The Senator then took a moment to indulge in a little identity politics.
That is particularly true for the candidate who has traveled further on this journey than anyone else. Senator Hillary Clinton has made history in this campaign not just because she's a woman who has done what no woman has done before, but because she's a leader who inspires millions of Americans with her strength, her courage, and her commitment to the causes that brought us here tonight.
Next Obama riffs on the latest in Democratic talking points by painting the nation as being helpless, cast adrift and in dire straits.
We've certainly had our differences over the last sixteen months. But as someone who's shared a stage with her many times, I can tell you that what gets Hillary Clinton up in the morning—even in the face of tough odds—is exactly what sent her and Bill Clinton to sign up for their first campaign in Texas all those years ago; what sent her to work at the Children's Defense Fund and made her fight for health care as first lady; what led her to the United States Senate and fueled her barrier-breaking campaign for the presidency—an unyielding desire to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, no matter how difficult the fight may be. And you can rest assured that when we finally win the battle for universal health care in this country, she will be central to that victory. When we transform our energy policy and lift our children out of poverty, it will be because she worked to help make it happen. Our party and our country are better off because of her, and I am a better candidate for having had the honor to compete with Hillary Rodham Clinton.
I thought what got Hillary up in the morning for the past year and a half was the thought of beating the socks off Obama in the race to the Denver convention. Now Obama is trying to package Hillary in a new role as shill-in-chief for nationalized health care. Wouldn't you just love the people who did such a fine job of rescuing the citizens of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to also be in charge of handling your health care? If the political thing doesn't work out for him I think Obama could land a really cool gig as a Real Estate Televangelist on the UHF channels late at night.
The rest of the Senator's speech went more or less like, blah, blah, blah, new course for America, blah, blah, blah, John McCain, blah, blah, blah, Bush economic policies, blah, blah blah.
During the day as celebrations in St. Paul were being finalized by Barack's campaign, hard-bitten, no-nonsense Obama supporters like Chris Matthews were positively giddy, giddy I say, over the Senator's apparent nomination victory. The only thing more apparent than Matthews' glee at the mere thought of Obama's victory were the size of his Pom-Poms.
Earlier in the campaign Chris confessed to a furrowing up his leg whenever he hears Obama speak. Yeah, sounds like a personal thing to me.
Pat Buchanan has a great rejoinder for him.
William Bennet has a more sober view of My Old Party when he writes in the National Review about an Obama win.
And thus the Democratic party is about to nominate a far left candidate in the tradition of George McGovern, albeit without McGovern’s military and political record.
The Democratic party is about to nominate a far-left candidate in the tradition of Michael Dukakis, albeit without Dukakis’s executive experience as governor.
The Democratic party is about to nominate a far left candidate in the tradition of John Kerry, albeit without Kerry’s record of years of service in the Senate.
The Democratic party is about to nominate an unvetted candidate in the tradition of Jimmy Carter, albeit without Jimmy Carter’s religious integrity as he spoke about it in 1976.
Questions about all these attributes (from foreign policy expertise to executive experience to senatorial experience to judgment about foreign leaders to the instructors he has had in his cultural values) surround Barack Obama.
And the Democratic party has chosen him.
Monday, June 02, 2008
Despite all the salivating, hopeful media stories about how Hillary and Obama's people are in talks about her:
1. Taking the number 2 slot as the Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee for 2008.
2. Having the Obama campaign pay off all her campaign debts.
3. Looking for a Supreme Court nomination while Bill is given the nod to be U.S. Ambassor to the U.N. were Obama to be elected to the highest office in the land.
4. Quit by the end of the week.
The Hillary 2008 campaign express is not stopping in South Dakota or Montana tomorrow according to Hillary spokesperson Mo Elleithee. CBS News' Fernando Suarez reports that Clinton has no plans to concede the race for her party's nomination during her election night celebration to be held in New York tomorrow night.
In what is a telling indication of what is to come from the Clinton campaign Suarez relates that the Mrs. Clinton's spokesperson, Elleithee vaguely left open the possibility that the campaign may challenge the Michigan ruling at the convention.
Elleithee also denied reports that the Obama and Clinton campaigns have been in conversations on how to end the race.
And ominous clouds are developing for the Obama campaign from die-hard Hillary supports like Harriet Christian who had to be thrown out of the Democratic Party's rules committee meeting when it was announced that only half the delegates from the Florida and Michigan primaries would be seated at the party's convention this August. This decision comes from the party that wanted to "count every vote" in 2000 when the outcome of the general election hung in the balance in Florida. (Talk about irony) Infuriated Clinton supporters like Ms. Christian are not going to go quietly into that good night as Howard Dean and the party bosses would hope.
There is a palpable rage at the party establishment and at Barack Obama who is seen as unqualified to be the party's nominee by Hill's supporters. Don't count on both camps joining hands to sing "kumbaya" in Denver this summer or by the time the general election rolls around in November.
Here was the scene as it erupted before the cameras:
Hillary is 44 is considered the back door to the Clinton war room and the mood in the room today ain't pretty. Already borrowing from Nancy Pelosi's "Culture of Corruption" meme the Clinton faithful are fighting mad, and they're not going to take it anymore.
Reliable Democrat partisan Dana Milbank was the proverbial fly on the wall during the Rules Committee's raucous meeting the other day when the fate of the Florida and Michigan delegates was decided by the party chiefs.
The chaos and vitriol seemed to confirm Democrats' fears that they might blow an election that should otherwise be an easy victory for them. Nor did the compromise fit well with the Democrats' oft-voiced commitment to voting rights. They decided they would give Florida and Michigan half of their voting rights -- one of the more arbitrary compromises since the 1787 decision that a slave should count as three-fifths of a person -- and voted to award Obama 59 Michigan delegates, each with half a vote, even though his name wasn't even on the ballot in the state.
Over disruptive cheering, the committee voted 15 to 12 against a proposal to give Florida full voting representation. Clinton supporters in the audience erupted in a chant of "Denver! Denver!" -- a threat to take the fight to the convention in August.
That was followed by a unanimous vote to give Florida half of its voting rights. The audience again erupted in heckling. "Lipstick on a pig!" somebody shouted.
"Please conduct yourselves like proper men and women," committee member Alice Huffman suggested.
Not a chance. The panel went on, by a vote of 19 to 8, to give Michigan half of its votes -- and to give Obama the gift of delegates that the voters of the state had not given him.
Ickes was enraged. "I am stunned that we have the gall and the chutzpah to substitute our judgment for 600,000 voters," he told his peers. "Was the process flawed? You bet your ass that it was flawed. . . . You bet your ass a lot of people didn't vote." Ickes accused the committee of "hijacking" delegates -- "not a good way to start down the path of party unity."
In the anarchic audience, fists pumped and cheers broke out, requiring the committee to call for security to calm the ruckus.
There's trouble in them thar hills.
Here's the view from Hillary is 44.
It happened as Alice Germond, secretary of the Democratic National Committee who so far has remained neutral in the presidential race, started talking about the civil rights movement as well as the importance of playing by the rules. Suddenly it dawned on the Hillary Clinton supporters in the audience that the committee was not going to go their way. “I was incredibly proud to come down here as a student on the mall and listen to Dr. Martin Luther King talk about civil rights,” said Germond, as the crowd simultaneously began to hiss, cheer and shush, her voice being drowned out by the roar. “We are not the current administration who plays lose with rules,” Germond continued, her voice rising a little desperately to dampen down the onslaught of outrage that was just beginning. “I’m feeling very badly that we can’t seat Michigan and Florida in full,” she virtually yelled over shouts of “Shame on you!”
The noise they made was the sound of the Democratic Party fracturing: one third for Obama cheering, one third for Clinton booing and the rest, including the chagrined members of the panel, frantically hushing both sides as if to say, ‘Don’t go there, don’t show the Republicans how dysfunctional we are.’ It was also a cry of desperation, because the panel’s ruling virtually ensured that the door was slamming on Clinton, who with three races to go now has little chance of overcoming Obama’s lead. The meeting only went downhill from there, with committee co-chair Alexis Herman pounding the gavel in a vain attempt to restore order and Harold Ickes, a senior Clinton advisor and member of the committee, claiming the panel was “hijacking” democracy and threatening to appeal the ruling well into the summer.
Later interviewed by Fox News Harriet Christian says, "If Hillary Clinton does not get the nomination for President, I will not vote for Obama, not just because of Obama but because I feel the Democratic Party has left me. I have not left them."
There are a lot of Harriet Christian's out there who have just been skunked by their party.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
The Net has been abuzz with rumors of Democratic front-runner Barack Obama's wife Michelle appearing on video tape heatedly referring to white people as "Whitey" in what will prove to be yet another headache for the Junior Senator from Illinois.
Word has it that a TV network has the tape with Michelle in full rant mode railing against whites and using the racially charged pejorative to describe caucasians. Gateway Pundit quotes Larry Johnson of No Quarter who writes, Now I know why people who have seen the videotape say it is stunning. Barack’s headaches are only starting.
Roger Stone, variously described by cognoscenti in D.C. circles as "a loveable rogue", "the dirty trickster" and "a little rat" dishes, This has little to do with the general election and a lot to do with why Hillary Clinton is staying in the race. Look, there is already a buzz in Washington at least seven news organizations have contacted me, wanting to know how to get their hands on this tape, giving me more information than I had after I had spoken to each one of them. I now believe the tape exists and I believe a network has it. If this pans to out to be true based on Michelle Obama’s previous comment that this is the first time she had been proud of her country which I think shows an attitude it is problematic.
What next for the eloquent Senator from Chicago's Hyde Park after the latest tape emerges revealing his real attitudes about America and Americans? More hastily-called news conferences about context?
Doug Ross at Director Blue says if this is true; Barack Obama has done more to damage race relations in this country than any candidate since George Wallace.
Yips to No Quarter, Gateway Pundit, and Rezko Watch.
Here's the acoustic version of Kenny Wayne Shepherd's hit tune. What makes this song work so well is the tension built between the driving rhythmn and the fat backbeat laid down by the bass and drum. The payoff comes from the righteous lead guitar licks that tie the song up neatly.