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Friday, February 29, 2008

Kumar Says: Vote Early Ohio!



Get out the vote before March 4th Ohio! Vote Obama!

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Do you take cattle, goats or camels?

I LOVE this!!

Clinton faces Kenya cattle fine over Obama photo

"Kenyan elders may impose a fine on U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, payable in livestock, after a photo of her rival Barack Obama in robes dragged their people into the race for the White House.

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Wajir elders resolved to file an official complaint with the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, dropping earlier plans to hold a protest after Friday prayers.

They said they would also convene a traditional Somali court to investigate the matter. It can impose fines that are payable in cattle, goats or camels.

'We will go ahead with this case whether Senator Clinton or Democratic party leaders turn up or not,' said Mohamed Ibrahim, a member of the clan that hosted Obama during his trip. 'But this whole thing can be avoided if only an apology is made.'"

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It's 3am I Must Be Lonely

No, the Clinton campaign doesn't promote fear tactics. What are you, crazy?



The spot says:
"It's 3 A.M. and your children are safe and asleep. But there's a phone in the White House and it's ringing. Something's happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call. Whether it's someone who already knows the world's leaders…knows the military…someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world. It's 3 A.M. and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?"

Ben Smith at politico.com offers the Obama campaign's response and a nice little reminder from President Bill Clinton:

"Sen. Clinton had her red phone moment. She had it in 2002 — it was on the Iraq war —and she and George Bush and John McCain gave the wrong answer."

-David Plouffe, Obama Campaign Manager



The President states:
"Now one of Clinton’s laws of politics is this: If one candidate’s trying to scare you and the other one’s trying to get you to think, if one candidate’s appealing to your fears and the other one’s appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope."

Ah, the audacity of hope.

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McCain Drives Own Straight Talk Bus into Ditch

From OliverWillis.com:



Nice to laugh at him once in awhile.

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The Devil's in the Details

This is too easy.



Thanks to American Taino for this explanation:

"Not only was there this large devil hovering behind Hillary's head, but stretched across the stage was a large banner that read 'Devil Pride'.

Of course, the St. Clairsville, Ohio locals thought nothing of it since the devil is unfortunately the local high school's mascot, but the Clintonistas can not be happy projecting a message of Hillary as devil. Or are they?"

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Because lawsuits worked so well for Al Gore

Kansas City Star, Thu, Feb. 28, 2008:

Officials: Clinton aides threatened lawsuit over Texas caucuses
By JAY ROOT
McClatchy Newspapers

The Texas Democratic Party warned Thursday that election night caucuses scheduled for next Tuesday could be delayed or disrupted after aides to Hillary Clinton threatened to sue over the party's complicated delegate selection process.

In a letter sent out late Thursday to both the Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns, Texas Democratic Party lawyer Chad Dunn warned a lawsuit could ruin the Democrats' effort to re-energize voters just as they are turning out in record numbers.

Spokesmen for both campaigns said there were no plans to sue ahead of the March 4 election.

"It has been brought to my attention that one or both of your campaigns may already be planning or intending to pursue litigation against the Texas Democratic Party,'' Dunn wrote in the letter, obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Such action could prove to be a tragedy for a reinvigorated Democratic process.''

Democratic sources said both campaigns have made it clear that they might consider legal options over the complicated delegate selection process, which includes both a popular vote and evening caucuses. But the sources made it clear that the Clinton campaign in particular had warned of an impending lawsuit.

"Both campaigns have made it clear that they would go there if they had to, but I think the imminent threat is coming from one campaign,'' said one top Democratic official, referring to the Clinton campaign. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

Another Democratic official who was privvy to the discussions confirmed that Clinton representatives made veiled threats in a telephone call this week.

"Officials from Sen. Clinton's campaign at several times throughout the call raised the specter of 'challenging the process,' the official said. "The call consisted of representatives from both campaigns and the Democratic Party.''

The source, who asked not to identified by name because he did not have authorization to speak about the matter, said Clinton 's political director, Guy Cecil, had forcefully raised the possibility of a courtroom battle.

But Adrienne Elrod, Clinton's top Texas spokeswoman, said campaign and party officials had merely discussed election night procedures and that the campaign was merely seeking a written agreement in advance. She could not elaborate on the details of the agreement the Clinton campaign is seeking.

"It is our campaign's standard operating procedure that we need to see what we are agreeing to in writing before we agree to it,'' Elrod said. "No legal action is being taken. We have no reason to take any legal action.''

Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said the Obama campaign had no plans to sue.

"We're confident that by working closely with the Texas Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign we'll have a caucus that Texans can be proud of — because every eligible voter will be allowed to participate and have their vote counted in a timely manner," Earnest said.

The letter to the two campaigns did not specify what procedures or rules might trigger a lawsuit. But one party official said the campaigns were most concerned about the caucus process, or, as the party refers to it, the "precinct conventions.''

Texas has 228 delegates, the biggest single cache remaining. But only 126 delegates are doled out based on the selection voters make at the ballot box. Another 67 delegates — more than in many states — are to be apportioned based on the number of people who participate in the caucuses that begin in over 8,000 precincts once the polls close at 7 p.m. (The remaining 35 are so-called "superdelegates'' free to support whomever they choose).

Clinton campaign aides have argued that caucuses favor Obama, whose campaign organization has turned out overwhelming numbers at caucuses in other states.

Democrats have described the enthusiasm in Texas, as evidenced by the record turnout among early voters in the most populous counties, as a sign that the party is undergoing a revival after years of decline under virtually unchallenged Republican rule.

"If it is true that litigation is imminent between one or both of your campaigns and the (Democratic Party), such action coule prove to be a tragedy for a reinvigorated democratic process that is involving a record number of participants here in Texas and across the nation,'' Dunn, the state party lawyer, wrote.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Obama Betrays Oprah (Not Really)

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Rule the World as a Sub-Committee Chairman

Who knew one had such power if you were named a Sub-Committee Chairman in the Senate? Senator Clinton has accused Senator Obama of failing to use his position on the Senate Foreign Relations Sub-Committee in charge of Europe to conduct oversight on NATO and increase their role in Afghanistan. Now, maybe I'm crazy, but isn't there an awful lot of finger pointing you could do based on what committee a person sits on? Let's take a look at Senator Clinton's committee work.

Hillary's Committees (and Sub-Committees!)

Armed Services
(Sub-Committees: Airland, Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Readiness and Management Support)
comment: wild guess, but seems like the ARMED SERVICES committee could've taken a closer look at NATO's role in Afghanistan. Maybe I'm crazy. (What does the "Airland" sub-committee do??)

Environment and Public Works
(Sub-Committees: Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, Superfund and Environmental Health (Chair), Transportation and Infrastructure)
comment: Now, again, don't know much about sub-committees, but it seems like she could've solved our whole gas prices crisis sitting there on that Transportation and Infrastructure committee.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
(Sub-Committees: Children and Families, Employment and Work Place Safety)
comment: Okay. This is the one that really ticks me off. She's been sitting on this Health Care thing for 16 years now. 1992-2008. During that time she has not passed one significant piece of legislation related to changing how health care is run in our country. She has no excuse. In 1996, the Kennedy-Kassebaum Health Care bill was passed thanks to the hard work of Nancy Kassebaum and Ted Kennedy (both of whom sat on the Labor Committee and chaired it, depending on which party had power). That bill created COBRA, the mechanism that allows you to keep your health insurance after you leave a job. President Clinton trumpeted that as a major coup on his part. I happened to be working in Washington, in the Senate, at the time, involved in some of the negotiations with this bill, and I don't ever recall a visit from then First Lady Hillary Clinton. I don't recall the Clintons having a role until the President signed it in to law. This isn't to say they weren't involved in some fashion outside of my knowledge, but that's irrelevant. What is relevant is that she has attacked Obama on the basis of failing to act on a sub-committee that he got appointed to last year when she's been sitting on this committee the entire 8 years she's been in the senate!

Senator Obama is on the same Labor Committee, but again, he's got five years less than Senator Clinton has. Of course, Senator Kennedy continues to chair the committee and has backed Senator Obama. I think that speaks volumes about his belief in Hillary's ability to bring about "universal" health care.

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We Don't Need No Stinking SNL!

For you Anti-Hillary Fans:

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Why the GOP is better than Hillary

The RNC has denounced (and rejected) the use of Barack Obama's full name. Of course, his middle name is Hussein, an unfortunate moniker given its automatic association with Saddam Hussein. (Again, isn't anybody going to stand up for the Muslim faith?). This is an attempt to further distance themselves from Bill Cunningham and his inflammatory comments at a McCain rally.

The RNC, showing who it believes they'll be running against this fall, has devoted no less than three headlines on the front page of its website to Senator Obama, including this picture, at the top of its frontpage:


It's nice to see the Republicans acknowledge what the Clintons won't: this race is over. Time for Senator Obama to concentrate on Senator McCain.

As a side note, one of the GOP "critiques" of Obama is that he said it would be really cool to be President. Of course, this isn't quite what he said, but he does have a fun time with Ellen if you want to read the transcript courtesy of Ben Smith at Politico.com.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

McCain's Silly Season of Politics



Obama's Response from the AP story:

Obama quickly answered back while campaigning in Ohio. "I do know that al-Qaida is in Iraq and that's why I have said we should continue to strike al-Qaida targets," he told a rally at Ohio State University in Columbus.

"But I have some news for John McCain," Obama added. "There was no such thing as al-Qaida in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq. ... They took their eye off the people who were responsible for 9/11 and that would be al-Qaida in Afghanistan, that is stronger now than at any time since 2001."

Obama said he intended to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq "so we actually start going after al-Qaida in Afghanistan and in the hills of Pakistan like we should have been doing in the first place."

While he praised McCain as a war hero and saluted his service to the country, Obama said the Arizona Republican was "tied to the politics of the past. We are about policies of the future."

Noting that McCain likes to tell audiences that he'd follow Osama bin Laden to the "gates of hell" to catch him, Obama taunted: "All he (McCain) has done is to follow George Bush into a misguided war in Iraq."

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Obama's Campaign Hits One Million Mark

From Barack Obama:

Early this morning, we reached one million people owning a piece of this campaign.

Think about that for a minute.

One million people like you own a stake in a grassroots movement that is not just competing, but thriving, in a political process that's been dominated by special interests for far too long.

You have given your time, energy, and passion to bring about change.

And it's working.

I cannot thank you enough for all you've done, but there are still millions of Americans who remain on the outside of the political process. They are skeptical of politicians and disillusioned by the partisan gridlock of Washington, D.C.

Right now, we have an opportunity to reach out to those people and show them that the change we need is possible.



Donate Now.

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Talk Show Host Drives McCain Bus into Ditch

Bill Cunningham is livid with Senator McCain. He says McCain threw him under the "Straight Talk" bus. Who is this guy, anyway? Cunningham's job the other day was to fire up the crowd at a McCain event. The conservative talk show host (as he's known in all the AP stories) slammed Obama with this speech:



Senator McCain of course correctly distanced himself from the comments and apologized. (Have someone else do your dirty work and then disavow approval of it). Now Cunningham is livid with McCain and says his repeated use of the full name of Senator Barack Hussein Obama didn't have any racial overtones. Cunningham says Obama should be proud of his Muslim heritage. Yeah, because that's why he was bringing it up.

No wonder Cunningham's voting for Hillary Clinton. That's the same stunt she pulled when her campaign released the photo of Obama wearing African garb. "What? Someone might think we were implying he was a Muslim? Now, why would anyone care if he was a Muslim? He should be proud of his heritage," says Hillary with a straight face. I think Cunningham, Coulter, and Clinton (the three Cs!) are perfect for each other.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Clinton Campaign's Alternate Universe

A searing article from the Washington Post's Dana Milbank is a must read. She points out what Saturday Night Live (a respected journalistic vehicle used by the Clinton Campaign to make their points) failed to do: the Clinton's are done. Everybody knows it except for them. It is fun to watch them make fools of themselves, though. That's funnier than any SNL skit.

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MuslimGate: Obama's Robe, Hillary's Scarf

courtesy: Free Republic

courtesy: Drudge Report

I think the most offensive thing about all of this is what it implies: if you're a Muslim, you shouldn't be President of the United States.


UPDATE:
The BBC has investigated the matter further, according to the Drudge Report, revealing that the outfit Obama is wearing has no religious significance. I guess Hillary was trying to "scare" people into thinking Obama is a Nomad?

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Slate V - Hillary's Inner Tracy Flick

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Shame on you, Hillary

On Sunday Hillary Clinton made the following statement:

"I could just stand up here and say 'Let's just get everybody together, let's get unified.' The sky will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect."

Yes, that's what we "uneducated" Obama supporters hear when he speaks. "Golly, gee, he sure sounds like he's a miracle man. If I vote for him it will cure all my problems. Shucks, don't know why nobody never done run on this platform before. Does he have any snake oil for sale?"

Or, perhaps, we're tired of the crap politics like the Hillary quote above that seems to permeate everything the Clintons do. It's nice, for once, to hear someone say that working together will move us in the right direction. I guess Senator Obama could always blame the "vast right-wing conspiracy" for everything.

Check out this from the jedreport.com:

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Politics Gets Dirty?? Get Out!

Knock me over with a feather. Politics gets dirty. Hillary Clinton is once again outraged that someone would use the same tactics on her that she and her husband perfected many many (some would say 35) years ago. She was "visibly angry" today over Obama mailings that say she supports NAFTA. Where on earth would he get an idea like that? Hmmm... Because your husband signed it into law? Because you said it was one of his "biggest accomplishments"? Because as late as 2004 you still supported it? Obama's off his rocker! Or not. Of course, the funniest part about this whole thing is factcheck.org's assesment of Clinton's NAFTA flier about Obama. Let's just say, he who is with sin should not be throwing stones.

Here's part of a speech he gave in Austin, TX recently that I liked:

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Hillary: Plagarism, Plagarism! Wherefore art thou, Plagarism!

Any hope Hillary Clinton had of squashing Obama at last night's debate was gained and lost in the span of a nano-second. In what appeared to be the line of the night, arguably, Clinton said she was honored to be on the same stage with Obama. Obama shook her hand, and then she went on to say:

"You know, whatever happens, we're going to be fine. You know, we have strong support from our families and our friends. I just hope that we'll be able to say the same thing about the American people. And that's what this election should be about."

What a moment! Until this instantaneous post by Ben Smith on politico.com:

"Several readers, and Obama's staff, heard an echo in Clinton's closing line, that the candidates on stage would be 'fine.'

Clinton Tonight:

You know, whatever happens, we're going to be fine. You know, we have strong support from our families and our friends. I just hope that we'll be able to say the same thing about the American people. And that's what this election should be about.


Edwards the December 13 debate:

What's not at stake are any of us. All of us are going to be just fine no matter what happens in this election. But what's at stake is whether America is going to be fine."



Ooops. Looks like somebody Xeroxed their closing statement.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Chris Matthews Loses His Mind

It's one thing to be an aggressive reporter. It's totally irresponsible to keep hammering away when you've made your point, belittling the guest, and making yourself look like an ass in the process.

Witness this spectacle from Tuesday night:



Can somebody please tell me why Congresswoman Tubbs Jones got away without any meaningful "hardball" questions? Chris Matthews failed to exercise any sense of journalistic integrity when he picked on one guest as opposed to the other. As Keith Olbermann pointed out, this wasn't "Hardball." This was MSNBC's Election Night Coverage.

Should the Texas Senator have more aptly responded? Of course. Should he have been able to detail Senator Obama's accomplishments in both Illinois and the U.S. Senate? Of course. Will this now be used by the Clinton campaign as "evidence" of Obama's lack of accomplishments? Of course. Should the Texas Senator have pointed out one of Senator Clinton's "accomplishments" was authorizing the war in Iraq? Of course.

It is the height of ridiculousness to believe that Senator Obama has no accomplishments and is just some random, good looking, intelligent, well spoken guy that has managed to "dupe" millions of voters. Can nobody look beyond the rhetoric spewed by the Clintons and their supporters to realize that Americans want someone in the White House who will speak to them in an inspiring way? It's so painfully obvious that the generational gap is at play here. Adults and Senior Citizens always think the young kids are foolish and idealistic. They dismiss them and fail to take them seriously. I'm sure the Greatest Generation said the same thing about the baby boomers.

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