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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Colbert Wraps Up Wright Coverage

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Scalia Said Torture Cruel and Unusual in 1992 Supreme Court Opinion

Here's the portion of Scalia's 60 Minutes interview in which he says torture does NOT violate the 8th Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment:



Scalia: "Whose in favor of [torture]? Nobody ... Everything that is hateful and odious is not covered by some provision of the constitution ... Has anybody ever referred to torture as punishment? ... Anyway, that's my view and it happens to be correct."

He says, "Has anybody referred to torture as punishment?" Well, let's see.
I would direct the Court's attention to Hudson v McMillian. In this Supreme Court decision, Scalia joined in a dissent with Clarence Thomas in which they said the 8th Amendment did not apply to treatment of prisoners but merely to their sentences UNLESS THERE WAS SOME SORT OF SADISTIC BEHAVIOR (ahem):

Nowhere does [a prior opinion] even hint that the Clause might regulate not just criminal sentences but the treatment of prisoners. Scholarly commentary also viewed the Clause as governing punishments that were part of the sentence...
Surely prison was not a more congenial place in the early years of the Republic than it is today; nor were our judges and commentators so naive as to be unaware of the often harsh conditions of prison life. Rather, they simply did not conceive of the Eighth Amendment as protecting inmates from harsh treatment.


However, the dissent goes on to say:

From the outset, thus, we specified that the Eighth Amendment does not apply to every deprivation, or even every unnecessary deprivation, suffered by a prisoner, but only that narrow class of deprivations involving “serious” injury inflicted by prison officials acting with a culpable state of mind.

When an official uses force to quell a riot, we said, he does not violate the Eighth Amendment unless he acts “ ‘maliciously and sadistically for the very purpose of causing harm.’ ”


Is that not the definition of torture? "Acting maliciously and sadistically for the very purpose of causing harm?"

Of course it is. That's why the very reasoned opinion by Thomas (in which Scalia joined) makes the following statement:

That is not to say that the injury must be, or always will be, physical. “Many things-beating with a rubber truncheon, water torture, electric shock, incessant noise, reruns of ‘Space 1999’-may cause agony as they occur yet leave no enduring injury. The state is not free to inflict such pains without cause just so long as it is careful to leave no marks.” Williams v. Boles, 841 F.2d 181, 183 (CA7 1988). Surely a prisoner who alleges that prison officials tortured him with a device like the notorious “Tucker Telephone” described by Justice BLACKMUN, ante, at 1003, has alleged a serious injury.

So perhaps Mr. Scalia would like to clarify why he believes that torture does not violate the 8th Amendment when his own holdings would have us believe otherwise.

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Gingrich: Wright Did it To Get Even with Obama

This is a terrific interview with Newt Gingrich and Stewart discussing Jeremiah Wright. You hear the full arguments that both sides believe about this issue in a well thought out, meaningful manner instead of an angry discourse.



Gingrich: Wright was in a sense getting even with Obama and that there was a level of anger ... Obama had literally no choice ... I think his [Obama's] campaign is extraordinary. The message he offered of hope and idealism and change was a very powerful message and this ... begins to reduce him to being a politician ... Reverend Wright in many ways is a very complex American.

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The Fonz Endorses Obama

Henry Winkler says of Obama:

I think I’m an Obama guy. You can not be that articulate that often and not have it on the ball. People say we need “experience,” but intelligence and passion are what we need to fix this country again after what they’ve done to it.

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Hillary on O'Reilly Wed Night

O'Reilly says it's the toughest interview Clinton has ever down (not that there's any self promotion in saying that). As Politico.com points out, Reverend Wright was a big part of the interview. Of course! It gives FOX the chance to mention his name again and it also gives them the chance to see Hillary squirm.

I can't stand O'Reilly, but read this transcript of the interview and see how well he puts the screws to her and gets her to admit her outrage at Wright and in the next breath admit that she should feel sorry for Obama.

O'REILLY: Can you believe this Reverend Wright guy? Can you believe this guy? What do you think?

CLINTON: Well, you know. Well, I'm going to leave it up to voters to decide.

O'REILLY: No, but what do you think as an American? You're an American.

CLINTON: Well, what I said when I was asked directly is that I would not have stayed in that church.

O'Reilly: No, no, no. You're an American citizen. I'm an American citizen. He's an American citizen, Reverend Wright. What do you think when you hear a fellow American citizen say that stuff about America? What do you think?

CLINTON: Well, I take offense at it. I think it's offensive and outrageous.

O"REILLY: I feel sorry for Barack Obama. Honestly. I feel sorry for him. His whole campaign has been derailed by some loony guy. Isn't that amazing?

CLINTON: Well, he spoke out forcefully yesterday, and--

O'Reilly: "Do you feel sorry for Obama?"

CLINTON: Well, I think that he made his views clear, finally, that he disagreed. And I think that's what he had to do.



The interview airs at 8pm/ET

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

How Many Angels Dance on the Head of a Pin

Speaking of "Primary Colors"... I'm reminded of a strange comment Hillary made a while back when she was asked about Bill's work for the Colombian government to garner support for a trade agreement Hillary opposes.



I always wondered about that angels on the head of a pin reference. Then I remembered this scene from "Primary Colors":

Stanton: If Picker hadn't of quit he'd of won the nomination, gone down and taken the party with him. It was only a question of when.

Henry: And how and who pushed him off the cliff.

Stanton: That's right, but those are fine points, Henry. Those are how many angels can you fit on the head of a pin point. This is hardball. Now you're telling me you just discovered that and you don't have the stomach for it. I know you better than that. We spent too much time together. This is it Henry. This is the price you pay to lead.



The scene might as well be Hillary talking about Barack Obama.

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Bill Says Hillary Stayed Positive in Pennsylvania

I guess Bill felt as though Jeremiah Wright was stealing his thunder as worst campaign surrogate. Just in time to make up for his lackluster performance, he makes this statement, from ABC News:

"Most of what people have said in this campaign is wrong, including who's been more positive and who's been more negative," the former president told a crowd of more than 2,500 in Boone, N.C. "She's talked relentlessly about the solutions. She won in Pennsylvania after being hit with negative ad after negative ad after negative ad, and negative letters. And all she did was respond. She won being outspent three to one because the people knew she was in it for them."

To quote the New York Times after Hillary's "victory" in Pennsylvania:

On the eve of this crucial primary, Mrs. Clinton became the first Democratic candidate to wave the bloody shirt of 9/11. A Clinton television ad — torn right from Karl Rove’s playbook — evoked the 1929 stock market crash, Pearl Harbor, the Cuban missile crisis, the cold war and the 9/11 attacks, complete with video of Osama bin Laden. “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” the narrator intoned.

I sure hope Bill's small town tour of North Carolina provides more fodder the rest of the week. His job is to play up the "Bubba" personality and that's always the one that gets him in trouble (with the ladies, with his wife, with all of America). It's nice to remember that while Hillary criticizes Obama for choosing Reverend Wright as his pastor, she's the one who chose Bill as her husband. A bit more of an intimate relationship. Well, maybe not...

This is one of my favorite "Bubba" scene from "Primary Colors" - the Mommathon:

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Barack Chalk Jayhawk Becomes One of Roy's Boys


The least he could've done would be wear a KU National Championship T-Shirt! (Everyone knows that KU made North Carolina what it is today). Even Roy wore a Jayhawk during the National Championship game. I'll bet Obama has Jayhawk practice shorts on underneath his sweats. He can't be blatant about his preference for KU while trying to win the North Carolina primary. As an aside, Roy still looks depressed.

From USA Today:

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — For all his basketball skills, Barack Obama was out of his league.

The Democratic presidential candidate played hoops with the University of North Carolina team on Tuesday, a Final Four squad that cut the 46-year-old some slack.

"These guys move very fast," puffed Obama, as he raced up and down the court with the much younger and much bigger college players, many of whom dwarfed the 6-foot-2 Obama.

The Illinois senator is a workout enthusiast, and basketball is his chosen game. He decided to open his day with the Tar Heels, including star Tyler Hansbrough, a 6-foot-9 All-American who spent part of his morning guarding Obama.


I wonder if Hansbrough shut down Obama the way Darrell Arthur did him in the Final Four?

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Obama "Outraged" by Wright's Remarks

Exactly what he needed to say.



From CNN:

(CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama said he is "outraged" by comments his former minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, made Monday at the National Press Club and "saddened by the spectacle."

"I have been a member of Trinity Church since 1992. I have known Rev. Wright for almost 20 years," he said at a news conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. "The person I saw yesterday is not the person I met 20 years ago."

Obama said he is outraged by Wright's remarks that seemed to suggest the U.S. government might be responsible for the spread of AIDS in the black community, and his equation of some American wartime efforts with terrorism.

"What particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks were somehow political posturing," said Obama, who added that Wright had shown "little regard for me" and seemed more concerned with "taking center stage."

Earlier this year, some of Wright's outspoken sermons, circulated and widely discussed on the Internet and on television, became an issue in the Democratic presidential race because of the former pastor's ties to Obama.

In one sermon, Wright said America had brought the September 11, 2001, attacks upon itself. In another, he said Sen. Hillary Clinton had an advantage over Obama because she is white.

Obama gave a speech on race relations during the height of the controversy with Wright and said he rejected Wright's racially charged comments but could not repudiate the man himself.

"I cannot prevent him from making these remarks," but "when I say I find these comments appalling I mean it. It contradicts what I'm about and who I am ... It is completely opposed to what I stand for and where I want to take this country."

In a break with previous comments, Obama focused his criticism on Wright the man, and not simply his remarks.

Obama said he gave Wright "the benefit of the doubt" before his speech on race relations.

"What we saw yesterday from Rev. Wright was a resurfacing and, I believe, an exploitation of these old divisions," Obama said.

He said he had not spoken with Wright since the minister's Monday speech, though he would not rule out a conversation with him in the future.

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Obama's Running Mate

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Obama's Wright Problem

Keith Olbermann points out how much self-interest Jeremiah Wright is dealing here by going out into the media again. He has a book deal and it's supposed to come out sometime around election day in November. I don't know if the American public will pick up on that, but it needs to be repeated. This is a man who has decided to promote himself over someone who chose him as a mentor, someone who has a chance to be the first black President.



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Jon Stewart Mocks Wright



Be sure and watch the Daily Show Thursday to see Howard Dean's appearance.

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Where's Teddy?

Is it just me or is anyone else wondering where the anointer of Obama is these days? The most recent spotting of him that I could find was this interview he conducted in Harrisburg the Sunday before the primary. He was in town to give a pep talk at the Obama Headquarters. He did not appear on the trail during any of the Pennsylvania campaigning.

In fact, I don't recall seeing him at all on the trail in the last month. It would be nice to see someone like Kennedy out there reassuring the Democratic "base" that Obama is their guy.

For that matter, where's Oprah?

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Wright Adding Fuel to Fire

I think Jeremiah Wright has a valid point, and I've been saying it for awhile: the use of Obama's middle name implies that Arab people are bad. If Americans are fine with that, it's a disgrace to us, not to Reverend Wright. HOWEVER, this is Presidential politics, man! Giving a speech like this, while starting out with a beautiful point, does nothing to help Senator Obama (go about 3 minutes in):



"Please run and tell my stuck-on-stupid friends that Arabic is a language -- is a language, it is not a religion," he said. "Barack HUSSEIN Obama," he said, emphasizing the Illinois senator's middle name dramatically, "Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Barack HUSSEIN Obama. There are Arabic-speaking Christians, there Arabic-speaking Jews, Arabic-speaking Muslims and Arabic-speaking atheists. Arabic is a language, it is not a religion. Stop trying to scare folks by giving them this Arabic name like it's some disease."

He also decided to HORRIBLY mock John F. Kennedy, LBJ, and Teddy Kennedy (as well as all of the people living in Boston):



NOT HELPING!!

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Monday, April 28, 2008

For the Mizzou Hating Jayhawk Fans

I thought you might enjoy watching Missouri's One Shining Moment.

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Hillary Strangelove


When Hillary said she would nuke Iran into oblivion, I said it was one of the most irresponsible statements on foreign policy I had ever heard from a candidate. As Slim Pickens character said in Dr. Strangelove: "Well, I've been to one world fair, a picnic, and a rodeo, and that's the stupidest thing I ever heard come over a set of earphones."

The Boston Globe now has a blistering editorial condemning Clinton for her remarks and reaction to them around the world:

A presidential candidate who lightly commits to obliterating Iran - and, presumably, all the children, parents, and grandparents in Iran - should not be answering the White House phone at any time of day or night.

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Wright Battles Bill for Worst Campaign Surrogate

Jeremiah Wright, having seen that Obama lost in Pennsylvania, has decided to do what little he can to help him lose a few more elections.

From Politico.com:

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright said Monday that he will try to change national policy by “coming after” Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) if he is elected president.

The pastor also insisted Obama “didn’t denounce” him and “didn’t distance himself” from Wright’s controversial remarks, but “did what politicians do.”

Wright implied Obama still agrees with him by saying: “He had to distance himself, because he's a politician, from what the media was saying I had said, which was [portrayed as] anti-American.”


But Wright talks of their relationship in the present tense. “I'm a pastor; he's a member,” he said. “I'm not a ‘spiritual mentor.’ “

From the "coffee shop" conversations I have heard, this is a campaign killer for a lot of white America. If a white voter is uncomfortable voting for a black President, they can easily point to this as a "reason" why they shouldn't vote for him.

Maybe when Obama and Hillary are sitting in the Senate after McCain wins the general election than can compare war stories over whose campaign suffered the most: Hillary because of Bill or Obama because of Wright.

Update:
From Joe Klein:

And furthermore, I've been to dozens and dozens of African-American church services over the years, including the investiture of one of my friends as an AME minister two years ago, and I have very rarely, if ever, heard the kind of rants that are part of Reverend Wright's canon. Yes, as many have pointed out, Martin Luther King Jr. gave some angry, angry sermons--especially about the obscenity of the war in Vietnam--but for Wright to say the attacks on him are an attack on the black church is to offer a straitened and solipsistic view of that grand institution. Black liberation theology is not the black church.

And worse, Wright's purpose now seems quite clear: to aggrandize himself--the guy is going to be a go-to mainstream media source for racial extremist spew, the next iteration of Al Sharpton--and destroy Barack Obama.

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Why Some Voters Make Me Like Hillary

You couldn't pay me to vote for Hillary Clinton. Her character issue is one that I can't get past. I couldn't possibly stomach another eight years of lying and spinning and changing of positions. It's just not going to happen.

However, that being said, there are times when I want to march straight into the voting booth and vote for her. Why? Comments like these: "stupid bitch." Which is usually followed by some logical statement such as "she should just go crawl in a hole and die."

Why is it all right to call her a bitch? There is no other word that you can use to degrade a man in the same way that "bitch" is used against women. I was trying to think of one. There is nothing that is targeted at the male gender in the way that the word "bitch" is used to degrade women. Hillary is a lot of things, and I can't stand her, but I'm tired of hearing people use the b-word.

Why can't you keep politics about the issues: character, policy, leadership skills. Why does it have to delve into sexist comments? Or racist comments for that matter? If you like her, vote for her, if you don't, don't. You don't have to call her a bitch. You're wasting anger and energy and degrading women at the same time.

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Obama on FOX





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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hillary Strikes Out

Hillary, I guess in an attempt to compete with Obama's basketball skills, is trying out the sports metaphors. My favorite so far, from CNN:

“We’re going to hit some of those balls out of this stadium and out of our country stadium,” she announced, wielding a bat. “We’re going to round the bases, we’re going to score a lot of runs and we’re going to feel really good about the home team, namely the American team, the team we’re all a part of!”

Some may dismiss this as, well, she's a woman and what does she know? However, as a woman, and a woman who comes from a long line of female sports fans, I feel qualified to make fun of her.

First, what the hell is "our country stadium?" That doesn't even make sense. Most importantly, she tried to describe a home run without ever just saying, "This campaign is going to hit a home run in Indiana and beat Barack Obama." Instead it's: we're rounding bases, scoring runs, feeling good about our team. How about, "We'll pitch a perfect game in the remaining primaries and beat Obama!" How about, "I'm ready to hit a Grand Slam and bring home the nomination."

My next favorite attempt, also from CNN:

“I will be the best quarterback I can be for our country,” Clinton told guests at an April Democratic dinner in Pittsburgh where she received a Steelers’ jersey and a Terrible Towel. “We’re going to start calling some good plays. We’re going to go on offense as well as playing defense.”

It starts out well with the quarterback reference. But then, like all things Hillary, we go off the rails. "We're going to start calling some good plays." Uh, okay. How about, "I'm ready to make an audible at 3am." (As an aside, when was the last time the Chiefs called any good plays? I digress). Then it's, we're going on offense and playing defense. I thought she was the quarterback. Who was the last great two-way quarterback? Sammy Baugh? How about, "I'm as versatile as Kordell Stewart, only I plan to win the Super Bowl." How about, "Ben Roethlisberger won't be the only one throwing a touchdown strike if Iran pisses me off.

Either way, I think Hillary aught to just cede sports to Obama. If only she knew how to do that.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Breaking: Obama on FOX Sunday Morning

From the Huffington Post:

A senior Obama adviser vows that he will "take Fox on" when he appears on the network this Sunday, though it's unclear yet just how.

Obama's decision to go on Fox News has prompted a lot of discussion about the Illinois Senator's relationship with Rupert Murdoch and whether Obama is trying to "court" the media mogul in advance of the general election.

It's also been met with some dismay in the blogosphere, where folks had worked hard to push Dems to boycott Fox as a way of snuffing out whatever is left of the network's credibility.


Now come on, folks. Obama needs to go on FOX to kick off his general election campaign. Since there's no way Hillary can get the nomination (barring a spectacular display of anti-democracy fever by the Superdelegates), Obama needs to start running against McCain. That means he's got to start talking to those Republicans out there whose vote he's going to need in November.

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Lincoln-Douglas Debates Remind us of Obama's Historic Campaign

H/T: Hillary Clinton

Thank you, Hillary, for reminding us of the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates at a crucial moment in this divisive campaign. It is with all sincerity that I suggest we look back on those debates and remember how historic it is to see Barack Obama, a black man, in a position to be nominated for President of the United States.

In the first debate in Ottawa, IL, August 21, 1858, Stephen Douglas was the opening speaker. He ridiculed Lincoln and the "Black Republicans" for being abolitionists. He then mocked Lincoln's "A House Divided Speech" saying, "Why can it not exist divided into free and slave States?" (Of course, while it was "just a speech", mere words, Lincoln's insight into the future that awaited this country in the form of Civil War would turn out to be true).

The worst part of the speech is when Douglas chastised Lincoln for quoting the Declaration of Independence and the phrase "all men are created equal":

"If you desire negro citizenship, if you desire to allow them to come into the State and settle with the white man, if you desire them to vote on an equality with yourselves, and to make them eligible to office, to serve on juries, and to adjudge your rights, then support Mr. Lincoln and the Black Republican party, who are in favor of the citizenship of the negro. ('Never, never.') For one, I am opposed to negro citizenship in any and every form. (Cheers.) I believe this Government was made on the white basis. ('Good.') I believe it was made by white men for the benefit of white men and their posterity for ever, and I am in favor of confining citizenship to white men, men of European birth and descent, instead of conferring it upon negroes, Indians, and other inferior races. ('Good for you.' 'Douglas forever.')"

Lincoln's position is slightly better than Douglas:

"I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and the black races. There is a physical difference between the two, which, in my judgment, will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality, and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position. I have never said anything to the contrary, but I hold that, notwithstanding all this, there is no reason in the world why the negro is not entitled to all the natural rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. [Loud cheers.] I hold that he is as much entitled to these as the white man. I agree with Judge Douglas he is not my equal in many respects-certainly not in color, perhaps not in moral or intellectual endowment. But in the right to eat the bread, without the leave of anybody else, which his own hand earns, he is my equal and the equal of Judge Douglas, and the equal of every living man. [Great applause.]"

So thank you, Hillary, for reminding us that it is an important vote, should we choose to make it, we cast for Obama.

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Hillary Black Knight from Monty Python's Holy Grail

I wish I could take credit for this, but you'll have to go here to read a very funny comparison of Hillary to the Black Knight. I will say this, someone should get the Holy Hand Grenade and end her campaign.

WHICH movie is Hillary Clinton? In Pennsylvania, she liked to compare herself to Rocky, before it was pointed out that the plucky pugilist eventually lost to the black guy, Apollo Creed. Her supporters also like The Comeback Kid, for the title anyway.

Back in January, I thought she might be the Glenn Close character in Fatal Attraction, who kept springing from the bath to confront Barack Obama (played by Michael Douglas) every time you thought she was dead. And blogger Andrew Sullivan has compared the former first lady to the girl in Carrie whose hand emerges from the grave.

But after Clinton's win in Pennsylvania, I'm convinced the right movie is in fact Monty Python and the Holy Grail. More precisely, the scene in which Arthur — the Obama character — confronts the Black Knight (Hillary), lops off his arm and declares: "Now stand aside, worthy adversary." But the Black Knight refuses to succumb, declaring "'tis but a scratch" and it's "just a flesh wound" as Arthur dismembers him.

Update:
had to add the video:


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Baller for President



From CNN:

KOKOMO, Indiana (AP) — For Barack Obama, figuring out how to cap a long campaign day in basketball-crazy Indiana was a no-brainer — you shoot some hoops.

After a noisy campaign rally, he donned sweat pants and a "USMC" shirt for a little action on the courts, with no ordinary companions. His 3-on-3 team included Alison Bales, a member of the
WNBA's Indiana Fever.

Some area high-schoolers also took part.

He kept up with the younger competitors, but at one point joked with medics standing by that they might be needed.

And he proved to be effective, scoring four baskets that included a nifty left-handed three-pointer. He grabbed four rebounds and stole a couple.

His team won 15-5.


Just for fun, some "classic" Obama.



Come on Indiana. Who do you want to elect? Someone who can hit a three pointer (you haven't seen that in a long time!) or someone who does nothing but commit technical fouls?

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Hillary's Campaign Chair Fought to Keep Out Michigan

So Hillary wants Michigan and Florida to count. Too bad her campaign chair fixed it so they won't.

From Terry McAuliffe's book, What a Party:

"I'm going outside the primary window," [Michigan Sen. Carl Levin] told me definitively.

"If I allow you to do that, the whole system collapses," I said. "We will have chaos. I let you make your case to the DNC, and we voted unanimously and you lost."

He kept insisting that they were going to move up Michigan on their own, even though if they did that, they would lose half their delegates. By that point Carl and I were leaning toward each other over a table in the middle of the room, shouting and dropping the occasional expletive.

"You won't deny us seats at the convention," he said.

"Carl, take it to the bank," I said. "They will not get a credential. The closest they'll get to Boston will be watching it on television. I will not let you break this entire nominating process for one state. The rules are the rules. If you want to call my bluff, Carl, you go ahead and do it."

We glared at each other some more, but there was nothing much left to say. I was holding all the cards and Levin knew it.


What a Party, indeed.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Hillraiser Becomes Hopemonger

From CNN:

A “Hillraiser” – a major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton – said Friday he had defected to Barack Obama’s campaign. The official announcement will be made next week.

Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon – who served as ambassador to Chile during the Clinton administration – had raised close to half a million dollars for Clinton’s campaign, reports Chuck Todd, who broke the story.

"We're just bleeding each other out," Guerra-Mondragon told the Washington Post. "Looking at it as coldly as I can, I just don't see how Senator Clinton can overcome Senator Obama with delegates and popular votes. I want this fight to be over, the quicker the better."

He added that leaving the Clinton campaign for Obama's "was a very, very difficult decision for me to make. I am an old and longtime friend of Senator Clinton. And I continue to think she is a fantastic and formidable person. But I am first of all a Democrat."

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Rush Limbaugh Hopes for Riots


From the Kansas City Star:

Though he did say riots during the Democratic convention in Denver would be good for the Republicans. He also sang "I'm dreaming of riots in Denver" to the tune of "White Christmas" on his show yesterday, but that's just Rush being Rush, right?

Aw, that silly Rush. Of course it would be "funny" if there were riots. After all, his Operation Chaos is really about subverting the democratic process and committing voter fraud. He doesn't really want riots. He just thinks it would be great.

I'll leave it to Keith Olbermann to handle this one.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Math

Hillary Clinton's argument to the Superdelegates is that she can win the general election and Obama can not. She says she'll carry the all important big states with the most electoral votes. Is this really true, or is there a way for Obama to show that he will actually win in November when Hillary can not?

To analyze this, I've decided to examine the last Presidential election and draw from the data of the voters that took part. As expected, Kerry took all the "typical" Democratic states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.



When was the last time any of these states voted for the Republican nominee you ask?
California: 1988
Connecticut: 1988
Delaware: 1988
D.C.: Never (Since the passage of the 23rd Amendment D.C. has never voted for a Republican nominee)
Hawaii:1984
Illinois: 1988
Maine: 1988
Maryland:1988
Massachusetts: 1984
Michigan:1988
Minnesota: 1972 (for Nixon of all people!)(apparently, once they did that the state took a collective vow to never vote Republican again)
New Hampshire: 2000
New Jersey:1988
New York: 1984
Oregon: 1984
Pennsylvania:1988
Rhode Island:1984
Vermont:1988
Washington: 1984
Wisconsin: 1984

So with the exception of New Hampshire (who apparently learned their lesson after 2000), it has been at least 20 years since any of these states went with the Republican nominee. Unless Obama is more abhorrent than Dukakis or Mondale, it's a pretty safe bet these states will go his way in a general election, that the Democrats will be coming home to roost.

That gives him an electoral college vote count of: 251, the same as Kerry. The real question is which red states would Obama carry that Hillary would not? There are a total of 538 electoral college votes available. You need 270 to win. So where would Obama pick up the remaining 19 votes he would need to defeat John McCain?

New Mexico

In 2004, Bush won New Mexico by less than a percentage point, 49.84% to 49.05% over Kerry, winning by 5988 votes. However, you have to go back to 1988 to find the last time a Republican won New Mexico. Given Bill Richardson's endorsement, we'll give New Mexico to Obama. Net Electoral Votes: 5

Iowa

In 2004, Bush won Iowa by less than a percentage point, 49.9% to 49.23% over Kerry, winning by 10059 votes. However, you have to go back to 1984 to find the last time a Republican won Iowa. Given the fact that Iowa gave Obama his big break, they're likely to come out and support him this time around. We'll give Iowa to Obama. Net Electoral Votes: 7

Colorado

Here is where we see why Obama would win the general election and Hillary would not. The state voted for Clinton in 1992, but went against him in 1996. It voted for George W. Bush in both 2000 and 2004. However, in the latest Rasmussen Poll, Obama leads McCain 46% to 43% in Colorado. The same poll shows McCain beating Hillary 50% to 36%. Obama gets it. Net Electoral Votes: 8.

That gives us 20 electoral votes and Obama the Presidency.

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Hillary R. Clinton Will You Please Go Now!

Maybe it's just because I read this book to my son a lot, but I found this hysterical.

From Maureen Dowd:

Before they devour themselves once more, perhaps the Democrats will take a cue from Dr. Seuss’s “Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!” (The writer once mischievously redid it for his friend Art Buchwald as “Richard M. Nixon Will You Please Go Now!”) They could sing:

“The time has come. The time has come. The time is now. Just go. ... I don’t care how. You can go by foot. You can go by cow. Hillary R. Clinton, will you please go now! You can go on skates. You can go on skis. ... You can go in an old blue shoe.

Just go, go, GO!”


Hat tip: weneedobama.blogspot.com

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Jenna Bush May Not Support McCain

From CNN:

President Bush was quick to endorse John McCain when the Arizona senator wrapped up his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

But another Bush might not be so sure.

Speaking with CNN's Larry King Wednesday night, Jenna Bush said she hasn't decided yet who she will vote for in November.

"I don't know," Jenna Bush, daughter of President and Mrs. Bush, said when asked if she will back McCain.

"Of course [I am open]. I mean, who isn't open to learning about the candidates and I'm sure that everybody's like that," she added.

Though the younger Bush conceded she has "been too busy with books to really pay that much attention."

Meanwhile, mother Laura Bush was quick to affirm that she will be voting for the Republican candidate in the fall.


I expect that we'll hear some sort of "correction" later in the day. Something along the lines of, "I meant to say that I'm open to the process, but of course I believe that Senator John McCain would be the best choice for the next President of the United States."

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Hillary Insults "Flight of the Conchords"

Okay, she didn't insult the show, but she did manage to insult the entire nation of New Zealand.

From Rachel Morris:

"Asked by Newsweek (seemingly apropos of nothing), if she 'had any good jokes,' Clinton offered:

'Here's a good one. Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand: her opponents have observed that in the event of a nuclear war, the two things that will emerge from the rubble are the cockroaches and Helen Clark. [Laughs]'

Setting Hillary's sense of humor aside for a moment (the joke doesn't get funnier even if you happen to know something about New Zealand politics) Helen Clark is the current prime minister of New Zealand."


Dave from Flight of the Conchords explains Hillary's racism towards New Zealander's:



I believe this would be the "Flight of the Conchords" response to Hillary:



What's wrong with the world today?

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hillary's New History Book

NEW YORK, April 23, 2008 -- Simon & Schuster, Inc, is proud to announce the release of a new book by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton entitled "Interpreting History." It is a follow-up to her critically acclaimed autobiography, "Living History."

"It is an honor for us to once again present a novel by Senator Clinton," said David Rosenthal, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Simon & Schuster. "Her unique perspective on the world's events is something everyone should hear."

An excerpt from the book:

"The popular sentiment in the years following the great stock market crash of 1929 was that it had caused the Great Depression. That somehow, the billions of dollars that had been lost in the crash had led to high unemployment, mass poverty, and the loss of homes for many Americans.

However, through the passage of time, and viewing history in a new light, it is patently obvious that many Americans just simply quit their jobs. There weren't "layoffs." Many Americans simply decided to live in smaller homes. There weren't "shanty towns." Many Americans decided to move to California to invest in coastal real estate. The "dust bowl" wasn't as bad as all that.

It is important when examining history to remember that the world is only what you want it to be. For example, if you follow one set of rules, or one way of looking at things, you'll get one result. If you follow the 'real' way of looking at things, you'll get the result you want. Reality is in the eye of the beholder."

Some of the Chapter Titles from Senator Clinton's book:

Why the Vatican was Right and Galileo was Wrong
Why Dewey Really Did Defeat Truman
Why the United States was Victorious in Vietnam and
Why Some People Really Did Like the Spanish Inquisition

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Simon & Schuster, May 2008
Hardcover (Embargoed/Laydown), 502 pages
ISBN-10: 0446604275
ISBN-13: 978-0446604277

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Clinton Ahead (If she cheats)

Hillary Clinton now claims she is ahead in the popular vote and that she's won more votes than anybody who has ever run for president in a Democratic primary (no thanks to the record numbers of voters Barack Obama has brought to the polls).

What she fails to indicate, as it is inconvenient for her, is that this includes states in which Obama did NOT campaign at all: Michigan and Florida (unlike Hillary who just happened to pop in to Florida the day of the primary). In fact, from MSNBC:

"Clinton is including Michigan and Florida, primaries she won after all the candidates agreed to boycott the states for holding votes too early for party rules. Obama had his name pulled off the ballot in Michigan, so he doesn't get a single vote from that state."

Obama pulled his name and doesn't get a single vote but she's entitled to keep the ones she got because she didn't have the integrity to remove her name from the ballot?

Clinton also claims that if Democrats were using Republican rules she would be the nominee. Yes, and if we were using the Vatican's rules the sun would revolve around the earth. This logic gives me a headache.

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Chris Matthews: Media Created Delusion Hillary Can Win

Chris Matthew started off the Pennsylvania primary coverage with a bang tonight. Shortly after 6, seated by co-anchor Keith Olbermann, Matthews called the primary, and thus his coverage tonight, basically moot. "This contest is essentially over," he proclaims to Keith. "Barack Obama is going to win the most elected delegates."

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McCain Does What Hillary Won't

John McCain is imploring the Republican Party in North Carolina to pull an ad that he says "degrades our civics and distracts us from the very real differences we have with the Democrats." Of course, by making this statement, he's ensured that even more attention will be brought to it. It's a lose lose for McCain. If he doesn't make a statement he'll be vilified, if he does, he brings attention to it. At least he's giving lip service to the idea that Reverend Jeremiah Wright shouldn't be the focus of our attention, unlike Hillary who continues to keep the story alive and says "it's important" that we explore that relationship.

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50 Edwards supporters back Obama

Comment: With all these Edwards supporters backing Obama it sounds like the time is even more ripe for Edwards to step up and make an endorsement.

Former Edwards National chair and other endorse Obama.

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"Core" Dems Back Hill. "Other" Dems Don't Matter.

It has been repeated over and over again that the "core" democratic voters are choosing Hillary. This description, "core", has been described as white, blue collar, high school educated voters. It is thrown out there by both the Clinton campaign and the media as some sort of negative that Obama has been unable to persuade them to vote for him, that he can't win without them.

I respectfully submit that he is winning without them. Senator Obama has won more states, more delegates, and more votes. I believe, and this is going out on a limb, that some of these votes may have actually come from other Democrats. What part of "Democratic Primary" don't they understand?

Of course, there have been Republicans crossing over to vote for Obama, as well as Independents. If anything, this should demonstrate to the Democrats that they have a candidate who appeals to members of both parties, something you have to do in order to be able to win in November.

Instead, what the Democrats have chosen to focus on is this idea that Obama somehow can't convince the "core" Dems to vote for him. It appears to be irrelevant that people who are apparently not considered to be "core" dems (i.e., blacks, college educated people) are supporting the candidate. That somehow their votes for him are worth less than a blue collar steel mill vote for Hillary. Never mind the fact that the same "core" voter who went for Hillary will vote for whomever the Democratic nominee is this fall. What matters, apparently, is that they're not choosing to vote for him now.

It's a problem Republicans have had for years. John McCain clearly ran into this problem when people like Anne Coulter said they'd rather vote for Hillary than McCain. It didn't matter to Coulter that Republicans were electing McCain. It mattered to her, and others, that the "right" Republicans weren't electing McCain.

Democrats are voting for Obama, and in fact, have chosen him to be their nominee, despite what the Clinton campaign would have you believe.

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Obama Speech After Pennsylvania Primary

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Why Edwards Needs to Make an Endorsement


As the Democratic race heads towards an uglier finish than even the most pessimistic supporters could envision, it's become increasingly obvious that a message needs to be sent to the remaining voters. End this race now. When the voters of Pennsylvania head to the polls and cast their votes for Clinton, while still saying that they believe Obama will be the nominee, it's become obvious this race is off course and bogged down in idiocy.

The future primaries in Indiana and North Carolina don't promise anything better or any kind of resolution. In all likelihood, Obama will win North Carolina, and Clinton will win Indiana, possibly by the same margin as Pennsylvania. We will then be left in the same position as before: Obama with a lead over Clinton, Clinton with no way to catch Obama, and a potential nominee in Obama who is so battered and so bruised that John McCain has to do nothing more than pick up where Hillary left off and continue the beating.

With these bleak prospects for the Democratic party it is time for someone to put together a coalition to end the race and force Hillary out. What could be better than to see Senator Ted Kennedy on stage, introducing the newest endorser of Obama, John Edwards. If Edwards were to make the endorsement, he could then call on Senator Clinton to step aside.

It is unlikely to expect Edwards to make this kind of move as he has made it fairly clear he does not intend to endorse anyone. However, the stakes are dire if he does not act. It's like watching a schoolyard fight where half the people are standing around cheering on the battle (the Republicans) and the other half are too scared to do anything to stop it. It takes a person with integrity, fortitude, and courage to break up the fight. If you're the one getting beaten up, you can only pray that someone steps in. It is time for Senator Edwards to be that man, to show the kind of healing leadership he promised to bring this country as President. Now is the time, Senator.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

NBC "Calls" Democratic Primary for Obama

NBC political analyst Chuck Todd says it is impossible for Obama to lose the democratic primary, and that it is impossible for Hillary to win.

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The Low Road to Victory

From the New York Times Editorial Board (the paper that endorsed Hillary):

The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate, and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it.

Voters are getting tired of it; it is demeaning the political process; and it does not work. It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.

If nothing else, self interest should push her in that direction. Mrs. Clinton did not get the big win in Pennsylvania that she needed to challenge the calculus of the Democratic race. It is true that Senator Barack Obama outspent her 2-to-1. But Mrs. Clinton and her advisers should mainly blame themselves, because, as the political operatives say, they went heavily negative and ended up squandering a good part of what was once a 20-point lead.

On the eve of this crucial primary, Mrs. Clinton became the first Democratic candidate to wave the bloody shirt of 9/11. A Clinton television ad — torn right from Karl Rove’s playbook — evoked the 1929 stock market crash, Pearl Harbor, the Cuban missile crisis, the cold war and the 9/11 attacks, complete with video of Osama bin Laden. “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” the narrator intoned.

If that was supposed to bolster Mrs. Clinton’s argument that she is the better prepared to be president in a dangerous world, she sent the opposite message on Tuesday morning by declaring in an interview on ABC News that if Iran attacked Israel while she were president: “We would be able to totally obliterate them.”

By staying on the attack and not engaging Mr. Obama on the substance of issues like terrorism, the economy and how to organize an orderly exit from Iraq, Mrs. Clinton does more than just turn off voters who don’t like negative campaigning. She undercuts the rationale for her candidacy that led this page and others to support her: that she is more qualified, right now, to be president than Mr. Obama.

Mr. Obama is not blameless when it comes to the negative and vapid nature of this campaign. He is increasingly rising to Mrs. Clinton’s bait, undercutting his own claims that he is offering a higher more inclusive form of politics. When she criticized his comments about “bitter” voters, Mr. Obama mocked her as an Annie Oakley wannabe. All that does is remind Americans who are on the fence about his relative youth and inexperience.

No matter what the high-priced political operatives (from both camps) may think, it is not a disadvantage that Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton share many of the same essential values and sensible policy prescriptions. It is their strength, and they are doing their best to make voters forget it. And if they think that only Democrats are paying attention to this spectacle, they’re wrong.

After seven years of George W. Bush’s failed with-us-or-against-us presidency, all American voters deserve to hear a nuanced debate — right now and through the general campaign — about how each candidate will combat terrorism, protect civil liberties, address the housing crisis and end the war in Iraq.

It is getting to be time for the superdelegates to do what the Democrats had in mind with they created superdelegates: settle a bloody race that cannot be won at the ballot box. Mrs. Clinton once had a big lead among the party elders, but has been steadily losing it, in large part because of her negative campaign. If she is ever to have a hope of persuading these most loyal of Democrats to come back to her side, let alone win over the larger body of voters, she has to call off the dogs.

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First Exit Poll Data inPennsylvania

From DailyKos.com:

Via CNN:
Seniors: 61C, 38O
White male: 55C, 45O
Blacks: 8C, 92O

42 percent say US is in serious recession.
2 1/2 hours from polls closing. Will update as new numbers come in.

Update: Exit poll data is somewhat good at gauging demographic trends, NOT for predicting the final results. I won't run "final result" numbers since they're almost always wrong

From CBS News:

CBS News early exit polls show that most Pennsylvania Democrats made up their minds a long time ago, while only 23 percent decided within the last week.

As has been the case in other states, the economy was the most important issue to voters, with 54 percent of Pennsylvania Democrats describing it as such, and most Democrats saying that the economy is in a recession. The war in Iraq and health care were the other top issues to voters.

Voters' loyalty to their chosen candidate was high, as more than six in ten (64 percent) Clinton voters said they would not be satisfied if Obama ended up the Democratic nominee, and more than half of Obama voters (54 percent) said they would not be satisfied if Clinton won the nomination. Overall, 70 percent of Pennsylvania Democrats would be satisfied if Clinton were the nominee, while 64 percent would be satisfied with Obama.

From CNN:

Gun owners, church goers choose Clinton

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton stressed her gun and church-going credentials following Barack Obama's "bitter" comments, and it appears to have paid off.

According to the exit polls, 58 percent of gun owners voted for Clinton while 42 percent went for Obama.

Among Pennsylvania Democrats who attend church at least once a week, Clinton is beating Obama 59 percent to 41 percent.

Pennsylvania Dems think Obama will win

(CNN) – Barack Obama will win the Democratic nomination, a majority of Pennsylvania voters believe.

According to the exit polls, 54 percent of primary voters said Obama will be the party's nominee while 43 percent said Clinton will win.

In what could be a troubling sign, only 38 percent of voters said they'd be satisfied if either candidate was the nominee. Meanwhile 32 percent said they'd be satisfied only if Clinton wins, while 25 percent said they'd be satisfied only if Obama wins.

For the time being at least, the party is sharply divided between these two candidates.

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Laura Bush Hosts Today Show

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It Depends on What Your Definition of "Said" Is

Bill Clinton has spun so many things he now doesn't know what's up or what's down. He was asked today why he said Obama played the race card against him and he flat out denied ever making that comment, despite the comment being recorded on tape!

Here's the video of his denial:



NBC/NJ: “Sir, what did you mean yesterday when you said that the Obama campaign was playing the race card on you?”

CLINTON: “When did I say that, and to whom did I say that?”

NBC/NJ: “On WHYY radio yesterday”

CLINTON: “No, no, no. That’s not what I said. You always follow me around and play these little games, and I’m not going to play your games today. This is a day about election day. Go back and see what the question was, and what my answer was. You have mischaracterized it to get another cheap story to divert the American people from the real urgent issues before us, and I choose not to play your game today. Have a nice day.”

NBC/NJ: “Respectfully sir, though, you did say …”

CLINTON: “Have a nice day.”

hat tip: cashman57 (for post title)

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President Bush a Dancing Fool

Bush dances with leaders of Canada, Mexico
Bush dances with leaders of Canada, Mexico

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Bill Clinton: I Shouldn't Take Any S*** From Anybody

Everyone out there, from Cokie Roberts to bloggers to FOBs, have said that they think Bill Clinton might, perhaps, be subconsciously (or consciously) trying to sabotage Hillary's Presidential campaign. There's a laundry list of "mistakes" that he's made on the campaign trail including:

Bringing up Bosnia after it had finally died down in the media
Commenting that Hillary was friends with John McCain
Comparing Obama's win in South Carolina to Jesse Jackson's win

Today, he added this when talking about whether he regretted the Jesse Jackson comment:

“No, I think that they [the Obama campaign] played the race card on me,” said Clinton, “and we now know from memos from the campaign and everything that they planned to do it all along.”

The offending memos were not provided to the press. Just for good measure, at the end of the interview, Bill got caught saying this:

"I don’t think I should take any s*** from anybody on that, do you?”

You can hear the audio here:

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Obama on the Daily Show



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Monday, April 21, 2008

Bush on Steroids = Hillary

First, it was the Osama Bin Laden/Katrina scare you ad, now Hillary is making sure you know she's tough by saying she'll drop nuclear weapons on Iran. No, that is not satire. She actually said this. Today. It's one of the most irresponsible statements on foreign policy I have ever heard from a political candidate.



Not even George W. Bush has said he would drop nuclear weapons on Iran, no matter what the hypothetical is. At least not that I can find. This is the same woman who made fun of Obama for saying he would bomb Pakistan, calling it bad foreign policy. This is the same woman who made fun of Obama for saying he would meet with leaders like the leader of Iran.

How reckless can someone become when they're so desperate to win the Presidency? How scary is it that she's capable of stooping to these measures when she perceives herself to be under fire?

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PA Governor and Hillary Endorser Praises Farrakhan

What was it Hillary said about Senator Obama and his relationship with Reverend Wright? Oh, yeah:

"It is clear as leaders we have a choice who we associate with and who we apparently give some kind of seal of approval to. I think that it wasn't only the specific remarks, but some of the relationships with Reverend Farrakhan ... these are problems, and they raise questions in people's minds. This is a legitimate area as everything is when we run for office for people to be exploring and trying to find answers.

Hmmm...


Gov. Rendell: "I'd like to thank the Nation of Islam here in Philadelphia. To thank you for what you stand for and for what you stand for for all the good it does for so many people in Philadelphia."

From the New York Times:
"Mr. Rendell became one of the few big-city mayors ever to share a podium with Mr. Farrakhan, a circumstance that was all the more unusual because Mr. Rendell is Jewish and Mr. Farrakhan is widely regarded as anti-Semitic. Representatives from the city's leading Jewish and Roman Catholic organizations were invited to participate in the rally, but all declined."

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Michale Moore Bowling for Obama

Does this help or hurt?

"My Vote's for Obama (if I could vote) ...by Michael Moore

Friends,

I don't get to vote for President this primary season. I live in Michigan. The party leaders (both here and in D.C.) couldn't get their act together, and thus our votes will not be counted.

So, if you live in Pennsylvania, can you do me a favor? Will you please cast my vote -- and yours -- on Tuesday for Senator Barack Obama?

....

[O]ver the past two months, the actions and words of Hillary Clinton have gone from being merely disappointing to downright disgusting. I guess the debate last week was the final straw. I've watched Senator Clinton and her husband play this game of appealing to the worst side of white people, but last Wednesday, when she hurled the name "Farrakhan" out of nowhere, well that's when the silly season came to an early end for me. She said the "F" word to scare white people, pure and simple. Of course, Obama has no connection to Farrakhan. But, according to Senator Clinton, Obama's pastor does -- AND the "church bulletin" once included a Los Angeles Times op-ed from some guy with Hamas! No, not the church bulletin!

This sleazy attempt to smear Obama was brilliantly explained the following night by Stephen Colbert. He pointed out that if Obama is supported by Ted Kennedy, who is Catholic, and the Catholic Church is led by a Pope who was in the Hitler Youth, that can mean only one thing: OBAMA LOVES HITLER!

Yes, Senator Clinton, that's how you sounded. Like you were nuts. Like you were a bigot stoking the fires of stupidity."

You can read more here.

Even Michael Moore agrees with me that Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is the logical Vice Presidential candidate for Obama saying:

"How sad for a country that wanted to see the first woman elected to the White House. That day will come -- but it won't be you. We'll have to wait for the current Democratic governor of Kansas to run in 2016 (you read it here first!)."

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Clinton Uses Bin Laden to Scare Up Votes

In an ad that makes the 3am scare tactic look like child's play, Clinton throws the "if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen" quote at Obama, using every scary moment in U.S. History that she can think of to remind people how "serious" this election is.



I'm trying to think of scary moments in U.S. History that she left out. I guess she didn't use anything without video: the Confederates bombing Fort Sumter, the Boston Massacre, etc. She did have: Pearl Harbor, The Great Depression, The Cuban Missile Crisis, the 70's Gas Crisis, Osama Bin Laden, the fall of the Berlin Wall (Why is this scary??), and Katrina. The only thing she didn't do was show the planes flying into the Twin Towers.

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Hillary's Red Campaign

No, she's not a communist, despite working at a "radical" Berkley law firm. I'm talking about Hillary's Campaign finishing the month of March in debt. The Jed Report has a good idea of how she can raise some money:

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

How Hillary Can Still Win

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Pentagon Seeks to Widen Pakistan Raids

Hat Tip: Drew Thompson

Wasn't Hillary making fun of Obama for wanting to take on the terrorists in Pakistan?



I guess the U.S. military didn't find it so funny. From the New York Times:

"American commanders in Afghanistan have in recent months urged a widening of the war that could include American attacks on indigenous Pakistani militants in the tribal areas inside Pakistan, according to United States officials.

The requests have been rebuffed for now, the officials said, after deliberations in Washington among senior Bush administration officials who fear that attacking Pakistani radicals may anger Pakistan’s new government, which is negotiating with the militants, and destabilize an already fragile security situation."

Here's what Obama said about Pakistan:

"There must be no safe havens for terrorists who threaten America. We can not fail to act just because action is hard. As President I would make hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid to Pakistan conditional. And I would make our conditions clear. Pakistan must make substantial progress in closing down the training camps evicting foreign fighters and preventing the Taliban from using Pakistan as a staging area for attacks in Afghanistan ... There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered three thousand Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an Al Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraff will not act, we will."

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Ol' Double Talk Back on Campaign Trail

Today, Hillary criticized Obama for saying McCain would be a better President than Bush. [When will he stop telling the truth??]

According to Ben Smith at Politico:

"Hillary, in Johnstown, PA, knocked Obama's odd decision, or error, in saying McCain is better than Bush.

'We need a nominee who will take on John McCain, not cheer on John McCain, and I will be that nominee,' she said."

You mean, a nominee who won't say (repeatedly) that McCain has passed the commander in chief test? You mean a nominee whose spouse won't say how great a friend and how "very close" the candidate is with McCain? You mean a nominee whose spouse hasn't said McCain is the most electable Republican?

Is it even possible for her to criticize him for anything at this point? It seems like every point she tries to make she ends up looking like a hypocrite.

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Whistlestop Campaign

Obama takes to the rails to campaign in Pennsylvania.



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KS Gov Stumps for Obama in PA

I still say she's [Kathleen Sebelius] the leading candidate for his vice presidential running mate. She's a Democratic governor from a red state, his "hometown" state no less. Plus, she's a woman (obviously) and I think that's a pretty good ticket to go up against McCain.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

35,000 Jam Philly Park to Hear Obama


From the Huffington Post:

Barack Obama was greeted by the largest crowd of his campaign Friday night in Philadelphia. Some 35,000 people jammed into Independence Park to see the Democratic presidential candidate, four days before this state's crucial April 22 primary.

Frank Friel, director of security at the Independence Visitor Center, made the official estimate.

The crowd exceed the 30,000 who greeted Obama and Oprah Winfrey in December in Columbia, S.C.

Update: Video

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Hillary, the Pot, Calls Obama, the Kettle, Black

You have got to be kidding me.



Clinton: "The special interests are going to be a lot tougher than 90 minutes of questions from two journalists. And we need a President whose going to be up there fighting every day for the American people and you know not complain about how much pressure there is and how hard the questions are."

You mean not complain like this?



"Could I just point out in the last several debates I seem to get the first question all the time, and I don't mind. I'll be happy to field them, but I do find it curious. If anybody saw Saturday Night Live maybe we should ask Barack if he's comfortable and needs another pillow. I just find it kind of curious that I keep getting the first question on all of these issues, but I'm happy to answer it."

Update:
Olbermann always says it better:


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Obama Gives Hillary the Bird?

You can judge for yourself.



Can I just say, who cares if he did? Second, I guess he's not that much of an elitist if he's consciously giving someone the bird. Third, looks like his normal go to move when he's trying to think of something while he's talking.

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Hillary's Closed Door Faux Pas

At a small closed-door fundraiser after Super Tuesday, Sen. Hillary Clinton blamed what she called the "activist base" of the Democratic Party -- and MoveOn.org in particular -- for many of her electoral defeats, saying activists had "flooded" state caucuses and "intimidated" her supporters, according to an audio recording of the event. (Huffpost)

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Breaking: Obama to be on Daily Show

When did this blog turn into a love-fest for Comedy Central?

Barack Obama will appear on the Daily Show Monday night, the eve of the Pennsylvania Primary. You can submit a question that you would like Jon to ask him, too.

According to the Daily Show:

"Yes, take out your earplugs and scrub your brain of that tortured neologism. Senator Barack Obama will be sitting down with Jon Stewart Monday night at 11pm ET/10pm CT. Rumors are flying, but my guess is he'll announce he's running for president.

This follows his surprise appearance last night on The Colbert Report.

What would you like to see Jon ask Mr. Elite-y Elitist himself?"

Here's his last appearance on the Daily Show:

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Candidates (and Edwards) on Colbert





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Just For Fun

Downtown Lawrence, KS on Sunday.

Downtown Manhattan, KS.

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You Say Weather Underground, I say FALN

Why would Bill Clinton, who had let 3,226 clemency petitions pile up on his desk over the years, suddenly reach into the stack and pluck out these 16 meritless cases considered the FBI's "most dangerous?" Hillary was on a "listening tour" for her Senate run in a state which had 1.3 million Hispanics and the NY Hispanic caucus was pushing her hard.

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You can also read about President Clinton's pardons of a Weather Underground member here.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Will Ferrell Revives President Bush Impression

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Olbermann Takes on ABC

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Howard Dean Finally Steps Up

According to CNN, Howard Dean is demanding super delegates tell him right now who they're voting for. I don't know if he got spooked by Obama's performance last night, or the real specter of Hillary winning Pennsylvania and this thing going on and on and on.

"An increasingly firm Howard Dean told CNN again Thursday that he needs superdelegates to say who they’re for – and 'I need them to say who they’re for starting now.'

'We cannot give up two or three months of active campaigning and healing time,' the Democratic National Committee Chairman told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. 'We’ve got to know who our nominee is.'"

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