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Update: Obama camp – still clueless
Mr. Obama’s aides are confident that the passions of the primary season have given way to a more pragmatic view among Mrs. Clinton’s supporters
and that Mr. Obama would not risk a major backlash from women or other constituencies associated with her if the vice presidential slot goes to someone else.(especially a pro-lifer)
Alrighty then. Confidence ahoy!
According to an AP/yahoo poll – all numbers not available
Obama also has work to do with some Clinton supporters. A recent poll by The Associated Press and Yahoo News found that just 12 percent of former Clinton supporters say they are excited about Obama.
I’d love to know what else. The rest of the article is100% propaganda – variations on this sentence:
So Obama is working fiercely to win their votes.
I think I’m feeling a bit blue and my hairdresser is on vacation, so I’ll go get a 3rd trimester abortion instead. And think of this:
The heading is interesingly: Obama vs Kerry? This is from a NCEC mailing that starts with the erroneous assumption that
Now that Senator Barack Obama has secured the Democratic nomination for president, Democrats can move forward as a party to face an even more daunting task: defeating John McCain.
I didn’t expect any sound judgment to come after that, but I found interesting that they are lowering expectations:
National polls consistently show Barack Obama ahead of McCain, but those polls are seldom an accurate reflection of how the Electoral College will play out. Every analysis of the electoral map suggests that 2008 will be just as close as the two preceding elections. Some new states have joined the elite “swing state” club,(meaning states Hillary won, Obama can’t)
but the only important number stays the same, 270. National polls suggest that Democrats have a slight advantage, but in going state-to-state the situation is complicated. NCEC is not stopping to rest or reflect after the primary; we are moving ahead, because we know that every day counts.
I wonder if “as close as the two preceding elections” is code for “we might not make it? I am one of the few who know the past two presidential elections were stolen – put THEY never quite admited it – for THEM – those were losses. So, as they watch Hillary’s states going to McCain they plan on winning others -
the re-drawing the map thingy…
Considering the erroneous presumption all this planning started with, i wouldn’t hold my breath…Even ignoring the fact that most of those states are leaning mccain, i don’t see how their EVs will make up for Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio…..
Frankly, It’s wishful thinking – considering what delegates told Hillary
party might lose the election in the short term (the presidential
election, that is), the long term would be good, as the party would
have lots of new voters and money.
Updated with another look at electoral votes
Update July 31
the ultimate comment on this comes from Cannonfire – which obtained the PS prayer note from the wailing Wall:
Nec plus ultra! Rien ne va plus!
The newspaper which published the prayer issues a denial that the campaign approved. of course that leaves open the question:
If that isn’t fishy enough, just how did other media outlets in Israel, the ones who declined to publish the “personal and private” note, obtain their copies of the note?
how did the “personal and private” moment end up on a You Tube video, complete with an invitation to “visit the official campaign site” with the notation, “Paid For By Obama For America?”
.Update July 29:
It seems that this was an engineered leak
What initially seemed to be a journalistic scoop of dubious moral propriety now seems to be a case of an Israeli paper being played by the Barack Obama campaign. Maariv, the second most popular newspaper in Israel, was roundly criticized for publishing the note Obama left in the Kotel. But now a Maariv spokesperson says that publication of the note was pre-approved for international publication by the Obama campaign, leading to the conclusion that the “private” prayer was intentionally leaked for public consumption.
So, now, the iffy feeling of taking a prayer from the wall becomes added disgust at how craven B0 campaign is. And really, did he want the world to know that he aspires to be an “instrument of God”? That makes it even more dangerous!
Original post of July 25
Part of the Wailing Wall note Obama put there and someone lifted
.It was published in an Israeli paper reported here
It is an iffy feeling that the note was lifted, but beyond that, it’s quite relevant.
On one hand, it confirms the prior signals of W-like religious megalomania
that while I could sit in church and pray all I want, I wouldn’t be fulfilling God’s will unless I went out and did the Lord’s work,”
updating with another one I missed
last October he told an audience of 4,000 that he hoped to be “an instrument of God” and that “I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth“
In a way it’s reassuring that he didn’t get yet to the point where he feels HE IS the instrument of God’s will.
But it seems only a matter of time before God talks back and says: “Sure thing, Barrack. Make sure Hllary isn’t put in the nomination in Denver – I can only push my instruments that much”
And here’s the perfect companion piece
He ventured forth to bring light to the world
The anointed one’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a miracle in action – and a blessing to all his faithful followers
In the great Battles of Caucus and Primary he smote the conniving Hillary, wife of the deposed King Bill the Priapic and their barbarian hordes of Working Class Whites.
And this is the testimony of one who speaks the truth and bears witness to the truth so that you might believe. And he knows it is the truth for he saw it all on CNN and the BBC and in the pages of The New York Times
I was very happy reading that Terry Mac recently that he was touting not Hillary Tim Kaine .
“The former national chairman of the Democratic Party who ran Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign this year told 200 Democratic activists in Fairfax County Tuesday that Virginia Governor Tim Kaine would be his party’s best choice as Barack Obama’s vice presidential running mate.
And a bit surprised that his pick seems to gain rumor traction
Kaine, an early Obama supporter whose biography nicely dovetails with the Illinois senator’s, “ranks very, very high on the short list,” said a source who has spoken recently to senior Obama aides about Kaine.
As far as I am concerned, any loser would do. But what’s interesting about this particular one
is that he is a member of Democrats for life of America
- Ben Nelson of Nebraska
- Harry Reid of Nevada, Senate Majority Leader
- Mark Pryor of Arkansas
- Bob Casey, Jr. of Pennsylvania
So, bitter women who are supposed to vote for Obama because of Roe…here’s our gift now!
Please, pick the pro-lifer! make my day!
We all know the famous moment when Tweety asked a surrogate – in fact we can see it here again – for our enjoyment,
When Richard Cohen makes it the title of his piece it’s time to look for the proverbial turning worm though.
Cohen is the quintessential weather vane columnist – pretending he has liberal inclinations but duly serving whomever is in power – as in his famous attack on Stephen Colbert and those who enjoyed his attack on Bush proved.
So, I expected one of those now too common sleight of hand – where the article contradicts the headline.
Well the article serves one cold
“Just tell me one thing Barack Obama has done that you admire,” I asked a prominent Democrat. He paused and then said that he admired Obama’s speech to the Democratic convention in 2004. I agreed. It was a hell of a speech, but it was just a speech.
one warm, but eventually concludes:
The question I posed to that prominent Democrat was just my way of thinking out loud. I know that Barack Obama is a near-perfect political package. I’m still not sure, though, what’s in it.
Weather vanes are good to watch – they sense shifts before we do. This article tells me that the empty vessel will be finally filled by someone. And, Murdoch, Nagourney – i don’t think they’ll put the ashes of St Reagan in it – because Richard Cohen’s ending suggests: pig in a poke.