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Mark Shields stumbles on this profound truth even though in some of the examples he gives he demonstrates he doesn’t quite get it himself.
Hillary’s affirmation that she will win was in no was a departure from this – every candidate says that at one point. Obama said it today as he is sinking in the polls. better examples would be Obama thumbing his nose at the Nevada voters: “I got more delegates anyway, who cares what you wanted” or Fla, Mi.
But eventually Shields does get something right:
From the press schedule of the Democrats’ 2008 convention, to begin Aug. 25 in Denver, it looks like Barack Obama’s campaign could be about to make the big mistake — John Kerry’s did in 2004 at the Boston convention — of making the convention almost exclusively about the candidate. The Boston convention, through the moving testimony of the men with whom he served in combat, told us much about John Kerry’s courage and personal story, but too little about how the lives of the voters would be different, and better, with him in the White House, instead of George W. Bush.
Kerry won anyway, but good point about a very pathetic convention.
For a coveted prime-time speaking role on the convention’s first night, Obama’s wife Michelle will be introduced by her brother, Craig Robinson, who is the basketball coach at Oregon State. Also scheduled to appear at the convention is the nominee’s half-sister, Maya Soetero-Ng.
All are expected to speak about Barack Obama, the brother-in-law, the husband and father, and the brother.
The real mission for Obama and his convention is not to get them to know him; the mission instead is to convince voters that he knows and cares deeply about them and their fate, their family and their future.
Good point, Mark – except that would not be true in the least – and voters do smell the deceit. We’ve been told that the convention is “Obama’s coming out party” “his parade” “his moment” – not to be messed up by other candidates who might have gotten the popular vote. HIS speech at the stadium – attendance to be earned with work. Protesters are to be locked in cages.
It’s a bit late to pretend this is not a personality cult and is in any way related to democracy.
Obama supporter signing as ‘enthusiast” is anything but in his Mydd post:
Did O’bama outspend O’Cain by $24 million in July?
There’s a mydd diary suggesting that Obama’s campaign spent $57 million, while McCain’s campaign spent $33 million in July, with RNC and DNC both spending equal amounts.
If true, that’s terrible news for us, because it suggests that even if we can massively outspend McCain, we’re still falling behind.
For all the money spent in July, there is no evidence that it had much benefit for Obama.
Doing the same thing and expecting different results – the Obamacratic way
And we even get a mention or two:
I want some good news. Can anybody cheer me up?
What the heck is going to turn the situation around?
The DNC Convention? Ohmygosh – it looks like an exercise in futility, with all kinds of mind games being played by the PUMAs.
I don’t see the convention helping us much at all.
The VP? Who the heck is going to give Obama a boost? To me, it looks like Hillary is the only one who can get him out of the jam that she created, but he ain’t gonna pick Hillary, so the PUMAs are going to wreak their revenge.
OK, I am starting to feel for enthusiast. So here’s some good news for ya:
I can very well reassure you that the PUMA revenge will not be exacted for not putting Hillary on the ticket.
That’s all I got.
Jerusalem Post is trying to figure out why 0bama makes things up:
One of the knocks on Barack Obama is that his résumé is, so to speak, paper-thin.
Yet, in spite of these prestigious positions, Obama has increasingly resorted to making claims of accomplishment that are so patently inflated that even his cheerleaders at CNN and are taking notice. Why?
It seems that Obama recognizes that while his résumé titles are impressive, his actual accomplishments are weak
As Ryan Lizza concluded “he never stayed in any one place enough to make a mark” And Jerusalem Post comes with some examples:
A few examples? Take Obama’s first general election ad. We are told that Obama “passed laws” that “extended healthcare for wounded troops who’d been neglected,” with a citation at the bottom to only one Senate bill: The 2008 Defense Authorization Bill, which passed the Senate by a 91-3 vote. Six Senators did not vote-including Obama. Nor is there evidence that he contributed to its passage in any material way. So, his claim to have “passed laws” amounts to citing a bill that was largely unopposed, that he didn’t vote for, and whose passage he didn’t impact
And the ones where he claims to do things that are not even up to him such as “giving Florida and Michigan full delegates representation (not true) or “allowing Hillary’s name to be in nomination” (also not even true).
Expecting for him to take credit for the light of day.
We are not yet rid of “God’s selection” of 2000, 2004 and Nancy-9%-Pelosi is ready to foister a new one on us:
He was warmly received by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called him “a leader that God has blessed us with at this time.”
Yeah, cuz that always worked so good for us…Thanks Nancy, I am starting to get your “off the table” betrayal. At least she doesn’t want to amend the Bible. Yet.
As for Obama he declared to his donnors of the “bitter” past conversations:
“I will win. Don’t worry about that,”
In the meantime, the message of the moment is that John McCain is no old fuddy-duddy who isn’t sure where he is going; he was on fire at Saddleback and for the first time, he looks like he could win in November.