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Naomi Klein discovers B0 was not all she imagined him to be

As Krugman said

If people like Ms. Klein are shocked, shocked that he isn’t the candidate of their fantasies, they have nobody but themselves to blame.”

Here are the signals B0 gave in his book, The Audacity of Hope – before he started to run

“Reagan first appears in Obama’s book on page 31

From that page alone and the beginning of page 32:

“That Reagan’s message found such a receptive audience spoke not only to his skills as a communicator; it also spoke to the failures of liberal government, during a period of economic stagnation, to give middle-class voters any sense that it was fighting for them. For the fact was government at every level had become to cavalier about spending taxpayer money. Too often bureaucracies were oblivious to the cost of their mandates. A lot of liberal rhetoric did seem to value rights and entitlements over duties and responsibilities. Reagan may have exagerrated the sins of the welfare state, and certainly liberals were right to complain that his domestic policies tilted heavily toward elites, with corporate raiders making tidy profits throughout the eighties while unions were busted and the income for the average working stiff flatlined.

Nevertheless, by promising to side with those who worked hard, obeyed the law, cared for their families, loved their country, Reagan offered Americans a sense of common purpose that liberals seemed no longer able to muster.”

Obama also talks about Reagan on pages 31-33, 36, 43, 147, 156-58, 181-82, 201, 209, 288-289, 293.
Another classic from Obama in his book. Pages 156-57

“The conservative revolution Reagan helped usher in gained traction because Reagan’s central insight–that the liberal welfare state had grown complacent and overly bureaucratic, with Democratic policy makers more obsessed with slicing the economic pie than with growing he pie–contained a good deal of truth.”

So, Naomi dear, you should have read his words or at least your own magazine – the Nation itself said Hillary was more progressive than B0

He is assuring us, we’d be welcome at his rallies – clever that
But why – people ask can’t B0 change the tone of the Oborg, now that the unity Pony should ride?
The answer lies in the fact that hating Clinton is the spit that holds most of the Oborg together – without it they have little to talk about.
the video
As a February campaign memo
shows, presenting himself as a victim of the Clintons was B0’s official strategy in the red states

Advisers believe that the more the Clintons poke at Obama, the more sympathetic he becomes, and the more she plays into his contention that she’s a divisive, polarizing figure; Obama’s polling shows and his campaign’s strategists sense that it reminds Democrats in the interior of the country of the Clinton of yore: cold, unlikable, sarcastic — and coastal. In states like Arizona, Kansas and Idaho and Missouri, Clinton will scare off independents and will lose support among younger women, in particular.

So, unity pony
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sorry, little guy, hating Hillary is too much fun to give up!

They must’ve taken over Hillary’s list…
Me: you mean, the candidate you selected by fraud? I’ll get over this as soon as I get over theft 2000 – you are benefiting from a crime – you are as good as the GOP-ers – shame on you!
The woman still tries to come back: “Are you a Hillary supporter?”
“Din’t even try that! I interrupted! This is bigger than Hillary – i don’t care what you force her to say – I left the party, will give money to McCain, volunteer, vote – whatever it takes to make the election thief go away. Shame on you – and then hang up! My throat hurts a bit – I screamed my head off – lots of yous too but I feel good!

has a fantastic entry about how Donna re-branded the party in a New Coke kinda move


Donna Brazile must be credited in history as the person chiefly responsible for rebranding the Democrat Party. Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and others came quickly on board, but it was Brazile who led the way. The New Democrat Party, the Obama Party, is Donna Brazile’s New Coke.

Just as New Coke tried to copy Pepsi by seeming “sweeter” and losing the “battery acid taste” that market research identified as the key limiter to Coke’s success, Brazile & Company wanted the Democrats to become Republican-Lite: to be the new party of the upwardly mobile and affluent, but younger, hipper, and more Starbucks/iPod Generation than the Brooks Brothers/Blue Chip Republican crowd. Brazile’s vision has always been for a long-term phase-out of the poor, the working class, the religious, the Hispanic, the Catholic, the ethnic, and the Jewish communities that gave the Democrats the traditional equivalent of Coke’s “battery acid taste”: hard to market as “hip” to new voters, with loyalists who struggle unglamorously from paycheck to paycheck. Despite the inconvenient truth that these are the people who’ve formed the backbone of the party since 1932, the “New Democrat Party” largely abandons this FDR/New Deal Coalition for the Scarlett Johansons, MySpace, and Mac crowd, who’ve never been involved in politics before, and who are most prone to being caught up in the latest fad

True, but was it really Donna’s idea?
let’s go back to 2003 when it may have all started.
Accoding to the NYT
Today, they (Donna and Karl) chirpily exchange e-mail, chat on the phone and write letters, indulging in their shared zeal for the inner workings of politics.

”I like her a lot,” said Mr. Rove, now ensconced in the West Wing as President Bush’s chief political adviser.
She also said she believed that through her relationships with Republicans she might be able to broaden their thinking.

”The Republicans are in charge,” she said. ”I don’t want African-Americans to wait four years or eight years for the Democrats to get back in the game before we make progress.’
And what would Mr. Rove’s boss say about consorting with the enemy?

”She made some generous comments after 9/11 that he deeply appreciated,” Mr. Rove said. ”She is, first of all, a great American before she’s a partisan, and she isn’t stuck in the 2000 election.”
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excellent video recount (as we never had the other kind):

Not Your Sweetie

June 2008