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Politico reports on how Hill Democrats REALLY feel about B0:

“They think they know what’s right and everyone else is wrong on everything,” groused one senior Senate Democratic aide. “They are kind of insufferable at this point.”

the Obama campaign now feels a “sense of entitlement” that leads to “arrogance.”

“At least Bush waited until he was in the White House before they started ignoring everybody,”

He even sprung the stadium disaster on them all:

Coordination between the Obama campaign and the House and Senate leadership is so weak that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — who will chair the Democrats’ convention in August — didn’t know of Obama’s decision to move his final-night acceptance speech from the Pepsi Center to Invesco Field until the campaign announced it on a conference call with reporters.

And B0’s response? Blame Hillary, of course:

Other Obama campaign sources repeatedly noted that the drawn-out fight with Clinton has “put the campaign behind schedule” in terms of Hill outreach and message operation,

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Update

To Tommy Christopher’s credit, he does come ot with an interview of Darragh Murphy

Before I do that, though, let me say that, after reading a lot of what she has to say, I still disagree heartily with her, but I also really like her. She’s got a real way with words, and a refreshing attitude toward discourse.

Fair enough.

Thanks to Alegre’s Corner a new PUMA reference was sighted. Clueless like the rest, but it dies have a new twist:

I don’t know that Iscol is an official PUMA, but judging from her pre-concession screed on Huffpo, I would say she’s at least a fellow traveler.

Obama’s supporters have reacted somewhat disappointingly so far to Obama’s solicitations for donations to retire Hillary’s debt. Their reticence, in turn, may stem from the army of Ahabs who prowl the internet, trying to get John McCain elected in Hillary’s name.

Yum! A literary reference! I like when cluelessness is diversified. I was getting fed up with the “alleged sexism in the media” (a bit of propaganda  speed by Dean along with “too bad I don’t have cable, or I might have said something”)

I confess to liking the “army” and the fact that they are wondering if someone is a PUMA or just a fellow traveler – that referential thought pattern is healthy and validating for us.

The departure is not that radical – we’re still irrationally vengeful (see Kinsley’s “What’s their problem?”)

but at least it allows for the possibility that “alleged” sexism is not all there is (we’re also GOP tools)

Again, it would be too much to expect them to actually comprehend our words, but trying more than one wrong theory is a good thing. And gets one right:

In conversations with insiders at a major TV news organization, I’ve noted a dismissiveness of the Dream Ticket story, particularly where the PUMA bloc is concerned.

I confess I like “block” too

“E” for effort….

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Surprisingly. MSNBC lets the cat out of thebag:

With the dust settled on the primary season, one thing is clear: Obama is the presumed nominee thanks only to superdelegates. He never did win enough pledged delegates to reach the winning number, falling about 350 votes short

No shit, Sherlock! So why the insistence to declare the “clinching: by your station & the rest? (Don’t answer this – I know)

His expected victory stems from beating Clinton among superdelegates 463-257, according to a tally on Real Clear Politics.

And why did we even count superdelegates during the primaries? Don’t answer that one either.

Then cames the perfectly acceptable – to them conclusion:

All the more reason for Obama to make sure that there is no roll call including Clinton’s name on the ballot at the national convention — which a few die hard fans of the former First Lady are still clamoring for.

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Why highlight just how close the Democratic contest really was? And there is certainly no gain for Obama in dwelling on how he had to depend on superdelegates to win the nomination.

Right, Craig. Dwelling is so…what’s the word I am looking for?

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Still going on.

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Updating this with an excellent point from mawm at the Confluence

RD, the satire failed because it wasn’t getting at anything truthful. Our objections to Obama have nothing to do with anything about him being a muslim or terrorrist. By making that illustration they were trying to make fun of the people who don’t support Obama by calling us all xenophobes and irrational when our objections to him are very rational.

Updating this with a good take from LA Times

We’ve already scratched thrift, candor and brevity off the list of virtues in this presidential cycle, so why not eliminate humor too?
The Obama campaign felt it had to reject the New Yorker cartoon as “tasteless and offensive.” The McCain camp quickly reached the same verdict.

Obama was the one man capable of putting the “furor” in its proper context. But he didn’t.

Don’t make me come down there, New Yorker! Coups aren’t funny!

New York Times weighs in with some priceless quotes from Colbert and Stewart

Colbert said in a telephone interview that a running joke on his show has been that Obama is a “secret Muslim”; the New Yorker cover, he said, was consistent with that. “It’s a completely valid satirical point to make — and it’s perfectly valid for Obama not to like it,” he said.

Colbert said he had been freer to poke fun at Obama than other late-night hosts because “my character on the show doesn’t like him. I’m expected to be hostile to him.”

Stewart, who is also an executive producer of “The Colbert Report,” said the Obama campaign’s reaction to the New Yorker cover seemed part of what is now almost a pro forma cycle in political campaigns. “Nothing can occur without the candidate responding,”

but the theme of the article is the lack of jokes on B0 as his supporters seem to scare comedians

Jon Stewart, after telling his audience “you’re allowed to laugh” at an Obama joke.

Of course one of the big stick that keeps them away:

One issue that clearly has some impact on writing jokes about Obama is a consistency among the big late-night shows. Not only are all the hosts white, the vast majority of their audiences are white. “I think white audiences get a little self-conscious if race comes up,”

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And they pretend they’re doing penance:

But Barry said, “I think some of us were maybe too quick to caricature Al Gore and John Kerry and there’s maybe some reluctance to do the same thing to him.”

Well, I dunno – that seal got things rolling pretty good:

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