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No one will say they didn’t work hard for it – headline in AdAge is

Olympic Deal Sealed: Obama Makes $5 Million Buy

In the first significant network-TV buy of any presidential candidate in at least 16 years, the Obama campaign has taken a $5 million package of Olympics spots that includes network TV as well as cable

And isn’t it symbolic:

The Obama campaign will join major advertisers including McDonald’s and Anheuser-Busch.

Well, I always thought GE and Bo had a deal as of last year when Obama dissed Fox. Now they get paid fortheir enthusiastic surrogacy. There’s one more humorous note:

Bob Dole’s 1996 buy
The last network TV spot bought by a presidential contender was apparently a single multi-minute ad run by Republican Sen. Bob Dole in 1996.

Oh, that went well!

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And see her PUMA T_shirt modeled by Will here

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Updated with the video

So titles CNN a piece wich dismisses us while at least letinng our voice be heard.

Will Bower is quoted amply

“I have never voted for anything but a Democrat, and I feel that there has been an internal coup, and they are putting forward a candidate that does not represent the will of the Democratic Party,” Bower said

Of course the article tries to give the DNC version on it and placate Will with “Hillary endorsed..” but he answers beautifully:

“Hillary Clinton is a voter, and we are voters and we love her and we will do most of what she asks us to do,” Bower said. “But at the end of the day we make our own decisions when we go into the polling booth.”

and Will manages to put the DC convention too:

the group holds a conference in Washington to plan for Denver — the site of the 2008 Democratic National Convention. How many PUMAs will show up? What will be the group’s rallying cry?

A few others are quoted alongside – including the dubious credibility Tarpley and this being CNN, care is given to not offend the Emperor:

Should the Obama campaign be worried about the PUMAs? A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll showed that more than four in 10 Democrats still preferred Clinton as the nominee. But Obama is leading McCain in early general election polls. And as Clinton continues to vocalize her support for Obama, it is probably safe to say that more Clinton backers will likely fall in line behind him.

From donors to volunteers, the Obama campaign said that Clinton’s supporters have already expressed support for the senator from Illinois.

We of course know that the reality is quite different – in money and volunteering, but again, this is CNN.

Gets an “E” for effort for actually quoting a PUMA instead of the “What’s their problem” contingent.

Onward and upward!


The Confluence reports
that some early precursors of the PUMAs – Women Count – already turned Log Cabin Republicans on us…

Oh, well, I guess some women count less.

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The people who vilified Hillary or her vote for IWR – after having supported enthusiastically Kerry/Edwards who cast the same vote – are now split.

Some, like Eli pariser of Moveon feel invested in the coup and can’t let reality interfere with their illusion of power. Reports AP

“So far the trip has been out of the park. It’s an enormous moment,” declared Eli Pariser , executive director of, which supports Obama. He hedged about Obama’s troop commitments, however: He said he wasn’t fully aware of Obama’s call for a residual force in Iraq and was trying to get a sense from MoveOn members on their views about Afghanistan .

Spoken like a true…political hack. But then, they’ve been thrown under the bus as unpatriotic by their beloved – and they don’t let go of their ticket to power, principles be damned.

At least there are still groups which remember why they were formed

Judith LeBlanc , organizing coordinator for United for Peace & Justice, said that “dealing with the threat of terrorism cannot be done on a military basis.” She and other activists wanted to hear more from Obama about a strategy for dealing with terrorism around the globe, including more use of diplomacy and economic aid.

Just a reminder, Moveon and friends: Hillary would have commenced withdrawal immediately – not in some qualified 16 months. And done away with Blackwater. Now you have to wait for 2010 (if the conditions on the ground agree)and the mercenaries will stay in forever. But hey, protesting is always fun, non?

And Obama looks to the Iraqi PN identical to Mccain

He said he was reassured by the candidate’s response, which caused him to think that Mr. Obama might not differ all that much from Mr. McCain. Mr. Zebari said that in addition to promising a visit, Mr. Obama said that β€œbe a Democratic administration, it will not take any irresponsible, reckless, sudden decisions or action to endanger your gains, your achievements, your stability or security

And “fairy tales” are racist.

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