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Update of September 4

Could the race card be far behind? leave it to Marc Ambinder to deploy it:

The four mocking mentions last night of Barack Obama’s service as a “community organizer” have ignited a metapshereic debate about whether the term has racial connotations.

In case you wonder too, I already checked on dictionary.com and the thesaurus

No results found for metapshereic.

It must be a new word meaning “let’s see if we can sneak one by them”

So far is just a debate…until bloggers make it the most used word in the news by tomorrow. Gotcha.

I hope Palin tears you a new one of metapshereic proportions!

It’s been, what 3 weeks since the last racist accusation? Mmmm, the post-racial candidate!

Original entry

Is that what “community organizing” really was?

Someone at TIME tries really hard to get offended of Palin’s remarks

Obama was working for a group of churches that were concerned about their parishioners, many of whom had been laid off when the steel mills closed on the south side of Chicago. They hired Obama to help those stunned people recover and get the services they needed–job training, help with housing and so forth–from the local government. It was, dare I say it, the Lord’s work–the sort of mission Jesus preached

Unfortunately, this version raises more questions than it answers.

Obama was …hired? As in paid for his services? Doesn’t sound like  ‘activism” to me.

And, by some churches?

Hmmm…i wonder why this detail never came to the public.

Say indignant defenders:

Perhaps La Pasionaria of the Northern Slope didn’t know this when she read the words they gave her.

Perhaps she didn’t. Perhaps no one did. because it was never disclosed. One of those secrets of the past with people sworn to secrecy. Silly me, i thought he was some sort of activist – you know, giving his time for free for something he believed in. Now I read he was a hired hand. By some churches. Not his denomination. A job.

Am I supposed to be impressed because he worked for a church? Is rev Wright qualified to run for presidency then?

Lots to think about. Was Pfleger involved?

And what nv sez: what were his responsibilities again?

Before outrage chokes you: Obama admitted in his own book that his “community organizing” accomplished very little

Update

Riverdaughter posts a letter from the Obama campaign

seems that from all the swipes Palin took at B0, the “organizer” hurt the most

With the nation watching, the Republicans mocked, dismissed, and actually laughed out loud at Americans who engage in community service and organizing.

Again, if it’s a paid job, what’s with the “community” euphemism?

Also, earlier he tried to defend his “community thinghie by…saying he also did other things irrelevant to POTUS qualifications, then added

Obama added though that his work as a community organizer was relevant to who he is and the kind of people he’s “fighting for.

Ummm, Barack dear, if you were hired, you weren’t fighting for anyone. It was a job, OK?

Update

National Review has an article on this

To make sure I’ll leave any bias aside, I’ll use only direct quotes from B0:

“When classmates in college asked me just what it was that a community organizer did, I couldn’t answer them directly,” bama wrote in his memoir, Dreams from My Father.

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After running an entire campaign based on “look what an awesome guy I am”, Obama is faced with someone more interesting and less artificial. So, now he changes his tune

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio–Barack Obama returned to the trail today, pouncing on a comment made by John McCain’s campaign manager, who suggested that the presidential election would be decided by personalities, not issues.

Well, I guess I don’t blame them,” Obama (pictured at left in an AP photo) told a small crowd of invitees at a college campus here in eastern Ohio. “If you don’t have any issues to run on, I guess you want it to be all about personality.

It’s a good thing you just lifted some concrete stuff from the Clintons speeches. Now you think yo ran on issues too? Like what? FISA? Blackwater getting a bad rap?

Uh-huh…Mr Hope and change, post racial, post partisan – look at me – I am a symbol for all that’s good.

If you say so

Oh, and McCain closed 8 pts gap in CBS poll. before the speech

PUMA at 32%

The poll also shows that the majority of Clinton supporters continue to support Obama – 67 percent in this poll, up from 58 percent last weekend.

Some egos were obviously piqued at Sara’s challenge last night

“I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”

. Roger Simon at Politico does an “Excuuuse me?!”  – or more aptly named at No Quarter

Douchebaggery On Parade

He conveniently leaves out the articles and gasbaggery and bloviating about why a woman with five children would be so selfish as to run for office rather than stay home. He skips over the part about the questions raised about whether her decision to fly after her water broke or get pregnant after the age of 40 raises questions about her judgment. He looks at his shoes and doesn’t address why a supposedly professional press corps would spread paranoid, demented lies about the parentage of baby Trig

Somehow, they feel justified in their trash digging and feel offended for being taken to task for “just doing their job”.

To which i say: Rezko! Ayers! Wright! Sic!

In the meanwhile, the quote in the article is a good epitaph

“I’d like to thank the elite media for doing something,” Huckabee said, “that, quite frankly, I didn’t think could be done: unify the Republican party and all of America in support of John McCain and Sarah Palin.”

From someone who became a Hillary supporter in response to the media attacks – Amen!

adding this superb view from Savage Politics

As a matter of fact, until last night, no one had effectively and publicly humiliated Obama’s pretensions to the Presidency of the United States as Sarah Palin did within the confines of a few strokes. Her poise and strength brilliantly shone through, albeit delicately and with a ‘little girl’ meanness that is the epitome of everything that a truly independent American woman is.

Of course, these inevitable reactions to such a powerful speech does NOT mean that the Media will  somehow give up in their attempts to derail her candidacy. We must not forget that yesterday, Sarah Palin openly declared war on their profession and class! She mocked their pretensions for the envious corruption that it demonstrates, and there can be no doubt that they are VERY angry about it. Unlike their sycophantic praise given to Obama after every speech he gives, none of these “experts” compared her speech to Lincoln, Kennedy, or even Reagan, even though they have done exactly this for every single speech that Obama has read from Jon Favreau’s notebooks (Obama’s Gen-X and White speech writer).

And what do people  think of all this? According to Rasmusen

Over half of U.S. voters (51%) think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage, and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in November

Also to be noted is that “thirty-nine percent (39%) also believe the GOP vice presidential nominee has better experience to be president of the United States than Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.”

Actually, when i go to the source, the numbers get better:

Eighty percent (80%) of Republicans say reporters are trying to hurt the GOP vice presidential nominee, and 28% of Democrats agree. Only six percent (6%) of Republicans – and even fewer Democrats (4%)– think the reporting is intended to help her. Most Democrats (57%) think the reporters are being unbiased, but just nine percent (9%) of Republicans concur.

Among unaffiliated voters, 49% say reporters are trying to hurt Palin, while 32% say their coverage is unbiased. Only five percent (5%) say reporters are trying to help her.

and is there sexism?

Voters are more ambivalent about whether the media coverage of Palin and her family reflects a double standard that treats women worse than men. Forty-six percent (46%) say it does, but 35% disagree. Most Republicans and unaffiliated voters say the stories show the media’s double standard against women, but a majority of Democrats disagree.

Famous last words, Democrats. Famous last words. Keep repeating that. Please.

Some actually complain

Some Hillary Clinton delegates remain displeased over ‘unity’ push

The “unity” convention in Denver is over. But some Hillary Rodham Clinton delegates are back home in California stewing over what they describe as pressure from Barack Obama allies to create a false image of overwhelming support for the Democratic presidential nominee.

People were replaced, threatened, bought  pressured and bullied

Raymond Penko, a Clinton delegate from San Diego who campaigned door-to-door for her, said: “There was pressure all around to conform to what I would call the old boys’ club. . . . As soon as Obama delegates heard that one was a Hillary supporter, they would shun you, tell you to get over it, say, ‘Stop being a crybaby. What’s your problem? Don’t you want to win in November?’ ”

quarter20horse.gif picture by Robbedvoter

Photo by Garrychapelhill & Mawm

Wow! The 2 parties switched places!

It was the GOP convention where Truman’s name was mentioned – and the small town people.

It was the GOP convention where Clinton’s balancing the budget got applause.

In Denver they pretended JFK was the last dem president and somehow teddy inherited the torch by dynastic right to pass it on to Obama

In st Paul they talked about the little people and service to the country.

In Denver they had the Whitewater investigator Jim Lynch delivering a speech, but no room for  Charlie Rangel

In St Paul I heard less about Reagan than I heard from Obama during his campaign.

In Denver they erected temples and worshiped the One  (and if they didn’t they turned up with bruises on their arms)

In St Paul they talked about actual fighting for the country. In Denver they snubbed Wesley Clark.

Gone are the days of the purple hearts band aids – in this election the war hero and the arrogant ignorant simply switched parties.

In Denver they put women in their place: servicing The Man

In St Paul they put one on the ticket.

In Denver they silenced claims of sexism.

In St Paul they made them loud and clear.

In Denver they nominated the guy with less votes, steamrolling delegates

In St Paul they went with the will of the people

Not Your Sweetie

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