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I am used to reading outrageous things in the media. Lies, exaggerations, Orwellian spin. I don’t shock easily. But ever once in a while there’s something that I read that makes my brain hurt. And my heart too. So I have to write about it.

In an article by The Hill titled

DNC chairman fights race-baiting charges

.I found this sentence

Two years after Barack Obama became the first black president, in an election largely devoid of racial gamesmanship,

the two national party committees are going after each other in strongly racial terms.

It is so enormous, I find it a daunting task to even count the levels on which this is wrong. Is it the cynicism of the words used or the enormity of the lie?

So, I am going to start with the easiest: what happened to the “post-racial” candidate?

What happened to that outrageous promise?

And what does “largely devoid” mean? How largely would that be? Not starting riots?

I couldn’t of course rewind to the “devoid of racial gamesmanship” memories.

Fortunately, at the height of personal hurt and outrage, I made an entry, then a page to this blog that I titled “I am a racist”

It featured some – not all of the “lack of racial gamesmanship” – mostly from the primaries

Wait a minute:

Racial gamesmanship?

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Where are these racial games taking place? In Chicago, instead of the Olympics? A new word in the Obama Lexicon – meaning playing games with race? Using race to win games? Gaming the elections with race? Or the old fashioned “race-baiting”. Is the media narrative now this did not happened in 2008?

Sorry if I seem thick – it’s just a bit too big to swallow.

And what is The Hill trying to argue? That repeating the tactics of 2008 also have nothing to do with “racial gamesmanship?

All of it stems from the 2010 electoral plan Democrats unveiled this week. The plan relies on turning out the roughly 15 million first-time voters who cast ballots for Obama in 2008, with many of those voters happening to be black or Latino. Democrats have said their efforts will focus on those minorities and cautioned that the GOP may seek to suppress their votes.

Well, let’s unpack this one. Did the “R”s steal minorities votes? Cough cough – Florida 2000. Do the “D”s have any moral ground talking about stealing votes? Cough, cough – Florida 2008. Easy story – that also frames my stint as a democrat.

So here are the accusations

“Out of options, the president and his top campaign aide are going back to the Democrats’ worn-out playbook and making false and reprehensible accusations of voter suppression,” Steele said. “At what point will Chairman Kaine and the Democrats realize that polarizing this country on the lines of race is not only passé, it’s wrong and ineffective?”

I would be somewhat sympathetic to the DNC if those warnings about stealing their votes didn’t sound so much  like Obama’s repeated speeches: “they are going to tell you that I don’t look like the men on the dollar bill”

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I have seen plenty of racist “R”s. Still, I know better than to generalize that they all are.

And in the middle of the “holier than though” posturing on the subject, the racist “D”s shone especially bright. I am thinking of the “clean and articulate” VP as well as the “negro dialect” Senate majority leader.

So, the “D”s would be well advised to tone it down with the “they are going to tell ya/do it” calls to arms. because in the end, the number of the people they offend will be larger than the number of people they get in the voting booth.

Chicago Tribune is my Cover of the Day today because of this desperate hug Obama gives his departing from politics corrupt buddy running for his old seat (was that seat EVER won earnestly I wonder?) Anyway, the hug is significant in the light of the knowledge the WH is resigned to let that seat go

WaPo has the caption that would complement the Chicago Times photo

GOP EYES TROPHY SEATS IN THE SENATE

.The other big November story is Charlie Crist switch to independent in Florida. Here it is in Miami  Herald   along with the alarm for the coastline that Obama so cavalierly ceded to oilmen

I am talking of this ugly spill, pictured in Obama Times

There’s good news as well. First windmill farm approved by the feds – sharing the cover with health insurers fraud in Boston Globe

.and since it’s so beautiful, all by itself in the Cape Cod Times

Back to elections, USA Today provides a calendar for the primaries and the now expected  daily bad news from the -historical- Healthcare Reform

In Financial news, while the GOP filibuster was dropped here, Greece is sinling (thank you, GS!) – a good cover by DC’s Express

.and per Wall Street Journal, Spain is worrying of catching it too

.Stars and Stripes reminds us there are two wars going on (attention deficit hawks)

In NY, the only non-Bullock news is about the La Guardia airport:

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I think the cover of the day belongs to Stars and Stripes with the most relevant story

about violence in Iraq. The fact that Stars and Stripes also mentions the caving in to terrorism to censor South Park, consolidates this as my favorite newspaper.

.WaPo gives the Immigration bill in Arizona (with Obama’s response) top billing. 67 dead in Iraq only merits a tiny note at the bottom of the page.

LA Times is more mindful of the war with a photo and a headline

.and so is Obama Times

.Wall Street Journal presents the Arizona Law as an Obama headline and has the Greece mess (congratulations, Goldman Sachs!)

.oh, and in Chicago, another “D” candidate for Obama seat is in hot water

The two major cesspools that made Obama’s political career possible seem to gift us

with particularly malodorous emissions today.

There’s Goldman Sachs which is coming to Washington today

Some of the financial titan’s current and former brass will testify in front of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in a hearing entitled “Wall Street and the Financial Crisis: The Role of Investment Banks.”

Not that they were ever very far from it, running the government and all that.

In the middle of it all, Goldman’s boss, whom Politico calls

arguably the most powerful figure on Wall Street,

has a little ego meltdown

Blankfein: Suit Against Goldman Will “Hurt America”

comments Naked Capitalism

Blankfein’s comments sound like those of a narcissist completely unhinged at the idea that he is being criticized. If this neurosis pervades the Goldman executive ranks (which we think is entirely possible, see our earlier discussion), that provides an indirect confirmation of the widespread perception that the firm is concerned only with what it can get away with, and is lacking in any moral compass.

meanwhile, back at the ranch, Blago is still making headlines attaching his name to Obama and Rezko at the same time.

1. Obama may have lied about conversations with convicted fraudster Tony Rezko

Blagojevich’s lawyers allege that Rezko admitted breaking the law by contributing “a large sum of cash” to a public official. Blagojevich’s attorneys say that public official is Obama. Obama said that Rezko never relayed a request from a lobbyist to hold a fundraiser in favor of favorable legislative action. But the point may be moot: regardless of Obama talking/not talking to Rezko, Blagojevich’s attorneys say that Obama refused the request regardless.

The story made page one in Chicago Tribune

but then again Rezko was on page one throughout most of the elections and no one bothered to mention it to the voters.

And if that Chicago swamp  is not enough, Politico has another headline about the upcoming senate elections

White House leaves Dick Durbin hanging

Sen. Dick Durbin slipped into the West Wing last week to ask Rahm Emanuel for White House help in saving Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

It seems though, more corruption requires further distancing, Senate control be damned

At the moment, the White House seems open to the idea of losing Obama’s old seat rather than putting the president’s prestige on the line for Giannoulias, the brash and boyish Illinois state treasurer — and onetime Obama basketball buddy — whose campaign has been rocked by the financial meltdown of his family’s bank.

which of course pisses off the local operatives

“This is [Obama’s] state,” said a Democratic operative who is backing Giannoulias.

“If they keep this up, they are going to lose the majority leader’s seat, the vice president’s old seat and the president’s old seat,” the person added, referring to Sen. Harry Reid’s precarious Nevada reelection chances and the tossup race for Joe Biden’s old Senate seat in Delaware.

And this was “Today in corruption” for the Hope and change administration. Ironically, I found this grandstanding promise cover from February 2009

Anyone remember the names he named? Geitner? Goldman Sachs?

And in view of it all, omeone please remind me: what was Whitewater about again? Travelgate? Filegate? Bueler? Anyone?

Update

The “D” candidate for Obama seat had his bank seized by the Feds today

I’ll give AM-NY cover of the day for representing us in the coverage of Obama’s Wall Street stunt

There are dueling headlines in the other papers, representing their parties:

In the pro corner stands the cheerleader NY Daily News

.In the opposite corner, Washington Times thinks that

.And Rahm’s WaPo is beating its chest

.not unlike Axelrod’s Obama Times

.as Wall Street Journal totally ignores the whole thing – but gives Goldman Sachs some attention now that it looks better for them

.Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the chinese wall between Blago and Obama is punctured

In LA, the South Park tale of terrorism, cowardice and censorship makes page one

.and further, way further, the amazing photos of the sun make two covers

The Examiner

.and what’s becoming soon my favorite newspaper of all, Stars and Stripes

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