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It’s another one of those “paging Dr Freud” instances like the times W wished out loud to be a dictator.
To add a bit of fun to this, it was during the meeting with the leader of Borat’s country, Kazakhstan
President Obama said Sunday that the United States is still “working on” democracy and a top aide said he has taken “historic steps” to improve democracy in the United States during his time in office.
The remarks came as Obama met with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev — one of the U.S. president’s many meetings with world leaders ahead of this week’s nuclear summit.
Aparently there was another level of irony I wasn’t aware of
Some observers see a conflict between Kazakhstan’s chairmanship of the 56-nation OSCE, which plays an important role in monitoring elections in emerging democracies, and its own widely criticized human rights record.
But if the Obama administration saw any disconnect, it kept its criticism to itself.
The apex of irony however was reached when his spokesman was asked to comment on this
“Both presidents agreed that you don’t ever reach democracy; you always have to work at it. And in particular, President Obama reminded his Kazakh counterpart that we, too, are working to improve our democracy.”
Asked by a Wall Street Journal reporter if Obama sees any moral equivalency between the two, the PR man chirped
“Absolutely not … There was no equivalence meant whatsoever,” McFaul said. “[Obama’s] taken, I think, rather historic steps to improve our own democracy since coming to office here in the United States.”
Wow! Where do I even start to unpack this “historic” claim?
First, I’d say, the flunkie was being modest. I say, Obama’s work on our democracy started way before he came to office. How can we not credit him with Michigan, Florida, RBC, the phony roll call, the concept of “clinching the nomination”, having Kerry ask the media not to cover Florida because “they don’t count” and other historical deeds.
I’ll leave it to my readers to find historical improvements since that time. Besides the “historical” renewal of the PATRIOT Act that is.
I can only think of one, in today’s headlines
Foes of tea party movement to infiltrate rallies
Opponents of the fiscally conservative tea party movement say they plan to infiltrate and dismantle the political group by trying to make its members appear to be racist, homophobic and moronic.Jason Levin, creator of http://www.crashtheteaparty.org, said Monday the group has 65 leaders in major cities across the country who are trying to recruit members to infiltrate tea party events
It’s historical, yet not unprecedented, see Nixon’s COINTELPRO . But we also remember, B0bots aren’t very good at this
But I do want to credit the flunkie for clever use of the words “coming in to office” instead of “being elected”. I think I’ll just update the Obama Lexicon
Tommy Christopher makes n a* of himself by stalking the PUMAs under the pretense of trying to interview Darragh. Someone posted these links at PUMAPac the other day and I just got around to seeing them
Has anyone seen these videos of when Tommy Christopher tried to infiltrate the PUMA Denver HQ’s looking for Darragh?
Watch Tommy getting in the PUMA den with a hidden camera while claiming he wants to be fair and straight.
I was glad to get a glimpse of you guys – and every word you said was great.. If anyone comes up badly out of this little adventure is the guy ho keeps repeating: “I don’t want to burn you guys”
No, Tommy, you burned yourself. I don’t think any PUMA should speak to this guy after this stunt.
If this passes as “investigative reporting” with B0bots. you’re in trouble – as all you uncover is your own ineptitude.
One of the comments at you tube – from angrynana01:
Mr. Christopher seems to be a closet stalker. People, be very afraid. In my heart I feel he is dangerous and should be avoided. Maybe it’s the kool-aid. Maybe he is like Matthews and has such a tingling that his better judgement has been overtaken.
Update with the discussion on No We won’t – all those involved _ Brad, Sherry, RD recounted the events and yes, there’s footage from Brad to come.
Famous last words from Pelosi – encapsulating the fix. Thank you Bandy at PUMApac blog for recounting this
Hey, did anyone notice during that sham of a role-call vote earlier today – that when Nancy Pelosi said at the end, “All in favor”?…”All opposed”?… She did NOT even pause for a second after the “all opposed”! She just plowed right through to say “Ok, it’s all done then” (or something similar). Guess she was too scared of the “opposed” yell-outs she would have received if she paused long enough to allow anyone to actually respond! After all, that wouldn’t show unity, and it would wrecked their carefully calculated/manipulated plans to make sure B.O. was the nominee!
I remember us jumping – then it was almost buried in the onslaught of emotions. Thank you Bandi for consigning this to memory. That one moment encapsulated the entire primary.
The only time I runed in again was to try to hear Bill Clinton – couldn’t stand to. But before he spoke, there was a very appropriate song playing in the hall:
Chain of Fools
In an emotional meeting leading up to the Democratic roll call of the states, Hillary Rodham Clinton released her convention delegates Wednesday to vote for certain presidential nominee Barack Obama.
Many in the crowded ballroom yelled back, “No!”
In spite what Rangel lied o us
would not instruct her followers on how to vote.
“I am not telling you what to do,” she said. “You’ve come here from so many different places having made this journey and feeling in your heart what is right for you to do.”
and then, after all our hard work, the circus:
A roll call vote was scheduled for later in the afternoon after brief nominating speeches for both Clinton and Obama. The former rivals negotiated a plan that would cut off the split roll call after a few states — perhaps by Clinton herself — in favor of acclamation for Obama.
which obviously got to some delegates too
Not all Clinton supporters were on board. Sonja Jaquez Lewis, a Clinton delegate from Colorado, said she and others may walk out if Clinton is denied a roll call.
“If we don’t have an official roll call vote, state-by-state, it is going to reopen a wound,” Lewis said.
And predictably, Oborg shows what they’re made of:
“If she’s not a strong enough leader to get her followers to do what’s right for America, then that would surprise me,” McCaskill told the AP.
Stay classy, Claire!
from CNN: Clinton backers at McCain happy hour
The event, sponsored by the Republican National Committee and approved by the McCain campaign, was a chance for McCain and Clinton supporters to come together for one cause: their opposition to Barack Obama’s candidacy.
The McCain campaign has been aggressively courting Clinton’s voters in recent days, especially after Obama announced Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden as his running mate Saturday.
Lots of quotes from participants and a righteous conclusion from a PUMA we all know
Clinton supporters-turned-McCain converts at the event were not just angry at Obama’s campaign; they’re furious with the Democratic Party’s nomination process this year.
“The DNC really pushed [Barack Obama] on us. Now they’ve left us with two choices: somebody who has no substance or a Republican,” said Jessi Cleaver, 35, of New York. “And these are terrible choices, and they worked hard to select this candidate. … We’re watching the DNC pick this candidate for us.”
“With people who have a lot of gifts, it’s hard for people to identify with them,” the governor said. “Barack Obama is handsome. He’s incredibly bright. He’s incredibly well spoken, and he’s incredibly successful — not exactly the easiest guy in the world to identify with.
“He is a little like Adlai Stevenson,” Rendell mused. “You ask him a question, and he gives you a six-minute answer. And the six-minute answer is smart as all get out. It’s
intellectual. It’s well framed. It takes care of all the contingencies. But it’s a lousy soundbite.”
This is written before Mrs. Clinton spoke on Tuesday night, but she will not blow this opportunity to shine in front of a larger national audience than she has ever had. She will crisply articulate her programs and proposals, and will come across as forceful, committed and energetic. Women from coast to coast will watch her and wonder why she isn’t on the ticket.
actually Dick, we’re wondering why she isn’t THE ticket. He reprises his clever find:
This election can be summarized as follows: A party that is absolutely certain to win has a candidate who has great difficulty getting elected, while the other party is doomed to defeat but has nominated a candidate who just might win.
MoDo (I won’t link) worries about…what else? Bills speech
Finally, Obama had to give in on Monday and say he would allow the ex-president to do exactly as he likes, which is what he usually does anyhow.
Notice how she uses the freeper ‘ex” Worried again about Obama’s weakness…giving in to the Godfather-like Clintons
CNN reports that Bill will NOT attand the stadium Triumph of the Willie free concerts with speech extravaganza
And lways happy when NYT is clueless
Mrs. Clinton was met with a lengthy, loud standing ovation. She sprinkled her opening remarks with personal touches, delighting the crowd by thanking “my supporters, my champions — my sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits,” a reference to her signature sartorial style.
You didn’t expect the Gray Lady to read the Confluence, did ya?
Wednesday shows Barack Obama and John McCain each attracting 44% of the vote for the second straight day. When “leaners” are included, though, McCain picked up another point since yesterday and now has a statistically insignificant one-point advantage over Obama, 47% to 46%
as for what dems think of Bill Clinton’s wants
While 39% of voters think Bill Clinton wants Obama to be elected president, over half of Democrats (52%) feel that way. Nineteen percent (19%) of Democrats – and 29% of voters overall – think Clinton does not want Obama to win the White House.