5.31.2008

Obama Plans Election Kick-Off At GOP's Convention Site!

Damn, he's good.


(image lifted from from the Jed Report)

From Huntington Post:

Barack Obama selected St. Paul, Minn., where Republicans will hold their convention, as the site for a rally Tuesday night marking the end of primary season in the drawn-out Democratic presidential contest. The decision to hold the rally on symbolic GOP turf telegraphed his confidence that the Democratic nomination was already his.

The decision was announced on Saturday even as Democrats wrangled in Washington D.C. over rival Hillary Rodham Clinton's quest to have seated disallowed delegates she won in Florida and Michigan.

"It's the place where John McCain will accept the nomination. It's a good place for us to kick off the next phase of the campaign," Robert Gibbs, Obama's communications director, said in an interview.

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How a Lone Blogger Brought Down the McCain-Hagee Alliance

Great story. Worth clicking over & reading. It's from Daily Kos' Troutfishing:

"On may 15, 2008 I posted a short video on Youtube of Pastor John Hagee, assembled with the free iMovie software that came with my three-year-old MacBook [view the video at the end of this article—ed.]. In just a few days Americans began to absorb the reality that Republican presidential candidate John McCain had sought and accepted an endorsement from a religious leader who'd asserted a divine mandate for the Holocaust and claimed that Jews themselves were responsible for the tragedy, cursed by God for the ancient Hebrew worship of idols. I hardly expected the product to go ”viral” and so to possibly alter the dynamics of an American presidential election.

What I inadvertently touched on with my 4-minute, no-budget video, was the growing divide in American culture, religion and politics that, according to some well-respected observers, threatens the viability of American Democracy. Beneath the most obvious and salacious details of the scandal lies a Christian subculture that, like a vast chunk of Antarctic ice, had years before begun to diverge from the mainstream mass of secular culture; some, like Hagee’s church, have even diverged significantly from classical American fundamentalism."

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5.30.2008

CNN.com: McCain Fundraiser Event (Screenshot!)

It's the little things that make my day! What a great catch from Canadian4Obama:

You know how CNN.com/live often has a title that doesn't match the event? Well this one is particularly funny. So much so that I just couldn't resist saving it & sharing.

"McCain Fundraiser Event"




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Crash and burn, indeed. Crash and burn.

John McCain - Propaganda Machine

While John McCain keeps trying to paint Barack Obama as the one who needs to get to Iraq to see the reality of the surge's "success" himself, it became obvious today that McCain's umpteen propaganda visits did little to educate him in how the basic of how many troops are actually in Iraq now. And the DNC didn't watse anytime in using his ignorance against him, again.

From
DemRapidResponse:



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McCain's Web gap is showing - Los Angeles Times

Hillary Clinton campaigning like it was 1996. John McCain is campaigning like it's 1906. The GE is going to be so much fun!

From the LA Times:

The candidate is taking a serious drubbing on the most popular video-sharing service on the Internet -- and the virtual town square for millions of young voters.

The video lasts just more than three minutes. But that's long enough to raise some nasty doubts about John McCain's reputation as a straight talker.

There's the Arizona senator arguing both sides of President Bush's tax cuts. Here's the supposed foreign policy wizard flubbing the simple facts about which terrorists are being trained in Iran. He's even ducking his own admission that he needs to learn more about economics.

The newsreel of McCain lowlights has zoomed up the YouTube charts in the last week, with more than 1.5 million views. “John McCain’s YouTube Problem Just Became a Nightmare” is the video's title, which might be dismissed as partisan hype but for one thing: It's true.

[snip]

Search "John McCain" on YouTube and you'll find the latest broadside, by Brave New Films of Culver City, and a lot more that's not good for a candidate who's built his reputation on constancy and authenticity.

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The LA Times is referring to this incredible video from The Real McCain/Brave New Films (also featured in the right side column of this blog):

Obama takes huge lead over Clinton in CA, wins over women

From davidkc:

The results of a new Field Poll in California show Barack Obama with a huge double-digit lead over Hillary Clinton, and dispels the myth spread by Hillary that she's more electable. The poll also shoots a hole in Hillary's argument that only she can win big states, that she would do better than Obama against McCain, and that she does better with women voters. Yet more evidence to dispel Hillary's laughable claim that "every poll" shows that she would be the better candidate.

The results of the poll (taken May 16-27) show that Obama is now preferred as the party nominee by a landslide 51 to 38 percent among the state's Democrats. The poll also shows Obama doing just as well against McCain as Hillary in the state:

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The right-wing Politico cesspool that is Mike Allen, et. al.

Glenn Greenwald, on the stench that is Mike Allen & Politico, again:

Politico reporter Mike Allen, formerly of The Washington Post and Time, appeared yesterday on the show of right-wing radio host Mike Gallagher. The two of them guffawed together at how absurd are Scott McCellan's claims that the media was "deferential" to the Bush administration and then Allen said this:

ALLEN: And indeed, Scott does adopt the vocabulary, rhetoric of the left wing haters. Can you believe it in here he says the White House press corps was too deferential to the administration?
Think Progress has the audio, which makes even clearer how eager Mike Allen was "to adopt the vocabulary, rhetoric" of the right-wing operatives which Politico exists to serve. Actually, not even Karl Rove -- who gave Allen and comrades their marching orders earlier this week when he said during an interview with Sean Hannity that McClellan "sounds like a left-wing blogger" -- goes so far as to refer to those critical of the media's war coverage as "left wing haters." But Politico "reporter" Mike Allen does.

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50% of NY Democrats want Hillary to drop out

Even New Yorkers have turned on Hillary.

From Rasmussen:

Fifty percent (50%) of New York Democrats say it’s time for Senator Hillary Clinton to drop out of the race for the White House. Just 43% believe she should keep going. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey also found that most New York Republicans—52%--want Clinton to keep striving for the nomination. Overall, among all Empire State voters, 45% believe she should drop out while 43% disagree. (See Video)

Just 16% of New York Democrats think Obama should drop out of the race.

Forty-seven percent (47%) of New York voters believe Obama is the stronger general election candidate. Forty-three percent (43%) believe Clinton would be better.
Ba bye.

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Cross posted at TPM.

Reid & Pelosi: It's over, Obama won, no convention fight

Harry Reid key quotes via The Jed Report:

"There's not going to be a fight at the convention...we are all going to urge our folks to next week make a decision very quickly. Simple math indicates that next Tuesday...Obama will probably have the necessary number."

{snip]

"I don't lament this campaign taking as long as it has, but it's time it ended. ...By this time next week, it will all be over give or take a day."

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According to the LA Times & SF Chronicle, Reid & Pelosi and now in sync.

The primary will end next week (LA Times):
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton is coming under growing pressure from Democratic Party leaders and elected officials to quit the race, while some of her own supporters seem reluctant to rally behind her strategy for salvaging her presidential ambitions.

Intervening in the primary fight, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are sending public and private messages to superdelegates urging them to make a choice once primary voting ends Tuesday.

..."We're going to urge folks to make a decision quickly -- next week," Reid said in an interview with a radio program in his state of Nevada. "We agree there won't be a fight at the convention."
Pelosi won't allow convention fight, Pelosi won't allow convention fight (SF Chronicle):
Pelosi predicted Wednesday that a presidential nominee will emerge in the week after the final Democratic primaries on June 3, but she said "I will step in" if there is no resolution by late June regarding the seating of delegates from Florida and Michigan, the two states that defied party rules by holding early primaries.

"Because we cannot take this fight to the convention," she said. "It must be over before then."

[snip]

She said the party committee will come up with a formula that is "fair and accepted by both campaigns," perhaps allowing the states 50 percent of their delegates. But "if the resolution is not appropriate, then it remains for the (Democratic National Convention) credentials committee to resolve it," she said. Then, "it will have to happen by the end of June" or she will intervene, she said.
Insert Taps score here.

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Sen. Harry Reid: It's over, Obama won, no convention fight

"There's not going to be a fight at the convention...we are all going to urge our folks to next week make a decision very quickly. Simple math indicates that next Tuesday...Obama will probably have the necessary number. I don't lament this campaign taking as long as it has, but it's time it ended. ...By this time next week, it will all be over."

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5.29.2008

Hillary: "I'm the Most Fiscally Responsible Candidate"..LOL

“If you will vote for me next Tuesday, you are voting for the most fiscally responsible candidate in this race on either side of the aisle,” Clinton said. No this is not from The Onion.... She just said it to voters in South Dakota

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Obama's Chief Strategist Axelrod Rips Into McCain

"What does all his experience get us?" asked Obama's strategic guru. "What do all those visits [to Iraq] get us? The fact that he goes to Iraq and gets a tour apparently does little to provoke the kinds of questions that should be asked, and what Sen. Obama has been asking since the beginning."

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Did McCain coordinate Obama attack with swiftboaters?

Jed's on the case:

Vets for Freedom is a swiftboat-style group attacking Barack Obama, and the McCain campaign is using the exact same attack. Last week, HuffPo broke the news about the close ties between the two organizations. Now the question is: have they coordinated their messages? If so, they are breaking the law.

Watch this video comparing a Vets for Freedom ad with the attack lines used by John McCain and his co-chairman Lindsey Graham who until yesterday was on the swiftboating group's board of advisors. It seems obvious there was message coordination, especially given the tight links between the two groups.

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ACTION ALERT: Searching for John McCain

From Chris Bowers:

Searching for John McCain is a massive, online activism campaign designed to make at least ten million non-partisan, poll-tested, on-message voter contacts that reveal the damning truth about John McCain entirely through mainstream news reports and McCain's own words. Through mass blogger participation and the use of embedded hyperlinks, Searching for John McCain will connect millions of curious, low-information swing voters to negative, mainstream news articles about John McCain without 99% of those voters even knowing that Searching for John McCain exists. It is the more sophisticated, and hopefully more effective, 2.0 version of the Googlebomb the Elections campaign which, with only $1,500 and three days of work, reached 6% of the electorate in 47 swing congressional districts during the final two weeks of the 2006 mid-term elections.

You can participate if you have a website of your own, if you make comments on other websites, or even if you are a registered user on a community website. It is quick. It is easy. It is free. And it is very, very effective. If it is done correctly, and if enough people participate, this campaign alone should cost John McCain 1% of the vote in November.

To learn how to participate, and to learn how it will work...

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33 Things The Obama Campaign Never Did

davefromqueens has put together an interesting list of all the things Brack Obama could have brought up during the campaign but chose not too. Accroding the davefromqueens, the list includes "Right wing smears and lies against the Clintons that are untrue and should be denounced. On these smears and lies I have and always will defend the Clintons & true things that the Clintons did and could legitimately be denounced for but the Obama campaign chose not too."

Here's a sample:

  1. They never brought up Marc Rich, but could have.
  1. They never smeared Hillary with lies about Vince Foster but could have.
  1. They never brought up the millions of dollars in speaking fees that Bill Clinton has earned from Saudi Arabia, but could have.
  1. They never brought up Whitewater, but could have.
  1. They never brought up Monica Lewinsky, but could have.
  1. They never brought up Hillary's potential ethics problems from the early 1970s while in Washington as a lawyer, but could have.
  1. They never brought up Hugh Rodham but could have.
  1. They never brought up impeachment but could have.
  1. They never brought up Sandy Berger and the files in his socks but could have.
  1. They never brought up the instance in which, as a young lawyer, Hillary Clinton attacked the credibility of an alleged 12 year old rape victim. But they could have.
  1. They never brought up the fact that Democrats saw a 30% decline (from 30 governorships to 21) in the number of state houses controlled from the time the Clinton's came to power to the time they left office. But they could have.
  1. They never brought up the Rose Law Firm, but could have.
  1. They never brought up the fact that when the Clintons came to power the Democrats controlled the Senate but that changed just two years later. But they could have.
  1. They never brought up Doug Coe but could have.
  1. They never brought up Bill Clinton's foreign business dealings but could have.
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Rupert Murdoch Says Obama Will Win..Almost Endorses???

From the hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm department.

From Huntington Post:

Carlsbad, CA -- Tonight at the "All Things Digital" conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal. Rupert Murdoch -- Chairman of News Corp, new WSJ owner, and longtime torchbearer for conservative politics -- said this about Barack Obama: "He is a rock star. I love what he is saying about education. I think he will win and I am anxious to meet him."

About the presumptive Republican nominee, Murdoch said, "McCain is a friend of mine. But I think he's got a lot of problems. He has been in Congress a long time, and you have to make a lot of compromises. So what's he really stand for?... I think he has a lot of problems."

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CNN/ABC Reporter: executives forced pro-Bush, pro-war "news"

More from Glenn Greenwald on our media's participatory propaganda on the lead up to the Iraq war:

Jessica Yellin -- currently a CNN correspondent who covered the White House for ABC News in 2002 and 2003 -- was on with Anderson Cooper last night discussing Scott McClellan's book, and made one of the most significant admissions heard on television in quite some time:
JESSICA YELLIN, CNN CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: I think the press corps dropped the ball at the beginning. When the lead-up to the war began, the press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war that was presented in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president's high approval ratings.

And my own experience at the White House was that, the higher the president's approval ratings, the more pressure I had from news executives -- and I was not at this network at the time -- but the more pressure I had from news executives to put on positive stories about the president.

ON the laughable denials from Gibson, et. al, Glenn Closes with this:
....As Eric Boehlert and Atrios both demonstrated yesterday, Ted Kennedy in September, 2002 "delivered a passionate, provocative, and newsworthy speech raising all sorts of doubts about a possible invasion." Moreover, Al Gore (the prior presidential nominee of the Democratic Party) and Howard Dean (the 2003 Democratic presidential frontrunner) were both emphatically speaking out against the war.

Thus, three of the most influential voices in the Democratic Party -- arguably the three most influential at the time -- were vehemently opposing the war. People were protesting in the streets by the hundreds of thousands inside the U.S. and around the world. In the world as perceived by the insulated, out-of-touch and establishment-worshiping likes of David Ignatius, Brian Williams, David Gregory, and Charlie Gibson, there may not have been a debate over whether we should attack Iraq. But there nonetheless was a debate. They ignored it and silenced it because their jobs didn't permit them to highlight those questions. Ask Jessica Yellin. She'll tell you. She just did last night.

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News anchors praise their enabling of the administration

Glenn Greenwald call bullshit on Charlie Gibson & other 'news' persons who immediately and forcefully came out to defend the charge from Scott McClellan's that they did jack shit in terms of journalism on the lead up to the Iraq war.

Charlie Gibson says that it's not the job of the media to "debate" with political leaders, merely to pose questions.

I was going to add this as an update to my prior post on Scott McClellan's extraordinary description of the media as "deferential, complicit enablers" of Bush administration "propaganda," but it should really stand on its own. Here is an absolutely amazing link to a video where the three network news anchors appeared jointly on The Today Show this morning and were forced by McClellan's book to address whether the media failed in its duties in the run-up to the war -- the first time, to my knowledge, that this topic has ever been broached by network news journalists (h/t Kitt). The fact that television news has blacked-out the whole issue until now is, by itself, rather amazing.

While Katie Couric impressively argued that the media did fail to do its job -- pointing out that the White House threatened networks which were perceived to be too critical with cutting off access to the war and that anyone who questioned the war was deemed unpatriotic and all of that "affected the level of aggressiveness that was exercised by the media" -- the painfully empty-headed Charlie Gibson and the mindlessly establishment-defending Brian Williams both insisted that the media did a perfectly fine job and that they would do nothing different. "There was a lot of skepticism raised about" the Colin Powell speech, said Gibson, in one of the falsest statements ever uttered on TV. He continued:read more | digg story

5.28.2008

Karl Rove Accidently Emailed 500 Deleted Emails to Reporter

From BrasscheckTV.com:

"Were you ever curious about why Karl Rove resigned so suddenly? Alberto Gonzales, Bush buddy and Attorney General who made torture as American as apple pie, resigned around the same time. The two events may be connected. You see, Mr. Rove appears to have been involved in a felony called election fraud. And to pull it off, he may have had help from Alberto Gonzalez. Remember all those federal prosectutors who Gonzales fired and replaced with Bush-friendly crooks? You know why removing them was so important? They were standing in the way of Rove's scheme. When this news broke it was on the front page of every newspaper in the world - except in the United States. From a talk by investigative reporter Greg Palast. "



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Let's look at every poll, Miss Hillary. Not just Rove's.

It's amazing what a dose of reality looks like.

From the Jed Report:

A certain presidential candidate is making some rather extravagant claims about leading in every single poll taken here on planet earth, so let's just look at the numbers.

This chart shows, by month, the average net margin of victory or defeat for Obama and Clinton versus McCain. It relies on every single poll aggregated by pollster.com except for those polls in which only one candidate appeared. In other words, this is a true apples-to-apples test.



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NYT Editorial: Assassination Humor? Fox Crosses a Line

The NY Times didn't think Fox's Liz Trotta joking about assassinating Barack Obama was funny either:

Hillary Clinton’s recent comments about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy have gotten a lot of attention. A far more offensive assassination reference on Fox News has largely gone under the radar, since it happened over a slow Memorial Day weekend.

Liz Trotta, a journalist and Fox contributor, was talking on Sunday about Mrs. Clinton’s comments, and misspoke, calling Barack Obama “Osama.” She then said, “And now we have what some are reading as a suggestion that somebody knock off Osama, uh, Obama. Well, both if we could.” Then she laughed.

[snip]

Ms. Trotta has since apologized, but the apology rang hollow. We still do not understand why she thought talking about assassinating Mr. Obama was appropriate for television — or why she laughed after saying it.

Fox has never met its self-proclaimed standard of being “Fair and Balanced.” But is it too much to ask that it limit its political contributors to people who do not think that killing a presidential candidate is a laughing matter?

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Top Censored Story: Halliburton Sold Nuke Components to Iran

Author Jason Leopold reports on one of the top censored stories. Halliburton sold key components to Iran as late as 2005, through an Iranian private oil company, Oriental Oil Kish. In 1996 VP Dick Cheney told US businessmen while on a trip to the Middle East, to ease sanctions in Iran & Libya to foster better relationships with them.

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5.27.2008

McCain economic policy shaped by lobbyist/ex-Sen. Phil Gramm

Phil Gramm is the putz of a Senator who's policies as Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee pretty much led to the current crisis. His push for deregulation of policies that had been in place since the great depression are what eventually allowed the banking industry to do this shell game we now know as the mortgage crisis. And McCain would make this bozo his Economic Secretary!

From MSNBC:

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain’s national campaign general co-chair was being paid by a Swiss bank to lobby Congress about the U.S. mortgage crisis at the same time he was advising McCain about his economic policy, federal records show.

“Countdown with Keith Olbermann” reported Tuesday night that lobbying disclosure forms, filed by the giant Swiss bank UBS, list McCain’s campaign co-chair, former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm, as a lobbyist dealing specifically with legislation regarding the mortgage crisis as recently as Dec. 31, 2007.

Gramm joined the bank in 2002 and had registered as a lobbyist by 2004. UBS filed paperwork deregistering Gramm on April 18 of this year. Gramm continues to serve as a UBS vice chairman.

News of Gramm’s involvement as a paid advocate for the banking industry, simultaneous with his unpaid work on McCain’s economic policies, comes as McCain’s campaign continues to reel from the purge of four other lobbyists. Two weeks ago, McCain banned lobbyists from advising him on the same subjects covered by their lobbying work.

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In April '92, Clinton camp called Brown victory "impossible"

Well someone's been a busy beaver! Damn. Jed out together an incredible collection of quote from the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign with regards to his race being won even thought it wasn't technically over, and it feels a little like deja vu, except Hillary Clinton is now in the roll of Former California Gov. Jerry Brown.

From the Jed Report:

I have never seen anything like it. I have never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully just for running. ... I can't believe it. It is just frantic the way they are trying to push and pressure and bully all these superdelegates to come out. -- Bill Clinton, on Sunday

Without editorial comment, here's a list of quotes and statements about the 1992 Democratic nomination battle from March and April of that year. (Links after the jump.)

"Things I see happening in the Brown campaign lead me to believe something destructive is happening. I'd say it's time for Democrats to link arms, dig in our heels, set our sights and work together to put Bill Clinton in the White House in 1992."
-- Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin (NYT, 3/27/92)

"In an interview, Ronald H. Brown, the party chairman, said he wanted to maintain his neutrality but was compelled to speak out against what he described as the former California Governor's 'scorched-earth policy' of verbal assault on Mr. Clinton's record and character. "
-- NYT, 3/27/92

"It's mathematically impossible for Brown to get the nomination."
-- Clinton spokesman George Stephanopoulos on Clinton's last foe (NYT, 4/8/92)

"In the future, people will look back upon this week and this campaign as a turning point, not for Bill Clinton, but for the Democratic Party and for America."
-- Bill Clinton, after winning New York's primary (NYT, 4/8/92)

"People are starting to rally around the flag."
-- Dee Dee Myers, Clinton Press Sec'y (NYT, 4/10/92)

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Bill Clinton has "never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully just for running"? Liar. Isn't the internets a wonderful place?

Jed has now added a video version of this post. Pretty cool.

How The Clintons Will Disenfranchise Florida and Michigan

From Andrew Sullivan:

Democratic primary turnout in the top 10 states this year was at least 75% of the 2004 John Kerry votes in each state, but Hillary continues to fight for Florida and Michigan to count even though their turnout was only 44% & 24%. Would counting these states disenfranchise those voters who stayed home by legitimizing the once unsanctioned election?

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Fox News’ Kilmeade Says Vets Don’t Deserve Webb’s GI Bill

What a douche bag. Evidently, he could have used a few more years of school.

From Think Progress:

After garnering 256 votes in the House, Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-VA) 21st Century GI Bill passed the Senate last week with 75 votes. Yesterday, on Memorial Day, the New York Times criticized President Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) — who skipped the vote — for opposing the bill, writing that Bush and McCain “would prefer that college benefits for service members remain just mediocre enough that people in uniform are more likely to stay put.”

Discussing the op-ed this morning, Fox and Friends’s Brian Kilmeade defended Bush and McCain, saying their position is “just a different emphasis.” He insisted that current circumstances are “different” than after World War II, when the original GI bill was passed, because today’s veterans volunteered to serve:

This is just a different emphasis. … After all this is different. People point to, ‘Well, look what they did after World War II.’ Well after World War II, people were conscripted. They said, ‘You’re joining.’ They said for doing that and winning the war, here’s a college education. Now, people are saying, ‘I want to be a military person. I am signing on in a volunteer force.’

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Max Blumenthal: Joseph Lieberman To Headline Upcoming Pastor Hagee Summit

Senator Joseph Lieberman is scheduled to headline Pastor John Hagee's 2008 Christians United For Israel Washington-Israel Summit this July 22. In accepting Hagee's invitation, Lieberman became the most senior elected representative confirmed to appear at the annual gala.

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John McCain and his 527 pals--No Integrity Here???

I can't wait for this primary to be completely over so that we can all focus on McSame (and by we I mean the media too) From the Jed Report:

Two of John McCain's campaign co-chairs, Senators Lindsay Graham and Joe Lieberman, turn out to be advisers to an anti-Obama 527. There's nothing illegal about this, but it does violate McCain's stated policy of not not having members of his campaign team also work with 527s involved in the presidential campaign.

It should be fun to torment him over this inconsistency, but the thing that really caught my attention was the ad itself. It closes with a loaded rhetorical question: "If Barack Obama won't listen to us, who will he listen to?" Nothing surprising about that kind of attack coming from the GOP, but the funny thing is that John McCain is the one listening to terrorists and quoting them on the campaign trail. For example:

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Even the Great Krugman Lies About Florida

We all wish Paul Krugman would stick to economics and leave the politics to the politicos.

From Frank Dwyer at the Huffington Post:

Dear Paul Krugman,

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Why do you keep saying that the voters of Florida should have their votes counted because they voted "in good faith"? What does that mean? What are you trying -- Humpty-Dumpty style -- to make it mean? Most people in politics lie: what else does such a greedy, selfish, easily manipulated, and ill-informed country deserve? And who in the media doesn't lie? But not you! For you to keep saying that the voters of Florida voted "in good faith" is a lie, and I think you know it is a lie. Were those poor little paragons of democracy not informed that the Democratic Party, having warned them not to move their primary up, was not going to count their votes? Were they not told that all the candidates had agreed with that decision and, as a result, were not campaigning in the state? If they knew all that -- and they did -- then they did not vote "in good faith." Oh, maybe some of the really stupid ones, the ones who don't read newspapers or watch television news or have any news sources but Leno and Letterman, may have voted in more or less "good faith," I suppose, but I expect a good many of the smart ones may not have wasted their time? Of course your candidate doesn't have bragging rights to the smart ones, does she? She and her spinmeisters must instead make a virtue of her superior appeal to the uneducated. Hooray for the high school drop-outs! (Shades of the immortal Roman Hruska.)

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Poll: Republican Senator Mitch McConnell In Serious Trouble

The latest Rasmussen Reports poll shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is in serious trouble (and it couldn't happen to a more deserving piece of shit):

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Kentucky Senate race shows Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford with a five percentage point lead over long-time Republican Senator Mitch McConnell. The poll, conducted just two days after Lunsford won the Democratic nomination, shows the challenger with 49% of the vote while McConnell earns 44%.

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Senate Forecast Update: Republican Apocalypse

Autumn is going to be a lot fun.

From Chris Bowers:

Somehow, the Senate Forecast has gotten even better for Democrats. We have gotten closer in Minnesota and Oregon, pulled ahead in Mississippi, and with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell falling behind in a new poll, it is a full-blown Republican apocalypse.

Right now, Democrats lead in five Republican-held seats, and are within 5% or less in another six seats. That presents Democrats with eleven targets that, any other election year, would be considered top-tier challenges. And this is in an environment where the DSCC has a cash on hand advantage of more than $20 million. Sixty Democrats in the Senate, and a filibuster-proof trifecta, is now entirely realistic. Somehow, the Senate Forecast has gotten even better for Democrats. We have gotten closer in Minnesota and Oregon, pulled ahead in Mississippi, and with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell falling behind in a new poll, it is a full-blown Republican apocalypse.

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The era of big Clintons is soon over

The good news is, the Clinton's are finally going the way of conservatism...

From the AP:

There's been a Clinton running for the White House or living in it for approximately forever.

Bill, it could be said, was born to run. Running became Hillary's destiny, too.

One quarter of Americans have never known life without a Clinton trying for or having the presidency. Millions have gone from diapers to diplomas in the time of the Clintons.

When Hillary Rodham Clinton finally exits the 2008 Democratic presidential race, she will end a decades-long, power-couple streak of unique political energy, savvy ideas, colossal policy flops and raw ambition dressed in pants suits and briefs, not boxers.

"Every day is an adventure," Bill said cheerfully at the start of it all. And how.

By now, the Clintons have been assigned mystical qualities of perseverance. The notion that the adventure is over is almost beyond comprehension.

"I never quit," she says. "I never give up."

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The bad news is they are going away in a pretty pathetic, last grasp of class sort of way.

McCain calls swiftboating group a "wonderful organization"

It's begun.

From the Jed Report:

A swiftboating group is now attacking Barack Obama with a nasty smear ad suggesting that he would put America's enemies first. Apparently, John McCain approves -- he calls the group a "wonderful organization."


For more background:

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5.26.2008

It's Bush-McCain vs. everybody else on the new G.I. Bill

From the Jed Report:

For some inexplicable reason, John McCain has chosen Memorial Day to defend his opposition to Jim Webb's new G.I. Bill -- opposition that he shares with George W. Bush and a handful of other right-wing Republicans.

The Bush-McCain argument against the new bill is hardly inspiring -- if G.I. benefits are expanded, they say, military reenlistment rates will plummet. The New York Times responds:

[snip]

Webb's legislation passed with 75 votes. And last month, John Warner, the former Republican Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee joined in the criticism of McCain's argument:

“I think this argument that it’s going to hurt retention is very thin and tenuous, very thin and tenuous,” said the former chairman. “The flip side of that is, putting a big piece of cheese out there will induce more qualified people to join just to get this. It should be a tremendous incentive for recruitment.”

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What the Government Knows: When You Order A Pizza

Okay, this is a pretty unnerving video. From the ACLU:

How the Bush Administration is collecting data on your personal life in: The Total Surveillance Society.



"The government and corporations are aggressively collecting information about your personal life and your habits. They want to track your purchases, your medical records, and even your relationships. The Bush Administration's policies, coupled with invasive new technologies, could eliminate your right to privacy completely. Please help us protect our privacy rights and prevent the Total Surveillance Society."

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Obama's political team out-organized Clinton

Well, we could have told you this 3 months ago, Ms. Pickler. Perhaps you'd have seen it for yourself if you started paying more attention to & stuck with reporting facts (and stopped focusing on the trivial). From the AP:

Call them Kool-Aid drinkers. Political romantics. Starry-eyed dreamers.

But as the marathon Democratic primary campaign nears an end, Barack Obama's staff is on the verge of vindicating its belief that the eloquent black freshman senator from Illinois was a unique candidate who could win the Democratic nomination in one of the biggest upsets in presidential politics.

The band of Obama loyalists who imagined that could happen have stunned even themselves with their success against Hillary Rodham Clinton, who appeared to have wrapped up the nomination last year, before any votes were cast. Now, they face a new challenge with the impending nomination and campaign against Republican John McCain.

If they succeed, many team members could be helping run the country eight months from now. Presidents often appoint campaign advisers to top administration jobs.

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Don't you worry your empty little head, Nedra Pickler. They will succeed.

Montana's huge black population gives Obama the edge

Snark from Markos:

Census numbers:

Black Persons, 2006: 0.4%
White Persons, 2006: 90.8%

The rest are either Latino (2.5%) or Native American (6.4%).

Montana is also the nation's fifth poorest state. It's poor, it's white, and has no African Americans to speak of. Therefore, if what the Clinton campaign and its apologists say is correct, if what the political news media tell me is accurate, Clinton should have another 30-point blowout in store. Right?

Mason-Dixon for Lee Newspapers. 5/19-21. Likely Democratic primary voters. MoE 5% (12/17-19 results)

Obama 52 (17)
Clinton 35 (29)

I expect the Clinton campaign to spin bullshit. It's been the entirety of their campaign now for several months. But it's shocking to me how difficult it has been for the political media to distinguish from Obama's Appalachian problem and his non-existent problems with white voters at large.

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Clinton demands Mars delegates be seated

Hysterical. From jpmassar:

Dateline: Kennedy Space Center, June 4, 2008:

Hillary Clinton announced that her campaign would continue "...until
every Martian voice is heard and respected." Pointing out that, as of
yet, no Martian delegates had been selected, "No one can say they have
won the nomination until each and every state -- red states, blue
states and little green states, have been heard from!"

(It gets even stranger after the cut)

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Joe Lieberman and the Florida recount

Thank you, Joe Lieberman. You can't touch anything without it all turning to shit, can you? From the Jed Report:

From Recount, here's the unfolding of Joe Lieberman's capitulation to Bush lawyers on counting unpostmarked, undated, unsigned overseas ballots received after election day:



Overall, overseas ballots received after election day boosted Bush's total by 739 votes. (Gore actually lead Bush by 202 votes in the ballots cast and received on or before election day.) Of the 2,411 late ballots, 680 were later determined to have been illegally counted by The New York Times.

[snip]

And in the context of the recount, it pretty much killed Gore's chances of winning. As Kevin Spacey says sarcastically at the end of the scene: "Thank you Joe Lieberman."

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Who's the one-man gaffe machine now, Jake Tapper?

A quick, but must read from the Jed Report. Jed points out the obvious when it comes to gossip-prone, Jake Tapper's hit piece on Barack Obama's supposed gaffe and his attack is full of gaffes:

At least Tapper understands that a gaffe is an unintentional non-harmful mistake. For the MSM to consider McCain's jokes about IED's and bombing Iran to be gaffes is absolutely deplorable. For them to consider HRC's reasons for staying in the race, that Obama might be assassinated, a gaffe, is utterly inhumane, and unacceptable.

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Obama Donor Lists Too Large For FEC To Process



Barack Obama has TOO MANY supporters. From Politico (via the Huffington Post):

The record-shattering fundraising by Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has reshaped the financing of presidential elections and generated breathless coverage and analysis of the otherwise arcane area of campaign finance.

Yet it’s had another consequence that has gone all but unnoticed. The campaign finance reports filed by Obama and Clinton have grown so massive that they’ve strained the capacity of the Federal Election Commission, good government groups, the media and even software applications to process and make sense of the data.

A milestone of sorts was reached earlier this year, when Obama, the Illinois senator whose revolutionary online fundraising has overwhelmed Clinton, filed an electronic fundraising report so large it could not be processed by popular basic spreadsheet applications like Microsoft Excel 2003 and Lotus 1-2-3.

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Military Chief Warns Troops About Politics

This one knocked my socks off (in a good way). Give me hope that all is not lost.

The NY Times:

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has written an unusual open letter to all those in uniform, warning them to stay out of politics as the nation approaches a presidential election in which the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be a central, and certainly divisive, issue.

The U.S. military must remain apolitical at all times and in all ways,” wrote the chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, the nation’s highest-ranking officer. “It is and must always be a neutral instrument of the state, no matter which party holds sway.”

Admiral Mullen’s essay appears in the coming issue of Joint Force Quarterly, an official military journal that is distributed widely among the officer corps.

The essay is the first Admiral Mullen has written for the journal as chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and veteran officers said they could not remember when a similar “all-hands” letter had been issued to remind military personnel to remain outside, if not above, contentious political debate.

[snip]

“As the nation prepares to elect a new president,” Admiral Mullen wrote, “we would all do well to remember the promises we made: to obey civilian authority, to support and defend the Constitution and to do our duty at all times.”

“Keeping our politics private is a good first step,” he added. “The only things we should be wearing on our sleeves are our military insignia.”

[snip]

“I am not suggesting that military professionals abandon all personal opinions about modern social or political issues,” Admiral Mullen wrote. “What I am suggesting — indeed, what the nation expects — is that military personnel will, in the execution of the mission assigned to them, put aside their partisan leanings. Political opinions have no place in cockpit or camp or conference room.”

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The Politico's John Harris admits now what he denied last year: They focused on internet traffic over substantive stories

As usual, Glenn know exactly what he's talking about and Politico is nothing more than a gossip rag masquerading as a serious news organization.

From Glenn Greenwald:

John Harris, former National Political Editor of The Washington Post and current Editor-in-Chief of The Politico, wrote a column yesterday acknowledging the extremely obvious truths about his "profession" -- that because they are obsessed with attracting traffic-generating links, they focus on empty trivialities at the expense of substantive news:
[snip]

As leaders of a new publication, Politico's senior editors and I are relentlessly focused on audience traffic. The way to build traffic on the Web is to get links from other websites. The way to get links is to be first with news -- sometimes big news, sometimes small -- that drives that day's conversation.
[snip]

There are all sorts of points that can be made about Harris' self-evident confessional, but let's begin with the fact that, last March, I wrote numerous posts criticizing The Politico for precisely this vapid, link-chasing mentality in the context of its endless coverage of the "Edwards hair" story which its reporter, Ben Smith, "broke." One post was titled: "The Politico: Gossip rag masquerading as news organization?" Another focused on The Politico's obvious obsession with securing critical traffic-producing links from Matt Drudge.

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The White Working Class: Forgotten Voters No More

From John Harwood (via the NY TImes):

One might conclude that Mr. Teixeira is troubled by Senator Barack Obama’s performance in recent primaries against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton among the voters known by nicknames like Joe Sixpack or Nascar Dad or Waitress Mom.

Actually, he is not.

Mr. Obama, who leads the delegate count, “is clocking in where he needs to be” with white, working-class voters to win the White House in November, Mr. Teixeira said.

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The Unbearable Lostness of Paul Krugman (One economist's thoughts on another)

From ornithology:

I start with a confession; I am an economist.

Paul Krugman is a brilliant economist. When he began writing his NY Times op-ed columns I was utterly delighted. Here was a chance for some excellent popular economics journalism, writing that could reach a broad audience while still being rooted in sound economic analysis. Good for the economics profession, good for readers, good for the policy dialogue, where economists are often disgregarded.

Why oh why did Krugman decide that he should be a political commentator instead? Why not stick to economics? His column in today's Times, "Divided We Stand", yet another piece by him in which nothing that Hillary Clinton does is subject to any sort of critical scrutiny, and Obama and his supporters are conflated and subject to sweeping criticisms, all in the context of superficial political analysis that sounds more like personal venting than the writings of a thoughtful person.

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5.25.2008

Fox News'Liz Trotta Jokes About Killing Obama

This is what Hillary has helped to create:

While commenting on Hillary's RFK gaffe, Liz Trotta on Fox News Channel first referred to Barack Obama as "Osama" and then laughed that they should both be killed (video from Resist9999).


"and now we have what ... uh...some are reading as a suggestion that somebody knock off Osama ...uh..um..Obama [after being prompted by the FNC anchor]....well both if we could [laughing]"

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Lauren S at DailyKos ash more.

UPDATE: Here's the full segment:

Trouble Brewing in New York for Hillary Clinton

I can assure the L.A. Times, it's not just the African American community, but we'll stick with their subject for the time being:

Black leaders say that if Hillary Rodham Clinton returns as senator, she'll need to heal racial wounds her campaign has inflicted.
Even as she continues her longshot presidential bid, Hillary Rodham Clinton faces a political rift in New York, where black leaders say her standing has dropped due to racially charged comments by her and her husband during the campaign.

African American elected officials and clerics based in New York City say Clinton will need to defuse resentment over the campaign's racial overtones if she returns to New York as U.S. senator.

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Clinton has burned her bridges home to New York

From jeremybloom brings us the good news that Hillary has (possibly? hopefully?) damaged herself not just across the country, but right here in her stepping stone home of New York:

Two weeks ago, I argued that Hillary Clinton had not only lost her race for the Presidential nomination - she is going to be in trouble four years from now if she decides to run for senate again in NY.

At the time, I was basing that on electoral numbers and speculation, but the LA Times has a story out tomorrow that backs me up.

African American elected officials and clerics based in New York City say Clinton will need to defuse resentment over the campaign's racial overtones if she returns to New York as U.S. senator.

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Stunning Image of an Unusual Rose

Exquisite.


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5.24.2008

Joe Lieberman, Would-Be Censor (& Consummate Asshole)

From The NY Times:

The Internet is simply a means of communication, like the telephone, but that has not prevented attempts to demonize it — the latest being the ludicrous claim that the Internet promotes terrorism.

[snip]

Mr. Lieberman recently demanded that YouTube take down hundreds of videos produced by Islamist terrorist organizations or their supporters. YouTube reviewed the videos to determine whether they violated its guidelines, which prohibit hate speech and graphic or gratuitous violence. It took down 80 videos, but left others up. Mr. Lieberman said that was “not enough,” and demanded that more come down.

[snip]

Terrorism is a real concern. All Americans know that. They also know that if we give up our fundamental rights, the terrorists win.

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Lou Dobbs Crumbles When Pressed On ‘NAFTA Super Highway’

Pay no attention to the xenophobe behind the curtain.

From Think Progress:

Last night on his CNN show, an edgy Lou Dobbs hosted Media Matters fellow Paul Waldman to discuss the report’s finding. Waldman asked Dobbs to provide evidence of the “myth” he often promotes — that there is a “secret plan” to build a “NAFTA Superhighway” from Mexico to Canada. Having trouble providing evidence, an exasperated Dobbs said finally, “You’re charging nonsense.” “I reject it, I reject you, and I reject your position,” he angrily added. From the exchange:


In fact, Dobbs has a history of perpetuating myths on his show, previously linking undocumented immigrants with cases of leprosy, airing a report saying that the “invasion of illegal aliens is threatening the health of many Americans.” When CBS News confronted Dobbs and told him his claim was false, Dobbs simply replied, “If we reported it, its a fact.”

Last night, Dobbs similarly dismissed challenges to his fact-free claims, calling Waldman “an ideologue” and “a left-wing hack.”

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Andy Borowitz: Hillary Rejects, Denounces Self

Oh,this is just priceless. From Andy Borowitz:

Responding to a chorus of outrage touched off by her comments about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) made a bold attempt at damage control today by distancing herself from herself.

Many political observers had assumed Sen. Clinton would respond in some manner to the controversy she had created with her comments, but few expected her to throw herself under the bus.

At a rally today in South Dakota, the New York senator said that the comments she made were "totally unacceptable," adding, "I hereby reject and denounce myself."

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Barack Obama Responds to Hillary Clinton's RFK Reference

Remember Hillary's reaction to his 'bitter' gaffe? Can't you just IMAGINE how she'd react if Barack has made this gaffe?

"Shame on you Barack Obama! Shame on you for using the Kennedy's, and the nation's tragedy, for political gain!"
Well, take a look at Barack Obama's response via the AP:
"I have learned that when you are campaigning for as many months as Senator Clinton and I have been campaigning, sometimes you get careless in terms of the statements that you make and I think that is what happened here. Senator Clinton says that she did not intend any offense by it and I will take her at her word on that."

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This is what class looks like, Senator Clinton.

It's over, folks

The wise clammyc on Hilary's campaign ending gaffe:

This is her "Dean scream" moment. This is her "I voted against it before I voted for it" moment. This is, as chiefsjen says below, her "macaca" moment. She can’t recover from this - even if she actually gave the most heartfelt apology and retraction and clarification and innocent explanation that she has ever given.

This is the kind of moment that the corporate media has been waiting for in order to bury either hers or Obama’s campaign...[snip]

Obama will not focus on her. McCain will not focus on her. And the corporate media will not focus on her. And yes, Obama has started to focus on McCain at her expense, just as the corporate media has started to focus on the fact that she can’t win enough delegates to get the nomination. The difference now is that they don’t have to focus on her anymore and no one will think twice about it.

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Liberal Pundits Offer Apology

This is a brilliant piece. It reminds me of the genuine apology Hillary could make (according to NWTerriD) that would save her political career after her fourth RFK/Assassination mention in a posted yesterday on the subject.

From By Michael Bérubé:

In an alternate universe to this one, liberal pundits offer up apologies for attacking Ned Lamont and endorsing Lieberman in the 2006 election.

[snip]

The organization, "Repentant Villagers," announced today that it would be issuing formal apologies to hundreds of liberal bloggers, including Duncan Black, Jane Hamsher, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, Glenn Greenwald, and "Digby," acknowledging that the progressive blogosphere was right about Lieberman after all. "No one could have anticipated the breach of the party," said Jonathan Chait, senior editor of the New Republic. "But Lieberman's recent op-ed, calling the Democratic Party insufficiently pro-American, is just sheer barking lunacy. I could never have seen this coming two years ago when I was calling Lieberman's critics 'a pack of crazed, ignorant ideological cannibals,' and I'm deeply sorry. It looks like I turned out to be the truly ignorant one in the end."

Time magazine columnist Joe Klein sounded a similar note, saying, "it's true what that Eschatros guy says on his blog--we really do live in a village*, and we really do listen only to each other. I just never realized what a hermetic little clique I inhabit until I started reading around in the fever swamp of the blogosphere--and now I wonder, frankly, what makes my commentary any better than the bloggers'. Because I was clearly so clueless on Lamont-Lieberman that I really need to check myself. Now I wonder whether my columns on FISA were any good, or whether I was just making stuff up."

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Clinton's Killer Gaffe


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Lieberman, Graham Violating Of McCain's Ethics Rules

Two of Sen. John McCain's top campaign chairmen are serving on the board of an independent organization that is behind a new attack ad against Sen. Barack Obama, an apparent violation of the Arizona Republican's new conflict of interest policy. They hold positions on the board of advisers of Vets for Freedom.

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Republicans and Our Enemies: by Joseph Biden

Joe Biden rips Joe Lieberman, John McCain & the Idiot in Chief, news ones for their inept, dangerous and shortsighted foreign policy blundering:

On Wednesday, Joe Lieberman wrote on this page that the Democratic Party he and I grew up in has drifted far from the foreign policy espoused by Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John Kennedy.

In fact, it is the policies that President George W. Bush has pursued, and that John McCain would continue, that are divorced from that great tradition – and from the legacy of Republican presidents like Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

[skip]

At the heart of this failure is an obsession with the "war on terrorism" that ignores larger forces shaping the world: the emergence of China, India, Russia and Europe; the spread of lethal weapons and dangerous diseases; uncertain supplies of energy, food and water; the persistence of poverty; ethnic animosities and state failures; a rapidly warming planet; the challenge to nation states from above and below.

Instead, Mr. Bush has turned a small number of radical groups that hate America into a 10-foot tall existential monster that dictates every move we make.

[skip]

The Bush-McCain saber rattling is the most self-defeating policy imaginable. It achieves nothing. But it forces Iranians who despise the regime to rally behind their leaders. And it spurs instability in the Middle East, which adds to the price of oil, with the proceeds going right from American wallets into Tehran's pockets.

The worst nightmare for a regime that thrives on tension with America is an America ready, willing and able to engage. Since when has talking removed the word "no" from our vocabulary?

It's amazing how little faith George Bush, Joe Lieberman and John McCain have in themselves – and in America.

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How this man never became President is beyond me.

Lieberman's Step-Son: I'm Voting Obama

How's this for irony. From The Huffington Post:

There's one less Democrat listening to Sen. Joe Lieberman. Rabbi Ethan Tucker, the senator's step son, offered up his opinion on the difficulties facing Obama in reaching out to the Jewish community:
Tucker, 32, the biological son of Lieberman's wife, Hadassah, opines that an age split is apparent within the Jewish community in attitudes about Obama (as has also been shown in the overall Democratic constituency). Tucker, as paraphrased by reporter Jodi Kantor, asserts that younger Jews "have grown up in diverse settings and are therefore less likely to be troubled by Mr. Obama's associations than their elders."
So where does Rabbi Tucker fall on Obama, whose foreign policy bona fides were bashed by his stepfather in a recent editorial? Actually, he's backing Obama. Apparently, Obama's associations aren't a problem for him:
"Rabbi Tucker said he had given money to Mr. Obama and would vote for him in the fall. 'If association was the litmus test of identity, everyone would be a hopeless mishmash of confusion, or you'd have no friends,' he said."
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I can only repeat what I wrote before

A lot of us have been fed up with Hillary's tactics. For some of us it was a long time ago that our feelings changed from admiration to disappointment to outrage. For me it started when Hillary remained silent during the Terry Schiavo fiasco. That was the beginning of the end for me.

teacherken explains his moment and evidently he had more patience with her than I had -- gave her the benefit of the doubt for far longer -- as his outrage comes years after mine.

To some of us the real sadness is that there is little new at which to be shocked. In this diary I want to revisit in part what I wrote on March 8, which I originally entitled In Sorrow. That diary was posted two days after Clinton first made the reference to assassination, which she did on March 6 with Richard Stengel. I had not at the time I wrote that diary seen those remarks, but they were unnecessary: I reached the conclusion I did even not knowing them, and their existence only makes more clear how obvious the problems with Clinton were in early March, more than 10 weeks ago, 10 weeks which have seriously damaged the Democratic party's ability to come together in common cause.

I am quoting myself. That is dangerous. It will seem self-glorifying. That is not my intent. Rather, I hope to point out how clear the pattern has been, and for how long. I will not quote the entire piece - you have the link if you wish to inflict that upon yourself. I will only quote two snips, parts I think worth repeating now. And I will add some bolding to words on which I especially want to focus.

I have to live with my conscience. For months I have at times sought to put the best case on things that bothered others. No longer.

Let me be blunt. As I look at the campaign run by Hillary Clinton, not just the words and actions of her surrogates and employees, but her own words and actions, I have regrettably come to the conclusion that based on that campaign, and in light of that campaign her record as a Senator, that she is morally unfit to be President of the United States. Thus I cannot and will not support her, should she achieve the nomination of the Democratic party.

It did not have to come to this. Clinton could have run a very different campaign, even when she was behind. There were legitimate issues that could be raised, questions with which to challenge Obama. It is not merely the issues, it is the manner in which the challenges have been done. She - and her campaign - have chosen the path on which they now tread. There are consequences for each decision we make. There will be consequences for the one I make in this diary - I may lose friendships, and I will certainly not be offered any position in a Clinton campaign or administration. The possible loss of friendships will sadden me.

The consequences for Clinton may be far greater. I know I am not alone in coming to the decision about which I have written. Some have reached that point in the midst of great anger. I have not. My decision is the result of wrestling with many things, over several weeks.

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