Saturday, March 29, 2008
The chief worry is that Clinton may carry her recent winning streak into Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Carolina and other states, leaving her with unquestioned momentum but fewer pledged delegates than Obama. Party leaders then would face a wrenching choice: Steer the nomination to a fading Obama, even as signs suggested Clinton could be the stronger candidate in November; or go with the surging Clinton and risk infuriating Obama's supporters, especially blacks, the Democratic Party's most loyal base.
Barring a complete meltdown by Obama, Clinton has almost no chance of surpassing his number of pledged delegates, even if she scores upset wins in states such as Oregon, which votes May 20. But such victories would encourage her to keep criticizing Obama - her only hope for the nomination - and thus heighten doubts about Obama's ability to defeat Republican Sen. John McCain in the fall. That scenario troubles many Democrats, especially those who feel Obama's nomination is all but inevitable.
Faced with such disturbing trends, some Democrats want party elders either to persuade Clinton to drop out, or to orchestrate enough superdelegate endorsements of Obama to make her defeat inevitable. But high-profile Democrats, including former president Jimmy Carter, former vice president Al Gore, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, have refrained from such moves so far.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
This extraordinary story is told by US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama as he recalls the life of the man who inspired him to political success - his father. Mr Obama's book, Dreams From My Father, is flying off the shelves of US book stores, exciting and astonishing readers in equal measure.
As the Daily Mail (London newspaper) concluded, "for all Mr. Obama's reputation for straight talking and the compelling narrative of his recollections, they are largely myth."
"We have discovered that his father was not just a flawed individual, but an abusive bigamist and an egomaniac, whose life was ruined not by racism or corruption, but by his own weakness,” the Daily Mail wrote. "And, devastatingly, the testimony has come from Mr. Obama's own relatives and family friends."
The Daily Mail suggests Obama chose to present his father in a favorable light as an electoral tactic. "Indeed, by offering up a conveniently plotted account of his personal history in this way," Churcher wrote, "he [Obama] might even have made a pre-emptive strike on those sure to pose the awkward questions that inevitably face a serious contender for the White House."
Regardless of the motives, in "Dreams from my Father" Obama never states precisely how many wives his father had, or how many half-brothers and -sisters he has from different mothers, whether married to his father or not. Obama blames racism for breaking up his parents' marriage, not his father's polygamist ways which began when he first left Africa, before he ever met Obama's mother in Hawaii.
A family friend said: "He is haunted by his father's failures. He grew up thinking of his father as a brilliant intellectual and pioneer of African independence only to learn that in Western terms he was basically a drunken lecher."
This ugly truth, say friends, has made Mr Obama ruthlessly determined to use every weapon that he has to succeed, including the glossily edited version of his father's story. "At the end of the day Barack wants the story to help his political cause, so perhaps he couldn't afford to be too honest," said Ochieng.
In the final analysis, Obama embraces the myth, presenting his father as a victim who suffered because, as Zeituni explains in the autobiography, his "heart was too big" – not that he was a bureaucrat of modest achievement who could not overcome a fight with alcohol that ultimately cost him his life.
Monday, March 24, 2008
And I want to thank both of my readers for getting us this far.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
And if he was a woman of any color, he would not be in this position.
He happens to be very lucky to be who he is.
And the country is caught up in the concept.”
(Of African-Americans): "The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people." "God Damn America"
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
A very interesting and thought provoking speech. If only he had given it before his back was against the wall. If only he had spoken to race with his words, instead of his constant finger pointing. If only he ran as a Black man, instead of trying to ignore the differences. If only he had decided to "represent" earlier on. Then I might have respected him more.
No doubt, Obama is / was part black and part white at birth. But for the past year, he has been mostly white. And that is a shame. I would have respected him if he used his position to express the Black experience, and be a lightening rod for healing. The kind of healing that comes when you shine a light on the issue, instead of trying to keep it on the back burner, as he has over the course of his campaign.
Did he define the liberal stance on race relations? I suppose somewhat. What he did do, although stopping short of approving, he did express his views that racism is at the very least understandable, at least for his "white grandmother" and his minister, who is a "part of me."
Monday, March 17, 2008
Obama deliberately misstated the facts on how much money Rezko raised for his five elections....
Obama acknowledged that Rezko had raised $250,000 for him — about $100,000 more than had previously been disclosed and about five times more than Obama conveyed during a November 2006 question-and-answer exchange with the Sun-Times.
Obama did do favors for Rezko, despite denials to this day.....
“He never asked me for anything,” Obama said. “He never did any favors for me, other than obviously supporting my campaigns. He never gave me any gifts, gave me no indication he was setting me up to ask for favors in the future.”
Obama also defended signing a 1998 letter urging the state to fund a low-income housing project developed by Rezko and Obama’s former boss, Allison Davis — both of whom were clients of Obama’s law firm as well as campaign contributors. Obama said he didn’t remember writing the “form letter” until the Sun-Times asked about it last June. This was not one of the Rezko developments that fell into disrepair.
Obama stated he was not close to Rezko....
Obama said he sometimes talked strategy with Rezko daily. Then, during political down-times, Rezko was his lunch or breakfast companion, more concerned about Obama, his wife and daughters than with posing for snapshots with the senator as he rose from political obscurity to Democratic presidential hopeful. On one occasion, Obama recalled, they wiled away time with their wives at Rezko’s Lake Geneva estate.
After Rezko helped Obama win the U.S. Senate seat, Obama approached Rezko about the house Obama now owns in Kenwood. Rezko’s wife bought the vacant lot next door, with Obama and Rita Rezko closing on their transactions on the same day in June 2005. Later, in January 2006, Obama bought a 10-foot-wide strip of Rita Rezko’s lot at a time when Rezko was widely known to be under federal investigation — a move Obama called “absolutely a mistake.” Why didn’t alarm bells sound when it was known Rezko was under investigation?
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
"I must say, I'm a little envious. If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed. It must be exciting for you … in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You're really making history, and thanks. "
Friday, March 14, 2008
"Hillary was not a black boy raised in a single parent home. Barack was," Wright says in a video of the sermon posted on YouTube. "Barack knows what it means to be a black man living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people. Hillary! Hillary ain't never been called a 'n—–!' Hillary has never had her people defined as a non-person."
And in response, Obama said this.....Obama said he had not personally heard the controversial sermons. "When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments," Obama wrote. "But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church."
But Obama defended his 20-year relationship with Wright, writing, "He has never been my political advisor; he's been my pastor. And the sermons I heard him preach always related to our obligation to love God and one another, to work on behalf of the poor, and to seek justice at every turn."
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
* He wrote “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
In Obama’s book, DREAMS OF MY FATHER..
* “I FOUND A SOLACE IN NURSING A PERVASIVE SENSE OF GRIEVANCE AND ANIMOSITY AGAINST MY MOTHER’S RACE”
* “I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites”
* “That hate hadn’t gone away,” he wrote, blaming “white people — some cruel, some ignorant, sometimes a single face, sometimes just a faceless image of a system
However, while campaigning in Kansas, Obama frequently emphasized that his mother was white, and that he had grown up in a predominantly white world.
* (Obama) vowed that he would “never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.”
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Although Obama has served in the Senate for barely three years, he has already established a record on judicial nominations and constitutional law that comports with his 2007 ranking by the National Journal as the most liberal of all 100 senators. Obama voted against the confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, and he even joined in the effort to filibuster the Alito nomination.
Nevertheless, when left-wing activist groups launched their attack on Southwick, Obama jumped right in. Relying on gross misrepresentations of Southwick's record, Obama recklessly alleged that Southwick "has shown hostility towards civil rights and a disregard for equal rights for minorities, women, gays and lesbians" and that his nomination even "threaten[ed] the very basis of our freedom and democracy." Fortunately, some Democratic senators--most prominently, Judiciary Committee member Dianne Feinstein--had the courage to stand up against these lies from Obama and others, and Southwick was ultimately confirmed.
"I know that she has always been open to it," he said at a rally in Mississippi, responding to a voter who asked whether his wife would consider Obama as vice president. "I think she answered explicitly yes yesterday," Bill Clinton said, according to ABC News. The former president added that he knew she felt the two of them together would be "hard to beat."
He said Obama would carry urban and upscale voters while Hillary polls well with traditional blue-collar Democrats. "If you put those two things together, you'd have an almost unstoppable force," he said.
While the Clinton's would certainly welcome Obama on their ticket, it is very unclear if Obama feels the same way. A growing chasm is developing between the two candidates as each goes at the other candidate harder, and yes, dirtier. Much speculation as to any hopes of Clinton scoring with the super-delegates is in her ability to render Obama unelectable. And, she is doing a good job of it. Last week she noted that she, and John McCain have amassed lifetimes of experience while Obama had not (SHE ACTUALLY SAID SHE AND MC CAIN HAD LIFETIMES OF EXPERIENCE, AND OBAMA HAD A SPEECH IN 2002). This seemingly pointed to the fact that if she did not get the top spot for the DNC, you might as well vote for McCain. And it gets worse....
Clinton went on the offensive over Power's (Samantha, former Obama advisor, of "monster" fame) comment that Obama might not make good on his campaign promise to withdraw troops from Iraq by 2009 - a remark the Obama camp immediately disowned.
"If you can't trust Senator Obama's words, what's left?" Clinton asked in a campaign memo. "It looks like Senator Obama is telling voters one thing while his campaign says those words should not be mistaken for serious action." Obama's camp accused Clinton of trying to win by "tearing Barack Obama down."
Saturday, March 8, 2008
The difficulties of a "do-over" lie not only with equipment but in finding and training poll workers, making sure precincts are available, deciding who would pay for it and whether the state should establish a precedent by allowing third parties to underwrite elections.
"Can I ask you why you are so angry?" Good question. His temper has been well chronicled. But to go off on on such a benign question. A question asked and answered in the past. So why so angry? The answer: he is a hothead who is frequently prone to fits of rage and anger.
This is going to be fun watching John McCain self-implode.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Nearly three years later, fallout from Mr. Obama’s relationship with Mr. Rezko, who raised more than $150,000 for Mr. Obama’s campaigns, continue to dog Mr. Obama on the presidential campaign trail. That distraction promises to linger as Mr. Rezko goes on trial on corruption charges starting Monday. Rezko is accused of shaking down companies seeking business with the State of Illinois.
As Mr. Obama and Mr. Rezko were completing the property purchases in June 2005, Mr. Rezko was fighting to keep lenders and investors at bay over defaulted loans and failing business ventures. But he side-stepped that financial dragnet by arranging for the land to be bought in his wife’s name, making it the only property she owned by herself, according to land records.
When the property deals first surfaced in late 2006, Mr. Obama said he had done nothing wrong. In a statement at the time, he also said: “It was a mistake to have been engaged with him at all in this or any other personal business dealing that would allow him, or anyone else, to believe that he had done me a favor.”
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Obama, to an Ohio NBC affiliate, asked about the report on Canadian television that his adviser had assured the Canadian government that his comments were just campaign rhetoric:
Obama: I don't have to clarify it, the Canadian Embassy already clarified it by saying that the story is not true. Our office has said the story is not true. It's important for viewers to understand that it was not true.
If Goolsbee called up the Canadians without letting Obama or anyone else on the campaign know he was doing this, it doesn't speak well of him — or for Obama to surround himself with advisers who feel comfortable assuring other countries that the candidate doesn't mean what he says. (Clearly, Goolsbee got the idea that Obama didn't mean what he was saying from somewhere; doesn't it seem likely he came to this conclusion after discussions with Obama about trade policy?) If Obama did know that he was speaking to the Canadians, he just let out a blatant lie on par with, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."
At the convention, the Superdelegates take over and elect Obama handily.
Both endure major negative disclosures along the way (money / influence / quid pro quo).
The winner and next President?
Barack Obama / Jim Webb by 2 points.