A key organizer of John McCain’s meeting Saturday with former supporters of Hillary Clinton is best known for her role in another bitter American fight: The effort by some white descendants of Thomas Jefferson to keep his possible African-American descendants out of family gatherings.
Paula Abeles emailed Politico yesterday to complain that her group had gotten short shrift in a blog item, writing, “I initiated the teleconference with McCain on Saturday and was solely responsible for the guest list.” Another Clinton backer at the event, Will Bower, confirmed that she was “integral” to assembling the group.
But Abeles first made the news in 2003, when she and her husband, then-Monticello Association President Nat Abeles, led the fight to keep members of the Hemings family—descendants of Jefferson slave and, some historians believe, mistress Sally Hemmings [sic]—out of a gathering of the Monticello Association, which is made up of lineal descendants of the third president.
Abeles drew national attention for her role in an episode of online espionage.
The wife of a Thomas Jefferson family association official said Friday that she masqueraded as a 67-year-old black woman on an Internet chat room in a bid to keep descendants of a reputed Jefferson mistress out of this weekend’s family reunion.
“It might have been somewhat unethical,” said Paulie Abeles of Washington, D.C., who participated for eight months in the Yahoo! message board created for relatives of Jefferson slave Sally Hemings.
“It might have been childish, but I really think I was working in the best interest of the majority of the family members to make the reunion a calm and civilized gathering,” she said.
Charming. I’d love to see some of those chat transcripts.
Kinda makes you wonder if all of those African Americans (or “AA’s,” as I’ve seen used a lot this primary season) you see turning up in waves on the anti-Obama blogs are the real deal, don’t it?
The blogosphere and the media are buzzing about John McSame’s push to lure disenfranchised Hillary supporters, assumed to be mostly women, via his “Citizens for McCain” program, hosted by Democratic turncoat and muttering pile of mush Joe Lieberman. I’d like to point out something no one else has mentioned in regards to the program. Currently the front page of his official campaign site showcases the program using this graphic. I decided to work the curves a bit via Photoshop to enhance the left side of the image that was darkened. Here are the results:
By my count (I’m excluding two people I’m not sure about) that’s 22 men and 3 women. 22 men. 3 women. If a picture paints a thousand words, I’m guessing at least seven of them would be “iron my shirt” and “get me a beer.”
MORE: Larry Johnson has now removed both pictures and posted a disclaimer. He also appears to have deleted a post that was published at 8 this morning. It was written by “Reverend Jeremiah God Damn AmeriKKA Wright” and titled “A FRACTURED FAIRY TALE FOR FIGHT THE SMEARS TROLLS”. Here’s a screen cap of some of it:
Meet the Press’ Tim Russert dead at 58. RIP. Watching him on Sunday mornings was a weekly ritual and he’ll be missed. Condolences to his wife Maureen, his son Luke and his father Big Russ, who will be having an especially difficult Father’s Day this year.
Judging from Google’s cache, PNAC’s site, which was online last time I checked but had tumbleweeds rolling through it, has been down for a while, too. Now if we could only figure out a way to get this “account suspended” message to appear in place of Bill Kristol’s editorials.
Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, a Democratic House leader who helped orchestrate the party’s strategy for winning control of Congress in 2006, argues against reading too much into the holdouts. He said most of them always stay out of national politics and that the party is generally unified around Obama.
“They’re just going to stick to their knitting,” he said. “It’s not that they’re anti-Obama.”
On another note, I’ve received zero reach out from the Obama team, which is their prerogative to do or not, but it’s a mistake. I can only hope this isn’t a signal of the way Obama and his team will treat Clinton’s supporters on the whole. It would be a disaster of election shifting proportions; one that the country can ill afford.
Hmmm, geez, I wonder why the Obama team hasn’t attempted to reach out to Taylor Marsh. It couldn’t be because she threw on her little red, white & blue Shirley Temple get-up and questioned Michelle’s patriotism (something even Laura Bush wouldn’t do). It couldn’t be because after the Rev. Wright controversy broke Taylor was blowing her dog whistle so hard she got a brain aneurysm. It couldn’t be that “video wall” of hers, now scrubbed, that featured nothing but news stories about Rezko and clips of Wright or the reams of rightwing style oppo research posts she’s left behind in her archives for wingnuts to use against Obama. And there’s no way it could be because she’s still running that ad for a book comparing Obama to Mussolini, even though she’s now trying to hide it at the bottom of her blog.
Finally, it can’t be because that sad pack of easily-manipulated lunatics Taylor fed a steady diet of anti-Obama gruel for months and months has now abruptly turned on her due to Operation Career Rescue and Marsh’s influence over how they’ll vote in November is virtually non-existent.
The Obama team shouldn’t reach out to Taylor Marsh, they should just point at her sorry ass and laugh.
Remember not too long ago when concern trolls were yelping that Obama couldn’t even carry New York state against St. McSame? Oops:
Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has pulled even among white voters in New York State with Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, and now has a commanding overall lead over Mr. McCain, 50 percent to 36 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. The survey suggests that New York remains a securely blue state, notwithstanding disappointment over the defeat of its home state senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton, by Mr. Obama in the Democratic nominating contests.
Mr. Obama, of Illinois, received 42 percent of white votes in the poll, compared with 43 percent for Mr. McCain, of Arizona. Black voters backed Mr. Obama, 87 percent to 6 percent, as did voters under age 45, 59 percent to 29 percent. Mr. Obama held similar, if smaller, majorities among voters over age 45 (45 percent to 40 percent), men (45 percent to 40 percent) and women (53 percent to 32 percent).
The last Quinnipiac poll, conducted in April when Senator Clinton was still in the race, found a lead of only 47 percent to 39 percent in a hypothetical Obama-McCain matchup. In that survey, white voters backed Mr. McCain, 48 percent to 38 percent, over Mr. Obama.
Since Hillary Clinton decided to concede the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama last week, Obama has established a lead over Republican John McCain in general-election polling. Obama’s gains have come more from women than men, though he has picked up among both groups in recent days.
Obama’s lead among women has now expanded from five percentage points to 13, while his deficit among men has shrunk from six points to two.
I hope this finally shatters the myths, perpetuated by the media, that women weren’t supporting Obama and that those who weren’t never will. They were and, as this poll shows, they most certainly will. Game on, St. McSame.
Taylor Mush: Now that the primaries are over I can finally say it…
...I friggin hate Taylor Marsh. She is a namby pamby self promoting fraud. That lame pod cast she calls a radio show is just sad.
I expected the teeth-gnashing dead-enders* mad scientist Marsh helped, ahem, “nurture” to eventually turn on her, but I didn’t expect them to start sounding like, well, me this quickly. WTF? Just when you thought this primary season couldn’t get any weirder…
90-year-old Grandma Cracker lost her hearing several years ago, which freed my sprig of the family tree to swear like drunken sailors. But it made non-swearing communications difficult. Hearing aids didn’t make much of a difference. Even less so after my dog swallowed one of them after Grandma deposited them on the nightstand while dog-sitting. Damn. So I taught her to use the emails. And she promptly made me regret it.