If I were a consultant on Obama’s team, I would recommend releasing the following response ad:
NARRATOR: Your children are all tucked safely in their beds when a deranged, drooling behemoth with a sledgehammer breaks through your front door and announces that he’s going to crush the skulls of your offspring. Your husband is away on business, but the next door neighbors on either side of you, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, are home. Who are you going to call for help? Barack Motherfucking Obama, that’s who. Don’t forget that shit on March 4th.
I guess it’s pretty obvious why I’m not a political consultant.
Adam Nagourney of the New York Times lets all of us Obama zombies in on the shocking truth:
When Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton goes after Senator Barack Obama these days, she presses him on the details of his health care plan, criticizes the wording of his campaign mailings and likens his promise of change to celestial choirs.
But if Mr. Obama becomes the Democratic presidential nominee, he is sure to face an onslaught from Republicans and their allies that will be very different in tone and intensity from what he has faced so far.
In the last few days alone, Senator John McCain has mocked a statement Mr. Obama made about Al Qaeda in Iraq. The Tennessee Republican Party, identifying him with his middle name as Barack Hussein Obama, suggested that his foreign policy would be shaped by people who are anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.
Mr. Obama’s record is not as long as Mrs. Clinton’s, or as potentially rich, for an opponent looking for damaging votes or quotes. But there is still plenty to work with. Some cases are simple let’s-go-to-the-video moments, like Mr. Obama’s statements that he would support giving drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens or would support raising taxes to shore up Social Security, lines of attacks that Republicans are already employing.
Someone should tell Obama’s campaign staff about this. Zoinks! Too bad their HEADS ARE IN THE SAND!!! kicking the dethroned Queen of the Coronation’s ass all over the Dem primary schedule. I’m sure they haven’t thought about inevitable rightwing attacks or running against McCain at all. Nor has Obama himself. Silly bunnies.
Just found a new blog (via our comments) that’s tearing down Taylor Marsh & the Mushettes so I don’t have to. Something tells me the TM Experience (the newest addition to our blogroll) will have plenty of material to work with clean through November. Bravo.
10:19: Obama is confronted with his “most liberal” ranking. I find his talking tiresome and will need to check the transcript to see if he said anything interesting.
10:33: In lieu of a closing statement, each is asked about the other, and many tedious words are blabbed. Arghhh! I hit the wall after that reject-and-denounce fiasco.
11:18: So what did you think of “American Idol”? Did David Cook deserved to be slammed for liking crossword puzzles when the other guys were about tennis and drag racing? Cook was the hardest rocker… yet somehow he’s a pussy because he’s — by his own admission — a “word nerd.” Tonight was interesting because 2 guys who were unimpressive last week were really good: Chikezie and David Hernandez. I really liked Hernandez doing “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” — it was 70s night — what a great song. Now, I’m watching the adorable, scream-inducing David Archuleta singing “Imagine.” Randy — who loves him — asks why he skipped the first verse. David does not say because it’s against religion, just that he had to cut it shorter and he likes the last verse best, but I think he didn’t want to disrespect religion. Now Paula says she wants to hang him from her rear view mirror, which I suppose means she thinks he’s Jesus. [...] [and it goes on and on and on…—ed.]
It’s official, Hillary has become as ridiculous and pathetic as some of her more rabid, spittle-flecked blog howlers:
Well could I just point out that in the last several debates, I seem to get the first question all the time. And I don’t mind, I’ll be happy to field them. But I do find it curious. And if anybody saw Saturday Night Live, maybe we should ask Barack if he’s comfortable and needs another pillow.
Bitch is the new black, but Barack is the new president. Adios, Hillary.
From page A12 in The Washington Postcomes news that could (and should) be landing on the front page shortly:
Turkish troops and Kurdish guerrillas clashed Monday for the fifth consecutive day in two areas of northern Iraq, the Turkish military said, as senior Iraqi officials warned that a widened and prolonged incursion could lead to serious repercussions for the region.
In a statement, Turkey’s general staff said its forces killed 41 Kurdish guerrillas in fighting Monday, bringing the total killed to 153 since the launch of the biggest Turkish offensive into Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The military also reported two more Turkish troops killed Monday, bringing the total to 17.
“Close combat with the terrorists is continuing in two separate zones,” the Turkish military said, referring to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK. “The troops in the critical zones of the operation were reinforced and some of the troops were replaced by fresh forces.”
PKK leaders in northern Iraq reported casualty numbers that diverged sharply from the Turkish figures. Mizgin Ahmed, of the party’s 31-member governing council, said that a total of four guerrillas had been killed and two wounded since the incursion began and that PKK forces had killed 81 Turkish soldiers.
Ahmed said Turkish forces had not been able to advance into Iraq beyond their initial push of about three miles. “We have enough numbers to be able to fight their forces,” she said in an interview in PKK-controlled territory near the town of Raniyah in northern Iraq. “We have a right to defend ourselves and we will defend ourselves to the end.”
The guerrillas have long used Iraq’s forbidding mountains to stage attacks in Turkey, first in an attempt to carve a Kurdish state out of Turkey but now largely in the pursuit of Kurdish autonomy. Turkish forces launched the incursion last Thursday following a series of PKK attacks on Turkish soldiers and civilians. For years, Turkey’s government has complained that Iraq’s government was unwilling to contain the PKK, considered a terrorist group by Turkey and the United States.
In Baghdad, national security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie declared at a news conference Monday that the fighting could have “very serious consequences.”
Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani warned Turkey against any expansion.
“The operations are still limited operations, and the government has expressed its concern,” Bolani said. “If the operation is widened, definitely Iraq will defend its sovereignty and territory.”
He said the United States should do more to encourage the Turks to withdraw. U.S. troops “are the greatest force on the ground. They have certain obligations,” Bolani said. “They could do more.”
Contradicting statements by other Iraqi officials, he said Turkey did not consult with Iraq before launching the operation. “No Iraqi official would agree to an incursion across his borders,” Bolani said.
It’s not like anyone warned the neoconpoops about the potentially disastrous consequences of Turkish/Kurd tensions before this War in Error started. Sigh.
“Falling Slowly” from Once—My Oscar pick to (deservedly) win best original song
Sorry, no other selections today (unless you want to see how much Frank Rich hates Hillary’s va-jay-jay). Have some weekend work to get through and still recovering from that head cold that clobbered me yesterday morning. The Sunday Selector will return in its normal form next weekend.