Wednesday, April 16, 2008
McCain: “Show daddy you love him.”
Lieberdog: “Arf. Arf.”
McCain: “Thatta boy. Here’s a biscuit”
What an asshole.
“We had two very good men, and men of faith, run for president in 2000 and 2004,” [Hillary Clinton] said. “Large segments of the electorate concluded that they did not really understand, or relate to, or respect their ways of life.”
Granted, you could argue that “large segments of the electorate” didn’t respect Kerry’s “way of life,” but I don’t think for a second you could say that about Gore. If anything, they didn’t respect the “way of life” of the President he served under and you could make the argument that hurt him in 2000. What a gaffe.
Besides that, her performance was pretty awful overall. She looked spiteful at the beginning slinging her new desperate “elitist” charges at Obama (and Kerry and Gore) and when answering the other questions she looked, for the most part, like a high schooler who didn’t study for an oral exam, padding out her answers with rambling, ill-conceived bullshit.
Obama flubbed the initial “bitter” question. His answer should have been much stronger (he had to know it was coming), but he pretty much sailed from there, sounding far more presidential, thoughtful and knowledgeable than Rodham From Day One. The crowd responded to his answers much better as well.
Big advantage to Obama, especially if his team works that Gore gaffe to their advantage.
MORE: Here’s a link to video of the beginning of Hillary’s appearance.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds—“Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!” (hi-res version here)
Troubling news from The New York Times:
Senator John McCain has long made his decades of experience in foreign policy and national security the centerpiece of his political identity, and suggests he would bring to the White House a fully formed view of the world.
But now one component of the fractious Republican Party foreign policy establishment — the so-called pragmatists, some of whom have come to view the Iraq war or its execution as a mistake — is expressing concern that Mr. McCain might be coming under increased influence from a competing camp, the neoconservatives, whose thinking dominated President Bush’s first term and played a pivotal role in building the case for war.
The concerns have emerged in the weeks since Mr. McCain became his party’s presumptive nominee and began more formally assembling a list of foreign policy advisers. Among those on the list are several prominent neoconservatives, including Robert Kagan, an author who helped write much of the foreign policy speech that Mr. McCain delivered in Los Angeles on March 26, in which he described himself as “a realistic idealist.” Others include the security analyst Max Boot and a former United Nations ambassador, John R. Bolton.
Prominent members of the pragmatist group, often called realists, say they are also wary of the McCain campaign’s chief foreign policy aide, Randy Scheunemann, who was a foreign policy adviser to former Senators Trent Lott and Bob Dole and who has longtime ties to neoconservatives. In 2002, Mr. Scheunemann was a founder of the hawkish Committee for the Liberation of Iraq and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Iraqi exile and Pentagon favorite, Ahmad Chalabi.
The next time you see or hear a Clinton or Obama supporter say they will vote for McCain if their candidate doesn’t get the nomination, please rub their out-of-joint noses in those four paragraphs.
Sometimes it’s best to just let the photos and text speak for themselves…
A bitter Sir Elton John thinks America’s sexism may be sinking his friend Hillary Rodham Clinton.
John, a knighted British subject, said that gender discrimination is behind Clinton’s problems in the polls as he addressed 5,000 Clinton supporters at Radio City Musical Hall last night in an event that raised $2.5 million for the cash-strapped campaign.
“I never cease to be amazed by the misogynistic attitudes of some people in this country,” said John, wearing a spangled black evening coat over a vermilion silk shirt. “I say to hell with them. ... I love you, Hillary, I’ll always be there for you.”
Lieberman’s constant presence at McCain’s side fuels speculation that he would join a McCain administration. Yet he already has talked with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about his future in the caucus.
Would Lieberman, 66, a four-term Connecticut senator, be stripped of his committee chairmanship and seniority if Democrats no longer had to rely on a self-described “Independent Democrat” for their one-vote majority?
“I can tell you Sen. Reid had talked to me a few times and said he knows there will be talk if we get more than 51 Democrats next year,” Lieberman said. “As far as he is concerned, I will retain my seniority, etc., no matter how many Democrats there are next year.”
Reid’s spokesman, Jim Manley, confirmed Lieberman’s account.
I’ve been rather indifferent about Reid, but if this is true, he’s gotta go in 2009.
And if that wasn’t enough, Lieberman, Lieberman, pants on fire. What a yucky person.
If you haven’t watched it yet (please do) Joe Biden turned in an exceptional performance during yesterday’s Iraq war hearing:
Ambassador Crocker again refuses to engage in hypotheticals with Senator Biden. Unless we hypothetically talk about leaving Iraq, in which case he is absolutely sure that everything would fall apart and the world would end.
A few weeks ago I might’ve felt silly posting this rollicking music video about Obama winning Pennsylvania, but not today. Obama is tied with Clinton in the state in the latest ARG poll. This poll may be an outlier (along with the PPP poll that had Obama up by 2%), but there’s no denying that he’s been trending upwards in PA polling for a little over a week now and could actually pull off a stunning victory. In a addition, the daily national Gallup that was released today has him up by 9% over Clinton.
Does any of that mean that Hillary can’t win the nomination? Absolutely not. Here’s Hillary’s path to victory:
In light of the news this morning (“Oh noes, not the torch!”), I figured I’d pass on an oped written by my pal John, the founding director of Students for a Free Tibet, that was printed in The Hartford Courant last Wednesday:
Tibet has been occupied since the Chinese army crossed into eastern Tibet in 1949. A steady effort to transfer Chinese people into Tibet has made Tibetans a minority in cities across their remote Himalayan land.
The destruction of several thousand monasteries followed by decades of strict control of Buddhist practice has eroded the foundation of Tibetan Buddhism such that monasteries in exile are now stronger than those in Tibet.
The Tibetan flag is banned, as are photographs of the Dalai Lama. Three generations of Tibetans have been born and matured under occupation.
Despite all this, China has failed to absorb the Tibetan people, or eliminate their thirst for freedom. And like kids who finally get fed up with being pushed around in the hallway, the bullied are turning on the bully.
Sources have identified a citizen paparazzi who got under the skin of Senator Barack Obama during his visit to the Italian Market Wednesday.
Outside the famous shop, Obama’s patience was tried when he was asked repeatedly to pose for a photographer by an onlooker, identified by sources at Calvin Spiker from Union, New Jersey.
“You are wearing me out brother,” Obama could be overheard saying to the demanding citizen. “I’ll do it, but I won’t be smiling.”
Less that an hour earlier, the same man could be seen crowding in with school children outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center following a speech by the Senator.
Photo’s from a source shows Spiker trying to take Obama’s picture with a green camera and get the Democratic candidate’s autograph.
Make sure you watch the video (top right). It’s pretty clear the guy was hounding Obama earlier in the day, too.
From The New York Times:
More than 1,000 Iraqi soldiers and policemen either refused to fight or simply abandoned their posts during the inconclusive assault against Shiite militias in Basra last week, a senior Iraqi government official said Thursday. Iraqi military officials said the group included dozens of officers, including at least two senior field commanders in the battle.
The crisis created by the desertions and other problems with the Basra operation was serious enough that Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki hastily began funneling some 10,000 recruits from local Shiite tribes into his armed forces. That move has already generated anger among Sunni tribesmen whom Mr. Maliki has been much less eager to recruit despite their cooperation with the government in its fight against Sunni insurgents and criminal gangs.
Air America has suspended Randi Rhodes for calling Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro “fucking whores” during an Air America event in San Francisco. HuffPo has the details. I have no problems with the decision. Rhodes crossed a line I wouldn’t cross and no one can suspend me from this blog. I don’t see how Air America had any other choice. She had to go.
MORE: No Quarter delivers again:
UPDATE: Let’s contact Air America Radio and tell their top brass that we want Taylor Marsh to replace Randy Rhodes. Taylor tells it like it is, but she has class and dignity. She also has a wicked sense of humor and the lively style needed for AM radio. Taylor would be perfect! Let them know!
Yeah, that Taylor Marsh.
The secret has been revealed: Barack Obama sucks at bowling.
And now for some perspective…
These guys don’t suck at bowling:
This ends today’s edition of Barack Obama sucks at bowling.
PA resident Michael Tedesco from Comments from Left Field:
There is not a word to describe the scale of this endorsement so I will settle simply on gargantuan.