Thursday, July 31, 2008

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McCain's Attack Ad Strategy - Will it Work?

Harold Ford Jr.

If any of you remember Harold Ford Jr.'s run for the Senate in Tennessee, you will recall the horrendous attack ad run against him by the Republican ad man, Scott Howell. The Huffington Post's Blogger, Taylor Marsh, wrote the following during the campaign, which Ford eventually lost:
The ad Howell produced spews lies on every account about Harold Ford, Jr., but it doesn't stop there. Howell reaches into the deep, dark, dirty message of the south we are all trying to leave to history, resurrecting the racial prejudice one more time to get his client elected. The ad is complete with a naked blonde winking into the camera as she asks Harold to "call me." The ad is pure race baiting, bringing to mind the image of an old stereotype of a black man dating a blonde woman. But you already know that by now. The ad has made it from coast to coast, cheapening everything about Ford and causing a riot of criticism, until the ad had to be pulled. However, it didn't happen voluntarily. They were shamed into it. Unfortunately, it had done it's dirty work and tied the race. Scott Howell took a Super Bowl party thrown by Playboy magazine, which was attended by over 4,000 people (some estimates even higher), including conservatives, and turned it into the insinuation of some private, smutty affair that no decent Tennessean supposedly would ever attend.

Harold Ford never even attended the Super Bowl Party!

Now the McCain campaign, behind in the polls, is using the same attack strategy against Barack Obama, releasing an ad describing Obama as a celebrity with no substance, including pictures of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. In Taegan Goddard's article today on Political Wire, he describes how John Weaver, a long time confidant and friend of Sen. John McCain, blasts McCain for this ridiculus ad:

"McCain's current campaign strategy "diminishes John McCain" and the recent ad linking Sen. Barack Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears was "childish."Said Weaver: "For McCain to win in such troubled times, he needs to begin telling the American people how he intends to lead us. That McCain exists. He can inspire the country to greatness. There is legitimate mockery of a political campaign now, and it isn't at Obama's. For McCain's sake, this tomfoolery needs to stop."

Let's hope that the American voting public will be smart enough not to let this kind of campaigning affect their vote! Swiftboating hurt John Kerry for not fighting back, and the Obama campaign needs to keep Kerry and Ford's experiences in mind. According to Sam Stein of The Huffington Post yesterday:

Responding to a harsh personal attack from John McCain, Barack Obama released a television ad late Wednesday evening accusing the the Arizona Republican's campaign of dirty, superficial politics.
The spot, titled "The Low Road," witnesses the Illinois Democrat playing his trump card: tying McCain to George W. Bush, both in politics and in policy."He's practicing the politics of the past: John McCain," reads the ad. "His attacks on Barack Obama: not true, false, baloney, the low road, baseless. John McCain same old politics same failed policies."
A picture of the presumptive Republican nominee shaking hands with the soon-to-be-departed president fills the screen.
"Barack Obama supports a $1,000 middle class tax cut, an energy plan that takes on oil companies, develops alternative fuels and breaks the grip of foreign oil."
The advertisement comes hours after the McCain camp caused a stir of its own when it put out a spot comparing Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, both in terms of international celebrity and (more subtly) lack of substance. The Obama campaign and the Senator himself denounced the ad, but their rebuttal advertisement is a stronger repudiation. This spot, at once, positions the Senator as above the fray while tying McCain to the widely-unpopular tactics of the Bush years.

Obama Ahead in Today's Electoral, Swing State, & CNN Polls

The graph above from shows the average of US polls showing the current percentage of voters voting for each candidate. The gray vertical lines show the boundaries between the months.

The graph above shows the current number of electoral votes collected for each candidate if the election were held today.

Strong Dem (197) - Bright Blue, Weak Dem (49) - Light Blue, Barely Dem (46) - Blue Outline Exactly tied (51) - White
Barely GOP (21) - Red Outline , Weak GOP (77) - Light Red, Strong GOP (97) - Bright Red

270 Electoral votes needed to win
Obama 292 McCain 195 Ties 51 Senate Dem 57 GOP 43 House Dem 240 GOP 195

Dem pickups (vs. 2004): CO IN IA MT NV NM GOP pickups (vs. 2004):(None)
The latest Quinnipiac Swing State Polls are out:
Florida: Obama leads McCain, 46% to 44%
Ohio: Obama leads McCain, 46% to 44%
Pennsylvania: Obama leads McCain, 49% to 42%
A new CNN/Opinion Research poll shows the presidential race has remained virtually unchanged since Sen. Barack Obama took his foreign trip, with Obama holding a 51% to 44% edge over Sen. John McCain."The new survey also suggests the trip -- carefully designed to burnish Obama's foreign policy credentials -- did little to alter voters' perceptions of how the Illinois senator would handle national security issues.""But in what is good news for Obama, the poll suggests few of the McCain campaign's criticisms of the trip have stuck -- especially charges Obama was presumptuously acting as if he had already won the election, and claims he nixed a visit with injured troops because members of the media could not accompany him."

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Obama MeetsTroops MSNBC Video

Barack's Trip Overseas Pictures

More pictures on in the post Jama's Corner

On the Lighter Side

Experience - Not All It's Cracked Up to Be!

I have been thinking about the "Experience" factor in this year's Presidential campaign. McCain's campaign is touting his experience, and say that with this experience comes the "wisdom" to be Commander in Chief. But, why then, has Barack Obama been so right about so many of the issues concerning the war in Iraq? And, why doesn't John McCain know that Pakistan and Iraq do not have a common border, that Czechloslovakia hasn't been a country for 15 years, and the difference between the extremists and al-Qaeda, and on and on and on.
I spent 25 years in the education system, and as a beginning teacher looked up to those with years of experience as "wise." But it was much later (when I became one of the elders) that I realized my best teaching was done the first half of my career before the institution had formed the way I taught. It was always the younger staff that stayed in the building for hours after school ended, while the more experienced left 30 minutes after the students. Sometimes the connection with the changing world and the vitality, enthusiasm, dedication and creativity you have in earlier years is more important than years of service. Obama is vibrant, energized, connected, extremely intelligent, honest, and globally in tune. McCain is experienced . . . . in the "old ways" of how politics works.


The article below this one, published a few days ago in the German Magazine, Der Spiegel, had al-Maliki agreeing with Obama's 16 month withdrawal plan. Shortly after, it was reported that this was inaccurate as the translation must have been wrong (The White House had made a few calls). Then Al-Maliki once again stated that the Iraqis goal is to have the U.S. troops out by 2010, which incidentally coincides with Barack Obama's plan.
I don't know how you all feel about this, but reading between the three events, I congratulate whoever re-translated the interview and found it to be accurate! For too long, Bush & his people have been able to twist the truth with no accountability. How about their new phrase, "Time Horizon?" What a joke! They have been able to invent words and phrases, repeat them over and over until they become part of the American conversation. Another example, "The Surge"! Wasn't that a Bushism for escalation?
Maybe because he is on a short stick, the Decider is finally being vetted!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Iraq's Maliki Backs Obama's Exit Plan

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. AP photo: Khalid Mohammed

Maliki said as much in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel. Here is part of an article and the interview taken from "The Swamp," written by Frank James from the Chicago Tribune's Washington Bureau:

SPIEGEL: Would you hazard a prediction as to when most of the US troops will finally leave Iraq?
Maliki: As soon as possible, as far as we're concerned. US presidential candidate Barack Obama is right when he talks about 16 months. Assuming that positive developments continue, this is about the same time period that corresponds to our wishes.
SPIEGEL: Is this an endorsement for the US presidential election in November? Does Obama, who has no military background, ultimately have a better understanding of Iraq than war hero John McCain?
Maliki: Those who operate on the premise of short time periods in Iraq today are being more realistic. Artificially prolonging the tenure of US troops in Iraq would cause problems. Of course, this is by no means an election endorsement. Who they choose as their president is the Americans' business. But it's the business of Iraqis to say what they want. And that's where the people and the government are in general agreement: The tenure of the coalition troops in Iraq should be limited.

Maliki is clearly doing what he feels he must for his domestic audience which has a love-hate relationship with the U.S. military. On one hand, they welcome the U.S. military's ability to beat back Iraqi insurgents and foreign terrorists.
But the U.S.'s presence in Iraq is also an affront to Iraqi nationalism and viewed as an occupation by many Iraqis, a necessary evil whose end is devoutly wished for by many Iraqis, according to many reports.

Gramm Ouits McCain Campaign

This 2008 file photo shows Sen. John McCain with former Sen. Phil Gramm in March . (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

This Phil Gramm development plus the one of John McCain's fellow POW's in Vietnam, Colonel Bud Day, defending the war in Iraq, saying, "The Muslims have said either we kneel or they're going to kill us,'' shows just how good McCain's judgement is in the company he keeps! In a phone call with reporters arranged by Republican Party of Florida, Colonel Bud Day added: "I don't intend to kneel and I don't advocate to anybody that we kneel, and John doesn't advocate to anybody that we kneel.''

I suppose McCain will have to issue another statement saying that Colonel Bud Day doesn't speak for him, either. If you remember, Day, who lives in Pensacola, was part of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that smeared former Democratic nominee John Kerry's war record in 2004.

The following is an article from "The Fix" blog in the Washington Post by Chris Cillizza.

Add former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm's name to an ignominious list -- Samantha Power, Billy Shaheen, Geraldine Ferraro to name just a few -- of campaign surrogates forced to step aside after making an impolitic comment.
John McCain's campaign just released the following statement from Gramm:
"It is clear to me that Democrats want to attack me rather than debate Senator McCain on important economic issues facing the country. That kind of distraction hurts not only Senator McCain's ability to present concrete programs to deal with the country's problems, it hurts the country. To end this distraction and get on with the real debate, I hereby step down as Co-Chair of the McCain Campaign and join the growing number of rank-and-file McCain supporters."
Gramm's resignation as co-chair comes nine days
after Gramm told the Washington Times that the country was in a "mental recession" and went on to describe the United States as a "nation of whiners."
Democrats immediately seized on the comments as evidence that McCain and his campaign were out of touch with the average voter and weren't likely to let the issue go any time soon.
A few quick thoughts:
* Gramm's resignation is the inevitable byproduct of the modern political game best described by John Harris and Mark Halperin in "The Way to Win" as the "freak show." Once Gramm's comments made the cable television rounds for a few days, it was something close to inevitable that he would resign.
* It's a near-certainty that Democrats won't give up on the issue. The reality is that Gramm was one of McCain's closest confidantes when it came to the economy and simply because the former Texas Senator is no longer affiliated with the campaign does not mean Democrats won't remind voters of his comments in the fall.
* The position of Treasury Secretary in a McCain Administration is now WIDE open.

By Chris Cillizza July 18, 2008; 8:07 PM ET Category:
Eye on 2008

Mr. Frank Watson Obamican

Frank Watson, a 92 year old Republican from Colorado, explains his support for Barack Obama. He says it so well.

Barack in Afghanistan

The following is an article published today by the New York Times on Obama's stop in Afghanistan.
U.S. Military, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Senator Barack Obama at Bagram air base in Afghanistan with, from left: William B. Wood, the American ambassador to Afghanistan; Senator Chuck Hagel; Sgt. Maj. Vincent Camacho; Senator Jack Reed; and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Schloesser.
KABUL, Afghanistan — Senator Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday, opening a high-stakes foreign trip in a country that is increasingly the focus of his clash with Senator John McCain in the presidential campaign over whether the war in Iraq has been a distraction in hunting down terrorists.
As Mr. Obama met with American troops, military leaders and regional officials in eastern Afghanistan, he made no public statements in his first hours on the ground here, the first stop on a weeklong trip that will take him to Iraq, Israel and Western Europe.
But Mr. McCain quickly sought to raise questions about Mr. Obama’s judgment on foreign policy, saying in a radio address on Saturday that his Democratic opponent had been wrong about the increase in troops in Iraq, a strategy Mr. McCain said should be the basis for addressing deteriorating conditions in Afghanistan as well.
Mr. Obama flew to eastern Afghanistan, close to the border with Pakistan, to get a first-hand look at the region where American troops are feeling the brunt of increased attacks from militants infiltrating the border from Pakistan. In selecting Afghanistan as the opening stop of his first overseas trip as the presumptive Democratic nominee, he was seeking to highlight what he says is its importance as the key front in the fight against terrorism.
The trip is intended to build impressions, and counter criticism, about his ability to serve on the world stage in a time of war. It carries political risk, particularly if Mr. Obama makes a mistake — the three broadcast network news anchors will be along for the latter parts of the trip — or is seen as the preferred candidate of Europe and other parts of the world. But his advisers believe it offers a significant opportunity for him to be seen as a leader who can improve America’s image.
“I’m more interested in listening than doing a lot of talking,” Mr. Obama told reporters before leaving Washington for a trip cloaked in secrecy because of security concerns. “And I think it is very important to recognize that I’m going over there as a U.S. senator. We have one president at a time.”
Even as the fragile economy has emerged as the chief issue on the minds of voters in the United States, the presidential race on Saturday unfolded with a foreign policy debate taking place across borders and time zones, a reminder that the nation is at war and that the candidates offer very different backgrounds and approaches when it comes to national security.
Mr. Obama touched down in Kabul just before noon on Saturday, his aides said, after stopping to visit — and play basketball with — American troops in Kuwait on his trip from Washington. In Afghanistan, he received a briefing from military commanders at Bagram Air Field and was scheduled to meet with President Hamid Karzai on Sunday.
While the Iraq war has been one of the dominant issues in the presidential campaign, Afghanistan has moved to the forefront of the foreign policy plans of both candidates. President Bush’s agreement to a “general time horizon” for withdrawing American troops in Iraq has opened the door to new consideration of strengthening the American and NATO presence in Afghanistan, which Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain both agree on in principle.
For months, Mr. McCain has criticized his rival for failing to visit Afghanistan and taking only one trip to Iraq. Even on Saturday, in a radio address, Mr. McCain renewed his criticism and sought to minimize Mr. Obama’s trip. “In a time of war,” Mr. McCain said, “the commander-in-chief’s job doesn’t get a learning curve.”
Mr. McCain, whose campaign spokeswoman suggested that Mr. Obama was embarking an on a “campaign rally overseas,” said his rival was not going to Afghanistan and Iraq with an open mind. In his radio address, he said, “Apparently, he’s confident enough that he won’t find any facts that might change his opinion or alter his strategy — remarkable.”
But Republicans were carefully watching Mr. Obama’s trip, which is rare in its profile and scope for a presidential candidate. The White House also made clear on Saturday that it was monitoring Mr. Obama’s travels, accidentally sending an internal e-mail message to a broad distribution list of reporters of a news report that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of Iraq supported Mr. Obama’s proposed 16-month timeline for withdrawing combat troops from Iraq.
In addition to his visit to Iraq, Mr. Obama is set to meet with a series of presidents, prime ministers and opposition leaders as he travels to Iraq, Jordan, Israel and three European capitals, including Berlin, where he is to give a major speech on Thursday. On the Afghanistan and Iraq leg of the trip, he has been joined by Senators Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska, and Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island, both of whom have been mentioned as possible running mates for Mr. Obama.
The three senators, all of whom have been critical of the administration’s policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, flew on Saturday to Jalalabad, one of 13 provincial bases that are commanded by American forces in the Regional Command East of the NATO force in Afghanistan. Many of those provinces, including Kunar, Nuristan, Nangarhar, Khost and Paktika, line the border with Pakistan’s turbulent tribal areas, where militant groups allied with the Taliban and Al Qaeda have gained in strength and have increased attacks by some 40 percent in recent months.
The American delegation received a briefing from Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Schloesser, commanding general of the Combined Joint Task Force-101 at Bagram Air Field.
The governor of Nangarhar Province, Gul Agha Shirzai, a former mujahedeen commander who has a brutal past but is favored by the United States as someone who can get things done, was the only Afghan official to meet the senators, along with the United States ambassador and generals. Mr. Shirzai, who is thought to have his own aspirations in Afghan presidential elections next year, has been praised for his tough action against poppy cultivation and official corruption in his province.

“Barack Obama thanked the officials of Nangarhar and the people of Nangarhar for eliminating poppy cultivation, fighting corruption, and he promised that the United States would give more help to Afghanistan and especially to Nangarhar,” he said by telephone after the one hour meeting.
The senators flew back to Bagram air base, north of Kabul, at 5 p.m., the governor said. At 6 p.m. two military Chinook helicopters landed at the United States embassy, as two more attack helicopters circled above.
Afghans in Kabul said they knew nothing of the visit of the presidential candidate, and some interviewed on the streets near the American Embassy did not even know who Mr. Obama was. But some who had heard of him said they liked his message, in particular that he would pursue Al Qaeda in Pakistan.
“So far what he is talking about is what Afghans want to hear: reduce troops in Iraq, focus on Afghanistan and focus on Pakistan,” said Ashmat Ghani, an influential tribal leader whose home province of Logar, just south of the capital, is suffering from growing instability by insurgent groups.
Mr. Ghani, who is a critic of Mr. Karzai’s leadership and opposes his running for another presidential term next year, also welcomed Mr. Obama’s recent criticism that the Afghan president has not come out of his bunker to lead efforts in reconstruction and building security institutions.
“We would welcome such a direct voice that would close up this problem,” he said.
Yet other Afghans interviewed were skeptical that a new American president would make much difference for them.
“What have we seen from the current president that we should expect anything from a future president?” said Abdul Wakil, 28, who runs a juice stall in the street near the heavily guarded United States embassy in central Kabul.
Mr. Obama’s trip is drawing considerable attention in the United States and abroad. It is being choreographed by his strategists to coincide with a new television advertisement intended to highlight his ideas on foreign policy and portray him as ready to serve as commander in chief, an issue on which, polls suggest, he trails Mr. McCain.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Carol McCain Erased?

Pictures: Top Left, Carol welcomes John home. Top Right, Carol and children pray for John while he is captured. Bottom, John & Carol Wedding Picture

No one seems to bring up John McCain's first marriage to Carol McCain. In fact, most images of the first Mrs. McCain have been erased from the internet (I wonder who did that?). Well, I found a few on Democratic Underground with some interesting info, which I checked on Snopes for truthfulness and accuracy. I know that Barack does not want to smear Cindy McCain in any way, but when I saw a new Republican ad today on television using Michelle Obama"s "This is the first time I've been proud of my country" misinterpretation (I thought that was over with), I think this article is fair play. Its not so much Cindy that I have a problem with, but John McCain's judgement has to be questioned.
John McCain married a model, Carol Shepp, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 3, 1965 and he adopted her two sons, Dough and Andy. They had one more child together. While John was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, she had a horrible accident which changed her appearance. Despite her injures, she refused to allow her POW husband to be notified about her condition, fearing that such news would not be good for him while he was being held prisoner. When McCain returned to the United States in 1973 after more than five years as a prisoner of war, he found his wife was a different person. The accident "left her 4 inches shorter and on crutches, and she had gained a good deal of weight."

Cindy Lou Hensley and John McCain began dating in 1979 while he was still married to Carol. She was 24, he was 42. His infidelities put a strain on his and Carol's marriage and they were divorced after 15 years in 1980.

Carol insists she remains on good terms with her ex-husband, who agreed as part of their divorce settlement to pay her medical costs for life. ‘I have no bitterness,’she says. ‘My accident is well recorded. I had 23 operations, I am five inches shorter than I used to be and I was in hospital for six months. It was just awful, but it wasn’t the reason for my divorce.
‘My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that just does.’
Some of McCain’s acquaintances are less forgiving, however. They portray the politician as a self-centred womaniser who effectively abandoned his crippled wife to ‘play the field’. They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons.

John and Cindy were married a month after his divorce from Carol. Cindy, an heiress to a beer distributor's fortune, did make McCain sign a pre-nup before their marriage. They have a commuter marriage; he stays in Washington and she in Phoenix, and they vacation together twice a year.

In 1989, after two back surgeries, Cindy McCain becamd addicted to two painkillers, Vicodin and Percoset. In order to keep up with her 10-15 pills a day habit, she used other people's names for prescriptions and stole pills from the American Voluntary Medical Team, a mobile surgical unit she had started in 1988. She avoided prosecution for those crimes through an agreement with the Justice Department.
Cindy McCain has done some wonderful things for childrens' causes, and has been active in the cause to clear land mines, provide water and food to ravaged places around the world. And as I said before, I am not writing this to attack Cindy, but rather to point out a huge flaw in the Republican nominee's character.

Rachel Maddow Next in Line at MSNBC!

I can't wait for Rachel Maddow to have her own show on MSNBC!
The scuttlebutt says she is next in line for a Prime Time show alongside the likes of Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman. One of the best in speaking for the left, or at least left of the right, she will be a refreshing addition to the network that is supposedly of a Liberal focus. She has proven her worthiness by guest-hosting for Keith Olberman and guesting on Race for the Whitehouse. Her intelligent discussion of the issues, especially regarding the 2008 Presidential campaign, are right up there with the "good ole boys", and she even slams them when called for. Other women on the MSNBC lineup, especially during the day, parrot the guys, never seeming to have an original thought. So, Rachel, you go girl!!!!!
Rachel Maddow is the host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Air America Radio. It airs Monday-Friday 6-9 PM Eastern on Air America affiliates coast-to-coast, online at, and on XM Satellite Radio.
TRMS is a funny, fast-paced, news-based show often described as “the headlines, and the politics behind the headlines.”
In addition to hosting "The Rachel Maddow Show" on Air America, Rachel is a political analyst for MSNBC.
She's been with Air America since its inception in Spring 2004 -- before AAR she worked for WRNX in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and WRSI in Northampton, Massachusetts. There was also a stint with a jungle-themed company called Expresso [sic] Bongo, but she doesn't want to talk about it.
Rachel has a doctorate in political science (she was a Rhodes Scholar) and a background in HIV/AIDS activism, prison reform, and other lefty rabblerousing. She shakes a mean cocktail, drives a bright red pickup, hates Coldplay, loves arguing with conservatives, spends a lot of money on AMTRAK, and dresses like a first-grader.
Rachel is 35 years old and lives in New York City and rural Western Massachusetts with her partner, artist Susan Mikula.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Check This Out!

Former Chicago Tribune photographer Pete Souza began to chronicle the life of Barack Obama during the senator's first days in political office, when the Secret Service wasn't around yet.

He then joined Obama on trips to seven countries where he captured poignant moments of his life and career. He was there when Obama visited Nelson Mandela's prison cell in South Africa and when throngs of people welcomed Obama to the birthplace of his father, Kenya.

Souza has now gathered the photographs, taken with unprecedented access, into a new book, The Rise of Barack Obama. The book goes on sale this week.

"The book is basically a visual documentation of the rise of his national career," Souza said.

Vice President Al Gore on Meet the Press this Sunday!

Don't miss this! Exclusive! Former Vice President and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore goes one-on-one with Tom Brokaw. It will be Gore's first appearance on "Meet the Press" since his 2000 presidential campaign. “Meet the Press” airs Sundays from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM on WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, from 9-10 a.m. ET on the NBC-TV network; 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET in New York and Washington. The program also re-airs at 6 p.m. ET Sundays and 2 a.m. ET Mondays on MSNBC on cable.

McCain Gaffes, Bloopers, Blunders, Botches, Bungles, Flubs, Eff-ups, etc!

Barack's Trip Overseas - Will it Improve his Standing in the Foreign Policy Polls?

I'm feeling very positive about Barack's trip overseas to Europe and the Middle East. It should give him tons of television coverage in countries that overwhelmingly support Obama for President in 2008. The campaign is expecting huge crowds in Europe where he will stop in Paris, London & Berlin, where his speech might be given at the site of the Brandenburg Gate, which stands where the Berlin wall once stood (plans not finalized, yet) and where former US President Ronald Reagan gave a famous speech in 1987 asking then-Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin Wall.

The International Herald Tribune in Europe reports:
Barack Obama's popularity extends far beyond Iowa and into the heart of Central Europe. Germany has swiftly developed a serious case of Obama-mania. Obama's high standing goes beyond his opposition to the Iraq War, which has always been unpopular here. The sudden crush is intimately bound up with the near constant comparisons here between the young senator from Illinois and President John F. Kennedy - still admired in Germany and particularly in Berlin - which have stuck fast as his identity in the German press.
The Berliner Morgenpost over the weekend ran with the headline, "The New Kennedy." The tabloid Bild went with, "This Black American Has Become the New Kennedy!"

John McCain is berating Obama for coming up with a strategy before he visits Iraq and Afghanistan (even though McCain's strategy for Afghanistan all of a sudden sounds suspiciously exactly like Barack's.) Here's a memo from newly titled "Senior Strategist for Communications and Message" Robert Gibbs, painting McCain in the deep purple of confusion:

The self-professed candidate of “straight talk” and “experience” who changed his position on gay adoption, adopted Senator Obama’s position that we need more troops in Afghanistan after having resisted taking that position, flip-flopped on whether he’d send U.S. or NATO troops (he actually offered three different explanations on where those additional troops would come from), and referred to a country, Czechoslovakia, that hasn’t existed since 1992 for the second time in two days!

Obama will also be visiting Israel and Jordan.

I have confidence that our candidate will come out of this experience showing that he has a handle on Foreign Policy issues. Our changing world needs Barack Obama!

Obama Ahead in the Polls

We have to remember that in the electoral vote count Obama is far ahead of McCain. As Chris Matthews and his guests reported, an 8 point lead in the Polls would be a landslide! With 3 months left, we have a lot of work to do to keep going in the right direction.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Be a Walking Billboard!

You can also be a walking billboard!

I designed these t-shirts & hats at VistaPrint and gave them to my family and friends. They are so reasonable, and they are easy & fun to do using their templates.

Make Your Own Billboard - Your Car!

Your car is a billboard; use it!

If you have a bumper sticker, put it on your car!
If you have a rally sign, tape it up in your back window!
If you need a bumper sticker,car magnet,window sign, etc. go to the store at or make your own at I made those above and pass them out to all my friends.

Please use your car, it really is a billboard!

Plus, we can honk at each other in support!

Here We Go Again! Republican Billboard Smears Obama!

A Florida man has stirred up controversy in the Orlando area by buying ad space on billboards that show an image of the falling World Trade Center’s Twin Towers alongside the words, “Please don’t vote for a Democrat.”
The ad also points readers to a Web site,, which posts a country-rock music video written and performed by billboard creator and businessman Mike Meehan. Critics say the billboard ads should come down, but Meehan says he believes those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks are being lost in the shuffle of the presidential campaign. “I’m just basically exercising my freedom of speech, the First Amendment. And though some people find this offensive … I find it very offensive that we have not remembered these people that have died in this tragedy,” Meehan told FOX News. “We’re not reminded of the terrorism that caused all this.”
Democrats call the billboards an insult to the memories of those who died in the terror attacks. “It’s an affront to the people who perished on September 11th,” said Bill Robinson, chairman of the Orange County Democrats, according to “It’s offensive. It’s using the tragedy for political and personal gain.”

Obama's Summit on Confronting 21st Century Threats

Earlier today, Senator Obama joined a experts on nuclear non-proliferation, bio security and cyber security, as well as Indiana Senator Evan Bayh and former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana to discuss security issues in a changing world. Following his opening remarks, the panel spent over an hour discussing the dangers of what the 9/11 Commission called our “failure of imagination,” and the need to stay one step ahead of the threats of the 21st century.

As Barack explained ...

It’s time to update our national security strategy to stay one step ahead of the terrorists – to see clearly the emerging threats of our young century, and to take action to make the American people more safe and secure. It’s time to look ahead — at the dangers of today and tomorrow rather than those of yesterday. America cannot afford another president who doesn’t understand the threats that confront us now and in the future.

Today, we will focus on nuclear, biological, and cyber threats – three 21st century threats that have been neglected for the last eight years. It’s time to break out of Washington’s conventional thinking that has failed to keep pace with unconventional threats. In doing so, we’ll better ensure the safety of the American people, while building our capacity to deal with other challenges – from public health to privacy.

Pictures From the Summit

Barack on Larry King Tonight

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Barack Obama at NAACP Annual Conference

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Gasoline Prices July 14, 2008/McCain Bus

U.S. Gasoline Prices Rise Slightly to $4.11/Gallon This Week.

Obama Freezes Out Fox News (Fox Noise)!

These are chilly days on the campaign trail for Fox News journalists --
at least when they're anywhere near Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), according to "The Sleuth" Mary Ann Akers of the Washington Post:
Will Fox have to watch Obama on MSNBC like the rest of us? Sources say that the Obama camp has "frozen out" Fox News reporters and producers in the wake of the network's major screw-up in running with the erroneous Obama-the-jihadist story reported by Insight magazine.
"I'm still in the freezer," one Fox journalist said, noting that the people at Fox "suffering the most did nothing wrong." (It was "Fox and Friends" host Steve Doocy who aired the Insight magazine piece, which reported that operatives connected to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) found out that Obama, as a child, was educated at a Muslim madrassah in Indonesia.)
Another Fox journalist called the network's airing of the story "unfortunate" for the network's journalists who have to cover Obama and who are being adversely affected despite not being involved in the incident.
Since the madrassah incident, Obama has given interviews to ABC, CNN, CBS and NBC -- pretty much every other network except Fox. Sources close to Obama acknowledged that they're not thrilled to play ball with Fox journalists, but they stopped short of saying they are freezing the network out.

Repeat: That F'd Up New Yorker Magazine Cover

I so totally agree with this blogger's view on the New Yorker magazine cover, that I am copying it here on News You Can Use. Sure the cover is satirical, but not for some who will not "get it" and some who will exploit it to confirm all of the rumors they believe!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Morning Brew....That 'Effed Up New Yorker Magazine Cover
::Well, I was shocked and angered viewing this cover yesterday. Can you say, "every 'effin right wing, republican tainted, gop stankin' smear offered up on one cover?"The New Yorker states this is satire.Ok, I understand that viewpoint, but this satire is for the sophisticate, not the regular joe who happens to pass by their teevee, while getting coffee and happen to view this cover being talked about.Michelle a gun toutin', terrorist fist bumpin' woman? Barack dressed in muslim garb while the flag is being burned in the rear and good ol' Osama's picture hanging on the wall in the background?I get the 'supposedly' satire, but the point is most people won't get it. And even if most people got it, I would still be offended.This cover makes "way over the top", speechless. In fact, the Obama Campaign concurs with many people who have viewed this shite, as offensive, even the McCain Campaign is in agreement (for whatever that is worth).
"The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Sen. Obama's right-wing critics have tried to create," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement, reported by Politico. "But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.""We completely agree with the Obama campaign, it's tasteless and offensive," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.Of course, since we are offended this just makes the magazine more viable and everyone want to look at it or read the story. And of course, everyone and their momma are busy hitting the "send button" to their friends, family members to reinforce their view on the Obamas, one way or another. Through all of this it is still a "wait and see" moment. We don't know how this cover will play. It just may play for the Obamas, sympathetic to many independent voters who are not moved by racist or sextist viewpoints. Sure the New Yorker was trying to show all these internet rumors (because that is the point here) on one cover and make a statement, but again most people won't get it. Visuals are powerful. Will this cover influence voters? To be honest, I don't think so. Most bigots are not going to change their mind, it will over enhance one not to vote Obama, so he would not get those votes anyway. But the independent voter, with an independent mind, that vote is still out.

Satire or Offensive?

New Yorker mag's 'satire' cover draws Team Obama's ire
Updated Monday, July 14th 2008, 10:33 AM

Cover of July 21 issue of The New Yorker depicts Barack and Michelle Obama in extremist roles.
Barack Obama's campaign lashed out Sunday at the editors of The New Yorker magazine for a cartoon cover that depicts the Democratic candidate and his wife as fist-bumping terrorists.
The magazine's editor described the cartoon, called "The Politics of Fear," as satire. The Obama campaign called it "tasteless and offensive."
The Illinois senator is depicted in traditional Muslim garb in the Barry Blitt illustration set in the Oval Office.
His wife, Michelle, is in fatigues, sporting an Angela Davis-style sky-high Afro, an AK-47 slung over her shoulder.
A portrait of terror kingpin Osama Bin Laden hangs above the fireplace, in which an American flag is set ablaze.
"The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Sen. Obama's right-wing critics have tried to create. But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree," Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said.
New Yorker editor David Remnick seemed shocked by the backlash.
"Our cover ... combines a number of fantastical images about the Obamas and shows them for the obvious distortions they are," he said in a statement.
"The burning flag, the nationalist-radical and Islamic outfits, the fist-bump, the portrait on the wall - all of them echo one attack or another. Satire is part of what we do, and it is meant to bring things out into the open, to hold up a mirror to the absurd. And that's the spirit of this cover," Remnick said.
The magazine does not explain the cover. Inside are lengthy stories that look at how Chicago politics shaped the candidate and at allegations that he flip-flops on major issues.
Obama brushed off the brouhaha. "I have no response to that," he told reporters when asked about the cover, but his supporters are infuriated.
The McCain campaign joined in piling on The New Yorker. "We completely agree with the Obama campaign that it's tasteless and offensive," said campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

McCain Supports Our Troops? NOT

1. Voted Against Increased Funding forVeterans’ Health Care.
McCain voted against increasing funding for veterans’ health care in 2004,
2005, 2006 and 2007. (Senate Vote 40, 3/10/04; Senate Vote 55, 3/16/05; Senate Vote
41,3/14/06; Senate Vote 126,3/29/07)
2 Supported Outsourcing at Walter Reed.
3. McCain opposed an amendment to the FY 2007Department of Defense AppropriationsBill that would have prevented the outsourcing of 350 federal employees’ jobs at Walter Reed Army Medical Center—outsourcing that contributed to scandalous treatment of veterans
4. Opposed an Assured Funding Stream for Veterans’ Health Care. McCain opposed an
amendment to provide an assured funding stream for veterans’ health care, taking into account annual changes in veterans’ population and inflation.(Senate Vote 63, 3/16/06)
5. Supported Outsourcing VA Jobs.
McCain opposed an amendment that would haveprevented the Department of Veterans Affairs from outsourcing jobs, many held by blue-collar veterans, without first giving the workers a chance to compete. (Senate Vote 315, 9/6/07)

Underfunding and understaffinghave created a crisisin veterans’ healthcare. More than 400,000
veterans are awaiting decisions on disability claims. Tens of thousands of veterans are waiting
months to see a doctor. We respect John McCain’s service to our country, but when given the opportunity to address this crisis, he has failed America’s veterans—past, present and
future. (,)
Paid for by the AFL-CIO PA

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


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Move to the Left, Move to the Right, Stand up, Sit down, Fight, Fight, Fight!

Those who feel Barack has moved too far away from the left have to understand the idea that Barack has to get elected before he can accomplish anything. We will not always agree with everyone of his positions as the campaign goes on, but I, for one, trust this man to make the right decisions to get elected, and then make the right decisions for our country once he is in office. His basic values and principles remain the same as when we first joined the campaign, and they will remain throughout his terms as President of the United States. If he needs to refine a policy, that only shows good leadership, because nothing ever remains constant. Don't listen to those who use words such as "flip-flop" and "backtrack" because they come from Republicans trying to cause dissent among us. Stay true! Trust! Believe!


I am so tired of those comments from some Hillary supporters who say they will vote for McCain and wait four years for Hillary! Either these are Republican trolls trying to instigate something, or these people are one sandwich short of a picnic! Vote for McCain? They would do that to our country? There are so many crucial issues in this election, we cannot vote Republican just because the candidate we wanted did not become the nominee for our party. I know if it were reversed, if Hillary had won, I would have graciously turned my support to her. Obama and Clinton are so closely aligned on the issues, and that's what should matter. So many Barack supporters, and I am one of them, are donating money to help Hillary pay her debt . . . and I know more would do so if there were less of these comments.

FISA Flack

Some Democrats have the ridiculous attitude of not funding Barack Obama because of Obama’s stance on the FISA Bill. How many of you vote for a candidate based on just one issue? As Barack Obama related, none of us will agree on absolutely everything all of the time. He agrees that the bill is far from perfect, but the oversight it gains far outweighs the imperfections. Have you actually read the bill to understand why he might think that way? Barack Obama is our nominee, and because of his choice on funding, will not get an 84M check from public financing after the convention and he is depending on us. We now have this moment in time to move full force to the White House.