06/12/2008 - 9:19pm
A generic Democrat beats the generic Republican this year by 16 points according to recent polls. Barack, alas, is not doing as well as the invisible man. After the incredible media attention he got with his victory lap last week, he's still just pulled a few points ahead.
The poll, conducted for Wall Street Journal and NBC, shows that Obama is leading McCain by 47 per cent to 41 per cent. But still the lead is significantly smaller than the Democratic Party's 16-point advantage, 51 per cent to 35 per cent, when voters are asked, without candidates' names, which party they want to win the White House.
What is Barack's problem? Reverend Wright, of course. And Rev Pfleger. And the terrorists. And Michelle. And Tony Rezko.
But Obama continues to do poorly among white male voters, according to the poll. More ominous is his weakness among white suburban women, who generally are open to Democratic candidates and whose votes could be decisive.

While Obama has a slight lead among white women generally, a plurality of suburbanites prefer McCain.
While Barack believers are pleased that he's opened a lead, there's no grounds for smiling.
The poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted from Friday through Monday, a "propitious time" for Obama, (Democrat pollster Peter) Hart noted, as Clinton had conceded and endorsed her rival on Saturday.

Despite that timing and an "exceptionally strong" year for Democrats generally, Obama and McCain are in "a very competitive race for president," says Democratic pollster Hart.
Could this be as good as it gets for Barack? Not likely. The polls will likely swing this way and that in advance of the conventions... before McCain pulls ahead in the fall as people learn the truth about Barack.
06/12/2008 - 9:14pm
Barack has a new site launched, fight the smears, to respond to rumors at the speed of the internet.
The site is a response to the realities of a brave new world, where information travels 24 hours a day on blogs and voters are increasingly turning to the Internet for information. It's a particular problem for Obama, a relative newcomer to national politics who is still unknown to many voters and has been the target of persistent misinformation campaigns online.
It's also a problem for Barack because it seems that all of his political associations have been people of unscrupulous character.
E-mails about Obama rank No. 2 on the list of "Hottest Urban Legends" on snopes.com, an Internet rumor-debunking site, behind e-mail greeting cards that could expose computers to viruses.
The campaign debunks the Michelle "Whitey" tape rumors of the past few weeks on the site.
06/12/2008 - 1:55pm
The speedy firing of James Johnson from Barack's VP search committee shows that Barack has learned his lessons. Don't waste time with loyalty, cut out the cancer.

But there is a flip side to caving to pressure, and that is, precedent.
For some Democrats, Obama's quick move to separate himself from Johnson will be seen as a caving to Republicans. There will almost certainly be more of these Republican attacks; by removing Johnson, Obama has only emboldened GOPers for the next time around, goes the argument.
By giving in to the pressure, Barack has opened the door for more of the same.
Case in point: Republican operatives are seizing on the news to keep firing away at Obama. "If Barack Obama is concerned his campaign's ties to special interests are distracting from his VP search and message, why is Eric Holder still on his search committee? Why is registered federal lobbyist Steve Farber leading the convention for Obama's supposedly 'lobbyist-free' campaign? Obama's hypocritical attacks show he can't stand up to his own standard - and that he just isn't ready to make change," said Alex Conant, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.
There's also the issue of judgment, which, way back when, was a key premise for Barack's candidacy.
And this from McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds: "Selecting the vice presidential nominee is the most important decision a presidential candidate can make and one even Barack Obama has said will 'signal how I want to operate my presidency.' By entrusting this process to a man who has now been forced to step down because of questionable loans, the American people have reason to question the judgment of a candidate who has shown he will only make the right call when under pressure from the news media. America can't afford a president who flip-flops on key questions in the course of 24 hours. That's not change we can believe in."
Worst of all for Barack says pundit Craig Crawford, supporting the notion that he can't live under the cleanliness standards he's established, remains his poo-pooing of the matter.
Obama's cavalier response utterly contradicted his campaign's supposed crusade for reform. Not only did those words come across as tone deaf to the very ethical issues that he has raised in this election, but his remarks sounded like the ethical relativism we so often hear from the Washington business-as-usual crowd that Obama claims to be running against.
06/12/2008 - 12:34pm
An information update from a blog at National Review on Barack's hidden birth certificate, and fresh speculation on what it's all about. First, a campaignspot reader offered that there is no mention of religion on the birth certificate used by the state of Hawaii in 1962.

Then, speculation on what the Obama campaign may be hiding.

And a reader brought up a surprisingly plausible scenario. We know that by high school, Obama was identified in yearbooks, etc., as "Barry Obama." But we know the relationship between Obama's parents was rocky at times (Obama describes a short article about his father, profiling the Kenyan foreign exchange student, in the Honolulu Advertiser that doesn't mention his wife or newborn child). What if on his birth certificate he was identified by his mother's maiden name... Barack Dunham?

Or Barry Dunham?

People wonder why Barack is hiding the birth certificate when everyone figures he'll have to release it eventually. It just gains significance daily, so the splash to be made by the hidden information is, in fact, being promoted.

The one victory to be created from the Obama campaign's cover up would appear to be the ability to hold back bad news until a time when they think they'll be best able to cope with and control it.


So much for transparency in the new kinda politics.
06/12/2008 - 7:01am
Barack slipped. In an unconscious moment, he made a comment regarding gas prices that reveals, once again, the low esteem he has for regular folk. This time, he's concerned that we cling to our low gas prices:
CNBC's John Harwood: So could the (high) oil prices help us?

Barack Obama: I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to American pocketbooks is not a good thing. But if we take some steps right now to help people make the adjustment, first of all by putting more money in their pockets, but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more rapidly, particularly U.S. automakers...
He doesn't mind the high gas prices, he just wishes they'd occurred gradually enough so people wouldn't notice.
06/12/2008 - 3:55am
Does this ad boomerang? As the points are ticked off by John Cusack in the moveon.org attack on John McCain, guess who is right on every stance.


But no one is going to see it, except for some young folk who have already been conned by Barack into believing that he'll withdraw troops from Iraq, on a schedule, without regard for what's happening on the ground.
The group is spending only $45,000 to air the message nationally during prime time on the Bravo network, as well as in the Washington, D.C., market during local cable ad breaks on CNN and MSNBC, and during "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, according to a MoveOn source.
06/11/2008 - 9:36pm
Having learned a lesson or two from the Wright scandal, Barack has cut loose the head of his VP selection committee.
James Johnson said he is leaving Senator Barack Obama's vice presidential search committee after a newspaper reported he may have received preferential mortgage terms from Countrywide Financial Corp.

Johnson, the former chairman of Fannie Mae, said he was quitting to avoid being a hindrance to Obama's presidential campaign.

Too late for that, my friend. Barack already stooped to offering a pathetic, "I am a victim," style defense of you yesterday, reminiscent of his excuse for quitting the Trinity Racist Church, even while hanging you out to dry!

Obama said he shouldn't be expected to "vet the vetters" and that Johnson, who received $7 million in loans from Countrywide Financial, was doing a discrete task, not setting policy or getting a job in his administration.

"I am not vetting my vice presidential search committee for their mortgages. This is a game that can be played. Everybody who is tangentially related to our campaign is going to have a whole host of relationships," Obama said, adding that Johnson, a former head of Fannie Mae, is a voluntary adviser.

Having learned well from the boss, Johnson also sees himself as a victim.

Johnson, 64, said that he had done nothing wrong, saying ``blatantly false statements and misrepresentations'' had been written about him.

Perhaps he should start by explaining that to Barack!


06/11/2008 - 8:01pm
Barack Obama's new kinda politics continues to look like he's running for Richard Nixon's third term. It seems there's no level of deceit he's not happy to stoop to in order to misrepresent reality.

Take the buzz over John McCain's comments regarding Iraq on the Today show this morning. McCain said, very clearly, that his primary concern is American casualties.
Matt Lauer, NBC: "If it's working Senator, do you now have a better estimate of when American forces can come home from Iraq?"

McCain: "No, but that's not too important. What's important is the casualties in Iraq. Americans are in South Korea, Americans are in Japan, American troops are in Germany. That's all fine. American casualties and the ability to withdraw; we will be able to withdraw. General Petraeus is going to tell us in July when he thinks we are. But the key to it is we don't want any more Americans in harm's way. And that way, they will be safe, and serve our country, and come home with honor and victory, not in defeat, which is what Senator Obama's proposal would have done."
The Barack Attack Machine jumped with zeal, taking the "No, but that's not too important" line out of context in order to make it seems as if McCain's meaning was 180 degrees from what he said.
The Obama campaign and Democratic leaders accused Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) of being confused and heartless after he told NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday that it’s “not too important” when U.S. troops return from Iraq.
Apparently unable to find anyone with credibility to slander McCain, Barack's campaign turned to the man who lost four years ago to George Bush because Americans found him to be sans spine. He was true to expectations today.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said on a quickly organized Obama conference call that McCain’s comment was “unbelievably out of touch with the needs and concerns of most Americans,” saying that to families of troops in harm’s way, “To them, it's the most important thing in the world.”
Barack is apparently so desperate to keep the spotlight off the Obamafia that he has thrown the new kinda politics out the window and replaced it with the same old same old. He probably figures, rightly, that his supporters are too uninformed to know that he doesn't practice anything he preaches. He makes me sick.

06/11/2008 - 7:14pm
Barack is making noises of outrage over the suicide rate our combat troops are experiencing. He expressed his desire for swift information from the Pentagon in a letter, that Thomas Sowell points out, was rich with arrogance.

"What changes will you make to provide our soldiers in theater with real access to mental health care?"

"What training has the Pentagon provided our medical professionals in theater to recognize who might be at risk of committing suicide?"

"What assistance are you providing families here at home to recognize the risk factors for suicide, so that they may help our service members get the assistance they need?"

"What programs has the Pentagon implemented to help reduce the stigma attached to mental health concerns so that service members are more likely to seek appropriate care?"

There's lots that Barack wants to know, but according to Sowell, the big thing he doesn't know is that the suicide rate is lower for our fighting men and women.
No one needs to be reminded that suicide is a serious matter, whether among soldiers or civilians. But the media have managed to create the impression that it is military service overseas which is the cause of suicides among American troops, when civilians of the same ages and other demographic characteristics are committing suicide at an even higher rate at home.
This fact doesn't fit the liberal storyline, however, of Republicans being the leading cause of everything bad.
The New York Times led the way in making homicides committed by returning military veterans a front page story, blaming this on "combat trauma and the stress of deployment." Yet the New York Post showed that the homicide rate among returning veterans is a fraction of the homicide rate among demographically comparable civilians.
Ah, the Times. All the news that's fit to slant.

06/11/2008 - 5:10pm
In the optimism of the moment, Democrats have been looking to Georgia as a state that could swing their way as Barack, the all-powerful, rewrites the electoral map. Not so fast. A snapshot of the moment from Rasmussen indicates that McCain is viewed unfavorably by 37% of voters there. That's pretty small compared with Barack's negatives, which are running at 54%.

In the first survey of the state by the polling outfit since Obama won the Democratic presidential nomination, Republican John McCain still holds a significant lead, with 51 percent compared to 41 percent for Obama.

Six percent declared themselves for another candidate — Libertarian Bob Barr was not mentioned — and 2 percent were undecided.

The polling indicates that opinions are not as unsure as one might expect at this stage of the general election.
The small number of undecided voters is striking, and probably a result of the interminable national primary campaign. Which means that we could be headed for a race in which enthusiasm, or the lack of it, will count.
Wait until voters learn that Barack wasn't blindsided by Reverend Wright, but instead, that we were blindsided by Barack and his radical friends.

Nationally, voters remain distracted by media delight over Barack having 'clinched' the nomination last week.

The latest daily tracking poll from Gallup, which includes surveys conducted Friday through Sunday, shows Obama leading Republican John McCain 48 percent to 42 percent nationwide.

While an examination of swing states, one by one, offers much more insight, it is fun to watch the overall horse-race with national polls.

That's Obama's biggest lead yet over McCain in the Gallup tracking survey; the two have been basically tied in Gallup's tracking poll since mid-March. National polls indicate a candidate's overall strength, but the November election, of course, is contested state by state for electoral votes.

Which is why the Georgia deficit is more telling than a 6 point national lead.
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