03/31/2008 - 10:16pm
Do you remember in the fall when there was a vote in the Senate for a resolution encouraging President Bush to label the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization? Hillary took some heat for voting in favor, as there was concern at the time that the Bush administration was trying to get us into a war with Iran and that this was another example of Hillary being duped by the devious Bushies.

Anyway, Senator Joe Lieberman yesterday put the shoe on the other foot, criticizing Barack for his vote against the provision. He is right to do so.

One of the difficult things in having something on Barack is the luxury he has of having no experience. No experience sounds bad, but having no track record also means having no track record to attack. This presents some level of advantage for Obama.

But Lieberman has reminded us of another bit of evidence that there's something potentially ominous, hidden just below the surface, in the philosophy of Barack Obama. You combine the refusal to wear an American flag pin with the video of him not saluting the flag while the other dems were with Reverand Wright's "God Damn America" with Michelle Obama's never having been proud of America before, with little tidbits like refusing to call the terrorists in Iran terrorists, and I think Barack's got a problem. Its like a knife to the heart of what Barack conjures when you think, "wow. Maybe this guy is much more of a wacko then anyone understands."

This is where the big Barack fantasy could really come apart. The foundation of lusting after a perfect ten (remember the movie?) is that you're chasing an illusion based on how that illusion makes you feel. The crash is pretty hard when you realize that the beauty that swept you off your feet is only skin deep, because you feel very, very foolish.

I imagine alot of Barack's support evaporating - poof! - on the spot when that balloon gets popped.
03/30/2008 - 2:27pm
Hillary takes heat for false claims of danger on her Bosnia trip, and rightly so. Let's have similar coverage for Barack's attempt to create a false sense of destiny and linkage to the legacy of Camelot with his story about his dad being brought to the U.S. to study due to the generosity of the Kennedy's. Turns out the Kennedy Foundation's involvement in the program came after Barack Senior came to the U.S.
03/28/2008 - 9:43pm
Not many people outside of Massachusetts know the story about a relatively young Harvard educated black guy with little experience in politics but a compelling personal story who rides a theme of hope and "Together We Can" to the chief executive's seat. It is the story of Deval Patrick, elected Governor of Massachusetts last year, who has failed to live up to even the lowest of the high hopes that put him into power.

The story became better known to many yesterday, as his rocky first 14 months in office were profiled on the front page of the New York Times.

Deval has accomplished nothing thus far with regard to his legislative agenda, and that's good news for the people of Massachusetts, of course, as he's an elitist suburbanite by nature who thinks that activist, expensive government is the cure to all ills. Even in the face of a $1.3 billion deficit when he came into office, Deval went about trying to figure out ways to grow the budget, going so far as to pursue an aggressive casino gambling package for the state, not exactly a popular idea with his base, in order to help fund his legacy. How can a governor, after all, leave office a success if he has not created new programs to break the backs of taxpayers and created more state jobs? It apparently never occurred to him that in bad times some belt tightening and shrinking of expectations would be appropriate. Heavens no! Leaving office without having added new entitlements and thousands more dependent on the state would be as sad as Bill Clinton leaving the presidency without having fought a good war! No greatness without great achievements!

The Man From Hope (not Bill Clinton, not Barack Obama, but Deval Patrick) has been a failure because he doesn't know how to get along with folks - whether it be the media, the people, or with the legislature. Like the GOP governors who preceded him, Deval just can't seem to get along with the Democrats who have total control over the legislature. Unlike the GOP governors who preceded him, Deval badmouths them and expects them to do what he wants because he is Deval. That's how it worked at Justice, after all.

After the Speaker of the House blocked Deval's attempt to bring casinos to the state last week, Deval shrewdly tried to alienate Sal DiMasi further by challenging his right to interfere with the machinations of the legislative process:

“It’s part of what we ran against, and it needs to be called out,” Mr. Patrick said in an interview last week on the day before the House overwhelmingly killed the (casino gambling) bill. “We’re going to keep working on it until we get a Democratic process that’s functioning.”

A functioning democratic process apparently means one with Deval Patrick as King.

And on the day that his proposal was going down to overwhelming defeat at the hands of DiMasi, Deval had skipped out to New York City on what his staff would only describe as "personal business."

Days later the truth is revealed - Deval was in New York City visiting publishers with his agent, looking for a big payday for his memoirs. After all, if Barack can do it, why not Deval?

The lesson is obvious - judging a candidate based on his smooth speaking skills does not in any way reflect what kind of chief executive they'll be. Putting someone without appropriate experience into a job of big responsibility is a set up for disaster.

I'm not saying that Barack's poor judgement is a match for Deval's. Barack's liabilities are likely as unique as Deval's. But Presidents are best well-known to voters in advance of elections so that the liabilities can be judged along with the potential upside. And in the big decisions we've seen from Barack, he's made some bad ones; a close, longterm association with an indicted political fundraiser, a shady house purchase including shenanigans with the same alleged briber (described as a boneheaded move by the always honest Barack), a close personal and political relationship with a divisive, race baiting pastor, and a wife who, sadly, has never been impressed with America.
03/28/2008 - 3:19pm
the following blurb in a trade journal made me wonder about how long it will be before people start getting diagnosed with some sort of Obama Obsession Disorder. I think it can already be described as "a common compulsive-impulsive disorder" Do you know any sufferers?

An editorial in this month's issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry says Internet addiction, including "excessive gaming, sexual pre-occupations and e-mail/text messaging," is a common compulsive-impulsive disorder that should be added to the 2012 edition of psychiatry's official dictionary of mental illnesses.
03/27/2008 - 7:09pm
Joe Klein lays out an (unlikely) argument for how a Gore/Obama ticket might come to pass. If all other pieces fell into place, its hard to imagine Obama going along with the scenario, but it is possible to imagine democrats being utterly exhausted by the time of the convention, with a desperate need to head Hillary off at the pass.
03/27/2008 - 5:22pm
This video from Greta's show the other night on Fox is pretty startling, because Hillary is pretty clear that she will do whatever possible to stop Barack.

03/27/2008 - 1:55pm
Reverend Wright is bowing out of commitments to preach around the country. The excuse given is safety - “the safety of the institution to which he has been invited; the safety of his family, which has been placed in harm’s way; and for his own safety.” In the world of spin, this is certainly a more sympathetic explanation than saying something like, "Barack begged me - please lay low until further notice, you're killing my chances to be President with this hateful crap that you spew!"
03/27/2008 - 6:02am
Why would Barack defend Pastor Wright today, saying that he was a victim of the TV telescope? It seems odd, especially since some polls now indicate that Obama is weathering the storm just fine. I would think that most would interpret his portrayal of Wright as a victim as inappropriate.
03/27/2008 - 5:38am
Pastor Wright is at it again, spreading the love. You have to respect the fact that the good reverend doesn't use cliche slurs in his attempts to diminish his fellow man based on their most superficial characteristics. Nope - he creates new slurs, uniquely his own. But here's the good news, Italians - it appears that Pastor Wright doesn't consider you to be typical white people. Here are some of his writings from the Trumpet Magazine:

(Jesus') enemies had their opinion about Him," Wright wrote in a eulogy of the late scholar Asa Hilliard in the November/December 2007 issue. "The Italians for the most part looked down their garlic noses at the Galileans."

Wright continued, "From the circumstances surrounding Jesus' birth (in a barn in a township that was under the Apartheid Roman government that said his daddy had to be in), up to and including the circumstances surrounding Jesus' death on a cross, a Roman cross, public lynching Italian style. ...

"He refused to be defined by others and Dr. Asa Hilliard also refused to be defined by others. The government runs everything from the White House to the schoolhouse, from the Capitol to the Klan, white supremacy is clearly in charge, but Asa, like Jesus, refused to be defined by an oppressive government because Asa got his identity from an Omnipotent God."

I'll ask you again - how is it possible for Barack to be elected President considering his close, continued alliance with this man? It doesn't seem to me that his fancy footwork on his speech last week, as clever as it was, saves him from the reality that there is no excuse for their close, longterm relationship.
03/26/2008 - 6:10pm
Hillary raises the stakes, and loses the hand, on her Bosnia "misremember."

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