03/22/2008 - 2:41am
Lead stories on the ABC news tonight.

1) Barack et al have their passport records broken into. This is a ho hummer if there ever was one, right up there with the hospital workers who were having a chuckle looking at Brittany's medical records. The big news would be if this didn't happen. What I'd really like to know, however, is how the story came to be broken as a Barack only story (black man as victim), with Hillary and McCain only being added today.

2) The big news that Bill Richardson, who is now going thru his Al Gore beard-after-the-loss phase, and who garnered the support of a dozen or so voters during his presidential bid, endorsed Barack today. Another ho hummer that somehow deserved top billing.

3) News that just days after Barack gave the greatest speech in human history, Hillary was now trying to use race against him!!! Poor Barack. Shameful Hillary. I say she's just acting like a white person who used to be first lady, but ABC News is not going as easy on her.

Oh, ya. While I was probably the only American to watch the interview in its entirety, Larry King seemed oddly self-conscious and uncomfortable hitting his usual gentle serves to Barack for a full hour last night. It was like he'd agreed to a list of questions submitted by the Obama campaign and was suffering a flicker of nostalgia for his long lost journalistic integrity. At the end, after a disengaged and awkward hour, Larry tried to close:

We've been talking with, ah (he pauses and looks down at his notes) Barack Obama!

The best moment of the night was when King read a particularly generous quote from the New York Times "analysis" of the greatest political speech ever given and asked Barack what he made of it.
03/22/2008 - 2:32am
Oh, those white women who once were token Democratic nominees for Vice President. You've got to love their spirit! In an age in which most Americans are cowed by the liberal insistence that any statement from a white person that acknowledges a truth about race in this country is racist, how is it possible that Geraldine Ferraro is so vehemently asserting her right to free speech? Doesn't she know she gave it up when she joined the party?

Check out Ferraro's response to Barack's completely inappropriate attempt to equate her statement that Barack is a man of the moment, and part of that moment includes his being black, with the mean spirited sermons of Rev Wright.
03/21/2008 - 3:27pm
Barack continued his "Race in America" media tour yesterday, committing a blunder that, as usual, would have caused a new firestorm if circumstances were reversed. As it is, the casualness with which he throws language around that whites are called racist for using is enlightening. You'll recall that on Tuesday, one of Barack's White Lies in response to the Preacher Wright controversy was this:

"I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."

Since when did throwing your grandmother under the bus become appropriate? And whose grandmother doesn't possess an ear that belongs to another time? Barack's attempt to equate this sort of private comment with the outrageousness of the Preacher's many public proclamations promoting hatred toward country and cultural divide represents the politics of old that Barack is supposed to be the antidote to.

Seeking to clarify, Barack had this to say on a radio talk show yesterday:

"The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity, but that she is a typical white person. If she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know (pause) there's a reaction in her that doesn't go away and it comes out in the wrong way."

A typical white person? But wait a sec. Remember in the mid-nineties when Jesse Jackson admitted to the same transgression?

"There is nothing more painful to me ... than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved."

Maybe this isn't a race issue at all, but a class issue, and a crime issue, and a survival issue. Maybe Barack's grandmother, along with Jesse Jackson, was just acting like a typical human being!
03/20/2008 - 10:35pm
Interesting analysis on Barack Obama from a man known as the Relentless Liberal. Here's what Jerry Grossman says is troubling about Barack's willingness to sit and listen to Jeremiah Wright disparage America and its white majority for 20 years:

"Obama has proven repeatedly by his actions and his rhetoric that he is a natural conciliator so his failure to try to modify the explosive situation in his church is unsettling. There is a parallel in the way he acted out his undiluted opposition to the Iraq war. Once elected to the U.S. Senate, one would have expected that he would have used his position to advance his deeply held views on this matter of life and death for so many Americans and Iraqis, the way freshman Senator James Webb of Virginia did, as Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and African-American Congressman John Conyers of Michigan do, day by day, bill by bill. Obama did nothing wrong. His votes on Iraq were fine, no complaints there, but he did not seize the initiative, there for the asking, to insist, to dramatize, to demand, to be a center of dissent on Iraq."

Jerome Grossman is a former democratic national committeeman whose devotion to left wing politics includes working closely on anti-war activities with Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden and running the anti-nuclear proliferation agency Council for a Livable World. A real life, certified liberal, who worries about having a nominee who talks a good game but apparently doesn't stand up and fight when his political future is part of the equation. Jerry's nephew is Steve Grossman, who is a major fundraiser and former national party chair for the dems. Jerry is also my uncle.
03/20/2008 - 4:01pm
Is Barack prepared to be the President of all the people? Apparently not.

Chris Wallace, unable to get Barack to live up to what Chris says was a face to face commitment to appear on Fox News Sunday, has started a new feature to highlight the deception. Its called Obama Watch, and it tracks the number of days its been that Barack has failed to accept his constant invitations, a period now totaling about 2 years.
03/19/2008 - 2:40pm

The big question on political events isn't really how thing went. The question is how will it play in the media.

Goodmorning America went particularly easy on Barack this morning, skipping right over the issue of his close association with the Racial Nerve Stomper Jeremiah Wright and going directly to a conversation about race. The Today Show did a better job of making it clear that this was a speech that Barack was forced to make to put out a fire.

Last week, Barack Obama went on a media tour and tried to put the issue of Pastor Wright to rest with some Clinton style parsing.

He hadn’t been in church for the specific remarks that had been collected on Pastor Wright he said, but he did find them appalling.

He claimed ignorance.

In his big speech yesterday, the story had changed. Yesterday, he said:

Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes.

So now he fesses up.

But he argues he can’t step away from the man who has played such a big role in Barack’s life that he has become like family:

He contains within him the contradictions – the good and the bad – of the community that he has served diligently for so many years. I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community.

Funny. Last week, the Obama campaign was all for the idea of disowning people when the shoe was on the other foot. Consider his campaign’s reaction last week when Clinton adviser Geraldine Ferraro talked about how Barack got where he is because he’s black (oh, don’t you just love those color blind democrats?) Here’s what Obama Adviser David Axelrod told reporters:

“Ferraro should be denounced and censured by the (Clinton) campaign. Samantha [Power] resigned (from the Obama campaign), because it was not consistent with the kind of campaign we want to run. We want a candidate and president who will live by their words.”

Barack wants Hillary to disown Ferraro for making an arguably inappropriate comment which happened to be factually accurate while Barack's still trying to claim that Reverand Wright is his own version of Billy Beer, just the byproduct of the black sheep of the family, and we all know about those, don’t we?

It really irked me yesterday when Barack argued that you don't disown someone you're close to just because they say something you don't agree with.

Unfortunately, that mis-characterises the situation. This is a political adviser, and close personal friend, who regularly rants in a manner that the race baiters call racist if a white person dares to talk this way.

Again, you don’t choose your family, you choose your Pastor. Barack could have walked away from Jeremiah Wright at whatever point he wanted to. But he never did want to. He preferred keeping his head in the sand, or holding our heads there, as late as last weekend. Was this because Rev Wright was critical to Barack’s political goals?

This is what political analyst Dick Morris had to say in his most recent column:

Wright's rantings are not reflective of Obama's views on anything. Why did he stay in the church? Because he's a black Chicago politician who comes from a mixed marriage and went to Columbia and Harvard. Suspected of not being black enough or sufficiently tied to the minority community, he needed the networking opportunities Wright afforded him in his church to get elected.

All this adds up to a different perspective on Barack. He’s not the angel his supporters believe him to be. He’s made of flesh and bone, he’s ambitious, and he’s willing to do the wrong thing to get ahead. Just another human being. Just another politician.

Now we can judge him by the usual criteria.

What is his experience? Virtually non-existent.

What has he accomplished? Very little.

What qualifies him to be president? Nothing other than being black at a time when the country is ready to be done with race as an issue, despite the attempts of liberals to keep it alive.

03/18/2008 - 8:02pm

Barack made himself one of the Founding Father's today.

"Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered... and launched America’s improbable experiment in democracy... This was one of the tasks we set forth at the beginning of this campaign – to continue the long march of those who came before us."

He elevates himself so that he can promise to elevate us. And in elevating himself he steps away from the mud.

In this case, it will be fun to watch if Barack's re-positioning trick works. Because this is different than saying "politics is dirty, let's you and I go do it a better way and the world will follow."

In this case, the mess is Barack's. In this case, we're getting an insight into the man with no experience, who we know precious little about, but who wants to be President of the United States. He says I Will Lift You, he says Together We Can, he says Trust My Judgment.

How do we trust the judgment of the man who hasn't been asked to make any decisions?

We look to what meager track record he has to offer. The people around him.

Certainly it caused some concern when his wife expressed her anger at America, saying she'd never been proud of this country before. The country that gave her an education, that gave her affluence, that gave her a safe community to raise her children in, that gave her a U.S. Senator as a husband. She's never felt proud before. Odd.

Now we have context.
We see a pattern to these opinions. We know where she got this dark view of our land.

"This belief comes from my unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the American people. But it also comes from my own American story... it is a story that has seared into my genetic makeup the idea that this nation is more than the sum of its parts – that out of many, we are truly one."

Barack's wife doesn't like her country, his preacher and political adviser says, "God Damn America," and his closest political supporter from day one of his career, dating all the way back to the 1990's, is on trial for corruption. Barack believes we are truly one, but his close friend/ally/aide/preacher calls this nation the KKKA.

We see Barack's judgement.

Now we have context. Barack has kept race out of the campaign, and that has been nice. We thought it was because, as George Will puts it, Barack is post-racial. Now we know that he is steeped in an environment of race and class based division, but not because he shares the belief systems around him, just because he loves the haters.

He loves the Preacher, we are told, like an uncle. In fact, he compares the Preacher to his grandmother, who sometimes spoke in off-color ways that Barack found uncomfortable.

But a Preacher is not family. A Preacher is chosen. If the chosen Preacher is appalling, then you go find another one. You can't do this with a grandmother. With a grandmother, one is stuck cringing.

But even if your grandmother was your Preacher, you would stop going to church if she talked like Preacher Wright.


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