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Zogby: Obama Leads in North Carolina, Indiana

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2008 4:39 am by HL

Zogby: Obama Leads in North Carolina, Indiana
According to the latest Zogby tracking polls, Sen. Barack Obama holds a nine point lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton in North Carolina, 48% to 39%, and has now edged ahead of Clinton by two points in Indiana, 43% to 41%.


How much you paying him NY Times?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2008 4:38 am by HL

How much you paying him NY Times?
Poor Bill Kristol…but mostly poor us. The Uriah Heep of war criminality cannot even manage to write malicious editorials anymore.

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Poor Bill Kristol…but mostly poor us.

The Uriah Heep of war criminality cannot even mange to write malicious editorials anymore. Now they are just lame and pathetic.

Wanting to get a few digs in about how Reverend Wright has buried Obama and all the Democrats for that matter, Kristol actually commits to paper this paragraph:

In a New York Times/CBS News poll in late February, Obama was defeating John McCain 50 to 38. Two months later, the Times/CBS poll had McCain and Obama tied. The poll that came out yesterday showed Obama reopening a lead over McCain — but clearly over this period a vulnerability for Obama was exposed.

The latest CBS poll, that shows this awesome damage to Obama?

Obama (D) 51%
McCain (R) 40%

Wow, that’s really, um, not at all devastating. No matter how much the chattering classes — the wealthy, white, actually elitist chattering classes — cannot grasp it. Sadly, for Kristol and the rest of the fans of things like Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos“, Clinton kicks McCain’s ass by a similar margin.

And unnoticed by the nation’s editorial writers and gasbags of cable news, especially by the Kristols and the Stephanopouli, the public seems to have determined the real culprit in the Jeremiah Wright matter:

Concerning Rev. Wright’s coverage in the media the new poll sites that according to registered voters polled the attention paid has been:

Too Much…..56%
Too Little…….5%
About Right…34%

Not that this fact will stop a talking head from trying.

But not content in stopping after eviscerating his own argument in the early paragraphs Kristol digs deeper (goin’ for the gold?). He decides to use FoxNews polling which shows that if McCain picks Mitt Romney, he loses his maverick scent. But fear not, Kristol is there to suggest an acolyte for the job.

Maybe that’s why, in separate conversations last week, no fewer than four McCain staffers and advisers mentioned as a possible vice-presidential pick the 36-year-old Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal. They’re tempted by the idea of picking someone so young, with real accomplishments and a strong reformist streak.

It might also be a way to confront the issue of McCain’s age (71), which private polls and focus groups suggest could be a real problem. A Jindal pick would implicitly acknowledge the questions and raise the ante. The message would be: “You want generational change? You can get it with McCain-Jindal — without risking a liberal and inexperienced Obama as commander in chief.”

Yes, Bill, the public is crying out for somebody who can push through a 3rd Bush term, with even less experience than Bush just in case something happens to the original water carrier.

What a keen and discerning analyst.

Bobby Jindal, now the governor of Louisiana (thanks Katrina, for halving the New Orleans vote). A former Congressman he had this singular accomplishment:

In 2005, Jindal led other freshman Republican House members in dipping their fingers in purple dye to celebrate the 2005 Iraqi national elections.

Oh, how awesome for the GOP that guy would be. He sure sounds like the kind of candidate who would keep us on the track 81% of the American public so dearly loathe. The kind of candidate who has little to offer the American people but “the finger”. So he has much in common with Bush.

You go Bill! I’m only surprised you did not suggest McCain select a random Kagan.


Obama Adviser: Obama Joined Wright’s Church In Search Of His “Blackness”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2008 4:37 am by HL

Obama Adviser: Obama Joined Wright’s Church In Search Of His “Blackness”

Update (TL): The linked article is from Newsweek and is about why Oprah Winfrey left the Trinity Church.

*****

With friends and campaign advisers like this:

[Oprah] Winfrey was a member of Trinity United from 1984 to 1986, and she continued to attend off and on into the early to the mid-1990s. But then she stopped. A major reason—but by no means the only reason—was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. . . . Friends of Sen. Barack Obama, whose relationship with Wright has rocked his bid for the White House, insist that it would be unfair to compare Winfrey’s decision to leave Trinity United with his own decision to stay. “[His] reasons for attending Trinity were totally different,” said one campaign adviser . . . “Early on, he was in search of his identity as an African-American and, more importantly, as an African-American man. Reverend Wright and other male members of the church were instrumental in helping him understand the black experience in America. Winfrey wasn’t going for that. She’s secure in her blackness, so that didn’t have a hold on her.” . . .

More…

(Emphasis supplied.) Um, Obama’s campaign adviser said that?!? This is not good.

By Big Tent Democrat, speaking for me only.


And The Kool Aid Has Been Resupplied

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2008 4:36 am by HL

And The Kool Aid Has Been Resupplied
Funny.


After complimentary coffee and introductions Saturday morning, the area’s first official “foreclosure tour” headed on its way.

Roughly 25 people – the bulk of them investors – attended the tour on a small chartered bus that made stops in east Manatee County. Neighborhoods on the tour included University Park, Fairway Lakes, Harbourage on Bradenton River and The Inlets at Riverdale.

The first of eight houses visited during the tour was a three-bedroom, two-bath home in University Park being offered by the bank for $249,000. The home sold for exactly $100,000 more two years ago, according to Manatee County property records.

Another 2,749-square-foot home on a freshwater canal in the Inlets at Riverdale off State Road 64 East, the most expensive on the tour, was selling for $439,900 – $265,000 down from what it sold for just two years ago.

Dan Delzer of Lakewood Ranch took the roughly four-hour tour Saturday in order to work on what he calls his “10-year-plan.” That plan involves becoming wealthy through investing in real estate.

“I have a goal of 10 years, being financially free, and it doesn’t come from bringing home a paycheck,” Delzer said. “I think anyone in Sarasota or Bradenton, you have to get in right now. I don’t think we’re going to see prices this low again. Anybody that’s waiting, I don’t know what they’re waiting on.”

This housing market is, at best, going to remain in neutral for 4-5 years. After that prices may start to rise, though in keeping with historical trends unlikely to rise faster than inflation. And houses require a lot of care and maintenance to keep current. Longer term, local demographic factors may drive increases in regional markets.

Though who knows, maybe I’m the stupid one who should be scooping up properties in Florida.

Overnight
enjoy


An Atheist Goes Undercover to Join the Flock of Mad Pastor John Hagee

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2008 4:35 am by HL

An Atheist Goes Undercover to Join the Flock of Mad Pastor John Hagee
In this excerpt from his new book, Matt Taibbi shares his experiences at a Hagee’s boot camp for new converts.

Profiteers Squeeze Billions Out of Growing Global Food Crisis
Speculators blamed for driving up price of basic foods as 100 million face severe hunger.


Obama Nabs Another Super-Delegate

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2008 4:34 am by HL

Obama Nabs Another Super-Delegate
The campaign announces that Obama just secured the support of Guam super-del Jaime Paulino. According to Camp Obama’s tally, this brings his total super-del count to 257, and puts him 275 overall delegates away from winning the Dem nomination….


War of Ideas

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2008 4:33 am by HL

War of Ideas
Greg Anrig, Jr.: It’s time for Dems to press their advantage and make an aggressive case that conservative ideology has been an unqualified failure….


Gas tax holiday a ‘gimmick’: Obama

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2008 4:32 am by HL

Gas tax holiday a ‘gimmick’: Obama
Obama chastises Clinton’s ‘obliterate Iran’ comment before primaries.

A State Sec. that would abolish nukes?
Especially at a time when the recent release of photographs of Hiroshima?s aftermath by an unknown Japanese photographer reminds us anew that nuclear weapons are not intended for use on another state?s military, but its people. ??Everywhere you turn, you hear it,? said Savannah businessman Ed Feiler.? What, that Clinton will pull it out? That we?ll attack Iran? No, think local. Turns out that Georgians are speculating whether Sam Nunn, their Democratic senator for 25 years, will be invited to join a Barack Obama ticket.


Bush loyalist Fran Townsend joining CNN.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2008 4:31 am by HL

Bush loyalist Fran Townsend joining CNN.
Last month, President Bush appointed his former Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. Now, Townsend is picking up another job. Politico’s Mike Allen reports today that Townsend will be joining for Bush Press Secretary Tony Snow as a CNN contributor.

Last month, President Bush appointed his former Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. Now, Townsend is picking up another job. Politico’s Mike Allen reports today that Townsend will be joining for Bush Press Secretary Tony Snow as a CNN contributor.


In Small Towns, Bill Clinton Finds A Campaign Niche

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 5th, 2008 4:30 am by HL

In Small Towns, Bill Clinton Finds A Campaign Niche
LUMBERTON, N.C. — Bill Clinton swung open the screen door and stepped onto Baxter Williams’s front porch, its wooden floorboards creaking beneath him. The former president, a veteran speechmaker used to 50,000-seat stadiums and convention halls, sipped from a bottle of water and took in his latest…

The Willie Horton of the 2008 Campaign?
Conduct a thought experiment: Imagine that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, former pastor to presidential candidate Barack Obama and preacher with controversial views, was not an outspoken black man but a white woman who penned her controversial ideas in a scholarly journal. If Wright’s views were the o…