Mar 312008
 

Hillary Clinton and her campaign have come up with a new laugh line…

Clinton Says Obama Wants to Stop Votes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused rival Sen. Barack Obama and his allies of trying to stop people from voting as some of his backers have called on her to drop out of the presidential race.

The Obama campaign rejected the charge, dismissing Clinton’s criticism as “completely laughable.”

In a series of television interviews in states holding upcoming contests, Clinton vowed to press on with her campaign and suggested Obama and his supporters wanted to keep those states from playing a role in selecting the party’s presidential nominee.

“My take on it is a lot of Senator Obama’s supporters want to end this race because they don’t want people to keep voting,” she told CBS affiliate KTVQ in Billings, Mont. “That’s just the opposite of what I believe. We want people to vote. I want the people of Montana to vote, don’t you?”

Ha. Ha.

I hope people aren’t falling for this line of bull. “You should vote for me because I am the only one who wants you to have a vote.”

Actually, Mrs. Clinton, a lot of Senator Obama’s supports want to end this race because they want to get on with the business of handing John McCain and the Republicans the humiliating defeat in November they have earned and so richly deserve.

Responding to Clinton, Obama spokesman Bill Burton said: “That is completely laughable from a campaign that thought the race would be over on February 5. We have encouraged our supporters to do no such thing and Senator Obama was very clear he supports her carrying on in this race.”

Campaigning in Pennsylvania, Obama called the continuing primary battle “a struggle” but said he believed it was a good process that would strengthen the party in the long run.

“It is a healthy thing that so many people are passionate,” Obama said in Johnstown. “I think it is great that Senator Clinton’s supporters are as passionate about her as my supporters are about me… I think that is making this historic race that much more compelling.”

Besides, voters in the remaining states are still going to vote regardless of whether or not Hillary Clinton is still actively campaigning. I voted in the Texas Democratic primary in March of 2004 even though it was clear long before that John Kerry would be the Democratic nominee in that year’s general election.

Does Hillary Clinton think before she speaks?

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One wonders.

(I used to like Hillary Clinton. Really, I did. But the way she has run her campaign this year has just about blown any remaining respect I have for her completely out of the water.)

Mar 312008
 

Do you remember that terrible, terrible, awful McCain Girls video we posted a while back? One of the McCain girls wants you to know what she thinks of your opinion.

Warning: Not Safe for Work.

Matter of fact, that pretty much sums up what the whole right wing of the Republican party thinks of any opinion you may have.

You’re welcome, b*tches.

Mar 302008
 

This, in my mind, is so trivial that I was not even going to mention it unless someone made a big deal about it. Ed Morrissey and Jeralyn have attempted to make a big deal about it, so I’ll mention it. Somehow they think that Barack Obama being mistaken about something that happened two years before his birth is the equivalent of Hillary Clinton blatantly lying about something that happened when she was 48 years old. (It isn’t.)

One of the first lessons taught in Politics 101 is that if you are going to run for public office, you thoroughly research every word you plan to say, then you have somebody else research it and then somebody after them. If what you are going to say does not pass all three levels of research without any doubt whatsoever as to its veracity, you do not say it. The reason for this is that every word you say is going to be thoroughly researched by your opposition after you say it, so it is better for you to have researched it before you say it.

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain all appear to have been absent from class on the day that lesson was taught. Senator Obama got caught today. He did not do the research on something that he believed to have happened two years before his birth…

Obama Overstates Kennedys’ Role in Helping His Father

Addressing civil rights activists in Selma, Ala., a year ago, Sen. Barack Obama traced his “very existence” to the generosity of the Kennedy family, which he said paid for his Kenyan father to travel to America on a student scholarship and thus meet his Kansan mother.

The Camelot connection has become part of the mythology surrounding Obama’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. After Caroline Kennedy endorsed his candidacy in January, Newsweek commentator Jonathan Alter reported that she had been struck by the extraordinary way in which “history replays itself” and by how “two generations of two families — separated by distance, culture and wealth — can intersect in strange and wonderful ways.”

It is a touching story — but the key details are either untrue or grossly oversimplified.

Contrary to Obama’s claims in speeches in January at American University and in Selma last year, the Kennedy family did not provide the funding for a September 1959 airlift of 81 Kenyan students to the United States that included Obama’s father. According to historical records and interviews with participants, the Kennedys were first approached for support for the program nearly a year later, in July 1960. The family responded with a $100,000 donation, most of which went to pay for a second airlift in September 1960.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton acknowledged yesterday that the senator from Illinois had erred in crediting the Kennedy family with a role in his father’s arrival in the United States. He said the Kennedy involvement in the Kenya student program apparently “started 48 years ago, not 49 years ago as Obama has mistakenly suggested in the past.”

Back to Politics 101.

Mar 302008
 

It is nearly 1:00 a.m. here in Texas and counting in the county precinct conventions has been suspended for the night. (Sounds like a good idea for yours truly, also.)

From our good and very hard-working friends at Burnt Orange Report, we learn that Barack Obama is currently leading Hillary Clinton by a margin of 56.05% to 43.95% (72.31% of the delegate vote has been counted). There are 67 pledged delegates to the national convention to be determined by today’s conventions. If my math is correct (don’t hold me to it), Obama right now has 38 of those delegates to 29 for Clinton.

Add those to the 65 won by Clinton and 61 won by Obama in the March 4th primary and you come up with a grand total of 94 delegates for Mrs. Clinton and 99 delegates for Mr. Obama. So, even though Clinton won the primary, Obama will win the caucuses and leave the state with more pledged delegates.

Of course, some or all of this could change when they resume counting or somebody could muck something up or there could be challenges or lawsuits or what have you. But right now things are standing pretty much where the Texas Democratic Party said they would be when they gave up counting after the March 4th precinct caucuses.

We’ll check in again tomorrow. In the meantime, have a good night.

Mar 302008
 

Obama: Let the Contest Continue Into June

Clinton / Obama
Clinton / Obama

Many of his supporters may be growing impatient, but Sen. Barack Obama said today that he wouldn’t nudge Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton out of the race.

“My attitude is that Senator Clinton can run as long as she wants,” Obama told reporters in Johnstown, Pa. “Her name’s on the ballot, and she is a fierce and formidable competitor, and she obviously believes that she would make the best nominee and the best president.”

He added, “I think that, you know, she should be able to compete and her supporters should be able to support her, for as long as they are willing or able.” And that could be into early June, through all 10 remaining primaries, Obama said. “We will have had contests in all 50 states plus several territories. We will have tallied up the pledged delegate vote, we will have tallied up the popular vote, we will have tallied up how many states were won by who, and then at that point I think people should have more than enough information to make a decision. ”

He downplayed the notion that an extended contest could bruise the eventual winner, to Republican Sen. John McCain’s advantage. “I think that the notion that the party’s been divided by this contest is somewhat overstated,” Obama said. “There’s no doubt that, among some of my supporters or some of her supporters, there’s probably been some irritation created. But I also think, every contest you’ve seen, in every state — huge jumps in Democratic registration, including independents and Republicans who are changing registration to vote in the Democratic primaries. You know, those are people who are now invested in what happens. And I think that bodes very well for us in November.”

Hey, he’s the one who is going to have to face John McCain and the Republican slime machine come fall. If he says her staying in it until June isn’t going to hurt him in November, then I say let her stay. He’s obviously a lot closer to the situation than I am (or you or you or you).

P.S. The states/territories yet to vote and the dates on which they will vote are:

Pennsylvania (April 22nd)
Guam (May 3rd)
Indiana (May 6th)
North Carolina (May 6th)
West Virginia (May 13th)
Kentucky (May 20th)
Oregon (May 20th)
Montana (June 3rd)
South Dakota (June 3rd)
Puerto Rico (June 7th)

Update: It now appears that the nomination will most likely not be decided in June. Mrs. Clinton says she plans to stick around until the convention in August. “Clinton Vows To Stay in Race To Convention.” She wants the invalid primaries in Florida and Michigan to be “resolved.”

I’m going to now do something for which you may thank me later. I am going to resolve the Florida and Michigan primaries. Barack Obama wins all delegates from both states. Resolved. (That’s about as “valid” as it’s going to get. Sue me.) Can we move on now, please?

Mar 292008
 

John Sidney McCain III makes George W. Bush look like a genius (and that, my friends, is not an easy thing to do)…

McCain Stumbles on H.I.V. Prevention

John McCain
John McCain

The unthinkable has happened. Senator John McCain met a question, while sitting with reporters on his bus as it rumbled through Iowa today, that he couldn’t – or perhaps wouldn’t – answer.

Did he support the distribution of taxpayer-subsidized condoms in Africa to fight the transmission of H.I.V.?

What followed was a long series of awkward pauses, glances up to the ceiling and the image of one of Mr. McCain’s aides, standing off to the back, urgently motioning his press secretary to come to Mr. McCain’s side.

The upshot was that Mr. McCain said he did not know this subject well, did not know his position on it, and relied on the advice of Senator Tom Coburn, a physician and Republican from Oklahoma.[..]

A transcript of the encounter follows. (Weaver is John Weaver, his senior adviser, and Brian is Mr. Jones, his press secretary):

Reporter: “Should U.S. taxpayer money go to places like Africa to fund contraception to prevent AIDS?”

Mr. McCain: “Well I think it’s a combination. The guy I really respect on this is Dr. Coburn. He believes – and I was just reading the thing he wrote– that you should do what you can to encourage abstinence where there is going to be sexual activity. Where that doesn’t succeed, than he thinks that we should employ contraceptives as well. But I agree with him that the first priority is on abstinence. I look to people like Dr. Coburn. I’m not very wise on it.”

(Mr. McCain turns to take a question on Iraq, but a moment later looks back to the reporter who asked him about AIDS.)

Mr. McCain: “I haven’t thought about it. Before I give you an answer, let me think about. Let me think about it a little bit because I never got a question about it before. I don’t know if I would use taxpayers’ money for it.”

Q: “What about grants for sex education in the United States? Should they include instructions about using contraceptives? Or should it be Bush’s policy, which is just abstinence?”

Mr. McCain: (Long pause) “Ahhh. I think I support the president’s policy.”

Q: “So no contraception, no counseling on contraception. Just abstinence. Do you think contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV?”

Mr. McCain: (Long pause) “You’ve stumped me.”

Q: “I mean, I think you’d probably agree it probably does help stop it?”

Mr. McCain: (Laughs) “Are we on the Straight Talk express? I’m not informed enough on it. Let me find out. You know, I’m sure I’ve taken a position on it on the past. I have to find out what my position was. Brian, would you find out what my position is on contraception – I’m sure I’m opposed to government spending on it, I’m sure I support the president’s policies on it.”

Q: “But you would agree that condoms do stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Would you say: ‘No, we’re not going to distribute them,’ knowing that?”

Mr. McCain: (Twelve-second pause) “Get me Coburn’s thing, ask Weaver to get me Coburn’s paper that he just gave me in the last couple of days. I’ve never gotten into these issues before.”

Wow.

Just, wow.

I’ll bet he’d have an answer ready if someone asked him about the Medicare funding of Viagra.

Mar 292008
 

After the fiasco I witnessed on March 4th, I’m kind of glad I’m not involved today. Burnt Orange Report has promised to post the results as they become available.

Texas Dems Try to Divvy Up Delegates

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Democratic county and senate district conventions to divvy up delegates in the presidential contest are under way across Texas, and some are experiencing long lines.

The approximately 280 conventions Saturday are the next step for backers of Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton to show up and support their candidate. The conventions could determine the allocation of nine delegates still in doubt after chaotic precinct caucuses on March 4.

In Austin, some delegates got fed up after waiting at least an hour in traffic Saturday and abandoned their cars on the side of the road. They walked the rest of the distance to the Travis County Expo Center. Convention officials extended the morning sign-in period.

This is where all the delegates selected at the caucuses on March 4th come together and try to select the delegates who will go on the state convention in June. At the state convention, the delegates who will advance to the national convention will be selected. It’s a holy mess.

At any rate, if all goes as expected and predicted, Barack Obama will win most of the delegates awarded today, giving him a slight lead over Hillary Clinton in delegate count even though Hillary won the primary by a slight margin. There have been a lot of reports and complaints about dirty tactics, especially from the Clinton campaign. It’ll be interesting to see how things develop throughout the day.

Mar 282008
 

John McCain has released his first television commercial of the general election.

Did you know that he was a prisoner of war four decades ago? If you didn’t, Mr. McCain is going to make darn sure that you’re well aware of it by the time November gets here. 624787…

He’s old.

624787. Remember that number. You’ll be seeing and hearing it a lot.

The ad concludes with “John McCain: The American president Americans have been waiting for.” (A rather obvious take off on Barack Obama’s declaration that “we are who we have been waiting for.”)

That’s got to make the few remaining Bush supporters in the Republican party feel good. Plus, who knew Americans were waiting for an American president? Haven’t we had one for, I don’t know, like 200 years or so? The Constitution pretty much demands that American presidents be Americans.

Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America states:

No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

I hope, for their sake, that they didn’t pay whoever wrote this commercial very much. If they paid more than ten bucks, they didn’t get their money’s worth.

Mar 282008
 

It was not a good morning for Hillary Clinton…

Pennsylvania Senator Endorses Obama

Bob Casey
Bob Casey

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey endorsed Democrat Barack Obama on Friday, a move that could help the presidential candidate make inroads with white working-class voters dubbed “Casey Democrats” in the Keystone State.

Appearing on stage beside the Illinois senator, Casey told a boisterous rally, “I believe in my heart that there is one person who’s uniquely qualified to lead us in that new direction and that is Barack Obama.”

Pennsylvania’s April 22 primary will allocate 158 delegates, the biggest single prize left in the drawn-out nomination battle between Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. Clinton is leading Obama in the state, by 12 points in one poll this month.

Casey is a first-term senator and the son of a popular former governor of the state. Casey is Catholic and, like his father, is known for his opposition to abortion and support of gun rights. His support could help Obama make inroads among Catholic voters, who have preferred Clinton to Obama in earlier primaries and strongly favor her in Pennsylvania polls.

The name Casey in Pennsylvania is synonymous with the name Kennedy in Massachusetts. It carries a lot of weight. (No pun intended.) Of course, Mrs. Clinton will still win the Pennsylvania primary, but Casey’s endorsement of Obama will cut into her margin of victory just a bit.

Then a six-term senator and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee tells Hillary that it’s time to call it quits…

Leahy Says Clinton Should Withdraw

Patrick Leahy
Patrick Leahy

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Sen. Patrick Leahy is suggesting that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton abandon her White House run.

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and six-term Vermont lawmaker said there is no way that Clinton is going to win enough pledged delegates to get the nomination. Leahy told Vermont Public Radio, in a show that aired Thursday, that Clinton ought to withdraw and should be backing Sen. Barack Obama. But Leahy said that’s obviously a decision only Clinton can make.

In a statement issued Friday, Leahy – who has endorsed Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination – said Obama’s lead appears to be insurmountable and that Obama’s endorsement by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is the latest sign of how the race is going.

And to top off her morning in fine fashion, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee is beginning to show signs that he, too, has had just about enough (finally)…

Dean Says Attacks Getting Too Personal

Howard Dean
Howard Dean

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic Party chief Howard Dean says Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and their supporters should beware of tearing each other down, demoralizing the base and damaging the party’s chances of winning the White House in November.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Dean also said he hopes the Democratic nominee will be determined shortly after the voting ends in early June and that he will encourage the superdelegates who will play a role to make up their minds before the August convention in Denver.

Dean said the charges and countercharges between Clinton and Obama have gotten too personal at times. He declined to say how they have crossed the line, but he said he’s made it clear privately when it has happened.

Hillary Clinton has every right to remain in this race as long as her money and her husband hold out. The signs are beginning to indicate, however, that it may be time for her to start thinking about someone besides herself.