Want to know how much power niche voters will have? Just watch this…
That about sums it up I think.
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The controversial New Yorker cover of the Obamas has created heated debate on this blog in two different posts (Obama is ‘All Class’ in Response to New Yorker Cover and Tom Toles on Obama New Yorker Cover)
by Matthew. I have already commented in the first post while not outraged per say it was in incredibly poor taste to portray our future President as a Muslim terrorist even in if it was a satirical statement about the conservative media. The New Yorker should have not used it as a cover (inserted inside) and/or had a article to go along with the image. As it stands, the cover only helped reinforce stereotypes about Obama among the uninformed who casually scan the magazine rack.
It was only a matter of time before we had parodies done about the now (in)famous cover. Vanity Fair has poked fun at The New Yorker with a parody of the cover featuring the McCains…
Some Democrats in Congress have begun to complain privately that Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is too uncooperative and appears to be ignoring the larger strategy for a more broad Democratic victory this November.
“They think they know what’s right and everyone else is wrong on everything,” commented a senior Senate Democratic aide.
Grievances as described by Democratics include:
• Obama has done little fundraising for Democratic candidates until recently, and only at the urging of the Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
• Obama has sometimes appeared in members’ districts with no advance notice to lawmakers, resulting in lost opportunities for those Democrats to score points by appearing alongside him
• The Obama campaign has not coordinated it’s message or strategy against McCain very well with congressional Democrats, so when they are asked to comment, many times they don’t know what to say.
This situation seems to be the complete opposite when it comes to the Republicans. As usual, the GOP is closely aligned with McCain at the national and state level, while making sure conservative radio pundits get the propaganda out in unison.
To their credit, the Obama campaign has already moved to address some of these issues.
Phil Schiliro, former chief of staff to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), has been appointed as Obama’s Capitol Hill liaison. However, the Obama camp must make the mistake of allowing confidence to be taken for arrogance. The last thing Obama needs is for Republicans to point to this and re-inflate the whole ‘elitist’ thing again.
That is of course if you buy the fact that relatives of elitists live in huts on the African plains.
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The U.S. economy lost jobs for a sixth straight month in June. Current estimates indicate 62,000 non-farm jobs were lost, as the economy continues to slow down. Unemployment is still at 5.5 percent.
“Unemployment is still on a rising trend, payrolls are falling, and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel here, so the tax rebates may have pushed up consumer spending, but it doesn’t seem to have improved the labor market yet,” said Ian Morris, chief US economist at HSBC North America.
Job losses were particularly heavy in the goods-producing, construction, manufacturing and service sectors last month.
These job losses come at a time when the housing market slump shows no signs of going away, a credit squeeze, a sharp downturn on Wall Street and rocketing oil prices that have now exceeded 146 dollars a barrel today.
HSBC’s Morris said the “continued rate of deterioration” in the job market could see the unemployment rate peak above six percent in coming months. Some say the U.S. economy must create 100,000 jobs every month to absorb new labor market entrants.
So there’s the bad news.
This isn’t what upsets me though. What upsets me is the rhetoric I’m hearing from John McCain and the conservative pundits who are pushing his empty agenda.
Okay. We know Bush is an idiot, and the war is foolish, but it won’t be ending until late next year, if that soon, so what to do in the mean time?
Long time Bush administration nemesis, Hugo Chavez, said Saturday he wants to work together with the next U.S. president. Specifically, he believes that Venezuela and the United States should cooperate to resolve problems including world hunger, energy shortages and climate change.
Of course we know that meeting won’t happen with John McCain, as he has adopted the draconian Bush position, that Chavez is an immediate threat to the U.S.
“Whoever is the next president of the United States, I’d like start preparing the way to start working together,” said Chavez.
Barack Obama has said repeatedly that he would meet with leaders of countries considered to be a “threat” to the United States, including Iran, Syria and Venezuela. Obama explained why he thinks it is important to meet with those leaders.
“The reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them – which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration – is ridiculous,” Obama said.
John McCain’s position is the exact opposite. He has said Obama’s willingness to speak with the leaders of Iran and other US enemies shows Obama’s “inexperience and reckless judgment.”
He is specific on Iran.
“An unconditional summit meeting with the next American president would confer both international legitimacy on the Iranian president and could strengthen him domestically when he is unpopular among the Iranian people,” McCain said, according to remarks provided by his campaign. He added: “The next President ought to understand such basic realities of international relations.”
What McCain fails to grasp is that these “enemies” have become embolden as a direct result of failed U.S. foreign policy, and Chavez’s hatred of Bush. This hatred is shared among many world leaders including Putin. Chavez, if massaged the right way, can only help the U.S., especially in the area of energy policy. He is a dynamic force in Central America, and one of our major oil producers.
In case you haven’t noticed, Chavez never comments on hating America, or Americans – only Bush. The same goes for Putin, Ahmadinejad, and others. Could it be that Bush and his poison policies are to blame?
I’m guessing yes.
Could it also be that these so-called “enemies” might not be enemies at all if it weren’t for the titanic stupidity of this administration? They might even be allies – perish the thought.
Moreover, do we want to elect a ‘Kennedy-like’ president who will sit down with his foes on the brink on war, or should we elect someone who wants to re-tread policies that have already been tried – and failed miserably?
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A story appeared in the UK Telegraph, saying that the Obama is developing a strategy that would offer a ‘dignified exit’ for Hillary Clinton.
“Hillary Clinton will be offered a dignified exit from the presidential race and the prospect of a place in Barack Obama’s cabinet under plans for a ‘negotiated surrender’ of her White House ambitions being drawn up by Senator Obama’s aides.” It goes on to say, “The former First Lady would get the chance to pilot Mr Obama’s reforms of the American healthcare system if she agrees to clear the path to his nomination as Democratic presidential candidate.”
Hillary in charge of healthcare reform? As I recall, that didn’t work out to well in 1992. The article continues by saying:
“Despite pressure from some Clinton allies, Mr. Obama and his advisers do not wish to ask her to be his vice-presidential running mate. ‘They will talk to her,’ one Democrat strategist close to senior figures in the Obama camp told The Sunday Telegraph. ‘They will give her the respect she deserves. She will get something to do with health care, a cabinet post or the chance to lead the legislation through the Senate.’”
“Mr. Obama hinted at the plan last week. ‘One of my heroes is Abraham Lincoln,’ he said. ‘Lincoln basically pulled in all the people who had been running against him into his cabinet because whatever personal feelings there were, the issue was ‘how can we get this country through this time of crisis?’ And I think that has to be the approach that one takes.’”
This type of negotiating is common after a long and drawn out primary process, but what is Obama thinking? If his followers are even remotely worried that Clinton will be too powerful as Vice President, can you imagine the power she’ll wield behind the scenes with a cabinet position and a budget line behind her?
Then there’s the money.
“Informal talks have already begun between Obama and Clinton fundraisers to discuss a merger, enabling Mr Obama to pay off Mrs Clinton’s campaign debts of $11 million.” The article continues, “Mrs Clinton’s aides, while acknowledging that she will have to abandon her White House dream, do not feel they are in a position to negotiate on her behalf. ‘She has not surrendered in her own mind yet and until she does it’s very difficult to have these conversations,’ the second strategist said.”
And the drama continues…
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Barack Obama is a dynamic figure and a wonderful orator. He inspires people and can work a crowd much the same way Bill Clinton did – and maybe better. But I feel there is something people are overlooking as Hillary fades away, and that is the general health of the party for the next twenty years.
Obama has brought in new recruits like no other candidate since John F. Kennedy, particularly young ones. During this primary cycle, more Democrats, in fact, more people have voted than ever before. This is also the first time young Americans have come out in record numbers – all to the Democratic side. Gone are the days of Al Gore, and John Kerry. These people were about as exciting as a tree stump, and the elections proved that out. Intelligence aside, if you can’t excite the crowd, chances are you’ll lose. How do you think Bush won twice?
It is my opinion that Obama has indeed saved the party.
But what Democrats need to realize now is that Hillary is a saving force as well. She has managed to possibly net the most votes of any female candidate of all time in a primary. She has also galvanized the female vote nationwide. The Obama vs. Hillary bickering really must stop.
It would be wrong for Obama supporters to reject Hillary and equally wrong for Hillary supporters to punish Obama by voting for McCain this Fall. This is no time for foolish games. We Democrats must consider what we have as a party, and work to sweep away the incompetence, as well those who endorse that incompetence, in the name of a better future for everyone.
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