Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bayh is a Concern Troll

Bayh Warns That GOP May 'Swift Boat' Obama Over His Former Pastor
Noting that even Obama has called the controversy of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright "a legitimate issue," Bayh said that in a presidential race, those voters will take more than the economy into their decision making before the primary.


Bayh said neither he nor Clinton intended to inject the Wright controversy into the primary, but he is worried that Republicans will do so in a general election. "I'm sure the far right will be out there trying to do the whole Swift Boat thing and that sort of thing. But I hope people will focus on the most substantive issues and I think the vast majority of them will.
Does he mean kind of like the Clinton campaign does everyday on their conference calls to reporters where they've been relentlessly pushing this story to the political press?

Or maybe like the way they've been pushing this meme to the superdelegates, oh, whoops! "automatic" delegates, for the past month?

What's the meaning of "intend" anyhow? is it a function of temporality? as in "we've already injected it but we're done now, thanks"??

On the other hand, we can congratulate the Washington Post for a spectacular piece of investigative journalism. I do believe they're unmasked the supersecret identity of "hadenough" aka "Elias."


Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Okay, let's just call THIS (In Letter, Top Clinton Donors Chastise Pelosi For Statements About Super-Delegates) just what it is. Blackmail.
wenty top Hillary fundraisers and donors have sent a scathing private letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, chastising her for publicly saying that the super-delegates should support the winner of the pledged delegate count and demanding that she say that they should make an "independent" choice.

I've obtained a copy of the letter, which comes from some of the most influential fundraisers in the Democratic Party, including Hassan Nemazee, Steven Rattner, Maureen White, Stan Shuman, and Alan Patricof.
Full letter is at the TPM link. Here's the excerpt that made my blood boil:
We have been strong supporters of the DCCC. We therefore urge you to clarify your position on super-delegates and reflect in your comments a more open view to the optional independent actions of each of the delegates at the National Convention in August. We appreciate your activities in support of the Democratic Party and your leadership role in the Party and hope you will be responsive to some of your major enthusiastic supporters.
How disgusting is that? I suggest Mrs. Pelosi tell them to fuck off and die. This is a big chance for the party to shrug off those fat cats and let the people start financing the campaigns.

In fact, I suggest all of you write Speaker Pelosi and tell her that. The party does not need Clinton's rich insiders to be competitive. We will not be held hostage to Clinton's scorched earth policy. Write Pelosi here:
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the US House of Representatives

Office of the Speaker

H-232, US Capitol

Washington, DC 20515
Please be polite- so far Speaker Pelosi has indicated that she is thinking clearly about the future of the party (no matter what other differences we may have with her).

And here's the list of Clinton uber-wankers:
Marc Aronchick

Clarence Avant

Susie Tompkins Buell

Sim Farar

Robert L. Johnson

Chris Korge

Marc and Cathy Lasry

Hassan Nemazee

Alan and Susan Patricof

JB Pritzker

Amy Rao

Lynn de Rothschild

Haim Saban

Bernard Schwartz

Stanley S. Shuman

Jay Snyder

Maureen White and Steven Rattner
This campaign isn't just about wresting control of the country from the republicans, it's also about taking control of our party away from the old-guard insiders.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Expert testimony

Lots of talk around the blogosphere about whether Hillary's tactics are out of bound or not. I say they are, but don't take my centaur word for it, let's listen to the man who is perhaps the expert on the subject, James Moore, one of the biographers of Karl Rove:
If anyone has paid acutely painful attention to the political ministrations of Karl Rove over the past two and a half decades, it's me. And if there is anyone qualified to make comparisons between democracy's Darth Vader and Hillary Clinton, I stand at the head of that line, as well. And sadly, the similarities are so brutally obvious as to be disturbing.


Senator Clinton plays the innocent on most of this by refusing to denounce these pronunciations. When she had the opportunity on 60 Minutes to tell the world that it is nonsense for the fear mongers to suggest Obama is a Muslim, she demurred with a qualified, "as far as I know" he's not. But she does know. Sen. Clinton and Obama have attended numerous Capital Hill prayer breakfasts together. Does she think he was playing the Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, perhaps trying to see what is going on with that whole Christianity thing? Isn't any person believable when they declare their faith until they have been vetted by the Clinton campaign?
There's more, though I think this thing has turned into something of a rorshach test. If you're for Clinton, you've probably been cheering, if you're for Obama, you probably find it sickening. Color-coded Hillary Alerts

One thing I have to say, is that I find it disturbing to hear people that I like and respect defending tactics that would have them shrieking if it were a republican campaigning against a democrat.

For me the ends have never justified the means. I'm saddened to find out that's not true for many of my fellow democrats.

Monday, February 25, 2008

MOFO republicans

Dr. Scott Lieberman/AP

"I am tired of these motherfucking republicans in our motherfucking government."

Me too.

Oh noes! Teh camels of death

"Enough. The American people do NOT want to ride camels to work. We expect Barak Obama to state clearly that he is not pro-camel. Anything less is divisive."

/Mark Penn

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Delusional AND stupid

AP Photo

Feh. The worst thing about Hillary's campaign is that she's been working overtime to make me dislike her. Case in point- take a good look at the sign the kid is holding in the photo.

It reads "Hillary- the Smart Choice." I see. So people who voted for Obama are stupid? What a great strategy- insult your fellow democrats.

First we were delusional, then we were uninformed, and now we're just plain stupid. This, from a woman who has paid Mark Penn millions of dollars. Genius!

No wonder her campaign is going down the tubes.

Update: I added a second photo so that you could see the wording more clearly. I don't know about you, but I've had just about enough of being mocked and insulted by the Clinton campaign.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Rally madness

So we headed down to the debate site to see what sort of festivities were going on. Here's a few of the many pictures I shot. Sorry about the quality- they aren't edited- just downloaded 'em and dumped them into my internet photo page.

Hillary had her peeps out. Apparently Chelsea was there- but it was before we showed up.

Here's the Obama contingent, marching in front Schultz's. The came with a (no lie) 100 piece marching band, courtesy of Reagan High School.

Lots of kids there. Commies! Indoctrinating them young!

Here's part of the big story of Obama in Texas- the republican and female defections. Bad news for both Clinton and McBush.

Cult members.

Delusional cult members. With breasts!

This cop was part of the crowd control unit- when he drove through the crowd, he suddenly flashed an Obama bumbersticker to the Obama contingent.

The Reagan High School band and drill team. It was pretty much a circus for a while.