Tuesday, 26 August 2008
MICHELLE OBAMA'S SPEECH
If you forget that Michelle Obama is in the process of being "made over" -
i.e. being made more palatable and salable to general audiences - she made a
damn good speech last night.
Do I think it will sell some people on the premise that the Obama's are some
kind Leave It To Beaver clone? Nope. But it might sell
some people on the premise that they are a good deal more mainstream than
previously thought. That, in itself, is a political triumph.
But, in reality, the best part of the speech was not Ms. Obama
herself. It was Barack and Michelle Obama's sweet, beautiful
daughters and the obvious love they have for both mom and dad.
In (and out of) politics, a loving family is a very powerful
asset. And it is clear that the Obamas are one. That sincere "I love
you daddy" from the younger daughter, right at the end, was the best line of the
night -- in no small part because no one had to feed it to her. It
just came out.
NANCY PELOSI-RICARDO STRIKES AGAIN
That zany comedienne, that doyenne of ditz, Nancy Pelosi-Ricardo has
I call her Nancy Pelosi-Ricardo because her comments are often so out of
whack that she reminds me of Lucy Ricardo from the I Love Lucy show.
Usually, though, she isn't funny, just out of whack. This time she's funny
Here is a commentary by John Hinderaker of www.powelineblog.com, on Ms.
Pelosi-Ricardo's understanding of the energy issue - as she singlehandedly
prevents a vote on additional drilling in the House of Representatives:
Policy for the Ignorant
As we've often said, the Democrats prey on
ignorance. Often they know better and are being cynical; sometimes it's because
they are ignorant themselves. A shocking example of the latter case was revealed
yesterday when Nancy Pelosi appeared on Meet the Press. Mrs. Pelosi
declared herself a major advocate of natural gas as an energy source, but then
revealed that she is ignorant of the fact that natural gas is a fossil
This wasn't just a slip of the tongue; Pelosi
repeated the error several times. From the transcript of her
BROKAW: Well, I think most people
understand that, but at the same time, if we work our way off carbon-based
fuels, in the meantime, this is not going to happen overnight.
PELOSI: No, it isn't, but you could -- again,
you could reduce the price at the pump immediately with (inaudible). You can
have a transition with natural gas. You can have a transition with natural
gas. That is cheap, abundant and clean compared to fossil
PELOSI: I'm -- I'm investing in something I believe in. I
believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil
PELOSI: Well, that's not -- that is the marketplace. The fact
is, the supply of natural gas is so big, and you do need a transition if
you're going to go from fossil fuels, as you say, you can't do it overnight,
but you must transition.
These investments in wind, in solar and biofuels
and focus on natural gas, these are the real
So it's beyond dispute: Nancy Pelosi really does
not understand that natural gas is a fossil fuel. This is truly shocking. Pelosi
is one of the principal people responsible for setting the nation's energy
policy. In the House of Representatives, she has blocked exploration and
development of natural gas resources as well as other fossil fuels, thereby
raising the price of gasoline at the pump and energy costs across the board. And
she has wielded this immense power while being ignorant of the most basic facts
about energy. She is not qualified to carry on an intelligent conversation about
energy, let alone set the nation's energy policy.
The folks at the Institute for Energy Research have prepared a primer on energy for Mrs. Pelosi's
Natural gas is colorless, odorless
fossil fuel that is prized for its cleanliness and its many uses - including
energy. It is produced in much the same way as oil by drilling for it and
is often produced in conjunction with oil.
Pelosi's ignorance is deadly; she says she is a
big booster of natural gas, but she literally fails to understand that to get
natural gas we have to drill for it, onshore and off. Hence this exchange
BROKAW: Sounds like were going to have
PELOSI: No, no, no.
Nancy Pelosi's ignorance is costing every American
money, impairing our economy, depriving us of untold hundreds of thousands of
high-paying jobs, and endangering our national security. One wonders how long
voters will be willing to put up with Democratic control of Congress.
That's right comedy fans. Nancy Pelosi-Ricardo,
that human wall of obstruction against increasing energy production, does
not even know WHAT the energy is. But there she is, preventing the entire
house of representatives - Democrats and Republicans alike - from voting on
Based on what? Her understanding of energy and what it comes from?
If you can't laugh at this, you have no sense of humor.
Laughing through gritted teeth, however, is both acceptable and
OBAMA DEMOCRATS & "FAIRNESS DOCTORIN'"
I guess this is what Democrats mean when they demand a "Fairness
The doctrine appears to be that if it embarrasses Barack Obama it
cannot be seen by the public.
I've already shown you the threats being made to media venues which dare to
run an ad detailing the ties between Barack Obama and william ayers. Now
these wonderful protectors of free speech are also trying to prevent you from
seeing how the roll call vote for President comes out.
That's right. No joke. The Obama forces are moving heaven and
earth to have the roll call done when the TV cameras won't be on so you can't
Why? Because when Hillary Clinton gets the hundreds and hundreds
of she is sure to get, it indicates that the Democratic Party is a house
divided. A house in which significant numbers do not want Barack
Obama as their standard-bearer and - in a good many cases - believe Hillary
Clinton was unjustly denied the nomination.
Here are the specifics, straight from the Denver Post. The censorship
attempt is from the Obama camp. The bold print is from me:
Obama, Clinton camps working on hotel roll-call
Updated: 08/25/2008 07:20:55 PM MDT
Supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton are
furiously circulating petitions on the floor of the Democratic National
Convention tonight, hoping to stave off a plan to hold the convention's roll
call at breakfast Wednesday out of the public eye sources inside the
The move being worked out between the Obama
campaign and officials behind Clinton's suspended bid, would work in two parts:
Delegates would cast votes at their hotels Wednesday morning; that night, at the
Pepsi Center convention site, the roll-call process would rely on the votes cast
that morning, the delegates said.
Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette, a former state
co-chair for Clinton said she knows the camps are in negotiations about what to
is we need to come together as a party," DeGette said. "I admire Hillary Clinton
greatly, but I think it would be divisive to have a vote on the floor. We need
to have a unanimous vote."
The evening event would call on the delegation
from Illinois, which Obama serves as the junior senator, and then move to New
York, which Clinton represents.
After New York delegates applaud Clinton's
long-fought and historic candidacy, a motion would be made to accept the votes
cast at breakfast.
The move is being resisted by some Clinton
delegates, who are busy tonight circulating a petition among delegates as the
opening night of the convention, titled "One Nation," gets underway.
"We just want a roll call like you're
supposed to have," said one of the delegates collecting signatures for the
petition, who asked not to be named because of concern about friction within the
The Obama campaign denied that there would be a
"This is not true," Jennifer Backus, a senior
advisor, said in an email in response to a question about the negotiations for
the roll call change.
David Harper of Macon County, Tenn., signed a
petition to ensure a floor vote in the hall surrounding the Pepsi Center.
"I came out here by God to vote for her,
and I'm going to do it," Harper said, visibly angry about the news.
Kelly Jacobs a die-hard Clinton supporter from
Hernando, Miss., an area that went heavily for Clinton, stood in the hall
collecting signatures. She said the Clinton backers need 800 to secure a floor
Anything less than that, Jacobs said, would be an
insult to her candidate.
"I could have voted from home," Jacobs
said. "She is our captain. We don't want to see her disrespected."
She was furious, she said, when she learned this
morning that the votes may be held at the delegate hotels instead of on the
convention hall floor.
"That's not what we learned in civics
class," Jacobs said.
Texas delegate Tory Lauterbach said she has heard
about the petition, but is unsure if she will sign it.
"I think the votes should be cast and
counted the way they have been historically," she said. "But I don't think every
delegate needs to stand and say something. I want a good convention."
So does Sally Phillips of Tampa, Fla. She said
that although she is a Clinton supporter, she will undoubtedly support Obama
because she doesn't want another Republican in the White House.
"I think the world of her," Phillips said. "I've
seen the petition but I'm not going to focus on that."
The discussions come after a long summer in which
Clinton delegates have argued for a chance to be heard during the convention.
The party wants unity, and the announcement made by Obama and Clinton last week
that a floor vote would occur was meant to provide that opportunity.
Maybe it's just a spelling issue.
Maybe when the Obama people use that term they really mean "Fairness
Doctorin'" Because it seems that every time something might come out that
embarrasses their candidate they try doctorin' it to keep you, the voter,
ignorant and uninformed.
And the saddest part is that, for many, it's going to work.
But not if you read this blog.
This little compendium is from ABC News. I saw it at www.sweetness-light.com, with the
comment that it is so unflattering it comes across as "throwing more dirt on her
MICHELLE OBAMA'S BLACKWELL CONNECTION
So I'm reading the Washington Post this morning, and what do I find? An
article that suggests Michelle Obama may have used her position/influence at the
University of Chicago Medical Center to, in effect, "pay off" a major
contributor to her husband's political career.
Here are the particulars:
to a Longtime Donor
Washington Post Staff Writer
22, 2008; Page A04
Two years ago, the office of Michelle Obama, the vice president for community relations at the
University of Chicago Medical Center, published a glossy report detailing the
improvements her office had made in the lives of local residents, in part by
increasing ties to minority contractors.
Center administrators declined to disclose which
businesses benefited; the report lists one -- Blackwell Consulting Services.
In 2005, the center expanded its bidding process
and invited African American businessman Robert Blackwell Sr. to join a
competition to upgrade the center's intranet, the in-house equivalent of a Web
site. His company, Blackwell Consulting, won contracts totaling nearly
Blackwell and his family, records show, have been
longtime donors to the political campaigns of Michelle Obama's husband,
Barack. Robert Blackwell Jr., a former partner in the firm, is a major
fundraiser for Barack Obama. At various times, Blackwell Sr. says, his and his son's businesses each
have retained Barack Obama as an attorney.
"I love Barack. I'm telling you, he's a wonderful
guy," Blackwell said in an interview.
A spokeswoman for the medical center, Kelly
Sullivan, said Michelle Obama "was not involved in the selection process."
Blackwell Sr. described the genesis of his
contract as "really fuzzy." Sometime in 2004, he said, an employee of the
center's diversity office -- he cannot remember who -- mentioned an opportunity
to bid on contracts there and offered to "talk us up."
Blackwell Sr., who served with Michelle Obama for
years on the board of a local literacy group, said her diversity program is
critical because minorities don't always enjoy the informal social connections
available to others.
"It's not just race," he said. "Getting access to
tell your story is a factor of who you get to know. . . . People know people;
they have friends. When you're trying to break in, if your father is the
chairman or you have a friend from college or you have a frat brother in the
company. . . .
"They might not have ever thought to include
Blackwell Consulting. And somebody says to them, 'Blackwell Consulting has done
some pretty good work.' And they say, 'Why don't you invite them in?' "
This connection between the Obamas and the University of Chicago is getting
curiouser and curiouser all the time.
We already know that Michelle Obama got a huge, six-figure raise in her job
after hubby Barack earmarked funds far in excess of that amount for the
school. We already know that Barack Obama and william ayers, who teaches
there, have a dramatically closer association than Mr. Obama wants the public to
know about. And now this.
You've heard the expression that "It's an ill wind that blows no good"?
It seems like every time the University of Chicago comes up, that ill wind
starts to blow for the Obamas
This one is for the poll lovers in the house, and is brought to you by www.gallup.com:
Gallup Daily: No Bounce for Obama in Post-Biden
McCain creeps ahead, 46% to 44%
PRINCETON, NJ -- It's official: Barack Obama has
received no bounce in voter support out of his selection of Sen. Joe Biden to be
his vice presidential running mate.
Gallup Poll Daily tracking from
Aug. 23-25, the first three-day period falling entirely after Obama's Saturday
morning vice presidential announcement, shows 46% of national registered voters
backing John McCain and 44% supporting Obama, not appreciably different from the
previous week's standing for both candidates. This is the first time since Obama
clinched the nomination in early June, though, that McCain has held any kind of
advantage over Obama in Gallup Poll Daily tracking.
This, of course, is before the Michelle Obama speech is taken into account,
so you may yet see a bounce. But it ain't gonna be from Joe Biden.
The one thing I dispute in Gallup's analysis is that the data are not
appreciably different from what we have been seeing. While the difference
is not statistically significant, this is the first time that John McCain has
been ahead of Barack Obama for at least the two weeks shown on the accompanying
This means that not only did Biden fail to give Obama a bounce, he
actually lost ground.
There's something for Barroom Joe to mouth off about. I bet he
THE OBAMA ATTEMPT TO CENSOR HIS ASSOCIATION WITH WILLIAM AYERS
Just how terrified is Barack Obama over being tied to unrepentant domestic
terrorist william ayers?
Terrified enough to try desperately to censor the airwaves so that you can't
find out about it. And terrified enough to threaten punitive action
against anyone who runs an ad that connects the two of them.
Now those are pretty strong charges. Do you think I'd ever
make them without specific proof? Of course not. Here it is, via Ben
Smith of www.politico.com:
Sen. Barack Obama has launched an all-out effort to block a Republican billionaires
efforts to tie him to domestic and foreign terrorists in a wave of negative
Obamas campaign has written the Department of
Justice demanding a criminal
investigation of the American Issues Project, the vehicle through which Dallas
investor Harold Simmons is financing the advertisements. The Obama campaign
and tens of thousands of supporters also is pressuring television networks and
affiliates to reject the ads. The effort has met with some success: CNN and Fox
News are not airing the attacks.
Obama has also launched his own response ad,
directly addressing Simmons' attempt to link him to domestic terror.
project is a knowing and willful attempt to violate the strictures of federal
election law, Obama general counsel Bob Bauer wrote to Deputy Assistant
Attorney General John Keeney last week in a letter provided to Politico. Bauer
argued that by advocating Obamas defeat, the ad should be subject to the
contribution limits of federal campaign law, not the anything-goes regime of
Bauers letter called on the Justice Department to open an investigation of the American Issues Project; its officers
and directors; and its anonymous donors, whoever they may
This is a sad ploy to circumvent the First Amendment by a
campaign who has no arguments with the merits of our ad. Its the classic
maneuver: If you cant win on the merits, file a lawsuit, said a spokesman for
the American Issues Project, Christian Pinkston, who said his group's non-profit
status allowed it to participate in elections as long as it does a majority of
policy work, which it plans to do.
A spokeswoman for Keeney, Laura Sweeney, declined
to comment on Bauers letter.
The Obama campaign plans to punish the
stations that air the ad financially, an Obama aide said, organizing his
supporters to target the stations that air it and their advertisers.
the ad continues to air widely. Evan Tracey, who tracks campaign advertising at
TNS Media Intelligence, said it has been broadcast 150 times in Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Virginia and Michigan. Federal Election Commission reports
indicate that Simmons has spent more than $2.8 million buying ads.
Obamas campaign has written a pair of letters to station managers carrying the ads.
calls the ads attempt to link Obama to terrorism an appalling lie, a
disgraceful smear of the lowest kind on the senators patriotism and commitment
to the rule of law.
Airing the ad is inconsistent with your stations
obligations under Federal Communications Commission regulations, the letter
continues, saying Simmons group lacks formal incorporation.
One large group of network affiliates, the
Sinclair Broadcast Group which aired an documentary attacking John Kerry
in 2004 has been running the ads, Obama aides said. The campaign has launched
a special effort to pressure Sinclair.
Obama supporters have now sent
more than 93,000 e-mails to the Sinclair stations that have decided to run the
ad, said Obamas spokesman Tommy Vietor. Other stations that follow Sinclairs
lead should expect a similar response from people who dont want the political
discourse cheapened with these false, negative attacks.
Sinclair, CNN and Fox didnt respond to requests for comment.
focuses on Obamas relationship with Bill Ayers, a Hyde Park acquaintance at
whose home Obama attended a gathering early in his political career. Ayers is a
complicated figure: professor and adviser to the mayor of Chicago despite not
having repented his past as a domestic terrorist with the Weather Underground.
"How much do your really know about Barack Obama? What does he really
believe?" asks the ad, which also uses imagery from the Al-Qaeda terror attacks
on Sept. 11, 2001.
"Why would Barack Obama be friends with someone who
bombed the Capitol and is proud of it?" asks the ads narrator.
financier, Simmons, who made his first fortune in chain pharmacies, was a major
donor to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the group that damaged Kerry in 2004
by questioning his patriotism. He has raised more than $50,000 for Obama's
rival, Sen. John McCain, though theres no evidence that his anti-Obama effort has McCains
Obama has launched a response ad,
which addresses McCain directly, and will air in Ohio, Tracey said.
all our problems, why is John McCain talking about the '60s, trying to link
Barack Obama to radical Bill Ayers?" says Obamas ad. "McCain knows Obama
denounced Ayers' crimes, committed when Obama was just 8 years old."
McCains camp, meanwhile, appears to welcome the controversy.
The fact that [Obama] is launching his own convention by defending his
long association with a man who says he didn't bomb enough U.S. targets tells us
more about Barack Obama than any of tonight's speeches will, said McCain
spokesman Brian Rogers.
earlier version of this story
said, citing the Obama campaign, that a Roanoke, Va., television station was not
airing the ad. That was incorrect; the station, WFXR, is airing the ad.
Memo to the Obama people: It ain't gonna work.
Barack Obama's deep, and recent, association with this USA hating scumbag is
getting out. Just like his despicable opposition to BAIPA (the Born Alive
Infant Protection Act) which was created to prevent infanticide.
Mr. Obama is a product of, and slave to, the hard left segment of this
country. That is why he had no problem consorting with william ayers and
his equally sickening terrorist wife bernardine dohrn, and it is why he fought
against BAIPA. It also probably explains why he was perfectly content to
attend a USA hating, Israel hating racist church for 18 years and subject that
filth to his children for their entire lives - until it was politically
advantageous to do otherwise.
USA Today has a huge feature story on the Obama/ayers association
today. Better late than never, guys, the story was always
there. But the point is that this will come out whether the Obama
people like it or not.
Good. For the voting public, forewarned is forearmed.