Wednesday, January 30, 2008
From Obama's speech today in Denver:
"Democrats will win in November and build a majority in Congress not by nominating a candidate who will unite the other party against us, but by choosing one who can unite this country around a movement for change," Obama said, speaking as rival John Edwards was pulling out of the race in New Orleans, leaving a Clinton-Obama fight for the Democratic nomination.
"It is time for new leadership that understands the way to win a debate with John McCain or any Republican who is nominated is not by nominating someone who agreed with him on voting for the war in Iraq or who agreed with him in voting to give George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran, who agrees with him in embracing the Bush-Cheney policy of not talking to leaders we don't like, who actually differed with him by arguing for exceptions for torture before changing positions when the politics of the moment changed," Obama said....
"I know it is tempting — after another presidency by a man named George Bush — to simply turn back the clock, and to build a bridge back to the 20th century," he said in Denver.
"... It's not enough to say you'll be ready from Day One — you have to be right from Day One," he added in unmistakable criticisms of Clinton, who often claims she's better prepared to govern, and her husband, who pledged during his own presidency to build a bridge to the 21st century.
No more Mr. Nice Negro I see.
So whatcha got to say now Ms. Dowd?
From Ms. Dowd Today:
Even newly armored by the spirit of Camelot, Barack Obama is still distressed by the sight of a certain damsel.
It’s already famous as The Snub, the moment before the State of the Union when Obama turned away to talk to Claire McCaskill instead of trying to join Teddy Kennedy in shaking hands with Hillary.it would have been the natural thing for the Illinois senator, only hours after his emotional embrace by the Kennedys and an arena full of deliriously shrieking students, to follow the lead of Uncle Teddy and greet the rebuffed Hillary.
She was impossible to miss in the sea of dark suits and Supreme Court dark robes. Like Scarlett O’Hara after a public humiliation, Hillary showed up at the gathering wearing a defiant shade of red.
But the fact that he didn’t do so shows that Obama cannot hide how much the Clintons rattle him, and that he is still taking the race very personally.
But now Obama is like that cat Mark Twain wrote about who wouldn’t jump on the stove again for fear of being burned.
It was only after the distortions of the Clintons in South Carolina that he changed his tone and took on Hillary in a tough way in the debate there. Afterward, one of his advisers said that it was as though a dam had broken and Obama finally began using all the sharp lines against Hillary that strategists had been suggesting for months.
Why had it taken so long for Obama to push back against Hillary? “He respected her as a senator,” the adviser replied. “He even defended her privately when she cried, saying that no one knows how hard these campaigns are.”
But Obama’s outrage makes him seem a little jejune. He is surely the only person in the country who was surprised when the Clintons teamed up to dissemble and smear when confronted with an impediment to their ambitions.
But Obama is the more emotionally delicate candidate, and the one who has the more feminine consensus management style, and the not-blinded-by-testosterone ability to object to a phony war.
As first lady, Alpha Hillary’s abrasive and secretive management of health care doomed it. She voted to enable W. on Iraq so she could run as someone tough enough to command armies.
Given her brazen quote to ABC News, Obama is right to be scared of Hillary. He just needs to learn that Uncle Teddy can’t fight all his fights, and that a little chivalry goes a long way.
Read the whole column here.
This chick done gone and lost her mind. She called Obama a Bitch. And accused him of being scared of Hilary and hiding behind Teddy's suit. WTF? And for a NON EVENT.
The Snub? You mean the non-moment between Obama and Clinton at the State of the Union? That's why you're calling him a Bitch and accusing him of being scared of a woman? And having to hide behind another man? Really? Really, Really?
You know as they said on Jack and Jill Politics, "I mean really, you can't be a black man in this country and talk like an intelligent person without some idiot emasculating you for it."
There's a reason why one of the quotes on my blog says, " Why are Black people so angry all the time? Probably some dumb shit you did, White girl."
Maureen Dowd just proved my point.
Well, by now you now the Edwards candidacy is no more. Now the question becomes who is he going to endorse if anyone?
First I'd like to say that I'm sad Edwards is out of the race. I think ultimately he helped bama but more importantly he was the only one really talking about poverty and America's "Two America's."
However I'm not that surprised that he didn't catch traction like so many would have liked. I mean he reeked of used car salesman and after all he was an ambulance chaser. And then there were these issues:
His campaign paid for two $400 dollar haircuts, an instant source of mockery from rivals and late night comics. Between his first and second presidential runs, Edwards took a consultant job with the hedge fund Fortress Investment Group, earning a salary of close to half a million dollars. While Edwards worked for the company, a subprime lending division of Fortress moved to foreclose on homes of Katrina victims.
Yeah. that doesn't always play so well with the po folk.
As far as the endorsement is concerned my personal opinion on this is either he endorses Obama or no one at all. I just don't think he has any credibility if he endorses Hillary the force of "status quo." But there is a lot of conflicting information surrounding an Edwards endorsement and his role in any future administration.
From ABC's The Note
Obama told ABC's Terry Moran on Tuesday that he asked Edwards to endorse him, in a private conversation.
"There is no doubt that I would love John's support, but I also respect the fact that he is in this contest," Obama said in a "Nightline" interview that aired Tuesday night, with Obama praising Edwards as a "formidable candidate."
However it was also reported (in the same article) that Edwards people had been trying to have a dialogue with Obama's folk but to no avail. They were effectively rebuffed. (funny it was also in ABC's The Note earlier but now I can't find the link. Hmmm...).
From Ramussen Reports - Attorney General Edwards?
Illinois Democrats close to Sen. Barack Obama are quietly passing the word that John Edwards will be named attorney general in an Obama administration.
Installation at the Justice Department of multimillionaire trial lawyer Edwards would please not only the union leaders supporting him for president but organized labor in general. The unions relish the prospect of an unequivocal labor partisan as the nation's top legal officer.
Edwards has stated unequivocally that he doesn't have any interest in being anyone's VP. But Attorney General? Eh. Who knows. I'm looking forward to the next fews days . They are sure to bring some fireworks.