Sunday, March 23, 2008

Obama has the nomination

There's no way Hillary can win. The Politico gives the Democratic Party a much needed reality check today:

One big fact has largely been lost in the recent coverage of the Democratic presidential race: Hillary Rodham Clinton has virtually no chance of winning. Her own campaign acknowledges there is no way that she will finish ahead in pledged delegates. That means the only way she wins is if Democratic superdelegates are ready to risk a backlash of historic proportions from the party's most reliable constituency.

Unless Clinton is able to at least win the primary popular vote - which also would take nothing less than an electoral miracle - and use that achievement to pressure superdelegates, she has only one scenario for victory. An African-American opponent and his backers would be told that, even though he won the contest with voters, the prize is going to someone else. People who think that scenario is even remotely likely are living on another planet.

So sit back and drink in the realization that your primary season is over-- except for a few formalities.


Obama Misrepresented The Truth

Post below lifted from Riehl World. See the original for links

While I'd agree that the subject of Obama, Wright and "The Speech" has been discussed about enough, it turns out that Obama played fast and loose with some important facts and it hasn't yet been pointed out. h/t to reader Paul and this questioning post for causing me to dig a little deeper on this. Obama led us to believe Jeremiah Wright's anger was justified by resentment born of years of frustration and struggle. Guess what? That isn't the case at all. And stripped of that rationale, it's really nothing more than plain old anti-white racism from a junior member of a highly accomplished black family.

As Krauthammer points out, led on by Obama - Wright is being cast as a man representing a very troubled past.
Krauthammer: But Obama was supposed to be new. He flatters himself as a man of the future transcending the anger of the past as represented by his beloved pastor. (Wright)

Obama: (Making excuses for Wright) -- A lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one's family, contributed to the erosion of black families - a problem that welfare policies for many years may have worsened. And the lack of basic services in so many urban black neighborhoods - parks for kids to play in, police walking the beat, regular garbage pick-up and building code enforcement - all helped create a cycle of violence, blight and neglect that continue to haunt us.

This is the reality in which Reverend Wright and other African-Americans of his generation grew up. They came of age in the late fifties and early sixties, a time when segregation was still the law of the land and opportunity was systematically constricted.

The problem is, Wright doesn't appear to have struggled much at all. If anything, he came from something of a privileged, or at least upper-middle class background. Some background on his Mother from an extensive list of her accomplishments upon her death. Also confirmed here and here. The family is pictured on Right here - his sister and brother-in-law are Dr. William R. Miner & Mrs. LaVerne Miner. Point being, Wright is from a family that represents incredible success for people of any color, or race. Obama's offered excuse is really no excuse at all. Based on Wright's Bio and Obama's rationalizations, even today, Obama and any successful black American would have every right to be as angry as is Jeremiah Wright.
WHEREAS, The former Mary Elizabeth Henderson was born on May 26, 1916 in Surry County, Virginia, the last of seven children of the Reverend Dr. and Mrs. Hamilton M. Henderson; in June, 1938, she married her college sweetheart, the Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright; and

WHEREAS, She graduated high school at fifteen years of age and graduated from Virginia Union University magna cum laude, with degrees in mathematics and English; in 1949, she earned a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of
Pennsylvania; during the 1958-59 school year, Mrs. Wright was on a sabbatical study leave as a National Science Fellow in the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Master of Science degree in education; she went on to earn a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Wright had a distinguished 34-year career in the Philadelphia public schools; she taught mathematics for nine years at Sulzberger Junior High School; she was later appointed to teach mathematics at William Penn High School; in
addition, she was the first African-American teacher at Roosevelt Junior High School, Germantown High School, and Philadelphia High School for Girls; Dr. Wright was appointed Vice Principal of the Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1968 and remained in that position until her retirement in 1978

Surprise!... Obama's Supported Israel Bashers- Attended Palestinian Fundraisers

Post below lifted from Gateway Pundit. See the original for links

Little Green Footballs tonight links to a an article by Ali Abunimah on how Obama came to love Israel after his years of supporting the Palestinian cause:

Over the years since I first saw Obama speak I met him about half a dozen times, often at Palestinian and Arab-American community events in Chicago including a May 1998 community fundraiser at which Edward Said was the keynote speaker. In 2000, when Obama unsuccessfully ran for Congress I heard him speak at a campaign fundraiser hosted by a University of Chicago professor. On that occasion and others Obama was forthright in his criticism of US policy and his call for an even-handed approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The last time I spoke to Obama was in the winter of 2004 at a gathering in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. He was in the midst of a primary campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat he now occupies. But at that time polls showed him trailing.

As he came in from the cold and took off his coat, I went up to greet him. He responded warmly, and volunteered, "Hey, I'm sorry I haven't said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I'm hoping when things calm down I can be more up front." He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and US policy, "Keep up the good work!"

Debbie Schlussel wrote more about Barack and Michelle and their contacts with prominent Arafat advisor Edward Said in an earlier post:
Palestinian activist and Islamist Ali Abunimah, who was a close friend of Obama's, attended an Arab fundraiser at which the late Edward Said--plagiarist, fabricator, and prominent PLO/Arafat advisor--was the keynote speaker, and at which the Obamas were notably in attendance. Pictures on Abunimah's site, posted above, show Obama and wife, Michelle, sitting next to Said and engaging in conversation. Abunimah, in a must-read article, says the Senator has since "changed" his proclaimed views from those he expressed privately, in order to get Jewish donors and votes.

Debbie has more on Obama's Nation of Islam staffers.

Bill Clinton questions Obama's patriotism -- gets called another Joe McCarthy

The Barack Obama campaign may find itself back in hot water, but this time squarely with Democrats, thanks to one of their premier surrogates. Former Air Force Chief of Staff General Tony McPeak compared a relatively mild Bill Clinton statement to McCarthyism. His remarks about the former President and actual party elder will no doubt stoke outrage just as some of Obama's other troubles had begun to recede:
A retired Air Force general compared former President Clinton to Joseph McCarthy, the 1950s communist-hunting senator, on Friday after Clinton seemed to question Democrat Barack Obama's patriotism. Merrill "Tony" McPeak, a former chief of staff of the Air Force and currently a co-chair of Obama's presidential campaign, said he was disappointed by comments Clinton made while campaigning for his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a speech Friday in Charlotte, N.C.

"I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country," Clinton said. "And people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics."

McPeak learned of the remarks while at an Obama rally in Salem, Ore. Afterward, he called Clinton's statement horrible and compared it to McCarthy, the Republican senator from Wisconsin who held hearings on suspected Communist sympathizers in the 1950s. "It sounds more like McCarthy," McPeak said. "I grew up, I was going to college when Joe McCarthy was accusing good Americans of being traitors, so I've had enough of it."

It's hard to figure what McPeak found so intolerable, or intolerant, about Clinton's remarks. He didn't say that the Democrats didn't have two candidates who love the nation, just that it would be good to focus on the issues instead of what Clinton sees as irrelevant issues. In fact, that construction makes it clear that he found the controversy over Reverend Jeremiah Wright as part of that "other stuff" that distracts from the issues.

In any case, the charge of McCarthyism is not just overblown, but entirely inaccurate - and a military man should know the difference. Clinton didn't accuse Obama of anything, and certainly not of treason. But McPeak has now made an accusation, and one that will not endear him to the party establishment that has depended on the Clintons for their careers and their fundraising. If the Democrats want to win anything in November, they need Bill on the stump, and having Obama's campaign accusing him of being the next Joe McCarthy damages the brand, not to mention tarnishes the idea of returning the White House to the supposed halcyon days of Democratic control.

If the Hillary Clinton campaign desires, they can make this a serious issue - and it's hard to see why they'd pass up the chance. Obama can't afford to lose his military surrogates, who give him all of the credibility he has as a candidate for Commander-in-Chief with no military or executive experience. They can pressure him to give up McPeak, and the longer Obama keeps him in place, the longer they can argue to the superdelegates that Obama will damage the Democrats if nominated. After the hypocritical way Obama's campaign went after Geraldine Ferraro, they have this kind of fight coming.


Obama demanded Lott resignation

Illinois senator couldn't 'forgive' his embrace of segregationist colleague

While Sen. Barack Obama said he couldn't throw over his friend and pastor of 20 years for racially charged and divisive hate speech, he had no trouble calling for the head of Sen. Trent Lott, the Republican Senate majority leader, for embracing a colleague with a segregationist past on his 100th birthday. On Dec. 12, 2002, Obama, then serving as an Illinois state senator and filling in as host of the Cliff Kelley radio show on WVON, challenged the Republican Party to demand Lott's resignation.

"It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate (Lott) suggesting we had been better off if we had followed a segregationist path in this country after all of the battles and fights for civil rights and all the work that we still have to do," said Obama. He added: "The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party."

Eight days later, Lott of Mississippi stepped down as majority leader - not president of the Senate. He had been under fire for his endorsement of Sen. Strom Thurmond's 1948 segregationist presidential campaign at the South Carolina senator's 100th birthday party.



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