Boy, oh, Boy

by Maureen Dowd
I’ve been loath to admit that the shrieking lunacy of the summer []had much to do with race.

Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.

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Published in: on September 14, 2009 at 12:38 pm  Comments (2)  

I may not get there with you…

Inauguration by Mark Fiore

Published in: on January 22, 2009 at 3:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Opie for Obama!

Call to Action by Ron Howard

Published in: on October 28, 2008 at 6:34 am  Leave a Comment  

Congressman Rebukes McCain for Recent Rallies

WASHINGTON — Representative John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat and civil rights leader, said Saturday that Senator John McCain and his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, were “sowing the seeds of hatred and division” in a way that reminded him of former Gov. George Wallace and “another destructive period” in the nation’s history.

John Lewis: McCain, Palin “sowing seeds of hatred and division”

Published in: on October 12, 2008 at 9:45 am  Comments (1)  

Frank Rich’s “The Terrorist Barack Hussein Obama”

IF you think way back to the start of this marathon campaign, back when it seemed preposterous that any black man could be a serious presidential contender, then you remember the biggest fear about Barack Obama: a crazy person might take a shot at him.

Some voters told reporters that they didn’t want Obama to run, let alone win, should his very presence unleash the demons who have stalked America from Lincoln to King. After consultation with Congress, Michael Chertoff, the homeland security secretary, gave Obama a Secret Service detail earlier than any presidential candidate in our history — in May 2007, some eight months before the first Democratic primaries.

“I’ve got the best protection in the world, so stop worrying,” Obama reassured his supporters. Eventually the country got conditioned to his appearing in large arenas without incident (though I confess that the first loud burst of fireworks at the end of his convention stadium speech gave me a start). In America, nothing does succeed like success. The fear receded.

Until now. At McCain-Palin rallies, the raucous and insistent cries of “Treason!” and “Terrorist!” and “Kill him!” and “Off with his head!” as well as the uninhibited slinging of racial epithets, are actually something new in a campaign that has seen almost every conceivable twist. They are alarms. Doing nothing is not an option.

Published in: on October 12, 2008 at 9:40 am  Comments (1)  

It’s Palin doing the pallin’ around with terrorists

Countdown’s Keith Olbermann points out in a Special Comment that while John McCain might want to use Sarah Palin to hit Barack Obama below the belt and accuse him of terrorist associations, he overlooked the unfortunate fact that “pallin’ around with terrorists” is one area where Palin has more experience.

Show Your Support for a Responsible Economic Recovery Plan

We are facing a financial crisis as profound as any we have faced since the Great Depression.

Congress and the President are currently debating a bailout of our financial institutions with a price tag of $700 billion in taxpayer dollars. We cannot underestimate our responsibility in taking such an enormous step.

Please sign on to show your support for an economic recovery plan based on these guiding principles:

  • No Golden Parachutes — Taxpayer dollars should not be used to reward the irresponsible Wall Street executives who helmed this disaster.
  • Main Street, Not Just Wall Street — Any bailout plan must include a payback strategy for taxpayers who are footing the bill and aid to innocent homeowners who are facing foreclosure.
  • Bipartisan Oversight — The staggering amount of taxpayer money involved demands a bipartisan board to ensure accountability and oversight.
Published in: on September 25, 2008 at 7:36 am  Comments (2)  

Want to help Obama win?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey-

Been looking for a direct way to help Obama win? You should know about Vote

Today Ohio.

 

http://www.actblue.com/page/votetodayohio>It’s a simple, grassroots plan to take advantage of a new wrinkle in Ohio’s

election law. For one “Golden Week,” Sept 29 to Oct 6, any Ohio citizen can

walk into an early voting center, register, AND vote on the spot. During

that time, hundreds of Vote Today Ohio volunteers will blanket the state to

drive new voters from campuses and urban hot spots to Early Vote centers.

Simple, targeted, smart. (See below for a more complete explanation.)

If fully funded, we think we can bank 10,000 early votes for Obama in Ohio –

votes that can’t be lost to long lines, broken machines and Republican

tampering on election day. No, we won’t win the election by ourselves. But

Ohio is the #1 battleground state in 2008, and we can’t afford to let one

single Obama vote slip through our hands.

*If you want Obama to win as much as I do, you can do four things:*

*

*

*1. Lend us your car or home*. Our volunteers need wheels to drive voters to

the polls, and beds to sleep in all over Ohio. Can you spare either for the

week? If so, contact

 

cristina.moon@gmail.com.*

*

*2. Volunteer.* Get yourself to Ohio, preferably in a large car, by Sept 28.

We’ll give you housing, training and a meaningful job for the week. Fill out

the Online Sign-Up

Sheet,<

 

http://www.tatehausman.com/join-me-in-ohio-to-win-the-election/>hosted

(for now) on Tate’s blog.

*3. Donate*. Help us pay for vans, gas and posters. Our overhead is fully

funded, so donations go directly to producing votes. We’re looking for

generous individuals or teams of friends to *sponsor one van* — $750 for

the week. That’s a tangible, meaningful donation. If we run our program

right, each van should deliver about 250 voters. Make an online donation

here:

 

http://www.actblue.com/page/votetodayohio.<http://www.actblue.com/page/votetodayohio>To

send a check, see the end of this email.

*4. Spread the word.* Send this email to friends who want to put their butts

on the line for Obama, especially in Ohio! Or, pass it along to donors

looking to make a big difference.

This is a truly grassroots effort. Every volunteer, every vehicle and every

dollar counts. Read up on the campaign below, and then please be in touch if

you have ideas about how to support us.

 

*VOTE TODAY OHIO*

How to Bank 10,000 Progressive Votes Early and Win in Ohio

Two years ago, Ohio changed its voting laws in a way that creates an

extraordinary opportunity for progressives to win Ohio, and thus the

election.

Vote Today Ohio will use this change to lock down 10,000 progressive votes

before election day — critical insurance against the kinds of GOP dirty

tricks and election day problems that affected our past two presidential

elections.

For a 7-day “Golden Week,” from Sept 30 – Oct 6, Ohio residents can walk

into an early voting center, register to vote, and vote on the spot. This

has never been possible before. Why does it matter? Because it takes what is

normally a two-step process (register, wait a month, THEN vote) and turns it

into a one-step process (register AND vote at the same time). For

progressive organizers, that creates a much more efficient way to bring new

voters into the process AND lock down their votes, before they can be

manipulated, stolen or lost.

During this new Golden Week, Vote Today Ohio aims to turn out 10,000

progressive voters from two kinds of locations — college campuses, and

urban gathering spots. The model is simple: teams of five organizers will

drive students / young people from campuses / urban centers to early

votingcenters. Organizers will use music and a party atmosphere to

draw in new

voters — instead of knock and drag, it’s rock and drag.

The Vote Today Ohio model is intentionally experimental. Ohio law has never

allowed progressives to run this kind of program before. So a large part of

the goal is to discover if Ohio’s rule change can be positively exploited

for electoral gain, and whether we can.

*TEAM*

Vote Today Ohio is led by a team of experienced political and youth

organizers:

Amy Little

Political consultant, 30 years experience directing electoral, issue and

civic engagement campaigns, National Field Director US Action (’04

cycle), Senior

Advisor to Congressman John Hall (current)

Billy Wimsatt

Former Executive Director of the League of Young Voters, best-selling

author, networking genius

Tate Hausman

Progressive organizer with a dozen years experience, four national electoral

campaigns, Director of 2004’s Slam Bush campaign

Cristina Moon

Executive Director of 8-8-08 For Burma, well known student organizer and

campus speaker

*THE PLAN IN MORE DETAIL*

• 20 Teams = 10,000 votes: Vote Today Ohio will recruit 12 teams of campus

organizers and 8 teams of urban organizers (for a total of 80 organizers).

Most teams will have 5 members — two drivers, two street team organizers,

one team leader. Each team will be responsible for delivering 500 votes for

the week (~72 / day). Total = 10,000 votes.

• Preparation: In the days leading up to early voting week, teams will

plaster their campuses / urban centers with materials about early voting

week. Team leaders will generate publicity in school newspapers, radio

stations, and via online campus channels, Facebook<

 

http://www.facebook.com/>,etc.

• Logistics: During early voting week, teams will set up vote ferry

stations, where students can get a ride to a polling station in a Vote Today

Ohio van. Two drivers will run continuous ferries to and from polling

stations.

• Training and GOTV: Each team will be instruct voters on Ohio new voting

rights, rules and regulations. Organizers and van drivers will be given

talking points and coached on how to recruit voters as Early Vote Volunteers

who can then turn out their social networks. Volunteers will also be

re-recruited for continuing persuasion and GOTV activities from Oct 6 – Nov

4.

• Non-van GOTV: Any voter who wants to register but can’t vote early will

have the opportunity to register and sign up for an absentee ballot.

Organizers will get mobile phone numbers from these voters to send follow-up

text messages (which proved in 2006 to be the single most cost effective

GOTV reminder tool, raising turnout by 4% versus a control group).

*Target Campuses:*

• Ohio State University (2 teams)

• Ohio University (2 Teams)

• University of Toledo (1 Team)

• University of Cincinnati (1 Team)

• Kent State (1 Team)

• University of Dayton (1 Team)

• Cuyahoga Community College (1 Team)

• Cleveland State (1 Team)

• Miami University of Ohio (1 Team)

• Bowling Green State (1 Team)

*Target Urban Areas:*

• Columbus (2 Teams)

• Cleveland (2 Teams)

• Cincinnati (2 Teams)

• Dayton (1 Team)

• Toledo (1 Team)

*SUPPORT*

To support this project, please visit our Act Blue page:

http://www.actblue.com/page/votetodayohio

 

Published in: on September 18, 2008 at 8:10 am  Comments (2)  

Nasty Anti-Obama Push Poll Launched In Ohio

When I said that I was voting for Obama, they asked if I would be more or less likely to vote for Obama if I knew that he voted to let convicted child sex offenders out early, voted to allow convicted child sex offenders to live near schools, is for sex education in Kindergarten, voted for some offensive and incredibly graphic abortion procedure, and so on and so on for 5 minutes.

Published in: on September 11, 2008 at 2:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

We Are The Ones

Published in: on August 28, 2008 at 7:55 am  Comments (4)  

Fox News refers to Michelle Obama as `Baby Mama’

The graphic “Outraged liberals: Stop picking on Obama’s baby mama” was flashed during an interview with conservative columnist Michelle Malkin about whether Barack Obama’s wife has been the target of unfair criticism.

Published in: on June 13, 2008 at 9:20 am  Comments (1)  

Sen. Robert Byrd, one-time KKK member, backs Barack Obama

Byrd, as an outspoken foe of the Iraq war from the start, was attracted by Obama’s similar credential, as he mentions in his endorsement statement. But Byrd, having passed on active involvement in his state’s primary, could have remained neutral; the fact that he chose not to is more evidence that, in the view of most Democratic bigwigs, Clinton’s nomination hopes range from slim and none.

Published in: on May 19, 2008 at 9:27 pm  Comments (1)  

Obama tells Tenn.’s GOP: ‘Lay off my wife’

“The GOP, should I be the nominee, can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record,” Obama said. “If they think that they’re going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful because that I find unacceptable, the notion that you start attacking my wife or my family.”

Published in: on May 19, 2008 at 1:59 pm  Comments (1)  

Obama criticizes McCain, Bush on appeasement talk

“I’m a strong believer in civility and I’m a strong believer in a bipartisan foreign policy, but that cause is not served with dishonest, divisive attacks of the sort that we’ve seen out of George Bush and John McCain over the last couple days, ” Obama told about 2,000 voters at a town hall-style meeting in a livestock barn.

Obama said McCain had a “naive and irresponsible belief that tough talk from Washington will somehow cause Iran to give up its nuclear program and support for terrorism.”

Published in: on May 16, 2008 at 1:18 pm  Comments (1)  

John Edwards finally makes his choice: Barack Obama

His support was long sought by Obama — who wants to prove he can unite the Democratic Party — and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who vows to fight until the Montana and South Dakota contests are over.

Published in: on May 15, 2008 at 2:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Racist Incidents Give Some Obama Campaigners Pause

For all the hope and excitement Obama’s candidacy is generating, some of his field workers, phone-bank volunteers and campaign surrogates are encountering a raw racism and hostility that have gone largely unnoticed — and unreported — this election season. Doors have been slammed in their faces. They’ve been called racially derogatory names (including the white volunteers). And they’ve endured malicious rants and ugly stereotyping from people who can’t fathom that the senator from Illinois could become the first African American president.

Published in: on May 13, 2008 at 8:44 pm  Comments (1)  

McGovern, former Clinton backer, urges her to drop out

Former Sen. George McGovern, who backed Hillary Rodham Clinton, is urging her to drop out of the Democratic presidential race.

McGovern said Wednesday he has decided to endorse Barack Obama.

After watching the returns from the North Carolina and Indiana primaries Tuesday night, McGovern says it’s virtually impossible for Clinton to win the nomination.

McGovern says he is calling former President Clinton to tell him of the decision and adds that he remains close friends with the Clintons.

There’s something wrong with us.

Overkill and Short Shrift

BOB HERBERT

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is no doubt (and regrettably) a big issue in the presidential campaign. But what we’ve seen over the past week is major media overkill — Jeremiah Wright all day and all night. It’s like watching the clips of a car wreck again and again.

The Clintons and the ‘War on Obama’

Even before the first votes were cast, Hillary Clinton’s campaign had prepared guilt-by-association attack themes that would raise doubts about Barack Obama’s patriotism. After a halting beginning, this “War on Obama” has finally begun to click.

Published in: on May 4, 2008 at 2:45 pm  Comments (1)  

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Blasts Clinton, Backs Obama

The pig, which was led above the crowd from lines held on the ground, displayed the words “Don’t be led to the slaughter” and a cartoon of Uncle Sam wielding two bloody cleavers. The other side read “Fear builds walls.”

The underside of the pig simply read “Obama” with a checked ballot box alongside.

Former PINK FLOYD rocker ROGER WATERS is praying U.S. presidential hopeful HILLARY CLINTON doesn’t get into The White House – because he’s certain she’ll start a war with Iran.

Published in: on May 2, 2008 at 9:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Obama is better-equipped to lead country through change it craves


Still undecided?

By Chris Satullo

Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist

If you’re a Pennsylvania Democrat and today dawned with you still struggling, it could mean one of several things:

You could be one of those terminally indecisive people, for whom even ordering at Applebee’s becomes an hour-long agony.

More likely, it means you’re an earnest citizen who feels how momentous this choice is – but not a person who can resolve it through identity politics, the tug of “first woman” or “first black.”

Published in: on April 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Carter hints at support for Obama

Former President Carter wouldn’t quite say it, but he left little doubt this week about who he’d like to see in the White House next year.

“My children and their spouses are pro-Obama. My grandchildren are also pro-Obama,” he said at a news conference, according to the Nigerian newspaper This Day. “As a superdelegate, I would not disclose who I am rooting for, but I leave you to make that guess.”

Published in: on April 5, 2008 at 2:27 am  Comments (1)  

Cha-Ching! Obama Takes In $40 Million in March

…more than 218,000 of those donors were first-time contributors, giving an average of $96 per donor.

Published in: on April 5, 2008 at 2:21 am  Leave a Comment  

YES THEY CAN

Today is the 40th anniversary of the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and I want to share a video that reveals how far we’ve come and how much this campaign owes to Dr. King’s legacy.Students at a high school in the Bronx, who had no real interest in their government, have found new hope. They were surprised by their own excitement and engagement, but to me, they embody so many reasons why Barack and I decided to get into this campaign.

It’s truly moving to see young people inspired by a political leader — someone who gives them hope and reminds them that they can be anything they want to be if they work hard.

Watch what these kids have to say about politics and race in this country

Published in: on April 4, 2008 at 1:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Penn. Sen. Bob Casey Endorses Barack Obama

“I really believe that in a time of danger around the world and in division here at home, Barack Obama can lead us, he can heal us, he can help rebuild America,” he said.

Published in: on March 28, 2008 at 10:55 pm  Comments (1)  

The Obama version of ‘we shall overcome’

Before he did it last week in Philadelphia, no one could have imagined that Barack Obama would sing the blues so powerfully. With the same soul power that bluesman Albert King once described, Obama brought the grits. He revealed an inner music of spirituality, of confrontation, a statement of aching tragic depth and resilient affirmation.

Published in: on March 27, 2008 at 9:35 pm  Comments (1)  

The Right Choice?

The conservative case for Barack Obama

by Andrew J. Bacevich

Barack Obama is no conservative. Yet if he wins the Democratic nomination, come November principled conservatives may well find themselves voting for the senator from Illinois. Given the alternatives—and the state of the conservative movement—they could do worse.

Published in: on March 26, 2008 at 11:10 pm  Comments (1)  

Dinner With Barack

From Barack’s Campaign Manager:

You’ve heard about all of these political fundraising dinners, hosted by Washington lobbyists and filled with representatives of special interests.

Contributions like these are at the root of what’s wrong with politics. And John McCain and Hillary Clinton have built campaigns fueled by them.

But our campaign is different.

In February alone, more than 94% of our donors gave in amounts of $200 or less. Meanwhile, campaign finance reports show that donations of $200 or less make up just 13% of Senator McCain’s total campaign funds, and only 26% of Senator Clinton’s.

Our funding comes from a movement of more than one million people giving whatever they can afford.

And in the next week, four supporters will be selected for a new kind of fundraising dinner.

Make a donation in any amount between now and 11:59 pm EDT on Monday, March 31st, and you could join Barack and three other supporters for an intimate dinner for five.

We’re reserving two of those seats for new donors like you. If you’ve ever thought about making a donation to join our campaign, now is the time:

https://donate.barackobama.com/dinner

This movement is changing the way campaigns are funded.

More than one million individual donors have demonstrated that this election is about more than a candidate — it’s about each of us having a personal stake in the future of American politics.

Meanwhile, Senator McCain has raised more than 70% of his total campaign funds from high-dollar donors giving $1,000 or more. Senator Clinton has raised 60% of her funds from $1,000-and-up donors. And both Senator McCain and Senator Clinton have accepted millions of dollars from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs.

Refusing to accept donations from lobbyists and special interests has allowed this campaign to answer only to ordinary Americans like you. And this dinner will be an opportunity for you to sit down with Barack and your fellow supporters and talk about the issues that matter in your life and in your community.

Get the kind of treatment that John McCain and Hillary Clinton reserve for special interests — make a donation in the next week, and you could share your story and your ideas with Barack in person:

https://donate.barackobama.com/dinner

With every single donation, we’re building a movement to change American politics. Help the movement grow, and own a piece of this campaign today.

Thanks for your support,

David

David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

Published in: on March 25, 2008 at 11:42 am  Comments (2)  

Obama Surges in New Poll

According to Gallup’s daily tracking poll, Obama regained his lead over Sen. Hillary Clinton by 48% to 45%over the weekend.

Published in: on March 24, 2008 at 6:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Haunting Obama’s Dreams

Email from my friend Jerry Baker:

I don’t forward Maureen Dowd’s columns very often however, in my humble opinion, she’s capturing the mood of many Democrats with her column below.

Sorry to all of you Hillary supporters, but I’m growing very angry at her tactics, especially she and her husband’s continued praise of John McCain.  What?  So if Hillary doesn’t get the nomination (and she can’t without a wholesale sellout by the Super Delegates) then we should vote for McCain??  Then James Carville says Bill Richardson is a traitor for endorsing Obama?? What??  Is this the same Carville who’s married to Mary Matlin, special advisor to every war mongering Republican in Washington (including Cheney)?

My opinion only…we should be thanking Richardson for having the courage to go on TV and say what many of us are already thinking:  Quit now Hillary and let Obama take on McCain.  He can and he will win.  You can’t.

 

By MAUREEN DOWD
WASHINGTON

It is a tribute to Hillary Clinton that even though, rationally, political soothsayers think she can no longer win, irrationally, they wonder how she will pull it off. It’s impossible to imagine The Terminator, as a former aide calls her, giving up. Unless every circuit is out, she’ll regenerate enough to claw her way out of the grave, crawl through the Rezko Memorial Lawn and up Obama’s wall, hurl her torso into the house and brutally haunt his dreams.

“It’s like one of those movies where you think you know the end, but then you watch with your fingers over your eyes,” said one leading Democrat.

Published in: on March 24, 2008 at 1:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Meet the White Man who Inspired Wright’s Sermon

His name is Ambassador Edward Peck. And he is a retired, white, career U.S. diplomat who served 32-years in the U.S. Foreign Service and was chief of the U.S. mission to Iraq under Jimmy Carter — hardly the black-rage image with which Wright has been stigmatized.

In fact, when Wright took the pulpit to give his post-9/11 address — which has since become boiled down to a five second sound bite about “America’s chickens coming home to roost” — he prefaced his remarks as a “faith footnote,” an indication that he was deviating from his sermon.
“I heard Ambassador Peck on an interview yesterday,” Wright declared. “He was on Fox News. This is a white man and he was upsetting the Fox News commentators to no end. He pointed out, a white man, an ambassador, that what Malcolm X said when he got silenced by Elijah Muhammad was in fact true: America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

Published in: on March 23, 2008 at 5:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Richardson Endorses Obama

Gov. Bill Richardson urged Democrats to unite behind Senator Barack Obama’s candidacy to move the nation beyond its racial and partisan divide.

Published in: on March 21, 2008 at 7:57 pm  Comments (1)  

Obama and Race

“The big thing for Wright is hope,” said Martin Marty, one of America’s foremost theologians, who has known the Rev. Wright for 35 years and attended many of his services. “You hear ‘hope, hope, hope.’ Lots of ordinary people are there, and they’re there not to blast the whites. They’re there to get hope.”

Published in: on March 20, 2008 at 11:45 pm  Comments (3)  

Security Breach of Obama Passport Details

Mr Obama’s confidential files were first accessed after he defeated Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucus at the beginning of January.I bet Hillary is behind it if it isn’t McCain/Bush.

Published in: on March 20, 2008 at 10:38 pm  Comments (1)  

An effort to bridge a divide

Since he was very young, Senator Barack Obama has been something of a mediator of racial concerns, shuttling between black and white worlds and trying to translate the concerns of one to the other.

He did it in his family. He did it at Harvard Law School

Published in: on March 19, 2008 at 10:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Watch the best speech on race in America in decades!

HERE

Must see!

Published in: on March 18, 2008 at 6:10 pm  Comments (1)  

NOT THIS TIME

Obama’s speech, the text

We can play Reverend Wright’s sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words. We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she’s playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies.

We can do that.

But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we’ll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. And then another one. And nothing will change.

That is one option. Or, at this moment, in this election, we can come together and say, “Not this time.”

Published in: on March 18, 2008 at 11:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Help Me Fight For Change By Supporting Obama!

As Americans, we dream of a President who is honest, personable, intelligent, and wise.

We want a leader with courage and integrity who has known the struggles of an everyday American. A lot of people have stopped believing that may even be possible.

I haven’t stopped believing. I support Barack Obama because he is that leader.

Join me in supporting Barack by making a donation to my personal fundraising page:

http://my.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/main/donkeyod

This campaign for the presidency is unparalleled in history. Our need for an honest, fresh-thinking leader could not be more urgent. Americans are hungry for change and Barack Obama will bring that change when he is elected.

Please take a minute to check out my page and make a donation of any size:

http://my.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/main/donkeyod

Thanks.

Published in: on March 17, 2008 at 8:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Obama Supporters! Put your time where your mouth is, so to speak!

 
Calling Pennsylvania: Ann Marie from Bucks County

No matter where you live, you can hep impact the race in Pennsylvania right now. We’re asking our grassroots supporters to call Pennsylvania Independents and non-affiliated voters to identify new supporters and let them know about the upcoming Pennsylvania registration deadline.The Pennsylvania primary is technically a “closed” contest, in which only registered Democrats can participate. However, there is still time for Independents, Republicans, and non-affiliated voters to register as Democrats before the March 24th deadline.

Ann Marie from Bucks County, Pennsylvania is one of our many grassroots supporters who have been calling voters all across the country on behalf of Barack for months now. On Thursday she spoke on the National Call Team conference call to share her thoughts on how things are going on the ground, how your calls can make a difference, and her tips for talking to Pennsylvania Independents:

Link to the HQ blog to hear Ann Marie.

The Pennsylvania calling campaign will be running throughout the weekend, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. We have just over a week to reach out to as many Pennsylvania Independents and non-affiliated voters as possible. Help us grow this movement now, one call at time:

HELP CALL PENNSYLVANIA NOW.

Published in: on March 17, 2008 at 7:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

When My Father Said the Same Thing as Obama’s Minister He Was a Republican Hero

When Senator Obama’s preacher thundered about racism and injustice Obama suffered smear-by-association. But when my late father — Religious Right leader Francis Schaeffer — denounced America and even called for the violent overthrow of the US government, he was invited to lunch with presidents Ford, Reagan and Bush, Sr.

Published in: on March 17, 2008 at 12:04 am  Comments (2)  

A Free-Spirited Wanderer Who Set Obama’s Path

In the capsule version of the Barack Obama story, his mother is simply the white woman from Kansas.

Published in: on March 15, 2008 at 11:33 pm  Comments (1)  

Wright’s “Blowback”

Here’s what the New York Times had to say about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s causal assessment of 9/11: “A useful and timely alert.”

Newsday had this to say: “[He] is on to something.” And from the Nation came this: “A straight-talking analysis.”

If Rev. Wright was guilty of anything, other than harshly speaking harsh truths, it was sins of omission. He failed (at least in the video segment I’ve seen) to exempt the actual victims of 9/11 from personal culpability. He also failed (again, in the narrow segment I’ve seen) to equally passionately denounce the always-unjustified horror of terrorism against the innocent.

Published in: on March 15, 2008 at 8:14 pm  Comments (1)  

Smearing Obama

Ari Berman, the Nation

Even if the false claims about Obama originally emanated from the neoconservative right, the Clinton campaign has eagerly pushed them. Clinton operative Sidney Blumenthal has e-mailed damaging stories about Obama to reporters, including a recent article by Batchelor. Clinton fundraiser Annie Totah circulated a column by Ed Lasky before Super Tuesday, with the inscription “Please vote wisely in the Primaries.” Clinton adviser Ann Lewis falsely referred to Zbigniew Brzezinski, a critic of AIPAC, as a chief adviser to Obama on a conference call with Jewish reporters. “I can tell you for a fact people from the Clinton campaign are calling reporters and asking them to pay attention to things involving Obama and Israel,” says Shmuel Rosner, Washington correspondent for the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. The volume of e-mails about Obama in a given state tends to track the election calendar–hardly a coincidence.

Published in: on March 15, 2008 at 6:54 pm  Comments (5)  

Obama puts Rev. Wright issue to bed

Do you believe in guilt by association? I don’t. Even if I did, I don’t think Reverend Wright is guilty of anything but anger at injustice.

My friend wrote this and I wholeheartedly echo it–

I watched the video of Minister White- so much of what he said is easily taken out of context. I can’t say that I took issue with what he said- the language of the oppressed is always an offense to those who refuse to open their eyes to see things as “the other” sees them. for this is “the offense” that Christ spoke of and for which he was crucified… HE was a radical too.

Another friend’s perspective that I don’t disagree with either:

“What’s the big fuss about Rev Wright’s comments? I just saw it on MSNBC and all I could say was “hell yeah”. He’s right that Hillary will never know what it’s like to be black. We… our country… America… the USA has killed more innocent people in Iraq than were killed on 9-11 and never blinked an eye. We are guilty as hell. I don’t think God is happy with our actions. I don’t think war is what Jesus would do. (for those who focus on the Christian aspect of his commments.) I do think the rich white men like Bush like to keep the black man down and build bigger prisons. I hate the 3 strikes you’re out bullshit.”

Reverend Wright is a Marine, a biblical scholar, and has spent 30 years as a pastor preaching the social gospel. The UCC’s tenets are availabe online at UCC.org.

REGARDLESS, here Obama puts the issue to bed, as well as the Rezko molehill…

Does Hillary actually want to make a big deal out of a real estate deal like Rezko?  [psst remember Whitewater?]  Obama returned all of the money from Rezko and donated it to charity. What did she do with her questionable contributions from IPA?  Sen. Hillary Clinton has declined to return the $170,000 from individuals at a company accused of widespread sexual harassment, and whose CEO is a disbarred lawyer with a criminal record, federal campaign records show.

Published in: on March 15, 2008 at 12:45 am  Comments (7)  

What’s the difference? Oh, yeah.

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Published in: on March 14, 2008 at 7:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Imagined Letter to Geraldine Ferraro from Barack Obama

Dear Gerry:

He is my gramps. My face looks like his. He and my grandma “Tut” raised me and supported my dreams. He was a veteran of WWII–just like Archie Bunker. My skin is black but I’m my Gramps and his values run through my veins. They are the values of whites of a certain age in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and beyond.When you say that I am where I am because I’m black, you overlook how much my Gramps and Tut made me who I am. I’m a complicated man, for a complicated time. Don’t try to simplify me to fit into your box.

If I were Barack Obama, That’s what I would say to her.

[purloined from the dnc.org blog’s Veneita, pH.d]

Published in: on March 13, 2008 at 3:46 pm  Comments (1)  

What do you really know about Barack Obama?

What do you really know about Barack Obama?

  • Did you know that Barack Obama is a devout Christian? He has been a member of the same United Church of Christ congregation for 20 years, and was married there to his wife Michelle in 1992.
  • Did you know that Barack Obama often leads the US Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance?
  • Did you know that Barack Obama is a strong friend of Israel and has spoken out strongly against anti-Semitism?
  • Did you know his grandparents from Kansas were part of the “Greatest Generation”? His grandfather served with Patton’s Army during World War II, and his grandmother, a real “Rosie the Riveter”, worked in a bomber assembly plant back home.
  • Did you know that Barack Obama was opposed to the war in Iraq from day one, before we invaded, even while he was running for the Senate, and knowing his opposition might be politically unpopular?

    “I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world and strengthen the recruitment arm of al Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.” –Barack Obama, 2002

  • Did you know Obama favors transparency over secrecy in our government? Did you know that Obama worked with Republican Senator Tom Coburn to pass one of the strongest government transparency bills since the freedom of information act? He’s calling it Google for Government and you can see the results at www.usaspending.gov. Sen. Obama has also released his own tax returns for public review.
  • Did you know that after graduating with honors from Harvard Law School, Barack practiced civil rights law and also taught Constitutional Law for 10 years at the University of Chicago, one of the nation’s best law schools, where he was consistentl y rated by his students as one of their best instructors? Did you also know that he was the first African-American elected pres ident of the prestigious Harvard Law Review?
  • Did you know that Barack Obama is an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and has been a principled defender of the civil rights of women?
  • Did you know that despite the grueling schedule of running for President, Senator Obama remains a devoted family man, making time to do things like pick out a Christmas tree with his wife and two young daughters, or hurrying home to spend Valentine’s Day with them? Did you know he hasn’t missed a single parent-teacher conference while running for President?
  • Did you know that Barack Obama has a stellar environmental record, including having the highest rating from the League of Conservation Voters (96%) of any Presidential candidate, Democrat or Republican?
  • Did you know that Barack Obama has been an elected legislator longer than Senator Clinton?
  • Did you know that Barack is a member of all of these Senate Committees: Foreign Relations; Veteran’s Affairs; Health, Education, Labor & Pensions; Homeland Security and Government Affairs?
  • Did you know that Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 15 bills that have become law, and has introduced amendments to 50 bills, of which 16 were adopted since he joined the Senate in 2005?
  • Did you know that Senator Obama sponsored legislation working together with Indiana Republican Senator Richard Lugar, to keep Americans safe by keeping dangerous weapons out of terrorist hands? The two senators also visited the former Soviet Union to inspect the decommissioning of nuclear weapons. Sen. Lugar said of Sen. Obama, “He does have a sense of idealism and principled leadership, a vision of the future.”
  • Did you know that Barack Obama is the only candidate running for president who voted against using cluster bombs in Iraq and the only candidate who supports banning the use of landmines?
  • Did you know that, as an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama succeeded in passing legislation requiring the videotaping of police interrogations, gaining the respect and support not only of fellow legislators but that of the police, who had initially opposed the legislation?
  • Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, Ulysses S. Grant, John F. Kennedy, and Bill Clinton were all younger when they took office than Barack Obama will be?

    During election season many emails are circulated about the candidates. Some are true, some aren’t. It’s often difficult to determine the truth. We encourage you to visit the following non-partisan sites that do a good job of fact checking the candidates.

    http://www.snopes.com/
    http://www.factcheck.org/

    Published in: on March 13, 2008 at 3:44 pm  Comments (6)  

    A Ferraro flashback

    [via Sandy H., thanks!]
    “If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race,” she said.

    Really. The cite is an April 15, 1988 Washington Post story (byline: Howard Kurtz), available only on Nexis.

    Here’s the full context:

    Placid of demeanor but pointed in his rhetoric, Jackson struck out repeatedly today against those who suggest his race has been an asset in the campaign. President Reagan suggested Tuesday that people don’t ask Jackson tough questions because of his race. And former representative Geraldine A. Ferraro (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that because of his “radical” views, “if Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race.”

    Asked about this at a campaign stop in Buffalo, Jackson at first seemed ready to pounce fiercely on his critics. But then he stopped, took a breath, and said quietly, “Millions of Americans have a point of view different from” Ferraro’s.

    Discussing the same point in Washington, Jackson said, “We campaigned across the South . . . without a single catcall or boo. It was not until we got North to New York that we began to hear this from Koch, President Reagan and then Mrs. Ferraro . . . . Some people are making hysteria while I’m making history.

    www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0308/A_Ferraro_flashback.html

    So why again is Hillary concentrating just on big blue states in the north?

    If it worked for Reagan, it’s good enough for her? Ms. Ferraro is a real piece of work whose been at it since 1988? She’s come a long way, baby?

    Nothing is going to change in this country as long as we allow those who campaign on fear to control our destiny. We have to break free of the past. Hillary just can’t let go.

    While she’s personally not racist, she has no problem playing it for all its worth to those who are. What’s wrong with this woman?

    She said she found her voice. Was it Geraldine Ferraro’s voice? Bill’s voice? Reagan’s voice?

    Published in: on March 11, 2008 at 11:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

    Ferraro’s Obama Remarks Become Talk of Campaign

    “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position.”

    “Every time that campaign is upset about something, they call it racist”

    Published in: on March 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

    Mississippi is ours!

    Friend —

    It’s tough to think of two states more different than Wyoming and Mississippi.

    But we won Wyoming on Saturday, and we just learned that we won Mississippi by a large margin tonight.

    Between those two states, we picked up enough delegates to erase the gains by Senator Clinton last Tuesday and add to our substantial lead in earned delegates. And in doing so we showed the strength and breadth of this movement.

    But just turn on the news and you’ll see that Senator Clinton continues to run an expensive, negative campaign against us. Each day her campaign launches a new set of desperate attacks.

    They’re not just attacking me; they’re attacking you.

    Over the weekend, an aide to Senator Clinton attempted to diminish the overwhelming number of contests we’ve won by referring to places we’ve prevailed as “boutique” states and our supporters as the “latte-sipping crowd.”

    I’m not sure how those terms apply to Mississippi and Wyoming — or Virginia, Iowa, Louisiana, or Idaho for that matter.

    I know that our victories in all of these states demonstrate a rejection of this kind of petty, divisive campaigning.

    But the fact remains that Senator Clinton’s campaign will continue to attack us using the same old Washington playbook. And now that John McCain is the Republican nominee, we are forced to campaign on two fronts.

    It’s up to you to fight back. Please make a donation of $25 today:

    https://donate.barackobama.com/math

    Thank you,

    Barack

    Published in: on March 11, 2008 at 10:45 pm  Leave a Comment