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Bush latte: The Obama bubble

Kevin writes, quoting Howie the Whore:

All traveling campaigns have a bubble-like quality, but Obama seems unusually insulated. ... Obama often goes days without taking questions from national reporters ...

It's peculiar: why stay aloof from a press corps that loves you? Maybe someone should try to ask him.

Hmmm... Obama's advisors keep him in a bubble... What next? Obama's got a favorite pillow that he takes with him at all times?!

Nah. Couldn't be. Everything's going to be fine.

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Submitted by vastleft on

Coasting, that is. I don't expect he'll make that same mistake with half the country voting on Super Duper Tuesday.

But the Clintons better get in front of this whole racism canard, because the whispers are killing 'em.

And what about Johnny? I keep hoping he'll take the plunge on single payer and galvanize talk about plans to put the HMOs and PPOs out of business. I hope he'll set himself on fire that way. Could be the ballsy move that would take him over the top, and if not it would move the Overton Window where it belongs.

Or, at the end of the day, will he take the package and join the two-pantied granny and the King of Siam (it's a Tarantino thing) as an Obama endorser? Gawd, I hope not.

And, sorry, he's gotta get some new goddamn talking points.

Besides, that love and kisses, John. I'm with you as far as you take this!

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Submitted by intranets on

NYTimes Op-Ed Contributor
A President Like My Father

ugh.. I guess the media loves him no matter what he does/says/etc. I'm still trying to figure out the narative they will use to explain how Clinton support all of the sudden swells. Or they might use a close bitter brokered deal as an explanation of why McCain is better, because his GOP heir apparent isn't bitter and sour like Clinton's final, inevitable victory.

Trust me, unless Obama says stuff like invading Iran or doubling Gitmo, he isn't going to win. The biggest hawks win this election.

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Submitted by vastleft on

And since they're fitting Obama for his old suits, we should be all set.

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Obama is a hawk. The man allows for aggressive war (even without national self-defense as a justification) and unilateral action. He also insists on increasing military intervention, nation building, and "defense" spending.

Foreign Affairs:

Obama also has a pronounced US-centric idea of global affairs, in which we're the (moral) leader; this is somewhat summed up by:
The American moment is not over, but it must be seized anew. To see American power in terminal decline is to ignore America's great promise and historic purpose in the world.

The Times had a brilliant piece on the fall of US hegemony:
The self-deluding universalism of the American imperium — that the world inherently needs a single leader and that American liberal ideology must be accepted as the basis of global order — has paradoxically resulted in America quickly becoming an ever-lonelier superpower.

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Submitted by intranets on

I know Obama is a hawk, I meant that only the BIGGEST hawk will win, maybe the military knows about the W.O.R.M. and they aren't 100% sure they can trust him on how big exactly their purses will grow. (So, ironic that people are unsure what Obama will do to Social Security, but we have concrete real exact plans about troop levels... ugh)

Anyways, maybe I missed something, but HRC=teh win for military spending.

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Everything from combating global "terrorism" to "building just, secure democratic societies." As the global moral leader, Obama wants us involved in "humanitarian" missions and "nation-building." The cultural arrogance and sheer scale is something else.

How they hell are we even going to pay for all this--during a recession? How will we deal with the inevitable backlash? The road to hell is indeed paved by good intentions.

Since Obama's in JFK mode today, let me offer this:
There cannot be an American solution to every world problem.


No Democratic candidate can out-crazy the GOP, however, the public is not as gung-ho as it was in '04 and I honestly believe bravado won't be as big an issue. However, Obama will be hit hard on experience, competence vs. McCain.

Submitted by lambert on

... they love McCain a great deal more.

Prepare for a week of "two great candidates" from Broder and the Village.

Then the sliming of Obama will begin.

With Hillary, the slime is "in the price."

With Obama, not so.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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The General Election should be a piece of cake.

Witness: With the media all but slashing her tires and spray-painting 'BITCH' across the hood of her campaign, she is still leading national polls. And this is also despite the fact that she cannot attack Obama without a third of the dem party howling and screaming foul (and when his surrogates attack, does he apologize for them or fire them like Hillary? Nope).

If she can get through this cavalcade of complete batshit crazy nomination bulls#it, then how do you think she'll do against someone she CAN attack, someone with less than half the charisma of Obama and your TYPICAL WHITE GUY to boot?

If she gets the nomination, I feel sorry for the press and the GOP, because it will be all hers.

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a clip of Obama talking about changing things and no more status quo and no more partisanship and a new way of doing things, and then Teddy and Obama hugging, then all the other establishment DC pols who've endorsed him, then Rezko in handcuffs and the return of the money, etc ...

And that's without the entire govt spreading the muslim smear emails--it's like what they all did in 04 with every fed agency--turned it into a GOTV for the GOP. --- Boston Globe: