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My main question Senator Obama is this: with the nomination almost in hand now, when does your message shift from being all about you and the movement towards a call for a Democratic government to right the wrongs from years of GOP harm?

Never.

This has been another edition of simple answers to simple questions.

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Submitted by Voodoo Chile on

I recall a great post over on OpenLeft or Mydd a very long time ago that wrote about how Obama barely ever uses the word "Democrat" or its variants in his commercials, literature, speeches, etc. When he does, it's often a pejorative or an attempt to cast equal blame on the Democrats and the Republicans (before praising the Republicans for being awesome!)

He's really doing absolutely nothing to build the Democratic Party brand. And that's important. Politics is a team sport, and Republicans are better at it because they build their brand. Most people are retarded and only give a shit about politics insofar as it's about hating fags, n****ers, uppity women, non-christians, other christians, etc. That's the Republican brand. Yeah it's evil, but it's ironclad and people are bound to it as strongly as any other identity label.

The Democratic nominee for President has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rebuild the Democratic Party brand. And if that nominee is Obama, then that opportunity will be pissed down the drain. Obama, if he wins the General, is pretty much a one-time-only get out of jail free card. A temporary reprieve in an era of Republican dominance. It would be as though Ross Perot or Ralph Nader won in any of their respective elections, in that it would have no future benefit or detrement to either of the 2 national parties.

Clinton is better, though John Edwards was our best hope in this regard. He used the word "Democrat" like Chris Rock uses "fuck."

At least, that's how I see it.

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Submitted by corinne on

It's a means to an end for him, that's all.

You can see it in his 2004 convention speech, the one that got everyone excited. If you reread the speech now, it was all about him. Maybe halfway through the speech he mentions John Kerry. Nowhere in the speech does he say about what it means to him to be a Democrat. At a party convention, in one of the most contentious elections in recent history, he's singing the praises of faith, kindness and crossing party lines.

He’s really doing absolutely nothing to build the Democratic Party brand. And that’s important.

Absolutely right. Because he thinks he doesn't need it.

Submitted by lambert on

How I see it. I could change my mind if:

1. Social Security privatization were off the table, and

2. UHC were back on.

'Til then, I'm holding my nose....

[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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Submitted by markg8 on

Scroll down a little bit in your own blog folks. Wasn't it just yesterday you were claiming Obama is trying to buy super delegates with his PAC campaign contributions? This guy worked for Dems tirelessly from coast to coast in the 2006 cycle. Where was Hillary? How many campaign appearances did she make with fellow Dems in 2006? Even in her home state?

Gimme a break. If getting us out of Iraq, doing away with NCLB, closing Gitmo, restablishing habeas corpus, ethics reform, lobbying reform, passing a workable UHC bill and all the rest aren't enough of a Democratic agenda for you then keep looking for a better candidate.
I get the feeling that most of you here would be supporting Barack if Hillary was winning this thing but you're just terrified of being disappointed. You're just going to have to learn to take yes for an answer.

Submitted by lambert on

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[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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Submitted by vastleft on

Even the correntebot is getting tired of your shtick.

But thanks for the free pop-psychological analysis!

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Submitted by Voodoo Chile on

I get the feeling that most of you here would be supporting Barack if Hillary was winning this thing but you’re just terrified of being disappointed. You’re just going to have to learn to take yes for an answer.

I've never NOT been disappointed by a politician yet.