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How Hillary is being divisive

Why were Dean and other prominent (Obama-supporting) Democrats pushing so hard to make Hillary quit?

Obamaniac CW is that Hillary is divisive and needs to quit because even though she is "doomed" to lose, she will damage Obama enough in the remaining contests to give McCain the victory in November.

But that's not the reason for the WWTSBQ meme. Hillary is hardly being rough on Obama, despite what his supporters say.

Hillary is being "divisive" because she won't step aside so that Obama can unify us. Read below the fold...

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NYRB: CDS edition

Elizabeth Drew is a sad testament to the fact that even the NYRB has succumbed to the Clinton Rules (check out the image of HRC devilishly laughing on their front page). The article is a mixture of projection, lies, and just plain asshatery. I could only shake my head as I read the following: Read below the fold...

"Why won't that stupid bitch quit?" watch

Apparently Big Media Matt didn't get the memo:

One thing to note about Hillary Clinton's Florida and Michigan strategy is the utter selfishness of it. Her best shot at getting her way on this issue is to keep observing, in a meta kind of way, that if the DNC disses Florida and Michigan by not seating their delegates, that this could hurt Democratic fortunes in Florida and Michigan in November.

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Pat Buchanan: Unforgivable whiteness

Americans constitute 5% of the world's population but consume 24% of the world's energy.

Segregation and poverty have created in the racial ghetto a destructive environment totally unknown to most white Americans. What white Americans have never fully understood but what the Negro can never forget--is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto. White institutions created it, white institutions maintain it, and white society condones it.

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Now I feel better about everything!


"The truth is that my foreign policy is actually a return to the traditional bipartisan realistic policy of George Bush's father, of John F. Kennedy, of, in some ways, Ronald Reagan, and it is George Bush that's been naive and it's people like John McCain and, unfortunately, some Democrats that have facilitated him acting in these naive ways that have caused us so much damage in our reputation around the world," he said. Read below the fold...
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The Audacious Book Salon: Prologue

Throughout this campaign, Barack Obama supporters have advised skeptics like me to read his book, The Audacity of Hope (along with every policy paper on his website).

While those supporters have done a yeoman-like job in illustrating Obama's vision of unity, I wanted to get it straight from the source, given the very real possibility that he will be my candidate in November. Read below the fold...

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Book of the millennium club

Just a reminder that the Audacious Book Salon begins tomorrow. Please have your copy of the textbook in time for class. Read below the fold...

Misogyny, Sexism, & the Gender Gap in the 2008 Election--Part 3


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Fox whitewashes the Rev. Wright context

Mike Finnigan alerted me to this clip, specifically the section between 3:15 and 5:40.

Seems to me that Fox News and ABC have some 'splaining to do about why they left out a noteworthy context: that Wright's citation of America's "chickens coming home to roost" on 9/11 began with his attribution of the phrase to a white ambassador named "Peck," whom he says — in the original, now controversial sermon — made that statement on a Fox News show.

Especially for Fox, putting aside that network's "forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown" exemption, stripping out this context is the kind of thing that used to be called unacceptable journalism.

As for Wright, however, I don't find this additional context exculpatory. Regardless of how much his "roost" rant is a quote, paraphrase, riff, or whatever, he is still enthusiastically rationalizing the wanton murder of 3,000 innocent civilians. For some inexplicable reason, that doesn't sit well with me.

Now, one has to wonder... did Obama know about this fuller context when he wrote his legendary speech of last week? It's hard to believe that his staff didn't comb over the "offending" source material, that they didn't talk with Wright about the controversial sermons — and that no one brought the "white ambassador" context to his attention.

Why, then, didn't he bring it up?

Even though I've been critical of Wright, I felt honor-bound to share this additional information as soon as I heard about it. Yet Obama didn't, and
I am seriously puzzled about that. Read below the fold...

Why does General McPeak, Obama's co-chair, hate old people?

Since McPeak and the Boiz on the Blogs are frothing and stamping again in their weird effort to marginalize the last Democratic victor in a race for President who was permitted to take office, let's revisit a golden oldie from Obama's pet general. LA Times:

"[McPEAK: Obama] doesn't go on television and have crying fits; he isn't discovering his voice at the age of 60"

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Revote wrap-up

This post is a reaction to a comment by CD here:

when you played marbles, did you change the rules midgame, when you were winning (but by not enough), or losing? prolly not.

so again, i ask: what (were) the rules? before all of this started? i know what they (were). why are we talking about changing them, “midstream?”

1. This is an election, not a game, of marbles, or otherwise. It has real life consequences. Read below the fold...

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Peggy hearts Barack

Noonan lurved the big speech (with a couple of muted reservations) because, in part, it didn't contain "silly, boring" lines like: "And families in Michigan matter!" or "What I stand for is affordable quality health care!"

Yes, yes, Michigan voters and health care are pretty trivial matters, as opposed to, say, "Morning in America." Read below the fold...

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Divine Wright?

Among the many casualties of this corrosive primary season is nuance.

There are three accepted positions about Rev. Jeremiah Wright:

  1. He has nothing to apologize for. Everything Wright says is right-on.
  2. Once in a while, he says something a little overboard, but think of it as reparations for (or as repercussions of) racism.
  3. He hates America, and anyone who would be associated with him does, too.

Obama has chosen door #2. Read below the fold...

Ambassador Joe Wilson on the 3AM call


To begin with, there are such 3 a.m. calls. During my long career as a diplomat, including crises and military actions in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, I have been on the receiving end, the sending end, and the development of options that led to some of those late night calls. The president's role in crisis management is direct, critical and reflects the exercise of leadership in its most fundamental and powerful form. That capability is not intuitive; rather, it comes from years of experience, training and exposure to the complexities that are in inherent in international relations.

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