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Senator McCain has asked to suspend Friday, September 26th debate so he may focus on the economic crisis. Senator Obama, I ask as a democrat and as an American that you not comply with his request.  For weeks he has slandered your good name, and by extension the values of democrats across this nation, with hateful commercials, disingenuous press releases and personal interviews where he said the tenor of this campaign would change if you meet him face to face.  Now when the day is finally upon him he wants to put it off?

I understand that we are in a crisis, I understand that someone as wealthy as John McCain would be very worried about this bail-out not playing out as he would like.  But the occupation of President requires multi-tasking ability.  Why should you, with all your vigor and skill, suspend an event because John McCain can not split his focus adequately?  If he is fit for office he is fit for debate.  The financial melt down of Wall Street is a crisis, no doubt, but it is not so dire that we as Americans and you as a candidate should place a moratorium on other spheres of political life.  No one has died, we aren’t in morning.  It is in no way disrespectful for you and John McCain to stand before the TV cameras and answer questions for the American public, in fact it is just the opposite.

Ultimately though this isn’t about the financial crisis, this is about John McCain’s very bad week, and his desire to put off having to answer questions about so much more than just the Wall Street melt down.  Please Mr. Obama, do not let him weasel out of this debate by pretending this is an issue of appropriateness.  It s not inappropriate to participate in a debate at this time, instead it would be inappropriate not to.

John McCain and his republican compatriots want us to live in a world without socialized health care, but WITH socialized banking risk? How is that?

Posted on: June 5, 2008

Via AP

“President George W. Bush and his top policymakers misstated Saddam Hussein’s links to terrorism and ignored doubts among intelligence agencies about Iraq’s arms programs as they made a case for war, the Senate intelligence committee reported on Thursday.”

I can has impeachment?

 

I want to take a moment to thank Hillary Clinton and her supporters.  This was a hard election cycle for the Democratic party, but I believe it has made us tougher as a party.  It has given us the ability to fight!  That vigor will do right by us in November.  Take the time you need to gather your selves, we can wait.  We will be here when you are ready to work together for the General Election.  Together the Democrats can make the White House ours again.

 

Solidarity means we can make a change!

Posted on: April 16, 2008

Hillary Clinton

From Ap: “Clinton must aim to take advantage of the spotlight and continue to cast doubt about Obama’s electability in November.”

Hillary Clinton can’t get through the DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY, how on earth is she any more electable that Barack Obama?  Did I miss the memo about how Republicans really want to vote for Hillary, but those pesky primary party preference rules the reason they can’t?  How ON freaking earth can the woman make an argument about his un-electablity when she can’t rally a majority of support within her OWN party?  What planet…geez

I do have to say that I think the above is a very nice picture of HRC.  While I don’t often agree with the Baby-Boomer Feminist mumbo-jumbo surrounding Hillary’s campaign, I do believe the media uses unflattering pictures (consciously or unconciously, you decided).  This one, from a foriegn news source, is both flattering and professional.

And they have a right to be!

The Obama “bitter” controversy is out of hand!  I lived in Pittsburgh, PA for 3 years.  I grew up in the industrial Midwest – also known as the Rustbelt – of which Pennsylvania is part.  25-30 years ago the jobs that regular people worked; The jobs that in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s put kids through college, bought summer cabins and speed boats, the jobs that allowed you to work hard, get your hands dirty and retire when you were 60 LEFT for foreign soil.  Washington D.C. and the political establishment betrayed the working middle class.  The white collar children who benefited from their parents’ blue collar jobs betrayed the working middle class.   If you have ever been to Pittsburgh, PA you would see that betrayal is happening today.  That betrayal continued all through the “prosperous” Clinton years. Years when the majority of the country saw economic growth, but Western Pennsylvanians saw 60 year old men who had worked hard their whole life competing for minimum wage convenience store jobs because there were no more options.

        Are rural, suburban and former industrialized urban Pennsylvanians bitter?  Absolutely.  Do they take comfort in conservative values, religion, gun ownership and xenophobia?  Absolutely.

        When I lived in Pittsburgh I lived on Carson Street on the Southside and I lived on Mount Washington.  Geographically they are at most 2 miles and up a steep mountainside from each other.  It was an unpleasant 20 minute walk or a 3 minute cable car ride.  Many of the residents had not made that trip in years.  Men my age (26 at the time) recalled going “downtown” as a child.  Downtown was 2.5 miles from where they lived.  Pittsburghers no longer go “downtown” because of the “crime”.  By crime, they actually mean Black People.  Pittsburghers, and by this I mean multi-generational families of eastern European descent who live within blocks of the homes they grew up in and socialize only with people they have known their whole lives, are the most narrow minded insolated people I have ever interacted with.  They are bitter.  Bitter because they are told by liberals and conservatives, democrats and republicans, academics and intellectuals, that as white people they are part of the ruling class in this country.  That they should be grateful for the prosperity and the opportunities this country has to offer them.  When their ancestors came to fill the steel mills and coal mines with cheap labor they were grateful. When they could afford to send their kids to college they were grateful.  What on earth do they have to be grateful for today?  If every time you left home and some pissed on your head and told you it was raining, you’d start staying at home too.   

        Did Obama word his statement wrongly?  I don’t know.  I read the speech – it seems pretty straight forward to me.  I didn’t take it a derogatory; I took it as pretty factual.  My guess is that Hillary Clinton and John McCain have never been deeper into Western Pennsylvania than the University of Pittsburgh Campus or the home of their biggest donor.  Because if they had, they would know that Pennsylvanians are bitter, and they have EVERY FUCKING RIGHT TO BE!

For those who have not read the comments, here they are:

Here’s how it is: in a lot of these communities in big industrial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, people have been beaten down so long, and they feel so betrayed by government, and when they hear a pitch that is premised on not being cynical about government, then a part of them just doesn’t buy it. And when it’s delivered by — it’s true that when it’s delivered by a 46-year-old black man named Barack Obama (laugher), then that adds another layer of skepticism (laughter). […]

But the truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there’s not evidence of that in their daily lives. You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Posted on: April 3, 2008

I’m not going to reveal the source of this email, but since I basicly agree I thought I would post it:

… its’ OK to throw out the envelope from the DNC saying “YOUR MEMBERSHIP HAS LAPSED!” — a demand for your membership renewal? I feel like any money we want to spend on politics should go to the Obama campaign. Some shithead milktoast pansy liberal from THE NATION was berating Obama on FORUM for not being liberal enough and for being a political opportunist. WTF? A writer for THE NATION wants fucking McCain to win? Fucking get on the boat, motherfucker.