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Obama Aide Warns Against "Shadowy Outside Groups" in Fundraising Pitch

By Jonathan Weisman
His legendary Democratic Party predecessor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, may have said we have nothing to fear but fear itself, but Barack Obama has decided that fear can also be an effective fund-raising tool.

In the Obama campaign's latest online fundraising innovation, campaign manager David Plouffe today e-mailed the Obama throng a video pitch.

There's just one hitch: He doesn't look so hot in the lo-fi Bloggingheads.tv-style video. Seated before a window in Chicago, the backlit Plouffe is hardly more than a silhouette. But the Powerpoint display he narrates in the video is in stark relief, making the case that Obama can hold on to the states John Kerry won in 2004, expand the playing field in the general election to Republican turf and even use his primary-season organization to force McCain to defend deep red states like Texas.

Then the tone turns as dark as his shadowy face: Trouble is a-brewin' -- largely in the form of the Republican National Committee's huge fundraising advantage over the Democratic National Committee.

"John McCain, the RNC, the shadowy outside groups are not going to let this election happen without a fight. Right around the corner we're going to see millions of dollars attacking Barack, attacking Michelle Obama and we have to have the ability to fight back," he warns.

"The onslaught of Republican negative ads," Plouffe predicts, "are about to come."

His solution? That little donate button on the e-mail.

Posted at 5:53 PM ET on Jun 27, 2008  | Category:  The Green Zone
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Posted by: Wow | June 30, 2008 2:17 AM

Obama has learned much from Karl Rove. Is this Barack's War on Terror? Shadowy figures, whisper campaigns. How about confronting these with the town hall meetings that McCain wanted. Confront them head on. I would like to see Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Ralph Nader be a part of the town meetings and debates. Clinton and GHW Bush had the balls to allow Perot on stage with them. But Obama the politician is afraid that Obama the man will tarnish Obama the brand. C'mon guys, wasn't Obama behind his Obama/Hope presidential seal creepy - reminds me of GW Bush in front of the banner reading "Mission Accomplished". Barack will be exponentially worse than GW Bush.

Posted by: David | June 29, 2008 10:39 PM

Obama kept Michigan and Florida delegates in his pocket the whole time to sway voters and superdelgates, to give himself bragging rights. "I have the most delegates. I am the winner! We have to follow the rules. Florida and Michigan will vote for me."

Over 300 delegate and over 2 million people. He only won this primary because the fourth largest state has never been heard properly. The popular vote was ignored and the delegates were never added in full. The media displayed inaccurate maps with incorrect numbers to give Obama a free push.

For Senator Obama to accept this decision about not seating Florida and Michigan is especially troubling. How can a leader whose message is one of "unity" agree to support a decision that strips Senator Clinton of delegates and Florida voters of their voices?

I wonder whether the price the Democratic party will pay in the general election was worth Obama's very poor decision to ignore Michigan and Florida voters. Millions don't think so.


Posted by: | June 29, 2008 12:15 PM

************************

Obama is predicted to win both Florida and Michigan. Both states boast voters a lot smarter than those in West Virginia and Kentucky -- which will go for Mccain.

In fact, Obama will sweep all the swing states and 7 formerly red states.

Why? Wait for the October surprise - when McCain's psychological profile is released. The old boy is carrying some mighty deep scars from his terrible experiences in Hanoi. Not his fault --but he is teetering on the edge of madness.

His medical record is 19,000 pages long ---it includes information that the American voter will insist upon reviewing.

No disrespect to him -- he suffered lifelong mental health trauma. We do not need uncontrollable rage in the Oval Office.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 29, 2008 6:28 PM

I confess to being annoyed at Obama these days. He says he welcomes suggestions and opinions from his supporters and there is a link to contact him for this purpose. So I did.

I wrote that I was and expert in .... and had some ideas about a particular problem he had and would like to contact or be contacted by someone in that area. I got back a form letter that said they received about 1,000 e-mails a day, were busy, and thanks, but no thanks. I replied and received the same form letter which meant that neither of my e-mails had been read. Especially galling was that I HAD DONE WHAT HE ASKED!

So all that participation talk is just a techniue to bolster his image. Certainly with all the money he gets from us he could afford to assign a couple of people to go through the e-mails, discard the ones that make reference to alpha centauri, and reply to those that might be of interest.

I am not giving any more money to the Obama campaign. Yes, I want him to win because I want the war to end and I don't want McCain in office. But the bloom is off the rose.

Posted by: allmymarbles | June 29, 2008 3:20 PM

There's more to Obama's campaign than meets the eye-
Enough with the bleary eyed 'hope' Obama keeps on about. He's either Karl Rove's puppet

or patsy.

Bamboozling the American electorate again
http://www.thecityedition.com/Pages/Archive/Winter08/2008Election.html


The `Hostile Takeover' of America
http://www.larouchepac.com/news/2008/06/15/soross-new-hostile-takeover-democratic-party.h

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(this backs up the previous article's claim)
Open Society Institute Launches Campaign to Promote Black Men and Boys' Achievement
http://www.soros.org/initiatives/usprograms/news/campaignlaunch_20080612

Posted by: Just me | June 29, 2008 2:45 PM

Posted by: Just Me | June 29, 2008 2:44 PM

While Obamatrons are blasting the GOP for being fearmongers, this little gem comes out.

I guess it takes one to know one.

Posted by: just me | June 29, 2008 2:37 PM

Hey, Rick from PA

I don't want my politicians to be naive. You know what they call naive politicians? Unelectable losers.

I'd rather throw my support to someone who is practical and who does not practice "a foolish consistency". Barack Obama does not pick his supporters -- his supporters pick him. And they seem to be doing so in huge numbers.

Take a look at what's at stake, take a look at the Obama positions on the really important stuff, and take a look at the real record instead of just regurgitating a few stale bromides that have run their course.


Barack Hussein Obama/Wesley Kanne Clark '08

Posted by: Swampy (but you can call me Hussein) | June 29, 2008 1:06 PM

The DNC's lack of funding is the result of them forcing a candidate upon their supporters. They won't be able to raise enough to cover even 50% of the convention costs. Don't want to hear the whining over a problem that Dean created.

Posted by: Jack Straw | June 29, 2008 12:25 PM

Obama is just not trustworthy.
He's too risky..
He's too inexperienced.

He's just embarrassing

Posted by: Al from NJ | June 29, 2008 12:20 PM


This is a short synopsis of how my community feels about Senator Obama. We are so sick and tired of not having our voices heard. So here goes........

Obama, the new guy in town, is a con, a Chicago politician: Obama lacks high morals and will stop at nothing when it comes to further his ambition. He's a fast talker speaking out of both sides of his mouth.

He bragged about his church. He would never leave the "black" community.
Then threw them under the bus

Bragged about his pastor. He could never leave Reverend Wright, he's like an old uncle.
Then threw him under the bus

Bragged about his grandmother then called her a "typical white person"
She then went under the bus.

He wrote a book about his father but now that he has been found to be a "non practicing" Muslim
He threw his dad under the bus. Definitely had to disown him.

His Chicago supporters consist of anti Semitics, racists, criminals or far left liberals.
Farrakhan, Rezko, Ayers and Father Pflaeger are all under the bus too

When it comes to Obama's associates he has figured out that all he has to do is either denounce or reject them and then it's okay. Sometimes he just doesn't discuss them at all.

He had a coworker that was a domestic terrorist, William Ayers. Obama laughed and avoided the issue,when asked about his involvement.

Barack Hussein Obama is a fast talker that knows Chicago politics. He will do anything and destroy anyone to win this election. When the heat is on, he avoids debates, changes his mind, defends his thinking with speeches and runs from the press.

Obama will speak few words without a script. He is poor, at best, in debates and he knows that an open speech might divulge his true character.

The icing on the cake was to change his mind on public financing.
Barack Obama has worked on the issue of political reform for years.
On Larry King in Jan. 2007, he told Mr. King that the public-financing system works.

He challenged the Republicans since Feb 2007 to limit their spending. He vowed to do so along with them if he were the Democratic nominee. In fact, a majority of his career was spent talking about how much he believed in public financing.

He speaks so calmly but Obama has the "king or prince" title in mind. Obama's ambition is to win, cheat and lie if he has to. This is democracy?

Senator Obama will say whatever he has to in order to convince the public and the Democratic Party that he's the nominee of "change", a uniter, a man of the future. Nothing could be further from the truth.

A naïve politician? We think not.




Posted by: Rick from Pa | June 29, 2008 12:18 PM

As a woman, a Democrat and a firm supporter of Democracy, this has been the worst media coverage of a primary election ever. In fact, my whole community is totally embarrassed of Senator Obama for his morals, his associates and his views of the United States.

I have never seen such poor and biased reporting by media in my entire life.. 20 million Clinton supporters have had it with the media and injustice of this whole nominating system.

This was not reporting, it was "Clinton" bashing. I felt like I was hearing headlines from the "Enquirer" . Slews of media networks followed each other down a lane of inaccurate reporting and vicious attacks against the entire Clinton family. The coverage swayed the public and government superdelegates into their "Obama Mania" corner.

For the first in my life, I am completely embarrassed of our country and it's reporting tactics. The pundits were cruel towards our First Lady and the entire world watched.

I also cannot understand how Obama could not be embarrassed.
How dare he ask the American people to stand with him and defend his ugly beliefs from his church (Trinity United Church of Christ), his radical and anti Semitic friends and his far left views of life.

How dare Senator Obama not apologize to Senator Clinton for the cruel remarks screamed in pews of his church about whites, Senator Clinton and President Cllinton.

Instead of apologizing to the entire Clinton family, Senator Obama had regrets about having to distance himself from his church and his radical anti American buddies and mentors, Reverend Wright and Father Pflaeger.

Obama has deceived the American people and has used crooked tactics since the beginning of the primary season.

Obama kept Michigan and Florida delegates in his pocket the whole time to sway voters and superdelgates, to give himself bragging rights. "I have the most delegates. I am the winner! We have to follow the rules. Florida and Michigan will vote for me."

Over 300 delegate and over 2 million people. He only won this primary because the fourth largest state has never been heard properly. The popular vote was ignored and the delegates were never added in full. The media displayed inaccurate maps with incorrect numbers to give Obama a free push.

For Senator Obama to accept this decision about not seating Florida and Michigan is especially troubling. How can a leader whose message is one of "unity" agree to support a decision that strips Senator Clinton of delegates and Florida voters of their voices?

I wonder whether the price the Democratic party will pay in the general election was worth Obama's very poor decision to ignore Michigan and Florida voters. Millions don't think so.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 29, 2008 12:15 PM

The die hard Hillarybots who are threating to vote for McCain do come off pretty racist. A person moving from Hillary to McCain is clearly not an issue voter and if you aren't voting on issues what are you voting on? Seems to me the nearest white face. Especially when many of these women and men have been stanch democrats for decades conveniently find Obama so despicable now that they must abandon their party and vote republican the first time ever when a black man gets the nomination. They can try to justify it anyway they want but in the end it smacks of racism. I say good riddance to bad rubbish. As for the Hiller supporters who actually wanted Hillary based on issues I say good race and lets unify and get these republicans out of office so we all can have a better country and better life for ourselves and our children. I backed Dean in 2004 and when he lost I was pissed but I got behind Kerry because he was still one of us. I strongly believe in the democratic agenda for this nation and I think anyone who crosses over with the state of the nation being in the toilet like this is crazy and not worthy of respect or further discussions. Its not about Obama or Hillary its about the country.

Posted by: gilesjp | June 29, 2008 12:14 PM


The reason Clinton supporters will not vote for Obama is because they are embarrassed of him, his life, his unfair tactics and his beliefs. And they still don't know all about him.

They don't want a candidate that has been in a twenty year relationship with Reverend Wright and the Trinity United Church of Christ.

They don't' want a candidate that has a twenty year relationship with Father Pflaeger as his compass in life

They don't want a candidate that went to a church that supports Louis Farrakhan, an anti Semitic racist.

They don't want to defend Black Liberation theology.

They don't want a candidate that lies about his relationship with Tony Rezko, the Syrian Criminal that sold his property to Obama and supported his campaign.

They don't want a candidate that could work with a domestic terrorist, William Ayers.

They don't want a candidate that Hamas supports.

They don't want a candidate that Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam support

They don't want a candidate that has a wife that has just now realized she was proud of our country.

They don't want a candidate that denies Florida and Michigan their voices

They don't want a candidate that mentions 57 states in his speeches. 50 states in the USA and 57 states in the Nation of Islam (IOC website)

They don't want a candidate that fights unfair and steals Michigan delegate votes from his opponent.

They don't want a candidate that feels sorry to leave a church that is anti American and that preaches hatred and racial views that are cruel and nasty.

They don't want a candidate that is inexperienced.

They don't want a candidate that considers it a loss to not to be able to attend his anti American, racist Church.

They don't want a candidate that has a "non practicing" Muslim father, but avoids the entire discussion of his father.

They don't' want a candidate that won't debate

They don't' want a candidate that misleads the youth with an 'Obama girl and her behind in their face"

They don't want a candidate that says he's an African American and missed the MLK Remembrance Day and the Louisiana Black Caucus meeting

They don't want a candidate that has done nothing for humanity except talk about it.

They don't' want a candidate that has poor judgment.

They don't' want a candidate named; Barack Hussein Obama


He scares them to death.
He is embarrassing.
He is unelectable.

Posted by: Al from NJ | June 29, 2008 12:06 PM

WRITE-IN HILLARY CLINTON 2008
18+ million...... the legitimate winner in a DEMOCRACY.

All the way to the convention. You Obama people seem to have forgotten that we live in a DEMOCRACY and will use our votes to show that. You are so naive to think that we would or even should vote for someone who has NO EXPERIENCE, and is just a made-up person. You have ALL been watching T.V. way too much! Turn off your t.v.s and get out in the world and see what reality really is. You don't see too many Obama signs out there.....there's a reason for that! And looking at Obama's web-site, I would say we have a cult here. There is a reason Mr. Obama and his family stayed with a fundaentalist Evangelical church for 20 years. Didn't we just finish 8 years with a fundamentalist in the White House & fundamentalists running the country?? Why do you think we are where we are today in this country?

Posted by: librairie | June 29, 2008 10:11 AM

Hey 1ahead -

I really don't think you need to carry a handkerchief like that for people to realize what a nut you are.

Posted by: A Reply To 1ahead | June 29, 2008 10:04 AM

Poor Weisman, he obviously wanted to be a movie reviewer, and he's stuck reviewing campaign videos.

Who the hell cares about the lighting on some guy's face in a campaign fundraising video?

Weisman, can't you think of anything intelligent to say?

Posted by: Weisman Wants To Be A Movie Critic | June 29, 2008 9:58 AM

Is it true that when you send Obamarama 100 bucks you get a prayer hankie with the offical Obamanut seal on it hand embroidered by the most High Priestess Michelle?

Posted by: 1ahead | June 29, 2008 9:49 AM

Obama's mother's original Social Security Number Application

www.webofdeception.com

Posted by: Robert Lewis | June 29, 2008 5:08 AM

Obama's campaign SHOULD be warning people about "shadowy groups". Look what those "shadowy groups did to Al Gore and John Kerry...oh and John McCain in 2000.

Sorry Republicans, Americans have seen it once too often, you are now the nasty little boys who cried "wolf" once to often.

We are simply not listening to you anymore. Call it drinking the kool-aid if you want to, we're not listening to that either.

And for all the die hard Hillary supporters who "hate" Obama despite the super-similarity of his platform to Hillary's, despite the fact that she's gotten over it, and despite the fact that the primary is..well..OVER..um..no one cares. It's a free country vote for whomever, but please stop your endless, useless, pointless whining. It's getting really annoying, and making it a little on the embarrassing side to be a feminist.

Posted by: Thevail | June 29, 2008 4:13 AM

As a woman, it is embarrassing to hear women keep complaining about how Hillary Clinton was robbed. She lost. You can give her all of the votes from Florida and Michigan and she still loses. Every single woman who complains that there was some kind of sexist conspiracy to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House does nothing but ensure that it will be a long time before another woman is nominated. You are SORE LOSERS. That is all you are. Many women did not vote for Clinton and do not like Hillary Clinton. She lost because voters preferred Obama. So stop trolling these websites and get a life!

Posted by: Dw | June 29, 2008 2:03 AM

Re: Senator Obama's Words

Do not copy my posting from NYT.
I already "warned" your Campaign to fire Solis Doyle before we fire you.

I strongly advise you to analyze what you have said about Public Financing System.

Posted by: peace4world | June 29, 2008 1:54 AM

@ Maddi: Confusing message - We need a Woman for president, so vote for a man (Nader)?

How is that different from voting for John McCain?

Posted by: Six | June 29, 2008 1:03 AM

It's very clear that men are going to do their best to keep women from being treated as equals. One by one, from scandal-ridden Ted Kennedy, sexist driven media, to two-faced Dem delegates, they betrayed HRC by giving their support to Obama - yet another unknown and inexperienced man just like Bush - despite the fact that she's far more qualified than him. As long as there are men in the running, chances for a woman to be the president is next to zero. Remember black men got to vote before women in this country?? We are seeing history repeating itself right now.

What can we do? By ourselves individually, very little. But if we unite and take action as one, we WILL make them take note. We should join Ralph Nader and help put his name on the ballot in November's election. He's not from either establishment, so he's not afraid of speaking up and taking a stand on issues. His causes are real, humane, and worthy. It's time to have a viable third party so we are not sold out by Dem=Rep party again. Next time the Dems will support a candidate with most experience, not with the "right gender."

If you don't want to take the back seat to men forever, or be treated as a second class citizen by your own party, go to his website and join today: www.votenader.com. It's time for a REAL change.

Posted by: Maddi | June 29, 2008 12:32 AM

Barack Obama will fight for equal rights for gays just as he fought to help working-class families overcome poverty, the Democratic presidential hopeful's wife told a gay Democratic group Thursday.

Recalling his past work as a community organizer to help struggling families, Michelle Obama said he would take the same approach as president.

"Barack believes that we must fight for the world as it should be, a world where together we work to reverse discriminatory laws," she said at a Manhattan fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee's Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council.

Michelle Obama also drew a connection between the struggles for gay rights and civil rights.

"We are all only here because of those who marched and bled and died, from Selma to Stonewall, in the pursuit of a more perfect union," she said at the event, held days before the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots between gays and New York police, and the city's annual gay pride parade.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 10:42 PM

"That people can access lots of information and opinions, in their search for the truth, is progress."

Very true, and I am thankful for that.

Posted by: Chuckamok | June 28, 2008 6:36 PM

Erica- I think you're quite right.

Posted by: Chuckamok | June 28, 2008 5:39 PM

There is a very large contingent of people, often called racists, who will simply not vote for Obama because he's black. They'll keep that a dirty little secret until they're in the ballot box.

Posted by: Erica | June 28, 2008 5:26 PM

I'm 200% behind Obama. I will be voting for him in November. He is clearly the best man for the job. A vote for McCain is a vote for his VP and I can't do that, because whoever his VP is, he or she didn't generate the excitement Obama did. Obama's a once in a lifetime type of person. Love the Obamas!


Obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Vegas | June 28, 2008 3:51 PM

As for grammar and the "Queens English", the important thing is that the internet allows for more well informed voters.

In the past, lies (and the lying liars who tell them) were not as easily exposed as they are now. That people can access lots of information and opinions, in their search for the truth, is progress.

And even in England, if you travel 2km from Windsor to Slough the accent and the language changes dramatically. In British politics, business and society the Oxbridge accent/dialect has enabled the upper class to rule based on style, and not substance or quality.

Our relaxed communications enable a much more dynamic middle class to emerge. That too is progress.

As for the generation gap, as long as parents and grandparents aren't passing down immoral values (like hatred of blacks and jews and pushing women into subordinate roles) their kids will really love them and the gap will continue to close.

Posted by: JR, Boston | June 28, 2008 2:56 PM

"The onslaught of lousy grammar... IS already here."

It's been here for a long time. E-mail and texting are accelerating the dumbing-down of the Queen's English.

Sadly, this will lead to a deeper divide between generations.

R u wurreed? U SHOUD b !!

Posted by: Chuckamok | June 28, 2008 2:27 PM

Oh really I have seen the 527 already started by the republicans in Texas and I am sure there will be more.Senator McCain can say he opposes them all he wants but I have no seen him tell his supporters and donners not to contribute to them like Senator Obama has.Talk about fear mongering what do you think saying if an democrat is elected there will be a terroist threat more eveident than now.After this remark by Rove and black who will believe,if something does happen,that it may just be a repblican trick.This shoud never ever have been said and Senator McCain should not have this man on his team.Yet he keeps him close wonder why?

Posted by: jojobo1 | June 28, 2008 1:31 PM

Peace4World states the writer is "biased."

Hasn't he heard? Obama doesn't support the Farness Doctrine!

Why would he, after the media gave Obama millions of dollars in positive in-kind free media during the primary?

Posted by: TruthBTold5 | June 28, 2008 1:30 PM

Jonathan:

Your first paragragh is biased. I like your "In Campagin..." article better.

Use a direct quote from Obama when it comes to FDR or any issues relating to the General Election.

Let the media and political pundits analyze what you write. It is their job; people watch their show after work.

Thanks for the reporting.

Posted by: peace4world | June 28, 2008 12:23 PM

"Barack Obama has decided that fear can also be an effective fund-raising tool"

Wait, hasn't BIg Media been telling us that the Bog O is the candidate of hope, running against the evil Republicans' tactics of fear?

Was Big Media wrong? Or were they just misrepresenting?

-Wm Tate,
http://www.atimelikethis.us/

Posted by: Wm Tate | June 28, 2008 11:11 AM

Obama has started a new movement and that is Gays for Green. His latest declaration that marriage is a union of "a man and a woman" is obviously a pandering to the Black & White christian conservative voters. Well he lost gay votes on that statement. He was already in deep hot water from utilizing anti-gay, and "re-education" proponents at his black community rallies. His comment, to that horrible mistake was, something like "well, look, you can't please all groups, some people offend others, and..." blah blah. Gays know you don't side with people who want to use shock therapy to stop their genetic makeup. Beside losing the gay vote, he's sending his fellow black gay men deeper into their "down low" (D/L) practices of having secret sex on the side of fake heterosexual unions. These D/L black men have the highest rise in HIV cases in the U.S. Closeted black men are dying, and Obama is whitewashing gay issues for the black community. Sorry, gays are going green, because the White Republicans and Black Democrats are trying to destroy their existence. We could move to Iran and get this kind of politician.

Posted by: Tom in Boston | June 28, 2008 10:40 AM

Of course the solution is standing right in front of our collective noses: Elect an honest man. In this election cycle, that would be Ron Paul, the non-slime candidate. I've been following him for 32 years. Taxpayer's best friend and totally anti-Iraq war. Bring 'em home, Dr. Paul!

Posted by: gracias por nada | June 28, 2008 10:37 AM

I don't have to be a Republican to be American, so quit making it seem as if the Republican way is the only way to be American. History is ignored if you listen to the Republican rhetoric. Then again, we can have more land if we get rid of the rest of the native in America.

Posted by: demograph | June 28, 2008 10:23 AM

Do people still watch TV?

Posted by: QUESTION | June 28, 2008 9:30 AM

Mr Weisman is engaging in overly dramatic and unfair characterization of the video. This is obvious to anyone who bothers to click the link. Clearly, Mr Weisman believes few will.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 8:40 AM

Yes We Can, Yes We Can
Thank you Hillary, Thank you Bill, Thank you America. United we Stand and move on the high way to white house. This is our moment. Yes, the next generation will say we accomplished something went it was our time.

Posted by: maramara | June 28, 2008 8:25 AM

The Republican Party IS a shadowy outside group.

Every time they get their dirty paws on our country, everything turns to crap.

Republicans are the domestic enemies that our Forefathers warned us about.

The 2nd best thing for the planet would be for the Republican Party to go the way of the Whigs.

The 1st best thing would be to go back in time and make sure that Dick Cheney, George Bush, and Antonin Scalia were all aborted.

Posted by: James Kenner | June 28, 2008 3:35 AM

Obama is white, his mother is white, so that makes him white.

He'll be elected because of a pigment shift.

Posted by: Rob | June 28, 2008 2:44 AM

LK & Judy, I am an adamant supporter of equal rights for women...appalled that we could not get the equal rights amendment passed in the 70s. (What was Illinois thinking back then?) Furthermore, I find the greatest bastion of ugliness in this culture concentrated in old (boomers and up), affluent, white men...even though they are my peers, with some nuanced exceptions. And, I certainly would agree that Republicans set out to destroy Hillary back in Bill's administration.

They were (still are) ruthless liars and devoid of any ethical foundation toward both her and Ann Richards in TX in the early 90s. But that's just Republicans, since greed is their only value and religion is just their political window dressing. Talk about a clan that hates women with any personal power! And, you think McSame will do anything differently? Come on! And, Barack's campaign DID NOT stoop to those practices.

Last January I saw Hillary and Barack as neck and neck in terms of what they offered the nation. And, I just don't see how Hillary was battered worse by the media, etc. than Barack. The Hillary/Bill campaign was a frightful and snotty turn-off sometimes. Similarly, Barack had some mighty awkward political times too with a couple of wacky acquaintances by Middle America standards. I find that neither is perfect, nor do I expect perfection.

Ultimately, as a white male it's clear to me that we need to have both women and African-Americans in the White House. It's also clear that the worst horrors in our history have been perpetuated against blacks and Native Americans, and that this step is an enormously positive step in national healing.

So, why do young women get this so clearly and easily and older women find it so difficult? Have identify politics gotten this out of control? Why would you want to attack Barack because your woman didn't make it this time? Some 60% of college students today are female, so isn't it obvious that a woman presidency is still at our doorstep? I'm white, but this does feel racist toward him.

Anyway, I just don't see the basis for the rage against a person this brilliant and capable, and whose values are so parallel to Hillary's. At the end of the day, both Hillary and Barack make McSame look like such a Neanderthal. Let's get rational for a change and unload these corrupt Republicans who make the few among us billionaires while bankrupting the rest of us.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 2:33 AM

Soros is Obambi's puppetmaster, dangling him on his strings.

Soros bought a big stake in Countrywide, put his minions in key jobs and sure enough, Obama's advisors aplenty turned up in bed with Countrywide. I think Soros bought it as a means of laundering money over to the Obamatons and when that ended, he sold his stake for a loss.

McCain doesn't have any such shadowy groups: Obama does. Starting with Soros.

Posted by: Vivita | June 28, 2008 2:26 AM

"The onslaught of Republican negative ads," Plouffe predicts, "are about to come."

Geez, doesn't ANYBODY care about subject-verb agreement anymore? I am seeing this more and more often among political talking heads.

The onslaught of lousy grammar... IS already here.

Posted by: dave | June 28, 2008 1:58 AM

LK (@10:41 P.M.), I am with you: I fully intend to put my country first and my (former) political party second, something this lifelong yellow-dog Democrat thought she would never have to do. Drastic times call for drastic measures --- or in this case, votes.

Posted by: Judy Kilgore | June 27, 2008 11:01 PM

Follow the money trail. It will lead you to information you need to know about Barack Obama. You may not like what you see.

It's Obama who is fearmongering. He's doing it every day with women on Roe v Wade. Women's issues are about far more than the single issue of abortion. The scare tactics on Roe won't work this year. The Dems have failed women in 2008. Paybacks are hell, but necessary.

UNITY? NO. NOT THIS YEAR.

visit womenforfairpolitics.com

Obama is unqualified and unelectable.

It's a political eternity until the end of August when the DNC holds the convention in Denver when the ACTUAL vote for the nominee takes place. Until then, let the long overdue vetting of Barack Obama finally begin. Anything can happen and most likely will. Let's hope for the total political implosion of Barack Obame BEFORE the Dems foolishly nominate him.

It's Hillary or McCain. Put your country first and party second.

The Democratic party must be held accountable for their failure to denounced the rampant sexism, racism, classism, and voter disenfranchisement continually interjected into this 2008 campaign debacle by Barack Obama, his campaign, his nasty supporters and ALL media. HIllary Clinton was villified 24/7 in ALL media and the DNC stood silent. In fact, the DNC is complicit indisenfranchising voters. It's unacceptable. To vote for Obama is to condone what he and the DNC have done. Don't do it.

The DNC understands two things, money and votes. WE have the power to with hold both. DO SO.

"You must do the thing which you think you cannot do" Eleanor Roosevelt

The MEDIA will NOT decide this election, the people WILL. The Obamarama has been a media driven illusion.

"No self respecting woman should wish for the success of a party that ignores her sex" Susan B. Anthony 1872

Posted by: LK | June 27, 2008 10:41 PM

Barack Obama has more money than any other candidate in history and has three to four times the amount of money that John McCain has. The Democratic National Committee has more money than the Republican National Committee and there are more 527s that are going to spend money on behalf of Obama than there are pro-McCain 527s. Yet Obama is warning us about he calls shadowy groups that are going to spend against him. It is kind of like Anhueser-Busch warning us about the harm that can caused by beer brewed at a micro-brewery.

Posted by: danielhancock | June 27, 2008 10:20 PM

It's kind of stupid to say "McCain is nothing compared to what this country is going to go through if Obama is elected" after eight years of Big Oil Bush-led GOP, who gave out tax cuts for the very rich, then dragged the taxpayers into a multi-trillion dollar useless war all while awarding no-bid contracters to GOP cronies starting at the top of the list with VP Cheney's company, Halliburton, and all its subsidaries.

Posted by: Henry | June 27, 2008 9:57 PM

The Republicans are not as you say "caught between two lies". It was the Clinton people who sent out massive e-mails stating that Obama was a muslim. She was forced to remove them from her campaign. And the videos of the loony Rev. Wright spoke for themselves. Hillary is the one who gained from them, at the time. The way Obama is fear-mongering now appears that he learned a lot from listening to Rev. Wright for 20 years.

Posted by: Donna | June 27, 2008 9:48 PM

You folks just don't get it do you? It isn't isn't about "shadowy outside groups" or even angry women. What is left of our democracy is at risk. We have a far left candidate with no ethics and billionaires are stoking his campaign fires. Doesn't that make you ask why? Sure, he's for the people alright, as many of there dollars as he can get. This candidate is already bought and paid for. McCain is nothing compared to what this country is going to go through if Obama is elected.

Posted by: warf33 | June 27, 2008 9:46 PM

Say what you want about Democrats, but Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) recently wrote a 20 page paper on the demise of the Grand Old Party. Here's the money quote: "the Republican brand is in the trash can...if we were dog food, they would take us off the shelf."

Posted by: JR, Boston | June 27, 2008 9:42 PM

We're Republicans!
We're Republicans!
We spew and spout our rubbish out
Republicans!
We're Republicans!
If you're not white we'll snarl and bite
Republicans!
We're Republicans!
And you can be one Too!

We're the top 5 percent!
Who bought a president!
We've stuffed our savings into Exxon stock
We really mind where you put your ****
We're Republicans!
We're Republicans!
And you can be one Too!

Because white is right and right is white
and nothing else will do!
We're Republicans! We're Republicans!
And you can be one Too!

And though we spew some crazy ****
We have no doubt you'll fall for it
'Cause it's what you alwaaaaaaaaaays dooooooooooooo
We're Republicans!
We're Republicans!
And you can be one Too!

In the situation room
There was a toy world
And a flight costume
and a picture of-
a refinery plume

And there were war profiteers giving three cheers
a nation great
a Church and a State
a pair of towers
And a balance of powers
A Grand Old Party to war in a rush
And a quiet Dick Cheney whispering "hush"

Because white is right and right is white
and nothing else will do!
We're Republicans! We're Republicans!
And you can be one Too!

Posted by: David | June 27, 2008 9:40 PM

Low tech for "Atmos-FEAR", anybody recognize old tactics? Of course not this is the candidate of "change".

Posted by: warf33 | June 27, 2008 9:33 PM

If the Democrats wanted my money, they should have stuck to their previous stance of refusing to grant retroactive immunity to the giant Telecom companies for illegal spying on Americans at the request of the White House. Instead the Democrats capitulated after the Telecoms gave them a ton of extra money. The result: The White House gets another free pass after again trampling on the 4th amendment. Except this time, it's the Democratic leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer who gave the free pass so willingly.

Posted by: Henry Franconia | June 27, 2008 9:30 PM

You people are all ready to pounce on a boogeyman that isn't there...and you say republicans are the party of fear?

Posted by: P | June 27, 2008 9:28 PM

Wow, reading all these lefist responses was like overturning a rotting log and watching all the differant slimy, multi-legged critters scatter. PT Barnum was right. You all will buy the snake oil Obama's selling and I'd bet you'd drink the KoolAid too.

Posted by: True American | June 27, 2008 9:25 PM

I'm Lazy
I want everything for free
I want the government to take care of me
I'm Phoney about most things

I am a Democrat

Posted by: Anonymous | June 27, 2008 9:23 PM

You say "(Obama's) solution? That little donate button on the e-mail."

You are absolutely right! I am a low income, elderly senior citizen, but I plan to hit that DONATE BUTTON over and over and over. Every cent I can spare, as often as I can. No price or self denial is too great to get this band of greedy, war-mongering Republican reprobates out of office and keep them there. Where do I send the money?

Posted by: Jerome Thomas | June 27, 2008 9:22 PM

"He" you mean John McCain?

Posted by: Sally G | June 27, 2008 9:20 PM

actually he'll be the first elected because of the american ideal of equality.

Posted by: JR, Boston | June 27, 2008 9:18 PM

This will be the first President elected
by affirmative action.

Posted by: Hillary | June 27, 2008 9:12 PM

You are all just talking to yourselves.


Posted by: Henry Nortim, Ohio | June 27, 2008 9:05 PM

So let me make sure I understood the "article" - Obama's staff anticipates attack ads from the McCain camp. They plan to respond and are fundraising. Oh, and it was mentioned in a low-tech video. OMG, LOW-TECH! Geez. This is news? Really? Come on, this is worse than "McCain is old" or "Obama is black", a bit of a "DUH!", don't ya think?

Posted by: Anna | June 27, 2008 9:02 PM

I just want to get back to Charlie Black's, McCain's advisor, comment about how having american citizens killed and wounded in terrorist attack before the election would benefit McCain's campaign, and how that's been virtually ignored.

Posted by: Severin Devonshire | June 27, 2008 9:02 PM

Yes, it is sad when our citizens threaten terrorism. But in a country of 300m you have to expect a certain amount of loony tunes.

But it is sadder still when people like Reagan, if Bani-Sadr and Honegger are to be believed, would pull an October surprise in their pursuit of power. Or that McCain would have a senior advisor like Charlie Black, an advisor who has worked for the likes of Mobutu Sese Seko, Ferdinand Marcos, and Jonas Savimbi.

Given that Charlie Black, who recently played the terrorism card, has done some of his best work by spreading racial fear and hatred on behalf of people like Jesse Helms, it is pretty safe to assume that Sen. McCain, like most power hungry Republicans before him, has no aversion to planting seeds of hatred in this fine country of ours.

Some citizens are going to be irrational and violent. They need to be stopped. But the politicians that foster and prey on those irrationalities in the pursuit of power also need to be stopped. Whatever strategy Charlie Black pulls out in the summer and fall of 2k8, McCain isn't getting my vote.

The shadowy inside groups have to go too.

Posted by: JR, Boston | June 27, 2008 9:01 PM

You should all get away from your computers
and spend time with your family, or learn a new skill,
or maybe pay more attention to your careers.

M

Posted by: Mark B. | June 27, 2008 8:54 PM

Obama in a landslide.

Fillbuster Proof Senate

300 + Democrats in House

Good Riddance to conservatives!!!

Posted by: Bob North Smithfield | June 27, 2008 8:53 PM

Looks like a lot of lonely people here.


Posted by: Dan S | June 27, 2008 8:51 PM

If you live in a blue state and know no one who supports Obama, you have done wonders to segregate yourself from the new millennium! Perhaps it's hundreds of miles from the real economy of your state in an Apena (MI,), a Cairo (IL), or a Bakersfield (yikes!). Or, is it just a lily-white wealthy suburb anywhere where only old, greedy, moneyed, white men have a voice? Is it a place where leadership equals guns? Where a cookie recipe makes a prospective first wifey whole and perfect?

Here in the West, I know no one who plans to tolerate these insanely miopic and corrupt Republicans one minute more than required by the constitution. Perhaps we are from different planets, and you need a doddering coot to prosecute your next war, and fund a bazooka in every kitchen.

Posted by: Steve M | June 27, 2008 8:48 PM

Get a job Katz.

Posted by: jo | June 27, 2008 8:48 PM

When he speaks you can see his nose grow.

Look carefully

Posted by: real | June 27, 2008 8:47 PM

Do you really think any politician from any party is going to tell you anything but what you want to hear? Why trust any of them or have blind faith in any party? Keep an open mind; listen to what they really say. You do not need a news agency to interpret for you? Support what is important to you. This sounds like a sports team debate...lol...

Posted by: John | June 27, 2008 8:44 PM

george: "I don't trust Obama to tell the truth, nor do I trust him to consider the country's best interests."

Do you have any reasons why?

Posted by: spencer | June 27, 2008 8:41 PM

First off.

John McCain graduated 894th out of a class of 899 at the Naval Academy, and his father at the time was an up and coming Admiral in the Navy. I'd have to imagine there was some pressure to keep John Sidney McCain III from embarrassing his father.

McCain's Naval Academy experience is it, for his academic experience.


Barack Obama graduated summa cum laude from Harvard with a Law Degree. They don't give these out in Crackerjack boxes. He was President of the Harvard Law Review.

When I hear at what Barack Obama says, not his campaign operatives, I trust it is based upon facts and an intelligent analysis of reality. He has stated before that money is being poured into groups outside oversight and fair play.

Make fun of the production values of the video, if that's all you have. The facts are, John McCain will accept public funding, and he will count extensively on the same bunch of Swift Boat Liars which America has grown to view with disgust.
McCain will disavow any connection with these groups, of course.

Posted by: s katz | June 27, 2008 8:35 PM

As a Veteran I want to condemn the comments that give voice to terroristic threat of violence. May God protect our candidates no matter what their party and let our country return to the days of supporting the president even if he or she is not our personal choice. Too many spoiled rotten children out there these days. God bless our Secret Service men and women and keep them on top of would be demigods! You that want your own way at any cost are traitors.

Posted by: William Bolton | June 27, 2008 8:34 PM

Here's a good PBS documentary on the "shadow government".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_2rkCCBp7Y&feature=related

I think I'm going to enjoy this campaign. McCain is a pretty good card player, but Obama is really good. "Shadowy outside groups" It's gonna be a good one...

Posted by: JR, Boston | June 27, 2008 8:23 PM

Republicans generally have two intellectual deficits:
(i) They have no logic
(ii) They have wrong facts (blame Fox News for this one)
If that could be fixed, then that would convert most of them to Democrats. The only ones who would remain Republicans would be the filthy rich who got their money by less than noble means.

Posted by: Billy Macintire | June 27, 2008 8:17 PM

I remember when I was a Republican.....

I remember I stood behind George Bush even though i diddnt realize what he stood for, I remember getting into arguments about the "leftist" version of patriotism and love for country.....

Then, I started reading and educating myself and re-registered as a Democrat

John McCain last month said drilling offshore would be too costly, take too much time and not help reduce gas prices....this month he changed

He is against most gay rights including marriage, but yesterday he spoke, in SECRET, to a group of gay republicans.....

He is against torture, but doesnt believe in giving people basic human rights to a fair trial.....

He was for public financing, but since Obama opted out, so did he, but not before chastising Obama for not being a man of his word.....

McCain is a war hero, but whatever his intent was for "helping" Americans by joining the senate has become lost.....I dont think McCain knows what he believes anymore, or has been paid off by so many that he cant support only one side of an issue.....he has to support both sides of the issue Just Like Bush...

Obama08 Democrat08

Posted by: Oregon4Obama | June 27, 2008 8:15 PM

Ah Manolete, that is where you are wrong. The Republicans are stuck between two lies; either they try and paint Obama as a Muslim and radical Muslim sympathizer, or they paint him as an insane Christian who loves black liberation theology. The two are mutually exclusive. The Republicans quite literally started so many lies that the public at large has a hard time believing anything they say at this point. They would have been much better off picking one and running with it.

Posted by: Laughing | June 27, 2008 8:13 PM

"shadowy outside groups"? Wow. Sounds like Sen Obama is making a sublime reference to the "shadow government" types that have run amok during Reagan and Bush administrations, most notably giving us the Iran/Contra/Crack scandal.

Kind of like, I see your attack at me through Carter and I raise you an attack on Reagan/Bush. Can't wait 'til this campaign really gets started. McCain has more skeletons in his closet. And he takes things very personally and has a temper. Should be quite entertaining.

Posted by: JR, Boston | June 27, 2008 8:08 PM

The chickens are coming home to roost!.......
Yes, the republicans are going to remind all americans about Barack Hussein's congregation of hate for America and his 20 year close relationship to Jeremiah Wright, the pastor of hate for America.

The chickens are coming home to roost!.......
Yes, we all remember the videos of Jeremiah Wright and his congregation which include Barack, celebrating the murderous attack on America on 9/11.

The chickens are coming home to roost!......
Sit back and enjoy.......

Posted by: Manolete | June 27, 2008 8:02 PM

Aren't Republicans sick AT ALL of the insults to their intelligence? Do any of them ACTUALLY know how to read or do they just take Fox News as Gospel? *sigh*

Posted by: Former Republican | June 27, 2008 7:42 PM

Moveon is well documented; just because they don't agree with you doesn't make them shady. And to be honest, I can't name another group like Moveon that supports Obama; and since you didn't list any I'm guessing neither can you. In any case, Republicans have been using issues like gay marriage to scare their constituents into voting and donating for years; its about time they understood how it feels to be on the receiving end of a well oiled political behemoth. The real difference here is Obama supporters have legitimate reasons to fear McCain being elected. The probability of world war 3 if McCain gets elected is high enough to scare anyone: not to mention the almost assured destruction of the livelihood of the middle class as their wealth goes to the super powerful and the Chinese. This is one case where a healthy dose of fear is warranted.

Posted by: Laughing | June 27, 2008 7:41 PM

> very woried something will happen to this "black" man.

I'd think you were crazy, if McCain wasn't talking about how he only expects to pull ahead in the "last 48 hours" of the election. And that was not long after they talked about how a terrorist attack would be good for them, politically.

What the hell do the Republicans expect us to think after saying crazy things like that? Are we supposed to forget just how far this country is off track and "stay the course"?

Posted by: Q | June 27, 2008 7:32 PM

I love how people do not trust Obama...literally in their minds they trust George Bush more than Obama. This is simply your natural, irrational fear of the unknown taking over. I would gladly trade Bush for the devil at this point.

Posted by: silus | June 27, 2008 7:32 PM

Smearing and slandering has been the Republican campaign strategy for as long as I can remember, so what's new? Why is this even news? It has already started (the infamous but nonexistent "whitey" tape and the claims that he is muslim), and it is going to get worse.

Posted by: Michael Thompson | June 27, 2008 7:30 PM

This is a ridiculous and misleading representation of the David Plouffe email. There were no fear tactics used to raise funds. Leave that to the repugnant, lazy, and down-trodden republican hate spinners. Jonathan Weisman, huh, no wonder you're relegated to posting second rate blogs and not actually participating in real journalism.

Posted by: JoshFM | June 27, 2008 7:27 PM

Wow, how unreasonable of him to predict that the RNC would do again exactly what it did in the last two elections to its opponents! How quickly we forget the Swiftboat Liars and even the anti-McCain "black baby" push-polls of 2000.

How totally unfathomable! Why would he say such a crazy thing!?

Posted by: spatula | June 27, 2008 7:21 PM

I don't know anybody who is voting for Obama. And I live in a blue state. What is with the press calling the election in June? If you read the news, the election is over and everybody go home. That's why I don't trust the press to disseminate the news without bias.

Does the press think that people are stupid enough to believe that the election is decided five months before the fact? I'm insulted.

Posted by: Alice | June 27, 2008 7:21 PM

verryu woried something will happen to this "black" man. Some local terorism is brewing somewhere in the USA. A sniper is honing his sklils

Posted by: woried | June 27, 2008 7:19 PM

I don't trust Obama to tell the truth, nor do I trust him to consider the country's best interests.

Posted by: George | June 27, 2008 7:18 PM

You can't equate preparing for 527 organizations' swift-voting campaigns with "fear mongering." "Fear mongering" has to do with the fear for your lives, the lives of your loved ones, the lives of your children in the event of an unforeseeable physical attack. The Obama camp is not claiming that the 527 organizations might currently be plotting to come to Obama supporters' homes to physically harm their loved ones. If you want to use "fear mongering" as a metaphor, that's fine, but at least acknowledge the difference.

Posted by: Gray Kane | June 27, 2008 7:16 PM

Seems like the only 'shadowy outside groups' this year are for obama (ie moveon, etc). Go figure...here goes Obama and his campaign making things up again to scare his constituents into giving him more money. No wonder he's so good.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 27, 2008 7:09 PM

Swift Boat Scumbags for War?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 27, 2008 5:57 PM

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