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Johnson Steps Down from Obama VP Search

Updated 4:11 p.m.
By Shailagh Murray
James A. Johnson has given up his role as the head of Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential search team. The former Fannie Mae CEO has drawn heavy criticism from Republicans in recent days for favorable mortgages he received from beleaguered subprime lender Countrywide Financial Corp.

"Jim did not want to distract in any way from the very important task of gathering information about my vice presidential nominee, so he has made a decision to step aside that I accept," Obama said in a statement. "We have a very good selection process underway, and I am confident that it will produce a number of highly qualified candidates for me to choose from in the weeks ahead. I remain grateful to Jim for his service and his efforts in this process."

In a statement provided to Bloomberg News, Johnson, 64, said he had done nothing wrong and dismissed recent reports as a litany of "blatantly false statements and misrepresentations." But he wanted to avoid potentially damaging Obama, he said.

"I would not dream of being a party to distracting attention from that historic effort,'' Johnson said in the statement. "I believe Barack Obama's candidacy for President of the United States is the most exciting and important of my lifetime."

There is no word yet on a successor.

Johnson is the quintessential Washington insider and also vetted presidential picks for John Kerry and Walter Mondale. But his extensive business ties, and in particular his tenure at Fannie Mae, made him a lightening rod for Republicans, who stand ready to pounce at any sign that Obama is breaking his pledge to rid politics of cronyism and special interest influence.

The appointment, once perceived as the safest of bets considering Johnson's legendary discretion and sterling credentials, started to unravel on Saturday, when the Wall Street Journal reported that Johnson had received more than $2 million in home loans from Countrywide that might have been below average market rates, although the bank was a partner of Fannie Mae and a leading purveyor of the risky, subprime mortgages that have fueled a national foreclosure crisis.

Obama at first tried to distance himself from Johnson by downplaying his role. "I am not vetting my VP search committee for their mortgages," he told reporters yesterday. These aren't folks who are working for me. They're not people who I have assigned to a particular job in a future administration."

But as a political veteran, Johnson knew a runaway train when he saw one, and decided to step aside to stop the story from gaining more steam.

The Republican National Committee was not mollified by the resignation. "If Barack Obama is concerned his campaign's ties to special interests are distracting from his VP search and message, why is Eric Holder still on his search committee?" asked RNC spokesman Alex Conant in a statement. "Why is registered federal lobbyist Steve Farber leading the convention for Obama's supposedly 'lobbyist-free' campaign? Obama's hypocritical attacks show he can't stand up to his own standard -- and that he just isn't ready to make change."

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"the Wall Street Journal reported that Johnson had received more than $2 million in home loans from Countrywide that might have been below average market rates"

Oh, boy. If that's the best the GOP can come up with, you know they're in trouble. So Countrywide gave the man a good mortgage rate. A rate that "*might* have been below average." You're freeking kidding me, right?

Posted by: ibc | June 12, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-fiderer/how-the-wall-street-journ_b_106600.html

For a little unbiased and thoughtful analysis, for a change, please go to the above post. You will get some background and insight into how this right wing smear machine really works and how Jim Johnson was libeled and lambasted and then how it got turned around to attack Obama for bad judgement--much like creating a story from nothing except speculation, letting it come to fruition, and then using the story (in this case from Murdoch's WSJ) to make your case. Remind you of anything that has happened in the recent past--case for war in MSM, then members of administration pointing to the MSM to make their case for war. We need to be wary of this tactic--it is a simple but highly destructive one. Cheers

Posted by: jdh | June 12, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

This is a problem of presidential importance? Gimme a break. This is the best the right wing has to lob against Obama? I'm more confident than ever of a landslide victory this November.

Posted by: Trav | June 12, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

In other news, Jesus Christ has been accused of having "bad judgment" for having prostitutes and other unsavory characters in his inner circle of advisors.

Posted by: Mr. Moderate | June 12, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

dear Toot Samba
in response to your post...

"He sure waited 20 years to nip his budding relationship with Rev. Wrong; that too only when his campaign was threatened?

What happened to his vaunted "judgment"? Why can't he recognize these "issues" before someone raises them?"

....thats just dumb!!! and it shows you either have 2 things wrong with you!!
#1) NO CLUE!!!
#2) NO F'N CLUE!!!
trust me im sure YOU have some issues that could be considered undesirable but some friend or associate is still going to tolerate you and your issues until it becomes damaging to them, then they too will drop you like a hot potato... wake up!!!!! its the way it goes sometimes stop trying to revive a dead horse .....

Posted by: Anonymous | June 12, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

@ Schmetterling:

CAPS LOCK infuses your arguments with an unshakable logic and makes what would seem to be lunatic ranting into a cogent and compelling argument. You've changed my mind: I'm going to write YOU in for presidential candidate!

Posted by: Piter | June 12, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

zephyr99 wrote "Between the Johnson debacle and reports of an e-mail dalliance with Scarlet Johansson, Obama's campaign is careening out of control."

I'm sure you desperately wish that with every fiber of your wretched little heart, but I think you need to adopt some perspective. Obama leading McCain in a national poll among voters does not reflect Obama "careening out of control."

Posted by: Piter | June 12, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Schmetterling, stop re-posting old b.s. and get back on your Risperdal. Those voices in your head you're hearing right now won't stop unless you stay on your regimen.

Posted by: Schmetterling, get a life | June 11, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

P.S. The ONLY thing this eff-off OBAAAMA has done in his entire life, the ONE thing he has done consistently, with conviction, and sincerity, IS SIT AT THE FEET OF A RACIST HATEMONGER, SEEN DUTIFULLY NODDING AWAY IN THE PEWS WHILE REV. WRIGHT SPEWED HIS UGLY, RACIALLY DIVISIVE CRAP AT AN OH SO WILLING TO HEAR IT BLACK AUDIENCE-HE HAS HAD THIS MAN IN HIS LIFE HIS WHOLE ADULT LIFE, GIVEN LARGE SUMS OF MONEY TO HIS CHURCH, HAS HAD THIS NUT CASE MARRY HIM AND BAPTIZE HIS CHILDREN, THANKS TO THAT RACIST B--CH WIFE OF HIS-OBAAMA WAS TOO STUPID TO FIGURE OUT THAT WRIGHT WAS BAD NEWS, AND HIS BIG BUDDY AND "FACILITATOR FOR A LOW-RATE MORTGAGE" REZKO, WHO IS NOW A CONVICTED FELON, WAS TOO. OBAMA IS A REAL HONEST TO GOD HEAD TRIP-I WOULDN'T WANT THAT MAN ANYWHERE NEAR A TENSE INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT INVOLVING THIS COUNTRY-HE HAS NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO OFFER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXCEPT MORE DISINGENUOUSNESS, EVASIVENESS AND PHONINESS ABOUT WHAT HE IS REALLY ABOUT-AN EFF-OFF!

AND NANCY PELOSI, I SAY AGAIN-OH MY GOD, I'D FIRE YOU OUTRIGHT IF I COULD, YOU AND DEAN ARE WORTHLESS, UTTERLY UTTERLY WORTHLESS FOR PARADING THIS FRAUD ON THE DEM. PARTY. YOU'RE AS NUTTY AS OBAMA, AND YOU TWO WILL DESERVE EACH OTHER AFTER NOVEMBER, BECAUSE OBAMA AIN'T GONNA GET ELECTED-ALL THE POLLS WILL BE WRONG-PEOPLE WILL NOT VOTE FOR THE FRAUD.

Posted by: Schmetterling | June 11, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

So now Johnson is "resigned." Pitiful. Pitiful and Scary. How many more shady, immoral, misogynistic characters, i.e., Rezko, Johnson, the ranting Wright, that scary as hell Father Pflager, does the Obama have to "disassociate" himself from, huh? How many more are out there? You gotta be kidding me. THIS DEM. WOULD NEVER BE CAUGHT DEAD VOTING FOR THIS JOKER. HILLARY SUPPORTERS-DON'T YOU DARE VOTE FOR THIS HIDEOUS CANDIDATE, THIS RAW BEGINNER WHO WILL NEVER BE READY FOR PRIME TIME-HE SIMPLY HAS NONE OF THE QUALITIES THAT ARE NEEDED TO LEAD THE WORLD'S ONLY SUPERPOWER-NO AMOUNT OF EXPERIENCE WILL CHANGE THAT.

OBAMA HAS BEEN AN EFF-OFF HIS ENTIRE LIFE, HE HAS DONE NOTHING TO GAIN EXPERTISE, TO MEANINGFULLY CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY, TO SHOW THAT HE IS A LEADER-HE HAS NEVER CREATED JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR BY RUNNING A BUSINESS OR BEING A CEO OF A CORPORATION, HE'S NEVER BEEN IN THE MILITARY OR HAD A COMMAND OF A DIVISION, HE'S NEVER PUSHED THROUGH AN EXTENSIVE OR COMPLICATED PIECE OF LEGISLATION, INDEED, OBAMA HAS SHOWN UP ONLY TO VOTE "ABSENT" MOST OF THE TIME, HE WAS NEVER A TRIAL LAWYER, A PROFESSION WHICH TEACHES YOU A LOT ABOUT COMPROMISE, ABOUT PERSUASION, NO THAT WAS ALL TOO "DIFFICULT" FOR HIM-OBAMA'S ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THE EASY WAY OUT-A COKEHEAD PERSONALITY IF EVER THERE WAS ONE-GET HIM OUTTA MY SIGHT PLEASE-HE MAKES ME ILL TO LOOK AT HIM!

Posted by: Schmetterling | June 11, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Read the article about the Democratic Party in the new edition of the Rolling Stone magazine. There is no difference between the parties. They seek to get elected to gain or to retain power and money. We're just stupid enough to believe that these jokers represent us. The problem I have with Obama is that he is casting himself as above it all, and he's as dirty as the rest. Wake up America! Act as if you are truly post-racial, and ask the hard questions and demand answers. We get the government we deserve.

Posted by: David | June 11, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Here, all sourced by Media Matters, are some of the characters from McCain's campaign. I assume the "left wing" media will be asking a question about them next:

* Wayne Berman, national finance committee co-chairman and "senior adviser," according to a February 7 New York Times article. Berman is a lobbyist and the managing director of government relations at Ogilvy Government Relations. A January 25 Wall Street Journal article (subscription required) described Berman as a "longtime lobbyist for companies in the financial industry" whose clients include the "Carlyle Group and Citigroup."

* Former Rep. Thomas Loeffler (R-TX), campaign co-chairman and national finance committee co-chairman. Loeffler is a lobbyist and founder of The Loeffler Group. According to Shear and Birnbaum, he is "McCain's top fundraising official." The Houston Chronicle reported on April 30, 2007, that Loeffler has "built a multimillion-dollar lobbying operation" with clients that have "included AT&T, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the Port of Houston, Southwest Airlines and Toyota Motor Co. Loeffler's firm also has represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on trade issues." ... A February 8 Politico article reported that Loeffler's "lobbying firm has made millions inserting earmarks into spending bills."

* Former Rep. James A. Courter (R-NJ), national finance committee co-chairman. Courter is the chief executive officer of the telecommunications firm IDT. He was previously a lobbyist for Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand from 1998 to 2001. His clients included Merrill Lynch, NBC, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, and SBC Communications.

* Richard Davis, campaign manager. A July 11, 2007, Politico article reported that Davis, who also served as McCain's campaign manager in 2000, "founded a lobbying firm -- Davis Manafort Inc. -- which has made at least $2.8 million lobbying Congress since 1998." According to disclosure reports filed with Congress, Davis registered to lobby from 1998 to 2005 for Davis Manafort. A March 2000 report by the Center for Public Integrity noted that Davis represented two telecommunication companies, COMSAT and SBC Communication Inc., that "had major (and controversial) mergers pending before the Federal Communications Commission in 1999, and both mergers were approved (the Commerce Committee has legislative oversight authority, and therefore quite a bit of political influence, over the FCC)." The February 3, 2007, National Journal article reported that "Davis, a longtime lobbyist and financial consultant," is "on leave" from Davis Manafort to work for McCain's campaign.

* Christian Ferry, deputy campaign manager. Ferry previously worked as a lobbyist for Davis Manafort from 2003 to 2005. His clients included SBC Communications and Verizon Communication Inc.

* Charles R. Black Jr., "chief political adviser," according to the Post's Shear and Birnbaum. Black is a lobbyist and chairman of BKSH & Associates. According to the Post's Shear and Birnbaum, even while working for McCain, Black has continued to work as "chairman of one of Washington's lobbying powerhouses" and even "does a lot of his work by telephone from McCain's Straight Talk Express bus." The Post also reported that Black's current clients include "General Motors, United Technologies, JPMorgan and AT&T."

* David Crane, "senior policy adviser," according to the Huffington Post's Edsall. Crane is a lobbyist and president of Quadripoint Strategies. According to his official biography, Crane "served as a senior policy advisor" to McCain on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He previously worked as a lobbyist and senior vice president for Global USA and The Washington Group. His clients have included Bank of America, the Financial Services Roundtable, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

* Robert Aiken, "occasional" adviser, according to a December 31, 2007, Washington Post article. Aiken works as a lobbyist and vice president for Pinnacle West Capital Corp.

* John Green, "occasional" adviser, according to the December 31, 2007, Post article. Green is a co-founder and lobbyist for Ogilvy Government Relations. His clients have included Bell South, the National Rifle Association, and the U.S. Telecom Association.

* John Timmons, "occasional" adviser, according to the December 31, 2007, Post article. Timmons is lobbyist and founding partner for the Cormac Group and, as of mid-year 2007, a lobbyist for Time Warner. He was previously McCain's legislative director. His clients have included AT&T, the Association of American Railroads, and the National Association of Broadcasters.

* Timothy McKone, "occasional" adviser, according to the December 31, 2007, Post article. McKone is an executive vice president of AT&T. He previously worked as lobbyist for Davis Manafort in 1998 and 1999, and for AT&T starting in 1998, with his last federal disclosure report filed in 2006.

* Carlos Bonilla, economic policy adviser. Bonilla is a lobbyist and senior vice president for The Washington Group. His clients have included Freddie Mac, Time Warner, Motorola, and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

* Aquiles Suarez, economic policy adviser. Suarez was last registered to lobby in mid-year 2007 for the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, where he is a vice president for government affairs. He was a lobbyist for Fannie Mae from 2003 to 2006, where he was also the director for government and industry relations.

* Grant Aldonas, economic policy adviser. Aldonas is managing director for Split Rock International, where he lobbied for Mittal Steel USA in 2006.

* Nancy Mitchell Pfotenhauer, economic policy adviser. Pfotenhauer was a lobbyist for Koch Industries in 2001. She is the former president of the Independent Women's Forum.

* James F. Rill, economic policy adviser. Rill was a lobbyist and senior partner for Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott from 1998 to 2000. He is currently a partner at Howrey LLP. His clients have included the Smokeless Tobacco Council, and Intel.

* Anthony Villamil, economic policy adviser. Villamil was a lobbyist in 2002 for the Washington Economics Group, where he is also the chief executive officer. His client was the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), an energy and energy services company.

* Joseph Wright, economic policy adviser. Wright was a lobbyist, and chief executive officer, for PanAmSat, a satellite service provider, from 2002 to 2006. After an acquisition, he became Chairman of the Board of Intelsat.

* Former Sen. Phil Gramm (TX), campaign co-chairman. Gramm is the vice chairman of UBS Securities, and was last registered to lobby for the bank in mid-year 2007.

* Former Sen. Slade Gorton (WA), honorary chairman for Washington state. He is a lobbyist for Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis. A March 26, 2003, Hill article (retrieved from Nexis) named Gorton as one of the "top lobbyists" in Washington, D.C. His clients have included T-Mobile, the Air Transport Association of America, Microsoft, and Delta Airlines.

* Former Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ), state co-chairman for Arizona. Salmon is the president of the D.C.-based trade association COMPTEL, and worked as a lobbyist for Greenberg Traurig until the end of 2007, when he left the firm. According to a September 29, 2002, Time magazine article, Salmon also previously worked as a "six-figure" lobbyist for Qwest Communications.

* Former Gov. Don Sundquist (TN), state co-chairman for Tennessee. Sundquist is a lobbyist for Sundquist Anthony, a firm he co-founded. His clients have included Freddie Mac, The Hartford, and Waste Management.

* Former Rep. William 'Van' Hilleary (TN), state co-chairman for Tennessee. Hilleary is a lobbyist for Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. His clients have included: SMS Holding, AmSurg, and Militec.

* Former Rep. Richard Zimmer (NJ), honorary vice chairman for New Jersey. Zimmer is a lobbyist for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. His clients have included: Network Solutions, the Business Roundtable, and T-Mobile.

So tell me, just who do Republicans like McCain represent, we the people, or them the corporations?

The answer is obvious, if the right wing media would only report it. But no, instead it's all about this Obama volunteer asked not to advise on policy, but to review VP candidates.

McCain will lose in November despite this blatant bias.

Posted by: trippin | June 11, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

It actually shows that Obama cares about public opinion. Bush didn't give a sh*t about your opinion in that last 7.5 years. In Dick Cheney statement, "So?". Are you too brainwash or shock that we have a politician care about what you think?

Posted by: futureprez | June 11, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Between the Johnson debacle and reports of an e-mail dalliance with Scarlet Johansson, Obama's campaign is careening out of control. I'm sure Hillary is enjoying her vacation.

Posted by: zephyr99 | June 11, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

This has got to be one of the worst election in years. I can't get behind either candadate Obama has no experience and seems to contradict what he stands for, even ashamed that he is of mixed race.

Posted by: Brady | June 11, 2008 9:14 PM
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Brady, can you point me to a comment that indicates Barack Obama is ashamed of being mixed race ... because he praises his grandfather who fought in WWII a lot, and his grandpa was white. So can you point me to any of Obama's comments that back up your claim, or are you just making stuff up today?

Posted by: Hmm ... | June 11, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Colored people need to realize that even if Obama get into office, their situation will not change. They need to stop shoplifiting, go to school, and stop selling jobs - then they will succeed.

Posted by: Eric Linus Wallgren | June 11, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

This has got to be one of the worst election in years. I can't get behind either candadate Obama has no experience and seems to contradict what he stands for, even ashamed that he is of mixed race. McCain has gone to both sides of the political agenda and seems to contstantly flip flop ... What happened to the better candidates in both parties??????

Posted by: Brady | June 11, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Republican party has nothing to run on anymore but screams about some person working for the other candidate. It really sucks as a Republican to have no reason to vote. It would be nice to hear how we are going to deal with a cratered economy, cratered infrastructure, unaffordable medical care, rampant inflation, a costly war, unaffordable education, accelerating veterens care etc, no lets worry that some advisor might have gotten an odd loan.....get a life

Posted by: Chet | June 11, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Ohmigosh! There's politics going on in Washington, D.C! If this keeps up there'll be gambling in Casablanca and Countrywide will be giving low mortgage rates to super-rich men. Where will it end? you mighty muck-raking Republican busybody haters. Please come down from on high, and tell me.

You gotta love HATE when you see it in the eyes of d'feet. Yayahh!

Posted by: c2crev | June 11, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

When will we as an electorate nation see thru the smear tactics of the republican party ,, we are not voting for whom barrack asks for counsel on the vp search or any oyher choise we are behind him no matter what 'cause until this counrty we know as the united states of america can look beyond " race" we will never live up to the ground work setforth by our forefathers both black and white we can do better we must as a nation go forward !
WE MUST ASK OURSELVES WRE WE BETTER OFF NOW THAN WE WHERE 8 YEARS AGO !!!!
1 WE MUST BRING OUR SON AND DAUGHTERS HOME FROM THIS WAR
2 CONCERN OURSELVES WITH OUR DOMESTIC ISSUES,,, HEALTH CARE ??? ANYONE ?????
3 STOP THE IMMIAGRATION NONSENSE,,,GET THOSE LOST TAX DOLLARS ON THE WAGES THEY EARN AS LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THIS COUNTRY !!
THINK ABOUT HOW YOUR ANCESTORS GOT HERE THEY IMMAGRATED WELL FOR BETTER LIFE FOR THEM AND THIER FAMILY!!!!
WE MUST STOP THIS MADDNESS AND MAKE A CHANGE !!!!!

Posted by: j. w. goodwyn | June 11, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

C'mon now...lets talk about something really interesting like about how McCain was involved in all these Airplane wrecks, tearing up all these taxpayer planes do to carelessness in non combat situations and getting away with it because his Daddy was admiral. Now that would make an interesting topic.

Posted by: Cruncher Block | June 11, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I worked for Jim Johnson and know him to be an incredibly intelligent and insightful man whose integrity is unquesioned. It saddens me to know that he will not be a part of this historic campaign. His guidance would have been incredibly valuable to an Obama administration, high on energy and ideals and low on experience and the necessary understanding of the nuances of Washington. This represents a loss for all of us for no good reason. It frightens me if this is an indication of where the McCain campaign will take us. I have always been a fan of Sen. McCain, but he is beginning to wear thin.

Posted by: John Fulford | June 11, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Some of you people must really be wearing tight panties that are bunching up. Johnson is nothing but a two bit vetter. They come a dime a dozen. Johnson is a vetter, he is not running for VP. I got my Vetter Certification via a 2 week correspondence course. For godsake put on some more comfortable boxer shorts. Next you will be saying that one of Barack's nieghbor's kid stole a Snickers bar from 7/11 and Barack should be responsible.

Posted by: The Better Vetter | June 11, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Could not have happended to a nicer guy. back in the days of his running the Mondale for President 84 campaign when we lost to gary hart in N.H. mr. johnson told us to fire all of the staff and pay then nothing. these were folks who for the most part were DFL ers retired who worked and supported Herbert Humphry and came all the way from MN. They did not even have funds to get home. In the only illigal act I ever did I got a labor guy to get a bag of cash and we handed it out so these people who belived in Mondale and our party could find their way home. Jim Johnson is like so may who come to Washington and never return home becuase they can suck the public tit dry.

Posted by: Mike C | June 11, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

So Obama is hoisted on his own petard. People are finally catching on that he is a smug, self-righteous phoney. It's just too bad more folks didn't realize this during the primaries so that the Democratic nominee would have been someone truly qualified to the President of the United States. Much as I dislike so many of McCain's positions, I'm hoping we can sing "Bye-Bye Barrackie" in November.

Posted by: Gerald | June 11, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering when the Republicans were going to start "Swift Boating" this election. When it comes to dirty tactics, nobody wins a Republican. It is in their nature.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Then in other words you are just a deluded sheep. Who is we? Who do you assume you are speaking for? If you have so many problems to deal with, why are you wasting you time posting? What have you've done to help make the US a better place, except to be conned by some snake oil salesman? Obviously you have no problems supporting hypocrites. Most Americans do have a problem with that. You will never make it through the summer if you are so rattled by this story. Their will me many more to come. Get over it.

Posted by: Jack Straw | June 11, 2008 8:04 PM


That is so true, most Americans do have a problem with hypocrites, thats why there is so much Bush hating.

Posted by: Brock O'Bauma | June 11, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was the possible running mates who needed to be vetted (like Obama wasn't) not the head of the vetting committee. How long do we have to put up with Obama as the presumptive nominee? The Democratic Party and Howard Dean need a real life, not one surrounded by Obamabots on the Internet praying for the great god Obama.

Posted by: Lynn E | June 11, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I've noticed that the majority of Obamabots don't even mention Johnson in their posts. Don't you even read the column? They are hysterical that someone should question their messiah. All I read is the desperate refrain, "What about McCain ..."

Posted by: Jack Straw | June 11, 2008 7:26 PM

With the way things are so F'ed up in this now, lord knows we need a messiah. Obama represents to many anybody but Bush/McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

This was Obama''s first test and he failed badly......................I repeat he failed badly. This guy was a "Washington Insider" big time.

Here''s a guy, Obama who 42 months ago was a State Senator for the south-side of Chicago who BTW never brought the promise of Hope and Change to the poor people STILL living there.

I''m not sure what Americans see in Obama but I don''t see anything...........................sorry


Obama..................Vote NO to a Jimmy Carter second term.

I think we can all agree that a Jimmy Carter second term would have been more successful than a G W Bush second term, and a John McWalkingCain first term would equate to a Bush third term.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I've noticed that the majority of Obamabots don't even mention Johnson in their posts. Don't you even read the column? They are hysterical that someone should question their messiah. All I read is the desperate refrain, "What about McCain ..."

Posted by: Jack Straw | June 11, 2008 7:26 PM
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Dear Jackass,

It's because back in the real world, we have real problems to worry about, other than desperate political smears by Republicans who are about to fall real hard and eat it this fall. We'd like to have a president once again who's administration focuses on responsible governance that is accountable to the people, as opposed to going off on foreign adventures that enrich his cronies and deplete our national treasury. If you can understand that, you're welcome to join us.

Sincerely,

Obamatimus Prime

Posted by: Let me help you understand | June 11, 2008 7:32 PM
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Then in other words you are just a deluded sheep. Who is we? Who do you assume you are speaking for? If you have so many problems to deal with, why are you wasting you time posting? What have you've done to help make the US a better place, except to be conned by some snake oil salesman? Obviously you have no problems supporting hypocrites. Most Americans do have a problem with that. You will never make it through the summer if you are so rattled by this story. Their will me many more to come. Get over it.

Posted by: Jack Straw | June 11, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

This was Obama''s first test and he failed badly......................I repeat he failed badly. This guy was a "Washington Insider" big time.

Here''s a guy, Obama who 42 months ago was a State Senator for the south-side of Chicago who BTW never brought the promise of Hope and Change to the poor people STILL living there.

I''m not sure what Americans see in Obama but I don''t see anything...........................sorry


Yeh...I can tell what I don't see in Obama...Juan McCain.

Posted by: Brock O'Bauma | June 11, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Gee, if Johnson did nothing wrong and Obama has confidence in him, then why should he resign? !!

By resigning, Johnson admits that something was wrong and could cause problems with Obama.

By accepting his resignation, Obama is admitting that he made a mistake in selecting Johnson. Otherwise, Obama could have refused to accept the resignation, which he did not.

Makes me think twice about Obama's leadership qualities.

Posted by: David 2007 | June 11, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse


Ask yourself a few questions about the Obama team.

Did the Obama campaign just now learn about Mr. Johnson?

Is this just more knee jerk management based upon polling?

If he was the right man last week, why is he the wrong man today?

What person in their right mind would want to work for a man who will throw you out the door at the first sign of trouble?

Posted by: thall | June 11, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

This was Obama''s first test and he failed badly......................I repeat he failed badly. This guy was a "Washington Insider" big time.

Here''s a guy, Obama who 42 months ago was a State Senator for the south-side of Chicago who BTW never brought the promise of Hope and Change to the poor people STILL living there.

I''m not sure what Americans see in Obama but I don''t see anything...........................sorry


Obama..................Vote NO to a Jimmy Carter second term.

Posted by: allen ridge | June 11, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me Jack Straw, but Obama-knights should be asking exactly, "What about McCain?"

He is the opponent, not Johnson.

What you are seeing is a fierce force of focus on the task at hand. We have an election to win and will not be distracted by Republican dirty tricks of nonsense.
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You Obamabots are nothing but fools. You can't defend your hypocritical messiah, so like a child you desperately say, What about McCain?" What about Barry? the title is, "Johnson Steps Down from Obama VP Search." Is there something about that you cannot understand? You and Barry have a lot in common. Over inflated views of yourself and no integrity. How can you try to defend someone whose slogan was the new politics of change. I don't see anything new or a change in Barry's insiders game. When will you sheep wise up?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

J Johnson made the right decision; he stepped down so the McCainists and the Media would have nothing to vent about. He knows the need for Obama to our next president is greater than his imput on the VP choice. He is my type of man.

Posted by: Carol Johnson | June 11, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I really dont care, and i find this kind of article a hit job and ridiculous.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | June 11, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me Jack Straw, but Obama-knights should be asking exactly, "What about McCain?"

He is the opponent, not Johnson.

What you are seeing is a fierce force of focus on the task at hand. We have an election to win and will not be distracted by Republican dirty tricks of nonsense.

Posted by: SistaPolitica | June 11, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I've noticed that the majority of Obamabots don't even mention Johnson in their posts. Don't you even read the column? They are hysterical that someone should question their messiah. All I read is the desperate refrain, "What about McCain ..."

Posted by: Jack Straw | June 11, 2008 7:26 PM
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Dear Jackass,

It's because back in the real world, we have real problems to worry about, other than desperate political smears by Republicans who are about to fall real hard and eat it this fall. We'd like to have a president once again who's administration focuses on responsible governance that is accountable to the people, as opposed to going off on foreign adventures that enrich his cronies and deplete our national treasury. If you can understand that, you're welcome to join us.

Sincerely,

Obamatimus Prime

Posted by: Let me help you understand | June 11, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I've noticed that the majority of Obamabots don't even mention Johnson in their posts. Don't you even read the column? They are hysterical that someone should question their messiah. All I read is the desperate refrain, "What about McCain?", like little children. Another questionable supporter is thrown under the bus by the inexperienced rookie Barry. How many more will be visiting Johnson before Barry is done?

Posted by: Jack Straw | June 11, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

When I see some of the posts from McCain-voting former Hillary supporters like these, I think about Republicans as the Emperor from the third installation of the movie Star Wars -- Return of the Jedi -- when he says to Luke Skywalker in that evil voice, "I can feeeeeeeel your anger....Now strike down your father and your journey to the Dark Side will be complete!"

That is what the anger displayed by Clinton supporters reminds me of.

So strike down the Democratic party in this presidential election with your protest votes for the crip-keeper McCain and your journey to the Republican Warmongering Dark Side will be complete!

What a great way to guarantee a bleak future for yourselves, your children, and your children's children.

Posted by: SistaPolitica | June 11, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Just a (nother) distraction.

How many distractions is Obama going to have?

Posted by: qwerty | June 11, 2008 6:16 PM

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Probably fewer than the Republican candidate, who accepted $100k in bribes from Charles Keating, and then took another $100k from Jack Abramoff. Just my guess.

You want to go there? We can go there.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Why is Preznit Bush helping Saudi Arabia build nukes?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121305642257659301.html

Posted by: Nucular Weppens | June 11, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

"I think what scares them is that Sen obamas campaign will "NIP IT IN THE BUD!!" when it comes to whatever issue they bring up?"

He sure waited 20 years to nip his budding relationship with Rev. Wrong; that too only when his campaign was threatened?

What happened to his vaunted "judgment"? Why can't he recognize these "issues" before someone raises them?

Posted by: As I Toot Samba | June 11, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Here's one you are not going to see on WaPo:

How come the Vietcong did not kill the BASTURD?

Lucky SOB I guess!

Posted by: harried | June 11, 2008 7:16 PM
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Let's be better than the Republican dirty tricks machine. We don't need to say things like this.

Posted by: Let's not smear | June 11, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Here's one you are not going to see on WaPo:

How come the Vietcong did not kill the BASTURD?

Lucky SOB I guess!

Posted by: harried | June 11, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McCain will be asked about his past S&L problem again.
Posted by: Bob | June 11, 2008 6:47 PM
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Hasn't the friggin POPE "FORGIVEN" Galileo?
Not that the "CHURCH" made a mistake mind ya'll, it's forgivness for seeing the Sun Idol Of the Solar System that they forgave*!

"An interesting occurence:
when asked for proof Galileo made them look though his telescope. The priests hammered and broke it saying " Where are these demons inside your tube!"
Now all you Muchachos and Muchachas, can you see how your "MASTERS" have made the you think "BLACK" when only some far away Grand parent was half "BLACK"!
No one In Spain say "VIA CON DIOS" for goodbye, that was what the "MISSIONARIES" made us say before the chopped our heads off!

Posted by: harried | June 11, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Great move. You don't want to give the other side any more to complain about. Maybe McCain will be asked about his past S&L problem again.

Posted by: Bob | June 11, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I COMMEND JOHNSON FOR THE STEP DOWN...I'm sure it wasn't easy but he is right! Why,give these fools the fuel they need to tarnish the hard work of such a noble candidate....i mean come on people wake up!! we are not talking about a Rev. Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton here...no offense to them but we all know that there were time were they didn't make the best decisions,( Tawana Brawly remember that mess?, Jessee's affair and lying about holding Dr. King in his hands?) I think what scares them is that Sen obamas campaign will "NIP IT IN THE BUD!!" when it comes to whatever issue they bring up? His campaign is basically saying...
"..OK you don't like this guy?"

" I'll try to convince you other wise......he really isn't as bad as some of the people you know"

"What?"

"You still have an issue with it???"

"Ok He's gone....now what?? Moving on... I have an election to win here....see ya!!! PEACE"

Bravo!!!!
BRA- F*CKN-VO!!!!!!!!
(please,excuse my excitement and language LOL)

The OBAMA TRAIN IS PUSHING THRU BABY!!!!!!!
you can't stop it..... and it's scary and they can't handle it... better to just run along at the station and jump aboard!!!! because trust me the McCAin train goes a different route and one of the bridges is OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh, for S*it sakes, both parties SUCK.

Posted by: Pete/Gaithersburg | June 11, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

So why is it that Obama is held to a different standard than McCain? Charlie Black is an actual adviser to McCain and his background makes Johnson (who got a good loan rate, big deal) look like a boy scout.

Oh well, we are going to show the MSM that they can't choose a president. They are giving McCain a free ride and yet he is slipping in the polls daily as more and more people in this country figure out that he is no longer a "maverick" and is in no way a "moderate".

I fear for this country.

Posted by: Katie | June 11, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Schmetterling, take your medication.

Posted by: Dr. Brains | June 11, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

They just keep throwing people under the bus while the Cuomos of the world jockey for position in the 2012 primary season.

Posted by: Kacoo | June 11, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama cannot be considered successful until he is elected president. At this moment, he is just the presumed nominee. Hahahahaha!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

So now Johnson is "resigned." Pitiful. Pitiful and Scary. How many more shady, immoral, misogynistic characters, i.e., Rezko, Johnson, the ranting Wright, that scary as hell Father Pflager, does the Obama have to "disassociate" himself from, huh? How many more are out there? You gotta be kidding me. THIS DEM. WOULD NEVER BE CAUGHT DEAD VOTING FOR THIS JOKER. HILLARY SUPPORTERS-DON'T YOU DARE VOTE FOR THIS HIDEOUS CANDIDATE, THIS RAW BEGINNER WHO WILL NEVER BE READY FOR PRIME TIME-HE SIMPLY HAS NONE OF THE QUALITIES THAT ARE NEEDED TO LEAD THE WORLD'S ONLY SUPERPOWER-NO AMOUNT OF EXPERIENCE WILL CHANGE THAT.

OBAMA HAS BEEN AN EFF-OFF HIS ENTIRE LIFE, HE HAS DONE NOTHING TO GAIN EXPERTISE, TO MEANINGFULLY CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY, TO SHOW THAT HE IS A LEADER-HE HAS NEVER CREATED JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR BY RUNNING A BUSINESS OR BEING A CEO OF A CORPORATION, HE'S NEVER BEEN IN THE MILITARY OR HAD A COMMAND OF A DIVISION, HE'S NEVER PUSHED THROUGH AN EXTENSIVE OR COMPLICATED PIECE OF LEGISLATION, INDEED, OBAMA HAS SHOWN UP ONLY TO VOTE "ABSENT" MOST OF THE TIME, HE WAS NEVER A TRIAL LAWYER, A PROFESSION WHICH TEACHES YOU A LOT ABOUT COMPROMISE, ABOUT PERSUASION, NO THAT WAS ALL TOO "DIFFICULT" FOR HIM-OBAMA'S ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THE EASY WAY OUT-A COKEHEAD PERSONALITY IF EVER THERE WAS ONE-GET HIM OUTTA MY SIGHT PLEASE-HE MAKES ME ILL TO LOOK AT HIM!

Posted by: Schmetterling | June 11, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Poor Obama - I guess he finds it quite stressful to be so perfect!

Posted by: Lambkin | June 11, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, because distractions are much worse than 4,000 dead kids in Arabia or an economy for members of the Country Club.

You must be pretty comfortable.

Posted by: legan00@ccny.cuny.edu | June 11, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Just a (nother) distraction.

How many distractions is Obama going to have?

Posted by: qwerty | June 11, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse


Note to Democrats:

Don't bother arguing with these "I'm a lifelong Democrat who wont vote for Obama" posts. Who cares? If they want to act like children, let them. John McCain is not going to win, so let them vote for him. If you can't handle that your candidate lost a primary, clearly you lack the resolve necessary to get any of the policies, both Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama laboriously campaigned for, implemented. They just want you to feel sorry for them. I don't. And I could care less if they, after twenty years voting for Democrats, will now vote for John McCain. This clearly evidences how vane, narcissistic these people really are. What am I following your life story? Am I supposed to be crushed that you won't vote for Obama? Good! Vote for John McCain and don't come back to the party. The best part is that so many of these bloggers are paid or unpaid volunteers for the Republican National Committee. And those who aren't are even worse: petty and childish. You think Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama or John McCain actually care about you? They don't. We're not in the club. And as an Obama supporter who has twice voted to elect Hillary Clinton my U.S. senator, I'm calling the disaffected voters' bluff. The sensible Hillary supporters will follow her lead and support Obama. But let's not waste our time kowtowing to these f*cking children. You don't like Obama, great. Go ahead and vote for John McCain. But don't expect any sober human being to ever respect your political opinions ever again. This is what teenage boys & girls do when they're mad at their parents. They don't eat, or refuse to talk or something. Or stay home. That's fine, too, because clearly you're not ready for this whole voting thing.


New York City Secession 2010

God knows why I want my city out of this country: Far too many people to get anything accomplished, and far too many children in grown up suits allowed to vote.

Posted by: legan00@ccny.cuny.edu | June 11, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Why do black people feel they are entitled to everything? They should work hard and not steal things. Only then they will succeed in America.

Posted by: Dianne72 | June 11, 2008 5:57 PM


Well Diane, considering Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee for President and leading in the polls, it seems that at least one black person has succeeded. Are you upset that he is clearly more successful than you are?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

This is very sad...

Posted by: A normal person | June 11, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse


Why not just give the VP spot to Caroline Kennedy as an homage to Camelots past and call it an election?

Clearly the Dems are sure they own the election via the moral high road, and nothing they do matters. Why bother holding an election at all? Let's just take a Zogby (or Zagat) poll, and let Obama announce himself the winner; then, a week later, hold another poll and let McCain declare himself the winner.

Then, we can do some predictive measurements of whether there's any point in continuing to pretend to be a serious nation and let the barbarians in at the gate, and the republicans out into orbit.

Who needs representative democracy, really?

Posted by: Somebody's Mother | June 11, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse


"I am not vetting my VP search committee for their mortgages," he told reporters yesterday. These aren't folks who are working for me. They're not people who I have assigned to a particular job in a future administration."

Huh?

Does Obama have a brain? Not working for me. I assigned them to a particular job.

Whah?

Obama is a IDIOT.

Can anyone read that sentence he said and get it? This guy has used the same exact denial and excuse software every time he's in trouble.

No NAFTA meeting. Adamantly denied. Until the Meeting Memo.

No money from Rezko. From 25K to now admitted $289K

Deaf Dumb and Blind for Twenty Years Lie. But knew enough not to let him out of the closet and told the Rev might have to hide you. Why?

Obama lies - with his big fat smiley straight face.


Stole Devals speech in it's entirety. Adamantly denied and said it was only a few lines. Until the tape of Deval came up. Ooops. Did take it all. He's my friend - he gave it to me.

Obama is a bad, bad joke.

He lies.

Aren't we just getting rid of a liar?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Someone please explain how Obama threw Johnson under the bus? And please explain how getting a good deal from Countrywide makes you a sleazebal or a criminal. Countrywide writes and services more mortgages than any company in America.

So what if the guy got a good interest rate on his loan. If you called almost any mortgage company trying to get a 1MM home loan and you were well-qualified, you would get a below-market rate too.

But the people complaining are probably renters, or still live in their parents house. I cant imagine any homeowner thinking Republicans are doing a good job managing our economy.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama visted me in the hospital last year after my brain surgery. He mad me proud to be white.

Posted by: Eric Linus Wallgren | June 11, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse


There seem to be some real sick puppies here who need alot of attention.
It's too bad the Washington Post doesn't boot them. Someone needs to grow up.


Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Why do black people feel they are entitled to everything? They should work hard and not steal things. Only then they will succeed in America.

Posted by: Dianne72 | June 11, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

It is so sad that many are waiting for "racism" to end Barack chance at president.

The America I know.

Posted by: Onefreeman | June 11, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

And McCain's running mate search is also being led by a lobbyist: Arthur Culvahouse.
Check this link for more information: http://mccainsource.com/corruption?id=0012

Now who's the hypocrite?

Posted by: Sam | June 11, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Just wait, they will release Michelle Obama's "whitey" tape in October. It should be explosive when it hits the airwaves!

Posted by: Dianne72 | June 11, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey Lisa, I have a good piece of advice for you. When you post something over and over again NO ONE EVER READS IT!!! The only thing is accomplishes is to make your worthless posts even more worthless. LOL!

Posted by: obiewan | June 11, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry to everyone for posting the same thing over and over. I am a recovering Hillary supporter. My period started two weeks early and the cramping is like nothing I've ever felt before. And the flow, my the flow! Makes the midwest flood plane look like the desert.

Posted by: Lisa | June 11, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Responding to Barry C:
McCain supporters shouldn't dare say the character of a person is determined by the company they keep. After all McCain has:

John Hagee: While Obama gained religious guidance from Wright, McCain actually lobbied hate-monger Hagee for political support. Which is more damning?

Charlie Black: A key member of the McCain campaign. Black is a lobbyists' lobbyist and has worked with such dictatorships such as the current one in Burma.

George W. Bush: Enough said.

George Allen: Helped McCain campaign in Virginia. Macaca ring a bell for anyone?

Joe Lieberman: A political opportunist with no loyalties except for possibly to Israel. Obama actually campaigned for and endorsed Lieberman over Lamont in 2006 and now Lieberman has stabbed him in the back and become a vicious attack dog. Obama has every right to call him out and Harry Reid should remove Lieberman's chairmanship positions.

And the list goes on...

Posted by: Sam | June 11, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse


John McCain's economic speech yesterday was great. He is extremely Presidential and was extremely informed.

God Bless America.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Lisa | June 11, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Al, Where are you when we need you?

Why does Obama always seem to find out about the dirt under the carpet...and in the corners of his campaign headquarters only..when there's no getting around it?

And then Obama says that person was "tangential" to his campaign! If he wants us to believe that leading the effort to pick the person to be a heartbeat away from the presidency is a minor role, Obama is BS'ing us...once again. He's no different from any other politician, he just wants to be president and will say and do whatever it takes to do so.

Like I said before, GORE 2008, please.

Posted by: chris | June 11, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

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"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Bush please help us.
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MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Oh we are "not important",
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MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
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MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Bush please help us.
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MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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MIDWEST KATRINA

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"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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MIDWEST KATRINA

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"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Bush please help us.
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MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
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MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
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MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Bush please help us.
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Posted by: Lisa | June 11, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Republicans calling Obama a hypocrite is the pot calling the kettle black. If you look up hypocrite in the dictionary, there is a picture of George Bush.

Posted by: Yellowdog | June 11, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse


Wow. Doesn't Obama choose good friends and advisers? Isn't it nice that he tosses them the moment they are not longer useful or if they threaten his plans.

Everyone who works for Obama must feel SO SECURE.

He never throws anyone under the bus.

Don't we all feel safe knowing he makes such fantastic choices.


Obama makes choices based on glitz and how much money you have - how good you might make him look.

Isn't he DIFFERENT ?

I don't like Obama. I'm not a racist. I don't like his white half.


ok?


I don't like incompetent people who make decisions based on people's usefulness. I don't like incompetent people who use black people as "gimmie" votes that they don't have to work for.


Caroline Kennedy. What qualified her for this VP committee?

NOTHING

Obama makes decisions based on GLITZ.

Caroline Kennedy is totally UNQUALIFIED TO BE ON THE VP COMMITTEE.

IT'S ALL ABOUT HER "NAME" "FAME"


Obama is a total phony and a total DC Player - not "different"


All that glitters is not QUALIFIED.


Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow, how many people can Obama throw under that bus and still keep the wheels on the ground? Obama needs to go back to the Senate and season for another decade or two and then maybe we can think about trusting him with the job of President. The more I see of Obama the more I think he is a puppet for the wacko far lefties like George Soros et al. To think that he was a ILLINOIS STATE SENATOR less than four years ago just scares the hell out of me.

Posted by: obiewan | June 11, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

Please help,
Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

Please help,
Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

Please help,
Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

Please help,
Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

Please help,
Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
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your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
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your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
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your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

Please help,
Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
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your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
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your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
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your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
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your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
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your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
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MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Bush please help us.
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"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Bush please help us.
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MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Bush please help us.
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MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
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your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

Please help,
Bush please help us.
Oh we are "not important",
your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
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your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
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BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
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BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Bush please help us.
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BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Bush please help us.
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BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Bush please help us.
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your helping Iraq.

MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
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your helping Iraq.

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BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
SEND MY TAXES TO IRAQ

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Bush please help us.
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MIDWEST KATRINA

BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Bush please help us.
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BUSH & McBUSH
"IRAQ IS MORE IMPORTANT"
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Bush please help us.
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Posted by: Lisa | June 11, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Was it Charlie Black who led the calls for Johnson to resign?

In May 2008, MoveOn launched an advertisement calling on McCain to fire Black as his campaign adviser.[8] "Charlie Black, McCain's campaign chairman, ran a lobbying firm that represented brutal dictators like Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines and Mobutu Sese Seko in Zaire -- along with terrorist rebel Jonas Savimbi in Angola. Together, these men have been responsible for massive human suffering," the MoveOn e-mail states.[9]

Black told Washton Post reporter Matthew Mosk that he never worked for foreign clients "without first talking to the State Department and the White House and clearing with them that the work would be in the interest of U.S. foreign policy." Blacked defended working for Marcos on the grounds that he was a US ally at the time. "When the White House pulled the plug on Marcos, we resigned the account the same day," he stated.[9] Mosk reported that Black "said his firm was hired to help show Mobutu how to form political parties and conduct elections, and when Mobutu canceled the results of the parliamentary election, 'we quit'."[9]

However, McCain defended Black's role as a campaign adviser. "Charlie Black and Rick Davis are not in the lobbying business; they've been out of that business ... Charlie Black has been involved in every presidential campaign going back to President Reagan's first campaign. He has severed his connections with the lobbying group that he was with," McCain said.[10]

Black dismissed the controversy over the number of lobbyists ties to McCain's campaign -- after five lobbyists turned campaign advisers had resigned -- as ""complete inside-the-beltway nonsense."[11]

"I think you can change professions and unless you did something unethical or criminal, your past profession should not be injected into the candidate's campaign ... It's absurd," he said.[12]

Posted by: steve boyington | June 11, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, We bow before your searing logic and your rapier like wit. I bet you are the preschool debating champ!

Posted by: Rod | June 11, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I never understood the big deal about this Johnson issue. Obama wasn't even paying the guy, he was just having him look at running mate choices. I doubt Johnson would ever be more involved in Obama's administration other than fulfilling that small role. Sounds like McCain and the Republicans are growing scared and this is the only thing they could stir up without resorting to their usual race-baiting.

Posted by: Sam | June 11, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

And to the person who posted the same phrase over and over again, I have this piece of advice: Get a life.

And props to Julie for calling out McCain on his sleazy lobbyist ties.

Posted by: vegasgirl | June 11, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

And to the person who posted the same phrase over and over again, I have this piece of advice: Get a life.

And props to Julie for calling out McCain on his sleazy lobbyist ties.

Posted by: vegasgirl | June 11, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Barry C wrote:
"The character of person is determined by the company he keeps."

Which I'm sure means doesn't bode well for you, Barry. Your cheap shots prove nothing other than your limited intelligence.

It's unfortunate about Johnson, but clearly he lacks the judgement to be on the campaign, so better he departs now.
Now, if John McCain would only purge all the lobbiest sleazebags from his camp.
(Yeah, when hell freezes over ...)


Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

What is WRONG with you people???

Posted by: OMG | June 11, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

More bad judgement by Mr Obama

Posted by: Lou | June 11, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

what is WRONG with you people????

Posted by: OMG | June 11, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The hussein parade of slimebag pals and bad judgment continues.....

Rev. "God D@#! America" Wright. For nearly twenty years hussein was the disciple and avid follower and supporter of this racial bigot. hussein publicly praised wright on numerous occasions. hussein gave wright's church $26,000 in 2007, plus many thousands more previously. wright's vile, bigoted harangues against America, in general, and white Americans, in particular, illustrate the true foundation of hussein. As hussein said: "I could no more disown reverend wright than I could disown my ... grandmother."

Tony Rezko. Sleazy lobbyist, slum landlord, and hussein pal who is now a convicted felon. There have been numerous shady real estate deals between hussein and Rezko - including the lot next to hussein's Chicago mansion that was purchased by Rezko, then sold to hussein at a bargain-basement price. The Los Angeles Times reported that it had found that Rezko and his associates had given hussein "more than $200,000 in donations since 1995."

W. Ayers. Weathermen terrorist and hussein pal.

James Johnson Appointed by hussein to vet veep candidates. Per ABC News, 11Jun08, Johnson "represented a world of influence and special interests" and has received his special treatment from the sleaziest sub-prime lender of them all: "Johnson had received $7 million in loans for mortgages with rates below market averages from a special account controlled by the CEO of Countrywide Financial Corp., Angelo Mozilo."

The character of person is determined by the company he keeps.

Posted by: BARRY C | June 11, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Tom3 | June 11, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Big freakin' deal.

Posted by: Tom3 | June 11, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

MCSAME IS THE SOUTH END OF A NORTH BOUND MAVRICK.

Posted by: Rick | June 11, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

JohnAdams1

If the sleezy like obama they must love bush and McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse


Ya know, it is quite easy for bloggers and commentors to research and find other ethically challenged ( if not legally challenged) conduct of those who support Obama.

He is the same old same old.

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | June 11, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Then theres the people who won't vote for Obama because he is black but refuse to admit it and are looking for excuses not to. Well now you have a convenient excuse. One of his campaign guys recieved a favorable loan from a mortgage company. That should do it. Now you can not vote for him and not have to admit why.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

So, What's the difference between WAPO and National Review?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse


Obama is the guy all the sleaze wants.

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | June 11, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post needs to institute a more stringent policy for posting comments on its webpage. It needs to go to an active review system. It degrades the reputation of the paper when lunatics have carte blanche to post inane comments. It shouldn't censor based on political content or affiliation, but buffoonish comments that don't elevate the level of a discourse shouldn't be allowed.

Posted by: WaPo Needs Comment Screeners | June 11, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Hitler had an entire nation fooled once as well.

Posted by: therealist | June 11, 2008 5:08 PM
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Hooray for more Hitler references. Yay...

It would do you good to just stop speaking. You're doing those few who agree with you a great disservice. And you do an ever greater disservice to the English language by calling yourself 'therealist'.

It's a shame you probably won't find this as funny as I do in November.

Posted by: outlawtorn103 | June 11, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama should name Pope Benedict to head up the committee. Let's see the craphead republicans go after him.

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Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama in a landslide...Hey check it out in November...

Posted by: royals1 | June 11, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

WAPO, remind me again... who'se running for POTUS? is it Obama or Johnson? Johnson is not even running for VP! So why is WAPO behaving as if this is huge news! have you people depleted all sources of news? U all should go back to Journalism schools.

I'll give you ideas of what u all should report.... MIDWEST! People are dying from floods and terrible wheather! These are real deaths! please report on that! instead of giving us BS!!! like this.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey Barry at this point you should be beating McCain by about 10 points but you r barely 1 point above him..Hellllllooo Political Scientists... that spells a problem for ole Barry Hussein Mohammed Obama- maybe the DNC will finally see that middle America doesnt WANT HIM... We dont identify with him or his racist wife or terrorist friends or criminal associates.... WE ARE JUST NOT THAT INTO HIM ...you get it ? If you dont get it now..you will in November....Democratic NaTIONAL PARTY - the party of idiots and lunatics...Donna Brazile Howard Dean Nancy Pelosi Harry Reid..you r so far out of touch with us its not funny...but then again so is BUSHIE and he doesnt get it either..!!!!

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Posted by: Lisa | June 11, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Ah the repugnican attack machine strikes again. Not to worry. The Dems are going to clean your clocks. Look for a filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate. Repugnicans, prepare yourselves to be relegated to the political trash heap.

Posted by: Yuri Lipitzmeov | June 11, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't it say anything that the closest people to Obama his Wife, advisor, rezko, and his many preachers have all been completely flawed to the point where he throws them under the bus (with exception to his wife, he would if he could). If they are all either corrupted, racist, or just lying why don't you guys think Obama might be all of those things as well. It only makes sense. Hitler had an entire nation fooled once as well.

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Posted by: Lisa | June 11, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

This is "top of the fold" news? The Washington Post is losing it.

Way to let the McCain campaign pull your strings "journalists". What will they put you up to next?

And where is the coverage of Phil Gramm?

Posted by: BB | June 11, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Here's what Obama did wrong: He did this on a day when McCain peed all over himself with his "it's not too important" statement. He should have let McCain get hammered on it for a few days, and then had Johnson resign on a Friday evening, to escape the news cycle. A rare misstep by O.

Posted by: Error | June 11, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Fact is that all those "leaders" in this country are members of an elite fraternity; they do business, exact favors and help one another all the time. It doesn't matter if its the Democrats or Republicans are in power. Either side will always find fuel to attack one another.

Obama is going to learn quickly that "change" is not going to happen. It will be business as usual with the American aristocracy running the show and making money at it. Too bad...am sorry to say.

Posted by: jykmoy | June 11, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not good enough or smart enough to be the President of this country. He can't speak w/o a script or a teleprompter. Put him on the spot and he sounds like an 8th grader trying to make excuses for not having his homework done.

You can make the same statement about your current president and McCain. I bet you Obama can stand against both together in a debate and still come out the smarter of the three. You see what is going to happen is ones the campaign turns issue driven people will grow tired of both sides pointing out who works for them. The real campaign starts when both candidates have to tell voters what they are going to do instead of whats wrong with their opponent. Yes people will want to know what Obama will do to change, One of the things republicans are trying to do is start bringing troops home, not because they have changed their philosophy on Iraq but because they do want the War to be a an ongoing issue for obama to use. But i think republicans have too much to turn around between now and November. They may bring troops home but the ecconomy, gas, healthcare and housing crisis all happened and continue to happen on republicans watch. If they can clean all of that up before november I will vote for McCain myself.

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Posted by: Lisa | June 11, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Who you calling satire bub? I think your full of satire. why woold the Good Lord bless a DEM like you all DEMS hate the Good LOrd and want to kill us Amer'cas. or may be your just to dum to see that obama is a black man in sheeps clothes. no vote from me! imma gonna write in Reagan come november just you wait.

And smart guy, if your so smart you should realize smart is spelt S-M-A-R-T not smrrt. but tipical of you DEMS to only blame bush for your mistakes

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And Obama isn't a black man in sheep's clothing. He's dressed in Brooks Brothers, I think.

Posted by: I no | June 11, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Who you calling satire bub? I think your full of satire. why woold the Good Lord bless a DEM like you all DEMS hate the Good LOrd and want to kill us Amer'cas. or may be your just to dum to see that obama is a black man in sheeps clothes. no vote from me! imma gonna write in Reagan come november just you wait.

And smart guy, if your so smart you should realize smart is spelt S-M-A-R-T not smrrt. but tipical of you DEMS to only blame bush for your mistakes

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And Obama isn't a black man in sheep's clothing. He's dressed in Brooks Brothers, I think.

Posted by: I no | June 11, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

If Mccain has to root out every person in his campaign in bed with lobbyists, he will be in the room by himself. In fact he may have to leave also.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

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As a supporter of John McCain, I truly thought he was an independent maverick. But now with the gaffe disgusted alluded to, together with that awful speech last week in front of the lime green background, I'm very disappointed in his lack of political skill and just plain knowledge. After five years in Iraq, the guy doesn't know the difference between Sunni and Shia? And calling his wife nasty names in public?? What a hothead.

Posted by: ugh | June 11, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

WHAT ABOUT MCSAMES BIG OIL PIMPS?

Posted by: Rick | June 11, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Obama is just another politician. Say it ain't so. I mean, he based his entire primary platform on being different and yet, we find out he isn't. That's so shocking. And the way he won is by constantly saying that Hillary Clinton represented Washington politics. What comes around goes around Mr. Obama. I will still vote for you in Nov., but I am pi$$ed off that you did such a disservice to this country and to HRC with lies and deception (when you said that you don't do that; at least with HRC we knew what we were getting). You're still better than McCain. How sad!

Posted by: Disgruntled | June 11, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not good enough or smart enough to be the President of this country. He can't speak w/o a script or a teleprompter. Put him on the spot and he sounds like an 8th grader trying to make excuses for not having his homework done.

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Yes. And 3+2=7.

Really, Republicans. If this is the best you've got, then I understand how you lost those House races in Mississippi and Louisiana. I understand why your NRCC is in shambles. I understand why you're going to lose real hard this fall. Because people don't have time for this nonsense when gas is $4.00 a gallon. But keep on going the way you're going, we can always use a veto-proof majority in the House.

Posted by: Nonsense | June 11, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

LMAO. I hope this is misguided satire at Chevy's expense, because I don't believe that the Good Lord, in his infinite mercy, would create someone so stupid.

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Who you calling satire bub? I think your full of satire. why woold the Good Lord bless a DEM like you all DEMS hate the Good LOrd and want to kill us Amer'cas. or may be your just to dum to see that obama is a black man in sheeps clothes. no vote from me! imma gonna write in Reagan come november just you wait.

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Posted by: Son of Chevy | June 11, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

" The former Fannie Mae CEO has drawn heavy criticism from Republicans in recent days for favorable mortgages he received from beleaguered subprime lender Countrywide Financial Corp."

Jeez - how odious is THIS? So this guy was getting sweetheart loans from the bunch of crooks who were primarily responsible for the liar-loan mortgage fiasco that has caused everyone's equity to disappear?

. . . and nobody told him to get lost? He had to do it on his own?

Does EVERYONE in politics suck?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Next under the Obama bus? Greg Craig.

Posted by: jdcw | June 11, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse


If only these Republican head-hunters _really did_ give a damn about rooting out dishonesty and corruption.

How refreshing that would be!

Posted by: whataboutGuantanamo--then | June 11, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

This non-story gets top billing on the WP website, but NOTHING about McCain saying that when we finally leave Iraq is "not that important?"

You guys suck.

Posted by: disgusted | June 11, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

jeromy

You are correct but the problem is the republicans cant win on issues. They havent been able to win on issues since reagan became president and even he did not really win on issues as much as popularity. All politicians associate with suspect people at some point even if they dont know they are but it seems republicans not only associate with them but are usually in cahoots with them on their suspect behavior. Look at Tom Delay. He was the most powerful man in congress and he was traveling with lobbyist who were trying to influence him on all kinds of underhanded things. If republicans walked the walk they could win on something called their record instead of always having to hire political hit squads to bring down their opponents to their level of popularity and ethics to win elections. Look how republicans spent years going after the clintons, just to come up with Lewinsky. Millions of dollars just to embarrass clinton enough that it would help bush beat Gore because he would not campaign with clinton in 2000. Democrats have tried to take the high road in politics but republicans don't so democrats no longer leave themselves open to republican smear tactics without attacking back. Thats what you have today. Fight mudslinging with mudslinging. We have been willie hortoned, monica lewinsky'ed and swift boated by republicans. Each democrat in those races chose the high road and lost. No more high road. They get dirty, we get dirty. If you have a problem with it tell the republicans to do a better job so they can run and win elections on their records and the issues.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Alex Conant needs to take a look at the dirt in his own house. Let's start with the lobbyists McCain STILL has on his staff, move through a review of Michael "Brownie" Brown's unqualified handling of Katrina, review the no-bid contracts to Cheney's Haliburton, and ending somewhere with Bush's impeachable offenses.

The GOP thinks it can take the high road this campaign? Give. Me. A. Break.

Posted by: egc52556 | June 11, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not good enough or smart enough to be the President of this country. He can't speak w/o a script or a teleprompter. Put him on the spot and he sounds like an 8th grader trying to make excuses for not having his homework done.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh, well - yet another misjudgement from someone who wants to be POTUS. I'm afraid there is more to come from this ineffectual, typical, Chicago politican.

Posted by: SteveB | June 11, 2008 4:47 PM

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Ineffectual? Obama is a Harvard Law Grad, attorney, constitutional law professor (which we could use in this day and age of illegal surveillance), state senator, U.S. Senator

Bad judgment? Obama didn't take $100,000 from Charles Keating and Jack Abramoff like McCain did.

Republicans need to learn that down-is-up type spin won't save them this year.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

As a supporter of Obama, I am so disappointed in him, in his choices, in these choices.

Johnson and others like him, like McCain's advising team members, are lobbyists and CEO's who get unashamed preferrential treatments and all kinds of goodies from their other buddies and those who want to do business with them,,,,, it is unconscienable that Obama could not have seen that.

Talking about "change" and cleaning up Washington!

And here Obama came out and said: "Mr. Johnson did not want to distract the process, the campaign,,," as if thought he's not guilty of the soft bribary things he's accused of!

No more little $100 donations from here for a while.

Posted by: Her Lao | June 11, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama should transplant Ted Kennedy's brain into his self proclaimed bone head instead of relying on the party fat cats to do this job with such clumsiness. We should have a much better choice by now.

Posted by: God Father | June 11, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

i ain't ignant you fools! hahahaa u all be one of DEM! your all two stoopid and bafoons to no that obama is racist and hates Amer'ca and is a muslim and is a black and went to college and is from africa. all strikes against him. and thats alot more then 3 strikes. lawlz. obama is hte suck. he gona get himself pwned good.

Posted by: Son of Chevy | June 11, 2008 4:42 PM

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LMAO. I hope this is misguided satire at Chevy's expense, because I don't believe that the Good Lord, in his infinite mercy, would create someone so stupid.

Posted by: I'm so smrtt | June 11, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh, well - yet another misjudgement from someone who wants to be POTUS. I'm afraid there is more to come from this ineffectual, typical, Chicago politican.

Posted by: SteveB | June 11, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

With all the people thrown under Obama's bus - it's getting crowded under there. His Grandmother, Wright, Rezko, Pfagger, Johnson

Posted by: pgr88 | June 11, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"So long as Obama's people learn from this--and they do tend to learn--we're cool."

Cool? Obama defends Write, then has to disassociate. Obama defends Johnson, now has to disassociate. Obama doesn't wear lapel pins, now he does. All because the polls say so.

This is the big show my friend, you only get one chance and he blew it. First impressions are everything around here.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Bribes that McCain took from Keating: $112,000

Contributions that McCain accepted from Jack Abramoff's firm: $100,000

Watching McSame and the Republicans melt down in 2008: Priceless

Posted by: McSame | June 11, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been very tolerant but it's about time he got rid of McCain plants and Hillary agents such as Mr. Johnson. Mr. Axelrod should go, too. He's been extremely effective but his association with the Daley Machine, the country's most corrupt, will prove embarassing to the candidate in the autumn. Obama has the talent and drive. Time for him to step up and be his own man.

Posted by: Rev. LeRoy Jefferson, III. | June 11, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

i ain't ignant you fools! hahahaa u all be one of DEM! your all two stoopid and bafoons to no that obama is racist and hates Amer'ca and is a muslim and is a black and went to college and is from africa. all strikes against him. and thats alot more then 3 strikes. lawlz. obama is hte suck. he gona get himself pwned good.

Posted by: Son of Chevy | June 11, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

So long as Obama's people learn from this--and they do tend to learn--we're cool.

Posted by: AgathaX | June 11, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS ANOTHER ATTEMPT THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO USE TO HIDE BEHIND THE FAILED POLICIES OF BUSH FOR THE PAST 7 YEARS. WHY CANT THE GOP EXPLAIN WHY AMERICANS ARE PAYING ALMOST $5 DOLLARS FOR GAS WHEN BUSH SAID OUR GAS WOULD BE CHEAPER ONCE WE INVADED IRAQ?

Uh, for last time, the US does not control the price of oil.

Please, at least understand this.


Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Unless I missed something, one advisor with a skeleton in his closit does nothing to compare with the hundreds of advisors George W used throughout the past 8 years, more of which will and has come with McCain. Don't pretend to be new to the issue of corruption GOP!!!

Posted by: takes one to know one... | June 11, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Too bad there wasn't a hue and cry in 2000 about Dick Cheney's ill-gotten gains at Halliburton - sweetheart contract deals with the U.S. government, huge contracts with the government of Iran, etc. History might be recording a totally different story of the last eight years if he had been forced to resign from George W. Bush's vice presidential selection committee.

Posted by: Chuck | June 11, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

muskrat

Its june and you are already declaring him a sunk clown. You sound like you are desperately wishing. Yep, one article about Obama and you have declared him politically dead. Well at least you waited for the first republican attack before you declared him sunk. Most republicans refuse to wait that long. Well seeing that McCain has already had at least two even more controversial people on his team he must be really sunk in you eyes. Or are republicans allowed to speak on that. I know you take your orders from the big speaker in your homes that connects you to the Republican Headquarters or Rush Limbaugh if you are in your car. What did he tell you to do today? Are you allowed to address McCain's suspect campaign people ? Cant wait for the Old man to stumble all over himself in the first debate when he has to actually articulate how he will change from bush but still continue his policies at the same time. Can't wait to see the republicans "cut and run" from Iraq in order to save themselves before november. But you will still loose. People are tired of you. You did a terrible job leading the country and its nothing you can say about Obama or the democrats to erase that from voters minds. Deal with it. Maybe you can superimpose Obama's head on a picture and place him at a radical muslim meeting or smoking a cigarette. Yea that will keep you in the white house. LOL.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama himself was hand picked by Kennedy and Dashle, so why not just let these two pick the second one for him?

Posted by: God Father | June 11, 2008 4:30 PM
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You just can't accept that Obama is good enough to succeed on his own merits, can you?

And why is that? You can't just suggest that and let it hang in the air. If you're going to go there, might as well go all the way.

Posted by: If you're going to go there .... | June 11, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Obam-uh-uh should've taken McCain's lead and googled Johnson. You can find out alot about people on the Internets...

heeheeheeheeheeheehee!!

Posted by: ha ha ha ha ha ha | June 11, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Preserving the Perks

...As Fannie's management line-up suggests, though financial credentials are a plus, executives with political connections are equally valuable to the corporation. A primary responsibility of the company's top people is to lobby their political pals and former colleagues on behalf of Fannie's government perks. Shortly after Jamie Gorelick's move to Fannie was announced last year, The American Banker remarked that the soon-to-be vice chair was "well-versed in the ways of Washington" and that "Ms. Gorelick plans to mix diplomacy with resolve to fight for Fannie Mae on Capitol Hill." Likewise, while James Johnson was considered a perfectly competent financier and manager, he was a recognized master at, as The American Banker recently put it, "promot[ing] Fannie Mae in the public realm"

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1316/is_n6_v30/ai_20789484/pg_3

Posted by: ha ha ha ha ha ha | June 11, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

It's totally pointless to set up a committee to selected a VP. Obama himself was hand picked by Kennedy and Dashle, so why not just let these two pick the second one for him? They just don't want to make it look too obvious, so they sent C. Kennedy to the committee? LOL

Posted by: God Father | June 11, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

To change and change for the better are two different things.

Posted by: A E | June 11, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

from an obama supporter,johnson should have resigned.if targeted by senator obama for the search he should have declined initially.i'm sure he had his sights on a higher profile position in senator obama's administration.well now he can sit on the sideline and enjoy all of his ill gotten loans.good riddance.

Posted by: ron | June 11, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I cannot get over the majority of these comments. Politicians make the same mistakes we all make. We sometimes make a decision we regret, we associate with people at times that maybe we wouldn't if we knew all their detials, and don't get me started on infidelities. It's a sad fact of life. Now I am on the fence in this election but I think i am leaning towards McCain. But I am sick of both sides talking about "the corrupt Republicans" or the "corrupt Dems". Neither party is free from suspicious activity and I am sure reps. from both parties are guilty of some personal sin in their lifetime. What we should be debating are issues. Not being stupid. The average Dem and Republican is like the rest of us. We all care about certian things and issues -- lets show some respect to each other.

Posted by: jeromy | June 11, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Midwest Katrina
"It's not too important" I guess

The midwest is suffering their Katrina as we speak,

and this vetting of a minor person your headline -
shame on you

where is the leader of the GOP party -
oh thats right he is at windsor castle with the queen.
Should he not be at home reassuring all those people that it's government
will help, and rallying the nation to this crises.
Oh wait that help and money is in Iraq, so "it's not too important"

oh GOP

Posted by: Tom | June 11, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

concerned4 is not yet named by his/her parents and this person is judging BARAK OBAMA. concerned4 must go to HARVARD UNIVERSITY to learn what is good for my country.

Posted by: Tucredo | June 11, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure it's going to help the Republicans a lot this fall with their core business constituency that they were so quick and enthusiastic about trying to light a fat cat on fire with a smear campaign over what are essentially non-issues. A rich guy got a sweet mortgage, and the Republicans are outraged? Remind me again who their friends are, please, I'm confused here.

Man, this crew is going down hard. Hard. And it is gonna hurt. When you start selling out your best friends -- man -- you are desperate. You must know you're going to lose. Dialing random numbers and yelling "screw you" is one thing if you're on a pay phone. But we know who made this call. Man, oh man, oh man. What the hell are you guys thinking.

They're coming unglued.

Posted by: pressF1 | June 11, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama made a bonehead move in naming Johnson and in subsequently stating that he wasn't vetting his VP search committee members for their mortgages. He should have known that Johnson's compensation at Fannie Mae was an issue and that anyone associated with the mortgage industry is bound to draw closer attention these days. And he certainly should know the financial histories of his advisers. What's relevant here is Obama's ability to choose the right people for important positions. I like Senator Obama and will probably vote for him, but he needs to act and speak more prudently.

Posted by: Bob22003 | June 11, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Chevy

Dosen't redneck and racist usually go together? I dont recall Obama proudly referring to himself as redneck but you did. But if YOU say Obama is a racist then I guess it must be true because you are just that smart in your own head.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I thought Obama was about change. I thought The Great Messiah floated above all the flotsam. What a complete joke this clown is turning out to be.

Posted by: muskrat | June 11, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Funny that suddenly Johnson is the "head" of the team, when earlier reports simply stated he was one of 3 "leading the team". (the Post's own headline read: "Obama appoints three-person team to head VP search" not "Obama appoints Johnson and 2 underlings"). The Post should clarify whether Johnson was, indeed THE head, or whether he was simply one of three equals.

That said, I don't think Obama handled this well.

Posted by: Alan | June 11, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Just a reminder to you senile corruplicans that McCan'ts pastor Hagee linking Hitler to Catholics. Pat Robertson and his idiotic predictions. Just many more I can name. Corrupt lobbyists, etc, etc. You guy are a bunch of hypocrites. You also forgot that your credibility is shoot. The American people will not forget. You numbers are dwindling one by one. Just keep believing the propaganda. What a bunch of communist. Way too funny.

The character of person is determined by the company he keeps. Proof shown in the last 8 years.


Posted by: hypocrites | June 11, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS ANOTHER ATTEMPT THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO USE TO HIDE BEHIND THE FAILED POLICIES OF BUSH FOR THE PAST 7 YEARS. WHY CANT THE GOP EXPLAIN WHY AMERICANS ARE PAYING ALMOST $5 DOLLARS FOR GAS WHEN BUSH SAID OUR GAS WOULD BE CHEAPER ONCE WE INVADED IRAQ? THE GOP DOESN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE A ANSWER FOR IT OR A SOLUTION. WHY DON'T THE GOP ANSWER THE FACT THAT OUR ECONOMY IS BURDEN AND THE MIDDLES CLASS HAS BEEN GETTING THE RAW DEAL OF THE PAST 7 YEARS. WHY DON'T THE GOP EXPLAIN WHY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TAX DOLLARS ARE PAYING THE IRAQI TROOPS TO DEFEND THEIR OWN COUNTRY WHEN THE MIDDLE CAN'T GET RELIEF IN THE HOME FORECLOSURE OR GAS AT THE PUMP. THE GOP WANTS TO USE SMEAR TO DISTRACT AMERICANS TO COVER UP HOW THE BUSH POLICIES HAVE RUINED OUR ECONOMY AND ADDED 4 TRILLION DOLLARS TO OUR DEFICIET. SMEAR AND FEAR TACTICS ARN'T GOING TO WORK IN THIS ELECTION. THE REPUBLICANS NEED TO ANSWER SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NO END WAR IN IRAQ THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE FINANCING AND THE CONDITION OF OUR ECONOMY. WE NEED A REAL LEADER AND MCCAIN IS MORE OF THE SAME OF GEORGE BUSH AND AMERICAN CAN'T AFFORD A MCCAIN PRESIDENCY.

Posted by: BRADLEY | June 11, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Right on Ted! I'm enjoying the show very much...


Posted by: hahahahahaha
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Good...then you are going to love the GOP implosion show in Nov. I hear that they get blown up real good...

Posted by: BWHAHAHHAHAHAHAAA!! | June 11, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Obama caved (again)so quickly is not a good sign for Democrats. The Republicans are going to beat these guys up all Summer and Fall.

Posted by: faithfulservant3 | June 11, 2008 4:09 PM

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Right, just like the Dems have been losing special elections to the U.S. House in Republican strongholds recently. Didn't the GOP win that special election deep in Mississippi? How about the one in Louisiana? What? Oh wait ...

Why don't you put your cash where your mouth is, and shoot the RNCC a max contribution? I'm sure your faith will be rewarded.

Posted by: Spin, Spin, Spin | June 11, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Attention WaPo:

NOBODY CARES!!!!!!!!!!!

Johnson who?

Posted by: James | June 11, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Not a boy, boy!

Anyhow, I'm just enjoying the Obam-uh-uh show. What a circus!

Posted by: Ha ha ha ha ha ha | June 11, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Obama caved (again)so quickly is not a good sign for Democrats. The Republicans are going to beat these guys up all Summer and Fall.

Posted by: faithfulservant3 | June 11, 2008 4:09 PM

Yesterday Obam-uh-uh "disassociated" himself from Johnson, today Johnson "resigned".

heeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheehee

Posted by: Ha ha ha ha ha ha | June 11, 2008 4:07 PM

Man this racist Obama is sinking faster then the Titanic.

DEMS have a nightmare on their hands and they know it.

This nut is nothing more then a racist bafoon.

Chevy

Posted by: Chevy
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Little early for happy hours, boys...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Chevy - UnEducated, Opinionated, Gun-Toten, Redneck

Thanks for saving us the trouble of pointing out how stupid you are. You just did it yourself. How nice of you. Now go back to listening to Greaseman and watching Larry the cable guy. Redneck is soo 2005? You had your 15 minutes of fame. A DEM is an American, A DEM will win the white house. DEMs will control congress. Uneducated gun toten rednecks will sleep with their cousins and make funny looking babies.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

A DEM hates free thinking, it refuses to acknowledge the benefits from individuals pursuing their own interests.

A DEM condemns his fellow man and society itself for denying him success and fulfillment which he believes he deserves at no cost.

A DEM is angry, resentful and jealous of others.

A DEM is incapable of honest self-assessment and rejects an honest assessment by others of himself, thereby evading responsibility for his own miserable condition.

Chevy - Educated, Gun-Toten, Redneck

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So Chevy, based on your definiton, congrats on coming out as a DEM. From the looks of things, you're textbook. You seem to meet most of the criteria. You're hating on Obama's success. You want all of the benefits of a well-functioning, free society, but you don't want to pay for any of it. And again, you're quite resentful and angry at Obama's personal success. And you're obviously the type to blame others (Democrats) for your troubles. So congrats, by your logic, you're a DEM.

Posted by: Ironic, isn't it? | June 11, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: TedinNY
At her Baruch College event in NYC just a few days ago, Hillary Clinton added her name to a Major League Baseball that was inscribed by the famous New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra with the quote: "It ain't over till it's over." Bill Clinton also signed his name to the ball... Don't count them out from politics just yet.
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Right on Ted! I'm enjoying the show very much...

Posted by: hahahahahaha | June 11, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Chevy - Educated, Gun-Toten, Redneck


Posted by: Chevy
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what's gun-toten? That must be a fancy term you learned at the one room shack you graduated from.

And a DEM?
digital elevation model (DEM) is a digital representation of ground surface topography or terrain. It is also widely known as a digital terrain model (DTM). A DEM can be represented as a raster (a grid of squares) or as a triangular irregular network. DEMs are commonly built using remote sensing techniques, however, they may also be built from land surveying. DEMs are used often in geographic information systems, and are the most common basis for digitally-produced relief maps.

What do you have against digital maps?

Posted by: Chevy knows his ABC's - just those three letters, mind you... | June 11, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Big ol' whoop. I give this til Noon tomorrow before we're all like "James... WHO?"

Posted by: mobedda | June 11, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

It is common for the richest, most influential people to get better rates and fees on their loans. This should come as no surprise.

Considering all the lobbyists working for McCain and the flagrant ignoring of laws in the current Republican administration these complaints are a joke.

The fact that Obama caved (again)so quickly is not a good sign for Democrats. The Republicans are going to beat these guys up all Summer and Fall.

Posted by: faithfulservant3 | June 11, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday Obam-uh-uh "disassociated" himself from Johnson, today Johnson "resigned".

heeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheehee

Posted by: Ha ha ha ha ha ha | June 11, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Man this racist Obama is sinking faster then the Titanic.

DEMS have a nightmare on their hands and they know it.

This nut is nothing more then a racist bafoon.

Chevy

Posted by: Chevy | June 11, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Every seat on McCain's "Straight Talk Express" is occupied by a lobbyist who is still hard at work for a private sector client. The media would do well to concentrate its efforts on exploring these connections. What about the odious Phil Gramm who lobbied on behalf of foreign banking interests and against U.S. borrowers? Why is he still the top McCain economic adviser?

McCain doesn't know the difference between Shi'ia and Sunni, thinks that occupation of Iraq equals occupation of post-war Germany or Japan, doesn't feel its important to bring home our troops, and takes his economic advice from a foreign lobbyist. He is not qualified to be president of the United States. End of story.

Posted by: dee | June 11, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

FLASHBACK: Obama's Campaign Attacked Sen. Clinton's Campaign For Its Countrywide Ties:

Obama Senior Campaign Strategist David Axelrod Criticized Sen. Clinton For Employing Mark Penn, Whose Firm Once Represented Countrywide.


Posted by: jdcw
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Paid campaign manager running your primary run....unpaid volunteer with some insight in the VP vetting chosen to assist with two other people in a VP search.

Would you like bigger stick to beat the dead horse with?

Posted by: 2008 | June 11, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

For all you republicans who think you can win simply by slandering Obama, I understand thats all you have left. You certainly cant run on your own successes so you have to run on your opponents perceived failures. But obama has yet to be president so he has not failed record for you to run against. You republicants are doomed in November and its your own damm fault because you had the whole government in your control and you managed to squander it and now your reduced to trying to slander your opponent to get votes. What does that say about the republican party?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

A DEM is as pestilence.

A DEM hates free thinking, it refuses to acknowledge the benefits from individuals pursuing their own interests.

A DEM is dissatisfied with the condition of his own existence and looks to government to cure all that ails it.

A DEM condemns his fellow man and society itself for denying him success and fulfillment which he believes he deserves at no cost.

A DEM is angry, resentful and jealous of others.

A DEM is incapable of honest self-assessment and rejects an honest assessment by others of himself, thereby evading responsibility for his own miserable condition.

Chevy - Educated, Gun-Toten, Redneck

Posted by: Chevy | June 11, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Mature of Mr. Johnson indeed. One wonders if he will still be helping out around the edges kind of like when Mark Penn left the Clinton campaign. When he left, she owed him 2.5 million. When she left, she owed him 4.9 million. As far as Mr. Johnson goes, it was not a paid position and it IS a lot of work so maybe not such a big loss for him. He's probably got other things to do. Maybe not quite as responsible and weighty. I think if he benefited from some kind of mortgage misdeeds he should give back the money. Put it in a rescue fund for people who were not aware of what the ARM would do to them. Young and old, people of various shades of color. Got sold a bill of goods and now the banks own inventories. Bad.

Posted by: Gaias Child | June 11, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

What about the person that recommended Johnson to be the vetter? How do we know that he/she is not questionable? This proves that Obama is a crook; the person who helps him search for someone to help him actually do something should be above reproach! The Bush administration would NEVER let anyone with such a questionable background get that close to the President, that is for sure!

Posted by: steve boyington | June 11, 2008 3:36 PM
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lmao, lmao, lmao, rotflmao, lmao, lmao, woooo, lmao, damn, damn, damn, tsitf!!! You have got to be kiddin', no really, lmao, really you are kiddin' right, lmao, oh boy, I think I broke a rib, lmao!!!!!!

Posted by: SingleWhiteFemale | June 11, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Tony Gillotte. In partial answer to your questions, Republicans spend a lot of time and energy on opposition research (they can't run on their record, after all), while Democrats, not so much.

What about the negative research Axelrod did to Hillary?

FLASHBACK: Obama's Campaign Attacked Sen. Clinton's Campaign For Its Countrywide Ties:

Obama Senior Campaign Strategist David Axelrod Criticized Sen. Clinton For Employing Mark Penn, Whose Firm Once Represented Countrywide.

Posted by: jdcw | June 11, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Barak Obama, himself should be doing -finding the best ticket mate- rather than people like Johnson who are Washington insiders.

Chuck Hagel will be an excellant choice, if not Gov Sebelius or Gov Kaine.

PRINT YOUR TICKET ASAP, President Obama.

Posted by: Tariq Ahmed | June 11, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

That Obama is not Presidential material is getting more & more obvious; that he is a hypocrite & an overeducated/overtrained dope is also
getting more & more obvious!


Posted by: concerned14
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Yeah ... only dopes get into Harvard Law School and are elected president of the law review by their peers (their peers being among the most brilliant men and women in America).

Hey concerned, how about you shoot me your LSAT score? Let me guess, 152?

Posted by: You're the dope | June 11, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

s Obama an American citizen? Where's Obama's birth certificate? The post should do it job.

Posted by: yeepp | June 11, 2008 3:52 PM

Are you a real citizen? Where is your birth certificate? I guess Obama has gone all these years fooling you only. You are the reason people think americans are dumb and arrogant.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

How many of the Four Democrats of the Keating Five are running for President? None

How many of the Republicans of Keating Five are running for President? One

OBAMA 08

Posted by: CG | June 11, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

That Obama is not Presidential material is getting more & more obvious; that he is a hypocrite & an overeducated/overtrained dope is also
getting more & more obvious!


Posted by: concerned14
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go back to sleep, concerned..you sound overwrought. Funny, economic plans are fleshed out and we can't find your "concerned" a$$ anywhere on that board. But some hyped up s**t about a unpaid volunteer and you wake up from your stupor to post your wistful thoughts. Exactly why McCain is in trouble.

Posted by: 2008 | June 11, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Tony Gillotte. In partial answer to your questions, Republicans spend a lot of time and energy on opposition research (they can't run on their record, after all), while Democrats, not so much. And the media is in the distraction game. Anything to distract the rabble from real issues. Look how much ink is spent on the primaries, while people go hungry, gas prices go through the roof, and the lies about Iran go unchallenged. Good work, Tony!

Posted by: Caroler | June 11, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

At her Baruch College event in NYC just a few days ago, Hillary Clinton added her name to a Major League Baseball that was inscribed by the famous New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra with the quote: "It ain't over till it's over." Bill Clinton also signed his name to the ball. A photo of it can currently be seen on eBay. This Yogi Berra quote summarizes the essence of the Clintons' drive to win and their spirited campaign style. Don't count them out from politics just yet.

Posted by: TedinNY | June 11, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

This is so NOT news worthy! Does anybody rememeber how many months we had to endure Kenneth Starr and Monica, night after night beamed into our homes? Just look abd see how far you have to dig to find a tiny article written about TRUE crimes, all the lies by bush and company.And they call it the liberal media?????????? Thank you Congressman Kucinich, you are the TRUE PATRIOT! Thank you for 35 articles of IMPEACHMENT!

CALL NANCY PELOSI (202) 225-4965 IMPEACH THE LIARS

Posted by: jad305 | June 11, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

"What about the person that recommended Johnson to be the vetter? How do we know that he/she is not questionable? This proves that Obama is a crook; the person who helps him search for someone to help him actually do something should be above reproach! The Bush administration would NEVER let anyone with such a questionable background get that close to the President, that is for sure!

Posted by: steve boyington "

You can't be serious.

As for this article, I see this news and I am informed. I hope he gave tips to the rest of the committee on his way out. Moving along, lets get cover McCain the hero next and more of his associations helping out with this campaign shall we?

Lets see it for McCain!!! Who does he have helping out, and what is in their closets?! Lets get McCain under the microscope next. I'm waiting.

Posted by: Obama2008 | June 11, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

By the way, four of the Keating Five were Democrats.

McCain in '08

Posted by: SickandTired2 | June 11, 2008 3:50 PM

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Yes. And the fifth was a Republican named McCain. So does that make him better ... or worse?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

By the way, four of the Keating Five were Democrats.

McCain in '08

Posted by: SickandTired2
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Ohh, snap! You really got us...

You would think McCain would stop bathing in lobbyist water after that one. Charlie Black - lobbyist to dictators! Really, sickandtired? You really want to have that comparision? LOL!!

Posted by: sickandtired of carrying McCain's water | June 11, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama an American citizen? Where's Obama's birth certificate? The post should do it job.

Posted by: yeepp | June 11, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

This is so NOT news worthy! Does anybody rememeber how many months we had to endure Kenneth Starr and Monica, night after night beamed into our homes? Just look abd see how far you have to dig to find a tiny article written about TRUE crimes, all the lies by bush and company.And they call it the liberal media?????????? Thank you Congressman Kucinich, you are the TRUE PATRIOT! Thank you for 35 articles of IMPEACHMENT!

CALL NANCY PELOSI (202) 225-4965 IMPEACH THE LIARS

Posted by: jad305 | June 11, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Wright, Ayers, Farrakhan, Pfleger, Power, Malley, Johnson and Holder. Obama sure knows how to pick losers.

Posted by: SickandTired2 | June 11, 2008 3:48 PM

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McCain: Took bribes from Keating. Accepted the endorsement of Hagee, a man who said Hitler was sent by God for a purpose.

Next ...

Posted by: Puhlease ... | June 11, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

By the way, four of the Keating Five were Democrats.

McCain in '08

Posted by: SickandTired2 | June 11, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

THE BUS DRIVER STRIKES....Again!

Johnson just resigned?

First, the bus driver ran over Samantha Powers over her interview in Britain when she tried to calm the Iraqi PM, Maliki, by saying Obama did not mean to say he wanted to pull out of Iraq immediately; then the NAFTA adviser; then his
Grandma; then those "bitter folks who cling to guns & religion";then Rev. Wright, his mentor & spiritual advisor of 20+years; then his militant Black Liberation Theology Church & its White-hating, American-hating congregants; then
the looney Rev. Pfleger, another friend and spiritual advisor for 20+ years; and now Mr. Johnson who until the pressure from the WAPO article today was merely an "unvetted, unpaid, unimportant member
of a several member team"!

So much for the integrity, strength of conviction, character, judgment, and credibility of Obama and of course his
massive public relations media & spin
meister Axelrod, who repeated the "unvetted BS" today on "Morning Joe"!

BEWARE THE BUSDRIVER!

Who will be next?

Could it be Rezko.... since "the convicted, jailed felon, 20+ year friend, mentor, and benefactor is not the Rezko he knew"?

That Obama is not Presidential material is getting more & more obvious; that he is a hypocrite & an overeducated/overtrained dope is also
getting more & more obvious!

Posted by: concerned14 | June 11, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Wright, Ayers, Farrakhan, Pfleger, Power, Malley, Johnson and Holder. Obama sure knows how to pick losers.

Posted by: SickandTired2 | June 11, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse


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The hussein parade of slimebags and bad judgment continues..... Rev. "God D@#! America" Wright, Tony "real estate deal with hussein" and slum landlord Rezko (now, a convicted felon), Weathermen terrorist - and hussein pal - W. Ayers, and now Jim Johnson - with his special treatment from the sleaziest sub-prime lender of them all.

The character of person is determined by the company he keeps.

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Posted by: ALEX H | June 11, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone say "Keating 5?" Besides, overall, the Republicans have enough questionable dealings of their own that a little refraining from tooting their own "upstanding ethics" might be in order.

Posted by: dewdrop 2 | June 11, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama just attacked the credit card companies and John McCain's support of them. This is an important issue which needs to be dealt with. The practices of this industry are shameful. The people who borrow money from them are partly at fault but the industry are parasites.

One month from now this will be important but Jim Johnson will be forgotten. If media wants to focus on the banal, let them. The credit card industry is important and worth considering at election time.

Every week I wait to hear that credit card defaults are causing a credit crunch, it will give the fed another financial service business for them to bail out.

This is a mess and on this one it is purely the Republicans who caused it.

Posted by: Gator-ron | June 11, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

How quickly can the wheels fall off the Democratic bus? With Obama throwing somebody under it every week it won't take long.

Six months ago, I never thought any Republican could win. Now with Obama running for a second Carter term, it should be a close win for McCain.

Posted by: jdcw
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throwing off the bus every week? really? Did you miss the lobbyist purge of McCain or did his status as a POW blind you? Seriously, how many people from the Obama campaign have left? Honestly, you gleeful hysterics had better spend time promoting McCain and less time obsessing over Obama. After all, isn't McCain "change that can lead you back to more of the same"?

Posted by: Obama '08 | June 11, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

This is ludicrous! Some of you people are making it sound like The Post is slanting articles towards the Republicans...not negatively covering it like they are for the Dems. Are you kidding me? For the last fifty plus years the liberal media has been slanted towards the Dems point of view and have had nothing but ridiculous disdain for the Republicans. You're argument is ludicrous, stupid, misinformed, and downright dumb!

Posted by: Alex | June 11, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Under normal circumstances this whole thing would be a non-issue.

But it becomes one when Obama sets himself up as a holier than thou figure who's running against the "lobbyists" in Washington. If you're going to be holier than thou, it might be an idea to actually follow through -- before criticizing someone's house, you're own better be in order.

Otherwise hypocrisy -- something Obama seems to be excelling at lately.

Posted by: SPR | June 11, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

wikipedia, on Phil Gramm:

He has been an economic adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign since summer 2007.[1]

While advising the McCain campaign, Gramm was being paid by a UBS to lobby Congress about the U.S. mortgage crisis. During this time, "the mortgage industry pressed Congress to roll back strong state rules that sought to stem the rise of predatory tactics used by lenders and brokers to place homeowners in high-cost mortgages."[5] According to Politico.com, Gramm had input on McCain's March 26, 2008 policy speech on the mortgage crisis.[6] He was deregistered as a lobbyist for UBS on April 18th, 2008.[7]

Posted by: steve boyington | June 11, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, that's right, I forgot all you MSMs are in the pocket of McCain/Bush/Cheney/major corporations/Saudi/etc...

What happened to the Washington Post of Watergate days that actually examined BOTH sides, not just the left?

Posted by: purrmonsta | June 11, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

How quickly can the wheels fall off the Democratic bus? With Obama throwing somebody under it every week it won't take long.

Six months ago, I never thought any Republican could win. Now with Obama running for a second Carter term, it should be a close win for McCain.

Posted by: jdcw | June 11, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

In other words, we need to hear more about McCain. Who is this man? What dark paths lay in his past? Character is of the utmost importance!

Posted by: zen99 | June 11, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Remember the Keating Five. This Johnson connection is tangential just as Obama said it was. As long as a candidate is aware of the background and connections that his consultants have, he or she can make a decision keeping that it mind. This has been as usual, a scandal loving press made non issue made to imply some dark undercurrents of selfish corporate interests that will undermine America's search for the perfect VP!

Hey,where were these media mavins when Bush was pushing Iraq?

Posted by: Madeleine | June 11, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

So where's the big story on Phil Gramm/UBS/McCain???

Posted by: purrmonsta | June 11, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Johnson (unpaid volunteer) saw the greater good in leaving than staying and being a distraction. Too bad slicky boy Charlie Black (paid lobbyist/campaign hack)doesn't.

zephyr99 - yeah it is hilarious - how desperate the GOP is to pounce on b.s. I am laughing my a$$ off as I send more money to Obama. I hope that you are doing the same for McCain '08 - "change that sounds the same" - that is his slogan, right?

Posted by: Obama '08 | June 11, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant, Tony. Brilliant.

Posted by: zen99 | June 11, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

if this happen to HC the BO camp would be all over her. I do think that he is in over his head and his cockiness will get him into more trouble.

Posted by: Jay | June 11, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

What about the person that recommended Johnson to be the vetter? How do we know that he/she is not questionable? This proves that Obama is a crook; the person who helps him search for someone to help him actually do something should be above reproach! The Bush administration would NEVER let anyone with such a questionable background get that close to the President, that is for sure!

Posted by: steve boyington | June 11, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Today's Wall Street Journal editorial has said it all.

It is amazing that likes of Jim Johnson and Obama can talk about housing mortgage concerns and propose any kind of solutions.
And we should believe that these corrupt individuals have genuine interest of what an average American is facing everyday.

Jim Johnson received mortgages at favorable rates from Countrywide for home purchases.
Jim Johnson was the same guy at the Fannie Mae who took over these bundled mortgages from Countrywide and sold them into securities for sale and profited from the interest.

About time Jim Johnson quit from the Obama VP search team.

Posted by: xxxj11 | June 11, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

The fact is, The Washington Post has been in love with Obama, for no apparent reason. It's about time we see balanced coverage.

Posted by: James Easterly | June 11, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain is not the maverick of 2000. I fear he is beholdin' to too many special interests now. In any case, he will be an improvement. At least now the GOP has a real war hero, not the AWOL wimp. I wonder where all the red state Air Guardsmen from Alabama are? Why didn't they come forward to say they served with W? Maybe because he wasn't there!

It looks like McCain, in his ads, is going down the "fear mongering" road, implying that Dems would make America unsafe. I don't think Americans will buy that this time around, not with gas over 4 dollars a gallon and inflation taking off. It's the economy, stupid!

Posted by: Snowy | June 11, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Whatever. Non-story. He'll maintain influence behind the shadows, probably be brought into the Obama admin once they have more time to vet him.

Posted by: Stoopid | June 11, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Another bites the dust. How many more will Barack Hussein Obama throw under the bus? First his grandmother, then the good reverend, then his church, and now his VP vetter. Maybe BHO is just not ready for prime time.

Posted by: Sam | June 11, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Right on, Tammy!

Posted by: zen99 | June 11, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

This is "change we can believe in"? It's hilarious.

Posted by: zephyr99 | June 11, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this just another manufactured issue? Why is the media clamoring over Jim Johnson when Charlie Black is STILL on McSame's payroll? Gotta love the media...everytime they will a story to be bigger than it should be, the populace seems to move on it as well. Whether this is real or perceived we may never know. But the Post said it was so!!

Posted by: John | June 11, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Nice work WashPo. Your ridiculous non-story has produced "results." Complete crap. We can expect similar attacks on the many many many lobbyists and shady people in McCain's crew?

When will we hear about Phil Gramm's connection to one of the biggest sub-prime blow outs of all time. He was McCain's economics advisor when McCain famously said that sub-prime borrowers should just "suck it up."

I can't believe what passes for journalism. I went into the wrong profession. I should have been a journalist and just phone in garbage non-stories all day. Work is over by noon.

Posted by: BB | June 11, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

No repukelicans calling for all the lobbyist that RUN McCains campaign to quit? Wait a minute you hipocrates.. Oh yeah, that's right, that's all you republicans are, boy chasing, wife cheating, money stealing, in the closet hipocrates! You have the nerve to talk about liberal!!! Wow, keep you little sons away from the republican party!!! Obama's person realized it might embarrase him so he resigns..The right thing to do and you criticize Obama? Wow, retarded hipocrates

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I am 100% behind Barack, but I am glad this Bilderburger is gone...

Posted by: Becky | June 11, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I was so concerned with this "vetting" story that I thought about it the whole time I was filling up my gas tank on my car and paid $70.00 for it!!!!!! Yes, now we should start a petition to make it a law to vet the vetters, then vet the vetters who vet the vetters!!!!!!!! Clear as mud? Stupid as mud, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is this all the Republicans have? Then, keep it up. We hope you do, and then, this will be a very easy election for us democrats to win!!!!

Posted by: Tammy | June 11, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty common knowledge that the Republican candidate, as Republicans these days tend to do, lay in bed with Corporate/Big Business insiders and have a good ol time together. What was interesting about Obama's VP vetter is that he was working for a Democratic candidate who has made it his mission (at least on the trail) to challenge that practice. So, to say that MSM is at fault, or that the "Post' is leaning right is wrong in this case. It would seem they are in fact highlighting hypocrisy.

Posted by: Johnny | June 11, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Under the bus he was thrown! Well THAT didn't take long!!!

Posted by: Fuji | June 11, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

One thing is for certain ---- you can't depend on Obama to back you.

Posted by: Tupac Goldstein | June 11, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Why is that so? Jim Johnson resigns, but no similar outrage over McCains ace advisors Charlie Black, Phil Gramm, and McCain's treatment of his former wife.

When is the story, just recently published in London Mail newspaper about McCain's outrageous treatment of his wife only months after returning from being a POW in Vietnam, going to hit the US medial?

Where is the balance? Why havent enterprising young journos gotten to the bottom of his malicious, selfish and outrageous way he dropped his wife, after her automobile accident, and then in his usual bar hopping, cocktail party shopping sprees set his sights on a former model, and heiress of a beer company.

Then, even though McCain has to enter into an agreement to keep their finances separate, he taps Cindy's family fortune to run for office in Arizona. And this is the guy who runs on the issue of character. He's a character alright, an unrepentant navy flyboy, bar hopping maverick who likes to chase those skirts.

Anchors away, my boys, and lets lift another one to Pennsacola and all those boogie nights. And when is he going to ever have a natural moment on the campaign trail? So far its one spastic smile,punctuated by another robotic move.

Tony Gillotte

Posted by: Tony Gillotte | June 11, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Johnson got 2 loans 3 years AFTER he left Fannie Mae and long before the housing bubble-- at rates we do not know --and he is hounded out of service to our next President?

Joe McCarthy = Republicans

I'm going to be so happy to crush these Republicans in November -- they will suffer such a defeat that it may be the end of the GOP!

The borrow (from China) and spend (in Iraq) Republicans are going down in November.

Posted by: What the? | June 11, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Johnson was a bad influence on the Obama campaign, maybe not. One bad apple in the barrel is enough to taint the barrel. The constant news cycle means Obama had to discharge the character to kill the issue. Not much of a price to pay since who will be his choice as Veep is his alone to make. Something about wealthy prominent people and questionable acts either criminally or ethically.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | June 11, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

already forgotton....

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 11, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Phil Gramm lobbies AGAINST US mortgage holders and FOR a Swiss bank (UBS) and still heads McCain's financial team?

Where is this story?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

The mistake one makes in expecting similar treatment of McSame is that the GOP never admits mistakes or hypocrisy. Stick to your lie.

Get used to this kind of treatment. The fun part hasn't even begun yet.

Posted by: From the Other WA | June 11, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I guess this is good news, a serial executive compensation abuser steps down from selecting our VP.

http://peureport.blogspot.com/2008/06/obamas-vp-vetter-peu.html

Posted by: Alan | June 11, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

WaPo has gone to the right ever since Hiatt took over. Sadly, we'll see more of the same - this sure isn't the paper that went after Nixon.

Posted by: Paul | June 11, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

It's now widely accepted that the MSM was also complicit in the Iraq debacle, C'mon WAPO, let's not go down this line again, stand up for what's right and give equal coverage on McCain's advisors who by any measure are much more damaging than this guy Johnson.

McCain's two top guys have lobbying ties to Iran and that's just the beginning.

Don't look back two years from now and say "I wish we would have been more responsible" like during the run up to Iraq.

Posted by: JR | June 11, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

While I don't believe Johnson was in a position to behave unethically, it was unusually sloppy of Obama to cede the "lobbyist" ground like that. McCain is soaked in lobbyists and Obama needs to provide a clear contrast.

Posted by: Tetris | June 11, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Jules, it detracts from a very good point when you can't be bothered to make up aliases that sound more like two different people.

Posted by: Kate | June 11, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Now i'm sure that the media will cover the lobbyists in camp McCain with the same vigor they covered this. Ohh wait its McCain, who cares if he is being advised by Phil Gram, and who cares if Charlie Black, lobbies for dictators. He is medias favorite Maverick and do no wrong.

Posted by: Julian | June 11, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

So now that that's been taken care of can we focus on the shisters in the McCain camp? You know, the ones that are actually influencing his policy - Charlie Black and Phil Gramm. I'd say these characters are much worse than Johnson, yet no mention of them. Why's that WaPo? Another pass by the media for McCain? Let's hear a little about UBS and old Phil Gramm.

Posted by: Julie | June 11, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

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