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Democrats Becoming Obama's Party


Barack Obama and Joe Biden in Denver, August 27, 2008.

By Dan Balz
DENVER -- When Barack Obama formally accepts the presidential nomination Thursday night, the Democratic Party will become Obama's party. But what kind of party will it be?

That question has puzzled many of the people who think about the state of the political parties in this country, for the rise of Obama has come without some of the clear indicators that have accompanied the emergence of other politicians.

In general, Obama assumes control of a party generally united -- more so than at some points in the past. He is the beneficiary of a party lacking in real divisions, even despite the long primary battle against Hillary Clinton.

The talk at this convention of discord and division had little to do with disagreements over policy and everything to do with the fact that the nomination battle pitted two big personalities with passionate followers against one another.

"Obama is not running against his party," said Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, who was part of the team that helped elected Bill Clinton in 1992. "He's running against the war, running against Washington. In the primary, he positioned himself against the Clinton years but that's not what the general election is about. The general election will be about changing Washington, not changing the Democratic Party."

The ideological direction of the party is certainly not as sharply etched as it was when Clinton won the nomination in 1992. Clinton's New Democrat message signaled the evolution of a Democratic Party away from some New Deal and Great Society doctrines toward centrist policies.

Ask people about Obama and the answers are hardly uniform. Republicans see him as a doctrinaire liberal and they will spend the rest of the campaign arguing that his election would move the country sharply to the left. Obama's voting record certainly reflects left-of-center priorities and instincts. And yet by style and demeanor, Obama is something else. But what?

Looking ahead, Obama's friend, Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama, said, "I think this is going to be a centrist Democratic administration. It's going to be an administration that will end up governing from the center on a range of issues."

New York Sen. Charles Schumer, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said, "I'm happy with his policy. I think Barack Obama tends to be a moderate.... He's a moderate by his instinct. He's a bring-people-together."

Others say he is first and foremost a pragmatist, willing and perhaps eager to build coalitions in Washington with the Republicans. "Obama's message has been one of unity, inclusiveness and coming together. There have been plenty of efforts to throw him off course but he's sticking to it," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Still, many Democrats argue that the party Obama inherits is farther to the left today than it was when Bill Clinton left office eight years ago. "Politically speaking, I think Obama would like to have the party in a place that is very close to where Clinton had the party," said Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. "Yet I do believe that after the experiences with Bush and the war that the people that make up the majority of the Democratic Party are a little to the left of center."

Eli Pariser of the group MoveOn.org said the party, even before Obama's candidacy, was moving left and into a posture of confrontation with the Republicans. "I think it's found its way back to a progressive center...," he said. "Part of the fight we've been part of the last eight years is trying to get a party that, after 9/11, was very timid to stand up and fight. You see more new leaders who are confident and willing to be bold."

Obama has offered no fresh policy direction for the Democrats. His health care proposal is not exactly what Hillary Clinton's would have been, but in the goal of pushing a big, costly remake of the health care system aimed at bringing virtually everyone into the system, Obama is precisely in accord with his party.

Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution agreed that Obama's nomination does not signal changes for the party on policy grounds. But he said that does not mean he would not reshape the Democratic Party were he elected president.

"I think Obama brings two new things to the table and they're not entirely unrelated," he said. "The first is a promise of a generational transition and he's been absolutely frank and explicit about this from the beginning. The second is a somewhat less polarized style of politics in Washington."

Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, agreed that the generational change symbolized by Obama's candidacy could be one of the most important contributions the Democratic nominee makes to his party. "He brings the next generation of voters," Stern said.

Ellen Malcolm, president of Emily's List, said Obama's campaign has found new ways to connect and relate to young voters. "That rewrites who the electorate is in a very important way," she said.

Other Democrats point to the organizational skills of Obama's Chicago-based campaign as a potentially significant contribution to the Democrats' longer term health. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has preached a 50-state strategy to rebuild the party. Obama's campaign has put that into practice in a way that goes beyond what Dean was able to do.

Still, the question of Obama's real impact on the party is unanswered. Don Fowler, a former DNC chairman, said the Democrats are in "a great state of flux." The party of Franklin Roosevelt, a coalition of the working class and minorities and some others, is now seeking to add younger, wealthier and better educated voters.

"The great question is: is Obama able to bring them together in something that approximates a stable coalition?" Fowler said. "I don't know the answer to that. I have some level of confidence that he may be able to, but that remains to be seen.... He certainly has been successful thus far, but we're talking about six or eight months, not 60 and 80 years."

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All the hate mail directed at Obama's ability to pull a crowd calling him names such as messiah, preacher etc etc just goes to show the ignorence of the ppl who make comments like that.

PPl keep saying show me Obama's record, what has he done...you flaming morons he has captured the hearts of billions around the world, he has ascended to the top of the Democratic party, he is one elction away from being the president. What has he done? Well obviously alot.

Oh and really stop making such uneducated, jerry springer comments about his following...all it does is illustrate how jealous you Republicans are that Obama can pull in a crowd and McCain can't even keep ppl's attention.

Posted by: Suzi_Q | September 2, 2008 3:51 AM

When will women get it?

The blacks are going to vote for Obama because he is black. Period.

If women really want to "break the glass ceiling" they will need to get behind a woman in the same way. Hillary Clinton wasn't it and won't be because of the 'good ole boys' in the Democratic Party.

Colbert I King, a black journalist with the Washington Post has an agenda. Get Barrack Hussein Obama elected.

When women get behind one of their own in the same way, the world will change. They had their chance with Geraldine Ferraro.

Now 24 years later they are given another chance. Let's see what they do with it this time.

Posted by: BreakingGlass | September 1, 2008 10:40 AM

The Democratic Party is now an extension of the Chicago Political Machine with Obama as their front man.

Can you imagine the Daley's running the country through Obama?

Obama has already moved much of the DNC to Chicago. Here they come!

Posted by: anotherview | September 1, 2008 10:35 AM

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Posted by: ma342zda | September 1, 2008 4:43 AM

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Posted by: ma615zda | September 1, 2008 12:36 AM

Obama's Party is the party of "not what I can give my country, but, what my country can give me (from other's work)" And honest Joe Biden--here is some of his honesty:
Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden Jr., a U.S. senator from Delaware, was driven from the nomination battle after delivering, without attribution, passages from a speech by British Labor party leader Neil Kinnock. A barrage of subsidiary revelations by the press also contributed to Biden's withdrawal: a serious plagiarism incident involving Biden during his law school years; the senator's boastful exaggerations of his academic record at a New Hampshire campaign event; and the discovery of other quotations in Biden's speeches pilfered from past Democratic politicians.

Posted by: Jefferson | August 31, 2008 8:13 AM

Obama, made a major political mistake on not getting Hillary and bringing the whole party together, period!

McCain helped his campaign by picking another maverick and female who can stand up to anyone. Palin has as much experience as Obama on top of his ticket. Palin is a new inspiring pick the republicans need. She has 80 percent approval in Alaska and is the most popular Governor in America. She taxed oil companies and gave it all back to Alaska's taxpayers at $1,200 each.

Obama is a smart inspiring speaker, but Palin's actions speak louder than political words. She has fought corruption in both parties in Alaska. When she speaks she says it like it is, unlike polished career politicians. Some people can talk the talk, but Palin can walk the walk. Anyone with doubts about Palin should watch her interview with Maria Bartiromo on CNBC.

People are talking negatively about Palin without knowing all the facts about what she has achieved, including the media because they are in love with Obama. The media is saying McCain picked Palin because of Hillary not being picked and I love Hillary, but Sarah is the real deal for republicans and she gives them a new face that they need to reform their party. The republican party has always been for the rich and special interests, Sarah represents “we the people” and is against government waste and the good old boy network, this is just what republicans need to fix their image and party direction.

Now the race is exciting and change is coming to both parties! History will be made period with either Obama or McCain!

Posted by: edabelia | August 30, 2008 12:19 PM

You, Stu - are a liar. You are not, nor have you ever been, a Republican, or conservative, if you could consider voting for Obama. A 9-year old could see through you.

Posted by: Chrys | August 29, 2008 11:41 PM

I'm republican and think John Mc's VP choice is the most stupid choice i ever see in my life... I will vote for Obama, he is the one...

Posted by: StuMc | August 29, 2008 8:58 PM

Posted by: scrivener | August 29, 2008 3:05 PM

Wow. As a 56-year old white man, I am amazed by the amount of racism still out there. Guess I was naive. Now I'm disgusted.

Posted by: Chester | August 29, 2008 12:11 AM

Here's a nice graphic from the New York Times of some of Obama's accomplishments: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/07/29/us/politics/30obama.GRAPHIC.gif

Nice try, Lesley.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:09 AM

BANKRUPTCY ISSUE: BIG KITCHEN TABLE PROBLEM FOR OBAMA?


"Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions are protected ahead of CEO bonuses..."

-- Barack Obama acceptance speech, 8/28/08

Just one problem: that bankruptcy law, the one that critics say eviscerated consumer rights and served the interests of the banks and credit card companies, was partly written and sponsored by Obama's pick for vice president, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden.

And Biden's son has been a lobbyist for the credit card industry.

This could be a huge problem for Obama out of the gate. Obama's goals and promises, as stated in the speech, are at odds with the legislation authored by his running mate, who is accused by consumer advocates of doing the bidding for the credit card and banking industries.

In today's Politico, there was an item about speculation that Obama may be forced to ask Biden to withdraw.

How will the Washington press corps, which openly worships Obama and cuts him every break, handle this one?

And will McCain, who backed the same legislation, use this issue against the Obama-Biden ticket? The betting is that he will not; that is probably why Obama picked Biden despite his public record on the bankruptcy issue.

Was that a miscalculation? Much depends on whether the press will seize upon this story as an example of hypocrisy on the part of the Obama campaign, or simply ignore the story in deference to their personal preferences.

Posted by: Outside the Box | August 28, 2008 10:41 PM

Trickle down is where it is at.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 10:27 PM

Boy this may be the last time I ever look at a political blog. The completely blustering ignorance defies the imagination. Do we need an informed electorate? Yes any democracy needs that. Do we have an informed electorate? Well, if the general voting population is as foolish as this sampling of "opinion" suggests, we are not in an informed country; we are in a strange computer game where points scored have little or nothing to do with the real world. There is little in the dozens of postings here, which would suggest any thinking about issues has gone on at all over these interminable months. At least Nero played something intelligently harmonious while Rome burned. The people here seem to be playing Nintendo. It might be good for democracy in the US if most of you slept through polling day. You certainly seemed to have slept through your lives so far.

Posted by: jocro | August 28, 2008 10:16 PM

Obama might have made a good Republican if he didn't fall in with the wrong crowd.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 10:10 PM

I am watching the Redskins lose. That is a thrill compared with watching Joe Biden warm up a stadium crowd.

I can't recall much about the 2004 Democratic nomination beyond John Kerry "reporting for duty." That was a hoot.

Let's see if Obama says something equally memorable.

Arf, arf.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 9:48 PM

Some complain that Obama being right enough to vote against the war in Iraq is not enough, that his "experience" is nil, his trajectory too smooth, his change mandate too popular. Is Obama the right man at the right time? Maybe, but we could run a crash test dummy and beat Mad Mac by double digits! Right now, two lifelong (R)'s on the stage and they're supporting Obama, mainly because they can't afford four more years of and (R) administration. Face it, it's not about O's experience, it's about your "comfort level", ennit?

Posted by: preAmerikkkan | August 28, 2008 9:43 PM

It is funny "I believe this election is close today mainly because the forces of the status quo are desperately afraid of the change Barack Obama represents." Only Al Gore would come up with this scripted answer. The problem is that the status quo bosses have turned this convention from a call for a change to call for more control for bosses. Obama certainly betrayed his call for a change in last several weeks turning his campaign into traditional Democratic campaign where slogans replaced the substance. Obama’s decision to nominate the ultimate Washington insider as his running mate was just the culmination of his return to his true identity. It is the identity of one of the bosses, who benefited handsomely from the existing system. It is Obama and the bosses who turned this convention into the back room deal amid constant parties and blasting music. Obama betrayed his call to a change. Maybe he was never for a change but only for his ascension to power?

Posted by: Wiel | August 28, 2008 9:41 PM

It would be nice if the Obama people writing here would point to things Obama has actually done rather than cursing everyone else out and calling them Republican trolls.

Any Obama accomplishments as a leader you would like us to know about?

Thanks, we're eagerly waiting...

Posted by: Lesley | August 28, 2008 9:29 PM

Well this is a life long Democrat who will be voting for a Republican or Independent in November.

Posted by: Lynn E | August 28, 2008 9:28 PM

Yes it is Obama's Party. Not the Democrat Party... Obama's Party.
And that is exactly why this Democrat is voting for McCain.
Obama has ruined the Party. The Dems use to be against racism and disenfranchising voters, now, all in the name of Obama, they have done both. This party is broken.

Posted by: DEM voting IND | August 28, 2008 9:24 PM

what's interesting is the number of vets, current military, and a long, long, line of generals on the stage right now who are pleading with the voters to elect Obama/Biden. Tells you alot, that.

Posted by: preAmerikkkan | August 28, 2008 9:21 PM

M Obama really needs to shut her mouth up and keep their girls away. It makes me so sick to watch her. A stupid low class woman keeps using race card to attach people.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 9:15 PM

There will be lots of McCain Democrats this year (just like there were Reagan Democrats ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 5:10 PM
____________________________________________

Not to go all Lloyd Bentsen on you. but McCain's no Reagan, not politically, not inspirationally, not personally. He's not even Barry Goldwater. For one thing, Reagan would never have gone hat in hand to the religious right. Every dollar Ronald Reagan had, he earned. Ronald Reagan was one of the great speakers of our time.

I could go on and on.

Posted by: gbooksdc | August 28, 2008 9:15 PM

^^^ Barack Obama's Conscience Here, Still Thinking on my Greatness ^^^

Wow. I remember now what a tedious, annoying guy Al "Bore" was.

Posted by: Barack Obama's Conscience | August 28, 2008 8:59 PM

^^^ Barack Obama's Conscience, Reflecting on My Greatness ^^^

Wow. That Al Gore sounds really smart. Bill Clinton sounded really smart. And Hillary Clinton sounded really smart.

I wonder if people will realize that, compared to most top Democrats, I'm not that great of a speaker, I'm not that smart, I'm pretty clueless and I'm a real narcissistic jerk, too? By these old, competent, pre-Bush Administration gifted pols coming out of the woodwork and speaking, do you think anyone will think I'm a great speaker just cause of how we've gotten used to stupid Bushies for 8 years?

Naaaw. No one will notice that I"m an affected idiot compared to those real Dems before we spent 8 years watching Bush ideological hacks mumbling incoherent government on TV.

Posted by: Barack Obama's Conscience | August 28, 2008 8:57 PM

Bloomberg is pro-choice (ain't gonna happen).

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 8:56 PM

Lyndon LaRouche predicts McCain will install billionaire NYC Mayor Bloomberg to be his VP tomorrow as per oligarghy made up of international bankers and financiers. He will fulfill their agenda of privatizing U.S. government's programs, infrastructure and jobs for big profit$$$ as the depressing economy threatens their wealth.

The country is going into a major economic depression with over 5000 banks are already bankrupt today with more day by day.

President FDR's economic Bretton Woods policy is needed to fix current economic collapse. This policy caters to the 80% of the forgotten people and threatens the oligarghy's wealth and whose ultimate goal is to rid of all governments, peoples' sovereingties and Constitutions and ultimately install fascism.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 8:52 PM

When John McCain tries to check his email the mission is aborted like a fetus.

PLEASE VOTE FOR A PRO-IT CANDIDATE

Posted by: USA IT VS NOOBS | August 28, 2008 8:44 PM

Obama will be governing from the MORAL center. Therefore, he will not be doctrinaire, he will be flexible, and he will surprise a LOT of people with his capacity to unite a Democratic Congress, and even rational Republicans, to do the right, decent, practical, common sensible, and truly AMERICAN action.

Posted by: cms1 | August 28, 2008 8:41 PM

^^^ Barack Obama's Conscience Here, Still Answering Your ^^^
^^^ Questions and Comments!

Hey, here's txpoet, so unhappy! :(

"It would suit me just fine if Obama gets assinated and Clinton gets to be the nominee. I hate Obama."

Look, man to man, txpoet. I'm just a politician and all politicians play games. It's been that way throughout the history of time. Seriously, pick up a book about those old Greeks and you'll find it in there.

That's what my Greek theme is all about. No matter how wonderful, great or pure a politician comes off selling himself as being, in the end, all the masses get is the raw end of a con artist's take.

Don't make yourself sick over it. This is politics since the end of time, black and white, greek and roman, christian and heathen.

Jest enjoy your life, do your best and turn off the TV when you don't want to watch what's going on. None of it is real anyways.

Posted by: Barack Obama's Conscience | August 28, 2008 8:39 PM

http://2minuteview.blogspot.com/2008/08/not-all-african-americans-starry-eyed.html

When Obama gives his stadium acceptance speech at the Democratic convention, it will be the night of the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. You can count on breathless reporters waxing dreamy about Dr. King’s vision fulfilled that historic night. However, not all African Americans agree. “Barack Obama is directly contrary to many positions and beliefs of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” says black author William Owens, Jr. “Obama is trying to make African Americans believe he is the reality of the Dream come true, but he’s not. It’s a nightmare.”

A recent Gallup poll reveals 91 percent of African Americans intend to vote for Obama. Nevertheless, there are dissenting voices trying to reach their community with a warning about the candidate. Dr. Alveda King, daughter of MLK’s younger brother, the late slain civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King, says, “Senator Obama’s answer to the ills of society, of higher government spending, weaker national defense, continued tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, and support of gay marriage, are diametrically opposed to everything African Americans truly believe and an anathema to the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

“It is high time for Black America, White America and all America to stop making their ethnicity such a big deal that we become zealous for our color over being zealous for what is right and what is truth,” says Owens.

Mr. Owens, founder of Black Americans for Real Change (BARC), makes it known, “I will not remain silent out of fear of repercussions because it is politically incorrect for Blacks to challenge Blacks.” He says one aspect of Obama’s candidacy is “intimidation because many people are afraid to scrutinize Obama and speak out because of the race Issue.” Owens believes Obama is manipulative of African Americans because “in reality he is not a Black American. His heritage is Muslim -- not African American” and calls Obama a pretender and panderer. He points out that the candidate’s record “does not remotely parallel the values, traditions and struggles of Black America.”

Having studied both MLK and Obama, Owens felt compelled to write a book to challenge African Americans “to look deeper at Barack Obama the man, his voting record, and his position on the important issues facing our country.” He urges them not to “put your race before your principles,” the truth, your family and your own country. His book, “Obama: Why Black America Should Have Doubts” has one chapter comparing the policies of the two men who are poles apart on many issues. Every American should read this eye-opening book. Owens says, “it is obvious Obama is trying to solidify the Black vote”, but he reiterates that any candidate needs to be closely examined.

With Obama’s voiced support and voting record for partial-birth abortion and every other pro-abortion bill, Alveda King takes issue with the senator over this topic. From firsthand experience she had before she was “born again” in 1983, King knows the problems a woman can suffer because of abortion. She is now a leader in both the pro-life and civil rights movements. “We can talk about poverty; we can talk about the war; we can talk about teen pregnancy; we can talk about incarceration. However, if we’re not allowed to live, we’ll never encounter those issues.” Although Blacks make up only 14 percent of the population, 40 percent of the abortions in the country are preformed on Black women, thus creating a virtual genocide of African Americans.

King recalls her Uncle Martin saying, “The Negro cannot win as long as he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for comfort and safety.” For Alveda King, abortion is a civil rights issue. “Every aborted baby is like a slave in the womb of his or her mother,” she explains. “The mother decides his or her fate.”
“In the shadow of the famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech by my uncle in 1963, as Barack Obama makes his speech in 2008, how can the Dream survive if we murder the children?” asks Dr. King concerning the unborn. "Life was very precious to my uncle and life today is precious.”

“Our best interests as Black Americans,” Owens says, “…lie in a new direction that reflects our core beliefs and values, not merely a resemblance of someone we look like.”

Again quoting her uncle, King says, “‘there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.’” She passionately adds, “This is not the time to be silent; this is not the time to give Barack Obama a free pass! There is too much at stake.”
McCain'08.....nobama or anyone like him EVER!....GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.!

Posted by: caroltate2 | August 28, 2008 8:36 PM

Anonymous, and another coward posing as "Jill" you are pathetic, racist pigs. To afraid to write your own name, the worst kind of cowardice. Your hate and anger will do you in one day.

Posted by: fritz | August 28, 2008 8:35 PM

Anonymous, and another coward posing as "Jill" you are pathetic, racist pigs. To afraid to write your own name, the worst kind of cowardice. Your hate and anger will do you in one day.

Posted by: fritz | August 28, 2008 8:35 PM

John McCain hates computers.

PLEASE VOTE FOR A PRO-IT CANDIDATE

Posted by: USA IT VS NOOBS | August 28, 2008 8:28 PM

^^^ Barack Obama's Conscience Here, Still Answering Your ^^^
^^^ Questions and Comments!

Hey, here's Hillary2012, still unhappy! :(

"The democratic party by nominating Obama has shifted to the far left and awy from the centrist powerhouse that Bill Clinton created."

No, it hasn't shifted far left, it's too far right. You ain't seen nothing yet.

"By alienating moderates Obama has set a course for disaster in november. And he has only himself to blame."

Naw, I'm also registering illiterates, felons, kids and retards. Haven't you seen the news item from last week were we're launching a prison registration drive for those states that allow felons to vote? Plus we're maxing out on all the 17-year olds who will turn 18 by Nov. 4. Who needs moderates when you can scrape up the dregs of society to vote for you? There are MILLIONS of people in prison, remember? Republicans put them there and they're angry and we're registering them.

"Obama used underhanded chicago thug tactics to muscle caucus's into subverting the will of the people. And he took a page from Bush's florida "victory" to disenfranchise millions of voters."

Hey, I've never won an election that didn't involve some kind of chicanery, disqualification of an opponent or some opponent's timely (he he) disaster! It's as if I've been blessed by some magical fairy godmother who made everyone in my path disappear or implode! Just like Tony Rezko appeared out of nowhere with that Iraqi food for oil laundered money to help me buy my mansion! I sure have been blessed, as if I had some mysterious, extremely powerful and wealthy benefactor in strangely improbable my life!

"Obama is just another corrupt chicago politian who has hoodwinked the far left into believing his lies about change. He stole the election from Hillary and will pay dearly for losing to McCain in the fall."

Why would I win an election fair and square when I never have before? Stupid wench.

"The kool-aid only works on the kooks and very young. Even most of them realize now though that they blew it by not nominating Hillary."

Yes, but it doesn't matter because we're registering enough illiterates, felons, kids and retards that we don't need you! Ha! Ha!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 8:28 PM

DC,

Wow, you sound pretty passionate correcting folks there.

Incidentally, it is called "more THAN", not "more THEN".

Posted by: Aksel | August 28, 2008 8:22 PM

Democrats Becoming Obama's Party?
I don't know if I am wrong but last night I missed 18 million confessed democrats who did not pick the Obscure Candidate as their leader!

Posted by: Caronte | August 28, 2008 8:13 PM

Republican hate machine on full swing....

Posted by: Obama 08 | August 28, 2008 8:12 PM

I've noticed that all the people making the racist comments are the same ones for years that have told blacks that the racism they experience is all in their heads. Thank you for proving once in for all that the racism was in your heads all along, just like we said.

Posted by: 27.stephen | August 28, 2008 8:12 PM

Look everyone Willie is at it again. Another black guy spelling closit with an "I". Damn Willie you are a PIMP. Listen to some rap, get back in your car where your rims are worth more then the damn thing and head to KFC and get me a five piece! YOU ARE AN IDIOT.

Posted by: DC | August 28, 2008 8:11 PM

"Wait-you don't suppose the faithful will be witnessing a.... HUMAN SACRIFICE TONIGHT, DO YOU? IS THAT PART OF THE DEM. FESTIVITIES AS WELL IN THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA?"

Ha! Ha! What do you think I mean when I talk about "reparations"? Government payments to people who are uneducated and unattractive? Oh no. I want an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Gimme your eyes and your teeth, man!

I'm gonna appoint Rev. Jeremiah Wright to be Racial Grievance Revenge czar!

Just kidding... what do you think I am, crazy? I want everyone to be happy: white, black, yellow, red people. I'm gonna tax the old Republicans and the young Democrats are gonna party like crazy for the next 8 years.

Toga! Toga! Toga!

Fun for people of all color, just so long as I AM YOUR GOD.

Posted by: Barack Obama's Conscience Speaking | August 28, 2008 8:10 PM

Hillary Rodham Clinton support now voting for John McCain.

Barack Hussein Obama is full of himself.

Wonder what else Obama might be on.

Obama did Hillary Rodham Clinton wrong and told a "WHITE STORY" plan and simple.

HOWEVER, WHAT DOES AROUND COMES AROUND....BELIEVE IT.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON SUPPORTS -- 'HOPE' THAT YOU VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON SUPPORTERS DO HAVE A SAY IN THE PROCESS....THAT IS VERY TRUE.

EITHER -
DON'T VOTE
OR
VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN.

DISRESPECT IS ADDRESS WITH DISRESPECT!!!
MAYBE OBAMA WILL GET THE MESSAGE ABOUT
DISRESPECT!!

GO---JOHN MCCAIN!!!!
GO---JOHN MCCAIN!!!!

Posted by: Blondshag | August 28, 2008 8:10 PM

The truth is that there is very little in Obama's history to go by. People are free to see Obama in whatever image they want. More or less the same argument could be made about Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton when they arrived in Washington. It is hard to quarrel with Jimmy Carter's intentions. But his Presidency did not work out that well. Clinton did better. But he had to scrape by Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky. With Obama, it is even harder to find what he has done or any reasonable way to predict what he might do if his intentions (whatever they actually are) ever meet the hard surface of reality.

Posted by: dnjake | August 28, 2008 8:07 PM

I am an educated and informed white person and I am ashamed and saddened by the ignorant hate filled response by a few of what i suppose are also white people. I would guess that most of these would also call themselves followers of Christ. Unfortunately for them I do not believe He would feel likewise. I suggest they get an education so they can get a good job and not feel so threatened by an educated black man that understands the reality of how civilization might make its way into a future where peace and unity creates greater possibilities for all. Please don't allow the Republicans to manipulate you once again, with their masterful propaganda, to vote for the group that is ,really, more interested in protecting their wealth than they are concerned for the well-fare of their fellow man. Peace be with you and all my brothers and sisters around the world.

Posted by: Ron Rognstad | August 28, 2008 8:06 PM

A lot of defensive whimpering and whining from the GOP. You know your party is a sure loser this year. Everyone else knows your party is a sure loser this year. Who do you think you're fooling here?

Posted by: BB | August 28, 2008 8:04 PM

Mike in Sac:

Barack APOLLO Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 8:03 PM

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IS JUST IN HIMSELF.

WONDER IF OBAMA HAD A TOUCH OF THE DRUG STUFF?

MAYBE, OBAMA WILL TELL JUST HOW FAR HE WILL GO TO DEAL WITH THE DRUG DEALERS AND THUGS THAT OBAMA MIGHT CLOSER THAN ANYONE MAY THINK.

OBAMA --- TELL ABOUT THE DRUG DEALERS AND THUGS ON THE STREET BREAKING UP AMERICA.

DRUG DEALERS AND THUGS.......WHO IS ON THE STREET WITH THEM?

THUGS.....THUGS.....THUGS....THUGS.....
DRUG DEALERS...DRUG DEALERS..DRUG DEALERS.

Posted by: Blondshag | August 28, 2008 8:03 PM

The democratic party by nominating Obama has shifted to the far left and awy from the centrist powerhouse that Bill Clinton created.

By alienating moderates Obama has set a course for disaster in november. And he has only himself to blame.

Obama used underhanded chicago thug tactics to muscle caucus's into subverting the will of the people. And he took a page from Bush's florida "victory" to disenfranchise millions of voters.

Obama is just another corrupt chicago politian who has hoodwinked the far left into believing his lies about change. He stole the election from Hillary and will pay dearly for losing to McCain in the fall.

The kool-aid only works on the kooks and very young. Even most of them realize now though that they blew it by not nominating Hillary.

Posted by: Hillary2012 | August 28, 2008 8:02 PM

^^^ What if Obama's Conscience Spoke at the Same Time? ^^^
^^^ Annotated advance text from Obama's speech tonight ^^^

"Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story -- of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren't well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to."

Four years ago, I laid a big one on you out of my fictionalized life story that I made about my drunken, polygamist, already-married Kenyan father who knocked up my then-17 year old mother and then abandoned up.

"It is that promise that has always set this country apart -- that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well."

And where people like me can get ahead on racial preference and affirmative action, so that we advance without ever actually doing anything resembling hard work and sacrifice like you people!

"It is why I stand here tonight. Because for 232 years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women -- students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors -- found the courage to keep it alive."

And support the undeserved advancement and also pay for my racial preference scholarships and all the gravy train that has come my way over the years! The donations of millions of african american supporters -- students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors -- paid my campaign the $6 million that it cost to move my nominating night event from the Pepsi arena to Invesco field for my Greco-Roman crowning!

"We meet at one of those defining moments -- a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more."

And the Democratic party is nominating a president with no experience or qualifications that might make him a credible executive!! I couldn't get hired to run a factory!! Ha Ha!

"Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes and more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can't afford to drive, credit card bills you can't afford to pay and tuition that is beyond your reach"

And yet you have sent $400 million to my presidential campaign! That I keep spending on helping the voters get to know me better! As if that's the problem! What suckers!

Posted by: Barack Obama's Conscience | August 28, 2008 8:01 PM

Jill writing with caps:

What is with you guys and all this mocking temple talk? After 8 years of republicans building an absolutist temple of secrecy and doctrinary supremacy made entirely of the stones of the dismantled constitution, you find it amusing that Obama is trying to open the Democratic party towards a larger crowd, indeed towards independents and centrist republicans?

Posted by: Aksel | August 28, 2008 7:59 PM

How will John McCain respond to that 3 A.M. email when America is threatened?

He made over $400,000 dollars last year but can't figure out how to check his email. How exactly does that work?

PLEASE VOTE FOR A PRO-IT CANDIDATE

Posted by: USA IT VS NOOBS | August 28, 2008 7:59 PM

It's no longer my party, then - but actually hasn't been for a long time. The Democraps gave up on rural folk a long time ago - it's why they can't recapture the White House. They are now the urban minority party.

The rural vote is going to bite Obama in the behind. Don't think so? Wait until November 4. Remember Reagan Democrats?

Posted by: Rural Southern Dem | August 28, 2008 7:56 PM

Hey,hey, hey...McCain is a ol cracker wit a KKK sheet inis closit. You Republicans just a buncsh a racists and war mongars. Yo women like us mor then de like yore *sses. Obama played da game an got in -sucked yaw up lika vakum clener.
Hummmp! Deh it iesss!!!!

Posted by: Willie Williams | August 28, 2008 7:54 PM

Wait-you don't suppose the faithful will be witnessing a.... HUMAN SACRIFICE TONIGHT, DO YOU? IS THAT PART OF THE DEM. FESTIVITIES AS WELL IN THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA?

Posted by: amused | August 28, 2008 7:50 PM

Willie Williams:

I can tell you are a black man with little education by that great spell job you did on your blog. Run the spell check next time MEAT! You think Obama will help you make more then the minimum wage you make now. Damn, the way you were spelling you are probably on welfare. Willie, you along with a majority of other African Americans think we as a society owe you something, but guess what buddy WE DONT YOU ANYTHING. Get a job and invest in some education. Cast your vote for Obama and take your ass back to the projects.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 7:50 PM

Mr. Obama has not won as yet, its just august and there is plenty of time left to see the real Obama come out. Then we, the people, will see the light..He will show his color before November..They Always Do,....Artie

Posted by: artie burris | August 28, 2008 7:50 PM

I LIKE it, Jill, more please! How does the Great One appear at the Temple of Obama? Are there torches and Vestal Virgins dancing in the background as well?

Posted by: AMUSED | August 28, 2008 7:49 PM

Oh boy, the painting by the numbers game has already begun.

Cookie cutter politics strategy 101
Professor Rove

1. Paint opponent as a liberal
- Get some conservative rag-tag press to label as most liberal ever

2. Attack opponents strength
- Turn popularity into shallow and egocentric rock star who has videos of private sex sessions on the internet

3. Attack patriotism of opponents
- Terrorist fist jab
- What! No flag pin!?!
- Schooled in a Madrassa!
- The dude is a secret Muslim, no ahhh a secret Black Panther, wait OK he is Christian but it BLACK liberation!! Bad right? What is that anyway?

4. When all else fails then attack his wife and all those around him. Dig up dirt on anybody he has ever met and smear them good!
- Ayers
- Michelle's thesis

The list goes on and the straws that can be grasped get fewer and fewer. You Re-puke-licans and done. Time is up for you.

Obama and Biden will kick your ***

Posted by: Mike in Sac | August 28, 2008 7:44 PM

AND THE GREAT ONE, HEARING THAT ONE OF HIS FAITHLESS FOLLOWERS, LESLIE, LIKE MILLIONS OF OTHER DEMS. ACROSS THE COUNTRY, TURNED AWAY FROM THE MESSIAH, THE MESSIAH GREW ANGRY, AND HE ORDERED OUT THE CHARIOTS OF HIS LARGE OBAMABOT ARMY TO STRIKE DOWN WITH HATRED AND FEAR ALL THOSE WHO WOULD NOT BOW BEFORE HIM, WHO WOULD NOT FOLLOW THE EMPTY PATH BUT INSTEAD, CHOSE ANOTHER PATH, A PATH TO AN INDIVIDUAL, WHO WAS NOT TRYING TO BE ANYTHING MORE THAN WHAT HE WAS-AN ORDINARY MAN-BUT ONE WHOSE WISENESS SHOWED ITSELF IN A MYRIAD OF DIFFERENT WAYS, BY CHOOSING THE WISEST AND MOST BRILLIANT OF THEM ALL, MITT ROMNEY, TO BE HIS CO-RULER

AND TOGETHER THEY WERE ABLE AFTER A MIGHTY BATTLE UNDERNEATH THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA TO VANQUISH THE GREAT MESSIAH AND HIS EMPTY FOREVER. AND THE LAND GREW FRUITFUL, AND PROSPERED, UNDER MCCAIN/ROMNEY.

THE END

Posted by: JILL | August 28, 2008 7:44 PM

How will McCain respond to that 3 A.M. email when America is threatened?

By giving India nukes in exchange for reading him his email.

Do not let this keyboard turning NOOB get elected to the highest office. We must stop him or we will get OWNED.

Brought to you by
USA IT VS NOOBS

Posted by: USA IT VS NOOBS | August 28, 2008 7:37 PM

Alright! The McCain trolls have arrived in force! And brought at least one horrible horrible racist with you.

Some company you guys keep.

Enjoy losing to Obama, losers. Oh, and we'll take Congress too.

But I hope your negativity, hatred and sarcasm hopes you feel better in the mean time.

Posted by: BB | August 28, 2008 7:37 PM

Abby - why do white women always cry over nothing? good grief. a negro in the white house. next.

signed - black man curious as to why white women are always emotional....

Posted by: Hmmmm | August 28, 2008 7:35 PM

Racist/Bigot = Former Democrat

Posted by: Mike in Sac | August 28, 2008 7:35 PM

The Obama Pelosi Democratic Party, if Obama is elected (and I will be very scared if he is) will be one of the most liberal, leftist, socialist parties in American history. Obama's policies will ruin America. Bush has been the beginning of the great American economic train wreck, but Obama is not the cure.

I have been watching most of the convention on CSPAN. I cannot believe all the misguided bs the Democrats have been spewing this week.

Why do Democrats hate corporations so much? Corporations give us jobs, provide our food, our clothing, our houses, our cars. Most of us have investments in corporations. Raising taxes on corporations means some Americans will lose jobs, some will not get raises, some product prices will increase, some investments will lose value, and American corporations will become even less competitive in the global marketplace.

The only way to have a chance of saving America from the coming economic train wreck caused by fiscal and trade deficits, debt to foreign countries, a shrinking dollar, stupid war and energy policies, and "entitlements" we can never pay for, is to begin immediately to dismantle as much of the federal government as possible. Slash and burn the federal budget. Cut taxes. Cut spending.

Obama's vision of a big happy government that has a handout and rebate and cure for all problems is a fairy tale grounded in misguided delusions about what the role of government should be.

Posted by: pat | August 28, 2008 7:33 PM

Great-Obama takes over the party and moves it even farther left-why doesn't he just hand over it all over to George Soros and all the other loser netroot types,better yet why doesn't he crown Arianna Huffington his Empress tonight at his Roman temple....

Hail Ceasar,Hail Obama!

Posted by: ChiDem | August 28, 2008 7:33 PM

It will be the party of football stadiums, vague messages, and lawyerly evasion. KEWL!

Posted by: Obama - Not! | August 28, 2008 7:33 PM

Excuse me, not all Democrats.

Not Hillary's Democrats....

My friend tells me he likes Democrata' policies, but doesn't trust Obama. He trusts McCain, but doesn't like Republican policies.

Better vote for the man you can trust. Character counts. Policies and campaign promises come and go.

I am voting for McCain.

Posted by: Lesley | August 28, 2008 7:28 PM

You McCain lovein palefaces need to get used to seen black-face in you white house. We has arrived...and deh ain't nuttin you can do bout it!!!! We in charge now!

Posted by: Willie Williams | August 28, 2008 7:28 PM

Rubiconski:

You do realize that the Obama campaign took out a line in Kucinich's speech about "Republicans want 4 more years when they should get 10 to 20"? I believe it was Nancy Pelosi who took impeachment "off the table". Maybe you should take a closer look at your own party?

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 7:27 PM

Obama did not take down anyone special my friends. He took down a female candidate who had no chance of winning. Obama needs to start backing up his "CHANGE" speeches with a little, I mean a LOT more facts. We look for change in every election, this one is no different. If he plans to change this country which he surely will in a negative way (if he is elected), he needs to start supporting that DREAM with some facts.

Posted by: DC | August 28, 2008 7:26 PM

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: “WAKE UP AMERICA!

Kucinich is The Man. He was ALWAYS there.

The filthy corporate media excluded him from debates and his own damn party excluded him from some primaries. Too much truth for the chicken-hawks, cowardly media, and complicit Democrats- ALL COWARDS AND TRAITORS TO THE NATION.

GO DENNIS!!!

Many thanks for your courage and for the TRUTH.

Kucinich wakes up Democratic Convention

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4EN7ibO1ec

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 28, 2008 7:19 PM

"Democrats Becoming Obama's Party"

Hummp Dere it eeiss!!! No whadimsayin'

Posted by: Matooso Ferrara | August 28, 2008 7:18 PM

THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA IS ALMOST READY-ITS GLOWING GREEK/ROMAN COLUMNS, THE RAISED PLATFORMS-THE ADORING MASSES, WAITING TO KISS THE HEM OF THEIR LORD, THE MESSIAH, APPEARING JUST ONCE, TO SPEAK, TO SHOW THEM THE WAY, IN BARACKOPOLIS.

BUT ALAS, THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA WILL COME FALLING, CRASHING DOWN, AS IF LIKE IN POMPEI, THE EARTH OPENED UP TO SWALLOW ALL OF THE LIES, THE SHALLOWNESS, THE HOLLOWNESS THE TOTAL EMPTINESS THAT THE MESSIAH CAME TO BE KNOWN FOR!

AND THERE WRITTEN ON ONE OF THE TEMPLE COLUMNS, GATHERING DUST IN THE TRASH HEAP OF HISTORY, LIKE THE FORMER GREAT ONE HIMSELF, LONG SINCE GONE AND FORGOTTEN, WERE INCRIBED THE WORDS "OBAMA YOU SUCK-GET YOUR DEMOGOGIC KICKS SOMEWHERE-YOU'RE HISTORY, DUDE!"

Posted by: JILL | August 28, 2008 7:18 PM

Anonymous, you are a COWARD.

Posted by: JILL | August 28, 2008 7:16 PM

gl: "Obama is a big fat nothing,and the Democrats and the American people know it."

I'm an American person, and I don't know it. I'm going to vote for him. Like a majority of my countrymen.

Posted by: BB | August 28, 2008 7:15 PM

The party leadership has allowed his appointment, not the populace vote, think that McCain-Romney(?)may take the lead early, and keep it?
Will the White House now be known as the White Palace, for the Prince of the World?

Posted by: Robert | August 28, 2008 7:15 PM


2008 will definitely be the year of the McCain Democrats! He may outspend McCain 10 to 1, like he did Hillary, but Obama is a big fat nothing (or in his case, a big skinny nothing), and the Democrats and the American people know it.

Posted by: gl | August 28, 2008 7:11 PM

You know what makes your comments look really important?

WRITING IN ALL CAPS!!!

Posted by: BB | August 28, 2008 7:07 PM

THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA IS ALMOST READY-ITS GLOWING GREEK/ROMAN COLUMNS, THE RAISED PLATFORMS-THE ADORING MASSES, WAITING TO KISS THE HEM OF THEIR LORD, THE MESSIAH, APPEARING JUST ONCE, TO SPEAK, TO SHOW THEM THE WAY, IN BARACKOPOLIS.

BUT ALAS, THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA WILL COME FALLING, CRASHING DOWN, AS IF LIKE IN POMPEI, THE EARTH OPENED UP TO SWALLOW ALL OF THE LIES, THE SHALLOWNESS, THE HOLLOWNESS THE TOTAL EMPTINESS THAT THE MESSIAH CAME TO BE KNOWN FOR!

AND THERE WRITTEN ON ONE OF THE TEMPLE COLUMNS, GATHERING DUST IN THE TRASH HEAP OF HISTORY, LIKE THE FORMER GREAT ONE HIMSELF, LONG SINCE GONE AND FORGOTTEN, WERE INCRIBED THE WORDS "OBAMA YOU SUCK-GET YOUR DEMOGOGIC KICKS SOMEWHERE-YOU'RE HISTORY, DUDE!"

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 7:03 PM

McCain's speech honors the 220th anniversary of ANOTHER wrinkled white guy president.

Posted by: mark | August 28, 2008 7:03 PM

THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA IS ALMOST READY-ITS GLOWING GREEK/ROMAN COLUMNS, THE RAISED PLATFORMS-THE ADORING MASSES, WAITING TO KISS THE HEM OF THEIR LORD, THE MESSIAH, APPEARING JUST ONCE, TO SPEAK, TO SHOW THEM THE WAY, IN BARACKOPOLIS.

BUT ALAS, THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA WILL COME FALLING, CRASHING DOWN, AS IF LIKE IN POMPEI, THE EARTH OPENED UP TO SWALLOW ALL OF THE LIES, THE SHALLOWNESS, THE HOLLOWNESS THE TOTAL EMPTINESS THAT THE MESSIAH CAME TO BE KNOWN FOR!

AND THERE WRITTEN ON ONE OF THE TEMPLE COLUMNS, GATHERING DUST IN THE TRASH HEAP OF HISTORY, LIKE THE FORMER GREAT ONE HIMSELF, LONG SINCE GONE AND FORGOTTEN, WERE INCRIBED THE WORDS "OBAMA YOU SUCK-GET YOUR DEMOGOGIC KICKS SOMEWHERE ELSE-YOU'RE HISTORY, DUDE!"

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 7:03 PM

I cannot tell you how proud I am of the Democratic Party. Putting aside what the Republicans hoped to exploit -- Clinton vs. Obama -- the Democrats can stand tall and proud of their willingness to work for the good of all America, not just the rich, the corporations, the powerful.
I having been watching the Democratic Convention. With tears in my eyes, I am witnessing history.
As a middle-aged white woman, I am seeing what is best about America -- the willingness for people to come together for the good of the nation.
I have always been proud and grateful to be an American and I am overjoyed at the promise of what America will be with Obama as President and Biden as Vice President.

Posted by: abby0802 | August 28, 2008 7:01 PM

Former Democrat, there is a party for people like you who get "uncomfortable" when you have to think about black party. Go join them.

Posted by: Race-ublicans | August 28, 2008 6:58 PM

Denver is a perfect venue for BHO...the candidate who is "A mile high on himself and an inch deep in substance"

Posted by: John | August 28, 2008 6:53 PM

"I can't wait to hear McCain's acceptance speech. I have been having trouble sleeping lately."

Remember his creepy "that's not change we can believe in" speech? With the weird smile and nervous chuckle? That actually made me LOSE sleep.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 6:52 PM

Yeah, he definitely is a muslim plant, you see, the radical muslims found him when he was a baby (like Harry Potter) and nursed him along, sent him to Harvard, secretly elected him as the head of the Harvard law review and then paid off his student loans. They hid all this for all these years and trained him on how to give an inspiring speech. They MADE people like him so he would get elected, but they did one thing wrong which gives the WHOLE PLAN AWAY...THEY FORGOT TO CHANGE HIS NAME DOH! they exclaim as the time draws near for the election.

Of course Obama being the slow-witted talentless buffoon that he is didn't think that being black with a funny name would work against him

I guess their plan is doomed for failure and Dr. Evils twin will get the nod.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 6:49 PM

Obama took over the Democratic Party and they didn't even know it. He came in, played by the rules they wrote, and took the nomination from the complacent older party members who didn't do a thing over the last many years except lose elections. They didn't even know what hit them until it was too late. The Press missed it because they sat around at the same cocktail parties as the ensconced politicians and just kept talking to each other, patting themselves on the back for being so "in the know".

Obama organized and energized a new generation of voters, ignored the culture wars of the past (McCain is still prattling on and on about how he missed Woodstock because he was a POW in a war more tan 30 years ago) and addressed the decline of America as a problem to solve, not a excuse to divide.

And what do the Republicans have? Hate, Fear, Secrecy and Distortion.

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 28, 2008 6:49 PM

I can't wait to hear McCain's acceptance speech. I have been having trouble sleeping lately.

Posted by: Bill J | August 28, 2008 6:46 PM

See you later "Former Democrat". Never come back.

Posted by: BB | August 28, 2008 6:38 PM

CLearly even the Democratic insiders have no idea what kind of leader Barack Obama will be. However he has clearly transformed the Democratic Party into the African American Party. Looking at the media coverage and the television commentators the only real Democrat is a black Democrat, everyone else is a racist.

The party has moved away from representing all AMericans to representing one segment of Americans. I am no longer in that segment and will be voting Republican this fall.

Posted by: Former Democrat | August 28, 2008 6:35 PM

McCain is clearly brain dead relic of the past. He is still fighting Vietnam, Cold war, Korea and various past wars. American people want someone that attends to our ailing economy, revamp our government to be more efficient, responsible and for a change accountable; win the real war in Afghanistan and finally uproot Al-Qaida and other extremists; end the unnecessary war in Iraq as Iraqis themselves are demanding…and many other reforms. McCain admitted that he’s economy-illiterate, he wants to stay in Iraq for 100+ years; he does not understand the real enemy is in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He’s in a lock-step with failed Bush.

Posted by: Obama/Biden 2008 | August 28, 2008 6:35 PM

McCain is clearly brain dead relic of the past. He is still fighting Vietnam, Cold war, Korea and various past wars. American people want someone that attends to our ailing economy, revamp our government to be more efficient, responsible and for a change accountable; win the real war in Afghanistan and finally uproot Al-Qaida and other extremists; end the unnecessary war in Iraq as Iraqis themselves are demanding…and many other reforms. McCain admitted that he’s economy-illiterate, he wants to stay in Iraq for 100+ years; he does not understand the real enemy is in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He’s in a lock-step with failed Bush.

Posted by: Obama/Biden 2008 | August 28, 2008 6:35 PM

You should send your article to the Economist Magazine which printed a cover story on Obama which was a big scare job suggesting that he is an ultra liberal lightweight who follows Saul Alinsky and got big money from Rezko.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 6:32 PM

Could someone please tell Obama to stop parading his girls around. If he can't win on his own character and policies, he doesn't deserve to be president. HRC was accused of "pimping" out Chelsea, but what Obama is doing is much worse. His children are under age. They should be concerned about being little girls, and not concerned about getting the "how cute" vote for their father. I think it's despicable. This is just one more reason I won't vote for Obama. He puts himself first, even before the welfare of his children.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 6:30 PM

TXPOET IF THERE IS A JACKASS WITH HORNS IT IS YOU. YOU MUST WORK FOR KARL ROVE AND STEVE SCHMIDT. YOU GUYS GOT NO GAME BUT TO SMEAR LIES AND HOPE THEY STICK. I WOULD BLOODY YOUR NOSE FOR BEING SO UN-AMERICAN AND SUCH TRAILER TRASH IF YOU EVER CROSSED MY PATH BUT OF COURSE YOU WOULDN'T BECAUSE LIKE THE REST OF YOUR KIND YOU ARE COWARDS HIDING BEHIND A KEYBOARD. COME ON LIARS COME ON OUT BEHIND YOUR KEYBOARDS AND FIGHT.

Posted by: JOE BENTO | August 28, 2008 6:29 PM

John I was a POW McCain will be using one of his wife's mansions for his backdrop for his speech announcing Carl Rove as his VP. Problem is, he's forgotten which one.

Posted by: Larry | August 28, 2008 6:28 PM

Obama celebrates the I HAVE A DREAM speech's 45th anniversary tonight.

McCain's first night with Bush AND Cheney AND a another hurricaine heading for New Orleans his convention is dreading I HAVE A NIGHTMARE.
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-8/1210139/nightmare.jpg

Posted by: mark | August 28, 2008 6:28 PM

Thank you for the precision of your truth, Mr. Balz: It's a party unified with very strong personalities causing some rivalry. We Dems should always be in such fine form.

Posted by: jhbyer | August 28, 2008 6:25 PM

OBAMA BIDEN No Way No How No Mc Cain. Barack Obama was able to take down the mighty Clinton machine and then keep the Clintons on the team that my friends is genius. Obama is a man of incredible intellect and integrity. I have had the pleasure of meeting him personally four times now and though I am a paralyzed veteran from the war in Vietnam he always made his way to where I was in my wheelchair and shook my hand and thanked me for my service and support of his campaign. Barack Obama should be in charge of the Democratic party and it is great that the torch has been passed to his capable hands. In November I am certain the country will do the right thing and elect the candidate who has done the most for our veterans and though he is one of us it is not John Mc Cain. We had no business in Iraq and we need to follow Obamas reasonable exit plans. I proudly join legions of my fellow veterans for Barack Obama in 2008! Yes We Can Sir Yes We can! AIRBORNE

Posted by: COL Tom Whittingtion | August 28, 2008 6:23 PM

For all the silly GOP sniping about the columns on Obama's stage, I heard McCain's stage has a background of Airport stall dividers.
If I was Obama I'd specificly mention the columns, and ask "how they like his stage?"
Then unfurl a big MISSION ACCOMPLISHED banner, and stick it right in Bush's eye!

McCain would give 6 of his 7 houses for an audience of 75,000, his BIGGEST audience so far is 5,000.

Posted by: mark | August 28, 2008 6:22 PM

So the Dem party is going to become communist?


Just kidding.

Posted by: None of the Above 08 | August 28, 2008 6:20 PM

Hard Facts vs. Easy Money

I have been a passionate civil libertarian and an independent voter my entire life. At one point I entertained the possibility of voting for John McCain in the upcoming presidential election. Politics is a filthy business and Barack Obama is nowhere near dirty enough for the task. I envisioned McCain as the candidate who could clean up the Republican Party and restore its credibility endowed by leaders such as Abraham Lincoln. McCain often described Washington as a, "culture of corruption," and I believed that his experience would allow him to rally the few remaining public servants in the government and, along with Democrats, achieve compromises which would represent the will of the people. I had great hope right up until Dick Cheney took McCain aside and graphically introduced him to the astronomical amount of money with which McCain could line his pockets by towing the corporate line. After being offered membership in the self-proclaimed illuminati, McCain went, overnight, from a reformer to a conformist.

By his own admission, McCain is a man of great ambition. The lure of easy money can erase a man's integrity faster than the click of a mouse but McCain would not understand that analogy. I have often been referred to as a keen observer of human nature yet, I have a difficult time understanding supporters of the Cheney-Bush-McCain regime. Then again, I still don't understand how Jimmy Jones was able to convince more than 900 people to stand in line and voluntarily consume a lethal dose of poison.

With the addition of Joe Biden to Obama's team, I feel confident that the revitalized Democratic Party now has a capable navigator. The effectiveness of a captain is determined by the proficiency of his crew. Obama must continue to exercise similar sound judgment with Cabinet appointments to insulate himself from a corrupt political machine that was installed during the Reagan administration and has had free rein for the last eight years.

Posted by: Quinn Stilletto | August 28, 2008 6:18 PM

Meanwhile the latest poll from Colorado shows Obama with a narrow lead, and Mark Udall also is ahead in the Senate race: http://campaigndiaries.com/2008/08/28/thursday-polls-flurry-of-down-ballot-polls/

Posted by: Dan | August 28, 2008 6:16 PM

(it also fits nicely with my Apollo Creed vs. Rocky analogy)

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 6:15 PM

Anonymous:

I'm not standing up for anyone suggesting assassination.

bill j:

The One is accepting the nomination tonight in front of Mount O-Lympus ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 6:13 PM

OK JakeD, I give. What is the APOLLO for?

Posted by: bill j | August 28, 2008 6:05 PM

""assinated" is not the same as "assassinated" ..."

So you're standing up for the guy suggesting assassination as a valid option because he doesn't know how to spell assassination?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 6:01 PM

Hillary may have lost the primary, but Obama's people cheated in some places, how do you explain the outcomes of all the caucuses, Texas alone reported cheating, and nothing was done about it. Clinton is doing what she needs to do to unite the party, but inside this has to be hard for her. I feel horrible how she took a beating from the media, Obama, and others, when she fought her best for this. If Obama had been not in the running, it clearly would have been Hillary's night instead. Yes, we must move on but when cheating is involved, it does not make it fair and alright. Obama and his talk of change, yeah, right on the heels of MLK I have a dream thing. Big deal, Obama's color does not bother me as much as the big whoopdeedoo he and his wife will make of this and all the folks who are right there with them in it. It makes my stomach churn at the thought of tonight.

Posted by: txpoet | August 28, 2008 6:00 PM

"These are scary times."

If McCain wins the election, indeed the times will be frightening indeed.

Quick question about immigration. Can you explain how Obama's immigration plan differs from McCain's? I bet you can't because you don't know either platform.

You're just waving your hands around saying "OOOOH, IMMIGRANTS! SCARY!".

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 6:00 PM

"assinated" is not the same as "assassinated" ...

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 5:59 PM

I just knew that all these white racists will be come out of the woodwork to discredit and attack Obama with gusto when he gets closer to their "White" House.

Posted by: RacistAmerica | August 28, 2008 5:57 PM

"It would suit me just fine if Obama gets assinated and Clinton gets to be the nominee. I hate Obama."

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Wow, just wow. I think there's a special place in a very hot locale reserved for people like you.

Posted by: wow | August 28, 2008 5:53 PM

LoL, I do not care actually

Posted by: txpoet | August 28, 2008 5:53 PM

we have a right to question Obama's integrity, and his patriotism, he is muslim, plain n simple, and he is no more patriotic then a jackass with horns.

Posted by: txpoet | August 28, 2008 5:51 PM

txpoet--

The Secret Service may be paying you a surprise visit very soon.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:51 PM

Logos and pillars. Elitist ideas and fringe, un-American friends. What happens when he has to govern? Will gays be able to open about their sexual orientation in the Marines? Will illegal immigrants be able to walk into Social Security and welfare offices, hospitals and courts and Demand their rights. Will Palestinians and Iran have an ally, or at the very least, a willing dupe? These are scary times. Vote for McCain. He has shown that he will put America first.

Posted by: David | August 28, 2008 5:50 PM

It would suit me just fine if Obama gets assinated and Clinton gets to be the nominee. I hate Obama.

Posted by: txpoet | August 28, 2008 5:46 PM

John McCain is a flabby Pillsbury Doughboy with a horrible comb-over. He is a weenie. He is John McWeenie.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:42 PM

hayden1:

If McCain chose a woman VP, there will be more Democrats voting for him than Republicans voting for Barack APOLLO Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 5:39 PM

There will be lots of McCain Democrats this year (just like there were Reagan Democrats ; )
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And lots of Obama Republicans.

Posted by: hayden1 | August 28, 2008 5:37 PM

But the power of the Clintons will not be diminished as much as you might think. Hillary will become a 2012 threat or the new Senate powerhouse and Bill will be hovering everywhere.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | August 28, 2008 5:30 PM

There will be lots of McCain Democrats this year (just like there were Reagan Democrats ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 5:10 PM

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