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Portman Mocks Obama at McCain Rally

By Robert Barnes
The Nutter Center at Wright State University is full for Sen. John McCain's "Road to the Convention'' rally, a backdrop of waving American flags, hand-painted signs and a highschool band. Former congressman and budget director Rob Portman revved up the crowd, calling McCain a hero and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama "arguably qualified" to be the junior senator
from Illinois.

He mocked Obama's speech last night, saying "the government under a Barack Obama administration will provide for everything.'' He added a line that President Bill Clinton once used against Obama: "That's a fairy tale.''

Outside, protestors were out in force, shouting "John McCain, more of the same.'' And a billboard across from the entrance showed what is now becoming an iconic photograph of McCain hugging President Bush, with the bold headline: "Does this look like change?"

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All the mockery against Obama and the hatred that Karl Rove has created cannot continue dividing our country. People we are Americans! McCain was no where in sight in the early primaries until he started to fall in place with Bush ideals. Can we continue hating the color of skin, nationality, language or sexual orientation of our neighbors? How many more of our children are you willing to sacrifice in misleading and unjustified wars. Wars of profit for the friends of the present administration. Sarah Palin falls right in-line with "present" Republican scare tactics, "on September 11th of last year,my son joined the Army and on September 11th of this year, he will serve in Iraq..."

Who has inspired us to take back our rights as Americans and say enough? And who continues to echo the same scare tactics and appear as puppets for their party? If you cannot think for yourselves then think of your children and their future. Do not let this beautiful country sink and become a fascist state! Think America.

Posted by: Jesse "The Mad Texan" | September 2, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the Messiah and his star-gazing followers are telling us that they plan to 'change' the country to be more like the famously clean-government and efficient one-party system as prevails in the city of Chicago?

Sometimes, as with Jimmy Carter after Watergate 'change' is for the worst. McCain has actually bucked his party in very visible ways; if Obama has ever done anything to buck the corrupt and dysfunctional coalition of Daley-machine regulars and aging 1960s leftists that is the Chicago Democratic Party, evidence has not yet been found. It's not enough to be anti-Bush. I'm anti-Bush. Give me a good reason to vote for Obama, not against Bush . . . oh, I forgot, Bush isn't running this year.

Posted by: Mark Richard | September 2, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

How cool were the cheerleaders at the rally? A stroke of genius by the party-planners in the RNC.

I can think of no better to compensate the public for thousands of American troop deaths and a broken economy than to have a bunch of young girls in short skirts give out t-shirts to "values voters" while chanting "We Love McCain!" Unbelievable.

Posted by: Arpit | August 31, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

well golly gee I see the repugs have a new trophy veep nominee for johnnny. CAN'T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN. they hope she will ride on the coattails of HILLARY SUPPORTERS (I don't think so , not if they have a brain) into the white house and is she talented. She can hunt with the best of em' bring home dinner on the hoof and cook it too! Dang. she's good! and she got a heap o chi'ren too. SHE'S BEEN THE GOV. OF ALASKA with 9000 people for about 18 whole months . I'm so impressed. I think John McCain must have left his brain along with his judgement and so called leadership ability on the floor of his cell in the Hanoi Hilton. He'll do anything to be president, but I don't believe he comes up with it by himself. He nor Bush are not that smart or clever. Do I see the hand of Carl Rove. Deed I do.

Posted by: MAMMOINS | August 30, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I want a government that supports Barney Smith, not Smith Barney. Portman IS Smith Barney.

Posted by: Chuck | August 30, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

If Obama had chosen Hillary, the Democrats would have gone down to defeat. He would have been perceived as weak and as a puppet of the Clintons. If Hillary supporters vote for McCain because of his choice of Palin, they must be naive and incredibly easy to manipulate. They are voting against their own interests -as far as women's rights, national health care, and the environment. joan

Posted by: Joan | August 29, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

A Bushco budget director shouldn't be commenting about ANYONE's work or efforts given HIS track record. Big O's speech was a homerun here; but in VP circles, it'll be once-wifeless Joe faced with Palin parading her minions across the stage everywhere they go. Likely the only advantage---beyond the ReThuglican smear machine---she'll have. First "soccer mom" in the WH? Off early returns, I think not.

Posted by: BigUnit47 | August 29, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Wonderfully-named Gary, and what is your middle name?

your ridicule of Senator Obama reminds me of primary school where mean kids make fun of non-local kids by deforming their names - class bullies love this oneupmanship. i suppose your local village phone book has tens/twenties of Gary Something and very few Barrack Something. So what does that tell you? Common is commen & special is special?

My Latin teacher used to remind the incompetents of the Latin class that "water always finds its own level" ... the lowest level, she meant. Good luck to Senator Barrack Obama & Senator Biden, both very special people.

Posted by: hadezee in Montréal | August 29, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

howlless, you are showing pure ignorance and obviously, anger. 38 million people in the US watched it and that does not include Canadians, the rest of the world,PBS, and C-Span. Some people just live in denial. Barack never intended to make this an awe-inspiring speech. He let it be known ahead of time that he was going to taking a different tack in using mores specific rather than be awe insiring. As is turned out, it was both. Even many right wingers, (who are not being paid to defend them) admitted as much.

Posted by: ladyliza | August 29, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Plugged Head Biden has absolutely no executive experience, never was runner up in a state beauty contest, and was never a mayor or governor. Sometimes, he writes his own stuff. Senator Barack Obama Hussein is undoubably the greatest self promoter since Houdini. Senator Obama Hussein also has no executive credentials, but at least he could possibly cross dress into a beauty pagaent.
Governor Palin is an advocate for children, even those not as yet born.
She also is an NRA member and can tote and shoot a rifle. She also advocates against bridges to nowhere and big government. She will appeal to all of us who cling to our guns and our religion. Guess the Dems are worrying about all the Bubbas out here now?

Posted by: don | August 29, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

gary's post is obvious horse hockey. Barak did fine. gary is mad because if McCain doesn't win he'll lose his status as "important guy of the same race as the president". His self image won't support him without this.

Posted by: mike | August 29, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

So with McCain, we are one heart attack away from having a woman with two years experience as a mayor of a town of 9,000 people as President. Good move, McCain.
Obama was AMAZING last night. Sorry, Gary, this isn't even a contest now.

Posted by: CrazyMe | August 29, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

good on you, mcCain. At least your eyes have not gone yet. That's all we need for the VP, sheer good looks.

Posted by: K Y Lee | August 29, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

That was an extremely poor speech by Baracky Hussein Obama last night.

I know that only a extremely small number of people watched the Democratic Convention.

Following are keynote speakers that you missed and topics:

Marion Barry --- Drug Abuse

Rep. Denny Kucinich --- How to garner 1 % of the vote in every primary entered

Sen. Chrissy Dodd --- Obtaining Countrywide loans

Sen. Chucky Schumer --- How to initiate a run on a bank

Jesse Jackson ---- Marital fidelity and Castration

John Edwards ---- Ambulance Chasing and Spousal support in time of need

Sen. Theodore Kennedy --- Driver education and How to stop a pending autopsy

James McGreevey ---- Gay rights

Mayor Ray Nagin --- Emergency evacuation preparations

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick – Email etiquette in the workplace

Al Sharpton ---- Race relations

Sen. Evan Bayh --- How to ignore the Liberal wing of the Democratic Party and support the war in Iraq

Al Gore --- Snow Removal

Louis Farrakhan --- Muslims in America and Muslim in the White House

PS - My god, Sarah Palin is extremely good lucking and sexy !

Posted by: gary | August 29, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Amazing. McCain selects the most inexperienced person in history for vice president, and the GOP zombie machine just keeps mouthing the same attack lines.

Further proof that hypocrisy only stops people who care about the truth.

Posted by: howlless | August 29, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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