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Tea Leaf Reading on the Way to the Vice Presidency

By Anne E. Kornblut
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- The Obama campaign offered a rare, concrete piece of information about the vice presidential process on Wednesday, declaring that Sen. Barack Obama is not -- repeat not -- going to Indiana on Saturday.

A web site in Tennessee,, had reported that he would make such a trip, citing sources in Denver. That triggered a wave of excitement and panic among the traveling reporters, who have all signed up for the text message that Obama plans to send out to supporters when he makes his pick -- but are otherwise spending their time waiting for clues, however meaningless and small.

An Obama aide, perhaps feeling sorry for the group, stated unequivocally that the report of a planned Indiana trip is untrue.

But it's still unknown at what exact moment Obama will make his announcement, or who it will be. He does have a narrowing window of opportunity: after campaigning by bus in Virginia on Wednesday and Thursday, he is expected to fly back to Chicago, and appears to have open time on his schedule on Friday. Then, on Saturday, Obama is expected to appear in Springfield, Ill., with his selected running mate.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 20, 2008; 2:39 PM ET
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True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.

Considering I am a grandfather.... Yes, I would love to still be living in my mom's basement!

I hope you are also working to make america a better place for our children.

Posted by: Franky | August 20, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Was Franky serious? I think he was.

How was he able to type any of that in this oppressive, fascistic police state? Very brave. I'm sure the jack-booted Bush shock troops are on the way to his mom's right now to have a little 'quality time' with him.

What a patriot. I'm sure glad he's there to do stand guard against Ameirca's REAL enemies - those who differ from his political persuasions.

Posted by: Good Lt | August 20, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Hi, Franky : )

Posted by: JakeD | August 20, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Franky | August 20, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

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