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Andrea Mitchell vs. the Balloons

By Garance Franke-Ruta
NBC's Andrea Mitchell demonstrates the perils of live television as she gamely tries to report from the Republican National Convention during the midst of a major balloon drop in this clip that's amusing the chattering class the day after the two-week convention marathon has come to an end.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 5, 2008; 1:48 PM ET
Categories:  Cast of Characters , Conventions , Making the Rounds , Republican Party  
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Ah, the honest, decent, intelligent, fair, compassionate, real people here makes my mind expand????? Like a balloon. Andrea Mitchell is as full of hot air at the attacking balloons.

Posted by: Grams | September 6, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see all the mentally challenged Faux news viewers made it over to comment on Andrea Mitchell's appearance.

Why don't you try reading Franky's (perfect!) post above...and dispute any of it with facts?

The republicans under Bush and Cheney have COMPLETELY ruined this country in every possible area that he outlined above, INCLUDING national security.

And for the bitter Hillary supporters thinking they might vote for Mcain and his little brain dead hypocrite VP ...have you totally lost your F$&#^g mind???

So you intend to vote for a platform and a party nearly 100% opposite what Hillary and Obama stood for???

America...rapidly headed for third world status, with an electorate that will fall for any BS republican "narrative"


Posted by: Rich | September 6, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

"No We Can't" (break the glass ceiling that is)

That's what Obama has made REALITY by not choosing the best Democrat to be his VP, Hillary Clinton! How could he mop the floor with her, pimp her out for his campaign, and then not even put her on the ticket? Was it arrogance, was it fear, was it spite? How about all of the above?

The Biden choice was one made out of fear and inexperience.

So here's how to fix the problem:
Vote for McCain / Palin this round. Why not? Lots of other women will!

Here's why:
Once you smash the glass ceiling by voting in Gov. Palin as your VP, the ticket for 2012 will most surely look like this:
Hillary vs. Palin vs. Napalitano vs. ?

Give Hillary a chance, sooner! Vote McCain / Palin 2008!

Posted by: Jackie | September 6, 2008 3:06 AM | Report abuse

Balloons...Balloons...Balloons... were every where! funny video. Andrea, it was like a giant bubble bath. Remeber to register to vote and you can do it at McCain still is below 450,000.

Posted by: mgultch | September 5, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference between Andrea Mitchell and a balloon?


ha! the best line ive heard all night

Posted by: dummypants | September 5, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

i guess thats why we dont see andrea mitchell reporting on hurricans. it's like the balloons were jamming her brain circuity or something.

anderson cooper or Geraldo would have dominated those balloons.

Posted by: dummypants | September 5, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if Obama will target and rid of sharp opponents reporting that Gov. Sarah Palin’s popularity is now even larger than his??

Or will GOP Guiliani target and murder mutual opponents with his mob ties via protege Bernard Kerik whose got 140 years of jail time to cut sweetheart exchange deals with to lessen penalty? Hitler Guiliani, the mobster himself...

As sharp critics to both of them, wonder if we should worry about our family’s physical safety especially when we are jogging in public this afternoon or our car tampered with this afternoon after work for example?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

The long Soros post goes up when the paid disinfo's seek to disrupt the discourse on blogs like this.

Memo to Mike McConnell:

Check on Monday morning to make sure agencies under DNI watch are adhering to rules and regs and not violating laws against government propagandizing.

And secure all Directed Energy Weapons deployed in the field and make sure none is being used on civilians by any agency or their interests. Investigate any and all reports of DEW use on civilians.


Posted by: Thomas Paine | September 5, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Too bad. Andrea just hasn't been "properly vetted" in work in high balloon-density environments. Gov. Palin will be laughing all the way to D.C.

Posted by: RR | September 5, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse


Chew this one over with Alan over dinner:


Posted by: scrivener | September 5, 2008 4:05 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 rapidly.

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 | September 5, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"I can't believe that FOX has actually turned out to be the most un-biased news station reporting on this election."

LOL LOL LOL LOL!! Thanks for enough laughs to last the whole weekend!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

For a moment there, Andrea looked concerned and scared, especially when the guy behind her started swiping away ballons for her and she thought he was trying to touch her sexually.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 5, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Soros Runs British Foreign Office Coup Against U.S. Elections
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by Anton Chaitkin

September 5, 2008--Civilization is in danger from the globalist financial system blowing apart, with the present U.S. administration lurching towards new British-guided war adventures, and the two U.S. Presidential nominees detached from the reality of the crisis and floating towards catastrophe. The Democratic Party, which should lead the way out towards national survival, has been taken over and bound head to foot by a British coup led by Foreign Office agent George Soros.

The billionaire speculator and his London sponsors created the time-bomb regimes on the borders of Russia, that are now detonating a potential world war with Dick Cheney's gleeful encouragement.

With the slimiest money-conduiting political assets inside the United States paralleling those in Georgia and Eastern Europe, George Soros is running an illegal foreign intervention into the U.S. Presidential elections, on behalf of the British Crown.

The world financial system began to visibly disintegrate in summer, 2007. Working people losing their jobs and homes would surely back a Democratic Party committed to defend their lives. The front-running Hillary Clinton could unite a large majority, the lower 80% of income brackets, white, black and Hispanic, behind a return to Frankiln Roosevelt policies and a successful war against the power of British-Wall Street financier axis. London knew she was tough enough to chew and spit out potential opponent Republican rightists who spout populist sophistry.

To destroy these prospects, George Soros has employed a titanic money-channeling apparatus whose operatives are under investigation for wholesale looting, partners of the worst mortgage swindler-bankers. The Soros combination of anonymous financiers and deployable street forces went berserk against Hillary and Bill Clinton. They concentrated on splitting black and white voters, with Soros-owned Democratic chairman Howard Dean and Soros-owned working on severing the remaining ties of the Party to labor voters.

— How the Foreign Agency Works —

The core Soros apparatus inside the U.S., now boasting itself an "alternative" to the ruined Democratic Party, starts at the top with the secretive offshore unregulated hedge funds through which the British have awarded billions to Soros personally — the Caribbean-based Quantum Group of Funds, overseen by Soros Fund Management; and the tax-exempt Open Society Institute, where Soros dispenses $300 million a year to rig the political system.

In that fateful pre-Presidential-race spring and summer of 2007, British imperial strategist Sir Mark Malloch Brown was vice president of both Soros Fund Management and the New York-based Open Society Institute. The Queen made him Baron Malloch-Brown in July, 2007, after he became Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Foreign Office chief for Asia, Africa and the United Nations.

Under Soros management are four core elements functioning as a single integrated foreign agency:

** The Democracy Alliance. a private billionaires' political club founded by Soros in 2004-2005;

** The 2-million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), led by Soros servants Andy Stern and Anna Burger. They broke up America's AFL-CIO Labor Federation in 2005, and their clique is under Congressional and federal criminal investigation;

** The Tides Foundation, a tax-exempt channel for political funding ($80 million per year) from anonymous wealthy donors;

** The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — ACORN — a vast street-level corps created in the 1970s as a neo-fascist "New Left" control mechanism over the black ghetto, used since 2004 as the primary political agency for Obama campaigns. Built up as a covert grouping of private and tax-exempt entities, ACORN is now imploding from scandals of theft and sleaze.

There is a startling, shameless interlock between the treasuries of these political units, and these relationships deserve careful scrutiny from the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice.

Drummond Pike is Treasurer of the Democracy Alliance, and permanent chief executive of Tides Foundation.

SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger is vice chairman of Democracy Alliance (and chairman of the "Change to Win Federation" which broke millions of members away from the AFL-CIO).

Prior to July, 2008, Wade Rathke was permanent chief executive of ACORN; chairman of the board of the Tides Center, the link between Tides Foundation's anonymous wealthy donors and their targeted "radical politic causes"; and chief executive of the Texas/Louisiana/Arkansas region for SEIU. Rathke quit Tides and quit as ACORN's sole boss after it was revealed that his brother stole $948,000 from the ACORN group's commingled funds. The embezzlement was kept quiet for eight years. In August, 2008, the New York Times exposed a secret arrangement (with $700,000 paid in by Tides chief Drummond Pike) to keep law enforcement away.

— Soros Chooses Obama —

The combination carrying out the present British electoral intervention was put together five years ago.

Barack Obama came under special Soros sponsorship in the 2004 U.S. Senate race, Obama's first successful run for national office. Then a state senator, Obama had been deeply involved for over a decade with the ACORN apparatus that Soros was just then, in 2003-2004, incorporating into his national political machine.

George Soros raised $60,000 for the 2004 Obama U.S. Senate campaign. Obama was reportedly the only candidate with whom Soros met personally (in March) during the 2004 election cycle, and Obama was in Soros' New York home for a July 27 fundraising event.

To put this Soros sponsorship into perspective, note that simultaneously in 2003-2004, Mikhail Saakashvili was installed as Georgia's President thanks to $40 million from Soros for the "Rose Revolution." A few weeks before Soros first met with Obama, Soros, Sir Mark Malloch Brown and Saakashvili held a Switzerland press conference to announce that Soros and the UN Development Progamme which Malloch Brown then headed would be financing the Saakashvili government, paying the prime minister and police salaries. The Georgia Open Society Institute executive director who distributed that Soros money, Alexander Lomaia, is now (in 2008) head of the National Security Council of Georgia and supervised the attack against South Ossetia that brought on the brutal conflict with Russia.

On December 4, 2006, two years after getting into the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama went to Soros' New York office to be interviewed for higher office. Soros then took Obama into a conference room for other, politically subordinate billionaires, to speak with Obama after the Soros approval. With money and connections assured, Obama announced for the Presidency soon afterwards.

Soros put behind the Obama candidacy — and into the savage attacks against Hillary Clinton — his Democracy Alliance and Tides billionaires, with funds passed as legal "bundlers" and otherwise, together with his SEIU and ACORN street-managers.

— London's U.S. Election Squad —

The street units that British Foreign Office agent George Soros is deploying to rig the 2008 election are herded by Rathke's ACORN and the Andy Stern/Anna Burger SEIU leadership, a clique shaped since the 1960s as a covert action project of the London-New York axis. With all its vaunted power, this clique is now in a deepening legal and political crisis.

It began with the methods and networks of Saul Alinsky (1909-1972), the anti-Franklin Roosevelt professional radical employed, through cutouts in Washington and New York, by strategists based at London's Tavistock Clinic and Psychiatric Institute.

Alinsky's 1930s experimental "community organizing" in the Chicago slums at last bore its sick fruit in the post-Kennedy, late 1960s sex/drugs culture, when Alinsky trainees and front groups got financier and government backing to control the poor and divide working people.

This false-flag Community Organizing, leading neighborhoods into militancy around strictly local concerns, was identified as a variant of the earlier Mussolini syndicalist-fascism by Lyndon LaRouche in his 1968 article, "The new left, Local Control and Fascism (Campaigner magazine, Sept. 1968): "Legions of black and white radical judas goats are being bankrolled by the Ford Foundation, the [Office of Economic Opportunity, and other ruling class agencies to spread the gospel of 'community control' in the black ghetto and elsewhere....It is the syndicalist's role as a conscious saboteur of every effort to bridge the ... separation of black and white workers, of workers and students ... which is syndicalism's most poisonous feature ... leading directly to fascism."

In 1972, the Alinsky-trained Washington operative Margery Tabankin and her assistant Drummond Pike took control of Wade Rathke and his then-two-year-old ACORN enterprise. Tabankin and Pike moved Rathke around the country and incorporated him into their Alinskyite arrangement known as ARF, for "Associated Rich Folks"! Among other financiers, the Bagley family, a wing of the London Imperial Tobacco-controlled R.J. Reynolds family, were counterinsurgency projects for lower income people.

It was this Drummond Pike, together with Ms. Tabankin's Bagley sponsors, who created the Tides Foundation in 1976, bringing Wade Rathke in as the first Tides director. Immediately afterwards, Margery Tabankin became Director of the United States federal agency, Volunteers in Service to America. In September, 1977, Tabankin's federal agency paid out $470,475 to supply 80 free organizers to ACORN, enormously expanding its scope. As a Bagley family member chaired the Tides Foundation, and Tabankin herself ran the Bagley family's ARCA Foundation, high-level protection and unaccountable millions of dollars were channeled into the ACORN project.

Government support continued on until, in the Bush-Cheney years of 2003-2006, government grants provided at least $10,035,479 to ACORN (counting only two of Rathke's dozens of operations, ACORN Institute and ACORN Housing Corporation, according to their IRS filings).

The biggest banks, that are now sinking in the global credit meltdown, Bank of America (which ate the toxic Countrywide)), J.P. Morgan Chase and many others, have given ACORN millions. They have officially engaged ACORN as "radical" partners in marketing new mortgages, and as counselors to prior predatory lending victims on How To Cope without touching the bankers' power.

— Obama, and the Crackup —

Barack Obama got into this picture in 1985-1988, directing the Saul Alinsky spin-off, Developing Communities Project, for Chicago slum residents self-help and local-issue confrontations. He went onto the board of the Alinsky-legacy Woods Fund, that had paid for his Project, and then funded ACORN. He ran ACORN's 1992 "Project Vote" Chicago registration drive.

Obama was the lawyer for ACORN's 1995 election law suit against Illinois Governor Jim Edgar; and his law firm ran the 2002-2003 law suit resulting in the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) paying ACORN huge sums on the pretext that ACORN would counsel predatory lending victims.

For at least the years 1995-2004, according to ACORN officer Toni Foulkes (Social Policy magazine, Winter 2003/Spring 2004), Barack Obama led ACORN training sessions on political power, building up a cadre of ACORN leadership around himself. Alongside the new ACORN overlord, George Soros, ACORN thus employed street forces, paid and volunteer, to win for Obama the 2004 Democratic primary election for U.S. Senator.

On February 22, 2008, an ambiguously-identified "ACORN Political Action Committee" formally endorsed Barack Obama against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. They were already in action against Clinton in the field, on the Web, on the radio, paying and otherwise herding thousands of operatives in combination with the SEIU and other Soros elements.

The July, 2008 resignation of ACORN chief and SEIU regional boss Wade Rathke in the 2008 embezzlement and cover-up scandal has been followed by other shocks deepening the public disgrace of ACORN and SEIU.

Since ACORN is the Soros/Obama street machine, ACORN's earlier cases of election fraud have now spilled into public view. In 2004, four ACORN employees in Ohio were indicted by a federal grand jury for submitting false voter registration forms. In January, 2005, two Colorado ACORN workers were convicted of submitting false voter registrations. On November 1, 2006, four ACORN employees were indicted in Kansas City, Mo., for voter registration fraud, in part of a national criminal investigation. In 2006, ACORN was investigated for submitting false voter registrations in St. Louis, with 1,492 fraudulent registrations identified. In 2007, five Washington state ACORN workers were sentenced to jail, and ACORN agreed to pay King County $25,000 for investigative costs.

Now the House Education and Labor Committee, chaired by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the U.S. Labor Department, and the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles are each investigating possible criminal misconduct by Tyrone Freeman, the head of the SEIU branch in Los Angeles. The Soros stooges, SEIU President Andy Stern and SEIU/Democracy Alliance official Anna Burger, gave Freeman control of the California section of the union in a power struggle against California-based opponents of their leadership.

Freeman has resigned, and Freeman's former chief of staff, Rickman Jackson, has also left his present post as head of an SEIU local in Michigan. SEIU executive vice president Annelle Grajeda, a top California operative of Stern and Burger, has also stepped down amid separate allegations of illegal payments.

Stern and Burger reorganized their California region in an attempt to crush a rebellion led by Oakland-based SEIU leader Sal Rosselli, who has fought against Stern and Burger's sweetheart deals with anti-patient, anti-worker health-care operators, and dirty arrangements with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The vast ocean of money flowing through SEIU, ACORN and affiliated Soros agent enterprises, has proved to be a dangerous temptation.

A series in the Los Angeles Times has reported that Tyrone Freeman's local paid almost $178,000 to a video firm owned by Freeman's wife, $16,000 to Freeman's brother-in-law's basketball team, $219,000 to a Freeman's close friend's company, hundreds of thousands (from a union charity) to Freeman's mother-in-law's day-care service, and almost $300,000 to a golf tournament, a steakhouse, a cigar club and a talent agency. Freeman's unopposed 2002 election as an SEIU local president is under investigation, as are complaints of thug tactics against Feeman's members.

Annelle Grajeda, the SEIU's international executive vice president and an aide to President Andy Stern, has left her posts amidst complaints of union payments to her former boyfriend after he ceased being an SEIU officer. Grajeda heads the SEIU's California state council, which runs the union's lobbying efforts with Governor Schwarzenegger and the legislature, and which oversees get-out-the-vote drives overlapping with the entire Soros apparatus.

Desperately counterattacking, Stern and Burger have demanded the rebellious, whistle-blowing Oakland SEIU local be put into receivership, provoking public rallies of the union membership against those operatives who have put the union at the service of London's George Soros.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow... Obama's DNC speech was the first to NOT have balloons. In fact, I bet it didn't have any USA flags either, since Obama doesn't like those either. Er, wait, maybe he's flip-flopped on that too:

Also, in recent news, another one of Barack Obama's friends is going to jail despite Barack's endorsement of him:

Posted by: Galvin | September 5, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse


I'm glad the MSM is enjoying itself, but it might be nice if the WaPo would acknowledge that a recent post here at The Trail by Paul Kane was more like something you'd see at the DailyKos (and later marked as "possibly inaccurate" at digg):

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | September 5, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Um Karen, hate to break the news to you but FOX News is not only the most biased news station in the nation it is also one of the worst. I am a moderate and I tried to watch the FOX coverage but they can't stop either bickering among themselves or drooling over how wonderful Sarah Palin is...

And if you can face the truth I dare you to read this article and watch the video to illustrate how unbiased your wonderful FOX News is:

Posted by: Media Man, Ohio | September 5, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Andrea, honey, lay off the Botox. I was having trouble figuring out which were balloons and which was you! Seriously!

Posted by: MJ | September 5, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Forget that!!!!

I would have just walked up to her and punched the fat nosed un-professional biased bit** in the face. All of these left-wing pieces of garbage are ruining this country. I can't believe that FOX has actually turned out to be the most un-biased news station reporting on this election.

Posted by: Karen Zimmerman | September 5, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Andrea (UN-PROFESSIONAL SCHREW) Mitchell should realize that after her biased reporting it was no accident those balloons kept hitting her in the face.
If I was there I would have punched one of the white heavy ones in her direction so that it hit her in the nose and knocked her on her boney Hussein Obama biased left-wing ass.

Posted by: Justin | September 5, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Those balloons are the world's biggest celebrity!

Posted by: Karl Rove | September 5, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference between Andrea Mitchell and a balloon?


Posted by: Chuck E. Cheese | September 5, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

That red balloon on the far right might make a better VP pick for the GOP.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

As a balloon I am outraged at this story. The Washington Post has stooped to a new low in journalism with their low-ball reporting of this story without addressing the rights and plights that we as balloons endure on a daily basis. I am encouraging all balloons to boycott this paper and all others that have been reporting this balloon story without taking into account balloons and their views.

Posted by: Pop, Ft. Wayne Indiana | September 5, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

This is another example of the Liberal Media using balloons to further their Radical Leftist adgenda.

Balloons for McCain/Palin '08

Posted by: Krusty the Clown, Springfiled | September 5, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I saw this live last night, it was pretty funny.

She did well given the Republican Balloon Assault's numbers.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

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