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RNC Pushes Obama Experience Argument

By Ed O'Keefe
The latest ad from the Republican National Committee's independent expenditure unit continues the GOP's harsh attacks on Barack Obama's experience.

"Would you get on a plane with a pilot who has never flown?" the ad's announcer asks. "Would you trust your child with someone who has never cared for children? Would you go under with a surgeon who has never operated? Can you hand your nation to a man who has never been in charge of anything? Can you wait while he learns?"

"Surgeon" will start airing in the morning in Cincinnati, Columbus, Evansville, Washington, D.C., Miami, Tampa, Orlando and on cable in Virginia, according to IE spokesman Brad Todd. It was also seen Wednesday night during primetime programming on WJLA-TV, the Washington, D.C., ABC affiliate.

The group has been airing similar ads in the last three weeks: one that uses images of the Oval Office while questioning Obama's experience and another released last weekend that uses choppy waves to suggest the Democrat could not handle crises. Separately, the McCain campaign has also aired ads questioning Obama's experience and suggesting his proposals are "risky."

Posted at 9:59 PM ET on Oct 29, 2008  | Category:  Channel 08
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sonnychiba72: "...a young Palestinian in a Gaza refugee camp is doing his part to get out the vote for Barack Obama."

There are tens of thousands of people - just like me - all over the globe doing our part to get Obama elected. I'm in Belgium, is that OK?

Posted by: vandoornheuvel | November 2, 2008 3:46 AM

Ohhh, THAT is just so UNFAIR!

Why, O'Bomba-Nation spent at least 1 whole summer making Ice Cream Cones and Sundaes at Baskin Robbins! Communicating with the People! Getting into important inter-relational issues such as:

Would you like Nuts? Maybe Sprinkles? BOTH?

Folks, that kind of responsibility, makes for serious mettle!


Now, just because he used his earnings to buy Coke and Pakalolo... ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 30, 2008 10:36 AM

If the Republicans had the money they would have done the same thing. While Obama and Clinton were fighting it out McCain had plenty of time to steal the show, and he didn't. He has had a cozy time with the press, and now it is over. I think it is time for all Americans to get behind whoever is elected to help get us out of this mess. We have had 40 years of partisan bickering and nothing gets done. we need to change this. Time to move in a different direction.

Posted by: woodard3 | October 30, 2008 9:39 AM

This is the Obama, the one for America!
I am not surprised Palestinians are going ga-ga over Barack Obama. It seems that when not engaged in orchestrating suicide bombings against Israel, they are busy working the phones on Obama's behalf.
Why do they do this? Maybe because he declared their mortal enemy, Israel to be a perpetrator of genocide against the Palestinian people…

On Oct. 28, 2008, a young Palestinian in a Gaza refugee camp is doing his part to get out the vote for Barack Obama. With a little help from the Internet, 24-year-old Ibrahim Abu Jayab is cold calling random American families from his parent’s home imploring them to vote Obama.

So let me understand this, Barack Obama is outsourcing some of his campaign’s work abroad, to Palestine no less… I am sure that violates a few FEC rules, but doing things by the book has never been Obama’s way, has it?

The source? Major news websites around the world are carrying this story. The Third Movement has known this type thing for some time about Barry Soetoro Obama. He is the most un-American candidate to run for President or any other higher office in the history of America.

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 30, 2008 9:26 AM


Quiz Question on Sarah the Celebrity:

Which is the scariest?

a. Sarah Palin
b. How much Republicans adore her
c. Sarah Palin is actually George Bush in
a skirt and glasses. (you notice that
you never see them in the same room at
the same time)
d. How Republican are attracted to bright and shiny objects.
e. All of the above.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 30, 2008 7:30 AM

HONESTLY, it kinda creeps me out that Barack Obama bought all that TV time on all those networks last night - too much like a Big Brother thing, in the controlling Orwellian sense.

I agree with John Baer at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Obama is showing his true self just in time for the voting to begin. If ALL the other RED FLAGS did not ding in, this one and the fact that he is outsourcing his campaign work in Palestine and in other foreign countries surely will.

Obama goes against the very fabric of everything that American was founded upon and everything America stands for.

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 30, 2008 5:16 AM

Voting Deadlines

Most of the states require an absentee ballot request to be made by October 24th. You can click on this link and request your absentee ballot.

www.StateDemocracy.org

Check your States Deadline Date at http://bostonnewsdesk.blogspot.com/2008/10/apply-for-absentee-ballot.html


Posted by: suma_abhi | October 30, 2008 3:36 AM

Voting Deadlines

Most of the states require an absentee ballot request to be made by October 24th. You can click on this link and request your absentee ballot.

www.StateDemocracy.org

Check your States Deadline Date at http://bostonnewsdesk.blogspot.com/2008/10/apply-for-absentee-ballot.html


Posted by: suma_abhi | October 30, 2008 3:35 AM

Are you? Care to point them out?

So far I don't see them.

http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/volact.shtml

"I am sure that violates a few FEC rules,..."
Posted by: sonnychiba72

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 30, 2008 2:32 AM

On Oct. 28, 2008, a young Palestinian in a Gaza refugee camp is doing his part to get out the vote for Barack Obama. With a little help from the Internet, 24-year-old Ibrahim Abu Jayab is cold calling random American families from his parent’s home imploring them to vote Obama.

So let me understand this, Barack Obama is outsourcing some of his campaign’s work abroad, to Palestine no less… I am sure that violates a few FEC rules, but doing things by the book has never been Obama’s way, has it?


Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 30, 2008 1:35 AM

Sarah Palin is a Freeloader


$150,000 shopping sprees (at all the best "elitist" shops, no less), on the Republican National Committee tab.
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14805.html
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$21,012 worth of free flights for her daughters, charged to the state of Alaska.
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http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/articles/2008/10/22/alaska_paid_for_palin_daughters_to_travel/
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All this, when she already makes $125,000 a year as governor and pockets an extra $22,883 in energy extraction royalties.


Palin is a chisler supreme.


All of which makes the fact that she charged $16,951 in expenses charged to the state, including 312 per diem allowances for staying in her own home just that much more amazing.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090803088.html
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A dual income family, with Sarah earning $125K. Free travel (even for the family), and now free clothes, hair and makeup. They can actually go out in her backyard and shoot a moose, keeping her family in free mooseburger for a year. And still she feels the need to cheat. Shoot that moose for free and still charge the state $60 per burger. And she claims she deserves every bit of it.


Now that's what I call a perverse sense of entitlement.


"Sounds like socialism to me," to borrow a phrase.


Just another fake "bootstrapper" Republican. What a shocker.


Meanwhile, we all have to endure the indignity of Palin turning the campaign for the Vice Presidency into some kind of FOX reality TV makeover show, where they take some ridiculously not-ready-for-prime-time pol and dress her up, push her out on the stage, and see if they can turn her into a VP in 10 weeks.


What the f^ck, right? It's just being second in line to the nuclear launch codes. No big thing. We could even do a whole copromotional deal with moose sandwiches at Subway.


Thanks, Republicans. You sure do love our country n' stuff and goodluck to you in your newly minted 4th party gadfly status starting in 2009.
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 1:32 AM

"Would you get on a plane with a pilot who has never flown?"

i sure wouldn't get on a plane with a pilot who's crashed 5 of them....

Posted by: earthling | October 30, 2008 1:09 AM

"Would you get on a plane with a pilot who has never flown?"

i sure wouldn't get on a plane with a pilot who's crashed 5 of them....

Posted by: earthling | October 30, 2008 1:00 AM

So, have you seen the commercial that shows McCain telling the WSJ that he wants to recruit a VP who can give him expertise in economics -- and ends with Palin's wink?

Posted by: thaimex | October 30, 2008 12:41 AM

So, have you seen the commercial that quotes McCain's 2007 intent to recruit a VP candidate who can provide expertise in economics -- and ends with Palin's wink?

Posted by: thaimex | October 30, 2008 12:39 AM

McCain is in more trouble than he knows.
Huckabee Hearts Obama?? Watch Video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YADwYU-phpI

See the Sarah Palin Look Alike Contest and Vote on the Winner. http://www.veeppeek.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 30, 2008 12:15 AM

Here is the secret link to where you too can download the secret list of Obama donors.

Be careful we wouldn't want anyone like ACORN to stumble on to this secret.

http://fec.gov/finance/disclosure/ftp_download.shtml

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 30, 2008 12:13 AM

Here is the secret link to where you too can download the secret list of Obama donors.

Be careful we wouldn't want anyone like ACORN to stumble on to this secret.

http://fec.gov/finance/disclosure/ftp_download.shtml

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 30, 2008 12:12 AM

Herbert Hoover Raised Corporate Taxes Just Before The Great Depression- Obama wants to repeat THAT Experience!

Obama gives the middle class a $1200 tax cut and more unemployment, as American business will shift more jobs overseas- Even John Kerry Knew That in 2004- proposed a corp tax CUT, and Bill Clinton called removing the payroll tax cap REGRESSIVE- Obama wants to do that too!

McCain wants to give the Middle Class a $300 tax cut and a JOB ina a business friendly environment-


Kevin Hassett
Bloomberg.com
1-9-06

So what explains the advantage gained from locating production overseas?

The most powerful factor appears to be taxes. The U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate among the world's most developed economies. With a combined federal and state tax rate of 39.3 percent, the U.S. taxes corporations at a rate that is 10 percentage points higher than the average of other nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

In a world of tight margins, a 10-percentage-point disadvantage is humongous. And the U.S. rate is well above that of countries such as Ireland, which has enjoyed an economic boom that coincided with a reduction in corporate taxes to 12.5 percent.

Let's Do It

When companies locate offshore, they can transfer much of their profits to foreign subsidiaries. Thus they avoid U.S. taxes until that time in the distant future when they ship the money home. This helps U.S. companies stay competitive vis-a-vis those already located in low-tax countries. It doesn't create many jobs in the U.S.

This is hardly a partisan issue. Indeed, Democratic Senator John Kerry wisely included a reduction in corporate taxes in his 2004 presidential platform.

Posted by: thecannula | October 29, 2008 11:36 PM

The Wingnuts are seeing their 90's power grap being yanked away from them because of their own incompetence and they're throwing a tantrum. After controlling the white house for the last eight years and controlling congress for ten of the last twelve years they've proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that conservatism is a failed ideology and now they're panicking because they're getting their arses kicked.


Here's some straight-talk, my friends:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJThPjvscFs
.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 11:00 PM

It's over. McCain has essentially screwed up so badly there's almost no hope he'll even come close to 270 electoral votes.

Palin is already trying to distance herself from McCain, looking ahead to 2012, where she'll probably run with Joe the Plumber as her running mate.

McCain's staff are already finger pointing as to who caused the self-destruction of their campaign, while they send out ther resumes to other potential candidates.

They've admitted that without Virginia, there's no way to make 270. So really, we'll know by 9 or 10pm Eastern, on Nov 4th, because VA closes polls at 7pm, making it one of the first to report results.

Posted by: techrat | October 29, 2008 10:54 PM


Breaking in Pittsburgh today: “A former staffer for an affiliate of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now testified today that the organization was provided a “donor list” from the presidential campaign of Barack Obama in late 2007 for fundraising efforts.

Anita Moncrief, a former Washington, D.C. staffer for Project Vote, which she described as a sister organization of ACORN, said her supervisor told her the list of campaign contributors came from the Obama campaign. Moncrief said she has a copy of a “development plan” that outlines how Obama contributors who had “maxed out” under federal contribution limits would be targeted to give to Project Vote, and that it was her job to identify such contributors.”

Let’s Play Connect the Dots!

This list was given to ACORN before the Primaries. BEFORE the primaries had even started. Which means the Obama Campaign was showering cash on ACORN (through its Donor Lists) before the Primaries even started. Do you think the people who run ACORN could see, way back in December 2007, which side their bread would be buttered on? Get out the vote for Obama = LOTSA CASH! Get out the vote for all Democrats = THANKLESS CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY. What to do, what to do.

So, ya think there may be any ties between the Obama Campaign, ACORN, and the widespread and credible allegations of OUTRAGEOUS FRAUD during the Caucuses? Remember the story from Alabama about ACORN workers paying people to vote in the Democratic Primary? Gee, I wonder WHICH CANDIDATE they were paying people to vote for??


BO campaign=sleazy

Posted by: thejaner | October 29, 2008 10:53 PM

""Would you get on a plane with a pilot who has never flown?""

A rather odd analogy to use given McCain's history with aircraft.

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 29, 2008 10:52 PM

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.


The only question is, would this country survive it?


You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, West Virgina and Pa etc, if you are stupid enough to vote for McCain you will deserve every single bit of economic hardship that a McCain presidency will give you.
.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 10:40 PM

Despite all predictions, this election is not, in fact, about Bush. He's a non-entity in it all.

That's fairly remarkable. And against the odds, the McCain/Palin campaign has managed to suck entirely on its own. Sure, the Democrats wanted to paint McCain (accurately, when it comes to nearly all actual policy positions) as the second coming of Bush. But McCain resisted the label, and instead found ways to suck that were completely independent of his ties to Bush.

McCain: He's terrible at giving speeches, yes. His policies are dismal, and more to the point are badly elucidated -- when he's willing to talk about them at all. We know he's for the Iraq War: we don't know anything he intends to do differently, except do more of it and presume it'll all work out this time around. His choice of Palin for the number two spot was, from the standpoint of anyone not a hardcore conservative, bizarre, and smacked of the erratic, shoot-from-the-hip nature of decision making that his past detractors had warned of. His campaign managers have been vitriolic towards the press, and dismissive of the public, and as erratic as their own candidate. His vaunted surrogates have played a round-robin game of publicly humiliating themselves and their candidate (attaching himself to Phil Gramm, noted hellspawn of all that is economically manipulative and devastating, was an inspired touch.) And his behavior during this economic crisis -- making a show of tooling down to Washington to "solve" things, and having his party dissolve into chaos around him, and then rejoining his campaign with nothing "solved" at all, and things in fact much, much worse, and looking for all the world like a man who has just been pied in the face by circumstance -- has been a complete and very public fiasco. He has done his very best to manage to convince everyone that he is, in fact, not anything like presidential material. He's never looked less presidential.

Oh -- and his more impromptu surrogates, people like "Joe the Plumber" and "Tape #254 Of Sarah Palin Saying Something Crazy" and "Campaign Supporter Not Really Attacked At ATM" have added a burnt-popcorn, sideshow quality to the campaign. That hasn't helped.

So... congratulations to McCain, I guess. He managed to do the seemingly impossible -- be trailing in the election not because people were deathly tired of George W. Bush and didn't want anything to do with his party, but because people are deathly tired of John McCain, as well. And I think the award needs to be shared communally, because at all levels of the Republican Party, candidates seem to be going out of their way to make themselves similarly dislikable, out of touch, or (and this is the favorite approach) be ranting with such gusto about the incipient socialism if any of you poor cretins out there dare get better healthcare or a more stable economy that they seem, to be blunt, f---ing nuts.
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 10:33 PM

OMG McCain Is A Socialist!


Down in the polls, John McCain's new Divide & Flail™ strategy is to call Barack Obama's tax cut for 95% of Americans "socialism."


Well, McCain must have once been a socialist, because it turns out that for years he supported higher taxes on the wealthy to pay for lower taxes on the middle-class.


The YouTube don't lie:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8EyGpOU3qM
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OMG! Oh No, Palin Is A Socialist Too!


It's not just McCain -- Sarah Palin is a socialist too! Hendrik Hertzberg notes (emphasis added):


"A few weeks before Palin was nominated for Vice-President, she told a visiting journalist—Philip Gourevitch, of this magazine—that "we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs."


Here's the mavericky straight-talk, my friends:
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http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2008/11/03/081103taco_talk_hertzberg
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 10:21 PM

PALIN IS A CELEBRITY! What do ya expect?!?

You know how those Republican men like bright shiny objects! I heard she was pal'n around with her CELEBRITY friend Hasselbeck this past weekend.

PALIN=BUSH IN A SKIRT (no pun or sexism intended)

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 29, 2008 10:21 PM

18 Million people voted for Obama in the primaries because of his VISION for America not his experience.


If we wanted experience, we would have picked someone else. Good night, John.


Save our Country and Constitution

Vote OBAMA Nov 4

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 29, 2008 10:08 PM

Is Palin a Whack Job?


YOU BETCHA!


Whack Job: noun - A crazy, possibly dangerous, person.
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http://www.allwords.com/word-whackjob.html
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Politico brings word that McCain advisors are upping the verbal leak campaign against Sarah Palin, who must long for the days when members of her campaign were calling her a hockey mom and Joe Six-Pack.


A top McCain adviser one-ups the priceless "diva" description, calling Palin "a whack job."
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/28/palin-a-whack-job-top-mcc_n_138523.html
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Whack job. It's a good charge, cause it's true! This is one of my favorite leaks from the anti-Palin forces working for McCain, right up with the claim that she's "going rogue." Like Iran?


I've never seen a breakdown in discipline like this on a presidential campaign. It testifies to McCain's lack of leadership and to the state of his campaign. Knowing they're going to lose, Mittens' kittens are angling for advantage against Palin going into the 2012 primary.


Ah, yes, the coming GOP primary. Fantasize, my friends, with me. It's 2011, Obama and the Democrats in Congress have passed good progressive legislation to help bring us out of recession, institute universal health care, and end our dependence on foreign oil. Our troops are home from Iraq. Then we will all get to sit back and watch Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and whoever else fight for the right to lose to Obama.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 10:07 PM

IF PALIN IS SO QUALIFIED...

Then why didn't she run for president?

Makes you wonder what announcement? ...

"I've been Governor for TWO WHOLE MONTHS and I'm READY to be President"

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18 Million people voted for Obama in the primaries because of his vision for America not his experience.

Palin got one vote and the only VISION know of from her is her view of Russia.

Save our Country and Constitution

Vote OBAMA Nov 4

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 29, 2008 10:07 PM

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