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Ad Wars: Feeney's Mea Culpa

It's never a good sign when, just six weeks before election day, an incumbent puts up an ad in which he apologizes to his constituents for bad judgment.

But, that's exactly what happened today in Florida's 24th district where embattled Rep. Tom Feeney (R) took to the airwaves to explain and apologize for a trip to Scotland he took with disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

"I embarrassed myself and embarrassed you, and for that I am very sorry," Feeney says, sitting at a kitchen table with a coffee cup in his hand and speaking directly into the camera. "I approved this message because public service is about being honest even when you make a mistake."

It's a remarkable piece of political theater almost certainly caused by a belief within the Feeney campaign that the Abramoff issue was doing him so much damage that he had to address it himself or face certain defeat.

(Politicians, as a rule, don't like to apologize, and they certainly don't like to apologize in front of tens of thousands of viewers. And, there is recent evidence that a mea culpa by an endangered politician doesn't make things better; New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Torricelli ran an apology ad after being "severely admonished" by the Senate Ethics Committee, then watched as his poll numbers continued to slide downward; he ultimately resigned from the Senate before the 2002 election.)

But, Feeney's ad comes just days after the release of a new poll commissioned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that showed the incumbent in a dead heat with former state Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (43 percent Feeney, 42 percent Kosmas) and with the sort of favorability ratings (37 percent favorable/38 percent unfavorable) that would suggest he has little room for improvement.

And, recent financial filings with the Federal Election Commission show the incumbent actually trails the Democratic challenger in cash on hand. Kosmas showed $836,000 in the bank as of Aug. 6 while Feeney has $804,000 on hand. For the entire race, Feeney has outraised Kosmas $1.5 million to $1.2 million.

By the numbers, the 24th district that Feeney has held since 2002 should not be terribly competitive. President George W. Bush won it with 55 percent of the vote in 2004 and Feeney took 58 percent in 2006.

But the taint of the Abramoff scandal has done significant damage to Feeney who is now clearly playing defense in this race with just six weeks remaining before election day.

Will Feeney join the unenviable ranks of former Reps. Tom DeLay (Texas) and Bob Ney (Ohio), former Sen. Conrad Burns (Mont.), and retiring Rep. John Doolittle (Calif.) -- all now out of Congress (or soon to be) due in large part to their ties to Abramoff?

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 23, 2008; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  Ad Wars , House  
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Feeney has always seemed like a Used Car Salesman to me. His plea of innocence rings hollow.

Posted by: Nor'Easter | September 25, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Jeb for rewarding this sleaze Feeney for his substantial help in stealing FL in 2000 for big bro and more key seats in 2002 and 2004 with his handy election fraud tricks like the software he paid for with taxpayer funds to change Dem votes to Repub on election-theft touch-screens! Only in corrrupt good ole boy REPUB dominated Flori-duh! Feeney, Keller, Ninny Brown-Waite AND Stearns are being RETIRED by the fed-up FL electorate; this time--on paper ballots, no RNC vote theft because this time, WE CAN RECOUNT THE VOTES! Feeney should have resigned in disgrace long ago! This block of rightwing George Bush butlers are GOING and finally, central Florida will have some decent Democrats representing them in Congress!

Posted by: JanisL | September 24, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Most corrupt

http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/summaries/feeney.php

When he was Fla. House Speaker he wanted Fla. to succeed from the union. What is it with these folks? Palin and Alaska "Independence" sucession. Haley Barbour walks around with a confederate flag lapel pin.
Why do they hate America?

Posted by: MRF | September 24, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Jeb for rewarding this sleaze Feeney for his substantial help in stealing FL in 2000 for big bro and more key seats in 2002 and 2004 with his handy election fraud tricks like the software he paid for with taxpayer funds to change Dem votes to Repub on election-theft touch-screens! Only in corrrupt good ole boy REPUB dominated Flori-duh! Feeney, Keller, Ninny Brown-Waite AND Stearns are being RETIRED by the fed-up FL electorate; this time--on paper ballots, no RNC vote theft because this time, WE CAN RECOUNT THE VOTES! Feeney should have resigned in disgrace long ago! This block of rightwing George Bush butlers are GOING and finally, central Florida will have some decent Democrats representing them in Congress!

Posted by: JanisL | September 24, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Yep that is right .... So now Barack Obama is a "Affirmative Action Guy" just because he is half-black. Nevermind that he graduated at the top of his class in Harvard.

Instead lets put hot-headed grandpa McCain in charge. The guy who graduated at the bottom of his class. The guy that needed his Family and Father-in-Law's wealth and connections to get where he is now.

Also remember that for over 20 years he was for "deregulating" the market, the primary cause of this wall-street crisis.

Posted by: Politico | September 24, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse


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The Major Cause Of The Wall Street Crisis Is Affirmative Action

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Clearly a MAJOR CAUSE of the Wall Street crisis is that they have NOT been selecting the best people to run the Wall Street firms.


The liberals have been pressing through these affirmative action programs at the Wall Street Firms and MBA Schools.


Wall Street has a third-rate team on the field - they have a bunch of sheep who owe their loyalty not to their own merit and brains but to the affirmative action programs which gave them their outsized salaries ABOVE MORE QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WHO COULD ACTUALLY DO THE JOB.

Instead Wall Street has HIRED A THIRD-RATE STAFF which goes along with the program.

The Smart A-List people have been pushed aside by the liberals who DO NOT CARE IF THE WORK IS GETTING DONE PROPERLY, rather they believe they have won when then have diversity and who cares if the balance sheet is a mess. LET'S BE CLEAR HERE THE NEW YORK LIBERALS ARE A MAJOR CAUSE OF THE WALL STREET CRISIS AND MESSING UP OUR REAL ESTATE MARKET AND THE FINANCIAL MARKETS.


Angry Liberals.


The Liberals took control of the MBA Admissions Boards of the top MBA Business Schools in the early 90s - they started admitting THIRD-RATE PEOPLE TO GO TO MBA SCHOOL.

Then the Wall Street firms followed suit - throwing MERIT-BASED CRITERIA aside - the deciding factor became the color of one's skin - IF YOU WERE A WHITE MALE FROM THE SUBURBS YOU WERE IN A CATEGORY WHICH HAD DRAMATICALLY MORE DIFFICULT STANDARDS FOR PROMOTIONS AND HIRING.


THIS WAS ALWAYS A DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN.


WALL STREET HAS A THIRD-RATE TEAM ON THE FIELD WHICH HAS GONE ALONG WITH THE CROOKS FOR YEARS.


THE FIRST-RATE TEAM WAS THERE ATTEMPTING TO GET IN THE DOOR HOWEVER THE NEW YORK LIBERALS TURNED THEM AWAY.


THE FIRST-RATE TEAM WOULD HAVE EASILY AVERTED THIS CRISIS.


SO WHAT DO WE DO NOW? PUT ANOTHER AFFIRMATIVE ACTION GUY IN CHARGE OF THE ECONOMY?


MCCAIN HAS THE EXPERIENCE AND MILITARY BACKGROUND TO FIGHT THE WALL STREET LOBBYISTS, SET THE WALL STREET BROKERS STRAIGHT, STOP THE OUTSIZED COMPENSATION PACKAGES AND PLACE THE AMERICAN ECONOMY ON THE RIGHT TRACK TO BEING STRONG AGAIN.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | September 24, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

"I didn't realize a free trip to Scotland was a bribe."

Yet these Republicans claim to be so "moral" and "religious."

What phonies! Bet he's going to church this Sunday, too.

Posted by: Brittman1 | September 24, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Any of you people from Mass. ?

And will admit voting for Barney Frank?

Is this the guy that ran the escort service for gays?

I think MASS. should have their voting rights taken away for keeping this guy in office.

What a TOTAL and COMPLETE KOOK.

How could you people elect this guy?

Posted by: Dano | September 23, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I AM NOT A CROOK!

Posted by: RICHARD NIXON (R) | September 23, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I remember this know-nothing, blustering, corrupt ideologue from the Florida 2000 rape. Back to the car lot sucker.

Posted by: Paul in NC | September 23, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Los Angeles Times
Witness: Simpson planned nothing illegal in Vegas
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iUNgbOr-2bnpFUX0MiII6je2CkRAD93CJ3RO0

Wonder if it is true that the actual candidate that bumps off mutual opponent will win in November regardless of issues and poll numbers?

Apparently the mutual opponent is wealthy, exposed corruption within both parties and is presently targeted.

The question is how?

Will the Dems use an OJ Simpson-like black convict with jail time?

Will the GOP use a Guiliani-like mob ties as used by his protege ex-NYPD commissioner who got indicted and may serve up to 140 years of jail time? Or Gotti, Jr. who is in the middle of conspiracy and murder trial now?

Will both parties use the popular practice of "sweetheart exchange deals" where convicts commit crimes/murders in exchange for less jail time, conveniently covered up and real culprits not publicly suspected?

Given this information, do we have to worry about our personal safety too? For example, will we be safe while asleep in the middle of the night in the privacy of our home as our habits and plans are known in advance due to bugging devices all over?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

What's particularly intriguing here is that this district was custom-designed by Tom exclusively for Tom when he was speaker of the FL House. If he is having trouble here, the GOP is in a world of hurt.

Also interesting is that Tom has always been an in-your-face, swaggering, "my way or the highway" politician. It will be fun to watch if his constituents can believe this new "the meek shall inherit the earth" version of Rep. Feeney.

Posted by: spenser1058 | September 23, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

"I approved this message because public service is about being honest even when you make a mistake. It's usually customary to apologize for the mistake as soon as you realize it, and not to wait around to see if you really need to. I apologize for that to. Past experience has shown that an apology delayed usually requires much more than flowers to get out of the domestic dog-house. In those cases jewelry is sometimes effective, and when that fails the last resort is helping out with the chores."

"Public service is just that - service. So everyday between now and election day - I will personally wash constituents cars, vacuuming the interiors and cleaning the windows."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry I'm a partisan hack who abused my position to take a free trip to Scotland to golf. If you vote for me (again) I won't (likely) do it again.

Posted by: Angry Lib | September 23, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Palin Press Conference | September 23, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

World Phenom
President Obama rocks the U.N.

By Robert Ferrigno


The applause from the members of the United Nations General Assembly rolled around President Obama, echoing off the vast expanse of wood and marble, a tidal wave of approval and acclaim, although . . . truth be told, it was a little less than he had expected. His first address to the world body and not even a standing-O?

President Obama held up his hands to acknowledge the applause and the diplomats must have misinterpreted him, must have thought that he was asking for silence, because they immediately stopped clapping, leaning back in their chairs, awaiting his speech. He cleared his throat, trying to hold back his annoyance.

“Thank you, thank you, really, no, thank you very much.” He grinned at the cameras that were broadcasting his address to the world, flashed the smile that had never failed him. “My name is BaraCk Obama, and I approve this message.”

Silence in the great hall. A few nervous titters from the aides that David Axelrod, his campaign strategist, had sprinkled throughout the room, but their attempt to jumpstart another round of applause fell flat. Note to self: Diplomats are harder to roll than journalists. He glanced over at the U.S. ambassador, Barbra Streisand, who gave him a thumbs up.

“But seriously,” said President Obama, his grin faltering. He cleared his throat. Wet his lips. The crowd shifted in their seats. “Well . . . um . . . as you know . . . people will try to scare you, warn you about me, because . . . I’ve got a Harvard law degree and a funny name, and uh, as you can see, I . . . I don’t look like any other president on the money.” He looked at the African diplomats in the front row. “The U.S. money — not your money, of course.”

The ambassador from the Congo looked quizzically at the ambassador from Zaire.

“So . . . so I guess what I’m saying is . . . don’t be afraid of me,” said President Obama.

The Russian ambassador threw his head back, roaring with laughter.

President Obama blinked, then realized what had happened. There must be a time-delay on the translation the Russian ambassador was hearing. He had just gotten the president’s introductory joke. The president beamed at the ambassador, who laughed even harder.

The Georgian ambassador, clearly overcome with the president’s message of hope, was weeping into his hands.

President Obama cleared his throat. Ambassador Streisand gave him another thumbs up. “Let’s be honest, folks, my country’s made some big mistakes these last few years. Really . . . really big mistakes. Words were said . . . not by me, but by the former administration, words that I think we all regret. Words like victory, axis of evil” — he threw his hands up to scare-quote evil — “honor . . . sacrifice . . . but those days are over. I don’t even know what the former administration was thinking. Certainly not about world opinion. Well, my fellow citizens of planet Earth, I’m here to tell you, it’s morning in America . . . and you’re all invited for breakfast.”

The Iranian ambassador yawned, showed off his gold fillings for a good ten seconds. That bit of tape was going to be all over Fox News tonight.

“Breakfast . . . breakfast is about to be served, and no one . . . not anyone will ever go hungry again,” purred the president.

The Iranian ambassador belched loudly, and the diplomats around him laughed. Even Streisand smiled. Fine. She could be replaced by another Hollywood idiot any time he felt like it. Send Babs back to Malibu and her tenth farewell tour.

President Obama saw a light flash from the rear of the hall, sensed the halo forming around his head. More of Axelrod’s genius. The tiny laser created a nimbus around him, gave him a heavenly glow not visible to the conscious mind, but one that the unconscious responded to. They had tried it the first time when he was interviewed by Charlie Gibson during the campaign, and the ABC anchor had practically wet himself, his half-glasses bobbing on the end of his nose like a fisherman getting a big strike. They hadn’t dared try it when he went on The View. One of the ladies might have exploded. The halo laser didn’t seem to be having as much effect on the diplomats at the U.N. though, they just . . . sat there. Heathens.

The teleprompter flickered, and went dark. The president felt it like a punch to the gut.

That laser . . . that contraption of Axelrod’s must have shorted something out. No lofty words in front of him, no soaring phrases — and probably no halo either. In the control room above the crowd, he could see the tech crew playing paperwad basketball, oblivious to his plight.

The president blotted his forehead with the back of his hand. He tried to remember the speech he was supposed to give, but all he could recall was something about brotherhood and community and $5-billion gifts to countries he couldn’t even pronounce. Right about now, President Obama would pay $5 billion for a cigarette.

“But . . . but enough about breakfast and the atrocities of the Bush cabal,” said President Obama. “I’m here to introduce myself and to let you know that there’s a new sheriff in town and he doesn’t carry a gun, but . . . but he’s got housing vouchers, and . . . and green cards for everyone . . . and solutions too. I’m the sheriff that when you’re driving around, lost, I can give you directions. You got a flat, I’ll change it. Or, my deputy Joe Biden will, anyway.”

The diplomats were muttering now, looking around. Clearly, he was going to have to dumb things down to be understood.

“You know, thanks to our affluent American lifestyle we have a problem with blubber butts and global warming.” The president tugged at his collar. “It feels a little warm in here right now, doesn’t it? Proof positive to all you doubters out there.” He cleared his throat. “Right now, at this very minute, somewhere in the Arctic Ocean there’s a polar bear doing the backstroke because the ice has all melted, and this . . . this polar bear, who never hurt anyone, his arms are getting really tired and he . . . he’s going to drown . . . unless . . . ”

President Obama stared at his reflection in the cameras, transfixed. Truth be told, he was one good-looking man. A healer. A uniter. Oil upon the troubled waters. He winked at himself. Better make room on Mount Rushmore. . . .
Barry! What are you doing, man?

It was Axelrod on his earpiece.

You’re zoning out, Barry. Sound of finger snapping. This is showtime, buddy. Charm the rubes.

President Obama tore himself away from his reflection, leaned over the podium. He tried to make eye contact with the crowd, but there were too many of them, and they looked so . . . different. Weird clothes, weird faces . . . it was like campaigning in Kentucky or rural Ohio.

“As the great philosopher John Lennon sang,” said President Obama, winging it, using one of his never-fail college town stump speeches, “imagine there’s no countries, it’s uh . . . it’s not hard to do.”

Most of the ambassadors looked confused. The Chinese ambassador removed his earpiece, rapped it on his desk and put it back in place.

President Obama’s tongue felt thick but he soldiered on. “Nothing . . . nothing to kill or die for. And no religion too.”

Great, Barry, said Axelrod, there goes any hope for the God, grits, and guns vote, next time.

“Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can,” intoned President Obama. “No need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man . . . and women, men and women, and . . . and transgendered too.” He wiped his eyes, overcome for a moment with the beauty of the sentiments. “Imagine all the people, sharing all the world. . . . ”

The Russian ambassador was laughing again, some fat Cossack with beads of black Beluga caviar glistening on his thick moustache. The North Korean ambassador laughed along with him.

“You may say I’m a dreamer,” said President Obama, raising his voice, refusing to back down. He had faced rednecks and street toughs in his years as a community organizer, and had won them over with his unflinching optimism, his smooth oratory and the promise of government checks. The only difference was that the Russians and North Koreans had nukes. “You can go ahead and say, hey, President Obama is just a dreamer, but . . . but listen people, I’m not the only one. I’m really not —”

Ambassador Streisand jumped up, wildly applauding. Axelrod’s shills did their best to jumpstart a standing-O, but the effort died.

“Thank you very much, Mr. President,” said Secretary General Jimmy Carter, entering from stage left. “Ladies and gentlemen of the Assembly, I give you President Barack Hussein Obama.”

“But, I’m . . . I’m not finished,” sputtered President Obama.

“Let’s give a warm welcome to the president of the United States!” said the Secretary General.

President Obama listened as the applause thundered around the room like a waterfall, drowning him his protests. He closed his eyes, bowed to the assembled multitude. Tears leaked down his cheeks. Finally, finally, they understood him.

— Robert Ferrigno is author, most recently, of Sins of the Assassin.

Posted by: coming soon??? heaven forbid | September 23, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

What Feeney needs to do is find himself a bimbo, some small town mayor who is a failed beauty queen, dumb as a post, crooked as a snake, but looking good in a red-white-and-blue bikini and totin' an AR15. Drag her around everywhere like some insecure child with their "binkie", fill the bimbo's head with canned talking points, stick designer sunglasses on her, and keep her the h*ll away from the press. That's worked for McCain and I'm certain there are enough brainless morin's in the voting public that this will help his candidacy.

Posted by: Observer | September 23, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Humdinger! yehaw'
sweet bejezus! yes'
It will feel so good
to vote 'R'
just cuz I am sick and tired
of this liberal, how stupid
is us people in the red states
bs.
Go To MSNBC and there is two boxes,
one says Obama Headlines
and under it, there are four obama
headlines,
the other says McCain Headlines
and under it, there are the same four
obama headlines.
You crazy coke snorting intellectuals,
are suffering from your crazy gay uncles
'breast' feeding you, as youngsters.
no, That was not milk.

Posted by: usa3 | September 23, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

And the Media Worries about Palin's Experience and McCain's Age? [Victor Davis Hanson]


I think in the space of about the last 24 hours, Joe Biden claimed that the AIG bailout was bad, but then said it wasn't bad;

that we did not need to burn coal;

that his apology about the dirty McCain ad was, as they say, inoperative;

that FDR once went on television to address the nation after the stock market crash of '29 (that's a twofer that trumps Obama's Americans liberating Auschwitz);

and all but said that McCain took a $50,000 bribe.

Not a bad day's work — encompassing terrible energy policy, flip-flopping, historical ignorance, and slander. And this comes on top of Palin the "good looking" "Lt. Governor" of Alaska, Hillary as the better VP pick than himself, the patriotism of paying higher taxes, and so on.

And those in turn come on top of the primary remarks about Indians in donut shops, and "bright and clean" blacks. And those in turn come on top of . . . (Well, go back to the pilfered speeches and made-up bios.)

Something is very wrong here. While most forgive the silly slip like "Barack America" or asking the wheel-chair bound to stand up, I think the Obama staff must have gone from amusement to embarrassment and now to serious concern whether Biden is up to the job.

Had this been Palin, the election would now be over.

Posted by: none dumber | September 23, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Feeny is seeing the approaching wave that will wash Republicans out of office all over America. They have screwed things up so badly that it'll take decades to fix. Foreign policy, the economy, the environment, energy policy, the banking system...you name it, they've screwed it up.

Watch them squirm and whine and lie and distort and exaggerate and then watch them get thrown out of office. Buh-bye!!!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 23, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin — who can bring out crowds the way Obama can."

That's a false argument. Palin doesn't bring out the crowds Obama does - she brings out the crowds that Truckzilla, the WCW, and tractor pulls do.

Posted by: bondjedi | September 23, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for admitting that you are a money-grubbing worm. Now hit the bricks, Feeney.

Posted by: bondjedi | September 23, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Just shows how much trouble Feeney is in that he's relying on a relatively desperate ploy like this one. FL-24 is one of the DCCC's targeted "Red to Blue" CDs, so that will tilt the campaign fund parity between Feeney and Kosmas to the D.

Next-door neighbor (FL-8) Keller just came out of a surprisingly close primary. With the Diaz-Balart brothers down in North Havana getting serious challenges as well as Mahoney trying to hang onto pederast Foley's CD, the House races in FL should be very interesting this year.

Posted by: mnteng | September 23, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Just a week ago, John McCain and his vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin — who can bring out crowds the way Obama can — appeared in this same stadium, Resch Center, to a crowd of 10,000 fans. There were an uncharacteristic amount of empty orange seats for Obama’s rally.

he's just so last year.

Posted by: wisconsin heading R | September 23, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

how can you tell obama from mohammed:

Ahmadinejad blames Wall Street turmoil on U.S. 'military engagement'...


you can't.

Posted by: Obamanable Snojob | September 23, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Actually, "Never complain, never explain." was Benjamin Disraeli in the 19th century.

It's been mistakenly credited to Katharine Hepburn as well.

Still a great quote for the occasion!

Posted by: spectre | September 23, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

On point: My guess, from far away, is that this apology will do him more harm than good.
Typically most voters in a CD are blissfully unaware of their Congressman except as a source of goodies or as responsive or non-responsive to local voter requests. Calling attention to his worst point this late in the cycle should doom him.

Off point: Do the posters who fantasize that either McC or BHO will "dump" the veep like the veep and fear the dump or hate the veep and long for the dump?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 23, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Here Tom, hold this coffee mug in your hand; it'll make you look more like a regular guy, which will help make you look more honest and sincere. Good! That's a wrap. Let's get this thing out there and hope they bite.

Posted by: Feeney's commercial producer | September 23, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

BIDEN WOULD RATHER BE KINGMAKER THAN COURT JESTER?

Biden isn't totally politically tone-deaf. He knows his become a punch-line, and that his political stock is dropping faster than the value of a mortgage derivative.

So he'll likely become a "kingmaker" well before October, bowing out (yes, probably for "health reasons) to let Hillary come off the bench and get credit for the "save".

And Hillary will save the election for Obama and the Dems. It may be the only way they can win. On this economic crisis, neither candidate is looking great (Obama was for giving Paulson "broad authority" before he was against it; McCain was for de-regulation before he was against it).

And if Obama loses, Biden saves face, and his political viability in his home state, by getting out next Monday, just after the first presidential debate.

The timing will be even more propitious if Obama does badly -- it will take attention away from the debate post-mortems.


p.s. -- That post about Biden is a canned cut-and-paste that's going around the internet, mostly on right-ring blogs. But like many rumors, there may be a kernal of truth in there...

Posted by: Outside the Box | September 23, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

REMEMBER SPIRO AGNEW?

Am I the only one who sees what is going on here with Palin? We all know she has no qualifications and she was just picked as window dressing and as a stooge to say what ever they put in her mouth. No candidate in their right mind would really want her on their ticket. This is what I think will happen and may already be secretly in the plan.

If Mccain manages to get elected, they will get rid of Palin as soon as they can, using all of the scandal surrounding her as the reason. There is already information of drug use by her son and both daughters and Enquirer has eluded to something coming out about Palin and her husband are regular drug users. Once rid of her, Mcain then will put in Lieberman like he wanted to all along and that is how it will play out. What do you think, make sense?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

LISTEN UP: THIS IS OBAMA'S NEXT MANIPULATION OF HIS FOLLOWERS!!!

On or about October 5th, Biden will excuse himself from the ticket, citing health problems, and he will be replaced by Hillary. This is timed to occur after the VP debate on 10/2 There have been talks all weekend about how to proceed with this info. I have already seen a few short blurbs about this - the 'health problem' cited in those articles was aneurysm. Probably many of you have heard the same rumblings. However, at this point, with this inside info from the DNC, it looks like this Obama strategy will be a go. Obama maneuver, exposed for the grand manipulation that it is.
YES, he can!!! YES he can!!! AND yes he will do or say anything to get elected. Total dishonesty. We already voted Hill out btw.

Posted by: More constant than bitter | September 23, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

" Reps. Tom DeLay (Texas) and Bob Ney (Ohio), former Sen. Conrad Burns (Mont.), Rep. John Doolittle (Calif) are all out due in large part to their ties to Abramoff"

Chris:
The list is alot longer than this!
Jersey John

Posted by: Jersey John | September 23, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Never mention Obama without saying his middle name.

-Every xenophobic, desperate Republican

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 23, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Never admit the surge worked.

B hussain O.

Posted by: snObama | September 23, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Never complain, never explain.

-- Lee Iaococca

Posted by: Outside the Box | September 23, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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