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Convention Cheat Sheet: Unity!

DENVER -- After two nights of mixed results, the third night of the Democratic National Convention delivered just what Democrats were looking for: reconciliation between the Obamas and the Clintons, an historic presidential nomination, and a startling kiss.

Former President Bill Clinton, as only he can, delivered a rousing speech that managed not only to honor his wife's campaign but also to make a forceful and convincing case for Barack Obama.

Gone -- at least for the moment -- was the unhappiness about his speaking slot, about the way the primary campaign ended, about the way Obama cast the accomplishments of the Clinton Administration.

In its place was a man in the former president who clearly was swept up in the moment; "I love this," he exclaimed as the applause went on and on (and on).

The momentum of the night built nicely to Beau Biden who introduced his father with a powerful address that is sure to stoke talk of the son replacing the dad if the Democratic ticket is elected in the fall.

Joe Biden, in his acceptance speech was solid and, at times, spectacular. The common touch for which he is best known was on full display during the speech -- from his use of words like "champ" and phrases like "I love ya" to his focus on his roots in Scranton, the loss of his wife and daughter and his pledge to be a voice for the voiceless.

While Obama's appearance on stage was no surprise -- damn media! -- Obama stunned the audience with a buss to Jill Biden. And his arrival did provide a nice coda to the evening. The soon-to-be nominee's effusive praise of both Clintons showed a savvy and a graciousness that will serve Obama well down the line.

Other highlights of the day and night:

OUTSIDE THE HALL: The Drudge Report -- early in the day -- picked up on the resemblance of the stage from which Obama will speak to an "ancient Greek temple". John McCain's campaign quickly pounced, referring to the set as the "Temple of Obama." Said GOP strategist Mike Murphy: [The] whole Thursday outside the building thing is going south fast. They should blow it up today and move it inside."

INSIDE THE HALL: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) nicely negotiated a potentially problematic roll call vote on the convention floor -- orchestrating the nomination of Obama with New Mexico ceding its vote to Illinois (Obama's home state) and then the Land of Lincoln ceding its vote to New York where Clinton, surrounded by the Empire State's elected officials, asked that her erstwhile opponent be nominated by acclamation. Later in the night, Pelosi formally entered Biden's name into consideration as vice president. A nice day of work for the Speaker.

BEST GIVEAWAY: The Democratic National Committee stopped by Media Tent #5 to drop off a "Survival Kit for Reporters" traveling to St. Paul next week for the Republican National Convention. Among the items: two packages of Tums (yes sir!), two packets of Tylenol (booyah!), and a fake press pass that features an image of John McCain embracing Bush. Get it? McCain and Bush LOVE each other.

WORST TAKEAWAY: The dull back to back speeches of Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy and Rear Admiral John Hutson. The reason why they were included was obvious but neither managed to reach the audience who milled around and chatted amongst themselves. In the end, in mattered little as the night's momentum built nicely; still, it felt like an odd note amid the other speeches.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: political reporter -- and all around good guy -- Ed O'Keefe used a cell phone camera to capture the moment when Clinton nominated Obama.

PARTY OF THE NIGHT: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) always throws great parties. Last night was no exception. Headliners included Bono and Kanye West.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 28, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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Posted by: state select gas water heater | September 1, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse


Is Obama's Campaign going to be entirely made up of false charges of racism or are they going to fabricate something else?


Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse


This is not a Convention, it's an ego trip.


Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Give them Hell Senator John Kerry! John just sank their first wave of swiftboats and hes not finished yet!

Go Obama/Biden!

Posted by: Boston Celtic Fan | August 28, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

THE Admiral SON.

In Oct. 26, 1967, the admiral's son while flying his 23rd mission over North Vietnam, once again fell from the sky, this time landing in the hands of a brutal enemy. He was beaten and bayoneted. His shoulder was smashed and his right calf was nearly perpendicular to his knee.
The severely wounded McCain was finally thrown on the back of a truck and hauled to the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison camp. Immediately, his captors began to interrogate him using sadistic methods they had perfected on hundreds of captured U.S. servicemen before him.

His interrogators demanded military information. When he refused, his guards kicked and pounded him mercilessly.
McCain admits that three to four days after he was captured, he promised the Vietnamese, "I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital."
McCain also admits that the Vietnamese rushed him to a hospital, but denies he was given "special medical treatment" because of his promise.
He claims he was given medical care normally unavailable to captured Americans only because the Vietnamese learned he was the son of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific including those fighting in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese figured that because POW McCain's father was of such high military rank that he was of royalty or the governing circle in the United States. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured "the crown prince"and treated him as a "special prisoner."

Less than two weeks after McCain was taken to a hospital, Hanoi's press began quoting him giving specific military information, including the name of the aircraft carrier on which he was based, numbers of U.S. pilots that had been lost, the number of aircraft in his flight, information about location of rescue ships and the order of which his attack was supposed to take place.
There is also evidence that McCain received "special" medical treatment from a Soviet physician.

After he was out of the hospital, McCain continued cooperating with the North Vietnamese for a period of three years. He made radio broadcasts for the communists and met with foreign delegations, including the Cubans. He was interviewed by at least two North Vietnamese generals one of whom was Vietnam's national hero, General Vo Nguyen Giap.

On June 4, 1969, a U.S. wire service story headlined "PW Songbird Is Pilot Son of Admiral," reported one of McCain's radio broadcasts: "Hanoi has aired a broadcast in which the pilot son of the United States commander in the Pacific, Adm. John McCain, purportedly admits to having bombed civilian targets in North Vietnam and praises medical treatment he has received since being taken prisoner.
McCain says he violated the Code of Conduct only when the North Vietnamese brutally tortured him. He further claims that he was so distraught afterwards that he tried to commit suicide. He has never explained why his "aid to the enemy" continued for more than three years.

Even though there are no reports in the public record from other POWs who witnessed McCain's claims of torture and heroics or his attempted suicide, the American media has accepted his version of events word for word, no questions asked.

Yet, the same press that transformed the admiral's son into an "incredible war hero--an inspiration to all Americans," vilified the two grunts.
Comparing the incidents surrounding the fates of three POWs,' who collaborated with the enemy, makes one question why two faced possible execution for treason, while the third won acclaim as a hero fit to be President of the United States.
Once more, Lady Luck had smiled on John McCain . . . or was it the admiral?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding he could be our puppet by now. He would have been perfect. Now it is chaos and will be for years.

Ask any democrat who wanted to send troops into Iraq, if they would reinstate Sadam into power if they could. You would get a big fat NO! All around the board!

Posted by: duh | August 28, 2008 2:36 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Eddie almost got his ass beat for spitin' in my cab.

Posted by: Cabie | August 28, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Eddies a drunk fool

Posted by: Pumpkins | August 28, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Grammar police-

'an' is only acceptable in front of a word beginning with an 'h' if the 'h' is silent.


Posted by: Pat | August 28, 2008 2:59 PM

Thanks, Pat. That's the most useful thing I've gotten out of this blog.

Posted by: Drop out | August 28, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder if Republicans would still be using the "rock star" slur against Barack Obama if guitar shreddin' Mike Huckabee were the GOP presidential nominee."

Posted by: VBArthur

I don't see how.
#1 He didn't go to Germany and try to pull off a hokey and transparent stunt as if they even knew who he was at their concert.

#2 The Boss (who thought HRT might come through) wouldn't cancel on him.

WORD up...
Huckabee and Obama are not twins.

Posted by: dotty | August 28, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Republicans would still be using the "rock star" slur against Barack Obama if guitar shreddin' Mike Huckabee were the GOP presidential nominee.

Posted by: VBArthur | August 28, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Grammar police-

'an' is only acceptable in front of a word beginning with an 'h' if the 'h' is silent.


Posted by: Pat | August 28, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Crazy republicans think everything is going great in our country.reminds me of some of the titanics passengers,why get off the boat the bands still playin!
you just dont want to admit how bad Bush has been because it makes you look stupid for voting for him twice.

Posted by: oh-no | August 28, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I think I'm addidcted to this blog...Damn Bush Administration

Posted by: Bush did it | August 28, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

It's raining again and another hurricane is coming...Damn Bush Administration

Posted by: Bush did it | August 28, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

My cell phone just died...Damn Bush Administration

Posted by: Bush did it | August 28, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Come to think of it,Where is Osama? the guy Bush promised to catch huh? tanning in Maui the way he (osama)is a member of the Saudi royal family,you know Bush's friends.

Posted by: oh-no | August 28, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Ask any democrat who wanted to send troops into Iraq, if they would reinstate Sadam into power if they could. You would get a big fat NO! All around the board!

Posted by: duh | August 28, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I love how all the crazies want us to wake up and realize that it was Bush that did everthing. My toilet is running...Damn Bush administration...I broke my yoke...Damn Bush administration...Oliver Stones "W" sucked...Damn Bush Administration....

Posted by: Bush did it | August 28, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

It should be noted that George W. Bush had an almost identical stage, complete with almost identical columns. Of course, the GOP again started spraying nonsense about the "temple."

But, as usual, they let their mouths get ahead of their brains. You can see the Republican Convention of 2004 at:

Posted by: John Teague | August 28, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

well duh,they voted for the war because of the information they were given by Bush the Liar.they had no reason to think he was lying at the time.You should be able to trust your president but Nooooooooo..
Besides Saddam was made by America,Reagan and Bush Sr armed him in the 80s to fight Iran for us..and he had nothing to do with the attacks of 9-11 he was just a diversion Bush used because he couldnt find Osama..Wake up..............

Posted by: oh no | August 28, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

We should be taking as much oil as we want from Iraq to help pay for this war and help us build up our military for another round of the Cold War with Russia.

Posted by: Oil | August 28, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

LOL. Well, you might ask Phillips Petroleum why they bought and closed the only profitable plant in the WORLD that was producing oil from shale at market prices. That answer would be very interesting, I'm sure. And quite the rebuttal to the domestic oil production lie I'm sure. That the USA is the most drilled country in the world, bar none, and the first country that drilled for oil, and the country that provided oil for the WORLD in WWII, and the worlds top oil producer for 40 years has no bearing at all on the remaining amount of US oil reserves, they are infinite because Republican politics require them to be infinite. The fact that any new oil production inside the US will be in difficult areas that will ENSURE those wells will only pump profitably at prices of 80$ per bbl up is not to be mentioned. That big field in the Gulf that was a nine days wonder a year ago, and now is never mentioned, is profitable at a wellhead price of 212$ per bbl. Until then, that pup is capped. But high prices are fine, apparently, as long as the oil companies are willing to take a hit just before the elections and drop prices then. Funny how five out of the last five presidental elections saw a drop in gas prices starting about the time of the Democratic Convention. Pure coincidence, I'm sure. LOL. As for the huge NET reported by the various oil companies, most of that is due to the fact that their old reliable wells in the USA still make the US the third largest oil producer in the world, and they are selling that oil for record world prices due to war. In other words, they are war profitters. Call it what it is.

Posted by: PD | August 28, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

For all of you demorcrats who think Bush and the republicans are the only one's to blame for going to war with Iraq... You need to do a little bit of research. Even Billary was pro-war war in Iraq. Plenty of dumocrats were. For all of you who think the only corruption lies on the Republican side of things... um, YOU'RE WRONG. There are a lot of corrupt politicians... On all sides. It is sickening when you think about it, but true.

Posted by: Duh | August 28, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

As soon as John McCain remembers their names he going to pick a running mate!!Oops

Posted by: Oh-No | August 28, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully this embarrasing landslide defeat to the forces of leftism will finalize the 60s hippies desire for power over our pocketbooks. It seems that losing election after election is not a strong enough signal for them. what lame excuse will they use this time?

Posted by: kingofzouk | August 28, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama's lack of good judgement should disqualify him as a presidential candidate. We are the most powerful nation in the world. We need a president who can use good judgement to navigate it (and us) to health, safety, security and prosperity.

Live long and prosper. Vote McCain.

Posted by: wr_wizard | August 28, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Our choices suck this election. Enough said. Have a good one Bill.

Posted by: Andrew | August 28, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Most of you Liberal Democrats are bunch of leftovers from the 60's. With all the hot air you guys blow, no wonder there is global warming. You're like a cult, next time drink the Kool Aid and do us a favor.

Posted by: Hippies | August 28, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Andrew,first, thank you for your honesty.I do understand what you are saying and agree somewhat.However we have to start somewhere,even if we have to start with a dream.Most all acchomplishments start with what once was a dream.Will everything be fixed in one term?Probably not.But what has happen in the past 7yrs. has to stop.Our Country is in a hell of a mess and it will continue and even worsen with out some type of change.I believe that every American wants a better tommorrow,but we have to work on that today.The old Ideas no longer work so why not give some new Ideas a chance? It may even be scary to try something new,but its better than whats happening now.Without trying we've already failed.
Have a great day.

Posted by: Bill | August 28, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I admire the way that the Republicans like Scott have conveniently neglected the effect of Bush Started a War with pople who had nothing to do with 911, and spent over 800 billion dollars there, and let Osama get a way fro Tora Bora

Posted by: Tony | August 28, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I believe in change and to bring about a change is not an easy task. If we want to be ignorant and vote in a government that will continue the past policies then we will be in trouble. It might seem that the speeches delivered make it look like an easy take but to be sincere it will not be an easy take. it took 8 years to create all the mess we are in now. We should not expect the repair to be done over night. A positive outlook is how the democratic party became united again after the primaries for the sake of rebuilding our great nation. A change is what we need but it will not come over night, there is work to be done. We need common sense to rise again and not force and deceit or someone to protect their self interest and investment in oil. We need fresh ideas.

Posted by: Emmanuel | August 28, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I heard that the stadium event will only have loaves and fishes at the concession stand. If you want a drink, the messiah will glady convert the water into COORS beer. I know that is a minute alteration but still impressive.

I plan on wearing my black tie toga, that is, full formal wear.

I also heard the Boss (Springsteen , not Michelle) canceled. He won't hitch his wagon to a falling star.

Posted by: kingofzouk | August 28, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Nan, I read... "...I think the last 8 years and the president's approval rating speaks for itself. Bush has ruined the country. The deficit has never been higher. We owe China an exorbitant amount of money. Countless men and woman have lost their lives for nothing--just so Bush's oil friends could make more money. Bush is a disgrace and McCain embraces his policies..."

I remember the day after WTC911, do you?

That day ruined our Country's ecomony.
Bush will be remembered for telling us to take back our economy by going to the movies and malls.I will not rewrite Bush's sucesses to appease the latest rock star whim.We also do not have this war on our soil today.
Hillary in my opinion would have had us shopping and would have taken this blood bath off of American turf also.

I think the concept of voting for anyone who uttered the Koran and put his head on the floor to appeal to his father, isn't a comperable candidate to Hillary on our safety.I will not become the party dupe, and I am suprised your memory fails to remember what we want in place should another attack come to our turf.

Hillary could still have the Whitehouse on an Independent ticket.

We were afraid of Theater and mall attacks, remember that?
If Hillary will not accept our write in votes and direct them to her success, the Mc cain can muster response and a military.
Would Obama's plan be to repsond with a rock concert and yet another GRAND ENTRANCE?

Posted by: dotty | August 28, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Bush the great idiot! The great demogratic destroyer and dictator. Talk to someone else about communism! This president has attempted and succeeding in lying to us, distorting the truth and getting us into the greatest American Mess ever! He and all of his crooked money grabbing gangsters mugging there way into power and stripping our country down to the bare bones! And all of you that believe McCain won't allow this to continue...are living on another world in a parallel universe that does'nt portray reality! You just keep dreaming and you will wake up in a nightmare!

Posted by: jack of all | August 28, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I love how the right wingers have to go back to when Obama was 9 years old to try to make him look bad. McCain can't even remember how many houses he has now,at the same time he's trying to paint Obama as an elitist. Asl him who his mentors were when he was 9. If you want to keep digging up the past, look into the Keating scandal McCain was involved in. It wasn't all that long ago.

Posted by: Patrick | August 28, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

As to why the republicans lost I am not sure, nor will I pretend to be. I am not the most educated person out there, and I am not going to try and tell you something that I honeslty have no idea about. I do know enough though to understand that the type of change being talked about is no more than a far off dream. As I stated in my first comment that it sounds nice, and would be nice. I know that it is not that simple. As much as I wish that it were... it isn't. There is a system to how the govenment works, and in order to change politics Obama would need to change the system. It would take a complete restruction and removal of the government now to do so. I just do not buy the 'change theory' offered to us by Obama. Sorry.

Posted by: Andrew | August 28, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I meant Rear Admiral JOHN HUTSON not Hudson!

Posted by: DEB-Z | August 28, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Just what facet of the truth was I twisting?

It is hard to keep up with all the liberal "truths" out there. I am still trying to digest that the surge was a failure. and raising taxes leads to productivity. and not drilling leads to lower prices and more energy. And hiring a lifer as number 2 leads to change. and bill and hill support the candidate. and we shouldn't listen to all the Dems including the candidate, when they say he is TOO inexperienced. and community organizer is a real occupation. and profits are evil. and government can provide for every desire.

Better stick with the chanting - hope and change, hope and change.

Posted by: kingofzouk | August 28, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I watched this event on C-SPAN and saw one of the best speeches Senator John Kerry has ever given!

Since CNN, Fox, etc. feel it is more important to attempt to tell us what we should think and see, many of the best speeches were drowned out, ignored or just not shown so they could display their brilliance of articulating, speculating and gesticulating. What a profound embarrassment to our First Amendment freedoms!


Posted by: Chagrined | August 28, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Nan, I would like to hear you tell families and friends of troops who've died that their sons/daughters died for nothing... Buddy you are sadly mistaken. My father is serving his third 12 month term in Iraq and he is over their for a reason. He is a Full Colonel and while people like him and others don't mind fighting when they are called on they are the ones that give you the freedom you and your family cherish. You need to re-evaluate your opinions or better yet keep them to yourself. Get a clue in life buddy!

Posted by: DC | August 28, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I love the convention!
I feel great that everyone at the convention apparently has come together to unite. We need to start mending this tattered country!
I think ALL of the speakers were special.
Thank god for C-SPAN. They did show all
of the speakers without constant cheap analysis by some of the media who thought they were more important than airing the podium's speaches. The press seemed to think they were center stage and not the guest speakers!!!
HUDSON and KENNEDY did speak about the military and the party, they were refreshing in a conservative and home style approach. Funny they were insulted for being sincere, sharing their experiences and allowing a neighborly presentation!
I look forward to this final night and wonder why everyone is insulting the background...It is very similar to Bush's
theme when he addressed his acceptance speech.
A mother for peace and equality.

Posted by: DEB-Z | August 28, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

kingofzouk you just keep believing what you want to. But, Please refrain from twisting the truth. We've had enough of that over the past eight years. Sorry! Doesn't fly!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jack of all | August 28, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Whenever he gets in trouble, he gives a speech that sounds great but reads remarkably empty. More platitudes. More programs. More government.

After the third or fourth time, the law of diminishing returns kicks in. People are bored.

Posted by: Barack Oboring | August 28, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I think the last 8 years and the president's approval rating speaks for itself. Bush has ruined the country. The deficit has never been higher. We owe China an exorbitant amount of money. Countless men and woman have lost their lives for nothing--just so Bush's oil friends could make more money. Bush is a disgrace and McCain embraces his policies.
So the Republican can say all they want.
I want my children to have a better life--apparently they don't.
And as far as everyone saying it is not a bad thing to be a war hero. It isn't. McCain is a courageous man but that does not mean that he "gets it",nor that he will help us out of this mess. There are a number of people in this country who have sufferered hardships like McCain--that doesn't mean I would vote for them, or entrust this country to them. Besides a true hero is not one who spouts his own praises over and over again and uses them as an excuse for not knowing how many houses he has.

Posted by: Nan | August 28, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

If the back-and-forth political ads are a mini-debate in 30-second snippets, the McCain camp's shots are leaving Obama stuttering, distracted, and venturing into self-destruction.

McCain’s good run started when he found his sense of humor in late July, posting an ad now as infamous as Britney’s most immodest paparazzi moments. "Celeb," which compared Obama’s celebrity status to that of vapid starlets Britney and Paris Hilton, has since garnered more than 2 million views on YouTube and incalculable earned media coverage.

The follow-up to "Celeb," which mocked Obama’s messianic image—”The One”—is approaching 1.5 million views. Liberal pundits—and a few conservatives—mocked the McCain attack as shallow and silly, arguing that it's not exactly a weakness for a politician to be popular.

But McCain' strike at the cartoonish Obama-worship seemed to get in Obama’s head, as he was distracted from his message on far too many occasions by talking about how silly a distraction Britney and Paris were.

Apparently not too silly for the Obama campaign to try a similar strategy, however. Almost two weeks later, on August 11, the Obama campaign released an ad calling McCain a "Washington celebrity."

If the ad exchange is a metaphor for debate, the lag time on that response ad was the equivalent of staring at the moderator and drinking water for about 10 minutes on live TV.

No matter how effective your comeback could have been, it's counterproductive if delivered too late because all it does is get people talking about the original ad again after they had finally stopped.

As McCain campaign blogger Michael Goldfarb quipped, "Should we expect an ad unfavorably comparing John McCain to Moses sometime in December?"

More recently, Obama’s campaign has had a tendency to protest too much when faced with attacks it might have been wiser to ignore.

Obama will have to find his groove on the airwaves in order to win this thing. He's got a long way to go. So far, the Obama campaign has run more than 9,000 ads in Florida. McCain has run zero.

This week, a Strategic Vision poll shows McCain up seven points in the Sunshine State, after a three week momentum shift in his favor. There are some things ad money can't buy.

Posted by: Mary K | August 28, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Am I missing something? Military service is to be commended but didn't Bill Clinton avoid the draft - and didn't he have NO foreign policy experience as governor? And to my knowledge, Hillary has never been engaged in battle - although she has imagined that she did.

Posted by: Jason | August 28, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Sorry,Andrew,But,the worst in History goes to Bush,you should check out his record as President.And I just explained to you why Pelosi and Reid havent been able to acchomplish anything,the democrats do not have the extra 10 vote to stop Bush's veto's.Let me ask you.Why do you suppose the republicans lost the house and senate in 2006? Was it because they were doing such a great job? Or do you think maybe it was because so many republicans were under indictments?or because of people like Jack Abermoff,Mike Scanlon,Don Sherwood,James Tobin, Thomas Scully,Katherine Harris,Chuck Mcgee,John Sweeney,Conrad Burns,Curt weldon,Dennis Hastert,Carl Rove,Ralph Reed,Scooter Libby,Mark Foley etc etc etc you know the pillars of the Republican party?Just curious?whats your thought on why the republicans lost?

Posted by: Bill | August 28, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Jason, the Clintons and the Obamas have done nothing but hurt the Democratic Party. If they really wanted to win badly enough they would have put their egos aside and joined forces. Instead Obama throws a man on the ticket who runs his mouth more then any politician out their. Obama needs credentials and needs to support his ideas and plans for “CHANGE” with some facts. It’s easy to stand on the stage and scream change, when change is something we try to encounter and employ during every election. Change and actual proof of Change is totally different my man!!!

As for Mr. Truth, since when is serving for your country and being a POW a bad thing? Our Commander in chief if Obama is elected should go to the VP since Biden has the actual stronghold on that stand…. Obama has no earthly idea about foreign politics!!! When you pass up an opportunity to visit troops who are wounded and have been fighting for your country to go and speak with other European citizens that is unacceptable. Your prime duty as Commander in Chief is acknowledging your troops and what they do for your country. More citizens like you and our armed forces will dwindle down to nothing!

Posted by: DC | August 28, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The third element of the speech was the foreign policy “analysis”–including an effort to sound tougher on Russia and an attack on how “alone” we are in the world. Here the question remains whether this is just wasted breath and time. Polling is overwhelmingly, embarrassingly in McCain’s favor on national security and the war on terror. Which reminds me: the words “surge” and “Islamic terror” were never uttered. (”Al Qaeda” was mentioned once in passing for the notion that this threat resides in Afghanistan and Pakistan, blithely ignoring that in fact we and the Iraqis have been killing them by the thousands in Iraq.) The fact that the Democrats refuse to speak of such things may indeed be the explanation for why the public rates them so poorly on these issues.

Posted by: we b desperate | August 28, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Poor sad Republicans, I know you all have a lot to complain about, if my guy was John McCain I would be mad as hell too and I would be saying all kind of outrageous things about Obama and the Democrats in order to feel better about themselves. Hey Dudes you had it for 8 years and look what the Republicans have done to the country.

Posted by: Jimmy Green | August 28, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

August 28, 2008

The Frank Marshall Davis Cover-Up Is Over
Cliff Kincaid

Jon Meacham writes in Newsweek that Obama’s mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was “a strong voice for racial justice” and political activist whose “writings on civil-rights and labor issues” had “prompted a McCarthyite denunciation by the House Un-American Activities Committee.” Meacham is suggesting that Davis was the target of false allegations that he was a communist.

While he agrees that Davis was one of Obama’s mentors, Meacham’s handling of the communism angle is about as dishonest as it gets.

But at least the name of Frank Marshall Davis is finally getting into print in the mainstream media. It has taken months to get the truth out.

In the first place, as Meacham surely knows, Joseph McCarthy was a senator, not a congressman. The House committee had nothing to do with McCarthy. Second, Davis was identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), controlled and subsidized by the Soviet Communist Party and the KGB. As late as 1956, when he was called before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, Davis was still refusing to deny that he was a communist.

Wouldn’t it be helpful if Meacham, the editor of Newsweek, would make an elementary effort to get the facts right? But that is too much to ask when the presidency is at stake and the media-backed candidate is trying to cover up his controversial background.

All of this is of no significance or consequence if you believe that communism has been a blessing to the planet. But the editors of the Black Book of Communism, which documents about 100 million dead from this philosophy, would disagree.

And with Russia back on the march, a candidate’s connection to an agent and apologist for Soviet Russia might strike many people as decidedly newsworthy, especially when that candidate initially refused to condemn Russia for its invasion of Georgia.

In Time magazine, David Von Drehle is a bit more honest. “Like his friend Paul Robeson and others, Davis perceived the Soviet Union as a ‘staunch foe of racism’ (as he later put it in his memoirs), and at one point he joined the Communist Party,” he writes. Nevertheless, Drehle faults AIM for trying to paint a “radical” picture of Obama because of his association with Davis. He insists that “by the time they [Obama and Davis] met, Davis had been out of politics for decades, and ‘mentor’ may exaggerate his role in the young man's life. Still, it’s clear that Obama did seek advice from the old man and that what he got was undiluted.”

It is not a “radical” picture we paint. It is one of closely associating with an agent of one of the bloodiest and most destructive political philosophies of human history.

One of the key facts that Von Drehle ignores is that Robeson, like Davis, had been a secret member of the Communist Party USA. Also, by the time they met, 1970, Davis was still active in a CPUSA front called the American Committee for Foreign Born. So he wasn’t “out of politics for decades.” There’s no evidence that Davis, who died in 1987, ever stopped being a communist.

In any case, with these stories in Newsweek and Time, the six-month major media campaign to ignore the Obama-Davis relationship is finally over. The admissions of Davis’s influence over Obama only confirm what we have been reporting since February.

Our challenge now, as it has always been, is to demand that they tell the truth - the full truth. Honest and objective journalism demands nothing less.

Of course, one big reason why they are finally acknowledging the basic truth is that Obama himself admitted that he had a relationship with Davis. The pressure was getting too big to ignore. Obama did this in the 40-page so-called “rebuttal” to the Jerome Corsi book, The Obama Nation. The disclosure was made in the context of claiming, as Meacham tries to do, that Davis was not a communist but only a civil rights activist. This is a blatant lie.

We demonstrated in a previous column that the article quoted by the Obama campaign, supposedly to prove that Davis was in favor of social and racial justice, actually included several references to his involvement in the CPUSA and its fronts. All of these points were carefully excluded from what the campaign provided to the media and the public.

The Newsweek and Time treatments, as inadequate and misleading as they are, actually represent a step forward. The Washington Post on Sunday ran a 10,000-word stunningly dishonest story about Obama growing up in Hawaii that completely ignored Davis’s critical role. The author, David Maraniss, told us that he had concluded that even Obama had “hyped out of all proportion” Davis’s influence over him! Maraniss, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, insisted that Davis “did not play a role in really shaping Obama.” He’s covering up even more than the Obama campaign. This is pro-Obama media bias to a remarkable extreme.

Clearly, Meacham and Von Drehle don’t buy Maraniss’s fantasy view. While Meacham dealt with it carefully enough to shield Obama from the big questions, Von Drehle strayed off the reservation a bit. By letting it slip that Davis was a Soviet apologist, he may have generated some further interest in this story. Perhaps some readers may even venture to the AIM website to see what we have in fact been writing about Davis and Obama. It is not a pretty picture, which is why Obama covered up Davis’s true identity in his 1995 book, Dreams From My Father. He obviously did not ever think that a writer for a CPUSA publication, possibly with inside information, would later identify the mysterious “Frank” as Frank Marshall Davis.

Judging by the increasing attacks on AIM and me personally for investigating this matter, we are getting too close for comfort. But we will not rest until all of the truth is told.

The relationship took on more concern when the London Daily Telegraph reported allegations that Davis was not only a communist but a sex pervert and pornographer, and that he smoked dope with Obama’s grandfather, Stanley Dunham, who had introduced Davis to Obama when the child was only nine years of age. Dunham and Davis were drinking buddies.

Obama admits doing drugs in his youth, and we know that Obama talks about sharing alcohol with Davis. Did he share drugs with him too?

Obama, of course, is not responsible for being put into close contact with this alleged child molester, alcohol abuser, and pothead. Obama’s growing-up years were sad and tragic, especially with his black father taking off and his mother spending much of her time elsewhere. His grandparents tried their best to raise him. But his grandfather should never have turned Obama over to Davis.

Since Obama wants to be the president of the United States of America, with authority over domestic and foreign policies that will affect our daily lives, we have a right to know the nature of the Obama-Davis relationship and how it affected his personal life and political philosophy. The media should demand answers.

What we already know is not comforting. In addition to the sleazy atmosphere in Davis’s home, where Obama would listen to his “poetry” and radical diatribes, Davis attempted to guide Obama’s conduct in life. He told Obama, for example, that when he went to college he should not believe that [expletive deleted] about the American way of life. Obama, by his own admission, then attends socialist conferences and picks Marxist professors as his friends. Then he goes to Chicago and ends up in the arms of communists and socialists who advance his political career. Davis would have been proud.

It would be advisable for the Obama campaign to fully disclose all of the relevant facts about the Obama-Davis relationship. We need more, not less, information.

But it appears that the Obama campaign has launched a coordinated attack on those raising questions that the media won’t touch. The pathetic and deceptive “rebuttal” to Corsi is one example of this. Another is the increasing appearance of “progressive” voices, mostly in the form of posted comments, on conservative-oriented websites. The AIM site, which is open for discussion, has not been immune to this kind of assault. The attacks don’t usually dispute any facts but instead launch personal attacks on the authors of investigative pieces about Obama. Those who want a civil discussion of the legitimate points made in an article are also attacked. The campaign seems desperate, as if there is a feeling on the left that the media might eventually have to grapple with some of these issues, that Obama can’t answer the questions himself, and that he has to be protected from even dealing with them.

At another level, the Obama campaign is now demanding the investigation and prosecution of a group, known as the American Issues Project, and one of its donors, because the organization is running an ad about Obama’s friendly association with Bill Ayers, a major figure in the Weather Underground Communist terrorist organization. The Obama campaign insists that the group and the donor are operating illegally. The American Issues Project is vigorously defending itself.

Even here, in the case of this supposedly controversial ad, the complete truth is not being told. It refers to the Weather Underground, which engaged in bombings of the U.S. Capitol and other places, as an “American terrorist group” when it took direction from foreign communists in Hanoi and Havana and even had contacts with the Soviet KGB. An ad from the Obama campaign, in response, insists that Ayers was only a “radical,” that Obama denounced Ayers’ crimes, and was only eight years old when those crimes occurred. But Obama was an adult when he launched his political career in Ayers’ home. At that point, there was no excuse for associating with Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, who was also a Communist terrorist.

“Some members of the group Ayers founded even went on to kill police,” the ad said. This is true, but it is only part of the story. Dohrn herself was implicated in the bombing of a police station that killed a policeman. In addition, an FBI undercover agent in the organization has said that Ayers himself had knowledge of bomb-making and knew about Dohrn’s role in planting the bomb killing the policeman in San Francisco. All of this was explained in our AIM Report, Blood On the Hands of Obama’s Terror Associate.

Obama was only nine years old when he met Davis. But he spent eight or nine critical and formative years under his tutelage. The question, however, is not so much when he met Davis or Ayers but how much influence they had on him, and why, in the case, of Ayers, he would openly associate with and accept political support from him.

The key to understanding Obama’s friendly relationship with Ayers is Davis. And we should know a lot more about Davis before this campaign is over. Most of the major media will stand in the way of full disclosure because they believe that the truth can only harm their favored candidate.

Family Security Matters Contributing Editor Cliff Kincaid is the Editor of Accuracy in Media, and can be contacted at

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It's not 'progressive' to put a Communist in the White House, it's treason.
85,000 Americans died fighting Communism.

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Posted by: BruiserND | August 28, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

And so in the name of “solar, wind and biomass” (another frequently-fired bullet point), we have to listen to windbaggery like this from Hillary Clinton: “We can’t solve the problems of global warming by giving windfall profits to the oil companies.”

Giving windfall profits? You mean “letting people sell me gas I need at market price?” If Hillary knows who’s “giving” away profits, why doesn’t she get some to pay off her campaign debt?

That’s what’s most interesting about the “Beat McCain” buzzwords. They are fundamentally dishonest.

Why didn’t McCain know how many houses he owned? Because his wife owns them and he clearly doesn’t care that much about finances. Seriously - does anyone believe that McCain or Obama are in politics for the money?

The same with the attacks on oil and drilling. There’s something laughable about the same people who’ve drastically limited our domestic oil production claiming that George Bush has made us too dependent on foreign oil.

There are many, many reasons to beat up the GOP. But if Democrats can’t find a better way to make the case, another oft-heard phrase will be making the rounds: “Republicans win White House."

Posted by: blah blah | August 28, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Bush had Greek columns behind him at his convention. And if Hillary was the nominee, and Soros would be supporting her.

People that don't support Obama look for any excuse to badmouth him. It's become so BORING.

Posted by: Dan | August 28, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

To be supported by and Mr. Saros says it all. I am a Democrat, and grew up in a family of dems. I also grew up where there was white flight. I was also the only white person in my graduating class in "69" at Dorsey High in L.A. I personally experienced what the politicians and preachers did to separate us from each other. All the music of the day, black, white, some country, was played on ALL the stations when I was in jr. high. By high school, the separatists won. I feel the way I do towards Obama because he hasn't said or done anything but be a front man, no real depth to his answers that can be thought of as solutions; and his sitting in a place of worship that preachers distrust and anger to children for 20 years without blinking an eye.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

sorry but a black president doesn't scare me at all....

Posted by: Mr.Truth | August 28, 2008 1:00 PM

Me neither, but an extreme liberal weak one does.

Posted by: kingofzouk | August 28, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Old man McBain will loose anyway so who cares..if you've been in prison for the last 7-8 years i'd understand your support of Mcbain or Bush.only there does the day to day issues of the free world stand still.if this isn't your case,then your an idiot for sure.i'm a supporter of the Republican party but i will not on this trip..i need some new blood with better ideas and initiatives..this present group Is not going to change anything..they are worthless and that's the bottom line...we need new diresction..sorry but a black president doesn't scare me at all....

Posted by: Mr.Truth | August 28, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow I'm glad that's over with. Now all I have to live through is the Greek God speaking at the Invesco Temple of Doom. What a showman. I just hope he can have Squidward's band with Spongbob Playing lead guitar and singing Hail to the Obama. I was glad to see he picked Biden for VP. Now with Obama's experience and Biden's 35 years it will give them almost 36 years of experience. I'm looking forward to see the bounce in the polls after the big Stadium shindig. I hope the hotdog and pizza concessions will be open.

God Bless America

Posted by: Slingo | August 28, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Have you not noticed that we concentrate too much on "Entertainment" instead of getting down to the nitty gritty of work?
Everyone has something to say, wherever you look all is based mostly on Entertainment. We have become a Nation of Entertainers. Lets again put our emphasis and give the greatest weight to other achievements of which we have many and should have even more.

Posted by: Doris Reichetrt | August 28, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The "hatred" in Michelle's eyes? Man, I've read some dumb things but that takes the cake.

I suppose you could bring up the hatred in Hillary's eyes every time Obama spoke during the debates. But no, you don't want to talk about elitism and nastiness and hatred when it comes to the Clintons.

Posted by: Jason | August 28, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

bill - let's discusss the approval rating of the Pelosi/Reid congress. At 9% it is the lowest ever.


that figure includes family, friends and paid staffers. they haven't passed an aprops bill in two years. they are busy, busy doing other things.

Add Pelosi to Carter as the worst in history.

Posted by: kingofzouk | August 28, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Hollywood, I couldn't agree more!!! The Democrats have done a great job fighting amongst themselves, instead of battling real issues and their opposing force the Republicans. You could see the hatred in Michelle Obama’s eyes while Clinton was speaking. For the first time last night I did gain some respect for Obama. He is an intelligent human being but a very inexperienced Politician. This country needs someone with experience and even though I am not a huge McCain fan, he has way more then Obama. Borack needs to be reaching out to people who are undecided rather then a stadium of 80,000 at Mile High that already have made their minds up. This choice of holding the last day of the convention at this stadium just portrays his “ROCK STAR” image which seems to be more on his mind then getting this country back on a good track.

Posted by: DC | August 28, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

If feels like the conservative republican era that began way back with Regan is finally on its way out. Its been a long path of destruction and lies, and denial. Our country is changing rapidly, and the republicans like usual .....just dont get it. I hope Obama rocks the republicans back to the stone age.

Posted by: Hoosier Boy | August 28, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Your welcome Andrew,glad we cleared that up.Now I will explain something else most people dont seem to know.I hear people say why have'nt the Democrats fixed all the problems after gaining the majority in the House and Senate?Well the answer to that is this,it take 10 votes over a majority vote to keep the President from being able to use his veto power.Bush had that power for six and a half yrs. and he used it to change the Bill of rights and the U.S Contitution during that time,to suit his own agendas,if a law stood in his way,he changed it.One thing I can tell you, the more rights you let be taken away,the easier it gets for others to take them away.James Madison said:If tyranny and oppression come to this land,it will be in the guise of fighting a foriegn enemy.
And thats whats happend under Bush.

Posted by: Bill | August 28, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Clinton, Obama, Biden, and even McCain have put us in this mess, what makes anyone think they can get us out? Dem's control congress and have single digit approval ratings (meaning clinton and obama have a single digit approval), yet bush is at least in the 20's. Which is worse. There is no hope from either side.

Posted by: jk | August 28, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Really sad to see the postings of the obviously cynical and probably planted comments above questioning Obama's and the democratic party members and the convention's values, intents, loyaltes, and even celebrity. That this man is a celebrity is GOOD! I'd much rather have a great celebrity rather than the malfeasance that is Bush and wanna-be McCain. (Anyone heard of Schwarzenegger by the way?) This is the first time in the last 8 - 9 years that we actually see honesty, good intent for ALL people of the U.S. and the world back in our politics. What was most present last night was love, wisdome, and goodness -- this is much more powerful than fear, cynicism, racism, resentment, control, and hatred that is present in not only so many of the negative comments above, but with what has been promoted by the Bush-McCains. Who knows? Maybe even the news media (in spite of their control by the right-wing monster) will get it. Let's clear it out, now! Vote Obama-Biden, for sure!

Posted by: rattle | August 28, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Hillary2012"Banish the left wing kooks to siberia. It is they who hijacked the party and destroyed its once great status. Return to the center before the republicans take it."

How anyone can accuse Obama of being "left wing" completely escapes me. He's a centrist like Hillary - their positions bear that out.

Posted by: Confused. | August 28, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: the truth from babes | August 28, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

" historic presidential nomination, and a startling kiss."

Which "kiss" are you talking about? The one between Bush and the Saudi Prince Bandar, between Bush and McCain, or between Bush and Joe Lieberman? Be specific.

Posted by: Jim Spriggs | August 28, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Someone said Michelle keeps twitching her nose. Maybe she's a...witch!

It's probably just a nervous habit on her part.

Seriously, can't people stop over-analyzing everything? I'd like to see how YOU would behave under the spotlight and with cameras on you every second.

Posted by: Jason | August 28, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

DEM now IND:

Dem now idiot. Some people get a little more intelligent as time goes on. Some people.

Posted by: Jim Spriggs | August 28, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Neither of the candidates leave anything to write home about.

Posted by: Shilo | August 28, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Still NO answer from Obama as to WHY he listened to HATE and took his children to listen to HATE for 20 YEARS! What kind of a "uniter" listens and follows HATE?
Still NObama.

Posted by: DEM now IND | August 28, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

to common sense, I'd like to know what evidence John McCain has shown of his leadership skill? Might those be the leadership he has shown in selling out his moderate views to cozy up to the extremists of the GOP?

Posted by: dnoon | August 28, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for asnwering my question, "Since when does the President of the U.S. have total control over all decisions in this country?" you answered it. I will quote you on this one... you said, "answer:when his party controls the House,Senate and White House." Thanks Bill for confirming what I said earlier.... One man has never controled this country. Our government was not set up that way by our founding fathers. There has to be a change in the way people vote to bring any type of change to this country. Unfortunatley for you Bill not everyone in this country is a democrat. Go ahead and belive the bull about 'change' in Washington. It isn't that easy. It never has been. Thanks for the answer Bill!

Posted by: Andrew | August 28, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Traditionally, speakers at conventions also praise their presidential nominee’s accomplishments, experience, and qualifications. But the Democrats had trouble doing that last night.

Senator Kerry didn’t really even make an attempt. He argued that Obama had taken superior positions on policy issues, and that time had proven him right on several questions. He defended Obama’s patriotism. But he didn’t note anything that Obama had ever done.

Former president Clinton got more creative. Saying that “Obama is the man for this job,” Clinton justified this conclusion by pointing to such traits as his “ability to inspire people,” his “intelligence and curiosity,” and “his policies.” He asserted, without attempting to back up the claim, that Obama had shown “a clear grasp of foreign policy and national security challenges.” His other qualifications included “his family heritage and his life experiences,” which “have given him a unique capacity to lead our increasingly diverse nation in an ever more interdependent world.”

Clinton listed only two actual Obama accomplishments, both from this year: He got through a “long, hard primary” and showed great judgment in picking Sen. Biden as his running mate.

Maybe Clinton was being grudging because he resents Obama’s primary victory. Surely Biden, on the other hand, had only no reason to downplay Obama’s qualifications? Yet his list of Obama’s accomplishments was only a bit more extensive. The first was Obama’s decision to pass up a Wall Street job to become a community organizer. Whether Obama accomplished anything for the community in this capacity went unmentioned in Biden’s speech, which dwelt instead on his good intentions. Biden then listed five legislative accomplishments — three in Illinois and two in Washington. None of them were major, or particularly controversial, pieces of legislation.

Obama’s champions just seem to have a hard time, for some reason, coming up with Obama accomplishments to brag about.

Posted by: Ramesh | August 28, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

" We need Justices that will rule by the law of the Constitution, not make up their own interpretation of it."

you understand that if we igrnore stare decisis and Constitutionl Amendments that women and blacks would not be allowed to vote, the Bill of Rights would not apply to the states, we would still have slavery, and would likely prohibit the use of alcohol. I am sure that is what you refer to Hollywood, by the phrase original intent.

Posted by: Lechtman | August 28, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Like the liberal judges who gave cities the right to take YOUR property and give it to a private developer, if they can get more money from condos or stores, under the guise of eminent domain. Eminent domain is supposed to be only for government use, for government projects i.e. roads, not to give your property to private developers for their gain.

Posted by: Shilo | August 28, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Different doesn't mean better. There are no indications that Obama will be effective as a leader. Sure he looks good, but what does that lend to foreign policy, to managing the economy. All we get is rhetoric and hyperbole. Where are the facts? Where is the plan? How will he execute that plan? Where is the past proof?

Posted by: Common Sense | August 28, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Whether a speech is fantastic and stimulates tears, that speech is based
on emotion. Where is the depth on policy, solutions, anything that will tell
the country how and why the policy needs to be handled in this fashion. Every family I know has had great challenges and difficulties, some never spoken of, in their lives. Smoke and mirrors, emotional speeches, where are the facts. To form a logical conclusion based on information, they are needed. Will a decision have some gut feelings, emotion, tied to it? Of course, but that decision will not be based on an emotional high. To elect someone as our president, the people have the right to know by what means the oil situation will be handled, or will the country be scrambling to find money for oil to fuel industry(plastics) and personal use, and escalating costs.
Will corn production (this corn has no use as human food) for ethanol cause food prices to go higher still. Will our country keep bleeding jobs, from our industries when they move to another, cheaper labor country, then get tax breaks to do so, making us dependent to others for almost everything we use? What are concrete solutions, not emotional hooks to take our minds off the real questions, and there are many.
Oh, don't forget the "amnesty question" that the majority of the people want answered; when will this illegal influx be controlled by the U.S. not by drug lords and Mexico? When will we get an answer from either McCain or Obama about these important questions, before or after the election?
Remember, this is the highest job in the country and it holds all our futures, not an audition for a movie part.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I can only say,if your a Democrat and you vote against your party,then you only have yourself to blame when things get worse.
The question:since when does one man control everything that goes on in the country? answer:when his party controls the House,Senate and White House.Just as for 6 and a half years Bush did,thats why we are in the shape we are in now!! Has anyone ask themselves why here at election time, oil prices are droping? Why after 4 yrs of setting no time table for leaving Iraq,now we are! Why all the changes in the Bush policies?TO GET John McCain elected !!! then its right back to the same thing!! DONT BE FOOLED..The report that the numbered of uninsured is dropping in this country could be because they've died already! I backed Hilary,now Obama!! We can NOT survive another Republican in Office for 4 more yrs.
If your not part of the solution then your part of the problem,a vote for McCain is saying you think George has done a wonderful job and you want some more.That makes you part of the problem!!

Posted by: Bill | August 28, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The economy shifted to a higher gear in the spring, growing at its fastest pace in nearly a year as foreign buyers snapped up U.S. exports and tax rebates spurred shoppers at home. But economists don't expect the sudden surge to last.

The Commerce Department reported Thursday that gross domestic product, or GDP, increased at a 3.3 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter.

Is this just a concidence that these positive numbers suddenly appeared 72 hours before the start of the Republican Convention? Certainly these numbers are always adjusted in subsequent reports but look rather suspicious nontheless.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

And I want him to start with appointing 2 liberal Supreme Court Justices.

Posted by: Carrie | August 28, 2008 12:00 PM

Carrie: That's one of the biggest problems this country has. We need Justices that will rule by the law of the Constitution, not make up their own interpretation of it.

Posted by: Hollywood | August 28, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Michelle seems like a angry woman-keeps twisting her nose...she needs to be less stern and more compasionate and more soft,obama seems like he is getting pushed around by both clintons rather then mcCain and gives in to all their wishs.....if he cant deal with clintons how is he going to deal with mcCain?I will vote for obama...he is the best choice by far

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone hear Obama in the last minutes of his “surprise” appearance last night say: THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH when referring to Bill Clinton’s speech?

Posted by: Chuck Shaw | August 28, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Charles, I guess you don't live in Los Angeles where an ID, based on someone else's Social Security number is created
every 10 seconds(or a little longer). Many based on the same social. If there is a car accident, throw out the Id you used and buy a new one, $75.00 or less at a local corner near you. That way, there is no tracing you, and no problems, except for those following the law. Please, if there is nothing to hide, then why not verify?

Posted by: Shilo | August 28, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know what time Obama is to be crowned Emperor-elect tonight?

In reconsideration -- Emperor-elect is somewhat beneath him -- I really think think he needs to be crowned Supreme-Emperor-for-life of the EU. That's where he should go. Michelle can be Empress Michelle. Yah, that's the ticket.

Posted by: ctiffan | August 28, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

joe bidens speech was full of flaws and was not convincing at all....obama made a wrong vp choice who made a bad speech when compared to clintons..joe biden came to the convention totaly un prepared..what a let down...i hope he doesnt ruin it for obama.Hope obama does a good job today.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

As a life long Dem, I see no reason why we shouldn't elect Obama. As an individual, George W was no more qualified to run the country as Obama & he's been elected TWICE! I'm convinced the rich interests of this country have taken advantage of the intellectually challenged son of George Senior and used him as a puppet while they quickly pushed their agenda over these past 8 years. So really, what's in a president?

Biden at least is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Even though Obama lacks the know-how to negotiate internationally, Biden knows every leading official throughout the world by name.

I truly hope that Obama will represent a conglomeration of smart public servants who will get this country back on track. And I want him to start with appointing 2 liberal Supreme Court Justices.

Posted by: Carrie | August 28, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama would make a great president in a Hollywood movie. It's been a great story, and we've witnessed history to see the first black man accept a major party's nomination. We've come a long way as a nation to see both a black man and a woman have the chance to become the next president of the United States. Unfortunately the Dems picked the wrong candidate, Obama is a puppet and will do whatever his people tell him in order to get elected, just look how he got pushed around by the Clintons. This convention has been more about Obama vs Clinton then McCain. We need a president based on reality, one that is willing to plant his feet firm and take a stand, not a Hollywood player following a script someone else wrote.

Posted by: Hollywood | August 28, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

to the student with the comment concerning the remark "an historic" vs. "a historic". You do seem to have caught that this is determined by the pronunciation rather than the actual consonant. However, this is a tricky one as the h is not stressed on this word and some references state that either a or an can be used in that case.
As for all you partisan ranters: get a grip and think for yourselves instead of slavishly toeing party lines.

Posted by: richard | August 28, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

according to biden:

Barack will personally see to it that
1. your gas prices are lower
2. your tuition is paid for
3. you get free doctors anywhere you go
4. you don't have to pay your mortgage
5. your elementary school will excel
6. women will all get raises
7. so will everyone else
8. the world will fall in love with us again
9. terrorists will lay down their arms
10. the government will suddenly become efficient
11. social security will magically become solvent
12. old people will live forever
13. free food will be everywhere and it will be low cal and healthy
14. a magic energy pill will work in any device
15. the military will no longer be needed because peace will break out everywhere
16. the rich will be happy to pay for it all and will work even harder to submit their taxes

wow, he really is the messiah after all.

Posted by: kingofzouk | August 28, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, loons, but Sen. Joe Hairplugs was a stumbling bore last night.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

From the tone of most of the respondents they are desperate Republican "assasins". The worst President in US history will be their legacy. They are in their foxholes and running out of bullets.

Posted by: Pat | August 28, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Barak Obama was not in the Senate to vote on either Afganistan or going to Iraq. Mr. Obama was not a senator yet.

Posted by: Shilo | August 28, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: John Torres | August 28, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Chris i disagree, Joe Bidens convention speech was painful/sloppy/medicore/major/dint work hard on it a disappointment when compared to the clintons and he made many mistakes to his main punch lines,his son did better then him....i think obama made a bad choice selecting him....he is a mere loud mouth?However I am for obama...hope he makes up for joes sloppy speech..

Posted by: disagree | August 28, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Something interesting - so many of us are now going to write in Hillary, or vote for McCain. The people who still think that throwing out ridiculous compilations of either candidates names, show the hate of other's ideas and are destroying our country. Grow up people and start talking. You may disagree, but find the person has a lot of the same likes and dislikes in other ares besides politics. After all, we are all Americans! Oh by the way, most people make their decisions based on what a person says or doesn't say in politics, not on race, so pleaseee drop the implications that others can't disagree with Obama because they are racist. People are tired of the declaration in this age of web interaction.

Posted by: shilo | August 28, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

"Iraq, Afghanistan -- John McCain was wrong, Barak Obama was right!"


Posted by: alex | August 28, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Currently, we Obama supporters have a narrow lead. We'll have to do everything we can to beat the repulicans decisively since they have a record of multi-layered cheating in recent elections, as in Florida, Ohio, and New Mexico. (Reference "Armed Madhouse" by Greg Palast)
The republicans snuk through a de-facto polling tax via the voter ID requirement, which will cost money, and involve bureaucratic delays disproportionally affecting poor and geographically displaced voters. Disguised as fraud prevetion, its Orwellian purpose is to deny votes to democrats. There has not been one documented case of voter fraud prosecution in recent years to support the voter I.D. requirement.
No more right wing coups.
Let's overwhelmingly vote for Obama.

Posted by: Charles | August 28, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

For all of you people who seem to be focused on this 'theory' of change that is being offered by the democrats... I just have some quick questions / statements. Since when does the President of the U.S. have total control over all decisions in this country? UM..... Never! That wouldn't be a democracy. How do you all expect one man (Obama) to be able to change "politics in Washington"? I will admit the idea is kinda cool to think about, and it would be nice. However I try to be honest with myself. He can not change as much as you all think he can. He will not get my vote. Welcome to politics people. They are all liars! OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE!

Posted by: Andrew | August 28, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

McCain has got this election in the bag as long as he doesn't diss conservatives who still do not trust him. My guess is, he will self destruct along the way, its just his nature. He could do it tonight by picking Lieberman (who still cacuases with the dems) or down the road by bad mouthing conservatives.

Posted by: bhoomes | August 28, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

If that fool Obama is elected, I'll move to a communist country, because I'd have better luck there! Anyone read the Constitution lately? We have enough foreigners here. How about taking care of the Americans that speak english that have no jobs because of all the illegals in the country!

Posted by: Proud, Angry American! | August 28, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse


Barack Obama’s ‘flat line’ in polls spells trouble

By Hillary Chabot
Thursday, August 28, 2008

Barack Obama’s divided and poorly timed convention has given him no boost in tracking polls, leaving him in danger of trailing Republican John McCain by the time the GOP conclave ends next week.

“It’s problematic for Obama,” said University of New Hamsphire Survey Center director Andy Smith. “The Republicans are immediately going to steal the spotlight and probably counter any bounce that would be there.”

As Obama steps up tonight for the speech of his career - a prime-time outdoor arena extravaganza designed to galvanize support and rocket him into the intense race ahead - his campaign faces:

• The danger that the GOP convention - starting next week in an unprecedented back-to-back schedule for the party conclaves - will immediately steal any Democratic thunder.

“McCain could come out of the convention with a five-point lead, and if it sticks around through October, that’s hard to shake. Then McCain is the leader and people are wondering why Obama’s losing,” Smith said.

• Complaints from pundits and party operatives that the DNC was focused more on infighting with the Clintons than taking on McCain.

“More Republicans support McCain than Democrats support Obama,” said national pollster Scott Rasmussen, saying the Dems haven’t hit McCain hard enough in convention speeches. “I think it is possible that McCain people will start out (at the convention) drawing contrasts with Obama.”

• Polls showing McCain holding down Obama in the polls despite the nationally televised convention, and no bounce from Obama’s long-awaited running mate pick - an event that pollsters say ususally draws at least a two-percentage point gain.

“There was zero, nothing, a flat line,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, referring to Obama’s selection of Deleware Sen. Joe Biden. “It was a bland choice because nobody knows who he is.”

Obama and McCain are neck and neck in the national polls despite three days of glowing speeches about the Illinois senator during a highly publicized convention viewed by 22 million people.

“It’s a big concern,” said Suffolk University pollster David Paleologos. “You’ve got poor job approval for (President George W.) Bush, you’ve got the Iraq war and the economy. When you take the sum of all of these issues it suggests a larger lead (for Obama).”

The Gallup Daily poll shows Obama with 45 percent, only one percentage point above McCain. Recent polls by CNN and Zogby show Obama with 44 and 45 percent, respectively.

Rasmussen Reports tracking, however, showed McCain and Obama in a tie yesterday at 44 percent, with McCain gaining the edge at 47 percent when voters who were leaning toward a candidate were counted.

Part of the problem stems from the splintered Democratic party despite Hillary Clinton finally stepping aside for Obama’s formal nomination, Smith said.

“That division is something that’s helped McCain, because Obama spent a bunch of money during the primary and opponents within his own party provided a lot of ammunition,” Smith said.

And the Greek temple they've built inside Invesco Field just for his speech tonight won't help, either.

It says: Foreign. Elitist. Arrogant.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Unity? HA what a joke.

The democratic party is in tatters. Obama has destroyed it. All that is left for democrats is the funeral pyre come november.

Banish the left wing kooks to siberia. It is they who hijacked the party and destroyed its once great status. Return to the center before the republicans take it.

Posted by: Hillary2012 | August 28, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

"other countries admined America for the power of its example not for the example of its power."

such as sleeping with interns, stealing money, lying under oath, ignoring terror, ignoring finance bubbles, I concur those are examples of a Democrat administration. Oh, I forgot, blowing up sand dunes in Arabia when attacked. then there's the first two years we can discuss - somalia, rwanda, gays in the military, health care fiasco - such a resounding success the Rs took over congress for the first time in 40 years.

Yeah, let's do that again. guffaw.

Posted by: funny Libs | August 28, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Clinton did his job and supported Joe Biden's nomination and position poised for a shot at the White house as the one champion available to carry the votes in this race.
I just thought the whole apex and thunder was robbed from great Americans, when at their warm and fuzzy moment of family on stage became the second the smoke and mirrors magician came to claim their accolades.
Obama had to seize the moment to hostage Clinton and the rest of us for a claim of success.
He had to invite the whole town to his show at Invesco to even draw an audience.

The truth is that this traveling pantsuit was leaving Denver early along with volumes of others. We were intending MIA for Obama's "rise of Islam show" through mirrors and smoke into his pillars of Babel, clad with the armor of rock and roll stars to bring in and assemble a crowd, and then rush in appearing just in time to steal their laurels as his own.
(Who wouldn'tbe suprised if he rises to "Jesus Christ superstar " theme music?)

No I will not vote Obama.
If Hillary will not accept "the write in" votes headed her way by filing properly in every state to receive them, then she can throw them away.

I listened to the repeated questions floating in the halls around the hot dog stands.
Would anyone in WWII have voted for a Japanese name for President?
Why would anyone expect that now during this war? Just how broken are the borders to have anyone here who will?

Will Republicans really stretch the Constitution and vote for a guy born in Panama?

The best answer might be for Clinton to go on an Independent ticket with Liberman and pull all of us into overtaking the Whitehouse with the complete change everyone talks about.
The first woman and an Independent Party running the Country.

Posted by: dotty | August 28, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Rufas - even more laughable is his list of accomplishments:

Professor with no scholarly works or publications

Editor with no papers

Writer with no topic

State Senator with no votes

US Senator with no opposition, no bills

community organizer with no results

Father who's kids are raised by grandma

Candidate with no spine

Posted by: my kingdom for a resume | August 28, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Watch out Republicans, the Democrats are coming. Democrats can put differences aside for the common good of all, including the Republicans. The Democrats are united as one. There is no more Hillary or Barack, it is just Democrats. Republicans need to stop drudging up dirt and division; they need to try to help pull the United States together as one. What do the Republicans (and Democrats) try to spread to other nations around the world, DEMOCRACY. Get it! Barack for President.

Posted by: RadianChalant | August 28, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans should realize what they're stuck with: Yesterday's hero, with yesterday's ideas.

Posted by: snowdogminn | August 28, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Startling kiss??? Get over it Bubba. It's 2008, for chrisakes!

Posted by: Joseph | August 28, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Americans who are suffering under the current economy, who have had their jobs shipped overseas, who have not seen a decent pay raise in years, who have had their work place benefits cut, who have had their retirement plans slashed need to unite behind the Democratic Party in this election year.

A good soldier does not translate into a good leader. A good soldier is one who follows the orders of the Commander in Chief and the Generals and Admirals who advise him. McCain does not have the judgment or intelligence to of a good leader. He came from a family of admirals yet he could not rise to that rank. He graduated near the bottom of his Naval Academy class of 759 midshipmen. He admits he doesn't know anything about the economy. How does this make him fit to lead our nation at this moment in time?

McCain would rely on the same advisors who have placed America on the path we are on now. Things WON'T CHANGE, the econony won't change, global warming won't change, our energy plan won't change, our health care costs won't change, strengthening our educational institutions won't change if McCain is elected.

President Clinton is right in saying that other countries admined America for the power of its example not for the example of its power. The power of our example is best expressed by our Democratic process in which we elect strong, intelligent leaders who forge strong bonds with other nations through dialogue and respect.

Posted by: nevadaandy | August 28, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Dopes, you ignore the fact that the Bush-Cheney years have made us wildly unpopular with the populations of key allies like Turkey, France, Germany, Canada (yes, even Canada!), Italy, Spain, Mexico, England, Japan, all of which (except maybe France) are normally very pro-US in terms of how their people view the US. This affects the policies of those governments and therefore US influence. Personally, I'm not voting for the party who wants us to be perpetually fighting with one hand tied behind our back because they don't understand soft power.

Posted by: stan | August 28, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Didn't you hear? Germany, Italy, france and others have ejected their leftist socialist leaders and embraced pro-american leaders.

you might want to read a paper once in a while or listen to a station that produces actual news. Obviously, this does not include MSDNC.

Posted by: clueless Libs | August 28, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Student, University of Colorado Denver

Posted by: Patrick | August 28, 2008 11:18 AM

Stay in school Pat - it is accepted to use the an in front of h s.

Posted by: grammar police | August 28, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Jersey John, didn't you know that Britain, France, Germany, Poland and others are ALREADY with us?

The myth of Obama bring nations to the US is as laughable as the myth of his uniting the races (including the typical white persons) in this nation!


Posted by: Rufus | August 28, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton gave the dems a rousing speech last night. He is the only one so far to provide any proof that Obamba is ready to be president.

Per Bill’s speech, Obamba is ready simply because Bill says so! What else would we need? If Bill says so, it must be true. Right?

I'm convinced.

Posted by: Heather | August 28, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

To Whom It May Concern:

As I perused the headlines on google news I noticed a slight grammatical error in the first paragraph of Chris Cillizza's article, Convention Cheat Sheet. The article reads: ..., an historic presidential nomination..., which is incorrect, since the indefinite article 'an' is used in front of words with an initial vowel sound; since 'historic' begins with a consonant sound, it would be more appropriate to use the indefinite article 'a.'

Yours truly,

Student, University of Colorado Denver

Posted by: Patrick | August 28, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse


Wahddaya hear about FEMA using its executive powers to force a delay in the GOP convention so the administration is not embarrassed by partying through another meteorological crisis?

Chertoff is headed to Louisiana; can the departing administration afford to send its people to the convention if there's a crisis in the Gulf of Mex?

And if it can't, how can the convention proceed? And then, there's the concern about appearing to be fiddling while Rome (N'awlins) burns (or drowns).

There's quite a bit of buzz about this on the telly...

Posted by: scrivener | August 28, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Dear Dopes: (You go by Dopes???)

Your fear that the Cubans, Iranians, North Koreans, somalians, Arabs, Venezualians and the other fascist staes (sp?)will be overjoyed is just plain silly. It will be our allies, NATO, and neutral countrys who will begin helping and supporting us once again. No more Cowboy Diplomacy. ENOUGH!

Posted by: Jersey John | August 28, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Like Mr. Biden, Michelle Obama's speechwriter could not resist hyping her husband's work. Monday night, Mrs. Obama talked about "what he's done in the United States Senate, fighting to ensure that the men and women who serve this country are welcomed home not just with medals and parades, but with good jobs and benefits and health care--including mental health care." This is an apparent reference to the Dignity For Wounded Warriors Act, a bill Mr. Obama introduced that never made it out of the Senate Armed Services Committee, despite its Democratic majority. Americans missed the spectacle of Mr. Obama "fighting to ensure" because he was missing for that particular
battle. And if he was fighting, he must have been ineffectual because fellow Democrats didn't think this bill was worth passing.

Posted by: strike three | August 28, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Biden proclaimed: "But I was proudest, I was proudest, when I watched him spontaneously focus the attention of the nation on the shameful neglect of America's wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Hospital." The problem for Mr. Biden (and the object of his praise, Mr. Obama) is the problems at Walter Reed were revealed in articles in the Washington Post, starting February 18, 2007. Unless Mr. Obama writes for the Washington Post under the nom de media of Anne Hull or Dana Priest, he didn't "spontaneously focus the attention of the nation." The two reporters did. The legislation to correct the shortcomings emerged from a Senate committee Mr. Obama doesn't serve on and he played no significant role in drafting or pushing it through the legislative. Mr. Obama is not the real hero of the Walter Reed turn-around, despite Mr. Biden's extravagant claims.

Posted by: empty suit | August 28, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama was a leader "to pass a law that helps keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists." This implied a big, important controversial measure, passed with difficulty after the intervention of an extraordinary leader.

In reality, the Lugar-Obama Bill was passed on a voice vote on December 11, 2006. It was so routine, there was no recorded vote. The media didn't consider it important or controversial. Neither the New York Times nor the Washington Post reported its Senate passage, though the Post ran a 798-word op-ed by Senators Lugar and Obama the week before it was approved. It was not the subject of a story on the CBS, ABC or NBC evening news--not when it passed, not when it was signed, not ever. No story about it appeared in Roll Call or The Hill, the daily newspapers that cover the minutiae of Congress. It drew only one squib in Congressional Quarterly--and that story didn't mention Obama, just Lugar. The Bush administration supported it. The legislation required the administration to report to Congress within 180 days "on proliferation and interdiction assistance" to secure the mostly conventional weapons stocks littering the nations born from the collapsed Soviet empire. It created a new State Department office to support the Bush administration's "Proliferation Security Initiative" aimed at interdicting weapons of mass destruction and conventional weaponry. And the bill authorized $110 million in funding. But this legislation didn't require a profile in courage to co-sponsor or hard work and powerful persuasion to pass, as Mr. Biden implied.

Posted by: Karl | August 28, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

60 Interminable Minutes

STEVE KROFT: Hypothetical: we capture an al Qaeda agent who's planted a nuclear device somewhere in Washington. Your advice to President Obama?
JOE BIDEN: First, I make sure they save me a place in the bunker. Then I tell Obama, look, we gotta get the info, but humanely, to keep the ACLU happy. How? Mortarboard the guy.
KROFT: Mortarboard?
BIDEN: Right. Teams of CIA religious scholars in full academic regalia lecturing him around the clock on the superiority of Shia Islam over Sunni Islam. Until he breaks.
KROFT: And if he doesn't?
BIDEN: Then, he gets nothing to drink but D.C. tap water, day in, day out, just D.C. tap water. After three days, he’ll sing like a canary.
KROFT: Waterboredom? Pretty tough stuff.
BIDEN: Ya betcha patootie. We won't mess around.
KROFT: Finally, any thoughts on helping the victims of Bush's global recession?
BIDEN: Yes. We'll implement a new strategy we’re calling ''The Splurge,'' deploying an additional trillion dollars abroad to fight the global War on Poverty. Krugman of the Times wrote the book on redistribution of wealth. He'll direct the effort.
KROFT: Thanks for your time.
BIDEN: You got it, Bud. Hey, where's your Biden/Obama button?

Posted by: the Splurge | August 28, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I don't see it, it just looks like normal politics from both sides from my
view. Honestly I never understood why parties need to bash each other. Sort of
irrelevant to the cause and only provokes the problem.

A bunch of euphemism as usual, but lest its nice to have good
intentions...err sort of.

Why can't people judge good or bad character anymore?

Philosophy a pain...

Posted by: Tankdown | August 28, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Sandy 5224 must be a paid disinformation "specialist." Why else would this person repeatedly post personal attacks?

If taxpayer funds are being used to fund this operation, it is a violation of anti-propaganda laws.

Please forward this post to Mike McConnell, Director of National Intelligence.

Posted by: Eyes2disinfo | August 28, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Ed Lasky
The Obama campaign has tonight again demonstrated that it will try to silence voices with which it does not agree. This should chill all Americans, for it offers a preview of the tactics to which a President Obama might harness the power of the federal government. The means chosen include harassment of television stations running the 527 group Ayers ad, a demand for a Justice Department investigation, and just last night, disruption of a radio talk show in Chicago that dared have Dr. Stanley Kurtz of National Review, who has been examining the archives of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, in which Bill Ayers and Barack Obama worked as colleagues.

Posted by: liberal fascists | August 28, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Grace and Generosity is how the Clintons have been described by the media. Her supporters here have said as much for months but any such suggestion has been trashed and ridiculed. Will we see a change in attitude towards her by his supporters,or now that they have gotten what they demanded, essentially falling on their swords for their opponent's campaign will it be more of the same once the Convention is over? Obama got exactly what he wanted from the Clintons, now what is in it for them? Yestrday an O supprter postd lets see if we can defeat her when she runs for re-elction;another bragged we will desro her if she dares to run for majority leader. Here locally in response to her vocal support for Hillary a wildy popular Sheila Jackson Lee was threatened this week with an Obama supporter's opposition in her primary. Why? Is retaliation-conformity the new nonpolitical way? Sounded more like the type of stunt we are used to here in Texas by Tom Delay with faux ReDistricting. He has since had second thoughts but the threat in of itself was tasteless to say the least and hopefully not the way of the new D party. Is this face of the new D party,intolerane for moderate and conserative Ds and DailyKos type purity? Asegirl is over the top in many o her comments but I personally have experienced what she has referenced by moveon, DailyKos insistance on Obama purity as far back as last summer after returning from an Austin Obama rally.

Davis' quote makes an interesting point about "The Speech". It wasnt nasty but merely a warning about how best to connect to average Joe voters in the heartland:

"Having rock star concert crowds and uplifting rhetoric doesn't work with working-class voters," Lanny Davis, a longtime Clinton confidante, tells the New York Sun's Seth Gitell.

Posted by: Leichtman | August 28, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Chris: You have made the first serious error I've seen you make in your several years doing this blog.

If Obama were a white man, you would never have commented on "the kiss."

Apologize now for your latent racism before the Columbia Journalism Review does a story about subliminal racial bias in the mainstream media.

Posted by: Outside the Box | August 28, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

"The day Obama is elected, American prestige will instantly triple throughout the world."

Yep, the Cubans, Iranians, North Koreans, somalians, Arabs, Venezualians and the other fascist staes will be overjoyed.

Posted by: dopes | August 28, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Dear RWgrjo:

C-span is the only way to go tonight if you really want to hear these folks speak. What a calming difference. Try it, you'll like it!!!

However, we appreciate that the FIX does not speak WHILE THE

Posted by: Jersey John | August 28, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

gun voters - no
feminists - no
Jews - no
military - no
lunchbuckets - no
investors - no
religious - no

Marxists and commies - YES

So, as we watch his voter base begin to shrink, barring any unforeseen events, Obama’s dreams these days and nights must be haunted by the ghosts of McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, Kerry, and the unlamented Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: anyone left to vote for me? | August 28, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I am enthralled by Obama's life accomplishments. Imagine reaching across the aisle and getting those evil Repubs to agree to limiting the spread of nuclear weapons. that must have been some diplomacy and negotiating. Next he'll work on a bill to stop torturing small animals and get most everyone to agree. what else you got? nothing? that's what I thought. I wouldn't hire this guy to fetch my dry cleaning.

but when the rubber hit the road, he caved in to the clintons, just like he will surrender to anyone who challenges him overseas. this is going to be a landslide of mega proportions.

Biden is a joke. He voted against Gulf War I and FOR the sequel. He wanted to partition Irag and stop the failing surge. no wonder the judgment and change theme is in constant change -- due to bad judgment.

Posted by: kingofzouk | August 28, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

The day Obama is elected, American prestige will instantly triple throughout the world.

The day McCain is elected is the day Al-Qaida starts winning popularity contests against the US in the wider world.

Let's not forget folks, the war on terror involves all the planet's 6 billion souls, their hearts, their minds, their governments, and their money.

Let's also not forget McCain was wrong on Afghanistan, declaring 'mission accomplished' 3 years ago. Some expert.

Also seems to me that a timeline for US troop withdrawal from Iraq coincided remarkably with Obama's visit to Iraq---when has McCain accomplished something bigger than that on foreign policy?

I've been living abroad for 8 years, and I can tell you our prestige is a tiny fraction of what it was then, the respect is way down, but the world is still hoping for the US to lead, despite the disaster of the Bush years. But it's a young world---half the people don't even remember the US as the 'good guys' from the Cold War---we need to show something more than Hollywood films soon or we'll never regain our clout. The princpled leadership of Obama seems like a sensible place to start.

Obama Biden '08

Posted by: stan | August 28, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Chris, what the heck is the matter with you? Overlooking Kerry's great speech and your reading as to people being stunned by the "buss"? tsk..tsk..

Posted by: 2008 | August 28, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Does it hurt when McSame drives this country into the ground. Better wear a helmet!

Posted by: Jeremy | August 28, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Of course Mike Murphy says the Dems should blow up the temple set - it's like PGA tour golfers telling Tiger Woods he should throw away his golf clubs.

We know what stagecraft awaits us in Minneapolis - a stumbling McCain awkwardly standing next to Romney, while the GOP ignores the problems this country faces and trips over itself coming up with zingers about Obama, Biden, Kerry, Pelosi, et al.

John McCain and crew have never done a go**amn thing for this country, and they have no plans to start doing anything soon. The chuckling and snickering over tonight's Invesco will fade, but the prospect of your home being foreclosed on and 6 dollar a gallon gas will remain real. John McClueless has no idea what to do about this world, except crack wise or remind the world that he was a prisoner of war.

Posted by: bondjedi | August 28, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Have you even read the constitution lately?
You know, the founding documents?

Posted by: Doody
I got a question for you. Does it hurt when a monkey or the McNoWay campaign throws you up against a wall?

Posted by: Doody - a name, a poster, an idiot... | August 28, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

DEAR MEDIA (yes you too and not just the MSM),
SHUT UP ALREADY!!! You have nothing to say. Chris Matthews Brit Hume and Wolf Blitzer are in my head stabbing one another and my ears are bleeding. I can't stand it any longer.


Posted by: ? | August 28, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I read the constitution. Apparently you boy Bush and his pet McCain didn't because they refuse to listen to it.

Obama is a progressive, not a socialist. And if you hate socialist ideals, get rid of the government run public schools and government run postal service. Just a thought.

Posted by: Jeremy | August 28, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Doody needs a life.

Posted by: donnie | August 28, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

C-Span Rocks all the other networks suck!

Posted by: Concerned Voter | August 28, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse


Don't be a tool of the money-grubbing RIAA. Bono is old. Kanye is a jerk.

Posted by: everybody | August 28, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Doody | August 28, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Well - if Obama DOES get elected, and he brings down the country with his Marxist/ Socialist ways; I will just laugh and say, "told you so".

Have you even read the constitution lately?
You know, the founding documents?

Posted by: Doody | August 28, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

After all the time and money Republican's have spent trying to scare us, they might finally be scared themselves.

Obama-Biden 2008!

Posted by: Jeremy | August 28, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I saw John Kerry on PBS. The speech was a masterpiece. Senator McCain v. Candidate McCain. Absolutely brilliant!! But those watching the windbags on CNN, MSNBC and FOX missed it because they talked right throught it. What a shame! Kerry easily surpassed Bill and Biden's speeches. Hope folks are able to catch it on YouTube.

Posted by: The Franchise | August 28, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Oh well as usual Silly Chrissie Gurly Man
WAPO OBAMA SHILL doesn't get it that the
Republicans and John McCain are still so
happy that the dimwit Socialist Democrat
Liberal Loser Party nominating Marxist
Socialist Democrat Peacenik Cocaine Addict
and Drug Dealer Empty Suit Phony Fraud
Messiah Barack Hussein Obama and his Court
Jester Old Mouthy Joe Biden Has Just Also
Elected Republican John McCain the 44th
President of the United States and Commander in Chief of the US Military and
so even Independents like me,now salute
the Democrats Usual Stupidity. NOBAMA!

Posted by: Sandy 5274 | August 28, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The Clintons have indeed Redeemed themselves and have united the Democratic party. However, Media wants you to think that Dems Convention was a bust (no red meat - vegatables are so much more healthier to the system, however) But, what the Dems did accomplish and which is stronger than all the red meat/anger in the world is UNITY/Love, because a house divided cannot stand! Watch out and be on Guard for those who want to Divide because make no mistake about it a united group is Powerful, Strong, Unstoppable. Now they want to belittle and divide us by unmeaningful and trivial talks of pillars and temple, some seem even Obsessed by it. They are like rude and jealous children who make fun of a beautiful or gifted person -- making fun of their clothes because they are not satisfied within themselves, all the while secretly wishing they looked like that or had that gift. People of Change, People of the future, be on guard!

For those who want accurate news analysis, do yourself a favor and “watch C-SPAN for convention coverage and get yourself psychically cleared. Stop watching cable news channels. The MSM is desperately working to program us morning noon and night. And creating despair amongst those who are openly hopeful about 2008 politics is very easy. Just bust the bubble that gives you room to believe that change can happen and the rest falls away. Including your own sense of self-empowerment. Believe it.”

Posted by: Angellight | August 28, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

McCain is a right-wing nut job who will enslave the working class. If you still have a job and want to keep it, do yourself a favor and vote for Obama. I just can't believe that any American would be duped into four more years of this Republican garbage.

Posted by: Hilary Smith | August 28, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

if obama is elected jounalist unemployment will surely go up big time.i take that back when obama is elected.well you guys can go and visit the graves of relatives and let them know just what's taking place go ahead let them know they were wrong and that it is happening so they can turn over go on now.obama-biden michell-jill

Posted by: frank | August 28, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

on the mccain front

I hear it's going to be Lieberman whitman or Romney

I hope it's

Posted by: dl | August 28, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse


just as a prep

someone leaked the theme song already...

"Here we are face to face...a couple of silver spoons"

c'mon sing remember Schroeder and the gang...

"Together" by Bob Wirth and Rik Howard

Here we are, face to face
A couple of Silver Spoons.
Hopin’ to find, we’re two of a kind
Making a go, making it grow.

Together, we’re going to find our way.
Together, taking the time each day.
To learn all about those things you just can’t buy.

Two Silver spoons together.
You and I together (We’re going to find our way)
You and I together (We’re going to find our way)
You and I together.

Not only will they be learning about things you actually can't buy...but how to fill out a mortgage payment and a student loan application...or mortgage assistance ...or a student loan application know the things that self made wealthy people and the rest of us actually had to fill out because we didn't have a wealthy daddy or a subsequent rich blonde wife and father-in- law we could divorce into ...

KFed is going to do a rap during the bridge of the song.

things they have never seen.

Posted by: dl | August 28, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Chris, You passed over the most on-message speech of the night: John Kerry. He was brilliant!

Please post his video on line, as most of the networks totally missed it.

Posted by: Lefty | August 28, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Still think Hillary got off light for only going halfway with her nuanced attempt to sabotage Obama's nomination. When it's war, you've got to fully engage; because if you're not defeated but you still don't win, you've only got embarrassment to show for your effort:

HILLARY'S CHOICE: Ambition Over Principle?

Posted by: scrivener | August 28, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Sorry? Who exactly was "stunned" by Obama's peck on Jill Biden's cheek? And exactly why would they be stunned?

OH, NO!!! It's a black guy kissing a white woman! Shades of 1940!

Stupid stupid stupid comment.

Posted by: Jan | August 28, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Get ready for Gov. Tim Pawlenty of MN. This is gonna be a whale of a race!!!!!

Posted by: Richard | August 28, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

In two weeks all this hoopla will be forgotten. All the phony speeches to incite the party faithful are nothing more then the empty words of a bunch of lawyer politicians, none of whom can be believed. I'm sure the Republican Convention will be much of the same.

P.T. Barnum put on a more honest show.

Posted by: Capt. Howard | August 28, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Hey Chris -- as long as you are going to publish a story about the set-up at Invesco Field looking like a temple with columns etc., why not point out that the set looks virtually identical to th eset George W Bush gave his convention address from in 2004? Why does the corporate media (inlcuding WaPo) let the McCain campaign get away with this complete BS about Obama's supposed pretentiousness? The stage that right wing pundits are scoffing about, and deriding, looks alomst exactly the same as the stage used by their candidate IN THE LAST CONVENTION!! Please try reporting the news, and not just the part that fits into dishonest GOP talking points.

Thank you.

Posted by: MT from CC | August 28, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

P.S. Watching the media trying to keep this race alive is like watching a bad Sci-Fi flick...

Posted by: Chapman | August 28, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

If you really care about Hillary and Bill Clinton, you honor them by giving them something back, What they asked for is for Hillary supporters to give Obama a chance and your vote. Don't you think after all the Clintons have done for us it's the least we can do? honor their choice and trust their request? When you compare Obama to McCain on the issues, and seriously go do it if you haven't and are Democrat and truly believe in good Democratic values, you will see this is a no brainer. Obama was not my first choice, but he is the nominee now and will make a great President compared to McCain, no question. To all my fellow Hillary supporters let's help our fellow Democrat Barack Obama out and show our party we are true Democrats, let's show the Republicans they can't split is apart and let's show the world we can take back our country from the oppressors of the Republican dictatorship. The time is NOW.

Posted by: Democrats 08 | August 28, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

& so continues the abysmal decline of our Nation's press...
Why is it that every living breathing person I know who actually watched this thing (on either CSPAN or PBS now cause we can't stomach any others) was moved to tears watching one of the most sinificant political events in our Nation's history yet people like you can try to tell US it was fake & a show & that somehow we were duped??? I sat & watched grown men in cowboy hats cry. In fact I (a grown 40 something white male) have been moved to tears 4 times through out the 3 nights of this convention. If you critics & pundits were sitting in front of me I'd have to just piss in your face. No wander you guys are goin' down like a lead balloon...

Posted by: Chapman | August 28, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Scott: "Bin Laden Determined to Attack in US". Sound familiar? It's a memo delivered to the president, but ignored. And that president wasn't Clinton.

Posted by: Blarg | August 28, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Count me among those who thought Kerry was superb. Biden was at his best and even his "gaffe" . . .starting to say "GEORGE"" McCain instead of JOHN--was a serendipitous moment. There has been a lot of hyperventilating among people one supposes to be Democrats (I have my secret doubts) that Obama just cannot be in the same room with the Clintons. They seem to have seen a different Barack Obama than I have. They also appear to have been listening to a different Bill and HIllary than I heard give unequivocal support to the nominee. I am beginning to think the the whole "Democrats in disarray" thing was manufactured by a party whose disfunction will be on display next week. Regardless of what the tracking polls say, if I were McCain, I'd be worried.

Obama has received the full-fledged support from his party he needs and the message coming through is getting more clear; He may be young, but on all the major issues, his judgement has been proven to be superior to those more 'experienced' hands who have traipsed down the conservative road these last eight years. On the war, on the economy, on our standing in the world he has gotten it right. Does anyone think it is a coincidence that when Obama traveled to Iraq, the Prime Minister endorsed Obama's call to get out in 16 months? Maybe he KNOWS something!

Posted by: dch | August 28, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Our we better off than we were 8 years ago? What happened to Clinton's surplus? Oh yeah, it went to fighting the war that we could have avoided had Clinton acted on actionable intellegence to take out bin laden. There are 3,000 americans who died in 911 who want to thank him. Are economy is feeling the strain of a war. But I go to bed knowing I am safe becasue George Bush was not afraid to fight this war. I point to the fact that here has not been anothe attack since.

I admire the way that the democrats have conveniently neglected the effect of 911 on this country and the indications ignored by the Clinton white house that had theybeen heeded cousld have prevented us being where we are today.

Posted by: Scott | August 28, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

In fact Chris take a look at this...look familiar?

yeah...uhm no it's not the set in Mile High...

it's the set from the RNC 2004...

can you pass it on to Mike Murphy...

Posted by: dl | August 28, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Wolf Blitzer and his CNN cronies were left speechless, stunned for a brief time when the convention acted to accept Barack Obama's nomination by acclamation. The positive nature of the happening overcame their cynical natures. In time, Blitzer responded with comments about the historical nature of what had been experienced. Anderson Cooper and John King, also big talkers like Blitzer, reflectively followed with platitudes. These hard core and cynical media running mouths were briefly silenced; America needs more of the same rather then always stirring controversy, uncertainly and fears.

Posted by: Lou R | August 28, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

and Chris can you post an image of the RNC's nomination "set" from 4 years ago...

I think people should see where the republican's accepted the nomination of George Bush 4 years ago...

Looks awfully might want to show it to Mike Murphy. lol

Posted by: dl | August 28, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Here is a link to the John Kerry speech. It was electric.... a very succinct 13 minutes and 13 seconds.

It should be studied and restudied by anyone Democrat or Republican who wants to speak at a political gathering. Hint, hint Mark Warner.

Posted by: Cybersophist | August 28, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

The results have been mixed only depending on what your equation, or rather criteria, is. It is becoming increasingly amusing to me to see you pundits label something one way right afterward and then see how it ac tually did something different down the road. All I can say is "We'll see."

Posted by: Matt | August 28, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Are you insane?

Posted by: Chad | August 28, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

THE KISS: Keep up! Obama and Biden both kissed and hugged each other's wife at the Springfield announcement. No big.

THE COLUMNS: Actually the columns look very similar to the ones used at the Republican convention in 2004 when Bush accepted the nomination. They also resemble the Lincoln Memorial, in front of which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic "I Have a Dream" speech, 45 years ago today.

ANYTHING ELSE you want to get all nit-picky about??

Posted by: pedestrian | August 28, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Bottom Line on the convention and the race...

Comes down to exactly these three questions.statements...addressed in Biden's speech...
(and at this point if you think Biden is a blowhard you weren't watching the guy's life last night)

We need a wise leader not a good soldier.
Anyone who has been to question and answer sessions with both of these candidates McCain and Obama, knows how weel McCain does NOT do with any follow up questions. He is propped up for an election. Almost every other follow up is greeted with a joke or some tough 30 second sound bite you have heard a thousand times before. and if there is a third... the person who asked is cut off. Obama seriously tries to answer...and even if it is all for show...

and I have seen these guys over the past year and a half many times.

The next is "Has the last 8 years been good for you?"

As much as everyone wants to spin it saying "oh John mcCain is not George Bush" no...but his promises and his policies are almost EXACTLY the same.

So if 8 years has been good for you then go with the guy promising not to change that plan (he may say we are going to change...but look at the details...they are almost EXACTLY the same).

and lastly
"John McCain was right on the surge bringing down violence...that's it."

The only thing in foreign policy he has been right about...

but what he was wrong on and Obama was right too much for this commentary... and as far as the surge goes...

the goal was political reconciliation so we could leave. That was the goal...the violence reduction was the tool.

That goal is still far far off... maybe decades away. That is why mcCain wanted to stay...but McCain doesn't care about the tax it is taking on our wallets, doesn't prioritize what it has done to our and would continue to do our military, and has no understanding of how that would continue to be a stick in the hornet's nest of aculture's he has clearly shown he has no understanding of...

I think the selection is clear.

Posted by: dl | August 28, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

The best democrats convention I watched so far. What a great people, America needs peace and a man like Obama who will use deplomacy instead of war, respect instead of hate, commen sense intead of ignorance, power of the people instead of power out of the barrel of a gun.

Posted by: Eisa | August 28, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Democrats and Obamacans courting Republican and Independent voters. Join us!

Online Concert!

The Chantay's - Pipeline (Lawrence Welk Show)

Dean Martin & John Wayne

Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender

Obamacan's - “The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.” William F. Buckley, Jr. quote

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Yeil Raven | August 28, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse


I am not surprised the MSM missed John Kerry's speech. But you? I expect better. It was the best speech of the night.

Posted by: Frank | August 28, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

You're wrong Chris. The best speech of the night was by John Kerry--he's still got it. And don't be fooled, I watch every speech I can on C-SPAN or PBS because I can't stand the MSM saying nothing that the home audience is even worried about. Pay attention, every one of them on FOX, MSNBC, ABC, are looking for (and trying to start) chaos amongst Democrats. Claire McCaskill said it best, "The only long faces I see are on the media."

Posted by: Terry | August 28, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

No, by far the best part of the night was Jon Stewart's send up of the Media covering the convention. Belly laughs! Poor Mark Warner but Stewart is funny and tells it like it is.

Posted by: MIke | August 28, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

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