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Dean Stays at DNC, Tewes Joins

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) is moving quickly to put his imprint on the Democratic National Committee, offering a vote of confidence in current chairman Howard Dean while also installing one of his most senior political deputies in a leadership role at the party committee.

In the days since Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday night, there had been speculation that Dean might be removed in favor of a party chairman of Obama's choosing.

Obama put that speculation to rest this morning.

"Senator Obama appreciates the hard work that Chairman Dean has done to grow our party at the grassroots level and looks forward to working with him as the chairman of the Democratic Party as we go forward," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton in a statement.

Although Obama is keeping Dean, he is also ensuring that one of the main pillars of his campaign is installed at the DNC. Paul Tewes, a longtime party operative who managed Obama's Iowa caucus effort, will take over the general-election strategy at the DNC, according to several officials briefed on the decision.

Dean will announce Tewes to the DNC staff this afternoon. No title for the nomadic political operative, who served as political director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the 2004 cycle, has been chosen.

Those close to the DNC's operations insist that no wholesale changes will occur at the party committee. Instead, the current staff will stay in tact while a number of Obama loyalists are added to bolster the committee's general election operation.

The addition of Tewes should help quiet some fear among the Democratic chattering class that the DNC was ill prepared -- financially and otherwise -- for the coming general election. The Fix and Matt Mosk penned a story a few weeks ago about those concerns.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 5, 2008; 12:20 PM ET
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Amazing the amount of righ-wing politcal smear going on here. You'd have thought that the "Cons" would have given up on their losing strategy already.

Posted by: Ant | June 6, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse


OBAMA GETS ANGRY WITH "LOSERMAN"
...FINALLY SHOWING HIS BEHTZIM
AND IMPRESSING THE MACHO SET

"EMPTY SUIT" STITCHED WITH RAZOR WIRE?

>

The most important political news of the past 24-hour cycle has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton -- it's Barack Obama showing his "behtzim" in a Senate chamber countretemps with the the Benedict Arnold of the Democrats, "If you can't beat 'em join 'em" Joe Lieberman.

As reported in Roll Call, Obama got right up Lieberman's grille, backing Joe into a corner, sternly poking and gesticulating, with both Senators apparently talking over each other's words. This, the fallout from Lieberman's earlier attack on Obama for his stance on Iran, even though Lieberman admitted he hadn't heard Obama's speech before the Israeli lobby group AIPAC.

This tete-a-tete speaks volumes to those who have wondered for months whether Obama can stand up for his beliefs and his positions.. whether he's got the intestinal fortitude to man up when the need arises.

Turns out the "empty suit" might be stitched with threads of razor wire.

Of course, Obama will undo it all if he caves into the pressure to name Hillary as his veepee pick (an unlikely scenario, given the nearly universal condemnation of Hillary's non-concession speech on Tuesday night). The Lieberman episode suggests that Obama's been "baracked" ("blessed" is the English translation) with the stones to stand his ground.

That's been a huge unknown this entire campaign: Whether Obama's usual mild-mannered nature would lead him to be co-opted by the Washington power structure. The Lieberman sturm und drang provides the first clear evidence that Obama has the resolve and the self-confidence to be his own man.

Many, including this writer, still doubt that Obama brings sufficient experience to assume the highest office in the land. But if this "inner John Wayne" emerges as an alter ego to the image of Obama as an effete, latte-sipping elitist, we could see the experience quotient rendered moot by Obama's velvet-clad brass knuckles.

Posted by: scrivener | June 5, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse


OBAMA GETS ANGRY WITH "LOSERMAN"
...FINALLY SHOWING HIS BEHTZIM
AND IMPRESSING THE MACHO SET

"EMPTY SUIT" STITCHED WITH RAZOR WIRE?

>

The most important political news of the past 24-hour cycle has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton -- it's Barack Obama showing his "behtzim" in a Senate chamber countretemps with the the Benedict Arnold of the Democrats, "If you can't beat 'em join 'em" Joe Lieberman.

As reported in Roll Call, Obama got right up Lieberman's grille, backing Joe into a corner, sternly poking and gesticulating, with both Senators apparently talking over each other's words. This, the fallout from Lieberman's earlier attack on Obama for his stance on Iran, even though Lieberman admitted he hadn't heard Obama's speech before the Israeli lobby group AIPAC.

This tete-a-tete speaks volumes to those who have wondered for months whether Obama can stand up for his beliefs and his positions.. whether he's got the intestinal fortitude to man up when the need arises.

Turns out the "empty suit" might be stitched with threads of razor wire.

Of course, Obama will undo it all if he caves into the pressure to name Hillary as his veepee pick (an unlikely scenario, given the nearly universal condemnation of Hillary's non-concession speech on Tuesday night). The Lieberman episode suggests that Obama's been "baracked" ("blessed" is the English translation) with the stones to stand his ground.

That's been a huge unknown this entire campaign: Whether Obama's usual mild-mannered nature would lead him to be co-opted by the Washington power structure. The Lieberman sturm und drang provides the first clear evidence that Obama has the resolve and the self-confidence to be his own man.

Many, including this writer, still doubt that Obama brings sufficient experience to assume the highest office in the land. But if this "inner John Wayne" emerges as an alter ego to the image of Obama as an effete, latte-sipping elitist, we could see the experience quotient rendered moot by Obama's velvet-clad brass knuckles.

Posted by: scrivener | June 5, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait until the same arrogance which lost Hillary and her dead-enders a sure thing of a primary plays out when her dead-enders support McCain, and fail again. When will you get it through your heads that you don't own the elections anymore. We've found a suitable replacement in the millions of new voters flooding into the party. Thanks to Obama and Dean, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 61% to 39%!!! And the money, did I mention the money? You bitter brews are as dispensable as the corporate lobbyists who thought they owned the party and now are being disposed of.

Posted by: DP | June 5, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Whoever wrote this is correct:


"My lasting memory is right after Super Tuesday. The biased media acting like FL and MI don't exist. My jaw drops to the floor, they are discussing this like there are only 48 states?! Taking our delegates right off the score board, I watched in anger the entire time. I wondered? are they stupid? are they doing this on purpose to favor Obama?"

100% CORRECT - ACCORDING TO ROB JOHNSON AT THE DNC RULES COMMITTEE THEY DECIDED TO STOP MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA FROM VOTING EARLY BECAUSE THOSE TWO STATES WERE "TOO WHITE" -


SOUTH CAROLINA WAS DEEMED TO BE BLACK ENOUGH


NEVADA WAS DEEMED TO BE HISPANIC ENOUGH


SO SOUTH CAROLINA AND NEVADA VOTERS WERE FAVORED BECAUSE OF THEIR BLACK AND HISPANIC POPULATIONS.


NOOOOO THAT IS NOT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WHITES NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Whoever wrote this is correct:


"My lasting memory is right after Super Tuesday. The biased media acting like FL and MI don't exist. My jaw drops to the floor, they are discussing this like there are only 48 states?! Taking our delegates right off the score board, I watched in anger the entire time. I wondered? are they stupid? are they doing this on purpose to favor Obama?"

100% CORRECT - ACCORDING TO ROB JOHNSON AT THE DNC RULES COMMITTEE THEY DECIDED TO STOP MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA FROM VOTING EARLY BECAUSE THOSE TWO STATES WERE "TOO WHITE" -


SOUTH CAROLINA WAS DEEMED TO BE BLACK ENOUGH


NEVADA WAS DEEMED TO BE HISPANIC ENOUGH


SO SOUTH CAROLINA AND NEVADA VOTERS WERE FAVORED BECAUSE OF THEIR BLACK AND HISPANIC POPULATIONS.


NOOOOO THAT IS NOT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WHITES NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Interesting additions. We add

CEFLYINLINE

to the list of world citizens for a thoughtful analysis and an endgame speculation that takes into account what we "hispanics" and "latinos" (is that like the new "colored" or something?) are thinking and worrying on.

We know how well GI JOE plays up there and have some suspcions that WWIII is just around the corner to be accompanied by that awful USA-USA-USA chant. But we're betting our lives on Obama and Obama it shall be with, we hope, Clinton as VP.

The down-ballot races affect us only in so far as the differentials in Congress go because without huge numbers, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will continue to be the two most powerful politicians in America and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will continue to enjoy their roles as Republican back-benchers.

As for "anonymous". Here's your gold star. And if you're really good, you'll get our limited edition set of Playskool McCain and Friends.

Americans love to talk about race but they really get wigged out by "class." Sorry, but every one of these people you're either praising or dissing are of the "ruling class" and you are not.

Sorry to introduce a slightly more difficult history question than you're ready for but it won't be on the test which is in crayon anyway.

Adelante, Estadounidoenses..."Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive"

Posted by: DexterManley | June 5, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Howard Dean, ugh. He and Obama deserve each other. YEEEAAAARRGGHH!!!!

The mantra of Ds since 2000 has been "We must count every vote and every vote must count". (In fact, some votes might need to be counted two or three times, if that's what it takes for the Dem to win.)

Well now it's the year 2008 and Ds had their own chance to count votes in a Florida election, and what do you know, suddenly its no longer important to count every vote. Heck it's not even important to count every million votes.

Instead, the same Democrats that once held up a few "hanging chads" as the lynching of Democracy in America, have now decided that millions of Democratic primary voters should not have their votes counted simply because their state leaders dared to pick the date of their primaries without regard to the proper political pecking order according to the national ruling elite.

Veritable truckloads of votes, cast by the idealistic party faithful, will be thrown into the garbage can.

These votes are real, from two of the largest and most influential states in the country, cast with clearly discernable voter intent -- and apparently irrelevant to the self-declared guardians of universal enfranchisement.

So please, can we be spared hearing the Democrats whine about "counting every vote" and "50 state stratgey" in any future elections? The hypocrisy is sickening.


The same party that brought us the much vaunted "Count Every Vote Act of 2005" has now corruptly settled upon the "Count Every Other Vote Act of 2008."

How can this be justified? Are the people of Florida and Michigan just half-human? Did they cast half-votes? Do they just have half the rights of other Americans?

No. They are just victims of a half-ass system and DNC Chairman and should return the favor in November when they half-heartedly decide to stay home.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

My speculation on Republicans being happy about Barack getting the nod is that they have written off the Presidency, and are sweating out just how badly they will get drubbed in the Congressional and State races.

With Hillary running for President, and, say Evan bayh as VP, the spend most of their time Saying "Vote for me, and to help me give you what you need, vote for my friend Max Mule, a wonderful democrat and much better that Ed Elephant, who has been getting in the way of all that legislation for all those years." Pretty normal presidential campaign stuff.

Barack then targets key contests, basically every republican running for reelection to the Senate, and Every open seat regardless. He also runs around saying "Vote for MFMM, because YEEE is just to horrible to contemplate." In this way the Dems get 1600 Pennsylvania and almost all of Capitol Hill.

Now, With Obama needing to concentrate on his own election, and Hilliam out there working for him, the Presidential ticket is strong enough, but the down ticket races aren't as strong.

The RNC knows this, and is thankful for small favors.

Then again, GWB is hell bent on campaigning for Republicans HIS way, and that means he has his own bunch of October Surprises. When he tries to attack Iran about OCT 10, and we have two full carrier task forces sunk in the Persian Gulf, it will do wonders for Republicans all over.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | June 5, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Alan in Missoula and blert - pls email me at

mark_in_austin@operamail.com

all will be revealed...

Posted by: MarkInAusitn | June 5, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I should make an honor roll of HONORARY PANAMENOS on this topic at least.

On a LIFO basis:

SWEET SUE
VOTENIC
BLERT
ALANINMISSOULA
TOM
VB (who's not an American but still...)
ERIC B
DOUG
MASON
FRAMK PALMER
NCLWTK
KAREN H

Wow...a majority of rational adult Americans, actually. My apologies. I'd gotten so used to the Obama/Clinton needless rancor that I saw the few really childish posts and got fooled.

This'll really surprise 'em because down here the Clintons, Obama and Dean are all quite popular.

Bush dare not show his face. Rice tried once and the people literally chased her back onto the plane. McCain's not coming unless he's already re-conquered the place. Neither he nor Colin Powell have too many fans here. Not even among the police or the Right-Wing parties.

Posted by: DexterManley | June 5, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Good News! Many may not know that during his primary campaign Obama was "standing on Dean's shoulders", in the sense that Dean's Presidential campaign invented internet fundraising, grassroots organizing, etc. Dean was one of Obama's first supporters during his Senate run. In 2004, Dean created an organization called Democracy For America which backed a slate of candidates called the "Dean Dozen" and Obama was one of them. Dean has done a great job at the DNC with his 50-State Strategy, emphasis on high-tech, and impartial handling of the Florida-Michigan mess. This is payback in the best sense, and nobody deserves it more than Howard Dean.

Posted by: Sweet Sue | June 5, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Amiguitos, cuasopla, pue'?

This blog is way more fun that crack. I've smoked it before. You get 15 minutes of euphoria. It's fun when you're having sex. No big deal. You don't turn into the Wolfman or anything.

What's so fun about this blog is that I get to show my friends and my parents that I'm right about Americans and they're wrong.

They think you're all mean and stupid. My folks who are White Jews say that even American Jews "son como evangelicos extremos o Nazis o que sea..." My male friends think you're "payasos de mierda" (clowns but worse) and my female friends think you're "asquerosos" (nauseatingly impolite). Everybody refers to the "pesadilla americana" (American Nightmare). I think you are all just innocent little kids and are kind of cute and cuddly. Like a little less mature than my nine-year old son.

You treat war like you're playing with GI JOEs. You pick on the weakest kids. But only in groups. You make fun of everybody who's different than the kind that has the biggest number of people. You have a view of criminal justice that no child over 7 outside of the US could maintain. It's sort of like so long as you don't get caught you can preach at anyone and make fun of anyone. But if you get caught, you're "it." And all of the kids can throw rocks at you. That sort of thing.

Your view of capital punishment is so bizarre NOBODY ANYWHERE understands it. Yet, it's like the holiest part of your law. You treat human beings with less respect than chess pieces. At least in chess, death is temporary!

And politics...wow. I saw this hilarious movie called "La Trampa" ("Election" I think it was called when it came out in the States). That election for class presidcent was for real so much more seriously treated and with much more dignity than you handle your real elections.

I've raised a little boy so I'm not mad or anything. I don't expect my son to be like Mandela or DeKlerk or something. I expect him to act like a little boy and he's really cute and funny. That's what I love about this blog.

It's like reading stuff my son would have said about politics a couple of years ago.

You all get gold stars.

Adelante, Estadounidoenses..."either you're with us or with the terrorists."

Posted by: DexterManley | June 5, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Now all he needs to do is find a good VP. This site holds a Vice President Poll every week, so you can see what America thinks. Just visit:

http://www.votenic.com

and help your favorite candidate choose his/her running mate. They started a VP poll last week, and the results from that poll have just been posted. This poll is honest and represents all of America.

Posted by: votenic | June 5, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

The only identifiable problem at the DNC right now is with fundraising. The RNC has been outraising them every month by substantial margins, and has about ten times the cash on hand.

Part of this might be explained by the fact that so much money has been dumped onto the Democratic presidential candidates that very little was left over for the DNC, whereas McCain's fundraising has been lethargic even while the RNC is looking quite strong. Republicans aren't excited about McCain, but they are still supporting the party; Democrats are excited about their candidates, and they have been opting to put money toward persons rather than the party.

Otherwise, though, the DNC seems to be working well at the moment. The fall will be the real test of Dean's 50-state strategy, and Obama's campaign has meshed with this strategy perfectly. In this respect, it makes little sense to push Dean out at this point. I would have been shocked, in fact, if Dean had been shown the door. Putting an Obama insider into the DNC makes sense, but there is no reason to upset the cart.

Posted by: blert | June 5, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Keeping Dean on is logical. Obama is very much into the 50-state strategy. That's the reason he beat Hillary. He put people on the ground in the small states. Hillary had an "It'll be all over by February 5" strategy. Yet any observer could see that the Democrats' proportional award of delegates would deny anyone the win that early as long as there was more than one strong contender.

Obama had the "everywhere" strategy and that's why he went on the 11-state winning streak after February 5. He also claimed a good number of small states that had signed on the the Feb 5 super primary.

So I think Dean and Obama are sympatico on party strategy and that's why he stays on at the helm of the Democratic Party.

The 50-state strategy is going to pay big dividends for the party this year. Not only are they poised to win electoral votes in states that haven't went for the Democratic Presidential candidate in years, but the strategy will have coattails as the Democrats claim a landslide in congressional seats.

The three recent special election victories by Democrats in so-called "safe" Republican districts shows that most Republicans are in trouble in any district where there is a credible Democratic challenger.

Posted by: AlaninMissoula | June 5, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

For people wanting to get the registration fixed. Try talking to the Ombudsman, Deborah Howell. It's pretty much her job to reflect complaints and stuff to the newspaper.

Deborah Howell can be reached at 202-334-7582 or at ombudsman@washpost.com

Yeah, you can even call her.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

He did? Huh. That's pretty weak sauce as slurs go.

Posted by: Mason | June 5, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Having Paul Tewes added to the DNC in an authoritive position can only be good. It surprised me when Howard Dean became the head of the DNC considering his compaign was absimal. Now he failed to demonstrate leadership is raising funds or overseeing how the party is working. Replacing Dean would seem to be the correct thing to do. Obama can only be hurt with Dean "spearheading" anything. He should return to Vermont

Posted by: Tom | June 5, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

kingofzouk:

Can I be your queenofzouk?

Posted by: Doug in NYC | June 5, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Mason:

How can you be so ignorant?

Garlic-eaters are an ancient Japanese slur against Koreans.

Hook-nose is a slur against Jews.

Garlic Nose refers to the small, but crucially important bloc of Korean Jewish voters identified by Hillary's former pollster Mark Penn.

Do you see now why she was able to wrap up the nomination so easily?

Posted by: Doug in NYC | June 5, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama '08!

Posted by: Colin | June 5, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Re: "Garlic Noses"

Rev. Wright supposedly used this slur in a eulogy.

Posted by: bigred | June 5, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

AC @ 13:28:
A poster earlier (nancysabet @ 12:26) used the phrase "Garlic Noses" in a list of groups that won't vote for Obama. I've never heard that one before, and was curious of the orgin.

Posted by: Mason | June 5, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I am for Barack Obama and I have been with Dean as well. Dean is a proud American and patriot.

Democrat living in Copenhagen! Go Obama, Go!

Posted by: VB | June 5, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Can't help you Doug, Maybe over on tenth Av.

Posted by: kingofzouk | June 5, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

To the anonymous poster at 1:11 PM:

1. The presidential oath of office is to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" -- not simply "handle national security." ... Of course, removing the current president, who has done nothing but trash, belittle and stain the Constitution, would be a major improvement toward adhering to the Constitution.

And my constitutional responsibility as a voter is to vote for whomever I want for whatever reasons I want, not based on something you simplistically refer to as "national security."

2. How could you be so outraged by an admission of drug use by a presidential candidate when everyone knows the drug and alcoholic past of the current president?

3. Next time you make such outrageous statements, at least have the courage to affix your name.

Posted by: Eric B. | June 5, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Is the poster at 1:12 PM attempting to say that the Rev. Wright has made offensive remarks about Italian Americans or whites in general who enjoy pizza???


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Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't Tony Rezko getting the appointment to DNC Chairman????


Here is a brief outline of Obama's relationship with Tony Rezko from today's SunTimes

Rezko's relationship with Obama goes back 18 years. Some key events:

1. In 1990, Obama was a Harvard Law School student when he got a job offer from Rezko, then a developer of low-income housing in Chicago. Obama didn't take the job.

2. In 1993, Obama got a job with a small Chicago law firm, Davis Miner Barnhill, that worked with low-income housing developers.

3. In 1995, one of the firm's clients -- the Woodlawn Historic Preservation and Investment Corp., co-founded by Obama's then-boss Allison Davis -- teamed with Rezko to turn a vacant nursing home at 61st and Drexel on Chicago's South Side into low-income apartments. Obama worked 32 hours on the project, but only five hours came after Rezko and WPIC became partners, according to the law firm.

4. In 1995, Obama ran for the Illinois Senate. Among his first supporters was Rezko, whose companies gave $2,000 to his campaign. Obama won the race to represent a district that included 11 of Rezko's 30 low-income housing projects.

5. In 2001, Rezko's housing empire began to crumble when his company stopped paying the mortgage on the nursing home project. The state foreclosed on the building, which was in Obama's district.

6. In 2003, Obama ran for the U.S. Senate. His campaign finance committee included Rezko, who threw a lavish fund-raiser June 27, 2003, at his Wilmette mansion.

7. A few months after Obama became a U.S. senator, he and Rezko's wife, Rita, bought adjoining pieces of property from a doctor in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood. Obama paid $1.65 million for the mansion, $300,000 below the asking price. Rita Rezko paid the full asking price of $625,000 for the adjacent vacant lot. The deals closed in June 2005. Six months later, Obama paid Rita Rezko $104,500 for a strip of her land, giving Obama a bigger yard. At the time of sale, it had been widely reported that Tony Rezko was under federal investigation. Obama has since called the deal "boneheaded'' because it might look like he got a favor from Rezko.

8. In October 2006, Rezko was indicted for soliciting kickbacks from companies seeking state pension business under his friend Gov. Blagojevich. The feds say $10,000 of it went into Obama's campaign fund for U.S. Senate, prompting Obama to donate the money to charity

AGAIN, WHY ISN'T OBAMA APPOINTING HIS POLITICAL MENTOR TONY REZKO TO THE DNC CHAIRMANSHIP ????


I JUST DON'T GET IT.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Dude,

You've got it all wrong.

Drug use among presidential candidates is a PLUS, not a minus.

Bill (Marijuana non-inhaler) Clinton vs. George H.W. (clean as a whistle) Bush

Bill (Marijuana non-inhaler) Clinton vs. Bob (War Hero) Dole

George W. (alcoholic/cocaine amnesiac) Bush vs. Al (clean as a whistle) Gore

George W. (alcoholic/cocaine amnesiac) Bush vs. John (War Hero) Kerry

I'm really liking Barack Obama's chances right about now.

Posted by: Doug | June 5, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Chris


WHY ISN'T TONY REZKO BEING APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF THE DNC ???? CLOSE FRIEND AND CONFIDENT OF OBAMA ?????

THIS IS THE FEDERAL INDICTMENT SUMMARY OF OBAMA'S FRIEND TONY REZKO


IF OBAMA DOES NOT HAVE THE PROPER JUDGEMENT TO STAY AWAY FROM THIS KIND OF GUY, WHAT KIND OF JUDGEMENT DO YOU THINK OBAMA REALLY HAS ????


OBAMA HAS BEEN IN A REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION WITH THIS GUY REZKO WHICH THE CHICAGO PAPERS HAVE SAID NETTED OBAMA $300,000 IN EQUITY IN REAL ESTATE - CHECK IT OUT - READ FOR YOURSELF.


BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER.


Obama was able to somehow keep the media from informing the public of the charges against his good friend Rezko


Here are the charges against Obama' good friend These are the ACTUAL CHARGES IN THE FEDERAL INDICTMENT


Defendant Antoin Rezko is charged in the superseding indictment with devising and participating in a scheme to defraud by depriving the beneficiaries of the Teacher's Retirement System ("TRS") and the people of the State of Illinois of Stuart Levine's duty of honest services.


As part of this fraud, Rezko used Levine's position on the TRS Board and the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board ("Planning Board") to obtain financial benefits for himself and his nominees and associates.


During the course of the fraud scheme Rezko and Levine solicited, demanded, and received hundreds of thousands of dollars in undisclosed kickbacks and payments for themselves and their nominees and associates from, among others, investment firms seeking to do business with TRS and from a contractor seeking to obtain a contract to build a hospital.


In addition, Rezko and Levine attempted to establish a company to serve as an asset manager for TRS so that they or their nominees could participate and benefit financially in the operation of the asset
manager without that participation being disclosed to TRS.


As Rezko knew, Levine intentionally concealed from and failed to disclose to the TRS Board and the Planning Board material facts concerning the financial benefits that Rezko and Levine sought to obtain for themselves and their nominees from official actions taken by those Boards and their staff members, as well as ex parte communications in which Levine had engaged with third parties concerning these official actions and related matters pending before the Boards.


As a result of those actions, Rezko has been charged with fifteen counts of mail or wire fraudunder 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341, 1343, and 1346, one count of attempted extortion under 18 U.S.C. § 1951,six counts of corrupt solicitation of funds under 18 U.S.C. § 666(a)(1)(B), and two counts of money laundering under 18 U.S.C. §1956(a)(1)(B)(i).

OBAMA IS GOOD FRIENDS WITH THIS GUY REZKO - WE NEED THE FULL STORY

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

"Garlic noses"?

Do you mean Italian-Americans? Did someone call them that? What a silly slur.

Posted by: Mason | June 5, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

In response to your comments, I can not believe that 17 million people would vote for a former cocaine user for President.


What if Obama wants to go on another binge ?


Cocaine is very addictive and we still do not have the answer to the question as to whether Obama ever used crack cocaine.


Or did Obama always stick with the more elitist white powder cocaine ?


I think the democratic party could have advanced a better candidate. Is this the best the democrats can do ? Why why why?


There must be better candidates in the democratic party.


For the judgement of the 17 million people, I realy don't believe they were thinking "Who is the best person to handle our NATIONAL SECURITY?"


I think they were thinking, "I am going to prove I am not a racist by voting for Obama, boy does that make me feel good about myself."


To that I say to the Voters: your Constitutional Responsibility is to pick the person best suited to make decisions for the NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE COUNTRY, not some guy off the street who makes you feel good about yourself.


Another snort please ???

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Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

kingofzouk:

I read these posts quite a bit and I have to say (and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way), that you are, BY FAR, the sexiest person who posts here.

You are just one raging hunk of manhood.

Are there any naked pics or video of you on the Internet?

Please, please, PLEASE provide the link(s)!

Your adoring fan in NYC.

Posted by: Doug in NYC | June 5, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I can only guess that the RNC is thrilled to have the worst and least experienced candidate the Dems could find to go up against. with a predictable loss of seats in the house and Senate, it is nice to be able to salvage one branch due to Dem utter incompetence.

every election you get a flakier and flakier candidate and then wonder why you keep losing.

Posted by: kingofzouk | June 5, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Dean was one of the first Presidential candidates to support Obama when he ran for Senate so it makes sense that Obama would return the favor.

Posted by: Andy R | June 5, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

nancysabet:

How ARE things over at the RNC anyway?

Posted by: Doug in NYC | June 5, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Nancysabet -

He is not expecting you to get amnesia but I suppose we can all hope you get a brain.

As a real Nancy I denounce and deny and whatever that you could truly be a Nancy. Get a new name to hide behind with your filth

Posted by: nclwtk | June 5, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Nice post by The Fix. A comparable piece on the RNC for compare/contrast purposes would be appreciated. Who's running the show over there? Does McCain yet have any say over the party's direction - or is President Bush still calling the shots?

Posted by: bsimon | June 5, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Never in question.
I'm surprised that those inside the beltway bubble even thought that Obama would expel Dean.
The Obama campaign has adopted the Dean tactics withihn the DNC and a great deal from Dean's own presidential campaign.
If Obama had started from scratch, Dean might well have been his choice.

Posted by: Frank Palmer | June 5, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Does Hussein Obama really imagine he can wave his Magic Hopey Changey Wand and all white women, Latinos gays and lesbians, Garlic Noses, Catholics, Jews, Old People, and "Bitter Hicks" are going to get amnesia?
Does he not even know that he is still insulting us by continuing to pooh-pooh how much we really do not like him--by being an arrogant ass and assuming we will just fall into place?
Is there something wrong with this man? I mean I know he's a Narcissist but this is even well beyond that.
Does he not know we are serious?
Or are we just so insignificant to him that he just expects that we will actually just sit down and shut up? Half a vote, perhaps? Indeed.

Posted by: nancysabet | June 5, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

And to illustrate: here's the Dean-related comment from my last post:

Elaboration on Dean's role in the primary:

What many democrats don't realize is that Howard Dean's chairmanship of the DNC represented a significant change from the previous model of national political organization put forth by Terry McAuliffe during his chairmanship of the party. McAuliffe, Clinton, et al. represented a centrist, "try to look strong by copying RNC talking points" theme epitomized by the DLC and an emphasis on fighting only in strategic states while giving up on "guaranteed" republican seats and districts. It's this policy that cements swing states in status. Clinton was married to this "50% plus 1" strategy. The problem is the attempt, via this policy, to take immovable votes from the Republicans. Moreover, this strategy relies on an extremely charismatic politician like Bill Clinton. What charisma and appeal Hillary Clinton had wasn't developed until the end of the campaign, when it was too late.

Obama, on the other hand, embraced the priniciples of Dean's "50 State Strategy" by which no safe republican seat or state goes unchallenged. Fight everywhere and fight along the lines of traditional Democratic themes rather than strategy: labor, health care, kitchen table issues, war as it relates to the average citizen.

This thematic rivalry was a clash of old versus new, political appeasement versus riding the war into successful challenge in states Clinton couldn't ignore if she wasn't going to get blow outs.

Posted by: Karen H. | June 5, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Well, I didn't know this news when I posted in response to your last post, but this is a smart and obvious move by Obama.

Dean planted the seeds, Obama grew the garden.

Posted by: Karen H. | June 5, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

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