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The Dangers of the Protracted Primary

DENVER -- One of the biggest dangers of the protracted primary season on the Democratic side was that it providing Republicans with hours of video of the top contenders bickering relentlessly.

John McCain's campaign has already put the video to good use -- launching an ad in the hours after Sen. Joe Biden was named Barack Obama's running mate that featured the Delaware Democrat expressing doubts about the Illinois senator's experience for the job.

Today the McCain campaign is back at it, with an ad featuring comments made by Hillary Rodham Clinton in the primary that sought to raise questions about Obama.

Clinton responded forcefully in a statement released this afternoon. "Hillary Clinton's support of Barack Obama is clear," said spokeswoman Kathleen Strand. "She has said repeatedly that Barack Obama and she share a commitment to changing the direction of the country, getting us out of Iraq, and expanding access to health care. John McCain doesn't."

Using the comments of an opponent turned supporter against a candidate is a tried and true political maneuver that, you can be assured, Obama's campaign will employ if McCain picks one of his former rivals as his vice presidential running mate.

And it's worth noting that the McCain campaign is not releasing the details of either ad buy -- other than to say that all of the press horde gathered in Denver will see it. That suggests that it could be nothing more than a video press release with almost nothing (financially) behind it.

All that said, some of the most devastating ads in recent political memory have used a candidate's words (or those of a prominent surrogate) against him or her. Among the classics of the genre -- Tom Daschle's "I'm a DC resident" and then state Rep. Eleanor Jordan's plea to end a vote so she could attend a fundraiser.

It's not likely either of these McCain ads will end up in that pantheon. But they do speak to the perils that the extended primary season has created for Obama, as he seeks to rally the party behind him over the next four days.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 24, 2008; 2:06 PM ET
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The level of insanity among the Hillarybots is scary. Clearly among that purported 18 million voters were a few hundred thousand who are true crack pots...and LOUD crack pots at that!

Posted by: GObama | August 25, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse


Obama made a massive mistake not healing the wounds with Hillary early, early on - in fact there should have been some sort of arrangement made in April between the two sides for the good of the party.

OK.

Clearly this split is painful and clearly Obama has shown himself to be a horrible leader for allowing this situation to go on and on as it has - Obama has only hurt himself by not making peace.

Obama's refusal to not take on Hillary's debt was crazy - Obama should have run to that debt.

I can just imagine what happened - McCain called Hillary - I hear you have some debt - what if I help you with some of that situation? NOW HILLARY PEOPLE ARE SHOWING UP AT MCCAIN EVENTS EN MASS.

Obama was a complete idiot on the handling of this - Obama has failed to unite his own party and he has had all summer to work on that - however Obama is supposed to be the uniter.


The complex analysis is this: Obama is supposed to be the new politics, the new leader, the transcendent one - except when it comes to Hillary (and when it comes to using false accusations of racial offense or racial themes to advance his own campaign.)


CLEARLY OBAMA IS A FRAUD TO HIS OWN CAMPAIGN THEMES. UNBELIEVABLE THAT THE MEDIA HAS NOT CALLED OBAMA OUT ON THIS - HE IS A MINORITY CANDIDATE WHO HAS WON THE NOMINATION BASED ON AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM FOR DELEGATE ALLOCATIONS AND APPORTIONMENTS.


Hillary had more Democratic Votes than Obama - why aren't the Democratic delegates at least tied?


This nomination was stolen from a White Woman based on an Affirmative Action Program.

A White Man has almost no chance to be nominated by the Democratic Party at this point.

If you do not agree with that statement, Ask Biden who has been in the Senate for 35 years and has more experience than anyone - the democratic party starved him for money while millions were going to Hillary, Obama and Richardson AND then very few Democrats wanted to VOTE for who was CLEARLY THE BEST AND MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION SENATOR JOE BIDEN.


Joe Biden - victim of the new Jim Crow Era in the Democratic Party - White Men have no chance.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 25, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I love the Biden choice and believe in the general election he will be a great help to Obama. He will be better help when Obama is president than Hillary would have been. Still, the most pragmatic choice for getting elected was choosing Hillary, I think.

That is simply because of the unyielding position I see in too many Hillary supporters, particularly among her women supporters - particularly those without previous campaigning experience to accept how the primaries progress.

I accept that they are not just experiencing disappointment and hurt feelings over Hillary's loss. They have gotten to and are staying at the place of truly seriously disliking Barack and only seeing bad in him. From my experience, women much more often than men have to demonize their ex-spouse who left or their boss who chose someone else or someone else's idea or their female friend or acquaintance who behaved a certain way. Demonizing the other person is somehow a part of dealing with what happened. Some men are this way, too; it just seems much more prevalent with women. Yes, I get how our culture may have caused this to be a more prevalent female response.

My wife, who is even a stronger Obama supporter than I, swore during the latter primaries that if Hillary won she (my wife) would vote for McCain. I know she believes in most of Hillary's positions - which are almost 100% as Barack's - and disagrees with almost all of McCain's, plus being unable to stand McCain's persona. But she could not stomach how she saw Hillary and her campaign act and "could never" vote for her.

Yes, those "I hate Barack" Hillary supporters may very well cost the Democrats the presidency if they vote for McCain. They may be able in their eyes to "get even" with Barack. If they do, indeed, vote for McCain they will have convinced themselves that Barack - policies and all - would be worse than McCain. My prayer is that even though they continue to lambast Barack before and after the election that when they get in the voting booth their essential good sense and values will not let them give their votes to the wrong person. I do not expect that they would admit to doing so, and I do not need to hear that they decided to vote for Barack.

I would like to see Hillary get the presidency after Barack's terms. I doubt she will even get the Democratic nomination to do try for it unless McCain is defeated now. Even more importantly, our nation cannot afford another Republican presidency now.

Posted by: Byron | August 25, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

It is right that we respect McCain's military service, as we should do for ALL servicemen and women.

However, having been in the service does not automatically qualify him to be commander in chief. The guy graduated near the bottom of his Naval Academy class of 700 midshipmen. Unfortunately, he was a POW, but so were many others. So how does this make him the right person to be commander in chief? He comes from a family of admirals yet he didn't have the ability to attain that rank. If he were a wise military leader, why didn't he see there was no exit strategy from Iraq or a plan for a post Sadam Iraq? A wise commander would have noticed this and rasied this subject. A wise commander would have pressured the Bush administration to focus the fight on finding Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan and pursued that arena.

The war in Iraq is a civil war. Where is the threat to our democratic process or country? It's all about the oil and the oil companies. He wants more off shore drilling. That will only fatten the retirement income of Bush-Cheney and their cohorts in the oil companies. The more power we give to the oil barons the more control we lose of our democratic process because of their influence over greedy politicians who depend on oil money to get re-elected.

Oil prices is what's driving our economy. They determine how much we pay for goods and services.

McCain is not smart enough to be president. Bush wasn't smart enough to be president and look what he's done with America. We don't need 4 more years of unintelligent leadership. We don't need 4 more years of the oil companies leading the way in Washington. If this happens they will be in control of the energy plan for another 4 years and they won't care about global warming only. Oil barons only care about fattening their already ridiculously large incomes at the expense of everyday people. Haven't you noticed, they always come up with a reason as to why the price at the pump goes up - it's the hurricaine, it's the change in the season, it's because there are not enough refineries, it's because of the conflict in Georgia. These are excuses not reasons because they want to fatten their pocketbooks so that they can buy another mansion somewhere, while hundreds of Americans are losing their homes.

Posted by: nevadaandy | August 25, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama looks like an empty slimy fish affirmative action suit next to Biden - the democratic party has completely lost its mind to collectively select Obama over Biden in the primaries this year.


A joke I say.


The democratic party is so lost over their selection process this year that the country should decide that the democratic party itself is unfit to govern anything - at any level of government.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 25, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Biden said almost identical thingsabout Obama during primaries.They were all speaking the truth.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 5:56 AM | Report abuse

Fox "News", PUMA, and I'm sorry to say, the Clinton's; will have their last shot at Deomcrats and Barack/Biden only up until Wednesday during our week in Denver.

Hillary's supporters are really making it look like the majority of us have made the right decision by rejecting her during the primaries.

The more I see Fox "News", PUMA (Republicans disquised as quasi-Democrats), and the McCain camp take advantage of Hillary's words and images to present negative ads against another Democrat (and she simply allows it without any apparent objections) the more convinced I am she would have proven to be a weak leader. Hillary knows who is represented by PUMA.

It is a very gracious Barack and Democratic party that will allow Hillary and "her" supporters to have their last words before we will officially be dismissive of them (Bill and Hillary too if necessary).

Hillary needs to put a stop to the foolishness she is allowing to continue in her name. There is no reason the Clinton's have to "go out" the way they seem to have chosen.

Barack may not have been the better candidate but he did, in all fairness, out-campaign the Clinton's; they took too much for granted, and it was too late when they began to understand that Barack knew his "trade"; he was a junior in Washington politics, he was not new to politics.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Clinton's have so much more to give. They can turn their back on us and go over to their new found friends at Fox "News" and start up a new party with PUMA. All this will leave them in the dust as rest of the country moves on to a "victory for America" with Barack and Biden.

After Wednesday, the party will be fininshed bending over to appease the Clinton's. The ball is in their court.

Posted by: Reggie Boykins | August 25, 2008 5:09 AM | Report abuse

John and Peter -

Time to stop embarrassing yourselves with your gazillion Huckabee cut/paste posts. Huckabee is a Huckabeen!

Google "huckabee obama gun". You will get A MILLION hits! Idiot Huckabee did himself in with his vile and outrageous gun-at-Obama "joke". He's a loser and a weasel for too many reasons to list here.

Posted by: Shelby | August 25, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Democrats, here's something you need: a plan. Similar videos are available of Republicans making negative comments about McCain. Personally, I'm saddened that politics has come to this, but in the interests of reclaiming good governance, please grow a pair and fight fire with fire.

http://www.walkaboutjones.com

Posted by: Walkabout Jones | August 25, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

Obama never should have been running in the first place. He was a first term US senator with 143 days experience when he announced his candidacy. Out of 100 US senators Barack Obama is the least qualified of them all. He never held real job in his life. He brought Biden on board to make up for his shortcomings. Obama's getting hammered on the need for 'Washington outsiders' comments because he picked the ultimate insider. He went after Hillary as a Washington insider. He conned millions of well intentioned people to vote for him in the primary and then flipped flopped on virtually every major issue for the general election votes and thinks we're too dumb to figure out his game.

This ticket has no chance getting elected in November. If the roles were flipped flopped the ticket would have good chance.

Biden said that Obama's the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy, he's storybook man. Everybody knows that's the only reason why the Democratic Party and the mainstream media anointed him.

I just wish that when the Party and the media got behind him they could have simply said ---> Sorry Hillary, we got one of a kind here and while he has no qualifications to be president we're getting behind him anyway so we can feel good about ourselves. But, they wouldn't do that. Instead, they decided the only way to show loyalty to Obama is to have a passionate hatred towards Hillary, and to a lesser extent on Bill. Shame on you all.

I'm a New York Republican not thrilled at all about the McCain candidacy. But at least he and Hillary would govern with the best of intentions for our country, I have my doubts about Obama.

I've often complained about media bias against Republicans. Hell, I still do. But in my 53 years on this earth I've never seen anyone in politics brutalized by her so called friends as much as Hillary. And while I can think many things I have called Bill over the years, racist isn't one of them. I can't think of anyone who has been a better friend and advocate for blacks in America than Bill Clinton. Throughout all the abuse Hillary has taken this year she always managed to keep herself together. Most people would fall apart having so many longtime friends turn on them all at once.

I hope enough delegates flip flop like Obama has done and give the nomination to Hillary. She would get my vote in November.

Posted by: mike | August 24, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Romney 08 - How can a combined 15 mansions and net worth of a half a billion dollars be elitist?


McCain '08 - Brought to you by his sponsors at Exxon and Chevron


McCain '08 - no place for whiners about this great Bush economy of ours


McCain - proud to have taken the lobbyists out of Washington. (He (McCain) doesn't show up for votes and they (lobbyists) are all working for his campaign.)


McCain/Romney 08 - Changing their minds on issues depending on the audience since 2004


McCain/Romney 08 - At least we aren't black. Not even a little bit. I mean we are tooooootally pasty white. Have you seen Mitt dance?


McCain/Huckabee - Never Had, Never Will!
We're too Homophobic to be Gay!


McCain/Giuliani 08 - 5 marriages, 9/11, POW, Maverick, 9/11, POW ... I SAID 9/11 AND POW!! Are you freaking listening? ... Maverick


McCain/Pawlenty 08 - Abortion causes cancer! Don't vote for the cancer lovers!


McCain/Jindal 08 - Because we have dark folks in our party too! See!


McCain/Powell 08 - See above


McCain/Petraus 08 - Platonic man love at it's creepiest


HERE'S SOME "STRAIGHT-TALK"...MY FRIENDS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N38Ug_ugzXs&feature=related
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Posted by: ArchieinAtlanta | August 24, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

WHAT "HILLARY TO RELEASE HER DELEGATES" REALLY MEANS:

Reports that Hillary will "release" her delegates on Wedneday are being misread by the Obamanists.

She will release her delegates after the roll call.

If Hillary wins, as is quite possible, she will release with a recommendation that her delegates support the nomination of Al Gore for president.

She will say something like this:

"The delegates have spoken. It is obvious that they want a candidate other than Barack Obama at the top of the ticket, and I am humbled and grateful that they voted for me. But if I accept the nomination, I realize it will further divide the party. And I will not be a party to that.

"So I am releasing my delegates to vote as they wish... but it is my wish that my supporters vote to nominate a unity candidate who will be welcomed by all. And that candidate is -- Al Gore."

Gore would then name Barack Obama as his VP pick, the entire convention will break out in a chorus of "kumbayah."

President Gore will later name Hillary Clinton to the Supreme Court, after her triumphant return to the Senate as majority leader.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/get-political-vic-livingston-opinion-expose-state-supported-vigilante-squads-doing-domestic-terrorism

WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1


Posted by: scrivener | August 24, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

UpChuckabee, we here at the KKK like what we see in you. You're stupid and you're bigotted. You'd fit right in with us. Will you and all your inbred friends join our organization? We like torturing dogs, and we can add Mormons to our list of peopel we hate since its going out of style to hate jews.

Posted by: Grand Wizzard | August 24, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Are you a master of the obvious. Republicans are going to slime McCain and Biden. NO KIDDING.

What can you expect from someone that quotes Ron Fournier of AP not realizing he workks for McCain.

Keep looking stupid you are nearing perfection.

Posted by: Ken | August 24, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

other reasons I am a Dem who won't for Obama:

I am suspect of where the bulk of the money raised by Obama camp came from... Muslim radical countries.

Obama is a black racist who puts black issues above USA issues.

accused Clintons/Ferraro of racism even though Clintons/Ferraro have spent entire lives fighting racism.

I trust McCain on national security issues. I do not trust Obama who has primary allegience to Muslims and his race.

Obama was willing to toss aside millions of voters rights to sieze the Dem nomination.

Posted by: Shelby | August 24, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Interesting fact, Death threats, workers abused and threatened. Phone workers abused and called ni&&er lovers, bomb threats to Obama offices. Only took place during the primaries with Hillary. I would say it was the Hillary people not Republicans. Especially since it seems to have stopped.
Interesting.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

HIL WILL RELEASE DELEGATES TO OBAMA - IF SHE LOSES THE ROLL CALL.

IF SHE WINS, SHE RELEASES TO AL GORE!


dl:

You misread the situation.

Hillary is releasing her delegates -- but to whom?

If she wins the roll call, she will release her delegates to Al Gore, and she will say something like this:

"The delegates have spoken. It is obvious that they want a candidate other than Barack Obama at the top of the ticket.

"But I realize that my acceptance of the nomination would divide the party even further. I cannot be a party to that. So I am releasing my delegates to a unity candidate who will be welcomed by all -- Al Gore."

Now, if she DOES NOT win the roll call, then she will release to Obama.

But if she wins, take it to the bank: She's got something else in mind!

Posted by: scrivener | August 24, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

To you Hillary supporters who are thinking about not voting or voting for McCain think about what your decision will mean to generations of women and minorities. Times are rough now with companies cutting back on worker's benefits and pay. It will be even tougher when the Conservative Court rules in favor of the employer and not the employee. Look at what the court ruled in Ledbetter v. Goodyear tire. I beg you to think about the long term implications of your decision to vote for McCain or not to vote at all.

****I think you'll find that those of us Dems who are voting for McCain feel that the security of Democracy and fair democratic primary elections are more important than Roe V. Wade. Dems crossed a line when they told 18 million of us that our choice means nothing. This primary was so not right that it stunk of a fixed election. Obama and his supporters were ugly and we don't vote for ugly....we don't put ugly in the Presidents seat. There are too many reasons too list. You can't erase this kind of outrage. All of the phony support Clinton is being forced to throw behind this thug Obama has not altered my position one bit. In fact, I find it to be even more of the puppet act politics that I am voting against. We will not fall in line and do as they are attempting to force us to do. This force included voter disenfranchisement in two states. It is a guaranteed loss for Obama in Nov. That's what we want.

Posted by: Shelby | August 24, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Now Who will McCain Pick They have shot their self in the foot when it comes to Romney McCain released attack ads on the Biden Pick because Biden said some things negitve toward Obama during the primary.

Romney called McCain dishonest during the Primary, and more.

Huckabee came in second during the Primary not Romney., This wont go over well with the Christian Base.

Romney and McCain would be the Super Rich ticket. In a middle Class Election.

Biden will win working class Votes, Romney will remind the working class he is the guy that lays you off.

Biden will be filmed going to church every sunday, Romney will be filmed going to a Mormon church, making the base of the GOP more then Uncomfortable.

So who should McCain pick??

Huckabee would energize the Base.

Huckabee is veiwed as Middle class, Winning overwhelming working class voters.

Huckabee didnt attack McCain during the primary.

Huckabee can hold his own with anyone in debates.

Huckabee Has 1 house

Huckabee is the most logical, despite what the bloggers that are on Romney's payroll say. By the way, the radio host of Republican talk radio
they are on the Romney payroll too. Romney should learn he cant buy an election. He outspent every candidate during the primarys, even outspending Huckabee 6 to 1. Huckabee still got more delegates.

http://www.HotPres.com McCain Dui? http://www.duihlepguide.com

Posted by: Peter | August 24, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

To those who say Hillary's suppoters were abused by the Obama campaign. I was an Obama precint captain in Nevada. It was the Clinton campaign that abused the Obama people. But I don't hold grudges.

It's people like those who choose to continue to blame Obama for Hillary's loss who have the greatest potential to create the greatest loss for those of us who want a change from the tyranny of the last 8 years. By continuing to begrudge Obama, you have the potential to set America back even further and in doing so you are showing your disrespect for all that the Clintons have worked for these past 16 years. If you help to elect McCain then expect to have a solid CONSERVATIVE SUPREME COURT for the next 20 years because these guys are in there for life, and if the next three justices are in their late 40's or 50's they could be on the high court for 30 years. Supreme Court decisions are harder and take longer to overturn so their conservative decisions will last for several generations. Do you want ROE B. WADE to be overturned?

To you Hillary supporters who are thinking about not voting or voting for McCain think about what your decision will mean to generations of women and minorities. Times are rough now with companies cutting back on worker's benefits and pay. It will be even tougher when the Conservative Court rules in favor of the employer and not the employee. Look at what the court ruled in Ledbetter v. Goodyear tire. I beg you to think about the long term implications of your decision to vote for McCain or not to vote at all.

Please come to your senses. Show your support for the work the Clintons have done. Voting for Obama will preserve the work on civil rights issues the Clintons have fought long and hard on.

Posted by: nevadaandy | August 24, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain=Bush 02:10 PM must be living in Fantasia to think we normal Americans will believe that by electing McCain our taxes will go up. The Democrats in their over 60 year history (up until 1994 when they had control of congress and the pursestrings of our country), HAVE ALWAYS RAISED TAXES AS THE SOLUTION TO EVERY PROBLEM AND HAVE NEVER CUT ANY. It's Barack Obama who will raise everyones taxes. The Democratic Party--controlled Main Stream Media hasn't reported on Barack Obama's one major bill he sponsored (surprise, surprise) that is a good indicator of what's comming if Obama gets elected. Barack Obama sponsored the Global Poverty Act in the US Senate which is a global tax proposal that if it had passed would have forced the U.S. government to spend $845 BILLION over a 13 year period in order to meet the goals that THE UNITED NATIONS HAS SET FOR US IN FOREIGN AID SPENDING. This tax would have increased every US families taxes by thousands. Elect Barack Obama and it will probably get passed the next time.

Posted by: madhatter | August 24, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Well what goes around comes around, all the dems have to do is make an picture album of McSenie and George Bush. OBAMA/BIDEN 08
Connie from Indiana

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

"In one show of unity Sunday, Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, considered one of four finalists for the position awarded to Biden, told CNN that he supported the new ticket "100 percent."
Percentages?
Oboma-Obama is of 50 percent negritude.
Obama-Biden is of 25 percent.
Reality, please!
Just plain common reality, please!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

From todays' International Herald-Tribune, reports of unity behind Obama/Biden 08:

"In one show of unity Sunday, Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, considered one of four finalists for the position awarded to Biden, told CNN that he supported the new ticket "100 percent." Another presumed finalist, Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, assailed McCain, telling CBS that the Arizona senator's admission last week that he did not know how many houses he owned showed him to be "totally out of touch" with ordinary Americans. Another finalist, Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia, said Saturday that Obama had made "a great pick in Joe Biden."

Terry McAuliffe, who was Clinton's campaign manager, brushed aside suggestions that the New York senator felt slighted at not gaining more serious consideration from Obama. "We've got to get Barack Obama elected president," he said, adding that he was speaking for both Clintons.

In a brief statement, Hillary Clinton said: "Senator Obama has continued in the best traditions for the vice presidency by selecting an exceptionally strong, experienced leader and devoted public servant. Senator Biden will be a purposeful and dynamic vice president.""

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

These new advertisements are right on. They tell the truth whether you like it or not. Obama is an empty suit, Biden on the other hand is a man of substance. It really should be BIDEN/OBAMA or maybe not Obama at all.

Posted by: mimi | August 24, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Tip jar for "dl" about news of HRC's release of delegates. We need to cool this thing down.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

If you all did not hear.

Hillary is releasing her delegates.

Her numbers may have switched so much...and now so low that it might have been embarrassing.

...but the long fight may have just made a big step forward.

Posted by: dl | August 24, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain has released a flurry of hastily produced ads following the announcement of Joe Biden as Barack Obama's running mate. The ads feature Democrats, including Biden saying uncomplimentary things about Obama. But mostly they feature the desperation of McCain as he grasps for something with which to prop up his pathetic campaign. The latest ad closes with the tag line, "The Truth Hurts." McCain is precisely correct about that, though not in the way he imagines. There are some serious problems with this advertising strategy that will shortly become evident.

What's more, McCain is just as vulnerable to such attack ads featuring Republicans disparaging him and his policies. In fact he is more vulnerable, because there are many instances of Republicans bashing McCain throughout the years who were not political opponents. This video presents just a few examples.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb0osbXJwIw


McCain's problems don't lie just in what fellow Republicans say about him. McCain's vulnerability also extends to the many ill-tempered rants he has directed at his colleagues. For instance:

http://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/?p=942


The media, as usual, is continuing to donate airtime to McCain's propaganda. The recent ads were announced by the campaign, but they have never purchased air time to broadcast them. The thinly disguised intent here is simply to get the press to contribute free air time to McCain. And the press is complying like the little zombie poodles that they are. Therefore, as usual, it will be up to the blogosphere to enlighten the voting population. So keep spreading the word.

Posted by: Candy McCane | August 24, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Hillary supports Barack/Joe so this should be behind us. But since it's come up again, let's state clearly HRC was not mistreated.

In fact, our local paper's analysis today pointed out the convention concessions by Obama to Ms. Wm. Clinton are unprecedented in political history: giving the losing candidate and her family two whole days of the convention, allowing a specious reference to "sexism" causing her defeat to be placed in the platform, and permiiting a roll call vote for the loser so she and her "supporters" can enjoy a "catharsis" (HRC's word).

Moreover, Barack's people have contributed several hundreds of thousands to retire her campaign debt (incurred after she had already lost) -- something unprecedented in the history of the civilized world.

Barack did all of this even though many of his supporters believed these generous concessions were extremely, extremely unwise. Indeed, our local paper's analysis said any further concessions to her would raise questions about his judgment.

Surely her non-selection as veep was not "mistreatment." Millions of pages have been printed about why she was not appropriate that need not be repeated in full -- her explicitly racial attacks on Barack (which he ordered his campaign not to comment on or respond to), making campaign arguments aimed at hurting him in the general election, wishing him ill (the RFK a-card), inventing out of whole cloth (as documented in the Atlantic article with specific sourcing) the claim FL and MI were being disenfranchised in the voting process, and the tons of personal baggage (Vince Foster, Paula Jones, Whitewater, Travelgate, Dolly Kyle Browning, Troopergate, contributors to the WJ Clinton library, et al.).

Importantly, Barack was never nasty, kindly telling the media "she would be on anyone's veep short list" when in fact no rational campaign would have placed her on any list. The folks on TV pushing this negative agenda are mainly personal friends of hers (e.g., Estrich), professional contrarians who are paid to create discord for ratings, dittoheads masquerading as HRC supporters, or folks with an agenda (e.g., Buchanan). I have never heard any everyday people spew the anti-Obama drivel I hear on the cable bloviator shows.

Given that Hillary gave a statement yesterday supporting the O/Joe ticket (her most gracious gesture this year), there is no longer any rational good-faith basis for those claiming to be her supporters to continue to bash Barack. If they do, it's not about their support for HRC but about something else. This negative anti-Barack stuff (which smells suspiciously like trolling and opposition mischief-making) really should end.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama had the chance to unite the whole Democratic party, but chose not to do so. It is hard to believe Obama did not even vet Hillary, a slap in the face to half of the Democratic party. Yes many of Hillary's 18 million voters on the very liberal demographic will decide to switch and vote for Obama, but millions of others in the center may not, as well as many females and hispanics. In addition, you simply scare small businesses owners on taxes, democratic gun owners on gun control, and people experienced in world affairs that believe you will make mistakes that will make our country less safe because of your lack of international experience and unproven leadership ability. Biden is a good choice but he did not appeal to half of the Democratic Party, unlike Hillary that helped energize the party to the end of the primaries - and Obama did not even vet her – Wow - political mistake! Obama failed to realize that when he and Hillary were both in the race the party was alive, passionate and energized. If Obama loses it will not be because of Hillary, but because Obama took the torch of the energized Democratic Party and let the flame burn out. Recent polls seem to agree.

McCain pick a female V.P. or Collin Powell to really shake things up.

Posted by: edabel | August 24, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. William Clinton's announcement of her full unqualified support of Obama/Biden exposes those of her "supporters" who continue to trash Obama as trolls, contrarians, and Limbaugh dittoheads (who fake support for HRC to cause mischief).

Preconvention polls are meaningless. Dukakis after all was up 16 before his convention. Also land phone-polling of 1000 per poll in a country of 300 million where a significant portion of one candidate's base (BO's) uses cell phones almost exclusively is bogus on its face.

Look, if you are still slamming BO even though Clinton and her chief surrogates (Wolfson, Lanny Davis, Carville) have pledged full support, the question becomes: just what is your agenda?

Posted by: Broadway Joe | August 24, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters consistently abused HRC during the primary process. Even now they continue to abuse her and then they expect her to fully support their bogus candidate.

Because Obama's entire apparatus is devoid of any kind of higher human values (except to get ahead at all costs), he is doomed and his supports should know it well by now!

Posted by: singh | August 24, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Now Who will McCain Pick They have shot their self in the foot when it comes to Romney McCain released attack ads on the Biden Pick because Biden said some things negitve toward Obama during the primary.

Romney called McCain dishonest during the Primary, and more.

Huckabee came in second during the Primary not Romney., This wont go over well with the Christian Base.

Romney and McCain would be the Super Rich ticket. In a middle Class Election.

Biden will win working class Votes, Romney will remind the working class he is the guy that lays you off.

Biden will be filmed going to church every sunday, Romney will be filmed going to a Mormon church, making the base of the GOP more then Uncomfortable.

So who should McCain pick??

Huckabee would energize the Base.

Huckabee is veiwed as Middle class, Winning overwhelming working class voters.

Huckabee didnt attack McCain during the primary.

Huckabee can hold his own with anyone in debates.

Huckabee Has 1 house

Huckabee is the most logical, despite what the bloggers that are on Romney's payroll say. By the way, the radio host of Republican talk radio
they are on the Romney payroll too. Romney should learn he cant buy an election. He outspent every candidate during the primarys, even outspending Huckabee 6 to 1. Huckabee still got more delegates.

http://www.HotPres.com McCain Dui? http://www.duihlepguide.com

Posted by: Peter | August 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Here's a gem of a video clip from the archives. During the January 30 GOP debate at the Reagan Library, Janet Hook of the LA Times asked John McBush why he was more qualified than Mitt Romney to manage the economy. In response, McBush managed to:


+ Say nothing about the economy

+ Say he was more patriotic than Mitt Romney

+ Cite his experience as a POW...again

+ Argue that "radical Islamic extremism" is a more important issue

+ Criticize a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq

+ Did I mention, say nothing about the economy?


It's truly a hall-of-fame moment in the annals of chronic John McBush dodgery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT6h0Ni-pxA
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Posted by: DHinMI | August 24, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Using Biden's words against the Obama ticket is clever and lethal. Using Hillary will likely backfire.

The PUMA deadenders have deluded themselves into thinking that they are McSame assets, but independents and those who lean to the right detest the Clintons. They showed up in droves to ensure Hillary would not be the democratic nominee, and the mere sound of her voice will turn those same voters out again in Obama's support.

Hillary's speech should be limited to five words - shut up, and get onboard.

Posted by: bondjedi | August 24, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

The buffoons (aka all of Nobama supporters)are over the moon with Biden's selection.

While Biden is an otherwise affable man, he is primarily responsible for putting Clary Tom on the S Ct.

While Nobama is the master of race and sex cards, as he so vividly demonstrated in trashing HRC, he at least got one thing right at Saddlebrook - that Clary Tom has no place on the high ct.

Of course, that flies in the face of his biggest decision to date, namely selecting the man man responsible for putting Tom on the court, namely Joey Bidos.

SHame on Clary Tom, and shame on Bidos, and most of all, shame on Nobama.

HRC 2012

Posted by: intcamd1 | August 24, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

One of the biggest mistakes the Nobama supporting fools (which means all his supporters) and his shameless pimping media pals make is to dismiss the resolve of HRC supporters to sit out or vote Mac.

And of course a whole bunch of Nobama pals dismiss HRC supporters on the internet as "trolls".

These fools must not be reading polls - the latest of which shows almost 1/2 of HRC supporters in the category these fools don't like to see.

The most notable thing about the WSJ poll is the increase in the category of HRC supporters not for Nobama. Even in early June, roughly 1/3 of HRC supporters were saying they would not support Nobama. Now that % is upto 50%. Very gratifying indeed.

I submit that a bunch of the other half of HRC supporters were waiting to see who Nobama would pick to be his VP. Now we know who it is, and given the details coming out on how shamefully the Nobamas treated the CLintons in this process, the % of HRC supporters against Nobama will firmly go above 50% when the next set of polls come out.

So, all this talk of unity finally at the Denver show is a sham. For a whole bunch of HRC supporters, there can be no unity, no common ground with the slimebags that form the core of Nobama fan base, who have proven to be vindictive animals.

Posted by: intcamd1 | August 24, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris, see ya at the convention!...wait a minute, I think I left my huge foam finger in house #5, but it could have been house #7 since that's the last one I bought. . . what's that? I bought 10 houses? Damn. I guess I'll have to check with my staff and get back to you.
I Hate It When That Happens!


I am so hoping that Grandpa McMansions picks Plastic Mitt as his running-mate.

The ads have already written themselves..."my friends":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV5UWGS4Pkw

Posted by: ace mcfunkenstein | August 24, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The McCain/Rove machine will go where ever they can to get the dirt, there is no question about that. What is shocking is that McCain presumes that intelligent women can be so bitter about Clinton's loss of the primary that they are willing to vote against their own personal interests. Even if they aren't enthralled with Obama and feel cheated by the bizarre primary process, how can these women support a man who will overturn Roe v. Wade?, a man who has demonstrated his contempt for women through his coarse remarks even to his own wife? a man who promises to send their sons into more illegal wars? a man who has brought in Karl Rove the Cheney/Bush attack dog,, Ralph Reed the corrupt Christian Coalition leader and Phil Gramm of Texas/Enron fame to run his campaign?? Get real, recognize PUMA as a bunch of Rove dupes and stooges and move on....only dyed-in-the-wool Republicans could stomach a vote for McCain/Bush. It is simply the worst possible formula for the advancement of women's causes.

Posted by: jefflz | August 24, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

The Clintons and their supporters should support Obama unless they want 4 more years of the same type of malfeasant administration we've had for almost 8 years.

I, for one, do not want McCain to be the next president.

Our country's in enough trouble.

Posted by: abby0802 | August 24, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

ObAMA = OsAMA = ELITIST & a terrorist = God Damn America supporter / Terrorist supporter / criminal supporter (REZKO)
Biden = BInlaDEN = EGOTIST

Vote for McCain in November

Are you really stupid enough to think we are in here waiting for you to post this idiocy so we can decide to change our vote from a liberal charismatic leader to some tired old white guy Republican????

Put down your crack pipe and take several deep breaths of fresh air.

Posted by: Humpty Dumpty | August 24, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

We know what happened the last time foreign policy was left to the "more experienced" second in command. This is not Change we can believe in. This is more of the SAME LOL

ObAMA = OsAMA = ELITIST & a terrorist = God Damn America supporter / Terrorist supporter / criminal supporter (REZKO)
Biden = BInlaDEN = EGOTIST

Vote for McCain in November

P.U.M.A.
Registered Democrat for McCain :)

Posted by: AsBee | August 24, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama in Wisconsin


Saul Alinsky – google him and ask yourself why “Rules for Radicals” was such a germane piece of work in Obama’s early political thinking, i.e., “find a problem within the middle class, and rub that wound raw.”

As Obama delivers speeches in Wisconsin today and talks about his extreme concern for the working man, wonder how genuine you think he really those ‘words’ really are.

We will never know what Barrack Hussein Obama really believes. What we do know is that when he went to an Islamic parochial school in Indonesia and his religion was identified as Muslim and that after he returned to Hawaii, he still identified himself as Muslim. Sometime, over 25 years ago, he was told by the old-school Chicago Political machine that groomed him that he needed to start thinking about the future and establish a power base through affiliation with a powerful black Christian Church and lo and behold, he’s a “Christian” . . . well sorta, he became an official member of , an organization, Trinity United Church of Christ, whose charter is (was? I haven’t’ recently checked the website to see if it was scrubbed . . . go ahead check it out, (http://www.tucc.org)): “We are an African people, and remain ‘true to our native land,’ the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.” Black liberation theology, masquerading as a Christian Organization, with a pastor who “God-damn[s] America.”

Lovely! An organization of Negroes whose primary allegiance is not to America but rather to Africa. Such is the essence of black liberation theology (and its practical hypocrisy by Wright): the duty and allegiance of Blacks is not to their native born country, America, but rather to their mother-land, Africa. Such ethnocentricity smacks a blow to the very notion of American patriotism and the relinquishing of a U.S. immigrant’s nation of origin, let alone that of an American citizen’s distant ancestor, as a defining characteristic of U.S. citizenship. Sitting in the pews for 20 years listening to such theology, one can only guess how a President Barack Obama would view his primary allegiance -- to America? or rather to some distant ideal of a Black Supremacist continent of Africa. Punctuating the notion that we are like the bedfellows whom we choose to hang with, we only need to read the words of his literal bedfellow – his wife, to learn that she also held tight beliefs in separation theology. From her thesis at Princeton: 'By actually working with the Black lower class or within their communities as a result of their ideologies, a separationist may better understand the desperation of their situation and feel more hopeless about a resolution as opposed to an integrationist who is ignorant to their plight.”
Would You Hire Barack Obama?

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/452yoxdo.asp?pg=1


Posted by: rtfanning | August 24, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

This is McCain's distorted abuse of democracy.
Nevada. The Republican party has splintered into two camps: one supporting Ron Paul, and the other supporting Sen. McCain. In a contentious state convention the Ron Paul supports took control of the agenda and were preparing to award delegates to Ron Paul when the meeting was abruptly called to a close. Afterward in a closed door meeting the state parties exectutive board decided who would be the privaleged few to attend and "support" McCain.

Ron Paul and Obama have one most important thing in common.
They support the Constitution, including habeas corpus, a phrase never uttered by Clinton during her year long campaign.

Register and VOTE ABSENTEE.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain's crime against the USA: he distributed false propaganda that IRAQI's did the anthrax attack.
Federal crime. five years. He will be pardoned, after his loss.

McCain's crime against the troops: supporting the CIA's torture of uncharged suspects, he puts all our troops in harms way, for all time.
For a former prisoner to accept torture of any prisoners by the CIA is SICK.
REGISTER AND VOTE ABSENTEE. END THE REPRESSION BY THE FORCES OF DARKNESS. End the rule of the TALIBAN in the USA.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 24, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

These attack ads starring HRC are case-closed evidence of why HRC, whatever her strengths, could not have been named BO veep. Her attacks against BO, aimed at hurting him in the general election, would have run in an endless loop of attack ads and Faux News features.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | August 24, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, I'm kinda having a good laugh about this right now.

McCain and Biden have worked together for 25 years. Biden has said in the past that they think alike. That should give the liberals something to think about.

Posted by: Typical White Person | August 24, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

With all the attention being paid to the problems the Democrats are having unifying their party, one might think the GOP is unifying. That is clearly not the case in my home state of Nevada. The Republican party has splintered into two camps: one supporting Ron Paul, and the other supporting Sen. McCain. In a contentious state convention the Ron Paul supports took control of the agenda and were preparing to award delegates to Ron Paul when the meeting was abruptly called to a close. Afterward in a closed door meeting the state parties exectutive board decided who would be the privaleged few to attend and "support" McCain. If the Repubilican party in Nevada thinks they marginalize Ron Paul and his supporters they are in for a rude awakening come election day. The Libertarian streak runs strong here. Keep up the good fight Ron Paul there are still millions who support your cause!

Posted by: Joseph | August 24, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Now Who will McCain Pick They have shot their self in the foot when it comes to Romney McCain released attack ads on the Biden Pick because Biden said some things negitve toward Obama during the primary.

Romney called McCain dishonest during the Primary, and more.

Huckabee came in second during the Primary not Romney., This wont go over well with the Christian Base.

Romney and McCain would be the Super Rich ticket. In a middle Class Election.

Biden will win working class Votes, Romney will remind the working class he is the guy that lays you off.

Biden will be filmed going to church every sunday, Romney will be filmed going to a Mormon church, making the base of the GOP more then Uncomfortable.

So who should McCain pick??

Huckabee would energize the Base.

Huckabee is veiwed as Middle class, Winning overwhelming working class voters.

Huckabee didnt attack McCain during the primary.

Huckabee can hold his own with anyone in debates.

Huckabee Has 1 house

Huckabee is the most logical, despite what the bloggers that are on Romney's payroll say. By the way, the radio host of Republican talk radio
they are on the Romney payroll too. Romney should learn he cant buy an election. He outspent every candidate during the primarys, even outspending Huckabee 6 to 1. Huckabee still got more delegates.

http://www.HotPres.com McCain Dui? http://www.duihlepguide.com

Posted by: Peter | August 24, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Its a good line of attack by the McCain folks, which may spell bad news for Mitt Romney. Some on this blog need to quit whining about this suppose negative campaigning. It is how politics is played. The Obama folks have been playing the card that McCain is so old he has dementia, (couldn't remember how many homes he owned) Good for them, its a weakness that needs to be exploited as much as possible.

Posted by: bhoomes | August 24, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Tip jar for JoyceV, please.

She posted once -- and strong -- so we Americans don't have to again and again and again...Joyce rocks!
______
Posted by: JoyceV. | August 24, 2008 3:43 PM

"Scrivener,
Quit screaming for Hillary. Most of those who voted for Clinton in the primaries have indeed joined Obama. The whole concept that Hillary got more popular votes is flawed (to calculate this one has to take all of Michigan and Florida, but none of the popular votes in the caucus states). Most Clinton people are over that. The people who are still screaming for Hillary are either Republicans (many agitated by Limbaugh), bigots or man haters. If she doesn't separate herself from the crazies, the rest of us will not forget her tepid support of Obama.. She should have done it long ago."

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, I hate to say "I told you Clinton-supporters so", but I saw this coming. I knew that Clinton could only hope to bring Obama down with her. If this line of attack works, it will be a big mark against the legacy of the Clintons.

Posted by: JD | August 24, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

the surge can cure cancer...

Posted by: Surge on General | August 24, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl, Hillary Rodham Clinton supports Obama/Biden. Says Biden was a great choice. So just where are you coming from? Please ask the originator of your talking points.

Fact-check: HRC never invited BO to be veep and, in any event, at the time you mentioned, BO was significantly ahead in the primaries so the whole idea of BO being offered veep was silly and patronizing.

Since Hillary and her surrogates have all gone on the record in support of Obama/Biden in furtherance of Unity, the question is: just whose water are you carrying now and why?

You no longer have the cover of "Hillary supporter." You are just trolling and instigating for.... who knows.

Cap

Posted by: Captain America | August 24, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl,
You said "Back in early March, Clinton offered to go on a Dream Ticket with Obama and he laughed her off and mocked her offer in stump speeches." Of course you know that she offered to put him on her ticket as Vice President - and you're thinking Obama should have agreed to that?.

Posted by: JoyceV. | August 24, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

if JSM doesn't give HRC the VP slot, he's just a total lightweight.

Posted by: Country Club First | August 24, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

the irony of the clinton legacy just might be the reversal of the woman's right to choice.

HRC is and always was 100% unelectable as a national candidate.

Posted by: Moe v. Wade | August 24, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

It's really so sad seeing McCain resort to this sort of slime. I thought he was supposed to run an honorable campaign? Instead, he's trying to stoke up feminist anger and resentment.

Posted by: FreeDom | August 24, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Scrivener,
Quit screaming for Hillary. Most of those who voted for Clinton in the primaries have indeed joined Obama. The whole concept that Hillary got more popular votes is flawed (to calculate this one has to take all of Michigan and Florida, but none of the popular votes in the caucus states). Most Clinton people are over that. The people who are still screaming for Hillary are either Republicans (many agitated by Limbaugh), bigots or man haters. If she doesn't separate herself from the crazies, the rest of us will not forget her tepid support of Obama.. She should have done it long ago.

Posted by: JoyceV. | August 24, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Chris Cilizza, what a waste of talent this article is. There are much better things to write about than a non-issue this story is about.

Would someone in the press please start covering McCain without suger coating every piece reporting? This guy is a disaster compared to Obama, yet everything I read Obama-related seems to go out of it's way to find a negative angle.

Protracted primary and Hillary will hurt Obama, cranky delegates will hurt Obama, Obama's a celebrity, blah blah blah. At least give me something meaningful if you absolutely need to find a negative about Obama.

McCain on the other hand is a mess. How about someone talk about his adoption of the Bush system of lying and cheating to win elections. How about someone cover his dishostey when it comes to his familty values, he cheated on both of his wives, afterall. How about his professional life; has anyone heard of the Keating Five? Here's a hint, McCain is one of them and got caught doing very bad things.

Posted by: Bob, Dallas TX | August 24, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"I don't ever recall either Romney or McCain saying that the other was not ready to be President, as Biden has said about Obama."

The thing that makes the McCain ad effective is, of course, that what Biden said is also what Clinton said, and what a lot of people said: Obama's not ready to be a president.

The McCain ad is effective because it's true.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 24, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain's onto something with the multiple 100 year wars policy. Wars is good for economy and create jobs and we can fight our way out of recessions and tanking value of the dollar.

we also need to drill everywhere in the u.s. that might have some oil.

Posted by: War on moron... | August 24, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"It's not likely either of these McCain ads will end up in that pantheon. But they do speak to the perils that the extended primary season has created for Obama, as he seeks to rally the party behind him over the next four days."

Back in early March, Clinton offered to go on a Dream Ticket with Obama and he laughed her off and mocked her offer in stump speeches.

I think no one now believes that taking her up on her offer wouldn't have been a better option for him, after he's been dethroned from his high pedestal by the late-primary drubbings she subjected him to, the long primary battle and the fact that he's now got a Hillary-talk-alike as his VP who only won 5000 primary votes to her 18 million.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 24, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Women and Hispanics Unite!
Run those two misoginists out of town and back into their caves.
Clinton/Richardson '08

Posted by: JC | August 24, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama is nothing more than an empty suit teleprompter reading Chicago Machine Lackey. Pairing the empty suit with a plagarizing career political hack shows how low the once promising Democratic Party has sunk. What's next, a dollar bill drop durng the Bamsters acceptance Speech at Invesco Field?
Go ahead Canada, invade us now!

Posted by: O'Remus | August 24, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Clinton's claims of "experience" were always about osmosis. Obama needed an experienced person by his side and he chose true experience. If McCain and Hillary represented the same thing for you, go ahead and vote for him. True Democrats who want to see a Democratic agenda implemented over the next 4 years will get over it and vote for Obama. It's your choice and no amount of vitriolic posting is going to change Obama's running mate.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The use of these clips make 2 things obvious:

(1) McCain is not going to pick a former primary rival for whom many clips bashing him are available, and

(2) McCain already knows who his VP pick is and is waiting for the Democratic convention to end so as to avoid any game-changers rendering his pick less than optimal and so as to tune his roll-out.

McCain already has his VP.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 24, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA HAD MORE THAN TWO MONTHS TO UNITE THE PARTY. HE FAILED.

AND HE CHOSE AS HIS RUNNING MATE A RIVAL WHO TOLD THE TRUTH:

HE'S NOT READY TO BECOME POTUS.

THE McCAIN AD IS DEVASTATING. JUST LOOK AT THOSE REACTION SHOTS. DEVASTATING.

NOW COMES TALK OF "McCAIN-POWELL."

WHICH IS WHY THE SUPERS ARE ABOUT TO DENY OBAMA BY TURNING TO HILLARY.


Chris:

Obama has shown he's not a leader, not a uniter. His passing over of Hillary, who got 18 million votes, for a candidate who got a tiny fraction of votes, shows that he does hold grudges. His fence-mending skills leave much to be desired.

The Biden pick only cements the notion that Barack's not ready for the top job, just like Joe said. Obama would be wise to accept a brokered deal that makes him Number Two on the ticket. Instead, he risks humiliation if Hillary emerges with the nomination.

Your declaration that Obama "will" be nominated Wednesday night is premature at best. Prepare for a shocker, but don't say it wasn't foreseen.

Politico is reporting that McCain is considering Colin Powell as his veep. If that happens, it's game over for the Dem ticket -- unless Hillary changes the equation. I'm betting she does.

Are you talking to the supers out there? Go find them. That's where the story is. Philly's Mayor Nutter is talking up the Biden pick, but the betting is that he votes Hillary on that first roll call. Has anyone asked delegates whether the Biden pick will change their first-ballot vote for Hil?


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/get-political-vic-livingston-opinion-expose-state-supported-vigilante-squads-doing-domestic-terrorism

Posted by: scrivener | August 24, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm Mike Huckabee. I lost 100 pounds praying, my son tortured a dog, and I'll be madder if Romney is VP than I was the time I got caught banging my sister. Remember, even though I dropped out of the theological seminary for bigots, and Romney went to Harvard and made almost a $1 billion pre-tax dollars, I'm smarter and . . . most importantly, I'm a Christian and Romney is a cultist. God told me this when he put that cross in my TV commercial.

Posted by: Mike Huckabee | August 24, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Are we really going to elect a president in this country who based on negative ads .. yet the media types tell us they work ..or do the media types love this and play them endlessly. I believe the youth of America will help decide this election and my children do not watch cable news at all.

Go Obama /Biden

Posted by: Kathy | August 24, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

******************

Obama fails to put the country's need ahead of his hubris, narcissism, sexism, and pride as illustrated by his choice for VP.

Nothing more clearly illustrates his lack of qualities necessary to lead a diverse country into the future! Simply not ready for prime time!
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What an idiotic statement! Let's see here, people have said they were worried about Obama's lack of foreign policy experience so he gets the absolute best person out there to improve that area for him.

He chooses that person over someone who might totally reflect his message of change and youth -- I'd say he did choose country over everything else.

Posted by: Gary | August 24, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama fails to put the country's need ahead of his hubris, narcissism, sexism, and pride as illustrated by his choice for VP.

Nothing more clearly illustrates his lack of qualities necessary to lead a diverse country into the future! Simply not ready for prime time!

Posted by: Keith | August 24, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Advisors from Mccain staff inspired Georgian president Saakishvili to start hostilities without any notification against the region, which advertised and maintained its independence since 1992. Almost 2000 people were killed in their beds in one night.
And American voters want to elect MCain afterwards to be their Commander-in-chief. Newsflash for these voters-the new 9/11 would have then even more casualties. Do not be confused and fix the label of 'protector' on 'provocateur', as such mistakes are the most costly ones.

Posted by: aepelbaum | August 24, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

LOL , you forgot one thing, Romney is not very well liked in Mass.

Huckabee is loved in Ark. and in the south.
I live in Iowa. We Love Huckabee here, not to enthused about McCain.

Posted by: Peter | August 24, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Now Who will McCain Pick They have shot their self in the foot when it comes to Romney McCain released attack ads on the Biden Pick because Biden said some things negitve toward Obama during the primary.

Romney called McCain dishonest during the Primary, and more.

Huckabee came in second during the Primary not Romney., This wont go over well with the Christian Base.

Romney and McCain would be the Super Rich ticket. In a middle Class Election.

Biden will win working class Votes, Romney will remind the working class he is the guy that lays you off.

Biden will be filmed going to church every sunday, Romney will be filmed going to a Mormon church, making the base of the GOP more then Uncomfortable.

So who should McCain pick??

Huckabee would energize the Base.

Huckabee is veiwed as Middle class, Winning overwhelming working class voters.

Huckabee didnt attack McCain during the primary.

Huckabee can hold his own with anyone in debates.

Huckabee Has 1 house

Huckabee is the most logical, despite what the bloggers that are on Romney's payroll say. By the way, the radio host of Republican talk radio
they are on the Romney payroll too. Romney should learn he cant buy an election. He outspent every candidate during the primarys, even outspending Huckabee 6 to 1. Huckabee still got more delegates.

http://www.HotPres.com McCain Dui? http://www.duihlepguide.com

Posted by: John | August 24, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

There were many other dangers and obvious costs due to the protracted primary than TV ads with video clips in them. If Obama does not win, the protracted primary--protracted to the level of absurdity--will surely be seen as an equally significant factor as the color of his skin and the unfamiliarity of his name.

As I see it, those are the three real challenges he faces. He is otherwise inspirational, connected to the American people and their concerns about the economy and the country's standing in the world (both in trade and in poor relations with other nations), likeable, highly intelligent, competent, a family man, good at taking into account other points of view, and smart about assembling a strong team. Biden is only the latest example. Obama has spent his life in service to others, from community organizing to elected office (winning more elections that Hillary Clinton did, even before this latest go-round).

Nobody could control his race or his unusual name. But Hillary Clinton could have bowed out when her loss was inevitable, just as Romney, appropriately, did for John McCain. Her choice not to do so is going to cost her and her vendors many millions of dollars and looks likely to mar the convention. I only hope it does not cost us the White House as well.

Posted by: That's not the only cost | August 24, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

What Obama also should have learned by now is that the press is not his friend. Of course, he gets more ink and airtime than McCain; he’s sexier news. But as George Mason University’s Center for Media and Public Affairs documented in its study of six weeks of TV news reports this summer, Obama’s coverage was 28 percent positive, 72 percent negative. (For McCain, the split was 43/57.) Even McCain’s most blatant confusions, memory lapses and outright lies still barely cause a ripple, whether he’s railing against a piece of pork he in fact voted for, as he did at the Saddleback Church pseudodebate last weekend, or falsifying crucial details of his marital history in his memoirs, as The Los Angeles Times uncovered in court records last month.
Obama Biden
One house, one spouse.

Posted by: james | August 24, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't ever recall either Romney or McCain saying that the other was not ready to be President, as Biden has said about Obama. Nor did I ever hear Romney say that he would be proud to serve with Obama, as Biden said about McCain. Romney and McCain said many things about each other during the primaries but they were all related to differences in issues. That is a huge difference.

The selection of Biden is truly a gift for republicans. For Obama to select the person that finished at the bottom of the barrel in the Democratic primary and totally ignore the one who got 18 million votes is just pure stupidity.

With Obama's total lack of experience and apparent lack of common sense, along with Biden's involvement in the plagiarism scandal, I would offer them this bumper sticker: "Obama/Biden - JUST FAKE IT."

McCaine/Romney will trounce them.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The Neo Nazis that are working under the alias "Republicans" are busy again.


They (McCain/Karl Rove) are trying to frighten the American voter
into making himself a slave again.


When corporate America turned to China, India, Mexico and Bangladesh to manufacture its products,
it turned its back on the Middle Class in the U.S.A.


The idiocy of this policy has not reached its end.


It is akin to pumping the well dry in order
to irrigate the garden.


Very soon the well and the garden no longer exists.


McCain and his Rove puppets that are selling this fear again are the same ones that inspired one of our greatest leaders, President Franklin Roosevelt etc
to pray for our courage by saying,
"The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself".


They have spread terror, hate, greed and lust over our consciousness, until they convinced even our representatives that we should enter into a war of our own making.


That was the greatest mistake we have ever made.


And it was done for their control of "OIL".


The McCain neocons have their $4.00 a gallon gasoline...


At that price, it will last a long time...... when it is only used in lawn mowers.


Are you going to vote for one of them....again?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBfngOsvmA0

Posted by: Agent Orange | August 24, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

You can bet your bottom dollar that McCain is going to select one of his formal rivals as his VP. It only makes sense. And, yes you can expect the Obama/Biden camp to use that against him as well.

However, McCain cannot run from the condition of America created by George W. Bush and his party.

The Democrats have PLENTY of material to use agains McCain that will resonate with every working class man and woman in America.

Posted by: Ward6ForNow | August 24, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

What McCain says is dangerously false...for him.


Trust McCain and he will screw your family by raising your taxes to pay for more tax cuts for the rich (his family).


Trust McCain and he will screw your family by sending your kids to Iraq and Georgia (not the good one) and God only knows where.


Trust McCain and he will provoke more 3 a.m. phone calls.


Trust McCain and he will betray you by putting his need for extra fabulous luxury ahead of your family's need for health insurance.


Trust McCain and he will tell you lies about his policies, his opponent, and how they really compare.


Trust McCain and he will cheat you out of your vote.


Obama-Biden '08 -- One house, one wife, one America

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: McCain = Bush | August 24, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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