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Obama's Fundraising in Context

Sen. Barack Obama's $52 million haul in the month of June is nearly certain to quiet whispers that his vaunted fundraising machine had slowed, and seems to justify his decision last month to opt out of public financing for the general election.

Obama's campaign announced this morning the $52 million take and that Obama had ended the month, his first as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, with $72 million in the bank.

"You continue to prove what ordinary Americans committed to change can accomplish, despite the Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs funding so much of our opponents' campaign," wrote campaign manager David Plouffe in an e-mail to supporters announcing the news that doubled as a fundraising pitch of its own.

"As I mentioned in my video message to you earlier in the week, we're facing a Republican machine with unprecedented resources at its disposal," writes Plouffe. "The McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee finished June with nearly $100 million in the bank."

While the money chase tends to get outsized attention in the media -- it's easily quantifiable and the numbers are BIG -- it's impossible to overstate how much money matters in the race between Obama and John McCain.

Obama's decision to opt out of public financing for the general election -- the first presidential candidate to do so since the system was put in place in the early 1970s -- means that money will be front and center to every strategic decision made by both sides in the coming months.

Obama took a calculated risk in opting out: that his fundraising advantage over McCain would be large enough to justify the time and energy it takes to collect hundreds of millions of dollars.

So, how did he do in his first month as the nominee?

That depends on who is doing the analyzing.

Obama soared well above the $30 million figure laid out in the Wall Street Journal (and vehemently disputed by the campaign at the time) but well below the $100 million number that some Democratic fundraisers floated.

Compared to the cash-collecting performance by Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) following his own securing of the nomination, Obama measured up well.

Kerry collected $44 million in March 2004, the first full month it was clear that he would be the Democratic nominee. That was a huge spike from the $8.4 million he had raised in February and the $7.6 million (including a $3.5 million loan) he collected in January of that year. All tolled for his primary campaign, Kerry raised $249 million; Obama, as of the end of June, had collected $347 million -- all but a few million of which is in primary dollars.

Obama did not set his own personal fundraising record for a month. The $52 million in June was close but not quite as much as the $56.7 million the campaign raised in February. In that, Obama is the victim of his own successes; had he not raised $136 million in the first three months of the year (Kerry raised $60 million during that time in 2004, McCain raised just $39.7 in that same time period this cycle), there would be no question about the unmitigated success of Obama's fundraising.

Taken broadly, what Obama's June fundraising number means is that rumors of his fundraising machine's demise have been vastly exaggerated. Obama continues to compete only with his past eye-popping totals when it comes to cash collection and, due to the relatively small average contribution to his campaign ($68 in June), he continues to grow a massive list of donors who can keep giving as he turns his attention to raising money for the general election.

If Obama can put together four more months of $50 million raised, he will have $200 million to spend on the general election; more than double the $84 million that McCain will get from the public financing system. (UPDATE: The Fix, no math whiz, has been informed by several smart sources that the previous calculation is not entirely accurate. Of the $52 million Obama raised in June, jusr $2 million was for the general election. Therefore, Obama needs to find a way to continue to raise considerable cash for the primary -- until he becomes the party's formal nominee in late August -- AND collect money for the general election, a more daunting feat that was made clear above.)

It now seems clear that Obama is positioned to enjoy a significant financial edge over McCain in the general election.

It's important to remember that money, especially at the presidential level, is not determinative of the outcome as demonstrated by McCain's underfunded run to the Republican nomination earlier this year.

But, any campaign or candidate would rather have more money to spend than their opponent coming down the home stretch. And, as of today, Obama seems likely to be in that position when summer turns to fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 17, 2008; 10:05 AM ET
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A voter in New Hampshire, interviewed on National Public Radio, compared Obama's oratorial skills to those of Martin Luther King, Jr. "You know what I mean", the man said. "He rants like a Negro."

Obama is way too middle-of-the-road for me. But I'm voting for him because his candidacy has motivated millions of people who otherwise have felt so unrepresented by the system that they don't bother to vote.

Can we agree that broader participation has to be could for our democracy, and must be good for the country?

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Posted by: r3cq6lq5ls | July 19, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"Whose puppet is he? Unfortunately, I don't believe he cares about America or Americans. He is just in it to feed his already over-inflated ego. No experience, no qualifications, NOBAMA."
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She LOST, you really need to get over it. But,if you want to talk about egos with maxium inflation, let's talk about Hillary. (Or Bill for that matter.) Face it; all Politicans have HUGE egos.

Posted by: GObama | July 18, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The more I read about Obama, the more convinced I am he is a total fraud! He has spent his entire career in preparation for being elected President, without regard to the office itself, but just to satisfy his enormous ego! From taking credit for Emil Jones legislation to plump up his skeletal resume, to hiring 300 foreign policy advisers to prepare his talking points on a daily basis. They even provide him with possible questions and appropriate answers! Can this man even think for himself? Whose decisions will he be making if he gets elected POTUS? Whose puppet is he? Unfortunately, I don't believe he cares about America or Americans. He is just in it to feed his already over-inflated ego. No experience, no qualifications, NOBAMA.

Posted by: RR/FL | July 18, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

How about if we elect a President the old fashioned way, through fair and honest elections, based upon the candidate's actual patriotism, experience and judgement ... instead of who is more of a showman, or who can raise more money ... and therefore buy the Presidency ... like Barack Obama is trying to do.

Posted by: Gina | July 18, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I will never ever forget "Not God Bless America...God D**n American"

You people are sheepish fools for supporting Obama. It will be a sad day if this fraud gets elected. All I can write is please wake up before it's too late.

Posted by: PB | July 18, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse

I disagree with Huntington's (1996) pessimistic view on the world. There has been conflict of different cultures, yet there is a way to avoid such conflict.

Western or Eastern civilization simply does not end. That's not how God works.

Posted by: premier | July 18, 2008 3:32 AM | Report abuse

BroderJr. writes:
what's more his success in private fundraising shows the corruption in our political process and marks the end of Western Civilization.
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This is a crack up! The unwashed masses who never "own"candidates finally come together and buy a presidential candidate to represent them and that marks the END of Western Civilization? Wrong!! This is a major first in democracy, and our finest moment.

Posted by: Sunshine | July 17, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

The way the campaign released the figures was shady. It was meant to decieve. Thanks for the good reporting and correction

Posted by: Teri | July 17, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I would have been for Obama, but, well, it's too late.

Posted by: USS Forrestal | July 17, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Obama is doing worse than throwing firecrackers at hispanics. Captain America aren't you supposed to be out fighting crime? I heard you were killed in the comic. I'm glad your alright.

Posted by: Juicey | July 17, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I never thought about it that way but Kersy Bernard makes a good point. Ads are one thing as we know they are expensive but Obama should not be showing off. It's ego as well as symbolism he is after splurging donations on that unneeded Denver Stadium. He has gotton enough money from me in my book. Anyway it sounds like 52 mil outta last him awhile if it were not for his whims. If the money gets a little tight he will respect where it came from more.

Posted by: Dee | July 17, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

To each of the haters: Stop the hate blasts against BO. But I guess the good news is while you are on the computer hate-blasting, you (1) aren't keying women's late-model cars (the ones you can't afford) parked on Main Street, (2) tossing firecrackers at the Hispanic dayworkers huddled behind the gas station, (3) making prank calls at 3am to the black doctor's family that just moved in around the corner, (4) harassing the Indian guy managing the local convenience store, or (5) throwing rocks off highway overpasses (that's a lot of fun, isn't it). I just changed my mind: keep the blasts coming, it's safer for the rest of us if you stay at the computer. P.S.: Bucky doesn't like it either. Paz Mundial

Posted by: Captain America | July 17, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

GM just cut insurance and benefits to retirees yesterday. Anybody interested in non-company paid healthcare up there? GM just gave Michegan to the D's. Regards, Small Obama donor.

Posted by: Is_it_time_yet? | July 17, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Most Obama supporters like Chris are forgetting. Why ask those hurting during these hard times. Obama has thought of only himself. Regular people are being asked to give more of their hard earned money when they did not need to if he took public money. And what is he doing with it? He is having a wasteful party at their expense. The pepsi center was not good enough? And those limos aren't free you know. He is also paying to have the homless tricked into leaving the lavish site during his nomination event in Denver. Out of site out of mind. Instead of B.O they should call him A.Whole

Posted by: Kersy Bernard | July 17, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Now what faux news and racists haters?

Posted by: chris c | July 17, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Jesse Browne is a undercover Obama supporter. Attempting to drive up sympathy. Besides. Hispanics don't hate blacks that is a Media concoction for when Obama lost their vote. Obama is the reason Hispanics did not vote for him. He has done nothing for Hispanics in Illinois. Most Hispnics may not have heard he is discriminating against them in Illinois instead.

Posted by: Monty | July 17, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not a messiah. He is a politician. He is also the most inspirational American political figure to come along in 50 years. I don't agree with all of his positions but he is clearly the leader we need at this time. Anyone with an ounce of maturity should appreciate his sense of restraint and his ability to rise above ordinary petty politics.

Posted by: JohnDoug | July 17, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Wonder why the filthy rich McCains can't raise that much even though their primary base of support is upper class white men? Looks like that Senator Obama is gonna beat them ther Republicans this Fall.

Posted by: Marc | July 17, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama has $300M worth of talking to do. McCain has a record. I doubt very much that I'll be voting for Obama, but I give his campaign money to be sure his message gets out. The more he dis's "Black" culture the more I'll send.

Posted by: rpatoh | July 17, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

B. Hussein Obama and his angry bride are the most dangerous socialist to ever try a White House takeover.

Posted by: Garland | July 17, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's failure to limit himself to public financing bespeaks a serious character flaw bound to be exposed in the general election and what's more his success in private fundraising shows the corruption in our political process and marks the end of Western Civilization. And what's more [fill 15 more minutes of idiotic, mindless, conflict-of-interest- driven, hypocritical bloviating].

Posted by: BroderJr. | July 17, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

This guy was going to run as a new kind of candidate, one who would finance his campaign with the limited funds provided by public financing- to take the influence of big money out of elections. But lo and behold the Democrat candidate, the man who represents the interests of the common man, the working man and the poor, comes up with a cornucopia of money. So what does this Hope and Change candidate do? He changes his mind, of course. What a hypocrite! A new kind of candidate? My eye!

Posted by: mhr | July 17, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama 2008 , United we stand!

Posted by: Don | July 17, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Toxic Avenger - perhaps you're unaware that the limit is $2300. And, even if you're so gullible that you think he disguised it, the AVERAGE donation was $68. Head back to the sewer, buddy.

BB

Nice handle, though.

Posted by: Fairlington Blade | July 17, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I love you Barack. My money is all for you.

Posted by: k2007 | July 17, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

pt-
No, it means Obama supporters are enthusiastic enough about their candidate to help finance his campaign $5,$10,*25,...$200 at a time. The last I heard pollsters were seeing a serious "enthusiam gap"; a very small percentage of McCain were very
satisfied with their candidate, whereas a large percentage of Obama supporters were very satisfied with their candidate. Hmmm... Makes the Obama supporters want to contribute to getting Obama elected.

Posted by: Laura | July 17, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

LK excerpts:

....$52 million for Barack? Rickles and I used to get $52 dollars a night in the Catskills. Shecky Greene, the big shot, he got 53. Go figure...Don't hate, appreciate -- that guy Barack. He's something special isn't he? He's like that Matrix guy but smart, he went to Harvard, you know...What's with the Reverend Jess E. Jackson? He can't do that to Obama, you know, that thing, it's a felony, right? And how do you go to hear Jesse speak at his church? Does he have a church? Where is it? Just asking...Any chance of Marilyn Maxwell teaming with McConaughey in Wedding Planners 2? Would that be something? Wow. Wasn't she great in "Champion"?.... I heard Sinatra may play Roanoke VA. Remember you heard it here....Why no Giselle McKenzie specials on TV? Wasn't she special? Is she okay, will somebody check on her?...And why no mention of Sammy as veep? What a gentleman. But, Sam, don't hug Carroll O'Connor at the convention, okay....That Sebelius vp talk is okay I guess. But my dog saw this blog's picture of her and hasn't slept, or been regular, since. Not good....Does it get any better than Al Hibbler singing Ebbtide? But no airplay on VH-1 or MTV. How come?...That's all we have tonight... Tomorrow night, we've got...

Posted by: LKing | July 17, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

"... All tolled for his primary campaign, Kerry raised $249 million; Obama, as of the end of June, had..."

One day we may know for whom the bell tolled: surely for any hopes of public
financing of elections.

The p.r. from O's campaign about small
donors, the blurring of that campaign with
DNC and collapse of any separate centers,
are clever but not as open/honest as
claimed. One day, if we last that long...

Posted by: esthermiriam | July 17, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

(Carlos) I am from Tucuman, Argentina, a catholic country, but I know a guy who is Muslim and works for this travel agency. Not only he is Obamba fan, but supporter. I would like that American media publish this fact, that a lot of Obama supporters and sympathizers are Muslims around the world.

Posted by: Carlos B. Camacho | July 17, 2008 6:17 PM
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Bad Carlos! We are not allowed to talk about that here. That's a secret! You don't want to tick off the Obamabots.
P.S. I apologize on behalf of the rude Americans who insulted you. These are the people worried about our international image.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Jesse Browne, you are a hater black man racist. Si, Cue Puedo.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

That's part of what's wrong with our system, it's all about the money.

Posted by: Comment | July 17, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Moveon.org? Code Pink? Council of the Race? Rosie O'Donnell? Nanny Pelosi?

Does anyone really think Obama can win with only the left wing name-calling radical fanatics, even if they go broke supporting him?

Obama trying to reach for the center will mean tripping over his left little toe or his anti American tongue.

He doesn't even speak Spanish yet he has the audacity to preach to Americans to force their children to learn Spanish and, of all places, ...in America.

You have to wonder why the Mexicans love Obama, especially considering Mexicans hate black Americans.

Black Americans need to remember Jamiel Shaw and the lunatic Mecha member - the LA Mayors' release and protection of Jamiel's illegal Mexican killer.

Posted by: Jesse Browne | July 17, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

It is just another point that shows he has very little in common with the people he wants to be the leader. Add things like him not even knowing Checkoslovacia no longer exists. That was not a gaffe, or a misspeak, he actually doesn't know and repeated the same thing the next day. You can't even exist today without being computer literate unless you are an elitist who has everything done for you again totally unable to identify in the least with the people he wants to be the leader of. His wife in an interview actually said the only way to get around Arizona was by private plane. Mccain and his wife are on another planet as far as the rest of the American people we don't need idiots like this in the white house. Mccain is 72 years old. If there was any greatness in him we would have already seen evidence of it. Mccain is little more then a dime a dozen washington type you can find on any corner there. Forget him he os nothing.

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Henry...what do you mean that McCain is not computer literate? How does that Obama qualify for President? Show me evidence that Obama is super compter wizz kid. Just because you start a machine and blather around in these forums doesn't make a computer literate.
Are you telling that Obama is personally sending you emails asking for donations. Idiot!!
Again, these Obamaniacs defy logic. They are just of their brains.

Posted by: discerner | July 17, 2008 5:52 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

It's wonderful to hear that Senator Obama is doing so well in numbers. $52 million is an incredible number! That's fantastic! I must say - Thank you to all the supporters who helped Senator Obama in June. Also - I urge all Senator Obama's supporters to visit his website and donate whatever you can. We must keep up this strength so we can defeat McCain. Just go to his campaign website - http://www.BarackObama.com - and click on the red DONATE button. It's quick, easy, and it helps the campaign. We must help in any way possible. As Senator Obama says - "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." So please give to his campaign. Our children and our children's children will thank us for it. And don't forget to register to VOTE!

Posted by: Allen | July 17, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Cilliza,

You forgot that the RNC has over $95 million and is expected to match that amount before the summer is over. And that too is money McCain can and will use. But the DNC does not have the same bag of money that Obama can tap into.

Nevertheless, Obama is doing one heck of a job in raising in money with an average donation of $68.

Posted by: Walt | July 17, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse


AJA re muslims supporting Obama"

"Hey Dumbass, leave american politics to AMERICANS. Obama supporters are from all races and religion, Keep your phobia to yourself"

Don't rock the boat, eh?

Posted by: Billw | July 17, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

we're busy, busy. we can't be bothered with our work. I have to go to the staff baseball game tonight. even though the Dems never win, like Presidential elections, I still have to make an appearance. I hope I don't spill mustard on my chanel suit. which end of the dog goes in first again?

I am not surprised, that is just how I look now.

Posted by: Pelosi galore | July 17, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I am from Tucuman, Argentina, a catholic country, but I know a guy who is Muslim and works for this travel agency. Not only he is Obamba fan, but supporter. I would like that American media publish this fact, that a lot of Obama supporters and sympathizers are Muslims around the world.

Posted by: Carlos B. Camacho | July 17, 2008 6:17 PM
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Hey Dumbass, leave american politics to AMERICANS. Obama supporters are from all races and religion, Keep your phobia to yourself

Posted by: AJA | July 17, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi calls Bush 'a total failure' on everything (AP)

AP - President Bush has been a "total failure" in everything from the economy to the war to energy policy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. In an interview on CNN, the California Democrat was asked to respond to video of the president criticizing the Democratic-led Congress for heading into the final 26 days of the legislative session without having passed a single government spending bill


the Pelosi congress, led by the worst speaker in history, has plummeted to the lowest approval ratings on record, in over 30 years.

cleverly uses the "I know you are but what am I" defense.

Posted by: circling the drain Libs | July 17, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Old Adulterer Songbird Traitor McBush:

That is genius! Thank you.

Posted by: Nick | July 17, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Carlos B. Camacho:

What are you saying exactly? Why don't you have the courage and the spine to say precisely what you mean by your post?

Posted by: Nick | July 17, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse


"Let's see if I get this right. The Democrats control congress and somehow it is Bush's fault that gas prices are sky high?"

Uh, as if one had anything to do with the other? Excuse me, Congress doesn't set the prices for gas. Perhaps you need a civics class, or an IQ test.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I refuse to release my Military Records because of my despicable treasonous and traitorous conduct in the military. I am an admitted war criminal coward on 60 Minutes, CBS News, 1997, for bombing innocent women and children. I crashed my plane because I was an incompetent pilot and had crashed 4 previous Naval planes. I was not shotdown. I was given special treatment after I told the enemy my daddy was a 4 star Admiral and head of the Military's Pacific Operations. My Vietnamese friends gave me the codename Songbird. I became a traitor to my country after I disclosed to the enemy all my knowledge about bombing targets and military plans. I made dozens of anti-American propaganda tapes for the enemy so they would provide me special treatment and medical care. I killed 167 US sailors on the USS Forrestal because I was being a hotdog and ignited the worst friendly fire on a US Naval ship in history. I became a pilot with my admiral daddy's influence even though I graduated 894 out of 899 and was an extremely poor student. I received medals which the Navy required 2 eyewitnesses when there were none. I did not deserve the 28 medals I received after only 20 hours of combat, but daddy got the medals for me. I committed adultery on both of my wives. I had multiple relations with subordinates while in the military violating military code of conduct, a crime. I am a well known flip flopper on numerous issues because I will do anything for power. I am easily manipulated by my lobbyist friends, that's why they love me. I am a liar, adulterer, traitor, war criminal, serial killer and mass murderer. Basically, I am a typical Con.

Posted by: Old Adulterer Songbird Traitor McBush | July 17, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Let's see if I get this right. The Democrats control congress and somehow it is Bush's fault that gas prices are sky high?

Posted by: Joel H. | July 17, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I am from Tucuman, Argentina, a catholic country, but I know a guy who is Muslim and works for this travel agency. Not only he is Obamba fan, but supporter. I would like that American media publish this fact, that a lot of Obama supporters and sympathizers are Muslims around the world.
www.stories-straight.blogspot.com

Posted by: Carlos B. Camacho | July 17, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

And then you look at the alternitive. A 72 year old war demented war mongering mad man. It is a no brainer.
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So,Chris all this proves is that PT Barnum
was right about "There is a sucker born every minute" and that all these Obamafools
are the living proof that "A fool and his
money are soon parted" now then. And so, I
cannot wait until even more "Buyers Remorse" sets in as more and more truth
about their Hero Messiah Barack Obama is
revealed to them. Since today we appear to
be run by a "Ship of Fools" under the
current fools now running the country and
that is something that can only "Change"
for the Worst under Messiah Obama,so all
you rabid young Obamafools and old senile
Liberal Democrat Obamabots,I do Hope you
enjoy being made fools out of by Obama.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | July 17, 2008 6:05 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton announced today he will be campaigning with Obama at some point. That should help bring in even more millions! McCain will be swamped.

Posted by: HonestAbe | July 17, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain should reject public financing like Obama. American taxpayers cannot afford to fund his loser campaign.

Posted by: HonestAbe | July 17, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

So,Chris all this proves is that PT Barnum
was right about "There is a sucker born every minute" and that all these Obamafools
are the living proof that "A fool and his
money are soon parted" now then. And so, I
cannot wait until even more "Buyers Remorse" sets in as more and more truth
about their Hero Messiah Barack Obama is
revealed to them. Since today we appear to
be run by a "Ship of Fools" under the
current fools now running the country and
that is something that can only "Change"
for the Worst under Messiah Obama,so all
you rabid young Obamafools and old senile
Liberal Democrat Obamabots,I do Hope you
enjoy being made fools out of by Obama.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | July 17, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"Henry...what do you mean that McCain is not computer literate? How does that Obama qualify for President? Show me evidence that Obama is super compter wizz kid."

Watch that straw man burn, baby!

No one is expecting a wizz kid. Just someone who is sort of familiar with computer technology. Sure McCain might be a little behind the curve, but where the hell is the intellectual curiosity about such an important part of our lives?

Posted by: DDAWD | July 17, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Henry...what do you mean that McCain is not computer literate? How does that Obama qualify for President? Show me evidence that Obama is super compter wizz kid. Just because you start a machine and blather around in these forums doesn't make a computer literate.
Are you telling that Obama is personally sending you emails asking for donations. Idiot!!
Again, these Obamaniacs defy logic. They are just of their brains.

Posted by: discerner | July 17, 2008 5:52 PM

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McCain has admitted he doesn't know how to use a computer moron. That doesn't concern you one tiny bit?

I would prefer the next Leader of the Free World to be at least familiar with how to turn on a computer. They don't need to be able to program them, just be familiar with them.

If WcCain knew how to use "the Google" perhaps he would know the difference between sunnis and shiites as well as realizing that Checlysovokia hasn't existed for 15 years.....

But hey....how important are fundamental facts when it comes to foreign policy anyways?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"The more stupid, uninformed, mud-slinging, fear-monger comments that I see from McCain supporters on-line, the more I will donate to Barack Obama."

He's a secret Muslim

He often sacrifices babies, but gets the procedure mixed up with the goat sacrifice procedure. That's why the dollar is so weak. God is damning America.

Wears panties. He doesn't want to, but his wife makes him at the point of an AK-47

Eats aragula three meals a day.

Is a secret gangsta rapper.

Has tattoos.

Doesn't have blood flowing through his veins. Its something more like chocolate syrup.

Has had unkind thoughts towards Chuck Norris.

Has nappy hair.

How much more to get you to the max?

Posted by: DDAWD | July 17, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

These are some of the Big Oil Lobbyists in his campaign.
Rebecca Anderson (Sunoco),
Wayne Berman (National Finance Co-Chairman, Amerada Hess, Chevron, Texaco, American Petroleum Institute),
Charlie Black (Senior Political Adviser, Occidental Petroleum Corp., Yukos Oil, Chinese National Off-Shore Oil Corp.),
Carlos Bonilla (Economic Adviser, Chesapeake Energy),
Eric Burgeson (Fundraiser, BP), Kerry Cammack (Fundraiser, Exxon Mobil),
Frank Donatelli (McCain Pick as Deputy RNC Chair, Exxon Mobil, Dominion Resources)
Melissa Edwards (Fundraiser, Chesapeake Energy)
John Green (Congressional Liaison, Amerada-Hess, Chevon, Texaco, El Paso Energy, American Petroleum Institute)
Robert Harding (Fundraiser, Chevron, Murphy Oil, Conoco Phillips Petroleum Company)
Richard Hohlt (Fundraiser, Chevron)
James Hyland (Fundraiser, BP, America Independent Fuel Terminal Operators Assoc., Occidental Petroleum Corp., Independent Fuel Terminal Operators Assoc.)
Peter Madigan (Fundraiser, Shell Oil)
Susan Molinari (Chesapeake Energy)
Jack Oliver (Fundraiser, Shell Oil)
Nancy Pfotenhauer (Adviser, Koch Industries)
Steve Phillips(Fundraiser, BP America, Occidental Petroleum)
Elise Pickering (Fundraiser, Koch Industries)
Sloan Rappoport (Fundraiser, Koch Industries)
Matt Salmon (Fundraiser, El Paso Energy)
Randy Scheunemann (Defense Foreign Policy Coordinator, BP Amoco)
Jeffrey Weiss (Fundraiser, Yukos Oil Company)

Google these to learn more

McCain Songbird
McCain Adultery
McCain Lobbyists
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McCain USS Forrestal
McCain Rick Davis
McCain Phil Gramm
McCain Enron Loophole
McCain Arizona Mob
McCain Kosovo Muslims
McCain Fortune
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McCain Torturers' Lobby

Posted by: Why would a "war hero" hide his Military Records, Old Adulterer Songbird McBush? | July 17, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is a truly unique politician, unlike all the others He doesn't even wait until he is elected to start breaking his campaign promises.

Posted by: ken | July 17, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain is going to be punished here for not being computer literate and not viscerally realizing the power of the Internet.

In fact, I think McCain's computer illiteracy should be viewed by voters as disqualifying for the office. If if can't get a feel for Internet campaign financing, how's he going to understand the rest of the global Internet phenomenon - including it's implications for war and peace.

And one thing for sure, you can't understand computers or the Internet though consultants or advisers. Anyone who's ever booted up a computer knows that.

Posted by: HenryD8th | July 17, 2008 12:15 PM
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Henry...what do you mean that McCain is not computer literate? How does that Obama qualify for President? Show me evidence that Obama is super compter wizz kid. Just because you start a machine and blather around in these forums doesn't make a computer literate.
Are you telling that Obama is personally sending you emails asking for donations. Idiot!!
Again, these Obamaniacs defy logic. They are just of their brains.

Posted by: discerner | July 17, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

The more stupid, uninformed, mud-slinging, fear-monger comments that I see from McCain supporters on-line, the more I will donate to Barack Obama.

I just sent $25 to Barack Obama's campaign for all the stupid comments I just read here about Barack raising middle-class taxes. He WILL NOT raise middle class taxes - he will only raise taxes if you're earning more than $232,000!! go read his policies and stop lying and fear-mongering.

Posted by: Yes We Can | July 17, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

The more the haters, racists and Islamophobes sling mud at Obama, the more donations he's going to get from the rest of us normal Americans. I'm going to try to do $100 a month. But give whatever you can afford, even if it only means giving up Starbucks for the next four months and donating what you save.

Posted by: Patrick | July 17, 2008 4:31 PM
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Patrick: One thing I really "admire" the Obamaniacs is that their enthusiasm levels are sky-high. I have never seen anyone so passionate that these guys are actually sacrificing something in their lives (assuming you are telling the truth!!). You know who will do these sort of things? But this Messianic fever has clouded your eyes. But what if he turns out to be false Messiah? ohh..btw..I am heading to my Starbucks and will still be voting for McCain.

Posted by: discerner | July 17, 2008 5:43 PM


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I'll take a false messiah over a senile version of W any day of the week thank you very much.....

Posted by: dan | July 17, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes, as long as we are swimming in debt, have not crushed Bin Laden in seven years (almost twice the amount of time it took to crush both Germany and Japan during WW II), seem to be hopelessly addicted to 'growth' for growth's sake, addicted to oil, and consistently wield our brand of politics and culture to all of mankind, have a purely profit seeking mentality as far as business with each other goes, the Democrats will have a very very fertile soil in which to garner the next election. About the only thing that may stop a complete landslide to the Dems is the hatred of a minority that festers in a great portion of these "united states".

Posted by: Harold | July 17, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

The more the haters, racists and Islamophobes sling mud at Obama, the more donations he's going to get from the rest of us normal Americans. I'm going to try to do $100 a month. But give whatever you can afford, even if it only means giving up Starbucks for the next four months and donating what you save.

Posted by: Patrick | July 17, 2008 4:31 PM
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Patrick: One thing I really "admire" the Obamaniacs is that their enthusiasm levels are sky-high. I have never seen anyone so passionate that these guys are actually sacrificing something in their lives (assuming you are telling the truth!!). You know who will do these sort of things? But this Messianic fever has clouded your eyes. But what if he turns out to be false Messiah? ohh..btw..I am heading to my Starbucks and will still be voting for McCain.

Posted by: discerner | July 17, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

going back to 1986? for an off color joke?

The desperation begins.

Posted by: | July 17, 2008 3:48 PM


If old rape jokes don't seem relevant to you....I've got some fresher jokes for you straight from the pasty senile guy's mouth:

"But I believe, Katie, that the Iraqi people will greet us as liberators." [NBC, 3/20/03]

"It's clear that the end is very much in sight." [ABC, 4/9/03]

"There's not a history of clashes that are violent between Sunnis and Shiahs. So I think they can probably get along." [MSNBC, 4/23/03]

"This is a mission accomplished. They know how much influence Saddam Hussein had on the Iraqi people, how much more difficult it made to get their cooperation." [This Week, ABC, 12/14/03]

"I'm confident we're on the right course." [ABC News, 3/7/04]

"I think the initial phases of it were so spectacularly successful that it took us all by surprise." [CBS, 10/31/04]

"I do think that progress is being made in a lot of Iraq. Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course. If I thought we weren't making progress, I'd be despondent." [The Hill, 12/8/05]

April 19, 2007:

McCain responded to a question about action against Iran by singing "Bomb, bomb Iran" to the tune of "Barbara Ann."

January 3, 2008:

Q: President Bush has talked about our staying in Iraq for 50 years -- " (cut off by McCain)

McCain: "Make it a hundred."

January 27, 2008:

"It's a tough war we're in. It's not going to be over right away. There's going to be other wars. I'm sorry to tell you, there's going to be other wars. We will never surrender but there will be other wars."

March 26, 2008:

"I hate war."

Funny guy ain't he?

Posted by: I got your jokes... | July 17, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Must have been a fine month for MasterCard and VISA too!

Posted by: | July 17, 2008 5:21 PM
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hahahha

Posted by: discerner | July 17, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the split between the primary and general elections, any primary money not spent at the time Obama becomes the official nominee can be rolled over to the general election. So both campaigns continue to raise primary money because: 1)it allows them to essentially do general election campaigning during primary season and 2)it increase the amount potentially rolled over to their general election funds. The $2MM that Obama raised for the general election was from donors who have already maxed out their primary contributions.

Posted by: The Franchise | July 17, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain was really dumb to accept public financing. He is in a huge hole now. Too bad.

Posted by: HonestAbe | July 17, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with you Republicans? Why can't you keep up with Obama's donors? Are you all out of work on welfare and foodstamps or what?


Posted by: HonestAbe | July 17, 2008 5:00 PM

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HoneshAbe: Republicans work and make their money. It is the Democrats that are predominantly more inclined to recieve welfare checks. I think a lot of them are going hungry to send their money to their Messiah. If EVER he is elected, he will be the false Messiah. Reap what you sow.

Posted by: discerner | July 17, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with you Republicans? Why can't you keep up with Obama's donors? Are you all out of work on welfare and foodstamps or what?
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Too funny!!

Posted by: ne voice | July 17, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Must have been a fine month for MasterCard and VISA too!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

A lot of folks posting comments here have an ugly misguided view of the world. they create polarities of hatred, a "us against them" mentality; they actually believe that one side of the political fence is so opposed to the other that they will stop at nothing to use slander, distorted facts, and outright lies to further their biases and short-sighted view of the world, when in all actuality the differences between the two political parties in reality are so small that a lot of this posturing acts as nothing more than a smoke screen to keep our eye off the ball of the corporations that bought and sold America a long time ago. See: We the People.

So, with this being said, both you Democrats and Republicans keep on throwing manure over the fence at yourselves. the rest of us human beings will look on and take a deep breath and look inward at ourselves and contemplate what will we do to make ourselves as individuals and our families and friendships better.

Posted by: Factory Worker, Akron Ohio | July 17, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Fact: Obama said invaiding Iraq was a mistake.

Fact:McCain wanted to invade Iraq since 1998.

Fact:Obama said the surge would not work. We need to set a timetable for withdrawal.

Fact: The surge has not worked. Paying off insurgents work. Iraq wants us to set a timetable for withdrawal.

Fact: Obama said we need to talk to Iran without pre-conditions

Fact: Members of the State Department are going to talk to Iran with no preconditions.

Fact:Obama said we need to focus on Afganistan.

Fact:Secretary Gates says we need more troops in Afganistan.

Fact:Obama said many months ago that we need more regulation in the financial markets.

Fact:John McCain says we need less regulation.

Fact: Sec. Paulson says that we need more regulations.

Fact:Obama graduated Magma Cum Laude and was president of the Harvard Law Review

Fact: There were only four students at the Naval Academy with worst grades than John McCain when he graduated.

Posted by: ne voice | July 17, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

That's "all told," not "all tolled," Chris. Tsk, tsk!

Posted by: Heron | July 17, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Wonder how many of Senator Obama's contributors are sending him part of their welfare checks?

Posted by: TimeJumper | July 17, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"Just think how much he can get by raising middle class taxes in 4 years. "

Typcial American sentiment from the types that are being foreclosed on. Tax cuts are like running up your credit card, proven by everyone since Reagan who has tried Supply side. The deficit Bush created is tax dollars that need to be paid! I can't let this slide. The bozo republicans raised spending as a percentage by more than even LBJ! We are swimming in debt. Gone from a budget surplus to a huge deficit since Bush started. We now are bailing out Wall Street, after they ran away with profits. 10 billion a month in Iraq! Wall street is almost a zero growth in 8 years!

Sorry, but republicans have _zero_ credibility on fiscal responsibility after Bush. They've lost that issue for a generation - about as long as my TAX DOLLARS will be used to pay off the Bush years.

I'm sending money to Obama because it is CHEAPER than nation building and tax cuts!!!

Posted by: iksrazal | July 17, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"Obama could just be a robot built by George Soros for all we know."

Why do conservative white paper pushers hate George Soros so much? What did he do? Is it because of Moveon? Or is it just mimicry of Bill O' Reilly?

Which begs the question. Why does BOR hate Soros so much?

Posted by: DDAWD | July 17, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

This from other media, an explanantion. Obama can use the $52 million in the general.

RealClear Politics

Unlike McCain, Obama has chosen to bypass the presidential public financing system for the fall campaign, which would have provided him with $84 million but would have prevented him from raising private money. McCain has agreed to accept the public money, which puts a greater emphasis on party fundraising.

Obama can roll over unused primary election money into the fall general election contest. By being able to continue to raise primary election dollars, Obama now has a vast network of donors that he can still tap for the general election. Donors are allowed to give up to $2,300 for a primary election and another $2,300 for the general.

Posted by: the other Chris | July 17, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh, the Great Obama. Lo he comes, floating on a cloud of millions of dollars, raised by his adoring subjects. True believers all, they wait patiently for his ascendancy to the great White House, from where he shall reign over them with his benevolence and wisdom.

Why are we bothering to even have an election? Why not save ourselves the trouble of the democratic process and simply pour the oil on his annoited head? The media have already deemed it a coronation.

It is actually frightening how so many swoon over this freshman senator who was elected in a 2004 Senate race with only token opposition. During 9/11, this guy was a just a state senator, for goodness sake. And now we're on the verge of making him the nation's Commander in Chief when he has no experience with defense and foreign policy issues which, unfortunately, are paramount as a result of the terrorist attacks and our invasion of Iraq.

May God help us.

Posted by: Sam | July 17, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with you Republicans? Why can't you keep up with Obama's donors? Are you all out of work on welfare and foodstamps or what?

Posted by: HonestAbe | July 17, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama has raised $100 million in a matter of weeks.

Just think how much he can get by raising middle class taxes in 4 years.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

There is character also.

Posted by: Phil | July 17, 2008 4:53 PM

Can anyone point me to a place to get some of this? Everyone seems to have figured out that I am just a shallow, self-serving ego-maniac. this was supposed to be a secret until December at least.

In the meantime, I will stick with "If it votes, promise it anything".

Posted by: snObama | July 17, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Chris-
I'm not sure I understand the update. If I give BHO $20 bucks now, assuming that I have not already given $2300, it will be a primary donation. Are you saying that the candidate has to spend that $20 before the convention and that it can't be used afterwards?? Even if it does, I don't see that as much of a hinderance as it could still be used to print up reams of lawnsigns, or pay staffers until then.

Posted by: Mason | July 17, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Who is Obama? Will never know.

- His state legislative office records may have been thrown out, Obama has told us.
- He's never released a specific list of law clients,
- claims he only spent a few hours on Tony Rezko's deals, but won't prove it.
- He won't release his application to the state bar, which includes arrests and convictions.
- He's never released any legal or billing records to verify that he only did a few hours of work for a nonprofit tied to Tony Rezko.
- No medical records

Obama could just be a robot built by George Soros for all we know.

Posted by: pgr88 | July 17, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

"seems to justify his decision last month to opt out of public financing"

Except he said he would not. There is more to this than money. There is character also.

Posted by: Phil | July 17, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Fascinating, according to the Dems people can barely afford to buy food ... are going bankrupt due to high gas prices ... and yet, are giving money to politicians who got us into this mess. Congress, which both McCain and Obama are a part of ... has an 18% approval rating ... are these political donations the way in which to show them how much you disapprove of the job they are doing?

Posted by: Jesus Cardenas | July 17, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

the reason my lips are blue is because my skin is so thin and the blood shows through right there.

Posted by: snObama | July 17, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

> Barry Obama stated that his Grandmother > is a "TYPICAL WHITE PERSON"
> Chevy - Gun-Totin Redneck

Indeed she is. She's a very nice person, open-minded, kind, caring, not a trace of bigotry. You, on the other hand, are quite atypical -- thank God.

BTW I see you've stopped claiming to be an "intelligent" gun-totin redneck. That's real progress ... considerin'.

Posted by: laboo | July 17, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

There is no 'justified' result when you go back on your word. If he raised $1B, it wouldn't matter. That would make him shrewd, and a good fundraiser, but it hardly justifies his decision. That is like saying a crook is justified by stealing because he got away with a lot of money.
When he was the plucky outsider, he wanted public financing, now that he realizes he is the best fundraiser in US political history, that is no longer a politically expedient position. I get it. But, don't tell me he is justified, that is just PR spin. I thought this was a reputable paper.

Posted by: zker | July 17, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

NYT: "Together, the Obama campaign and the party have about $92.3 million in the bank, which is slightly less than Republicans, who began July with about $95 million."

I'm still waiting to hear all the pundits admit that Obama was right about the public finance system.

It IS broken.

The RNC (and 527s, which have raised additional funds not mentioned here) ARE raising considerable amounts in excess of public finance limits.

Obama's only hope of competing financially with the Republican nominee (whether the Republican nominee accepted public financing or not) was to rely on folks like me. LOTS of us.

So, pundits, any time you want to admit Obama was right, I'm still waiting. . .

Posted by: DoTheMath | July 17, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"One thing I notice here is all the mcWorse supporters here have no ideas - they only have cheap shots.

Big spending liberals ? Bush is spending 10 billion on month on nation building "

Yeah, its kind of ridiculous how Democrats haven't been able to establish themselves in the minds of the voters as the more fiscally responsible party. Non military spending has gone up each year under the Bush administration. (and let's not even get started on military spending)

Reducing taxes is all good and well, but you've got to be able to pay for your spending. We all know how easy it is to give money away. It is a lot tougher to cut spending. Bush could do the easy thing, but he is a piss poor leader and could not cut spending.

Republicans...cut spending and THEN lower taxes. If you can't cut spending, then make sure the damn budget is balanced. Clinton did it. That's why the dollar was strongest compared to Reagan and the Bushies during his time.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 17, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

My family renification and earn citiznship is my right and President Obama will give us that. My wife family, my sisters, my brother suffer in Mexico and America has plenty room and jobs for us. Some tell me no room in America. They lie. My families come here when Obama Precident. Si, cue puedo.

Posted by: Hector | July 17, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Chris, could you please expand on your correction? If Obama can only spend $2 million in the general election, where is the other $50 million going? Does this have to get spent before the primary, while nobody is paying attention? Why would people contribute to his primary campaign if they had a choice to put it towards the general election? How can you say that Obama will be able to compete with McCain if he has only $2 million right now for the GE vs. McCain's guaranteed $84 million?

A clearer explanation would be very helpful to this reader...

Posted by: Steve | July 17, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

- because so many of the comments made here lack any sort of logic or reason.

We allow Liberals on the site. what did you expect?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

There should be a question to name a state capitol or something - because so many of the comments made here lack any sort of logic or reason.

I would love to know how many people here can actually vote (or are registered to vote).

Posted by: Smokin Joe | July 17, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

an ape throwing feces.


Posted by: | July 17, 2008 4:11 PM

drindl, I know you are too cowardly to post your name but I reconize veiled racism when I see it. and I see it everywhere. this is about me, as are all insults and I will confront them. I have nothing else to do since my policies are still in flux. so stop picking on my wife.

Posted by: snObama | July 17, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I have to laugh.

White America will never vote this lyin racist in to office and I'll bet the house on it.

RACIST Barry Obama stated that his Grandmother is a "TYPICAL WHITE PERSON"

GD Racist!!

"http://www.hiphop-elements.com/article/read/4/18998/1/"

Chevy - Gun-Totin Redneck


Posted by: Chevy | July 17, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The more the haters, racists and Islamophobes sling mud at Obama, the more donations he's going to get from the rest of us normal Americans. I'm going to try to do $100 a month. But give whatever you can afford, even if it only means giving up Starbucks for the next four months and donating what you save.

Posted by: Patrick | July 17, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey insane poster blaming high oil prices on politics and the GOP only.

November 2006 = end of GOP controlled Congress: Gas per gallon = $2.27 a gallon.

July 2008 = Democratic controlled Congress: Gas per gallon = $4.25 a gallon.

So much for a secret plan to reduce gas prices. Limiting domestic production will surely drive prices down...

Your analysis goes both ways. Both parties are to blame.

Posted by: Must be joking... | July 17, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey, If Dems do not start approving of drilling, gasoline will be $5.00 per gallon. And oil importing has almost tripled since the last time a Dem was in office. So that is irrelevant.

Posted by: DEM now IND | July 17, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

What a waste of 52 million dollars. Some hard earned and some foreign given. But all is money wasted.

Posted by: DEN now IND | July 17, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

see? you spend your whole life here, zouk, and everyone thinks you are a moron.

how fulfilling that must be.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

U.S. CONSTITUTION - WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES


DEMOCRAT $24 BARREL OF OIL
DEMOCRAT $1.50 A GALLON OF GASOLINE


OIL WAS $24 A BARREL WHEN DEMOCRATS LEFT OFFICE
OIL WAS $24 A BARREL WHEN DEMOCRATS LEFT OFFICE
OIL WAS $24 A BARREL WHEN DEMOCRATS LEFT OFFICE


A GALLON OF GASOLINE WAS $1.50 WHEN DEMOCRATS LEFT OFFICE
A GALLON OF GASOLINE WAS $1.50 WHEN DEMOCRATS LEFT OFFICE
A GALLON OF GASOLINE WAS $1.50 WHEN DEMOCRATS LEFT OFFICE

GOP REPUBLICANS TOOK OFFICE TO CHANGE OIL TO $145 A BARREL
GOP REPUBLICANS TOOK OFFICE TO CHANGE GASOLINE TO $4.50 A GALLON


GOP REPUBLICAN $145 BARREL OF OIL
GOP REPUBLICAN $145 BARREL OF OIL
GOP REPUBLICAN $145 BARREL OF OIL

A GALLON OF GASOLINE IS $4.50 UNDER THE GOP REPUBLICANS
A GALLON OF GASOLINE IS $4.50 UNDER THE GOP REPUBLICANS
A GALLON OF GASOLINE IS $4.50 UNDER THE GOP REPUBLICANS

YOU DO THE MATH AND DECIDE IF TEXAS OIL MILLIONAIRES WARRANT INVESTIGATIONS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE


HOODWINKED BUSHWINKED BUSHWINKED BUSHWHACKED BUSHWHACKED BUSHWHACKED BUSHWHACKED


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GOP REPUBLICANS ARE MANIPULATING THE MARKET SYSTEM TO MAKE THE MANY (95 PERCENT OF AMERICAN CITIZENS) SUFFER AND SERVE THE SUPERWEALTHY FEW (5 PERCENT WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISTS).


GOP REPUBLICAN MCCAIN-MCBUSH III TRILLION DOLLAR WAR CRISIS


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET MILLIONAIRES ARE PAYING THEMSELVES $10,000,000 BONUSES FROM MONEY STOLEN FROM THE U.S. TREASURY, WHILE SENDING OUR AMERCAN JOBS OVERSEAS. RECKLESS OUTSOURCING IS DESTROYING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.


NO MORE GOP REPUBLICAN LIES, CONSPIRACIES, AND GRAND LARCENIES.


GOP REPUBLICAN $155 BARREL OF OIL SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $175 BARREL OF OIL SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $195 BARREL OF OIL SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $215 BARREL OF OIL SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $235 BARREL OF OIL SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $255 BARREL OF OIL SPECULATIONS


GOP REPUBLICAN $4.50 A GALLON GASOLINE SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $5.00 A GALLON GASOLINE SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $5.50 A GALLON GASOLINE SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $6.00 A GALLON GASOLINE SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $6.50 A GALLON GASOLINE SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $7.00 A GALLON GASOLINE SPECULATIONS


WHEN DOES IT STOP IF EVER?


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STOP GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET OIL SPECULATIONS TODAY
STOP GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET OIL SPECULATIONS TODAY


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GOP REPUBLICAN OIL ADDICTION HAS BECOME THE NEW CRACK DRUG AND WE BETTER GET OFF SOON
GOP REPUBLICAN OIL ADDICTION HAS BECOME THE NEW CRACK DRUG AND WE BETTER GET OFF SOON


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET MILLIONAIRES ARE PAYING THEMSELVES $10,000,000 BONUSES FROM MONEY STOLEN FROM THE U.S. TREASURY, WHILE SENDING OUR AMERCAN JOBS OVERSEAS. RECKLESS AMERICAN JOB OUTSOURCING IS DESTROYING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.


NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE.
NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE.
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CLEAN NUCLEAR ELECTRIC ENERGY IS THE ANSWER


WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES.


BARACK OBAMA WILL BRING BACK OUR UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND RIGHTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET MILLIONAIRES ARE PAYING THEMSELVES $10,000,000 BONUSES FROM MONEY STOLEN FROM THE U.S. TREASURY, WHILE SENDING OUR AMERCAN JOBS OVERSEAS. RECKLESS OUTSOURCING IS DESTROYING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.


STOP GOP REPUBLICAN MCCAIN FROM SELLING OUR AMERICA.


This remarkable unleashing of deep Democratic energies went hand in hand with clever GOP Republican efforts to subvert the will of the American People, whether by overt corruption or covert manipulation. This corruption or manipulation resulted from the widespread market activity that was incompatible with the good of the American Public. American Citizens were well aware that the voices of the People could be offset by powerful GOP Republican market elites bending the system to serve the interests of the few. The economic power of the GOP Republicans were recognized to be the primary source of Wall Street speculators' corruptions.

Democratic dialogue was motivated by opposition to the market-driven greedy GOP Republicans obsessed with obscene quantity of moneymaking with little regard for the quality of the Public's Democracy. Democratic love of wisdom was contrasted sharply against the GOP Republicans love of money.

Impeach the defunct GOP Republican Party of Wall Street Super Rich Thieves for milking our country the way wolves milk cows. America deserves intelligent and honest leadership demonstrated by scholars who love America, Americans and Our Freedom. America the Beautiful belongs to All Americans and will no longer be the plaything of Wall Street Super Rich GOP Republicans wolves.

Posted by: GOP Republican Failures | July 17, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"get a job, zouk. do the world a favor. your rants are as intelligent as an ape throwing feces."

that's an insult to both apes and feces.


Posted by: queenofpuke | July 17, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

'better get used to it. Once his spending kicks in, that will be all you can ever afford. you will not be allowed to eat what you want, or keep your thermo where you want. Barack will decide for you.'

get a job, zouk. do the world a favor. your rants are as intelligent as an ape throwing feces.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

As for me, I'll be delighted to eat pork'n'beans and tuna-mac for the next few months just so I can contribute to America's future via the Barack campaign!

Posted by: laboo | July 17, 2008 3:57 PM

better get used to it. Once his spending kicks in, that will be all you can ever afford. you will not be allowed to eat what you want, or keep your thermo where you want. Barack will decide for you.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh and BTW, Chris, that's a simply movvelous Freudian slip halfway down the page -- "All tolled..." instead of "All told..."

Yea, verily. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, mugwump neocons. It tolls for thee!

Posted by: laboo | July 17, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

He made a joke about how funny domestic violence is this yearamong others. He thinks jokes about rape are hilarious:

"Did you hear the one about the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, r*ped repeatedly and left to die? When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask, 'Where is that marvelous ape?'"

You like that one, McCain supporters? Pretty funny, huh? One of his favorites.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I predict turkey farmers are going to take a record-breaking shellacking this Thanksgiving. This is because chickenhawks stewed in their own gall are some of the tastiest game you can imagine, and there will be a glut of them in the market after the election.

As for me, I'll be delighted to eat pork'n'beans and tuna-mac for the next few months just so I can contribute to America's future via the Barack campaign!

Posted by: laboo | July 17, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

One thing I notice here is all the mcWorse supporters here have no ideas - they only have cheap shots.

Big spending liberals ? Bush is spending 10 billion on month on nation building - something conservatives used to be against. Look now, don't need no stinking bank regulations, privatize the profits and socialize the losses!

Bad congress polling numbers? Completely meaningless! Ask a person what he thinks of congress, its negative. As him what he thinks of his own congressman, and its positive. Its always been like that.

mcWorse supporters in this forum, do you know he doesn't use the internet? What irony! He said he doesn't use "the google" .

You guys scare me ... sending $50 to obama now

Posted by: iksrazal | July 17, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

drindl - you're pitiful. still no life to speak of.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

going back to 1986? for an off color joke?

The desperation begins.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

An average of $68 per donation? Does this mean that the working classes in this country have finally come together and "bought" themselves a politician?

Posted by: pt | July 17, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

'Today in the Politico, Ben Smith tracks the numerous offensive jokes -- often aimed at women -- that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) loves to tell on the campaign trail. Though the campaign said McCain "didn't recall" telling a joke during his 1986 Senate race about women loving r*pe, the campaign insisted these offensive jokes proved McCain was "authentic" and showed "McCain being McCain":

"He's long said that he's said and done things in the past that he regrets," [McCain spokesman Brian] Rogers said. "You've just got to move on and be yourself -- that's what people want. They want somebody who's authentic, and this kind of stuff is a good example of McCain being McCain."

The mainstream media has also gushed over McCain's "trademark wit," declaring that a joke about blowing up Jon Stewart with an IED "makes him seem much more accessible" because "everybody likes a guy with a good sense of humor."

Posted by: mccain finds r*pe amusing | July 17, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

This will be such a disappointment to all you chickenhawks--and smebody better tell McCain the game has changed....he's in lockstep with Bush, so I'm sure he'll come around to Obama's position too, just like he did with Afghanistan....

"The Bush administration "plans to establish a diplomatic presence in Tehran for the first time in 30 years," the Guardian reports. This "remarkable turnaround in policy" is "dependent on agreement by Tehran":

The Guardian has learned that an announcement will be made in the next month to establish a US interests section - a halfway house to setting up a full embassy. The move will see US diplomats stationed in the country.

The news of the shift by Bush who has pursued a hawkish approach to Iran throughout his tenure comes at a critical time in US-Iranian relations. After weeks that have seen tensions rise with Israel conducting war games and Tehran carrying out long-range missile tests, a thaw appears to be under way. [...]

The return of US diplomats to Iran is dependent on agreement by Tehran. But President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad indicated earlier this week that he was not against the opening of a US mission. Iran would consider favorably any request aimed at boosting relations between the two countries, he said.

Bush's apparent embrace of diplomacy with respect to Iran seems to contradict his earlier sentiments that such tactics are akin to Nazi appeasement. "

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Come on Chris, are you that liberal that you can't be honest with why he did it? Does George Soros ring a bell? What happened to his "word", that he was for "change". Chris, if you and the rest of the media elitists had done their job, this country would know more about B. Hussein Obama's radical views on the US, but don't worry, Mr. Limbaugh will once again steer this country in the "right" direction this November. LMMFAO!

Posted by: Toxic Avenger | July 17, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Spectator2 - no matter how often you try to "refine" your name - you are still LOUD and DUMB.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Be sure to read the NYTimes before it melts away into oblivion.

Stock is at an all time low. you think lying and printing propoganda all the time has anything to do with it?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I just donated $25 to Obama. November couldn't come soon enough.

Posted by: Kathy S. | July 17, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

It seems that the media has largely overlooked the fact that Obama has developed a more sensible and detailed plan for Iraq and Afghanistan than John McCain. So, please be sure to read what the NY Times editorial board had to say about this matter. The article an eye-opening perspective on how greatly the candidates differ in their actual plans.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/opinion/17thu1.html?hp

Posted by: MUST READ | July 17, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Spectator2:

LOL!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

To all the Obama haters, keep it up. Your racist, slave area rhetoric only makes people like myself donate to his campaign. Just sent $50, bucks to his campaign with $2,200 more left to give.
_____________________

I'm with you! Just gave $50 myself :)

Posted by: Patricia | July 17, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Sad about the internet and America.
The old adage "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
They don't hate us for our freedom, they hate us because we are just plain dumb or rather, willfully ignorant.
Capitalism is just another "ism", the few hold sway over the many.
Obama, McCain, bob's your uncle, whoever wins will end up in a dark room with cigar chomping white guys who will show a video of the Kennedy assassination from an angle that's never been seen before. When it's over they will ask the new president "any questions?"

Posted by: John Murphy | July 17, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

More like:

Frauds of a feather fleece together.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

knock knock
who's there?
John McCain
John McCain who?
DEPENDS

Posted by: Spectator2 | July 17, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I am proud to be an Obama supporter and he will continue to get my $25 every month.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

It's important to remember that money, especially at the presidential level, is not determinative of the outcome as demonstrated by McCain's underfunded run to the Republican nomination earlier this year. .... Chris Cillizza
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Or Mitt and Mayor 9/11 spending a fortune and losing to McShame.

Posted by: Patrick NYC | July 17, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse


FRIENDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER

The Wizard has spoken words of wisdom at 1:58 pm. It boills down to this:

Obamahas has friends who are radicals, domestic terrorists, crooks, Anti-americans, crackpots, and those who praise Farrahkan. Takes an idiot or someone with an agenda to trust and support a man with friends like that.

Posted by: Billw | July 17, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The best thing this forum could possibly do is pick some software with a filtering function. Then we wouldn't have to suffer through the bigots and hypocrites INSISTING that others are bigots and hypocrites.

Oh, sorry. We were supposed to be discussing fund raising.

Posted by: Oakland Stroke | July 17, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

knock knock
who's there
Barack hussain Obama
Barack hussain Obama who

That depends, is this still the primary or the general?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse


corey:
" You Obama haters are all just jealous that a black man who has ...... "

Along that line, have you noticed any racists here today?


Posted by: Billw | July 17, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Knock, knock ... Who's there? ... Jeremiah Wright ... Jeremiah Wright who? ... Aw, come on, Barack, you know who I am!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

A pilot's perspective on Obama. Wow! All I can add to that is ONLY IN AMERICA. BTW, why isnt the Federal Government going after Mccain for the five planes he crashed or lost that cost the taxpayers millions of dollars.

Posted by: An observer | July 17, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

>Obama is tied with McCain.

Question: McCain has all the characteristics of the great majority of people who have won the presidency before:
-- He's male.
-- He's white.
-- He's a Protestant.
-- He served in the military.
-- He is wealthy.
-- He's a supporter of capitalism.
-- He's a current elected official.
-- He has conventional ideas.

Why isn't he running away with this thing?

Posted by: Ego Nemo | July 17, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I Pelosi Galore, am proud of the job we have not done in congress, aren't you harry. Harry, get your head out of the sand and answer me???


Congressional job approval ratings have sunk to their lowest point in three decades, according to the latest Gallup Poll. A survey of 1,016 adults taken July 10-13 found that 14% approve of the job Congress is doing. That's half President Bush's record low 28% job approval number, and the lowest congressional rating since Gallup first began asking the question in 1974.

Posted by: facts hurt when you're a lib | July 17, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

It is being reported that the Dutch-Anglo oligarghy who controls elections around the world is planning to make Gore the Dem nominee at the convention next month while they get rid of Obama via scandals this month. The reason is because Gore works for them and will promote their agenda to privatize the U.S. for 100% profits as the economy is tanking and get rid of our system of government, both the Dem and GOP parties and the peoples' soverignty. Billionaire NYC Mayor Bloomberg is also another one of their employees and is ready to be placed where ever he is needed either Dem or GOP parties to do the same job as he's been privatizing NYC for the past 8 years.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

People on this board are the same Bush voters who in the 2000 election spread these rumors about McCain:

-His time in POW camp drove him insane
-He was gay
-He cheated on his wife
-His wife is a drug addict
-His adopted Bangladeshi daughter was actually black
-He had fathered the (adopted?) child by a black prostitute
-He was accused of being a weak-minded coward who had escaped death in Vietnam by collaborating with the enemy.

Kinda sounds familiar.


Posted by: McCain now and then - A Republican view | July 17, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Then, there was that president whose only political experience was all of one term, and just a bit of the second as the constitutionally-weak governor of Texas.

His name was George W. Bush.

Posted by: EgoNemo | July 17, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I posted yesterday and his numbers went down by three.

He is now tied with the old fossil. doesn't look good for the prophet Mohammed - sorry hussain.

Posted by: snObama | July 17, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

To all the Obama haters, keep it up. Your racist, slave area rhetoric only makes people like myself donate to his campaign. Just sent $50, bucks to his campaign with $2,200 more left to give.

Posted by: Antoine | July 17, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Even if Obama does not win the election he will become filthy rich giving speeches all over the globe. Anybody want to wager? No, a black man was not suppose to graduate from Harvard Law number one in his class. No, a black man was not suppose to become the president of the Harvard Review. No, a black man was not suppose to be leading in the polls against a very white, tough talking war hero. You Obama haters are all just jealous that a black man who has not jumped on the conservative bandwagon because it was a popular thing to do attracts so many people. Get over yourselves. Things that Obama have been saying for quite some time Bush is getting around to. Increasing the troop level in Afghanistan, talking to the Iranians, alternative sources of energy. Funny, the liberal MSM is not pointing this out. As for McCain, "the surge is working."

Posted by: Corey | July 17, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Of course, if you're talking about qualifications, we did elect one president whose only electoral experience was a few terms in the Illinois legislature and one term in the Congress.

His name was Abraham Lincoln.

Posted by: EgoNemo | July 17, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Everytime hillary played the victim card, her numbers went up. We need that.

Plant some stuff from the VRWC.

Posted by: snObama | July 17, 2008 2:22 PM

And everytime you post this crap Obama's numbers go up.

Thanks and keep it up!

Posted by: dan | July 17, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Mr. The Wizard,

I'd like you to know that after reading your post, I decided to donate $5.00 to Sen. Obama's campaign. Thank you for the encouragement. Encouragements like these make me donate just a bit more here and there.

Posted by: jlm062002 | July 17, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

since our policies are so transparently foolish, the only way we have to compete is to blanket the morons with fake promises and lies. this takes money. Send more now. It is our only hope with our positions you know.

Pelosi Galore - aka - the worst speaker in history.

Posted by: Nancy Pelosi | July 17, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

>>Obama is unequivocally the least qualified Presidential candidate ever nominated by a major political party.

Sorry, but you're wrong.

That prize goes to Wendell Lewis Willkie (February 18, 1892 - October 8, 1944), a corporate lawyer and Republican Party nominee for the 1940 presidential election.

He never held elected political office.

Posted by: Ego Nemo | July 17, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Wait - they DIDN'T Choose McCain in 2000... im confused. He was bad then, but good now?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey "The Wizard", you seem to be saying Obama is both a Muslim and a radical Christian at once. This is a curious allegation. If you want to be believed when you spread rumors, you should try picking out consistent fabrications.

I think it is pretty darn amazing that so many small donors are paying for Obama's campaign. I am one of them, having donated $50 on several occasions. I can imagine why there are so many complaints from his opponents; they wish they could do the same thing.
Obama '08

Posted by: Sunshine | July 17, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like there are quite a few Bush voters on this board.

Clearly they knew better in 2000 and 2004 - evidence you should listen to them now, right? I'm sure they would all say that they are better off now than they were 8 years ago, and that they have Bush and his time at the helm of the US to thank.

Don't you Obama people see that they are trying to save you? These posters know what is good for America, it is evidenced by their voting history. They chose the best for the past 8 years - why change something that isn't broken.


Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Where I come from, you check with the local liberals, then you make your policy pronouncments, THEN you gather the facts you need. how else could I possibly be right all the time and know everything with no real experience?

Posted by: snObama | July 17, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The reason for the discrepancy -- greater fundraising by Obama and the DNC but less money in the bank than McCain and the GOP -- is because until now the DNC had spent much of its money, leaving little cash on hand.

Get used to it voters. Obama and the Liberals are only good at one thing - spending your money on themselves.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 17, 2008 2:20 PM
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That's funny, I thought the money spent by the DNC helped pick up three more House seats that were held by them before special elections were held.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

This sounds like one of my kids trying to justify to me why they broke the rules at the house.

Almost as empty as Obama's suit.

Posted by: Stars and Stripes Forever | July 17, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

The Bush people and those who benefited from his presidency will try and compete with Obama. Others who know an indictment maybe possible once Bush leaves office will "give all" to defeat Obama.

For my money..I'll take the Senator from Illinois..

Posted by: LTC US Army | July 17, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey The Wizard guy....

WcCain was a pilot as well. Do you believe everything he says too?

And putting everything in CAPS doesn't make it "TRUTHIER".

Moron....

Posted by: dan | July 17, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Watching Obama's daily adjustments in his Iraq policy; and, his repeated attempts to explain what he REALLY meant to say on the issue the previous day, portrays the man as a truly sympathetic figure who is analogous to an athlete mistakenly entered into an Olympics level competition when in actuality he has yet to qualify in the Pop Warner leagues. Obama delivered the final blow to his multiple reversals when he announced PRIOR-TO his Iraq trip that he would be going to Iraq to investigate the ACTUAL conditions on the ground in that intensely critical region of the Middle East. In other words, his so called fact-finding trip is a total sham to paper over his confused and contradictory policy statements. Obama is unequivocally the least qualified Presidential candidate ever nominated by a major political party. If the man were auditioning for a role as a replacement for Jay Leno as a stand-up comic we all could see the humor in his embarrassing predicament; but, this inept clown is actually running for the Presidency of the most powerful nation on earth. All Americans of good will had best begin to ask where is the source of Obama's enormous campaign contributions? They most certainly are not coming from, as Obama describes them: "Bitter folks in small town America who cling to their religion." Is Obama the best Manchurian Candidate that foreign source money can buy? The Democrat Party must certainly realize by now what a grievous error they made in initially nominating him; but, for our Nation's sake let's not carry this terrifying charade beyond the Democrat convention. Greg Neubeck

Posted by: Greg Neubeck | July 17, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Everytime hillary played the victim card, her numbers went up. We need that.

Plant some stuff from the VRWC.

Posted by: snObama | July 17, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

i think the average of 68 is misleading. if 1 million people contributed 5 dollars each, and 47 million came from 47000(avg. of 1000) the big wigs, does it prove the strength of grassroots? or the influence of bundlers? I would wait to see the distribution of the contributions.

Posted by: vidya | July 17, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama has given up the "change" and new-kind-of-politics nonsense. Now the campaign is about grinding it out like any other politician: getting to the political center, use the victim/race card whenever possible, pandering to his special interests and raising more money than the next guy.

What a charlatan Obama is.

Posted by: pgr88 | July 17, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse


Of course the casino owner Sheldon Adelson,
will funnel in big big bucks...he's the answer to Soros, he says...

He's the one who doesn't want any peace with the Palestinians, and who divvies up Really Big for Israel.

The difference between the donors is soooo
intresting.

Posted by: tiredofit | July 17, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

CC - you missed the most important aspect of the story - Libs are spending big -as they always do:

Obama reported $72 million cash on hand and the DNC $20.3 million. But the Democrats still lag Republican John McCain's presidential campaign and the Republican Party.

Last week, McCain reported raising more than $22 million in June, which was his best month of the year. Together, the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee began July with about $95 million in the bank.

The reason for the discrepancy -- greater fundraising by Obama and the DNC but less money in the bank than McCain and the GOP -- is because until now the DNC had spent much of its money, leaving little cash on hand.

Get used to it voters. Obama and the Liberals are only good at one thing - spending your money on themselves.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 17, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

This sounds like one of my kids trying to justify to me why they broke the rules at the house.

Very empty.

Posted by: Stars and Stripes Forever | July 17, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse


The Wizard Wrote:

"I would suspect, as much rumored in the media, that most of these dollars are anonymous credit card charges from overseas, with no way of tracking the source. Conclusion: our election and the candidacy of Obama is being supported by foreign interest. Call me silly, but that's what I believe."

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Right - because its healthy to use rumor to base your decisions. I suppose you believe that Obama is a terrorist, a Muslim, was not born in America and that his wife said "whitey".

You are part of the problem. Get your head out of your a** and try posting something good about your candidate instead of spreading unbased rumors about the other one.

Posted by: Noone openly suports McCain | July 17, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Did presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama's campaign plant a fake story accusing itself of campaign finance irregularities, in order to portray itself as victims of right-wing allegations about the campaign's successful Internet fund-raising?

http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/PeterJWirs/2008/07/17/did_obama_plant_bogus_dowd_column_to_victimize_himself

He is accomplished at one thing it seems - trickery

Posted by: new politics | July 17, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

As befell Jimmy Carter years ago, perfectly commonplace phenomena suddenly haunt the candidate's campaign. A waffle appears on his breakfast plate while he is waffling . He laments the price of arugula at his upscale Whole Foods store while campaigning in rural Iowa. His speech becomes a series of gaffes, allowing us to rechristen the affable senator the gaffable senator. Soon all civilized members of the electorate begin to snicker every time the Prophet Obama steps toward a microphone -- nose raised heavenward, eyes glistening -- to pontificate on the metaphysics of "hope," the imminence of "change," and the glories of "tomorrow" or "the day after tomorrow" or anytime in the future -- just get us through this god-awful vacuous speech.

Posted by: emmett | July 17, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Federal election law holds that money raised before formal nomination cannot be spent in the general election, regardless if public or private.

Good for Obama for continuing to raise money at his current rapid clip. However, every dollar he raises and spends plays right into McCain's hands.

Remember his pledge to use public financing? Gone, just like every other pre-primary promise he made. Ordinarily I wouldn't put it past any politician to do what he did.

My problem, as a right-leaning independent, is that he portrays himself as "not another politician" but he is acting like every other politician. His problem is that if he is going to act like every other politician, then he is just another politician that has no record of experience or anything else that deems him worthy of being elected President.

I keep seeing Bill Clinton flashbacks every time I hear him speak. I didn't think much of Clinton as a President, but at least he had 12 years of gubernatorial experience in getting legislation passed before he became President.

When Obama set the bar as high as he did and placed himself on that pedestal, he ensured he had to act to a higher standard to remain consistent. He has not done this since he won the nomination, and independents are beginning to take note. At least McCain has a track record of working in a bi-partisan manner, so even if he does spout straight right talking points he has a better chance in many people's minds of compromising with the Dems to actually get legislation done.

Obama apologists can try to spin it any way they want, but the reason that McCain is running very close to him is because of this fact, not because we are a bunch of mouth-breathing knuckle-dragging troglodytes who do not possess their high degree of intelligence and worldly sophistication. I hope McCain wins, but if he does it will be because of Obama's actions, and nothing else.

Posted by: Michael | July 17, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama made a rational decision when he decided to opt out of public financing. The Republican slime machine - via 527 groups - will weigh in against Obama with at least $250 million. As a first time donor I find myself motivated to donate to Obama for a varety of reasons besides his professional qualifications and personal character. Dishonest personal attacks from the far right, misrepresentations of facts or omissions of facts by the mainstream media, hate-filled statements by vindictive Hillary dead enders, recent events like that idiotic New Yorker cover, watching Fox News for five minutes, etc., all send me to my PC to fire off a donation. So, to the wingnuts and their followers: keep up the good work boys and girls. The more you stir up Obama's base, the more we will bury you in the one thing you understand and fear the most: money.

Posted by: maxfli | July 17, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I thik this is an interesting perspective....from a pilot, no less.

A pilot's perspective on Obama
,,,,,,,,,,DO I HAVE THIS STRAIGHT?.........
HIS FATHER WAS A BLACK AFRICAN MUSLIM FROM KENYA. WE HAVE SEEN PICTURES OF HIS AFRICAN FAMILY. HIS MOTHER WAS A WHITE AMERICAN ATHEIST FROM KANSAS. WHERE ARE THE PICTURES OF HIS AMERICAN FAMILY?

HIS FATHER DESERTED HIS MOTHER WHEN HE WAS ONLY TWO YEARS OLD AND WENT BACK TO AFRICA BY WAY OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY . HOW, WAS HIS FATHER WEALTHY?

HIS MOTHER MARRIED AN INDONESIAN MUSLIM AND THEN MOVED TO JAKARTA WHERE HE WAS ENROLLED IN A MUSLIM SCHOOL .

WHEN HE REACHED FIFTH GRADE HIS MOTHER SENT HIM TO HAWAII TO BE WITH HIS WHITE GRANDPARENTS AND HE WAS PLACED IN PUNAHOU, AN EXPENSIVE PRIVATE SCHOOL WHICH HE ATTENDED FROM FIFTH GRADE THROUGH HIGH SHCOOL. HE LATER WENT TO HARVARD UNIVERSITY . HOW? WERE HIS GRANDPARENTS RICH?

HE LIVES IN A $1.4 MILLION HOUSE OBTAINED THROUGH A DEAL WITH A WEALTHY FUNDRAISER/FRIEND WHO HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDRING, BRIBERY AND KICK BACKS FOR COMPANIES DOING BUSINESS WITH GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. HOW?

HE 'WORKED' AS A CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST IN CHICAGO . HE HAS NEVER HELD A PRODUCTIVE JOB OR RECEIVED A PAY CHECK THAT WAS NOT GOVERNMENT-FUNDED AND/OR TAYPAYER SUPPORTED. THE PRESIDENCY IS NOT A CIVIL RIGHTS POSITION, NOR IS IT SUBJECT TO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION SET ASIDES; ON-THE-JOB TRAINING WON'T CUT IT.

HE ENTERED POLITICS AT THE STATE LEVEL AND THEN THE NATIONAL LEVEL WHERE HE HAS MINIMAL EXPERIENCE.

HE IS PROUD OF HIS 'AFRICAN HERITAGE' (A FATHER WHO GOT A WHITE GIRL PREGNANT AND DESERTED HER).

WHERE IS THE PRIDE IN HIS 'WHITE HERITAGE' AND THE PEOPLE WHO STOOD BY HIM AND SAW TO IT THAT HE RECEIVED THE FINEST PRIVATE EDUCATION MOST OF US WISH WE COULD HAVE RECEIVED?

HE HAS BELONGED FOR OVER 20 YEARS, TO AN 'AFRO-CENTRIC' CHURCH IN CHICAGO THAT HATES WHITES, HATES JEWS, AND BLAMES AMERICA FOR ALL THE WORLD'S PERCEIVED FAULTS. (INCLUDING CREATING THE AIDs VIRUS IN ORDER TO INFLICT IT ON AFRICANS).

HE REPEATEDLY WHITEWASHES THE PASTOR, HIS CHURCH AND THE MEMBERS WHO CHEERED AFTER HEARING VITRIOLIC TIRADES AGAINST AMERICA .
HE COULD NOT CONFRONT HIS PASTOR BUT HE WANTS US TO BELIEVE HE CAN CONFRONT NORTH KOREA AND IRAN ?

YEAH RIGHT ! !

DURING HIS VERY BRIEF TIME IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE HE HAS MANAGED TO AMASS THE NUMBER ONE ULTRA LIBERAL VOTING RECORD OUT OF THE ONE HUNDRED MEMBERS.

HE HAS VOTED CONSISTENTLY FOR BIGGER GOVERNMENT AND HIGHER TAXES. HE HAS VOTED FOR BIG ENTITLEMENTS AND LEGISLATION THAT WOULD SEVERELY CURTAIL AMERICA 'S ABILITY TO FIGHT TERRORISM AND TO PROTECT OUR BORDERS AND OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS AROUND THE WORLD.

BUT. . . . . . HE IS A GOOD ORATOR. ISN'T THAT A COMFORT? YEAH, I THINK I SEE HOW WELL HE COULD UNITE THE COUNTRY. I THINK THE TRUTH IS THAT HE HOPES NO ONE WILL PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO OUR NEW CHIEF PILOT; HE HAS NEVER FLOWN AN AIRPLANE, IN FACT HE HAS NEVER EVEN SAT IN THE COCKPIT, BUT HE SAYS HE HAS RIDDEN ON PLANES BEFORE. WE ARE SURE HE WILL GUIDE US SAFELY THROUGH THE STORMS WE MAY ENCOUNTER ON THIS FLIGHT. WOULD YOU WANT TO FLY ON THIS PLANE WITH AN UNTESTED PILOT?

WHAT ARE PEOPLE THINKING? HAVE YOU NEVER HEARD THE STORY ABOUT THE WOLF HIDING IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING? THE HAND WRITING IS ON THE WALL, DO YOU NOT HAVE EYES TO SEE IT ?

Posted by: The Wizard | July 17, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

What a disaster having people in government who haven't spent their entire lives in politics! That explains everything. A government official with relevant experience or knowledge about an issue is obviously a crisis of gargantuan proportions.

This must be why the Democrats are nominating B. Hussein Obama, who finished middle school three days ago and has less experience than a person one might choose at random from the audience of "American Idol."

Posted by: anne c | July 17, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

To all those ripping on Obama for his accomplishments or lack thereof... Mccain's main accomplishment was getting shot down 40 years ago. Since then, his greatest accomplishment was abandoning his first wife and children to marry a young heiress off whom he has been able to mooch. At the very least, Obama has provided for his family. McCain, on the other hand, is an adulterous leech. As Republicans said when Clinton was President, character counts. Too bad they never apply the same high standards to their own. If McCain is trailing in the fundraising dept, he can simply beg his wife for more of her daddy's money -- he's been doing that for 30 years. What a pathetic gold-digger!

Posted by: Vincent F | July 17, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives and the scolds in the press wanted Obama to bring a knife to a gun fight. Sorry guys, looks like he'll be packing a cannon.

Posted by: mario | July 17, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Are you telling me in the midst of our economic downturn, 764,705 individuals gave $68 each to Obama????? I am incline to be in a state of denial on that one. I would suspect, as much rumored in the media, that most of these dollars are anonymous credit card charges from overseas, with no way of tracking the source. Conclusion: our election and the candidacy of Obama is being supported by foreign interest. Call me silly, but that's what I believe. The man is a scyophant,and a charlatan. He ignorance of government, our process, foreign affairs and economics will take as down and destroy America. Oh, did I mention, he is a RACIST!!!!

Posted by: The Wizard | July 17, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Dodd - not everyone, just us. Of course I had to get a co-signer. Never met the guy.

Posted by: snObama | July 17, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Integrity - I had no idea my mortgage didn't include any interest. I thought everyone got that deal.

Posted by: dodd | July 17, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"Of course we are still beating the bushes to find a single Dem with an ounce of integrity, so that is not surprising."

Hello, Kettle? This is Pot. You're black.

Posted by: bondjedi | July 17, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

This number is a blatant lie on par with Enron cooking it's books.

It took them over two weeks to get a bunch of back dated checks entered into their system.

Obama is crooked as hell.

Posted by: LeRoy | July 17, 2008 1:25 PM
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These numbers are closely checked by the press and the FEC. Any lie or overstatement would be found out very quickly and generate a lot of negative attention. Be more creative in your paranoid accusations.

My guess is they waited because McCain and his staff have been quite busy shooting themselves in the foot (whiners, birth control, Czechoslovakia) and even the New Yorker cartoon ended up helping Obama. No reason to spoil perfectly good news cycles...

Posted by: JJ | July 17, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

... is a flip flop.

Posted by: Lie by Any Other Name | July 17, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

The Obama high tide is ebbing fast. all the tap dancing around his naivite can only take him so far. Expect outrageous claims as his ship sinks over the summer.
his main purpose in life has been fulfilled, he eliminated hillary. now we can get back to normal with the obvious choice for President being McCain. the moonbats had their day but blew it, as usual.

Obama's popular support was shakier than al gore's science. and almost as low as clinton's honesty and integrity. Of course we are still beating the bushes to find a single Dem with an ounce of integrity, so that is not surprising.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 17, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"This number is a blatant lie...It took them over two weeks to get a bunch of back dated checks entered into their system."


Your implying that a large chunk of the money was actually July donations. What possible incentive could they have for doing this? It would mean that their July report would look very weak in comparison. There would be 6 weeks in June and only 2 in July. Even if you borrowed 2 from August, you'd still have only 4. July would get you a negative headline. Doesn't seem very smart to me...

Posted by: JeffC | July 17, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Judging by Chris' article and the posts from McSame's running dog supporters, it looks like Obama is corraling all the cash, while McSame has a monopoly on lunatic haters.

This brings to mind the old adage of wishing in one hand and s***ting in the other. Call Obama the wish candidate, all you haters. It is better than being the s*** candidate.

Posted by: bondjedi | July 17, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

The David Plouffe emails are quite shrewed. But for some reason, I'm starting to find them annoying -- like they have morphed into now shaming supporters into giving money. Suppose it's the lesser of two evils again this November.

http://www.modernwhig.org
Modern Whig Party -- For the rest of us

Posted by: Another Whig | July 17, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

This number is a blatant lie on par with Enron cooking it's books.

It took them over two weeks to get a bunch of back dated checks entered into their system.

Obama is crooked as hell.

Posted by: LeRoy | July 17, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Chris, you and many other members of the MSM seem sad that Obama took in a hefty sum in June. I know you media types are much more gleeful when a candidate fails.

Not this time, Chris, not this time.

Posted by: Seneca | July 17, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I do have core values. elect me. It's simple.

Posted by: snObama | July 17, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...Price of Barack "the change agent" Obama's principles: $52 million

Posted by: Buddy | July 17, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

UPDATE: The Fix, no math whiz, has been informed by several smart sources that the previous calculation is not entirely accurate. Of the $52 million Obama raised in June, jusr $2 million was for the general election. Therefore, Obama needs to find a way to continue to raise considerable cash for the primary -- until he becomes the party's formal nominee in late August -- AND collect money for the general election, a more daunting feat that was made clear above.)
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Can some smart person explain to me why exactly this is the case? I was under the impression that opting out of public financing also allowed him to transfer primary funds to the GE.

Posted by: LKO | July 17, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please find me a fellow buffoon who will act as my VP. no serious Dems seem to want the job. Is there something wrong with me?

Posted by: snObama | July 17, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

the brits seem to have figured it out:

But the Democratic contender's attempts to flesh out his supposed foreign policy ahead of next week's visit to Europe suggest the man barely has a clue on the subject. This should worry us all.

In this week's key-note address (why are these things always key-note?) he laid out the beginnings of a supposed Obama doctrine on foreign policy and pretty thin it is too. The Truman doctrine, which set the West on the road to winning the cold war more than four decades later, was as clear-minded as Obama's is not. He says he will focus on "five goals essential to making America safer". I'll try to deal with each one.

1) "Ending the war in Iraq responsibly". Well, yes, and what does he think the US has been trying to do since the Surge was launched? It has made much progress, now how does he propose to get America out, short of withdrawing lots of troops in a hurry? I've heard nothing approaching a proper answer from him - and he's been making speeches on the subject for what now seems like years.

2) "Finishing the fight against al-Qa'eda and the Taliban". Of course, we would all love to do just that, but they started it and even if we unilaterally finish our fight with them there appears to be no hope that they will want to stop attacking us. He appears not to realise that the West is up against a force prepared to fight unremittingly for decades, and we fear death when they do not. Some progress is being made, as the terrorists struggle in Iraq and elsewhere, but they'll be back. So stopping, or finishing the fight, doesn't appear to be an option any time soon.

3) "Securing all nuclear weapons and materials from terrorist and rogue states". Love this one, sounds so simple doesn't it? Does he propose being tougher with Iran and North Korea than George Bush? Those who got him the nomination on a peacenik stop the war ticket are going to just lap that up. Or perhaps the UN could help here, it's got such a great record in this field.

4) "Achieving true energy security". Vital, but how is it to be done? It will require very difficult decisions for American consumers, rapid technological innovation and (if he is interested in Nato) willingness to fall-out with powers such as Russia which value their hold over a US ally like Germany.

5) "Rebuilding alliances to meet the challenges of the 21st century". He'll be good at this for a while as there will be so much good will towards a President whose name is not Bush. The tours of European capitals will be triumphant, the West will go Obama crazy for six months and hail him a healer not a hater, a lover not a fighter. And then with point 5 accomplished he will have to get down to delivering on points 1 to 4. Then he and the rest of us will be reminded that to achieve what he says he wants he has to start taking difficult positions. That's life, or rather that's international politics. This will infuriate large numbers of his supporters in the US and here.

Worryingly, it appears that beyond liberal platitudes, and unlike a Truman, or Ronald Reagan, he does not have a core ideological analysis of the world's current condition to guide and sustain him when times get tough. For Truman in the late 1940s it was grasping what foreign policy elites did not. The West had to steel itself having won one struggle against a powerful totalitarian force, fascism, for a long fight against another: communism. Where the Communists went we would attempt to block them. And for Reagan, it was that too, combined with the sense that we had become flabby and defeatist in our thinking by the late 1970s. Communism was sick, economically and morally, and if we were strong enough we could beat it. Both men were correct and we owe them a debt.

What is Obama's equivalent analysis for our own dangerous times? I'm afraid he doesn't seem to have one.


http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/iain_martin/blog/2008/07/17/barack_obama_does_he_know_what_on_earth_he_is_doing

Posted by: you can fool some of the people | July 17, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

They are not flip=flops. I am redefining. I learned it from clinton. withdraw depends on the meaning of withdraw, same as is.

Posted by: snObama | July 17, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

his % of max donors will rise in July as hillary donors realize they need to get board, as their boycott is not working.

also, chris: those whispers about fundraising troubles were based on fabricated information reported by the WSJ. there are no "rumors" about poor fundraising, just false information being reported by right wing hacks.

Posted by: mike | July 17, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

UPDATE: The Fix, no math whiz, has been informed by several smart sources that the previous calculation is not entirely accurate. Of the $52 million Obama raised in June, jusr $2 million was for the general election. Therefore, Obama needs to find a way to continue to raise considerable cash for the primary -- until he becomes the party's formal nominee in late August -- AND collect money for the general election, a more daunting feat that was made clear above.)
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Can some smart person explain to me why exactly this is the case? I was under the impression that opting out of public financing also allowed him to transfer primary funds to the GE.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Today's state of the race:


Rasmussen: 3 point pickup for McCain in one day. Race now tied at 46. McCain obviously had a huge night yesterday. Rasmussen poll is average of 3 days.


Check out the trendline on Nate Silver's great site "538" (graph called super tracker): 6 point Obama lead down to 2 (compilation of polls).

Posted by: I'm melting | July 17, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Once again, the Obama haters miss the point.

Almost half of his money is coming from donations of $200 or less. Barely 1/4 of McCain's money comes from small donations.

60% of McCain's donors gave the max, while only 31% of Obama donors did the same.

Obama has a broad coalition of individuals, from all walks of life and all professions, giving to his campaign. A true "publicly financed" campaign. McCain is in need of 527's to bail him out and trash his opponent.

Posted by: JamesCH | July 17, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

If you begin counting from September 1999, there are 112 months between then and November 2008, and Obama has been campaigning for higher office in 52.6 percent of those months.


Say whatever you want about the man, but Obama knows how to successfully run for office.


But let's take a look at some specific examples of what Obama does while campaigning for office and once he's in office.


Obama apparently published no articles or notes while a member of the Harvard Law Review.


Obama voted "present" nearly 130 times as an Illinois state legislator.


Obama won't release a number of records, such as state legislative records, his application to the Illinois bar, his complete health records, records of his work at a law firm including which clients he worked with, or his birth certificate.


Obama has chickened out on town hall debates with John McCain.


Obama has not held a single hearing pertaining to the war in Afghanistan in the Senate subcommittee he chairs which has oversight responsibilities that include NATO.


Obama has never been to Afghanistan, though he did consider himself informed enough to claim that the US is "just air-raiding villages and killing civilians" there.


Obama has not been to Iraq in over 920 days, and only arranged a visit after being taunted by McCain.


Obama has never sought a meeting with General Petraeus, and only arranged one after being taunted by McCain.


Obama plays the "distraction" or "divisive" card to shield himself from having to address difficult, substantive issues.


Obama ducks difficult questions from the press by deploying the chagrin defense with phrases like, "Come on guys. I answered like eight questions?" and "Why can't I just eat my waffle?"


Obama's entire life is centered around successfully running for office *and* running from anything and everything else that might compromise his efforts to get in or stay there.


There's only one problem.


None of that provides any evidence that he could run the country. In fact, it argues against it.

Posted by: bok bok bok | July 17, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Has global warming now stopped?

Look for yourself. They show that the world hasn't warmed for a decade, and has even cooled for several years.

Sea ice now isn't melting, but spreading. The seas have not just stopped rising, but started to fall.

Nor is the weather getting wilder. Cyclones, as well as tornadoes and hurricanes, aren't increasing and the rain in Australia hasn't stopped falling.

What's more, the slight warming we saw over the century until 1998 still makes the world no hotter today than it was 1000 years ago.

In fact, it's even a bit cooler. So, dude, where's my global warming? .....

Yet the facts are stark: The world simply isn't warming as he and his pet scientists said.

That's why 31,000 other scientists, including world figures such as physicist Prof Freeman Dyson, atmospheric physicist Prof Richard Lindzen and climate scientist Prof Fred Singer, issued a joint letter last month warning governments not to jump on board the global warming bandwagon.

"There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the earth's atmosphere and disruption of the earth's climate."

That's why Ivar Glaever, who won a Nobel Prize for Physics, this month declared "I am a sceptic", because "we don't really know what the actual effect on the climate is".

And it's why the American Physical Society this month said "there is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for the global warming that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution."

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24036602-5000117,00.html

Posted by: al gore - call your office | July 17, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama Blames the Right for Attacks on Wife
A very grand Obama says Michelle is "a civilian" and "didn't sign up for this." Does that mean she'll stop making speeches?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to pundits to still find a way to playa hate on Obama despite the fact he still continues to fundraise at his steady, consistent pace. If not for the RNCC, McShame would be finished unless he asked wifey to kick in some ducketts which I'm sure she's indirectly been able to ask and influence her rich friends to do. Stop the Obama hating, McCain is actually turning out to be more of a fraud than you accuse Obama of. His own party has Benedict Arnoled him by agreeing to meet with IRAN officials, WITH NO PRECONDITIONS. Wow, what brought this monumental change as Obama was lambasted for this idea repeatedly all year? The Pentagon will now move troops out of IRAQ and to Afghanistan, again which Obama suggested but was rebuffed by McCain and republican leaders. What gives? And now Iraqui leaders want the U.S. to come up with a timetable, which Obama has been shouting for since he announced his candidacy, to leave their country. McCain has to feel even shorter than he is now or has HE finally been exposed as a fraud, who only the nominee of his party out of default or no real candidates of any substance.

Posted by: 2pacolypse Now | July 17, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Cillizza once again provides a muddled analysis that can only leave the reader confused. Try sticking to the simple facts next time Chris. All that matters at this point is how much money Obama, McCain, the RNC and DNC have in the bank and, of that amount, how much is available to spend on the general election. Try stating those numbers up front in your first paragraph, then continue with your analysis.

Grazie

Posted by: thorn | July 17, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

still no job, eh zouk?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

If only $2 million that Obama raised in June was for the general election, that means that his donors are very far from being tapped out. Campaign finance law sets a limit of $2300 for the primary and another $2300 for the general election.

Posted by: NoVA | July 17, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Pretty much goes to show that PT Barnum was right. for 68 bucks, you can say you were part of the biggest fraud in history.

how embarrassing for the anon coward - to have to admit to all the idiocy that is posted as your own. you better pray for no registration.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 17, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to Chris to put a positive spin on Obama's money grubbing.

Chris and the WaPo staff have been suffering from Obamania from the beginning, therefore, no matter how much or how often Obama flip flops they will rationalize whatever "Saint" Obama does.

Well Chris, do you think the big moeny boys are just being nice and giving Obama money for nothing and checks for free?

Posted by: Willaim | July 17, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

hey loony tunes anon coward with not enough sense to even name yourself. I just got here.

your paranoia is showing again.

Posted by: kingofzouk | July 17, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

it'll be great when registration is back and you won't be able to use these asssorted fake names all day, zouk.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

When David Plouffee says that he doesn't take money from lobbyists he is wrong he takes money from lobbying firms via the back door.

Posted by: hedy | July 17, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama's average donation amount -- $68.

Sorry, liar who posted otherwise.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Doubts about whether Sen. Obama should opt out of public financing were never based on any question that he could raise enough money to make it worthwhile. They were based on whether he ought to be the first major party candidate to turn his back on a system that has successfully deterred campaign finance corruption in Presidential elections since Watergate.

Ryan Lizza's New Yorker article this week makes clear that Obama has worked for years on the science of campaign fundraising, starting when he realized that hiring large numbers of campaign workers to go door to door wasn't the way to get elected in large constituencies. Raising money is a subject about which Obama is a genuine expert.

This probably doesn't say anything about how good a President he'd be -- actually, it suggests he's mastered a specialty that won't do him any good once his inauguration is paid for. But Barack Obama will never be short of campaign cash.

Posted by: Zathras | July 17, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I understand that Obama can roll left over primary money into the general election fund so the money being raised now doesn't need to be spent by any specific deadline. In any case, the blurring of the election seasons means that all money spent from here on out by either candidate is essentially general, even if technically part of the primary season.

The average size of Obama's contributions is important. A contributer who gives $50/month to the Obama campaign for a year will still only give $600 total over the course of the entire primary season and general election. This is far below the limits for either.

If Obama can convince donors to give a small donation every month then he can raise similar amounts of money each month through the general election. That will place him in a good position to run enough ads to counter the Republican lie machine.

Posted by: fletc3her | July 17, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

what does it say about McCain's judgment that he would hire a man like this -- a man who abused a young woman?


"ABC News' Ron Claiborne Reports: A Catholic group is demanding the dismissal of Deal Hudson from Catholics for McCain National Steering Committee because he allegedly solicited sex from an 18-year-old female student when he was a professor at Fordham University in New York in 1994. Hudson, who was publisher of the conservative Catholic magazine, Crisis, was forced out of a similar position with the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election team when the same story surfaced.

Catholics United, which claims to be a non-partisan organization with 20,000 members, sent a letter to the McCain campaign this morning that said: "As you are most likely unaware, Mr. Hudson was forced to resign as the chair of the Republican National Committee's catholic outreach effort in 2004 after allegations that he had solicited an improper sexual encounter with an 18-year-old student while teaching at Fordham University. According to published accounts, the incidents happened in Hudson's campus office after a night of heavy drinking."

"Deal Hudson is not the type of Catholic leader that you want associated with your campaign," wrote the group's executive director, Chris Korzen.

Hudson has been described as a Catholic "powerbroker" with close ties to Karl Rove. He reportedly advised President Bush and Rove on issues of importance to Catholic voters."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

The president money can buy! wow, I wonder if people matter any more! Obama is getting huge portion of his money from lobbyists not small donners. And I thought he is a different kind of a candidate, with a new way of doing politics!!!

Posted by: nancy sabet | July 17, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain is going to be punished here for not being computer literate and not viscerally realizing the power of the Internet.

In fact, I think McCain's computer illiteracy should be viewed by voters as disqualifying for the office. If if can't get a feel for Internet campaign financing, how's he going to understand the rest of the global Internet phenomenon - including it's implications for war and peace.

And one thing for sure, you can't understand computers or the Internet though consultants or advisers. Anyone who's ever booted up a computer knows that.

Posted by: HenryD8th | July 17, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

"I think these sloppy journalists missed the bigger picture because they focussed on the loud screams of outrage clogging up the blogosphere. Instead I hope that journalists and pundits will go back to real shoe-leather reporting that will give us all a better sense of what is actually going on in this exciting and unprecedented election year."

Maybe it was the fact that he was actually having trouble making money?? This month reverses a trend of declining intake since February.

What the hell do you people want? When he makes less money, they report it. When he makes a lot, they report that. It wasn't a mistake. It was something different happened this month than from last month. That's why the newspaper comes out with a new edition EACH DAY, idiots.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 17, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I echo what folks have written about the spending: as a Democrat, I'm so happy to see the money rasied but more so how it's being spent. In Virginia, the campaign is putting real paid people on the ground, and these folks are supported by even more "Obama Fellows".

I love the "Fellows": incredibly inspiring volunteers who are enthusiastic, respectful, and working like crazy. This is community building at the grassroots and national level. It's our neighbors instead of the big-money party donors!

Posted by: Beth in VA | July 17, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The primary/general split doesn't seem to matter as much since he has opted out of public financing. He can roll the primary funds into the general.

http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/07/obamas_money_50_million_raised.php

Posted by: apoutasse | July 17, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Hillary's donor base may not have an impact but her 18 million supporters will. Also, only $2 million of Obama's June total can go to the General Election Fund, so he and his "bundlers" are going to have to do a lot of "bundling." Obama likes to boast about the small donors, but it's his "big" corporate donors that sustain the large amounts of money he's raised. Check it out. Further, he didn't even get the needed pledged delegates in the Primary and he outspent Hillary 3 to 1. Obama's going to have to do a whole lot better to beat McCain. I read yesterday that young voters likely to vote in the upcoming election is down 20%, was 66% and is now 46%. Don't look good.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I hope we will see some new stories from the MSM retracting their lazy narrative of the past few weeks which claimed that Obama was having trouble raising money because of: a) opting out of public financing; b)continuing backlash from Clinton supporters; c)voting on FISA; d) commenting on Supreme Court opinions; d)left-wing discontent, and e) right-wing smear attacks.

I think these sloppy journalists missed the bigger picture because they focussed on the loud screams of outrage clogging up the blogosphere. Instead I hope that journalists and pundits will go back to real shoe-leather reporting that will give us all a better sense of what is actually going on in this exciting and unprecedented election year.

I gave 50 dollars to Obama in June and will give another 50 in July. I am exhilarated with the prospect of contributing what little I can to this historic effort at re-shaping how we see ourselves as a nation and how the world views us.

Posted by: dee | July 17, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

The same saps that voted for George Bush twice will elect this big eared dummy

Posted by: Booger Boma | July 17, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"It's important to remember that money, especially at the presidential level, is not determinative of the outcome as demonstrated by McCain's underfunded run to the Republican nomination earlier this year."

This is an inaccuracy. Money was, in fact, determinative of McCain's successful nomination:

He chose to take public money, but when it was clear that his campaign wouldn't survive financially with only those funds, he broke *his own campaign finance law* and accepted corporate gifts in the form of cash and free rides on his wife's jet.

This permitted his campaign to limp along until Romney defeated himself. With McCain then the only game in town, he secured the nomination and re-declared his adherence to the public financing of his campaign. Had McCain not had a rich wife, his ambitions would have been sunk.

I think--at least on those TV morning shows--they call that a flip-flop. Unless McCain does it.

Posted by: tellthetruth | July 17, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"due to the relatively small average contribution to his campaign ($68 in June)"

This is an overlooked fact. It's been shown that the amount of money is not as important as the ABILITY to raise money. The fact that Obama has been able to get so many people to donate to him while McCain needs to hold closed door fundraisers to get what little he has speaks volumes about Obama's greater electability.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 17, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Chris, could you comment on the overall fundraising including the RNC and DNC numbers? Every time I talk about how much more money Obama has with a Democrat they always mention that the RNC has much more money than the DNC. I think this is just because the DNC spent more building a 50-state operation and because people don't like Howard Dean, but I would like to hear from an expert.

Posted by: Jon Webb | July 17, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Like most reporters you are focusing on the general election when you point out that McCain will have "only" 84 million for the November election. Up until the GOP nomination, however, he can raise and spend an unlimited amount of money, which he is trying to do. Additionally, the GOP is raising money for the November election. This idea that McCain will be at a huge "competitive" disadvantage is a myth created by media laziness.

Posted by: Mrgavel | July 17, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Chris, check your GOP figures. Other pundits have projected that the GOP's AND McCain's total take will about equal with Obama's target of 200 million. While 52 million is a mega fiqure, I am going to guess that both of them are going to be about equal in the end.

Posted by: palitin | July 17, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I suppose the amount raised doesn't even include any of the 50 million, or so, being sought from lobbyists for the Denver bash.

How does this play out? Undercut The Constitution. Get 50 million from lobbyists. Pander to the religionistas. Load up the church buses. Dash to Denver singing "Kumbya...." Keep protestors far away in a corral. Have a rah-rah stadium party. Dash home singing "Everything is going to be alright...." Get right back to ignoring and undercutting The Constitution and Progressive principles.

Posted by: old91A10 | July 17, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Obama's lead in fundraising has to allow for the certainty of major spending by gazillionaires wanting to hoard their assets. They'll bankroll all sorts of TV/radio/robocall efforts to mislead voters and protect their own intere$ts. Obama has spoken out against external efforts in his corner; McCain just says, "That's not my problem."

Posted by: FlownOver | July 17, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

'Everyone goes inside with the Bush administration's decision to send a senior U.S. official to international nuclear talks with Iran this weekend. The move is a shift from the long-standing White House position that there would be no direct talks until Iran stopped its uranium enrichment program. But it also comes at a time when there appear to be hints that the sanctions on Iran are having some sort of effect and Tehran is more willing than ever to negotiate.'

Oh look, it's Republican Appeasement. Look like Bush is the New Neville Chamberlin, right?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Both my wife and I received live calls from the local office in Alexandria. It's a solid organization.

BB

Posted by: Fairlington Blade | July 17, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"due to the relatively small average contribution to his campaign ($68 in June), "

THIS IS TRUE 'PUBLIC FINANCING.'

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

nciwtk is absolutely right. Everyone wants to focus on the TV ad buys, but Obama is very adept at building local political operations, the reason he beat Clinton and the reason he will drive voter turnout in Virginia, North Carolina, New Mexico, Colorado, Iowa, and Michigan to, ultimately, win this race handily.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

It shows that Hillary's "powerful" donor base and their boycott of Obama won't have as much of a negative impact as the Clintons had hoped.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | July 17, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

It's not just the amount of money he has, but how he spends it. The investment in building state and local operations is the one that should, rather has to, pay off come election day

Posted by: nclwtk | July 17, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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