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"Who Won The Week?" -- The Competition Continues

Now that the work week in political Washington has come to a close, it's a perfect time to enter your submission in the latest Fix craze: "Who Won the Week?"

Remember that we are looking for your -- relatively brief -- synopsis of which candidate, John McCain or Barack Obama, won the week that was in politics and why.

As we noted in our original post, we're looking for thoughtful and insightful takes on why you picked your winner --not simply partisan screeds about why you don't like Obama and/or McCain.

The deadline for submissions is today at 5 p.m. The winner -- as judged by The Fix -- will be announced Monday during the "FixCam Week in Preview" post. Whoever we pick not only gets their submission read on FixCam (can you imagine a higher honor?) but also wins one of the coveted official Fix t-shirts.

Have at it in the comments section below.

Finally, as this eventful week draws to a close, The Fix recommends that you take 10 minutes to watch Bruce Springsteen's moving tribute to Tim Russert from the memorial service for the moderator of "Meet the Press" earlier this week. We found it captivating.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 21, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Overall, I'd have to say Obama narrowly won the week. It probably wasn't the strongest ever for him but considering the firestorm that could have been stirred up by his opting out of public financing the response has been fairly tame. Also, I think that the poll showing that many Americans still hold race bias is fairly erroneous. Of course there is still race bias in the US, duh. What the poll actually shows is that there is still a great deal of resentment in the black community for the injustices of the past and considerable institutionalized racism they are still facing. What Obama may possibly have to fear what voters don't admit to, the race bias that is hidden and may effect their final decision. However, long exposure on the national stage may do away with this where it has played a part in other elections.

More than Obama winning the week, I'd say McCain lost it. His campaign and his own comments seem completely scattered and confused. If he continues like this there is no way he can win.

And some of the people on this board claiming reverse racism need to wake up and realize the immense burden of history placed on black americans today. One only needs to walk one block in SE DC to see that.

Posted by: Alicia in DC | June 23, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Ann :


Few people are judging Obama by his skin color - it is the FACT THAT HE IS NOT EXPERIENCED. I would vote for Colin Powell or Michael Steele, Obama is just a horrible candidate who has done nothing with all the affirmative action programs pushing him ahead his whole life.


Next time you go to the doctor for surgery, make sure you pick the most inexperienced guy


I believe you are motivated by a reverse-racism - you are so caught up with the idea of helping race relations - that you will not give the white guy a fair evaluation that he is the BEST CANDIDATE FOR THE JOB.


You are being motivated by racism because you have one standard for one guy and another for the other.

You have a Constitutional Responsibility to pick the best candidate - not to throw away your vote by your personal desire to make some crazy social statement - You are being irresponsible to the nation if you do that - in addition Obama is NOT helping race relations in this country - his campaign tactics are causing race relations to go backwards.

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Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Ann :


Few people are judging Obama by his skin color - it is the FACT THAT HE IS NOT EXPERIENCED. I would vote for Colin Powell or Michael Steele, Obama is just a horrible candidate who has done nothing with all the affirmative action programs pushing him ahead his whole life.


Next time you go to the doctor for surgery, make sure you pick the most inexperienced guy


I believe you are motivated by a reverse-racism - you are so caught up with the idea of helping race relations - that you will not give the white guy a fair evaluation that he is the BEST CANDIDATE FOR THE JOB.


You are being motivated by racism because you have one standard for one guy and another for the other.

You have a Constitutional Responsibility to pick the best candidate - not to throw away your vote by your personal desire to make some crazy social statement - You are being irresponsible to the nation if you do that - in addition Obama is NOT helping race relations in this country - his campaign tactics are causing race relations to go backwards.

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Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Why no mention of by far the worst blunders by BOTH major candidates: trashing to Constitution by supporting a FISA bill that does away with individualized warrants, eliminates any meaningful judicial oversight, and gives retroactive immunity to lawbreaking telcos?

This hurts Obama more than McCain (as people had good reason to expect better of him), but the real winners--obviously--are Bob Barr, Cynthia McKinney, and Ralph Nader.

Not that it's over yet--fight this assault on our freedoms!:
http://thestrangebedfellows.com

Posted by: Jerry | June 22, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I will hold that no one gained the upper hand this week. Polls show that Obama has a majority, even beyond the error margin in some polls as a result of his being the presumptive nominee.

McCain has remained close and that shows well for him, especially given the fact that his party seems poised to take a big bath in the congressional elections.

I don't see a big jump in either candidate's fortunes this week so I call it a draw.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 22, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I am just about sick to death of the constant flaming on chat boards of people who are scared of having black president, and who seek to justify their positions by inventing pseudo-conspiracies or taking pot shots at Michelle Obama and any apparent unpatriotic comments completely out of context.

Easily Obama won the week. I can't see a way for McCain to win this election, he is running a fundamentally poor campaign. He is going to be completely outgunned in the ad-war and is going to be forced to campaign in states which should be gimmes such as Georgia and North Carolina. So McCain is behind in money, is going to be forced into running defensive, negative tactics in the South, its only a matter of time before that temper of his comes through, and bam, the public get to see what a hothead he is (again). Can't imagine the outburst that will ensue will do much to boost his credentials for being Commander in Chief.

Posted by: Mike | June 22, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

THESE REMARKS BY OBAMA ARE SO ANTI-AMERICAN AND SO OFFENSIVE TO EUROPEAN AMERCANS THAT Obama should RESIGN FROM THE SENATE IMMEDIATELY AND WITHDRAW FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.


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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) - Barack Obama told supporters that Republicans will "try to make you afraid of me" in remarks he made Friday at a Florida fundraiser.

"The choice is clear. Most of all we can choose between hope and fear. It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy.

"We know what kind of campaign they're going to run," said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. "They're going to try to make you afraid. They're going to try to make you afraid of me. 'He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?'"

In similar comments at a Chicago fundraiser last Thursday, Obama told supporters that Republicans would try to portray both him and his wife Michelle as "scary."

"They're going to try to make me into a scary guy," he said last week. "They're even trying to make Michelle into a scary person. Right?" And so that drumbeat - 'we're not sure if he's patriotic or not; we're not sure if he is too black.'

"I don't know, before I wasn't black enough," said Obama. "'Now he might be too black. We don't know whether he's going to socialize - well, who knows what.'"

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 22, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

"What's the point of this "Who won the week...." Obama-McCain poll?"

It's not a poll, its a contest, a game. Feel free not to participate.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 22, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

apparently the last anonymous poster doesn't live in a conservative area. Otherwise, he (or she) would know that is EXACTLY what is being said. For example, my neighbor asked my husband in all seriousness if the Obamas would rename it the Black House. What a stupid, stupid remark.

But frankly, that's tame. I have heard things that appall me, and more than once I have reacted angrily. Why in this day and age are we still judging people by the amount of melanin in their skin cells.

Posted by: Ann | June 22, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Obama is basing his entire campaign on CALLING PEOPLE RACIST WHO ARE NOT RACIST. OBAMA IS RUNNING A TERRORIST INTIMIDATION CAMPAIGN WHICH IS A DISGRACE.


Obama has got to be kidding.


This guy Obama is a joke. He is turning the Presidential campaign into an affirmative action program which he thinks he should win whether he is more qualified or not.


Obama is not even close to being more qualified.


Please save this country. Please act now to rid this country of this Inexperienced Flip Flopping Empty Suit Slime Fish Obama - Please act to save this country today.


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Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama is basing his entire campaign on CALLING PEOPLE RACIST WHO ARE NOT RACIST. OBAMA IS RUNNING A TERRORIST INTIMIDATION CAMPAIGN WHICH IS A DISGRACE.


Obama has got to be kidding.


This guy Obama is a joke. He is turning the Presidential campaign into an affirmative action program which he thinks he should win whether he is more qualified or not.


Obama is not even close to being more qualified.


Please save this country. Please act now to rid this country of this Inexperienced Flip Flopping Empty Suit Slime Fish Obama - Please act to save this country today.


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama is basing his entire campaign on CALLING PEOPLE RACIST WHO ARE NOT RACIST. OBAMA IS RUNNING A TERRORIST INTIMIDATION CAMPAIGN WHICH IS A DISGRACE.


Obama has got to be kidding.


This guy Obama is a joke. He is turning the Presidential campaign into an affirmative action program which he thinks he should win whether he is more qualified or not.


Obama is not even close to being more qualified.


Please save this country. Please act now to rid this country of this Inexperienced Flip Flopping Empty Suit Slime Fish Obama - Please act to save this country today.


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama is basing his entire campaign on CALLING PEOPLE RACIST WHO ARE NOT RACIST. OBAMA IS RUNNING A TERRORIST INTIMIDATION CAMPAIGN WHICH IS A DISGRACE.


Obama has got to be kidding.


This guy Obama is a joke. He is turning the Presidential campaign into an affirmative action program which he thinks he should win whether he is more qualified or not.


Obama is not even close to being more qualified.


Please save this country. Please act now to rid this country of this Inexperienced Flip Flopping Empty Suit Slime Fish Obama - Please act to save this country today.

.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH . NEWS FLASH


Obama really did it now - he is FALSELY ACCUSING the Republican party of racism BEFORE THEY SAY ANYTHING - Obama does not have an actual quote or instance of racism - so he is going with the "Republicans are GOING TO BE RACIST" line instead. The Constitution states one is innocent until proven guilty - Obama's new version of the Bill of Rights is "one is a racist before one says or does anything." Is this Obama's version of a post-racial campaign ? Give the country a break.


Obama is a disgrace to the Bill of Rights.


This is actually a new version of twisting someone's words around and "FALSELY PRETENDING TO BE OFFENDED." Or the FALSE ACCUSATIONS OF "OFFENSIVE COMMENTS."


This time, Obama has nothing to go on. He has nothing.


So Obama says the Republicans are "GOING TO SAY SOMETHING WHICH MIGHT BE TWISTED INTO SOMETHING THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED RACIST IF ONE REALLY REALLY REALLY TRIED." THESE REMARKS BY OBAMA ARE SO ANTI-AMERICAN AND SO OFFENSIVE TO EUROPEAN AMERCANS THAT Obama should RESIGN FROM THE SENATE IMMEDIATELY AND WITHDRAW FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.


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


JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) - Barack Obama told supporters that Republicans will "try to make you afraid of me" in remarks he made Friday at a Florida fundraiser.

"The choice is clear. Most of all we can choose between hope and fear. It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy.

"We know what kind of campaign they're going to run," said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. "They're going to try to make you afraid. They're going to try to make you afraid of me. 'He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?'"

In similar comments at a Chicago fundraiser last Thursday, Obama told supporters that Republicans would try to portray both him and his wife Michelle as "scary."

"They're going to try to make me into a scary guy," he said last week. "They're even trying to make Michelle into a scary person. Right?" And so that drumbeat - 'we're not sure if he's patriotic or not; we're not sure if he is too black.'


"I don't know, before I wasn't black enough," said Obama. "'Now he might be too black. We don't know whether he's going to socialize - well, who knows what.'"


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH . NEWS FLASH


Obama really did it now - he is FALSELY ACCUSING the Republican party of racism BEFORE THEY SAY ANYTHING - Obama does not have an actual quote or instance of racism - so he is going with the "Republicans are GOING TO BE RACIST" line instead. The Constitution states one is innocent until proven guilty - Obama's new version of the Bill of Rights is "one is a racist before one says or does anything." Is this Obama's version of a post-racial campaign ? Give the country a break.


Obama is a disgrace to the Bill of Rights.


This is actually a new version of twisting someone's words around and "FALSELY PRETENDING TO BE OFFENDED." Or the FALSE ACCUSATIONS OF "OFFENSIVE COMMENTS."


This time, Obama has nothing to go on. He has nothing.


So Obama says the Republicans are "GOING TO SAY SOMETHING WHICH MIGHT BE TWISTED INTO SOMETHING THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED RACIST IF ONE REALLY REALLY REALLY TRIED." THESE REMARKS BY OBAMA ARE SO ANTI-AMERICAN AND SO OFFENSIVE TO EUROPEAN AMERCANS THAT Obama should RESIGN FROM THE SENATE IMMEDIATELY AND WITHDRAW FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.


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


JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) - Barack Obama told supporters that Republicans will "try to make you afraid of me" in remarks he made Friday at a Florida fundraiser.

"The choice is clear. Most of all we can choose between hope and fear. It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy.

"We know what kind of campaign they're going to run," said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. "They're going to try to make you afraid. They're going to try to make you afraid of me. 'He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?'"

In similar comments at a Chicago fundraiser last Thursday, Obama told supporters that Republicans would try to portray both him and his wife Michelle as "scary."

"They're going to try to make me into a scary guy," he said last week. "They're even trying to make Michelle into a scary person. Right?" And so that drumbeat - 'we're not sure if he's patriotic or not; we're not sure if he is too black.'


"I don't know, before I wasn't black enough," said Obama. "'Now he might be too black. We don't know whether he's going to socialize - well, who knows what.'"


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH . NEWS FLASH


Obama really did it now - he is FALSELY ACCUSING the Republican party of racism BEFORE THEY SAY ANYTHING - Obama does not have an actual quote or instance of racism - so he is going with the "Republicans are GOING TO BE RACIST" line instead. The Constitution states one is innocent until proven guilty - Obama's new version of the Bill of Rights is "one is a racist before one says or does anything." Is this Obama's version of a post-racial campaign ? Give the country a break.


Obama is a disgrace to the Bill of Rights.


This is actually a new version of twisting someone's words around and "FALSELY PRETENDING TO BE OFFENDED." Or the FALSE ACCUSATIONS OF "OFFENSIVE COMMENTS."


This time, Obama has nothing to go on. He has nothing.


So Obama says the Republicans are "GOING TO SAY SOMETHING WHICH MIGHT BE TWISTED INTO SOMETHING THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED RACIST IF ONE REALLY REALLY REALLY TRIED." THESE REMARKS BY OBAMA ARE SO ANTI-AMERICAN AND SO OFFENSIVE TO EUROPEAN AMERCANS THAT Obama should RESIGN FROM THE SENATE IMMEDIATELY AND WITHDRAW FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.


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


JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) - Barack Obama told supporters that Republicans will "try to make you afraid of me" in remarks he made Friday at a Florida fundraiser.

"The choice is clear. Most of all we can choose between hope and fear. It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy.

"We know what kind of campaign they're going to run," said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. "They're going to try to make you afraid. They're going to try to make you afraid of me. 'He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?'"

In similar comments at a Chicago fundraiser last Thursday, Obama told supporters that Republicans would try to portray both him and his wife Michelle as "scary."

"They're going to try to make me into a scary guy," he said last week. "They're even trying to make Michelle into a scary person. Right?" And so that drumbeat - 'we're not sure if he's patriotic or not; we're not sure if he is too black.'


"I don't know, before I wasn't black enough," said Obama. "'Now he might be too black. We don't know whether he's going to socialize - well, who knows what.'"


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

In terms of coverage, the clear winner this week was Tim Russert, an employee of NBC news who was eulogized as a beloved fallen hero without sarcasm, without sneering, without charges of flip-flopping and without investigations into his grandmother's or his church's history. Second by three lengths was John McCain who was presented fairly as a jerk. Followed by Barack Obama, who was presented as a questionable dark horse.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Cillizza, Don't be stupid.

Old fogggy (aka-the old dog) was out there
nipping at the heels of the sleek runner again, like fifth graders who scream and point their fingers.

One wonders if that silly stuff won't soon
repulse even the most jaded voter. Find something bad and pounce hard on it, but spare us the stilly stuff.

The finance thing isn't bad...except everyone thinks Obama would be stupid to give up his advantage.
AND REMEMBER ...political contributions are
free speech!

Posted by: silly silly silly | June 21, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse


Fascinating article on the 'maverick' John McCain here. It's hard to argue with many of its findings, McCain is not the darling the media have portraye him to be. And I 100% agree that the John McCain of 2000 would not vote for the John McCain of 2008.

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080707/alterman

Posted by: Aussie view | June 21, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama won the week and will win the election. The true bigots writing on this blog are the ones who keep yelling bigotry at every turn. As has been said many times before, "It takes one to know one." The only party of late that has seemed to tolerate KKK members, neo-Nazis, white supremists, and so forth is the Republican Party. These people rant and rave about how prejudiced and racist that other people are. I am a fairly content southern white man and I am fairly secure in my position in life and self-identity. The poor white trash (yes, one can be a millionnaire and still think like poor white trash) that write on this site from time to time will always fight to stay above the poor black. There is a history of prejudice and racism in our country, a tradtition that should make us less than proud of such a past. Many of us have come a long way in our thinking. It takes a good education and a willingness to see others as God sees them. Unfortunately, the largest groups of bigots left are sitting in the white churches on Sunday morning. I hear them speak in their coded terms because I am there each Sunday to hear them. Jeremiah Wright is 98% correct, even though he had an indelicate way of phrasing the truth. The good Catholic father was a bit intense in his satire on Hillary, but he was close to correct. People like Pat Robertson, whom I have known personally for over 45 years, the late preacher of Thomas Road Baptist Church, and many others have spewed forth their venom from time to time in exaggerations and overstatements, no less distasteful as those rants by Jeremiah Wright. I pray and hope that the rest of us will rise up and vote overwhelmingly for an educated, articulate, honest, and visionary Black man for President. Whitey has blown it! Face it, Bush has been a disaster.

Posted by: Earl C | June 21, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

who is winning the week, how about who is winning perio. when you see Ashcroft leave office with a $50 million non compete contract, when you see FEMA and Wilma, when you see the Justice Department been run by idiots, when you see a war in a country that should never had been invaded and has cost the world millions of human lives and the US taxpayers billoions of dollas, , when you see the world turning almost entirely anti-American, when you see new GM factories been build in Mexico and closed down in the United States, whn you see oil companies and and rich countries sapping money out of the United States in a rate higher than the Chinese economy does, when you see the Vice President lying to the American people, when you see 8 years of a Republican Administration cronysm that hires people base on friendship or paybacks, when you see a govt that does not know how to keep a balance budget, a president that does not know how to defend the constituition only how to go around it ; you are just not voting for a leader you are voting for a new administration , a new government lo lead this nation unto the new century insteaed of taken us back to the 1600's.

Posted by: enn | June 21, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

hotsi tosi,another nazi.You don't like my comments?Gee,that's too bad,but don't say I didn't warn you.

Posted by: Franke Says | June 21, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

It's ironic but hilarious that the Obama supporters can accuse us non-Obama supporters of being the racists. The only PROVEN racists are Jerimiah Wright Jr, Michael Pfleger, Otis Moss 3d, Louis Farrakhan, and the entire audience of the Trinity church including Barack and Michelle Obama. They have PROVEN themselves the racists by their own words that were not taken out of context or distorted. These racial anti-white hateful words were actual sermons given by these racists and then sold by the Trinity church to anyone who wanted to hear them. Nobody changed the words or skipped a sentence or two in-between the sermons. Nobody spliced words or sentences together to frame these haters as racists. The words are all their own and are as they were being said. Only now when they've gotten caught and exposed as the racist white and America--haters that they actually are are the chickens comming home to roost. Anyone who has half a brain and an iota of common sense who has heard these racist anti-white and anti-America rantings and has seen and heard the wild cheering applause, high-five's, and amens of those racist white and America-haters during those sermons knows who are the REAL RACISTS!!!

Posted by: madhatter | June 21, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The uncritical assertion made over and over again, on this column about Obama's fli-flop on Public Finance, is nothing but gotcha media spin feuled by partisan Mccain supporters clinging to " a straw".Otherwise, what have they to show for McCain's " double-talk", say anything and do anything,flip-flop forward and flip-flop backward.Mccain has been all over the political globe.Now he's in Canada to beg unshamedly Canadians to donate charity to his flattering campaign and empty war-chest.Next he will beg Ahmedinejad for charity, how pathetic.I don't want my President to be beholdened to foreigners, friends or foes alike.Just like if you accept money from friends because you're hard-up financially;you loose face,self-esteem let alone stand up tomorrow for the national interests of America!!!.
McCain a millionth flip-flopps is nothing new but, his unshamed and low-class fund-raising, ranging from taking money from rape advocates like his Texas fund-raiser, and refusing to give back that sinful money; to taking money from foreigners; show clearly how Mccain can sell love for country so cheaply.He's beholdened to his neck in sleazy money that disqualify as presidential materil.Infact, he shouldn't be running atal having been born in Panama.That's unconstitutional but Bush and Mccain make it a sport to violate he Constitution.
Who lost???.If WP cares about the overwhelming evidence for the week, the answer is unmistakably John McCain.He has been everywhere from being green to being an oilman how pathetic a candidate!!!.

Posted by: Job Locke | June 21, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama lost the week but won the campaign.

Senator Obama has been mercilessly pummeled by the pundits and editorialists of the nation for deciding to forgo public campaign funding in the general election after conditionally promising to limit himself to it earlier in the campaign. It was a close call, but the junior Senator from Illinois is narrowly getting more negative publicity than Senator McCain, who inexplicably seems to want to lose both the Rust Belt (with his 'NAFTA is great' speech in Ottawa, not-so-cleverly designed to further tick off those bitter, small town Clinton supporters) and Florida (with his 'let's drill for oil and create oil slicks all over our priceless beaches' decision).

The long-term effect of Obama's funding decision alone will allow him to swamp McCain's campaign financially - already extending the Democrat's campaign into 18 swing states with soothing, friendly advertisements last week. Obama would have won the election even without McCain's assistance with wrong-headed policy decisions to exploit. Without a game changer of some sort for McCain, this could be as decisive a win in November as Bill Clinton's victory over Dole in 1996.

Posted by: Chuck | June 21, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

As Mark Twain said "Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."
The problem however is that McCain keeps opening his mouth to remind people what a clone he is of Bush, on taxes, on 100 years war in Iraq, "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb" Iran, torture, off-shore drilling, 'Habeas Corpus' ("If they are Muslims or from a Muslim country they have no rights here. This is America, a Christian Nation, damn it, I fought to keep it safe from the gooks then, now I want to keep it safe from the towel-heads and all other non-Christians), and you see a clear winner.
Then there is his courting of the female voters to remind everybody about his famous joke, "Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno", of his dumping his first wife, who was wounded in an auto accident, to hook up with Cindy and her millions and then calling Cindy a c***, of his supporter's calling Hilary a b****. Add to that his complete disregard for a woman's basic rights of choice and earning equal pay for equal work and you see that he is a clear winner.
The only other thing John McCain should do is to remind people how on April 1, 2007, he strolled for about an hour through an open-air market in Baghdad wearing a bulletproof vest, surrounded by 100 American soldiers, with three Blackhawk helicopters and two Apache gunships overhead, in an effort to prove that Americans were "not getting the full picture" of what's going on in Iraq and how safe Iraq really was. That will establish him finally and clearly as a winner.

Posted by: Swapan Chatterjee | June 21, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Google "McCain Flip Flops" "McCain Adultery" "McCain Arizona Mob"
McCain's Offshore Drilling Position A Flip From Three Weeks Ago

It is hardly a secret that when it comes to offshore drilling, Sen. John McCain was against the idea before he was for it. On Monday, the Arizona Republican told a crowd in Texas that he was abandoning his long-time support for a federal moratorium on drilling along the nation's coastlines in favor of allowing states to decide for themselves.

But how recent a convert is McCain to this position?

In late May, during a campaign town hall, McCain was asked about the prospect of coastal drilling. His answer then was far more nebulous and skeptical of the idea compared to his recent, full-throated endorsement.

On a campaign stop in Greensdale, Wisconsin, the Senator suggested that turning to the nation's coast for energy needs would be something of a waste in time and effort and do little to resolve America's broader energy needs.

"[W]ith those resources, which would take years to develop, you would only postpone or temporarily relieve our dependency on fossil fuels," McCain said when asked about offshore drilling. "We are going to have to go to alternative energy, and the exploitation of existing reserves of oil, natural gas, even coal, and we can develop clean coal technology, are all great things. But we also have to devote our efforts, in my view, to alternative energy sources, which is the ultimate answer to our long-term energy needs, and we need it sooner rather than later."

Those remarks differ widely from the sentiment offered by the Senator yesterday, in which he presented coastal drilling as a move that would "be very helpful in the short term resolving our energy crisis."

That McCain would, two weeks later, offer a full endorsement of removing federal restrictions on the drilling practice seems hard to attribute to the high price of gas (after all, gas prices were similarly priced in late May), but rather political posturing. A Republican with an environmentalism streak, the Senator has long stood against drilling offshore, arguing that longer-term solutions were needed to end the energy crisis. But the general election has changed that dynamic.

On other issues as well, McCain has found himself back-tracking from his prior advocacy.

In mid-May 2008, for example, the Senator was quoted saying he didn't "like obscene profits being made anywhere," and, as such, would be "glad to look" at a windfall profits tax on oil companies. Yesterday, however, he criticized Barack Obama for wanting "a windfall profits tax on oil to go along with the new taxes he also plans for coal and natural gas."

Update: McCain's position also seems at odds with a study recently completed by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) which in their Annual Energy Outlook 2007, reported:

"The projections in the OCS access case indicate that access to the Pacific, Atlantic, and eastern Gulf regions would not have a significant impact on domestic crude oil and natural gas production or prices before 2030."

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

As occasionally happens, the week was a tie for Obama and McCain.

1. Each flipped-flopped on a significant issue, McCain on off shore drilling, Obama on accepting public money for the general campaign.
2. Each reported about the same amount of money raised in May, and each has a reasonable amount of funds on hand.
3. Neither candidate had a major gaffe, and neither candidate had a supporter say something to embarass them.
4. Both showed grace in attending the Russert service and sitting together.
5. Both wives made reasonable presentations on TV.

Unfortunately for McCain, he appears to be behind, so a tie goes to the candidate who is ahead. McCain must win some weeks to win the election.

Posted by: Sid F. | June 21, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd8IiK6KkW4

McCain: I 'Didn't Love America' Until Held Prisoner (VIDEO)

Google "McCain Traitor" "McCain Temper" "McCain Adultery"

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

After watching coverage for the past few days, I'm ready to say the big winner is Obama.

Obama completely reversed himself on an issue of principle when he opted out of public financing. He is rightfully getting slammed every day in the editorial pages and by John Mccain.

But this issue isn't gaining any traction with the general public. Most people either don't understand the nuances or don't care that much.

So, while paying only a minimal political price, Obama is now looking at a 4-to-1 spending advantage (at least) over John Mccain in the general election campaign.

Money alone doesn't guarantee election. But when you are already up in the polls and you add such an overwhelming spending advantage, you're getting pretty close to a lock.

Posted by: copa | June 21, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/04/03/cindy-mccains-fortune-pro_n_94833.html

Now it is clear why he loves Tax Cuts for the Rich.

The Old McBush fortune has ties to the Mob as well. It is all inherited.

Google "McCain Fortune" "McCain Arizona Mob"

In government records, McCain is permitted to describe his wife's salary at Hensley as simply "more than $1,000" and, when listing her major assets, say only that they are worth "more than $1 million."

The reports show Cindy McCain has at least $9 million in assets on her own and at least $15 million with the McCain children. But those figures are virtually meaningless; her stake in Hensley & Co. alone almost certainly exceeds them by tens of millions of dollars.

Beverage industry analysts estimate Hensley's value at more than $250 million and its annual sales at $300 million or more. Hensley describes itself as the third-largest Anheuser-Bush wholesaler in the United States. It sold more than 23 million cases of beer last year and is among the nation's biggest beer distributors regardless of brand.

Cindy McCain's assets go beyond the family beer company.

She and her children own a minority stake in the Arizona Diamondbacks. The professional baseball team's chief executive, Jeff Moorad, and former majority owner Jerry Colangelo are McCain fundraisers. Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, a former Diamondback player, appeared in a New Hampshire campaign advertisement for McCain.

Assets held by Cindy McCain alone or with her children also include Anheuser-Busch stock; two condominiums along the California coast worth a total of at least $3 million and Arizona investments in rental medical offices and a parking lot, according to property records and John McCain's latest financial disclosure reports.

John McCain has seven ch1ildren: two stepsons and a daughter from his first marriage, and two sons, a daughter and an adopted daughter from his second. McCain's financial disclosure reports do not identify the children who share assets with Cindy McCain.

Arizona is a community property state, so McCain may share possessions his wife didn't inherit, such as their primary home. Cindy McCain, through a family trust, sold the family mansion in Phoenix for $3.2 million and bought a $4.6 million Phoenix condo in 2006. The couple may also jointly own a condo in Arlington, Va., assessed at $847,800. McCain's campaign and Hensley declined to say whether the couple has communal property.

John McCain held a barbecue recently for reporters at a two-story cabin near Sedona, Ariz., that sits on 15 acres owned by his wife's family trust and a real estate partnership in her name. The property includes four single-family homes and is worth nearly $1.8 million.

It's clear the rustic retreat is considered family property. The cabin features artwork by the McCain children and editorial cartoons depicting McCain. A doormat reads: "GEEZER (formerly known as `Stud Muffin') Lives Here." The amenities include a soda fountain and, of course, a Budweiser beer tap.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

If you make more than 250k, you go with McCain, if make less than 250k you go with Obama.

Income taxes. Sen. Obama is calling for higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans but lower taxes on lower- and middle-income households. "It's time for folks like me who make over $250,000 to pay our fair share," Sen. Obama said in a speech last week. "If you are a family making less than $250,000, my plan will not raise your taxes -- not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital-gains taxes, not any of your taxes. In fact, chances are you will get a tax cut."

For example, the Illinois senator wants to raise the top ordinary income-tax rate, now 35%, to 39.6%. For 2008, the top federal rate of 35% in most cases applies to taxable income of more than $357,700. (The 2009 income threshold won't be announced until later this year.)

The Obama plan also includes imposing higher Social Security taxes on workers making over $250,000. However, the senator hasn't given precise details, such as how much more those people would pay. Under current law, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax for 2008 is $102,000.

Sen. Obama wants to raise the long-term capital-gains rate for families making more than $250,000 to around 20% or somewhat higher -- but not above the 28% level it reached during the Reagan presidency, an Obama economic adviser says. The same rate would apply to most dividend income for these investors.

Sen. McCain wants to keep the current structure of tax rates on capital gains and dividends. But many wealth advisers believe that if he won the presidency, he would be forced to compromise with the Democrats in control of Congress and eventually would agree to a capital-gains rate increase.

Capital-gains rates are likely to "go up by more -- and possibly earlier" if Sen. Obama wins, says Thomas D. Gallagher of International Strategy and Investment Group. But rates "still probably go up under McCain," he says, noting that the 15% rate is set to rise automatically after 2010 if Congress takes no action.

Sen. Obama wants to raise the long-term capital-gains rate for families making more than $250,000 to around 20% or somewhat higher -- but not above the 28% level it reached during the Reagan presidency, an Obama economic adviser says. The same rate would apply to most dividend income for these investors.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Who won the week?

Obama, with his winning most of the polls, particularly Newsweek's which put him up 15 points over McCain.

Perhaps what the polls indicate concerns which candidate is framing the national debate, which always gives the leading candidate the greatest tactical advantage. For example, in 2004, when the "Swift-Boaters" launched their attacks on Kerry, the Republicans succeeded in switching focus from Kerry's war experience to a perceived lack of patriotism, which signaled the beginning of the end for the Democratic candidate's struggle in the war of public perception.

With Scott McClellan's congressional testimony subsequent to the publication of his book, which challenges the credibility and integrity of the White House, and McCain's maintaining the Bush administration's line on the Iraq War, the Republican candidate continues to mire himself in the public's perception of a corrupt White House with the lowest popularity ratings in recent memory.

Perhaps the NY Times' Frank Rich put it best when he wrote: "The best deal for Mr. McCain would be for Mr. Bush to disappear into the witness protection program." Barring any egregious mis-steps from the Obama campaign, as long as McCain ties himself the current administration, he will continue to cede the high ground to his better organized, better funded opponent.

Posted by: fredlevy | June 21, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama gave us the most entertainment this week with his backtracking on campaign funding. It's funny how people who base their careers on putting more government restrictions into other people's lives don't seem to want any of those same restrictions in their own lives. It looks like Obama has the makings of a real comedian.

Posted by: ThisIsReality | June 21, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Why is Old Songbird McBush sealing his Military Records? Kerry signed the 180 Waiver and release all of his. Yes, you can keep it sealed, but the Cons forced Kerry to release his, but there was nothing bad in his records. Old Songbird McBush refuses to sign the 180 Waiver. Why is Old Songbird McBush hiding his Military Records?

Google "McCain Hero", "McCain Traitor" "McCain Military Career" "McCain Songbird" "McCain Temper"

This website also has some clues for us.

http://www.usvetdsp.com/jan08/mccain_military_record.htm

Old Songbird McBush has a lot to hide from the American People unlike Kerry. Old Songbird McBush is no hero, he is a Traitor and a Coward.

Where are your Military Records, OLD Songbird "Make it a Hundred" Traitor McBush? What are you hiding?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Darleneann - you hit the nail right on the head.

This is true for all non-Obama supporters. Its not because he's black, stupid. Its because we don't agree with his policies. He's the most liberal senator in the Senate. That's why.

If he keeps playing the race card, this country WILL be set back in terms of race relations, not because he didn't get ALL of the votes and win the presidency.

And he wouldn't be where he is now if he hadn't played the race card during this past year. Ferraro was right - if he was a first-term white senator from Illinios, he'd be ..... John Edwards. Edwards couldn't make it, but Obama did, because of what he pushed about his race.

Posted by: tad | June 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is absolutely right.

The Republicans WILL use racist attacks on him.

Of course, they will disguise the attacks as questions about his strength and patriotism....but the subtext will most definitely be
"He's not American".

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH . NEWS FLASH


Obama really did it now - he is FALSELY ACCUSING the Republican party of racism BEFORE THEY SAY ANYTHING - Obama does not have an actual quote or instance of racism - so he is going with the "Republicans are GOING TO BE RACIST" line instead. The Constitution states one is innocent until proven guilty - Obama's new version of the Bill of Rights is "one is a racist before one says or does anything." Is this Obama's version of a post-racial campaign ? Give the country a break.


Obama is a disgrace to the Bill of Rights.


This is actually a new version of twisting someone's words around and "FALSELY PRETENDING TO BE OFFENDED." Or the FALSE ACCUSATIONS OF "OFFENSIVE COMMENTS."


This time, Obama has nothing to go on. He has nothing.


So Obama says the Republicans are "GOING TO SAY SOMETHING WHICH MIGHT BE TWISTED INTO SOMETHING THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED RACIST IF ONE REALLY REALLY REALLY TRIED." THESE REMARKS BY OBAMA ARE SO ANTI-AMERICAN AND SO OFFENSIVE TO EUROPEAN AMERCANS THAT Obama should RESIGN FROM THE SENATE IMMEDIATELY AND WITHDRAW FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.


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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) - Barack Obama told supporters that Republicans will "try to make you afraid of me" in remarks he made Friday at a Florida fundraiser.

"The choice is clear. Most of all we can choose between hope and fear. It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy.

"We know what kind of campaign they're going to run," said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. "They're going to try to make you afraid. They're going to try to make you afraid of me. 'He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?'"

In similar comments at a Chicago fundraiser last Thursday, Obama told supporters that Republicans would try to portray both him and his wife Michelle as "scary."

"They're going to try to make me into a scary guy," he said last week. "They're even trying to make Michelle into a scary person. Right?" And so that drumbeat - 'we're not sure if he's patriotic or not; we're not sure if he is too black.'


"I don't know, before I wasn't black enough," said Obama. "'Now he might be too black. We don't know whether he's going to socialize - well, who knows what.'"


.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

It Used to Be the Constitution said "One Is Innocent Until Proven Guilty"

In Obama's America "One Is Racist Until One Votes For Obama."

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh, please. Another example of what's wrong with campaign journalism -- an inordinate preoccupation the horse race. Cillizza, over the past year you have revealed yourself to be the worst kind of hack journalist.

Posted by: BZ | June 21, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama, for exactly the reasons stated by 'FrankD' below.

Posted by: JimWinchester | June 21, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Why do you not cover Ralph Nader's campaign at all? He's getting about 6 percent in the polls, yet receiving so little attention from the media.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ijClHoidEl8XEJMJoUooHU1R_nmgD914PTMGA

Posted by: Constantine A. M. | June 21, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Has to go to Obama. 1) Polls showing leads in Ohio, Florida, and PA, 2) announcement that HRC will campaign with him next week, and 3) announcing that he will forgo public funds with little criticism (in fact, he was strangely lauded by most of the press in a "who wouldn't do that" kind of way. 4) Add to that the lackluster showings of Guiliani and Thompson on McCain's behalf, and McCain is starting to look like an exceptionally weak candidate.

And 5) the icing on the cake for Obama is the 15 point lead nationally as polled by Newsweek.

Posted by: FrankD | June 21, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

One last comment. I see a lot of posts about Obama and racism. If Obama is to have any chance of winning the general election, he had better stop crying racism.

First of all, that just points out that he is black and wants everyone to give him special considerations because he had a Kenyan father. He is not like 99 percent of blacks in the US who are descendants of slaves. Secondly, when you're a minority, you don't want to be constantly trashing the majority, which he and the press have gotten into the habit of doing. If he doesn't stop, he is going to have such a big backlash of true racism that the equal opportunity and affirmative action programs will be set back 50 years. He knows this and is apparently willing to chance it to pick up a few more black voters and far left Democrats.

It certainly won't help him with the majority of voters and especially not Republicans who fled to that party to get away from blacks when the voting rights act was passed in 1968, I believe.

As a Democrat I would hate to see all the gains we picked up in the primaries be lost because all the working class whites leave the party to become Republicans. Please stop with the race card.

Posted by: hazwalnut | June 21, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I vote for Aaron - and I want a shirt too - puhleeeeeze!

McCain won. Silly question. Anybody notice the closeness between McCain's and Obama's "takes" this past month? Wow. And - going to Canada - damn smart move.

But the media continues to frost me! All week I got to hear about Michelle's fist-bump on the View. Coverage on Cindy McCain's charitable works in Vietnam - close to nil.

I think Obama lost the week (and more) when he mentioned the "Black thing" in Florida. I am so tired of being called racist because I don't like him. If his name was Colin Powell, I would quit my job and campaign full-time. But it's not - so I won't. I DON'T LIKE HIM! Not because he's Black, but because he's basically left of Kuzinich, for Pete's sake. I am a moderate Democrat who can no more vote for Obama - ON THE ISSUES - than I can...... (I'm thinking.) Also, he's so damn manipulative and hypocritical - and really, really good at it.

Posted by: darleneann | June 21, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

In truth, I used to be a Republican before I started to see a pattern of Racism in the GOP. For instance - you can look at Fox News, where they keep portraying Obama as "scary," "terrorist" and acting "too black." That's racist. Also, we can look to examples like Virginia's George Allen who called one man "Macaca" - because he had darker skin. Or, you can look to McCain's friend Bill Cunningham who screamed Obama's middle (to demonize him) over and over again at McCain's rally.

Or you can look at the example of Kentucky's Geoff Davis who referred in an inappropriate and racist way. Or, you can look at the GOP controversy in Texas - where they had racist buttons on sale. So, when you add all this up - you see a pattern here that spells out racism, and it's really disgusting. That's why I left the GOP - because I'm tired of their way of doing things. They've lost a lot of voters like this - and this is why a lot of people dislike them today. It's really irritating when you see GOP leaders making racist comments. They need to take a stand and denounce racism, but they won't. It's all very disturbing to voters.

Posted by: Allen | June 21, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama clearly won the week... he had such a strong week that he had the opportunity to take a major hit re Campaign Financing, and shrug it off.

The week featured a highly successful repositioning of Michelle on the View, and featured the "happy couple" on the front of US magazine.

Obama re-launched his own postioning campaign with well-recieved TV ads that show him as a "regular American", not the scary, odd individual that he was portrayed in the primaries. These ads ran in Swing States, creating pressure on McCain. This was interestingly enhanced as Michael Bloomberg and Mick Huckabee both went on record suggesting that negative positioning of Obama would be ineffective, and likely would backfire.

Poll numbers showed the arrival of the "BIG bounce" that had been anticipated since winning the nomination, putting nearly every McCain state in play and resulting in an overall lead of some 15%.

As pool numbers showed recovery towards Obama in Hillary supporters (largely White Women voter demo), Obama was able to announce joint appearences and fundraising next week with Mrs Clinton, furthering the "healing process". The strong endorsement of Al Gore in Michigan (though somewhat tardy) added luster to his nomination in an important Swing State.

McCain suffered with Bush linkage, as both he and the President announced their modified positions (some would say "flip flop") on off-shore and ANWAR drilling.

This gave Obama a perfect opportunity to take his hit over opting out of public campaign finacing, and move forward.

Clearly a Week Won by Obama.

Posted by: spears404 | June 21, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I tell you, we all lose when what is covered is the horserace aspect of the election. Surely the policy differences between the candidates are more important, and will have more impact than whether Obama is a liar or McCain is breaking campaign finance laws.

Chris, did you go to J school? Was it for this?

Posted by: snabby | June 21, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Flip-flopping on campaign finance? Winner: Obama. Who cares if he is taking the road that will bring him bigger money. Can anyone imagine McCain not doing so if he was capable of working the net the way Obama is?

Flip-flopping on FISA? The base doesn't like it but it takes the issue off the table. And face it, the telecoms were not going to lose out because they went along with the admin after 9-11. Everyone was freaked out. So no loss for Obama, instead a gain.

Foreign policy inexperience? It is hard for the Repos to argue that they are the grown-ups at this point. Iraq was still a strategic mistake, it has still gone on longer than the US involvement in WW2, and our strategic goals over there are still confused unless they involved garrisoning Iraq for the lifetime of the oil contracts or handing it over to Iran.

McCain really lost the week because of the advancing fracas over torture and outright stupid detention policies. Bush has made it impossible to try even KSM in a straightforward manner. Only kangaroo courts will accept evidence from torture. And remember, McCain was against torture before he was for it.

Still, the election will probably be close precisely because the US is so racist. As the candidate of experience in a change year, McW faces an uphill battle.

Posted by: scientist1 | June 21, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH . NEWS FLASH


Obama really did it now - he is FALSELY ACCUSING the Republican party of racism BEFORE THEY SAY ANYTHING - Obama does not have an actual quote or instance of racism - so he is going with the "Republicans are GOING TO BE RACIST" line instead. The Constitution states one is innocent until proven guilty - Obama's new version of the Bill of Rights is "one is a racist before one says or does anything." Is this Obama's version of a post-racial campaign ? Give the country a break.


Obama is a disgrace to the Bill of Rights.


This is actually a new version of twisting someone's words around and "FALSELY PRETENDING TO BE OFFENDED." Or the FALSE ACCUSATIONS OF "OFFENSIVE COMMENTS."


This time, Obama has nothing to go on. He has nothing.

So Obama says the Republicans are "GOING TO SAY SOMETHING WHICH MIGHT BE TWISTED INTO SOMETHING THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED RACIST IF ONE REALLY REALLY REALLY TRIED." THESE REMARKS BY OBAMA ARE SO ANTI-AMERICAN AND SO OFFENSIVE TO EUROPEAN AMERCANS THAT Obama should RESIGN FROM THE SENATE IMMEDIATELY AND WITHDRAW FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.


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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) - Barack Obama told supporters that Republicans will "try to make you afraid of me" in remarks he made Friday at a Florida fundraiser.

"The choice is clear. Most of all we can choose between hope and fear. It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy.

"We know what kind of campaign they're going to run," said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. "They're going to try to make you afraid. They're going to try to make you afraid of me. 'He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?'"

In similar comments at a Chicago fundraiser last Thursday, Obama told supporters that Republicans would try to portray both him and his wife Michelle as "scary."

"They're going to try to make me into a scary guy," he said last week. "They're even trying to make Michelle into a scary person. Right?" And so that drumbeat - 'we're not sure if he's patriotic or not; we're not sure if he is too black.'


"I don't know, before I wasn't black enough," said Obama. "'Now he might be too black. We don't know whether he's going to socialize - well, who knows what.'"

.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 21, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH . NEWS FLASH


Obama really did it now - he is FALSELY ACCUSING the Republican party of racism BEFORE THEY SAY ANYTHING - Obama does not have an actual quote or instance of racism - so he is going with the "Republicans are GOING TO BE RACIST" line instead. The Constitution states one is innocent until proven guilty - Obama's new version of the Bill of Rights is "one is a racist before one says or does anything." Is this Obama's version of a post-racial campaign ? Give the country a break.


Obama is a disgrace to the Bill of Rights.


This is actually a new version of twisting someone's words around and "FALSELY PRETENDING TO BE OFFENDED." Or the FALSE ACCUSATIONS OF "OFFENSIVE COMMENTS."


This time, Obama has nothing to go on. He has nothing.

So Obama says the Republicans are "GOING TO SAY SOMETHING WHICH MIGHT BE TWISTED INTO SOMETHING THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED RACIST IF ONE REALLY REALLY REALLY TRIED." THESE REMARKS BY OBAMA ARE SO ANTI-AMERICAN AND SO OFFENSIVE TO EUROPEAN AMERCANS THAT Obama should RESIGN FROM THE SENATE IMMEDIATELY AND WITHDRAW FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.


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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) - Barack Obama told supporters that Republicans will "try to make you afraid of me" in remarks he made Friday at a Florida fundraiser.

"The choice is clear. Most of all we can choose between hope and fear. It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy.

"We know what kind of campaign they're going to run," said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. "They're going to try to make you afraid. They're going to try to make you afraid of me. 'He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?'"

In similar comments at a Chicago fundraiser last Thursday, Obama told supporters that Republicans would try to portray both him and his wife Michelle as "scary."

"They're going to try to make me into a scary guy," he said last week. "They're even trying to make Michelle into a scary person. Right?" And so that drumbeat - 'we're not sure if he's patriotic or not; we're not sure if he is too black.'


"I don't know, before I wasn't black enough," said Obama. "'Now he might be too black. We don't know whether he's going to socialize - well, who knows what.'"

.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 21, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Falsehoods? No, sorry why would they lie? His own half brother said he was a muslim, born a muslim, and once born a muslim, always a muslim.

Of course, he won't get elected by saying this, so he had to "change" many years ago.

Again, he has nothing to run on but whining about his sad miserable life, and how he crawled out of the gutters to rise up and be where he is now.

What about his far-left Marxist views, obtained from his far-left Marxist mother? These are facts which cannot be disputed.

Ask him about his views on abortion. He is one of only a few who voted NOT to save a baby if it happened to be alive after a partial-birth abortion. This is actually murder. Oh, remember, he doesn't want his daughters to be "punished" with a baby if they make a wrong decision. The country will not live with this view. Its horrible.

Wake up - in deep trouble if Obama is elected.

Posted by: tad | June 21, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

It's so sad that people are telling falsehoods about Senator Obama. In truth, he is a devout Christian, and he's a decent, married man with two precious daughters. I urge people to visit Senator Obama's new website that addresses the rumors - http://www.FightTheSmears.com because it shows the TRUTH. It shows that Senator Obama is a courageous leader and a good-hearted man. Don't let the ultra-conservatives mis-lead you. It's time for some political change in this country.

Posted by: Allen | June 21, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the posters who pointed out how tedious the comment section is getting. It's supposed to be a "comment section" not a "spew the talking points of your favorite candidate" section.

On to the comment. I don't know if McCain won the week but Obama certainly lost it. Formally opting out of public financing gave him a serious black eye. Having said that, it may well have been a wise tactical choice to take the hit now.

BTW, Obama is increasingly showing a tendency that could well come to define him if he's not careful. His little speech about how he had to destroy public financing in order to save it was was way over the line. He might have been aiming for "high minded" but he ended up deep in "sanctimonious."

Posted by: Mike R. | June 21, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama won the week easily with several polls giving him a significant bump. His decision to not take public financing was a brilliant move. He knows, as anyone who follow national politics knows, the Republicans will launch expensive smear campaigns via unregulated 527s. The current system is broken. The only way to counteract Republican 527s is to continue to rely on the estimated 1.5 to 2 million small donors who will continue to carry this campaign over the goal line. Obama's on the ground volunteer force of over 1 million people is already in place, adds are up and running in 14-18 battleground states, millions of new voters have been registered and will continue to be registered, and his Silicon Valley fundraising apparatus is in high gear. Regarding McCain, who accused Obama of flip-flopping on campaign financing, there is a website tracking McCain's own policy flip-flops, and the current number is 48. The over/under for total McCain flip flops prior to November is probably over 100. McCain offers nothing but more wars and fewer jobs, a sentiment expressed by former Republican Florida Congressman and current MSNBC commentator Joe Scarborough. It was a dismal week for McCain.

Posted by: maxfli | June 21, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama loses because of his support of the FISA, immunity for the telecomms bill.

So does McCain for the same reason.

But the BIGGEST losers are the citizens of the country for believing anything other than collapse is going to change this situation.

Posted by: RetCombatVet | June 21, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Quote from previous post:

"Chris

"Obama lost the week yesterday in Florida - Obama said "the Republicans will try to scare you ..... and by the way did I mention I was black" THIS IS AN OUTRAGE - OBAMA IS BASICALLY ACCUSING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF RACISM."

Well, former Republican governor of Virginia Lynnwood Holton beat Obama to the punch several years ago by saying as much about the Republican Party. I know it for a fact from my Republican "friends." In case some of you have not heard from the right, let me clue you in. Obama's full name is Barack Hussein Obama, hence the Islam and so forth scare tactics being used by the right.

I believe that God has a sense of humor. But I also believe that God will not be mocked. The religious right has mocked God too long with their peity and lack of a forgiving spirit. The religious right fabricates and overstates.


For those of you who read racism into everything that Barack may say, then he is talking to you. Barack is playing his cards so that all may see them. His speech is very clear. He also clearly states the reasons for "changing" his mind.

There is a new day coming. There is a day when the super wealthy and super powerful will remember that this is America, not the vestages of the Dark Ages.

Posted by: Earl C | June 21, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama isn't calling anyone racist who doesn't deserve it. Republicans have already started the "scary guy" drumbeat. McCain actually already said that Obama won't keep us safe from the terrorists. And they are bashing Michelle as some 60's radical (we were all a bit radical at the time, she became a corporate lawyer - some radical). if the shoe fits, call them out on it. a bit touchy, aren't some of you?

Posted by: JoeT | June 21, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH . NEWS FLASH


Obama really did it now - he is FALSELY ACCUSING the Republican party of racism BEFORE THEY SAY ANYTHING - Obama does not have an actual quote or instance of racism - so he is going with the "Republicans are GOING TO BE RACIST" line instead. The Constitution states one is innocent until proven guilty - Obama's new version of the Bill of Rights is "one is a racist before one says or does anything." Is this Obama's version of a post-racial campaign ? Give the country a break.


Obama is a disgrace to the Bill of Rights.


This is actually a new version of twisting someone's words around and "FALSELY PRETENDING TO BE OFFENDED." Or the FALSE ACCUSATIONS OF "OFFENSIVE COMMENTS."


This time, Obama has nothing to go on. He has nothing.

So Obama says the Republicans are "GOING TO SAY SOMETHING WHICH MIGHT BE TWISTED INTO SOMETHING THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED RACIST IF ONE REALLY REALLY REALLY TRIED." THESE REMARKS BY OBAMA ARE SO ANTI-AMERICAN AND SO OFFENSIVE TO EUROPEAN AMERCANS THAT Obama should RESIGN FROM THE SENATE IMMEDIATELY AND WITHDRAW FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.


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


JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) - Barack Obama told supporters that Republicans will "try to make you afraid of me" in remarks he made Friday at a Florida fundraiser.

"The choice is clear. Most of all we can choose between hope and fear. It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy.

"We know what kind of campaign they're going to run," said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. "They're going to try to make you afraid. They're going to try to make you afraid of me. 'He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?'"

In similar comments at a Chicago fundraiser last Thursday, Obama told supporters that Republicans would try to portray both him and his wife Michelle as "scary."

"They're going to try to make me into a scary guy," he said last week. "They're even trying to make Michelle into a scary person. Right?" And so that drumbeat - 'we're not sure if he's patriotic or not; we're not sure if he is too black.'


"I don't know, before I wasn't black enough," said Obama. "'Now he might be too black. We don't know whether he's going to socialize - well, who knows what.'"

.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 21, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

37th&OStreet - you are right. People don't understand - this is all Obama has - to accuse others of being racist.

Why can't he win on his own merits? Oh, yes, I know, got it. HE DOESN'T HAVE ANY. He's been in the Senate for 243 days, and of those 1/2 of them have been spent running for president.

If he is elected, we are all in for a treat. Higher taxes, liberal judges, sitting down with terrorist nations, oh, and yes, these nations have endorsed him. Doesn't that tell anyone anything?

He will be a one-termer, and worse than Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: tad | June 21, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The truth is, Obama "won" this week because so many more leaders are speaking up on his behalf. The Democrats have a united front against McCain - while the GOP brand is sinking and rife with division. For instance, there are 14 GOP US House Representatives who won't endorse McCain because they can't stand him (that looks real bad for him and the GOP).

And, uf you look at McCain - no one is really campaigning for him. In contrast, Obama has all the Democrats campaigning for him (including Clinton), and he also has non-Democrats - like Mayor Bloomberg and Chuck Hagel defending him. In the next week, Clinton will lend her support by bringing in millions for Obama - so Obama's in good shape with people "across the aisle." McCain is dragging behind.

Meanwhile, the press keeps reporting that McCain has an "enthusiasm problem" because no one is really interested in him, and if you look at the press coverage - it looks like he's not interested either! He gets up on stage, mumbles so people can't hear him, he's monotone, and his crowds look half asleep! He won't excite voters by making them bored and sleepy!

Posted by: Allen | June 21, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

A Muslim boy who became a Christian community organizer, a Christian community organizer who became a Chicago politician, a Chicago politician who became a senator, a senator who became an Washington outsider, a Washington outsider who became corrupted by money and power. This is the life story of Barak Obama, the winner of the week.

Posted by: Ekoj | June 21, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Thank you to whoever responded to "Chris".

Obama has nothing - no campaign message except to whine about the Republican's false scare tactics. They are only telling the truth with whatever they say about his foreign policy credentials. But he then accuses them of scare tactics and, yes, he can use the race card whenever he wants. He's safe because the media does not call him on this. Ever heard of "reverse discrimination"? This is it, and unfortunately, it may put him in the White House.

The democrats also need to remember that all the information put out there against Obama was started by his own party - Hillary. The tape that supposedly exists with Michelle Obama saying whatever she said??? - That was put out there by a Hillary supporter.

The Republicans have left this alone, wisely, but they will get blamed for it, if it shows up.

Hillary put out enough information against Obama to sink him in the general election, if people choose to believe it. "He is not a muslim, not as far as I know". Come on, wake up, and quit blaming the Republican party for your issues.

Posted by: tennismom | June 21, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

We are where we are because of john mccain. this country is moving backwards because mccain has been a major player in Washington for 30 years. If he wanted to change anything he had his chances, year after year. Obama wins this week and the general election.

Posted by: gary | June 21, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH


Obama really did it now - he is FALSELY ACCUSING the Republican party of racism BEFORE THEY SAY ANYTHING - Obama does not have an actual quote or instance of racism - so he is going with the "Republicans are GOING TO BE RACIST" line instead. The Constitution states one is innocent until proven guilty - Obama's new version of the Bill of Rights is "one is a racist before one says or does anything."


Obama is a disgrace to the Bill of Rights.

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) - Barack Obama told supporters that Republicans will "try to make you afraid of me" in remarks he made Friday at a Florida fundraiser.

"The choice is clear. Most of all we can choose between hope and fear. It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy.

"We know what kind of campaign they're going to run," said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. "They're going to try to make you afraid. They're going to try to make you afraid of me. 'He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black?'"

In similar comments at a Chicago fundraiser last Thursday, Obama told supporters that Republicans would try to portray both him and his wife Michelle as "scary."

"They're going to try to make me into a scary guy," he said last week. "They're even trying to make Michelle into a scary person. Right?" And so that drumbeat - 'we're not sure if he's patriotic or not; we're not sure if he is too black.'


"I don't know, before I wasn't black enough," said Obama. "'Now he might be too black. We don't know whether he's going to socialize - well, who knows what.'"


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 21, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama wins. Newsweek poll puts him at +15. Enough said

Posted by: corinthian | June 21, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The winner this week was Senator Obama. High gas prices, more bombings in Iraq, and bad poll numbers are bad news to McCain running on a status quo platform. Many Americans, other than political junkies and Beltway inhabitants, will quickly forget the public funding flap. Obama will generate plenty of cash to fight off any "swift-boating" in the fall. Tiger Woods also won an exciting U.S. Open.

Posted by: afam 212 | June 21, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

The real winner of the week is the Bush administration. It's off shore drilling idea got general support. He got the cave in from democrats, including Obama, to support his illegal domestic surveillance act. Iraq situation get even better. Israel has made peace with Hamas. Israel will probably bomb or invade Iran to take out the Iranian nuclear capability before the GE, an idea very much loved by Bush. Such luck is very unusual for a unpopular lame duck president.

Posted by: God Father | June 21, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama won the week for a few reasons.

1. Three new quinnipiac polls from Ohio, Pennsylvannia, and Florida show him ahead in all three by 6,12, and 4 points respectively. Also a new poll form Georiga shows him down 1 point to McCain when Bob Barr is included.

2. Obama's first general election ad which is being shown in 18 states(14 of which voted for Bush in 04 including Alaska, Montana, and Georiga) is incredibly effective at addressing all of his precieved weaknesses.

3. While some may view his decision to opt out of the public finance system as a reason he lost the week, it is actually the biggest reason he won it. He and Clinton raised around 500 million dollars during the primaries combined and now he has her donors working for him. He will raise at least 400 million dollars for the general election compared to 85 million for John McCain. THis will make for the largest spending disparity in general eleciton history and make it possible for Obama to out spend McCain in every state by at least three to won. This will for McCain to play defense in places like Georiga,Montana, and Alaska, and forget about playing offense in Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvannia.

Posted by: nledesma21 | June 21, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Chris

Obama lost the week yesterday in Florida - Obama said "the Republicans will try to scare you ..... and by the way did I mention I was black" THIS IS AN OUTRAGE - OBAMA IS BASICALLY ACCUSING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF RACISM.

This appears to be Obama's main campaign theme.


Obama has spent his ENTIRE CAMPAIGN FALSELY ACCUSING PEOPLE OF RACISM. HE HAS TWISTED COMMENTS, AND FALSELY CLAIMED HE WAS "OFFENDED" OR THAT THE REMARKS WERE "OFFENSIVE." IS ANYONE IN THE MEDIA GOING TO CALL OBAMA ON THIS ???

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Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Wake up - the Newsweek poll showing Obama up by 15? What about the other polls? Why do people just latch on what they want to believe. How can this be far off from the other polls?
Also, Cindy McCain will be a better first lady BY FAR than Michelle-never-proud of her-country Obama. Cindy has class, Michelle does not, and Cindy understands America, Michelle does not and never will with her attitude. But this race is not going to be won on the spouses. Focus on Barack Hussein Obama's background instead. Very scary.

Posted by: tennismom | June 21, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama has had a very good week. The Newsweek poll showing Obama pulling away from McCain nationally is big. McCain is showing his senility. Mrs. McCain, the show-wife, is proving just that. Cindy McCain has "always been proud of America." I could suggest some events in the history of my lifetime when I have not been proud of America. I cannot imagine that a Republican can say with a straight face that he/she is proud of America when all they have done for years on end now is to bash the Federal Government. For those willing to listen to comment-free news items from Obama, McClellon, and so forth, Obama is still the breath of fresh air we need. Who would guess the support that he got from Mayor Bloomberg yesterday. The people have spoken for Obama -- the people will fund his campaign. The media and talking heads can spin, spin, spin, but Obama moves forward.

Posted by: Earl C | June 21, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama got trashed in the New York Times and even worse in the Washington Post for his flip-flop on public financing. Wolf Blitzer was grilling David Axlerod over it on CNN. So who won this week? McCain.

Posted by: Nathan | June 21, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Who cares who won this week. The only week that matters is who will win the week in which the general election occurs in November.

Posted by: Idahotreasures | June 21, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Bob. McCain is clearly the winner. He is sensible, and truly understands the issues with American (right now gas prices).

The MSM is again clouding everyone's judgment. They used to be fair to McCain, but now that they have Obama, they just cannot see straight (I think some of them get chills when he speaks??)

This is ridiculous - and once the normal people in this country understand how far left he is, he will not be elected. He is trying to move to the center, but come on - look at his record/views on taxes, abortion, supreme court nominees. One of only a few to actually vote AGAINST John Roberts?

Also, Obama can only stun people with his reading from a teleprompter. Listen to him, and watch, when he is out of this element, he is like a deer in the headlights, and makes numerous gaffes. He is just too inexperienced to be president.

So, winner this week McCain.

Posted by: tennismom | June 21, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Ultimately, I believe McCain had the better week, politically speaking. His shift on drilling was huge. Although he may be accused of flip-flopping, and in the process may have alienated some independent enviromentlists who were thinking of voting for him, he won because nearly 60% of the American people are tired of $4.50 gas and now believe that drilling is the best short term solution we have. Without doubt, the cost of gas is the first major issue of the 2008 campaign, and with Obama being against any type of solutions that would help the American people in the short term, McCain has won on this issue; if he completely shifted with respect to ANWR, which he could do, the Republicans would have a very potent issue. Lastly, Obama's about-face on campaign finance will leave a small bruise, not so much because Americans view it as a critical issue, but rather because it plays into the perception that Obama is a practitioner of the politics of old rather than a representative of the new brand of politics he claims to embody.
P.S. Chris, even if I don't win, is there anyway I could still get a t-shirt? Those things are sick, and I desperately want one! PLEEEEEEASE?!?

Posted by: Aaron Guerrero | June 21, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The flip-flopping of Obama - perhaps the other poster is correct initially it may not be noticed - however we will make sure that the American People have a clear picture of the Flip Flopping Empty Suit Slime Fish Obama who refuses to adhere to even his own campaign themes.


Obama can not be trusted.


This is another major incident in which Obama's actions have not matched his campaign themes.


Obama is a joke.


Seriously, the American people want someone they can trust - not Obama.


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Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

The week saw good things for both, but in the end McCain won the week.

First Obama: Michelle looked great on the View, and managed to dispel a lot of rumors and myths about her. Polls indicate that most Americans don't like her, yet also know nothing about her at the same time. Getting on the View was a good first step in fixing that. The pro-dem moderators (minus Hasslebeck) allowed her to gloss over the "proud" issue and move into more humanizing tidbits.

Obama's press factor for the week cancels itself out. He pulled a lot of positive press. There was the backing by Gore, the new poll numbers, and some fruitful meetings with Clinton supporters. What this does beyond rallying the base, however, remains to be seen. There were also several negative press rumblings, including the head scarf incident in Michigan and the dispute from the black caucus meeting.

Still, McCain won and the reason is money.

First, Obama made a huge reversal by going back on his pledge to take public campaign funds. It probably won't cost him all that many votes in the fall, but it may hurt him with independents and the media. This has already earned him the ire of several left-leaning columnists. It was the media that propelled him to where he is, and it may very well be the media that costs him the election.

Second, for all of the hub-bub over how much Obama can raise, he and McCain both pulled in 22 million last month. Additional figures announced this week show that the RNC is outraising the DNC at a rate of 4:1. While Obama may have a personal spending advantage, the RNC's war chest will more than likely level the playing field this fall.

Posted by: Matthew | June 21, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Chris: The real winner this week was neither Obama, McCain or Bush. The real winner was the Boston Celtics who won their 17th NBA Championship.

The political types can have the other weeks, but this week belonged to the Boston Celtics.

Posted by: New Era | June 21, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Trying to determine who "won" a week is in a way a silly enterprise. All that counts is who wins the election.

However, I would say neither candidate "won" the week and flip flopping by both results in the American people potentially being the losers. McCain who occasionally tries to come across as a Teddy Roosevelt on the environment, as well as flexing muscular foreign policies, undermined his efforts by supporting off shore oil drilling.

Barack's flip flop on public financing of his campaign will hardly be noticed by most Americans trying to cope with high inflation. However, his flip flop, joining most Democrats in showing no backbone to the Bush regime, on the issue of domestic spying is causing some of his supporters on the left o question his true devotion to basic civil liberties.

Posted by: Independent | June 21, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

In my view, this week's winners are Bush and Obama. Bush, because once again, his huge unpopularity notwithstanding, the Democratically controlled House blinked on FISA, still terrified that somehow they will be portrayed as weak on defense. Obama, because he outflanked McCain on campaign finance and showed that he's serious about winning (and is willing to risk a little short term damage for the sake of the long run). Like it or not, Obama has a strategy, and McCain's campaign seems to be functioning day to day.

Posted by: GEP | June 21, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

What's the point of this "Who won the week...." Obama-McCain poll?
With about 90% of the Fix's commentors liberal Democrats, the result is predictable. The Obamanistas are in fact nothing more than like the three monkees, when it comes to Barack Obama's racist white and America--hating past. They hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil,and that includes the Democratic Party--controlled MSM, who have been censoring every news item that might damage Barack Obama politically.

Posted by: madhatter | June 21, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Obama "won" this week because of his poll-numbers, his boldness with financing, and his recent campaign expansion.

The recent Newsweek poll from yesterday shows Obama beating McCain by 15 points, and he's also beating McCain in multiple communities, such as Latinos and women.

Obama also made a bold decision to buck the status-quo by opting out of public-financing. His decision shows he isn't afraid to take an unconventional route - and it also helps him to raise more money than McCain - this shows strength.

Finally, Obama brought in several smart women staffers to several high-profile positions in his campaign - and this shows he's working to get more women involved. Because of these three, key factors, Obama won the week. In contrast, McCain complained all week, and that's not interesting or helpful at all.

Posted by: Allen | June 21, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

MiA ~~ Mark, I'm glad you read that Post article this morning re: the situation in Basra. I had in mind to post it for you until I got here and saw that you were a step ahead.

This is an article worth reading for those who haven't already done so. This is the first optimistic thing I've seen to come out of Iraq. I'd like to see more media attention paid to the US-Iraqi negotiations regarding US forces staying in the country after the UN agreement expires at the end of the year.

Parsing the predictable differences between the candidates' positions isn't terribly interesting unless one of them really stumbles. This week neither did. I'd like to hear more about the long-term usefulness of drilling for oil from domestic sources which McCain's comments raise. Would drilling off-shore have a substantive impact on our energy security? Obama's opting out of public financing is a non-issue that will be long gone in a matter of weeks.

One item that may have a serious impact on Democratic voters is Obama's initial statements with respect to voting for the enhanced FISA legislation which would grant telecom companies retroactive immunity from lawsuits stemming from warrantless surveillance. This will not sit well the more liberal members of the Democratic party as well as libertarians.

Posted by: Arlington Voter | June 21, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

No one won the week. Here's why:

1. McCain lost because Obama is still ahead in polls and in some cases like New Hampshire Obama has really improved. Also McCain defends offshore drilling while trying to appeal to environmentalists? Get real, no one will fall for that crap.

2. Obama lost because he reneged on his earlier promise to abide by the public financing. Although the system is decrepit and fraught with problems Republicans and the McCain team now have an opportunity to paint Obama as a flip-flopper who will not bring the change he espouses.

Posted by: Sam | June 21, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama by a landslide, based on his big bounce in the Newsweek poll released last night which has him 15 points over McCain and leading in nearly all demographics. When is the Post going to mention this? It was on the cable channels last night.

Posted by: Dottieb | June 21, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Obama won it for the following reasons.

1. A string of polls shows that he has clearly pulled ahead or closed the gap in crucial swing stats like Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania etc. This is quite key as before the primary closed while Clinton was leading in these states against McCain, while Obama was far behind McCain & further Obama lost to Clinton in the Democratic primary. He has quickly overcome his perceived weakness and shown himself to be strong general election candidate, thereby removing whatever doubts Superdelegates & Democrats may have had about Obama.

2. By option out of public financing, he has shown once again that he can play the game hard.

Posted by: Ram | June 21, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

The campaigns did very little to change the landscape this week. Campaign finance and offshore drilling are the sort of issues that are only going to excite the partisan base; dit but more so for the Gore endorsement. Obama's got some good numbers, but that's just the stink over the democratic nomination clearing up. No news is good news for Obama, so he's the winner for sure.

Posted by: theamazingjex | June 21, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

It really confounds me how bad a campaign John McCain is running. His only issue is Iraq and he is blowing that by getting Guiliani and Thompson to make such stupid and inane criticism of Obama by trying to play the fear card. His wife again attacking Michelle Obama was one of those-"what the he11 is she saying this for" minutes
Obama won the week.

Posted by: wstickney | June 21, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

It really confounds me how bad a campaign John McCain is running. His only issue is Iraq and he is blowing that by getting Guiliani and Thompson to make such stupid and inane criticism of Obama by trying to play the fear card. His wife again attacking Michelle Obama was one of those-"what the he11 is she saying this for" minutes
Obama won the week.

Posted by: wstickney | June 21, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

It really confounds me how bad a campaign John McCain is running. His only issue is Iraq and he is blowing that by getting Guiliani and Thompson to make such stupid and inane criticism of Obama by trying to play the fear card. His wife again attacking Michelle Obama was one of those-"what the he11 is she saying this for" minutes
Obama won the week.

Posted by: wstickney | June 21, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I think that although Obama is still up in the polls, McCain won the week. Obama's campaign posits on a government independent from special interest groups. (BTW, who is not a "special interest" group?) His decision to do away with public financing detroys Obama raison d'etre, since everyone will eventually understand that he will now be beholden to his large sum donors/bundlers.

McCain's seemingly contradictory positions on off-shore drilling and ANWR signal a nuanced thinking, just like the shifting position of many Americans. He appears sensitive to the plight of regular Joes, while still caring about the environment. In short, he appears to be a moderate despite Obama's effort to paint as just another conservative. (I think people will eventually find the shallowness of "McSame"/"BushIII" arguments.)

So, for this week, Obama became a "hypocrite" while McCain became a moderate/regular Joe; hence, I think McCain won the week.

Posted by: CP Cook | June 21, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

This early in the campaign, we should avoid drawing too much from polling data. That said, it is clear that the country is unhappy with the current Republican presidency and the current direction of the country.

As a notably fresh candidate and as a Democrat, Barrack Obama clearly benefits from this political environment. If Obama can convince voters that he is a safe and competent alternative, he will win this election.

As the more familiar and Republican candidate, John McCain, must not only offer himself as a viable new direction, while maintaining the support of the Republican faithful, but must also dissuade voters from trusting Obama.

In terms of substance and newspaper coverage, the week was a tie or a slight win for McCain. Voters, even in Florida, appear in no mood for beachfront environmentalism, and McCain's new willingness to embrace offshore drilling will appeal to voters suffering from 4 dollar-a-gallon gasoline. And Obama, as expected, is enduring a day or two of criticism for his decision to forgo public funding in the general election.

But in youth, style and demeanor, Barrack Obama continues to dominate televised coverage. More so than John McCain, Obama appears strong and presidential. His Father's Day speech was masterful and signaled a willingness to challenge liberal and African-American constituencies. His appearance in Iowa was a familiar photo-op, but also a study in contrasts. Obama appeared crisp and presidential. Fair or not, John McCain resembled a senior citizen and a candidate, in his too-informal ball cap, sunglasses and ill-fitting jacket.

The week was a balance of John McCain's words and press releases against Barrack Obama's voice and visual presence. And although McCain might have made slight headway in convincing voters that Obama is too liberal, Obama made even more headway looking strong by standing toe to toe with McCain on the issues, even while resembling a safe and presidential alternative.

In this environment, a tie is not good enough for John McCain, and for this reason I give a slight edge to Barrack Obama for the week.

Posted by: Cornfields | June 21, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

This was a week of definitions, both political and organizational, whose winner will be determined down the road. Solis-Doyle and no public financing vs. hitching onto the power and prerogatives of the Executive with the criticism of the Supreme Court decision, the joint midwest flood tour, or McCain's call 'joined' by Bush for offshore drilling to alleviate gas prices. We'll only know the winners as these actions play out and are played upon, but their effects will make waves, not just ripples.

Posted by: Larry B | June 21, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I didn't realize that you had to ask that question seriously. Let's not waste our time discussing the opt out by Obama from federal limitations, the purchase of advertising in a terrific advertisement about his biography, the scheduling of campaign events with Hillary, the endorsement by Al Gore at a rally in Detroit, or having 46 million in the bank. Let's limit it to the new Newsweek poll that has Obama up 14 points. Obama wins the week.

Posted by: Jerry | June 21, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

It was close to a draw between dueling flip-flops, Obama's silly faux "presidential seal", McCain's continuing amateurish campaign, but in the end it was Obama by a mile - or at least by 15 points. As in the Newsweek poll. A huge bounce. And when Clinton brings in her fundraisers and campaigns with him next week, the O-train will just pick up speed.

Posted by: Organizer721 | June 21, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

This week should be called a win for Senator McCain, in the short term, in the long term for Senator Obama.

The Republic Party can use Senator Obama's decision to opt out of public financing in the short term as "evidence" that the Senator from Illinois is a flip-flopper (a putrid term, that should be put to rest, lest we someday end up with a candidate whose political views have not changed since they were in the womb) and hypocritical.

Long term, though, unless Senator Obama's money spigot dries up, this will soon be forgotten and Obama's money advantage will force Republicans to spend money in states they would prefer not to.

Posted by: John D in Houston | June 21, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

It's not so much who won this particular week, but who lost. John McCain joined the Bush administration in their continuing efforts to enrich the energy industry by calling for offshore drilling and 45 new nuclear power plants. Claiming that drilling in environmentally sensitive areas will produce short-term fixes to high gas prices, McCain ignored that these so-called solutions will take at least twenty years to produce results. McCain is participating in the energy industry's extortion of the American people.

Posted by: Barbara, Asheville, NC | June 21, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

with just a little bit of diligent research and some better reporting on McCain by the press, it is easy to see that Obama won this week....

John McCain was the major flipflopper on receiving campaign funds as reported here:

"John McCain said he would take public financing for the Republican primaries. Then he used the promise of that public financing to help secure a loan for his campaign. Then, after he wrapped up the Republican nomination, he abruptly decided he did not want to be bound by the limits on campaign fundraising and spending that accompany public financing, so he announced that he had changed his mind.

But Federal Election Commission chairman David Mason sent McCain a letter saying that he cannot unilaterally opt out of the public financing system without FEC approval -- a letter the McCain campaign ignored. If McCain cannot opt out of the system unilaterally, he has broken the law by raising and spending funds in excess of legal limits, and continues to do so each day. Even if McCain isn't breaking the law, he has already broken his word and "reversed himself" on the question of whether he would take public funding for the primaries."

But sadly, the press still treats McCain as a darling.

Posted by: easyenough | June 21, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Winner: McCain

Obama finally ended the media's enchantment with him. We already know he's inexperienced. Now we know he'll make any promise that sounds good and then take it back once he learns better. That'll cost in the coming weeks.

Worse, the small donors he's so proud of would have sent their money to the DNC instead where it would have been spent on his behalf. The DNC is already poor this cycle. Whatever the results of Dean's 50-state plan are now, that'll be about the limit of the assistance they can offer.

Prediction: Democratic gains in the house and senate. McCain wins by 80 electoral votes.

Posted by: Bill | June 21, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Obama clearly won the week. No matter how much political wonks want to make campaign financing an issue the average voter neither understands nor cares about campaign financing. High gas prices, consumer confidence down, unemployment up, and the war in Iraq are far more important. In two weeks once the media moves onto the the next "made-up crisis du jour" this will be long forgotten.

Posted by: navi8001 | June 21, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Chris,

Obama won the week by doing these three things:

1. Opt out of Public financing - Loose the editorials battle for 2 news cycle but won the ultimate battle for November. If Kerry had done that in 2004, he'd have been the President.

2. Al Gore's endorsement in Detroit reinforced the need for change and reminds the people of Detroit why Republicans are dangerous for their economy.

3. Obama won the drilling for oil debate by not pandering to the voters. McCain's reversal plus George Bush approval reminds voters why McCain is running for Bush third term.

Posted by: Ayo | June 21, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Obama won the week, the month, the year, and will probably win the decade and even the century as well. Why? Because McCain and his Republican party have a very big ball and chain called George W. Bush around their collective ankle. Bush's dismal record of failure will make it nearly impossible for John McCain to wake up with smile on his face. Ever. Then again, if you've seen a McCain smile, you know it's not a pretty sight.

Posted by: trumpet2 | June 21, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

McCain won this week, but Obama could win the war. The flip-flop from Obama on campaign financing greatly overshadowed McCain's offshore drilling faux pas, but the unlimited cash that decision means could wipe out the impacts of hard feelings by suffocating McCain with red/swing state ads and the ability to quickly respond to any future smears.

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

Posted by: matt | June 21, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

this week was a draw.

but long term, mccain. he was able to paint obama into a corner with the finace flip flop. he is gauranteed 85 million and obama hopes to raise that amount.

obama failed on FISA with his base. i think this is a turning point week for mccain.

we will see.

by the way, i support obama

Posted by: mag64 | June 21, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Obama won the week with his opt-out announcement because he will crush McCain and the GOP financially. The decision to bail out of a "broken" system provides him excellent cover.

Posted by: marylandlegal | June 21, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I would say Ralph Nader won the week. His name has been added to the list of candidates in some of the polls and in least one that I saw, he was getting 6 percent of the voters. He's going to be a player in a number of states and he seems to be very enthusiastic about his campaign.

Senator Obama had no good news...he had to say for sure that he's not going to take public funding for his campaign. I saw that someone wrote that he's ahead 15 percent in the Newsweek poll so he won the week. Newsweek is not a reliable source when it comes to the election. Their poll is way out of line with other polls that show Obama and McCain neck and neck or Obama with a slight lead. The other polls are credible, Newsweek as we know is campaigning for Obama. The announcement that Senator Clinton will be campaigning with him sounds good but won't change the dynamics of the race. People who support Clinton don't support Obama and vice versa. I do, however, expect that Obama will gain momentum in the coming weeks. His fundraising for May was his worst at #22M. You would have thought that would have been one of his best since he had already been declared the winner, at least by the press.

McCain came in second...he did win some support on the drilling proposal, not that it will happen. but he's putting forth ideas that the elite of the Republican party and the very fiscally conservative can get their fingers around.

Posted by: hazwalnut | June 21, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I'd go with a draw. Some good things and bad things for both candidates - sometimes with the same action resulting in both positives and negatives for themselves;

Obama lost some traction with the "new type of politics" with his announcement re: public financing. On the other hand, he just gave himself permission to spend $250 million this fall to tell folks about how good he is, and will put McCain to the test to keep up with him in what should be solid red states. Long term win for Obama.

McCain lost credibility with his oil drilling swaperoo. On the other hand, May's fundraising numbers were good, and he didn't have any major gaffes. But George W Bush is still in office, so it's gonna be hard for any of McCain's weeks to be TOO good unless he's caught on tape calling Bush "the most incompetent moron ever to hold the office" , which may be what happens if he's still down fifteen points in October.

(Seriously? They should be considering it; no one's gonna lose this election by throwing the Chimp under the bus.)

Posted by: Marcus3 | June 21, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

McCain won the week because he is quietly fundraising 3 million in Chicago this week - and Obama continues to make rookie mistakes which lay bare his inexperience like flip-flopping on Campaign Finance and flip-floppoing on Illegal Spying - "Obama was against it before he was for it."


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 21, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

When Newsweek comes out with a Friday poll showing you up by FIFTEEN points, I think you get to claim weekly honors.

Posted by: spike | June 21, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/20/AR2008062003096.html

indicates that the Iraqi military and the Maliki regime are the undisputed winners of the week for the first time ever.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | June 21, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Boutan, blert, and Alan in Missoula, please contact me at

mark_in_austin@gmail.com

All will be explained.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | June 21, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

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