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FixCam Week in Preview: Obama and Clinton Unite

Looking to see "Who Won the Week"? Scroll to the bottom of the post for answers.

But first, the big news this week is the private and public get-togethers featuring Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

The festivities start Thursday at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington where Obama and Clinton will appear together at a fundraiser designed to bring her top donors on board with the Ilinois senator for the general election push.

The following day Obama and Clinton will appear together for the first time since she conceded the Democratic primary earlier this month. Details of the event are being closely kept although speculation is rampant about where the two will appear. (Politico's Charlie Mahtesian and Amie Parnes have a speculative piece about five places Obama and Clinton could debut.) Our guess? Ohio.

Everything -- from what Clinton and Obama say to how comfortable they look around one another to what they are wearing (and why) -- will be closely scrutinized in hopes of understanding more about the relationship between the two.

Any sign of distance/fissure/unhappiness between the two former combatants is sure to be picked up by Republicans as a sign that just below the surface all is not well. (Some within the Clinton donor world seem determined to make it easy for Republicans; Susie Tomkins Buell called the hiring of former Clinton manager Patti Solis Doyle by the Obama campaign last week a "slap in the face".)

The joint appearance is also likely to set off a storyline about the duo sharing a ticket. We can already hear the cable commenters saying: "They sure do look good together". The reality is that Clinton is still something of a long shot to end up on the ticket, no matter how good the visuals look later this week.

And now for the winners of The Fix's first "Who Won the Week" contest. (Excerpts of their answers are below.)

* "Evan" (Obama winner): "It's the week of flip flops! Obama reversed course on campaign finance, McCain flipped on offshore drilling. Obama's is a process issue, McCain's is a policy issue. We suspect voters don't care that much about process, and they care a lot about energy."

* "Leather D" (McCain winner): "McCain won the week because Obama's campaign finance opt-out gives McCain something he hasn't had in weeks: an issue establishing him as the good-government reformer and giving him daylight from the GOP brand."

* "garnicmacindc" (Wildcard winner): "Luke Russert won the week. The way he handled the press, supported his mother and eulogized his dad. He became BIG RUSS this week."

Winners -- send your preferred official Fix t-shirt size and mailing address to me at chris DOT cillizza AT washingtonpost DOT com.

Losers -- there's always next time. Literally. This Friday we'll play "Who Won the Week" again. Be on the lookout.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 23, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
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I hope and pray this is Obama's year. Guess Texas will vote for McCain but this is one Texan who will vote for Obama!!! Just wish I could vote today!!!!

Posted by: Martha Nichols | June 24, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I think Sen.McCain is a sacrificial goat entered by the current admin. If he wins -- great; if he loses, even better. Why? Small reports during the last 8 years saying that the whole reason for the humongous deficit is to shift the economic landscape of America. 30 years Republicans been trying to get rid of Social Security, diminish public funding for public education, get rid of welfare, unemployment and all those "socialist" programs we have that help poor and middle class.
With this huge Bush Legacy deficit, they can finally say "We can't afford it. We have a deficit to pay off."
And they would love to have a Democrat, particularly a black Democrat in the driver's seat when Social Security, National Parks, Public Education, etc. get cut. Democrats would theoretically never get elected again.
Nicely, Obama is the only candidate who has a chance to be bigger than that.

Posted by: zheembeaux | June 23, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Chris, never sing again.

Posted by: David McCullough | June 23, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

bondjedi-
form of a mysogynist with issues about his mother.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA TAUGHT CONSTITUTIONAL LAW.
WILL HE LIVE UP TO HIS RHETORIC?

WHERE DO THE CANDIDATES STAND ON THE
RESURGENCE OF KKK-STYLE VIGILANTISM
ALL ACROSS AMERICA?


Obama now says he'll work to eliminate the telecom immunity provision when the FISA bill passed last week by the House reaches the Senate... but he also says he may end up voting for the bill anyway if his effort fails.

Obama can be forgiven for flip-flopping on public financing of presidential elections. He correctly argues that his private fund-raising is even more democratic, since it's built upon millions of small contributions from (mostly) average citizens.

But Obama can't be given a pass on his apparent equivocation on issues involving warrantless surveillance and other as yet unknown government programs that jeopardize constitutionally guaranteed rights. Obama used to tout his constitutional bona fides in his stump speech. Now, as the nomination appears to be his, he's doing the old soft shoe.

OBAMA BACKTRACKS AS THE NATION LEARNS OF
THE EVILS OF "GANG/COMMUNITY STALKING"


Obama's transformation into the great equivocator comes just as word has begun to surface of widespread, organized vigilantism in American cities, towns and counties coast to coast -- a veritable resurrection of Ku Klux Klan- like harassment, intimidation and even physical and psychological abuse of American citizens they deem undesirable, or whose political or social views do not comport with their twisted world view.

It's called "GANG STALKING" or "COMMUNITY STALKING" ... organized bands of self-righteous extremists, the evil twins of the "town watch" brigades, who are taking the law into their own hands while public officials appear to be ignorant of their law-breaking, or choose to look the other way.

These are nothing less than organized terrorists who spread false rumors, ruin reputations and careers, stalk and intimidate, commit unlawful burglaries and acts of vandalism, sabotage and worse, in a twisted, ongoing campaign to bypass the judicial system and enforce their view of what might be called a new world order.

Dozens of internet sites detail the plight of individuals and families who have been falsely and maliciously targeted by these community stalkers, whose fascist credo is summarized in four frightening words:

"Indentify, Vilify, Nullify, Destroy."

Read more here:

http://www.usenet-replayer.com/faq/alt.abuse.recovery.html

The mainstream media has yet to expose the resurrection of vigilantism in America, and to explore why authorities on all levels have failed to take action -- allowing this creeping fascism to fester and spread.

Will someone please ask mainstream journalists why they have not pursued this story? Why they have not questioned public officials about the increasing number of reports of gang/community stalking, and the extreme measures being they are employing against their "targets"?

Have John McCain and Barack Obama heard reports about gang/community stalking -- and what are they doing to ensure that the rule of law prevails over extra-legal, neo-fascist vigilantism?

Chris Cillizza and Washington Post staffers, I entreat you to research this subject and inquire of the candidates. Because gang/community stalking is nullifying the rule of law as well as the electoral process in America. And people are being destroyed.

Do it now, while there's still a chance that principled public officials and well-meaning but oblivious civil libertarians can take action to stem the abuses and restore civility and the rule of law.

Posted by: scrivener | June 23, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

To the poster who has been shouting GOP rhetoric and yet too shamed to name themselves..
I mean this poster *Posted by: | June 23, 2008 10:50 AM*..
Posting two comments of rant without accountability...
Must be the past 7 years of being stripped of your civil liberties that make you become Anon...
You sound like one of the "blue collar" workers they said weren't racists ...they were just "faith" voters.

Have the balls to say your piece but name yourself..or are you afraid of your own comments and not willing to be strong enough to admit those are your words?

Behaving this way,what you are doing is worse then Obama changing his position...
Or worse Obama speaking the truth..

The GOP and or thier 527's will indeed use race as an issue..this is the build up to a GE and the gloves are off...

Face the facts dude/dudette...Race is an issue and will remain so until we stop trying to pussy foot around the topic.

I was a teen in the beginning of the 80's..I saw the changes in society on acceptance..the color of your skin was NOT the first issue any more...however, the bitterness they showed had been passed on from the parents.Of those my age, it was evident in how my friends spoke about race very open yet very guarded.

I was one of 3 white students in a black humanities course with 22 in the class... you can do the math.
I was blamed for the Holocaust as well as slavery..because of the color of my skin and my heritage of being German..the other two white students were Jewish..ironic...

I enjoyed reverse racism..however, it did not make me become a racist..
My mother did not raise me that way.
I'm not going to use the standard white person response...I have black friends..of which I do but that is not the point..I had grown up in a multi cultural neighborhood.

I lived through this era and learned..embraced and tried to understand the differences yet also the commonalities between black and white..
Predjudice is NOT born into you..but learned..and it is a pattern that , though not as common as was 30 years ago..it is still out there..and Obama saying it will be used as an issue is just facing FACTS...

So Anon..who are you and why do I care what you have to say when you are not willing to put your name to your writings?

Posted by: Connie...Chicago native | June 23, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

For uncensored news please bookmark:

www.wsws.org
www.takingaimradio.com
www.onlinejournal.com
www.counterpunch.org
www.globalresearch.ca

www.unknownnews.org

McCain is charged zero percent interest on his AmEx card

With news of the McCain family's six-figure credit card debt cropping up today, its not too hard to imagine a little light-hearted chuckling among middle class folks getting a look at the spendthrift habits of elites. As The Hill reported this morning, based on disclosure reports released today, Sen. John McCain and his wife Cindy owe at least $100,000 to American Express, with a "dependent child" also holding a card with a balance between $15,000 and $50,000.

But not all credit card debts are created equal. In fact, according to a prior disclosure form filed in May that was provided to The Huffington Post, a significant amount of the McCains' credit card debt is being held by American Express at an interest rate of zero percent -- making their debt a lot less like the costly credit card pitfalls facing many Americans and a lot more like the big sweetheart loans that can get national political figures in hot water. (Sen. Barack Obama's first choice to head up his vice presidential search committee resigned this week after a controversy emerged over a favorable mortgage he received from Countrywide, a key player in the current housing crisis.)

Zero-percent credit card interest rates are not exclusively for the rich or well-connected, of course. But the most common offers of that kind are often capped at a few-thousand dollars and shed their zero percent rate after six to nine months.

According to the May 15, 2008 disclosure form, though, during 2007 Cindy McCain originated an individual debt of between $250,000 and $500,000 with a zero-percent interest AmEx that was still not paid off by the time of the time of that filing.

[Click here to see page 18 from May disclosure form.]

In other McCain family financial news, Megan McCain -- she of McCainBlogette.com -- has announced she'll be producing a children's picture book about her father. While the publisher, Simon & Schuster, will be donating a portion of the money it makes off the title to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a veterans' charity, it appears Megan will not. Perhaps she has a little credit card debt to pay off. But even if that's the case, there's no need to hurry -- the "dependent child" credit card debt listed on McCain's May disclosure form is also being charged at a rate of zero percent.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/13/ready-to-laugh-at-mccain_n_107008.html


Posted by: che | June 23, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

11:22 a.m. post

"Clever sock-puppetry and innuendo will carry the day over Obama. That is why I am here.

If John Kerry or Al Gore had hired me and my mad skills, Dubya would not be president."

Posted by: 37th&O Street Translator | June 23, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

To the Translator person who is either IN Obama headquarters or connected to the campaign:


Your comment at 10:34 was deceptive - because the poster clearly stated that Obama was prepared to call other people racists who had not done or said anything racist.


The poster to whom you were referring said nothing about Obama being a racist, hating white people, or Obama's attitudes toward "typical white people."


The poster also said nothing about Obama looking down at people who come from small towns because they cling to guns and religion - saying nothing about the neighborhoods in Chicago where there are guns and religion as well.


The poster did not say that Michele Obama has used racist slurs against white Americans.

The poster did not say that for 20 years Obama had been a member of a Black Liberation Theology Church which listed racists objectives on its website.


The poster did not say that Obama gave $20,000 to a Black Liberation Theology Church in one year recently.

The poster did not say any of those things - so please do not mischaracterize the posting.

.

Posted by: Translator Translator | June 23, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

To the Translator person who is either IN Obama headquarters or connected to the campaign:


Your comment at 10:34 was deceptive - because the poster clearly stated that Obama was prepared to call other people racists who had not done or said anything racist.


The poster to whom you were referring said nothing about Obama being a racist, hating white people, or Obama's attitudes toward "typical white people."


The poster also said nothing about Obama looking down at people who come from small towns because they cling to guns and religion - saying nothing about the neighborhoods in Chicago where there are guns and religion as well.


The poster did not say that Michele Obama has used racist slurs against white Americans.

The poster did not say that for 20 years Obama had been a member of a Black Liberation Theology Church which listed racists objectives on its website.


The poster did not say that Obama gave $20,000 to a Black Liberation Theology Church in one year recently.

The poster did not say any of those things - so please do not mischaracterize the posting.

.

Posted by: Translator Translator | June 23, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

The signs are really really bad Obama really did it last Friday when he FALSELY ACCUSED the Republican party of racism BEFORE THEY SAY ANYTHING - Obama does not have an actual quote or instance of racism - so he went 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's new version is "One is a racist until you vote for Obama."


Is this Obama's version of a post-racial campaign ? Obama IS RUNNING A RACIAL CAMPAIGN. THERE IS NO DOUBT. THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN THAT IS POST-RACIAL EXCEPT THE HYPOCRISY.


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."


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 10:50 AM | 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.'"


.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Luke Russert was definitely the class act of the week. The kid handled himself like a pro, while being keenly observed by the media-cracy, who liked what they saw.
Luke's a made man, now. He lost his father, but he has gained the keys to the kingdom. Hell of a way to do it, but he's in. The old man would be proud.

Posted by: Waiting For Godot | June 23, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

10:21 a.m. post:

"No ne realizes but me that Obama was on a racist rant on Friday, maybe because it never happened.

I will try to disguise my racism by calling Obama a racist. I wonder if anyone out there is as dumb as me and will fall for it?"

Posted by: 37th&O Street Translator | June 23, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

They'll be like the Wonder Twins:

"WONDER TWINS POWERS - ACTIVATE!"

Hillary - Form of ... a shrew!

Obama - Form of ... an iced can of whoop-ass!

Posted by: bondjedi | June 23, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Chris:

Not for nothing however can we hear about the RACE comments which Obama made in Florida last Friday?

CNN reported it.


Why not the Washington Post? Obama has based his ENTIRE CAMPAIGN ON RACE BAITING - Obama has a certain percentage by fooling people - However he keeps on playin the race-baiting-card as a means to DIVIDE.


Obama is not a uniter.

Chris does anyone realize how DIVISIVE Obama's tactics are? Obama makes Karl Rove look like a little furry kitten.


.


Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 23, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Please tell me those are not plates hanging on the friggin walls, plates on teh wall - are those before or after teh dishwasher cycle.

Do you hang your furniture from the ceiling when you are not using it?

Posted by: Huh | June 23, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Show me the money!

Posted by: nclwtk | June 23, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Isn't the Mayflower Hotel where Spitzer had his liaisons? What, the Watergate wasn't available for the HRC and BHO show?

Anyone that thinks they are going to pick up clues about the relationship between HRC and BHO by their clothes, body language, words, etc. is seriously misunderestimating the political prowess of HRC, BHO, and their handlers. Which, as the D presidential campaign has shown, is considerable.

Posted by: mnteng | June 23, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

So why hasn't WAPO Obama Shill Chris The
Drizzle gone to work for the Obama Campaign
by now? Since WAPO is full of total losers
Barack Hussein Obama Shills,one or two less
won't be missed so Chris be sure to take
Senile David Broder,Ben Pershing,and all the phony Obama plant Black Reporters at
WAPO with you. Don't let the door hit you
in the butt Chris!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | June 23, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Wow! High production values, special effects, heart rending vocals, award-winning sound track, classy wardrobe -- this post had none of those -- but just like $4 gas leads to discussion of offshore drilling, so too does this historic presidential race lead to other unexplainable phenomena. Thus we watch, bemused and befuddled.

Posted by: Optimyst | June 23, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

The candidates still need to get good VP's, and http://www.votenic.com holds a weekly Vice President poll, so see who America thinks should back the candidates.

Posted by: Kerun | June 23, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Boutan, Alan in Missoula, and blert:

pls contact me at

mark_in_austin@gmail.com

all will be revealed.
----------------------
Playing well together is worth $22M to HRC and the election to BHO. One does not have to be a labor/employment lawyer negotiator to see that this is a no-brainer settlement.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | June 23, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

An important story is also Ralph Nader's struggles to get on the ballot, and it seems that he is doing better than he was in 2004: http://www.campaigndiaries.com/2008/06/third-party-news-ralph-nader-works-to.html

Posted by: Dan | June 23, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

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