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FixCam Week in Preview: Obama's Moment?

UPDATE, 9:30 am: Joe Biden is expected to continue the Democratic attack on John McCain's economic credentials in a speech today in Michigan. "John McCain stands with George Bush firmly in the corner of the wealthy and well-connected," Biden is expected to say.

ORIGINAL POST

It's no secret to anyone closely following the 2008 presidential election that John McCain has dictated the pace of the race over the last two months or so.

Beginning with his successful attack on Barack Obama as a celebrity and continuing through his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate and the conclusion of the Republican National Convention, McCain has been on offense -- taking the fight of the campaign to Obama and forcing his Democratic rival into a defensive crouch.

After eight weeks of that dynamic, polling has begun to reflect the damage done to Obama (or the good accrued to McCain) as the two rivals are in a virtual dead heat in a series of national surveys.

While Obama's campaign has preached calm, the Democratic party's most loyal activists have begun to panic -- seeing in the last eight weeks startling reminders of the 2000 and 2004 presidential races.

There are three reasons to believe that Obama will get back on track this week -- thanks to events that happened late last week and over the weekend.

1) Attacking on the Economy: We wrote about this quite a bit on The Fix late last week but Obama's decision to re-focus the race on the economy -- and paint McCain as fundamentally out of touch on this critical issue -- is a sound strategy. Obama's two new ads, one of which paints the Arizona Senator as clueless (and old) when it comes to the computer age, are being reinforced by new commercials in six battleground states by the Service Employees International Union that begin today. Given the preeminence of the economy as an issue in voters' minds, focusing on it makes perfect sense.

2) In the Money: Obama announced on Sunday that his campaign raised $66 million in August, his largest take for any month of the campaign and a record for any single period in a presidential race. Obama began this month with $77 million in the bank, a massive sum that allows the Illinois Senator to continue to expand the playing field in places like North Carolina, Virginia and Montana among others. It also beats back the idea that Obama's decision to opt out of public financing was the wrong one -- as some suspected in recent weeks. Obama's record haul also provides a symbolic sign of the continued energy and enthusiasm within the base of the party and changes the narrative -- even for a day -- of the race.

3) Palin Power: Palin has been THE story in this campaign since she was introduced in late August. She has cleared two major hurdles -- her acceptance speech at the convention and her first media interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson -- and will now begin several weeks of trips around the country as she settles into the daily grind of campaigning. (Palin's next major test will be the vice presidential debate in Missouri on Oct. 2.) Given that schedule, it would make sense that the spotlight would shine slightly less on her over the coming week, allowing Obama to re-establish himself as prime mover in the race.

All three of the above factors should -- and, we repeat, should -- allow Obama to get his groove back this week. And, he very much needs to do so as time is starting to run short and he can't afford to lose any more weeks of this campaign.

By Paul Volpe  |  September 15, 2008; 6:30 AM ET
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John McCain and Sarah Palin are liars. With the lies he is telling (see lipstick on a pig, bridge to nowhere, earmarks and teaching sex ed to kindergarteners), I don't see how any one can vote for him. Clearly he is lacking in the morals department. Most people that are so anti-Obama have never taken the time to get to know him. I have researched both candidates and basically, I could never vote for anyone who lies as much as John McCain. And to call Obama an elitist, that is just funny. The man who was raised by a single mom who was once on food stamps versus the man that does not know how many houses. Who is more like the rest of us? Who is out of touch?

I am sick and tired of all the whiners who keep crying sexist every time someone asks Sarah Palin a question. Yet they accuse Obama who has actually never played the race card of playing the race card. Oh but believe that his race is a factor for some of you and you know who you are. Palin chose to accept the offer to run for VP so they need to stop hiding her. What is the GOP so afraid of, that some one may go off of the script? She could not have handled those women on the view. Obama has had to deal with a lot harsher interviews than the one she had with Charlie Gibson, yet all the McCain supports are crying about media bias and that she was treated unfairly. Like the old saying says, if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the Kitchen. She is not running for Miss America, she is running to run America.

What turns me off about the Republican Party in general is the bullying, the fear tactics, that they play in ignorance and use the Christian right. I can't stand the lies, the smugness and the self-righteousness that party brings. They get their votes by using ignorant people. They do no have most of the population's interests at heart. They are an unforgiving bunch of people and party of wealth, greed, and intolerance and have no understanding of people that are not like them.

I like many others will be voting for Obame/Biden. Don't put too much stock in the polls. The democrat turnout will be great this year. There are many voters still registering. I personally have never been polled and this will be the 5th election I have voted in. No one I know has been contacted by the Gallup poll not even my 95-year-old great-aunt and we are all voting democrat.

Sarah Palin may have energized the republican base, but she has also brought some republicans and independents to the other side. Not to mention those wary Hillary supporters who forgot that they were democrats first were reminded of the importance of voting and voting democrat. Her presence has motivated many Obama supporters to donate money. Not only has she energized the republican base; she has motivated and energized the democrats as well.

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Nevermind. I am talking about a bunch of people who think it is acceptable to cheat your way into the presidency. The type of people that help a group of football players who raped a girl get away with it since they are part of an "elite" group that cannot have their reputations ruined at any cost and will win at any cost. They type that are against abortion but say to hell with the babies after they're born (can't say any republican I know has adopted any crack babies). Yet somehow republicans think they are more Christian and that killing for the sake of oil is somehow a "task from God". Unfortunately, I don't think Obama has a chance. Why? Because Obama will win but McCain will steal the presidency. One can only hope that cheating, lies and injustice are exposed for what they are.

Posted by: Woman4Obama | September 16, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: OBAMA 08' | September 16, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama is becoming a joker.


First he decided to attack Sarah Palin - that didn't work and he ended up sinking in the polls.


Then Obama decided to be the angry man - actually committing fraud against his self-constructed image of hope - he came off all angry and mean - and that didn't work


NOW Obama is attempting to put out a vague "My economic plan is better than yours" - again vague from Obama - the problem is that Obama has been championing all these new government programs for his entire campaign -


These additional government programs will require higher taxes.


OBAMA WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAX THIS NATION OUT OF ITS ECONOMIC MESS.


YOU ARE A MORON IF YOU THINK HE CAN DO THAT.


Obama is pointing everyone in the wrong direction.


Obama's people are left hoping for a better economic program - or even an economic program that works.


Obama's only economic or business experience is buying cocaine.


Seriously people Obama knows NOTHING about the economy.


Obama has built his entire career on maxing out every affirmative action program he could find until he turned the democratic delegate selection process into one giant affirmative action program including stopping Michigan and Florida voters from counting fully.


What a jokster - A Voter really has to be nuts to vote for Obama and risk the Economy on an inexperience affirmative action guy like Obama. And risk the National Security of this nation on an affirmative action guy like Obama.


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | September 16, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Barack who?

Posted by: Mr. D. | September 16, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse


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The poster at 5:08 Scott under The Fix's entry "FixCam Week in Preview" is correct - there is a distinct possibility that Obama boke Federal law if Obama sought to negotiate a deal with the Iraqi government involving US Troops and their movements within Iraq during this summer.


Obama has got to be kidding to try something like this.


The Logan Act is a Federal law which seeks to clarify that the President and the administration is the sole representative of the United States in foreign and military affairs. Legislators can not go off and start negotiating and making deals with foreign nations - if they attempt to do that they violate Federal law.


Any Campaign should be careful to stay out of foreign policy in the year before the election -


Our national security depends on respect for this clarity - this story is OUTRAGEOUS - THE STORY IS OBAMA WANTS THE WAR TO CONTINUE FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL POLITICAL BENEFIT.


Is Obama for the war or against the war?


The truth is: Obama is against the war when he wants the anti-war votes AND he is for the war when he CALCULATES THAT CONTINUING THE WAR WILL GET HIM MORE VOTES IN NOVEMBER.


OBAMA IS AN EXTREMELY SICK MAN TO PLAY WITH THE LIVES OF OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN THIS WAY.


In fact, it is more than the potential violations of the Logan Federal Act - it is TREASON to start negotiating a separate military policy when one is not the President especially when the American servicemen are risking their lives in the war zone.


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | September 15, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

The poster at 5:08 Scott is correct - there is a distinct possibility that Federal law was broken by Obama if this story is true.


Obama has got to be kidding.


Any Campaign should be careful to stay out of foreign policy in the year before the election - our national security depends on it. However this story is OUTRAGEOUS - THE STORY IS OBAMA WANTS THE WAR TO CONTINUE FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL POLITICAL BENEFIT.


Is Obama for the war or against the war?


The truth is: Obama is against the war when he wants the anti-war votes AND he is for the war when he CALCULATES THAT CONTINUING THE WAR WILL GET HIM MORE VOTES IN NOVEMBER. OBAMA IS AN EXTREMELY SICK MAN TO PLAY WITH THE LIVES OF OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN THIS WAY. In fact, it is more than the potential violations of the Logan Federal Act - it is TREASON to start negotiating a separate military policy when one is not the President.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

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McCain is the right man to lead this nation out of the economic mess which in great part is the Clinton administration's fault 100% - McCain wants to slam the lobbyists which is great for the economy.


In sharp contrast Obama has no business or economic experience except for buying cocaine.


Seriously why go with an inexperience and untested person who can not even handle the Sarah Palin pick without panic and making mistakes - McCain is the steady hand with the right instincts.


McCain is battle tested.


Compared to being in a Vietnamese prison camp, this economic situation is a walk in the park - in fact it's a walk in the park on a sunny day. McCain knows who the brightest and best advisors are to go to in order to formulate economic strategies which will get the economy humming again.


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | September 15, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Monday, September 15, 2008


Did Obama Violate The Logan Act? [Jonah Goldberg]


Amir Taheri:

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.

Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops - and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its "state of weakness and political confusion."

"However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open." Zebari says.

Though Obama claims the US presence is "illegal," he suddenly remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework of a UN mandate. His advice was that, rather than reach an accord with the "weakened Bush administration," Iraq should seek an extension of the UN mandate.

While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the US commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a "realistic withdrawal date." They declined.
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In 1975, Senators John Sparkman and George McGovern were accused of violating the Logan Act when they traveled to Cuba and met with officials there. In considering that case, the U.S. Department of State concluded:

The clear intent of this provision [Logan Act] is to prohibit unauthorized persons from intervening in disputes between the United States and foreign governments. Nothing in section 953 [Logan Act], however, would appear to restrict members of the Congress from engaging in discussions with foreign officials in pursuance of their legislative duties under the Constitution. In the case of Senators McGovern and Sparkman the executive branch, although it did not in any way encourage the Senators to go to Cuba , was fully informed of the nature and purpose of their visit, and had validated their passports for travel to that country. Senator McGovern’s report of his discussions with Cuban officials states: "I made it clear that I had no authority to negotiate on behalf of the United States — that I had come to listen and learn...." (Cuban Realities: May 1975, 94th Cong., 1st Sess., August 1975).

OBAMA CAME TO NEGOTIATE A POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT DELAY IN THE WITHDRAWL OF OUR TROOPS- WAS HE AFRAID THE "100 YEARS WAR" CLAIM WOULD BE CONSIDERED THE JOKE IT ALWAYS WAS?

WHAT A HYPOCRITE !!!

WELL AT LEAST HE'LL HAVE ONE MORE THING IN COMMON WITH MCGOVERN AFTER NOVEMBER!

Posted by: Scott | September 15, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if it is true that the actual candidate that bumps off mutual opponent, he wins in November regardless of issues and poll numbers?

Apparently this mutual opponent is wealthy, exposed corruption within both parties and is presently targeted.

The question is how?

Will GOP use Guiliani-like mob ties like the way his protege ex-NYPD commissioner did and may be jailed up to 140 years? Or solicit Gotti, Jr. whose conspiracy and murder trial starts tomorrow? Is infamous VP Cheney behind the orchestration of this?

Will Dems use an OJ Simpson-like, black convict with jail time? Coincidentally his kidnap and robbery charge trial starts the same time too.

Will the parties employ the popular law enforcement practice of 'sweetheart exchange deals' where convict commit crime/murder in exchange for less jail time, conveniently covered up and real culprits not publicly suspected?

Should we worry about our personal safety too as we share this information? For example, should my husband worry about physical safety during his routine of jogging after work in the Hackensack/Bogota, NJ areas at 4pm today as our habits and plans are known in advanced via bugging device devices in both private and public places?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama is going to be the scapegoat for the Democratic Party for thirty years.

The guy that blew it. That let the Republicans beat him and put a woman in the white house.

This will blow to pieces what the Dems stand for, when the party that does really stand for women is the republicans.

He could have picked Hiallary to win this. But he did not. Now, he will be the scapegoat, the laughingstock for the rest of his life.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Barack back on that crack pie again?

he's saying more and more stupid stuff ( More than the normal amount coming from his lips)

Posted by: Obama2012 | September 15, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Obama and Sen. Biden will win election in November! Sorry, Charlie!

Posted by: Kind671 | September 15, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

All due respect, but Obama "loses" weeks on the campaign trail because the news media became enamored with that ignoramus from Alaska. The media needs to focus on real issues, such as the main reason our economy is in the tank: the Republican "leadership" of the past 8 years.

Posted by: Soonerthought.blogspot.com | September 15, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin KILLED the bridge to no where after Congress failed to stop it."

Don't you have to like, um, be in congress or the Oval Office to kill a Federal bill?

Posted by: DDAWD | September 15, 2008 1:03 PM

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No.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Just wait for the debates and McCain nails it and Obama says....uh...ahhhh....yuhh...ahh...what I've clearly said before....ya right.

What an empty pathetic terrorist loving fool he is.

Posted by: Obama2012 | September 15, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin was an excellant choice for vice president. she holds on to values that many of us still hold dear to our hearts including life and marriage as God intends it to be. some have attacked her for her pro life stance. my question is how can anyone even be pro abortion, this is killing. these are a lives. I just don't understand it how these people can feel good about themselves for promoting this kind of behavior. McCain and Palin are best for our nation economically and fro national security. Obama is weak and can't make decisions as in voting 130 times present instead of a yes or no. Or he dodges questions by saying its above his pay grade. With this kind of behavior he will cruble under pressure. We need a man like McCain who is proven. And we need to be a nation that is pro life, pro family, pro democracy and pro freedom. We need to be nation that honor's God in what we do. If we don't we can expect judjement from God.

Posted by: charlie | September 15, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

So, Razorback, if she KILLED the bridge, why didn't she RETURN the money?

BB

Posted by: Fairlington Blade | September 15, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin KILLED the bridge to no where after Congress failed to stop it."

Don't you have to like, um, be in congress or the Oval Office to kill a Federal bill?

Posted by: DDAWD | September 15, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

It's common knowledge that Track went in the military to avoid jail.
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FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT YOU THE EDWARD'S STORY.


The NATIONAL ENQUIRER’S exclusive ongoing investigation of GOP VP Nom Sarah 'Barracuda' Palin’s goes far beyond a mere teen pregnancy crisis this week!

The Enquirer’s team of reporters has combed the Alaskan wilderness to discover the hidden truth about Gov. Palin’s family, which has become a central part of her political identity.

The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Sarah's oldest son, Track, was addicted to the power drug OxyContin for nearly the past two years, snorting it, eating it, smoking it and even injecting it. And as Track, 19, heads to Iraq as part of the U.S. armed forces, Sarah and her husband Todd were powerless to stop his wild antics, detailed in the new issue of The ENQUIRER, which goes on sale today.

THE ENQUIRER also has exclusive details about Track's use of other drugs, including cocaine, and his involvement in a notorious local vandalism incident.

“I’ve partied with him (Track) for years,” a source disclosed. “I’ve seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed.”

The source also divulged the girls would do anything for Track and he’d use his local celebrity status to manipulate other guys “to get them to steal things he wanted.”

“He finally did what a lot of troubled kids here do,” the source divulged. “You join the military.”

And as Gov. Palin has billed the state of Alaska for various expenses related to her children, as reported by The Washington Post, The ENQUIRER's investigation reveals that she was so incensed by 17-year-old Bristol's pregnancy that she banished her daughter from the house.

Another family friend revealed pre-prego Bristol was as much of a hard partier as Track was.

“Bristol was a huge stoner and drinker. I’ve seen her smoke pot and get drunk and make out with so many guys. All the guys would brag that the just made out with Bristol.”

When Sarah found out the teen was pregnant by high schooler Levi Johnston, she was actually banished from the house. As part of the cover-up, Palin quickly transferred Bristol to another high school and made her move in with Sarah’s sister Heather 25 miles away!

And the ENQUIRER also learned that Levi Johnston, the baby mamma’s future wedded dada, who was glad handed by John McCain at the GOP Convention, isn’t too happy about his impending shotgun nups either.

“Levi got dragged out of the house to go to Minnesota,” Levi’s friend told The ENQUIRER. “Levi realizes he’s stuck being with Bristol because her mom is running for Vice President.”

The friend also confided that both Bristol and Levi “broke up a few times and they definitely messed around with other people.”

Meanwhile, as members of the Palin family’s war viciously over “Trooper-Gate” and claims of Sarah’s extramarital affair have turned the political race into a chaotic arena of threats, denials and vicious attacks by political black ops, The ENQUIRER has discovered shocking new details about the red-hot affair scandal!

For the full story of the secrets Sarah Palin is trying to hide – pick up the new ENQUIRER!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Thank you National enquirer. this gives me a few more news cycles to come up with some answers to the questions Sarah seems to be able to answer without babbling, like I do. I need all the time I can get to memorize my answers for the debate.

Posted by: snObama | September 15, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: funniest yet | September 15, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT YOU THE EDWARD'S STORY.


The NATIONAL ENQUIRER’S exclusive ongoing investigation of GOP VP Nom Sarah 'Barracuda' Palin’s goes far beyond a mere teen pregnancy crisis this week!

The Enquirer’s team of reporters has combed the Alaskan wilderness to discover the hidden truth about Gov. Palin’s family, which has become a central part of her political identity.

The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Sarah's oldest son, Track, was addicted to the power drug OxyContin for nearly the past two years, snorting it, eating it, smoking it and even injecting it. And as Track, 19, heads to Iraq as part of the U.S. armed forces, Sarah and her husband Todd were powerless to stop his wild antics, detailed in the new issue of The ENQUIRER, which goes on sale today.

THE ENQUIRER also has exclusive details about Track's use of other drugs, including cocaine, and his involvement in a notorious local vandalism incident.

“I’ve partied with him (Track) for years,” a source disclosed. “I’ve seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed.”

The source also divulged the girls would do anything for Track and he’d use his local celebrity status to manipulate other guys “to get them to steal things he wanted.”

“He finally did what a lot of troubled kids here do,” the source divulged. “You join the military.”

And as Gov. Palin has billed the state of Alaska for various expenses related to her children, as reported by The Washington Post, The ENQUIRER's investigation reveals that she was so incensed by 17-year-old Bristol's pregnancy that she banished her daughter from the house.

Another family friend revealed pre-prego Bristol was as much of a hard partier as Track was.

“Bristol was a huge stoner and drinker. I’ve seen her smoke pot and get drunk and make out with so many guys. All the guys would brag that the just made out with Bristol.”

When Sarah found out the teen was pregnant by high schooler Levi Johnston, she was actually banished from the house. As part of the cover-up, Palin quickly transferred Bristol to another high school and made her move in with Sarah’s sister Heather 25 miles away!

And the ENQUIRER also learned that Levi Johnston, the baby mamma’s future wedded dada, who was glad handed by John McCain at the GOP Convention, isn’t too happy about his impending shotgun nups either.

“Levi got dragged out of the house to go to Minnesota,” Levi’s friend told The ENQUIRER. “Levi realizes he’s stuck being with Bristol because her mom is running for Vice President.”

The friend also confided that both Bristol and Levi “broke up a few times and they definitely messed around with other people.”

Meanwhile, as members of the Palin family’s war viciously over “Trooper-Gate” and claims of Sarah’s extramarital affair have turned the political race into a chaotic arena of threats, denials and vicious attacks by political black ops, The ENQUIRER has discovered shocking new details about the red-hot affair scandal!

For the full story of the secrets Sarah Palin is trying to hide – pick up the new ENQUIRER!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I have to disagree with your assessment that the McCain "celebrity" ads worked. In fact they revealed McCain to be shallow, intellectually bereft, and oblivious to the genuine international power that Obama wields. The celebrity ads were effectively and definitively parried by Paris Hilton's deft counterpunch which exposed McCain's camp as a bunch of doddering, out-of-touch whiners.

Today's plunge in the international stock markets and the crash of Lehman Bros. remind us that we cannot afford to have uneducated nincompoops like McCain at the helm of our nation during perilous times. He has said himself that he knows nothing about economics.

McCain's comments reveal the depth of his ignorance as does his reliance on the toady Phil (the whiner) Gramm and other banking industry lobbyists.

In contrast, Obama has the calm demeanor of an international leader, with the intelligence, knowledge, and talented roster of advisers to guide us through shaky times.

It is really all about the economy, stupid. When they lose their job, or their house, or their stock investments, no one cares one whit about the tiny, shiny personality of Sarah (Earmarks) Palin.

Posted by: dee | September 15, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

THE LIBERALS ARE SO HATE FILLED ABOUT BUSH AND PALIN THAT THEY CANNOT CONTROL THEMSELVES AND DO WHAT JOE TRIPPI SAYS THEY SHOULD DO, SO THEY WILL LOSE AND I WILL LAUGH.

Posted by: Razorback | September 15, 2008 12:17 PM

REPUBLICANS ARE SO HATE-FILLED ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THEY CAN'T CONTROL THEMSELVES. THEY CHEAT, LIE, LEAD OUR BRAVE SOLDIERS TO WAR AND DEATH, AND DESTROY OUR ECONOMY WHILE LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE (FAILING) BANK! THEY ARE SO FULL OF HATE AND RAGE AND IT'S TIME TO STOP THEIR HATE FOR SMALL-TOWN PEOPLE -- WHY DO THEY ONLY LOVE MONEY? BECAUSE MONEY IS THE ONLY MASTER THEY NEVER BETRAY, BUT THEY KEEP BETRAYING THE AMERICAN WORKING CLASS.

REPUBLICANS = HATE!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Then team Obama and its many backers in the media failed to Decide correctly, so when they Acted they got it wrong. Their attacks on Palin tended to ricochet and hit Obama. Is she inexperienced? Well, what has Obama ever run (besides his now floundering campaign)? Being a small-town mayor, as Palin said, is like being a community organizer, “without the actual responsibilities.”

Is she neglecting her family? Well, how often has Obama tucked his daughters in lately? For more than a week we’ve seen the No. 1 person on the Democratic ticket argue that he’s better prepared than the No. 2 person on the Republican ticket. That’s not a winning argument even if you win it. As veteran California Democrat Willie Brown says, “The Republicans are now on offense, and Democrats are on defense.”

Perhaps the Obama campaign strategists expected their many friends in the mainstream media to do their work for them. Certainly they tried. But their efforts have misfired, and the grenades they lobbed at Palin have ricocheted back and blown up in their faces. Voters are on to their game.

Posted by: barone | September 15, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

i am a
poet
if you didn't
know it

i should probably
learn to read
before i decide
who should lead

but Palin shoots
moose
and I like her
caboose

so I'll vote
without reason
i should be
arrested for treason

Posted by: usa3 | September 15, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Debunking Rethugs IS A LIAR:

Posted by: Razorback | September 15, 2008 12:05 PM

If you hate liars, you might not want to vote for McCain or Palin.

BTW, the amendment Coburn suggested was shot down because it's not Alaska's responsibility to pay for LA, it's the FEDERAL GOVERMENT'S. Coburn proposed that Alaska's take be awarded and given to Louisiana. That was a crap idea -- it was a better idea to not give it to Alaska in the first place.

But you should know about AK getting money. After all, AK got the $300 million for the bridge, they just didn't build a bridge with it. Probably frittered it away on meth and lottery tickets.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

"Don't panic," they say. "98% of the banks still have money." But for most of us "the pie in the sky is rapidly falling."
Which is it and how does it affect you?
McCain wants us to wait for yet another trickle down economic plan to pull us out. What a joke! Reganomics nearly destroyed this country - many of us never recovered. Bush & every vote McCain made right along with him, have been pushing us off the cliff for 8 years. And notice he won't associate himself with the "republican party" - too much bad press. No....he's a maverick now, don't you know.

Don't count on big businesses investing in us in America when there's so much profit to be had outsourcing and so much instability in the economy thanks to Bush, Greenspan and the rest of the good ol' boy's club. You think he's going to give them enough incentive to put us back to work? You'll be very sorry this time next year if you vote for McCain/Bush/Cheney/Rove.

I want my money now! I want to be included in the 90% of people who will get Obama's tax break! Let me have my money! This isn't government money - it's money we've been paying for years! It's about time some of it came back to me! I need it for my mortgage! I need it to pay my insane health care deductibles, outrageous prescription drug costs and my ridiculous co-pays! I need it for groceries and gas! For college!

McCain's big plan will give families (careful you understand this now, hardly anyone will qualify) a small bit of change to buy health care if you don't have any health care. Guess what kind of policy you'll get? A joke that won't cover anything! You'll go bankrupt the first time you use it and the doctor bills you for the difference! And heaven forbid you have a pre-existing condition (believe me, we all have something) while you shop for this so called "your choice" insurance company. There will no longer be anything to stop them from turning you away!!!

Well I don't want my money to come to me in a pipe (or pipeline dream) or another GOP campaign promise that failed to materialize over the last 8 years! I don't want off shore drilling in hurricane prone areas (which is where they say they can do eco-friendly drilling - who are they kidding???). Everyone see how much gas was after Ike? What could happen to us when these facilities are literally blown out of the water?

General Protreus has said Iraq is not a war to be won. They all want us out of there - our generals have said it, even the Iraqi's have said it. McCain & Bush won't listen. Let them start to take care of their own country - we have to start taking care of ours. Or, we can keep paying 10 billion dollars a month on a country that has 10 times that amount in a surplus!! Hmmm, what could we do here in America with 10 billion dollars a month? Anyone???


Posted by: A non-e-moose | September 15, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Razor, What do you mean Bush is not running? who have I been campaigning against all this time? I don't think I am getting my emails. but that won't stop me from beating the stuffing out of what I understand to be the actual candidate - Sarah Palin. I promise you I will beat her with my experience and judgment.

Posted by: snObama | September 15, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Puttin Politics; before our soldiers!!

Barack Obama privately tried to persuade Iraqi political leaders to stall an agreement on scaling back American troops in Iraq while publicly campaigning for a speedy withdrawal, The New York Post reported Monday.

Obama’s request for a delay was a major theme of his talks with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in an interview with the Post

as an american, I am appalled,
that obama puts his political
career ahead of american lives!

NOBAMA


Posted by: usa3 | September 15, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama has insisted for most of this year that we are in a recession. The American economy has not posted a single quarter of “negative growth” in the GDP this year (indeed Q2 posted a rather robust gain of over 3%), and last week’s projections for Q4 estimate strong new hiring and job growth. Yet, Mr. Obama continues to say that when he becomes President, he will lead Americans out of “the recession,” and has used “the recession” to argue for a doubling of the capital gains tax rate, and sharp increases in corporate and personal income taxes. His presupposition about “the recession,” and his reasoning that tax increases will help fix “the recession,” continue to go unchallenged by American journalists.

On foreign policy, Mr. Obama has vowed to abandon the policy of the American President refusing to personally meet with leaders of known terrorist states. The policy has been in place since 1979 when President Carter’s Department of State implemented it, and it has been followed by every President since. Yet Mr. Obama has promised that when he becomes President, he will continue his great “healing work” and will meet “without pre-conditions” with the heads of our nation’s adversaries, terrorist states and all. This plan has gone unchallenged by American journalists.

Posted by: the left wing media continues to cover for the wunderkind | September 15, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Joe Trippi says:

The Obama campaign needs to get back to the basics that got it here. Stop listening to the Democrats who are wringing their hands and fighting the last war.

Clinton adjusted too late, McCain may have adjusted in the nick of time. Will Obama's campaign make the right adjustment now? Get back to being an outsider. And get there fast.

McCain is the one running against Washington now. Obama can't just run against Bush. That's my take.

Joe Trippi is a Democratic political consultant. He writes at JoeTrippi.com.

THE LIBERALS ARE SO HATE FILLED ABOUT BUSH AND PALIN THAT THEY CANNOT CONTROL THEMSELVES AND DO WHAT JOE TRIPPI SAYS THEY SHOULD DO, SO THEY WILL LOSE AND I WILL LAUGH.

Posted by: Razorback | September 15, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Douglas E. Schoen, who worked as one of Bill Clinton’s lead pollsters during his 1996 reelection campaign, said the ferocity of the attacks isn’t the issue. With only seven weeks until Election Day, Schoen said, he still hasn’t heard a focused message.

“What is the core argument of this campaign?” Schoen asked Sunday. “What is the central metaphor of this election? What are they going to drive? I don’t think they have answered the question.”


Well what do you want to hear? I am always open to change.

Posted by: snObama | September 15, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

“You assured voters in New Hampshire, as well as the rest of the country, that you would not tolerate the Republican attack ads and smear campaign that has come to really dominate politics,” doctoral student Glenn Grasso, 39, told Obama at a town hall meeting last week in Concord. “So for those of us who have given you our support and more importantly our money, when and how are you going to start fighting back?”


I don't fight. I escape.

Posted by: snObama | September 15, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign has even replaced the wistful slogan, “Change We Can Believe In,” with the more imperative “Change We Need.”

Posted by: update on hourly change | September 15, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

A New York Times article on March 6, 2007, titled “Alaskan Bridge Projects Resist Earmarks Purge,” bemoaned the fact that the bridge would still likely be built because of Alaska pork-barrel politics. The Times apparently assumed that Palin would buckle under pressure from Sen. Stevens, just as Obama, Biden, and most of the U.S. Senate had done. The Times wrote, pessimistically, that

Regardless of the ridicule about the bridges as a pork-barrel binge, there are political facts that have kept hope alive for those who believe the projects are necessary for Alaska to grow economically. To direct the federal financing to other projects, for example, would require action by Gov. Sarah Palin, a Republican, and the State Legislature. It would also mean undoing the work of the powerful Congressional delegation, led by Senator Ted Stevens.

The Times authors must have been surprised when Palin stood up to Stevens and pulled the plug on the bridge on September 20, 2007.

Liars liars liars. Sarah Palin KILLED the bridge to no where after Congress failed to stop it.

Posted by: Razorback | September 15, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Keep on snarling you hate filled liberals. You will snarle McCain all the way to the White House.

Posted by: Razorback | September 15, 2008 11:57 AM

...he says, snarling!

I think republicans are the only ugly fighters here. We democrats don't need to stoop to lying and smear campaigns. Because we believe that the last 8 years were bad, and we rationally know we need a change. I'll bet that makes you angry, huh? Maybe you could snarl more? No, that doesn't seem to be working, does it?

Posted by: Adama | September 15, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Debunking Rethugs IS A LIAR:

The Senate got another chance to stop the bridge on October 20, 2005, when it voted on an amendment offered by Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn that would have redirected the funds from the bridge to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina relief. That pressure came from both the right and the left, with liberal Markos Moulitsas at the DailyKos stoking the flames. “Honestly,” he wrote, “there’s no reason for any Democrat to vote against this amendment.”

Coburn’s amendment got only 15 votes. Obama and Biden voted against the amendment. Moulitsas commented afterward that “Those who voted against these amendments have zero credibility on issues of fiscal responsibility. Zero.”

EVEN THE LIARS AT DAILY KOS WON'T TELL THE LIES YOU WILL TELL

Posted by: Razorback | September 15, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON— A new set of potential problems in Rep. Charles Rangel's financial papers has prompted the tax-writing lawmaker to hire a forensic accounting expert to try to unravel the mess.Rangel, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, is already the subject of ethics committee investigations on several fronts, including unreported income and unpaid taxes on his beach house in the Dominican Republic.

Posted by: just another crooked Liberal | September 15, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

"Sen. John McCain leads Sen. Barack Obama by a slim margin in the key battleground state of Ohio, where voters say they trust McCain more than Obama and identify the most with hockey mom Sarah Palin, according to a Suffolk University poll out this morning. The GOP “maverick” ticket of McCain and Alaska Gov. Palin led Democrat Obama and his vice president pick, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden 46 percent to 42 percent "


---I am redeploying to San Francisco.

Posted by: snObama | September 15, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

now THE ONE is dead even in Minnesota, a reliably Dem state. He is falling further behind in all the other swing states.

say goodnight Gracie!

Poor Libs, always count on them to pick a loser.

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Posted by: 37th&OBoulevard | September 15, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

the mccain/palin gang has established and is enforcing a new and stunning reverse discrimination rule that is followed by many in the media now: because she is a woman, Palin must not be treated like male candidates but soft and gentle. under this new reverse gender discrimination, any criticism of the unqualified female candidate is attacked as gender bias.
great success for the mccain/palin swift-boating scheme. For more on this, read:
http://www.reflectivepundit.com/reflectivepundit/2008/09/reverse-gender.html

Posted by: b.l. | September 15, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Razorhack cut-and-pasted - "Obama has raised a full $395,574 from employees and PACs of the now-bankrupt Lehman brothers."

What's wrong with raising money from a firm that went bankrupt? It's not like Obama was one of five senators on the take from a guy that looted savings & loans and cost taxpayers millions.

Get your perspective straight before you smear.

Posted by: bondjedi | September 15, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Everyone except the dummies on here should read Joe Trippi (of Edwards 2008 and Dean 2004 fame) comments about Obama's campaign.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/09/its_not_just_palin_its_the_mes.html

They basically agree with what I posted last Friday: Obama won the primaries by being "above politics". He talked of hope while Hillary snarled about Bush. This is how Hillary lost a 30 point lead/$50 million financial advantage.

As soon as he won the nomination, he started snarling about Bush, and he has been losing ever since. Part of the hope for something new is that the snarling will stop.

Obama used to represent change and optimism. Now he represents change and partisan snarling and blame. Palin now represents change and optimism.

Keep on snarling you hate filled liberals. You will snarle McCain all the way to the White House.

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

as more and more comes to light, it is all-to-apparent, ms. palin, the pea in the shell game, is monica goodling supersized by the good ol'lying gop and enabling msm. as lehman bros. fails, and ML is sold to BofA, even the investor class is learning today the problems of the middle class, from which they thought they were protected and insensitive to, are erupting from the bottom up. it's as i said before, when the good ol' lying gop tells you its night, you better darn well believe it is day.

Posted by: sbv | September 15, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse


You liberals keep relying on that media bias and see where it gets you.

You call Sarah Palin a liar on the bridge to know where, but the people are smart enough to know that Obama and Biden both voted for the bridge, so its just another cheap political attack.

Posted by: Razorback | September 15, 2008 11:47 AM

Here is the relevant section of the bill you referenced: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:HR03058:@@@L&summ2=m&

"(Sec. 186) Makes available to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities for eligible surface transportation projects, subject to specified conditions, any amounts otherwise available under SAFETEA-LU for the Gravina Island bridge and the Knik Arm bridge."

Obama voted NO on this!

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/109/senate/1/votes/262/

So, you're a liar, just like McCain, huh?

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ORIGINAL POST

It's no secret to anyone closely following the 2008 presidential election that John McCain has dictated the pace of the race over the last two months or so.

Beginning with his successful attack on Barack Obama as a celebrity and continuing through his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate and the conclusion of the Republican National Convention, McCain has been on offense -- taking the fight of the campaign to Obama and forcing his Democratic rival into a defensive crouch.

After eight weeks of that dynamic, polling has begun to reflect the damage done to Obama (or the good accrued to McCain) as the two rivals are in a virtual dead heat in a series of national surveys.

While Obama's campaign has preached calm, the Democratic party's most loyal activists have begun to panic -- seeing in the last eight weeks startling reminders of the 2000 and 2004 presidential races.

There are three reasons to believe that Obama will get back on track this week -- thanks to events that happened late last week and over the weekend.

1) Attacking on the Economy: We wrote about this quite a bit on The Fix late last week but Obama's decision to re-focus the race on the economy -- and paint McCain as fundamentally out of touch on this critical issue -- is a sound strategy. Obama's two new ads, one of which paints the Arizona Senator as clueless (and old) when it comes to the computer age, are being reinforced by new commercials in six battleground states by the Service Employees International Union that begin today. Given the preeminence of the economy as an issue in voters' minds, focusing on it makes perfect sense.

2) In the Money: Obama announced on Sunday that his campaign raised $66 million in August, his largest take for any month of the campaign and a record for any single period in a presidential race. Obama began this month with $77 million in the bank, a massive sum that allows the Illinois Senator to continue to expand the playing field in places like North Carolina, Virginia and Montana among others. It also beats back the idea that Obama's decision to opt out of public financing was the wrong one -- as some suspected in recent weeks. Obama's record haul also provides a symbolic sign of the continued energy and enthusiasm within the base of the party and changes the narrative -- even for a day -- of the race.

3) Palin Power: Palin has been THE story in this campaign since she was introduced in late August. She has cleared two major hurdles -- her acceptance speech at the convention and her first media interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson -- and will now begin several weeks of trips around the country as she settles into the daily grind of campaigning. (Palin's next major test will be the vice presidential debate in Missouri on Oct. 2.) Given that schedule, it would make sense that the spotlight would shine slightly less on her over the coming week, allowing Obama to re-establish himself as prime mover in the race.

All three of the above factors should -- and, we repeat, should -- allow Obama to get his groove back this week. And, he very much needs to do so as time is starting to run short and he can't afford to lose any more weeks of this campaign.

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You liberals keep relying on that media bias and see where it gets you.

You call Sarah Palin a liar on the bridge to know where, but the people are smart enough to know that Obama and Biden both voted for the bridge, so its just another cheap political attack.

Posted by: Razorback | September 15, 2008 11:47 AM

HOLY SARAH! BOY, SHE IS GOOD!

I am watching Sarah Palin's stump appearance in Colorado.

She is an INCEDIBLE speaker. Compelling, mesmerizing, with the common touch -- as she repeats the lies about the "bridge to nowhere" and her record as a "reformer."

And she's getting away with it!

She is a more convincing speaker than Obama ever was. She RELATES to the working class, even as her record belies her words.

I've said it before, I'll say it again: Only Hillary can save Obama from this juggernaut.

Obama ignores Palin at his peril. This is not looking good for the Democrats.

Only a HAIL HILLARY can salvage this fiasco. Even then, it looks like it would be a close battle.

But as of now, it looks like the Dems are headed to another meltdown.

If Hillary's holding out until 2012, I ask her: What kind of nation will it be if you wait?

Obama must make a dramatic move -- no later than this Friday.

Otherwise, this thing looks like it's lost.

More:

NY TIMES FILLETS SARAH BARRACUDA.
NOW WILL OBAMA BITE BACK?

• Barack: Listen to Biden If You Want to Win

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/ny-times-fillets-sarah-barracuda-now-will-obama-bite-back-get-political-w-vic-livingston

DDAWD, quoting my post, states:

"Obama has raised a full $395,574 from employees and PACs of the now-bankrupt Lehman brothers, second only to Hillary Clinton."

I always wonder about things like this. On one hand, it looks bad, but is it really?"

You do not always wonder about stuff like that. You always wonder about LIBERALS and stuff like that. When liberals get the big money, you see no problem with it. You dismiss it with some silly self justification.

When someone who isn't a liberal has a long list of contributions, you assume that it is from corruption and being in the pocket of speical interests.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"Scrivener, can you stop posting this on every message board, please?"

He is a sensationalist piece of garbage. The only issue he cares about is the issue of himself.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 15, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

• Barack: Listen to Biden If You Want to Win

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/ny-times-fillets-sarah-barracuda-now-will-obama-bite-back-get-political-w-vic-livingston

Posted by: scrivener | September 15, 2008 11:45 AM

Scrivener, can you stop posting this on every message board, please?

I think no one else considers this an idea even worth mentioning once, let alone the hundreds of times you spam us with it!

Posted by: Surin | September 15, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

You liberals keep relying on that media bias and see where it gets you.

You call Sarah Palin a liar on the bridge to know where, but the people are smart enough to know that Obama and Biden both voted for the bridge, so its just another cheap political attack.

Posted by: Razorback | September 15, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

HOLY SARAH! BOY, SHE IS GOOD!

I am watching Sarah Palin's stump appearance in Colorado.

She is an INCEDIBLE speaker. Compelling, mesmerizing, with the common touch -- as she repeats the lies about the "bridge to nowhere" and her record as a "reformer."

And she's getting away with it!

She is a more convincing speaker than Obama ever was. She RELATES to the working class, even as her record belies her words.

I've said it before, I'll say it again: Only Hillary can save Obama from this juggernaut.

Obama ignores Palin at his peril. This is not looking good for the Democrats.

Only a HAIL HILLARY can salvage this fiasco. Even then, it looks like it would be a close battle.

But as of now, it looks like the Dems are headed to another meltdown.

If Hillary's holding out until 2012, I ask her: What kind of nation will it be if you wait?

Obama must make a dramatic move -- no later than this Friday.

Otherwise, this thing looks like it's lost.

More:

NY TIMES FILLETS SARAH BARRACUDA.
NOW WILL OBAMA BITE BACK?

• Barack: Listen to Biden If You Want to Win

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/ny-times-fillets-sarah-barracuda-now-will-obama-bite-back-get-political-w-vic-livingston

Posted by: scrivener | September 15, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"Obama has raised a full $395,574 from employees and PACs of the now-bankrupt Lehman brothers, second only to Hillary Clinton."

I always wonder about things like this. On one hand, it looks bad, but is it really? Any money I donate I do so as a member of the health care industry, but that just happens to be the profession I'm in. It isn't necessarily a reflection of my political views.

Perhaps it would make more sense to see where the big dollars are coming from. If 230 employees of a company each give a $10 check, that tells you something very different than if the owner of the company cut a $2300 check, no?

Posted by: DDAWD | September 15, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

POW injuries prevent McCain from using a computer? What an insult to every disabled person who earns a living and contributes to society by USING A COMPUTER! There are all sorts of ways it can be done- special mouse, voice recognition software etc. He prefers to use his cell phone, that's fine. But you still have to know how to use a computer, even if you don't actually use it.

Posted by: ash | September 15, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Obama has an opportunity here. He can paint McCain as being out of touch and as having ignored the looming crisis in the Senate. Interesting that McCain decides to tackle the economy now, with the crises finally reaching Wall Street.

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

Posted by: matt | September 15, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Friends of Lehman

Obama has raised a full $395,574 from employees and PACs of the now-bankrupt Lehman brothers, second only to Hillary Clinton.

Chris Dodd and Chuck Schumer did quite nicely too; McCain is seventh among the firm's favorite pols (though its favorite Republican), having raised $145,100, according to OpenSecrets.org.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0908/Friends_of_Lehman.html

Posted by: Razorback | September 15, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"I think I'm still allowed to choose which commenters' grammatical gaffes I'm allowed to attack. Or does the party of 'small government' want to control my pedantism, too? (Along with my reproductive rights, my religion, and my paycheck?)"

First, you should have put the "?" after "too" behind the parentheses.

Second, the phrase inside the parentheses is a fragment, and shouldn't have a question mark.

The rest of your grammar is acceptable, though.

Posted by: bondjedi | September 15, 2008 11:16 AM

Wrong and wrong, but thanks for playing!

Posted by: Tori | September 15, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"I think I'm still allowed to choose which commenters' grammatical gaffes I'm allowed to attack. Or does the party of 'small government' want to control my pedantism, too? (Along with my reproductive rights, my religion, and my paycheck?)"

First, you should have put the "?" after "too" behind the parentheses.

Second, the phrase inside the parentheses is a fragment, and shouldn't have a question mark.

The rest of your grammar is acceptable, though.

Posted by: bondjedi | September 15, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"DDAWD, I think that the original commenter must have been confused. After all, it's hard to see clearly in the "blizzard of lies" the McCain campaign is creating. It's pretty obvious that the McCain/Palin "Mendacity Express" are the ones spreading lies."

Had to make a trip over to dictionary.com for this one.

Mendacity Express. I like it.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 15, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton was campaigning in Ohio the other day. It's interesting to read the comments about it. But the paragraphs below, sum it up pretty well. What we've gotta do is see that the word gets spread.

"While supporters here were mixed about whether Clinton should directly assail Palin's views on issues that impact women, they were universally adamant that no Clinton supporter would ever support Palin.

"They couldn't be more different," said Barbara Price, a quality inspector here. "It's important everyone know the facts because the facts have to win out -- and Hillary stands for working people and so does Obama. He would have had better go of it had he picked Hillary for his running mate."

The audience today was largely women and white, the very women Palin has been trying to attract. The Alaska governor has been complimentary toward Clinton and the campaign she ran -- even suggesting that Obama should have selected her as is running mate. Clinton was scheduled for a second event on Akron this afternoon.

She ended her remarks by saying, "Those who supported me, I ask you to support Barack Obama."

These are powerful statements. They ought be enough. We shouldn't expect Hillary Clinton to attract a fellow "woman's movement" participant. But, as she stays on the trail, the obvious "failings" of the imitator will become even more obvious. "Those who supported me, I ask to support Barack Obama." It don't get no better than that....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

NY TIMES FILLETS SARAH BARRACUDA.
NOW WILL OBAMA BITE BACK?

• Barack: Listen to Biden If You Want to Win

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/ny-times-fillets-sarah-barracuda-now-will-obama-bite-back-get-political-w-vic-livingston

Posted by: scrivener | September 15, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Some of us view this the "most embarrassing" choice by a top-line candidate since Spiro Agnew.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:00 AM

Wow, even better point. Quayle doesn't hold a candle to Agnew in the crappy choice for VP department. I stand corrected! ANd I stand by my choice not to vote for the repubs if they're trying to feed us this bull.

Posted by: Surin | September 15, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin is frankly the most embarrassing choice for VP I've seen since Dan Quayle.

"I can only hope enough other Republicans feel the same way and avoid the McCain/Palin ticket in November like I plan to.

"I'm reluctantly voting Democrat, but I'm happy to avoid voting for this clownish woman."

Posted by: Surin | September 15, 2008 10:51 AM

Some of us view this the "most embarrassing" choice by a top-line candidate since Spiro Agnew.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Suzy, now I understand why you like the Republican party! You enjoy hypocrisy.

Posted by: Tori | September 15, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Shouldn't there be an ad coming soon about how Wasilla under S. Palin was charging women for the price of rape kits? I was shocked that fact was near the end of the Post article this weekend (is the Post becoming so worried about being branded liberal that it can't lead stories with powerful facts like that?)

But in any case, the fact that she now rejects the policy (which the Post also mentioned) doesn't make it better -- it is not a "reasonable minds can disagree" kind of decision. It shows absolutely terrible judgment bordering on insanity.

This is something that needs to be communicated to the public broadly in an ad so everyone knows what we're dealing with.

Posted by: MShake | September 15, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin-

Grossly Unqualified
Religious wacko
Liar
Scandal after scandal
Warmonger
Thinks Iraq caused 9/11
Thinks the earth is 6000 years old
Fires people for personal vendettas
Barely made it through college
Bought and sold by big oil
Book banner
Failed world geography
Can't explain the Bush doctrine just like Bush can't
Thinks gay is a choice
Appoints incompetent cronies to official positions
Thinks torture is a Christian value
Wants to force rape and incest victims to have the baby
Against sex ed (how ironic)
Can't answer questions without flashcards
Avoids press conferences
Denies global warming
Okay with polar bears drowning
Buddy of indicted Senator Ted Stevens
Gets paid to stay home while not working
Against women's rights
Refuses to cooperate in investigations of herself- cites executive privilege
Goes AWOL from her job frequently
Buddy of John McCain
Supports George Bush 100% (not 90)
Like Bush (with Mexico), cites being governor of a state that’s near another country as proof of foreign policy expertise

George Bush with lipstick!

Posted by: theodore | September 15, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

"John McCain stands with George Bush firmly in the corner of the wealthy and well-connected," Biden is expected to say.

That's why Republicans are called the GOP (Guardians of Privilege).

Posted by: First Mouse | September 15, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I wasn't defending my mistakes. Only pointing out the hypocrisy.

Posted by: Suzy | September 15, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is frankly the most embarrassing choices for VP I've seen since Dan Quayle.

I can only hope enough other Republicans feel the same way and avoid the McCain/Palin ticket in November like I plan to.

I'm reluctantly voting Democrat, but I'm happy to avoid voting for this clownish woman.

Posted by: Surin | September 15, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Suzy and Tori need to calm down.

Also, Suzy, you shouldn't defend your mistakes by pointing out other people's mistakes. It makes you seem weak.

Posted by: Surin | September 15, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

My only concern is to vote for someone with a vagina.

I'm too stupid to vote on issues!

Posted by: Suzy | September 15, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

DDAWD, I think that the original commenter must have been confused. After all, it's hard to see clearly in the "blizzard of lies" the McCain campaign is creating. It's pretty obvious that the McCain/Palin "Mendacity Express" are the ones spreading lies.

Posted by: Tori | September 15, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Hi everyone! I wanted to let everyone know that I discovered a nifty feature that allows one to check grammar. It's MS WORD! Also, I am a victim of my prominent fleshy folds.

Posted by: Tori | September 15, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

"The more Obama and Biden focus on and tell lies and pick on Palin, the more McCain keep going up in the polls."

Lies such as...?

Posted by: DDAWD | September 15, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Suzy, I commented on your grammar because it's a free country, and your grammar is horrible.

I think I'm still allowed to choose which commenters' grammatical gaffes I'm allowed to attack. Or does the party of "small government" want to control my pedantism, too? (Along with my reproductive rights, my religion, and my paycheck?)

And now I'm doubly ashamed of you, because instead thinking about what a poor choice Palin is for a woman, you instead followed your Republican masters and attacked, attacked, attacked others.

Posted by: Tori | September 15, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I love the McCain ads.

If Obama would have just agreed to the ten Town Hall meeting with unscripted questions, then McCain would not have had to pummel him with the ads.

But Barack passed.

He passed because he does not have an original thought. Other than Uh....Ah....

He has to think first about what he can't say, what special interest group he can't defend.

McCain can and will speak from the heart.

That's why McCain will win. He speaks from the heart.

Hussein Obama has no heart, no integrity, no conviction, no character.

Posted by: Obama2012 | September 15, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

all white folks is racist. they have ruined this country and they tryin to ruin obama. but thats okay cause we are taking over the white house in novembver. just like the inventer of the peanut said, george washington carver, the black man can not get free until he gets up inside the white house.

Posted by: Lakisha | September 15, 2008 10:15 AM

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Lakisha

Wow, you are so wise.

It couldn't be that we dont want a guy in the white house that has befriended a terrorist, Bill Ayers, Could it? A guy who tried to blow up the Pentagon.

It couldn't be that Obama funneled $14 Million to Tony Rezco in Chicago ( going to the Big House very soon ) another one of Obama's buddies.

Rezco helped him by his Chicago mansion with the money Obama funneled to him for low income housing.

and on and on and on.

Has to be because white people are racist. ?

What a pathetic, weak remark.

Obama is the biggest phony, liar, that American politics have EVER seen.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Gee Tori, you comment on my grammar but not Lakisha's? Or is that what you call affirmative action?

Posted by: Suzy | September 15, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

McCain's "stratigery" (SNL) of distraction has worked alright, but for whom or against whom. Dictating "the pace of the race over the last two months" doesn't indicate any kind of leadership on his part. It repeats what has been going on for the past eight years! McCain's shameless, meanspirited attacks on Obama and the gimmicky pick of Palin further illustrate how cynical, unscrupulous, and anti-country he is in order to simply win the elections. Nothing he has done can be described as being for the American people; on the contrary, it's been against the very country he keeps saying he loves. To pull every possible trick in the book (thanks in part to K. Rove) in order to eliminate public dialogue and public attention to vital issues is not patriotism, it's treason. He took advantage of the fact that Obama kept his word in campaigning with dignity and fairness. Unfortunately, everyone keeps saying, especially in the media, that political dirty tricks do work, without condemning the tactics of this Naval Academy mediocrity: fourth from the bottom of his class, just like gen. Custer, another "genius" in mediocrity!
"Palin Power"! Nonsense! She hasn't cleared any hurdles: she failed miserably both the Gibson interview, and at the convention she simply showed familiarity with the teleprompter like most empty vessels do. The enthusiasm for Palin came from a homogeneous sea of desperate Repubblicans who disliked the rise of 'maverick' McCain and saw in Palin their anti-intelligence and fundamentalist peer. A little joke concerning a pitbull and some lipstick is enough to elevate this inept mayor (had to hire an administrator to do her work!)and vindictive and greedy governor (Alaska, the highest per capita recipient of Washington-pork!) to stellar status. America was cheering her? Where was America? All one could see was a crowd of Anglo-Saxons that reflected the powerful, the rich, the select few who are in charge. That wasn't and isn't America!
Chris, your very last sentence in which you mention the factors that should "allow Obama to get his groove back" uses language that suggests that he is part of a movie that a few years ago reached some popularity and made that expression quite common. It wasn't accidental (subliminal, perhaps?); you said it on purpose, and its purpose is simply to ridicule Obama's efforts and gravitas. Language matters!

Posted by: JoeG. | September 15, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

The more Obama and Biden focus on and tell lies and pick on Palin, the more McCain keep going up in the polls.

But they keep doing it.

You really have to wonder about their intelligence and the intelligence of the people running their campaign.

Is there one brain amongst them?

Posted by: Obama2012 | September 15, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Suzy, as a woman myself, I'm ashamed of you.

I wish you and your girlfriends (and your terrible grammar) didn't exist.

Posted by: Tori | September 15, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Me and my girlfriends have switched our vote to McCain. We are excited about the prospect of having a woman as VP!

Posted by: Suzy | September 15, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

all white folks is racist. they have ruined this country and they tryin to ruin obama. but thats okay cause we are taking over the white house in novembver. just like the inventer of the peanut said, george washington carver, the black man can not get free until he gets up inside the white house.

Posted by: Lakisha | September 15, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

No you don't, you just see a black man. It is alright to feel that way, just be honest though.

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"I get so bitter and angry when I keep seeing the name of that ex-coke-using community organizer, Obama Hussein Barack, in the news, when we all should be talking about the one candidate entitled to the presidency: Hillary."

She lost, Nikki, in case you haven't read the news lately.

Get a life.

Posted by: tom | September 15, 2008 8:55 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

The final two months could easily top 175 to 200 million. Most people I know will be giving the most they can afford in the final months. Many people like my wife and I will be maxing out. I hope Obama wins but if he doesn't it will not be because of money.

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"but you could at least mention that Mccain has slightly more than Obama's money (not counting the 84 million from the feds)"

If McCain had any primary money left, he can't use it anymore. All he has is the $84 million. Obama is allowed to use whatever money has has left over as well as continue to raise.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 15, 2008 10:05 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Want something to really get angry about? By the way, Palin and her husband are current drug users and her youngest daughter is also a drug user. This is about to come out in the tabloids.

JOHN MCCAIN, TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY, COLLABORATOR WITH THE ENEMY, MILITARY DISGRACE.
Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, issued a CHALLENGE to John McCain "If you can show us that the information presented in our mailer is untruthful . . . we will Stand Down" This CHALLENGE was issued during an interview with INSIDE EDITION on January 17, 2008.
John, family members of Vietnam POW/MIA(s) have been waiting for more then 14 years for you to have the courage to face them eye to eye in front of the American Public - Here is your opportunity for some "STRAIGHT TALK." Stop hiding behind your fabricated "War Hero" persona. You know we can prove your collaborations with declassified government documents . . . It is time for the American people to get to know the REAL John McCain - the John McCain that the POW/MIA families witnessed during the 1991-93 US Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs .
Bring It On John! HERE IS OUR NUMBER 252-527-0442
*********** ************* ************** *********** ***********
Activists accused McCain of stonewalling the release of POW records because they contained evidence he had collaborated with the North Vietnamese.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MUY9S6iCvk


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"I get so bitter and angry when I keep seeing the name of that ex-coke-using community organizer, Obama Hussein Barack, in the news, when we all should be talking about the one candidate entitled to the presidency: Hillary."

She lost, Nikki, in case you haven't read the news lately.

Get a life.

Posted by: tom | September 15, 2008 8:55 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

The Wall Street financial crisis, which most Americans are clueless as to what is going in, should be the opportunity for Obama to rally mass discontent about the republican economic policies over the last eight years. Americans well understand how an unbridled business sector has led to the loss of jobs, they arent far from being enlighted how republican deregulation, greed and antipathy for the public good, is very close to seriously and permanently destroying our financial well being. The stupidity and greed of the big players in the housing debacle make them the poster child for cleaning the messes made by the Republicans in their orgy to set business "free" to make as much money off the little as possible.
McCain is already trumpted how he is going to clean up this mess. He doesnt have a clue as to what is going on, economics and finance not being his strong suit, and his main advisor on the economy, Phil Gramm, one of the architects of this debacle.
Obama should make this a them against us election, with the them being the Republicans who were laughing all the way to the bank at the Average American cost. Perhaps he can look back to FDR in 32, when it really was enough is enough

That should be theme of Obama next several weeks. Enough is enough is enough

Posted by: nancy | September 15, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

"but you could at least mention that Mccain has slightly more than Obama's money (not counting the 84 million from the feds)"

If McCain had any primary money left, he can't use it anymore. All he has is the $84 million. Obama is allowed to use whatever money has has left over as well as continue to raise.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 15, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse


Could Mccain and Palin win? As bad as they are they could. There is a saying,

"NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF STUPID IN LARGE NUMBERS"

The US has one of the lowest average IQ,s in the world among developed countries. A country with a average IQ of only 97 is capable of almost anything without thinking. We are a nation of hamburger flippers and that is about it. The greatness is gone. We are no longer respected and if you read foreign papers are pretty much written off as just too stupid to really matter much anymore. Take away our nuclear weapons and we are nothing. Now after 8 years of a horrible president and disastrous policies, many are ready to elect another in the name of John Mccain who will most likely be worse. Depending on your age, this country imay be about to plunge into an abyss it will not emerge from in most of your life times if ever. There is a saying, "Nothing is forever". The United States best days are behind it and many of you are helping push it over the edge with your stupidity.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

CC, Why do you keep insisting that the "celebrity" attacks on Obama worked? Maybe for a very short period after the Europe trip--but since then McCain has largely abandoned that line of attack in favor of Obama's "change" mantle--known in Repub parlance as "reform."

Posted by: scrapster | September 15, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Politico.com has Bill Clinton's advise for Obamummer. He better pay attention as at this time I am going with Nader and hope the Dems get 60 in senate except Durbin. BO should stay to have his nose rubbed in it. Maybe he could leran to to organize do actual work...a sub-committe Afgan perhaps; 1 meeting in 3 years? Inexpereicne and Michelle's fool harty refusal to let Hillary on ticket has dommed him to the land of Gore, Kerry, Carter, Dukakis, Mondale, etc.

Posted by: Tom | September 15, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama's strategy is questionable - but we have seen the rope-a-dope before. ................
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/09/15/obamas-rope-a-dope-strategy/

Posted by: Ohg Rea Tone | September 15, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

"I pick McCain/Palin over Obama/Biden any day of the week."

Eight years of a Republican presidency, eleven years of a Republican Congress, a majority Republican Supreme Court--and our country is a complete mess. Have the Republicans owned up to their mistakes? Of course not. They want voters to believe that only the Republicans can turn this country around. I guess the last eight years were so great, we're looking for a repeat. More war. More gifts for the wealthy. More stagnation. More hopelessness. Promote the ownership society at all costs, even when it threatens the economy. Support our troops, but don't give them an education. Torture our enemies and lock them in secret prisons. The glorious Republican vision marches on.

Posted by: snake oil | September 15, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA: LISTEN TO JOE BIDEN IF YOU WANT TO WIN

• With 50 days remaining, only Hillary Clinton can provide the anti-Palin antidote -- as Barack's replacement running mate

The most telling comment of the new week came this morning when Barack Obama told ABC News' Chris Cuomo that he did not factor in "political" considerations when he chose Joe Biden over Hillary Clinton as his running mate.

Instead, Obama confessed, he chose the person he felt would best help him "govern."

Uh, quick -- let's rewind. Political considerations took a back seat? Did Obama forget that if he doesn't WIN the election, there will BE NO GOVERNING?

In one brief interview response, Obama underscored why his candidacy has stalled in the stretch. In his mind, he had already WON the election. It hardly matters whether this hubris is hard-wired into his personality, or is a defense mechanism that helps him press on against the odds.

The fact remains that by not putting POLITICS first -- the supreme importance of WINNING -- Obama may have ceded the election to McCain-Palin and to Republicans down-ticket as well. Had Obama chosen Hillary Clinton, it's likely that there would be no Sarah Palin candidacy; how could the novice governor compete with the real thing? With Hillary in the race, women rightly would have viewed her selection as a desperate pander.

Obama's selection of Joe Biden opened the door to the Pandora's Box that is Sarah Palin. But it's not too late to correct the error -- because Biden himself --graciously, if inadvertently -- has given Obama another opening.

Barack told ABC's Cuomo that Biden's deferential comment about Hillary -- that she would have the "better" VP pick -- was just Joe being Joe, a manifestation of his self-deprecating personality.

But Cuomo failed to follow up, and Obama never answered the core question: Was Biden RIGHT when he said Hillary would have been the better choice? And is there anything that Obama can do now to better capitalize on the goodwill that Hillary engenders among working-class Democrats?

There IS something that Obama can do. He can convince Biden to act upon his beliefs and nobly withdraw from the race, paving the way for a second (or third?) coming of Hillary Clinton -- the only anti-Palin palliative that stands a chance of turning the tide at this late date.

Biden would be inoculating himself against yet another Democratic presidential meltdown -- a possibility that's looking more likely as Election Day draws closer. And if Obama-Clinton were to win the White House, Biden would find himself anointed as a party kingmaker, a power behind the throne.

That's a lot better than returning to the Senate as a three-time presidential campaign loser.

The New York Times' Sunday expose of Palin's self-aggrandizing reign as Alaska's governor could provide some momentum for Obama to successfully overcome the McCain-Palin surge -- but probably, only if Obama makes a bold move to reclaim the kingdom.

For more on why the Obama camp must make the Palin pick a central front in its final stretch battle for the White House, see:

http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener | September 15, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

John McCain's press release and the AP story written this morning states: Wall Street turmoil underscores the need to overhaul "the outdated and ineffective patchwork quilt of regulatory oversight in Washington," Republican presidential contender John McCain said Monday

Nowhere in the story is any mention of the close ties McCain has with Phil Gramm, who championed deregulation that brought us not just the Enron/Energy speculator problems but also bank dregulation that fomented the Sub-prime crisis that has put us in this position. Gramm was the chief architect of the Mcain Economic plan. shouldn't this be in every story written about McCain's position on regulation?

Posted by: rbt | September 15, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning, it's the economy stupid. McCain's admitted numerous times that he knows very little about economics and why should he with multiple homes, a private plane and lord knows what else. They're certainly entitled to them and no one should begrudge economic success, but it clearly makes it impossible for McCain to comprehend the every day struggle of most Americans.

Add one formerly obscure governor with a vindictive streak, no foreign experience and and equal lack of economic knowledge and you have a receipe for disaster.

Giving the GOP another term is akin to putting the chicken hawk in charge of the hen house! Take heed America as your living standard is going down the toilet.

Posted by: End the Status Quo | September 15, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

A very wise man once remarked that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people. The Sarah Palin effect validates H. L. Mencken's cutting and all too truthful estimation of the American voter. Last week's disgraceful performance by the media with their breathless hyping of Barak Obama's lipstick comments seems to indicate that the media have all but abandoned their traditional role of speaking truth to power and informing the American public. (Assuming of course that infroming the American public is even any longer possible given their dilapidated intellectual state.)

Will a looming financial collapse make any difference with this sappy, American Idol infected electorate. Probably not. Quite honestly, I think the American people deserve every body bag that comes back into this country from the immoral, unprovoked wars they approve of, every lost job because they are simply too stupid to comprehend even the most basic tenets of sound fiscal policy, every toxic particle of air that whiffs up their blissfully uncaring, ignorant nostrils, every devastating hurricane or flood that busts the pathetically flimsy levees that have been tolerated by the stingy conservative politicians they elect (like McCain and Palin), every collapsed bridge and freeway overpass, and ever nickel a week rise in the price of gas because they are flat out too dumb to understand that they cannot continue to consume almost half of the world's energy while constitution only 6% of its global population.

No. I have no use for the American voter. All of the problems they suffer from are their own doing because instead of learning about how to solve thse problems and issues, they while away their hours every day listing to Rush Limbaugh tell them that they have a God-given right to be stupid, idiotic, wasteful, and flat out disrespectfull of all other cultures because they are "exceptional".

Well, he's right about that isn't he? American voters are exceptionally dumb, dumber even than the dumbest herd of cattle one can possibly imagine.

Posted by: Jaxas | September 15, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

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I believe Obama is beginning to show his inexperience by making horrible mistakes.


Obama has abandoned hope and inspiration for attack and anger.


This is an absolutely crazy way to conduct his campaign with only seven weeks to go: gutting out his campaign themes so late in the game for an attack game on an adored figure in America.


Sarah Palin is not the person he should be attacking - that much is clear.


The strategy of McCain revealed that Obama is nothing but an empty suit without his hope and razz-ma-taz. The strange thing here is that Obama is leaving his hope and and his message on the side of the road and OBAMA IS COMMITTING FRAUD AGAINST HIS OWN CAMPAIGN THEMES. Again it is completely nuts to do that in order to attack Sarah Palin who is loved already, who is a woman and who is not even at the top of the ticket.


Thank God Obama is going to lose this election he is not qualified to manage a dropped ice cream cone much less the nation.


The panic that is clear at Obama headquarters and their horrible response shows that Obama is not ready, maybe he will never be ready - Obama simply does not have the character to lead the country during a crisis.


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | September 15, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmm Obama has no experience eh? Well i believe the boy king Dubya is using his Iraq pullout plan. Its a shame when a current sitting president has to borrow ideas from a candidate not even of his own party....

Posted by: Let me tell you | September 15, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

This is going to be good. Sarah Palin's honeymoon is almost over. She is so crazy. Duh, tell me about the dinosaurs George.

Posted by: Ray in Texas | September 15, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

The GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
(To be inaugurated by John McCain ) The Library will include:

--The Standing on the Wall Room, where patrons can dress up as camel drivers and push a life sized manikin of George W. Bush off the ‘Defensive Perimeter of the United States Wall.’ The GWB manikin then rises up and dances to the turbaned (mechanical) marionette master’s pleasure, handing his wallet over to conclude the show.

--The Chopping Wood Room, where patrons can simultaneously chop real wood and connect the four dots that would have led to the 9/11 hijackers capture.

--The ‘Who’s Al Kayduh?’ Room-where patrons are treated to a montage of black booted Condi Rice videos, with Waldo narrating.

--The Pet Goat Room, where patrons can pet a live goat while being doused with gasoline and set afire.

--The Hornet’s Nest Room-Where patron’s can dress up in Crusader period garb and jab a stick into a live hornets nest that’s been painted with a crescent moon.

--The Hurricane Katrina Room, which is still under construction.

--The Global Goodwill Room- still under destruction.

--The Alberto Gonzales Meritocracy Room, part of the new Torture Wing, where you won't be able to remember anything.

--The Walter Reed Hospital Room, where they don't let you in.

--The Guantanamo Bay Room, where they don't let you out.

--The National Debt Room, which is huge and has no ceiling. The room is a rather pleasant sky blue though, so the $11,000,000,000,000.00 debt, a credit card tab of $450,000 per American household, actually looks pretty good.

--Socialism Studies Room-where patrons can watch a group of neo-con scholars arguing, in blue-face, against the notion that Bush’s 54% rise in the size of government, not including the permanent wars’ cost, is not a rush to socialism.

--The Hurl Room- For old style Republicans who could not 1) take the sight of the $11, 000,000,000,000.00 debt (the one that cost the American people $431,000,000,000.00 in interest this year), or 2) listen to the fact that the government has grown 54% on their watch.

--The Tax Cut Room-entry restricted only to the wealthy. Laughing gas provided.

--The Men's Room, where you can meet real live Republican Senators.

--The Economy Room, which is in the 3rd toilet on the right in the Airport Men’s Room. (paid for by Exxon)

--The Iraq War Room- This room takes six years to get through and cost’s $4000 per American to get in. A Surge Parade will be held everyday in the room’s northwest corner at 11:00 am.

--The Abu Ghraib Room- The only first-rate torture facility in the country.

--The Environmental Conservation Room, still empty, but very warm.

--The Supreme Court Gift Shop, where you can buy an election and punch a life sized inflatable founding father.

--The Decider Room-with dart board, magic 8-ball, Ouija board, and dice.

--The Sportscenter Bubble-Where the ex-President can often be found, seemingly unaware that he is there.

--The We’re all Gonna Die/Coward Room-Where patrons can view a bust, a gift of Vladimir Putin’s, of the only President who intentionally scared the American People for political gain: George W. Bush, the "I can't have a beer" President.

--The Creation Room-where Patrons can ride an animatronic dinosaur with Adam and Eve, who are in 3-D up on an Imax screen. No materials that pre-date October 28, 4004 BC, were used in the construction of this room.

--The Loyalty Room-where patrons can enjoy the sight of live orangutans wearing professor’s costumes throwing fruit at scientists who’ve been tied up to oversized student’s chairs.

--The Cold War Room: Where patrons can compare the Russian Penal Code's Article 58 to the Patriot Act. (free copies of Orwell’s 1984 will be available for banning and burning)

--The Grey Room- Where patrons can age at twice the pace of normal humans for the weight of Bush's colossal failures.
--The Rape and Incest Room-where patrons can view appreciative letters from the fathers of daughters who were raped and forced by the Republican platform to carry and birth the rapist’s child. A video feed into the jail rooms of those who chose not to have a rapist’s kid at their dinner table will be provided.

--The Middle Class Stooge Room- where an average American’s effigy is hung from the ceiling, a wool sweater pulled over his head, a sandwich board reading “I’m a Sucker” draped over his shoulders. Actual lobbyists can often be seen here, rolling on the ground, guffawing in glee.

--The End of Days Room-for select patrons to pray for the prompt annihilation of all sinners and non-Christians.

--The John McCain Room-where patrons can cast their vote to validate and continue the Bush years. Open November 3, 2008 only.

--Additionally, the museum will have an electron microscope to help you locate the President's accomplishments and The Republican Nominees lost dignity.

Admission: Republicans - free; Democrats - $1000, or 3 Euros.

Posted by: Rob L. | September 15, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

"Stephen Hawking has almost no use of any muscles due to ALS but still manages to think and write groundbreaking ideas. "


we're still waiting for Obama to do something... other than run for office

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Not to be picky, Chris, but where is the Fixcam video?

Posted by: sfcpoll | September 15, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Obama's experience on the economy is LESS than Palins.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

McCain's stance on the issues should give anyone who still believes in the old McCain reason to doubt him. Even Bush is moving towards Obama's stands.

McCain is still trying to win the Vietnam War to avenge his captivity. The man has flipped on most of his major positions and he can't wait to start a war with Russia. I think even conservatives are taking a second look and going Whoa! We don't need more cowboy - top gun theatrics in the White House. We need thoughtful leadership and that's not McCain. Vote Obama!

Posted by: reboot923 | September 15, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

This money crisis makes McCain's VP pick of Sarah Palin look more, more asinine and arrogant. He is manipulative swindler. Oh, sure, crazy housewife with machine gun knows all about this financial stuff! You Americans are in such trouble because you have your headquarter stuffed up you hindquarter when you pick president. You want Sarah Palin because "she is mother, so she must be real." God, you are such morons. We are laughing our heads off at you in Europe. America rapidly becoming country of total losesrs. We use your dollar now to wipe our holes in the morning.

Posted by: LaughingAtAmerica | September 15, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Obama next moment will be when he goes after Palin for needing a bra. real issues. Obama is so pathetically desperate, second only to a deranged media that has pictures of him on their desks instead of pictures of their kids.

Posted by: NoToBo | September 15, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

"I get so bitter and angry when I keep seeing the name of that ex-coke-using community organizer, Obama Hussein Barack, in the news, when we all should be talking about the one candidate entitled to the presidency: Hillary."

She lost, Nikki, in case you haven't read the news lately.

Get a life.

Posted by: tom | September 15, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

At least Chris has stopped pretending to be objective. It is weird, pervert ObamaLove that is oozing from Chris's Obama cheerleading. I hope Chris can resolve his issues of unrequited from Obama through therapy. Maybe Chris should attend the same rehab clinic that David Duchovny is going to for his sex addiction.

So, what number Obama moment is this? Does Chris not mention that Obama's new strategy is to make fun of war disabilities? Or should we talk about Obama's belief that being president means going through 34,000 spam emails each day as president. Or does Obama think it is emailing Scarlet Johannsen several times a day.

Posted by: Karen | September 15, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/proposed-commercial-mac-vs-pc.html

Sunday, September 14, 2008
A Proposed Commercial: Mac vs. PC

(White background. Childlike piano music plays).

(A picture of Barack Obama appears against the background)

VO (Similar to voice of "Mac" character): Barack Obama is like a Mac.

(A picture of John McCain appears against the background)

VO (Similar to voice of "PC" character): John McCain is like a PC.

(Picture of a bank against the background)

VO: McCain likes the old economics, corporate welfare, and tax breaks for the wealthy of George W. Bush.

(Quick cuts: Picture of Countrywide Branch, Picture of Bear Stearns, Picture of IndyMac against background)

(Picture of Obama)

VO: Obama doesn't like old systems that crash.

(Picture of a mother, father, son and daughter against the background)

VO: Obama thinks that when it comes to health care, every American should have the access and support they need.

(Picture of family fades to blank background)

VO: McCain is against these health benefits for children, families and the elderly. He believes that when it comes to access and support for health, it's an "ownership society"--you're on your own.

(Picture of a woman standing against background)

VO: For women, McCain talks a good game, but he is against a woman's right to choose, would repeal Roe v. Wade, and even voted against equal pay for women.

(Picture expands to show many women standing behind her)

VO: Barack Obama believes that every woman should be paid the same for the same work as every man, and that every woman has the right to make her own choices.

(Picture of George W. Bush)

VO: Barack Obama has called for an end to the distortions, mismanagement, and failed policies of the Bush Administration that have left so many families in distress.

(Famed picture of McCain hugging George W. Bush)

VO: McCain has agreed with George W. Bush 90% of the time.

(Picture of McCain)

John McCain. Do you really want to spend another four years with the same old system?

(Music outro. Fade.)

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/proposed-commercial-mac-vs-pc.html

Posted by: Robert Hewson | September 15, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

McCain can't use a computer "because of his war injuries"? Moose-dooky! To take an extreme example, Stephen Hawking has almost no use of any muscles due to ALS but still manages to think and write groundbreaking ideas. I have had a hand in a cast and still managed to type. It's not an injury thing, it's a lack of interest thing. I shudder to think Americans might entrust taking their country into the future when the man at the top has no clue about the tools that will do it. McCain-Palin - Building The On-Ramp To Nowhere.

Posted by: 66kicks | September 15, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I think after Obama has blasted the GOP as being responsible for the Wall St melt down that McCain will now set the picture straight over what party controlled the regulations that Wall St ignored - just may be the Democrats.

All things said and done though, Senator Obama ran a $100 million program in Chicago that was a complete waste of money as proven by the committee reports, fundled money to the hospital where his wife is employed and only after she was givn a $200,000 pay raise.

I pick McCain/Palin over Obama/Biden any day of the week.

Posted by: Gene | September 15, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

throw these bums out with all their "socialist-pointing, redistribution accusations and trickle economics bologne"

we are a capitalist society but not all capitalist societies work the same...

ours is best when all people are cared about ...and the capitalist mantra is not used over 4 decades to slowly keep the top 5% of the countries earning population at half the rate as the rest of the country...

and then turn around and call it "redistribution" only when it is being corrected.

throw these bums out.

It is Phil Gramm's deregulation, policies and lobbying that helped get us here.

and he just wrote John McCain's economic policies...

in the hopes of being in some kind of "position" for Mccain.

this is the type of team Mccain has leading him.

all "ex" lobbyists...the most powerful liobbyists around

the same lobbyists that got us here

Gramm and the economy.
Black and every oil and corporate protection nast governemtn you can think of
Scgeunneman -the president of the committee for the liberation of Iraq... an organization whose member s got the first military contracts out of this war we were mislead into...and the guy who as Biden and others were telling Georgia to quiet down their behaviors and their flipping the bird to an ever dangerous and destablized Russian military aggression...was lobbying for the Georgian government to get others to give them cover to flip the bird...and then turn to us and say "protect us and fix it America"

the list goes on and on and on

including this new guy who is going to be hiring the cabinet...

these aren't consultants and or just random advisors...

these are the people writing the actual platform, telling him on a daily basis what the platform is...and picking who will run and how the government if McCain was elected.

Posted by: dl | September 15, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Obama has addressed the causes of the financial crisis and some of the short-term and long-term remedies several times over the last few months (ie, around the time of Bear Stearns, etc.). He gave a very solid major address on the subject.

Now, just as with the Georgia crisis on foreign policy, he should be stepping forward to comment on the crisis as a candidate, while always treading the fine line to confirm we still have only one president (not three). His website and leafleting, etc., should not only respond now, but build on the content that is already there -- on the website, feature that speech, on the door-to-door, feature leaflets related to this topic -- to help people understand how this kind of thing would be handled by an Obama administration (perhaps much the same way, since it is a dire emergency) and more to the point, what policies he would put in place to avoid such episodes and strengthen our institutions for the future.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | September 15, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

You Hillary supporters do not realize just how much damage Bill Clinton could do as he wanders around the White House with that gleam in his eye and that Jaw sticking out , just looking for some crap to get into.

Posted by: Steve Tucker | September 15, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

why is Mccain to blame for the economy and what is he going to do about it? 6 words
Phil Gramm wrote his economic platform.

why do the posters on here say all kinds of things to distract from the economy tanking?

why does it matter that McCain's sr. leadership team is all lobbyists...

and the most powerful lobbyists in Washington...

here are some small facts just about 1 of the 7...they all have these same Bush Cheney bologne histories...like the lies that are being told (just like the last 8 years)...even his team is "whooowee" slimey

I took some from wikipedia but they are facts...

John McCain’s presidential campaign co-chair Phil Gramm and his most senior economic adviser (his most often thought Treasury Leader) that had to be "officially unofficially" fired for calling the country...a country of whiners.

(and as much as they want to spin it...that is the truth...)

this is the guy who literally wrote Mccain/Palin's economic platform...who McCain hads for decades called a genius economically...

the guy who spearheaded efforts to pass banking reform laws, including the landmark Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act in 1999, which served to reduce government regulations in existence since the Great Depression separating banking, insurance and brokerage activities.

Years later, this same legislation may have been pivotal in encouraging the corporate practices that led to the 2008 mortgage crises in America.

Between 1995 and 2000 Gramm, who was the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, received $1,000,914 in campaign contributions from the Securities & Investment industry.

Later, as lobbyist for Swiss bank UBS, Gramm pressured congress ease it's restrictions on predatory lending tactics by mortgage brokers. For his efforts, Gramm received $750,000 from UBS in during a one year period starting in 2007.

Posted by: dl | September 15, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

When the people find out just how much of a screwball this women is , it should be all downhill for her. We need a Holy Roller in the White House like we need another Bush.

Posted by: Steve tucker | September 15, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

I get so bitter and angry when I keep seeing the name of that ex-coke-using community organizer, Obama Hussein Barack, in the news, when we all should be talking about the one candidate entitled to the presidency: Hillary.

Hillary is biding her time in case anything happens, and then she will step in and grab the presidency that she is rightfully entitled to.

Hillary, after all, is quick to realize that it is the far-left members of the Democratic Party -- angry, bitter leftists like me that read firedoglake and are secure in our gender identity -- that will have the final say on who wins the White House.

That is why the reality-based-community of angry, bitter leftists supports Hillary, and not Obama Hussein Barack.

Posted by: twin_peaks_nikki | September 15, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

If I were the Obama team I would be pounding the same track over the next couple of weeks: Obama is an intellectual heavyweight, unashamed, John McCain is an intellectual lightweight, who doesn't understand the economy and Sarah Palin! Well, Sarah Palin thinks that Freddie and Fannie have already 'cost the taxpayer too much', which seems to be at odds with reality.

If people see Obama as an intellectual elitist, maybe he should wear the tie that fits. He should demonstrate the depth and breadth of his knowledge, and show that when people elect a President, they are electing a decision maker, someone who has to understand the importance and location of the pieces on the board. In short, Obama is chess, McCain is chequers - strategy and knowledge-lite.

The economy has to be a key area of attack. People are becoming bored of the Palin story. Obama has hit his nadir, polls will start to come back up again, and remember they are overly optimisitic of Republican chances because they seriously underestimate the number of Obama voters with their 20th century methodology.

Posted by: Mike | September 15, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

With gas pricing shooting through the roof overnight and the collapse of some of our oldest financial institutions there is no doubt the focus will shift back to the economy - where McCain is weak. I held a canvass party this weekend for Obama/Biden and was amazed at the numer of republicans who came out to help and I live in the south! Not only that - our area is quite rural. These folks shared with me their utter disallusionment with McCain/Palin - these folks are scared - worried about more war and no end in sight to the ecomonic woes. One woman said that the straw for her was the negative TV ads sent out by McCain. She said she felt insulted - that her family and so many she knows are suffering and McCain answers with dirty ads and lies.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

The more Palin has to think and speak on her own, the more she resembles a deer in the headlights. But in the end, we get what we deserve. The question is: How low can we go?

Posted by: Ralph Warnock | September 15, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

With the collapse of Lehman, sale of Merrill Lynch and potential collapse of AIG, the public will start to look toward the candidate that can provide the best leadership which would be Obama. They'll also start to get serious about their vote and ignore the Palin cartoon sideshow. Besides, Palin's lipstick is starting to fade as people realise she's Cheney in drag...

Posted by: RickJ | September 15, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

we know you Heart Obama

but you could at least mention that Mccain has slightly more than Obama's money (not counting the 84 million from the feds), that the economy issue is no longer an Obama strength,and that Obama has yet to get back on the front page no matter how often you praise him.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

>>McCain's war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, tying his shoes and typing on a keyboard! <<
Wow!!!! Now, there is a steaming pasture patty of wit from the depths of the Republican brain trust.
From what we've been told, McCain can't raise his arms above his head because of his injuries.
Now we find his fingers wont move.
Except when he's wagging one at Obama.
Truth be told (WARNING: REPUBLICANS SHOULD READ NO FURTHER, EXPOSURE TO TRUTH HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED TO CAUSE RETINAL DAMAGE AMONG REPUBLICANS) McCain doesn't type. He has Cindy do it because she's so much faster at it that he is.
That's not a result of his POW injuries, it's a result of never learning to type.

Posted by: dijetlo | September 15, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

I would add, pershaps more importantly, is that the glow is coming off Palin....
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Unlike foolish liberals, no one pays attention to media. Palin is receiving 5% of attack than what Bush received 4 years ago. Movies, books, celebrities, journalists......

Right wing nuts are as commited to their candidates now that Palin is on the ticket. Just like left wingers don't care how incompetent Obama is, right winger extremist are the same.....

Posted by: Seed of Change | September 15, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Palin has turned the tide in Nevada, Ohio, and Minnesota.

Next to fall will be Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Swift boat attacks in the form of Obama's muslim identify, indecisive nature as legistator, and connections with extremists & Rezko will start this week or next week.....

Let's see how the Chicago Machine helps Obama to survive.

Posted by: Seed of Change | September 15, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

I would add, pershaps more importantly, is that the glow is coming off Palin. Look at her favorable/unfavorable spread. She is now into the single digits, well below that of either Obama or Biden. As she receives more exposure voters like her less. She will soon go from being an asset to being a liability for voters other than the evangelical base.

Posted by: dmh | September 15, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Donny, you should read the article I linked to. It will not cause you to think that McC made a wise choice in Palin. It will not cause you to think that Palin actually performed well for Gibson - either in the sense of demonstrating knowledge or in the sense of demonstrating political footwork.

It may allow you to understand what it is that permits a Palin to be appealing beyond a narrow fringe of social conservatives.

Full disclosure: I was one who admired Palin's record as it had been reported in the past. As she has become more of a known quantity I have come to question McC's judgment in choosing her. She should not be an issue in this campaign except as a reflection on McC's judgment.

Why would McC choose an R Gov who is resisting an investigation for ethics breaches by her R Legislature?

That is how any Palin question should be phrased. Get the focus off her. The Ds beat Dan Quayle, right?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 15, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

The Biggest Loser Last week.

Charle Gibson.

Many thought he was a reporter. Obviously, just another commentator.

Posted by: Obama2012 | September 15, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Palin gets a "E" for evasiveness. She avoided answering any direct questions...even after that weak interviewer repeatedly "pressed" her to focus. However, I have to give a "b" for snarkiness.

I can hardly believe the baggage she brings from her mayor and governor days has not forced her out of the race yet. How can the GOP hold their nose and still applaud her with both hands? It seems physically impossible.

Posted by: Donny | September 15, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Read

http://edge.org/3rd_culture/haidt08/haidt08_index.html

This UVA psych prof, a social liberal, argues that

"morality is not just about how we treat each other (as most liberals think); it is also about binding groups together, supporting essential institutions, and living in a sanctified and noble way. When Republicans say that Democrats 'just don't get it,' this is the 'it' to which they refer."

BHO showed a sign he may understand this last week, during a speech in VA. He often does not seem to communicate this understanding in debate.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 15, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Ah, the old POW excuse. He divorces his wife, calls his new wife the C word, and it's OK, he was a POW. He meets a man named Keating, takes his money illegally and it's OK, he was a POW. And now, he is a cranky out-of-touch old Senator who has been part of the Washington DC establishment for over twenty years and it's OK, he was once a POW.

Stop this crap. He moves well enough to not only type, but to lie to the country too.

McCain is running a dirty campaign. Even the old pot Karl Rove said so.


Posted by: Keith | September 15, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Why do you keep insisting that Palin successfully handled her interview? How low do you want to set the bar: as long as the candidate doesn't vomit on stage, she's a winner?

Posted by: Zoe | September 15, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

It may not be so much that Obama needs to get his groove back as it is the country's voters need to get their eyes back on the VERY real economic crisis that is brewing.

McCain and his campaign have been engaging in a game of "Rover, Red Rover, we DARE you to come over." They sent Sarah Palin over, and, to her credit, she stretched the locked arms of the Obama campaign more than they would have liked, but the campaign is clearly still intact.

All the attention that has been paid (and quite frankly, invited) by the McCain Campaign's cynical electoral ploy, has painted a picture of Palin that will not sell well with independents and taken McCain's stock lower with the very people he needs to win.

It would appear the the Republicans have gotten about all the mileage they can out of the 'Palin Pick' and now, they either have to face the economic music, or come up with another diversion.

Posted by: dch | September 15, 2008 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Chris, you got to see how Obama's criticism of McCain's non use of the computer has blown up in his face like an exploding cigar.

McCain's war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, tying his shoes and typing on a keyboard!

This is like someone criticizing NY's blind governor for being so out of touch with the common man as evidenced by his not driving a car. Ludicrous!!!

Posted by: Timaay | September 15, 2008 6:58 AM | Report abuse

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