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FixCam: Who Won the Week?

Another week in political Washington has ended.

But, don't despair! Because if it's Friday, it's time for "Who Won the Week?" -- the game where we ask Fixistas to put on their analyst hats (or helmets, if you prefer) and tell us who won the week and why.

You can find our rundown of the week that was in the video above. It started with the Barack Obama presidential seal hubbub, continued with a strategist for John McCain's campaign (unwittingly?) playing the terror card and ended, of course, in Unity, New Hampshire with Hillary Rodham Clinton making her first public appearance at Obama's side.

A few pointers for those hoping to win the coveted Fix t-shirt: be reasonable, be creative and be brief.

The deadline for submitting your pick is 5 p.m. Saturday. All submissions must be made in the comments section below; the Fix inbox is too crowded to accept email entries.

We'll announce the best of the best during our "FixCam Week in Preview" post on Monday. Winners get a coveted Fix t-shirt and the self-satisfaction that wearers of said shirt immediately feel.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 27, 2008; 5:49 PM ET
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I am a lifelong Republican; I am still on the fence re: whether to vote for Obama or McCain; if the latter should select Mitt Romney for his veep, I will definitely desert and vote for Obama. Why? Romney personifies all that is wrong with modern political candidates; he is an empty suit who will say anything, who is an monied elitist (nothng wrong with that but I don't want someone like that making decisions on economic policy), and he has the baggage of belonging to a religion which will many will question (nothing wrong with that either, but the Republicans are going to have a hard enought time overcoming bad economic news, Iraq, etc. without burdening the party with another albatross for many voters.)

If McCain wants to seal the deal for Obama, pick Romnney. He will definitely lock up the vote for the country club and Wall Street crowd but last time I looked there were not as many of those as the middle class voters who are hurting and who will turn out in the millions to register a protest against a party which has lost its way.

McCain already has a big flip flop problem; put Mitt on the ticket and they will be labeled the flip flop twins.

Posted by: robert bell | July 2, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Senator McCain is running on his experience, saying it makes him ready to lead right away. By doing so, he is asking people to look at what that experience taught him. By looking at Senator McCain's positions and votes (or lack of them), it seems that experience has not given him the right judgment on important issues of our time. And, while we should all honor Senator McCain's service, that doesn't mean we should necessarily honor it by putting him in the White House to take up George W. Bush's third term.

So, General Clark is 100 percent absolutely right, and he should not back down. I'd hope that some of the so-called progressives on television back him up on this, and not get intimidated by the media and McCain campaign press releases. These are important times, and deserve a blunt and honest debate.

In some circles, that's just called 'straight talk.'

Posted by: crazyme | June 30, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Dear Wesley Clark:

On Face The Nation, acting as a surrogate for the Obama campaign, you made the following remark:

"I don't think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president."

First of all as an American I am offended by this remark. It strikes at the patriotism that all Americans should feel toward the American military.

You made several other remarks which had as their objective to belittle the qualifications of Senator John McCain to lead the military of this great nation.

All these remarks you apparently made in an effort to support a person who has absolutely no qualifications whatsoever to be President of the United States, to lead the military or to make any decisions which affect this great nation.

You have nothing but shame on your head.

In sharp contrast to your remarks I must ask you:


1) Does doing cocaine like Obama has make Obama qualified to be President? Crack cocaine puts holes in one's brain, regular cocaine could as well. Obama has not specified which kind of cocaine he used.

2) Does, instead of doing one's job which he was elected to, does going on a book tour make Obama qualified to be President?

3) Does donating $20,000.00 in one year to a racist Black Liberation Theology Church make one qualified to be President? Racist based upon statements made in the Church's mission statement which were posted Church's own website.

4) Does claiming to be falsely offended by comments made by Gerry Ferraro simply in an effort to racially polarized the electorate, does that make one qualified to be President?

5) Does running a racial campaign in South Carolina, and pressing the Superdelegates with essentially racist arguments that there would be "Riots in the Streets if the Superdelegates did not vote for the black candidate" - all while having the Campaign Theme of being the "Post-Racial Candidate" - does that kind of deception and hypocrisy qualify one to be President?


Mr. Clark - You are not qualified to hold any office under the United States after the remarks you made on Face the Nation.

Your statements reveal a deeply flawed judgement and a deeply flawed character that only a team of psychologists could examine properly.


Please remove yourself from any further Campaign statements and do this country a final service with your silence.


.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 29, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I address this to Chaos45i with regard to his perception of Obama's "Latino/Hispanic Problem."

Mr Chaos45i, I have no idea where you or your family come from, but what in your mind DEFINES being "Latino/Hispanic"? Is it skin color? Is it having one drop of pre-Columbian blood? Is it merely be a native Spanish-speaker? Is a Cuban-American the same as a Puerto-Rican or a Mexican-American?

I assume that your conception of being "Latino/Hispanic" fits those contours. Where do I fit? I'm a Panamanian Jew of Ashkenazi extraction with what you would call "White" skin.

I can't vote in your election but believe me, your election has a profound effect on our region. What happens in your so-called "Latino/Hispanic" community is largely irrelevant to me except insofar as I'm against discrimination and prejudice. Anyone who self-identifies as "Latino/Hispanic-American" who is mistreated or denied some opportunity because of such self-identification has a legitimate complaint.

But so long as YOU participate in White America's framing of the "Latino/Hispanic" PROBLEM, first of all by using those ridiculous words which are effectively like saying "colored," and by buying into the idea that immigration is a PROBLEM not a potential SOLUTION.

John McCain is offering indentured servitude plus a claim on tax arrears and penalties plus temporary deportation in change FOR that very indentured servitude. And he's supposed to be the LIBERAL on immagration and the "latino/hispanic" community in the Republican Party.

From what I can tell, any problems Obama has with the "Latino/Hispanic" community in the USA is crankiness over losing the lion's share of that vote to Clinton in the primaries. His actual views on immigration are far more gentle than McCain's.

Part of the problem is that by the whole fence and vigilante thing, Bush and McCain and Biden have made the Southern region from Mexico to Patagonia very hard on Americans who want to come and live here. Our president's governing party just raised the initial investment required for Panamanian residency for USA citizens up to $350,000 and it's now retro-active. Expect to see White American retirees being deported for lack of compliance. In other words: "No me jodas!"

I'm probably more "Latino" in some ways than your organization is -- or at least more anti-gringo -- but be aware: "se necesita una cucharra super-grande si quisiera cenar con el diablo."

There's more than one way to skin a "Latino," you know?

May you resolve this up there in the states in a compassionate way.

Posted by: DexterManley | June 29, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse


"GANG STALKING"/"COMMUNITY STALKING" THREATENS OUR DEMOCRACY...

ARE GOVT FUNDED "COMMUNITY WATCH" PROGRAMS THE NEW KKK?

PLEASE READ THIS -- and urge your local media to investigate; this is happening where YOU live:

http://citizensoulpower.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/educate-yourself-and-take-action-against-community-based-gang-stalking/

Posted by: scrivener | June 29, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, the choice is between a man and a little boy. Neither of these guys has a record that points to the diplomatic skills we need to help foster viable democracies in the Middle East, not to mention problems in Africa. Obama is a little boy. Remember his glazed over eyes as he riveted on the fancy sports car and brushed off the socially committed female journalist in the Detroit factory. Don't let a little boy in the White House! If the Democratic Party was irrresponsible enough to push that candidate toward investiture against the popular trends throughout the spring, that party deserves to LOSE and lose big!

Posted by: karegi | June 29, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

"Obama does not have any fundamental, basic morality and human dignity."

Um...yeah...

Posted by: DDAWD | June 29, 2008 5:14 AM | Report abuse

Re: Brad

I rather vote for someone who knows the way Washington Politics works--regardless of being clean or corrupted. That's politics, but we voters can still decide.

Posted by: peace4world | June 29, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

Re: Leon

Thanks for the analysis. Yes as exactly as what you said, most people who supported the Party are frustrated as well because that's what Obama did and that's how he accuses others based on what he manipulated like that.

However I think this is good for America since we know by now alredy who-he-is even before debating in the fall. That's why I said the game is over.

Independent, MA

Posted by: peace4world | June 29, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Re: No Deal

As I declared, this year's election was over when Senator Obama wrote a $2300 check as a "gesture" to Senator Hillary Clinton.

It could be acceptable if Obama offered such "gesture" to Hillary right after the nomination fight or even before hiring Solis Dolye. When voters complained, then Obamas wrote $4600.

Obama does not have any fundamental, basic morality and human dignity. If you betray such basic morality, then you are not worth of being any politicians. Voters want real people who have sense of morality and loyalty.

If I were Hillary, I would not accept any offer of being his VP or "compromise" any offers whatsoever. She fought hard, under such constrained rules, to prove that Obama is not qualified. Putting a one-line "VP job" does not help her political career.

This year's Election depends on Independents and Women. Voters do not buy any false promises or compromised deals that offend our basic principles and values as Americans. If Obama thought that Hillary can be retired by money, then he made a serious mistake by selling voices of 18 million voters.

The Democratic Party also should pick a different date for its Convention: Obama is neither Black nor Liberal. Do not insult Dr. Martin L. King's legacy of Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Dr. King's message of "hope and dream" has nothing to do with Obama's message of "change"--if you remember how many times he has changed his words and deeds so far.

Posted by: peace4world | June 29, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Brad | June 29, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton definitely won the week, no question. Towards the end of the Democratic Primary campaign, there were widespread questions about whether Clinton would make a "gracious exit." But now, after her concession speech and her unity appearance with Obama, she not only has the command of a unique and powerful voting block of women, Hispanics, and blue-collar Rustbelt workers; she now has the respect and admiration of the Obama supporters.
She will be a force in the Senate and if she chooses to run for President again not only because of her campaign, but because of her exit.

Posted by: GregY | June 28, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama won the week as he
-got the boost in the polls
-had the event with HRC
-the Nadar comment, while true, sounded racist

However, if "liberals"- I am a leftist- I will no longer identify with liberals because the idiots that called themselves liberals this cycle went for the candidate with the less ambitious/progressive platform who lacks the experience to actually drive an agenda- if he had one anyway- are paying attention rather than worshipping their new demigod-

He turned down public financing
He backed a FISA ammendment renewal
He supported the death penalty
He voted to fund 7 more months of war in Iraq.

Wrong on all 4 issues. Mostly because he didn't promise anything- he sugggested rhetorically, but laid down no plans- so-

If liberals wake up at any point and any number of them go for Nadar he stands no chance in battleground states NH (Gore actually lost NH 4 electoral votes by less votes than Nadar recieved in 2000- with NH he wins the election), MI, OH, MO, or NM--so he better hope that their lovefest keeps up for him or they don't watch the news.

Leon

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Chris, you have no clue. This election is over. See my posting to Trail. Do not want to occupy a space here.

Posted by: peace4world | June 28, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse


"GANG STALKING"/"COMMUNITY STALKING" THREATENS OUR DEMOCRACY...

ARE GOVT FUNDED "COMMUNITY WATCH" PROGRAMS THE NEW KKK?

PLEASE READ THIS:

(more precise link)


http://citizensoulpower.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/educate-yourself-and-take-action-against-community-based-gang-stalking/

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse


"GANG STALKING"/"COMMUNITY STALKING" THREATENS OUR DEMOCRACY...

ARE GOVT FUNDED "COMMUNITY WATCH" PROGRAMS THE NEW KKK?

PLEASE READ THIS:

(more precise link)


http://citizensoulpower.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/educate-yourself-and-take-action-against-community-based-gang-stalking/

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse


"GANG STALKING"/"COMMUNITY STALKING" THREATENS OUR DEMOCRACY...

ARE GOVT FUNDED "COMMUNITY WATCH" PROGRAMS THE NEW KKK?

PLEASE READ THIS:

(more precise link)


http://citizensoulpower.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/educate-yourself-and-take-action-against-community-based-gang-stalking/

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse


"GANG STALKING"/"COMMUNITY STALKING" THREATENS OUR DEMOCRACY...

ARE GOVT FUNDED "COMMUNITY WATCH" PROGRAMS THE NEW KKK?

PLEASE READ THIS:

(more precise link)


http://citizensoulpower.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/educate-yourself-and-take-action-against-community-based-gang-stalking/

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse


"GANG STALKING"/"COMMUNITY STALKING" THREATENS OUR DEMOCRACY...

ARE GOVT FUNDED "COMMUNITY WATCH" PROGRAMS THE NEW KKK?

PLEASE READ THIS:

(more precise link)


http://citizensoulpower.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/educate-yourself-and-take-action-against-community-based-gang-stalking/

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse


Chaos45i
I saw Obama give his speech today to supposed Hispanic elected officials. He even joked at the end that the questions were fixed. They were! No one even asked him about Hispanics being discriminated in this way, and he did not bring it up. To put it bluntly. Obama is a loser to Hispanic/Latinos every week if he keeps silent on this. Chris, should be ashamed of himself for not being willing to cover this. That woman that interrupted Mcain was nowhere around when it came to Obama. Silence is consent for Obama also.

Posted by: Monica | June 28, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

If you don't wish to unify with a party that promotes sexism, race-baiting, cronyism, campaign fraud and voter disenfranchisement, join us. No Unity Without Accountability!
People United Means Action (PUMA)
www.blog.pumapac.org

Posted by: Puma Power | June 28, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Here is Barrack Obama's religious philosophy:

Barrack HUSSEIN Obama's church for over 20 years, the BLACK Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the BLACK Value System written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee chaired by Vallmer Jordan in 1981. They believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal statements. These BLACK Ethics must be taught and exemplified in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever BLACKS are gathered. They must reflect on the following concepts:

1. Commitment to God
2. Commitment to the BLACK Community
3. Commitment to the BLACK Family
4. Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
5. Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
6. Adherence to the BLACK Work Ethic
7. Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
8. Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"
9. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the BLACK Community
10. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting BLACK Institutions
11. Pledge allegiance to all BLACK leadership who espouse and embrace the BLACK Value System
12. Personal commitment to embracement of the BLACK Value System.

Please read the "BLACK Value System" again -- only this time, substitute the word "White" for "BLACK."

If your church had such a "White Value System" Jesse and Al and the NAACP would have 10,000 demonstrators out front in a heartbeat."

Posted by: Obama Lost | June 28, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Fix must of missed where Obama was today?
I say Obama is the loser. He has chosen to end the week courting the Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. It would be nice if he mentioned his part in discriminating against Hispanic/Latinos in Illinois. This is the basic text of a letter sent June 20, 2008.

ATTENTION TO : Congressman Joe Baca
Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus FAX 202-225 8671 & FAX 202-225-8671
& June 20, 2008
All Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

NOTICE & COMPLAINT OF RACISM
It was recently reported that in response to the suggestion by the press that he has a Hispanic/Latino problem with support among Latino/Hispanic Americans Democratic Presumptive nominee Barack Obama on June 17, 2008 lied to the press when he suggested he has no Hispanic/Latino problem when the truth and fact of the matter is in a deceptive manner Obama is showing his continued willingness to mislead the American public, the press, and those Hispanic/Latino voters he still needs by covering up the fact he continues to be unwilling to recognize & address the legitimate issue of clear racism against Hispanic complainants who report incidents of race discrimination at the Chicago,IL. offices of the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in his own home state of Illinois. I, an Illinois U.S. born Hispanic American citizen, in a timely manner reported 3 incidents of race discrimination involving Hormel Foods Corporation , UFCW, and Target Corporation to IDHR & EEOC. Not just a simple conflict of interest UFCW's endorsement and their powerful resources are no more than an illegal kick back for Obama in a racist manner knowingly obstructing an investigation of UFCW as it relates to my particular situation. It was also reported that on June 17, 2008 Obama met with the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus but I am certain Obama failed to mention this legitimate issue that concerns Hispanic/Latino Americans and it is fair and reasonable for one to conclude that in furtherance of a COVER UP Obama at this meeting was not honest and not forthcoming to the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus about the fact he is aware that my notices & complaints over a course of years now regarding the racism at IDHR & EEOC related to my 3 reported incidents of race discrimination being COVERED UP/Concealed and buried by the actions of Obama and IDHR & EEOC officials have, to this date, been repeatedly ignored, never addressed, never investigated, and no one has ever been held accountable for intentionally sabotaging and denying me , a Hispanic complainant, language that states on official "IDHR & EEOC" charges discrimination based on RACE against Hormel Foods Corporation, UFCW, and Target Corporation when nonHispanic complainants are not sabotaged or denied the same language of discrimination based on RACE on their official "IDHR & EEOC" charges of discrimination at IDHR & EEOC. Obama will have to accept responsibility for his racist actions and/or inactions as it will never be acceptable by me for Obama to blame others or for him to make any excuses for allowing this racism against Americans who happen to be Hispanic to go on as long as it has. I urge you not to support Obama and to join me bringing this racism to the attention of the Hispanic community until and unless Obama himself fully addresses this matter.


C: Democratic Presumptive Nominee Barack Obama
Mr. Arturo Vargas -National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

Posted by: Chaos45i | June 28, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama, by a hair. Just because of all that amazingly favorable poll data that came out this week. And the Clinton/Unity story was nice.

Otherwise, total snoozefest for both teams.

Posted by: Erin D. | June 28, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

The United States Supreme Court won the week with the 2nd Amendment Gun Rights ruling. After 7 and 1/2 years of an Administration that has chopped away at Americans' civil liberties as defined by the Constitution and Bill of Rights, we all know we now need the ability to protect ourselves from an over-zealous Federal Protector that has used 9/11 to gut our liberties.And, I was always an ardent anti-gun citizen.

Posted by: PW Neal | June 28, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I think the week belongs to Obama. Between the polls giving him leads in Fl, MI,WI,and CO, the Unity Rally with Hillary, and rumors that Colin Powell will endorse him, Barak is having a pretty sweet week!

Posted by: winterfresh | June 28, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

McCain won the week


Obama gets SLAMMED again in the FEDERAL CORRUPTION TRIAL


PROSECUTOR'S HOLDING BACK FOR FALL SURPRISE ???


From yesterday's Chicago Sun-Times:


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Prosecutors held back on using Obama's name

June 27, 2008

BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter nkorecki@suntimes.com

Barack Obama's name could have been invoked more at the corruption trial of his former fund-raiser Tony Rezko.

But it appears prosecutors opted against bringing Obama into the mix during the two-month trial.

Newly unsealed documents show that prosecutors sought to call witnesses to testify about Rezko's ties to Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

The Illinois senator was the recipient of "straw" campaign contributions made by others on behalf of Rezko -- money that Obama has since given to charities.

The documents indicate that prosecutors considered offering witnesses to explore why Rezko used others to contribute to Obama and also to Blagojevich, and U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve ruled that they could. But they did not end up offering any such testimony during the trial.

"Witnesses will testify that Rezko was a long-standing supporter and fund-raiser of Barack Obama," prosecutors wrote.

Later, St. Eve ruled that Obama references would be allowed into the trial, but prosecutors apparently opted not to invoke Obama's name.


http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1027788,CST-NWS-rezkoside27.stng


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 28, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I tried to like Obama however I can not trust him to run the country, he is too young and inexperienced. He is making rookie mistakes already.

I do not respect him going back on his word on Campaign Finance.


I am going to go with McCain this year.


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Posted by: Marcy | June 28, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I tried to like Obama however I can not trust him to run the country, he is too young and inexperienced. He is making rookie mistakes already.

I do not respect him going back on his word on Campaign Finance.


I am going to go with McCain this year.


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Posted by: Marcy | June 28, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure Obama won the week because of two distinct incidents. 1) The FEC became staffed enough to do business with new appointment confirmations, meaning that a negative ruling on McCain's public financing chicanery is headed for a headline near you; and 2) Senators David Vitter and Larry Craig just sponsored some morality legislation in the Senate, making the GOP castabout irony, as they say, palpable.

Posted by: Josh Berthume | June 28, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure Obama won the week because of two distinct incidents. 1) The FEC became staffed enough to do business with new appointment confirmations, meaning that a negative ruling on McCain's public financing chicanery is headed for a headline near you; and 2) Senators David Vitter and Larry Craig just sponsored some morality legislation in the Senate, making the GOP castabout irony, as they say, palpable.

Posted by: Josh Berthume | June 28, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Come on folks!
The big winner last week was Exxon...
A 2 BILLION dollar gift from the morally corrupt Supreme Court.
Fixtas... follow the money

Posted by: Jersey John | June 28, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Politico posted a link to the Federal Papers filed in Federal Court in Chicago linking Obama to the $112,000 transaction in the Tony Rezko Federal Corruption Trial - apparently in the $112,000 transactions $10,000 of that amount was Obama's cut and the $10,000 found its way into Obama's Campaign Treasury.


Is this appearing to be a Surprise in September ???


Check out the link below.


The Chicago Sun-Times also ran an article on this on Friday June 27.


http://www.politico.com/static/PPM104_080627_obamarez_pdf.html


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Posted by: Words of Wisdom | June 28, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Politico posted a link to the Federal Papers filed in Federal Court in Chicago linking Obama to the $112,000 transaction in the Tony Rezko Federal Corruption Trial - apparently in the $112,000 transactions $10,000 of that amount was Obama's cut and the $10,000 found its way into Obama's Campaign Treasury.


Is this appearing to be a Surprise in September ???


Check out the link below.


The Chicago Sun-Times also ran an article on this on Friday June 27.


http://www.politico.com/static/PPM104_080627_obamarez_pdf.html


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Posted by: Words of Wisdom | June 28, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Politico posted a link to the Federal Papers filed in Federal Court in Chicago linking Obama to the $112,000 transaction in the Tony Rezko Federal Corruption Trial - apparently in the $112,000 transactions $10,000 of that amount was Obama's cut and the $10,000 found its way into Obama's Campaign Treasury.


Is this appearing to be a Surprise in September ???


Check out the link below.


The Chicago Sun-Times also ran an article on this on Friday June 27.


http://www.politico.com/static/PPM104_080627_obamarez_pdf.html


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Posted by: Words of Wisdom | June 28, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Since McCain and Obama ended the week in a "draw"...each getting a leg-up at some point, I think the Real Winner is:
Hillary...!!!
Her efforts/leadership may result in Obama actually winning the presidency...!!!
Her place in history and in this election is STILL central...!!! Especially this week...!!!

Posted by: Bob Fitzgerald | June 28, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

As a Hillary supporter, I was just turning my attention to Obama when, against all standards of good taste, his brain-trust came up with the mock seal of the President of the United States.Good Lord!(Thankfully it disappeared as quickly as it appeared)

The week was saved for him by Hillary. They were well balanced and acted equally as 'foils' for one another. He showed a side of himself I'd never witnessed--unscripted moments as when he picked up on the called out comment from someone in the audience in Unity on Friday and smilingly repeated "she rocks..." He finally sounded natural, real, easy, nice. Nice is good. Arrogant and loftily above the fray is not. His comment about "and doing it in heels" brought a laugh as did she when she lightened up on the heaviness of the campaign.

I still haven't written him a check, but I'm getting closer.

For me it was a draw Hillary and Barak. (forgive me for still putting her first!)

Posted by: Buff Brazy Given | June 28, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Chris

McCain won the week again - Obama looks so bad.


Obama corruption in Chicago - more details coming out.


Today's Chicago Sun-Times:


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REZKO TRIAL | Feds reveal he denied pay-to-play remarks described by 2 in court

June 27, 2008Recommend (17)

BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter nkorecki@suntimes.com
Newly unsealed court files in the Tony Rezko corruption case show that federal agents interviewed Gov. Blagojevich "on multiple occasions" and that the governor denied having conversations described in court by two key prosecution witnesses.

That raises the possibility that either the witnesses lied under oath or that Blagojevich lied to federal agents about statements he was said to have made, tying state business to support for his campaign.


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


Later in the article, the paper reports Governor's office confirms "discussions" with federal authorities.


Obama is linked in the papers - Resko had a deal involving $112,000 - the funds were distributed around - Obama's cut in all the transactions was the Obama campaign ended up with $10,000.


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 28, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain won the week


Obama gets SLAMMED again in the FEDERAL CORRUPTION TRIAL


PROSECUTOR'S HOLDING BACK FOR FALL SURPRISE ???


From yesterday's Chicago Sun-Times:


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


Prosecutors held back on using Obama's name

June 27, 2008

BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter nkorecki@suntimes.com

Barack Obama's name could have been invoked more at the corruption trial of his former fund-raiser Tony Rezko.

But it appears prosecutors opted against bringing Obama into the mix during the two-month trial.

Newly unsealed documents show that prosecutors sought to call witnesses to testify about Rezko's ties to Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

The Illinois senator was the recipient of "straw" campaign contributions made by others on behalf of Rezko -- money that Obama has since given to charities.

The documents indicate that prosecutors considered offering witnesses to explore why Rezko used others to contribute to Obama and also to Blagojevich, and U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve ruled that they could. But they did not end up offering any such testimony during the trial.

"Witnesses will testify that Rezko was a long-standing supporter and fund-raiser of Barack Obama," prosecutors wrote.

Later, St. Eve ruled that Obama references would be allowed into the trial, but prosecutors apparently opted not to invoke Obama's name.


http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1027788,CST-NWS-rezkoside27.stng

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 28, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama won the week. Unity with Hillary, battleground state polls giving him a nice bounce, moving to the center in response to Supreme Court rulings and unforced McCain surrogate errors hurt McCain's message that Obama is just another typical politician.

Posted by: culader | June 28, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama won hands down. The news spotlight shined pretty bright on he and Hillary and her "18 million" voters, or pieces of glass from the ceiling, or whatever. Unity, NH? So cheesy it's brilliant.
McCain didn't really do anything but talk....really...slowly...about North Korea. This week has to go to Obama.

Posted by: Lance in ATL | June 28, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse


Senator Obama won the week because he is ahead nationally and in battleground states, the winds are with Democrats, and nothing happened this week to change that.

It is summertime and the only ones paying much attention are hard-core loyalists and political geeks (like we loyal readers of The Fix).

Given that the public is largely inattentive (except that they face constant reminders of a sagging economy), the only way Senator McCain wins a week is if some substantial event occurs. And that didn't happen. For example, the Supreme Court issued important decisions, none of which by their nature and substance rise to the level of dramatic in a political sense - mostly because Senator Obama co-opted them and robbed Senator McCain of a traction-grabbing win.

McCain winning a week between now and the conventions depends largely on some dramatic event that captures the public's attention. Not just any event, but a big, fat, hairy event that stays on the front page for several days and the public begins to notice. Not this week.

Otherwise, there are 127 days and 17 hours until polls open on the east coast and every day and week that passes without a substantial event is a good day and week for Senator Obama.

The good news for Senator McCain is that 127 days and 17 hours is an awfully long time.

Posted by: Swinford | June 28, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I will give Obama the week. He broadly launched an appealing introductory ad and had the Unity NH appearance with Clinton to put the two Democratic factions on the road to healing from the sometimes bitter primary. In contrast, there was not really a major event in the McCain campaign.

Since there really isn't a dime's worth of difference in political philosophy between Clinton and Obama, it won't be a big leap for Clinton supporters to jump on board.

Democrats know the big prize, regaining the presidency and an overwelming majority in Congress, is within their grasp. I don't think many of them are willing to pass up that chance just to slight the primary candidate they didn't support.

Posted by: AlaninMissoula | June 28, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama won the week....he will be our next President which will be a win for this country.

Posted by: Patricia C. Gilbert | June 28, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama won.

Whatever the chattering class balances out between podiums and would-be senior advisers, presidential elections are about winning states. A week is won when you can expand your comfort zone in base states or see evidence that opens up new territory.

Obama's campaign saw good evidence of that in places like Colorado, Virginia and Georgia this week and hell, even Texas had a wacky poll putting him within striking distance.

I don't watch enough cable to decide who won the chattering election, but the state movement was clearly more favorable to Barack Obama.

Posted by: Orlando | June 28, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama won, given that it's summer. People are starting to tune out until the conventions, and only get snippets of political news. Obama is emerging as the clear front-runner -- neither candidate had any major messaging gaffes (even Black's comments are overplayed, a truism that is happens to be taboo to speak aloud). Obama wins as voters trend in his direction.

Posted by: kvandy | June 28, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain won the week


Obama gets SLAMMED again in the FEDERAL CORRUPTION TRIAL


PROSECUTOR'S HOLDING BACK FOR FALL SURPRISE ???


From yesterday's Chicago Sun-Times:


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Prosecutors held back on using Obama's name

June 27, 2008

BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter nkorecki@suntimes.com

Barack Obama's name could have been invoked more at the corruption trial of his former fund-raiser Tony Rezko.

But it appears prosecutors opted against bringing Obama into the mix during the two-month trial.

Newly unsealed documents show that prosecutors sought to call witnesses to testify about Rezko's ties to Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

The Illinois senator was the recipient of "straw" campaign contributions made by others on behalf of Rezko -- money that Obama has since given to charities.

The documents indicate that prosecutors considered offering witnesses to explore why Rezko used others to contribute to Obama and also to Blagojevich, and U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve ruled that they could. But they did not end up offering any such testimony during the trial.

"Witnesses will testify that Rezko was a long-standing supporter and fund-raiser of Barack Obama," prosecutors wrote.

Later, St. Eve ruled that Obama references would be allowed into the trial, but prosecutors apparently opted not to invoke Obama's name.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1027788,CST-NWS-rezkoside27.stng

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 28, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Chris

McCain won the week again - Obama looks so bad.


Obama corruption in Chicago - more details coming out.


Today's Chicago Sun-Times:

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REZKO TRIAL | Feds reveal he denied pay-to-play remarks described by 2 in court

June 27, 2008Recommend (17)

BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter nkorecki@suntimes.com
Newly unsealed court files in the Tony Rezko corruption case show that federal agents interviewed Gov. Blagojevich "on multiple occasions" and that the governor denied having conversations described in court by two key prosecution witnesses.

That raises the possibility that either the witnesses lied under oath or that Blagojevich lied to federal agents about statements he was said to have made, tying state business to support for his campaign.

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Later in the article, the paper reports Governor's office confirms "discussions" with federal authorities.


Obama is linked in the papers - Resko had a deal involving $112,000 - the funds were distributed around - Obama's cut in all the transactions was the Obama campaign ended up with $10,000.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 28, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Chris, I am an Independent voter in MA.

Any campaign that does not have true stories loses which I call "phony." Any candidate who does not have basic morality loses: Can you campaign for someone who hired the person who had failed my Campaign? For what? Again I declared last week, this game is over.

Senator McCain, why do you "pursue" Obama for the LD Style Debate for what? Hillary lost because she pursued Obama: Frequency of the debate does not matter. Do not engage in such a stupid debate with a young senator.

Here's my advice for you as I posted in NYT: If you do not pick up the phone from Obama by end of summer, then you will win. Do NOT spend your time campaigning at college campuses.

Just enjoy your summer and send us your pictures if you plan to travel during the summer. Your new advertisement is much better than the Sean Connery ads. Do not modify or create any new ads until you return.

GOPs, if you retire Karl Rove, then you will win. Please let him not to post any comments or columns for Newsweek and WSJ.

Why do you spend your money and time on studid things? Obama's Campaign has launched a campaign to counter-swiftboat McCain--please do not respond. You are John McCain.

That's why I call David Axelrod's approach Axelrodian Gaudiness. If it is mixed and confused with Pelosian Stupidity, then it is a bomb-shell.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

The voters won they are getting to see the real Obama. It doe snot look to pretty. "The Seal of Obama" says it ALL.

If McCain or any other Republican had done that they would not be the party nominee. They would have be laugh right off the stage.

Somtimes first impressions are correct. Obama and his "elites" are not ready for prime time.

Because if they make an error like that now, what type of error in judgement will they make on REAL ISSUES, like Terrorism, Iraq, iran, and our very safety.

Maybe "The Gods" were sending us a message of what to expect from the "Obama Team" if they WIN. no "substance" just "pomp"

VJ machiavelli
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com
ps Better to have seen the " Bitter Seal " now then latter.

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | June 28, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The Clintons won the week, by sucking up all the press coverage.

I am hopeful now that the political theatre is over they will go back to wherever and the general election can carry on with the real candidates getting the coverage and discussing issues.

Posted by: Susan | June 28, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

John McCain won the week simply by being the star of the most viral Colbert Report green-screen challenge:
http://www.wikio.com/video/289927

I say this as one in the progressive Democratic net-roots, anti-war base, early Obama campaign donor, who's pissed at Obama for the FISA thing. Give me a break--it's "helpful" to have a Supreme Court ruling that the 2nd Amendment ensure the right for individuals to carry automatic weapons on the street, but you think the 4th Amendment allows the government to troll through all of our electronic correspondence?!

I have to admit conventional press wisdom would state that Obama won the week with the Unity Thing and the so-deftless-it's-obvious-on-purpose pivot to the political center which the pundit conventional wisdom says is a good thing. Sigh...

But against this too-conventional wisdom, and as a proud member of the "crazy left-wing" (by virtue of being against the Iraq War from the start because I actually read Walter Pincus of the WaPo, even if on page A-17 below the fold in 2002)....I'll say John McCain won the week being in the cool video where he finally can raise his arms above his head. Poor guy....

I'm still an Obama supporter, just a bit more realistic, I guess, and reminded once again he's just a politician, not a political messiah.


Posted by: Beth in VA | June 28, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Churchill was in his 60's during the war and was voted out of office in 1945. He was an alcoholic and many thought not mentally all here at times. History has a way of using selective memory to pick it's heros. Except for a few quotable lines his speeches were mostly confusing babbling.
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Senator John McCain is too young. After All Winston Churchill lived into his 90's and all he did with the Allies was defeat The NAZI terrorists.

This is no time to go soft on terrorism!

Posted by: John Gray | June 28, 2008 3:10 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Chris
I don't really have an opinion on who won for the week, which is stupid. It is what you do when you have no ideas for a column. How do you keep your job when all you do is plagiarize stuff and ideas from TV and cable news shows? Have you had an original idea, ever?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Obama hands down, the only ones to disagree will be the delusional GOP.

Outside of his lame response to the Supremes on the gun issue, which is negated with the fact that the next POTUS will be picking their replacements, Obama shined.

You had the Black terror card, which people are so tired of. Bush eating crow over his axis of evil North Korea being in our corner, taking wind out of the last on the list Iran, not looking good for a war now W.

Poll numbers look good for Obama across the board, while I still say they don't matter until after Labor Day, the press is selling it and that is what matters.

Finally you have Unity. The sight of Hillary with Obama, matching blue tie and suit, selling the country a Blue agenda. McNasty should start calling Bob Dole, to see what failed dinosaurs do when the lights go out.

Posted by: patrick nyc | June 28, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Tie. Obama looked the fool on reaction to Supreme Court gun ruling. I happen to agree with his current (pro-gun) position, but his flip-flop was at once too obvious yet left too much wiggle room. Vote on FISA made him look like a follower not a leader and called his anti-War credentials again into question (I like his current pro-Peace incarnation). On the other hand, he picked up some huge help from the Clintons and a Republican Senator, Gordon Smith.

He also carried a huge lead into the week and looked landslide-ish for the first time.

McCain has kept on message all week without any glaring errors. No probing questions by press about any of his own huge flip-flops and the "maverick" and "war-hero" brands seem locked-up. He played Obama to a weak draw on econmics and seems to have solidified his image as the "national security/foreign policy" candidate without too much trouble. Still an MSM article of faith that the Surge Is Working. And the Supreme Court DC gun ruling made him look great.

He still carries the whiff of a loser though poll wise.

Posted by: DexterManley | June 28, 2008 4:29 AM | Report abuse

Senator John McCain is too young. After All Winston Churchill lived into his 90's and all he did with the Allies was defeat The NAZI terrorists.

This is no time to go soft on terrorism!

Posted by: John Gray | June 28, 2008 3:10 AM | Report abuse

The biggest winner is the gun lobby. The supreme court gave them some ammunition to gun down and terrorize the opposition, this election year. Other winners include Bush/Rice/Obama for negotiating the scaling down of Noth Korea's nuclear arsenal. MaCain can now understand that talking to the enemy is the only way to resolve problems. War did not save us in Iraq. diplomacy saved us in North Korea.

Posted by: Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba | June 28, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Obama wins this week, although he nearly coughed it up with his about face on the D.C. gun law overturned by the Supreme Court on Thursday. First, Obama got some very encouraging news by way of this week's Quinnipiac poll, showing the presumptive Democratic nominee with a sizeable lead in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and a narrower lead in both Michigan and Colorado (a state Bush won in 2004). All four of these are considered swing states, and if you consider the fact that Obama has a shot at being competitive in stalwart red-states such as Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia, the McCain campaign must at the least bit be shaken, although we still have miles to go in this campaign. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I believe that the pressure for Obama to choose Hillary Clinton as his V.P. was lightened significantly this week. Not becasue of Hill, but rather, because of Bill! With an average of nearly 25% of Democrats (in the four above mentioned swing states) and 40% of independents believing Bill would be a "problem" in an Obama administration, Obama has been blessed with a legitimate and presentable reason to give to angry supporters of Hillary on why she should not be on the ticket: That because of Bill, Obama would face an unecessary hinderance and distraction during the campaign that could possibly alienate the crucial bloc of independent voters, and thus, potentially cost the Democrats victory. In short, by not picking Hillary, Obama is looking out for the well-being of the party. Come on Chris, who have you heard that from. And I don't even live in Washington! I need that FIX shirt!

Posted by: Aaron Guerrero | June 28, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Obama won.

By sticking to his FISA flip, he managed to stick his finger in the eye of his now Sistah Souljah'd liberal youth base early enough in the season to 1) enervate the increasingly vocal GOP charge that he's beholden to "extremist" groups like Move On, etc., and 2) leave plenty of time for the media and GOP outcries to seem stale and imbalanced well before ballots are cast.

With his statement endorsing the SCOTUS anti-gun regulation bill he 1) again blocked a line of attack that the McCain campaign was eager to use to draw white working class voters to the Republican side, and 2) again did so early enough in the season to minimize real damage to his brand among his base (young and educated voters).

Finally: people won't remember the presidential seal silliness, since it doesn't fit into an ongoing narrative, but they will remember the "McCain hopes terrorists attack America" debacle, because it does. Either McCain and his campaign are misspeaking a lot about foreign policy lately, or their views on these grave issues truly are disturbingly flippant and out of touch. C.f., "Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran."

All best wishes,

Posted by: Catuskoti | June 28, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Obama won the week.

Swing states are moving in Obama's direction. Charlie Black hurts McCain by playing the terror card. Grover Norquist shows his ignorance and the first sign of how the GOP will try and characterize Obama. Obama shows he won't get labeled as an anti-gun, flaming liberal, given the recent Supreme Court ruling. And the week ends in Unity. Suddenly, the onus moves to McCain as the wind at Obama's back continues to move him and the D's forward.

Posted by: SteveS | June 28, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Obama won the week because despite McCain's many attempts at controlling the messaging this week - it all comes down to a rally in a place called Unity.

The lede writes itself and the dateline says all that he needs it to.

In a week that the McCain campaign made several attempts at messaging (car battery contest, Dr. No, green government, Chicago gun control...), the main topic of the Sunday shows will be the event in Unity, New Hampshire.

Posted by: Mark M. | June 27, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

The top three states in Chris' THE LINE are Iowa, New Mexico, and Nevada. If those three states switched to Obama and every other state wnet with the same party as 2004, then it would end at 269-269 and Nancy Pelosi would decide the President.

Posted by: mark | June 27, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Winner: Chris Hill [and Condi Rice].

The loser is VP Cheney.

Condi backed the ace negotiator Hill against the Cheney led neocon forces in the Admin and watching that nuke tower go down is the result. Chris Hill has worked as a pro negotiator in D and R Administrations. Maybe its time for him to go to Iran?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | June 27, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

The winner of the week was Obama for 2 reasons. First, he dogged a major bullet with the Supreme Court case. Because the Court sided with the NRA, Obama avoided a major get-out-the-vote campaign for all those voters who "cling to their guns" that would have benefited McCain at Obama's expense. Second, his event with Hillary gets the media focused on party unity and away from a broken Democrat Party. By doing it in NH, the state that saved Hillary from a complete loss, Obama is making the case the bygones are bygones. Because of these two events, Obama won the week, and despite not having a Fix Tshirt, is still the man to beat.

Posted by: atsherwi | June 27, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

The Supreme Court handed another victory to the right-wingers. It's a strategic victory and will resonant far longer than whatever foot-in-mouth gets a few days of interest. The elephant in the room is abortion. Selecting Supreme Court justices just rose up a notch on the importance scale. Advantage: Obama.

The number of undecided is in the very low teens. Let's move the vote to August and save a lot of useless talking.

Posted by: NoOneImportant | June 27, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Time will tell the true. Now Obama can find out himself without Hillary he can't beat McCain and Democratic party unity also depends on Hillary. Who should be the VP now ?

Posted by: Bella Liberty | June 27, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama won. The polls in Minnesota and Wisconsin show big leads in those key battleground states, and solid leads in Michigan and Colorado. And the polls probably are understating young voter and black turnout. The convention is in Colorado. Obama's got Iowa (ethanol). Richardson will help deliver New Mexico. On top of that Ohio looks good (and understated, McCain isn't getting 90% of the latin vote, sorry SurveyUSA), as does Virginia. And Obama is going on offense in all 50 states.

People want change. Every day there isn't a major scandal or gaffe by Obama is a day in which his ground operations are getting settled in, a day in which people are getting to know him better. And when Colin Powell endorses Obama, we are going to see the big bounce. And after the debates, it should be a done deal.

Posted by: JR, Boston | June 27, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Antonin Scalia wins. The justice best known for his opinionated dissents finally leaves his stamp on history, authoring a landmark decision (DC v. Heller, the handgun case).

Posted by: bondjedi | June 27, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama won. Charlie Black's gaffe gives Obama an ace in the hole come debate time and tarnished McCain with the Bush-esque fear mongering stain. The image of Hillary and Obama embracing on stage was important, but the meeting with top Clinton donors Thursday night will allow Obama to blow McCain out of the water in fundraising in June and July.

Posted by: jallenba | June 27, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Senator John Cornyn with that hilariously absurd ad showing once again how backwards things are in the redest of the red states. If you have not seen it, go to you tube and put in Cornyn and Big John. Please, Texas, can you secede, 1845 was the worst year in American history when these clowns were let into the union.

Posted by: merganser | June 27, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Hillary won 1) help on her campaign debt 2) another chance to be relevent

Obama finally won to his nomination bounce.

Posted by: Kev | June 27, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

To be honest, Anthony Kennedy is the winner this week. I'd put Scalia at a close second, with his sharp-tongued defense of domestic handgun use. Those guys can only pray the US bishops aren't moved to respond the way they did the last time the courts chose to interpret the constitution in a monumental fashion!

Posted by: Tom | June 27, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I feel the Supreme Court won the week.
Their rulings created the backdrop for campaign political dialog, be it gun control, or capital punishment, or rights of the detaninees. Both Obama and McCain spent much of the week posturing and positioning vs. the Courts rulings.

Clearly, SCOTUS won the week

Posted by: spears404 | June 27, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

"GANG STALKING"/"COMMUNITY STALKING" THREATENS OUR DEMOCRACY...

ARE GOVT FUNDED "COMMUNITY WATCH" PROGRAMS THE NEW KKK?

PLEASE READ THIS:

(more precise link)


http://citizensoulpower.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/educate-yourself-and-take-action-against-community-based-gang-stalking/

Posted by: Anonymous | June 27, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

"GANG STALKING"/"COMMUNITY STALKING" THREATENS OUR DEMOCRACY...

PLEASE READ...

http://citizensoulpower.wordpress.com

ARE GOVT-FUNDED "COMMUNITY WATCH" PROGRAMS THE NEW KKK?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 27, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

The city of Concord, NH won the week! Even though their name is a synonym for togetherness, they were spared from having to host the public display of affection that Hillary and Obama foisted upon their neighbors to the west (Unity, NH.)

Posted by: Tom, Washington DC | June 27, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Which candidate gained the most ground this week? Hmm...let's put momentum aside for a moment, and acknowledge instead that the real winner this week is INERTIA. With charges and counter-charges of flip-floppery, accusations of being out of touch, announcements small-bore solutions to the energy crisis, the use Supreme Court rulings to box your opponent into a corner for something he may or may not have believed in, dark prognostications of terror in the land, and a media chewing on symbols (literally) rather than substance, it is clear that this presidential campaign is shaping up to be as stale and smelly as all the others. So inertia wins the week, and so does John McCain, because Barack Obama can ill afford to be seen as just another politician willing to say or do anything to clinch the big prize.

Posted by: Vox Civitatis | June 27, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama won. As long as the issues keep allowing him to tack to the center and McCain keeps tacking right to shore up his base, Obama keeps gaining tactical ground. Almost every new poll from the key swing states shows this. Somebody at McCain HQ needs to be aware of this. They seem to be responding with the republican playbook of the past. It's too bad because their candidate is better than the strategy he is getting.

Posted by: Optimyst | June 27, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama won the week because when a Republican Senator up for reelection this fall(Gordon Smith) in a traditionally competitive state(Oregon) is running an ad touting his bipartsian work on legislation he cosponsored with Obama (and, perhaps more interestingly, NOT touting any legislation he cosponsored with his own party's nominee), that is very telling about where the Presidential race stands right now. Combine that with new polls showing Obama with continued leads in at least five Bush states (OH, CO, NM, IN and IA), a few competitve Kerry states(WI, MN, MI) and two untiy rallies with Hillary Clinton, and it's quite clear that Obama won the week.

Posted by: Ohio guy | June 27, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

My entry for the Fix contest:
"The Obama 'waffle': When Presidential syrup is too sweet to be true (as in public financing), try the bittersweet nuisance of incessant e-mails (Internet funding solicitation); you have your choice of strawberry (red states), blueberry (blue states), and elitist (vanilla whitey)."

Posted by: boesc | June 27, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

BHO wins the week. Very good news coming out of the polling, from the swing states to relatively close contests in places like TX and MS (single digit leads for McC). Great visuals with the "Unity" rally in NH today.

McC was hurt by Charlie Black's comments, which also served to remind political junkies that a former lobbyist for the Burmese junta is running McC's campaign. The Supreme Court decisions were basically a draw -- the DC gun ban may have slightly helped McC, but rejection of part of McCain-Feingold was a slight negative.

But in reality, world peace won this week with North Korea declaring their nuclear activity and destroying their cooling tower in spectacular fashion. Props go to Christopher Hill and his boss (Condoleeza Rice) for their perseverance and success in negotiations with Dear Leader.

Posted by: mnteng | June 27, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

John McCain because the media wants and needs a new narrative and, well, Obama gave them ammunition for a new idiotic one.
So while McCain's flip-flop on oil drilling was ignored, Obama's flip-flop on public financing OUTRAGED the Village (which had been predicting the move for six months and would have ravaged him if he hadn't done it) and off we go.
While McCain was caught saying completely different things on immigration to different audiences, somehow, some people discovered Obama was, wait for it, a politician.
Who would have guessed ? But hey, if it is a race, it is good for sales.

Posted by: benjamin | June 27, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

It is clear that McCain won the week. He got his base to help roll out his new slogan. He secured articles from Broder, Cohen and Kraut just before Rove launched the new slogan. All of these guys, some accused of long-time violations of Post ethics rules and all known as GOP hacks, somehow managed to come up with the exact same slogan against Obama that Rove rolled out in the WSJ.
Unfortunately for McCain's new "my character is better" campaign we have questions about that character that will not go away and will one day be investigated by someone at the Post who has managed to keep her/his integrity:
McCain's brutal treatment of women and his fabrications about his time in Vietnam. The outright lie that he somehow refused to leave captivity is such an obvious campaign lie that even a child could see through it. (Guess he scared those Vietnamese into keepin' him, eh? Guess Kissinger didn't do anything there, eh?) Just because Cohen and the rest feel guilty for avoiding Vietnam and love being on the bus with the womanizer and vulgarian, doesn't mean the American people have to remain ignorant of this hack's abuse of women and his fake "hero" posturing.

Posted by: Joshua Gen Against McFake | June 27, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

This week has to go to Obama. A strong poll to start the week. The support of Hillary Clinton to end it. On top of that, none of what McCain does or says seems to stick.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 27, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain won simply because of Obama's myriad flip-flops. They aren't fatal, but that and energy policy are really holding Obama back from a 20-point lead.

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

Posted by: matt | June 27, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Obama addressed his most pressing political problem by staging the event with Sen. Clinton. It might have been inevitable, but he had to do it, and was wise to do it sooner rather than later.

Sen. McCain did nothing comparable, so Obama won the week.

Posted by: Zathras | June 27, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

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