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The Line: The Top ControGaffes of Campaign '08

NEW ORLEANS -- The Fix is dancing and eating his way through Jazz Fest. Among the highlights from day one: The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bettye Levette and Kenny Bill Stinson. On the gastronomical side, there were beignets and frozen cafe au lait from Cafe du Monde. DELICIOUS!

Big Easy partying or not, The Line must go on. Given the ongoing debate over Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the damage he is doing (or not doing) to Sen. Barack Obama's (Ill.) candidacy, we thought we would offer a look back at the top 10 controversies and gaffes (we're calling them "controgaffes") of the 2008 presidential campaign so far.

The No. 1 ranked controgaffe has had the largest impact on the race to date. Disagree with our rankings? Remember a controversy or gaffe that you feel merits inclusion? Use the comments section below to offer your own take on the ten best (or worst) controgaffes of the campaign.

The Fix will be strolling the Fairgrounds again today, so if any of you Fixistas happen to be at Jazz Fest make sure to stop me and say hello.

To the Line!

10. Mike Huckabee's Negative Ad That Wasn't: The Arkansas governor holds a press conference in the days leading up to the Iowa caucuses to announce a negative ad against Mitt Romney. Then he thinks better of the tactic but not before showing the ad to the assembled reporters.

9. The "Coat" Comment: John Edwards, the ablest debater in the Democratic field, was asked during a South Carolina set-to in July to name a trait he liked and didn't like about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.). He praised her husband's administration and then uttered the now-infamous line: "I'm not sure about that coat." Women everywhere cringed.

8. "Clean" Dirties Biden Announcement: In the midst of his formal announcement for president, Democrat Joe Biden gave an interview to the New York Observer in which he described Obama as "the first mainstream African American [presidential candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." A formal apology from Biden came later, but the incident clouded the early days (and weeks) of his long-shot candidacy.

7. Romney's Favorite Book: Asked in a Fox News Channel interview to name his favorite book, the almost-too-good-to-be-true Romney picked "Battlefield Earth" -- penned by Scientologist founder L. Ron Hubbard. A Mormon candidate picking a Scientology tome? Bad politics.

6. Thompson's Lack of Interest: Some have suggested to The Fix that the former Tennessee senator's entire presidential campaign belongs on this list. Given that context, it was hard to pick a single gaffe, but we somehow did it. In the days before the Iowa caucuses, Thompson was quoted as telling Iowans he was not "particularly interested in running for president." To quote Jmart, "you can't make it up."

5. Driver's License Snafu: It may be hard to remember now, but back in the summer of 2007, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign was widely viewed as a juggernaut. Until, that is, she waffled over a question about whether she supported then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer's (D-N.Y.) plan to give licenses to illegal immigrants. Obama and Edwards leapt at the chance to paint Clinton as a flip-flopper, and the storyline stuck. Her slip-up was widely seen as the first chink in her armor and signaled the beginning of Clinton's long fall from frontrunner status.

4. "Bitter" Battle: Figuring out where Obama's comments about small town America ranked was the toughest part of this week's Line. On the one hand, there's not all that much evidence in the exit polling that it damaged him badly in Pennsylvania -- despite his loss. On the other, it is certain to be used by John McCain's campaign to paint Obama as elitist should he wind up as the nominee. This is one that likely has more impact and power in a general election than in a primary setting.

3. 100 Years in Iraq: McCain's comments at a town hall in the days before the New Hampshire primary about the possibility of a nearly indefinite stay for Americans in Iraq has been and will continue to be one of Democrats' main talking points in the fall election. McCain insists his comments have been taken out of context, but that's politics.

2. Tuzla Touchdown: Thanks to The Post's own "Fact Checker", we now know that Clinton's story of how she landed in Bosnia in 1996 under sniper fire is false. Clinton herself admitted that she had misremembered the incident, but the damage was done. For a candidate whom many voters believe will say or do anything to get elected, the Tuzla incident was an example of Clinton playing to form and badly damaged her poll numbers when it came to whether voters saw her as "honest" and "trustworthy".

1. Reverend Wright: Obama's association with his controversial former pastor has been THE storyline in the campaign over the past two months. The initial unearthing of some of Wright's sermons -- via You Tube -- forced Obama to explain the relationship between the two men. He did so with an impassioned (and well reviewed) speech on race. Just when it looked like Obama had moved beyond the Wright controversy, the Reverend decided to go on a publicity tour with a series of appearances that culminated with a disastrous (from Obama's perspective) performance at the National Press Club earlier this week. Obama's subsequent denunciation is probably what he should have done in the first place but, regardless, Wright is now here to stay in the political dialogue of this campaign.

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"For the first time in my life, I'm proud of my country." Not a candidate speaking, but it was one of the first indications that Obama would become vulnerable to the patriotism questions.

Also, Tuzla definitely doesn't deserve number 2. Drivers Licenses arguably had a bigger effect on the race than Wright, because it was the beginning of Clinton's slide out of front runner status, while Wright has yet to take Obama out of the lead, and probably won't.

Posted by: ij | May 4, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Wright proves how stupid the media is, nothing more.

Why didn't you include flag pin.

This election has taught the media are nothing but J#$&OFFS

Posted by: Ken | May 4, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Add to that Hillary's asking everyone to cheer for the fillie, then the fillie comes in second and breaks both legs and has to be put down. Hillary, are you cheering for anyone else. If I was working for that campaign I would quit at once. It is cursed.

Posted by: oldman&theC | May 3, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

So glad you are here in New Orleans and taking in the Jazz Fest. It's a great city, a great time and we are so glad to share it with everyone. Put the pen down and enjoy yourself--it will all be there on Monday!

Posted by: jmh | May 3, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

As usual, Ann Coulter's newest round of violence-tinged pundit appearances included going on CNN to call millions of Americans "traitors" (treason is a crime punishable by the death penalty) and suggest that Sen. Barack Obama is a covert terrorist assassin.

What did Ann Coulter do this week to earn this right to appear on the most trusted name in news?

She published a weekly syndicated column laced with violent-rhetoric in which she suggested that an Obama Presidency would result in the destruction of the U.S. by terrorists and--she joked about lynching Africa-Americans.

Is there nobody left at CNN who cares about this situation? I mean...why is it that a pundit who jokes about lynching blacks is allowed to appear on the largest broadcast platform in America?

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

McCain called his wife the C word in public. It's in Cliff Schecter's new book The Real McCain. And three reporters verified the incident. Here's an excerpt:

Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain's intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain's hair and said, "You're getting a little thin up there." McCain's face reddened, and he responded, "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you *unt." McCain's excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days.

Posted by: Brody | May 3, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Democrats have a big opportunity to expand their House majority today, and in a very unlikely place. The special election in Louisiana's Sixth District -- which gave 59% of its vote to President Bush in 2004 -- is being held today with Democrat Don Cazayoux favored to beat controversial Republican Woody Jenkins.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) -- Republican Sen. John McCain has been forced to clarify his comments suggesting the Iraq war involved U.S. reliance on foreign oil.

At issue was a comment he made at a town hall-style meeting Friday morning in Denver, Colorado.
"My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East," McCain said.

The presumptive GOP nominee sought to clarify his remarks later Friday after his campaign plane landed in Phoenix. He said he didn't mean the U.S. went to war in Iraq five years ago over oil.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I suspect the teacher is the Fix right.
Hey, Fix what is the story on Chaos is he crazy or what?
You wouldn't be burying something damaging about Obama?
If it is not like he says let us know.
Thanks Buddy

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Chaos45i,

Your English lesson for the day ...

The amount of information you put into a sentence is inversely proportional to the comprehension of the reader. Less info, better understanding. So:

It is important for history to reflect that while you have been running your Senate office and running this campaign, your actions and inactions in your home state of Illinois have been completely antithetical to your message of inclusiveness. In fact, your current handling of notice of discrimination against Americans who happen to be Hispanic makes you a racist and just another politician making untruthful statements. This will have ramifications nationwide if you are allowed to be ushered in as the next president without having publicly spoken out on your involvement in allowing bias against Hispanics to continue at IDHR & EEOC in your home state of Illinois.

Also:

Notice the QUOTE includes A LOT of info.
I know about SNIPPETS also.

You're welcome.

Posted by: | May 3, 2008 12:49 PM

The Teacher has just been schooled.
Who cares!
It is a clever way around parseing words to avoid the subject.

Obama's Race discrimination against certain Americans.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Chaos45i,

Your English lesson for the day ...

The amount of information you put into a sentence is inversely proportional to the comprehension of the reader. Less info, better understanding. So:

It is important for history to reflect that while you have been running your Senate office and running this campaign, your actions and inactions in your home state of Illinois have been completely antithetical to your message of inclusiveness. In fact, your current handling of notice of discrimination against Americans who happen to be Hispanic makes you a racist and just another politician making untruthful statements. This will have ramifications nationwide if you are allowed to be ushered in as the next president without having publicly spoken out on your involvement in allowing bias against Hispanics to continue at IDHR & EEOC in your home state of Illinois.

Also:

Notice the QUOTE includes A LOT of info.
I know about SNIPPETS also.

You're welcome.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN NEEDS TO EXPLAIN TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WHY OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR OIL COMPANY PROFITS-- AND HE WANTS IT TO CONTINUE FOR 100 YEARS.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

McCain said:
"One reason was Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, he said. "But also we didn't want him to have control over the oil, and that part of the world is critical to us because of our dependency on foreign oil, and it's more important than any other part of the world," he said."

what about this do you not understand, folks? for once he's telling the obvious truth. we are in Iraq because of the oil. period. our children are dying over there because the oil companies are making sh(tloads of money and they don't want to switch to alternative fuels.

it really is that simply. your children are dying for profit. and mccain is so cynical that now that he is running for president, he has to backtract when he tells the truth.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse


PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) -- Republican Sen. John McCain has been forced to clarify his comments suggesting the Iraq war involved U.S. reliance on foreign oil.

At issue was a comment he made at a town hall-style meeting Friday morning in Denver, Colorado.
"My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East," McCain said.

The presumptive GOP nominee sought to clarify his remarks later Friday after his campaign plane landed in Phoenix. He said he didn't mean the U.S. went to war in Iraq five years ago over oil.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

YET ANOTHER EXCUSE TO BRING UP WRIGHT?

JESUS CHRIST, CAN'T YOU PRESS WH*RES TALK ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE?

Posted by: pathetic republican non-minds | May 3, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

McCain said:
"One reason was Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, he said. "But also we didn't want him to have control over the oil, and that part of the world is critical to us because of our dependency on foreign oil, and it's more important than any other part of the world," he said."

what about this do you not understand, folks? for once he's telling the obvious truth. we are in Iraq because of the oil. period. our children are dying over there because the oil companies are making sh(tloads of money and they don't want to switch to alternative fuels.

it really is that simply. your children are dying for profit. and mccain is so cynical that now that he is running for president, he has to backtract when he tells the truth.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

6 out of 10 Americans believe there was a conspiracy to cover up the conspiracy to doctor the youtube Mickey Kantor video clip of the 1993 documentary "the War Room". I swear I heard him call folks in Indiana sh*t.
And in frame 571, I swear I see a puff of smoke behind the stockade fence in the grassy knoll.

Posted by: mediahack | May 3, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

It was the second time in as many days that McCain had to clarify his comments. On Thursday, he backed off his assertion that pork-barrel spending led to last year's deadly bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse


PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) -- Republican Sen. John McCain has been forced to clarify his comments suggesting the Iraq war involved U.S. reliance on foreign oil.

At issue was a comment he made at a town hall-style meeting Friday morning in Denver, Colorado.
"My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East," McCain said.

The presumptive GOP nominee sought to clarify his remarks later Friday after his campaign plane landed in Phoenix. He said he didn't mean the U.S. went to war in Iraq five years ago over oil.

Posted by: oops! he told the truth! | May 3, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The Richardson gaffe was hilarious


The Hillary campaign sinking has to be a gaffe


The major gaffe has to be Obama's Philadephia speech - he ultimately decided to change his answer - however Obama really has no basis to change his answer which he gave in Philadelphia with such fanfare.

I believe the ultimate truth is that the public does not believe Obama.


Obama really has to come out and find a middle ground - he is running for President of the entire nation - however it is apparent that he is influenced by Black Liberation Theology, just like young bands list their influences - Obama is basically running from the issue.


At this point that is the worst he can do.

Obama needs to EXPLAIN to the American public that he is influenced by Black Liberation Theology but that does not affect how he will govern the country for all Americans.


Sound like a tough one? It is.

It is especially tough because the final jury on that one is the middle voters in the swing states - not exactly the most receptive crowd to Black Liberation Theology.

Obama knew this guy for 20 years and brought his kids to the church time and time again - really can not get around that - those are the facts - Obama is not entitled to his own version of the facts.

Obama is entitled to his version IF all the facts fit.

The problem with the Philadelphia speech AND Obama's current position is that there are too many contradictions.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | May 3, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Take a look at Richardson, who would believe he was a major league draft pick ??


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 3, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

what about bill richardson? He lied about being a major league draft pick. And what about his choice of anti-choice Byron White as his Supreme Court member he most admired in recent memory (only to disavow that choice at his last debate)?

Posted by: blindfolded.dirtfarmer | May 3, 2008 5:14 AM | Report abuse

The Politico's story on Giuliani using public funds to provide security for his "mistress" was as sleezy as it gets, but it hurt Giuliani more than any position that he could have taken to irk the conservative base of the G.O.P.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

For 20 years Barack Obama hallejuhad and amend on Jerimiah Wright's racist anti-white and anti-America sermons because he agreed with what Wright was saying. Now however when he needs the white vote he gets religion and there are still people out there defending this con-artist racist. Unbelieveable!

Posted by: Guns | May 3, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

I'd have to say that the gutter politicking by Bill Clinton ranks at the top -- that and woeful mismanagement of her campaign by candidate Clinton herself has certainly damaged her among influential Democrats in the leadership. And they are pretty much her only hope unless she can somehow get the rules changed.

Posted by: KS2 Problema | May 3, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

It is interesting and rather curious that the No. 1 "controgaffe" made is by Rev. Wright as indicated by Chris.

I asked you to really look again at the top ten "controgaffes" and compare the No. 1 "controgaffe" to the rest of the other nine.

"Controgaffes" 2 through 10 are made by the presidential candidates. The No. 1 "controgaffe" is Rev. Wright?!?! Rev. Wright is not running for President last I checked. Rev. Wright should not even be listed because he isn't running for president and wasn't on the campaign trail.

I know Rev. Wright makes a good news story for FOX NEWS, but real issues that concern Americans should be the topic journalism.

Posted by: AJ | May 2, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

we read that garbage from you feast a week ago about Walmart. It was 30 years ago. A minor little detail you conveniently and deliberately failed to mention before posting that garbage, likely a time before you were born.

Posted by: Leichtman | May 2, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

So I take it that we're in agreement that the Obama campaign has done nothing to play the race card? Still no quotes or anything. Only heresay.

That's cool. That's what I thought as well.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 2, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I think the Clinton gaffe is the one that made me switch to Obama. She started into sarcasm during her race against Obama. One such incident was when she started talking about the skies opening up and so forth. She was so melodramatic, it was over the edge for me.

Posted by: Earl C, Virginia Beach | May 2, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I find it curious that you put the media manufactured flap over Rev. Wright #1 on the list when he is not running for office.

You put it higher in importance than the lie that came out of Hillary's own mouth.

That seems pretty questionable, to me.

Posted by: tootsie | May 2, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if it is of any interest to Indy voters that Hillary was on the board of Wal-Mart for six years? Wal-Mart is the largest union-busting behemoth in the world. She sat by idly for years knowing Wal-Mart had publicly declared "Unions are the biggest blood s*cking leeches in the world." Hillary is for working class folks? Ya right. Look it up. Also hypocritical is her admonishment of the Chinese. Wal-Mart is the largest importer of Chinese goods in the world. I find it odd that Hillary could on the one hand, serve on the board of Wal-Mart for six years, importing Chinese products, keeping unions out, then turn around and garner support from Unions, working class folk and then give speeches on the evils of China. THAT is the height of hypocrisy.

From company archives, anti-union video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sigkAd3SxxI

Posted by: feastorafamine | May 2, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Chaos45i | May 2, 2008 7:59 PM
"It is important for history to reflect that while you have been running your Senate office and running this campaign your actions and inactions in your home state of Illinois have been completely antithetical to your message of inclusiveness when in fact your current handling of notice of discrimination against Americans who happen to be Hispanic makes you a racist and just another politician making untruthful statements which will have ramifications nationwide if you should be allowed to be ushered in as the next president without you having to publicly speak out on your involvement in allowing bias against Hispanics and racism to continue at IDHR & EEOC in your home state of Illinois."

I had never before in my life seen a 114 word sentence, with or without punctuation. Well, maybe James Joyce. Or Faulkner in stream-of-consciousness mode ...

Thank you for broadening my horizons.


Posted by: | May 2, 2008 8:32 PM

"Notice the qoute includes alot of info."

"I know about snipets also."

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama is so out of touch with this country, it is hard to wonder why he thinks that he can win a general election.


Obama's ego has led him to believe that he is so superior to regular people who work day in and day out.

Remember, Obama got his start in his State Senate race from terrorists who used to be part of the Weather Underground.

Yea, I know all this stuff is hard to believe.


It is hard to believe that Obama would have a Rev. Wright in his closet and Obama would be a believer in Black Liberation Theology and its economic thoughts.


well.


It is hard to believe that Obama hangs out with terrorists from the 1960s - I guess Obama thinks its cool.

These stories are not made up - because who could make up this stuff????


Posted by: 37th&OStreet | May 2, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign has taken its playbook from George Orwell - claiming to be transcendent while attempting to unite the black community along racial lines.


This is newspeak.


Americans need to call Obama out on his contradictions.


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

The birth of the modern environmental movement started in 1970. Congress passed lots of legislation for safe water and air. Then we had The Three Mile Island accident. Soon we had so many environmental laws passed it got to be impossible to build a new oil refinery or nuclear energy plant. We had really cheap gas prices back then and most cars only got around 15 mpg.

In the early 90s, Saddham invaded Kuwait. If he had kept going, he could have taken the whole Saudi peninsula. The question is: why did we fight Iraq?
The answer is oil. Why should Chris Matthews get his panties in a wedgie over this?

We are forced to import lots of oil from the Middle East. Congress won't let anyone build a new nuke plant or a new refinery to turn oil into gasoline. It is Congress that regulates oil and gas and how much it is taxed.

Now the Democrats want to starve the world by turning corn (food) into ethanol (fuel). Why? They will tell you they are doing it for the environment. This is the biggest lie you have ever been told by a politician. Only McCain is against ethanol factories.

Posted by: alance | May 2, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Chaos45i | May 2, 2008 7:59 PM
"It is important for history to reflect that while you have been running your Senate office and running this campaign your actions and inactions in your home state of Illinois have been completely antithetical to your message of inclusiveness when in fact your current handling of notice of discrimination against Americans who happen to be Hispanic makes you a racist and just another politician making untruthful statements which will have ramifications nationwide if you should be allowed to be ushered in as the next president without you having to publicly speak out on your involvement in allowing bias against Hispanics and racism to continue at IDHR & EEOC in your home state of Illinois."

I had never before in my life seen a 114 word sentence, with or without punctuation. Well, maybe James Joyce. Or Faulkner in stream-of-consciousness mode ...

Thank you for broadening my horizons.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I stand alone against the Obama campaign - which is throwing huge amounts of money at controlling these blogs.


We have a quiet time now because all the Obamaniacs are at Looptopia.

Yea, Looptopia, it's true.


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

UH did you know the whole campaign is media driven? Without the media the politicians don't exist--period nadda...

What if they started a war, and didn't tell anyone, would you know about it?

I took part in a MAJOR protest against the first Iraq war (we closed a major HWY for hours, truly a waste of time). Without media coverage the protest had no power--better realize where the power resides and know who's manipulating what you "know" to be "true."

Until the media gives light to situations--Darfur and makes it important enough--no one cares--How long has Tibet been under chinese control? Nixon's CIA supplied weapons to Tibetans to fight the Chinese--There has to be outrage and the only one who gives it power is your glorious media. Why do you think Murdock is buying so many news outlets--FOX the most distorted news available, yet they claim "we report you decide"--once they decide what and how to report--your decision has already been made for you.....

Time to pay attention...

Posted by: yakmon | May 2, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

What about the $400 haircut?

By the way, you're a reporter. To throw your hands up and say, "McCain insists his comments have been taken out of context, but that's politics," when you could, oh, straighten out fact from fiction like a reporter should reveals you're more interested on a nice closing line than actually doing your job.

Posted by: MahGill | May 2, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

The Fix might care to elaborate but this is the basic text of a letter I faxed today to my Senator Barack Obama.

Attention to: Illinois,
US Senator Barack Obama May 2, 2008
Washington, DC 20510
fax 1-217-492-5099

Ongoing Complaint, & Notice
It is important for history to reflect that while you have been running your Senate office and running this campaign your actions and inactions in your home state of Illinois have been completely antithetical to your message of inclusiveness when in fact your current handling of notice of discrimination against Americans who happen to be Hispanic makes you a racist and just another politician making untruthful statements which will have ramifications nationwide if you should be allowed to be ushered in as the next president without you having to publicly speak out on your involvement in allowing bias against Hispanics and racism to continue at IDHR & EEOC in your home state of Illinois. You would not deny you have a platform to speak to America when it concerns yourself. Most recently on April 29, 2008 for political expediency you in a self-serving manner used another public press conference to finally speak out and denounce your pastor after he made the same comment that upset Americans(I say it is only now you decided to do so because he happened to question your credibility and nothing more). This belief is based on my first hand knowledge of how you and your office have decided to handle the repeated notice of harm against Hispanics that is empowering this racism to continue. You have taken a new position on your pastor of 20 years, who cursed America, yet in my particular situation despite you and your Senate office again being placed on written notice by me you have not immediately taken a new position on even calling for any investigation into the Chicago office of the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Chicago office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission treating me, a Hispanic American, US-born citizen & one of your own constituents, in a racially biased and unequal manner even though the verifiable evidence is you and your Senate office over a course of years now with deliberate indifference towards me, an American who happens to be Hispanic, have never been willing to acknowledge the existing racism at IDHR & EEOC against me and never have been willing to stop the existing racism at IDHR & EEOC against Hispanics when as Illinois US Senator you must protect the full & equal rights of all your constituents in your home state of Illinois (despite any prejudice you may harbor towards us). I have to his disabled siblings one with Down's Syndrome and an elderly mother who suffers from a chronic illness so I do not want to be subjected to any further reprisals as I have a close family member who was written up in likely to be fired for no justifiable reason at a major Illinois University you recently opened your Senate office to assist(I believe just for me trying to exercise the same civil rights as not Hispanics enjoy as a matter of record, unimpeded).
----------
--- ----- ---, Il. -----

cc: IDHR director Rocco J.. Claps
EEOC Director John P. Rowe
US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi
Senate majority leader Harry Reid
NBC

Posted by: Chaos45i | May 2, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

You missed Billary's comment about Obama's silly immature idea of meeting with foreign leaders personally without preconditions. "I thought that was irresponsible and frankly naive,"

"But what about Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, whose diplomatic specialty has been intervening in crises abroad?

In an interview late Thursday, Richardson refused to engage in the sparring between Clinton and Obama on the subject. "But on the substance, you know I've actually met a lot of these guys already - I've met Castro, I've met Chavez."--Washington Post

"the history books show her husband met with rogue leaders himself in office. Former President Bill Clinton met with both Hafez Assad of Syria and President-elect Hugo Chavez of Venezuela while he was in office." --W P July 26, 07

"Clinton's YouTube position was actually a reversal from a comment she made in April that it would be a "terrible mistake for our president to say he will not talk with bad people."--QC times July 25, 07

Posted by: yakmon | May 2, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

FL and MI did what they did because they feared being marginalized as either (a) one of a vast cloud of Super Tuesday state, or (b) a state that votes AFTER the nomination was secured.

So, they had a "beauty contest" that would put them in the media spotlight and might affect voters later on, especially on Super Tuesday. They each arranged things so that they'd be the only voting on their respective chosen days.

Well, they got their way. Now, they're whining about it.

Hey, if you eat your cake, can you complain that you no longer have it? That's FL and MI. They got to have the early primaries. They got the attention. They thought their votes wouldn't count either way -- whether they followed the rules or not.

Well, they didn't. Now, it seems their votes would have had value and even more value the later they had their primaries. Too bad. Too late for remorse.

Let them count?? Hey, why not have a whole new primary season starting on June 10?

I'm really tired of the people who whine about FL and MI. You make your bed; you get to lay in it. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: Harry, Los Angeles, CA | May 2, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

martin edwin andersen ...
LMAO!
did you chug that kool-aid or go for the IV?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

YOU S*CK!
THE MEDIA S*CKS!
You let us down with Iraq.
You let us down by harping on "gaffes"
You let us down by spending 30 minutes of a 60 minute show discussing Rev. Wright
Spending 30 minutes of a 60 minute show discussing Hillarys Bosina goof.
Meanwhile there is this thing called a war going on. The economy if failing and all you care about is ratings and website hits.
SCR*W YOU.

I urge all HIllary supporters...
I urge all OBAMA supporters for just this ONE story to refrain from attacks on Obama OR Hillary and instead indict the media for being pandering infotainment pigs.
WE EXPECT AND DESERVE MORE.

I watched Dan Abrams on MSNBC talk about Rev. Wright the other day for 30 minutes. Then they came back after that segment and discussed wether the media has anything to do with the issue.
So lets recap-
Talk about Rev. Wright for 30 minutes...

Then lets talk about talking about Rev Wright and wether or not we should be talking about it and how much should be said and how it should be said and right after this commerical we will be talking about talking about what Hillary said by mistake.

SICKENING

Calling on ALL NOBLE HIlLARY SUPPORTERS!!!

Calling on ALL NOBLE OBAMA SUPPORTERS!!!!

TAKE A STAND RIGHT HERE

Tell the media what you think. This is our chance.

Posted by: feastorafamine | May 2, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Two Words: $400 Haircut.

Posted by: JEFP | May 2, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Our own 'factcrapper' 'women voter' post when he showed stupidity and insulted the movement by calling it suffregett or something.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Oberman - and his crazy rants

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney (the whole campaign)

Posted by: You forgot | May 2, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

CUT IT OUT. It's bad enough we get jerked around by gaffes and gotchas in real time, without you dredging them up all over again once we have mercifully managed to forget them. This is the crap that passes for campaign coverage in 2008.

Don't talk to me about gaffes. Don't even THINK about talking about a "gas tax holiday," either. Talk to me about energy policy, education, health care, jobs, financial institutions, the war ... and (OMIGOD these are still real issues) TORTURE, FISA, AND THE UNITARY EXECUTIVE.

Posted by: herzliebster | May 2, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I say we should pre-emptively attack every country that begins with "L" or "M."

I say we should amend the Constitution to require the practice of homosexuality by children under 12.

I say we should put Benedict Arnold on the $1 bill.

And I support Hillary Clinton.

I wonder when someone will call on her to support or denounce my views, and then make these statements the center of the campaign. My views are, after all, supremely important in predicting what kind of President Hillary would be.

Posted by: FlownOver | May 2, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

And when you realize how much stuff is out there on the Clintons, you can only marvel at how civil Barack Obama has been.

Posted by: Lilly1 | May 2, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

This one is HUGE. Today, in Colorado, McCain nearly explicitly says that the Iraq War was because of OIL.

Here's what he said:

"My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will - that will then prevent us - that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East."

Here's the link to the CNN coverage of the event:

www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/02/mccain-implies-iraq-war-i_n_99866.html

Posted by: A Naan | May 2, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

This one is HUGE. Today, in Colorado, McCain nearly explicitly says that the Iraq War was because of OIL.

Here's what he said:

"My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will - that will then prevent us - that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East."

Here's the link to the CNN coverage of the event:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/02/mccain-implies-iraq-war-i_n_99866.html

Posted by: Anon | May 2, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Of course, this article is the complete garbage, and Clinton, who is still in the race and, obviously, indends to 'eat'Obama and then McCain is even much more of stinken garbage and s--t, than this article. But the entire media is right now marching under these dirty commands. Stephanopolis and Gibson, especially the foirst one behaved like garbage also during the debate. But, once again, what is possible to do? Voters of Indiana and NC the country is looking at you now. Ruin this disastrous creature, please!

Posted by: aepelbaum | May 2, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Pleeezzz Chris Cillizza get a life.

Posted by: Sam | May 2, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

This article is garbage. It pretty much sums up what passes for "political reporting" in America's news media: Who screwed up today? Who said the wrong thing? Who "blasted" or "mocked" or "attacked" whom? No substance, no issues, just an intense focus on irrelevancies.

Posted by: rhynum | May 2, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Again, this is the kind of superficial commentary we can expect from the national media/press. The Wright controversy was not a "gaffe" but a reflection of the "two Americas" we live in, with Barack stradling between the two. His Philadelphia speech is a masterful, historical informed, and sophistocated response to the racism endemic in the US. Maybe you should read it fully, ponder it's message, and have something more serious to write about.

Posted by: ron | May 2, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

You know what? I'm tired of reporting about "gaffes". Issues PLEASE. You're better than this, Washington Post. Poverty, global warming, two wars in the Middle East, but we get this. What I really wanted to do was unleash a string of cuss words, which is what this deserves.

Posted by: gabriellerner99 | May 2, 2008 5:30 PM
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No one is putting a gun to your head and making you read or post here. This is a political blog, written by a very smart open minded person, if you do not like it go else where. After hearing the same old crap 24/7 it's a nice change to blog about something else, like Chris did last week with the Comedy Central post.

The truth is that outside of political junkies like us who troll the blogs, most people in the world, let alone here, have a ten minute attention span. That is why the Wright story played so well. If you have some desire to 'curse' out of frustration, do so at those who are in office, they have earned it.

Posted by: patrick NYC | May 2, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

" Clinton's newly opened local campaign office for Lane County, located across the street from Club 1444 (a "gentlemen's club"), a 60-day loan shop and a panaderia on Main Street."

Oh please, Caryle. Woopdeedoo. Spare us the shock and outrage. Just about every street in Springfield OR has one of those businesses. Just ask MikeB, he lives near there. Would you be happier if their campaign rented a building right under the plumes from Weyerhauser paper mill?

My advice- go and listen to each of them when they come to town instead of pointing at this absurd notion of where their campaign rented a building as if it has some underlying meaning.

Your free paper is worth about as much as you paid for it, it seems.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

The betrayal of the democratic party gaffes.

Who knew Pelosi, Kennedy, Kerry, Rockerfeller, Dodd, Richardson, McCaskill and the so called new progressives, reich, and the cast of judases who were conning the faithful democrat voters who supported these frauds.

While certainly betrayal is a gaffe in poor taste, one can only see them as part of the collosal failure of our economy and country over the 40 years.

Thanks guys and gals, it was a mastreful acting job but time is up for you.

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | May 2, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The original Mickey Cantor video has been removed from Youtube, but you can still see it here, at the 4.30 minute mark where he calls the voters from Indiana something very unpleasant. Nice guy eh?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_wKOgMNs0U

Posted by: agathias | May 2, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

#1 for me... location.... When we think of the candidates for the Democratic Party, I found it a little amusing and disturbing at where some have positioned their Lane County headquarters. Here is how our local free weekly paper, Eugene Weekly, described their locations.
"It's not just candidates coming through town for a quick speech anymore; the presidential campaigns have come to Eugene and they're setting up shop. Just across from Kinko's on Willamette lies Barack Obama's new headquarters. And Springfield is the home for Hillary Clinton's newly opened local campaign office for Lane County, located across the street from Club 1444 (a "gentlemen's club"), a 60-day loan shop and a panaderia on Main Street.
I hope that it will get some to pause and to think of the two of these candidates on the more obscure issues. For myself I ask, "Why would a women that is running to be the 1st "women" POTUS have her county headquarters in such a location? Living in this area I know of much more suitable locations that would not stare at the belittling of women by being next to a strip club."
I am a 40ish mixed ethnical background, blonde hair blue eyes woman, guess who has my vote! I might add that I am under the poverty level as I have had to get an education after being downsized 4 times in the last 13 years. 1st one in my family to get a higher education and we go back several generations on this soil. Obama 08

Posted by: Caryle~ | May 2, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The Mickey Cantor video has been removed, but you can still see it here, at the 4.30 minute mark, where he says that the people of Indiana are sh*t. Loud and clear. Nice chap.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_wKOgMNs0U

Posted by: agathias | May 2, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

How much of the Wright story was media driven? The Daily Show is suggesting that the Wright controversy has been media driven.

Festival of Wright
http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=167429&title=festival-of-wrights

Spiritual Advisor
http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=167430&title=spiritual-advisor&to=2

Posted by: Lydia | May 2, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"the Guam natives are "Chamorros" (sp?) and non-natives are Guamanians"

Aha! Another gaffe uncovered by super sleuth mnteng!

Clinton and Obama had better watch out, they're pandering to the wrong people.


As to all you complainers about this thread....Sheesh! CC's on holiday for Pete's sake. Give the guy a break.

Laissez Le Bon Temp Roulet, CC!

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I still agree with "7-10" that "...punished with a baby..." out of BHO's mouth is deadly and should be on the list.

I still think "sniper" is #1 - someone here called it a "braggart's lie" and that does not go down well.

The "100 years" is twisted out of context, but McC is forced to answer it by playing the whole response, which is not helpful for him among the many folks who do not want U.S. troops in Iraq, even in relative safety. So it remains on the list.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | May 2, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

You know what? I'm tired of reporting about "gaffes". Issues PLEASE. You're better than this, Washington Post. Poverty, global warming, two wars in the Middle East, but we get this. What I really wanted to do was unleash a string of cuss words, which is what this deserves.

Posted by: gabriellerner99 | May 2, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: piktor | May 2, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Guam?

Isn't that where Jack Abramoff and the Repukes, including Tom Delay, looked the other way while crooks engaged in sex slavery and forced abortions?

They even had a US attorney transferred away because he was starting to bust their crooked pals.

The Republican Party...supporting sex slavery and forced abortions on Guam!!

Posted by: Tom | May 2, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

This should be called the "Top Ten Stupid Distractions From The Real Issues This Election".

The corporate wh0res in the mainstream media, including WaPo, have replace serious talk about serious issues with GARBAGE!!

There is only ONE of these that actually touches on a real issue. McLame saying he would keep us in Iraq for 100 years.

That should be enough to disqualify him from consideration by any voter with an IQ over 60.

Posted by: Tom3 | May 2, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

(Is it "Guamanians, or Guamians. Guamites?)
Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 4:44 PM

proud:

Funny you should mention that. Colbert had the Guam Delegate on recently. She said the Guam natives are "Chamorros" (sp?) and non-natives are Guamanians.

Ah, the useless information you can pick up by watching late night television.

Posted by: mnteng | May 2, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

A possible number 11 would be when Edwards was taped primping his hair in front of a mirror and it was revealed that he spent $400 to get his hair cut. It contradicted his attempts to portray himself as the blue-collar candidate and I don't think he ever recovered.

Posted by: Joe | May 2, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Wright is Right. Racism is no GAFFE or Controgaffe... it is just what racist white males want to exist.

A lot of human beings carry a heavy conscience/sub-conscience about the acts of governments against innocent civilians such as blowing them up with atomic, nuclear, or smart bombs. Granted there are those who see a clear distinction between a non-governmental entity bombing an American civilian building in an act of terror and an American Governmental action of bombing Japanese civilian homes, churches, and buildings in an act of war the main distinction being that the American Government is always right and just in her actions while everyone outside of American Government and her sphere of innocent (usualy only white judeo-christian) citizens is not worthy of being placed in the same light as an American (white judeo-christian) citizen outside lip service to the sanctity of life.

If only American supremacists can be elected president, there will be no change in the way America will be viewed by the rest of the world. Obama bias towards the acceptance of judeo-christian white supremacy is similar to Clarence Thomas: they start with the premises that there is shame in criticizing or advocating against white racism and that judeo-christian white supremacy is the norm which all other cultures of people must adjust and conform to.

Armageddon is probably when non-white people who make up the majority of the world being destroyed by judeo-christian techno-exploitative-economics and polluting extinctionist policies stop looking the other way and hoping that Jesus will get you fugnuts under control.

may the farce be with us

Posted by: steven | May 2, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Question: What's different between item #1 and the other nine items on that list?

Answer: Items 10 - 2 are all things that the candidates PERSONALLY did or said. While the Rev. Wright incident is something that Rev. Wright said and Obama had no control over. Why aren't the other candidates held to account for things said by their won "spiritual advisors"... Hagee calls the Catholic Church the anti-christ and yet McCain isn't held responsible for those words even though he actively sought and accepted Hagee's endorsement. Jesse Jackson advises the Clintons... he's called New York City "hymietown", why aren't Clinton's respnosible for those words? Robertson and Falwell blamed 9/11 on Jews and homosexuals, I don't see impeachment proceedings started against Bush. If we were all held accountable for the actions of people we know we would ALL be in prison! Yeah, maybe Wright is a nut job, but he's not running for president.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

The way Congress now works [although it may be how it has always worked, I am just not THAT OLD] the Farm Bill and the Highway Bill and the Defense Appropriations Bill get loaded with Pork. I single them out because they get a heavier load of pork in absolute, and I believe in relative, terms as well, then other spending.

So I agree with McC that these are ripe for veto and he has guts saying so about the Farm Bill in IA.

I would hope he would actually have at hand the kind of Bureau of Budget streamlining for all three bills to use as a lever to get Congress on a diet, rather than succumbing to the politically expedient failure to pose any alternative. I believe all three measures do possess a core of actual responsible spending, and McC has proven capable of finding and reducing waste in the Defense Appropriations in the past.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | May 2, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

You forgot my personal favorite: "Macaca". One word took a viable candidate completely out. Impressive.

Posted by: Cabin John | May 2, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

YEAH, let's celebrate the fact that our media are obsessed with trivialities!

Oh, and let's also celebrate the fact that the media are trying to foster the image that the race for the Democratic nomination is still up in the air, all so the media can continue to earn those mondo ratings.

So grateful for all the hard work!

Posted by: gthstonesman | May 2, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

McCain tells Iowans he would veto farm bill over subsidies

Some things never change: Republican John McCain dislikes farm subsidies. "I have to give you a little straight talk about the farm bill that is wending its way through Congress," McCain said Thursday at the Polk County Convention Center.

"I do not support it. I would veto it," he said. "I would do that because I believe that the subsidies are unnecessary."


http://www.townhall.com/news/politics-elections/2008/05/01/mccain_tells_iowans_he_would_veto_farm_bill_over_subsidies


Atta boy, John!

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

How about you go off the deep end and discuss were the candidates stand on teh issues that are actually going to shape our country's future.

Posted by: swalker3 | May 2, 2008 4:47 PM
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After 14 months if you don't know the issues you are an idiot. We are all sick of this campaign and the MSM, including the WaPo, is just spinning it's wheels. By the way, why post on the blog if you are only into issues?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Interestingly, in the numbers I have seen (don't know specifically about PA), black woman are trending to support Obama even more than black men. One would think that with competing gender and black experiences for black women, that would not be the case. In any case, 90%+ support from any demographic is astounding. I think you are correct when you talk about an extreme hair split. You can't really separate the two, IMO.

Posted by: Dave! | May 2, 2008 4:42 PM
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I'm not surprised that women are supporting race over gender. Look how black women do the same in the arts, in books and films like Stella got her grove, a strong smart black woman will throw all to the wind for a sexy smart black man. The only difference is Obama is not a gay closet case.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

So much for The Washington Post being a standard barer of quality journalism.

What a stupid piece. Haven't we heard enough of this cr*p.

How about you go off the deep end and discuss were the candidates stand on teh issues that are actually going to shape our country's future.

Posted by: swalker3 | May 2, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

More news from the wacky Dem nomination cage fight:

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama pitched improved health care and economic opportunity as they courted Guam voters from afar for the territory's Democratic presidential caucuses Saturday.

Both Clinton and Obama say they've got the better health plan for Guamanians.

(Is it "Guamanians, or Guamians. Guamites?)

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

bsimon - "Would you agree that the same can be said of female supporters of Senator Clinton, though possibly to a lesser degree?"

Anecdotally one hears that but the numbers don't support it anywhere near as much (I would phrase it as "marginally"). Interestingly, in the numbers I have seen (don't know specifically about PA), black woman are trending to support Obama even more than black men. One would think that with competing gender and black experiences for black women, that would not be the case. In any case, 90%+ support from any demographic is astounding. I think you are correct when you talk about an extreme hair split. You can't really separate the two, IMO.

Posted by: Dave! | May 2, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm not talking about people in general. I'm talking about the Obama campaign. This isn't limited to Obama himself. Any of his top guys will do. And some actual words would be nice. Slamming someone for being ignorant (Ferraro) is very different than slamming someone for being racist. That's why I'm asking for something resembling a quote. So for the purposes of this exercise, a "whisper" campaign isn't all that helpful

And I heard the Philly speech. No one was accused of racism in it. Of course, if I'm wrong about that, feel free to provide a quote.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 2, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

http://savagepolitics.com

Must Visit !! Look for the truth about the candidates

Posted by: kty | May 2, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Response to DDAWD


You can not be serious - if anyone brings up race, they get attacked -


after South Carolina, the started the whisper campaign against Bill Clinton


How about the whole Ferraro situation - no one thinks she is a racist - she gave her opinion, which was similar to Mrs. Edwards - however the Obama campaign jumped all over her.


DDawd you think people in this country are stupid ?? You think that they haven't seen what the Obama campaign has done???


The whole equating Rev. Wright with Obama's grandmother, and the "Typical White Person"

The Philadelphia speech - I suggest you read it. Think about what it says to the White Community and what it says to the Black Community.


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Bad Boys my record label idiot.

Vote or Die

Posted by: P Diddy | May 2, 2008 3:57 PM
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Again men who call themselves boys, children who never grew up or have nothing between their legs.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Just curious. So many people have accused Obama and his campaign of playing the race card. Can anyone give me some evidence of this? A loose quote or something? Anything?

Posted by: DDAWD | May 2, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama's Philadelphia Speech was the biggest gaffe of the campaign - wrong response - wrong idea.


The context.


Obama is running for President of all the people - that Philadelphia speech had no place in a campaign that was meant for all the people of this country.

Chris Matthews is completely out of his mind.

I like Chris Matthews, I want good things for him, I'm sure he makes a fortune talking the way he talks - however that speech should not be in schools. It should not be required reading for first graders. This is wacky wacky wacky stuff that the Obama people are saying.

It's true.

Somehow all the lunes came out this year. I really can not explain it.


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who claims to be A list is never in fact on it. And men who call themselves boys? Need I say more.

Posted by: Echhhh | May 2, 2008 3:41 PM

Bad Boys my record label idiot.

Vote or Die

Posted by: P Diddy | May 2, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

If the Superdelegates go SuperObama then the McCain camp they really don't have to do much - they can simply take little pieces of the Philadelphia speech - and then the Rev. Wright quotes and just tell everyone.

Believe me, it has not sunk into the public how bad it is.

Planet O is in delusion.


Posted by: 37th&OStreet | May 2, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse


JEREMIAH WAS A BULLFROG


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Mulatto has two t's if anyone is counting. Question stands - to the Rev. Wright.

How does that right brain/ left brain thing work with mulattos ??

Posted by: Everytime | May 2, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

You know who should be upset ?? Lawrence Sumners - look him up you Obamaniacs

right brain/left brain - so let me ask you Rev. Wright how does that affect Obama ????

The thing is Rev. Wright is pretty white - the guy looks 7/8 white - Obama is half white

NOW how does that right brain/left brain thing work with mulatos ?

Posted by: Everytime | May 2, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

This working girl has a 24 carat gem just out of the oven:

Spinmeister Howard Wolfson contributes to the blessed idiocy with his own two cents of wisdom. Now, I say Hill and Wolfie are two blessed rich millionaire idiots.

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

Posted by: piktor | May 2, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Well as a snapshot of today, but a real gaffe takes much more effort than a slip of the toungue or a foot in the mouth.

Quick Quiz: Who said this when:

"Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom demonstrated to the world what we saw just 12 years ago. We went to war as the most combat-ready force in the world. The value of that readiness is clear. We won a massive victory in a few weeks, and we did so with very limited loss of American and allied lives. We were able to end aggression with minimum overall loss of life, and we were even able to greatly reduce the civilian casualties of Afghani and Iraqi citizens. "

A: John McCain's 'Mission Accomplished' speech, 2003

Posted by: NoOneImportant | May 2, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse


JEREMIAH WAS A BULLFROG


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Lots of interesting stuff over at Rasmussen today.

58% of voters say that Barack Obama threw Jeremiah Wright under the bus out of political convenience. Only 30% of likely voters say he did so because he was truly outraged.

Although I am typically loath to offer I-told-you-so's, I just can't resist taking a swing at this hanging curve of an opportunity. I said after his Tuesday presser that Obama hit the wrong tone. He was diffident and measured when he needed to be feisty and angry. If he was going to say he was outraged, he had to show a little outrage.

Now, it may be the case that Obama eschewed outrage because he's a preternaturally cool individual and just doesn't have outrage in him. Such a quality would be a decided mixed blessing in a president. After the next 9/11, I would like a president to actually be capable of outrage, although I wouldn't want him to be blinded by it.

That said, the most likely scenario is that Tuesday's presser was a farce and Obama just couldn't commit to doing what had to be done. After 20 years of attending Wright's church, Obama's probably long since lost any ability he might have once had to be outraged by Wright's antics.

Anyway, the bottom line is that this poll suggests that the public viewed Obama as a typical self-interested politician this week. If that continues, his campaign narrative will fall apart.


That said, the most likely scenario is that Tuesday's presser was a farce and Obama just couldn't commit to doing what had to be done. After 20 years of attending Wright's church, Obama's probably long since lost any ability he might have once had to be outraged by Wright's antics.

Anyway, the bottom line is that this poll suggests that the public viewed Obama as a typical self-interested politician this week. If that continues, his campaign narrative will fall apart.


http://rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/58_say_obama_denounced_wright_for_political_convenience_not_outrage

Posted by: Dean B | May 2, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Do I have remind everyone of one thing you have all forgotten??


Jeremiah was BULLFROG

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Do I have remind everyone of one thing you have all forgotten??


Jeremiah was BLUGFROG

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

And I'm A list, Bad Boy 4 life

Posted by: P Diddy | May 2, 2008 3:32 PM
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Anyone who claims to be A list is never in fact on it. And men who call themselves boys? Need I say more.

Posted by: Echhhh | May 2, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Hw about the Democratic party allowing Mike Gravel to be considered a serious candidate and actually allowing him the early debates.

And I'm A list, Bad Boy 4 life

Posted by: P Diddy | May 2, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The real P Diddy (me) last posted at 1:24pm and right now. Everything since then has been an impersonator.

Posted by: P Diddy | May 2, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Kantor story a doctored hoax likely being circulated and promoted by the Campaign that claims to be Above Politics. Read Salon's take on the story spammed here today.

http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/2008/05/02/kantor/index.html

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Flying Clinker Award to Hillary:

"Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and welcome aboard the maiden flight of Hill-Force One. My name is Hillary and I am so pleased to have most of you on board. FAA regulations prohibit the use of any cell phones, Blackberries, or wireless devices that may be used to transmit a negative story about me." -playing flight attendant aboard her campaign plane.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

#10 Runner-up: Tommy Thompson "I was very sick the day of the debate. I had all of the problems with the flu and bronchitis that you have, including running to the bathroom. I was just hanging on. I could not wait until the debate got off so I could go to the bathroom." --on why he said at a GOP presidential debate that an employer should be allowed to fire gay workers, after previously having blamed a faulty hearing aid for his answer.


(Although it's a real gem, this gaffe is relegated to the dust bin of history only because Tommy's campaign was otherwise fairly forgettable.)

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Honorable mention to Dennis Kucinich for:

"It was an unidentified flying object, OK? It's, like, it's unidentified." -- after being asked in a debate about an account in Shirley MacLain's book that said Kucinich once had a close encounter with a UFO while visiting her house in Washington state.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

K Morgan is right, the posters on these blogs are all college kids or people without real jobs who can spend their days reading and responding to other idiots posts instead of doing something important or meaningful with their lives.

Posted by: P Diddy | May 2, 2008 2:35 PM
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So says the idiot who posts without anything meaningful to do with his life, except take the name of a B List celebrity.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"Huckabee's popcorn maker was not gaffe - he got a great [deal] of votes from that story !!!"

Which begs the question - If a candidate actually believes the statement or it is established fact, is it still a gaffe?


Well anyway, Seamus belongs on The Line!

"PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air." -- on strapping his dog to the top of the car.


I like Mitt for VP, but this was bad doo-doo.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Dave! writes
"Democrat after Democrat says that there are few real policy differences between Obama and Clinton... I do think they are voting for him partly because he is black, whether they admit to it or not."

Would you agree that the same can be said of female supporters of Senator Clinton, though possibly to a lesser degree?

On the flip side, is it possible that Obama's black support doesn't come from him being black, explicitly, but because, as a black man, he can relate to the black experience in a way that no white person can? I know that reads like an extreme hair split, but the same is true for the gender comparison.

Posted by: bsimon | May 2, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Martin Edwin Andersen - "ABCNEWS has offered to air a 'town hall' meeting with Hillary Clinton -- to be hosted by former Clinton staffer George Stephanopoulos!...Obama is scheduled to appear on NBC'S MEET THE PRESS, where he is expected to receive a traditional grilling by host Tim Russert."

Did you miss Hillary voluntarily go on FOX and O'Reilly? The fact that Steph worked for Clinton's husband for a couple years over ten years ago means squat - there is bias in all people. It's not like the candidates pick straws on who gets to appear where. They go to the existing media outlets of their choice. Russert is a former Democratic operative, should McCain supporters feel like it's unfair that ABC and NBC are "friendly" venues for Dems? Just stop whining already.

Posted by: Dave! | May 2, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Everyone please take note James T Kirk of the Starship Enterprise has just endorsed Obama.


Obamaniacs on Planet O are celebrating before they go to Looptopia.


Posted by: yea well | May 2, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

proudtobeGOP


Huckabee's popcorn maker was not gaffe - he got a great of votes from that story !!!

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I would like to ask that everyone read Obama's speech in Philadelphia again - or for the first time.


It really gives you an idea of what Obama is thinking.

Seriously folks, Obama is not running to represent the white people of this country.


He wants a dialogue, but what kind of dialogue ???

If someone is stupid enough to expect a sane conversation from an Obama person, an objective conversation might end with charges of racism - whether the intention was racist or not.

Clearly, the baggage of the past, is just that.


Obama has a great deal of baggage.


Has anyone read Obama's first book? He spends the first half saying how bad he felt about discrimination.

This guy is not post-racial.

He is caught up in racial hatred. The Philadelphia speech, Black Liberation Theology, "typical white person", "bitter" "so they cling to their guns and religion"

Has anyone had enough ????

Yea, the worst is saying your own grandmother is cautious walking down the street when three black men approach - saying she is wrong to react like a "typical white person."


The woman is afraid of getting mugged and Obama is attempting to say she should not react.

Out of touch?? yea with reality? yea.


Posted by: Everytime | May 2, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Good job Dems!!

Obama '08! Forward we go!

Thank you Mr. Kirk for your endorsement today =)!

The nod to all. Have a wonderful afternoon. No negativity.

Posted by: Obama2008 | May 2, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

gbooksdc - "This "blacks are racist in supporting Obama" subtext is just part of the Clinton campaign's effort to marginalize Obama as a black candidate, a Jesse Jackson for our time."

93% support is support way beyond just similar political philosophy. There are dictators running unopposed that don't get those kinds of numbers. I know that exit polling consistently says that blacks are not voting for Obama because he is black and that color is not important to them when they are choosing their candidate. But I think the polls are wrong on this one. Democrat after Democrat says that there are few real policy differences between Obama and Clinton (although I concur that Obama is more liberal). If that is in fact the case, then the actions of the 93% say a lot more than the words of the exit polls. That does not mean I think that the blacks voting for Obama are racist, but I do think they are voting for him partly because he is black, whether they admit to it or not.

Posted by: Dave! | May 2, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Can someone remind me how the Obama campaign played the race card?

Posted by: P Diddy | May 2, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

How about Hucakbee's appeal to southern voters with this:

"When we were in college we used to take a popcorn popper -- because that was the only thing they would let us have in the dorms -- and fry squirrels in the popcorn popper."


fried squirrel...yummy!!

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Yea P Diddy the oppression of the white man - if they aren't at a job not exercising their freedom of speech - well that means their opinion isnt worth anything

P Diddy, the white man is oppressing everyone....

Posted by: Yea P Diddy | May 2, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Or the oft forgotten Obama early primary gaffe:

"In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died -- an entire town destroyed." --on a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

snObama: "Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions."

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

That crazy Uncle Sentences you know the one with all the crazy theories about well...


you know it is best to quote Uncle Sentences directly.....

Wouldn't want to be accused of misquoting the Crazy Uncle Sentences.....

Besides, you just can't make this stuff up.

You really can't. Did you hear all the stuff about the left brain/right brains - and how black children are different from white children????

Go ahead, that was the speech in Detroit

The one before the National Press Club


There was too much stuff in there, from Crazy Uncle Sentences......

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

another classic from Hillary:

"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president."

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

K Morgan is right, the posters on these blogs are all college kids or people without real jobs who can spend their days reading and responding to other idiots posts instead of doing something important or meaningful with their lives.

Posted by: P Diddy | May 2, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

And who could forget Hillary's statement:

"The question is, we face a lot of dangers in the world and, in the gentleman's words, we face a lot of evil men. And what in my background equips me to deal with evil and bad men?" cackle, cackle


In fact, I think The Cackle needs it's very own Line #.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Everyone should know that the Obama campaign is shutting down tonight to go to Looptopia

Yea, its true.

The Obamaniacs are at it again.

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse


I can see that the poster calling themselves "Words of Wisdom Translator" is Obama Headquarters on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

Why do you just hang it up and go to Looptopia ????

Fitting isn't it???

All you Obamaniacs on Plant O who refuse to go back to your spaceships.

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

K Morgan


Have some thicker skin


You can handle it.


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

2:22 p.m. post

"Typical white person is a codeword, not because it is but because I like the conspiratorial tome of the term 'codeword.'"

Posted by: Words of Wisdom Translator | May 2, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

There once was a poster who'd list 'em -
All the Words that he felt were of Wisdom
But all that was really Wise,
it did escape his Eyes,
when he tried to find those Words he missed 'em.

Posted by: Ogden Nash | May 2, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Add Real Unity to my list of sock puppet names.

Posted by: Words of Wisdom Translator | May 2, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

bsimon


It is completely true - the typical white person confirms all the other Obama code words that one is not sure are anti-white or not.


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Chris, this column is unworthy of The Fix and would be better positioned under a Howard Kurtz byline. This Top 10 list does not advance any sort of productive discourse on American Politics. Read the vitriol it has spawned here in the comments section as proof.

Posted by: K Morgan | May 2, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Response to Real Unity 08


What kind of comments are that - do you want unity ? Because you don't sound like it.


You sound like an Obama person claiming they want to transcend race but playing the race card with the black community in Virginia, Maryland and the Deep South.

Seriously


Posted by: Real Unity | May 2, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

A-gih, a-gih, a-gih, awwww, them Dukes!

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

gloria writes
""TYPICIAL WHITE PERSON"

that quote, to me, was the most damning of all."


For shame!! How can we let Obama get away with calling HIS OWN GRANDMOTHER a 'typical white person'??

Posted by: bsimon | May 2, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

2:14 post

"Note my shooting range and church comments. I am neither a gun-owner nor religious, so this must be my sobconscious expressing my frustration and bitterness of someone getting the better of me. How do they know it is me? When will I figure out that I have been busted?"

Posted by: Words of Wisdom Translator | May 2, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Chris is right, but why is Rev Wright so enthralled in this election? Yes, he is a nut. Yes, he was the pastor of Trinity. But no, he's not Obama. And no, Barack Obama is not the narrow minded, hateful, buffon that Wright has proven himself to be. I sincerely hope that this country has grown enough to know that we don't agree with everyone we know and associate with!
It's insane to saddle Obama with every utterance from Wright or Ghandi or King or anybody else. Let's judge the man on his record and deeds.

Posted by: Wanakee | May 2, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Here's another one:

What about Mitt Romney who "saw" his father march with Martin Luther King? Even though there was lots of evidence of this beforehand, that gaffe really cemented Romney as a flip-flopping pol with verbal gymnastics.

Posted by: theseventen | May 2, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The Obama people on this comments section are really hostile


Posted by: Everytime | May 2, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Nice that Words of Wisdom has been thrown from its game of discord and intolerance. He must be going nuts in his basement, knowing that its message of racial warfare is being disrupted.

Posted by: Unity '08 | May 2, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Gloria Gloria Gloria YOU ARE RIGHT !!!

We keep on forgetting that one -


The bitter comments threw that one off our minds


I'm going to the shooting range after church ..........

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Everytime is my latest sock puppet. I wonder how they know it is me?

Posted by: Words of Wisdom Translator | May 2, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"TYPICIAL WHITE PERSON"

that quote, to me, was the most damning of all. I think Obama is a total racist. He and his horrible mentor and his horrible wife are American hating racists biggots.

"typical white person" will not be forgotten. If he steals the election just because he's a black guy, believe me, it will come back to haunt him and haunt us all.

Posted by: Gloria | May 2, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

You must all excuse our crazy Uncle Sentences - it really is "understandable" considering he grew up in the 60s.

Posted by: Books of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

You must all excuse our crazy Uncle Sentences - it really is "understandable" considering he grew up in the 60s.

Posted by: Books of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

DISPATCHES FROM THE GROUND WAR...

DRUDGE IS REPORTING A REAL "FIX"--EX-CLINTON SHILL STEPHANOPOULOS TO HOST HILLARY "TOWN HALL"(APPARENTLY HE DID NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO FULLY PUT HIS POLITICAL BIASES ON PARADE DURING THE PHILADELPHIA DEBATE, OR DID HE?) ...

HILLARY 'TOWN HALL' TO BE HOSTED BY EX-CLINTON STAFFER STEPHANOPOULOS
Thu May 01 2008 17:25:20 ET

Just hours before the Indiana and North Carolina presidential primaries, ABCNEWS has offered to air a 'town hall' meeting with Hillary Clinton -- to be hosted by former Clinton staffer George Stephanopoulos!

Embracing and racing through a brave new era of journalism, it is not clear if ABCNEWS will inform viewers of Stephanopoulos's past employment.

Stephanopoulos helped run Mr. Clinton's first presidential election campaign and acted as his press secretary and advisor on policy and strategy before joining ABC NEWS.

An executive at a rival network mocked, "We look forward to ABC holding the next town hall meeting with President Bush, hosted by Karl Rove!"

ABC will air the hour-long Hillary forum live from Indianapolis on Sunday.

"George has interviewed all the candidates time and time again and has put tough but fair questions to each," said a network spokesman. "Expect the same on Sunday."

The network hit controversy last month over the decision to allow Bill Clinton's former press secretary to moderate a debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama -- without any disclaimer.

Obama is scheduled to appear on NBC'S MEET THE PRESS, where he is expected to receive a traditional grilling by host Tim Russert.

Developing...

Posted by: Martin Edwin Andersen | May 2, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"This is a breaking story." no its a 16 year old story that Axelrod and his supporters are here promoting as part of their We Are Above Politics tour.

Is your pushing of this story what was meant by rejecting politics as usual and what was meant when we heard that this is what you call a New Brand of Politics?
"Yet, despite the simple and overwhelming pressure to do anything and everything to win, Barack Obama has risen above it all and demanded a new brand of politics."
What a joke, tell that nonsense to his campaign staff.

Posted by: Leichtman | May 2, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiments, or anti-trade sentiments out of some sense of frustration" has got to be at least #2 on the Line.

This gaffe was the most egregious and the most damaging, IMHO.


And the "Coat" comment #9? I don't even remember the coat comment. It should be replaced by Obama's comment in a debate
"I guess you're likable enough, Hillary".


And, what about Hillary's "willing suspension of disbelief". That's a classic.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I'd say you're missing the number one gaffe of the campaign. All of those trend seeking new voters who pushed the button for Obama before they had any sense of the person behind the rhetoric. They've left the Democratic party with an irreversibly damaged candidate running slightly ahead and no way of removing him without his die-hard, drama queen supporters crying racism.

Posted by: Lynn | May 2, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I have been reading the posts here and WOW I can see the charge that when the Obama people have nothing to say they play the race card.

Is that really what happened in this campaign???

Obama is not the post-racial candidate - he is too tainted by the multitude of questions surrounding him, not Rev. Wright.


I seriously do not understand the point of the Obama people who are so caught up in the race to realize that they are acting against the central theme of their campaign.

I guess it started with the Obama campaign itself in the aftermath of Bill Clinton's remarks in South Carolina.

The reason Obama has such a delegate lead is BECAUSE Obama played the race card out of South Carolina and it paid off in Virginia, Maryland the deep South.

The democrats have inadvertantly nominated a candidate playing the race card when they intended to get a post-racial candidate.

Is the Democratic party ready for a black nominee ??? yes.

Is Obama ready to be the post-racial candidate ????? NO.

Sorry, time to open your eyes, this is a Presidential election. It is serious business.

Posted by: Everytime | May 2, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I must apologize to all of you for my son Words. He means well, but he has not yet mastered the art of connecting the words in a meaningful way so as to convey the desired message. I was waiting to teach him, but it looks like this summer, once third grade is over, the Grammar will have to be taught and practiced, with dedication and DISCIPLINE. I see that I have been lax with my boy, and must ATONE with great vigor and muscular PURPOSE.

Oh, WO-ORDS! Father must speak with you NOW.

Posted by: Sentences of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I think when 93% of black people vote for Obama, they are hoping for something that can't be delivered.

Let's say Obama is elected President. What happens next?. Will he wave a magic wand to make it so that blacks are no longer victims of subtle or overt racism? Will black crime and drug use be reduced? Will the average income for blacks go up? Will the grievances of Wright suddenly be obsolete? Better still, will the lives of MOST people (black or white) significantly change over the next four years?

The answer is no. The racial promise of Obama lasts for the minute or so immediately after the newscaster says that he will be the next President. We will all high five each other and maybe have a beer but soon after we'll have to return to $4 gas, $4 milk and the risk of losing our jobs and hope to God that he doesn't screw up. The BEST we can hope for is life like it would be under any other Democratic President

Posted by: Larry | May 2, 2008 1:46 PM
__________________________________________

Your view of blacks is patronizing. This just in, black voters vote for candidates who reflect their aspirations just like white voters, with the same expectations. No one --- black or white -- thinks Obama is a magician who will make all our problems go away (and I hope you don't think Hillary can do the same, either).

The fact is, Obama's more liberal. The fact is, blacks are politically more liberal. He's the natural recipient of their support. That he's black doesn't hurt; but as the David Axelrod article today mentioned, white Richard Daley got more black votes than his two black opponents. Let me know the last time a black candidate got more white votes than his opponent (probably Obama in IA). This "blacks are racist in supporting Obama" subtext is just part of the Clinton campaign's effort to marginalize Obama as a black candidate, a Jesse Jackson for our time.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 2, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Larry in his post above is correct.


What is the black community hoping to achieve? I guess the symbolism is important.

Obama seems to be influenced by Frank Thomas' thesis as to why the people of Kansas vote against their economic interests.


Perhaps those ideas might point in one direction.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | May 2, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

P Diddy, Thank you for your reasoned response. I beg to differ with your conclusions about Obama and especially McCain, and feel that a lurch to the left is not in the best interests of our long term national interests.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is the lady in your neighborhood who always takes over PTA meetings, and calls the cops on kids who are out trick-or-treating. She is a tired and frustrated old coot who hears her bio- uh, political clock ticking. How DARE that colored boy interfere with her coronation?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Politico's Ben Smith says the editor says he "enhanced" the audio. Since that version has been taken down (presumably after Kantor alerted his lawyers, which he said he'd do in the MSNBC article), you can't listen to both and judge.

Why is there NOTHING on this from WaPo? This is a breaking story.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 2, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Reponse to Unity 08


Are you against Freedom of Speech ???

Are you unAmerican???


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I think when 93% of black people vote for Obama, they are hoping for something that can't be delivered.

Let's say Obama is elected President. What happens next?. Will he wave a magic wand to make it so that blacks are no longer victims of subtle or overt racism? Will black crime and drug use be reduced? Will the average income for blacks go up? Will the grievances of Wright suddenly be obsolete? Better still, will the lives of MOST people (black or white) significantly change over the next four years?

The answer is no. The racial promise of Obama lasts for the minute or so immediately after the newscaster says that he will be the next President. We will all high five each other and maybe have a beer but soon after we'll have to return to $4 gas, $4 milk and the risk of losing our jobs and hope to God that he doesn't screw up. The BEST we can hope for is life like it would be under any other Democratic President

Posted by: Larry | May 2, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: votenic | May 2, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

(after several relistenings with headphones) he does seem to say "... in the White House right now." What he says after that is inaudible.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 2, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Biggest gaffe: Bill marrying Hillary. Dude, what were you THINKING?

Posted by: Wayne | May 2, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Paradise Lost - Again!
(2008 ed.)

"The first book proposes, first in brief, the whole subject, man's disobedience,
and the loss thereupon of The Nomination, wherein he was placed; then touches the prime
cause of his fall, the Clinton; who, revolting
from Democracy, and drawing to her side many legions of racist neo-cons, was, by the command of
Democracy, driven out of Washington, with all her crew, into the great deep. Which action
passed over, the Poem hastens into the midst of things, presenting Clinton with her
angels now falling into The Minority, described here, not in the center, for the Senate and
the House may be supposed as yet not made, certainly not yet accursed, but in a place
of utter darkness, fitliest called Red America. Here Clinton, with her angels, lying on
the burning lake, thunderstruck and astonished, after a certain space recovers, as
from confusion, calls up to her who next in order and dignity lay by him; they
whine about their miserable fall; Clinton awakens all her legions, who lay till then
in the same manner confounded. They rise; their numbers; array of battle; their
chief leaders named, according to the idols known afterward in Arkansas and the
states adjoining. To these Clinton directs her speech, comforts them with hope
yet of regaining the White House, but tells them lastly of a new world, and a new kind of
creature to be created, according to an ancient prophecy, or report in Washington; for,
that politicians were long before this visible creation, was the opinion of many ancient
pundits, like James Carville. To find out the truth of this prophecy, and what to determine thereon, she
refers to a full council. What her associates thence attempt. Threeamphonecall, the
palace of Cliton, rises, suddenly built out of the deep: the infernal peers there
sit in council."

Posted by: John Milton | May 2, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Biggest gaffe: DNC for allowing the Clintons to run, knowing of their history of FEC fraud, and they must know about the current fraud case. Los Angeles court judge decided last week, I think, the media is not helpful on this one~that Hillary can not be subpoenaed until after November. Governor Rendell can be ordered to the trial now.

Rather like blacking out news of the Flower's lawsuit until after Bill got elected, seems to me.

Posted by: mariano | May 2, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Bravo to the guy/gal that chased Words of Wisdom.

Posted by: Unity '08 | May 2, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Have you seen Obama in San Francisco ???


I hear he is looking for a new house there.


Posted by: Chris | May 2, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

1:30 post

"Words of Wisdom has been replaced by me, jsut as he replaced svreader. He will make a token appearance later, in a lame attempt to say that he is not sock-puppeting. The racist message stays the same, until I start recycling the FL & MI garbage."

Posted by: 37th&OStreet Translator | May 2, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Hillary saying she would stay in the race 50 years. When asked to explain she said she would stay in the race 100 years, 1,000 years. Fair is fair, poke fun of McCain's hyperbole, must put Queen Hillary there as well.

Hillary overstating her experience in Ireland and with Mass. health insurance.

Hillary's lie on her Iraq war vote. Contradicts herself, explains what she voted for was not a vote to invade. Title clearly says what the Bill was: to use military force in Iraq.

Hillary's behind closed door fund raising comments disparaging Move On for endorsing Obama. Her reason they know she does not agree with them on the war. (Um, so they should then endorse her?) She continues telling a lie about Move On protesting Afghanistan. Perhaps it was another Senior Moment and she meant Iraq?

Hillary telling voters in small or caucus states their votes do not matter or count.

The list of Bill and Hillary gaffes is quite long.

Posted by: alice | May 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I listened to the clip posted in February on YouTube. It is not clear that Kantor says, "worthless white n**gers". He might be saying "in the White House right now."

The original clip has been taken down; it was clear in that that Kantor said "worthless white n**gers". So the audios not identical. The questions, for any journalists willing to earn their paycheck, is:

1) who put up the first clip? Why?
2) Are their any links to the Obama campaign?
3) Who got the clip taken down? Why?

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 2, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Chris


If you happen to see Obama while you are in San Francisco, you should tell him to .............

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The biggest gaffe of the campaign is Obama's Philadelphia speech.


Seriously, read it for yourself, you will be amazed at what is in there.

Chris did an OK job with his list, however he is on vacation - I think the posters here have suggested some major improvements - it would be intriguing if Chris would revise his list after the comments.


Posted by: 37th&OStreet | May 2, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Hillary vowing to take lobbyist money because "like it or not" they "represent real Americans" compared to her now lying and saying Obama gives "aid and care to special interests and their allies in the Republican party:" (quote may not be word for word: see Shame on You Barack Attack. Her other gaffe was holding up his mailers. I saw her WI mailers.

She continues this new lie about being the fighter of her own lobbyists, PACs or special interests~all one and the same. Truth is she takes more lobby money than McCain.

Hillary: Bosnia. Says "sleep deprived" and "misspoke" or "misremembered". Bill repeats her lie saying "the press is picking on the girl" and every one will forget things when 60 at 11PM. Problem was she repeated it many times over, not once and who wants someone that has senior moments and is sleep deprived to answer a 3AM call?

Hillary saying Iran is "fantasize and make up" a "non-issue" and her yes vote "lies spread by my enemies".

Ferraro's insult to millions of white people insisting that they "got caught up in the concept" and are only voting for Obama because he is black. The gaffe is Hillary waited a week before canning her (forced Power out in a day) and apologized to African/Americans but not to all Obama's non-African/American supporters...

...the assumpition, I guess is others could not possibly be offended by Ferraro (and Hillary's defense of her)

Hillary's "It took a president to get it done".

Posted by: mary | May 2, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

What does it say about this process that the worst controversy/gaffe came not from a candidate, but from someone unaffiliated with a candidate's campaign?

Posted by: bsimon | May 2, 2008 1:12 PM
-----------------------------
He was affiliated for over 20 years, only stepping down when Obama decided to run for the presidency and Wright told him he would be bad for him.

Good list Chris. Though I would replace 7 & 9. Romney did worse with his sons not going to war. Edwards did worse with the haircut, and possibly by dropping out. If Obama does a total melt down, which we will see on Tuesday, he may have been a long shot.

McCain has so many he may need his own top ten. The bomb bomb Iran should be up there.

I agree with all the Hillary posts, add her husband.

Obama I think is done on Tuesday, which should earn him the top spot after being put on an alter by the MSM and the public.

Posted by: Patrick NYC | May 2, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"How about "Obliterate Iran". It hasn't become a gaffe, because you the press, don't want to cover it."
Posted by: AB68 | May 2, 2008 11:05 AM

What I really like about people's rhetoric on this is that they offer no alternatives. Having a Kumbaya moment with the Iranians is not going to work AFTER they have attacked Israel with nuclear weapons. The comment fits in perfectly with the long standing stance of MADD which kept us out of nuclear war for more than40 years. Convenient to leave the AFTER attacking out. Quit trying to proffer lies please.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

On the previous thread, Leichtman and proudtobeGOP both asked or speculated on how I could rationalize being a lifelong Republican with being an Obama supporter.

First off, if Chuck Hagel or John Warner any one of the few remaining Republicans with a shred of integrity had run this year, I would have been all-in for them. No question about it. I really respect John McCain, but he has flip-flopped more than a dying fish. His positions in 2000 were very much in line with my philosophy, but his positions in 2008 seem to mold themselves to some vague philosophy I'm not sure even he believes. Reasonable people can disagree on that, that's just my opinion.

All of that said, I'm a free market capitalist who believes that the government's role is to be the referee and ensure fairness in the marketplace. Whether it's the stock market or health care, I don't think we should be creating silly laws (like Sarbanes-Oxley) that put a burden on business or entitlements (like the Obama/Clinton health care plans) that burden future generations. I've been on record numerous times as saying that I think all three candidates have doomed health care plans and a doomed Iraq strategy.

At the same time, I am a "true" conservative on social issues like gay marriage and abortion in that I believe the Federal government has no business getting involved. Sadly, as the Republican Party whose core ideals I have faith in has been hijacked by the evangelical right, it has become selectively conservative and predominantly liberal in the more dogmatic sense: they spend money like drunken sailors, they wage unnecessary wars, they inject themselves into social issues for which there is no reason for government intervention.

Why am I voting for Obama? I am a firm believer in his stance on "Transparency in Government", which is, I believe, one of the great tools for bringing the people back into government. I also harbor hope (though no realistic expectation) that the legions of young followers of his campaign will, as in the Kennedy era, serve either in government or in their communities at home and abroad. Citizen involvement and government transparency are how we loosen the grip lobbyists and corporations have on our government. Further, Obama's stance on the involvement of faith-based programs in government policy is both thoughtful and reasonable.

Just as no human being is perfect, neither is any candidate. I believe in Obama, and I believe he will deliver on the broad contours of what he has proposed.

I hope I explained myself well enough there.

Posted by: P Diddy | May 2, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Now I am safe. No one will guess my identity! I am free to slander the opponents of Her Pastiness until, weakened, they can be smothered in support pantyhose. Ee, hee, hee...

Posted by: The Wise Words of Charles K from 37th and O Street | May 2, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

gbooksdc - "I guess Kantor missed the seminar where Hillary said, you can't defend a lie when they have video proof. I guess ol' Mick was just tired back then, hadn't gotten his sleep."

A couple thoughts on this. Is this the new kind of politics that Obama talks about? And seriously, they need to have better timing when they release stuff like this. Sometime closer to the primary like over the weekend or Monday would have been a much better choice. ...
Posted by: Dave! | May 2, 2008 1:16 PM
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I disagree. First off, NO ONE runs without OR. I guess Obama decided to take the gloves off (at long last). Second, the timing's perfect. It has two days to build up before ABC's broadcast of Sunday's Indiana Town Hall featuring Hillary and (wait for it .. wait ..wait) George Stephanopoulos. The guy WHO HEARD WHAT KANTOR SAID. HTG, it just doesn't get any better. You telling me NOONE in the audience will ask the question?

The Clintons bludgeon. Obama, being more refined, uses a rapier. This is the rapier.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 2, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"Line #1 should be This 20-year association with Wright"


My impression is that the people most offended by the Obama-Wright relationship are those that take their religion most seriously. As a person who doesn't attend church, but who attended a lot of church while growing up, I can understand how an attendee of a church might find a benefit in attending, even if they don't agree with everything coming out of a preacher's mouth. I suspect that people who take their preacher's words more seriously or literally are more suspicious of Obama for attending a church, even if he didn't agree 100% with the preacher.

Posted by: bsimon | May 2, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

gbooksdc - "I guess Kantor missed the seminar where Hillary said, you can't defend a lie when they have video proof. I guess ol' Mick was just tired back then, hadn't gotten his sleep."

A couple thoughts on this. Is this the new kind of politics that Obama talks about? And seriously, they need to have better timing when they release stuff like this. Sometime closer to the primary like over the weekend or Monday would have been a much better choice. This will either be debunked or out of the news cycle by then. I would argue another example of poor execution by Team Obama. They should stick to the new kind of politics because they don't do the old kind very well.

Posted by: Dave! | May 2, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

This is Hillary's key gaffe-- or is it more than a gaffe? It should be playing in a loop at least as prominent as the Wright soundbites.

Iran has complained to the UN about Hillary's remark that in retaliation to an attack on Israel she would obliterate Iran. She isn"t even the Democratic party nominee and she is rattling sabers -- a strategy of belligerent non-communication with key world players.

Iran complains to UN over Clinton's attack threat
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gSflKoY8Vpa7KJzCGk8QmlG80Smw

Posted by: Kristin2 | May 2, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

This is Hillary's key gaffe-- or is it more than a gaffe? It should be playing in a loop at least as prominent as the Wright soundbites.

Iran has complained to the UN about Hillary's remark that in retaliation to an attack on Israel she would obliterate Iran. She isn"t even the Democratic party nominee and she is rattling sabers -- a strategy of belligerent non-communication with key world players.

Iran complains to UN over Clinton's attack threat
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gSflKoY8Vpa7KJzCGk8QmlG80Smw

Posted by: Kristin2 | May 2, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Someone got the Kantor clip taken down, probably Pennebaker. Now THAT will become a story: why was it taken down? If Kantor says he didn't say "worthless white ni**ers" about Hoosiers, who decided we shouldn't be able to listen and judge for ourselves?

Here's the MSNBC link where Kantor's saying, he wasn't talking about Hoosiers (NOT that it was doctored): http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/05/02/972175.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentmessage

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 2, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

What does it say about this process that the worst controversy/gaffe came not from a candidate, but from someone unaffiliated with a candidate's campaign?

Posted by: bsimon | May 2, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"It is great to see that we finally have some national unity on energy policy. Unfortunately, the unifying idea is so ridiculous, so unworthy of the people aspiring to lead our nation, it takes your breath away. Hillary Clinton has decided to line up with John McCain in pushing to suspend the federal excise tax on gasoline, 18.4 cents a gallon, for this summer's travel season. This is not an energy policy. This is money laundering: we borrow money from China and ship it to Saudi Arabia and take a little cut for ourselves as it goes through our gas tanks. What a way to build our country.
When the summer is over, we will have increased our debt to China, increased our transfer of wealth to Saudi Arabia and increased our contribution to global warming for our kids to inherit.
No, no, no, we'll just get the money by taxing Big Oil, says Mrs. Clinton. Even if you could do that, what a terrible way to spend precious tax dollars -- burning it up on the way to the beach rather than on innovation?
The McCain-Clinton gas holiday proposal is a perfect example of what energy expert Peter Schwartz of Global Business Network describes as the true American energy policy today: "Maximize demand, minimize supply and buy the rest from the people who hate us the most."
Good for Barack Obama for resisting this shameful pandering."

Posted by: Thomas Friedman, from today's NY Times | May 2, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

The real P Diddy (me) knows how to use punctuation.

Thanks.

Posted by: P Diddy | May 2, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

The poster above who mentioned the Florida and Michigan situations is one of the top 3 gaffes of the year.


Seriously folks.


This is the dumbest set of moves by a major political party in the history of the country since the split of the ...... Democratic Party led to the Civil War.

The Democratic Party is guilty of malpractice against itself.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | May 2, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Who is to blame for all this other than Wright and Obama themselves? The elite African-American community, who, for the past months, has contextualized the hatred of Wright and the half-hearted apologies for it by Obama on the air, television, and in written commentary, shares the responsibility as well.

The consequence of that moral failure and political expediency was the most embarrassing moment in recent civil rights history: an African-American receiving a standing ovation at the NAACP for confirming the old white racist slur that blacks are 'musical' and emotional while whites are rational and analytical, on the basis of genetically distinct brain chemistries.

The shame is that while most whites once lambasted the slur, blacks at a civil rights dinner now applaud it.


Then there are the white elites, who, in their near religious desire to elect a Kennedyesque, liberal African American, simply abandoned almost every historically-learned protocol about racial relations.

So when Obama excused Wright's racism weeks ago, they immediately declared a disturbing speech on race as the second Gettysburg Address.

More interested in preserving their emotional investment in Obamism, and the alleviation of their guilt that it offers, they neglected to acknowledge that their candidate had just given all racists to come just the sort of context and rationalization they most surely will use (as we saw with Wright's latest rants) to excuse their venom.

Posted by: Victor H | May 2, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

There will be a pause here while all the paid Clinton operatives who post here wait fro word from HQ on what the campaign's line will be going forward.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 2, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Loop This!!! You filthy Bastards! Act like Rev. Wright SAID IT!!!
Mickey Kantor Says:
White N!ggers!
Mickey Kantor Says:
White N!ggers!
Mickey Kantor Says:
White N!ggers!
Mickey Kantor Says:
White N!ggers!
Mickey Kantor Says:
White N!ggers!

Posted by: Mike | May 2, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Bravo, the real P Diddy (me) did not post about MLK and Romney. I know it's not germane to the point you made, but as a matter of course in protecting my "reputation" up here, I feel it necessary to point out.

I have no opinion on the Romney/MLK link.

Thanks.

Posted by: P Diddy | May 2, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Im the real P Diddy.

Florida is a crucial swing state that should go Democratic unless the DNC decides to piss off the electorate by not finding a legitimate way to seat Florida's delegation at the convention.

Posted by: P Diddy | May 2, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

How about Howard Dean and the DNC's "gaffe" with respect to the FL and MI primaries and seating their delegates?

That "gaffe" just might cost the D's the general election.

Posted by: mnteng | May 2, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Will Bower | May 2, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Ummm P Diddy, you obviously didn't follow the story of Mitt Romney's Dad marching with Martin Luther King. It was proven true. His father really did march with Dr. King. There were rumors he didn't, but others came forth and validated the claim.

Posted by: Bravo | May 2, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I guess Kantor missed the seminar where Hillary said, you can't defend a lie when they have video proof. I guess ol' Mick was just tired back then, hadn't gotten his sleep.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 2, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Response to Harry

It is not Obama's standing by his principles, it is the principles themselves.


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Based on many of the comments I've seen here, the biggest gaffe of the campaign belongs to Senator Barack Obama.

He was born black.

Is that really all that you see when you look at him?

Posted by: Harry, Los Angeles, CA | May 2, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Someone posted as me at 12:49. Anyone who has been reading my posts previously knows that I disagree with that statement about FL and MI. And anyone who has been reading my posts previously really ought to find something better to do :-)

Posted by: P Diddy | May 2, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

MOre real-time updates: the Kantor story hit MSNBC. Here's Kantor's rationale, according to their quote from HuffingtonPost: ""Indiana was not even on our radar screen," he said, "And I was talking about the polling and not the people... If you look at The War Room, this is not the way Carville or George interpreted my statement. This is frankly libelous.""

Obviously, Kantor's been studying equivocation at Clinton U. That's not gonna fly Mickey,. You'd been better off apologizing than denying, because now you're stuck trying to defend a lie. MEANWHILE, if Pennebaker's saying the clip's doctored, and Kantor's saying it isn't, he was just misinterpreted, that begs the question, why did Pennebaker lie? Looks like the Clinton campaign can't get their people to coordinate their stories.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 2, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama stands by principles and gets excoriated by his opponents and the media for so doing.

Do people really like gutter politics that much?

Hillary pretended that she'd run a positive campaign when she was miles ahead in delegates (even before Iowa) and money. Now, she's the least trusted candidate and for good reason.

Barack suffers because he IS running a (almost but not quite perfectly) positive campaign. The ads he could run against Hillary would make your blood curdle. He hasn't done it.

If he loses the nomination, his insistence on running a positive campaign will become number one on your list.

Let's hope that the voters of America aren't asleep, sheep, or dumb. The latest gaffe by anyone, including McCain, is hardly the best way to judge a candidate for such an important office. Besides, George Bush has proven that gaffes are meaningless when it comes to getting elected.

Posted by: Harry, Los Angeles, CA | May 2, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Line #1 should be This 20-year association with Wright

It calls into question everything about Obama: his truthfulness in his serially adjusted stories of what he knew and when he knew it; his judgment in choosing as his mentor, pastor, and great friend a man he just now realizes is a purveyor of racial hatred; and the central premise of his campaign, that he is the bringer of a "new politics," rising above the old Washington ways of expediency.

It's hard to think of an act more blatantly expedient than renouncing Wright when his show, once done from the press club instead of the pulpit, could no longer be "contextualized" as something whites could not understand and only Obama could explain in all its complexity.

Turns out it was not that complex after all. Everyone understands it now. Even Obama.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 2, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The number #1 gaffe that has had the greatest impact on this election cycle is the DNC's extremely poor handling and near sightedness regarding Florida and Michigan. Agree or disagree with how this should have and will be handled everyone can agree that the situation we are in now is a giant mess and those two states could doom the Democratic party in November.

Also Rudy Giuliani's I'm the front runner so no need to start running until Florida has to be up there.

Finally I really enjoyed hearing about Mitt Romney's dad marching with Dr. King that was so inspiring.

Posted by: P Diddy | May 2, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

12:45 p.m.

"Race, race, race. Garbage. Nonsense. Trash."

Posted by: Charles K. Translator | May 2, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

That was then. On Tuesday, Obama declared that he himself was surprised at Wright's outrages. But hadn't Obama told us that surprise about Wright is a result of white ignorance of black churches brought on by America's history of segregated services?

How then to explain Obama's own presumed ignorance? Surely he too was not sitting in those segregated white churches on those fateful Sundays when he conveniently missed all of Wright's racist rants.

Obama's turning surprise about Wright into something to be counted against whites -- one of the more clever devices in that shameful, brilliantly executed, 5,000-word intellectual fraud in Philadelphia -- now stands discredited by Obama's own admission of surprise.


But Obama's liberal acolytes are not daunted. They were taken in by the first great statement on race: the Annunciation, the Chosen One comes to heal us in Philly. They now are taken in by the second: the Renunciation.

Posted by: Charles K. | May 2, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

12:43 p.m.

"You win. Time to post the same bigoted trash under a sock puppet's name."

Posted by: Words of Wisdom Translator | May 2, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Real-time developments: Politico.com's Ben Smith (imagine that? A journalist who actually works instead of running clips of Obama being rude to pushy photo seekers) talked to D.A. Pennebaker, the director of The War Room. HE says the audio's been doctored. Comments under the Smith blog posting say the audio's identical to that on the DVD. Is Pennebaker lying? Why would he lie, when it's so easy to check? One thing for sure, you won't hear about it first on WaPo.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 2, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Poor Geraldine Ferraro, thrice lashed by Obama in Philadelphia as the white equivalent of Wright's raving racism, is now off the hook.

These equivalences having been revealed as the cheap rhetorical tricks they always were, Obama has now decided that the man he simply could not banish because he had become part of Obama himself is, mirabile dictu, surgically excised.

Obama's Philadelphia oration was an exercise in contextualization. In one particularly egregious play on white guilt, Obama had the audacity to suggest that whites should be ashamed they were ever surprised by Wright's remarks: "The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Reverend Wright's sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that the most segregated hour of American life occurs on Sunday morning."

Posted by: Charles K. | May 2, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

12:41 p.m. post

"If you vote for Obama, he will take America's money for slavery reparations."

Posted by: Words of Wisdom Translator | May 2, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

To the few here who are complaining about Words of Wisdom - why don't you all go back to Obama headquarters and huddle - come up with some actual answers to the questions presented.

What does Obama actually believe???


How much of Black Liberation Theology does Obama and its economic theories does Obama believe ????

You at the Obama headquarters can start with Obama's Philadelphia speech.


Will you please tell us WHAT was he thinking when he wrote and gave that speech? One has to wonder why in the world the political consultants over there allowed Obama to put himself out there and self-destruct the way he did.


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

1) The Immigration Bill. Way, way back in ages past- 2007- John McCain was front-runner with a bloated organization that was sucking him dry. Then, his long-fought-for immigration bill came up for debate in Congress. And every day that debate raged on, McCain lost more and more support, until his lead dissipated like a desert mirage. It almost destroyed McCain's candidacy.

2) The Surge- No one wanted it, but it happened anyway, and it made John McCain the GOp nominee.

2) Mormonism- The issue that killed Romney in Iowa and South Carolina

3) He's Still Running? Why?- Fred Thompson had no desire to run for president, and after a disappointing NH finish, he had no chance. Yet he stayed in the race through South Carolina ayway. And that absolutely killed Huckabee and ROmney, splitting the conservative vote so badly that McCain was able to win the state and become the near-presumptive nominee. Many commentators noted that Thompson and McCain are close friends, and oopenly wondered if some sort of deal had been cut.


Posted by: howlless | May 2, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

12:37 p.m.

"I've been outed, so what the heck. Racism guides my electoral decisions."

Posted by: Words of Wisdom Translator | May 2, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

12:33 post

"What? No one is buying my transparent sock-puppetry?"

Posted by: Words of Wisdom Translator | May 2, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

It is a good idea for everyone to go back and read Obama's Philadelphia speech.


Obama was defending the Rev. Wright's crazy ideas - at the least justifying them - Obama called them "understandable."


The ideas are what link Obama and Rev. Wright - that is why Obama did not want to disown his grandmother - the ideas are a part of Obama.

The question should not be: Is white America ready for a black President - Rather the more relevant question is black America ready for a black President ???

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

It appears that the nuts at Obama headquarters are seeing ghosts behind every corner


HHHMMMM


What can I say ???

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Bill Clinton's comments and gerenal finger-waving behavior in South Carolina should certianly be on the list. It contributed to the walloping Obama delivered in the Palmetto State, and even more importantly, contributed to the storyline in late January that the Obama campaign was smart, disciplined and a new type of politics, while the Clinton campaign was fledgling, desperate and negative.

Posted by: Steve | May 2, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone here know how to get a hold of Robert Mugabe? That is a man who knows how to win an election! I want him on my team!

Posted by: Hillary Clinton | May 2, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you CC that some of these "gaffes" will become much bigger in the general than they are now in the primary. The Rev. Wright "gaffe" is number 1 because it is putting Obama's nomination in play. However,I think that the "bitter" and xenophobic comment will become a much greater deal in the general (#2 maybe even #1). The bitter comments does not bother many liberal democrats.

I would add that the MLK and LBJ comparison, while technically correct, was spun into a beautiful "gaffe" by the Obama folks (different kind of politics? Right..) and created distance between the African American community (many of whom still like the Clintons) and made an opening for Obama. Lets not forget that around that time African Americans broke 60% Obama 40% Clinton. IF those numbers had stayed, Clinton would have outright "won" the nomination by now, but the 90%/10% split we have now, and the momentum it generated for Obama, is why Obama is in the driver's seat now. Furthermore, the 90%/10% split I believe is why more Super Ds have not broken for Clinton now even with all of the gaffes and big state losses Obama has suffered. The 90%/10% split is basically his "firewall" (even though I believe most African Americans would vote for Clinton because many African Americans actually LIKE them...How many other former president have their headquarters in an African American neighborhood and bring business to African American neighborhoods?)

Posted by: David M | May 2, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

It's curious, too, that most all of these on the list are much less controversies than merely gaffes. Clinton's Bosnia tale ties into a larger web of deceit and misrepresentation of her past, and Obama's connection to Wright is not at all an instance of misspeaking. The rest, however, are merely bumbles than contain very little substance. Perhaps some do give insights into candidates' characters, but mostly these seem to distract from the substantive issues and the more serious controversies that ought to be discussed.

What about Clinton's vote in support of the war? This isn't a matter of serious controversy? What about Clinton's illegal fundraising activities over the last decade? This isn't a controversy worth discussing? What about McCain's hypocritical campaign financing practices? Etc.

There are all kinds of controversies brimming out there, many with actual substance to them in which serious malfeasance has been done, but the candidates and the media seem much happier playing a game of "gotcha" with verbal slips and strategic missteps in the campaign, as if this were all some game and the nomination and election were all about who plays the game best.

Posted by: blert | May 2, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

12:18 post

"I have created two sock puppets today, because I have been busted as a racist nut by an alert Fix fan. These new sock puppets are called Charles K. and 37th&OStreet."

Posted by: Words of Wisdom Translator | May 2, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

This is fun, watching a story -- Mickey Kantor - blow up as we speak. Now that it's on Drudge, it's on! Who's the elitist now, Hilly baby? 11000 views in just the last five hours; what's the over/under before it hits Fox News?

I'll write Obama's response right now: (with sorrowful disgust etched on his face): "These disgusting remarks have no place in our politics today. This shows how much we need a President who willbring us together, not drive us apart." Say buh-bye, Hillary!

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 2, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Charles K above has it right -


I actually challenge people to go back and read Obama's Philadelphia speech now, knowing what we know now.

Obama was making the case for standing by all the wacky themes of Rev. Wright - there is no other way around it.

Go ahead -

The biggest gaffe of the year was Obama's Philadelphia speech.


Posted by: 37th&OStreet | May 2, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

What should be controversial is the degree to which the media's campaign coverage is dominated by its obsession over gaffes that have nothing to do with how any candidate would govern, or what policies they would support or oppose.

But that would require the media engaging in reflective self-critique and resolving to be journalists rather than Entertainment Tonight wannabes. Given the financial pressures in the news biz and the shallowness of news celebs, that ain't gonna happen. We'll have flag pins and bowling scores from now through November, guaranteed.

Posted by: novamatt | May 2, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Video of Clinton friend from the seventies and current campaign staffer Mickey Cantor saying it does not matter if she wins Indiana, "those people are sh*t" and "how would you like to be a worthless white n*gger" while yucking it up with George Stephanopoulos:


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


Posted by: christian | May 2, 2008 10:55 AM
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The clip appears to from The War Room; it's about Bill, not Hillary. That said, this could be Hillary's Rev. Wright: someone she's been associated with for a long time (longer than Wright) expressing contempt and hate for Indianians. Will anyone call her on Kantor's comments (it's the perfect comeback to yet another Wright mention)? How fast/how much will she distance herself from those sentiments (especially considering throwing Kantor under the bus may cost her support among Jews)? I think she'll be just as equivocating as Obama was, at first, about Wright. Difference is, Kantor will apologize for his crack about "worthless white n**gers."

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 2, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

11:58 am poster has not learned that women are the majority of voters in America (that is just an observation).

I am one who has never been comfortable with Mrs. Clinton, so her Bosnia sniper episode reinforced her image with me. Chris Cillizza called it "playing to form". I should be grateful that her candidacy is strong enough that women will be in the mix for the presidency from now on. However, this particular flat lie (not said to protect the national interest, not even said to protect a loved one or a friend from embarrassment, but said repeatedly to puff one's own credentials; a braggart's lie) would kill a man's campaign.

It is Number ONE.

Posted by: white woman | May 2, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"I can no more disown him (Jeremiah Wright) than I can disown my white grandmother."
-- Barack Obama, Philadelphia, March 18


Guess it's time to disown Granny, if Obama's famous Philadelphia "race" speech is to be believed.

Of course, the speech was not just believed. It was hailed, celebrated, canonized as the greatest pronouncement on race in America since Lincoln at Cooper Union.

A New York Times columnist said it "should be required reading in classrooms across the country." College seniors and first-graders, suggested the excitable Chris Matthews.

Apparently there's been a curriculum change. On Tuesday, the good senator begged to extend and revise his previous remarks on race.

Moral equivalence between Grandma and Wright is now, as the Nixon administration used to say, inoperative.


http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZWEyYWE0ODEwMTY0NDNlOTU1MTgxMjA5ODc2YjNiYmQ=

Posted by: Charles K. | May 2, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I really don't think the Bosnia gaffe hurt Clinton all that much (certainly not in PA), so I don't really think that qualifies as #2.

Agree with earlier posters that you missed the many gaffes of McCain

--Confusing Sunni and Shia, misstatements about Al Qaeda
--Saying he knows nothing about the economy, and plans to learn by reading Greenspan's book
--Saying that, all things considered, the economy is doing well (he said that many times, most distinctly during the Reagan library debate towards the end of primaries
--The bomb Iran song

And the 100 years certainly has the potential to be #1 once we get into general election-mode

Hopefully, Obama is getting this Rev. Wright crap out of his system now. And McCain's proven many times that he says dumb things during this process. Once the spotlight is on him, he'll be bloodied as well.

Posted by: Greg | May 2, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Wrong, CC. The Bosnia Lie was the number one. It put the "she's dishonest" stain on her, permanently. She hasn't been able to live it down, which has limited her ability to capitalize on Wright. Wright may not go away, but he'll subside in the zeitgeist (note to svliar: when you read books in the course of your studies for a higher degree, you learn (a) how to spell words and (b) what they mean. Keep reading up on "camelion" and "heartship" and "kadish". Idiot).

As we all know, money talks, BS posts for Clinton in the WaPo comments section and Craigslist (where racists attack). Perusing offshore books shows the smart money's still on Obama -- $100 gets you $250 that Hillary gets the nomination, so people who are dispassionate can do the math; Hillary's got less than a 30% chance of winning the nomination, and about a 20% chance of winning the GE. Obama is odds on to win the GE and a prohibitive favorite to win the nomination.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 2, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

It didn't happen this year, but I have to believe that Allen's "macaca" gaffe still looms large in this election.

Had he not imploded, there is a great chance that he'd be standing where McCain is right now (which may, subsequently, have put more pressure on the Democrats to declare a nominee).

Posted by: John in Mpls | May 2, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I agree. HRC's downfall began with the drivers' licences mess-up. She never fully recovered and from that wound came everything else. Ironically her ally Spitzer, who she sacrificed her political capital for, is now gone! A total waste.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

11:58 post

"I am trying to disguise this new sock puppet by leveling criticism at Hillary Clinton. If it doesn't work I will have to craft a new alter ego."

Posted by: Words of Wisdom Translator | May 2, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

The gaffe that opened the door for McCain was made in 2006 - the Macaca remark by George Allen.

Then again, knowing Allen, if he made it to 2008 without that comment, the media scrutiny ramped up to the nth degree probably would have nabbed him saying something even worse.

Posted by: bondjedi | May 2, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

THE LARGEST GAFFE OF THE ELECTION


The Democratic contributors sending all their money to Obama and Hillary - completely leaving all the white democratic men with a lack of viability as candidates.

Mrs. Edwards would agree, and has made some public statements which would appear to support this.


The handwriting was on the wall early on in 2007.


Ultimately, political campaigns must rest on private contributions to get their message out.

Political campaigns must achieve into a certain range in order to be considered viable and therefore worthy of media time and more money. It is a cycle.

The early contributors make or break candidates with experience, who are qualified and who would make fantastic November election candidates.

The Democratic contributors ultimately destroyed their party's chances for the November election.


The cake goes to them.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | May 2, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

You might want to save a spot for Pander-Gate: The McCain-Clinton fake gas holiday.

Posted by: Goombay | May 2, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

The biggest gaffe has to be Hillary Clinton deciding that she was the presumptive nominee long before the Iowa caucuses.

The most offensive gaffe by a Democrat was Bill Clinton comparing Barak Obama's win in South Carolina to Jesse Jackson.

I can only hope that the third biggest gaffe of the primary campaign is Hillary Clinton deciding to pander to every interest (obliterate Iran, gas tax holiday, etc).

Joe Lieberman whispering in John McCain's ear seems to encapsulate eight years of Bush/Cheney. Didn't he tell us that he was the foreign policy guy and that he didn't know much about domestic issues.

Posted by: MackAA | May 2, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton in total should be considered a gaffe worthy of the list

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | May 2, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

The Wright affair is not exactly what you call a gaffe. It is hurting Obama - even though I don't think it will cost him the nomination - but it is not something the senator could have avoided. He answered in a partially wrong way: remember, when he gave the speech everybody talked about it. The bitter comment is a gaffe. But I think the prize should go to the snipers in Tuzla. Being caught telling a lie is worse than not condemning someone else's speech.

Posted by: tino | May 2, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

37th & O is Words of Wisdom.

Posted by: 37th&ObamaStreet | May 2, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

11:43 post

"I have changed my handle (again), but forgot to change my garbage racist rhetoric. Again, voting for a black person for president is completely wrong."

Posted by: Words of Wisdom Translator | May 2, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

This is a good list, but you left off Bill Clinton's supercilious comment that Obama won South Carolina just the way that Jesse Jackson did. This egregious insult cost Hillary the support of African Americans and effectively doomed her campaign.

The "Judas" insult by James Carville of Gov. Richardson is another significant gaffe by the Clinton campaign as it revealed alot about the rabid loyalty and poisonous disarray inside that camp.

Her unforced lie about the Bosnia sniper was devastating because it emphasized her lack of expertise at the same time she was trying to bolster her claim in this area.

A significant gaffe to add to the list would be going bankrupt in mid-campaign. You could add that one to either the McCain or Clinton list of major foul-ups that encouraged people to question their managerial chops.

The "bitter-gate" snafu and Rev. Wright lunacy were largely generated by the media and did not play deeply into the thinking of the voters.

What about making up a list of media gaffes? I would list the godawful moderators of the ABC debate at Number One. Followed closely by the major mis-reading of the polls leading up to both Iowa and New Hampshire. Third would be the unjustified flooding of the airways with unrepresentative three-second snippets of the egomaniacal Rev. Wright. I am sure that there are others we could add to the list.

Posted by: dee | May 2, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The biggest gaffe of the campaign just may be tObama's Philadelphia speech - however the speech must be viewed through the haze of the campaign.


We have a curious situation in this election - the black community are not voting the issues - they are voting as a racial block.


The blacks are not attempting to transcend race. At the same time, the white community is being challenged to transcend race. Too many people are saying too many things which contradict.


In the beginning of the race in pollings in January, there was a whole bunch of blacks for Hillary.


However, somehow, the Obama campaign played the race card and united the black community with race. That happened. Clear and simple. At the same time, the Clinton campaign felt constrained - they felt they really could not go near the issue - Obama calling for a race discussion was a joke.


That is racist.

I believe that the Graduate Papers written about this race will marvel at how the Obama campaign got away with being racist while pretending to be post-racial.

Perhaps, that was some of the reasoning behind the Philadelphia speech - too many whites were taking the "transcendent" theme and changing its meaning to what they thought it meant.

Obama had his own ideas of the transcendent theme - so did Michele Obama - hence the Philadelphia speech to at least attempt to clear the air.


No air was cleared. If anything the speech did not accomplish what it was meant to. If one of the ideas was to bring the economic ideas of Black Liberation Theology into the public discussion, it failed because the pundits refused to discuss it - they prefered to hail Obama as the greatest thing since white bread or Gettysburg.


Basically Obama's "transcendent" campaign theme got away from him - it meant one thing to the whites, and something very different to Obama, Michele Obama and the radical elements within the black community - the Philadelphia speech was an attempt to bring it in a bit.


Obviously, Obama felt the demands of a national race and the need to appeal to a wide range of voters - hence the internal contradictions.


Posted by: 37th&OStreet | May 2, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I see the Kantor on Indiana clip is making the rounds. I am willing to concede that its 16 years old and a little stale.

Then again, so is most of the Rev Wright garbage. I hope the Kantor clip gets played ad nauseam over the next four days, so that people in Indiana can see what the Clintons genuinely think of them.

Posted by: bondjedi | May 2, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Where's McCain talking about Iran training al Qaeda? That's a "gaffe" if there ever was one.
Posted by: | May 2, 2008 10:54 AM

It's not a gaffe if the media doesn't report on it.

Posted by: aleks | May 2, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The Mickey Kantor clip is about to become a big gaffe. Just went up on Drudge.

Posted by: Loving it | May 2, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I think that the HRC strategy to not contest any of the Super Tuesday caucus states (or any of them after super Tuesday for that matter), is by far the biggest gaffe since that is what has allowed Obama to become the frontrunner.

Beyond that, I would move her driver's license gaffe up the line and Wright comments down. The driver's license comment is the opening that allowed Obama into the game, and once he was in, it was a horserace. Until we see that the Wright comment actually has some impact on actual voting outcomes (which it could yet), it's hard to see how this is the number one issue affecting the race. Just because it is the most talked about in the press, doesn't mean it is the issue most affecting the race. By contrast, the driver's license remark really was the tremor that started the Obama tsunami.

Posted by: Erik DuMont | May 2, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Hillary ignoring campaign advisor's advice about staying away from Iowa, then compounding her blunder by wasting her entire campaign budget on bags of salt and free donuts. Her financial miscues there cost her Texas and Nevada, and previewed her ineptitude at organizing a campaign. Only desperate and negative pleas to receptive audiences in PA and OH have kept her in it.

Posted by: bondjedi | May 2, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton sparking on Monica's dress is the gaffe that will have the biggest impact on the 2008 contest.

Posted by: TheTruth | May 2, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I really think the Romney gaffe of the question about why neither of his 5 boys served in the military is deserving of this list. Romney said his boys decided to serve America in a different way...campaigning for his election as President. The correlation is often made between Romney's son's riding around in a $150,000 Motorgage to our Armed Forces riding in Humvee's with roadside bombs exploding all around them. McCain compared that to him being in a Vietnamese prision camp for a few years. Major gaffe that hurt Romney badly. Also, Richardson's constant sweating & nervousness throughout the D debates, definately looked bad.

For the large part, great list CC. I agree all of those gaffes are significant to getting us to where we are now.

Posted by: reason | May 2, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

AND THE NUMBER ONE GAFFE OF THE YEAR

The number one gaffe of the year should be Hillary's decision to run for office with her high negatives and using her resume as First Lady pretending it is "experience."

The whole thing is way too much of stretch.


She deluded herself with the support of the women's groups which heaped praise on her without an actual assessment of her chances in the wider electorate.

ALL IN ALL, she took for granted that she could roll over people in her own democratic party.


She walked around the US Senate for seven years like she was the annointed one and offended every Washington insider who believed that they had more experience, or at least deserved a turn at the Presidency.

For the Clintons to think that they deserve 16 years in the White House is arrogant and selfish.

Honestly, they were luck to make it through Gennifer Flowers and get where they did, otherwise Hillary would still be at the Rose Law Firm trying to get the cabin for the weekend.

The whole campaign became a pathetic exercise in ego

Posted by: Yea Well | May 2, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

AND THE NUMBER ONE GAFFE OF THE YEAR

The number one gaffe of the year should be Hillary's decision to run for office with her high negatives and using her resume as First Lady pretending it is "experience."

The whole thing is way too much of stretch.


She deluded herself with the support of the women's groups which heaped praise on her without an actual assessment of her chances in the wider electorate.

ALL IN ALL, she took for granted that she could roll over people in her own democratic party.


She walked around the US Senate for seven years like she was the annointed one and offended every Washington insider who believed that they had more experience, or at least deserved a turn at the Presidency.

For the Clintons to think that they deserve 16 years in the White House is arrogant and selfish.

Honestly, they were luck to make it through Gennifer Flowers and get where they did, otherwise Hillary would still be at the Rose Law Firm trying to get the cabin for the weekend.

The whole campaign became a pathetic exercise in ego

Posted by: Yea Well | May 2, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I agree with "7-10" and think that if I were planning the R campaign I would make more use of that "punished with a baby" clip than any other against BHO. These were his own clearly articulated words, not a garbled tape or the words of a pastor.

I also believe that if HRC is the nominee Tuzla becomes the #1 -
the video of the girl with the flowers shown with HRC's own voice over would be so devastating in the GE.
That makes "100 years" number two. The #1 will be one of the above and the other will disappear. We will hear #2 again and again, so that only the explanation of context will make it less compelling than either #1, for which there is no "contextual" excuse.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | May 2, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The Edwards haircut should have found a place on the top 10. It showed him to be the populist hypocrit that he is.

"McCain insists his comments have been taken out of context, but that's politics."

Ahhh, but not politics in Obama's "new kind of politics" arena. Oh wait, it is the Obama campaign that keeps bringing that up. If done to Obama, it's politics "as usual" or "of the past", if he does it to someone else, I guess it's ok. There is that and the fact that McCain's comments WERE taken out of context.

Posted by: Dave! | May 2, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

11:10 a.m. post

"Every time Obama gets a superdelegate, I trot out the racist sludge. Former DNC Chair Paul Kirk is the latest."

Posted by: Words of Wisdom Translator | May 2, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

MEMORANDUM BEFORE THE SUNDAY MORNING TALK SHOWS ...

The Wright controversy allowed critics of Barack Obama to lay into his judgement, his political instincts and reaction time, and his temperament.

This Sunday, the chattering class will be intensely involved in a post-mortem of the controversy, and might find it profitable to ponder an example from American history.

"[He] had no spontaneity--no emotional nature ... He was never a man of gushing feelings.

"[He] shrank from controversy as a general rule--hated quarrels, hated to say hard & sharp thing of any man ...

"He was slow to form his opinions. He was deliberate, cool & demanded the light of all the facts surrounding the case. When he formed his opinions he was firm, especially about questions of justice [and] principle ... [He] had unsurpassed reasoning powers. His logical faculties were great ...

"[His] statesmanship [lay in his] adherence to principle. He studied where the truth of a thing layand he acted on his conviction. He looked far into the future and was philosophical, true, scientific, in his inductions."

The opinion expressed above was held by Supreme Court Justice David Davis and the Illinois politican he was talking about was the same one for whom he had organized a successful presidential campaign in 1860--Abraham Lincoln.

Only time will tell if, once in office, Barack Obama will show the same wisdom that his fellow prairie lawyer Abraham Lincoln did.

But the gathering storms we are confronting as a nation suggest that such wisdom we will need.

Obama's promise is that, like Lincoln, he is cerebral, eschews petty politics, is "slow to form his opinions" and demands "the light of all the facts."

Obama, like Lincoln, possesses great "logical faculties", and he has shown he is firm on questions of justice and principle.

After all is said and done, Sen. Obama's promise remains great, and is fuelled by the phrase he like to invoke of Dr. King's, the "fierce urgency of now."

It is something one hopes the chattering classes will take into account, as they assay the political landscape and the hopes for our country.

(The quotes from Davis are taken from Willard L. King's, "Lincoln's Manager--David Davis," p. 231.)

Posted by: martin edwin andersen | May 2, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

The test of time may be necessary before many people agree with me on this one: I find Obama's Philadelphia speech a gaffe worthy of the top 5.


Obama had too many contradictions in his speech.


Obama was ultimately unable to set the matter to rest, and this week he reversed himself.

Most importantly, with the speech Obama created true doubt in people's minds about what Obama actually believed.

That speech dragged the Obama campaign down more than anything - the whole matter should have been handled differently - first with a press release stating that Rev. Wright does not speak for Obama - Obama does not believe any of the things Rev. Wright has been quoted as saying - and leaving it at that without Obama making a massive splash with his picture attached to it.

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

ALSO I would put on the list Edwards' decision to leave the race.

I would have told him to stay at least until after the March 4 primaries and see how his delegate totals looked in the three way race.

We will never know. Obviously he helped Obama - however, Edwards' decision was curious.


IT is possible that Edwards could have emerged as the anti-hillary over the past seven weeks before the Pennsylvania primary. Edwards' could have picked up the blue collar vote now going to Hillary, and maybe picked up some of the anti-0bama people as well.

All in all I think that was a gaffe worthy of the top 5.

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

How about "Obliterate Iran". It hasn't become a gaffe, because you the press, don't want to cover it.

Posted by: AB68 | May 2, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

The decision by the Rudy Giuliani people to wait until Florida should probably be on the list.


If I was there, I would have forced a decision to compete more in New Hampshire and one of the earlier states

Rudy was a tough sell to begin with, the national polls were based on name recognition - that being said, the campaign was botched.


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse


The bitter battle is pretty far up there -


there is something more grave.

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE


The Telegraph of UK ranked the top US political pundits


Chris was not on the list. THIS IS A SCANDAL - SOMETHING MUST BE DONE IMMEDIATELY.


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 2, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I think there's another remark Obama made that is potentially more damaging than some of the items on the list at present.

Remember when he was talking about abortion and he said "I don't think it would be good for a teenage girl to be 'punished with a baby.'"? I don't remember the exact quote, but I do remember the phrase "punished with a baby." If the GOP or McCain's operatives are reading this, this would tie in quite nicely with the elitism/out of touch mantra.

http://www.theseventen.com

Posted by: theseventen | May 2, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I think Barack Hussein Obama's pathetic bowling score of 37 should be number one, with his insistence of orange juice over coffee occupying the second position. Number three should be his elitist waffle eating, just barely beating out the number four not-forgotten kindergarten essay.

Posted by: TMo | May 2, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

So when Obama did his great speech ya'll were celebrating his nuanced take on the whole brouhaha but now it's "He should have denunced it in the first place".
Way to talk out of your ass, guys. Regardless of which one is true, it shows your "Punditry" to be nothing more than a parroting of the flavor of the week.
This week, we have decided Wright was a campaign-killer (Yeah, like "bitter". Do you see anyone remembering that in IN or NC ? I think not) so we push and push and push and push.

Posted by: Benjamin | May 2, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Video of Clinton friend from the seventies and current campaign staffer Mickey Cantor saying it does not matter if she wins Indiana, "those people are sh*t" and "how would you like to be a worthless white n*gger" while yucking it up with George Stephanopoulos:


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

Posted by: christian | May 2, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Where's McCain talking about Iran training al Qaeda? That's a "gaffe" if there ever was one.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

No arguing with the top 4. The rest are gone and forgotten. I'd put "Bitter" ahead of McCain as well. Obama's two largely self-inflicted wounds could cost him the election.

Posted by: P Diddy | May 2, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

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