“I suspect that the Clinton campaign is hanging on because there is something that will emerge making the Obama candidacy an impossibility. It would be no surprise if that rightwing loser Bob Novak actually had something as he implied and did not just make up that story about undisclosed issues regarding Obama.
Maybe it's Rezko? Maybe something equally suspect coming out of Illinois. I do not believe that its the good Reverend. That seemsto be entirely manageable ultimately. Whatever it is I believe that the Clinton camp is biding its time. A straight out win seems unlikely and I am sure they are fully aware of that.”
riverhouse on Mar 21, 2008 at 18:19:37
“She's hanging on because she can't rid herself of her fantasy of being the entitled next prez of the USA. She has a wild fantasy life. She imagines herself as an experienced diplomat, a foreign policy expert who negotiated peace treaties and border openings for the USA. I'm beginning to think the woman is divorced from reality.”
Montanamotor on Mar 21, 2008 at 17:13:39
“I rather believe that, in expectation of her "undeniable" run for presidency, Hillary and Bill have made so many, severe concessions to rich donors and influential supporters that, once Hillarys application for president falters, they will have to respond to their bills and invoices out their own pockets, instead out of the taxpayers' pockets.
Clear: If Hillary quits, they are bust. That's why she hangs on so desperately.”
“I am entirely perplexed about what the exact point of contention is. The Obama administration identified Sestak for a specific position within the administration and offered him the position contingent on demonstrating a commitment to serve by withdrawing as a candidate for the Senate. It seems legitimate that the administration would want to know that a prospective candidate would make himself available to serve for the entire term of the appointment. Obama may have had ulterior motives but so what.”
Republicrats on May 27, 2010 at 15:37:04
“to prop up his boy specter, the grand old party switcher...very weird....”
“Securitized mortgages are really only a catalyst for the problem the finance economy faces. If it were simply a matter of bad mortgages the total exposure would be reflected as the percentage of mortgage failure of the total US residential mortgage market of $7 trillion. 20% failure rate translates to 1.4 trillion dollars at risk. It has been estimated that the fed has already guaranteed 7 trillion dollars of potential bad news, with more to come.
Where the damage was done was the CDS market. These wallstreeters placed 60 trillion dollar bets, all backed with leveraged funds (40x assets), betting that the securitized mortgages would pay off. It was that which put Lehman and Citi and AIG and the rest at risk and has been a death blow to our economy. Talk about a ponzi scheme. And now Paulsen has acted to rescue his buddies with no transparency nor help to the economy in general.”
“There is an unconfirmed rumor that McCain is going to make a dramatic move before the election. First he is going to appoint Mitt Romney Secretary of the Treasury and Joe the P is going to be made Secretary of State. Sarah Palin is going to be made McCain's Vice Presidential running mate. This stuff is crazy.”
“Haven't we all experienced enough lies through 8 years of Bush Cheney to last at least a lifetime. Lied into Iraq, lied about torture, lied about spying , lied about the politicizing the justice department...And now we have the McCain campaign with confidence, lying about their own credentials and the record and policy proposals of their opponents. How is that putting country first?”
MsDoc on Sep 10, 2008 at 08:37:56
“You'd think so, wouldn't you? You'd think people would be up in arms, screaming. But the fog is so deep and so thick and so prevalent that people don't know where to turn.
My generation was raised to beleive in our government... that it represented the will of the people...that it had OUR best interests at heart.
A lot of this was lost with the Vietnam War, and Bush et al have shredded the rest of it. When high ranking government officials laugh at the gullibility of the American citizery, and the media happily publishes and supports the lies ( and chastizes their own for daring to tell the truth) we have hit an all time low.
How pathetic that we put more faith in YouTube than we put in the New York Times.”
“You miss the point. This is your classic May December relationship. The old rich guy dates the young former beauty queen. They seem very compatible and make a much better looking couple than John and Cindy. Trust me, in no time at all McCain will feel so confident in his selection that he will be referring to Sarah as Vice President "C*nt."”
“In the Republican primary campaign for the 2000 election, George Bush and Karl Rove questioned McCain's commitment to the military. They confronted him with unsubstantiated innuendo and while many distinguished former military demanded that the Bush election team retract, they refused. In the North Carolina primary, after Bush was thumped in New Hampshire by McCain, a Rove push pole came out which asserted that John McCain's adopted black daughter was actually the illegitimate product of a sexual affair. At how many levels is that unbelievably offensive? And not just to McCain but it represents a direct assault on McCain's family and specifically his daughter.
But after the nomination was won by Bush, in order for McCain to prospectively win the presidency at some future time, McCain set aside all of the heinous, offensive behavior of George Bush, sucked it up and had a virtual love festival with the nominee, George Bush. Now that speaks to John McCain's character. So how low will he go in this campaign? There is no lower limit.”
“Unless McCain selects Jesus himself as his vice presidential running mate I believe he will be hard pressed to come up with a candidate that will alter the current landscape. Romney? Even McCain himself can't stand this man who as McCain himself said "certainly is the change candidate, referring to the fact that Romney had flipped on all of his fundamental beliefs when he became a prospective presidential candidate. Which other Republican goof ball will make any difference? Perhaps Cheney, if someone can find where he is hiding. Of course Cheney can't leave the country without risking arrest on war crimes charges,”
“The very fact that Pelosi has refused to pursue a legal course of action against the barrage of criminal acts committed by this administration makes her as guilty and responsible as they are. Her refusal to defend our nation and the Constitution is reprehensible.”
Ping on Jul 20, 2008 at 18:30:31
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Name the criminal acts committed by this administration. I bet you can't name one that's gonna stick.”
“For such a smart guy Obama has a real inclination toward self destructive behavior. This is a perfect example. In the face of recognizing the need to solicit the vote of Hillary's 18 million supporters, he offers up the clear implication, whether true or not, that Hillary conducted herself in untoward ways and the snooty Obama, who is above all that, "bit his tongue" instead of lowering himself to her tawdry level. That concept ought to secure the affections of Hillary's constituency.
Perhaps he would have been far better off "biting his tongue" one more time and not shoot himself in the foot. How could this stupidity benefit him?
In fact, if one looks at the respective conduct during the primary Obama simply allowed his surrogates and his campaign workers to attack Hillary. This was a political decision. His supporters have been and continue to behave in a vile regarding both Hillary and Bill. (just look at this website) I will vote for Obama because Republicans are the slime of the earth. I just wish Obama would get his act together.”
DocJerome on Jun 27, 2008 at 11:45:13
“This is a comment made in a closed door meeting with the CBC. Interesting how this little tidbit was leaked to the press. Seems as though some of you folks are still fighting the lost nomination battle.
Either these Democrats get behind the Democratic nominee or start promoting Sen. McCain for president, . . . it all amounts to the same thing. Unity, . . . what unity?”
MissT on Jun 27, 2008 at 11:32:02
“From my perspective he handled her with kid gloves during the primaries. Now it seems some of her supporters want to forget that he did this while she was employing the kitchen sink strategy.
I really don't get it. What would you have had him do? I guess he should have just backed down and handed her the nomination. What nerve of him to get into this race when it was supposed to be handed to HRC on a silver platter.
I voted for her husband twice and started out believing she would win. I had no problem with that. But she lost, fair and square I might add, so let's stop trying to rewrite the history of the campaign. No a$$ kissing required. Her 18 million supporters is way over rated as it discounts Op Choas and the number of PUMAs is most certainly less than indicated by the decibal of their voices suggests.”
DocJerome on Jun 27, 2008 at 11:01:11
“He got his act together enough to beat your idols. Now your idols' surrogates are leaking the most salacious details of a private, closed door meeting held by the CBC. What's even more suspicious is the fact that fellow dems are using this as an opportunity to tear down THE Democratic Presidential Nominee. The Republicans don't have to do much with this bunch, they are doing all the work.
Perhaps, as a Clinton supporter, you should write, post, email these Clinton supporters and suggest they practice party unity and not just give it lip service for the common man. Instead you are here helping to attack your party's nominee. Unity, what unity?”
“Anytime John McCain offers policy advocating some new fangled technology everyone must bear in mind that ol "straight talk" hasn't even become functionally literate on a computer yet. The most consequential technological advance in the last 50 years. A technology that has rewritten how the world functions. Yet 73 year old John didn't have the intellectual curiosity to turn on a computer and find out what the hubbub was all about.. John had no intellectual curiosity. None.
What kind of a person makes that kind of choice. Much hay was made when Bush senior revealed how out of touch he was with the common man by displaying his amazed fascination about price scanners used at supermarkets. But even he knows how to use a computer. My 83 year old mother uses a computer. 5-year-olds use computers. The "one laptop per child" attaches so much value to the access to knowledge that their goal is to get laptops into the hands of every child in a developing country. But the great war hero John McCain hasn't bothered to turn on a computer. Doesn't use the Internet. Doesn't bank on line. Doesn't word process. Doesn't use digital cameras. Doesn't use an ipod. He operates in a technological vacuum.
And he is supposed to be the guy that will be the leader of the new technology, which will allow us to address the critical issues facing our nation.”
“From "John McCain: The Manchurian Candidate"
After being periodically slapped around for "three or four days" by his captors who wanted military information from him, McCain called for an officer on his fourth day of captivity. He told the officer, "O.K., I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital." -U.S. News and World Report, May 14, 1973 article written by former POW John McCain
McCain was taken to Gai Lam military hospital normally unavailable to American POWS. (U.S. government documents)
"Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I [McCain] did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship's name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant." Page 193-194, Faith of My Fathers by John McCain.
Nov. 9, 1967 (U.S. government documents) Hanoi press began quoting him giving specific military information.
Given the circumstances one can't be too critical, but war hero?, future president? I think not.
Military code of conduct, "When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am bound to only give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause."”
“For some mysterious reason, John McCain has routinely been granted the imprimatur designating him as a master in foreign relations and American National security. This wrongly stems from his service in the military during Vietnam and his sacrifice as a POW. Nothing could be further from the truth and it is very gratifying hearing Wes Clark's analysis, debunking that myth.
It is about time.”
bigsioux on Jun 11, 2008 at 19:55:52
“Well said. I can't fathom the logic. Because McCain was a POW, his judgments on Iraq are beyond scrutiny. Clark has a brain and, unlike McCain, does not ad nauseam go on about his heroic service. I really would like to know more about Clark's combat experience as contrasted with St. McCain. If the posts are anywhere near the truth concerning Clark's actual combat service, that difference is meaningful. Yes McCain was a POW and I do respect him for enduring this awful experience. But he never was in charge of the troops on the ground. Who really has the "moral authority" to declare he speaks for the ground pounders. Not even close. I can enthusiastically support Clark.”
He also suffers from an inability to concentrate , a decrease in problem-solving skills and judgement capability, a persistence in failed problem-solving modes, "staying the course" at all costs (perseveration), confusion, hallucinations, delusions, impaired recognition (agnosia) of familiar objects or persons, inappropriate movements , disorientation, inability to generalize, learn, think abstractly, or perform calculations, MEMORY DEFICIT ----- short term (can't remember new things) ----- long term (can't remember past) makes up stories to cover up nothing but the memory lapse itself. (confabulation) - IMPAIRED LANGUAGE ABILITY, inability to comprehend speech, inability to read (alexia), inability to write (agraphia), inability to find words (aphasiia), inability to repeat a phrase, persistent repetition of phrases or words, irritability, poor temper management, anxiety, depression , indecisiveness, self-centeredness, inflexibility, no observable mood (flat affect), inappropriate mood or behavior, withdrawal from social interaction, inability to function in social or personal situations , and lack of spontaneity.
Sounds a little like McCain.”
newworldman777 on Jun 11, 2008 at 09:54:32
“"IMPAIRED LANGUAGE ABILITY"
The fact that Bush notoriously and erroneously substitutes the word "nukular" for "nuclear" -- a simple yet very telling idiosyncrasy -- is a clear indication that the guy has serious intellectual problems. He evidently disregards accepted fact and conventional wisdom by replacing it with his own contrived creation, revealing a delusional mentality of grandiose superiority. Conventional wisdom told us that invading an Arab country would result in a long, drawn-out disaster for America -- a fact of which his own father was fully aware -- yet he ignored that fact and, following the advice of his criminal neocon advisers, proceeded to arrogantly invade Iraq, committing the greatest blunder that any president has ever committed in the process and costing us immeasurably. Let this be a lesson to all of the idiotic Republican voters who put this clown into the White House.”
Trollstakeyourmeds on Jun 11, 2008 at 09:23:06
“Dang...too bad all of that won't fit on a bumper sticker. LOL.”
“I suppose we should take Maria's little tidbit of wisdom to mean that she favors the economic policies of this Republican administration which brought us $135 a barrel gas and climbing, trillions of dollars of new debt, setting aside the surpluses inherited from the 8 year Clinton administration, the mortgage crisis and a recession which many believe may rival the great depression in magnitude. Compare that economic performance to the Clinton administration which did not feel compelled to gift the wealthy class with great tax advantages on the backs of the middle and lower class. Instead they depended on a robust economy which floated all boats. The wealthy were happy to pay their fair share of taxes because they were delighted with the general state of America's economy.
If this exemplifies the wisdom one can expect from Maria, perhaps Americans should in unison, change the channel.”
“I find it somewhat surprising that the Democrats are so busy fine tuning the trees of the campaign that they seem to miss the entire forest. The fact is that the economy is in miserable shape. And the one thing that has been consistent when evaluating Republican versus Democratic administrations is that Republicans have consistently destroyed the nations economy.
Reagan was able to delude people into thinking that he had successful econimic policy but in fact generated incredible amounts of debt while executing a tax policy specifically aimed at a transfer of wealth to those least in need. GHW Bush subsequently lost his reelection bid to Clinton because of the economy..."stupid."
Clinton, with fiscal discipline, had a robust economy which positively impacted people at all economic stratas. He left office with a tremendous surplus and a reliably balanced budget.
GW Bush has blown our economy to smithereens and no measure of denial will divert peoples attention from that reality.
Obama should simply ask the people if they think they can afford 4 more years of Republican economic policy. No one has such self destructive instincts as to believe they could. McCain has already candidly confessed to knowing nothing about economics which is a characteristic he shares with all those Republicans I have listed above.”
“Sebelius gave the democratic response to the last Bush state of the union. This State of the Union was given by a President who has record low approval and hasn't said a single thing that a sane person would support, in the last 7 years. Given the slam dunk opportunity, Sebelius was horrendous, miserable, boring, insipid and made me want to throw bricks through the TV. Do Democrats hate themselves so much that they will do anything to blow this election?
My second point is that if Obama is looking for a way to piss off 18 million potential supporters, he couldn't be more effective picking a women that is not Hillary. Whats the concept, all women look alike?
Would Hillary offend the sensibilities of the Obama campaign. Is she the old politics. The notion of the new bipartisan politics is the old concept on which George Bush ran in 2000. The problem of politics in Washington is not partisan politics. It is that one party, the Republicans, serve to advance all benefit to the Republican party to the exclusion of the American people. The Republicans defend the Bush administration's illegal war. They want to extend the tax relief for the rich program. They want to drill for oil in our pristine natural preserves, to the further benefit of big oil. They hate social programs, universal medical care, equal opportunity and equal rights. No abortion.
We need the new politics of liberals asserting their positions without compromise.”
tds1273 on Jun 9, 2008 at 17:15:08
Sorry but no, the "concept" as you say is this... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathleen_Sebelius#Early_political_career
"She was first elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1986. In 1994 she left the House to run for state insurance commissioner and stunned political forecasters by winning — the first time a Democrat had won in more than 100 years. She is credited with bringing the agency out from under the influence of the insurance industry. She refused to take campaign contributions from insurers and blocked the proposed merger of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the state's largest health insurer, with an Indiana-based company. The decision by Sebelius marked the first time the corporation had been rebuffed in its acquisition attempts."
She was able to do what Hillary Clinton was not able to do; that is, she, Kathleen Sebelius, actualy beat the insurance companies and did not take their money.
Hillary on the other hand can only do what McCain can not do- mobilize and fire up the Republican base.
Take your 'out from under the bridge' concern elsewhere.”
“Sebelius gave the Democratic response to the State of the Union and was unbearably bad. I wanted to pour hot coffee in my ears. One would think that Obama could do far better.”
nibblybits on Jun 4, 2008 at 09:56:07
“That was one response, and Obama has enough camera charisma for both of them. I don't know if Sibelius is the best candidate for VP, but she has proven that she deserves to be on the short list. Her ascendency as a Dem in a red state, of a proven record of bipartisan accomplishment and being a woman who has gotten there on her own (not on her husband's coattails) is top-notch.”
“John, What you fail to realize is that when Bill Kristol himself was a bright eyed bushy tailed wayward youth, he too was subjected to a college commencement speech by an equally eloquent speaker who encouraged public service yet failed to include the opportunity of military service. The speaker at Kristols graduation was a Democrat and not just any Democrat but a left leaning hate America Democrat. And it was only because of this Democrat's oversight, (if that is was it was and not a sleight and disrespect to the Military and all service men) did Bill Kristol choose not to serve his country in the military. He would not enlist. It would not be his fault.
Bill would be saddled with that guilt to this day and unfairly tainted with the epithet of warm mongering "chicken hawk," advocating more wars at every turn yet never himself strapping on the boots and brain bucket.
No wonder he recoiled at Obama's oversight (if that is what it was). One has to ask how many more Bill Kristols were made that day? And why do they all work at the Bush whitehouse?”
“Nit picking... I am mean what's ten or twenty thousand more American lives placed in harms way in Iraq?”
pdsimdars on May 31, 2008 at 17:15:24
“Yea, I liked the way Olbermann asked if it was nit picking to those 10,000 families. Those 10,000 parents, or 10,000 spouses, or 10,000 sons and daughters . . . is that 'nit picking?"
That Olbermann knows how to drive it home and twist the knife.”
“First of all, Ms Goff, while "Election" was a comedy it was a black comedy and Tracy Flick was not humorously obsessed, she was compulsively obsessed with a dark side and a disregard for the residual damaging effect of her obsessions. While not psychotic like Glen Close, she was not an innocent. Which speaks to my point.
While you choose to assign the darkest motives behind an easily misunderstood yet innocent quote by Hillary, others, like Hillary supporters do not. You, Ms Goff, see Tracy Flick as an innocent, I do not. But if you Obamamaniacs choose to demonize Hillary by your interpretations of her underlying intent as most nefarious, you will alienate her constituency, the ladies and blue collars and middleclass and undereducated and all the rest. You know...half the voters. Her constituency will angrily reject you Obamacites and stay home in November or worse vote for Armageddon Man ...John McCain and the world will roil in more wars against the Islammofascist terrormongering heathenMuslims , my friends......
So I suggest you all do what Obama himself is doing and commend Hillary for being a great candidate and a great American and a great Clinton and a friend to puppies, instead of attacking her and her constituents or they will passively be observing in November, as Obama loses the National election. And that would suck.”
DLSprague on May 28, 2008 at 14:42:51
“I see. Either we overlook and provide escapist excuses for the bare-knuckled, cold, calculated rhetoric of HRC, or we get McCain and more of the same. We either suspend our flirtation with reality and embrace HRC with an open heart and empty mind, or her supporters will take their votes to McCain. Quite principled in their beliefs these HRC supporters. We've got a candidate that feigns to represent our values, but if we don't buy it, her supporters will abandon the Democratic ship come November and vote for a guy that makes no bones about his opposition to choice, the environment and his support of a pro-longed war in Iraq. Makes plenty of sense to me. If you don't make me captain of the team, I'll take my basketball home and nobody will get to play.”
Buddy McCue on May 28, 2008 at 13:37:59
“"if you Obamamaniacs choose to demonize..."
No one has to read any more of your comment than this to realize how hypocritical your position is.”
barackobama4prez on May 28, 2008 at 13:18:21
“EFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF Hillary Clinton riders!”
PollyTics on May 28, 2008 at 09:06:00
What disturbs me most about your comment (and others from some Hillary supporters) is that you do not see the difference that many people do not like Hillary's policies & actions, HER policies & actions, not yours!
Is it not possible to disagree with another CANDIDATE while still not denigrating their SUPPORTERS? Those are two very different issues. I do not agree with Hillary on most issues and have found many of her actions to be shameful at times, but that does not mean I feel the same way about you or other FELLOW Democrats who support her.
I have many in my family who are avid Hillary fans and it makes for fun discussions, to say the least; but at the end of the discussion, we still are family, we still care for one another. Now granted, you are not my family, but I bear you no ill will merely because you support Hillary.
Remember, Supreme Court nominations will be at stake as well as lots of other judgeships across this nation. There is Roe V Wade, the ECONOMY, Bush Tax Cuts, Health Care, PBS, Global Warming, the resurrection of the Justice system (after the Republicans demolished what stood for decades) and on and on. Those issues are what matter most to me and hopefully they are the same issues that still matter to you as well. We are not enemies, we merely support a different candidate within the same party.”