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Friday 13 June 2008

Stunned

on 13 Jun : 18:00  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
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1950 - 2008


From Raw Story...

Famed political commentator and Meet the Press host Tim Russert died Friday afternoon after collapsing at the NBC news bureau.

Russert, who was an NBC News vice president and the network's Washington bureau chief, was 58 years old.

The cause of death appeared to be a sudden heart attack. He reportedly collapsed in NBC's Washington studio while recording voice overs for a segment on this Sunday's Meet the Press.

Longtime NBC anchor Tom Brokaw choked up as he delivered the news around 3:40 p.m. eastern time Friday.
Thursday 05 June 2008

Barack Obama Becoming My Personal Jesus

on 05 Jun : 18:00  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Joe Leiberman is one of my least favorite people in government. One my Dislike-O-Meter®, he rates somewhere rates about an 8 out of 10. (For comparison, Bush and Cheney redline my Dislike-O-Meter® and keep it there at 11.)

Lieberman was a really poor choice as a running mate for Gore in 2000 and I've always felt that choice was in the top three reasons why Gore lost the election (along with Florida being stolen, of course.) Leiberman is constantly undermining the Dems but he is still given deference like he is still a Dem. He's always going on FOX and moan-whining in that turtle voice of his that makes him sound like he's swallowing every word he utters.

And you can call me anti-Semite if you must but his support of Israel is borderline treasonous if you ask me. In my opinion, he's a neo-con through and through.

It has been my contention that all the deference he gets from the Dems since he lost his primary run to Ned Lamont (and then went on to beat Lamont) is BS and as easily knocked down as a house of cards.

Yesterday, the presumptive nominee (and rookie titular head) of the Democratic Party took matters in hand. LITERALLY.

From Political Wire...

Obama Takes Lieberman Aside

Roll Call reports that during a Senate vote today, Sen. Barack Obama "dragged" Sen. Joe Lieberman "by the hand to a far corner of the Senate chamber and engaged in what appeared to reporters in the gallery as an intense, three-minute conversation."

"While it was unclear what the two were discussing, the body language suggested that Obama was trying to convince Lieberman of something and his stance appeared slightly intimidating."

"Using forceful, but not angry, hand gestures, Obama literally backed up Lieberman against the wall, leaned in very close at times, and appeared to be trying to dominate the conversation, as the two talked over each other in a few instances."

"Still, Obama and Lieberman seemed to be trying to keep the back-and-forth congenial as they both patted each other on the back during and after the exchange. Afterwards, Obama smiled and pointed up at reporters peering over the edge of the press gallery for a better glimpse of their interaction."

I really hope this is the end of all the nonsense we've seen from the Dem Party ever since 2006. Maybe Obama will finally give the Dem Party a spine transplant.

Unbelievable

on 05 Jun : 18:00  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
It is time for Hillary to be taken by the hand and led to a corner for an "intimidating" discussion.

From Huffington Post...


News broke last night that Hillary Clinton would drop out of the race on Friday and throw her support behind Barack Obama in a rally on Saturday. The Politico points out that the Obama campaign heard about this major development not through the Clinton campaign, but rather, through the media.

But even when news reports circulated early Wednesday evening that Clinton would drop out of the race Friday, the initial reaction was muted.

"No comment," said an Obama aide.

The Clinton campaign had not yet made contact with the Obama campaign, another aide said outside an evening fundraiser in Manhattan.

Seriously, the fear of appearing sexist has just gotten out of control. If Hillary were a man, this stuff with her dragging her feet and being wishy washy on conceding would have been shut down 15 minutes after "he" stepped off the stage.

Her behavior is unconscionable and the Clintons should be made to pay a huge debt for forgiveness. There is no way to know her reasoning behind her incredibly disrespectful behavior. She thinks that no one will her ass on it but I, for one, would be willing to do it.
Wednesday 04 June 2008

Obama Win Salves Dean Loss

on 04 Jun : 18:00  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
crazy_dean.jpgI posted a version of this last night at DailyKos. This is an edited and enhanced version.


I'll leave work soon and go home and watch the returns with a wild amalgam of emotions about the whole event.

Sadness to see Hillary Clinton, who I once admired so much along with President Clinton become the epitome of the Strategic brand of politics that I have come to so despise over the last eight years. Sadness also, in seeing that someone that I admired once suffer ignominious defeat after having presumed to have the contest locked up.

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Joy, of course, to see Barack Obama, the candidate to whom I only really committed after seeing him (when faced with that Strategic brand turn its sights on him) come to epitomize the Substance brand of politics that we almost got with the Dean campaign four short years ago.

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But all of those emotions are really tied to my association with Howard Dean's campaign four years ago. Whenever I think of any of those situations and feel those emotions, they inevitably link all the way back to 2004.

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When I hear the Clinton supporters saying they'll vote for McCain or just not vote at all, I see my hand writing Dr. Dean's name on my presidential ballot in 2004.

When I see Obama take the stage tonight to declare himself the presumptive nominee and talk about going on to win in November, I also think back to how much I had anticipated that speech coming from Howard Dean's mouth but then only seeing the infamous Dean Scream over and over again.

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When I watched the Rules And Bylaws Meeting on Saturday, Governor Dean actually settled one of my left over wounds from 2004 when he told the story of how mad he was when he got that call from Al Gore in the middle of the night and I feel a weight lift off me. You see, over these years, I had always felt that, in a small way, he had sort of shown himself to be "just another politician" when he went and raise Kerry's hand in that campaign headquarters hallway.

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I had felt that he was never really as angry as I was about the whole undermining by the party's elitists. That Gore story told me he actually had been.

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Which leads to when I see Hillary losing tonight. Below the sadness at seeing a past hero fall from grace and suffer defeat, I have to admit to schadenfreude. For over these past years, I have always blamed the Clintons for Dean's fall.

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It has been my contention that they pulled strings from afar to throw stumbling blocks in front him. (I keep hearing her voice at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa and the tone in it insinuating to the crowd that held nearly 5 Deaniacs to all other candidate supporters' 1, that tone insinuating that she knew something all of us did not know.)

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When I see the map that shows the states won by Clinton and Obama, I feel pride in Chairman Dean's 50 State Strategy. I see Clinton having focused only on states that she felt she HAD to win and I hear her discounting many states by saying they "don't matter" and I see Obama lots and lots and lots of other states after having travelled to 48 out of 50.

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But most of all, I am starting to believe in Hope again. I purposefully remained guarded about the whole process till I heard Obama speak about the Reverend Wright situation. Rather than spin and twist and do what was the least damaging and hoping that everyone moved on to another scandal, he took the time to try and make people understand.

He took the time to attempt to unite.

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Just like another great leader I once supported.

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