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By  Kdoug;  as seen on  www.dailykos.com 

“The question isn’t ‘Is America ready for Barack Obama;’ the question is, ‘Is America ready for a smart president?’ ” — Jon Lovitz

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Bill, What In The World Are You Thinking?

Bill,

So, what’s the deal now?  We’re getting a little ticked off at your behavior lately.  What in the world are you thinking?  We have defended you for years during and after the dreadful impeachment, only to see you now trying to sabotage Barack Obama’s historic candidacy?

During the primaries when you exhibited some strange behavior, you already lost some good will, do you really want to squander the rest?  Despite your questionable actions during the primaries, we embraced and celebrated you at the convention when you seemed to come around but your recent statements make us wonder about your sincerity.  On several occasions now you not only failed to embrace Barack Obama fully as our nominee but, when given the chance, sometimes repeatedly, to state that you thought he was qualified to be president, you basically refused to do so.  Those are really actions by a small man.  Believe it or not, there is room in the Democratic party for a great former and a great future president.  Those two things are not mutually exclusive.  And then the other day, when prompted in an interview whether you could offer the same praise to Barack Obama as you have lavished on John McCain again and again, you couldn’t get yourself to do so, again.

If you can’t show Barack Obama the respect he deserves, why don’t you go ahead and officially endorse John McCain and get it over with?  Then you can hold hands with our former vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman who has already done so and everybody will know once and for all that you’re not putting country first, but yourself, just like your new best friend John McCain.

Of course, forget about what’s left of our good will and your legacy ….. 

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Senator McNasty, Meet President Obama!

Well, in the end McCain actually did show up for the debate after all that ridiculous noise leading up to it.  And when he did, it was a good thing ….. for Obama!

Okay, as for substance – Blah, blah, blah.  Most people who were already sure whom they will support prior to this debate, pretty much knew where both were on the issues and knew the fundamental differences between them (i.e. McCain = Bush, Obama = not), and people who were leaning towards one or were undecided, probably won’t remember exactly what was being said by whom.  What they will remember, though, is this

ONLY ONE CANDIDATE ON STAGE LOOKED PRESIDENTIAL !

And that was Obama.  While both candidates certainly are able to handle the affairs as president (gosh, the bar is so low now after the past eight years), this first debate was probably the most important one for Obama as this election is all about him.  People who didn’t know much about him before wanted to see whether he is this naive, radical airhead who doesn’t know anything about anything as he had been portrayed by McNasty and Co., or somebody who is in full command of the issues and whose opinions are in line with where the population is at this point.  People wanted to see whether they can imagine him in the White House, being able to make rational, thoughtful, pragmatic and sometimes tough decisions for the benefit of the people, as Commander-in-Chief, and as a good representative of our country when meeting with foreign leaders (badly needed).  And on all those issues Obama by far exceeded expectations.  In addition, he overcame his perceived weaknesses by connecting with people, dropping his sometimes a bit professorial style by giving crisp answers that were easy to follow and to understand, and being just a very likable guy that people can feel comfortable with.

AND WE LIKE TO ELECT THE LIKABLE GUY !

As for McCain:  Even though his Republican base was quite satisfied with him as he hit all the usual Republican stereotypes, I think most other people came away a little annoyed.  Condescending, angry and small, that’s how I would describe his demeanor and I have a feeling that it won’t sit well with people, and early results from focus groups underline that point.  When watching him, I almost had a feeling that he might be thinking “How dare this guy even stand on the same stage with me?”  It showed a lot of disrespect towards somebody who like himself, is a candidate for president, and in Obama’s case after a very hard fought primary season, running the best organized campaign in the history of politics, and at this point favored to become president.  So, I think a lot of people got ticked off by the lack of respect.  His constant use of “naive” and “you don’t understand” fail to have an impact when the other guy shows a complete command of the issues.  It would work better if you use those words with somebody where it actually applies, and I’m picking a name here at random ….. Sarah Palin.  In that case, everybody would be in agreement.

DON’T DEMONIZE THE OTHER GUY IF HE’S LIKABLE, BECAUSE THAT SAYS MORE ABOUT YOURSELF THAN HIM !

Much has been made about McCain not being able to look at Obama throughout the entire debate.  Now, while nobody can look into anybody’s soul, there can be two simple explanations for that.  1.  Some people who demonize others can only do so without looking at that person.  2.  It’s a sign of feeling inferior to the other person.  In reference to the second point, I read something very interesting from somebody who has studied behavior in monkeys (I’m not making this up).  According to him, lower ranking monkeys avoid eye contact with higher ranking, superior monkeys.  I thought that was an interesting little fact.  

Bottom line is this:  Watch a clip of an exchange between those two with the volume down and just look at demeanor and body language.  You don’t have to be an expert in that field to see that we will be making history big time this year with

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA !

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The Gambler And The Nut

        
….. A dangerous combination.

I’ve always been wary of gamblers who risk all or nothing when feeling cornered.  Sometimes it may work, often it ends up in disaster.  Whenever reading a story about somebody who gambled away a small or big fortune, I always think about how difficult it must be for the people around him to live with somebody so unbalanced because this reckless behavior most certainly will show up in other aspects of his life as well.

Watching the events of the past few weeks especially, I have come to the conclusion that John McCain seems to have a gambler’s mentality and frankly, that should scare the living daylight out of everybody watching this ongoing soap opera.  When he thought he needed a game changer in his campaign, and ended up picking Sarah Palin as his running mate, he gambled that with only a few weeks to the election, he could excite his right wing base, and at the same time fool everybody else.  Unfortunately for him his pick turned out to be so unsophisticated, unqualified and nutty, that it only took about two weeks before the majority of normal thinking people looked through that charade and her rapidly declining poll numbers reflect that.  Everybody who watched her Charlie Gibson and now Katie Couric interviews should be genuinely frightened.

The second gamble came just this week when after stumbling through ten days of economic unease, going from “The fundamentals of the economy are strong” to “If we don’t act immediately, we will have another Great Depression” and coinciding plunging poll numbers, he “suspended” his campaign (not really) and injected himself into the nearly completed compromise agreement on the bailout and with that political stunt seemingly making things worse for those very delicate negotiations.  Political grandstanding, that’s all it was.  And are you really putting “country first” or are you putting your campaign first, John?  I think you ought to drop that line, it rings rather hollow by now.  Add to all this his threat of postponing not only the first presidential debate, but also the vice presidential debate (gee, I wonder why?) and you can clearly see that

MCCAIN’S GAMBLER MENTALITY MAKES HIM COMPLETELY UNSUITABLE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE !!!

As for the nut (The Iraq war is a task from God – Getting witchcraft protection from witch hunter pastor praying over her – I can see Russia from my house …..), she speaks for herself.  And every time she does, we all should be afraid, very afraid.  
   

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We Are All Socialists Now!


Map of Europe

Well, for the past few days, we’ve been witnessing “Financial Socialism” (“Crony Socialism” would be a better description) at its finest.  Whatever the final result of this gigantic bailout/buyout will be, one thing is for sure:

AMERICA HAS DISCOVERED EUROPE!

All these years we have been scared to death by Republicans railing against “Socialized Health Care,” the kind of health care that is a RIGHT in every other civilized nation (except ours where it’s treated as a commodity).  Being from Europe (Germany), I always find myself smiling at these scare tactics and often ask myself how many of this “If we had socialized health care, everybody would die” – crowd had actually been to Europe and were in a position to experience that “terrible” health care system.  If they had, they might have found a system, while not perfect, working a lot better than ours, with everybody being covered as an additional benefit.  But that’s a subject for another post.  🙂

So, I’m sitting here listening to the whole debate going on and while withholding judgment until the final draft is made public, it is a bit amusing to me how some of the very same people opposed to “Universal Health Care” are now big supporters of a “Universal Bailout” of financial institutions.  While probably necessary, it seems to me that the correct approach would be an informed, measured and deliberate one with adequate safeguards for the American public which finds itself on the hook with 700 Billion +, and not a rushed one being promoted by the Bush administration.

PAY ATTENTION TO RED FLAGS!

I have a very uneasy feeling about this whole situation and my instincts tell me that it doesn’t pass the smell test.  For starters:  With the Bush administration trying to rush this thing through Congress, is it just me or aren’t you also reminded of the Iraq debate and vote in 2002, just a few weeks before the Congressional elections when the Bush administration also tried to rush that through Congress and afterwards pinning the votes on Democrats, calling the ones who voted against it “unpatriotic” and the ones voting for it “equally responsible” for the debacle after the fact.  So my question is this:  Depending on how much spine the Democrats show this time – Will they also be blamed for things going wrong after the fact?  You see, I’m somebody who lives and learns from past experiences and I absolutely don’t trust the Bush administration on anything and question everything they do.  So, are we in for a surprise down the road?  And why the rush?  I understand that the markets have to be stabilized but you also want to do this right.  And do you want the people who had a big role in screwing this up or at the very least facilitating the fraud and mismanagement with their incompetence and failed ideology even at the negotiating table?  We also just now find out that this bailout plan had been in the works for months, at the same time when Treasury Secretary Paulson was out there telling us that everything was okay.  This whole thing just doesn’t smell right.

BOTTOM LINE:  TRUST, BUT VERIFY! – EVERYTHING!

For rational thinking people the following things should be a non-negotiable part of the agreement:
*No blank check
*Independent oversight board
*Limiting executive pay
*It should not only help Wall Street but also people on Main Street
*Profit sharing and ownership of the assets by the public

On a personal note:  EVERYBODY SHOULD BE MAD AS HELL ABOUT THIS!  I can’t help but thinking that somebody must be smiling in his cave right now.  Bin Laden couldn’t have done this better himself:  Two costly, deadly and mismanaged wars, the economy in shambles, and the country bankrupted.  I don’t like to say this, but I will anyway:  That’s what you get when you put an unsophisticated fake cowboy in charge of the country.  Somebody, who had a record of running every single business he ever owned into the ground and then being bailed out by his daddy’s friends on numerous occasions.  Maybe we want to go with a competent and smart President this time?  Just a thought.  With all this mess going on, we certainly need one!  And Barack Obama will need our help to clean it all up.

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SHOCKING!!! Barack Obama Won’t Get The Racist Vote!


Berlin magazine “Zitty” during Barack’s Germany visit with the headline  “I am black!  And that’s a good thing!”

Another day, another poll.  This one however says:…..SHOCKING!  SHOCKING!!  Some people may not vote for Barack Obama because he is:  Too elitist, too young, too inexperienced, too tall, too skinny, too liberal, too articulate, too intelligent, too……..BLACK!!!!!!  And that could cost him the election, if it’s close!!!!

NEWS FLASH:  BARACK OBAMA WON’T GET THE RACIST VOTE!!!!!

…..Nor does he need it!  Alright, we now have it black on white (Ha Ha) that a certain percentage of Americans won’t vote for a black person.  Now, while nobody can look into another person’s soul, my anecdotal evidence tells me that Democrats in general don’t get the Racist Vote, whether the person running is a white or black Democrat.  I think we all agree that the Republican Party pretty much has a monopoly on the Racist Vote.  If you ask me, they can keep it.  There may have been some people who are registered Democrats who voted in the Democratic primaries, not so much for somebody else but against the “Black Guy.”  However, from my personal experience talking to some people in my area who are registered Democrats, they end up switching in the general election anyway to vote Republican.  So, in effect they are disguised Republicans to begin with.

I remember years ago having a – let’s say – “spirited discussion” with one such person.  Even though she was a registered Democrat (for reasons unknown to me), she routinely voted Republican, and supported Bush in 2000 and 2004 when both times the Democratic candidate was a white guy.  So I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m pretty sure that she won’t vote for the Democratic candidate this time either and wouldn’t if it was another white guy.  While in the middle of this “spirited discussion,” I tried to explain to her that she was voting against her own interest as she was somewhat in the lower part of middle class.  But she gave me an absolutely plausible explanation why she was a Republican and couldn’t vote for the Democrats.  Here it is, it will make total sense to you as well  “I can’t vote for the Democrats, because they are the party of the Blacks!”  Case closed!  So, I’m pretty sure you can file her under the “Racist Vote” that no Democrat, black or white, would get.  Period.  I don’t know what percentage of the population holds these views but what I do know is this:

WE CANNOT LET RACISTS, BIGOTS AND VOTING MACHINES DECIDE THIS ELECTION!!!!

So, what to do?  Well, I think there is a simple formula to prevent that from happening:  Barack Obama has to win by a big enough margin to offset this combination of adversaries.  So, if you are supporting Barack Obama, sit back and think about what little things you personally can do to ensure a big enough win for him.  You have so many options to choose from:  Donating time and/or money, making sure that everybody you know is registered to vote and will vote, taking advantage of early voting where available, so that you maybe can take others to the polls on election day, etc.  I always found the person-to-person interaction (with reasonable people) most effective.  If you have an elderly aunt who doesn’t know who to vote for, make sure she knows that if McCain and Bush had their way, part of her social security would have been gambled away in the stock market.  If you talk to another mother at your son’s soccer game, make sure she knows that McCain/Palin are against a woman’s right to choose.  If you have a next door neighbor who supported Hillary in the primary (you know because she had a sign in the yard), who is now wavering, make sure to inform her that McCain/Palin are opposed to everything that she and Hillary believe in.  One thing is for sure:

WHEN PEOPLE ARE INFORMED, THEY MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS!!

…..And that will help Obama because he is right on the issues.  So, it’s up to us to spread that information.  The more people know, the bigger Obama’s margin of victory!!

AND THE RACIST VOTE WILL BE JUST A BLIP!!!!   🙂

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Barack Obama: Calm Leadership During A Crisis!

Well, what a week it was!  And that’s certainly an understatement!  I guess we have yet to see the complete fallout from the financial chaos of recent days.  One thing we have seen very clearly however:  The fundamental difference of how Barack Obama and John McCain would handle a crisis.  To summarize George Will, a noted Conservative, on Sunday “McCain acted decidedly un-presidential” and “John McCain showed his personality this week and made some of us fearful.” (Welcome to the club!)  Sam Donaldson mentioned that McCain’s erratic message on the economy raises questions again about his age.  It was also noted that Barack Obama showed the calmness and temperament needed in a leader dealing with a crisis as severe as this.  So what happened last week to have people come to those conclusions?:  

John McCain started the week on Monday, a day that can only be described as “Black Monday” with the entire financial market in turmoil, telling us that “The fundamentals of the economy are strong.”  After heavy push back by many people, he spent the rest of the day trying to clarify and modify that statement, telling us that he was talking about “The American Workers” when talking about fundamentals  :-).  Well, then he started to get real angry about the excesses and the greed of Wall Street, got even angrier when calling for more regulation and oversight of Wall Street and those angry rants culminated in his call for the firing of the SEC Chairman Christopher Cox, and finally at the end of the week he blamed everything on ….. Barack Obama!  I can’t help but agreeing with somebody questioning whether John McCain still has all his marbles together.  It’s pretty bad if the conservative Wall Street Journal Editorial Board criticizes you!

For starters, it doesn’t help if a presidential candidate shows anger, bad judgment and less than presidential temperament in the face of a crisis.  That usually tends to make things worse.  If you dissect all of his statements, you have to conclude that McCain either didn’t know what he was talking about, or was out to politicize a crisis, or both.  Besides calling the fundamentals of the economy strong, he didn’t know that even if he wanted to, the president cannot fire the SEC Chairman, and when he all of a sudden sounded like a populist calling for more regulation, he seemed to have forgotten his long history of being at the forefront of de-regulating everything.  This de-regulation was one major contributing factor to the current economic crisis.  I won’t even validate his comment blaming Barack Obama for everything.  McCain looked a bit panicked to me, didn’t he?

SO, THERE’S A PREVIEW OF HOW A “PRESIDENT MCCAIN” WOULD HANDLE A CRISIS.

So, how about Barack Obama?  He started out calling for not politicizing this issue while the people in power were trying to look for a solution.  After that he met with his economic advisers like Robert Rubin, Paul Volcker, etc., (some of the most successful financial advisers going back to the Clinton years), and also with the current Treasury Secretary and others working on a solution to this crisis.  After those meetings, sensing the severity of the crisis, he decided that it would be unwise to make any detailed statements and proposals while things were being worked out, so to not make things worse for the unstable market.

Only Sunday, after a massive bailout plan was announced, did he make a detailed statement.  In this statement, he cited, that now with the taxpayers being on the hook, the deal has to reflect “the basic principles of transparency, fairness, and reform.”  He called for no blank check, not to reward CEOs on Wall Street, the protection of taxpayers and them being able to recoup this investment, helping to keep homeowners in their homes, insistence on other countries helping to secure the markets in this global crisis, putting in place the rules and regulations he has been calling for for years to prevent this from happening again, and including people on Main Street in this bailout plan for Wall Street.

THIS IS WHAT CALM LEADERSHIP DURING A CRISIS LOOKS LIKE!

On a personal note:  Everybody should be mad as hell about this bailout!  While probably necessary, we just rewarded Wall Street with “corporate welfare” for mismanaging and stealing our money.  Keep that in mind when we’re being told that there’s no money for things like health care reform.

Message to Democrats:  Stand firm in protecting the people!

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