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Moore Throws Hat Into Obama’s Ring

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Posted on Apr 21, 2008
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For presidential candidates, celebrity endorsements can be a mixed bag—especially when the star in question is a polarizing figure, as is the latest famous figure to give the nod to Barack Obama: audacious auteur Michael Moore. The documentary filmmaker aired his thoughts on the Democratic front-runners in a blog entry Monday, critiquing Hillary Clinton’s campaign choices of late and laying out his reasons for backing Obama (while also acknowledging that the world hasn’t exactly been waiting for this bit of news from him).


MichaelMoore.com:

I haven’t spoken publicly ‘til now as to who I would vote for, primarily for two reasons: 1) Who cares?; and 2) I (and most people I know) don’t give a rat’s ass whose name is on the ballot in November, as long as there’s a picture of JFK and FDR riding a donkey at the top of the ballot, and the word “Democratic” next to the candidate’s name.

Seriously, I know so many people who don’t care if the name under the Big “D” is Dancer, Prancer, Clinton or Blitzen. It can be Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Barry Obama or the Dalai Lama.

Well, that sounded good last year, but over the past two months, the actions and words of Hillary Clinton have gone from being merely disappointing to downright disgusting. I guess the debate last week was the final straw. I’ve watched Senator Clinton and her husband play this game of appealing to the worst side of white people, but last Wednesday, when she hurled the name “Farrakhan” out of nowhere, well that’s when the silly season came to an early end for me. She said the “F” word to scare white people, pure and simple. Of course, Obama has no connection to Farrakhan. But, according to Senator Clinton, Obama’s pastor does—AND the “church bulletin” once included a Los Angeles Times op-ed from some guy with Hamas! No, not the church bulletin!

This sleazy attempt to smear Obama was brilliantly explained the following night by Stephen Colbert. He pointed out that if Obama is supported by Ted Kennedy, who is Catholic, and the Catholic Church is led by a Pope who was in the Hitler Youth, that can mean only one thing: OBAMA LOVES HITLER!

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By BobZ, April 22, 2008 at 7:42 am Link to this comment

Nobody can poke an eye like Michael Moore and make it funny! Which is why the MSM and the right wing cringe whenever he starts talking. This time the target of his affection was Clinton and I really believe he was talking for many of us Democrats who started out hoping for a dream team of Obama/Clinton in any order and are now appalled at what has taken place in the last few weeks. Clinton has singlehandedly made McCain a viable candidate against the Democrats this Fall in spite of overwelming opposition to the Iraq war by American’s and a crappy economy that is hurting millions. I still think the Democrat’s will win in November but what we needed was a massive win that would send a clear message that America wants change and wants it fast! I know running for presidents does strange things to candidates but her Clinton to sell her soul for this office is sad to behold and a potential tragedy for the country.

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By Leefeller, April 22, 2008 at 6:29 am Link to this comment

Many of us agree about Obama not having the experience of corruption, but hope corruption does not become part of on the the job training?

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, April 22, 2008 at 5:37 am Link to this comment

Like Don, I like Kucinich’s philosophy.  I also agree with Nader.  But Washington wouldn’t give us either of them.  Nor would MSM. 

I have a “forest” view.  It makes not sense to me whatsoever that one of the breakers of our government could ever become one of the fixers.
Maybe I’m wrong.  I’d be thrilled if a champion of the middle class in this country could be elected and quickly and effectively stop the hemorrhage of hope and wealth to the ruling class.  I’d also be thrilled if one of the talking heads we’re so accustomed to hearing during political campaigns miraculously turned out to be that champion. 

But, I just have no reason to think that it will ever happen.

You know, Cyrena, I firmly believe that what we are involved in here, and have been for decades, is CLASS WARFARE, no matter how it’s sliced, and that’s my “forest.”

I see no way to “work within this system” that will be effective, even in the very long run, to improve the lot of workers.  I’ve almost come to accept that capitalism and democracy together are inherently flawed, probably because humans are. 

This forest is infected and dying out.

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By jade, April 22, 2008 at 12:54 am Link to this comment
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It was a sorry day when I listened to Michael Moore say that a vote for Nader was a feel good vote that would do nothing but let Bush in. The past two elections were stolen, why shouldn’t the next one be stolen too. I am voting for Cynthia McKinney because she is the best candidate.  With Obama teetering on the edge of the Israeli lobby’s pocket, we know there is not one major candidtate that will back up Jimmy Carter’s peace efforts.  Shame on them all.  The Israeli’s are not even bothering to build ovens for the starving and tortured Palastinians, they just blow them to smitherines.  This is even more immoral to allow than the friggin war that we all knew was a lie from before it happened.

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By cann4ing, April 21, 2008 at 9:44 pm Link to this comment

Wow!  What a powerful post, Louise.  Well said.

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By cyrena, April 21, 2008 at 8:51 pm Link to this comment

Dr. Knowitall…

Just below yours, in the post by Don Stivers..your question is answered.

What (in our long ago past history or recent history) tells us that Obama will be better than either McCain or Hillary..

If I understood your question correctly, and we’re talking about only these 3, then I’d say it was a no brainer, regardless of which history you’re considering.

Obama at LEAST knows that when we say we ‘do not torture’, it means we WILL NOT TORTURE - EVER - under any circumstances.

So, that’s ONE thing that he’s got on the two of the others.

He knows that wars of agression are illegal and that they destroy us and the rest of the world. So, that’s another thing he has on them.

Then if you’ve been able or willing to listen to at least some of his speeches and other talks, you almost have to figure out that he’s not LYING all the time, even if you don’t agree with his positons.

So, that’s enough of a distinguisher to get him started.

Meantime, I’d be curious to know who you would have in any of their places. Just if you feel like telling us..

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, April 21, 2008 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

I think Mike Moore, the champion of the American underclass sells out in endorsing any of the three Washington Insider Candidates.

Question:  What in our past history tells you that either candidate will be better for you and the country than the other two?  Take your time.

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By Louise, April 21, 2008 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment

You hit the nail right on the head!

His lack of experience DOES equate as a lack of “corruption”... how refreshing would THAT be?

I for one am fed up with the “experience” that runs Washington D.C. But you can bet your next Philly cheese/steak sandwich the repubs and a few notable dems love it that way. Hillary loves it that way! She has certainly let us know as much, huh?

Every day, in every way. wink

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By Don Stivers, April 21, 2008 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment

Michael Moore is right. I would hope the people of the United States are smarter than what Hillary throws at us.  Dennis Kucinich should be the one running against Obama but the press chose Hillary.  The Mayor of a small town would be a better President than Hillary.  She’s tied to too many special interests.  Everybody!! Remember her waffling at the beginning of the campaign?  Hillary will do ANYTHING, including voting to extend war powers to an idiot, for her political gain.

DUMP her people.

I want to gag!  Bush is still President.  Rice is still frowning.  Cheney has not been hung for war crimes.  Woo is still teaching.  Go to You Tube and watch Condoliza lie about torture.  It is sickening.

And Hillary sucks it up and stands with them.

AAAAAAAAaaaa…......

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By TheDebater, April 21, 2008 at 7:18 pm Link to this comment

I have to say that I’ve been a supporter of Clinton for a few months now, but Moore’s claims do have ground and I must agree with much that he said. While I feel that Obama has more dignity than Clinton, I still worry that he just does not have enough experience, particularly with dealing with foreign affairs. Although, his lack of experience could equate as a lack of “corruption”...in that sense maybe it’s not such a bad thing after all.

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By Louise, April 21, 2008 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment

Ernest Canning:

Thanks for your observations. I completely agree! smile

And thanks Mike, for telling us something we didn’t know ...

“This sleazy attempt to smear Obama was brilliantly explained the following night by Stephen Colbert. He pointed out that if Obama is supported by Ted Kennedy, who is Catholic, and the Catholic Church is led by a Pope who was in the Hitler Youth, that can mean only one thing: OBAMA LOVES HITLER!”

“Yes, Senator Clinton, that’s how you sounded. Like you were nuts. Like you were a bigot stoking the fires of stupidity.”

“Finally, I want to say a word about the basic decency I have seen in Mr. Obama. Mrs. Clinton continues to throw the Rev. Wright up in his face as part of her mission to keep stoking the fears of White America. Every time she does this I shout at the TV, “Say it, Obama! Say that when she and her husband were having marital difficulties regarding Monica Lewinsky, who did she and Bill bring to the White House for ‘spiritual counseling?’ THE REVEREND JEREMIAH WRIGHT!”

“But no, Obama won’t throw that at her. It wouldn’t be right. It wouldn’t be decent. She’s been through enough hurt. And so he remains silent and takes the mud she throws in his face.”

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The skinny kid with class, and the little lady with the big chip on her shoulder. At least that’s the way it looks to me.

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By cann4ing, April 21, 2008 at 6:02 pm Link to this comment

Of the remaining candidates, Obama is the “only” logical choice for progressives.  Despite the effort by right wing and corporate media to smear him at the same time they try to cover the gaping intellectual and moral deficiencies of Mad Dog McCain, the election of Obama as president cannot be seen by progressives as the end point—rather the beginning.  Obama’s so-called healthcare reform, like Clinton’s, is but an echo of the healthcare insurance industry subsidy scams offered by Richard Nixon to counter a single payer proposal made by Sen. Kennedy in 1971.  We need to increase the number of truly progressive Democrats in the House and Senate, and then hold their feet to the fire by demanding single-payer, a repeal of NAFTA, a repeal of the Bush tax cuts, a repeal of the USA/PATRIOT Act, a repeal of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, a roll back of the media consolidation afforded by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and ensuing FCC regs, a return of the Fairness Doctrine, increased spending for public broadcasting, the “immediate” withdrawal from Iraq, a crack down on corporate crime and an end of the Halliburton/Blackwater raids on the U.S. treasury.  We should also demand the appointment of progressive jurists to counter four decades of Republican court packing with the radically-right, subversives from the Federalist Society.

We progressives have our work cut out for us.  Electing Obama would be but the first step.

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