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Obama Pulls Ahead in Superdelegate Count

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Posted on May 9, 2008
Obama on Capitol Hill
AP photo / Susan Walsh

Barack on the Hill: Sen. Obama (pictured here with a gaggle of apparently unamused security types) pays an unannounced visit to the House of Representatives on Thursday.

The aftereffects of Tuesday’s Democratic primaries in North Carolina and Indiana are registering in the ongoing contest for superdelegate supporters: By late Friday, Barack Obama’s “super” group was just 166 short of the 2,025 delegates he needs to win the nomination.

The New York Times:

Democratic officials said what had been a trickle of superdelegates declaring for Mr. Obama was turning into a steady stream in the wake of Tuesday’s primaries, when Mrs. Clinton lost by 14 percentage points in North Carolina and narrowly won Indiana. Mr. Obama is just 166 delegates away from the 2,025 delegates needed to secure the nomination.

“I think the tipping point was reached around midnight last Tuesday,” said Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, predicting a “significant and steady movement toward Obama” by superdelegates.

Clinton advisers say attacks on Mr. Obama are no longer enough to change the momentum or the outcome of the nomination race. So continuing to attack him on the campaign trail, at this point, would probably inflict more long-term harm on Mrs. Clinton than on Mr. Obama, her advisers said.

Mr. Obama made his own peace offering to the Clinton camp, albeit a tactical one, suggesting he would be open to helping her retire her campaign debt. “I’d want to have a broad-ranging discussion with Senator Clinton about how I could make her feel good about the process and have her on the team moving forward,” he said. “But as I said, it’s premature right now. She’s still actively running, and we’ve still got business to do right here in Oregon and in other states.”

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By cyrena, May 11, 2008 at 11:22 pm Link to this comment

Then there’s this..(Just to add to Ernest’s list)

A Convention Quandary
  By Michael Isikoff
  Monday 19 May 2008 Issue

John McCain’s choice to manage the GOP convention this summer is lobbyist Doug Goodyear, whose firm once represented Burma’s repressive regime.

    After John McCain nailed down the Republican nomination in March, his campaign began wrestling with a sensitive personnel issue: who would manage this summer’s GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn.? The campaign recently tapped Doug Goodyear for the job, a veteran operative and Arizonan who was chosen for his “management experience and expertise,” according to McCain press secretary Jill Hazelbaker. But some allies worry that Goodyear’s selection could fuel perceptions that McCain - who has portrayed himself as a crusader against special interests - is surrounded by lobbyists. Goodyear is CEO of DCI Group, a consulting firm that earned $3 million last year lobbying for ExxonMobil, General Motors and other clients.

    Potentially more problematic: the firm was paid $348,000 in 2002 to represent Burma’s military junta, which had been strongly condemned by the State Department for its human-rights record and remains in power today. Justice Department lobbying records show DCI pushed to “begin a dialogue of political reconciliation” with the regime. It also led a PR campaign to burnish the junta’s image, drafting releases praising Burma’s efforts to curb the drug trade and denouncing “falsehoods” by the Bush administration that the regime engaged in rape and other abuses. “It was our only foreign representation, it was for a short tenure, and it was six years ago,” Goodyear told NEWSWEEK, adding the junta’s record in the current cyclone crisis is “reprehensible.”

More at the link…

This (at least IMO) is the same as the Hillary Clinton chief strategist who was involved in the side deal (until the Columbian Government fired him) with getting the trade agreement that Hillary supposedly didn’t approve of. (I’m having a senior moment here, so I can’t remember his name, and I don’t feel like looking it up).

But, you all know who I’m talking about. He only just supposedly stepped down as her chief strategist about a month ago, even though the word was that he was still running things. Now of course that was in addition to his firms’ job of getting these trade agreements done with Columbia, and of course representing the Columbian government in the US Congress.

I’ve been saying it for months now. I think that McCain and Hillary belong on the same ticket. They are ideologically joined at the hip.

They’re both republicans, and we’ve wasted too much time letting republicans pretending to be Democrats, run us all into the ground.

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By Conservative Yankee, May 11, 2008 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment
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EC says:
“Let’s get real, CY.  The “image” of John McCain as a moderate, a maverick and the scourge of special interests is a media-concocted myth.”

...and the myths of Obama and Clinton are not???

Supporters of every candidate from small town mayor to President are defined by their supporters BUT only in those supporters minds.

Mearl Haggard had it right in his 1970’s version of “Rainbow Stew”

“When a President goes through the White House door,
An’ does what he says he’ll do.
We’ll all be drinkin’ free bubble-ubb,
Eatin’ that rainbow stew.

In other words…never!

As I said we’re safest when one party controls congress (marginally) and the other controls the white house.

But what the heck do I know, I’m just a stupid rural white working guy, but too smart to buy Hill-the-business shill’s phony “I feel your pain through my 100 million dollars” line

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By cann4ing, May 11, 2008 at 9:25 am Link to this comment

Let’s get real, CY.  The “image” of John McCain as a moderate, a maverick and the scourge of special interests is a media-concocted myth.

Our “hero” returned from the Hanoi Hilton, dumped his first wife so he could marry a multi-millionaire heiress who would later enter a joint venture in an Arizona shopping mall with Charles Keating.  Neither the conflict of interest raised by the Cindy McCain/Keating financial connection, the donations Keating made to McCain nor the free air travel McCain accepted on Keating’s private jets (a violation of Congressional ethics rules) gave McCain any pause.  He personally interceded with federal banking regulators, seeking to get them to back off their investigation of Lincoln Savings & Loan, whose eventual collapse cost U.S. taxpayers $3.4 billion.

Despite a Senate reprimand, a NY Times article revealed that McCain continues in the same corrupt path, accepting free air travel “on the corporate business jets of business executives including media moguls Rupert Murdoch, Michael R. Bloomberg and Lowell Paxson.”  Much was made in the propaganda network aka cable TV, about the Times’ allusion to a possible affair between McCain and Vicki Iseman, but the real story was that Iseman, a partner in Acalde & Fay, which earned $46.2 million in lobbying fees over the past five years, represented Paxson.  McCain submitted improper ex parte communications to the FCC on a contested matter (Paxson’s effort to acquire a public access station), thereby abusing the position he held at the time as Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee which had oversight authority over the FCC.

As revealed by Robt. Greenwald of Brave New Films, there are 59 lobbyists directly involved in the McCain campaign.  McCain’s campaign mgr., Rick Davis, is the managing partner of Davis Monafort, a firm which lobbied Congress on behalf of SBC, Verizon & Comcast.  Tom Loeffler, McCain’s top fund raising official, is chairman of the Loeffler Grp. which earned $3.8 million in lobbying fees in 2007.  Charlie Black, a senior McCain advisor, is chairman of BKSH & Ass. which earned $57.8 million since 1998 representing companies like Lockheed-Martin, Occidental Petroleum & AT&T;.  There’s your real sleaze.

While Obama, whose Harvard law degree could easily have landed a lucrative position at a Wall Street law firm, chose instead to become an active community organizer.  As revealed by “The Nation” Obama became involved the Woods Fund, a group which had been “at the forefront of a movement to reform Chicago’s public schools, stressing the need for more local control” only to be Swift Boated by the corporate media because Obama served on the Woods Fund board along side Bill Ayers, a former member of the Weather Underground.  Left off the Swift Boating account was the fact that Obama was only 8 years old when Ayers was involved in the Weather Underground; that Ayers’ past association had nothing to do with his involvement in the Woods Fund and that the Fund brought Prof. Ayers on board because he was one of the nation’s foremost experts in educational reform.

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By Conservative Yankee, May 11, 2008 at 6:36 am Link to this comment
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I would put her down as “trash” but that would be an insult to trash..

Dog shit is more useful than Hill-the-business-shill, at least it returns to the earth as fertilizer. Hill, on the other hand is toxic, like nuclear waste, poisioning everything she touches.

BUT she ain’t stupid. By beating Obama everyday until the Democrat bosses tell her she has to stop, will help elect a Republican, or undermine Obama so badly he will be a one term president, then she can run again when she is only 64…. in four years! 

But I have not counted her out yet in this election.  She’s a Clinton remember, and as such she has a whole bunch more dirty tricks in her bag…. Remember always she began political life as a Republican… and she has difficulyt ever admitting a mistake.

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By cyrena, May 11, 2008 at 3:28 am Link to this comment

No CY, I doubt seriously if Obama supporters want their money spent on Hillary’s bills. (It’s not to make her ‘more comfortable’ in the sense that money is used to make people more comfortable).

And yeah, it WOULD be a bail out, IF IT EVEN HAPPENS! And yeah, I would prefer if she paid her own bills.

However, it gives the whole party a bad rep, (which you’ve noted yourself) if she doesn’t, and she’s already screwed up badly in reference to campaign finance laws, by contributing her own funds to begin with.

So, let the party resolve the debts that she’s incured in the name of the party, and we’ll find a way to get it back later. (before she’s tried for the other felonies she’s committed).

And no, it doesn’t need to be a gesture on behalf of the Obama campaign. It needs to be a gesture on behalf of the party, and handled that way, IF that’s what happens at all.

I have a tendency not to trust some interpretations of quotes. There’s nothing in the direct quote from Obama that suggests that he’s open to retiring her campaign debt. HIS ‘quote’ is this:

“I’d want to have a broad-ranging discussion with Senator Clinton about how I could make her feel good about the process and have her on the team moving forward”...blah, blah, blah.

Then he goes on to say that it’s premature because she’s still running.

Now that comes AFTER the suggestion, (not attributed to anybody) of retiring her campaign debt, “suggesting he would be open to helping her retire it.” That tells us ZIP.

Matter of fact, after reading the full article twice, there’s nothing in it that says that Obama would use contributions from his own supporters, to pay Hillary’s bills.

See how shit gets started?

As for sleaze bags…come on CY…talk about using the broad brush. Obama doesn’t come anywhere near that net.

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By cyrena, May 11, 2008 at 3:07 am Link to this comment

You’ve got a point Ernest. You probably figured out from my later post, that I didn’t even recognize that’s who they were when I first looked at the photo.

So yeah, I’m very pleased that they are taking their jobs very seriously. Glad Obama feels comfortable enough to grin as well.

I still am.

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By cyrena, May 11, 2008 at 3:00 am Link to this comment


There’s no difference between a republican and a regan democrat, so there’s no loss. You and Hillary Rodham are already republicans. We weren’t counting on you in the fall.

Meantime, I don’t think anyone has put HRC down, except for HRC herself. And nobody is putting her down as trash either, other than that by acting ‘trashy’ it could certainly begin to create that reaction.

That’s the problem. So, if there are any ‘bridges’ to be rebuilt, then SHE has to do it…since she’s the one that destroyed them in the first place. SHE has created the damage James, and as usual, her sympathizers would love to blame it on anyone other than her.

So save your threats. Go back to your republican party, which is where Hillary should take her rightful place as well.

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By Margaret Currey, May 10, 2008 at 10:01 pm Link to this comment
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It looks af if Obama will get the nomination but some states have yet to cast their votes, I think that Obama will not pick Hillary as his running mate because Hillary and Bill would want to run the show just as Chaney is the president behind the president, Hillary would do good as a governor also, but nothing can be secure until the Convention.

Obama would make a good president, I just hope his security is very tight.

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By cann4ing, May 10, 2008 at 9:17 pm Link to this comment

If your job was to take a bullet for the guy you are guarding, you’d look pretty glum too!

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By James L., May 10, 2008 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment
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Seems like you Obama lovers are not thinking much about November. Typically, you put down our former first lady and current U.S. Senator like she’s trash then you talk about rebuilding bridges . . . Just keep sticking in the knife and this Reagan democrat will be a Republican come this fall.

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By Firstsai, May 10, 2008 at 4:25 pm Link to this comment
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I’m melting, melting…oh what a world…!

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By It's all good, May 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment
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Even if Hillary won every remaining primary, and the remaining delegates/super by a margin of 60/40 over Obama, it still puts Obama over the 2025 needed to win and Hillary with not enough.

She’d have to do better than average 60-40 to have any chance at all, which is never going to happen.

I know Huckabee stayed in even when it looked impossible, but it wasn’t dividing the GOP in the least. Hillary’s staying in is damaging to the party. Every ‘voice will be heard’ in November when it really counts. She should bow out now.

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By paul, May 10, 2008 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment
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obama will be far behind eventually when the truth about his homosexual dealings with larry sinclair are revealed and the murder of gay member of his church, donald young, whom he used to contact sinclair comes to light.

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By Redphilly, May 10, 2008 at 2:42 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t know but I don’t like the looks on the faces of Obama’s security team.

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By JimM, May 10, 2008 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment

No, looks like Hillary will melt away on her own and end her shrill and crappy campaign.

I also hope she wont be too bitter and will try to rebuild some of the bridges she has burned with her Rovian tactics.
If she works as hard at the rebuilding as she did with the mudslinging, she can do much to pull the McSame-leaning Dems over to Barack.

I am tempted to think his presidency is more than we as a society deserve.

I pray he is well-protected at all times.

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By cyrena, May 10, 2008 at 10:48 am Link to this comment

Ah…I wondered who those guys were. No wonder they look like they do.

You’re right though, they don’t look like they’re really into protecting him, but more like they’re pissed off about it.

On the other hand, I think that’s how all Secret Service guys look, so maybe it’s not as bad as we think.

Or, maybe I’m just in denial.

Obama seems happy enough though.

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By Conservative Yankee, May 10, 2008 at 10:30 am Link to this comment
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So Token will pay the business shill to go peacefully into the night?  Or is she expected to be wi9ndow-dressing for the rest of his campaign. 

Do the Obama supporters want their money used to make the corporate whore more comfortable?  Is “bail out” the correct word for people who still have over 100 million dollars in the bank?

What sleeze, what a corruption Is there an honest politician anywhere?

Neither of these two sleaze-bags gets my vote.

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By tres, May 10, 2008 at 10:05 am Link to this comment

Look, the photo is very scary. Those Secret Services guys don’t look like they are going to protect him at all.

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By james in bama, May 10, 2008 at 9:47 am Link to this comment
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A Middle East policy adviser for Barack Obama has left the campaign after acknowledging having held talks with Hamas, FOX News confirms.

The Times newspaper in London first reported Friday that the campaign was severing ties with the adviser, Robert Malley.

Malley said he had been in contact with the Palestinian group, but only through his work for a “conflict resolution think tank,” and not on behalf of the Obama campaign, the newspaper reported.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton told FOX News Malley was “an ancillary adviser who never met with Obama, literally one of hundreds of informal advisers who from time to time offered advice on Middle East policy.”

Another Obama spokesman told The Times Malley “has no formal role in the campaign and he will not play any role in the future.”

Hamas, which is labeled a terrorist organization by the State Department, is a touchy issue for the Obama campaign.

Hamas adviser Ahmed Yousef said in a recent interview, “We like Mr. Obama, we hope that he will win the election,” and presumptive Republican nominee John McCain has poked fun at Obama for the apparent endorsement.

McCain has said he would be Hamas’ “worst nightmare”; he told “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart Wednesday that he could “guarantee” Hamas would not endorse him for president.

Obama accused McCain of “losing his bearings” and engaging in a smear campaign for the remarks.

Click here to read the article about the Obama aide in The Times.

FOX News’ Major Garrett contributed to this report.

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By cyrena, May 10, 2008 at 1:42 am Link to this comment

OK, I’m convinced we deserve it. Doesn’t have to be a long or cruel sort of exercise. Just a little gloating session to at least be able to grin as much as Obama is. Can’t help but get in the spirit of it for a moment at least.

The rest of these dudes look sort of glum, but I’m grinning as much as Obama. (He reminds me of one of my nephews in this picture…ears and all).

You GO Barack!!


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