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Talking down in pairs

As expected, the Golden Boy introduced his presidential running mate ‘to the world’ this past Saturday. Well world, you’re in for a treat! If you thought Barack Obama was a condescending windbag in love with the sound of his own voice, it is only because he has stood on the shoulders of GIANT windbags.

Enter Senator Joe Biden:

Obama Picks Biden as Running Mate

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Our first international Veep

Amidst a flurry of rumors that have been swirling around punditry circles over the past week,  Barack Obama has now confirmed reports that he has officially decided on his running mate. While talking to journalists Thursday afternoon, Barry played coy, refusing to name the person or even say whether the lucky winner has been notified yet:

“I won’t comment on anything else until I introduce our running mate to the world,” he said. “That’s all you’re going to get out of me.”

Um… shouldn’t that be America, Senator? Or has Germany become a swing state now?

Full story below:

Obama Says He’s Chosen VP, Not Saying Who



No VP and a big FU for HC

hillary clinton mad

Barack Obama’s “in-your-face” move of hiring disgraced former Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle has outraged the Hillary camp in what is seen as a clear message that Barry does NOT want her as his Veep.

Jason Horowitz of the New York Observer relayed a potty-mouthed tirade from a former Clinton bundler:

A former bundler to Hillary Clinton just called in to tell me that Barack Obama’s selection of Patti Solis Doyle as chief of staff to the campaign’s eventual vice presidential nominee is the “biggest f–k you I have ever seen in politics.”

The donor, speaking on background, said that everyone in Clinton circles knows the two have hard feelings towards one another and haven’t spoken since Clinton removed Solis Doyle as campaign manager, and that Clinton loyalists view her with deep suspicion and believe that she is shopping around a book deal and acted as a background source for an extremely harsh Vanity Fair piece about Bill Clinton.

“Either one of two things happen,” said the bundler. “Hillary is selected as vice president and they fire Patti, or Hillary is not going to be the vice president.”

The bundler said that Clinton loyalists were livid over the pick.

“You don’t hire Patti Solis Doyle for her operational expertise,” said the bundler. “You don’t do that. This is someone who failed dramatically at her job. You only bring her on to f–k someone else.

Aside from the obvious question of why Hillary would have kept Solis Doyle around for 17 years if she was that incompetent, I also have to wonder just what the White Witch of Narnia expected Doyle to do after being unceremoniously dumped on the side of the road last February in a move described by the WSJ as “done so coldly and publicly that hardened colleagues say they were stunned.” Did Hillary really expect this not to come back to bite her rather sizable… ego?

But on the other side of things: while I don’t blame Doyle for pouncing at this chance to publicly thumb her nose at her former employer, I do have to question Obama’s sanity. Good as it must have felt… was this blatant face-slap really such a wise move on Barack’s part? As Mark Hemingway from the National Review observes:

First, her hiring strikes me as curious in one respect — is it common practice to hire the VP’s chief of staff before you select a VP? Wouldn’t the person selected for VP want to make that hire? Second, if Solis Doyle’s hire is in fact the proverbial horsehead in Hillary’s bed, is it really wise to irk the Clintons? Can’t they wreak tremendous havoc behind the scenes? They already have an incentive to set Hillary up as the I-told-you-so candidate in 2012, never mind the fact that this is a personal insult to the Clintons’ considerable egos. And if that’s the case, isn’t this move a breathtaking display of hubris on the part of the Obama campaign?

Considering that this is the same Barack Obama who recently wrote a letter to the Secretary of Defense demanding a “swift response” to his questions about recent troop suicides, we see that the man is no stranger to “breathtaking hubris”. But I’m not sure Barry really knows what he is up against when he messes with the Sopranos Clintons. Behind the scenes string-pulling is their specialty, and these folks have brought down many a career whenever they’ve felt dissed. This I believe would qualify.

Not to mention the fact that this doesn’t help Obama AT ALL with the “Harriet” crowd. Does Barry really want to rub political salt in the wounds of tens of millions of disgruntled voters?

Some of Barack’s campaign maneuvers just strike me as overly rambunctious. He’s either really bold or really naive.

I’ll take the latter for 18 million points.



To have been a fly on the wall…

Barack Obama is a braver man than I thought. In a stunning and death-defying move, the Democratic nominee met with Hillary Clinton at her home last night.

Former Democratic rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton met Thursday evening at Clinton’s home in the capital, a surprise ending to a perfectly abnormal day.

Scheduled to fly home to Chicago after an evening rally in a Northern Virginia amphitheater, Obama diverted to huddle with his longtime primary foe, who is set to endorse him on Saturday, a Democratic source confirmed. Obama’s campaign released no details of the discussion and declined to confirm it even occurred.

I imagine she made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Has anybody checked to see of Barry still has his thumbs intact?

Story here:

Obama and Clinton meet at her home



All bad things must come to an end

Hillary Clinton

It’s semi-official now. Whispers are that Hillary Clinton may soon throw in the presidential towel and join arms with Barack Obama as his running mate (so long as he doesn’t call her sweetie):

WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton told colleagues Tuesday she would consider joining Barack Obama as his running mate, and advisers said she was withholding a formal departure from the race partly to use her remaining leverage to press for a spot on the ticket.

On a conference call with other lawmakers, Clinton, a New York senator, said she was willing to become Obama’s vice presidential nominee if it would help Democrats win the White House, according to a participant who spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to speak for Clinton.

Way to keep a secret, Nancy.

Clinton’s remarks came in response to a question from Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who said she believed the best way for Obama to win key voting blocs, including Hispanics, would be for him to choose Clinton as his running mate.

“I am open to it,” Clinton replied, if it would help the party’s prospects in November.

“I deserve some time to get this right,” she said, even as the other lawmakers forcefully argued for her to press Obama to choose her as his running mate.

Clinton also told colleagues the delegate math was not there for her to overtake Obama, but that she wanted to take time to determine how to leave the race in a way that would best help Democrats.

So, get out your hankees Hillary supporters (and grab a daiquiri and a cigarette if you are Harriet Christian), the time is drawing nigh for your candidate’s gracious concession. Lo it is here, even at the gate…



Barack and Hillary… an item?

General consensus is that Hillary Clinton will win West Virginia by a landslide, thus adding to her recent victory in the state of Denial:

Clinton shows no sign of giving up despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, calling the state a “crucial turning point.” She and former President Clinton have made 29 campaign stops in West Virginia; Obama has made three.

Which he apparently counts as three separate states. Couldn’t resist…

Yep, Hillary’s pretty much secured the Mountain State but Everest still lies ahead. With her trailing Obama by 200 votes, there isn’t much chance of scaling that peak.

But her madness — at least in this instance — may have a method. Pundits are speculating that Hillary may be trying to position herself for the Veep spot with her persistent campaigning.

A new poll shows that 39 percent of Democrats want Clinton to be the vice presidential nominee, but ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos reports that “there has been no discussion between the candidates about it [the vice presidency] at all.”

Paula Shrobak, a school teacher, said a win in West Virginia might help Clinton secure the number two spot on the ticket.

“She has to go the long haul. She has to show she can get these last few states so that possibly as a vice presidential candidate she would be valuable,” Shrobak said.

Which gives breathless romantics in the media cause for hope…

Both Clinton and Obama are spending Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C. With so many people wondering about a joint ticket, a lot of eyes will be watching to see whether they cross paths while attending to their Senate duties.

“He sees her walking in his direction. His eyes dart down in feigned indifference. She pauses upon noticing him, starts to turn away, then gathers her courage and resolutely strides towards the tall strapping Senator who in recent months she has come to know as her sworn enemy. Their eyes meet. They both stop. “Senator.” she says curtly, quickly glancing toward her purposed destination. “Senator.” he nods with a weak smile as he proceeds to make his way past her. Their hands brush each other as they pass. A quickening of the breath. They both stop… and so does time. Their eyes slowly rest upon one another, their nervousness now replaced by a hunger. An inexhaustible hunger for power — shared power. The mountains they could conquer together. The masses could they manipulate. The demographics… the sheer demographics alone are enough to cause goosebumps… and indeed, goosebumps have now formed on the skin of both candidates in this exhilaratingly awkward moment. They can no longer deny the feeling. They embrace…”

GIVE ME A BREAK. If Obama has even a modicum of intelligence, he will RUN, not walk away from a shared ticket with Hillary. Do you folks realize how badly this woman wants to run this country? Do you know to what obsessive lengths she will go to realize her lifelong dream of being America’s first Queen… ruling the country with an iron fist and a… well… iron glove? All I can tell you, Senator Obama, is that if you choose Clinton as a Veep and then go on to win the Presidency, you’d be wise to sleep with one eye open. You’ll want to aquire the best Secret Service staff money can buy. And hire a food taster for good measure.

I’m just sayin’…