Filed under: barack obama, campaign, debate, election, elections, John McCain, obama, politics, presidential debate | Tags: barack obama, debate, John McCain, obama, presidential debate, Tom Brokaw
Last night’s debate, in a word, was boring. Maybe it was Tom Brokaw’s questions. Maybe it was because we had heard a lot of the answers before. Whatever it was, this was a three espresso night.
Obama’s opening statement set what was to be his tone for the evening (for full effect cue up the official Democrat/MSM theme song while reading this):
I think everybody knows now we are in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. And a lot of you I think are worried about your jobs, your pensions, your retirement accounts, your ability to send your child or your grandchild to college.
Yes the whine certainly flowed from Barry’s direction throughout the debate. Nothing new under the sun here. No change. No hope. Just typical Democrat fear and loathing.
As for who won, it depends upon which pundit you listen to. Many in the mainstream media are calling it a draw… but are claiming that this actually makes Obama the victor since a tie means he keeps his lead in the polls. Uh, right. Whatever you say MSM.
In general Obama was percieved as prevailing on the economy (meaning he sounded more impressive while saying absolutely nothing) and McCain not surprisingly came in stronger on foreign policy.
However, Barry does get credit for the most asinine, clueless statement of the night:
Well, we may not always have national security issues at stake, but we have moral issues at stake.
If we could have intervened effectively in the Holocaust, who among us would say that we had a moral obligation not to go in?
Ahem… Senator Obama, if memory serves me we did intervene in the Holocaust… very effectively I might add. It was called FREAKIN’ WORLD WAR II.
That boneheaded statement alone should disqualify him from EVER taking the mantle of Commander in Chief.
Other than that little gem it was a rather dry, uneventful debate. If anything emerged more clearly than ever it was that Barack Obama wants to remind YOU that your life is in the crapper and HE wants to be your Roto-Rooter man. It bewilders me as to why half of America falls for that but they apparently do.
In any event, the recent economic news has clearly given a boost to the Chosen One’s campaign so the only thing left for us conservatives to do is get out and vote. And keep the Kool-Aid out of the reach of our undecided friends.
-- Cartoon by Ed Gamble
Filed under: barack obama, Michelle Malkin, obama | Tags: Michelle Malkin, obama
One of Michelle Malkin‘s readers made an interesting discovery while stepping through the voter registration questionnaire on Barack Obama’s Vote for Change website. Apparently if you answer “No” to a question about your American citizenship, the following message appears on the screen.
Yes that’s right, “unfortunately” you folks in other countries will not be eligible to pull the lever for the Chosen One this November. It so hurts Barry to inform you of that… more than you will ever know. What a shame after all the campaigning he did overseas…
Filed under: barack obama, hillary clinton, Joe Biden, Joel Samuelson, obama, politics | Tags: barack obama, hillary clinton, Joe Biden, Joel Samuelson, obama
Credit Joel Samuelson for this gem of a cartoon (and let’s hope Barry lost his receipt).
Filed under: astroturfing, David Axelrod, Ethan Winner, Jawa Report, obama, politics, Sarah Palin, Winner & Associates | Tags: astroturfing, David Axelrod, Ethan Winner, Jawa Report, obama, Sarah Palin, Winner & Associates
Many of you are familiar with the recent smear-videos targeting Sarah Palin which have been circulating around YOUTube in recent weeks. A well known example is the one that inaccurately claims she was once a member of a secessionist political party in Alaska (she has in fact been a registered Republican since 1982). If you thought these vids were baseless and lacking in taste, you were right.
And if you thought they seemed a little polished for an amateur grassroots effort, you’re not alone.
Rusty Shackleford of The Jawa Report has engaged in a thorough and impressive research mission to trace just who is behind the creation of these ads. The results are eye-opening.
Here is what he found:
Our research suggests that a subdivision of one of the largest public relations firms in the world most likely started and promulgated rumors about Sarah Palin that were known to be false. These rumors were spread in a surreptitious manner to avoid exposure.
The PR firm in question is called Winner & Associates (which not surprisingly is headed by staunch Obama supporters). And they don’t come cheap. As The Jawa Report explains:
These people are professional guns for hire. Looking at their portfolio makes that clear. And they only work for big clients. The kind of clients that pay big bucks. The kind of people hired by Exxon to convince people that the effects of the Valdez spill were over. The kind of people hired to help push through oil fields in Chad and Cameroon or help companies respond to boycott threats over the Beijing Olympics.
The kind of people who would have an in-house attorney to handle PR for Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame. And get them a movie deal.
Also the kind of people hired by the European Union to help sell the new EU treaty. Who was the lead in that effort? Ethan S. Winner.
Apparently these videos were distributed by Ethan and members of his family as well as other employees at the firm on company time. The technique they employed is called “astroturfing” — named so because it is essentially a phony grassroots campaign. In this case videos were planted in various spots on the internet under different names and made to look as if they were creations of left-wing political sites such as Democratic Underground or Daily Kos. The videos were also emailed to moderators at those very sites so that they could begin spreading the joy themselves.
If the term “astroturfing” sounds familiar, it’s probably because it is a favorite tactic of Barack Obama’s chief strategist David Axelrod. He is notorious for using this technique to disseminate “unofficial” campaign messages using the internet.
So this leads us to the million dollar question: Did Axelrod pay Winner & Associates to produce these misleading videos? The paper trail is not yet clear enough to answer that question but the similarities in strategy are certainly there. Rest-assured The Jawa Report is still on the case.
Shackleford and other bloggers have also been looking into the identity of the professional voice over artist used in the ads. They believe they have located her. Why is this significant? Because the woman in question has been used extensively by David Axelrod’s firm over the years… and because she’s the same woman who narrates Obama’s official campaign ads.
What we do believe we have found is that David Axelrod’s firm has worked with the voice over artist in the “eswinner” Palin smear video. In fact, each and every political ad showcased on Axelrod’s website that has a female voice over seems to be the same voice from the Palin smear ad. That Axelrod used her over and over again in his videos going back several years.
We also believe that Axelrod has used her in several official Obama campaign videos.
I’ll emphasise here that they haven’t yet linked these ads conclusively to Obama. Nevertheless the pattern that has emerged so smacks of David Axelrod… and that’s what makes the story so intriguing. It will be interesting to see what The Jawa Report comes up with.
At the very least they have proven beyond a doubt that this smear campaign is a much more organized effort that it was being made to appear. Somebody’s money went into this… we just need to find out who.
There are many more details to this story so I’ll leave you the link to the Jawa Report expose’ and let you come to your own conclusions. It’s a fascinating read and is being updated frequently as new info is procured.
This is one of those times when I really thank God for bloggers. Excellent work, Rusty!
Filed under: barack obama, Barbara Streisand, Beverly Hills, campaign, elections, Hollywood, obama, politics | Tags: barack obama, Barbara Streisand, Hollywood, obama
Change was in the air last night in Beverly Hills… the kind that goes clink. The Boy Wonder raised $9 million at a pair of glitzy celebrity fundraisers which culimated in a performance by his talented and intellectually vapid friend, Barbara Streisand. As we might expect, all the usual suspects were on hand:
Dinner guests seen by reporters, or noted by waiters, included Will Ferrell, Jodie Foster, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Lee Curtis and DreamWorks founders Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Boycott ’em all! Ok I’ll probably end up watching Anchorman at least one more time… but THAT’S it!
Commenting during the event, Obama took a couple of whacks at what I’m pretty sure is now a dead horse (or pig):
“If we can cut through the nonsense and the lipstick and the pigs and the silliness, then I’m absolutely convinced that we are going to win,” Obama said, referring to some of the offbeat charges raised against him.
Who is it that is refusing to let this issue go, Barry? Because I’m pretty sure we stopped talking about lipstick at least a week ago, But since you insist on bringing it up again… let me remind you that this silliness started with YOUR words. YOU decided it would be a clever idea to take a little “wink & nudge” dig at Sarah Palin during a town-hall meeting. Your audience certainly approved. Problem is you didn’t get away with it. It backfired and you’re embarrassed so you can’t stop bringing it up. But hey, as you keep telling us every five minutes… let’s drop it.
Now on to the heart of the matter. The AP article spells things out for us rather neatly in three sentences:
It was a day of contrasts for Obama. Earlier in the day, the Democratic presidential candidate spoke about the public’s deepening economic anxieties and portrayed Republican challenger John McCain as out of touch with the needs of hardworking people.
Then he flew to California for a night of hobnobbing with Hollywood notables.
“Contrasts” is a friendly MSM term for “hypocrisy”. But who can blame the guy? Why should Barack keep his promise of accepting public financing from you common folk when he has pals like Babs? All this talk of sticking it to the rich sounds nifty in a campaign speech, doesn’t it? But who does Obama cozy up to when he needs a little green? Certainly not YOU, workaday Democrat voter.
Sorry to break it to all you terminally cool Obama supporters, but you didn’t make it into Barry’s clique. These are the peeps your man would rather hang with when the day is done. Gotta make it to the A-list if you want to schmooze with this guy. They talk his language. They have the bucks. They can do the most for him.
YOUR duty is to continue cheering and swooning every time the Chosen One appears on TV and then take that trusty little index finger and point to “Obama” on the touchscreen come election day. He’ll take it from there… and proceed to do what every other Democrat before him has done…. grow government, raise taxes, appease foreign aggressors, and blame the previous administration for anything that goes wrong. All while pretending to stand up for you little people.
But what about change? Well, since a good deal of you Obama supporters are educated college types, I’m sure you are familiar with a certain quote from Alphonse Karr on that subject. If not, put down that brewski and do a little homework.
--Cartoon by Lisa Benson
Filed under: barack obama, obama, Sarah Palin, swinegate, Tom Toles | Tags: barack obama, lipstick, obama, Sarah Palin, swinegate
Alright, one amusing addendum to my previous post about Swinegate. It appears that Obama’s remarks… at least the ones leading up to the “pig” comment… may not have been as off the cuff as we thought. Credit the ever astute watchdogs at Free Republic for this find.
First let’s examine the text of Obama’s comments (pre-“pig” joke):
John McCain says he’s about change too. Exce- and and so I guess his whole angle is – watch out, George Bush – except for economic policy, healthcare policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy, and Karl-Rove-style politics, we’re really gonna shake things up in Washington.
Now compare that to the following editorial cartoon from Sept. 5:
Unlike Obama, I give credit to the source… cartoonist Tom Toles. Left-leaning yes, but he works hard at what he does and deserves a mention if his lines are going to be lifted and used for campaign rhetoric.
How many times do we have to tell Obama’s staff to keep him away from Joe Biden?