Democratic Convention plan

Democrats gathering in Denver for their nominating convention (why do they call them a nominating convention? We know who is selected..eh?) are significantly more nervous about Senator Barack Obama’s prospects this fall than they were a month ago, and are urging him to use the next four days to address weaknesses in his candidacy and lingering party divisions from the bitter primary fight. (Could some of the weakness besides the obvious, be a lot of non committal votes in the senate (present) and he has never run anything…community organizer yeah, but a million dollar decision?)

They plan to go after President Bush —and suggest that McCain (even though a well known maverick that makes conservatives nervous for his centrist bi-partisan views) is more of the same, and would use their time to draw sharp contrasts with Senator John McCain, particularly on the economy and Mr. McCain’s opposition to abortion rights. (That’s a good thing, right Martha?)

This is going to be about powerful words..words that work as they say to persuade and well, they just work.( I heard about that word book, maybe I need to purchase one eh?)

“The stakes of this election will be made very clear,” said David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s chief strategist. “We are going to define the choice.”

At the same time, acknowledging persistent unease with Mr. Obama among a significant segment of voters, ( must be talking here about those that work for a living, and cling to their bibles and guns, and don’t forget those that are pro life and are concerned about America’s security from terrorist’s ) his aides said they would use speeches and presentations during the next four days, including having Al Gore (This should reach all those that believe in Global Warming and never mind his carbon credits plan, Shucks, America can pay for the world’s smog and pollution…don’t ya know we are not paying enough for gas and oil now?) introduce Mr. Obama for his acceptance speech Thursday night, to offer a fuller biography and a more detailed plan of what he would do as president.

They said they were looking to 1992 as a model, when Bill Clinton successfully used his convention to address persistent questions about his personal life and what he would do as president.

In interviews, Democrats arriving here said they remained confident that Mr. Obama would leave Denver at the end of the week in a strong position to defeat Mr. McCain. But many Democrats made it clear that a convention they had once anticipated would be a breezy celebration of Mr. Obama had turned into a more sober and consequential event. (yeah, there are always consequences for choices we make, could you be talking about dissing HC? Florida? Michigan? by any chance? I really don’t know what more she can do, she gave Nobama a hug, smiled and rallied the troops in speech and email and website..maybe a tear..just saying..Could you not have pretended she was on the list for your VP? Could you not have sucked up to her a little with keeping her in the loop of goings on? Jeepers Creepers, talk about people skills? After all, she got 18 million votes from supporters, Biden got what? 9,000 plus? Funny too how Florida and Michigan votes at your request will be entered at the convention, shame they were split up into 1/2 votes each during the primaries..guess that is politics..eh?)

Are you not the Man of Change? or is it the People’s change?

This reflected a summer that they said demonstrated Mr. Obama’s vulnerabilities (yeah, he’s all that )and Mr. McCain’s resilience,(yeah, he’s got plenty of that,don’t suppose it would have anything to do with experience or anything) and the signs of lingering divisions between some supporters of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mr. Obama.

“Back in June and July, I truly thought he was going to blow McCain out of the water and carry 30 or 40 states,” said Donald Fowler, a former national Democratic chairman who supported Mrs. Clinton in the primary.(Yeah, the radical America hating far left has taken over the party when it comes to choice of candidate, just saying…don’t get mad at me, just look at his friends in LOOOOWW places, and remember all those looney celebs that adore him,)

Discussing the days ahead, Mr. Fowler continued: “Obama has got to do some things that will shore up his ability to lead — not just to charm, but to lead. ( Hey you said that!) They’ve got to give credibility to his understanding of foreign policy, his ability to deal with tough people and tough questions, and his ability to be more explicit and convincing on his health care policies and energy policies.”(Did you say that?)

Dennis McDonald, the Democratic chairman of Montana, a state that Mr. Obama is trying to win from Republicans, said this was a critical opening for Mr. Obama after a month in which polls suggested the race was tightening and events in Russia and Georgia put a new spotlight on foreign affairs. ( Yeah, This made it clear who I don’t want in a National or world crisis)

“Normally I might say these conventions are not so important, but I don’t think that’s the case this year,” Mr. McDonald said. “There seems to be a sense of urgency. We have had a couple of weeks that were not so good.”

For the most part, this is a confident if slightly anxious party. And many Democrats were cheered by the choice of Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware as Mr. Obama’s running mate, saying he had the potential to help address some of Mr. Obama’s political shortcomings. (Look, who is going to be the President, sure it helps to have someone to take over if the Pres suddenly resigned or went to Pres Heaven but for Pete’s sake, It’s about Nobama here and his leadership. the VP smiles and rallies the troops during the campaign whether he agrees with the Pres or not, and then longs for some action once the Pres takes the oval office, most of them are bored from what I have read. So we still got shortcomings and you said it too. uh huh, right!)

Still, Democrats said Mr. Obama should offer a concrete idea of what he would do as president, to counter his image as a showman. And they said he had to offer a tougher contrast with Mr. McCain. He and all the rest are going to make this a 4 day bash of McCain. (Never mind your change speech and change theme, that only works while you are ahead.)

“I think in the case of McCain, they need to frame him,” said Mr. Kerry, an early Obama supporter who four years ago was nominated by this party as its 2004 presidential nominee. “Viscerally, my feeling is they’ve got to come back at him hard. And they’ve got to do more to complete the task of definition.

Joe Trippi, who ran the presidential campaign of one of Mr. Obama’s rivals, John Edwards of North Carolina, said: “He has still got to get to the meat-and-potato, blue-collar workers. This is a big opportunity for him.” (I just pray that people will read Obama’s record, his true beliefs, and the numbers he proposes..they don’t add up. The numbers don’t work according to leading economists. Plus what working blue collar men and women want is employment and a chance for the American Dream…that means a job with a payday big enough to support a family, buy a home and educate their children and they want safety and respect. They do not want to give up American Sovereinty and chase jobs away..someone has to invest a lot of moola to start a business or invest in business that employs others.)

There are some things that may be beyond the control of the Obama campaign. Most pressingly, Democrats said they were worried that the tensions between supporters of Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama from the contest that just ended two months ago would spill into public view after her name is entered into nomination, particularly after Mr. Obama bypassed Mrs. Clinton in choosing Mr. Biden.

“I have a lot of doubts that this convention is going to be as persuasive as it should be because they’ve got this damn thing with Hillary,” Mr. Fowler said. “I love Hillary. I was for her. But this is the worst political decision I could imagine. This is supposed to be an Obama celebration. You’re going to get the nomination of someone who came very close to winning and you’re going to get a lot of people in there cheering and hollering and some people booing.” (Oh I think everyone will behave and smile and fake it. look for more smooching!)

Mrs. Clinton’s advisers said Sunday that she would move to avoid this by meeting with her delegates on Wednesday and formally urging them to support Mr. Obama during the roll-call vote that night. ( I think she is being very helpful, what else you want her to do?) (Whether she releases them or not, under Democratic Party rules, delegates are permitted to vote for whomever they want). (They will go for Unity at least in public because they want to win.)

Still, several Democrats said they feared that even a clash between a small handful of Clinton and Obama supporters would draw disproportionate attention.

Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, a former Clinton ally (traitor actually, Betcha he is going to be in the cabinet) who came under attack by the Clinton campaign after he endorsed Mr. Obama, said: “There has got to be a full reconciliation between the Clinton people and the Obama people. I think the convention will put to rest any past divisions among supporters.”

The Obama campaign is leaving little to chance. ( Look for Hollywood style convention..glam, hope for the world, just be sure if you want a seat at the huge stadium, you gotta commit so many hours of volunteer work) It has created a rapid response team — led by Craig Smith, a former top operative in the Clinton world — to head out to the convention floor at the first sign of any trouble from Clinton supporters.

Mr. Obama’s campaign began sending out a one-page sheet of daily talking points to delegates, instructing them what to say and what to avoid in talking to reporters. (In one last week, according to a recipient, the central thrust was how to parry questions about Clinton-Obama strife and Mrs. Clinton’s speech by saying, “I can’t wait to hear Hillary Clinton talk about the future and am excited that her candidacy is unifying our party!”) whoo hoo, tell the robots what to say and what to avoid..after all, they don’t have a telepromter.

Listen, Maybe now Michelle will say she is proud of America ? Now there is just that ole Jeremiah guy, drats!

For more on behind the scenes look check out the post below

Convention Unity? How about Political Olympics!

Meanwhile back in Denver..

Dems rally against unions. from Slate

Source: New York Times

article: Anxious Party hopes to show Strong Obama

Convention Unity? How about Political Olympics!

The Olympics will be over Sunday….gang…but the Political Olympics are coming soon at the Democratic Convention in the Mile High City of Denver.

So what else is new? There is tension my friends, mile high tension. Uh huh, Man is there tension! Trouble right here in Mile High City!

UPDATE: Insult has been added to injury and total lack of respect claims the many HC supporters when the knowledge that Hillary was ‘dissed’ by not being on the short list as a possible VP, then add the insult of no communication with her, leaving her in the dark has certainly left them with no salve for their wound. Now add the 3 am text….There’s trouble behind the scenes in Mile High City. By the way, Did Obama not say that the supporters would hear of his selection first by text? Funny how somebody close leaked it to the Media several hours before 3 am.

The question on everyone’s mind is just what will happen? Will the Clinton camp have some surprises? Or are they being saved up for later? Will Hillary upstage Obama? Does she really mean it when she says she supports Nobama? What is going on outside? Anti Illegal immigration protests? Live Bloggers? Lots and lots of Security for sure.

The real drama is in the Convention…Will the 40 or so assigned to hold down and manage the HC supporters be enough? Are they sick and tired of being bamboozled? Is Obama sick and tired of the Clintonistas? Whoo Hoo! Would you not love to really know what is going on behind the scenes? I have searched in this quest and I can tell you, the bloggers are alive and well. The HC supporters for the most part are still spitting mad and are NoBamas. Many of the Obama bloggers are being paid to blog with his views, did ya know that?

Obama is slipping in the polls, so his body language does not look too happy even though his mouth says otherwise. LOL! Look for him to continue to be more forceful and to play as dirty as normal politicians do than the Original Man of Change as the 4 million dollar man with one house has been this week and of course, don’t forget a lot is above his paygrade.. Let’s be honest. Neither candidate is hurting for Jack. Or homes. Or anything else they may want. Neither is really like you and me. But wait, this is about the feelings of those behind the scenes at the Democratic Convention and Nobama. I just can’t resist. Read on my friends, read the whole story from the sources below. While there, check out some things we might not have known about Nobama. Can that be possible in Blogland? Keep checking in, More will be on the way..betcha!

There’s trouble in paradise. Cancel the coronation. Send back the commemorative medals. Put those “Yes We Can” T-shirts up on eBay. Keep the Change. (Of course, you can still spend George Soro’s money with a free button, sorry they are out of free t-shirts..)

Barack Obama’s historic procession to the American presidency has been rudely interrupted. The global healing he promised is in jeopardy. If you’re prone to emotional breakdown, you might want to take a seat before I say this. He might not win.

How can it be, you ask? Didn’t we see him just last month speaking to 200,000 adoring Germans in Berlin? Didn’t he get the red carpet treatment in France – France of all places? Doesn’t every British politician want to be seen clutching the hem of his garment?

All true. But as cruel geography and the selfish designs of the American Founding Fathers would have it, Europeans don’t get to choose the US president. Somewhere along the way to the Obama presidency, somebody forgot to ask the American people. Yep, we are just looking for a President that wants to the leader of our country, not the world. We are kinda funny that way, most of us do like our soverignty.

The Convention obligations-fictitious?

It will start with a speech that Hillary Clinton is obliged to deliver, endorsing Barack Obama. Her prime-time slot is allegedly a consolation prize for not being considered for the vice-presidential portfolio, although as consolations go it makes those citizens of Denver who ended up purchasing a two cent chunk of soap for a dollar look fortunate. The text can be predicted in advance (“it was a long, hard, fight but we remained close friends throughout, now I will campaign my heart out for him” etc), but it will be totally fictitious.

Mr Obama and the Clintons utterly loathe each other. She (and her husband) continue to believe that she would have been the stronger contender against John McCain (probably true), that she was denied the prize because they were out-hustled in organisational terms, not real votes cast (valid), and that the Illinois Senator is little more than a charming schmoozer (a plausible assertion, although how ex-President Clinton can offer it with apparent outrage is surreal).

The Clinton-Obama display of unity will make the Nazi-Soviet Pact look like an event rooted in profound principle. She is aching for him to lose so that she can inherit the earth at the second time of asking come 2012. Never mind Mr McCain, she would prefer that Monica Lewinsky rather than Mr Obama was elected to the Oval Office this November. read more below from Tim Hanes at the bottom of page.

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Nobama

An attractive, intelligent man, interesting, but—he’s hard to categorize. Is he Gen. Obama? No, no military background. Brilliant Businessman Obama? No, he never worked in business. Famous Name Obama? No, it’s a new name, an unusual one. Longtime Southern Governor Obama? No. He’s a community organizer (what’s that?), then a lawyer (boo), then a state legislator (so what, so’s my cousin), then U.S. senator (less than four years!).

There is no pre-existing category for him.

Mr. Obama’s upcoming convention speech will be good. All Obama speeches are good. Not as interesting as he is—he is more compelling as a person than his words tend to be in text. But the speech will be good, and just in case it isn’t good, people will still come away with an impression that it must have been, because the media is going to say it was, because they expect it to be, and what they expect is what most of them will see.

Will Mr. Obama dig deep as to meaning? As to political predicates? During the primary campaigns Republicans were always saying, “This is what I’ll do.” Mr. Obama has a greater tendency to say, “This is how we’ll feel.” Republicans talk to their base with, “If we pass this bill, which the Democrats irresponsibly oppose, we’ll solve this problem.” Democrats are more inclined toward, “If we bring a new attitude of hopefulness and respect for the world, we’ll make the seas higher and the fish more numerous.” Will Mr. Obama be, in terms of programs and plans, specific? And will his specifics be grounded in something that appears to amount to a political philosophy? More at WSJ.com

Have we really listened to Obama’s words?

It would be hard to make a better case against a Barack Obama presidency than the one Obama has made in his own words. The most memorable thing about Obama’s speeches is not generally what he says, but rather how large and enthusiastic the audiences are. If voters pay attention only to the symbolism and get caught up in the excitement of the Obamessiah and his throngs of fainting disciples, he stands a good chance of winning in November. If voters pay attention instead to the things Obama is saying, the case against an Obama presidency will be clear.

OBAMA HATES Cristi Adkins

Cristi Adkins is mad as hell at Barack Obama, and she isn’t going to take it — his narcissistic, thuggish, dishonest campaign — anymore.
Cristi is one of the most effective “Hillary Supporters”, a woman who’s working 14-hour-days to ensure the defeat on Nov. 4 of the man she calls “Hussein.” She calls him that because she believes — correctly — that he has only a tangential connection to American values. His history demonstrates that he’s much more at home in Kenya than in mainstream America, which is too “bitter” for his rarified tastes.

Obama and his sycophants despise what Cristi, a co-founder of Clintons4McCain and NobamaMission, is doing, and they’ve responded by initiating a campaign of hatred and innuendo against her. Read more over at nobamablog.wordpress.com and Please read the rest at Campaign2008VictoryA

Cristi is a mom (two teenagers and a three-year-old), a wife, a veteran (former MP), and a nurse. The father of her two teenagers just came home from a combat tour in Afghanistan. In short, she’s the kind of American with whom Obama and his fellow elitists have nothing in common.

Why does she bug Obams so much? Mainly because she’s frequent guest on shows hosted by people by Neil Cavuto, Sean Hannity, Jim Bohannon. She’s even been on the “Daily Show.” Right now, she’s headed to Denver to “Just Say No Deal” to Barack H. Obama. She’s a force in contemporary politics.

For that reason, she’s been the target of absurd attacks by bloggers who serve as cheerleaders for BHO. Many of the people reading this blog. Were you aware that Obama PAYS his bloggers? Most of them get roughly $7 an hour, and some apparently receive much more. That would come as news to people who visit their sites and believe they’re getting something approximating “straight talk.” In fact, those bloggers are presenting all the “news” that fits with the Obama agenda.

In NoBama Mission Bloggers, a brainchild of Cristi Adkins and others in the NoBama Mission effort, there will be 200 blogs by the end of this day. How many of them are paid by anyone? A grand total of zero. They are all volunteers — just like me, just like Cristi, just like the other tens of thousand of people who center their lives around the NoBama effort.

Nobama’s friends in Low Places

Liberalism is often a problem at the presidential level. Cultural liberalism is a burden. Haughty cultural liberalism is a disaster in the making. For good or ill, the presidency is a cultural institution as much as it is a political institution. And it’s fundamentally a culturally conservative one. Fair or not, many perceive Obama as a cultural outsider. This week, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said of Obama’s friendship with former left-wing domestic terrorist Bill Ayers: “They’re friends. So what?”

Psephologist and columnist Michael Barone noticed during the primaries that, with the exception of the black vote, Obama’s support within the Democratic party is comprised almost entirely of cultural liberals. He dubbed this intra-Democratic split a divide between “academics and Jacksonians.” The Jacksonians are working-class, culturally conservative whites. The academics are the same people who formed the base for Howard Dean, Bill Bradley, Michael Dukakis, Gary Hart, George McGovern, and other successful presidents in the anti-matter universe where Spock has a goatee.

read more below from the sources
WSJ.com

DECLARATIONS

By PEGGY NOONAN

Jonah Goldberg of Real Clear Politics:

“The Mystery of Obama’s Problems”

read more by Tim Hanes

Lorie Byrd from Real Clear Politics

“The Case against Obama, in His own Words”

TimesOnlineUK by Gerald Baker

“Yes we can? Make that: “Oops we may not”

Campaign2008VictoryA-Cristi Adkins story

Know Enough?

by nobamablog

American Issues Project asks:

Beyond the speeches, how much do you really know about Barack Obama?

Learn about his connection to William Ayers.

Must see video. Don’t miss this.

And finally from my good friend WriterChic, a wonderful writer.

Is Hillary Still Gasping for Air or is She Dead in the Water?