Obama's Really Funny

Obama's gridiron speech:

Mr. Obama did not return a call seeking comment, but in his Gridiron speech, which brought down the house, he tweaked the press for its fawning coverage so far -- a recurring theme he has hit upon in response to an excessive crush of media attention from the start of his political career.

"I want to thank you for all the generous advance coverage you've given me in anticipation of a successful career," Mr. Obama said. "When I actually do something, we'll let you know."

On Feingold's censure resolution.

"I haven't read it," demurred Barack Obama (Ill.).

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Senate Dem 'Captains Courageous' on censure res

Zeleny of the Chicago Tribunerounded up some corkers yesterday.

Including from one now slightly shop-soiled, former liberal darling, home stater:

It's not impeachment, but it's not something you apply lightly," Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said. "And whether we want to start applying censure motions or impeachment when there are questions about a president's authority in national security is something that you have to be judicious about."

Go get 'em, tiger!

And, as for fellow-Illinoisan and current lefty blogger heart-throb, Rahm Emanuel:

When asked about the censure resolution...[he] paused for several seconds before wrinkling his face and trying to change the subject.

"If you were going to do a censure, which doesn't exist in the Constitution, I would censure for not having a minimum wage increase. I'd have a censure for not having a health-care policy," he said. "That's my view. I'd like to have Congress do its job."

See how he turns the question back to his agenda? That's some fancy drivin', mister. The hack has already forgetten all about the censure res, I'll be bound...

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Obama ethics bill TOO ethical for Pelosi

Surprise, surprise!

I've not been the only one here to signal the disconnect between Pelosi's vigorous rhetoric on Congressional ethics (or rather the lack of them) and her scrupulous avoidance of any concrete step to improve them (an earlier piece).

It's happened again, according to this from The Hill.

Cliff Notes: the flurry of Dem activity on the ethics front in recent months led to the production of two bills. Pelosi's official bill is HR 4682; Obama, who supports the bill, has introduced another, S 2259, which goes further.

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Obama supports Bean?

The increasingly popular Senator Barack Obama [D-IL] is supporting Congresswoman Melissa Bean [D-IL] 8th District in her bid for re-election. Why? Just because she is a Democrat? Congresswoman Bean has been referred to by many people as a "Bush Democrat", because she has voted "yes" along with the Republicans on numerous key bills i.e. CAFTA, bankruptcy, and the Patriot Act. I can get my picture taken with the Senator and the Congresswoman in exchange for a $500 donation. I wonder how much it costs for a "yes" vote from Bean, or the support of Obama.

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Why McCain is smearing Sen. Obama

I don't write diaries often, but this recent incident between John McCain and Barack Obama has gotten me unusually interested.  First off, I couldn't make sense of it.  The whole thing just seemed...wierd, unexpected.  But the more I thought about, the more I came to realize what this signals. I'm curious to know what others might think about my theory. It's a bit long, but I hope you think its worth it.

As I said, the McCain-Obama tiff seems like a strange and rather unexpected one. After all, Senator Barack Obama is a well-regarded, well-spoken senator known for his courtesy and sincerity.  Additionally, McCain is known to work in a bipartisan manner on some high-profile issues, and by all accounts does so in a manner becoming a Senator of the United States.  That is what makes McCain's reaction to, and attack on, Sen. Obama so puzzling.

But put into the proper perspective it becomes all too clear exactly why John McCain chose to attack Barack Obama.  John McCain, before all else, wants to be President of the United States.  And the lengths to which he will go to in order to attain that position could be first seen when he endorsed George W. Bush at the 2000 Republican National Convention after the Bush campaign had slandered and smeared Mr. McCain and his family.  Since then, John McCain has made numerous efforts to cozy up to the Bush team, to the point where he now operates as a close ally to the administration, if not as one of them. And the Bush team, well aware of John McCain's popularity amongst the electorate, understands that he may be the GOP's best bet to hold onto the White House come 2008 (further proof here).  Knowing that, it is rather logical to conclude that the man behind this attack was not McCain or one of his operatives, but someone from the Bush team -- political operative #1, Karl Rove.

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