Obama's Troubled Waters

Things just aren't going too well for Sen. Obama lately and the poll numbers are showing the trend, as are the favorability numbers. Electability is the only game in this town. Everything else pales in comparison. Hillary is coming on strong as the best candidate for the fall election against Sen. McCain.

It isn't just one thing with Obama, it's a bunch of things. Right now, though, the media just happens to be concentrating on one thing--Rev. Wright. Once they get tired of that one, there are a bunch of other issues to focus on. That's why he can't be our nominee. Someone like Rove would have so many goodies to choose from.


Graphic by Pat Racimora, as posted on No Quarter.

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Obama may face grilling on patriotism

Look what will be in store for Obama, You may take a chance. I will not!

Obama may face grilling on patriotism
No flag pin, no hand over his heart: Is he exposed?
The Associated Press
updated 5:26 a.m. ET, Sun., Feb. 24, 2008
WASHINGTON - Sen. Barack Obama's refusal to wear an American flag lapel pin along with a photo of him not putting his hand over his heart during the National Anthem led conservatives on Internet and in the media to question his patriotism.

Now Obama's wife, Michelle, has drawn their ire, too, for saying recently that she's really proud of her country for the first time in her adult life.

Conservative consultants say that combined, the cases could be an issue for Obama in the general election if he wins the nomination, especially as he runs against Vietnam war hero Sen. John McCain.

'Blame America first crowd'
"The reason it hasn't been an issue so far is that we're still in the microcosm of the Democratic primary," said Republican consultant Roger Stone. "Many Americans will find the three things offensive. Barack Obama is out of the McGovern wing of the party, and he is part of the blame America first crowd."

Opponents of Sen. John Kerry proved in the 2004 election that voters are sensitive to suggestions that a candidate is not sufficiently patriotic. The Democratic presidential nominee's campaign was torpedoed by critics of his Vietnam War record called the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, even though he won multiple military honors and was lauded by his superiors.

The Swift Boat campaign started as a relatively small television ad buy that exploded into an issue that dogged Kerry for months. The Massachusetts senator has conceded since losing to President Bush that the campaign and his lackluster response to unsubstantiated allegations he considered unworthy of a reaction likely cost him the election. And the term even became part of the campaign lexicon -- swift boating.

Obama already is the subject of a shadowy smear campaign based on the Internet that falsely suggests he's a Muslim intent on destroying the United States. Obama is a Christian and has been fighting the e-mail hoax, which also claims he doesn't put his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance, and he's been trying to correct the misinformation.

"Whenever I'm in the United States Senate, I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America," Obama frequently tells voters.

"I've been going to the same church for 20 years, praising Jesus," he adds.

Retired Major General Scott Gration, an Obama military adviser, said he expects the attacks will only increase if Obama wins the Democratic nomination.

"People are projecting things and taking things out of context," Gration said. "There's absolutely no question in my mind that Michelle and Barack are extremely patriotic, appreciate our freedoms and our values and everything else that the flag represents."

Officials with the McCain campaign and the Republican Party say they won't be suggesting Obama is less than patriotic, and instead plan to focus their criticisms on his record and inexperience if he wins the nomination. Well-funded outside groups, however, consider anything fair game.

Conservative Republican consultant Keith Appell, who worked with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, said Obama's opposition to the war will create a "striking contrast between McCain the war hero and Obama the poster child for the anti-war movement."

"If you are McCain, you want to play up the decorated war hero, loves his country, served his country," Appell said. "You want to play those themes up as much as possible, especially in comparison to Obama and his role in the anti-war movement."

Questions around Michelle
On Monday, Michelle Obama told an audience in Milwaukee, "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country. Not just because Barack is doing well, but I think people are hungry for change."

Cindy McCain, McCain's wife, days later responded by saying, "I have, and always will be, proud of my country." Barack Obama has expressed frustration that his wife's remarks had been taken out of context and turned into political fodder -- both the Obamas say she was talking about politics in the United States, not the country itself.

Last summer, Obama was photographed by Time magazine at an event in Iowa standing with his hands folded during the national anthem. His primary rivals Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson appear beside him, with their hands on their hearts.

It has been repeatedly reported that the moment came during the Pledge of Allegiance, but that's not the case.

In October, Obama told Iowa television station KCRG that he decided to stop wearing a U.S. flag lapel pin during the run-up to the Iraq war because it had become "a substitute for, I think, true patriotism."

"I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest. Instead, I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great and, hopefully, that will be a testimony to my patriotism," Obama said.

Obama's comments led conservatives and media commentators to question his patriotism.

Questioning his patriotism
"First he kicked his American flag pin to the curb. Now Barack Obama has a new round of patriotism problems. Wait until you hear what the White House hopeful didn't do during the singing of the national anthem," said Steve Doocy, co-host of "Fox and Friends" on the Fox News Channel.

"He felt it OK to come out of the closet as the domestic insurgent he is," former radio host Mark Williams said on Fox.

Gration said he had a copy of the national anthem photo e-mailed to him by a friend who didn't know the facts and questioned how a military man could support someone who doesn't honor the Pledge of Allegiance.

"I go to baseball games and football games and there's just a minority of us who put our hands over our heart. It's not an indication of patriotism," Gration said. Gration said he personally wears a flag pin, but "if I meet someone who doesn't have a lapel pin, it doesn't mean they are more or less patriotic than I am."

And, he added, "I don't think you can find Barack again not putting his hand over his heart at the national anthem."

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Michelle Obama slams race card with a thunder

I am not sure where the party is going with this. they are either stupid or did nt think of consequences. Now I think for the FIRST time, that we may actually end up losing 08. also, this should do permanent damage to democratic party if party heads dont reign in.

I have advocated time and again for Hillary to write down SC and not campaign there. Simple. She has very limited chances of winning. and the clash would unnecessarily incite race into equation. I am documenting the sequence of events after NH primaries.

1) Obama sent surrogates all over the media to call it bradley effect. That was perticularly disturbing for a variety of reasons, since it portrays white americans as racist. it was a bad strategy that Obama media representatives had employed, and it will hurt him if he is the nominee in GE.

2) Obama immediately dispatched his surrogate campaign co-chair, Jesse Jackson Jr. to make scathing race baiting statements regarding Hillary emotional moment time. This was disgusting to watch and it really hurt quiet a few people, especially how shamelessly Jesse Jackson Jr. was using race baiting.

3) Obama campaign immediately circulating memo accusing hillary and Bill being racist. Shameful. If a first black president had to prove his credentials of not being a racist, then I guess for my entire life, I will be looked upon by african americans as racist. me, my kids, my kids kids, my parents, their parents, yes we are all racists, unless we prove otherwise.

4) Final attempt is Michelle Obama today slamming hard the race card. I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A BLATANT RACE BAITING IN MY WHOLE LIFE.

Here is transcript of Micheklle Obama speech.

Michelle Obama: Husband No `fairy Tale'

By ERRIN HAINES - 3 hours ago

ATLANTA (AP) -- Michelle Obama said Sunday her husband is the person America needs in the White House right now and criticized anyone who would dismiss his campaign as being built on illusion or fairy tale.

She said Barack Obama is the right candidate "not because of the color of his skin, but because of the quality and consistency of his character" and that postponing his bid for the White House was not an option.

"I know about the sense of doubt and fear about what the future holds, that keeps us hoping and waiting for a turn that will never come," she said. "There are a lot of doubters and naysayers out there talking about, 'I'm not sure America is ready for a black president.'"

But she declared that "we are more ready and prepared than we can ever know."

Greeted by a standing ovation when she took the stage at the opening of the Trumpet Awards -- an event celebrating black achievement -- she went on to criticize anyone who would "dismiss this moment as an illusion, a fairy tale" in an obvious reference to comments made by Bill Clinton, the spouse of her husband's main rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, who used the term "fairy tale" to refer to Obama's characterization of his position on the Iraq war.

Among that group, she included blacks who might be skeptical about whether Obama is electable. She pointed to his showing in Iowa and New Hampshire and said she is optimistic about his chances in the upcoming South Carolina Democratic primary -- when the black vote will first factor into the election.

"We had a miraculous victory in Iowa," Michelle Obama said. "Ain't no black people in Iowa! Something big, something new is happening. Let's build the future we all know is possible. Let's show our kids that America is ready for Barack Obama right now."

Michelle Obama's remarks were also peppered with references to Coretta Scott King and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose 79th birthday is Tuesday.

I once again appeal to Hillary Clinton to pull out of SC. this doesnt help democrats. doesnt help her. doesnt help the cause she is trying to serve.

Michelle Obama playing race card?

Again, why this double standards by media. Michelle obama is playing race card and saying African Americans will wake up and vote for Mr. Obama because he is one among them. Why does she or Obama get free pass from press when they make such silly statements?

"WASHINGTON--With polls showing African-Americans have yet to give overwhelming support to White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), his wife Michelle said "black America will wake up and get it" in an interview running on MSNBC on Monday."

Infact Obama himself used race card to prove his electability point. asked by WP what red states he can win, and this was his answer.

As the interview drew to a close, Obama expressed great confidence in his ability to change the political environment -- and the political map in America. Asked what red states he could win, he named Virginia and added provocatively, "I think I can put Mississippi in play" because of the high percentage of African Americans in the state, despite the fact that it has been one of the most reliably Republican states in the nation."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con tent/article/2007/11/08/AR2007110802459_ pf.html

the point is, if we contrast those interviews with what hillary can say. if she says, I think I will win in state X because of large amount of female voters in that state, what would typical response from media be?

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