Shocking Development: Bush STILL retains Presidential Authority!

In a brazen move to extend his presidential authority AFTER he left office, it was revealed today that George Bush has extended "absolute immunity" to Karl Rove, Harriet Meirs and potentially many more members of his intimate crime family for any future investigation involving them. In his evidently continuing role as President, Bush has ordered them NOT to testify before congress.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/182224

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RNC Spent $1,000,000 Sending-Out Phony Registration Cards to Swing State Dems

Well, folks, it looks like the RNC people have all been a good students of Karl Rove shennanigans...

I spoke to my local Obama/Democratic headquarters today, and they told me the RNC spent a million dollars sending-out phony voter registration cards with a fake return address telling all Democrats (in the swing states who were not registered yet), that all they needed to do was fill-out the form in order to be registered by election day. Of course, in filthy Rove fashion, the mail-in address was not to their actual local voter registration centers! It was just a phony made-up address.

I guess people "got wind" of the trick when the actual voter registration centers told people that they never received any -- not one -- since the return address was fake.

Man, the word has to get out to those swing state Dems, or the filthy RNC is going to steal yet another Presidential Election! Amazing! Truly.

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The Dark Side of Election 08

I have a theory and want to know what you all think.

I posted these comments today, at the bottom of a descending thread at Open Left from yesterday, My Frustrating Ignorance On The Campaignby: Chris Bowers where Bowers wonders about why Obama's numbers are creeping steadily down.

I don't know how much this has been talked about, having been preoccupied by local primary races, but I'd like to see what others think:

I believe the strategy McCain/Palin is using now is this: Promote a myth people want to believe and scoff at a reality people prefer to believe is not true. And I think there's a parallel darker campaign being deployed (below).

Maybe that's overly simplistic, but it speaks to a gut feeling that I have.

Overwhelmed and frightened people want desperately to believe in a strong father who will make decisions for them, and tell them (firmly, parentally) they don't need to do their own thinking and deciding. And that things are okay, really, they are okay, you can trust me, believe me.

During a campaign, this is a myth that works, because people WANT it to be true, very badly, and because it won't be put to the test until governance begins. Then the wheels fall off, as in Bush, life gets measurably worse for everyone and the lie is revealed. Obviously too late -- the damage has been done.

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Let's hope the truth comes out when we deal with McCain.

I read this in a Newsweek article by David Kiley:

What the McCain campaign doesn't want people to know, according to one GOP strategist I spoke with over the weekend, is that they had an ad script ready to go if Obama had visited the wounded troops saying that Obama was...wait for it...using wounded troops as campaign props. So, no matter which way Obama turned, McCain had an Obama bashing ad ready to launch. I guess that's political hardball. But another word for it is the one word that most politicians are loathe to use about their opponents--a lie.

This is something McCain denied to Andrea Mitchell yesterday on MSNBC, but what's a denial added to the lies coming from his campaign already? Not much, I'm afraid.

The desperation of McCain is too obvious for words, yet there are many who seem to be falling for the Karl Rove-ian techniques.

And now he keeps race in the issue by accusing Obama of playing "the race card" simply because the Democrat admits to being different from previous candidates (ie: funny name, doesn't look like the presidents on the currency, etc.). The fact that what he says is true... and that he is really using it as humor to get us away from personal distractions so that issues such as the economy, the military mix-up, the profit gobbling oil companies and eight years of Republican debt buildup... has no serious meaning compared to the one McCain implies.

McCain started out saying he wa committed to a "Civil Campaign". Instead, he is aiming for a Civil War.

Under he LobsterScope

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So Barack, Are You Just Gonna Take It?

Over the past few days there have been a few diaries, and a lot of comments, about Obama's lack of retort to McCain's amped up attacks.  The general line was why the hell are we taking this shit? There were the expected (and fairly reasonable) questions about whither Obama's Rapid Response apparatus? Where are the rebuttal ads?  And where are the pit-bull surrogates? (Hillary, we're looking fondly at you here.)  

Yes, looking at this stage of the campaign as a series of battles does seem to indicate that we're in need of a... surge.  To be entirely fair, a well-timed surge can surely save your bacon - in the short run.  

I'm going to tread on dangerous ground here, and suggest that we can all agree on something: whether you like the guy personally or not, whether you like (all) his policies or not, most of you should probably agree that he's run a strong, disciplined, and strategic campaign. Stripping away my feelings for Obama (I like the guy!) I still figure this operation does know what it's doing.  Now we're starting to see the results of this soft-walk approach.  

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Dangerous ground after the fold.

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