Turns out that Chris Matthews' leg-tingling* that he discussed recently on MSNBC's Hardball -- aired on a network so blatantly pro-Obama that we all call it MSNBO these days -- is not due to restless leg syndrome. It's a far more serious mental obsessive-compulsive condition that has disabled his ability to be neutral when discussing Obama. Numerous reports confirm this exchange before a Harvard Crimson audience:
Praising Barack Obama throughout his speech, Matthews said the Illinois Democrat is a symbol of the positive change that he believe the country needs. [...]
When asked by another audience member how he would respond to the claim that MSNBC officially supports Obama, Matthews responded with typical Hardball wit, "Well, it's not official."
So it's "not official." But it's sure clear as day to all of us who used to watch MSNBC (except for Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan, of whom we've all become very fond for his sharp, objective insights and encyclopedic knowledge of political history).
"A candidate for president of the United States cannot cozy up to someone with this kind of anti-American rhetoric. He has lost Main Street white America. Is anyone going to believe that he didn't know about Wright's views? Is anyone going to accept as an explanation that he wasn't in attendance when these things were said? He'll get clobbered in Pennsylvania, clobbered in Indiana, clobbered in Kentucky.
"This isn't about white racism. It's about Wright racism.
"I thought that Obama was exempt from racial reactions because he was the Tiger Woods of politics. People looked at him and saw him not as someone who is black, but as someone who transcended race because of his unique skills and accomplishments. Not any more. He just triple bogeyed the presidency. He's done."
Talk is cheap. The video's title: "We Are The Ones (Can you hear me?)'
Those people shown at the end of the video? Those are the people who will have heard Jeremiah Wright's words and will not forget. And no excuse-making in the world can remove those searing ugly, divisive, racist remarks from their memories.
I know such people. I live around such people. You may not. Believe it or not, they don't go to blogger conventions. In fact most of them, when I mention a blog, have no idea what I am talking about. But, since I do know these people, I can guarantee you that they see through the excuses. They know the HATE behind those words. They will not forget.
Update [2008-3-17 23:0:7 by susanhu]: A friend sent me more questions, so I'm adding those to the list. The new questions begin at #8.
The transparent and inclusive candidate will have his moment of crisis in Philadelphia when he delivers his "Checkers" speech. Now the transparent candidate must be, well, transparent.
How much money total over 20 years has Obama given to his church?
What percent of his charitable giving has gone to his church?
How many rabbis or Jewish leaders have received Obama's church's "Trumpet" award given to Farrakhan?
How many rabbis have been invited to speak from Obama's church's pulpit?
How many times a year did Obama go to church?
On what Sundays exactly did he attend services?
By the way, how many reporters have seen this magazine financed partly with Obama's donations?
Does he intend to resign from the church?
Why was Wright a member of his campaign's advisory committee?
Why was the offer to Wright to speak during the invocation of Barack Obama's campaign announcement rescinded?
Did Barack have discussions with Wright regarding specific remarks Wright uttered?
Was Obama ever aware of Wright's use of his pulpit as a political soundboard?
Is Obama prepared to state that he never heard controversial remarks from Wright? Or will he rely on the obfuscatory language he utilized in the Huffington Post essay?
Do you expect that Obama will answer even ONE of those questions tomorrow? No. Instead, we'll be treated to more blather about hope, change, his mixed DNA, and the "we are one" baloney that no bedrock voting American will believe for a second. HE IS OVER. And the Democratic party had better realize it.
Do you remember the Crown family? Do you remember the Crown patriarch who sits on the board of Maytag? Do you recall that Barack Obama, as a U.S. Senate candidate, met with Maytag workers, asked for their donations and promised them he'd help save their jobs, and that he then went to the Crown family and took their large donations, but never said a word to Crown about saving the jobs of the Maytag workers? (Crown confirmed in a newspaper interview that Obama never asked him about saving the Maytag jobs.)
Andy just alerted me to Jeralyn's post at TalkLeft, in which she highlights Obama's earmarks for General Dynamics, one of the largest military contractors in the world, and its ties to Chicago's Crown family.
"Among [Obama's earmarks are] an $8 million request for the 'High Explosive Air Burst Technology Program'. Ultimately, $1.3 million in funding was awarded for the program,"writes Jeralyn.
the defense project was overseen by General Dynamics, one of the nation's largest military contractors. Obama's Illinois finance chairman, James S. Crown, serves on the company's board of directors and his family holds a sizable stake in the company.
"Crown and his wife, Paula Crown," Jeralyn adds, "are members of Obama's National Finance Committee and have raised more than $200,000 for the Obama campaign, according to a list of fundraisers posted on Obama's campaign website."
Update [2008-3-12 17:34:41 by susanhu]: (TWO VIDEOS: The second is a must-see from the NBC affiliate in Chicago.) RezkoWatch: "This video is always a valuable—and vivid—reminder of the living conditions in Obama's district:"
√ Eleven Rezmar buildings were in the state Senate district Obama represented between 1996 and 2004. Many of the buildings ended up in foreclosure, with tenants living in squalid conditions, the Sun-Times reported last year. In one instance, Rezko's company left tenants without heat for five weeks. Obama said he was unaware of problems with the buildings and minimized the legal work he'd done. -- From the Chicago Sun-Times via District 299 The Chicago Schools Blog.
√√√ Obama said in the interview Monday that he was unaware of the scope of properties owned by Rezmar or the problems surrounding them. He said none of the affected residents personally sought his help and that aides at his state Senate district office did not recall any inquiries. Still, he said it was "possible" that during his tenure in the legislature that a constituent may have written or called his office "saying, 'We're in a building, and we're unhappy with the service here.'"
Such problems, he said, would normally be brought to the attention of an alderman or the city's Housing Department. "Had I known that there were buildings that were in deteriorating or poor condition, that certainly would have given me pause. But I didn't know," Obama said. -- From the Chicago Tribune.
"I didn't know," he says? It'd give you "pause"? Oh really?
Thanks to Alegre for an insightful video clip that summarizes succinctly the inept incompetence of the Obama foreign policy team. Susan Rice, a senior Obama foreign policy advisor, who served on the National Security Council and later as the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs at the State Department under Bill Clinton. We don't know for sure what Barack or Hillary would do with a "3 a.m." phone call, but we don't have to wonder about Susan Rice. She sits on her hands doing nothing.
Jury selection began Monday in the trial of political influence peddler Tony Rezko. This would be the time -- before a single witness takes the stand -- for Barack Obama to finally share every detail of his relationship with Rezko. [...]
For months, Sun-Times investigative reporters have had a standing request to meet with Obama, face to face, to get answers to questions such as these:
• How many fund-raisers did Rezko throw for Obama?
• Obama is donating $150,000 to charity that Rezko brought into the campaign. But how much in all did Rezko raise?
• Did Rezko find jobs for Obama backers in the Blagojevich administration or elsewhere?
• Why did Obama only recently admit -- after Bloomberg News broke the story -- that Rezko had toured his South Side mansion with him in 2004 before he bought it?
Dribs and drabs of people's lives have a most unfortunate way of coming out in trials.
Ouch. These reporters and their questions, not to mention the snark in that last sentence. BELOW THE FOLD, there are cut-to-the-quick observations in "The fight is far from over" from the New Statemen on Mr. Obama's problems (R.e.z.k.o. and much more).
Now here's more from across the pond, via Martin Fletcher of the UK's Times, who has some answers to his own questions, in "Q&A: Barack Obama and Tony Rezko." The question and answer about Iraqi millionaire Nadhmi Auchi, in particular, may interest readers since it is Larry Johnson who has done much of the reporting and analyzing on Rezko's shady involvements with Auchi.
Update [2008-3-4 16:49:19 by susanhu]: "UPDATED STATEMENT FROM OHIO FOR HILLARY STATE DIRECTOR ROBBY MOOK ON TODAY'S VOTING
Voters Can Call (888) 472-9470 To Report Irregularities At The Polls" (The rest of this memo is at the end of the story.)
GET THIS STORY OUT. TELL EVERYONE. If you are on the ground in Texas or Ohio, and notice any irregularities, you can report them to the Clinton campaign via this form: "Polling Problems." (And report irregularities in the comments below.)
Update [2008-3-4 15:50:4 by susanhu]: Ben Smith at Politico.com is reporting that "Ohio official rejects Obama poll-watcher letter." ("An official in the office of the Ohio Secretary of State has written local election officials instructing them not to accept an Obama campaign letter (.pdf) as sufficient documentation for poll-watchers to polling places. ...")
I'm receiving reports that contrary to Texas Democratic party caucus rules that preclude registration forms from being submitted before either 7:15 pm or the last vote at a precinct has been cast, Obama volunteers are handing out the forms at precincts today and asking people to fill them in and then collecting them. For Obama to submit the forms on the voters' behalf without the voter physically being present at the caucus would violate the rules.
Jeralyn, an attorney who's a legal expert for the media, cites the rules:
Update [2008-3-4 11:52:13 by susanhu]: Canadian commentators on CTV have a good chuckle over Barack Obama and his panderbear Bob Shrum who made comments on Obama's behalf on Sunday's Meet The Press. They also do some fact-telling on NAFTA.
(Uh, is Shrum a paid operative these days, or just trying out for a job?)
ORIGINAL STORY: Along with Newsday and Chicago Sun-Times news stories, the transcript of the new Clinton radio ad running in Ohio, and the expressed rage of union leaders (all below), here's the latest report from CTV.ca news, which broke the story last week on the "wink, wink" meeting between Obama senior economic adviser Austan Goolsbee and Canadian diplomats to signal that while Obama would talk tough on NAFTA, the Canadians shouldn't worry because it's just "campaign rhetoric" -- with the Obama campaign's emphatic denials (including Obama's own flat-out false denial) obliterated by the "smoking gun" Canadian memorandum. Thanks to Hill Vet for the link:
Along with Newsday and Chicago Sun-Times news stories (but two of thousands of such stories), the transcript of the new Clinton radio ad running in Ohio, and the rage of union leaders (all below), here's the latest report from CTV.ca news, which broke the story last week on the "wink, wink" meeting between Obama senior economic adviser Austan Goolsbee and Canadian diplomats to signal that while Obama would talk tough on NAFTA, the Canadians shouldn't worry because it's just "campaign rhetoric" -- with the Obama campaign's emphatic denials (including Obama's own flat-out false denial) obliterated by the "smoking gun" Canadian memorandum. Thanks to Hill Vet for the link: