Maureen Dowd on Karl Rove’s comment about Obama:
“He might be smoking, but it would be at a cafe, hunched over a New York Times, an Atlantic magazine, his MacBook and some organic fruit-flavored tea, listening to Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks” on his iPod.”
And for a refresher… Rove’s comment about Obama:
“Even if you never met him, you know this guy. He’s the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by.”
Read Dowd’s column. It’s a good example why this Republican characterization of Obama won’t work the way it did for Kerry.
Filed under: Election 2008
Funny. Funny. Funny.
I think some Hillary and Barack supporters had quite a great time putting this together.
If you are a female and you are still undecided, check it out. Learn where he stands from a funny and undercoverly partisan source.
Filed under: Democratic Nomination 2008, Election 2008, Republican Nomination 2008
May money totals for the three major candidates.
Clinton: $22.5 million, including $12.2 million personal loan
McCain: $1.3 million
Nothing to do with politics or even the United States, but so cute and adapted to the age we are living in.
A Heinz commercial airing in the UK
From the NRO, just to put all of that liberal MSM in their place:
When I first saw the clips, my suspicious and mean-spirited nature kicked in. I went to my computer and looked up the demography of that Hartford neighborhood. Uh-huh. (That’s just the broad zip code, which likely includes some gentrified zones. Here are student stats for the nearest public high school. Here are the same for the nearest public elementary school.) Yet in all the TV news and talking-head coverage of the incident, nobody bothered to tell us about neighborhood demographics. Not only did they not bother to tell us, they pointedly refrained from telling us. The talking heads were all: “What’s the matter with us?” and “How did we get this way?” and other verbal hand-wringings, while vast numbers of white TV viewers who’d already guessed the thing I’d looked up, were thinking to themselves: “Whaddya mean, us? This isn’t us, it’s them. Nothing to do with us.”
John Derbyshire cannot be serious can he?
“Whaddya mean, us? This isn’t us, it’s them. Nothing to do with us.”
First: Who is this them he is speaking of? People from Connecticut. Maybe, if he’s criticizing liberals. Probably not though, most people in Connecticut are pretty well off and good standing citizens. Ok, so not people from Connecticut. How about people who watch a hit and run and fail to come to the person’s aid directly. That’s what most people who agree was the horror surrounding this hit and run caught on tape. But no, he’s not talking about them. How about the people in Hartford. Ok, getting warmer. People in Hartford tend to have less education and less money than the rest of the people in Connecticut. But to be more specific, he is talking about the high minority population, specifically Hispanics and African Americans that live in and around the area in Hartford (Park Street) where the hit and run occurred. Ok so an US (white people who are citizens in good standing) vs. THEM (African Americans and Hispanics who are poor and live in inner-city Hartford, CT and couldn’t give a damn about anyone but themselves and their welfare checks). Sounds to me like someone is making way to many generalizations about people and being openly racist.
Second: What Derbyshire and his like-minded friends fail to realize is that of course the events that occurred in Hartford have to do with us. The hit and run shows us all that we all have to watch out for and protect each other. The Bible, other religious texts, etiquette, good manners, and being raised as good people and good citizens teach us to always care for other people. Hit and runs are terrible crimes as the driver has no regard for the injury or possibly even death that he might have caused another. Watching a hit and run happen and then stalling to get medical aid to an injured person lying in the street is also terrible as every moment counts in order to save a person’s life or minimize and injury. The hit and run is an example to Americans of the wrong way to treat our fellow citizens.
Further, this crime is an example of the deplorable conditions in some parts of Hartford and in a greater meaning to the rest of America, other inner-city areas across the United States. Scholars, politicians, etc. have debated and will continue to debate how to fix the problems of the urban underclass. The events captured on tape show just how much a life of homelessness, money problems, drug use, gang violence, missing fathers, pregnant teens, and broken homes can harden a community and turn people into humans who’s only concern is looking out for themselves.
Obviously something needs to be done in America to change and reverse the plight of the urban underclass. How? Well there is no clear cut answer. Obviously, universal preschool, a strong improvement in schools in the inner-city, ETIC and other aid programs, family planning classes, mentors, cleaning up the environment in the city, job training programs, more police patrols, and more jobs that pay well enough to support a family and live comfortably will all go a long way towards helping those people. The correct solution has never really been created yet, but it is surely a combination of many of those programs listed above, along with others.
One thing that most definitely will not help aid the urban underclass and change the hardening of the community is by drawing racial distinctions between people- attributing a person’s actions to race.
Our nation has come a long way since Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream Speech”. Unfortunately, his dream has not yet been fully achieved. I see it in my generation- our indignation at drawing racial distinctions and our ability to simply accept all different types of people from all different walks of life. We are the future, we are achieving King’s dream. Yet, for every step forward, there are always steps back- racial distinctions are drawn and lines are crossed. Once the majority of the nation beings to see the way the Millennials- no color or label attached to people- then King’s dream will have come true. Until then, we “kids” will have to sit and listen to people like John Derbyshire, those that are too ignorant to realize that his conclusions are racist and have passed their prime in this country.
Mom: “Amy, most children who have siblings with cancer tend to go into some sort of medical field. Their future professions are affected by their sibling’s illness. Why hasn’t that happened to my children?”
Amy: “Mom, you know Aaron’s illness has affected me and what I see for my future more than you can truly see. Because of what has happened and because of the variety of people that I have met, I want to make sure that everyone has the ability to achieve their dreams. They shouldn’t be held down by their financial standing. All children who have cancer should be able to get the best treatment available and after that they should have all the help they need so that they can succeed.”
See, Aaron’s illness made me more of a Democrat and made me want to make a difference for my generation and future generations in America and abroad.
It seems like many oncologists have also been affected in this way.
Oncologists give 100% of their political donations to the Democratic Party or Democratic candidates!
Filed under: Media
Is it weird that Tim Russert’s death has still not hit me yet? Maybe it’s similar to the way that I always loved watching David Bloom cover the Iraq War when I was first getting involved in politics and current events and had a hard time when he died suddenly in 2003.
Tim Russert has really meant a lot to my own political coming of age. I still see his face on all of these MSNBC news remembrances and think, “Oh I can’t wait to see what happens on Sunday!” or “What his he going to tell Brian Williams tonight?”. It truly hasn’t hit me yet, but still something has changed. Is it weird that I find it difficult to delete my old MTP podcasts (usually I keep only 5 episodes of each podcast show I have) even though I know that I will probably never watch them again? It is weird that I hate watching the MSNBC remembrances, even going so far as to purposefully not downloading the new “Today Show” to watch while I was getting ready this morning?
While Tim is gone and he will be sorely missed by all, especially as the conventions near and as the election takes place in November, life will move on and one can be sure that the NBC network is going to have a difficult task of replacing Russert.
So who will they pick?
While watching the round the clock coverage from MSNBC on Friday, from Tom Brokaw’s announcement all the way through to 6:30 and then tuning into “Nightly News” to hear from Brian Williams, I asked this question to myself quite a bit.
My choice, while watching all of the coverage, was Chuck Todd. Especially when Chuck Todd first spoke about Russert on Friday:
And it’s nice to see that someone else feels the same way.
We need a new design for our Fall General Election 2008 t-shirt.
Here is one design. What do you think?
I was thinking more of a white shirt. Maybe with the same front picture (colored in blue and red) with BU for Barack Obama on the back.
According to TPM, the DNC’s Convention Host Committee is $15 Million short of their fundraising goal. Only one of a series of money problems facing the Democrats as the summer begins along with the general election campaign season.
First. This is sad because in order to fully ground a strong majority in Congress (that means having 60 (61 if you count the traitor Lieberman) Democrats in the Senate and even (duh!) more in the House) and take back the White House, the DNC needs lots of money to put into tight races throughout the country. Every little bit of support that the DNC can give a Democrat running, especially one running against a Republican in local, state, and national races will help. The DNC needs as much money as it can get, especially compared to the RNC fundraising machine.
Second. No, for the Presidential aspect of things, the DNC’s money problem does not worry me. Obama can fundraise like no other candidate and he has such a strong network of supporters (large numbers with small pockets, and small numbers with large pockets all willing to give their money and abilities to get him elected). The DNC can use all of their money to get Democrats elected across the country, leave the Obama crew to raise some funds by themselves for themselves.
Third. If the DNC is really in that much of a desperate need to raise money then they should hire interns (non-paid) to go out into the field and in high traffic areas specifically to wealthy, Democratic neighborhoods to raise money. An internship looks great on a resume, especially one dealing with political fundraising. The DNC would have free labor and allow college students interested in politics and the Democratic party a first hand look at party politics. The DNC should do this rather than hire out to contractors such as GCI who fail to develop strongly organized offices that are needed in order to raise as much money as possible for the DNC. By hiring GCI and other contractors like them to fundraise, the DNC is losing most of the money that these groups bring in off the streets. Time to screw the contractors and work at a more grassroots levels, directly with college kids working as interns.
Think Howard Dean! Obama perfected your Deaniac movement. Use his and your strengths to the DNC’s advantage!