Obama: What happened?

posted at 7:45 am on September 9, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Apparently, Barack Obama is no fan of irony. CNN reports on John McCain’s strategy of attacking Obama on change, with his attack on Obama’s lack of track record on reform or legislation while arguing for his own. Obama, predictably, wonders how they can make that case:

Lord, please have Obama continue to use that Bridge to Nowhere line.  It has progressed from a dumb attack almost all the way to a Big Lie.  Obama voted for that bridge — twice!  So did Joe Biden.  Obama has requested almost a billion dollars in earmarks in just three years of being in the Senate; McCain doesn’t earmark at all.

Obama is flailing, because he’s getting exposed.  All anyone has to ask Obama is this question: “what have you yourself done to effect change and reform at any political risk to yourself?”  His only examples come from bills he co-sponsored that were so uncontroversial that they passed without roll-call votes.

He takes umbrage with McCain’s attack on his theme of change, but Obama usurped it in the first place.  He made it even more obvious by picking Joe Biden as his running mate.  Obama’s talking about McCain’s advisers being former corporate lobbyists, but Biden’s son Hunter has been lobbying Congress for years on behalf of corporations.  And Obama should know — he’s cut Hunter at least one earmark himself.

McCain’s the only presidential candidate this year who has taken real political risks to effect change and reform in Washington.  Palin has done the same in Alaska, blowing the whistle on her own party’s chairman and exposing his corruption on an important state commission, quitting her own job in order to do so.  The only one writing fiction on this campaign trail is Barack Obama.


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Richard Cohen is going nuts. “They’re swiftboating him and he won’t fight back!”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/09/obama_too_cool_to_put.html

Dudley Smith on September 9, 2008 at 7:48 AM

Change will do you good indeed!

Ordinary1 on September 9, 2008 at 7:50 AM

Barry is trapped, the new girl stole his newness and his plans are as stable a base for a campaign as the other guy in the Sunday school song “The wise man built his house upon the rock”…..

Barack built his platform on the sand.

If you don’t stand for anything Barry all you want is power and sorry but your resume and time on the stick is too short for “vote for me uhm because”.

sven10077 on September 9, 2008 at 7:51 AM

It is also important to keep in mind that Barry O consistantly over polled by 4-7% in the final weeks of the primaries.

singlemalt_18 on September 9, 2008 at 7:53 AM

Obama fatigue.

Disturb the Universe on September 9, 2008 at 7:54 AM

Hussein is on the bridge to nowhere. He should wait until he crosses the bridge before dismantling it.

saved on September 9, 2008 at 7:55 AM

There is always community organizer jobs for Barry and Michelle in Chicago after the Nov election. I am sure that won’t help Michelle’s children. :(

poxoma on September 9, 2008 at 7:55 AM

What Obama does not understand is that he is being Swift-boated. The term does not apply to a mere smear. It is bolder, more outrageous than that. It means going straight at your opponent’s strength and maligning it. This is what was done in 2004 to John Kerry, who had commanded a Swift boat in Vietnam. Kerry had won three Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star and had emerged from the war a certified hero. It was that record his opponents attacked, a tactic Kerry thought so ludicrous that he at first ignored it. The record shows that he lost the election.

wow Dickie Cohen is irritated….

I guess “swiftboating” now means ANY successful attack on a democrat….

To wit, Barack’s backers attacking Sarah Palin’s family, her looks, her home, all this is just ‘good vetting’ mocking Barry pretending that being a pro marxist agitator is like being aMAyor….that’s below the belt. Thanks for keeping it surreal Dick.

sven10077 on September 9, 2008 at 7:56 AM

Obama is a bridge to nowhere.

Loxodonta on September 9, 2008 at 7:56 AM

Schmidt happens.

coldwarrior on September 9, 2008 at 7:57 AM

Rocks and glass houses.

Gwillie on September 9, 2008 at 8:00 AM

The truth is not “Swift Boating”

Elric66 on September 9, 2008 at 8:00 AM

Hussein looks weaker and pathetic with every attack. He can’t do it like Rudy or Sarah. When they attack, they look confident and superior, he looks like a little kid whining.

lodge on September 9, 2008 at 8:01 AM

Dudley Smith on September 9, 2008 at 7:48 AM

I read that at Real Clear..

my gawd.. I guess the Black Guilt vote is wearing off fast..

The more I see him ‘handle’ himself, the more obvious how much of a inexperienced (yeah, I said it) rookie he is…

most of what he ran on was unopposed or painful to watch.. (Alan Keyes ran against him for US Senate.. I respect Alan.. but that was a rough campaign)

Now he is in a REAL race with a REAL opponent and he’s trying to be ‘cool’.. collected..

DaveC on September 9, 2008 at 8:01 AM

Shoulda stuck with your first answer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BnLozS-TnM&NR=1

Ordinary1 on September 9, 2008 at 8:01 AM

I love how the McCain campaign keeps begging Obama not to throw Sarah Palin into the briar patch and he keeps obliging them by doing it.

I think the Dems and the media – who still see her as mayor of Mayberry-on-the-tundra – have been lured into another trap. First McCain’s campaign says she’s not going to be doing any interviews for awhile which sends them into a predictable frothy lather. Then a day or two later they suddenly announce this interview with Charles Gibson which is sure to draw a huge audience of people who’ve been hearing Dems and the punditocracy claiming that she’s been in hiding because she’s so unprepared for tough questioning. And then, just like the convention speech, Palin not only easily clears the low bar that her opponents have set for her, she jumps over it in a rocket powered skycycle, Evel Knievel style. Game, set, match.

rsrobinson on September 9, 2008 at 8:02 AM

I said this months ago and I’m sticking to it.

This guy had two good political ideas: be against the war in Iraq, and play the caucus system to build up a delegate lead. That, and that large amount of Clinton fatugue within the Democratic Party, was enough for him to win the party’s nomination – barely.

Hillary Clinton exposed him as a dilettante without a serious policy agenda or a resume that would foster trust in him even without the policy, as a snob who does not understand real working and patriotic Americans, and as a guy with a thin skin and a glass jaw. Hillary’s problem is that she was still Hillary and too many people in her own party just did not want to deal with the drama anymore. Plus she ran a stupid campaign early on and got pantsed.

All John McCain is doing now is following up on what Hillary started. And he has the resume, and the reservoir of goodwill from a lot of Americans who admire and respect his service to our country, to be a desirable alternative to a guy who has hidden his entire life from us, has no record to speak of at all, and seems to be waiting for a coronation.

rockmom on September 9, 2008 at 8:03 AM

Obama is a bridge to nowhere.

Loxodonta on September 9, 2008 at 7:56 AM

Excellent!

Josiah on September 9, 2008 at 8:03 AM

The truth is not “Swift Boating”

Actually, when you consider what the Swift Boat Vets did to the Kerry campaign, you could make an argument that exposing the truth is “Swiftboating” in it’s truest sense of the word.

crazy_legs on September 9, 2008 at 8:06 AM

Richard Cohen is going nuts. “They’re swiftboating him and he won’t fight back!”

Poor Richard. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Swiftboating: pulling back the curtain to see the strange, fat, bald little man – Axelrod – pulling the levers.

Jaibones on September 9, 2008 at 8:07 AM

I’m hoping that Sarah and those helping her get ready for her interview with ABC slap this one down as ably as Ed and half the conservative bloggers have.

Hopefully ABC will ask her some real foreign policy questions and not go with a geography/world leaders quiz.

rockhead on September 9, 2008 at 8:07 AM

Palin not only easily clears the low bar that her opponents have set for her, she jumps over it in a rocket powered skycycle, Evel Knievel style. Game, set, match.

rsrobinson on September 9, 2008 at 8:02 AM

Also McCain is using guerilla marketing by having his opponents hype his ticket louder than he can in a reverse response matrix. Allow Barry and buddies to demonize her and every time people look for a monster they see a cute little domesticated fox. Not the rabid wolverine she morphs into about corruption.

good tactics.

sven10077 on September 9, 2008 at 8:08 AM

Team Hopey and Changey have put all their political marbles,
into a campaign strategy of “CHANGE”,yet Biden is old
Washington,so, thats not what I call change that Obama is
trying to bring about!!

Its the same,unchanged,Liberal Democratic Party,that wants
you, the voter, to take a giant leap of Liberal faith that
Obama,with zero,notta,zip experience wants you to take and
gamble on!!

And the stakes are awfully high, to put your faith into the
Liberal campaign of Hope,that they darn well know they can’t
deliver!!!!

And Obama’s grand leap of faith,all this liberal Hope,is
awfully risky.In case people forgot,theres still a War On
Terror!!!

A leap of faith of Obama Hope,with no experience!!!

canopfor on September 9, 2008 at 8:09 AM

Then a day or two later they suddenly announce this interview with Charles Gibson which is sure to draw a huge audience of people who’ve been hearing Dems and the punditocracy claiming that she’s been in hiding because she’s so unprepared for tough questioning. And then, just like the convention speech, Palin not only easily clears the low bar that her opponents have set for her, she jumps over it in a rocket powered skycycle, Evel Knievel style.

No kidding. “Misunderestimate” much? :) The Dems have been doing it for 8 years with Bush and they’re doing it again with McCain and, especially, Palin. When will they learn? Hopefully not any time before election day.

crazy_legs on September 9, 2008 at 8:09 AM

Obama should have listened to himself in 2004 when he said he didn’t have the experience to run for Pres.

Mr. Bingley on September 9, 2008 at 8:09 AM

I am listening to Obama’s sad, desperate attempt to mock Palin with the “reinvent” speech. Can you believe he is using the John Kerry “for it before she was against it” horror?

What a fool. It’s a great reminder of why Kerry lost.

Jaibones on September 9, 2008 at 8:10 AM

Obama was Flavor of the Month in February. He’s a celebrity who doesn’t understand the dynamics of celebrity. He has to keep wowing them with something new and different. Hope and Change are sooooo last year.

Wethal on September 9, 2008 at 8:10 AM

rockmom on September 9, 2008 at 8:03 AM

All of that and McCain was rock solid right on about the surge. Obama is stuck trying to deny our victory in Iraq. The MSM is trying to ignore our victory in Iraq as well. They are both being exposed for what they are.

Now they are trying to lie about McCain/Palin and all they are doing is exposing themselves further for what they are.

Ordinary1 on September 9, 2008 at 8:10 AM

Obama fatigue.

Disturb the Universe on September 9, 2008 at 7:54 AM

If Obama is on TV, my wife always comments how she can’t listen to him and leaves the room.

Sweet.

Hening on September 9, 2008 at 8:10 AM

The libs use the MSM as a tool. Unfortunately with stars in their eyes, the MSM didn’t do their job vetting BO. All that is unraveling now should have unraveled before the IA primary. Another good example of MSM’s slant is John Edwards…the man could’ve been BO’s running mate were it not for the National Enquirer (hardly an MSM rag)!

Its a classic “biting the libs in the butt” sort’ve thing!

jbh45 on September 9, 2008 at 8:10 AM

When has Barack Obama ever opposed his own party? How often has he reached across the aisle? What laws has he actually written?

ninjapirate on September 9, 2008 at 8:11 AM

yesterday:

obama: the nominee to nowhere.

reliapundit on September 9, 2008 at 8:12 AM

Yes, but he promised no homework and longer recesses….

J.J. Sefton on September 9, 2008 at 8:12 AM

A leap of faith of Obama Hope,with no experience!!!

canopfor on September 9, 2008 at 8:09 AM

That’s the thing Barry can’t help it he has to try to outtough guy McCain. Everyone knows Barry has always been Mr. “get the hell out in 180 days” now he is accusing McCain of “I know it is not popular keeping the troops there longer but win, win, win!” fame of “wanting us to lose”?

Barry leaves his weakest side open punching McCain’s biggest strength not even on John but on Sarah….

Barry’d take his fishing pole moose hunting….wrong tool and wrong target.

sven10077 on September 9, 2008 at 8:12 AM

They are upset because they have bought the media’s POV that Palin is not quailified and think they are being screwed by a gimmick. If they gave GOv Palin any respect they would look at understanding what is happeneing instead of just continuing to attack her as unfit for the job. their elite better than thou attitude just gets more votes for Mccain.

In the same vein O Rilley on his show last night suggested the same thing and does not think Palin can stand up to his questioning either. I think the media and Obama are underestimating GOv Palin and the desire for smaller gov in this country.

unseen on September 9, 2008 at 8:12 AM

I am making it a point not to underestimate anything until the last vote is counted in November. There are still too many nutroot yoohoos out there who think that B.O. is the true hope of mankind (despite the fact that as Illinois Senator, he has done two things, namely diddly and squat), and there could be yet another surge in his favor.

I mean, Barbara Streisand has yet to sing to him!

pilamaye on September 9, 2008 at 8:13 AM

“Don’t get cocky kid.”

In the midst of all the attention to Palin and Obama’s “fall” may I suggest that we don’t get to cocky? One gaffe, one bad debate performance or no change in the current electoral map and we will all be saying President Obama in January.

The media and the left are waiting for one mistake to pile on and help Obama regain the momentum. I would not make the mistake of thinking that we are in the drivers seat. We still have a long time to go in this election.

The Opinionator on September 9, 2008 at 8:14 AM

I just heard a clip of Zerobama this morning on the radio criticizing McCain’s use of the “change” theme; it went something like this, “Can you believe this guy? Earlier it was all “experience, experience, experience. Now with Palin, it’s all change, change, change.”

ONLY TWO THINGS:

1. Experience does not necessarily exclude change.

2. Obama cannot honestly change the fact of his inexperience, so only a mirage could do the trick.

Lockstein13 on September 9, 2008 at 8:14 AM

McCain has a running mate who is so formidable, she must be attacked.

Team Obama is rattled, poor babies.

Loxodonta on September 9, 2008 at 8:15 AM

Wow. What happened?
I have always thought that O’s campaign was brilliant. Doing a fine job.
Somebody needs to tell him that he’s running against McCain. And let Biden snipe at Palin.
Better yet….don’t tell him. Let him sink lower and lower all on his own.

bridgetown on September 9, 2008 at 8:15 AM

Actually, when you consider what the Swift Boat Vets did to the Kerry campaign, you could make an argument that exposing the truth is “Swiftboating” in it’s truest sense of the word.

crazy_legs on September 9, 2008 at 8:06 AM

I agree, I should have phrased it better. :-)

Elric66 on September 9, 2008 at 8:15 AM

Well, when your candidate is someone whose resume would fit on a postage stamp, who spouts out bumpersticker slogans, who associates with people of questionable character, it will all come out eventually.

I still don’t like John McCain, but Sarah Palin is looking better all the time.

tre on September 9, 2008 at 8:16 AM

pilamaye on September 9, 2008 at 8:13 AM

that’s not fair. He did get his wife a nice 300k/year raise…..

unseen on September 9, 2008 at 8:17 AM

What happened?

You lost.

My collie says:

Now get off of my TV.

CyberCipher on September 9, 2008 at 8:17 AM

I would not make the mistake of thinking that we are in the drivers seat. We still have a long time to go in this election.

The Opinionator on September 9, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Witness their hysterical hope the FM/FM “gaffe” would be huge”….

nah not cocky…stay driven

sven10077 on September 9, 2008 at 8:18 AM

He and his minions actually expected to just be handed the presidency. He may yet get it, but it’ll be the 1st thing he’s ever really had to earn in his life. He’s not used to that. He’s like a spoiled child in so many ways.

SouthernGent on September 9, 2008 at 8:18 AM

C’mon Obama, tell us about ONE time, just one, when you actually took a political risk to bring about some reform –any type of reform. Sitting in Hyde Park and objecting to the invasion of Iraq was no risk; everybody in Hyde Park was doing the same — you would have been taking a risk back then if you had not opposed the invasion. And please don’t point to that unanimously-passed ethics bill you signed on to — as explained above, it’s not a risk to go along with the crowd and do the popular thing.

C’mon Obama, if you want to claim the mantle of “change” and “reform” all for yourself, then tell us what you’ve ever done to bring about change or reform. Tell us what change we can expect from a Chicago machine politician who votes the Democratic party line 97% of the time. Tell us what great reforms we can expect from a freshman Senator who requested nearly a third of a Billion dollars in earmarks last year.

Tell us, Obama. We really want to know.

AZCoyote on September 9, 2008 at 8:19 AM

I said before during the “OMG, Obama!!!” whoop-dee-doop that he better be prepared for the real campaign. Because people were going to be coming out swinging.

Now that McCain/Palin are unloading at him with both barrels, all he can do is whine and complain that they are being “mean.” He’s pulling a Britney Spears, without all the drugs and child neglect – all sorts of popularity and praise for basically doing nothing yet self destructing all the same.

mjk on September 9, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Oh Oh Barry O!
Where did all your voters go?
Up to the north, up in the snow.
Up there to where REAL people grow.

Hawthorne on September 9, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Democrats should have won the election in 2000, but they nominate a guy who coud not get out of his own way. They should have won in 2004, but they nominated the #1 liberal in the Senate who was exposed as a guy who did not take terrorism seriously. They should be winning this election, but they picked the wrong guy again. If they could have convinced Ed Rendell to run for President he would be winning this thing going away.

If you are going to be a U.S. Senator arguing that you are going to bring change to Washington, you already have a skeptical public. You had better have a record of actually trying to change things, and/or a running mate who represents real change. Barack Obama has neither, and John McCain now has both.

Game, set, match.

rockmom on September 9, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Somebody needs to tell him that he’s running against McCain. And let Biden snipe at Palin.

Where the crap is Biden anyway? Did they leave him in the cone of silence? ;)

mjk on September 9, 2008 at 8:21 AM

Ed M. writes, “All anyone has to ask Obama is this question: “what have you yourself done to effect change and reform at any political risk to yourself?” His only examples come from bills he co-sponsored that were so uncontroversial that they passed without roll-call votes.”

The book, “The Case Against Barack Obama” by Freddoso speaks well to just these issues.

Lockstein13 on September 9, 2008 at 8:23 AM

I love how the McCain campaign keeps begging Obama not to throw Sarah Palin into the briar patch and he keeps obliging them by doing it…

rsrobinson on September 9, 2008 at 8:02 AM

McCain is a better puppeteer than I gave him credit for.

Lehosh on September 9, 2008 at 8:25 AM

Kirsten Powers in today’s NY Post says Obama Blew It.

His fundraising is also drying up.

JiangxiDad on September 9, 2008 at 8:26 AM

Man, watching Team Obama on the defensive over the last 4-6 weeks is really something.

The campaign looks and sounds like it was put together by leftist, uber-liberal 20-something elitists with nothing except hatred of Bush to keep them from drifting off to the bathroom every 30 min to smoke a joint and forgetting to come back to work.

I am starting to feel sorry for the millions of Obama supporters who shelled out $5 or $10 over the last few months to what they were led to believe was a legitimate candidate and serious campaign run by adults.

Waterboy on September 9, 2008 at 8:26 AM

His fundraising is also drying up.

…you can fool some of the poeple some of the time etc etc

Waterboy on September 9, 2008 at 8:29 AM

For those who are fond of our navy and it’s great tradition, I offer an analogy: McCain is the commander of the USS Constitution - Old Ironsides – and Obama is the commander of the Good Ship Lollipop.

No contest.

ManlyRash on September 9, 2008 at 8:31 AM

finally, the BO onion is beginning to unravel.

jimmer on September 9, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Now that McCain/Palin are unloading at him with both barrels, all he can do is whine and complain that they are being “mean.” He’s pulling a Britney Spears, without all the drugs and child neglect – all sorts of popularity and praise for basically doing nothing yet self destructing all the same.

mjk on September 9, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Oh we’ve only just begun.

The 527s have not even started full bore.

sven10077 on September 9, 2008 at 8:33 AM

McCain is a better puppeteer than I gave him credit for. – Lehosh on September 9, 2008 at 8:25 AM

What a strange word to use. What do you mean by “puppeteer”?

ManlyRash on September 9, 2008 at 8:36 AM

Where the crap is Biden anyway? Did they leave him in the cone of silence? ;)

mjk on September 9, 2008 at 8:21 AM

He was on ‘Meet the Press’ this weekend.. he is obligated to show up at least once a month there to run his mouth..

It’s in his contract :)

during the week, it’s back to the gimp chamber for him..

DaveC on September 9, 2008 at 8:36 AM

And the more he unravels, the lamer his, folksy “They just don’t get it, y’all are too smart for the McCain lies” stump speeches sound. I leave the room when he starts talking.

anniekc on September 9, 2008 at 8:36 AM

So my wife calls her fairly liberal father last night.

Their family has been in the Chicago suburbs since the 70′s – all of the sudden he blurts out – “you know – I’m voting for McCain.”

“Wow, really…what made you change your mind”?

“I watched the Republican convention, I really liked Sarah, now I realize that Obama is not experienced enough”

I read these kinds of posts from time to time, they don’t mean much to me – because I don’t know the people involved.

You don’t know my father-in -law, but let me assure you, this is a big development.

Dorvillian on September 9, 2008 at 8:37 AM

How many meetings did he call as chairman of the sub-committee…if you said one, that is too many.
Experience and change are the two things he should stay away from…and Palin.
All three are eating him up.

right2bright on September 9, 2008 at 8:37 AM

McCain is a better puppeteer than I gave him credit for.

Lehosh on September 9, 2008 at 8:25 AM

McCain is pulling Obama’s strings pretty well..

DaveC on September 9, 2008 at 8:38 AM

I heard Obama on NPR this AM sounding very defensive about his campaign being the REAL agent of change. His campaign is disoriented and the rivets are popping off the wings.

Suffice it to say, McCain/Palin are way inside Obama’s OODA Loop.

moxie_neanderthal on September 9, 2008 at 8:38 AM

CyberCipher on September 9, 2008 at 8:17 AM

My golden retriver says:

I like your collie and would be happy to offer a snausage in friendship, but I can’t open the container because I don’t have opposable thumbs.

ManlyRash on September 9, 2008 at 8:39 AM

I don’t want to get Democrats second-guessing their winning strategy, but since Joe Biden is obviously hedging his bet by staying on the ballot for Senate this year, maybe congressional Democrats need a plan B as well. Obviously Obama isn’t going to carry them across the finish line. How about impeaching President Bush? It would energize the Democrat base.

Time’s running out.

[Fellow Republicans: shhh! see if they take the bait!]

jeff_from_mpls on September 9, 2008 at 8:40 AM

rockmom on September 9, 2008 at 8:20 AM

none of the democrats are the ‘right one’ because their ideas and beliefs are SO WRONG!! their ideas have been tried and failed repeatedly through history. I honestly don’t understand how anyone with any intelligence can think socialism (ie democratic policies) can possibly work.

right4life on September 9, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Democrats should have won the election in 2000, but they nominate a guy who coud not get out of his own way. They should have won in 2004, but they nominated the #1 liberal in the Senate who was exposed as a guy who did not take terrorism seriously. They should be winning this election, but they picked the wrong guy again. If they could have convinced Ed Rendell to run for President he would be winning this thing going away.

If you are going to be a U.S. Senator arguing that you are going to bring change to Washington, you already have a skeptical public. You had better have a record of actually trying to change things, and/or a running mate who represents real change. Barack Obama has neither, and John McCain now has both.

Game, set, match.

rockmom on September 9, 2008 at 8:20 AM

What you are describing is actually the failure of the primary system to produce an electable candidate for the Democrats. There are two major reasons for this:

1) The nutroots are very active in primaries and often pick the candidate.

2) The media is more effective as influencing a primary than they are at influencing a general election. That is mainly because the media can be counted on to praise the most liberal candidates.

The only recent exception to this was BJ Clinton. He was successful at playing liberal in the primaries to get the nutroots behind him then moving to the center for the general election. No other Democratic candidate has been able to pull off the trick since. They have all had too much of a liberal track record to point at. So they all look phoney when they move to the center.

The only formula the Dems have to win is to pick a relatively unknown governor with a lot of charisma, then make sure they have a track record that will pass muster with the moderates.

Holy Cow, I just realized that the Palin pick has just used the Dems only successful strategy against them.

Hawthorne on September 9, 2008 at 8:43 AM

What happened?

Maybe stuff like this:

Fake ebay Listing Selling Palin’s Baby Trig as ‘Political Prop’

Loxodonta on September 9, 2008 at 8:43 AM

jeff_from_mpls on September 9, 2008 at 8:40 AM

uhh,, Yeah.. YEAH…

because.. when Clinton’s truth was known, Monica had him bl–

I mean, no one died when Clinton lied..

impeach Chenyhaliburton..

DaveC on September 9, 2008 at 8:44 AM

“Whahappen’d” <<from A Mighty Wind

Look, what happened is Chicago politics don’t scale well. Empty suits start to leak – even though this one took a few bullet holes to start. And Obama’s flailing is making it all worse for him.

Best. Election. Season. Evah!!!!

bloghooligan on September 9, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Barry will always have a future in Berlin….they um uh love him there.

John Doe on September 9, 2008 at 8:49 AM

I talked to a friend yesterday who has been around politics as long as I have (since the 1970s.) We agreed that McCain has run perhaps the best campaign of our lifetimes, but also that the Democrats picked their worst candidate since McGovern. My friend thinks the final result may be close to Nixon/McGovern territory. And we agreed that the media have crapped all over themselves so badly that their credibility is gone forever.

rockmom on September 9, 2008 at 8:51 AM

jeff_from_mpls on September 9, 2008 at 8:40 AM

At this point, I think Obama & the Democrats are working on Plan 9.

Loxodonta on September 9, 2008 at 8:51 AM

I am starting to feel sorry for the millions of Obama supporters who shelled out $5 or $10 over the last few months to what they were led to believe was a legitimate candidate and serious campaign run by adults.

Waterboy on September 9, 2008 at 8:26 AM

I don’t think they mind. It felt good, like buying a mood ring or saving the dolphins, and it bolsters their feeling of moral superiority knowing that win or lose, they are still the elite and enlightened. In fact, losing actually helps to reinforce the feelings of being an elite–by definition they’re fewer in number.

JiangxiDad on September 9, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Kerry had won three Purple Hearts

Anyone who says somebody “won” a Purple Heart, does not understand what military honors are about. And, they will never understand why those men were so adamant about exposing Kerry’s service record.

Rogue Traveler on September 9, 2008 at 8:53 AM

The signs of concern have become evident in recent weeks as early fund-raising totals have suggested that Obama’s decision to bypass public financing may not necessarily afford him the commanding financing advantage over Senator John McCain that many had originally predicted.

A sign that major donors don’t like backing losers…or a sign that Obama doesn’t understand “economics” like he says…or Palin is picking his pocket…

right2bright on September 9, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Uh….uh….uh….uh….uh…..uh…..uh……uh……uh……uh…..wait a second…..uh…..I don’t look like….uh….they’re gonna tell ya…..uh….uh….he’s got a funny name…..uh…..uh…..he’s not the right color…..uh…..uh…..uh…..uh…….uh……uh…..I’m tired…..uh……uh…uh…

Metro on September 9, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Richard Cohen is going nuts.

Wrong verb tense.

Kent18 on September 9, 2008 at 8:56 AM

Hawthorne on September 9, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Very true. Many Democrats know this too, but their rules have been honed over many election cycles and all of their interest groups have too big a stake in them to go along with a wholesale revision. So they are going to keep replaying this movie until their leaders wake up.

Bill Clinton won the Democratic nomination in 1992 by going to New Hampshire 50 times and telling people “I feel your pain.” He got on the side of people who were hurting and felt that President Bush didn’t care about them. Barack Obama won by going to Iowa and telling people “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” He inspired a lot of loopy college kids and latte liberals.

Which one do you think makes more sense in a general election?

rockmom on September 9, 2008 at 8:57 AM

I don’t think they mind. It felt good, like buying a mood ring or saving the dolphins, and it bolsters their feeling of moral superiority knowing that win or lose, they are still the elite and enlightened. In fact, losing actually helps to reinforce the feelings of being an elite–by definition they’re fewer in number.

JiangxiDad on September 9, 2008 at 8:51 AM

paying 5 dollars to masturbate their ego sounds like a good short grift.

sven10077 on September 9, 2008 at 8:57 AM

It means going straight at your opponent’s strength and maligning it.

Umm no, it means going straight at your opponent’s empty bloviating and exposing it.

Priscilla on September 9, 2008 at 8:58 AM

I liked McCain’s choice of Palin from the first time I heard her talk when he announced her. I am lukewarm towards McCain, but have to admit Palin has really energized his base, including me to some degree. McCain’s team has absolutely frustrated Team O. After about a week of Palinmania, I am finding his choice to be a masterstroke. If BO points to Palin’s experience or lack thereof, he magnifies his own. When he complains about her support for and then being against a certain bridge, he has to be reminded he voted for that bridge. It seems every time I hear Obama talk, he is attacking Palin. Palin is not his opponent, McCain is. Every time BO attacks Palin, he is wasting time that should be attacking McCain.

duggersd on September 9, 2008 at 8:59 AM

He is and always has been an empty suit and the more I see him exposed the more suspicious his ascent to prominence appears. Is it possible he is “The Candidate”?

stu.b.con on September 9, 2008 at 8:59 AM

The truth is not “Swift Boating”

Elric66 on September 9, 2008 at 8:00 AM

You must understand printing lies about Republican candidates is OK. It’s called “vetting.” Printing the truth about liberals – that’s called “swift-boating.” From career MSNBC jock sniffer Keith Olbermann to Barney Frank’s favorite publisher Jann Wenner, the verdict on Palin is unanimous. -Howie Carr

TheBigOldDog on September 9, 2008 at 8:59 AM

Anyone who says somebody “won” a Purple Heart, does not understand what military honors are about. And, they will never understand why those men were so adamant about exposing Kerry’s service record.

Rogue Traveler on September 9, 2008 at 8:53 AM

Kerry as a brown water man represented a lot of what was wrong with our efforts. I wish he could have maintained his honor and integrity, as he had some level of courage. It was far easier to hit the “I got my 3d ding ejection seat” and even more telling that one of his fellow commanders told him to take it.

sven10077 on September 9, 2008 at 8:59 AM

What happened?

Maybe he just needs to give another uplifting speech.

You know, BO reeks to high heaven.

Loxodonta on September 9, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Obama fatigue.

Disturb the Universe on September 9, 2008 at 7:54 AM

I’d like to buy that meme a beer.

DrSteve on September 9, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Kerry had won three Purple Hearts

I cut myself shaving this morning…I’m putting in for my purple heart…anyone who complains is swiftboating me

right4life on September 9, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Gov Palin should start urging Obama to drop out of the race.

“It’s the right thing to do for Hillary after all she’s done for the Democratic Party.”

econavenger on September 9, 2008 at 9:08 AM

And then, just like the convention speech, Palin not only easily clears the low bar that her opponents have set for her, she jumps over it in a rocket powered skycycle, Evel Knievel style. Game, set, match.

rsrobinson on September 9, 2008 at 8:02 AM

Ok, but…

Actually, the skycycle malfunctioned on take-off and Evel wound up being fished out of the Snake River.

I wouldn’t want to go real far with this analogy.

Typhoon on September 9, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Can we please give Rudy Giuliani a little credit here too? His speech at the RNC was DEVASTATING. In 30 minutes he made Barack Obama into a national joke. Democrats didn’t think we could do it without going all racist.

rockmom on September 9, 2008 at 9:12 AM

No kidding. “Misunderestimate” much? :) The Dems have been doing it for 8 years with Bush and they’re doing it again with McCain and, especially, Palin. When will they learn? Hopefully not any time before election day.

crazy_legs on September 9, 2008 at 8:09 AM

Narcissists are unable to believe anyone is their equal or deserves to be treated as such. Years ago when I worked in the corporate world, I quickly learned there are two types of people. Those that get things done and gather acclaim through their own accomplishments and those who find the only way to appear better is to try to make all the competitors look worse.

CC

CapedConservative on September 9, 2008 at 9:13 AM

What happened?

The Obama campaign is counting on the voters not paying attention. They are counting on the voters not reading or being able to read for comprehension. They are counting on the unions bringing in the vote. They are counting on only the elites being internet savvy. They are counting on “white guilt.” They are counting on glib remarks and being street cool being enough to convince the youth vote that Obama has more in common with the youngins’ than McCain. They are counting on “flash mobs” on Election Day. They are counting on flooding the campaign with enough flak that the voters will be confused and only remember “Hope” and “Change.”

They are counting wrong.

coldwarrior on September 9, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Change? He couldn’t change or even expose anything in the target-rich environment of south Chicago and the Daley machine. Either he’s blind or someone has pix of him and Larry Sinclair.

Akzed on September 9, 2008 at 9:18 AM

What the left doesn’t understand about why the swiftboat attacks were so successful is that it wasn’t what Kerry did or didn’t do in Vietnam that really hurt him; it was the exposure of what he said and did once he got home that tarnished his war hero image, and those facts were never in dispute.

rsrobinson on September 9, 2008 at 9:18 AM

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