tomorrow’s smear today

Obamainkenya_2Now he’s in a dashiki — heaven forfend!

Instead of dodging the whispering campaign (started by the Clinton campaign and certain to continue through November), Obama and his supporters should confront the ignorance of the smear merchants. That’s why I’m posting this pic.

Dashikis have nothing to do with Islam; they’re commonly worn in West Africa — by Christians, Muslims, tourists from Luxembourg …

Notice the undercurrent of racism on sites such as the one linked above. If Obama was wearing, say, a Russian Orthodox robe, would anyone raise a peep?

it depends on what your definition of ‘unfiltered’ is

Or, when a candidate’s supporter starts acting like the candidate they support:

The Andre to whom the above commenter refers is Andre Walker, who keeps the blog Georgia Politics Unfiltered.

He responded to my above post with a post on his own blog calling me a sucker for blaming Clinton’s campaign for the Obama picture. But rather than let anyone respond, he disabled the comments function on the blog. He even deleted a comment that arrived before he was able to switch off the comments function.

So much for unfiltered politics.

kiss me deadly

From today’s Maureen Dowd column:

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After saying she found her “voice” in New Hampshire, she has turned into Sybil. We’ve had Experienced Hillary, Soft Hillary, Hard Hillary, Misty Hillary, Sarcastic Hillary, Joined-at-the-Hip-to-Bill Hillary, Her-Own-Person-Who-Just-Happens-to-Be-Married-to-a-Former-President Hillary, It’s-My-Turn Hillary, Cuddly Hillary, Let’s-Get-Down-in-the-Dirt-and-Fight-Like-Dogs Hillary.

May I suggest one final evolution?

analysis of the day

From Sara of Going Through the Motions:

I’m pretty sure the Obama campaign would have heaping gobs of untrue and unfair rumors about Hillary Clinton that they could use for whisper campaigns, if they wanted to play that angle. Thankfully they don’t. And the fact that we don’t see “rogue” Obama staffers circulating Vince Foster conspiracy theory emails, and don’t have Obama surrogates repeatedly admonished by the campaign for bringing up Whitewater or Travelgate, shows a huge difference between the 2 campaigns. One has message discipline and has made it clear to the full organization that certain tactics will not be tolerated. And one has a chief strategist who repeated the cocaine rumor on national TV mere seconds after he said it was inappropriate to reference it. Not hard to figure out who is strict about what’s fair game, and who isn’t.

the simpsons did it first

KangkodosClinton strategist Mark “Professor Chaos” Penn is stealing Kang‘s slogan.

Penn: I have won about 70 major elections around the world, including many presidents, and I devised the simple message for Tony Blair in his last successful campaign: ‘Forward, Not Back.’

Kang (from his 1996 presidential campaign): We must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.

Now who’s the plagiarist?

(discovery fee to Andisheh)

it depends on what your definition of ‘unfiltered’ is

Or, when a candidate’s supporter starts acting like the candidate they support:

The Andre to whom the above commenter refers is Andre Walker, who keeps the blog Georgia Politics Unfiltered.

He responded to my above post with a post on his own blog calling me a sucker for blaming Clinton’s campaign for the Obama picture. But rather than let anyone respond, he disabled the comments function on the blog. He even deleted a comment that arrived before he was able to switch off the comments function.

So much for unfiltered politics.

kiss me deadly

From today’s Maureen Dowd column:

527702200300After saying she found her “voice” in New Hampshire, she has turned into Sybil. We’ve had Experienced Hillary, Soft Hillary, Hard Hillary, Misty Hillary, Sarcastic Hillary, Joined-at-the-Hip-to-Bill Hillary, Her-Own-Person-Who-Just-Happens-to-Be-Married-to-a-Former-President Hillary, It’s-My-Turn Hillary, Cuddly Hillary, Let’s-Get-Down-in-the-Dirt-and-Fight-Like-Dogs Hillary.

May I suggest one final evolution?

numbers don’t lie; hillary does

Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman, no doubt. But, as Ryan J. Davis proves, voters have been much more amenable to female candidates than African-Americans. Strangely, I haven’t heard Obama whine about that.

There are currently 14 female U.S. senators: Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). There is currently a single African-American senator, Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who is only the third elected since Reconstruction.

There are currently eight female governors in America: Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii), Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.), Janet Napolitano (D-Ariz.), Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.), Kathleen Blanco (D-La.), M. Jodi Rell (R-Conn.), Christine Gregoire (D-Wash.), and Sarah Palin (R-Alaska). There is currently a single African-American governor, Deval Patrick (D-Mass.).

*Blanco is no longer Louisiana’s governor.

tomorrow’s excuses today

If Hillary loses, it won’t have anything to do with her arrogant campaign strategy. Nor will her flirtations with xenophobia and racism be to blame.

It’ll be America’s fault.

Ellen DeGeneres, another clueless gay Hillbot backer, sets the table (yeah, that was intentional):

Degeneres also asked Clinton if she is “being given a harder time” because she is a woman (the question got a loud cheer from the mostly female audience at George Washington University).

Hillary operative Taylor Marsh is much less diplomatic:

This type of stuff proves we haven’t come any further than the 1800s, not that we needed t-shirts, mugs, baby clothes, buttons and hats to teach us about the misogynistic culture in which we still live.

But let’s face it, if Barack Obama was a woman he wouldn’t be getting the time of day. A female of his age and experience for commander in chief? Military flag officers would be in full scale mutiny at such a ridiculous notion.

Lucky Obama is a bro. A ho his age would be asked so many competency questions she’d likely run fleeing from the race.

We haven’t come any further than the 1800s? I’ll be sure to tell my boss that, so she can tell her boss, who can tell her boss …

*A window into a Clinton zealot’s “mind”:

Obama probably wouldn’t even have been considered without the Clintons setting an example.

You’d think Obama would at least thank master and master’s wife for his opportunity.

**Marsh writes of Hillary: The challenge Clinton faces at this point is that the media is now actually asking “Which Hillary will we see tonight?” Men never get this kind of coverage.

Al Gore, 2000. Enough said.

regrettably, children are the future

A survey of 1,200 public high school students yields depressing results:

•43% knew the Civil War was fought between 1850 and 1900.

•52% could identify the theme of 1984.

•51% knew that the controversy surrounding Sen. Joseph McCarthy focused on communism.

In all, students earned a C in history and an F in literature, though the survey suggests students do well on topics schools cover. For instance, 88% knew the bombing of Pearl Harbor led the USA into World War II, and 97% could identify Martin Luther King Jr. as author of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

Fewer (77%) knew Uncle Tom’s Cabin helped end slavery a century earlier.

So are we to deduce from this that many schools aren’t covering the Civil War?