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My Submission For McCain's "I Am Joe The Plumber" Video Contest

cross-posted to jack and jill politics, daily kos and more Thirty minutes ago, I heard about this "I'm Joe The Plumber" 30 second video contest sponsored by the McCain campaign. Not that we're in the middle of two wars and a massive economic crisis or anything. Considering the farce of Joe and the downright silliness of McCain's campaign, I just had to submit my own video. Please see the impact of the candidate's tax policy for yourself at taxcut.barackobama.com

Speeches

cross-posted to JJP 1. McCain's speech. Wiggity wack!!! From Left to Right, all agree he was horrible. OMG dude is actually UNinspiring. Like, I actually feel dumber and less empowered after his monotonous droning. Thank God the networks cut away. I was about ready to unregister to vote. And did anyone catch Harold Ford on MSNBC praising this speech? That brother is so off. I feel bad for him. He wishes he were Obama, but he's not. He's trying to take ownership of Obama and his message, but it didn't work for me. Two signs that Obama is successfully setting the agenda... a) McCain can't even get his own campaign slogan? McCain has had 72 years to come up with his own campaign slogan, and the best he can do is "A Leader We Can Believe In?" The best he can do is to plagiarize Obama's joint? Weak. b) He said "change" over 30 times and is desperate to distance himself from Bush, especially on Iraq, but that won't fly homey. McCain was one of the biggest cheerleaders for this illegal war. Check out some background. Also, I just about died laughing when every single network interrupted his speech to announce that Obama was the nominee. That was a powerful metaphor representing the season in which this country exists right now. John McCain's time is up. Our time is now. Later dude. 2. Clinton's Speech. (part 1, part 2) Update: bush just congratulated obama on his victory. if bush, who has a serious problem acknowledging reality, can do it, why can't hillary? My immediate reaction was "Hillary managed to ruin my mood with that speech. What an utter disappointment. I really don't want her as VP. Can't wait for obama to bring me back." Hillary really disappointed. She continued to fuel the flames of illegitimacy with her repeated claims of "18 million votes," and I got increasingly disturbed as she continued to rally her troops in a non-too-veiled bullying move. She mentioned party unity a lot, but she set quite a defiant tone. She made lots of references to particular people's stories, and when she gave a shout out to the soldier on his third tour of duty, I had to shout, "because you sent him to war!" Couldn't help it. She has a remarkable ability to bother me, and on a night of celebration, she burst my bubble a bit. After having more time to think about it, I think this was her last stand. She held her speech in an underground bunker with no cell or tv/radio signals. It was Hillaryland, and it was the last time she'd have for a moment like this with her supporters. She established a character for herself as a "fighter," so she has to look like she's still "fighting." She also needs to raise a lot of "money" so this was basically a big advertisement for her debt collection agency, aka hillaryclinton.com. For someone who pretty much assumed she'd be the nominee, this has got to sting. She didn't surprise me, but I was disappointed, as I have repeatedly been by her campaign, in her reckless decision-making. But it doesn't matter. Because. 3. Obama's Speech Shout out to the wife and kids and to grandma. Nice Praises to the entire field of democratic candidates. Classy. Recognition that running against Hillary was an honor and made him stronger. We can all agree on this last point. She was the fire to his metal, and while her many bad decisions caused a lot of unnecessary pain, Obama undeniably grew from them and has become a much stronger nominee. Then he just bats down John McCain. It was so damn smooth yall. "We recognize his service to this country and his many accomplishments, even though he refuses to acknowledge mine." Damn Gina! I loved his comeback on McCain about making trips to Iraq.
John McCain has spent a lot of time talking about trips to Iraq in the last few weeks, but maybe if he spent some time taking trips to the cities and towns that have been hardest hit by this economy – cities in Michigan, and Ohio, and right here in Minnesota – he’d understand the kind of change that people are looking for.
The most important to me were the following statements:
What you won’t hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon – that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge, but enemies to demonize. Because we may call ourselves Democrats and Republicans, but we are Americans first. We are always Americans first.
This is what let me see that Obama is running things now. He's taken clear control of this nomination, this campaign and "this party." He's displayed solid judgment up until now, and I'm confident he won't get bullied into Hillary as VP. He just did what most people thought could not be done. He bested the Clinton family in a political contest. He out-managed, out-fundraised, and out-classed the dream team. A brother named Barack Hussein Obama. Our time is now.

Let's Talk About McClinton's Terrible Gas Tax "Idea"

cross-posted to jack and jill politics It's a given around these parts that Hillary Clinton is full of excrement and John McCain wouldn't know sound economic policy unless it made a personal attack against his family then asked him to campaign for it in the next election cycle. Still, something has been rubbing me the wrong way about how both of these people are calling for taxes on gasoline to be waived this summer, you know, to ease the burden on the American consumer. Call me crazy, but it seems like the last thing we need to do is encourage more use of fossil fuels up in here. It's getting a little hot. I've been happy to discover that my brain does, in fact, work, and that I'm not alone. Jonathan Alter of Newsweek
Hillary Clinton has now joined John McCain in proposing the most irresponsible policy idea of the year—an idea that actually could aid the terrorists. What's worse, both of them know that suspending the federal gas tax this summer is a terrible pander, and yet they're pushing it anyway for crass political advantage. Clinton and McCain have learned a destructive lesson from the Bush era: as Bill Clinton said in 2002, it's better politically to be "strong and wrong" than thoughtful and right. The goal is to depict Barack Obama as an out-of-touch elitist. By any means necessary. I could highlight a long debate among economists on suspending the gas tax, but there is no debate. Not one respectable economist—and not one environmentalist or foreign policy expert—supports the idea, unless they are official members of the Clinton or McCain campaigns (and even some of them privately oppose it). To relieve suffering at the pump, send another rebate check or provide tax credits or something else, but not this.
And Thomas Friedman of the Times
It is great to see that we finally have some national unity on energy policy. Unfortunately, the unifying idea is so ridiculous, so unworthy of the people aspiring to lead our nation, it takes your breath away. Hillary Clinton has decided to line up with John McCain in pushing to suspend the federal excise tax on gasoline, 18.4 cents a gallon, for this summer’s travel season. This is not an energy policy. This is money laundering: we borrow money from China and ship it to Saudi Arabia and take a little cut for ourselves as it goes through our gas tanks. What a way to build our country. When the summer is over, we will have increased our debt to China, increased our transfer of wealth to Saudi Arabia and increased our contribution to global warming for our kids to inherit. No, no, no, we’ll just get the money by taxing Big Oil, says Mrs. Clinton. Even if you could do that, what a terrible way to spend precious tax dollars — burning it up on the way to the beach rather than on innovation? The McCain-Clinton gas holiday proposal is a perfect example of what energy expert Peter Schwartz of Global Business Network describes as the true American energy policy today: “Maximize demand, minimize supply and buy the rest from the people who hate us the most.” Good for Barack Obama for resisting this shameful pandering
You hear that? Obama is not pandering, and this is an issue that actually matters. This is policy. This is meat and potatoes. This is war and peace and pollution in our cities and lungs. McCain is so caught up in his crooked pander he can't find the keys to the Straight Talk Express much less operate the gas guzzling terrormobile. Ms. Hillary, poor thing, is willing to wield any weapon against Obama, even if that thing is the most ass backwards energy policy possible. Solutions for America, my ass. It's nice to see that a lifetime of "experience" has taught these two clowns how to trade our very lives and security for a few political points. Next. Update: my people I apologize. I failed to leave you with something to do. Please head over to Hillary Clinton's website, and John McCain's. Ask them a few questions. Feel free to use or edit the following: For Hillary: Dear Senator Clinton, you have rightly acknowledged America's energy challenge and the need to invest in green energies. Given your stated positions, why do you support a gas tax holiday which encourages the use of fossil fuels and rewards the very oil companies you criticize? Please change your position on this critical issue. For McCain: Dear Senator McCain, having served in the military, you know what it means to defend this country which is why your support of a gas tax holiday confuses me. By encouraging oil consumption, you'd be rewarding the regimes of nations hostile to our national security, making us even more beholden to terrorists. Please help keep America safe and reduce our dependence on foreign oil this summer driving season.

NYT Editorial On Wright And Hagee

cross-posted to jack and jill politics Thanks to Craig Hickman for the link. I'm just clipping the closer. My emphasis added in bold.
It was the most forthright repudiation of an out-of-control supporter that we can remember. We would like to say that it will finally take the racial charge out of this campaign. We’re not that naïve. It is an injustice, a legacy of the racist threads of this nation’s history, but prominent African-Americans are regularly called upon to explain or repudiate what other black Americans have to say, while white public figures are rarely, if ever, handed that burden. Senator John McCain has continued to embrace a prominent white supporter, Pastor John Hagee, whose bigotry matches that of Mr. Wright. Mr. McCain has not tried hard enough to stop a race-baiting commercial — complete with video of Mr. Wright — that is being run against Mr. Obama in North Carolina. If Mr. Obama is the Democratic presidential nominee, we fear that there will be many more such commercials. And Mr. Obama will have to repudiate Mr. Wright’s outbursts many more times. This country needs a healthy and open discussion of race. Mr. Obama’s repudiation of Mr. Wright is part of that. His opponents also have a responsibility — to repudiate the race-baiting and make sure it stops.
Wow NY Times. Go head. All they were missing was to call out the Clinton campaign for its race-baiting. To those who have written in saying "but McCain repudiated Hagee immediately" or that the situation is somehow incredibly different. I say "false." 1. McCain's campaign actively sought the endorsement of John Hagee. That is an entirely different thing. It's not like Hagee was just out there in the mood to endorse. When you seek someone's endorsement, you are saying you're completely cool with that person. 2. While it is true that McCain "distanced" himself from some of Hagee's statements on Feb 29 he didn't fully "repudiate" them for several more weeks. 3. Some have commented here that Obama's "pastor judgment" indicates he cannot be trusted with running the country. Fine. Now listen to what McCain's campaign said to explain the Hagee endorsement
A McCain adviser acknowledged on Monday that the campaign had failed to look into Mr. Hagee’s background adequately and said that as a result the campaign’s procedures for vetting endorsers had improved.
Oh my stars! What on Earth would happen if we let McCain be president and he failed to look into the background of people offered national security clearance? We'd all be killed, that's what would happen. Brown terrorists would walk across the Mexican border and kill our babies dead, all of them. Clearly John McCain doesn't have the judgment to lead. We don't need a president who learns how to vet people "on the job." 4. It's not just a Hagee situation for McCain. Remember Jerry Falwell? Jerry Falwell was "an agent of intolerance" according to the John McCain of 2000, but come election 2008, Mr. McCain saw fit to speak at the commencement of Falwell's Liberty University. I know that's what I do with agents of intolerance. Why just the other day, I gave a speech at a luncheon for the Chattel Slavery Restoration Society Of Norfolk. What can I say? Their French onion dip was to die for. Jerry Falwell also blamed America for 9/11, but his argument was much weaker than Wright's. He didn't even go so far as to blame American foreign policy, preferring instead to blame lesbians, gays, feminists, abortionists and the ACLU. What a damned idiot, rest his soul. The point being, John McCain and every other Republican seeking national office has made a quadrennial ritual out of kissing the ring finger and asshole of vile, ignorant, hate-filled, so-called Men Of God, who use their pulpits to enrich themselves and launch baseless attacks on large groups of Americans. Don't pretend Mr. Straight Talk somehow exercised magically superior judgment. His hands and the hands of his entire party are filthy with explicit appeals to the very worst of human nature, and you don't have to dig through years and years of DVDs to find the perfect soundbite. These boys do it out in the open. That's how little they think of us. That's how much we're being played.

How Does Obama Do It?

cross-posted to jack and jill politics and Daily Kos There are superdelegates and supervoters. I am one of the latter, having sacrificed money, time, creativity and my health to volunteer for this campaign. The fact is Obama is still winning and is still the likely nominee, but I don't feel so hot right now. Much of that has to do with the fact that I'm very sick with a horrible cough, fever and sore throat. I must have come into contact with a Hillary supporter in PA and gotten cooties from her negative campaigning and vile Deathmarch to Denver. She is poison, and I fear I've been temporarily infected. Some of it also has to do with frustration over her destructive tactics and the refusal or inability of the party and its voters to see it for what it is. Perhaps I lack patience, but it's clear to me that Hillary Clinton is trying to destroy Barack Obama, and she does not care what the impact of that is. I've written before about how her attacks have certainly served the valuable goal of testing and toughening him up. I think we crossed the threshold of the value of this strategy a few weeks ago, and I was worried that she would help destroy his appeal among independents and moderate Republicans by running a Republican campaign against him. Now, I'm more worried that not only has she sabotaged him among those voters but is working to do so among the very Democrats who he and we will need in November. On Brian Lehrer this morning, I listened to an Obama supporter say she would reluctantly vote for Clinton in the general if she manages to snatch this nomination. She wouldn't be happy, but she would do it. Then I listened, dumbfounded, as a Hillary supporter said she would not vote at all or would vote McCain. Excuse me, but what on Earth did Obama do to these people? Are they so offended by his positive message and talk of hope and massive restraint in the face of withering GOP attacks from a member of his own party? Does the fact that he has not stooped to her level cause that much rage? Really? What would these people say if he actually did attack her? Really, if this is how people react to calm, cool, collected Obama, I actually fear what an outburst from him would result in. Today, I am angry, but it is not the inspirational anger of being "fired up!" and "ready to go!" No, this is the short-term, despondent anger of "do whatever you want" because this country probably doesn't deserve Obama and clearly doesn't know what to do with him. Hillary Clinton ran fear-mongering ads with Osama bin Laden. No democrat has ever done that. She said we would "obliterate" Iran if they attacked Israel with a nuke. John McCain happily sings "Bomb, bomb Iran," and I struggle to see the difference between them. What's the point of electing a Democrat who talks and walks like a Republican? Haven't we already seen what happens when Democrats act like Republicans, especially over issues of "security?" We get an illegal war and warantless wiretapping. Why would Republicans vote for Hillary when McCain is the real deal? I'm also bothered by Clinton's message that "Obama can't close the deal" with rural, white, gun-toting voters. That was proven true yesterday when she won 62 percent of households where a gun owner resides. So in the primary, at least in PA, these are her voters. Her message that Obama can't win them, however, has a major silent assumption: that come November, she will do nothing to help win them to the democratic nominee! She's claiming these voters and plans to keep them, for what? The point of all of this is that I'm tired of blogging about Hillary Clinton and her deathmarch campaign. I'm tired of pulling clips of her back-stabbin, Kamikaze tactics. I'm tired of Obama showing insane amounts of restraint (because he's better than her) and being rewarded with more of the same bullshit, being told he can't close the deal because he won't show an ad implying he won't let bin Laden walk into the country and kill little white babies silently in the night. Hillary has to threaten Iran because she lacks the imagination and talent to envision another future. She has to stir up fears among gun-owners and religious people, because despite her priceless surname and early advantages, she's been reduced to Politicking 101: scare the shit out of the voter. So I'm taking a break from my intense blogging of this campaign. Everything that I could say has already been said. All the arguments are on the table. Hillary is willing to do anything, not just to win the nomination, but to destroy the nominee. My continuing down this path only hurts me and my health right now, and I simply cannot watch any more cable news. That's like turning to leeches and "bleeding" when society is in need of serious medical attention. Besides, there are other things going on in the world that deserve my and our attention, so I'll try to shift my focus to energy and food and other issues of interest to black folks and Americans that does not have to do with this silly, silly Democratic primary. My final thought is this: Having these feelings has also shown me just how strong both Barack and Michelle Obama are. They are full of more fight, more hope and more faith than I can muster right now, and I say more power to them. For those of you feeling down right now, take heart that our candidate has and continues to weather so much more.