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Not getting hassled, not getting hustled

(Opinions are my own)

Have you heard? It’s a new day in the Democratic Party. Here’s some people power for you:

the Democratic National Committee will uphold the same standard — we will not take a dime from Washington lobbyists,” said Obama.

“We are going to change how Washington works. They will not run our party. They will not run our White House. They will not drown out the views of the American people.”

Less than 24 hours later, the NYT cheekily disabuses us of this fairy tale with a report on fundraising for the convention:

Brochures being sent to potential corporate donors by the Denver host committee say that “as a sponsor” of the convention, corporate executives will have access to as many as 232 members of Congress, 51 senators and 28 governors in what is being marketed as a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. In addition, the more a company gives — with donations of as much as $1 million being sought — the more “V.I.P. access and other benefits” are offered, according to the brochures.

I hope you enjoyed that brief moment contemplating a federal government free of influence-peddling. Was it good for you?

I’ve been pondering the next installment of getting The PeePul on board with the program, movement-style. Let’s start with a brief review. The first stage of the primary focused on Obama winning the vote of younger, white women. From the brain trust:

What the focus groups his advisers conducted revealed was that Obama’s political career now depends, in some measure, upon a tamer version of this same feeling, on the complicated dynamics of how white women respond to a charismatic black man.

Enter Obama Girl, remember her? She was shaking her booty on the A-train and extending her hand to male co-workers across races with her promise of ‘Baracking all night long.’ Her dowdy friend, a Hillary supporter, let her hair down and took off her glasses by video’s end. We learned nothing of this constituency except of their susceptibility to peer pressure.

Next, the ‘problem’ of older, black women. Think of the archetype, Esther Rolle in Good Times, the strong black woman with the weight of the world on her shoulders while she ponders a difficult decision. Each and every article was the same. We learned nothing of political priorities save the almost daily exposure to the furrowed brows of the “large number of undecideds.” One polite testimonial per candidate would be proffered with alarming regularity by suitable representatives, who were otherwise inscrutable.

The older black woman disappeared on the eve of the South Carolina primary, never to be heard from again. She was interesting until she made her decision.

Finally, phase three. The butterfly nets are out for the last holdouts from the movement: the Clinton supporters, an oddly incalcitrant bunch. Not responsive to treatment. Difficult to manage.

We see where this is going; what, with multiple references to dead-enders in the Wall Street Journal and The New Republic, no less. Let’s be clear: dead-enders are older, white women who didn’t embrace Obama. A partisan opines:

Even as a fervent Obama supporter, I identify with some of the frustration and the anger that older, white, liberal women feel at the failure of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

I know, I know. Some of you are going to cry out that you’re not older; that you’re not white; or that you’re not women. I don’t care, and neither do those who are planning the intervention. Tough luck, you’re boxed in, so you might as well own it, along with your sisters who fit the mold, as Rev Wright would say. While a more accurate label might be people who don’t buy into the fairy tales of the new and improved DNC, we are now in phase three, which I dub: Charming Miss Havisham.

It’s a natural extension to the already Dickensian bitter and clinging. Miss Havisham in Great Expectations is a spurned old maid, a shut-in, wallowing in self-pity after humiliation and full of vengeance. Incalcitrant she is, denying good doctors access to assist with the healing.

I expect a full assault on the bat-shit crazy dead-enders, picking at the scabs of our discontent until we plead, nay beg, for permission to re-enter proper society, an event to be heralded by a Speech! Speech!

Not getting hassled, not getting hustled. And you?

119 Responses

  1. Sorry about that hlr. I completely forgot to update your status in the user interface. You can post without an intermediary now.
    BTW, I too am amused by the no-more-lobbyists claim. I happen to know that Lockheed-Martin has booked a restaurant just a few blocks from the convention center for several days. Yep, Breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s a big restaurant too.

  2. Snark on all you elderly, working class, uneducated, Sino-Peruvian lesbians! Untie! (That’s for the dyslexics among us)

  3. You leave O Girl alone, you hear?

  4. I posted this in another thread but nobody seems to see my posts anymore ;-). Riverdaughter, our own Regency wrote a just amazing essay about the election and posted it at the draft_Hillary list. If you want to email me for it using your most anonymous email, my anony-email is TeresaIndy2(at)gmail.com.

    It is a fantastic essay and I think the world needs to see it. It would make a great front-page post. Of course, Regency needs to approve its posting. It’s hard to believe she’s only 18.

  5. Oh, and hlr, congratulations.

  6. I have posted elsewhere, to resounding lack of interest, that those who think this is just a case of “my candidate didn’t win, boohoo” are missing the issue on an epic scale.

    In a weird way this is the mirror image on those who said they would have no problem voting for a woman, but not for THAT woman (Clinton). I don’t have a problem voting for a black person, but not this one. Hey, I voted for Jesse Jackson back in the day.

  7. I am fully expecting to get run over by the bus and never let into proper society. And I wear this fact like a badge of honor..

    Nice post hlr.

  8. What about Willona? can she be a PUMA? She was my favorite—never took s*^# from anyone, especially Bookman (or was it Buttman or Boogerman)

  9. great post btw

  10. Thanks hlr, I’m still trying to figure out what this part means…

    the complicated dynamics of how white women respond to a charismatic black man.

    I mean, I think I get it, but dang…do I just have a gutter brain?

  11. Well, I was so happy to leave The Collective stronghold of Maryland and fly to the Clinton out post of Ohio. Good to be home. I stayed at a Hillary safe house in Silver Spring with fellow Clintonistas. We waxed on about Sara Palin and Ralph Nader and Bob Barr.

  12. Teresa: If Regency wants me to cross post it, have her email me at theconfluence08 at yahoo dot com.

  13. *waves*

    Hey, I’m right here. I’ll email you then. I do feel invisible sometimes.

  14. Gary, the local alderman Davis’ mispronunciation of her name: “Wihelmina”. “Wyomia”. “Willomia”. Winnemucca”. LOL!

  15. Hi ben, Welcome back. The pods are taking over here too. Show no emotion.

  16. As for the VP selection, since Obama has dumbed down what it takes to be President I guess anyone can be McCain’s VP: a first term governor of Alaska; a former CEO of a fortune 500 company. Personally, I would hope for Palin of Alaska and watch the Obama sexism machine gear up again.

  17. Email sent.

  18. Screw it. McCain has my vote.

  19. I say Palinn (aka “the Alaska woman”)

  20. No emoticon intended

  21. Obama’s campaign is textbook George Bush 2000. The stuff that kossack wet dreams are made on.

  22. Palinn=Palinn, jeee…..

  23. I give up: PALIN, and I hope that is the right spelling this time. Sorry Sarah.

  24. You say you are a compassionate conservative but you execute people at will. You say you are against lobbyists but you have them all over your convention. So Rovian…but this is what the Kossacks always wanted. They wanted Democrats to be more like Republicans.

  25. edwardian–ha! Seriously that was my FAVORITE show when I was little. I was just looking up quotes from the show and found this:

    James Sr: Junior, get your Mother a glass of water. Water? She aint drinkin’ nothin’ but the best from now on… Kool aid!



  26. ben–pls do not pick on Maryland. Mukulski was Hillary’s co-chair or something. The Maryland primary was during the ‘dark ages’ when Hillary had no money and it was before Maggie Williams took over. I was in the trenches and the campaign would not let us do anything. We couldn’t even get signs, all they would give us were those little round stickers. The Maryland Resistance is alive and well, in fact we had a meeting in my mom’s living room just this afternoon. My sister was telling me that a co-worker was pressuring her to vote for McCain as opposed to just not voting for Obama.

  27. Honora: I was in the trenches and the campaign would not let us do anything.

    We should talk sometime …

  28. Sorry, Honora. It’s just so rare that my home state of Ohio gets it right that I like having some bragging rights.

  29. Well, I expect he will trot out his grandmother on the trail pretty soon, watch out dead-enders!

  30. hir- as long as it doesn’t involve kool aid drinking, you are on. I’m in Baltimore, where are you?

  31. Riverdaughter…you rawk!

    My 74 year old mother (Jewish, Practicing MD OB/GYN and very opinionated) left the Democratic party today after 55 years….she even called the DNC, complained and got hung up on.

    I have never seen anything like this…of course out of respect to my mother, my best friend I sent in my new Voter Registration card in as an independent today as well, leaving the Democrats.

    She is in NY & I am in LA…

  32. The letterhead should read: THEY JUST DON’ T GET IT!!

  33. OMG! Getta load of this one. The “winners” are shaking their tiny fists in rage and completely missing the point of Hillary’s reference to 40 years in the wilderness for the Democrats with the exception of Carter’s blip and Clinton’s 8 years of peace and prosperity.
    You’re right, we don’t want you holding us down anymore
    Betcha he’s not going to eat his beets and will be running away from home shortly too.

  34. I won’t be hustled or hassled…Bring it on Obamabots.
    Try as you might you have no super evil powers over me! HA HA! Because I am a righteous SUPER PUMA MAMA! LOL! I’m in an old white lady deadender mood. Whoo Hoo!

  35. Maria Garcia — oh, I think you’ve figured it out.

    Gary mentions Willona — that’s another stereotype exploited during this primary season, the sexually promiscuous AA female.

    “He had gone down there to get support and find out who would support him and found it was just a meat market,” the pastor said in an interview, breaking into a laugh. “He had people say, ‘if you want to count on me, come on to my room. I don’t care if you’re married. I’m not asking you to leave your wife – just come on.’ All the women hitting on him. He was, like, in shock. He’s there on a serious agenda, talking about running for the United States Senate. They’re talking about giving [him] some [a p-word I’m pretty sure I can’t print on NRO, but you get the idea that it is a synonym for cat]. And I was like, ‘Barack, c’mon, man. Come on! Name me one significant thing that has come out of black congressional caucus weekend. It’s homecoming. It’s just a nonstop party, all the booze you want, all the booty you want. That’s all it is.’ And here he is with this altruistic agenda, trying to get some support.

  36. Teresa,

    I read every single one of your comments with enjoyment. You can be sure you have an audience. I can’t believe Regency is 18!

    Is that true, Regency? If so, you have a great future ahead of you girl.

  37. Yeah, Elijah Trotsky’s mother! We all have to follow our consciences.

  38. How many see the problem with this situation: McCain and Obama vie for Clinton supporters???

    Looks like McCain is working on Democratic turf. Funny thing happened on the way to Denver.

  39. That is another baldfaced lie about DNC not taking money from lobbyists. If we know anything about Obama’s pattern, he will say “he won’t do something” and get his minions to do it anyway and he will pretend he never knew they did that. Or when he gets caught, he will say he never knew. All the time he is lying, the impression has already been created, preferably good impression and when the real reports come, people don’t know what to believe and there is confusion but that never gets addressed completely and he gets to “have his cake and eat it too.”

  40. Regency, I’m so glad I hooked you’all up! I think your essay should be in every major newspaper, read on every nightly news channel, it should go VIRAL.

    It was awesome. Perfect description. You are talented.

  41. Honora — at the confluence 🙂 of MD-08, MD-04 and MD-05. i.e., DC area. I don’t mind coming up to Baltimore, though. Are you in Balt City or county?

  42. Obama’s strategy for getting Clinton supporters (to them this means women because they have everyone else, right?) is to talk about issues (read: abortion) and to talk about the women in his life that influenced him. Again, he makes this issue about himself. Ugh.

    I wonder if people are going to get sick of his biography as the GE rolls along. Is he special because he exists or has he done anything of note? All he does is talk about himself and thinks that people will convert because of that.

  43. BB: Yup. Turned 18 November 15, 2007. I’m a Scorpio like the Mme. Senator from New York.

  44. Has the DNC become as big a fraud as their selected candidate?

    This is embarrassing.

  45. Thanks BB: I’m fine in obscurity, except when I need to pimp Regency.

  46. UpstateNY: You leave O Girl alone, you hear?

    She didn’t even vote!

  47. Whoops! I didn’t mean pimp Regency, I meant SELL REGENCY’S WORK.

    Shaking head, I’m now in the ditch with Schuster.

  48. Maria Garcia,

    I think you interpreted it right. That quote comes from a Rolling Stone article and there is more detail that makes the meaning impossible to miss.

    There is an amazingly candid moment in Obama’s autobiography when he writes of his childhood discomfort at the way his mother would sexualize African-American men. “More than once,” he recalls, “my mother would point out: ‘Harry Belafonte is the best-looking man on the planet.’ ” What the focus groups his advisers conducted revealed was that Obama’s political career now depends, in some measure, upon a tamer version of this same feeling, on the complicated dynamics of how white women respond to a charismatic black man. “I remember when we realized something magical was happening,” says Obama’s pollster on the campaign, an earnest Iowan named Paul Harstad. “We were doing a focus group in suburban Chicago, and this woman, seventy years old, looks seventy-five, hears Obama’s life story, and she clasps her hand to her chest and says, ‘Be still, my heart.’ Be still, my heart — I’ve been doing this for a quarter century and I’ve never seen that.” The most remarkable thing, for Harstad, was that the woman hadn’t even seen the videos he had brought along of Obama speaking, had no idea what the young politician looked like. “All we’d done,” he says, “is tell them the Story.”

  49. Well done, Sir or Madam as the embittered case may be!

  50. Did ya’ll see that picture of Hillary and McCain on his website. That blog post? They are really embracing us over there. It’s going to be an interesting year. McCain’s blog sucks up successfully.

    I’m not a troll, but I was impressed.

  51. ben, I think it’s really weird. Plus, I don’t think Obama or the DNC are actually working for our votes. Too bad I don’t have any more use for McCain than I’ve got for Obama.

    I’m never going to make a good Independent.

  52. pm317- I read in a post here earlier that stated that Toobin was saying that Hillary had to get Chelsea to campaign for Obama. That is just crazy–But if Obama drags his grandmother out, next thing he will try to make Hillary’s mom hit the trail for him. As some point, I think he has to make the case to the American people, his pod people will not be enough.

  53. Teresa, on June 9th, 2008 at 8:49 pm Said:
    Whoops! I didn’t mean pimp Regency, I meant SELL REGENCY’S WORK.

    Shaking head, I’m now in the ditch with Schuster.

    I personally don’t care, but at least you have it in you to be sorry. Shuster’s got his balls stuffed so deep in his ears, all he hears is hair growing.

  54. hlr,

    Thank you for this great post. I’m definitely one of those dead enders and proud of it–old, white woman here. Funny that Obama charisma didn’t work on me at all, and I do tend to be susceptible to black men. I think he’s extraordinarily unsexy–androgynous really. But what do I know. I’m just an old, white woman.

  55. Did anyone here watch Good Times (or Buenos Tiempos, if you prefer) in its original run?

    The show was noted in its early years for appealing to working class Americans. It went down the tubes when the storylines started to emphasize “JJ” clowning around with his dyn-o-mite! nonsense, but the early years were really good.

    My question is — was it the mid-70s version of the ‘creative class’ that pushed the show away from working class issues to buffoonary?

  56. BB: Who do you think is sexy in politics?

  57. I was out of the blogosphere wilderness for the last couple of days. Where can I find Regeny’s article?

  58. Regency: I thought the problem with the MSNBO guys is that they LACKED manhood. Must be something elsestuffed in his ears.

  59. Honora, hlr, I am in Silver Spring and I phone banked for the Asian Americans. We had good support from the top brass, the Gov, Mikalski, Lt.gov., Kathleen Kennedy. (I saw Mikalski at the Saturday speech also) Cardin did not endorse before June 3, I don’t think. Van Hollen is Pelosi’s lapdog, I think. But he is on some committee and has to remain neutral ;). That is what his office told me. Since Cardin did not cave in, I think there may be some good resistance here.

  60. pm317 — howdy neighbor. The problem was that those that you’ve mentioned don’t have turnout machines.

  61. I HAVE (what I think is) A GREAT PROJECT FOR MEMBERS OF PUMA: Today B.O. began a “war room” to ferret out any alleged false claims about him, e.g., being a Muslim, and I suggest that we form a parallel war room to keep their feet to the fire—a Citizens Committee for the Appraisal of the Thought Police (or whatever one might call it). It’s job would be twofold: to evaluate (a) cases where their objections/criticisms are unwarranted and/or guilty of illogical or biased claims, and (b) to seek out and expose from Obama’s websites, statements, etc. during the presidential campaign any sexist, bigoted, anti-white, anti-semitic, or anti-free thought statements—precisely what was NOT done during the primary. I’m prepared to donate both money and time to further this Oversight Committee. What’s so great about it is that, while looking forward, we will both be able to catch him in future unfair claims as well as bring to the forefront analogous cases for which the guilt of his supporters has never been exposed.

  62. Ben,

    I’m so glad you made it out alive!

  63. Whoaaaaaa…I like your style, hir.

    keepin our headz above water, makin a wave when we can. just us dead ender here!

  64. bostonboomer — Funny that Obama charisma didn’t work on me at all

    Oddly incalcitrant, you are.

  65. The greatest mistake the Obama campaign made is that they ran this primary as if it were against REPUBLICANS, or other adversaries they didn’t have to make up to. They’ve destroyed themselves, and any threats they make about their eventual loss being blamed on Hillary will be bogus in the long run.

    It shows what rank amateurs they are.

  66. hlr–I don’t know. I grew up in a white catholic middle class home in the south. But we watched Good Times every week, the whole family. I loved it even when it became “buffonery”(but then again I was only 8 or 9 y/o. But there were some classic moments, like when they find out James has been killed. I remember feeling like a member of my own family had just died.

  67. RD – LOL at that blog rant. Too old for Maxim, too young for Esquire? I thought the difference between those magazines wasn’t age but whether you want to be a frat boy or a metrosexual?

  68. Honora, I was going to write that if his grandmother does not agree, maybe he will borrow Clinton’s mother — but the poor woman had a tissue to her eye in one the Saturday pictures — broke my heart. Chelsea will know exactly what to do — I don’t think Hillary will/can tell her to do anything. Let Obama’s people dream on. Have you all noticed? Chelsea was the one surrogate who did not make a single mistake — her Q/As were pitch perfect.

  69. cc —

    E-Z credit ripoffs = the DNC

  70. RD and Darla:

    oh. my. god. that guy is such a tool. I think I left a comment once on his site when I saw he had linked to me. He’s like a toddler on the floor throwing a tantrum. Its all about getting attention. Its effective, but somewhat clumsy and infantile. good luck to him. maybe this is therapeutic for him.

  71. Hanging in a chow line – GOOD TIMES!!!

    Wow, so I’m an older white woman? Am I in West Virginia or Kentucky?

  72. hlr, I always thought that Good Times fell apart after The Dad (John Amos) left. (I thought) He left expecting a career boost from being in Roots. …

  73. Charles, just watched it thanks.

  74. I don’t know the details, but the term “lobbyist” has a legal meaning. Lobbyists are paid for what they do and have to register as such. I believe Obama has always and will continue to take money from corporations.

  75. #
    hlr, on June 9th, 2008 at 9:00 pm Said:

    pm317 — howdy neighbor. The problem was that those that you’ve mentioned don’t have turnout machines.

    Hi hlr, great post, BTW.

    With the AA percentage hovering around 35-40%, we had no chance. But with Maggie Williams and money (which came later, and Wright), she could possibly have narrowed it. His numbers came from the most populated counties around DC, as usual.

  76. This thread is moving fast but, I want to say 3 things:

    hlr: I’m glad you’re posting here! I always appreciate your comments. You’ve been inspirational. This PAC thing is going to be an interesting one if the Obama Campaign really makes it past the Convention. It’s not like McCain is ignorant of the issues involved.

  77. the complicated dynamics of how white women respond to a charismatic black man

    Yeah, well. I hope they’ve taken into consideration that charisma is in the eye of the beholder.

  78. I haven’t been on pro-Obama sites, the insults from them on the pro-Hillary sites was enough. I think the Repubs should do an ad entitled Blogging for Obama and just scroll through the trash for the American public.

  79. {{Pat}} I’m so glad you’re back!! I hope you’ll be able to rest tonight….

    Regency? 18, all I can say is, look much older in print.

  80. And if McCain was ignorant (of these issues, that is, LOL), this blog would make him not so.

  81. DeniseB,

    You too, oddly incalcitrant.

    Perhaps it’s the ears?

  82. k-bird, UpstateNY, RD — thanks.

  83. Just came from my delegate conference call with Sen. Clinton and Harold Ickes. It was a little … I don’t know the word … sad? Depressing? Real?

    She’s still keeping her delegates, but they were both genuinely 100% in “work to support him” mode. And, I know they have to be…but .I was expecting a least a “wink” or “nod” from Ickes!! 🙂

    Oh well, I’ll post more about it later (as usual, I’m OT). It was interesting to hear from a cross-section of delegates: Some are following her lead and supporting him, others want her on the ticket, and some just will never vote for him. I e-mailed the delegate liaison to let her know my $.02 on the issues (didn’t get a chance to ask Ickes a question like some others did).

    So, really no good news. But (sorry) I’m too tired right now to go into it (just coming from summer school night class too).

    But keep up the good fight everyone…

  84. I don’t get who those people on the Fox clip are. They said they have a facebook site and had a conference call over the weekend? Did they come up with this idea independently at the same time as RD? Am I missing something?

    You’ll have to be patient with me because I’m an old white woman and a dead ender. I’m kinda slow.

  85. Thanks capt for the report.

  86. Bostonboomer, they took the idea from here and are claiming to have “created” PUMA.

  87. bb: And a hold your nose holdout.

  88. BB: I have no idea who they are and at the present time, I’m a little suspicious of anything I see on Fox news.

  89. Thanks Capt! Damn.

  90. Gary,

    That is the same kind of crap I heard at the orange cheeto until I left. They don’t need us, they don’t want us, and they are glad we are gone. They can’t stand us baby boomers and forget our parents! I’m glad they aren’t going to miss us. The only think I don’t understand is why do they keep following us and trying to convince us to vote for Obama then?

    I’m so confused.

  91. captsfufp. She was made to swear her support of Obama through the entire campaign season. I don’t know why he never had to do the same (Oh — he probably was always the presumptive nominee, I just didn’t know it before)

    Anyway, I guess it IS sad. But, not a surprise. And I sure don’t want her being blamed in any way for his loss in November. I want that all on him.

  92. Teresa,

    I have a feeling I’m not even going to have to hold my nose. It’s going to be fun this fall. First I get to vote against John Kerry in the primary. Then, I get to vote against a person who every time I accidentally see or hear him on TV or radio causes me to become violently ill. It will be a pleasure, believe me.

  93. Boston & Riverdaughter, speaking of following, I just read a post from “Melissa” at the Puma Power thread:

    Melissa, on June 9th, 2008 at 8:39 pm Said:

    This is Melissa, I’m from the Obama camp. I hope you don’t mind my posting here – I know emotions are running high right now.

    The reason I’m posting is because I feel like I get where you are coming from . I was originally a Clinton supporter as well (former New York state resident here). I just wanted to say, a lot of us over there are trying to get a dialogue going, so that you guys can feel like your concerns are being heard, and that you are really being listened to. I feel that is of utmost importance. Anyway, if you want to join us (or vent) you can email me at memilygiraffe@gmail.com. I’ve been really involved in the Obama campaign, and I think it would be great to get a sense of you guys’ priorities, and I would be happy to pass that info to the higher ups I’ve met

    And then this:

    Melissa, on June 9th, 2008 at 9:27 pm Said:
    I think there’s always a vocal few who reflect badly on an entire group, but I think you’d be surprised by the breadth and depth of support for Hillary you find among many of us in the Obama campaign.

    For myself and so many of my women friends, I think we’ve felt deep respect for the contribution that Hillary’s made behalf of all women, and to the party, yet support Obama as well. I think the candidate himself is on the same page with us there.

    Anyway, I see where your coming from – Everyone has to go through their own personal “vetting process” for any candidate, but I just wanted to bring up that point.

    I was surprised “Melissa” did say, “sweetie” throughout all “her” post.

    The more they push, the more I resist.

  94. that fox video is bizarre. maybe they’re obamabots taking the sweetie routine to the airwaves.

  95. SM,

    Oh brother! I’m definitely not interesting in sharing my concerns or venting to sweetie Melissa. LOL!

  96. SM: I think “Melissa” and her friends are flat out insane. Do they really think one of these slimy messages is going to make a single person suddenly sit up and break out in a sweat for Obama?

  97. Oh, and The Bar is Open..

  98. Yeah, there’s a PUMA group on Facebook. I think it spread virally from blog to blog.. a few people I recognize from other Hillary groups (a Yahoo group I read, some had posted on Hillaryis44 as I recall).

  99. Hey wait a minute. That rant that riverdaughter linked to mentions me! WTF! I’ve made the bigtime.

    Oh wait. It’s just some candy ass blogger on wordpress that nobody reads.

    Oh well…..

  100. I wonder if “Melissa” is supposed to be Melissa McEwan?

  101. Boston & Katiebird: EXACTLY.

    Woo-hoo! The bar is OPEN!!!! YEAH!!

  102. I have no I idea but I do want to leave a comment for here (huffing and puffing).

  103. Oh god, don’t let them get their hands on your email address. Bad things happen.

  104. daria g — That rant strikes me as too young for Maxim, too old for time outs.

  105. RD I just read your wonderful post and had to laugh at the complete lunacy of Obama and the DNC. I guess in his mind he was telling the truth since he has such a perverted and distorted image of the truth.

    Technically he is right since they aren’t taking money from lobbyists. They are skipping the middle man completely. The DNC has opened up shop Chicago style. Pay for play baby. It is libertarian fascism at the good old DNC. Only the rich corporate elite need apply. It really seems like those people who backed Bush and manipulated the religious right just moved over to the democratic party and are now manipulating those who hold the opposite ideology. I guess this is how it is going to be from now on unless we do something about it.

  106. I thought he said “My Party”

    I think I need to look at that tape.

    Because to him it is totally “his” party.

  107. SM,

    Pass it on to the higher ups? Puhleaze!

    The concerns are that your candidate is a fraud.

  108. “For myself and so many of my women friends, I think we’ve felt deep respect for the contribution that Hillary’s made behalf of all women, and to the party, yet support Obama as well. I think the candidate himself is on the same page with us there. ”

    F*ck that. Do they have to keep diminishing Hillary to the “female” candidate? Show of hands, anyone supporting Hill primarily because she was a woman? I sure as hell wasn’t. She’s FDR in a pantsuit.. That’s why I support her, always will.

  109. Do we know the “blog names” of those who were on Fox?

  110. Melissa: The Collective.

    We won’t be assimilated.

  111. Yes, let’s get that dialogue going, Melissa. This movement is growing. I would assume that Riverdaughter and Katiebird will be offered something soon to join the Collective.

  112. Chicago politics = Everyone has a price

  113. ronk,

    That rant strikes me as too young for Maxim, too old for time outs.

    LOL too funny.

  114. “I expect a full assault on the bat-shit crazy dead-enders, picking at the scabs of our discontent until we plead, nay beg, for permission to re-enter proper society, an event to be heralded by a Speech! Speech!

    Not getting hassled, not getting hustled. And you?”

    hlr –

    Enjoyed your post! This “dead-ender” is not getting hassled, not getting hustled either. I’m voting for McCain (as is every Clinton supporter I know). The only thing I haven’t decided yet is whether I will remain a Democrat. Since I enjoy exercising my right to vote in MD primaries (and can’t do that as an Independent), I’m remaining a Democrat for now – albeit a very disgruntled one….

  115. Lest you forget! There are plenty of dudes out there who are also Hillary Dead Enders.

    Won’t vote for McCain (or any ‘thuglican), but will likely sit out this November, for the first time in my voting history, which goes back to McGovern yes.

  116. Hello to everybody, I love this site, and well, I decided to go through my e-mails and, front and center, had a request for $$$ from the DSCC along with this little ‘UNITY” link:

    “Click here to join me in telling Barack Obama that we’re all united behind him, and to share with him the issues that are important to you in this campaign …”

    Well it’s just too easy of late to push my buttons, so I did respond in a rant, and you know lousy grammer and punctuation aside, feels good. Rant below:

    Unprecedented indeed! You have a lot of nerve, asking for support and money after fixing the Democratic Presidential Nomination to suit some Mysgonist’s wet dream. No Democratic Leader support for the stronger candidate, no boundaries set for civilized behavior from the Barack campaign, and basically a betrayal of ethics and vote rigging by elevating caucus vote counts above Statewide Primaries. I do not support Chicago Corrupt Politics as my idea of a suitable President/Administration, especial with the real time Texas Corruption currently parked in the White House and with little or no substantive opposition by the Democratic Party to slow down or stop it and the Republicans at large. God forbid the Democratic Party would raise the issue of lying us to war(s) and explore, rightfully so, impeachment of this current crooked administration. In addition, we now have over $4.00/gallon gas, we have non ending wars with thousands dead (both civilians and our troops), we have increased unemployment, inflation that I hope will not progress to a state of Stagflation, and here you insult my intelligence as a baby boomer female asking me to; (1) support the Democratic Party (who I feel have stabbed Hillary Clinton and supporters like myself in the back), (2) ask me for money to support policies and ideals that I cannot in good conscience be a party to, and (3) dare to use the mantra of “Unity”. Perhaps when the Democratic Party Leadership can pull their collective heads out of their asses; apologize for the dishonest and unacceptably bullying and disrespectful behaviors aimed at the more than 18 Million who voted for Hillary Clinton and explain why it was so important to (1) not fully count votes from Democrats for this Presidential Nominiation Process (“every vote counts”) (2) censor honest discourse and bully/coerce anyone who is not infatuated with Barack, (3) Push out of the race, the strongest and most likely to put a Democrat in the White House ~ HIillary Clinton, for a two-bit, inexperienced, questionable maturity and judgment Barack “Rezko”. I ask you, why in 40 years with only 3 Democratic Presidential wins, why are you, the Democratic Leadership, working so very hard to make sure that a Democrat not win the White House in 2008?

  117. This old “deadender”, the dead end comes after sitting at my computer for hours, is not about to be hassled, hustled or anything else by a bunch of sweet talking Obamatots.

    They may believe they are Borg and that resistance is futile but some of us will NEVER be assimilated. Put that in your collective and shove it!

  118. I do have a price: Return what you stole from Hillary: THE NOMINATION! This is the one and only currency acceptable to me.

    GO PUMA!

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