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The DemFather: A Play in One Powerful Act

Not a Pretty Sight
Not a Pretty Sight

THE SCENE: A small Italian restaurant in the Village. BARACK OBAMA and BILL CLINTON have just finished their lunch and are smoking cigars and drinking espresso. It is September 11, 2008, and their first one-to-one contact since the primaries ended. Phoniness is oozing from every pore of both politicians. The theme from “The Godfather” is heard playing in the background.

BILL: Well, how’d you like the food?

OBAMA (puffing on his cigar): Not bad, Bill, not bad. Chicago has great pizza, but the Italian food is much better in New York. Maybe Michelle and I will get a place here once I’m President, just like you and Hillary did!

BILL (smoothly): Why sure, Barack, that would be great! I’m sure Michelle and the kids would love New York. (some of Bill’s insincerity drops away) And maybe the people of New York can finally get that damn memorial built. The lights are fine, but every time I see them I just think of how that Saudi Arabian bastard got away with it, and I get so mad…

OBAMA (still totally insincere): Yeah, Bill, uh, me too. Anywho, I was hoping we could get down to business.

BILL (the mask back in place): Excellent idea, Barack! I’ve got some great ideas on how we can help each other. Here’s what I think –

OBAMA (interrupting): Really, Bill? Cause I was thinking you could campaign for me in Ohio, Pennsylvania and –

BILL (the mask dropping away completely): Shut up, Barack. I’m talking now, and I’m the goddamn President of the United States. Show a little goddamn respect, you little pissant!

BARACK (pulling up his chin and looking down his nose): Fine. I’ll take that from you – for now. Go ahead, (with sarcastic emphasis) Mister President.


BILL (leaning back in his chair): Look here, SENATOR. The only reason you’re here is because you’re in big, big trouble. The way things are shaking out, McCain is gonna be the next President. Yup, you’re getting your skinny ass handed to you by a 72-year-old man who’s stuck with the most hated brand since Edsel. And do you know why?

BARACK (snottily): Am I permitted to respond?

BILL (smiling nastily): Go ahead. I’d like to see if you can get one goddamned thing right, or if you are really as stupid as I think you are.

BARACK (sneering): I know why. Because I out-thought, out-played and out-organized your dumb bitch of a wife, and her bitter, menopausal, racist supporters can’t deal with it. And now, they’re voting for Sarah Palin out of revenge, just because she has a vagina!

BILL (laughing): HAHAHAHAHA! Whoo-ee, that was hilarious. Thanks for the entertainment! You are, in fact, dumber than a bag full of rocks, Barack. How you ever got this far is beyond me. 

Truth is, you went against the Family. You think you can be head of the Democratic Family? That means you gotta have respect for the rules. You gotta keep your promises on the issues they care about. You gotta adhere to the traditions. And you gotta treat every member of the Family, like family. You can’t be calling them all kinds of nasty names, and expecting them to vote for you anyway. 

OBAMA: But-but-but – they’re just women, Bill. I thought if I threatened them with Roe v. Wade, they’d come around. And why were they paying so much damn attention?

BILL (sighing): Because Hillary was a historic candidate, you idiot. There has never been a female candidate for President who has had even the tiniest chance of winning. Didn’t you think they’d care about that? Didn’t you think they’d watch every move you’d make? After all, your black supporters did the same for you. How could you not get that?

OBAMA (bursting out, standing up and pacing): DAMMIT! I deserve this Presidency. Why can’t they just see that? Why do I have to go around kow-towing to everyone? Why can’t they just elect me already? Bill, I’m so bored by all of this. I just want to sit in the Oval Office and be President!

BILL (shaking his head): Barack, you are such a fool. All your life, you’ve had everything handed to you because you’re so damn charming. But this time, the American people are sick and tired of bad government. They’ve had eight years of Bush, and they’re not about to turn the reins over to someone they don’t even know without a lot of careful examination. And if you think Hillary was hard on you, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

(standing up, putting a semi-fatherly hand on OBAMA’s shoulder) Maybe you should take off those shoulderpads and call the game. I just don’t think you can handle the pressure.

BARACK (furiously throwing BILL’s hand off): Oh, you’d just love that, wouldn’t you? Well, for now, I AM the head of the Family. And I’m smart, Bill. I’m smart! I got YOU out of the way with those charges of racism, didn’t I? And I beat Hillary in the primaries, didn’t I – stole the nomination right out from under her nose! I got Hillary to give that speech at the Convention, didn’t I? And I got this meeting with you, didn’t I? So far, everything is going my way. And you know what? It’s gonna KEEP going my way until I’m inaugurated in January of 2009. So why don’t YOU show some GODDAMNED RESPECT!

(OBAMA is breathing hard. BILL is looking at OBAMA with murder in his eyes. Then, slowly, BILL nods.)

BILL (softly, building to a crescendo): You’re right, Barack. You are the head of the Family – for now. So here’s what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna campaign for you in Florida, starting at the end of this month. You’re never going to win that state anyway, so it’s no skin off my nose. And every time I’m up in front of the public saying how they should vote for you, I’m going to show them what a REAL President looks like. And Hillary will do the same in the battleground states she’ll need to win in 2012. We’ll look like we’re supporting you, but in fact, we’ll be laying the groundwork for Hillary’s next run. (at the apex of fury) So enjoy it while you can, you fucking punk, because you are NEVER, EVER going to be President!

(Silence, while both calm down.)

OBAMA (speaking first): Fine. So we have a deal, then? We can pretend that everything’s okay and we’re all unified and shit, at least until I win in November? After that, Bill, you and Hillary are DONE. I mean GONE, Chicago style.

BILL: Yes, Barack, we have a deal. But after November, YOU are going to be the one that’s gone, Chicago style. And we’re gonna get Dean, Pelosi, Brazile and Reid outta there too.

OBAMA: May the best man win.

BILL: I’ll shake on that.

(The mortal enemies shake hands, and OBAMA walks out.)

(A waiter brings BILL the check.)

BILL: Barack didn’t even pay for it? Well, that’s okay. (addressing the waiter) He’ll pay in November, right, Mario?

MARIO: Never go against the Family, Mr. President.  (The two men share a grim smile.)

(LIGHTS OUT)

166 Responses

  1. Good Play! I can hardly wait.

  2. SO funny, just yesterday I said I could picture Bill calling him a pissant.

  3. Brilliant. I didn’t want it to end.

  4. Great job, madamab. But I bet in real life he called him more than a pissant.

  5. Oh, I do like that! If that’s not how it went down, it should have been.

    On a comic note, we have Joe Biden coming to campaign in my area on Monday. I think I’ll be just as glad to be at work.

  6. LMAO! You GO, paisana!

    Barky fucked with the Family, and thought he could run his own side-operation under our noses.

    Think again.

  7. Brava! Heh, pissant…indeed.

  8. Brava!

    Thanks for this:

    There has never been a female candidate for President who has had even the tiniest chance of winning. Didn’t you think they’d care about that?

  9. Why wasn’t Michelle at Ground Zero yesterday. Seems like his campaign got played again.

  10. *applause*

  11. Not to mention that she was by far the best and most qualified candidate and would make one hell of a president.

  12. Madamab
    As usual a great play.
    I can not wait for Nov to get rid of backtrack and the boys.
    I think he did not read about the valentine’s day massace in Chicago.
    Those who do not know history keep making the same mistakes.

    Thank you for your birthday wishes.

    COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS, AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  13. Thanks, Helen!

    PUMA and HELEN WHO HAS A BIRTHDAY POWER!!!!

    😉

  14. From http://unbrokencircles.com/blog4/

    I’ll probably vote for McCain.

    Why? The answer is in the Suffragist strategy in 1914 and 1916. Alice Paul rallied the more radical Suffragists to a non-violent technique of isolating one crucial issue, and voting based only on it.
    It caught the Democratic Party by surprise; they were certain that the one issue of women’s suffrage was less important than looming concerns like impending war.
    They were wrong. Although the Suffragists did not defeat Wilson, they had a major impact on the election and on public perception of their cause. Four years later, Wilson caved in and helped push through the 19th amendment.

  15. I hate to be OT, but my coworker just told me that she came back from lunch and gas prices are up to 4.89 a gallon here. that’s 1.50 more than they were this morning. Has anyone else noticed this?????

  16. plural, on September 12th, 2008 at 12:51 pm Said:
    Brava!
    Thanks for this:

    There has never been a female candidate for President who has had even the tiniest chance of winning. Didn’t you think they’d care about that?

    Plural, no they actually didn’t think we’d care. That it would be important to us.

    They have treated us as nothing more than walking “uteruses-in-peril” in the Democratic party for so many years, that it likely never even entered their minds that WE might consider ourselves MORE than that.

    Their actions have ripped the mask off of what the Democratic Party really thinks of women, and it is ugly, indeed. Their confusion and anger over the way we insist on seeing ourselves as WHOLE persons, not as merely pawns in the choice game, is a stunning testament to their narrow and dismissive view of us.

    That they remain confused, that they continue to bleat ROE ROE ROE! at us, while never once ADDRESSING the things that are pissing us off, is another indication of just how seriously they take our concerns.

  17. gary:

    Wholesale gasoline prices on the Gulf Coast moved even further into uncharted territory to around $4.85 a gallon, as refineries anticipated that Ike would incur at least a significant pause in their operations, and at worst severe damage to their facilities.

    On Thursday, Gulf Coast wholesale gasoline last traded at around $4.75 a gallon, said Ben Brockwell, director of data pricing and information services. That was up substantially from about $3.25 on Wednesday and less than $3 on Tuesday.

    biz.yahoo.com/ap/080912/oil_prices.html

  18. Yes! This one was begging for a play! Thank you!
    Check up in trade: McCain is now the favorite – and Hill’s odds are going up too
    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/mccain-takes-the-lead-on-in-trade/

  19. Ha, ha. W. and Repubs “the most hated brand since Edsel.” Going to have to borrow that one, Madamab.

  20. wmcb –

    Their actions have ripped the mask off of what the Democratic Party really thinks of women, and it is ugly, indeed. Their confusion and anger over the way we insist on seeing ourselves as WHOLE persons, not as merely pawns in the choice game, is a stunning testament to their narrow and dismissive view of us.

    That they remain confused, that they continue to bleat ROE ROE ROE! at us, while never once ADDRESSING the things that are pissing us off, is another indication of just how seriously they take our concerns.

    In the meantime, the Republicans understood our concerns exactly, and did something very daring and concrete about them. The Democrats are still rushing blindly off that electoral cliff, in a bus with fewer and fewer people on it.

    I’m still not voting for them, but I may change my mind if I can, for the same reasons NH listed.

  21. They were so sure they could take women for granted that they made open insults.

    “They’ll just stick to their knitting.”

    And they have the nerve to call themselves “progressives.”

  22. All I know is this. Barak Obama bet not win with any help from William Jerfferson Clinton. I’m one of the few black people who still doesn’t think clinton said or did anything racist, and I have defended that fool. If he get’s that little snit elected, I will get on a plane and take bus to harlem just to cuss him out.

  23. The press is still in the tank for him. I just hope this time the press doesn’t get it’s way. They are just as responsible for W’s war as Republicans and Congress.

  24. Because it was that very same accusation that turned me 100% away form obama, so if he helps that jerk off get elected. he has lost all my respect.

  25. The Democratic Party is at a very dangerous watershed, that could well be similar to the seismic shift that occurred when the AA’s left the Republicans in droves in the 60’s. And so far, they seem to be utterly and willfully blind to that danger.

  26. Very clever Madamab. Looks like you were a “fly” on the wall at that meeting.

  27. […] my wish came true! madamab wrote a play about what happened – that would be the ultimate version of this – nec plus ultra! Yup, you’re […]

  28. If things continue to move in the current direction, McCain gets a close win. Of course, there is still time for game-changing events to occur. If Obama loses, I know I will blame his loss on two major misjudgments: (1) Not picking Hillary to be VP and (2) going to Europe and Hawaii instead of Ohio and Michigan.

    Talking with Bill Clinton now at the very end of this very long debacle is ridiculous. Obama will have to live with the consequences of his hubris.

  29. Great play—-love it.

  30. I checked out BO’s new ad 1982 on Charles’ blog. I am now convinced that BO is a better person than McCain and his campaign is closer to God than McCains.

    McCain brought out this whole bunch of incisive ads criticizing BO. So Obama brought out this one gem of an ad insulting every citizen – senior or otherwise – who are not good with computers and the internet. This proves conclusively that his campaign is just not so good at being selectively and effectively mean. IOW he is a better person.

    PUMAs, I hope you will now learn the error of your ways and vote Obama. Vote Obama because McCain is old and cannot use the internet. Or vote Obama because he sucks at sarcasm.

    Get that you net-based sarcastic deadenders!

  31. The election is Obama’s to win or lose.

    He wanted it, and it’s his now. Not Bill’s or Hillary’s.

  32. S:

    You need psychiatric help (NOW)!

  33. ABC News’ Jack Tapper has this post up on Political Punch which I found to be humorous:

    “But just so you know — this is by my count the 4th time Obama’s campaign has officially or unofficially made such a declaration that Obama will “take off the gloves” and fight back.

    That’s a lot of pairs of gloves.

    The Isotoner campaign, one might say.

    Another part of today’s claim is that the Democrat is going to aggressively claim the “change” mantle.

    As part of this — the staggeringly fresh assertion that Sen. John McCain has voted with President Bush 90% of the time, a factoid Obama has only made seven thousand times before.”

    “the Isotoner campaign.” Boy this really makes Obama look whimpy.

  34. Bill and Hillary should dump and denounce Obama NOW!

  35. Oh, MadamaB!! I just read it aloud to mister — it’s wonderful. It flows perfectly!!

    xxoo
    ♥♥♥♥

  36. Relax Myshiba, I’m not a troll. I am not normally snarky either.

    The sheer idiocy of the 1982 ad brought out some snark that I did not know I had 🙂

    I love this forum and the people in it.

  37. S – That was hilarious! 🙂

    Obama’s ad was just awful. As usual, he only aims at people who already love him. Anyone who is on the fence is turned off by his nasty, divisive approach.

    You cannot win elections this way. The math doesn’t work.

  38. wmcb, on September 12th, 2008 at 1:13 pm Said:
    The Democratic Party is at a very dangerous watershed, that could well be similar to the seismic shift that occurred when the AA’s left the Republicans in droves in the 60’s. And so far, they seem to be utterly and willfully blind to that danger.

    I agree, and, wonder of wonders, the Republican party with McCain might be moving back to the center. He could pull and LBJ – free at last.

  39. Thanks, KB!!!

    Hope your dog is doing better.

    XOXOX

  40. S:

    You are forgiven (-:

  41. McCain is no centrist. He’s an old fashioned southwestern libertarian, as far as I can tell.

  42. Thanks for asking MadamaB, I don’t know what’s wrong with him. He suddenly started throwing up. Other symptoms seem better (He’s got more energy). But, he just threw up again…

    It’s not as scary as when he was crawling into our laps and collapsing.

  43. yes, *pissant* pretty much sums him up, doesn’t it?!

    ok all you show-offs with the hearts 😉

    how do you do that??

    testing 1 2 3

    :hearts;

  44. ♥ = &_hearts_;

    Take out the underlines….

  45. I will try but WordPress always screws me up:

    ” ” & ” ” hearts ” ” ; ” ”

    without the spaces and quotes

  46. kgirl – Get over it, Bill is a Democratic politician.

  47. Thanks Katie, madamab!

    If it works, this is for Helen:

  48. “That’ll be his first reaction, sure. That’s why you gotta talk some sense into him. The Clinton family is behind me with all their people. The other New York Families will go along with anything that will prevent a full-scale war. Let’s face it, Nancy, and all due respect–Donna was slippin’. So you gotta talk to Howard, you gotta talk to the caporegimes, that John Kerry and that Fat Chris Dodd. It’s good business, Nancy.”

  49. What I loved about the presser after lunch was when Bill said that he would start to do events at the end of the month after his global initiative was finished. We only have 2 months to election day, Bill’s comment was the male equivalent of ‘I can’t go out tonight, I have to wash my hair”. O needs a transfusion today and Bill just told him that he would check his schedule and get back to him.

  50. Just finished reading your play Madamab. Great as usual! And based on my favorite movie too.

    On a more serious note, there is a strong element of wisdom in not going against the family. Because when you go against the family, you don’t have anyone to leave a legacy to. Cleanups are important. But cleanups from the inside are the ones that work.

  51. {{{KB’s Dog}}}

    Palomino…LOLOLOL…I think I know who will be “sleeping with the fishes” after this election, metaphorically speaking!

  52. LOL….love the play. I hope Bill finds a lot of reasons he can’t go out and stump for the one.

    Mountain Sage

  53. Amaazing!

  54. plural, I agree. He is not a centrist, nor is he a neo-con. He is an old-fashioned Libertarian-leaning western Repub, but one who is sensible enough to work with both the right wingers and the left wingers. He makes an effort to listen to and sometimes compromise with more left-centrist points of view, though he himself is not a centrist.

    I warned months and months ago that if the Repubs picked McCain, the Dems were going to have to come up with a better argument than “He is Bush! He is Bush!”, because the man is simply not Bush. He despises Bush, and the entire country knows it.

    Hillary could have fought it. Hillary was so good on real, practical policy that is attractive to all Americans, that she could have gone head to head with McCain and won on issues.

    Obama had two things: 1) His personal narrative and and charisma, and 2) the Bush years.

    Since the first is fading, and McCain is doing a fabulous job of being the Republican anti-Bush, Obama is now trying to fight on the ground where he IS and ALWAYS WAS the weakest: issues and policy. He is trying to be Hillary, because the Dems finally realized what we knew all along – that it would take a Hillary to beat a McCain. And he is failing MISERABLY at it.

  55. Honora –

    Yup. Bill and Hill are doing only what they absolutely must to retain their creds with some of Obama’s voters. I am absolutely certain that they don’t think he can win, and don’t want him to, either.

    Of course, I’m sure they’re not enjoying the thought of a McCain Presidency, either. I feel the same way. Sigh.

  56. hmmmm, pride goeth before the fall.

    I watched the interviews on the video someone included yesterday on another thread of (mostly) Texan voters and was almost in tears with the 4th section, where the elderly AA made a heartwrenching point when she spoke of the poll “watchers” who told people not to even go in if they weren’t voting for Obama.
    As she said, “we worked so hard to get the vote and here are these ignorant young black men telling people not to vote unless they vote for BO.”

    An elderly friend (83) started lecturing me (via email) yesterday on why I shouldn’t vote for Palin – I didn’t argue the point that it’s actually the McCain ticket. I pointed out to him that I probably won’t vote for the R top line but can’t see myself ever voting for someone who took the top nominee position through fraud. We will meet for lunch next week to “discuss” it.

  57. wmcb: Great point. Wouldn’t it be funny if we did a swap where people who care about women’s rights moved over to repubs and Obama’s favorite group, the evangelicals, moved over to the dems. We’d have a pro-choice Teddy Roosevelt reform based repub party, and the dem party would look like Obama’s wet dream.

    That’s something to think about seriously. If lots of people moved over to a different party, they’d by definition change it. Hmmm.

  58. WMCB – Agreed. Obama could never be Hillary. They actually do NOT agree on almost any issue. Obama only pays lip service to the ideas of social justice and allegiance to the Constitution, whereas for Hillary, those ideas form the core of her beliefs and actions as a public servant.

  59. Having the Clintons campaign for Obama has the potential to backfire bigtime, and I think Bill and Hillary know it. Think of it – people seeing one of two brilliant, dignified, charming, yet down-to-earth people with a sense of humor. It has to make them think, “Obama dissed the great thing we had in the ’90s” and “Gee, what can’t we have it again?”

    And since everyone knows that the Clintons believe in their party, even if their party isn’t loyal to them, I don’t think most people will hold the campaigning against them, just take it as another measure of their class and generosity.

    IMHO. YMMV.

  60. wmcb, absolutely. Well said.

    McCain would be an appealing candidate no matter who his opponent was. I think he’d be tough for even Hillary, but as you say, she would meet him head-on on the issues, and the country would have a chance to understand and decide on real issues. It would have been a historic and admirable campaign.

    Now, not so much.

  61. The total disrespect for democrats by the democratic party to me is amazing.
    They trashed loyalty, experience, common sense for a racist anti-american know nothing.
    If Senator Clinton runs in 2012. just how much of a real democratic party will be left?
    I want Senator Clinton as a president because she is the most qualified candidate in either party in years.
    This country needs quality, and common sense and loyalty to America as the head of state.

    COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS, AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  62. I notice there are no second acts in Obama’s lives, madamab (thank GOD!). Thanks for more good work and for making me chuckle this morning (it is morning, isn’t it?).

  63. madamab, yep. He is not and never was Hillary, which is why it is ringing so false when he tries to be her at this late date.

    This is why all the cries of “but but but look at his better POLICIES!” are having zero effect. Obama’s appeal never EVER was about policy, and everyone knows it. That he is now clinging to a platform that was never a part of his personal political identity ‘lo these long months is not passing the gut test of most Americans.

    Obama’s only chance of winning was to ride his personal appeal. Now that that wave has passed, he’s got nothing.

    Nancy had better call Summer’s Eve, because the Dem party is feeling “not so fresh” anymore.

  64. WMCB – LOL!!!!

    “Not so fresh” indeed!

    By the way – I just saw a McCain ad. Yes, here, in “safe” blue New York. Bush never even bothered to campaign here.

    This tells me McCain is very confident about his appeal to conservative Independents, which make up a large percentage of the upstate NY electorate. Plus, Obama does not do well with my brethren and sistren in the Jewish faith.

    Could Obama turn New York red? He is, after all, The One!

  65. madamab – It’s possible that McCain will win NY.

  66. Latest Red State Update – on Palin

  67. I know Bill can’t stand Obama’s guts, but he will be the consumate professional and go through the motions for the party’s sake. I hope Bill doesn’t give him one shred of sound advice. Obama dug this whole himself…….let HIM dig his own way out!

  68. Saw this post on another forum and it made me laugh….

    “Obama leads 61 percent to 35 percent among voters under age 30.”

    While they may seem like good news for Barack, it really isn’t. This strong support of under 30 voters helped skew his overall poll numbers — and as James Carville once said, ” There is a word for a candidate that relies on the young vote — loser.”

    I wonder if Bill shared this knowledge with the rookie.

  69. Arabella Trefoil, on September 12th, 2008 at 2:01 pm Said:

    madamab – It’s possible that McCain will win NY.

    Arabella, What makes you think so? It is a confirmed blue state, right? NY means 31 EVs. If McCain can flip NY, it will be the sensation of the decade. Man, that would be something 8)

  70. “Could Obama turn New York red? He is, after all, The One!”

    LOL, that makes me think of when Obama was saying he thought he could turn my state (Texas) blue. I thought, this guy is truely delusional.

  71. Nancy had better call Summer’s Eve, because the Dem party is feeling “not so fresh” anymore.
    ****************
    ****************

    That’s bad.*g*

  72. NY is a blue state that usually elects Republican governors and Mayors.

    It’s certainly possible.

  73. SHV, Nancy and other Dems used the word “fresh” so many times in reference to BO during the primaries, that I began expecting she and Claire to call me up for a delicate mother-daughter conversation.

  74. S Regarding the possibility of McCain taking NY State

    We had a primary here last week (for city officials) and I had a chance to talk to my dem peeps & local reps.

    Women ticked off. Upstate NY does vote too. The Republican base is energized by Palin. The repubs in NY are raising a lot of money.

    Got to go for now.

  75. New Ohio poll out: Mccain +4

    It also shows that more Democrats are willing to cross party lines and vote for McCain-Palin than Republicans that would be willing to vote for Ozero.

  76. I read in Politico last night that a woman unexpectedly won a Dem congressional primary in the Buffalo area (I think).

    Her opponents were two men, who went after each other, and she was the survivor.

  77. KB and all you wonderful wordpress people, where can I go to learn how to do hearts and links and add video to my blog? Is there a book, like one of those dummies things. I posted this morning and it is kinda dull, none of Gary’s or madamas great pics or RD’s songs, just me ranting. Will you tell me please?

  78. Plural – That’s awesome!

  79. Can someone explain to me why President and Senator Clinton would campaign (or do anything) to help the party that “stole” the nomination for Senator Obama?

  80. Not just “fresh” but quoting Pelosi “a leader that God has blessed us with at this time.”

    :-O

    Makes me glad to be an atheist.

  81. TheRealKim – Go to MyAccount on WordPress, then click Contact Support on the drop-down menu. They can help you with all kinds of things. 🙂

  82. poplicola – Because they’re in the same political party. They have to.

  83. Ruh-roh!:

    Share this article with every woman you know. A shocking and revelatory op-ed in today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer exposes that, despite his claims for “equal pay for an equal day’s work,” Barack Obama pays the women in his own U.S. Senate office:

    “83 cents for every dollar the men make”
    In start contrast, John McCain pays the women in his U.S. Senate office:

    “$1.04 for every dollar a man makes”
    There’s more proof of Obama’s unequal treatment of women, despite his lofty rhetoric to the contrary: “Among Obama’s five best-paid advisors, only one was a woman. Among his top 20, seven were women.”

    Can you say S-E-X-I-S-T?

  84. poplicola

    I think Bill wants to restore his good reputation with AA’s. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them hit the trail together. Gotta do it quick before Barry goes down in flames.

    Simple as that.

  85. poplicola, because if Bill and Hill are to salvage anything at all of this party after Obama goes down in flames, they must maintain those bridges with dems who voted for him.

    Hill and Bill do not give a rat’s ass about Obama himself, but they are smart enough to know that they CANNOT alienate all his voters. It’s all about the voters, to them. In other words, unlike Obama, they have sense enough to know that you can’t go around pissing off the little people that you may need later.

  86. Here’s the piece in Politico:

    “Operating on a shoestring primary budget, Kryzan’s campaign did not send out a single direct mail piece — a staple of modern campaigns — and didn’t conduct any polling. She greatly benefited from Powers’ back-and-forth squabbling with Davis.

    Kryzan aired an ad in the campaign’s final days showing her two male opponents fighting with each other, while she emerged as a calm, pragmatic voice. She reiterated that message in her victory statement Tuesday night.”

    more:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13356.html

  87. poplicola:

    The same reason that McCain supported Bush for the last 8 years.

    Politicians have to show party loyalty or their careers are in trouble.

    Voters don’t have that problem

  88. I wonder when BO will wake up with a donkey’s head in bed with him. That might get his attention.

  89. myiq

    Yes, I read that with interest. Turns out, everything that Barry claims is the complete opposite.

    Great uniter? Not so much.

    Flipping red states? Just watch those red states flip HIM the bird.

    “I can get her votes. I’m not so sure she can get mine.” Yah, right!

    Etc. etc.

  90. Gordon!!! I’ll be giggling for days over that one.

    😀

  91. Hill and Bill think longterm. They know how important it is to keep fences mended. They know that the people who did not vote for you today may vote for you tomorrow.

    They do not believe in the politics of exclusion.

    Plus, they want what’s best for our country. If Obama tanks, they do not want to lose the congress. Divided government is a good thing.

    Also, McCain and Hillary work well together. They can salvage this mess our country is in.

  92. Walking away is the worst thing they could do, for them and especially for the country.

  93. myiq2xu, do you have a link for the seattle post-inteligencer article?

  94. Hillary had to make a concerted effort to win over upstate NY. Like so many upstates/downstates/flyovers, it doesn’t vote with its city cousins.

  95. I saw this on a T-shirt advertized on a winger blog:

    NOBAMA
    Keep the Change

  96. If the McCain leads and gains in the polls hold true, an Obama victory seems highly unlikely. I’m sure that his campaign advisors are urging him to dump Biden, and bring in Hillary Clinton, which would guarantee Obama the white house. Firstly, will Obama with his massive ego agree that he has made a major error in judgement, and ask Hillary to come on? Secondly, will Hillary accept Obama’a offer?

  97. ok, I found the seattlepi article:

    Obama only talks good game on gender pay equity
    DEROY MURDOCK

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/378772_murdockonline12.html

  98. Hillary would NOT accept is offer. If he becomes President, she disappears for good. She wouldn’t NOT accept and he doesn’t have the political capital to make that kind of switch and get away with it this closeto the election.

  99. I did, SOD – thank you! And the orange baby’s breath was a great touch.

    🙂

  100. *throws underwear on stage*

  101. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/12/mccain-gets-grilled-on-the-view/

    Ha-when Obama was on The View they fawned over him.
    Walters had to tell him how *handsome* he was…
    thought she’d crawl into his lap.

    The love-fest stopped just short of sexual favors-it was disgusting.

    Apparently, Johnny Mac received no such treatment…

  102. @ tom:

    No on both counts.

    And I’m sure Obama’s campaign advisers are urging him to do no such thing.

    They ran a rigged primary, and now they’re running the general into the iceberg.

    Quelle surprise.

  103. uh oh did i say a bad word?

    )-:

    my comment went to the troll pit!

  104. I remember that pay equity story from months ago in the primary, actually hillary was the best out of all three of them, but mccain was better than obama. of course nobody in the media would touch it, and the oboyz claimed the numbers were cooked. yet another example of Hillary getting screwed out of what was rightfully hers 😦

  105. oh, sure.

    Campskunk gets to fling underwear around.

    I get moderated!

    hmmp

    😉

  106. Obama may seem to be losing ground, but I don’t count him out yet.

    Constant vigilance!

  107. I think it’s too late. The Convention was Barry’s Hillary as VP gut check….and he failed .

  108. Arabella Trefoil, on September 12th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    boy, you aren’t kidding powerful forces want Barry and will be cheating big time . But I’m banking on the GOP fighting this, unlike the Dems of 2000 and particularly of 2004 .

  109. well, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em-what the hell.
    *flings underwear*

  110. I must say, this play is getting a lot of underwear flung at it.

    Must be the presence of The Big Dawg.

    😉

  111. I just hope Obama’s ego is so inflated that he doesn’t ask Hillary to be VP candidate. I’m afraid that if he does, she will accept to spare the country of 4 more years of republican rule. thank you for the inputs, regency and palomino. and arabella, you are right.

  112. I found this bit of ridiculousness in the spam filter as I was fishing catarina out :

    If you put an unqualified woman in a top position, they are not the one to break the glass ceiling because she will be a disaster and give all the sexist AND non-sexist pause for EVER voting for another woman again. They will say “oh god, not another woman, remember Palin?” She will be the Dan Quayle for women.

    because after Dan Quayle, no other white man was EVER elected to office.

    The stupidity of the obots is one of the scariest parts of all this….

  113. My Big Dawg is both amused and flattered at all this underwear being flung at him, but not impressed. He is going home with me, because I am not wearing any,

    *ducks*

  114. Gary –

    because after Dan Quayle, no other white man was EVER elected to office.

    LOLOLOLOL

  115. Now bo wants a do over … “today is the first day in the rest of the campaign ”
    I thought the bo camp had exhausted their laughability component for me…..

    so sorry no ally ally in freee this is not back alley hide and seek

    I am beginning to wonder if his emotional development was arrested at 13

  116. gary, the same argument could be applied to Obama for AA’s, only he is vying for the top spot, which makes a BIG difference.

  117. Sigh. I never get a turn with Big Dawg.

    😦

  118. swanspirit – No he didn’t!

    What a f*cking idiot.

    When he loses the election, he’ll probably request a do-over then as well.

    “There’s no do-overs in politics!”

  119. madamab
    Small consolation though it may be…at least you’re not bare-assed like some of us.

  120. catarina – We Virgos are always wearing underwear. It’s one of our more dubious virtues.

    🙂

  121. madamab,

    Loved the play. It was the most fun I had on the blogs today!!

    Thanks!

  122. My fav blog……still, thanks again!!!

  123. It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a
    psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently
    institutionalized.

    And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he
    said, and brave. That didn’t make her crazy.

    The doctor admonished the men: ‘Courage in women is often mistaken for
    insanity.’

    Alice Paul went on a Hunger strike, died, after being imprisoned for
    Picketing the White House and Wilson in 1920, to get Women the right to
    Vote!!!!!

    my daughter sent me that ….via email…

    I think one of the most important things happening in this election is that young women are getting a birds eye view of what we were up against when we try and advance the cause of women and try to break that last or any glass ceiling …

  124. Thanks, Leisa!

  125. Ehem, Big Dawg will be Fedexing all previously flung panties back to their previous owners, mkay?

    I don’t appreiciate finding them in tucked into his collar and pocket when I undress him at night.

    And just a tip: if you’re going to be flnging thongs, wear a second pair. Every seat in town is not bare-ass territory.

  126. Now see – this is why we don’t mess with Regency. She is one fierce PUMA! ROOOOOOAAARRRRR!!!

  127. Oh, by the way, allegedly (according to a radio broadcast in a state I don’t live in) Angelina Jolie loves Sarah Palin and wants to campaign for her. Take that with whatever grain of salt you wish.

  128. Loved it, madamab!

  129. Madamab: You know it! Nobody gets in the Big D pants but me–and Hillary.

  130. The more the young hotshot male Obama fans around me guffaw and elbow each other over Palin, the more I want to vote for her.

  131. Wow, Madamab….that was the best one ever!!! Brought tears to my eyes. Damn It, OboZo is such a total little punk jerk, you caught his whole cocky attitude. OBrat gets really pissed when he doesn’t get his way; how could he be DENIED by those damn uppity, uncontrollable women?

    It’s just such poetic justice that we should bring “The Precious” down!!!

    NoBAMA/Biden08…NOWAY!!!
    PUMA POWER!!!

  132. Madamab ♥

    Helen – birthday girl &hearts:

    Kim ♥

    KB’s woofie ♥

    the rest of ya ♥

    It definitely takes a Confluence blog and Riverdaughter to get through this political season.

  133. Helen ♥

  134. Britney Spears finished off any fantasies about “no panties”.

  135. SHV: You don’t want Britney to “give [you] more”? You don’t want “a piece of [her]”?

  136. Thanks, Boo Radly et al!

    New post up by Katiebird. McCain is starting to kick some Obama b*tt!

  137. The Clintons are hardly campaigning for Obama at all. They are doing the least amount that they can do to still stay in the party. There is no viable third party, so in order for them to get anything accomplished, they have to play with the hand that was dealt them.

    Hillary and Bill both did everything they possibly could to avoid this outcome, but the DNC ignored them like they ignored us.

    And for now that means smiling while they are throwing up in their mouths’.

    Hillary absolutely needs the help and support of the Dem party to be both re-elected to the Senate and elected to the Presidency.

    They are both laying in the weeds until the time is right.

    One of the cultural issues we have in America is that we are always looking for instant gratification. Like the commercial says, “I want it all, and I want it now.” Business are always at current and next quarter results.

    In many other countries they look at 5, 10 or even 20 year plans.

    We just need to be a little patient, and continue our path. I believe the Clintons have more than a two month plan.

  138. Arabella Trefoil says

    “[Obama may seem to be losing ground, but I don’t count him out yet.

    Constant vigilance!]”

    and;

    paper doll, says

    [boy, you aren’t kidding powerful forces want Barry and will be cheating big time . But I’m banking on the GOP fighting this, unlike the Dems of 2000 and particularly of 2004].”

    Constant vigilance is absolutely essential to defeat NoBama!!!

    We can expect More “Dirty Tricks” and Saul Alinsky/Chicago Thug type politics from Obama as he tries to regain his diminished position in the Election for POTUS as McCain/Palin kick his butt in the polls.

    Check out this Article by , “Obama Plans Sharper Tone as Party Frets: Forceful attacks begin with new TV ads, speech written by ADAM NAGOURNEY and JEFF ZELENY appearing in The New York Times on Friday 9/12/08 (also on MSNBC website):

    “[Senator Barack Obama will intensify his assault against Senator John McCain, with new television advertisements and more forceful attacks by the candidate and surrogates beginning Friday morning, as he confronts an invigorated Republican presidential ticket and increasing nervousness in the Democratic ranks.

    Mr. McCain’s choice of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate and the resulting jolt of energy among Republican voters appear to have caught Mr. Obama and his advisers by surprise and added to concern among some Democrats that the Obama campaign was not pushing back hard enough against Republican attacks in a critical phase of the race.

    Some Democrats said Mr. Obama needed to move to seize control of the campaign and to block Mr. McCain from snatching away from him the message that he was the best hope to bring change to Washington.

    After back-to-back attack ads by Mr. McCain, including one that misleadingly accused Mr. Obama of endorsing sex education for kindergarten students, the Obama campaign is planning to sharpen attacks on Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin in an effort to counter Mr. McCain’s attempt to present himself as the candidate of change with his choice of Ms. Palin……]”

    [“…….Inside the campaign headquarters in Chicago, aides said, there have been no emergency conference calls or special strategy sessions to deal with the new dynamic in the race.

    Still, interviews with advisers and supporters suggested a concern not seen in the Obama campaign since its most competitive days in the long primary fight with Mrs. Clinton.

    “You can’t be so stubborn that you don’t react or adjust to events,” Mr. Plouffe said. “We have been given up for dead any number of times in this process, so it does stiffen your spine a little bit.”

    One adjustment for the Obama campaign comes as Mr. McCain is seeking to claim the Democrats’ theme of change by pointing to Ms. Palin. For months, advisers to Mr. Obama had assumed that Mr. McCain would play up his experience; Mr. Plouffe said he welcomed what he argued would be a campaign fought out on the issue of change.

    ‘This is a very major development,’ Mr. Plouffe said. ‘John McCain jettisoned his message and his strategy. It is now about change. We’re going to lean into that very, very hard.’

    In the midst of all this, Mr. Obama had a private lunch on Thursday with someone he battled with for much of the year but who knows how to put the Republicans on the defensive: former President Bill Clinton. Discussion topics, aides said, included how Mr. Obama might handle Ms. Palin in the days ahead].”

    Looks like NoBama needs Bill and Hillary to win this Election for him. How pathetic…..NoBama never really participated in an Election (where he had to
    compete-without cheating – to win); so NoBoZO Inc. doesn’t know quite what to do.

    Biden admitted a few days ago in an interview, that Hillary Clinton would have been a great choice for POTUS or VP (and all but said that Clinton was BEST choice-a gaffe I am sure; but Biden spoke the truth).

    The ONLY way NoBama knows how to compete (as demonstrated in the Dem. Primary) is to manipulate, cheat and lie. I think the American people are too smart for him and there are many millions of voters who have seen through NoBama’s empty speeches and false promises.

    Puma POWER!!!
    McCain/Palin08
    HillaryPOTUS2012

  139. Great play, Madamab!

  140. Regency, on September 12th, 2008 at 3:33 pm Said:

    SHV: You don’t want Britney to “give [you] more”? You don’t want “a piece of [her]“?
    ***********
    **********
    That was sad situation for a young woman with serious mental health problems and totally out of control.

  141. SHV: Okay. It was a play on her hit songs. It was not intended as an insult to someone who was going through something.

  142. I just refound this link to a female New Zealand reporter, who was on to Obama back at the end of March. This is her conclusion (it came into my mind because of the play’s title-Demfather-Godfather):

    <blockquoteObama is a political psychopath. He exhibits no shame, no matter where his money comes from. On September 5, 2007, the New York Post reported that, “Alexi Giannoulias, who became Illinois state treasurer last year after Obama vouched for him, has pledged to raise $100,000 for the senator’s Oval Office bid.”

    “Giannoulias is so tainted by reputed mob links,” the Post noted, “that several top Illinois Dems, including the state’s speaker of the House and party chairman, refused to endorse him even after he won the Democratic nomination with Obama’s help.”

    If the Democratic party places Obama on the ballot against John McCain, Democratic voters will have no choice in this election. Once the whole truth becomes public, and it will the minute he becomes the nominee, no honest American could support sending Obama and his corrupt gang of cronies to the White House./

    http://tinyurl.com/25jj7b

  143. madamab,

    That was EASILY your best one yet! Thank you and congratulations…

    -MS

  144. Heh, heh. Another good one madamab.

  145. Great one, Madamb! I can’t wait to see that one brought to life.

  146. madamb, that was great!!! What a hoot.

    I bet Bill and Hillary are laughing up their sleeves. BO and the DNC had no clue how they would be swift-boarded by the feisty McCain, but Hillary and her supporters tried to tell them. What a sad bunch.

  147. Ok I may get banned for this -( Though I seriously hope not!!!)
    🙂

    There is too much competition here for Big Dawg .So I will not even try and I will go get myself some of the “First Dude.” Honestly, a man who fishes, works on oil rigs, wins a gruelling snowmobile race AND still is a super Daddy and supportive of his wife * swoons*

  148. Regency, on September 12th, 2008 at 3:55 pm Said:

    SHV: Okay. It was a play on her hit songs. It was not intended as an insult to someone who was going through something.
    ***********
    ***********
    The “Brit” sings???*g*

  149. Fantastic…great job…this gets forwarded to kindred spirited friends…

    Thanks…

  150. madamab, a standing ovation!

  151. madamab: Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! I knew you would be creating this since yesterday. One thing I would have added:
    Bill pulls Obama towards him, cups his face in his hands and says, “Barack, you broke my heart”. Then plants a wet one on him. Kiss of death!

  152. Happy Birthday, Helen!!!

  153. Regency: So happy to see you; have been in my thoughts all day. Stay safe with Ma. XX00

  154. Swanspirit,
    Alice Paul actually lived until 1977. She was 92. I hope that makes the “happy ending” when Sarah Palin becomes the first female VP even happier. Ms. Paul was the original author of the ERA in 1923.

  155. Excellent, Madamab! This is the play I’ve been waiting for.

  156. Every time Obama appears on the same stage with either Hill or Bill, swing voters in the audience will compare and contrast the real deal with the fake interloper. The Clintons are the savviest politicians on the planet. They know exactly what they are doing.

    Has it occurred to anybody that while BO has lots of book smarts, he has an emotional IQ in the single digits? Even my teenaged autistic son has more empathy than this bozo.

    Loved the tragicomedy in one act, madamab! “Pissant” is one of my favorite words.

  157. Nell, I’ll assume that wasn’t a slam on teenage autisic sons 🙂

  158. WOULDNT IT BE DELICIOUS IRONY IF OBAMA WINS THE POPULAR VOTE BUT LOSES THE ELECTORAL VOTE? KIND OF LIKE WHAT HAPPENED TO HILLARY.

  159. I was half- expecting the Big Dawg to row Barry/Fredo out to the middle of the lake on a fishing trip!

  160. Obama spokesman Dan Pfeiffer said today: “It’s extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in chief doesn’t know how to send an e-mail.”

    The reason he doesn’t send email is that he can’t use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the Viet Cong. From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000):

    McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain’s encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He’s an avid fan – Ted Williams is his hero – but he can’t raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.

    He can’t use a computer because his arms were repeatedly broken.

    Obama.
    Has.
    No.
    Respect.
    And.
    No.
    Class.

    McCain-Palin ’08
    Hillary ’12

  161. “i got smahts!” “I can do things!”

    (If you haven’t seen Godfather II then just skip this post)

    😉

  162. “I was half- expecting the Big Dawg to row Barry/Fredo out to the middle of the lake on a fishing trip!”

    ———————————————
    Ram – Marry me!

  163. This was either terribly corny or I don’t have a highly evolved sense of humor.

  164. […] speechless, I can only add to this  a comment from a B0bot from the Confluence I checked out BO’s new ad 1982 on Charles’ blog. I am now convinced that BO is a better person […]

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