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Friday, They say “He’s Electable,” We say, “Not”

A couple of days ago my husband came tearing out of the bedroom saying that someone on TV said that she was a P.U.M.A. and that Obama was “Unelectable, Unqualified and Illegitimate.” These three things (he said she said) that meant Obama was going to lose the election if the Democrats give Obama the nomination.

That phrase, “Unelectable, Unqualified and Illegitimate,” has stayed with me ever since. It pulses through my mind with nearly every heartbeat. And I wonder sometimes why no one else can hear it. I spent a day with my parents (Dad a PUMA, Mom a TEPID) and an Obama supporting sister. And I swear the phrase was reverberating so loudly in my mind, I kept expecting her to tell me to shut up.

Not that she would. She’s not that sort of sister.

When I think of “electability” I always think of John Kerry and Howard Dean. I remember September of 2002 when my mom asked me who I was supporting for President (we have the sort of family where that question is often asked two years before an election.) I said I didn’t know but that I wasn’t thrilled about supporting John Kerry. She said what about the Governor of Vermont — she heard he was interested. Brainiac that I am I said, “Mom, I’m NOT supporting some Governor of Vermont for President. THAT’s just impossible!” And OH, how I wish I’d stuck with that feeling. Continue reading

Obama’s New Campaign Strategy: Laughing at Voters

I wish a pollster would show those polled the video of Obama laughing at voters with his rich friends rather than just reading quotes from his remarks. I think the impact of seeing and hearing it (as you would if it was put in an ad) is like a kick in the gut.

That’s the power of the Wright video too. It’s watching him as Wright talks about Bill riding Monica. And the reaction of the congregation. And wondering if Obama was there…. Continue reading

Raindrops from around the web- Monday

Here are a few good links for your perusal:

If you have any good links of your own, share them in the comments.  Use this as an open thread.