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Zero fiddles with golf clubs while Rome burns

While Obama was doing THIS in Hawaii:

"Hey Sweetie, watch it with the O-hair, got it?"

"Hey Sweetie, watch it with the O-hair, got it?"

In Hawaii for vacation, Sen. Barack Obama arrives at the Olomana golf course near Waikiki. Meanwhile, Democrats meeting in Pittsburgh decided on a party platform. (By Alex Brandon -- Associated Press)

Seems like Obama took note of Dubya’s selected-but-not-elected trend of going golfing in the most inappropriate times, like yesterday when the Democratic Platform was presented to Howard Dean at Pittsburgh.  Shouldn’t have Obama been there though, since he’s the new DNC presumptive princess?  Oh silly me, he had to golf to relieve all that stress from dealing with lowly dead-ender voters.  ProudMilitaryMom give’s the play-by-play scoop on what happened.  Many hugs to ProudMilitaryMom next time you see her comment here at the Confluence! 

Also happening while Obama gets his mani/pedi after golfing for all those hours under the hot Hawaiian sun, Hillary was out on the campaign trail hustling for Obama votes:

Hillary Clinton stumps for Obama

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is urging her backers to switch their allegiances to likely nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.  

Clinton, D-N.Y., appearing at her first solo campaign rally for Obama in Las Vegas on Friday, told cheering supporters to disregard any lingering resentment from the bruising Democratic primary election battles and instead back the party’s probable nominee, the New York Daily News reported.

“Anyone who voted for me or caucused for me has so much more in common with Senator Obama than Senator McCain,” Clinton said, referring to Obama’s probable Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

McCain, meanwhile, campaigned in Clinton’s former home state of Arkansas, where the newspaper said he is leading Obama in some state polls. Looking to court independent voters, McCain said, “I’m certainly pleased with where we are” in the state.

McCain said his campaign was gaining support among “Reagan Democrats” and others — “some we might call ‘Clinton Democrats’ as well,” the Daily News reported. 

McCain may be gaining some support, but not all of us “Clinton Democrats” are joining the Unity Pony Express or the McCain camp, as we all know here at the Confluence.  McCain, Obama, not even Mama Clinton herself can herd us in.   Yet that’s what the DNC/Obama Camp think.  That it’s HER job to that, not Obama’s.  It’s HER job to talk to  “those people,” while their Presumptious & Precious Post-Partisan Princess goes on vacay and gets his body exfoliating seaweed wrap and cucumber mask.  Well, he does has to prepare for the coronation after all!  Let Cinderella do all the work, since she’s not going to the ball anyways.

Meanwhile in swing-state Ohio, a FBI investigation hits a Democratic Party chief, which may cost Obama and down-ticket Dems votes in the November election:

Inquiry in Ohio Could Hurt Obama Vote

CLEVELAND — A federal investigation of Democratic Party leaders in Cuyahoga County could pose problems for Barack Obama’s campaign in Ohio, party insiders and political analysts say.

If the party’s local campaign operation suffers, some Democrats said, it could cost Mr. Obama votes in a Democratic area where he must win overwhelmingly to offset Republican strength elsewhere in the state.

“There’s no question that this is not helpful,” said Peter Lawson Jones, a Democrat who serves on the three-member Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners with Jimmy Dimora, the chairman of the county Democratic Party, who is at the center of a federal inquiry.

Is Hillary going to help Obama fix up the problem in Ohio too?  Maybe she can mow lawns in exchange for Obama votes because you know, she did win Ohio by 16% ?  And FL and NV….and PA, MA, NJ, NH, CA, NM, TX, MI, and many others.   

The hubris, the arrogance and the defecation on Democracy by the Obama camp and DNC makes me more PUMA everyday.  Keep hustlin’ Hillary out for Obama votes while Princess Obama  gets his facials & body wraps and manscaping in Hawaii, narcissistic-enabling DNC.  Because every minute that passes while Princess Obama is on vacation, the more Democrats you will PUMAtize.

¡Que viva los PUMAs! (Long live PUMAs!)

Hillary to visit Latino voters, plus PUMA-SF’s Hillary photo journal!

Huge-tent-sized-Mexican-sombero-hat tip to the marvelous PUMA-SF who wanted to share more Hillary event photos, where she and Simofish gave the exclusive break on Hillary’s delegate petition video.  Please give a big PUMA hug to PUMA-SF and Simofish for being so generous in sharing their Hillary moment with us!  

"Powerful and graceful, even in repose" (h/t Arabella Trefoil)

I looked for news to accompany PUMA-SF’s photos, and look what I found at the Guardian UK:

Hillary Clinton to hit swing states to campaign for Obama

Clinton will hit the campaign trail for her erstwhile rival in Florida and Nevada, two states that have not voted for a Democrat since 1996.

The Democrats this year hope to retake the two states, largely on the strength of legions of newly energised Hispanic voters.

Clinton has a strong appeal among Hispanics – the group backed her roughly two to one over Obama during the primaries this winter. She won primary contests in both states

The visits are planned for mid-late August before the convention.  QUESTION:  Why can’t Obama do this by himself, isn’t HE the so-called leader of the Democratc Party now?  Can’t he at least take some time out of his presumptuous schedule to show up together with Hillary to campaign for Latino votes?  Oh wait, isn’t that when the Precious is on vacation in Hawaii? 

UPDATE:

Obama’s Hawaii vacation in August expected to include fundraiser
Candidate set to attend private fundraiser during vacation here

By Derrick DePledge
Advertiser Government Writer

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois is expected to attend a private fundraiser for his presidential campaign on Aug. 12 at the Halekulani Hotel, several sources said.

Obama is expected to be in the Islands for about a week for a vacation and local organizers are also hoping for a public rally, possibly at Magic Island.

Andy Winer, Obama’s state director, said yesterday he could not confirm the visit or the details about the fundraiser or rally but said the campaign may make an announcement this week.

The fundraiser is being co-chaired by Mayor Mufi Hannemann and corporate executive and prominent Democratic financier Walter Dods. Donors are being asked to contribute $2,300 per person, sources said, and can attend a reception with the Hawai’i-born candidate for $10,000

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MAGIC ISLAND????  The jokes just write themselves with Obama. 

OMG, the Precious can’t be bothered to campaign for Latino votes when he has to have his mani/pedi, body exfoliating, deep tissue massage for the Denver Convention!  Snark aside, it’s insulting and condescending to our community and mark my words, it’ll be a major brou-haha if in fact Obama’s on vacation that week.  But what am I talking about?  Latinos are already under the bus anyways, Hillary ‘s under the bus too, so the trip will be shorter for her, right?  Maybe that’s part of Obama’s energy plan, you know, to save gas and stuff?  Yet if Hillary’s by herself, this may not be such a bad thing.  Some Latinos in the crowd might just say “quédense con el Obama ese, nosotros queremos a Hillary!”  (Stay with that Obama guy, we want Hillary!)

Just Say No Deal & ¡que viva los PUMAs! (Long live PUMAs!)

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