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The Democratic Party has one mighty big pickle to tackle! Can you imagine, the first black candidate that has a real shot at the presidency might soon be passed over for the first woman candidate? Hillary Clinton has not dropped out of the running, as of this weekend, so can Barack Obama possibly be tossed aside because Hillary’s supporters are demanding that she get the nomination? Obama’s supporters will go ballistic if he is pushed aside. Obama cannot, without tremendous acrimony, be robbed of the nomination by his own party simply to assuage Clinton’s ego, without an enormous battle within the Democratic Party. What will they do?
The Democratic National Committee met in Washington this weekend to determine if Florida and Michigan’s votes will be included and their delegates sent to the August convention in Denver. The decision? Florida gets half its delegates and Michigan gets all delegates but with only half their votes counted. This is a huge blow for Hillary. The dissension was palatable and the crowd was raucous as the decision was made. Harold Ickes, Hillary’s lap dog, was almost foaming at the mouth as he reprimanded the committee for the choices made this weekend. If ever there was a partisan hack, it is Harold Ickes. People like him will make it awfully hard for that party to coalesce before the convention. I personally saw a few Clinton supporters in the audience leave, awash in great anger, as they shouted that they would now vote for John McCain. Oh yeah, sure they will.
I have been open to watching other news networks so as not to be branded as a Republican Kool-Aid drinker by my detractors, and I think that MSNBC is actually more fun to watch in the morning as “Fox and Friends” has become a joke. I adore “Morning Joe” and find their fairness refreshing since Joe Scarborough is a Republican, and a fair one at that. Since he has been off for a few weeks with a family issue concerning his wife’s health and her pregnancy, it is surely not the same. I like “Hardball” with Chris Matthews, even though his drooling is quite annoying, but after watching the Obama suck-up on NBC and CNN and others, which sounds like a thousand toilets flushing at the same time, the regular daytime and evening Fox News Network is the only one that has brought to light the absolute connection that Obama has to radicals and racists. When will the Kool-Aid drinkers on the Left see that? Obama has now finally severed, at least publicly, his connections with his much ballyhooed Trinity United Church of Christ and most are asking not why he left but what took him so long. He has yet to answer satisfactorily that one big matzo ball that is still hanging out there!
As much as I don’t trust Obama and don’t want to see him as president, I do have to help quash a nasty Internet rumor that has been making the rounds. Many of my friends have sent me some quotes that have been attributed to Barack Obama as taken from his book, “The Audacity of Hope”, the worst being this: "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." Here is the real quotation: "Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” You can draw your own conclusions. Does he mean he will stand with those who would be enemies of our country or those who are persecuted because of their ethnic proclivity? I don’t trust him or his wife as far I can push them but we all need to be careful not to stoke the flames of racial or ethnic dissention without true and honest cause.
Random ramblings… Hooray for former Senator Bob Dole and his public dressing down of Scott McClellan, the flaccid former White House press secretary, who has been bought off by the liberals
…Dole said what many of us thought… McClellan is a perfect example of how to “follow the money”… this will come back to haunt McClellan, wait and see.
See ya next week!