Political Hitlist | Obama’s Blues

11 08 2008

While Senator Barack Obama may be on vacation, his adversaries continue to stir the embers of discontent two weeks away from the National Convention. Here’s a rundown of today political “hitlist.”

In response to Senator John McCain’s “Celeb” ad, Obama’s team released a counter ad entitled “Embrace.” With plenty of material to choose from including McCain has guest-starred or lent cameos to four dozen different television programs, and not just those of the news variety: Saturday Night Live, WWF Raw and Entertainment Tonight have featured the Arizona Republican, as have all the major late-night comedians.

Moral to the story, “candidates that live in glass houses should think about their own history before trying to clown their opponent about theirs!”

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New Yorker Magazine, which was responsible for the infamous Muslim Obama cartoon cover, has a new piece which answers one of the questions that we have consistently posed: “Why Obama Isn’t Doing Better in the Polls – He’s Black.” According to GOP consultant Alex Castellanos, that line of thinking is not far-fetched.

Obama, after all, isn’t having trouble with African-American voters or Hispanic voters or young voters. Where he’s lagging is among white voters, and with older ones in particular. Call me crazy, but isn’t it possible, just possible, that Obama’s lead is being inhibited by the fact that he is, you know, black? “Of course it is,” says another prominent Republican operative. “It’s the thing that nobody wants to talk about, but it’s obviously a huge factor.”

Really?

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Meanwhile, Obama colleague and fellow Democratic Senator Bob Kerry makes his case as “hater of the day” with assertion “that there is some uncertainty about Senator Obama.” In a articles on Politico.com titled “7 Worrisome Signs For Obama,” sign #4 is that the bad economy could be good for John McCain. Supporting the argument is a quote from former Democratic Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey:

“John McCain is a known quantity,” says Bob Kerrey, who thinks Obama will ultimately prevail. “You don’t look at John and say, ‘Who the heck is he?’ he’s a veteran, he’s a guy who got pretty banged up in Vietnam. He can deal with crisis. There’s some uncertainty about Senator Obama.”

This is not the first time that Kerrey has indicated his care and concern not only for Obama, but the Black community as well. “The fact that he’s African-American is a big deal. I do expect and hope that Hillary is the nominee of the party. But I hope he’s used in some way,” said Kerrey. “If he happens to be the nominee of the party and ends up being president, I think his capacity to influence in a positive way . . . the behavior of a lot of underperforming black youth today is very important, and he’s the only one who can reach them.”

With colleagues like these, Obama is going to need as much support as possible.

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While former Democratic presidential hopeful Senator John Edwards had to endure the public shame of admitting his marital infidelity, it was only a matter of time when someone would say that his misfortune prevented Senator Hillary Clinton from winning the Democratic nomination.

According to former Clinton Communications Director Howard Wolfson, Sen. Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic presidential nominee if Edwards had been caught in his lie about an extramarital affair and forced out of the race last year. “I believe we would have won Iowa, and Clinton today would therefore have been the nominee,” Wolfson told ABC News.com.

Clinton finished third in the Iowa caucuses barely behind Edwards in second place and Obama in first. The momentum of the insurgent Obama campaign beating two better-known candidates — not to mention an African-American winning in such an overwhelmingly white state — changed the dynamics of the race forever.

Woulda, coulda, shoulda Wolfson. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an “if” world because if my aunt had b—- she would be my uncle!

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