- Obama's slightly racist grandma is not dead, she just doesn't feel like commenting on his speech apparently. Here is a picture of her clutching her grandson for fear of being beaten up by darker-skinned black men. No just kidding, it's just a graduation picture. Sorry to drag you into this, Madelyn Dunham.
- ""As easy as it is for those of us who are white to look back and say 'That's a terrible statement!' ... I grew up in a very segregated South. And I think that you have to cut some slack — and I'm gonna be probably the only conservative in America who's gonna say something like this, but I'm just tellin' you — we've gotta cut some slack to people who grew up being called names..." Well Jesus F. Christ Mike Huckabee, if you didn't just win yourself some major days off from Purgatory right there. [Politico]
- John McCain keeps randomly linking Iran with Al Qaeda. I'd say he's trying to make this into a self-fulfilling prophecy like happened with Iraq and Al Qaeda so that he can make the 100 years thing its own self-fulfilling prophecy. But he could also be just old. [Huffington Post]
- Getting raped on Spring Break is just par for the course these days I guess, but getting raped and then hurled over a sixth-floor balcony is a bit much. [ABC News]
- Hillary's packed schedule as First Lady consisted mostly of philanthropic crap, ceremonial visits to foreign countries and REDACTED. Newspapers are still frantically scanning the newly released papers to find out more re our former "co-President" but one thing we do know... [Wash Post]
- One thing is clear: she was in the White House the whole day her husband messed up that intern's dress![ABC]
- A Hillary-supporting preacher estimates the bra size of Obama Girl at 54DD. [YouTube]
- An exclusive report from the front lines in Tibet describes a relatively restrained police reaction to the looting, which didn't go over so well with the ethnic Chinese minority. "One Han teenager ran into a monastery for refuge, prostrating himself before a red-robed Tibetan abbot who agreed to give him shelter." [Economist]
- How thoughtful of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to take time out from worrying about his country splitting apart to worry about Bear Stearns. And by "thoughtful" I am pretty sure I think "scary." [China Daily]
- Vote about what kind of liar you think the CEO of Bear Stearns is! [Dealbreaker]
- Michelle Gass a business visionary. First she invented a chocolatey smooth coffee beverage that could be sold at huge markups and used to addict the young and coffee-averse to strongly caffeinated beverages, then she added whipped cream and syrup on top, then she invented a caramel version, and then she invented a diet version. Surely there is no way of creating shareholder valued she could not pull off. [WSJ]
- Scientific sounding study says women should marry men who are fifteen years older than them. I would try to refute it, but so bad at science! [New Scientist]
- Obama is going to be on The View; yay! [ABC News]
@cheerupsylvia: Yes, Al's speech was against invading Iraq and pulling resources away from Afghanistan. It was carried all or in part by at least two news networks and afterwards, the Republicans seemed to successfully paint him as a nutjob.
My point was that Al Gore also thought there were WMD.
I don't know if you've read Rolling Stone's profile of Obama's internet operation, but because of that effort, it's a little hard to know exactly where the official campaign ends and where all the "empowered" internet commenters begin, so I apologize if the official campaign stance has never been to ridicule Hillary for her belief in WMD.
As for the "party of ideas" quip: Yes, Obama has taken the position that he never said they were right, but I've said all along that to say one side had ideas is to imply that the other side didn't. Perhaps some people thinks that's true and maybe "triangulation" was as evil as the internet campaign has said, but as I've tried to point out: A lot of the Superdelegates "voted for the war" and those who hold lesser offices most likely got there by "politics as usual". It obviously rings a chord for Sen. Obama to campaign against these things, but it's been a few months and he's now going to need these people's votes, so it doesn't seem to make sense for him to keep harping on that point. I'm pretty sure that there's probably no one in the nation who doesn't know that Obama gave a speech and he's saying that he's somehow going to bring us all together.
Of course, the only course of action that appears capable of "bringing us together" that I see Obama (or his internet minions) suggesting is for him to insprire someone with his speeches. Occasionally, I'll see a supporter say that he'll insprire people to vote for a like-minded candidate over an incumbent, but that'll throw it out to at least another couple of years for him to make a significant dent in his agenda. The faster method would be for him to inspire the constituents of individual Congresspersons to affect their representative, but that'd require the trgeted Congressperson to listen to polls, which is something the internet campaign tries to hold against Hillary.
And, as I've said before, none of this is to say that I don't or won't support Obama. I like what he stands for, but as a Democrat, if he were to become the nominee, I'd want him to be the best candidate, who is capable of winning (at all costs) and I'm really repulsed by the way Hillary and Bill have been repeatedly hit by the internet at large.
Earlier, I mentioned that I worked for Jesse Jackson in '88 and early in this fight, the Obamaheads tried to reduce him to being just a black candidate. Now, they've pretty much torn apart the Clintons. I just happened to be in Little Rock on the day Bill announced and though I was just one of the thousands on the grassy area behind the fountain, my wife and I attended his inauguration. In between, we campaigned hard for Clinton/Gore and though Hillary is the candidate this time around, I can't help but feel that everything that I worked for in '88 and in '92 has been sacrificed to serve Sen. Obama's end.
(Now, I could go on and write some about the future, but it's way off-point from my assertion that under the current assault on Sen Clinton, we're dangerously close to making experience as Vice-President, either equal to or one point better than being the Junior Senator from Illinois. Both, First Lady and Vice President mostly play ceremonial roles, they're sometimes used in diplomatic efforts and both are often consulted for counsel.)