Posted: 10 Sep 2008 10:42 AM CDT
Sometimes headlines say it all and the headline above comes from two, of many headlines I first saw when looking for news this morning.
The first one that caught my eye was from the Washington Post which read "Palin Energizing Women From All Walks of Life."
In that article, it showed that Sarah Palin has energized not only Republican women but also some independents and even Democrats as well with women saying it isn't a "Palin movement" as much as it is a "sleeping giant that has been awakened," referring to women.
According to the most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll:
White women have moved from 50-42 percent in Obama's favor before the conventions to 53-41 percent for McCain now, a 20-point shift in the margin that's one of the single biggest post-convention changes in voter preferences.
With women being the largest voting bloc in America politics, that waking the sleeping giant analogy is being echoed throughout the blogosphere.
One of the women quote in the Wapo piece, Susie Baron, mother of two and a Republican says that Palin gives them someone to "identify with."
That seems to be the theme for many women, the feel as if she is one of them, which means she would represent them in the White House which they feel they have never had adequate representation in that office before.
The percentage of white women with "strongly favorable" opinions of McCain jumped 12 percentage points from before the parties' national conventions. And nearly six in 10 white women in the new poll said McCain's selection of Palin increased their confidence in the decisions he would make if elected. In the Post-ABC poll, it is white women who helped McCain erase Obama's late-August advantage and seriously cut into the Democratic nominee's lead as the one who would bring more needed change to Washington.
Which brings me to other headlines seen today, one from the LA Times which declares "Palin bounce has Democrats off balance," as well as The Hill which titles their piece "Shaken Dems fear Obama on downslide,", both refer to the national averages in different sets of polls which has Mccain leading Obama and both discussing how the Barack Obama campaign and Democratic officials believe Obama hasn't quite figured out how to handle the instant popularity of Sarah Palin among women and even men.
In the shaken Dems piece it describes Democrats in Congress as being "rattled" and disagreeing on exactly how the Obama campaign and Democrats in general should respond to the Palin factor that has infused this election.
Some think Obama needs to take a direct approach in challenging Palin, while others disagree and think this line of attack could backfire and risk alienating many voters.
Palin was the talk of the Hill as lawmakers returning to Washington woke up Tuesday morning to headlines declaring that Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.), the GOP nominee, has pulled even with Sen. Obama (D-Ill.) in national polls. The jump is due to a 20-point swing among white women, who now favor the McCain-Palin ticket by 12 points, according to a Washington Post–ABC News poll.
The worry and constant theme from these articles is "women" and how they are identify with Palin and how even John McCain's favorable opinion among women has gone up in the polls since choosing Sarh Palin as his running mate.
Still others want to push the experience factor which the Obama campaign initially tried right after Palin was chosen as the GOP running mate, to which Obama himself backed off of, with many believing that he simply does not want his experience as the top of the Democratic ticket, compared to hers as the bottom of the ticket because the comparison could backfire against him.
A Democratic lawmaker from Arizona, Representative Ed Pastor, states what the main concern is by saying "We were feeling a little laid-back, and now we're saying, 'Oh hell, this is slipping away, we've got to get to work.' "
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe denies their is a problem with women voters and calls the ABC News/Washington Post poll "wrong."
Then came the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released later that day, which the LA Times says, "A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Tuesday, for instance, shows that McCain is now winning among white women 52% to 41% after having been statistically tied with Obama in that crucial category just a month ago."
"Whenever you see that kind of movement, you ought to be concerned; you ought to try to address it," said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), a strong Obama backer.
Women have once again become a major factor in the campaign season and the next few weeks we can expect the McCain campaign to continue going after them and the Obama campaign trying to bring those that are defecting from him, back into the fold.
Comments like those made by Obama yesterday, like "You can put lipstick on a pig, It's still a pig," whether a deliberate jab at Palin or an innocent expression taken wrong, are comments that are seriously offending some people, such as former Hillary Clinton supporters, like those over at PUMA, who state:
In response to the furor over yesterday's "lipstick on a pig" remark, today Obama told us, "Spare me the phony outrage." Well, okay then. We'll spare you the phony outrage Barack and give you the authentic variety on November 4th. That sure will be Sweet-ie.
Some say the Obama camp needs to realize it is not only conservatives or Republicans that are watching his words, but former Clinton supporters, who already felt that sexism was a major part of why Clinton lost to Obama, are watching and they are Democratic women for the most part.
Posted: 09 Sep 2008 08:15 PM CDT
Drudge is headlining, blogs are buzzing and the media is talking about it, but before people go off the deep end, this is an expression that has been used before and Barack Obama did not call Sarah Palin a "pig."
The video above shows the comment that is being spoken about all over the Internet, but the full statement is:
"You can put lipstick on a pig, It's still a pig."
Barack Obama is not the first politician to use that expression and he will not be the last, but it has started another round of "gotcha" from the initial reporting that only showed the lipstick on a pig comments, such as the Drudge headline. ABC's Political Punch reports that obviously some in the crowd listening to Obama thought he was referring to Palin and applauded.
The crowd rose and applauded, some of them no doubt thinking he may have been alluding to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's ad lib during her vice presidential nomination acceptance speech last week, "What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick."
Other reports, such as the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire points out another instance where lipstick has been brought up, "This isn't the first time in a 24-hour period that lipstick has become an issue. As he was introducing Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, Missouri Rep. Russ Carnahan said Palin had "zero experience in national government, zero experience in foreign affairs. There's no way you can dress up that record, even with a lot of lipstick.""
The McCain campaign instantly came to the forefront with a conference call, where former Mass. Governor Jane Swift told reporters she believed it was a sexist jab aimed at Sarah Palin and stated, "As far as I know there is only one candidate in this contest who wears lipstick."
Despite the play this is getting in the media, the expression about putting lipstick on a pig is not new and has been used before by politicians, one specific instance brought up by the Obama campaign is when John McCain used the expression when speaking about Hillary Clinton's health care plan.
Barack Obama has also used the expression before, as reported by the Washington Post back in September of 2007, where he was discussing General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker and the mission President Bush gave them for Iraq, where Obama said, "I think that both General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker are capable people who have been given an impossible assignment. George Bush has given a mission to General Petraeus, and he has done his best to try to figure out how to put lipstick on a pig."
The audience may have assumed Obama was referring, at least partially to Sarah Palin, but many others on both sides of the aisle, see it for what it most probably was, and that is an expression that has been used by many, in politics and in every day life.
Hat Tip Hot Air and go read the other examples they have given Obama the benefit of doubt on.
Posted: 09 Sep 2008 08:05 PM CDT
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955–6) and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1957), serving as its first president. His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history.
In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means.
King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 1986.
Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little [pictured in mugshot above]; May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965), also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was an African American Muslim minister, public speaker, and human rights activist. To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of African Americans, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. His detractors accused him of preaching race hatred and violence. He has been described as one of the most influential African Americans of the 20th century.
Between 1953 and 1965, while most black leaders worked in the civil rights movement to integrate black people into mainstream American life, Malcolm X preached independence. He maintained that Western culture, and the Judeo-Christian religious traditions on which it is based, was inherently racist. Constantly ridiculing mainstream civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X declared that nonviolence was the "philosophy of the fool".
In 1976, Haley published Roots: The Saga of an American Family, a novel based loosely on his family's history, starting with the story of Kunta Kinte, kidnapped in Gambia in 1767 and transported to the Province of Maryland to be sold as a slave. Haley claimed to be a seventh-generation descendant of Kunta Kinte, and Haley's work on the novel involved ten years of research, intercontinental travel and writing. He went to the village of Juffure, where Kunta Kinte grew up and which is still in existence, and listened to a tribal historian tell the story of Kinte's capture. Haley also traced the records of the ship, The Lord Ligonier, which he said carried his ancestor to America. Genealogists have since disputed Haley's research and conclusions and Haley made an out-of-court settlement with Harold Courlander, who had sued him for plagiarism.
Roots garnered phenomenal audiences. On average, 80 million people watched each of the last seven episodes. 100 million viewers, almost half the country, saw the final episode, which still claims one of the highest Nielsen ratings ever recorded, a 51.1 with a 71 share. A stunning 85% of all television homes saw all or part of the mini-series. Roots also enjoyed unusual social acclaim for a television show. Vernon Jordan, former president of the Urban League, called it "the single most spectacular educational experience in race relations in America." Over 250 colleges and universities planned courses on the saga, and during the broadcast, over 30 cities declared "Roots" weeks. Roots was eventually published in 37 languages and Haley won a Special Award for it in 1977 from the Pulitzer Board. Roots was also made into a popular television miniseries that year. The film reached a record-breaking 130 million viewers when it was serialized on television. In 1979, ABC aired the sequel miniseries Roots: The Next Generations, which continued the story of Kunta Kinte's descendants.
Some voiced concern, however; especially at the time of the television series that racial tension in America would be aggravated by Roots. While Time did report several incidents of racial violence following the telecast, it commented that most observers thought that in the long term, Roots would improve race relations, particularly because of the televised versions profound impact on whites. A broad consensus seemed to be emerging that Roots would spur black identity, and hence black pride, and eventually pay important dividends. Some black leaders viewed Roots as the most important civil rights event since the 1965 march on Selma, according to Time. Vernon Jordan, executive director of the National Urban League, called it the single most spectacular educational experience in race relations in America.
Read the rest at Radarsite
Posted: 09 Sep 2008 05:48 PM CDT
Kim Jong Il, the 66-year-old dictator failed to appear at the 60th anniversary of North Korea's founding, fueling speculation that Kim had suffered some sort of serious health crisis.
U.S Intelligence and media around the world believe North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Il, has suffered a stroke, noting that Kim didn't attend the 60th anniversary celebration of North Korea's founding.
It is believed that on August 22, 2008, Kim suffered a stroke although no confirmation has been obtained.
U.S officials are watching the developments closely due to ongoing negotiations with Kim regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons position.
The LA Times reports a South Korean newspaper stated that Kim collapsed on the 22nd of August and his not appearing at the anniversary ceremony has sparked concerns over his health.
The Associated Press lists a number of possible successors, including Kim Jong Nam, 37, who fell out of favor, Kim Jong Chol, 27, Kim Jong Un, whom the AP suggests was a favorite of Kim's and Kim Yong Nam, 80, who serves as the country's top diplomat.
Bloomberg reports phones calls to the North Korean mission to the UN were answered by an unnamed person who denied reports that Kim has suffered a stroke, then promptly hung up.
The last public appearance documented for Kim was on August 14, 2008 when state news reported he inspected a military unit and while it is not uncommon for Kim to disappear for lengths of time, his missing the 60th anniversary of the country's founding is notable because he appeared for the 50th anniversary as well as the 55th.
According to a respected Pyongyang watcher and a professor at South Korea's Kookmin University, Andrei Lankov, if Kim were to die or be unable to perform the duties of the leader it could create chaos in the country as he states, "When he does die, it will be havoc because there is no mechanism in place for power transfer. There will be a lot of contenders for supremacy. Unless we have somebody who will be charismatic, ruthless and popular, we will probably see open clashes in Pyongyang, maybe shooting."
Speculation has also been fueled by recent reports from Japan and a new book which alleges that Kim has been dead since 2003 and a look-alike has been making appearances ever since. Those reports are in The Telegraph.
No matter what happened to the little dictating lunatic, with no known successor, things can get a lot more volatile should some of the more extreme factions that are against giving up nuclear weapons, take control.
Posted: 09 Sep 2008 03:42 PM CDT
Perhaps understanding that gas prices and the majority of the America electorate is in favor of drilling and the Democrats refusing to allow a vote on it was highly unpopular and perhaps an election loser, word now comes from The Hill that the House is finally going to allow a vote on energy under normal rules which allows the republicans to offer up their plan for a vote which includes drilling.
Hoyer, holding his weekly session with reporters, would not discuss details of the new Democratic energy bill — which was first outlined by caucus Vice Chairman John Larson (D-Conn.) over the weekend. But Hoyer did outline the process for bringing the bill to the floor, and said it will be brought up under regular order.
The Republicans made sure that all of America understood that it was Pelosi, Hoyer and the Democratic crew that was standing in the way of a drilling vote and refusing to lift the congressional ban on offshore drilling after the President lifted the presidential ban.
The pressure has been applied in a massive manner and multiple polls have shown that Obama, Pelosi and the majority of Democrats have been at direct odds with the majority of voters.
With McCain and Palin taking the lead over Obama and Biden in the polls, the democrats cannot afford to appear to be going against the people which means they have to allow this or kiss their butts goodbye.
Details of the Democratic bill are supposed to unveiled today.
Pelosi blinked and the Republicans need to pounce in this area because they have the solid backing of the majority of people behind them.
H/T Hot Air
After this vote I fully expect the Republicans to remind folks, via video, how Obama fought against drilling before he agreed to back it as part of a bigger plan, which had been the Republican lawmakers stance the whole time, aptly named "All Of The Above."
Drill Baby, Drill!!!
Posted: 09 Sep 2008 02:19 PM CDT
As Slate points out, Palin is not the first politician to bring out fantasies, dreams and nightmares from political supporters and opposing political party supporters because in 1994 there was even a book which collected dreams about President Bill Clinton.
Seriously. People are dreaming of Sarah Palin. The writers of Slate have shared some of those nighttime fantasies and are encouraging their readers to share their own dreams of Palin.
Sarah Palin has been on the political radar of the media, bloggers, forums and websites for a relatively short time but she has people dreaming about her.
When I mentioned my Palin dreams to Slate colleagues, they volunteered their own. One Obama-supporting colleague dreamed she had urged her young son to kill Palin with a string bean. Another dreamed she was at a fashion show and Palin served her crème fraîche on little scooped corn chips. A third says, "In the Sarah Palin dream I keep having, she has superhuman powers but is not really a person at all. In fact, she is more like the weather with glasses and an up-do, pushing clouds around and pitching lightning bolts."
Slate goes on to expand saying that working mothers envy her "supermom" abilities, Obama supporters are panicking and men are having sexual fantasies, all because of Sarah Palin.
Jonah Goldberg from The Corner has a suggestion for the folks over at Slate which is, "Guys, push away from the keyboard and take a walk around the block."
I would personally add another suggestion, "get mental help."
When people become so obsessed by politicians that they start dreaming about them at night, they have a problem.
Get a grip folks.
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