Posted: 17 Sep 2008 12:37 PM CDT
A number of American Jewish Groups planned a rally to be held outside the United Nations to protest Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and invited members from each political party. Clinton accepted the invite then canceled when told Palin would attend.
Hillary Clinton aides tell Fox News Clinton canceled after hearing Sarah Palin would also be attending, saying she didn't want to be seen beside the Republican vice presidential candidate in a "partisan" event.
Event organizers had invited members of both political parties so the event would be non-partisan and hours before Clinton canceled, the Jewish group leading the event had sent out an email stating "We are pleased to inform you that the keynote speakers at the "Stop Iran. Now!" Rally are confirmed to be Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Governor Sarah Palin and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel," according to CNN's Political Ticker.
Clinton spokesperson Philippe Reines, said in a statement "Her attendance was news to us, and this was never billed to us as a partisan political event. Sen. Clinton will therefore not be attending."
A spokesperson for the John McCain campaign, Tracey Schmitt, responded to the Clinton cancellation with "Governor Palin believes that the danger of a nuclear Iran is greater than party or politics. She hopes that all parties can rally together in opposition to this grave threat."
The rally is being hosted by several Jewish groups, including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the National Coalition to Stop Iran Now, United Jewish Communities and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.
Halperin, who stated he believed Hillary Clinton was a "a far better candidate" than Barack Obama for the Democratic ticket, goes on to assert this cancellation may backfire against Democrats.
Halperin states "Jews traditionally vote Democratic, and if a major Democratic leader does not join in the fight against Iran, where are those voters going to go?" he asked. "It's problematic from the very point of view that says you have a national political leader who fundamentally is choosing not to stand up against Ahmadenijad.
"It changes my view of (Clinton's) wisdom, of her ability to take a situation, analyze it and come out on the right side, and that is deeply troubling to almost every voter in America, not just Jewish voters.
Juan Williams, who is a National Public Radio correspondent and a FOX News contributor believes Clinton's cancellation is due to her not wanting to alienate female voters by challenging Palin publicly with white, working class women since McCain has received a bump in support from those very voters since naming Palin as his vice presidential running mate.
Whether this was strictly a decision made by Clinton or in conjunction with the Obama campaign is unknown, but it is being attributed to Clinton.
This may not be good for the Democrats in general, but I can see why Hillary Clinton would not want to alienate women voters when she counts on their votes for future elections, whether it is her Senate election or if she decides to take a run at the presidency again.
Many Clinton supporters have gravitating toward Palin and those diehard Clinton supporters are not people that Clinton would want to offend, so rather than being fearful of Palin, I truly think this is more a case of future political survival and understanding that her hard core grassroots base would not want her going head to head with Palin, on behalf of Obama.
If Clinton had won the Democratic nomination for presidency, then her supporters would welcome the two women going head to head, but since Clinton is campaigning for Obama, this changes the whole atmosphere and she could risk the support of her base if she were to play Obama's attack dog against Palin.
She could have shown up in a non-partisan manner, but I doubt the Obama campaign wanted her being seen on the same side of any issue as Palin.
I wouldn't be surprised if it was the Obama campaign that pressured Clinton into not showing up just for the rally, without attacking Palin and putting politics aside, simply because Obama would not like the optics of Clinton/Palin standing together on any issue.
If this is true, then Obama has thrown Hillary under the bus by allowing her to take the rap for canceling.
Posted: 17 Sep 2008 01:11 PM CDT
A woman who earned the title of "Hillraiser", meaning she helped raise over $100,000 for Hillary Clinton during her campaign, as well as being a member of the Democratic National Committee, is set to endorse John McCain today.
An email sent out from the McCain/Palin campaign early this morning, stated "The McCain-Palin campaign announced that a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter who is a member of the Democratic National Committee's Platform Committee will endorse John McCain at a press conference at the Capitol Hill Club today, September 17th."
CNN reports who that prominent Clinton supporter is.
Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a DNC member and a woman known as a "Hillraiser" is endorsing John McCain for president according to her spokesperson.
The announcement will take place just blocks away from the DNC headquarters and she will announce that she intends to "campaign and help him through the election," referring to John McCain.
In an interview with CNN this summer, Forester did not hide her distaste for eventual Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
Not only is Rothschild a prominent Clinton supporter, but she is also a member of the DNC's Democrats Abroad. Forester is also the CEO of E.L. Rothschild, a British investment firm which owns businesses around the world.
According to the Associated Press report about Rothschild backing John McCain, she has also called Obama "arrogant" and said he has problems connecting to the average American.
Reactions are varied from Democratic supporters, with Clinton diehards that have already stated they will not vote for Barack Obama, such as No Quarter, hailing Rothschild's decision
Obama supporters show the opposite reactions, as seen at Huffington Post, saying Rothschild is a hypocrite because she is rich and calling Obama an elitist.
[Update] McCain campaign issues a statement (H/T Top of the Ticket) where Rothchild says:
In an election as important at this, we must choose the candidate who has a proven record of bipartisanship and reforming government, and that's John McCain. We can't afford a president who lacks experience and judgment and has never crossed party lines to work for meaningful reform. Amid tough economic times and foreign policy concerns, we need someone who is ready to lead. Although I am a Democrat, I recognize that it's more important to put country ahead of party and that's why I support John McCain.
Rothschild will be actively campaigning for McCain until election day.
Posted: 17 Sep 2008 10:04 AM CDT
The other day it was reported that Barack Obama deliberately tried to interfere with U.S./ Iraq negotiations while he was on his "fact-finding" trip, that was followed up with more information about it.
Today I see Move America Forward has issued 30 second video about his blatant violation of the Logan Act.
The Logan Act states:
§ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.
Pass it around, make sure people see what Obama has done and how he is a firm believer in "career first" instead of "Country first"
Posted: 16 Sep 2008 08:07 PM CDT
The RNC points out this little fact:
"The Pelosi-Obama Congress has failed to pass an all-of-the-above energy plan, failed to stop earmarks, and failed to break the partisan gridlock that plagues Washington. If Pelosi thinks the Democratic Congress is doing a good job handling the economy now, then just imagine how bad our economy would be if Democrats controlled the White House, too."
Nancy Pelosi denies Congress, which has been Democratically controlled since the beginning of 2007, bears responsibility for not doing their jobs, including oversight, in the financial crisis that hit yesterday.
She goes on to blame Bush, which is her favorite target when her Congress fails.
Macsmind makes this point:
The only problem Ms. Pelosi is that all of the economic sectors facing challenge right now are in some way or another under the Democratic congress's oversight. For instance the banking crisis might have been caught earlier had Chris Dodd done his job as Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, instead of getting sweetheart deals from Countrywide Financial and running for President. Fact is that during his run for President he was missing in action on the committee for much of the 2007 session.
Macsmind then points us to Texas Rainmaker's March post which shows usa visual of the situation which speaks louder than any words ever could.
No wonder the approval rating for the Democratically controlled Congress and Senate has hit the lowest numbers in the 35 year history of polling for congressional approval.
Posted: 16 Sep 2008 07:53 PM CDT
U.S. Senate majority leader Harry Reid made a personal plea to Barack Obama for financial help to grow the Democrats majority in the Senate. Obama's campaign, having opted out of public financing for the general election, refused Reid's request.
The Politico reports Barack Obama, to date, has sent two e-mail and two direct-mail donation pitches on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and allowed Democrats to use his name, his wife's name and his vice president's name in email and online fundraising pitches but there is no joint events with Senate or House Democrats scheduled.
Barack Obama collected $66 million for the month of August leaving him with $77 million in the bank for his general election campaign added to the amounts he can collect up until the general election.
John McCain did not opt out of public financing, so he has an automatic $84 million to use for the general election.
More importantly, McCain will get substantial help from the Republican National Committee — which has dramatically outraised its Democratic counterpart — and the Republican Party's state and local committees.
An official in the know of the "intraparty dispute over money" says the emails and direct mails "are helpful, but we really don't care about that. We need more help than that."
Democrats on the Capitol have been complaining for months about how difficult it has been to schedule events which include Democratic incumbents or challengers in joint appearances with Obama to help their chances. They also assert the events that do take place only come after "very heavy lifting."
While John McCain and Sarah Palin can spend their time campaigning and helping the Republican National Committee collect funds to help them and the Republican Senate and House members in the November election, Barack Obama has to spend time collecting money for his own campaign while out on the campaign trail because of the long drawn out primary with Hillary Clinton which cut into the time Obama could have used to build up his general election campaign.
Refusing the direct appeal from Reid, lets us know that the Obama campaign is tight for money despite having $77 million in the bank because of the cost os advertising in the states they are trying to compete in.
Pulling his advertising out of Red battleground states recently, such as Alaska, Georgia, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Florida and Virginia raising eyebrows when the news was released, showing the Obama campaign having to make tough decisions on what states were worth fighting for and what states are like fighting a losing battle.
Eight days ago the New York Times reported tension in the Obama campaign and financial worries about Obama's decision to opt out of public financing and a concentrated effort to raise more funds. The times reported Obama's campaign was "straining" to reach their money goals.
Perhaps Obama should have kept his word about using public financing, but since he did not, his being cash strapped right now, is no ones fault but his own.
Posted: 16 Sep 2008 06:43 PM CDT
ABC's Charles Gibson interviewed Sarah Palin last week, Sean Hannity from Fox was supposed to interview Palin last night for tonight's show but that has been delayed until later in the week and third up is Katie Couric for CBS.
TV Newser reports Katie Couric from CBS will interview Alaska Governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in what will be the third scheduled interviews since it was announced that Palin was chosen as John McCain's vice presidential running mate.
The official announcement says the interview will take place Sunday, September 28th and Monday the 29th, conducted on the campaign trail.
Katie Couric will spend two days traveling on the campaign trail with Governor Sarah Palin on Sunday, September 28 and Monday, September 29, conducting an exclusive interview to be broadcast on the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC beginning Monday (29). Coverage will continue on Tuesday, September 30 on THE EARLY SHOW and CBSNews.com. Coverage of Couric travels and interview with the Republican Vice Presidential nominee will include behind-the-scenes access and Palin with Senator McCain as they campaign in battleground states.
The Orlando Sentinel TV Guy reports the interview scheduled for Palin with Sean Hannity of Fox News was postponed for a day due to storm damage from Ike in Cincinnati.
The Hannity interview will be conducted Wednesday morning in Youngstown, Ohio and will air Wednesday and Thursday on Hannity & Colmes.
Posted: 16 Sep 2008 04:42 PM CDT
Here is an excerpt from Susan Duclos' 15 September blockbuster article on Obama's attempted manipulation of GIs troop withdrawals from Iraq for his own political purposes.
Iraqi government sources have revealed to the New York Post that Presidential candidate Barack Obama demanded Iraqi officials stop negotiations with the Bush Administration to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. Fearful that the success in Iraq would harm his political aspirations, Obama sought to keep U.S. troops in Iraq so he can continue attacking the Bush Administration for not imposing a timetable for withdrawal.And from the New York Post
Posted: 16 Sep 2008 04:05 PM CDT
In a previous show Carly Fiorina answered a specific question about whether Sarah Palin could run a corporation like the one Fiorina ran, Hewlett Packard, and she answered that question by saying no,
She later went on to inform people that none of the presidential candidates or vice presidential candidates could run one.
Of course the left is having a field day mentioning the Palin comment with some of them not bothering to show their readers the comments about McCain, Obama or Biden. Some did manage to show the second interview where Fiorina clarified from the specific question of the prior show.
Her reasoning is that running a major corporation is just not the same as being president or vice president and it is a fallacy to suggest that the country is like a company. Watch the video.
These people can't be truthful with their readers because they don't understand what the word truth even means.
Hot Air phrases it nicely.
We're supposed to wet our pants over this, I guess, based on the theory that if you're not ready for one of the world's biggest management jobs then logically you can't be ready for the very biggest. Maybe that's true. In that case, is Joe Biden ready to step in and reorganize Lehman Bros.? Let's let him have a go at it, to see how "qualified" he is to be president. How about drafting The One to run Microsoft? His first act could be canceling those Seinfeld commercials. The irony is, if Romney had been the VP pick, all we'd be hearing now is how running a business is completely different from running a government so surely success in the private sector shouldn't count when weighing one's vote.
Palin Derangement Syndrome (PDS) continues on for the left of the blogosphere. It would be sad if it wasn't so DAMN funny.
Posted: 16 Sep 2008 03:33 PM CDT
Whether it is Sarah Palin items or anti-Sarah Palin items, sales have spiked at two popular sites to obtain specialty items, Cafe Press and Ebay, which CNN refers to as a "phenomenon."
CNN reports that Sarah Palin related items being sold online has seen a massive spike in sales at two online outlets, Cafe Press and Ebay.
Since Palin was announced by John McCain to be his vice presidential running mate, sales at Ebay for Palin-related items have increased by 354 percent and in the same time frame, sales for the Democratic vice presidential running mate, Joe Biden, has decreased by 11 percent.
Cafe Press had 2,000 McCain/Palin products within hours of the announcement that she would be the GOP vice presidential pick, and now they have 323,000 Palin-related items, including "shirts with pit bulls wearing lipstick, designs made just for "hockey moms" and a wide selection of anti-Palin gear."
While hits online don't necessarily mean votes on Election Day, Harvard Business School professor John Quelch said the buzz surrounding Palin could at least cause some voters to give McCain a second look.
According to Amy Maniatis, vice president of marketing for CafePress, "The Palin phenomenon is just kind of indicative that she has added life to his campaign. Whether people like her or don't like her, they are expressing themselves about her."
Maniatis goes on to describe the phenomenon as the Black Friday in retail terms.
Black Friday is the reference to the Friday after Thanksgiving which some believe is the busiest shopping day of the year, although in reality it is the busiest day in terms of customer traffic, just no necessarily the busiest day in sale volume.
Posted: 16 Sep 2008 05:46 PM CDT
Sarah Palin bests Joseph Biden 47% to 44% in a hypothetical head-to-head match-up for the presidency, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey
Side Note: Fox News shows a tight race:
Read the whole Fox piece and look at the charts.
Posted: 16 Sep 2008 02:34 PM CDT
I received an email from a reader asking me to watch a video on YouTube, put up by someone called "weeneedmccain". The title of the YouTube video, which as of now has been seen 23,788 times, is "Dear Mr. Obama: Who Are You?."
Effective, asks relevant policy questions and points to a large number of Barack Obama contradictions.
It is worth the 5 minutes it takes to watch it, so the video is below:
Thanks to reader JW for the email.
Posted: 16 Sep 2008 02:10 PM CDT
The Obama campaign encouraged their Obamabots to disrupt a radio show once again because of the person being interviewed on the show.
Others have covered the story, so the background from a few people discussing it.
David Freddoso attempted to appear on Milt Rosenberg's WGN radio show last night, and just as when Stanley Kurtz tried to talk on the same show, the Barack Obama campaign organized a disruption of the show. The campaign sent out an e-mail to supporters in the area sliming Freddoso as an "extreme" hate monger, a "smear merchant", and attempted to silence him despite Rosenberg having an Obama surrogate on the show:
More from CT:
The Obama campaign issued it's directive to their Obamabots, then gave them specific talking points of what script to use. Then told them to report back to them.
Guy Benson gives us an account of what happened:
Mother, May I Sleep With Treacher gives an amusing analysis:
Note: The official Obama campaign website is doing this. They're screaming about McCain running the sleaziest campaign ever, while they're actively trying to stifle dissent against Obama. Not refuting it; not ridiculing it; not even engaging with it. Trying to keep it from being said at all. If this is like last time, they won't even send a campaign rep to the show, which is just down the street from their HQ. No, just send in the phone zombies.
Last but not least, Michelle Malkin shows us that Obama's last attempt to hide information he didn't want the public to know about, failed miserably when the DOJ refused to stifle his critics for him.
Asked directly during a panel discussion at the PLI conference whether he would approve of a case against a hypothetical contributor to a Section 527 group who gave a seven-figure donation based on a request to help or harm the prospects of a particular presidential candidate, Donsanto said, "No."
Definitely read Malkin's whole piece for the whole statement.
Since I am using Malkin for statement showing the DOJ refusal to help Obama intimidate conservatives, I might as well honor her request on that same piece when she asks people to pass around the ad that Barack Obama tried so hard to stop people from seeing.
Okay we are caught up on Obama's latest attempt to stifle criticisms against him.
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