Obama on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Great video of Barack on Jimmy Kimmel Live! He’s just so likable. God I want this man as our President.

Quick site note: I’m transferring the site to an outside web host as traffic to the site continues growing by leaps and bounds! As I struggle through all this web techie stuff, I’ll be posting less over the next two days – but it will all be worth it. By Friday, the site should have its own domain (no more dot wordpress!) and will be able to host far more video formats, plus other goodies!

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Front Page Drudge: Drill! McCain faces increased negative scrutiny on environmental policy

The issue: McCain supports increased drilling and relaxing of federal environmental rules.

I mentioned this story yesterday when I first saw it hit the wires and waived a massive warning flag about whether the Gore endorsement timing could effectively bury this story.

Well I was right about the toxicity of this story… and I’m glad to see that its just building…

Matt Drudge keeps the Drilling Story alive and McCain\'s got his first post-Hillary full court press

Matt Drudge single-handedly kept a radioactive campaign issue alive that should hobble the McCain campaign’s moderate gains in appearing environmentally friendly. In fairness, the Washington Post kept it alive by running it front page, but Drudge’s emphasis will likely lend it the talk show circuit critical mass that could make this a major shit storm for McCain.

Already losing badly to Obama on the environment, where voters say they trust Obama to handle Global warming and other environmental issues 55% to 28% over McCain (Washington Post-ABC Survey), this curious move looks like the campaign is willing to throw up the white flag, or at least rob Peter to Paint Paul by sacrificing environmental credibility for greater credibility on energy and the economy.

With 6% of voters now citing Gas/Oil prices/Energy as the single most important issue in their choice for president, and a whopping 33% citing Economy/Jobs, McCain may playing issue triage with his policy decisions as barely 1% of voters cite the environment as their “most important issue.”

Nevertheless, this seems like a particularly foolish strategy, as it smacks McCain immediately with the radioactive label of “friend to big oil,” not particularly the favored spot on the energy issue, even if more drilling would potentially spell lower gas prices.

Fact is, the benefits of new oil exploration wouldn’t be seen for several years, and even then, domestically produced oil would still be subject to the fickle commodities market, which is governed by more forces than the ratio of American supply and demand – particularly a lagging US dollar, increased Asian oil consumption, overall refinery capacity, the continued purchase by Bush of oil for the strategic reserve, and of course, OPEC decision making. (plus etc. etc.)

Where this news really fly worse than a lead balloon is the key battleground state of Florida, where Obama has been steadily making inroads with key demographic groups in hopes of chipping away at McCain’s lead (which right now hovers around 8%)

Remains to be seen the effect on McCain’s poll numbers now that we’ve seen his dimwitted proposal to essentially rape the environment and keep the SUVs running!

McCain Proposed an Oil Platform on Every Beach Today

So What is It McCain? Are You A Fool or a Fraud?!? McCain proposes Osama v. Undertaker as Terrorist Policy!

Poor, poor John McCain, his Alzheimer’s is getting so bad that he seems to contradict himself on a now daily basis!  John, the White House isn’t a convalescent home!  

This one though may take the cake…

John McCain’s latest “Safe” ad start out with this lying through his teeth dignified assessment “Only a Fool or a Fraud Talks Tough or Romantically About War”  

Noble lies sentiments, but perhaps McBush forgets that he said this in his not so well thought pandering to wrestling fans on this WWE Monday Night Raw footage!   

“And whatja gunna do when John McCain and all his McCaniacs run wild on you?  You want to pull out of Iraq, well I say No Surrender! America can win the war against terror.  I’m going to introduce Osama Bin Laden to The Undertaker!”  

For those of you unaware, The Undertaker is a towering American wrestler pictures below…
The Undertaker, McCain\'s solution to world terrorism and justice for Osama Bin Laden

So which is it McCain, are you a fool or a fraud!?!? I say both!

Even scarier, today’s published results from the Washington Post-ABC News Poll conducted June 12-15, 2008 indicate that on the issue of “The U.S. Campaign Against Terrorism,” respondents trust McCain over Obama 53% to 39%!!! (I should note, this was the biggest disparity of any issue and Obama is beating McCain on 8 out of the 11 polls issues)

But I ask WTF!?! McCain is trusted more than Obama on terrorism even though he’s decided the best recipe for justice for the mastermind of 9/11 should be to put Osama in the ring against a ‘roid injected, greased up wrestler? Is he running for the President of Thunderdome or the White House???

Interestingly, McCain\'s foreign policy, energy policy, etc. is heavily influenced by the movie Thunderdome

Let’s show this video to the families of the 9/11 victims and see what they think about McCain’s proposal.

Earth to Obama Camp: Supply Us Bloggers the Video We Need

Earth To Obama Camp, Bloggers in Need Here

Earth to Obama camp?! You have bloggers looking for clips of Al Gore’s speech, nows its 11:40 PM PST and you still haven’t put it up on Youtube or BarackObama.com for me to link to. Live streaming it was great… but shouldn’t that mean it will be made available the instant the speech ends? These little things are what lose you votes in the campaign because now I’m searching around for video rather than writing another blog about how much of a Paris Hilton Princess Meghan McCain is. (Refer here)

Instead, I click on the “Watch It Live” link and this is what I get?!  

Can’t I watch it un-live???

The campaign really should do a better job of taking care of its bloggers! Like providing a cache of images to use etc.

Granted, the Obama campaign is far more savvy with the web than the stone age McCain campaign who is still relying on carrier pigeons. I’m not entirely sure if I’m hyperbolizing. McCain is definitely not the candidate of the future.  

I still find it delightfully quaint that McCain uses the terminology “Multimedia” on his site.  

Gore Endorses Obama, Finally! What this Means for Obama

Al Gore endorses Obama, Democrats rejoice

Al Gore announced (finally) that he will formerly endorse Obama as part a Detroit Michigan Rally taking place at 8:30 EDT.

A few hours from now I will step on stage in Detroit, Michigan to announce my support for Senator Barack Obama. From now through Election Day, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure he is elected President of the United States.
Over the next four years, we are going to face many difficult challenges — including bringing our troops home from Iraq, fixing our economy, and solving the climate crisis. Barack Obama is clearly the candidate best able to solve these problems and bring change to America.
This moment and this election are too important to let pass without taking action.
That’s why I am asking you to join me in showing your support by making a contribution to this campaign today:
https://donate.barackobama.com/gore
Over the past 18 months, Barack Obama has united a movement. He knows change does not come from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or Capitol Hill. It begins when people stand up and take action.
With the help of millions of supporters like you, Barack Obama will bring the change we so desperately need in order to solve our country’s most pressing problems.
If you’ve already contributed to this campaign, I ask that you consider making another contribution right now. If you haven’t, please take the next step and own a piece of this campaign today:
https://donate.barackobama.com/gore
On the issues that matter most, Barack Obama is clearly the right choice to lead our nation.
We have a lot of work to do in the next few months to elect Barack Obama president, and it begins by making a contribution to this campaign today.
Thank you for joining me,
Al Gore

What took you so long? Granted Gore timed his endorsement to offend the least, for if it came too close on the heels of Hillary’s withdrawal from the campaign, it could result in ex-Hillary supporters getting their panties in a twirl have had a diminished effect in building party unity.

Gore’s endorsement does three main things:

1) Unifies more disenchanted Hillary supporters behind Obama, who now see another important party standard bearer providing his endorsement.

2) Focuses media coverage onto Obama.

3) Nets Obama a surrogate who is great for fund raising, unifying the Democratic base, but until now has proved worthless in helping Democrats on offense.

The second and third points are critical in gauging the overall effect of a Gore endorsement.  

With the Obama camp doing a mediocre at best job of controlling the 24hr new cycle, they are definitely in need of an upstaging event (like this) to focus attention back on Obama.

Nevertheless, they are pulling attention at a time when their biggest weakness has been offensive production, which has been all but non-existent from their surrogates and media war room!
Al Gore needs to be a surrogate for Obama capable of attacking McCain on Energy Policy

The timing of tonight’s likely puff piece Gore endorsement speech only further hurts Obama’s sputtering offense against McCain as it pushes today’s McCain Energy Policy speech, which called for more drilling, to the back pages – an unforgivable missed opportunity as McCain’s poorly received energy policy speech today reinforces the one offensive message that Obama has successfully gotten to stick – that McCain is merely McBush – another oil obsessed Republican in big business’ corner.

The Obama’s rapid response team will hopefully pounce on the opportunity to keep this issue alive by having Gore wage a direct attack on McCain’s energy policy, extending what would have been a two-day news event (Gore endorses + 1 days of pundit analysis) into a one week McCain stomp (Gore endorses and attacks, Pundits talk, McCain defends, Obama and a bunch of celebrities further attack as the story gains legs – viola! Rinse and repeat.)

The real question is just which Gore is showing up tonight? The hard swinging Incredible Hulk orator who can single handedly turn public perception (just refer to his masterful speech assailing Bush at the Commonwealth Club of California (Link))? Or the weak Bruce Banner Gore, who seemed tentative in attacking Satan Bush during his 2000 loss, often hides under his “elder statesman” blanket, and is so frequently conspicuously absent when his party is in need?

Democrats Need the Hulk Gore, not the Bruce Banner Gore

Clearly for an Obama campaign doing a good job of advancing their positive message, but a lousy job attacking McCain, they need Gore unleashed… the fire and brimstone Gore… The smash mouth Gore… A Gore that provides them with offensive production!   

If Gore delivers an inspired speech that acts as a reprise of his 2002 Commonwealth Club speech, only this time directed at McCain, watch out!  If he delivers what I expect, this endorsement will be more or less a  yawn.

He’s been sitting on the sideline all year… Let’s hope he’s been putting that time to good use.

McSatan’s Spawn: Meet McPrincess Meghan McCain – Twice the Spoiled Rich Kid Paris Hilton Ever Will Be!

This adorable, spoiled Louis Vuitton toting celebutant is John McCain’s 4th child, but is really his 1st child from the marriage he wants everyone to remember.

This charming spawn of McSatan and his Ice Princess wife lives the good life… Designer everything, luxury New York loft bought and paid for by Mommy (and her kept man hubby McCain), private jet flights, no current job to speak of except “campaign Princess.” She makes Paris Hilton look low rent!  (and the Hatchet Man should know, he used to ghost write for the heiress herself)  

And now she’s helping Daddy get elected so she can get the coveted slot as First Daughter!  Take that Paris and Heidi Montag!  You better support Obama or you’ll have new competition for that cover space on In Touch Weekly!   

Never mind the fact that she voted John Kerry in 2004 and is a self described social liberal, she got properly brain washed (with peroxide) such that she finally switched affiliation from Independent to Republican this week! (I think the threat of getting cut off probably had something to do with it)

But let’s take a look at the life of Meghan McCain through a slideshow of pictures taken from her blog McCainBlogette.com

1)  Here’s darling little Meghan being chaffeured to a campaign jet, with souvenirs from her Everglades “fun in the sun” trip.   (She says it was a climate change event…riiiight… I saw the accompanying pictures racing around on pontoon boats and working on her tan… I’m sure she’ll be roughing it in Alaska for that next climate change events soon, right?)  Isn’t the spoiled life taxing???

Spoiled rich socialite Meghan McCain being chauffeured around, Louis Vuitton bag in tow

2)  Sometimes its exhausting having Mommy and Daddy pay your way through life!  After so much fun in the Florida Sun, sometimes McPrincess needs to kick back in a luxury hotel suite and enjoy the simple pleasures of life, like a room-service grilled cheese sandwich.  Just like Mom’s personal chef made back home!    

Its hard work being a rich celebuspawn!  Meghan McCain enjoys R&R and room service at her luxury Florida Hotel suite

3)  Some people might criticize Meghan McCain for being born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but they’re forgetting about the golden plates that accompanied the silverware!  Like at this banquet for Daddy.  With so much opulence and the frequency of $5,000 a plate meals, who can blame a daughter for packing away a bit of junk in the trunk!   

Meghan McCain dinner... Born with a silver spoon in her mouth to accompany those golden plates

4)  Sometimes being a rich American Princess can be so lonely!  Its hard to find other people who relate to the life challenges that come when everything is handed to you on a plate!  Thankfully, there are others like Meghan who grew up in the wealthy aristocracy and benefited from their family’s name… like Donatella Versace.  OMG, here the two of them are sharing their kinship!  I can only speculate what was discussed, but I’m sure they traded hair bleaching techniques, bet each other whose dress is more expensive, and discussed Meghan’s career path as a fashion designer, which Donatella had to keep from laughing at.  

Uber rich socialite Meghan McCain mingles with those who really understand her, Donatella Versace

 

RIP Tim Russert: A great reporter passes, Republicans benefit

Sad day in news with the passing of Tim Russert.  He was one of the “good ones”.  But I did always respected Tim for taking politicians to task on “Meet The Press.”  In an era where TV news host are either rabid partisan hacks (O’Reilly) or complete powder puffs (Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, et al.), Russert would at least attempt to keep real journalism alive by staying objective but still providing some pushback!  Many a time, his interviews would make news in and of themselves because Tim would actually do the research to know when to call out a politician’s BS!  

RIP Tim Russert

This weekend should be full of tributes to this great journalist, and rightly so.  

Nevertheless, there are two areas where the media so far is glossing over the larger implications of Russert’s death:    

1)  Russert was a key witness in the CIA Leak Scandal

First things first, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney may secretly be popping corks and toasting Russert’s death.  With Russert’s passing, goes a key witness in the Valerie Plame, CIA leak investigation.   

Tim Russert got grilled by the Libby Team as their Hail Mary strategy

Right as Scott McClellan goes turncoat and agrees to meet before the House Judiciary on Plame, this Karl Rove lucky break tragic event occurs.  If you don’t recall, Libby claimed Russert informed him of Valerie Plame’s identity, a claim Russert flately denied, thereby providing the bombshell testimony that landed Libby in the clink (sorta, except for that partial pardon from a certain Presidential friend that allowed him to escape Club Fed.)   Had Russert testified even that he was unsure, Libby wouldn’t need the partial pardon nor the full pardon that’s coming his way.  

The exact effect Russert’s passing will now have on McClellan’s reprise of the Plame Affairs is still TBD.  Hopefully, the testimony Russert already provided stands as sufficient record.  Nevertheless, though Libby dropped his appeal based on his partial pardon, I’m no legal scholar, but I believe he has the right to re-exercise that appeal. (Note:  This needs to be verified)

Consequently, a Libby appeal hedged on Russert’s inability to stand witness provides the Plame Scandal Participants an interesting out.  Not only will it buy time, but now sans Russert, an appeal has a slightly better chance of letting Libby wriggle free.

But beyond that, it will be interesting to see if new McClellan / Plame allegations are deflected using Russert – or possibly worse, new allegations involve Russert who now, for obvious reasons, provide no further clarification.  Convicted criminal Scooter Libby

More than likely, Russert’s unequivocal denials of knowing anything about Plame’s CIA involvement prior to Robert Novak’s column precludes any “legal defense grave robbing,” and prevent a man who can’t defend himself from becoming Libby, Rove, and Cheney’s ultimate scapegoat.  

2)  Russert’s death significantly alters the Presidential debate picture.  

Russert was a likely shoe-in as a Presidential debate moderator.

While both campaigns are publicly offering up prodigious schedules of debates, they wildly vary in preference for formats, which means once they finish their negotiating, it should leave the public with a whittled down schedule of 3-5 Presidential debates and another 2-4 VP debates)   

Fact is, with Russert’s passing, there are few high profile, experienced, objective yet pointed moderators left.  With half of TV news now consisting of radical partisan hacks, and seemingly the other half powder puffs without credentials to take a Presidential candidate to task, its hard to imagine that Russert would have been passed over had the candidates agreed on 4-5 debates – though likely he would have been teamed with perhaps Brian Williams or other panelists.  

Russert would definitely not have been the first choice of the McCain campaign, particularly because Russert is known for pointing out inconsistencies – of which McCain suffers from plenty – and Russert asks pointed questions – something that the Alzheimer’s suffering septuagenarian routinely falters on. 

Now, what would have been a likely Russert moderated debate (at least in the form of Russert plus panelists) will potentially fall into the lap of a less established moderator, in the vein of Anderson Cooper,  who enjoys less license to dispense with the kid gloves.  (Cooper should also be on the McCain’s nix list to avoid him looking ancient contrasted against both Cooper and Obama).  

Of the remaining moderators, you have:

Lehrer who is legacy to get at least one moderating assignment

Gibson, who despite embarrassing himself in the Gibson / Stephanopoulos ABC Democratic Debate by failing to ask a single substantive question, may still get the call by seeming innocuous yet palatably seasoned (though I’d be shocked if he was high on Obama’s list)  

Next to go Bob Schieffer may be aging out of the running.  (and really, you have to ask yourself, what the line in Vegas would have been for Schieffer to outlive Russert?!?  Its a mad world!)

Conceivably Wolf Blitzer or Larry King could get the nod, but I don’t think either are particularly favorites -and in perhaps my least intellectual, but most truthful analysis – I think its because Wolf on some subliminal level looks like a Wolfman.  Honestly, every time I look at him, I question how this strange hairy man got where he is.  But more substantively, Wolf parades as a anchor of gravitas, but loses his credibility every time he delivers his patented sensationalized teasers that never live up to their billing.  Between his Wolfman sort of appearance and sensational lead in’s that never live up to their billing, Wolf in my mind is the sideshow act of anchors.  But I digress… 

Given the Hillary factor, a woman may swoop in to get the debate moderating spot, but I hope its Barbara Walter and not Katie Couric.  

Rounding out the potentials: all the 60 Minutes dinosaurs, semi-retired Tom Brokaw (who is a likely choice if he wants it), Sam Donaldson (blah), Matt Lauer, Ted Koppel (yawn), and strong candidate Brian Williams.    

Consequently, a betting man would have put money on a Russert moderated debate … and to take it a step further and going out on a major hypothetical prognostication limb, a Russert moderated debate would have likely benefited Obama to the tune of an additional 1-2% bump as Obama did exceedingly well in the 2008 Democratic Russert debate and Russert’s questioning style and choice of questions highly favors Obama’s off the cuff ease.  

Perhaps the greatest testament to magnitude of Tim Russert’s death is saying it won’t just affect the way the news is covered, it will affect the way the news plays out.   

Russert did a masterful job at the Democratic Debate, largely because he seemed to help Obama