If something happens once, it’s perfectly forgivable. Anything imaginable, or unimaginable, can happen once. Cher won an Oscar, for crying out loud.
If something happens twice, it could just be a coincidence. Don’t read too much into it.
Three times and there’s some kind of charm. A pattern emerges.
When something happens a fourth time, that pattern, fully emerged, reveals itself with increasingly graphic detail.
And so it is with the “politics of Hope”. For all the talk of a “new kind of politics” Obama employs at his revival-styled rallies, he certainly says one thing and does, or has his surrogates do, another when the rallies are over.
The pattern so far:
( 1) Michelle Obama, his chief surrogate, much in need of a basic history lesson, claims she’s “proud of America for the first time”, because, implicitly, her husband is so warmly received at his rallies
(2) Obama refuses to answer reporters’ questions about his dealings with Big Tony Rezko and the purchase of the Obama Mansion with Rezko’s help (come on, he answered, like, eight of those questions already and wants to talk about hope some more!)
(3) Susan Rice, a top aid to Obama. took a swipe at Senator Clinton and inadvertantly admitted, on national television, that her own candidate is not ready to be president.
(4) Another Obama aid, Austan Goolsbee, secretly assured Canada that Obama was just saying one thing in the primaries but planning to do another later, in terms of renegotiating NAFTA. Obama denied any such meeting took place, but the Canadian government exposed his denial as a lie. Obama then said he didn’t know the meeting took place, proving either his poor grasp of the comings and goings around him or his poor judgement in key staff.
(5) Speaking of #4, there’s Samantha Power’s name-calling and generally foul language in the international press: and this is from Obama’s key foreign policy advisor! I’d hate to hear the mouth on his bus drivers if his top foreign policy advisor drops the f-bomb so freely in interviews.
Bascially, I’m left with the impression that the “politics of Hope” is a lot of talk, and back talk, with very little straight talk to speak of. Obama is a great razzle-dazzler, to bs sure, but it’s becoming increasingly more evident there’s just no substance to back up the dazzle.
With those few words, Barack Obama ended a Texas news conference where he had come under tough questioning about influence peddler Tony Rezko from Sun-Times columnists Carol Marin and Lynn Sweet and CBS2 reporter Mike Flannery. In fact, Obama dodged the questions.
Try to imagine President Bush, fleeing questions coming at him fast and furious over a controversy, closing a news conference by saying, “Come on, I just answered like eight questions.” Democrats in Congress and liberal interest groups would be shouting coverup. The editorial pages of the national newspapers would be thundering outrage. The late night comedians and left-wing blogs would be heaping ridicule on him.
Or contrast Obama’s avoidance strategy to John McCain’s response to what was universally considered a shoddy New York Times story. It alleged two disillusioned McCain aides eight years ago thought he might have had a romantic relationship with a lobbyist. McCain met with reporters and took every question they had about the article.
Obama is lucky the Rezko affair is a Chicago issue with which national reporters are unfamiliar. And, given what’s known today, it’s hard to see how the Rezko case could wound Obama’s political ambitions. But for that reason, it’s hard to understand his reluctance to answer questions from the Chicago investigative reporters who know the Rezko issues best.
We at HillBuzz can’t say enough about Stephanie Tubbs Jones: she is, frankly, a national treasure (and we told her so when we met her in Akron last week).
You should call her office and thank her for helping to deliver Ohio to Hillary Clinton, and also for helping provide confidence to other superdelegates to remain on Clinton’s side in the face of increasingly nasty pressure to move over to Obama.
Here is Stephanie Tubbs Jones’ contact info:
1009 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Telephone: (202) 225-7032
Facsimile: (202) 225-1339
We owe you one for Ohio, Stephanie, and are glad to see your determination and principles are being recognized by the media as well!
Player of the Week: Stephanie Tubbs Jones
As a former judge and both the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Cuyahoga County prosecutor, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D) has never been afraid of an argument. And as the current chairwoman of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, she has grown accustomed to fending off all manner of political pressure.
That background came in handy this week, as Tubbs Jones emerged as one of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s staunchest supporters — both in Ohio and in the Congressional Black Caucus — even when the chips appeared to be down for the New York senator. Clinton won Ohio’s Democratic presidential primary by 10 points on Tuesday with a big boost from Tubbs Jones, and that makes her Capitol Briefing’s Player of the Week.
Now in her fifth term in Congress, Tubbs Jones represents a Cleveland-based seat that is “by far the most politically Democratic district in Ohio,” according to the Almanac of American Politics. That put her at ground zero of Tuesday’s primary fight. When all the momentum seemed to be going Obama’s way, and civil rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) made big news by switching his allegiance from Clinton to Obama, the media was full of speculation that other black lawmakers might follow suit — and that Tubbs Jones might even face a primary challenge back home because her majority-black district would vote for Obama.
But Tubbs Jones held her ground, telling the Post’s Shailagh Murray, “I’m not trying to be a martyr. I think Senator Clinton is the best candidate. And the beauty of the United States of America is you have the right to have your opinion, and I have the right to my opinion.”
In the end, Tubbs Jones’ opinion carried the day in her home state. Winning cures many ills, and outweighs any pressure or criticism she might have felt from Obama supporters and fellow black lawmakers to back the Illinois senator. Blogging colleague The Fix has already named Tubbs Jones one of the “winners” of the Ohio-Texas two-step for her steadfast support of Clinton.
And Tubbs Jones has also played a part in another big story this week back here in the Capitol — the currently stalled push by House Democratic leaders to pass an ethics reform bill. The measure would create a new Office of Congressional Ethics to screen potential complaints against members and pass them to the existing ethics committee, which Tubbs Jones chairs. Though most Republicans and many Democrats have been critical of the proposal, Tubbs Jones has been publicly mum on the subject. But regardless of whether the bill passes, she will continue to be the lead player in any House ethics investigations this year.
Between the fight here in Washington over her committee and the fight back home in a crucial primary contest, Tubbs Jones has had a busy week. Fortunately for her, the next Congressional recess is just around the corner.
Rice is wrong about Hillary. Hillary is quite ready to answer the 3am phone call. As someone who has been directly involved with such calls during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations, I do know what I am talking about.
As I have said before, I have had the opportunity to brief Senator Clinton twice on terrorism and Iraq during the last three years. During the course of my career at the CIA, State Department, and as a consultant, I have briefed in one form or fashion more than 60 members of Congress, a Vice President, and a President. I have participated in briefings for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other senior military commanders. I entered my first meeting with Hillary with strong reservations about her competence (based entirely on what I had heard and read in the media). I walked out of that meeting very impressed. Hands down, I found her to be the most impressive person I had had the privilege to brief.
Why was I impressed? First and foremost, she listened. I have briefed folks who get the 1000-yard stare–they drift off and start thinking about something else. I also have briefed folks who get the panicked look from not understanding what I am talking about. Hillary was different. She listened intently, but she also grasped the substance and nuance of the issues we were discussing. Second, she asked tough questions that showed me she was genuinely searching for viable policy options. I had a similar experience with Senator Joe Biden, only that was during a hearing.
But unlike many members of Congress who rely on some aide sitting at their side to pump them with questions and information, Hillary could think on her own. She did not need “Foreign Policy for Dummies.”
Hillary also is one of the few members of Congress who understood the difference between Special Forces and and Special Operations Forces. You would be shocked at the number of Senators and Representatives who are supposed to exercise oversight of the military and do not understand this basic point.
In a recent interview with a Scottish newspaper, the Obama campaign called Hillary Clinton “a monster”, while also admitting they had “f***ed up in Ohio”. Apparently, this is how the “politics of Hope” operates: to refer to your accomplished, hardworking, and determined female opponent as “a monster”, while proving your inability to properly handle foreign diplomacy by using expletives in the international press. Is that presidential, Mr. Obama?
HillBuzz thinks America deserves better than this, and Obama supporters deserve better from their “inspirational candidate”. The “politics of Hope” boils down to a sophomoric campaign dropping the f-bomb while using childish pejoratives against a woman. Where’s the hope?
HillBuzz thinks whenever Mr. Obama throws us sour lemons like this, we should make lemonade. When his campaign calls Senator Clinton “a monster”, we hold a MONSTER MARCH MONDAY MONEY BOMB.
So, this coming Monday – March 10th, 2008 – let’s plan to contribute $20.44 to Senator Clinton’s campaign: $10 for the monster pejorative, $10 for the expletive, and .44 to seal Clinton’s spot as our 44th president. We at HillBuzz usually see a movie on the weekend and spend about $20 doing it. This weekend, we’re going to read a book instead, and send that $20.44 to Hillary on Monday.
Let’s send a message to Mr. Obama that we just won’t stand for name calling in this presidential race. The stakes are too high, the issues too important, and the consequences too dire to allow this race to be run like it’s for the sophomore student council.
Hillary Clinton’s Monster March Monday Money Bomb!
Correct me if I’m wrong here, but Obama is basing his whole candidacy on being a new kind of politician, right? He claims he is all about hope and change, or change and hope, or lemonade or something, right?
But, in an article in the March 6th edition of The Scotsman, Samantha Power, Obama’s key foreign policy aid, said the following:
“We f***ed up in Ohio. In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio’s the only place they can win. She is a monster, too – that is off the record — she is stooping to anything. Interestingly, the people in her innermost circle seem to not mind her; I think they really love her.”
Correct me if I am wrong, but calling your oppoent a monster and using expletives in an interview doesn’t seem very hopeful. The Obama camp needs some soap to go with all that hope: to wash their mouths out with.
It boils down to this: Obama proved in Ohio that he cannot win a big primary state. He also had his chance to win a large primary state on Super Tuesday and failed there too, winning only his home state of Illinois. In large primary states like Ohio, Obama’s charms fall on deaf ears. In a general election, people who didn’t vote for him in the primary won’t vote for him again. Also, going up against John McCain will make Obama seem even more inexperienced. Obama’s supporters don’t want to admit this, but it’s true.
Obama’s supporters also like to pretend an Obama v. McCain matchup would be a repeat of Kennedy v. Nixon. But, that’s not going to happen. Kennedy ran at a time when the Baby Boomers were all coming of age — and he rode that wave of support to victory. The thing is, the Baby Boomers are now in their 60s and 70s. They sure aren’t going to let go of power yet…and there are an awful lot of Baby Boomers. The Baby Boomers will break for McCain in an Obama v. McCain matchup. However, that’s not going to happen in a Clinton v. McCain matchup.
Clinton is the only democrat who can win in the fall. Obama may have hope, but he doesn’t have a chance.
We’re doing a video project here on HillBuzz and need your help.
Can you give us a quick list of some of the things you have been really proud of America for in the last 25 years?
It would be great if you could also note the date this event happened (or when something was invented, discovered, etc.).
We know of someone here in Chicago who needs a history lesson on all the great things America has achieved in the past 25 years. Some people just seem to need a reminder now and then that they live in the greatest country in the world.
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He is at it again. Senator Barack Obama yesterday promised to take the gloves off and lash out at Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for what his campaign complains as a slew of negative attacks which caused Mr. Obama to lose Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island this week.
(Update) And just today, it’s all Clinton’s fault:
He was asked whether he could have responded more quickly to bat down negative stories in recent days about his relationship with Tony Rezko, an indicted Chicago businessman, and a meeting between his economic adviser and the Canadian consulate.“Look, they have run a pretty negative campaign over the last several weeks,” he said. “I have said we would do things differently. I am not going to do things I am not comfortable with. I want to make sure we stay focused on the issues.
“I am a little surprised that all the complaining about the refs has actually worked as well as it has for them,” he added. “This whole spin that the press is being so tough of them and not tough on us. I just didn’t expect you guys would bite on that.”
Of course, this is all to drum up more money. Every time there is an accusation by Mr. Obama’s camp, we get an email like this:
Right now, it’s essential for every single supporter of Barack Obama to step
up and help fight this two-front battle. In the face of attacks from Hillary Clinton and John McCain, we need to be ready to take them on.
Will you make an online donation of $25 right now?
We don’t mind a call for donations from candidates, but Mr. Obama has swindled fists full of dollars by misleading his supporters.
Today, Mr. Obama’s campaign asked for Mrs. Clinton’s tax returns again. It is not a requirement to disclose them at this time. He keeps asking for them. Why? Because Mr. Obama put out the first page of his returns, and because it gives them the chance to paint Mrs. Clinton as secretive. As evidenced here by his statements from his campaign:
Mrs. Clinton is “the most secretive politician in history.”
This is an attack, like Mr. Obama’s “Harry and Louise” Healthcare mailer in Ohio.
Mr. Obama went on to make-up with the press, after he continued to dodge questions about Tony Rezko and Naftagate, by villianizing Mrs. Clinton and letting them off the hook for being led astray and asking tough questions: “I just didn’t think you’d fall for it.”
Mr. Obama is a grand Distractor. He’s a Magician. The problems of the week are his own. The Clinton Campaign and its supporters will not be dazzled and distracted with defending ourselves. We spent far too much time trying to defend against false accusations.
We are seeing the wolf in sheep’s clothing, that Pol who slicked his way to the top of a brutally windy Chicago Machine. All in all, he is incapable of stomaching opposition, contrasts, or criticisms. He might be an eloquent speaker, but he is not a gracious or graceful politician. Remember, he later went on to complain that Mrs. Clinton snubbed him before he snubbed her:
This is how Mr. Obama deals.
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