1/14/2008

Clinton vs. Obama: The Problem With Identity Politics

The latest installment in the saga between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama involves a recent Clinton campaign event in which Clinton supporter Bob Johnson, president of Black Entertainment Television, told the crowd:

"To me, as an African-American, I am frankly insulted the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues, [are not sincere in their commitment to racial equality] when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood; I won't say what he was doing, but he said it in his book."
It obviously doesn't take Einstein's kin to figure out that Johnson was alluding to Obama's past drug use, which he admitted to in his previous book. However, Johnson criticized the ensuing criticism by saying that his remarks were in regards to Obama's work as a community organizer "and nothing else [and that] any other suggestion is simply irresponsible and incorrect."

In other words, Johnson got the media to explicitly say what he was merely implying. As a result, the media's explicity transferred ownership of Johnson's incendiary remarks to the media and technically absolved Johnson of guilt. Mission accomplished for the Clinton campaign. That's slash and burn politics at its finest.

Johnson's cheapshots at Obama by making obvious references to Obama's previous bouts of irresponsibility are in concordance with how he often marginalizes Blacks on BET with its raunchy music videos and often tawdry language. So this does not come as a surprise to me.

As for Clinton, however, she knows exactly what she's doing. And by continuing to campaign with people who make these same insinuations over and over again, she is tacitly approving their remarks. Here's how the game is played: Clinton will campaign with someone who makes a controversial remark about her political opponents. The media will then hype up these remarks and ask her to clarify or repudiate them. Clinton will then dismiss these questions by saying "that person does not speak for my campaign" and then try to take the high road by saying "I don't want to talk about political attacks. I want to talk about the issues." Meanwhile, the damage will ultimately be done courtesy of the media's replaying the remarks over and over again while Clinton puts just enough distance between herself and these inflammatory remarks to maintain plausible deniability. Of course, this strategy, while effective, seems odd for someone who commonly decries "the politics of personal destruction."

The problem with Clinton's attacks is not so much that they are sticking, but rather that they risk turning Obama from "a candidate who happens to be Black" into "a Black candidate." The former is a formidable opponent with broad electoral appeal who can instill a great sense of pride in the Democratic Party and potentially emerge as the party's standard-bearer. The latter is a marginalized leader of one particular interest group she'll merely have to curry favor with in the future in order to shore up her base in a general election once she's the nominee.

Obama has run a post-partisan and post-racial campaign with the ability to appeal to voters of all races and political persuasions. However, the more race is injected into the campaign (as was recently done when Clinton suggested that Martin Luther King had to rely on President Lyndon Johnson to get civil rights legislation passed), the more that undercuts his message of unity. Whites, who may be reminded of firebrands like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, may become less comfortable supporting him, and his future political victories may be tainted because they'd be attributed more to racial circumstances ("Did Obama win because of White guilt? Was it a Black rebellion against Clinton's attacks?") than to his own political acumen. The more Obama reminds voters of race, the better it is for Clinton, whose personal negatives are so high that she has nothing left to lose by taking the low road and engaging in race-baiting through surrogates. Bob Johnson is only the latest example of this.

Should this whisper campaign fatally wound Obama and he not win the nomination, the Democratic Party will be severely fragmented. Clinton may have no choice but to choose Obama as her running mate then, even though this would put Obama in a serious bind. Were he to refuse Clinton's invitation, that could be seen as him being cold or partisan to someone who is extending an olive branch and trying to bury the hatchet. And if he were to accept her invitation, he would be pairing his message of hope and unity with a candidate who represents hardball politics and is a professional partisan. So he'd look like a hypocrite either way.

There are signs that the incessant whispers and rumors about Obama have taken root in a lot of voters' minds. For example, one of the most popular search strings Google users use to find this blog is some combination of the words "Obama" and "flag," presumably in relation to the controversy that erupted when the "unpatriotic" Obama decided to no longer wear an American flag pin on his lapel last fall. (I wrote about that here.) It could also be related to the picture of Obama not placing his hand over his heart while the National Anthem was being played at a campaign event in Iowa last summer. Combine these stories with the whisper campaign involving his religion and it's possible that enough doubts will be planted in enough voters' minds to make them grudgingly revert to the "safe" choice of Hillary Clinton, even if they don't particularly like her.

But Clinton's unfavorable ratings can't get much higher than they already are, so she doesn't have as much to lose by engaging in this sort of negative and dishonest campaigning. She has enough name recognition and enough infrastructure nationwide to win the nomination easily if Obama flames out. Dredging up his Obama's past and invoking fear by implication (ever notice how people commonly refer to him by his middle name even though nobody does that with the other candidates?) may be unseemly, but it is quite effective in defining a candidate before he can define himself.

But this is a double-edged sword. Intelligent voters and those who don't take what candidates say at face value may be put off by this and either 1) stay home, which damages Obama because of his appeal to new voters; or 2) penalize Clinton by throwing their support to Obama, who they believe is the victim of kneecap politics. Clinton won New Hampshire on the backs of voters who felt she was being unfairly targeted by the media and her rivals. Will these unfair attacks backfire on her in South Carolina and beyond? After his second place showing in New Hampshire, is Obama a bit gun shy about responding to Clinton too aggressively? After all, in South Carolina, as goes Black women, so will go the Democratic primary.

In light of Clinton's gender-tinged come from behind victory in the New Hampshire primary and the most recent racially-tinged remarks about Obama's past, the politics of race are now confronting the politics of gender. The Democratic Party needs both women and minorities (especially Blacks) in order to survive. Turning the Clinton vs. Obama storyline into a battle between "sisters and brothers" may only fracture the party so severely that they enter the general election as dispirited and as divided as the Republicans are at present. Voter turnout in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries so far suggests an enthusiasm gap in favor of the Democrats. But prolonging this proxy struggle over identity politics by using lowball tactics and feigned outrage may only turn a very winnable general election for the Democrats into another agonizing defeat.

13 comment(s):

Schenck said...

Look at this pile of crap: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/01/14/bill-clinton-compiles-list-of-obama-attacks/

I've been reading extensive comments around the web, and it looks like a lot of people are fed up with the Clinton mud. I didn't see her on Meet the Press, but from what I hear, her appearance reminded viewers of the pandering, roundabout Clintons of the 90's. I hope Obama keeps his head high; there is a fine line between deflecting these attacks and becoming stuck in the mud.

Schenck said...

EDIT: her=Hillary

Nikki said...

Hey Anthony I appreciate the write up on this as I have been enjoying a cold but sunny day here in Utah. Needless to say I am a bit out of the news cycle as I have taken a bit of a break in the politicing arena this weekend. I think this is going to backfire on her big time. Barack Obama has a very long career in politics ahead of him with or without the nomination, he will be back. Hillary will be the next Ted Kennedy of the Senate if she doesn't make it this time. I really believe that. She first played the victim and now is getting someone else to do her dirty work. Because of course she would look racist to have made these emarks herself. Bill Clinton is the first black President so he can speak for the African American community. I am being facetious. I have never understood this portrayal of him. It amazes me how unfavorable the public views Hillary and yet the Clintons have so many loyalists. I call it Clinton Utopia, because to me it is all a delusion. I asked my son who is 9 going on 10 who he would vote for for President and he said "I am not voting for that girl, I know that!" and as for why not he said because she doesn't know how to play army.......no joke. Pretty funny, but it looks like I may have some sexism issues to work out haha.....point being there are people who WILL NOT vote for her no matter what and I think Obama doesn't have that issue. the Clintons suck. awesome post very informative and an important topic.
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Thomas said...

Anthony, I wrote about immigration on my latest post. I was curious about your thoughts.

Anthony Palmer said...

Schenck,

Do you think Bill Clinton WANTS Hillary to be president? It seems like everytime he opens his mouth, something ridiculous comes out. This seems like the Karl Rove tactic of going after your opponent's strength. I can understand this. Nobody thinks Obama has run a negative campaign, but Clinton's attacks may have made a few people view Obama with a bit more skepticism. Still, I think this will expose the Clintons as petty, political, and phony. I can only wonder how many voters will defect to Obama to punish the Clintons for this kind of garbage.

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Nikki,

Yes, sometimes I too need a break from the whirlwind of politics because there's just so much to keep track of each day. Classes started this week, so I will have less time to update this blog until I can figure out how to juggle my time.

Regarding Obama, I used to think his strength was who he was. But now because of the Clintons' attacks, I'm thinking that Obama's strength will be a matter of who he's NOT. If Obama wins the nomination, it will be because of this nonsense from the Clintons about race and hypocrisy. I mean, how can they say this stuff with a straight face?

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Thomas,

Thanks for the link. I'll take a look this evening and leave a comment.

Anonymous said...

Very intelligent article. Well written. And a wonderful knack to get behind the issues and uncover all the nuances of what this is REALLY going on with this Clinton vs. Obama controversy. Well done!

Schenck said...

That Billy-boy is torn. Torn between the excess fame, money, and women he would garner as a result of a return to the White House and seeing his "wife" succeed where he once did - he does say some pretty outlandish things - but I think greed and power over a nation trumps inter-marital bragging rights.

That being said, as I peruse through articles covering race and the race, it seems a majority of people following the political news somewhat closely see through the Clintonian tactics. Except for Hillary trolls, of course. I often wonder if those sitting at home, barely following this (re: Lamentations of an Educated Voter part 2) are only taking it at face value; do they think Obama is playing the race card, as Hillary wants them to think, and as a majority of the mainstream media make it out to be? Or do they see what's really going on here?

Anthony Palmer said...

Schenck,

The folks over at National Journal's Hotline aren't amused either.

But here's the thing. It is no secret that Hillary Clinton does best among voters with only a high school education. Obama is cleaning up when it comes to better educated voters with college and graduate degrees. Is it reasonable to assume that the less educated voters that make up Clinton's base will be more likely to buy into her propoganda without doing any independent research on their own beforehand?

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Anonymous,

Thanks for the kind words. Whether the voters themselves will be able to see beyond the spin remains to be seen, however. Thanks again.

Schenck said...

Anthony, yes, it is not only reasonable; it is all too obvious.

It scares me that this race is merely another "A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila" (etc.) reality show for so many. Sure, it's entertaining, but that's not it's first redeeming attribute. We are electing the next leader of the free world, technically, and I think there are a lot of people who don't realize the effect this will have on their lives, their family's lives, and the lives of people from every country. It's all just a game to so many (HRC included).

Obama-man said...

Your writing abilities and thought provoking insights on politics is great reading for the most casual politico such as myself. I just hope that your career aspirations are not derailed based on the insignificant people who unfortunately have the power to decide your fate much like the uninformed voters doing the same to Obama. What I do not quite understand is how people can be so misguided and blind to the reality of what the Clintons are really about. The media does such a great job of painting pictures and shaping the views of those who are seeing the politics from the surface. I had the good fortune of meeting Obama in 2004 at the DNC in Boston, and was impressed by his demeanor with ALL people. We all thought that he would wait until 2012 but had a notion that he was ready for 2008. A man that speaks with passion is a passionate man and a man of his own convictions. To paint him on any other canvass is not doing justice to whom I belive has the unique ability to change the country for the better. We had a talk that evening in Boston and he said how can someone be so concerned about what is going on all over the world and the roof to your house has leaks in it. He said we need to take care of home first to make us a stronger nation, but not be oblivious to what is going on elsewhere. He had my vote after that.

Schenck said...

Hey Palmer!!

Case in point

Anthony Palmer said...

Obama-man,

Obama seems to be the most authentic candidate remaining on the Democratic side of the ledger. Edwards is quite passionate about his fight against poverty, but he has been reminded in the debates about previous votes he made that expose him as a potential hypocrite.

Clinton has generated a lot of ill will based on her hardball campaign. She has a high floor and a low ceiling. My sense is that Democrats view her as a last resort. And should John McCain win the GOP nomination, I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of Democrats voted for him simply to punish Clinton because she has reminded a lot of people of everything unsavory about the 90s.

Thanks for the comment, and thanks for reading The 7-10.

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Schenck,

I read that LAT article and left a comment expressing my disgust. The heckler at that debate last night was spot on. The media are a joke. If I don't run for office myself, maybe I should start my own media network.

Anonymous said...

Obama’s efforts to connect to the Republican Party, specifically Bush, and Dick Cheney, of the Halliburton Company, dates back to the Presidents Grandfather, Prescott Bush, and indeed Cheney was once an executive officer of Halliburton.

The American military pounds Iraq with Artillary, bombs, and the like, destroying large sections of cities, and infra-structures, then Halliburton comes in to rebuild. Halliburton and Halliburton associated companies have raked in ten’s of billions.

Obama is just like the BIG HALIBURTAN. Haliburton has contracted to build detention centers in the U.S. similiar to the one in Quantanammo Bay, Cuba. Halliburton does nothing to earn the Two Dollars for each meal an American Serviceman in Iraq eats.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

Halliburton was scheduled to take control of the Dubai Ports in The United Arab Emiirate. The deal was canceled when Bush was unable to affect the transfer of the American Ports.

Now we see what some might suspect as similiar financial escapading from the Democrats.

Two years ago, Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company - Companion- owned by now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO) Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley, to train Iraqi power-plant guards in the United States. An Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo. Now the company, Companion Security, is working to revive its contract.
Involved along with Antoin “Tony” Rezco, long time friend and neighbor of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and former cop Daniel T. Frawley, is Aiham Alsammarae. Alsammarae was accused of financial corruption by Iraqi authorities and jailed in Iraq last year before escaping and returning here.

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON --
Recently, Obama's campaign staff have been vetted by the IRS to disclose his connection to the criminal money generating underworld. Besides, his connections to the REZCO MAFIA types, his up-coming Tax Fraud charges — Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and disclose Obama's MUSLIM Farrakhan mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church are trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Obama should stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It’s time to introduce this false, fake Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke "GLORK" Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He is MAD!!! --

OBAM YOU'RE NO JFK --

"GLORK" Obama looks like Alfred E. Newman: "Tales Calculated To Drive You." He is a MUSLIM "Glork" He's MAD!!! Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot of Mad. The face had drifted through American pictography for decades before being claimed by Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman after he spotted it on the bulletin board in the office of Ballantine Books editor Bernard Shir-Cliff, later a contributor to various magazines created by Kurtzman.
Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It’s time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek.

Michelle Obama should be ashamed.

"GLORK" Michelle Obama should be ashamed of her separatist-racist connection to Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Beneath that Darth-Vader-Mace-Windu-Jedi-Me ssiah Helmet Hairdo of Michelle Obama lurks a Wildabeast. If Michelle Obama new what her husband -- the Hope-A-Dope, Fonster Monster -- Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama did in Harlem, she would wash her wide-open, Hus-suey loving MUSILM mouth out, with twenty-four (24) mule-team double-cross X-boX-BorraX. The Lexis-Nexis-Albatross-Abacus-Complex of Barack and Michelle's relationship with MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" Rev. Wright, Louis Farrakhan, and black demagoguery of Obama's Stump Lines Echo Malcolm X; is about as much of a Hoax as Oxfam volunteers believe in HIV-- AIDS Witch Doctors in Africa they feed.
"God damn America" - Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama.
"God bless America" - Pope Benedict XVI and Hillary Clinton --
Michelle Obama AKA Wildabeast -- failed the Illinois Bar Exam. If Barack Obama had married Shaniqua instead of the leftist-separatist-racist-beast-'ist Michelle, his jackanapes' excitedly-fixed-elitism, Nemet-Oure-Saxas-Our-Father-Our-King-- black rage, and "GLORK" black demagoguery of Obama's Stump Lines Echo Malcolm X; would be taken a lot more expeditiously. Its expected that Obam will manage his explosive MUSLIM JIHADI -- FATIMA EXTREMISM obsession bitter. He is a MUSLIM "Glork" It’s time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He's MAD!!!

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

THE SPEECH --

The Apologia has arrived and once again the self-indicting, separatist-racist Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama, promises to heal the wounds of the world. The speech is the rude awakening of mass messianism of his campaign. Apologetically, Obama the MUSLIM double-cross X-boX-BorraX has an astonishingly empty two-prawn echelon explanation of his misjudgment.
In the first prawn: with regard to his connection to separatist-racist Rev. Wright; Obama summons voodoo and juju to express slavery as beginning and ending with the Rev. Wright.
In the second prawn: Obama's speech takes credit for Ashley's dream. A dream of unity Martin Luther King, Jr. borrowed from Ashley for his historic "I Have A Dream" speech. In Obama's speech, the connective bond Ashley, the elderly black man and Obama's grandmother share; represents Obama's self-indicting rise to the Harvard Yard. For Obama, the grand flag of language is the semi-fore of words, bestowed upon our nation by the messiah-alumni from Harvard. Obama's Swoon-Song Apologia to the nation represents a failed hymn -- a hymn that fails to heal the nation, repair the world, or make this time different than all the rest. Obama's speech is a brilliant failure.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

MUSLIM LIES --

The ILLIGITIAMTE MUSLIM MESSIA has blundered yet again!!! The self-indicting, separatist-racist Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama, lied about the politics of his campaign. The danger involved with this self-aggrandizing, -a-hoop, Hope-A-Dope, Fonster Monster -- Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama is that -- "Like Father Like Son" Obama is constantly wanting to impress America with "...his incapacity for sound judgment." In 2005, Sen. Obama voted for the Dick Cheney energy bill, which Cheney wrote in secret with the oil industry. Hillary Clinton opposed Cheney's energy bill, has a plan to eliminate oil industry tax breaks, and would require oil companies to contribute to a $50 billion strategic energy fund to jump-start research and investment in clean energy technologies. On top of the horrible crime Obama executed in Harlem, the fact is, we have to hear it from Karl Rove about Obama's latest Campaign Crisis.

"GLORK" Top Ten Obama Lies:

1. Obam said his parents met at the Selma march -- Reality: He was born 4 years before that.

2. Obam said he was a constitutional law professor -- Reality: . . . Obama Made This False Claim In His 2004 Senate Race. “Several direct-mail pieces issued for Obama's primary [Senate] campaign said he was a law professor at the University of Chicago. He is not. He is a senior lecturer (now on leave) at the school..

3. Obam said he spoke fluent Indonesian as a child -- Reality: . . . Obama has claimed on numerous occasions to have become fluent in Indonesian in six months. Yet another Phi Beta Krakatau lie from Obama. Those who knew him disputed that during recent interviews. Israel la Pareira Darmawan, Obama's 1st-grade teacher, said she attempted to help him learn the Indonesian language by going over pronunciation and vowel sounds. Truth-be-told: Obama's Indonesian teachers say Kaku-Pooh.

4. Obam said he was involved in community asbestos and housing project for the poor -- Reality: . . . Didn't happen. This was the basis for Barack and Michelle's claim, that he was a community activist on the South and East Side of Chicago. Usher United Arab Emirates (UAE) A+ lie both he and his twenty-four (24) mule-team, Hus-suey loving wife Michelle Obama have been claiming in the campaign -- Reality: The Chicago Newspaper's Obelus -- Kiss-A-Cuss:...NO-MAMA.

5. Obam said in his book that he received his racial awakening at age nine reading a Life/Ebony Magazine story about a black man who was scarred trying to dye his skin white -- Reality: . . . Didn't happen. Both Magazines (Life and Ebony), and the Rev. Wright and Farrakhan MUSLIM Trumpet Newsmagazine say, just didn't happen.

6. Obam’s Campaign Didn’t Have The “Technical Capacity” To Produce The “1984” Ad:

Obama: “But it's not something that we had anything to do with or were aware of and that frankly, given what it looks like, we don't have the technical capacity to create something like that.” (CNN’s “Larry King Live,” 3/24/07) -- Reality:...The Creator Admitted All It Took Was A “Sunday Afternoon” On His Mac. Phillip de Vellis: “I made the ad on a Sunday afternoon in my apartment using my personal equipment (a Mac and some software), uploaded it to YouTube, and sent links around to blogs.”

7. Obam’s Campaign Claimed His High School Friend Tried To Extort Money From Them:

“According To The Obama Campaign, [Obama’s Punahou Classmate Keith] Kakugawa Explicitly Raised The Possibility That He Could Make Up False Stories About Obama, Implying He Would Do So If The Campaign Did Not Give Him Money.” (Maurice Possley, Kirsten Scharnberg and Ray Gibson, -- Reality: “...An Old Friend's Troublesome Return,” Chicago Tribune, 3/25/07).

8. Obam voted to bring low-cost foreign labor into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina -- Reality: . . . This was a slap in the face against the African-Americans who were displaced in that city. Obama also voted to place Michael Chertoff, the man responsible for the Katrina catastrophe, in charge of Homeland Security. Obama voted for Senate-Bills that gave Blackwater the funding they needed to shoot the folks of New Orleans who were only trying to save their own lives. Inextricably, the towel head voted to allow Michael Chertoff to waive all applicable laws, including murder, torture, kidnaping, and he suppoted water-boarding.

9. Obam voted more than five times for USA-PATRIOT ACT renewal -- Reality: . . . This is a Senate-Bill patently offensive to most Americans. City after city has passed resolutions condemning USA-PATRIOT ACT. Passively or reflexively, Obama chose to side with tyranny over freedom and Bush over the folks on this issue. The Real ID Act, which would allow Michael Chertoff to declare martial law and imprison Americans, was supported by ex-patriot Obama, as noted above.

10. Obam is not a MAD MAN. Sen. Obama has not exaggerated the disconnection with . . ."The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth" --Ex. xxxiv. 6; or extolled his venomous-vexatious-Vesuvius MUSLIM madrassahs'-faux-pas on us. Sen. Obama Is not involved along with Antoin “Tony” Rezco, long time friend and neighbor, now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO); or Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley. Sen. Obama is not involved with- nor has Sen. Obama exhibited any nuclear security, bribery, money payoffs, or cronyism in the state of Illinois; or criminal activities related to the BIG HALIBURTAN and V.P. Cheney's Halliburton bribery case; or any political misjudgment in his escalating Campaign Crisis. Sen. Obama does not take money from people who hire lobbyists, partners of lobbyists, spouses of lobbyists, former lobbyists or state lobbyists. "GLORK" Sen. Obama Is not involved with any Hoax or Oxfam volunteers and HIV-- AIDS Witch Doctors in Africa they feed. Sen. Obama is not associated with Exiled "God damn America" SOULJAH JIHAD -- Rev. Jeremiah Wright, MUSLIM EXTREMIST Malcolm X KillA -- Louis Farrakhan and black-rage demagoguery; or Obama's Mea Culpa-Apologia; or Stump Lines Echo Malcolm X; Sen. Obama has not exulted the virtue of being an aggrieved black man. Sen. Obama does not accept political contributions from terrorists. Sen. Obama has not expressed the troublesome sub-text of the October Surprise: "X-Files" -- The 1980 election scandal exposed... the extraneous-demon-us-venomous anger driven association between Obama and aging [VX] Vietnam-era Weather Underground Radical Terrorist William Ayers. Sen. Obama has not expressed the troublesome sub-text of the November Surprise: "X-X-Files" -- The 2008 election scandal exposed... the extraneous-demon-us-venomous anger driven association between Obama and 501-(C)-Shaddy-Sharpton-Semilunar-Crescent of Allah Islam and Solar-Solecism-Sista-Soljah-Souljah-Jihad -- AXIS OF EVIL Rev. Sharpton, Rev. Wright and MUSLIM EXTREMIST Malcolm X KillA -- Louis Farrakhan, and Malcolm X Mosque No. 7 - JIHADI -- FATIMA EXTREMIST underground-money connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Sen. Obama is not a separatist-racist. Michelle Obama AKA Wildabeast is not a liberal-leftist-sexist-racist. Michelle Obama AKA Wildabeast -- did not fail the Illinois Bar Exam. Sen. Obama is not a self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box. "GLORK" Obama executed no crime in Harlem. Obama is Not America's Poison -- Reality:...He's Radio-Active.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/


SOULJAH JIHAD -- OBAMA CAMPAIGN CRISIS

The Republicans' disengagement (media bias), if not disillusionment, with the economic campaign issues is borne out by the fact that many more Republicans are able to explain, extinguish, and excoriate the name Barrack Obama with the term (JIHAD), than can name Bush/Dick Cheney and McCain -- as the Big Oil -- BIG HALLIBURTAN politicians expanding GOP IRAQ WAR ideology, and Republican White House Party Elders' GI Bill of Rights for the 21st century IRAQ WAR ECONOMY. Even among Tupac Shakur, Bob Marley, Muhammad Ali, Ben Holt, Cotton-Club to Lenox Club- a.k.a. "The Breakfast Club," Staples Singers In Ghana 1971: "When Will We Get Paid," Paul Robeson or Jay-Z . . . excerpts from the infamous Malcolm X speech “The Ballot or the Bullet” Obama and conservative Republicans: Clinton is much more visible than GOP presumptive candidate John McCain towards affecting positively the important economic issues facing America's middle class economy.

When asked who they would vote for in the general election for president of the United States, the natural pendulum swing in America is approximately 79% of Republicans named Hillary Clinton as their choice. Reasons for Obama's Campaign Crisis "GLORK" Campaign Crisis include:

Sen. Obama accepted more money from oil company executives last month than any other candidate, while he ran an ad saying he didn't take money from oil companies. Context of ad extends that oil money taken by IL Sen. Barrack Obama from BIG HALIBURTAN spells bad MO-Jo for Obama Campaign Crisis and RX U.S. stock x-change -- VX U.S. economy. Sen. Obama's giveaways to the oil industry are not limited to tax breaks. They also include provisions like royalty relief that are worth billions. And many of the tax "increases" are simply extensions of existing taxes that do not impose any additional burden on oil companies. Exactly half of giveaways were not tax provisions. For instance, the oil companies received billions in royalty waivers. Obama voted for Big Oil -- BIG HALLIBURTAN Dick Cheney's 2005 energy bill containing "billions in dollars in giveaways to the oil companies." For example:
Sections 344-345
Waives royalty payments for drilling for some natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico.

Section 346
Waives royalty payments for drilling in offshore Alaska.

Sections 353-4
Waives royalty payments for gas hydrate extraction on the Outer Continental Shelf and public land in Alaska.

Section 383
Allows oil companies drilling in federal land off the coast of a particular state to pay the state 44 cents of every dollar it would have paid to the federal government for the privilege of drilling on federal land.

"Sen. Barack Obama continued accepting donations from oil company executives and employees last month even as he aired ads in which he stated he took no oil company money, his campaign finance reports show. Obama has taken at least $263,000 from oil company executives, family members and employees since entering the presidential race last year, including $46,000 last month. At least $140,000 has come in chunks of between $1,000 and $2,300, the maximum permitted under federal law." [LA Times, 4/24/08]

"Obama has more holes in him than Swiss-Cheese." [CNN’s “Politics.com,” 4/01/08]

Obama's presidential campaign has received $2,812,336 from firms that employ registered federal lobbyists. [fec.gov]

Obama has taken $405,747 from the Pharmaceutical industry. [opensecrets.org]

Obama has received $1,185,937 from the Commercial Banking industry. [opensecrets.org]

Obama has received over six million dollars from the Securities & Investment industry. [opensecrets.org]

Obama has taken $608,822 from the Insurance industry. [opensecrets.org]

Obam has taken $168,584 from the Mortgage Banking industry. [opensecrets.org]


"GLORK" SOULJAH JIHAD -- CAMPAIGN CRISIS
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WASHINGTON — Obama’s support among Democrats nationally has softened.

"GLORK" Sen. Barack Obama’s support among Democrats nationally has softened over the last month, particularly among men and upper-income voters, as voters have taken a slightly less positive view of him than they did after his burst of victories in February, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

The survey suggests that Mr. Obama's proximity to Chicago, Democrat of Illinois, may have been at something of a peak in February, propelled by a string of primary and caucus victories over Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, and that perceptions of him are dramatically trending downward.

Mr. Obama’s favorability rating among Democratic primary voters has dropped seventeen percentage points, to 42 percent, since the last Times/CBS News survey, in late February. While that figure is steadily declining, this dramatic decline came in a month during which he endured withering attacks from Mrs. Clinton, and responded to reports that his exiled former pastor had made politically inflammatory statements from his church’s pulpit in Chicago, and swirling questions about the criminal money generating underworld of 501-(C)-Shaddy-Sharpton-Semilunar-Crescent of Allah Islam Mosque No. 7; and what Barack Obama did in Harlem -- from which he cannot extricate himself.

The events of the last month appear to have fundamentally altered the race for the party’s nomination and provided Mrs. Clinton’s campaign extensive evidence of a collapse in Mr. Obama’s standing or an overwhelming preference voiced for Mrs. Clinton by Democratic and Republican voters in polls: -- perplexing developments in Obama's ongoing Campaign Crisis, that could be used to persuade uncommitted super-delegates to sign on with Hillary Clinton.

Twenty-six percent of the general electorate voters who heard of the Apologia speech that Mr. Obama the self-indicting, separatist-racist Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama gave to try to deal with the controversy over Obama's separatist-racist connection to Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah, said it made them dislike him. And 74 percent of Democrats and Republicans said Mr. Obama's Campaign Crisis "GLORK" Campaign Crisis "God damn America" - Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama. "God bless America" - Pope Benedict XVI and Hillary Clinton... stems from the fact that he shows continued misjudgment for even the most challenging problems. Next, the overall opinion of people in the news this year; Mr. Obama lacks the decisive capability to lead, willingness to listen, conviction and courage. Mr. Obama is no Alexander Manly when it comes to sexist-racist issues, and he uses false charges and exaggerated hate-the Saxon-race claims to play politics with national security.

For a United States Senator, Barack Obama has been doing a lot of explaining about the company he has kept for the last 17 years or so. A politician can not chose the family he has. However; he can chose the pastor he keeps. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright has influenced Mr. Obama's liberal-elitist-separatist-racist views on a variety of subjects. This may be what happened to Obama over the years, as his MUSLIM radicalism and demonize the White-Saxon-race, may expel the same Rev. Wright belief; that America and its US allies brought on 9/11. In a sincere re-examination of his world-view, Obama's Mea Culpa-Apologia says this guy is like an uncle to him. But shouldn’t his long term relationship with this despicable character call into question at the very least Obama’s judgment? From Waxahache, TX.-- to Axis-of-Evil, Mr. Obama lied about the politics of his campaign, and knew about ex-pastor Rev. Wright's MUSLIM Militant Farrakhan Malcolm X Mosque No. 7 - JIHADI -- FATIMA EXTREMIST mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ.

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Colfax: Sen. Obama on Lobbyists --

"When it comes to lobbyists, Senator Obama’s words might sound nice but voters need to make sure they read the fine print. Despite trying to give the impression that he has no relationship with lobbyists or special interests, the reality is that Senator Obama takes money from people who hire lobbyists, partners of lobbyists, spouses of lobbyists, former lobbyists and state lobbyists.” –Statement from Clinton Deputy Communications Director, Phil Singer
Sen. Obama Has Ties to Lobbyists in His Presidential Bid.

Public Citizen: 10 of Sen. Obama's bundlers have been federal lobbyists. The Public Citizen report listed the following ten bundlers for Sen. Obama who have registered as federal lobbyists: Frank Clark, Commonwealth Edison; Scott Harris, Harris Wiltshire and Grannis; Allan J. Katz, Akerman Senterfitt; Robert S. Litt, Arnold & Porter; Thomas J. Perrelli, Jenner and Block; Thomas A. Reed, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP; Paul N. Roth, Schulte Roth & Zabel; Miriam Sapiro, Summit Strategies; Alan Solomont, Solomont Bailis Ventures; and Tom E. Wheeler, Core Capital Partners. [Public Citizen, 1/29/08]

Sen. Obama takes money from employees of firms that lobby and has lobbyists as advisers. "But those who lobby for a living say it's not that simple, and even Obama's stance shows some flexibility. He won't take money from federal lobbyists but accepts money from employees of firms and corporations that lobby, and he uses lobbyists and other government relations professionals as advisers... Obama has also used major fundraisers who are registered lobbyists on the state level. And he uses registered federal lobbyists such as Broderick Johnson, who lobbies for AT&T; and Shell Oil, among others, as a campaign adviser. Because Johnson isn't giving money to Obama, his name won't show up in Federal Election Commission records." [Chicago Tribune, 2/10/08]

Bloomberg: Five of [Obama’s] ten biggest sources of funds are groups of employees at law firms that lobby in Washington. "While Obama doesn't accept money from registered federal lobbyists, five of his 10 biggest sources of funds are groups of employees at law firms that lobby in Washington…Among Obama's top donors were employees of the Chicago-based law firm of Sidley Austin LLP, who gave $105,750 in the first quarter. The firm was paid $4.5 million last year" for lobbying the federal government. [Bloomberg, 6/7/07]

Obama's presidential campaign has received $2,812,336 from firms that employ registered federal lobbyists. [fec.gov]

Obama has taken $405,747 from the Pharmaceutical industry. [opensecrets.org]

Obama has received $1,185,937 from the Commercial Banking industry. [opensecrets.org]

Obama has received over six million dollars from the Securities & Investment industry. [opensecrets.org]

Obama has taken $608,822 from the Insurance industry. [opensecrets.org]

Obama has taken $168,584 from the Mortgage Banking industry. [opensecrets.org]

Obama voted for the Big Oil -- BIG HALLIBURTAN Dick Cheney's 2005 Energy Bill, Hillary opposed. [H.R. 6, Vote #213, 07/29/05]

Prior to His Presidential Campaign, Sen. Obama took Money from Lobbyists and PACs

1996-2004: $296,000 of the $461,000 Sen. Obama raised as a state senator came from PACs, corporate contributions or unions. "But behind Obama's campaign rhetoric about taking on special interests lies a more complicated truth. A Globe review of Obama's campaign finance records shows that he collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from lobbyists and PACs as a state legislator in Illinois, a US senator, and a presidential aspirant. In Obama's eight years in the Illinois Senate, from 1996 to 2004, almost two-thirds of the money he raised for his campaigns -- $296,000 of $461,000 -- came from PACs, corporate contributions, or unions, according to Illinois Board of Elections records. He tapped financial services firms, real estate developers, healthcare providers, oil companies, and many other corporate interests, the records show." [Boston Globe, 8/9/07]

In his 2004 U.S. Senate race, Sen. Obama raised $128,000 from lobbyists and $1.3 million from PACs. "Obama's US Senate campaign committee, starting with his successful run in 2004, has collected $128,000 from lobbyists and $1.3 million from PACs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit organization that tracks money in politics. His $1.3 million from PACs represents 8 percent of what he has raised overall." [Boston Globe, 8/9/07]

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