May 31, 2008
May 30, 2008
Obama Knew Exactly How Radical Wright Was…
And Welcomed It
Stanley Kurtz of the Weekly Standard writes:
“To the question of the moment–What did Barack Obama know and when did he know it?–I answer, Obama knew everything, and he’s known it for ages. Far from succumbing to surprise and shock after Jeremiah Wright’s disastrous performance at the National Press Club, Barack Obama must have long been aware of his pastor’s political radicalism. A careful reading of nearly a year’s worth of Trumpet Newsmagazine, Wright’s glossy national “lifestyle magazine for the socially conscious,” makes it next to impossible to conclude otherwise.
Wright founded Trumpet Newsmagazine in 1982 as a “church newspaper”–primarily for his own congregation, one gathers–to “preach a message of social justice to those who might not hear it in worship service.” So Obama’s presence at sermons is not the only measure of his knowledge of Wright’s views. Glance through even a single issue of Trumpet, and Wright’s radical politics are everywhere–in the pictures, the headlines, the highlighted quotations, and above all in the articles themselves. It seems inconceivable that, in 20 years, Obama would never have picked up a copy of Trumpet. In fact, Obama himself graced the cover at least once (although efforts to obtain that issue from the publisher or Obama’s interview with the magazine from his campaign were unsuccessful). (I WONDER WHY???)
Pelosi Says Nomination Battle Won’t Go To The ConventionWhy Hillary Clinton will only hurt herself if she fights on after next week…
The Hillary Clinton camp has been throwing out some defiant words this week, with surrogates vowing that Clinton will fight to the convention if she does not get exactly what she wants with Florida and Michigan at the RBC meeting on Saturday. It’s strange, since even if she gets exactly what she wants, she’ll still lose, but it’s becoming clear that Clinton’s main argument is that somehow, someway, things need to be changed so that she wins. Now, part of this week’s defiant language is probably just political posturing in preparation for Saturday’s meeting. They obviously want to try and intimidate the members of the RBC into giving her what she wants. Once the meeting is over, and she doesn’t get exactly what she wants, unless she completely loses her mind, she will realize the game is over and concede. Afterall, not doing so will not just ruin her political future in every way imaginable, it will also result in her being turned into a laughing stock throughout the summer as her superdelegates, AND pledged delegates, abandon her. I don’t think it’ll come to that.
(In Missed Votes)
McClone Misses 60% Of Senate Votes
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) didn’t find time in his busy campaign schedule Thursday to make it back to the Capitol for votes on money for Iraq and Afghanistan as well as new educational benefits for veterans that he opposes. After all, even though he has been quite outspoken on the new GI Bill and even pushed a competing bill of his own, he still has to, um, win the Republican nomination (isn’t Ron Paul still running??). And, apparently, he had to campaign and raise money in that pivotal swing state, California.
McCain’s absence helped cement his lead in one key category over his potential Democratic opponents and every other Senator — missed votes.