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Obama Finds 4 Million More Votes

Drew Zahn reports that Democrats in Congress are pushing for a new law that would allow nearly 4 million people currently banned from voting to cast their ballot, and most of those millions, studies show, will vote Democrat.

And where will these new voters come from?  Why, from the ranks of convicted felons.

Last week, a House subcommittee heard testimony on H.R. 3335, the "Democracy Restoration Act."  The bill seeks to override state laws, which vary in how they restrict when convicted felons released from prison can vote.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., states, "The right of an individual who is a citizen of the United States to vote in any election for federal office shall not be denied or abridged because that individual has been convicted of a criminal offense unless such individual is serving a felony sentence in a correctional institution or facility at the time of the election."

Advocates of the bill trumpet it as a civil rights issue and a matter of freedom, while pointing out that a disproportionate number of black and Hispanic Americans have been disenfranchised by laws restricting felons from voting.

Critics call it another example of the federal government overstepping its constitutional powers to squash state sovereignty and point out that the laws don't discriminate against minorities, for the statistics simply reflect the disproportionate numbers of black and Hispanic Americans convicted of crime.

Critics have also hinted that the law is politically convenient for Democrats.

Hans von Spakovsky, a former Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, explained in a blog statement, "What is particularly revealing about this bill is that it does not say anything about the other civil rights that a felon loses, such as the right to own a gun or serve on a jury or in some states, to work as a public employee.

"That is an interesting comment given that the 'findings' in the bill claim that such state felon laws 'serve no compelling State interest,'" he concluded.  "I guess this legislation would serve one compelling interest for the sponsors -- it might get them votes they need to win in close elections."

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Americans Relate To Founders, Not Progressives
Michael Barone says Democrats are reportedly planning to raise $125 million for a campaign to sell ObamaCare to the voting public.  Apparently the idea is that what 50-plus presidential speeches and statements and months of congressional debate could not do can be done by $125 million spent on everything from TV ads to community organizers.  Maybe, but there seems to be a more fundamental problem here.  The Obama Democrats didn't set out to produce an unpopular stimulus package, an unpopular health care bill and an unpopular cap-and-trade scheme.  They thought these initiatives would be popular.  In their view, history is a story of progress from small government to big government and, as historians of the New Deal wrote, that progress is especially welcome in times of economic distress. 

The massive unpopularity of the Obama Democrats' programs suggests that view of history is defective.  Let me propose another, starting with the Founding Fathers.

The Founders believed there was a tension between representative government and the right to life, liberty and property.  So they wrote the Fifth Amendment to insure that no citizen was deprived of those rights without due process of law.  In Britain, that tension had been limited by allowing only property owners to vote.  That way, those without property could not elect representatives who would steal from the rich and give to the poor.

In the early years of our republic, that precaution did not seem necessary.  We were a nation of farmers where land was plentiful and labor scarce.  The large majority of citizens then considered relevant -- white adult males -- actually owned the land they farmed.  There was no danger in allowing all of them to vote, because the large majority owned property.  The definition of relevant citizens in time expanded to include blacks and women.  But as Americans and immigrants increasingly clustered in enormous cities, and as large industrial factories employed thousands of low-skill workers, the percentage of property owners fell.

One hundred years ago, most urban Americans rented rather than owned their homes.  Many had no bank accounts and few had significant financial assets.  Elites worried that this proletariat might rise in revolution.

In this America, the Progressives argued that the Founders' vision was obsolete.  Property rights should be subordinate to human rights.  Government should regulate economic activity and "spread the wealth around," as Barack Obama told Joe the Plumber.  This view animated the New Deal in the 1930s and appealed to the non-property-owning majority.  Franklin Roosevelt sowed the idea, harvested by the New Deal historians, that an ever-expanding government was both good and necessary.  Democrats were referencing this when they said they were "making history" by passing their health care bill.

Their problem is that the America of the Progressives and New Dealers no longer exists.  Government home finance programs helped make us a nation of homeowners.  Technological progress and deregulation squeezed out transportation and communications and made the necessities of life less costly, enabling citizens to accumulate significant wealth in their working years.  True, we carried some of these things too far.  Efforts to raise homeownership over 65 percent resulted in a housing price crash.  Poorly understood financial innovations resulted in the financial crisis of 2008.

But we still live in an America like the America of the Founders, and unlike the America of the Progressives and the New Dealers, in which a majority of citizens are or have every prospect of becoming property owners.  And a nation of property owners is less willing to plunder the property of others in search of some promised gain than a nation where most people don't and will never own significant property.  So when Susan Roesgen, then of CNN, upbraided a Tea Party protester in 2009 by reminding him that he was getting a $400 tax rebate thanks to the Democrats' stimulus package, she was met with utter dismissal.  You don't sell out your property rights for a mere $400.

The polls and the post-2008 election results show that the purported beneficiaries of the Obama Democrats' programs are unenthusiastic about voting and people with modest incomes are trending heavily Republican.  The only enthusiasm for the Obama Democrats' policies comes from David Brooks's "educated class":  people who are or identify with the centralized experts tasked by the Obama Democrats with making decisions for the rest of us.  Unfortunately for the Obama Democrats, they, unlike property owners, are not a majority in today's America.
Evidence -- Obama Stole Election  Against Hillary

Evidence of voter intimidation and fraud  (06:15)  YouTube link
The Election Process Is The Left's Next Target
Jerome Corsi is reporting that Democrats have found yet another way to circumvent the U.S. Constitution: Bypass the Electoral College and elect a president by popular vote without first passing an amendment to the founding document.

The Massachusetts Senate has joined five other states in passing a National Popular Vote bill to do just that.  It approved the legislation July 15 by a margin of 28-10.

The National Popular Vote, which already passed the Massachusetts House, is within one final "enactment vote" in the Massachusetts Senate before the measure can be ready for the governor's signature, the Boston Globe reported.

"Under the proposed law, all 12 of the state's electoral votes would be awarded to the candidate who receives the most votes nationally," according to the report.

Critics fear the movement, if successful, could turn the entire nation into a potential "Florida 2000" battleground in close elections.

The Political Left has been working on this for some time.  Just Google FairVote.  These guys are busy, busy beavers.  They have been actively attempting to corrupt the American electoral process for years.

Hell, they even run a workshop called "New Analysis on Fixing the Primaries" -- they boldly use the phrase, "fixing the primaries."

And if that isn't scary, check this out.  Frances Piven, of Cloward-Piven fame, recently joined the Project Vote board of directors.

It was Pivenís strategy that served as the impetus for the creation of the National Welfare Rights Organization, led by the radical George Wiley.  Wiley had a young protťgť, named Wade Rathke, who was eventually dispatched to Arkansas to establish a beachhead in the South for the social justice movement.  He founded, of course, ACORN.

The strategy put forward by Piven and Richard Cloward, to overwhelm the welfare system in the late 60s and early 70s, bankrupted New York City.  It was Piven who suggested that people losing their homes to foreclosure should simply refuse to leave.  ACORN had been following this strategy to a T with its Home Defenders program.

And now Piven is going to have a direct influence over the policy and direction of Project Vote.

Perhaps Pivenís strategy of overwhelming the system will now be applied to registering people to vote.  As we saw in Indiana, Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio and many other states, Project Vote created chaos for elections workers to sift through.  With Piven now guiding this ship, her success at overwhelming the welfare system will now be applied to voter registration.

What could possibly go wrong?
Obama Loses Campaign-Finance Fight
Greg Hitt and Brody Mullins are reporting that Senate Democrats failed to advance the campaign-finance legislation that had been a top priority of Barack Obama, falling short of the 60 votes needed to end a GOP filibuster.

Tuesday's 57-41 vote broke along party lines.  It could signal the death, at least in the current Congress, of legislation meant to blunt the impact of a landmark Supreme Court decision striking down major portions of campaign-finance laws that were intended to limit the influence of special interests in political campaigns.

Among other things, the legislation would force companies and labor unions to disclose more information about their donors and their spending on elections.  It is opposed by many of the largest interest groups across the political spectrum, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO.

Republicans said the bill would impose greater limits on corporations, discouraging them from taking steps on behalf of GOP candidates.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) called it a "transparent effort to rig the fall election for the Democrats." 

"Unions are the ultimate victors under this bill," he said.

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Remember the State of the Union?  Justice Alito shook his head when Obama lied about the effects of the campaign finance decision.  Obama wanted this one.

Related:  Obama met with about 50 of the Democratic Partyís biggest donors on Tuesday night at an upscale Washington hotel, but aides excluded reporters from the event.
Serious Questions Raised About Obama Tactics in 2008 Election
Recently, Accuracy In Media interviewed Gigi Gaston, director of the documentary film, "We Will Not Be Silenced."  The film documents voter intimidation and corruption by forces working for then-candidate Barack Obama at Democratic precinct caucuses and state conventions during the 2008 Presidential primary.  The filmmaker is surprising in that she is a lifelong Democrat, whose grandfather was the mayor of Boston and later the governor of Massachusetts, and she is a Hollywood screenwriter.

She says that after receiving a call from a former congressional investigator, she went to Texas to look into charges of voter irregularities in the Democratic caucus process to choose their presidential nominee.  It was down to Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.  What she found, as described on the website for the film, was "falsified delegate counts, falsified documents, and other violations," and she describes the "disenfranchising of American citizens by the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign," and said that the "infamous campaign of 'Change' from Chicago encouraged and created an army to steal caucus packets, falsify documents, change results, allow unregistered people to vote, scare and intimidate Hillary supporters, stop them, threaten them, lock them out of their polling places, silence their voices, and stop their right to vote."

Through interviews with people with a first-hand knowledge of what was going on, including civil rights activist Helene Latimer, a very disturbing picture formed of what the Obama campaign was up to in order to "win" the nomination.  Attorney Gloria Allred is shown calling for the elimination of the caucuses.

Ms. Gaston described how the Clinton campaign attempted to bring evidence of some of these irregularities to the attention of the media, but they were largely ignored.

You can listen to the full interview, or read the transcript here . . .
Strategists Advising Democrats To Walk Away From Obama
Flopping Aces says most of us already knew this, but look where this advice is coming from.

The advice from Democratic consultants and strategists is almost unanimous: Run away from Obama, and fast.  A prominent Democratic pollster is circulating a survey that shows George W. Bush is 6 points more popular than Obama in "Frontline districts" -- seats held by Democrats that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sees as most vulnerable to Republican takeover.  That Bush is more popular than Obama in Democratic-held seats is cause for outright fear.

"He is a walking radioactive disaster," one senior Democratic operative said of Obama, but any effort to seriously distance oneself from Obama is dangerous for an incumbent -- go too hard against Obama and the voters will think the candidate is faking it.

What will those Democrats who fell all over themselves lapping up the ch-ch-change message do now?  Are they going to just walk away from the one?

Canít see it.

Reid reports that those same Democrat strategists seem to understand this problem since the only advice he can give them is to stop talking about the one and talk about yourself, the local politics, and their opponent.

All well and good but Obama is a professional candidate who doesnít know how to lead his way out of a cereal box.  So instead of leading he is out campaigning, giving his asinine "blame everyone else but me" speeches.  They canít help but be seen with this guy.

No, after 2008 the Democrats own Obama.  The Democrats are Obama.

A Perfect Example Of All That Is Wrong
Warner Todd Huston says we see a perfect example of all that is wrong in both our immigration and electoral systems in Cookeville, Tennessee.

In 2004, an illegal immigrant voted illegally in Tennesseeís Putnam County.  He showed false identification and a stolen Social Security card, but in 2010 the federal government is asking Tennessee officials to help smooth this illegalís way to citizenship by ignoring past crimes. (video)
Putnam County administrator of elections Debbie Steidl seems pretty annoyed by the whole situation.  This illegal immigrant even went to her and signed an affidavit admitting that he voted illegally, but he also presented the election official with a letter from the Department of Homeland Security demanding that she purge his name from the 2004 voting records.

You see, unless his name is purged he cannot seek legal citizenship because he has this illegal act on his record.

The frustrated County official said this illegal immigrant, "is being enabled.  And thatís what bothered me more than anything!"

Naturally the court is siding with the illegal saying that his illegal act has exceeded the statute of limitations for vote fraud.

But here is the thing: it doesnít matter if the statute of limitations for vote fraud has been exceeded or not.  No one is prosecuting him for vote fraud.  The question being considered is if he should be allowed to become a citizen.  The answer is no, and the solution is immediate deportation of this long-time criminal, not coddling and a free pass to citizenship.

This incident shows a complete breakdown in our electoral system, our courts, and our immigration system as well as the Dept. of Homeland Security -- not to mention common sense.
The Anti-Obama Tide Hasn't Peaked
Dick Morris says don't confuse the dramatic swell of the Republican tide that is becoming increasingly evident to the pundits of the country with party trend.  Right before Election Day, the numbers will get even better and presage an even larger Republican victory.

Party trend usually indicates itself in the 10 days before an election when voters who do not typically follow politics closely tune in and decide for whom to vote.  Until this window, they usually describe themselves to pollsters as "undecided."  There will be a huge Republican party trend this year, but it hasn't happened yet.

The huge Republican poll numbers these days do not reflect the last-minute switches typical of less involved voters, but rather mirror the disappointment with Barack Obama and with Congress among voters who do follow politics closely that has accumulated over the past year and a half.  It is this reappraisal of their political opinions that is occasioning the big swing toward Republicans in the 2010 election.

The ranks of these disaffected voters who are now turning against Obama and the Democrats will soon be joined by the less-involved voters who will come around in the week or 10 days before the election.

From the perception of the pollster, party trend is a bit like a curveball thrown by a pitcher to a batter.  The election statistics remain fairly static for weeks, or even months, with little change as the race unfolds through September and early through mid October.  Like a fastball that comes in straight and true.

Then, suddenly, as the election nears, the vote swings wildly to one side or the other, akin to a curveball that breaks as it approaches the batter -- usually too late for him to make an adjustment.

Suddenly, the tied races show up as decisive victories for the side that benefits from party trend, and the unwinnable races come into play.

2010 is a year like no other in the magnitude of the partisan shift going on.  It dwarfs 1994, and even 1974, in its order of magnitude.  But we haven't yet seen the full impact of the last-minute party shift that will take place.  Plenty of voters who are now undecided are yet to be heard from, and when they are, they will impact the results decisively.

In which direction?  Most likely they will transform a massive Republican win into an even more massive victory.  The uninvolved voters who will decide late in the process are likely to break the same way the rest of the country is breaking --  toward the Republicans.  Surveys suggest that they share the disenchantment of the participating voters with the economy and Obama's performance.  They have just not focused on the coming election.

Democrats hope that the less involved voters are also less educated and more likely to be the young or minority voters on whom their party depends, but the lack of enthusiasm among Democrats for Obama indicates that these voters are likely to decide by staying home.  In the most recent Fox News/Opinion Dynamics study, 54 percent of Republicans said they were "very enthusiastic" about voting in the 2010 elections, while only 28 percent of Democrats felt the same way

So the net result is that for those who anticipate a major Republican win in 2010, you ain't seen nothin' yet!
Democrats Face Midterm Meltdown
Edward Luce says Barack Obamaís Democratic party faces a series of dramatic defeats at every level of government in Washington, and beyond, in the November midterm elections, according to leading analysts and opinion polls.

The University of Virginiaís widely monitored Crystal Ball will on Wednesday forecast sweeping setbacks on Capitol Hill and the loss of a clutch of state governorships on November 2.

It follows a Gallup poll that showed the Republicans with a 10 percentage point lead over the Democrats -- the widest margin in 68 years.  Separately, a University of Buffalo paper has predicted a 51-seat gain for Republicans in November.

The Democrats have a 39-seat majority in the House of Representatives.  Many believe Democratic control of the Senate is also at risk.

"Voters are going to deliver a big fat message to President Obama, which he will not want to hear," said Larry Sabato, who runs Crystal Ball.  "The Republican base is at least 50 degrees further to the right than where it was when Newt Gingrich took control of the House in 1994, so we would be looking at two years of absolutely nothing getting done on Capitol Hill."

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The Ultimate Political Trophy
Shane D'Aprile says that in a last-minute fundraising appeal, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) warned that capturing Obama's former Senate seat would be the "ultimate political trophy" for Republicans in 2010.

"Nothing would give them more bragging rights than winning this seat," Menendez wrote in a fundraising e-mail Tuesday.  "Polling shows we're in a dead heat, and your gift now will help level the playing field in this and other important races."

Campaign committees are in the midst of a last-minute flurry of fundraising appeals to get as much in their coffers ahead of the monthly fundraising deadline.

Polls show Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) locked in a tight battle for Obama's former Senate seat.  The latest Rasmussen poll has the race tied 45-45.

Obama held a fundraiser for Giannoulias earlier this month to help cut into the financial lead Kirk held at the end of the second quarter.  The Republican raised $2.3 million during the second quarter to the $900,000 raised by Giannoulias.

Only in Obama's Chicago can a mob banker and out-and-out crook, like Giannoulias, even run for the United States Senate, much less be tied in the polls.
Youíre a Bigot, Now Vote for Me
Derek Hunter asks, are you opposed to ObamaCare or illegal immigration?  Youíre a racist.  Are you opposed to gay marriage?  Youíre a homophobe.  Did you oppose Elana Kaganís appointment to the Supreme Court?  Youíre a sexist.  After less than two years of complete Democrat control of government, there arenít many Americas progressives havenít accused of some sort of bigotry for simply having an opinion different from theirs.  The politics of "hope" and "change" have devolved into exactly what those espousing them claimed they would end.  Is this really Democratís plan to win votes in November?

Barack Obama campaigned under the banner of unity and ending the "politics of division."  But that banner was swiftly furled and the true banner of progressive politics began flying over our country.  Progressivism leaves no room for debate or disagreement.  To paraphrase former President Bush, to progressives youíre either with them or youíre with the enemy.

During the ObamaCare debate, opponents were compared to opponents of civil rights legislation.  The ethically challenged Congressman from New York, Charlie Rangel, said "The group that were in Washington fighting against the health bill and fighting against the President, [they] looked just like and sounded just like those groups that attacked the civil rights movement in the South."  Left-wing blogs ran with this mantra and agenda-driven media outlets like MSNBC dutifully followed.  They still advance the lie that African-American Members of Congress were pelted with racial slurs as they walked to cast their vote, something even the New York Times has acknowledged there is zero evidence of.

The ends justify the means, no matter how sickening and divisive the means.

When a homosexual judge in California overturned Proposition 8, a ballot measure that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman which was passed by voters, these self-appointed champions of democracy cheered its undermining.  Whatever your opinion on the issue, it was a rather ironic turn for people who use the word "democracy" as though they respect it.

When Elena Kagan was nominated to the Supreme Court without much of a record, opposition to this life-time appointment was called sexist all across the left-wing echo chamber.  Blogs were replete with this unfounded charge, with headlines like "Not-So-Subtle Sexism at the Kagan Hearings" from the blog at Ms. Magazine.

The bigotry arrow has become the default weapon in the progressiveís quiver, only itís lost its sting.

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Feingold Laments
Michael O'Brien says Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) decried what he said was a "systematic, conscious" effort by groups to "destroy" Obama.

Feingold, who's facing a tough reelection effort this fall, blamed coordinated opposition to Obama and the Democratic agenda in Congress for some of the political and electoral woes facing his party this fall.

"A conscious decision was made by certain groups to destroy this presidency the minute it started," Feingold said in a question-and-answer session with The New York Times published Tuesday evening.

"People say it was the healthcare bill -- no, it wasnít.  I go to every county every year and hold a town meeting," he added. "Within days of the president being sworn in, I had people showing up at my town meeting with hats on, with tea bags coming out, saying this is going to be socialism."


"I started coming back and telling my staff and my friends -Ė way back in spring of '09 -Ė that something is going on out there that is pretty deadly and pretty harsh even before we had any idea what the healthcare bill was going to be," he said.  "There appears to be a systematic, conscious attempt to dismantle this president, so Iím less surprised than other people."

Boo, freakin-hoo!  If we don't destroy Obama, he'll destroy America.  He gives us little choice.
Man Campaigns Against Obama From The Grave
Jon Bershad says, no.  That headline isnít a snide joke about votersí ages (you know what they say, when youíre young and poor youíre a Democrat and when youíre rich and a dead personÖ), the deceased are actually coming after Democrats; rising from their graves and advancing on Washington while growling "SMALL GOVERNMENT!  SMALL GOOOOOVERNMENT!" through their rigor mortis-afflicted mouths.  Ok, not exactly, but their obituaries are sure leaning right.  A few months ago, a Nevada womanís obituary called out Harry Reid, and now, a recently departed man from Georgia is borrowing the tactic to attack President Obama from beyond the grave.

The National Review Onlineís Jonah Goldberg scanned in this treat from the obituary of the late Donald Charles Unsworth:

"The family respectfully asked in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, or to the campaign of whoever is running against President Barack Obama in 2012."

When the Reid story hit last July, many people complained about the family using the memory of their loved one for political purposes.  Iím not sure I agree with that.  For all we know, these people actually used their last available strength to ask their family members to help turn their entire life into a quirky, quickly dated cable news anecdote.  Still though, if this was the familyís doing in this case, itís even more disturbing.  Itís one thing to exploit a loved one for politics.  Itís quite another to exploit a loved one for politics, and do so in a wholly unoriginal fashion.
Obama's Desperate Assault On The TEA Party
Nile Gardiner says The New York Times has a major piece this morning outlining the White Houseís response to last weekís dramatic surge in Republican primaries by TEA Party candidates.  After months of mocking and sneering at the TEA Party movement and largely ignoring its rising success, Obamaís advisers are now contemplating a major campaign against it.  According to The Times:

Obamaís political advisers, looking for ways to help Democrats and alter the course of the midterm elections in the final weeks, are considering a national advertising campaign that would cast the Republican Party as all but taken over by TEA Party extremists, people involved in the discussion said.

That is among a range of options and plans under consideration at the White House for energizing dispirited Democratic voters over the coming six weeks, in hopes of limiting the partyís losses and keeping control of the House and Senate.

Ö. "We need to get out the message that itís now really dangerous to re-empower the Republican Party because the people who have taken over the party are radical," said one Democratic strategist who has spoken with White House advisers but requested anonymity to discuss private strategy talks.

This is the clearest sign yet that the Obama White House fears the tremendous energy the TEA Party movement has brought to this Novemberís Congressional race.  What the Obama administration once dismissed as an inconsequential, rag tag organization has evolved into a full scale political revolution that threatens to storm Capitol Hill six weeks from now.  But if it thinks it can quell the rebellion by painting the TEA Party as a bunch of "extremists" it is sadly mistaken.
Poll after poll shows that the TEA Partyís anger over the rise of Big Government, the mounting budget deficit, excessive government spending, and spiraling entitlement programs are now shared by a clear majority of the American people.  If the Obama team believes it will make political capital out of slandering the views of the TEA Party it is hugely misreading the general mood of the country.  The grassroots organizationís stunning success is symbolic of a deep-seated rejection across the United States of Barack Obama, who is making America poorer, weaker, more indebted and significantly less free.

The White Houseís planned assault is yet another example of an elitist presidency that is spectacularly out of touch with the American electorate, and increasingly digging its own political grave.  Unfortunately for Obama, it is his own policies, rather than the ideals of the TEA Party, which the American public increasingly view as extreme.

This is too rich!  The real radicals want to paint Mom and Pop America and the Kids as "radicals."  These people can not even conceive of the notion of free and open elections.  Everything is dirty tricks.  The end justifies the means.  It's who they are.  It's in their DNA.  And it's why they have to go.
Obama Canít Even Fill A 650 Seat Room
Warner Todd Huston says that over at the left-wing Daily Beast, Gail Sheehy has a story that should make every Obot tremble in fear of November 2.  As Sheehy reports it, in New York Barack Obama couldnít even fill a room that holds 650, even though they slashed the ticket prices from $500 to $100 a person to get in, and there are reports of some paying $50.

On the 22nd Obama appeared in New York for a fundraiser but gay rights organizers found that attendees were harder to come by than ever.  As Sheehy points out, this is six weeks before the elections.  Less than two months and Democrats canít garner enough enthusiasm to sell 650 tickets to see Obama up close and personal.

Initially tickets were priced at $500 a person but as the event neared, panic set in and emails began to gush from the organizers offering bargain basement, slashed ticket prices in order to fill the room.  Sheehy paid just $100 to stand in the same small room with The One and she only anted up after half a dozen emails pleading that she come.

Then there were the protesters.  I guess the lowball ticket prices didnít serve to keep the riff raff out as Obama faced sudden chants taking him to task for the militaryís donít ask, donít tell policy.

Sheehy makes one last interesting point about those "Fileneís Basement" prices.  Later that night, she says, supporters paid $15,000 a person to have dinner with the Obammessiah.  But even that is a cut-rate price from the recent past.  "Think thatís a lot?," Sheehy asks.  "Itís a 50 percent markdown from a recent invitation to dinner with Obama at the home of Linda Douglass and John Phillips, costing $30,000."

The bloom is off the rose and thorns are all thatís left for Obama.
Big Daddy B.O. Tries To Excite Young Obamunists At Hip-Hop Concert & Rally
The AP is reporting that Barack Obama addressed supporters at a hip hop concert and rally Thursday night, seeking to re-energize the youth vote that helped propel him to the White House,
The Democratic National Committee enlisted hip hop artist B.o.B to perform for a sold-out crowd of 3,000 at DAR Constitution Hall.  The crowd also was hearing from Obamaís 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine on the importance of the youth vote to the November elections, which are expected to be tough on Democrats.

The event was organized for the DNCís gen44 group, which tries to cultivate [indoctrinate] young leaders.  It was expected to raise $750,000.

Beforehand, Obama spoke at a small fundraising dinner at the home of John Phillips and Linda Douglass, where guests paid $30,400 each to raise $1 million for the Democratic Party.

"Weíre going through a very tough time. Ö So people are feeling it," Obama said, reflecting on what he heard from the public this week during a trip to four states.

He said people are anxious and, "This election cycleís going to be tough because of that reality."

His message to those people: "That hope you were feeling when I came in, thereís no reason to lose it."

The kids come for the music, just like they did at the University of Wisconsin -- and the media pretends they're coming to hear Obama's tired, old sloganeering.

Obama is going to need to put a band at every polling place in the country to get these kids to come out to vote.
Delusional Liberal Elites Are In Denial
Nile Gardiner says in early Septemberhe wrote a piece discussing how The Washington Post, widely viewed as a flagship of the liberal establishment, was now acknowledging the scale of the collapse facing the Left in this Novemberís mid-terms.  As The Post put it,

"Democrats in Congress are no longer asking themselves whether this is going to be a bad election year for them and their party. They are asking whether it is going to be a disaster."


Three weeks later, there is no evidence to suggest the political landscape is getting any better for Obama and his party.  If anything, itís getting even worse according to some polls, as a recent CNN survey showed.  According to the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, a striking 56 percent of Americans now believe Obama has fallen short of their expectations.


The latest RealClear Politics poll of polls has Obama at just 45 percent approval, and the Republicans currently with a 17 seat advantage in the House of Representatives race, with a further 38 seats in contention.  The Senate race remains extremely tight, with RealClear Politics giving the Democrats a projected slim 51 to 49 seat lead, which would mean an eight seat gain by the GOP.  At the Governor level, RCP has the Republicans with a nearly two to one advantage in terms of the race for State Houses.


Over at The New York Times however, the message doesnít seem to have sunk in.  The Times, generally regarded as the most powerful and elite liberal media entity in America, has a major piece this evening with the headline: "In Fluid Race, House Majority is Uncertain, GOP Says."  The article goes to extraordinary lengths to talk about a Democratic fight back in November, yet without citing any independent polling evidence to back it up.  As The Times puts it:


Republicans carry substantial advantages as they move into the final month of the fall campaign, but the resilience of vulnerable Democrats is complicating Republican efforts to lock down enough seats to capture the House and take control of the unsettled electoral battleground.

By now, Republicans had hoped to put away a first layer of Democrats and set their sights on a second tier of incumbents.  But the fight for control of Congress is more fluid than it seemed at Labor Day, with Democrats mounting strong resistance in some parts of the country as they try to hold off a potential Republican wave in November.


While acknowledging "the chances of a Republican takeover in the House remain far greater than in the Senate", The Times bullishly declares that "enough contests remain in flux that both parties head into the final four weeks of the campaign with the ability to change the dynamic before Election Day."


I havenít come across a single major poll which supports this conclusion, and as for the GOP "declaring a house majority is uncertain" the piece merely cites unnamed "Republican strategists" as its source.  And this view is completely contradicted in the same article by Senator John Cornyn of Texas, chairman of the Republican Senatorial Committee who, according to The Times, "said Democrats were delusional if they believed an upswing was under way."


The Washington Post, to its credit, has offered a realistic assessment of the scale of the political revolution that is likely to sweep Washington this November.  The New York Times, on the other hand, remains in a state of denial, and still seems to be living in November 2008.  My guess is that on November 2nd 2010, The Times and the diehard liberal elites that continue to cling to itís archaic left-wing vision will be given a wake-up call that will reverberate across the United States.


Although he wonít be on the ballot, the mid-terms will largely be a referendum on Barack Obamaís leadership.  And by all accounts, The New York Times aside, Obama is almost certainly heading towards a massive humiliation at the polls, no matter how hard his supporters try to put a positive spin on it.


Ah, but The New York Times also recognizes the powerful ability of the Democrat Party and its leftist allies to raise the dead, and rally the foreign on election day.  Just look at what ACORN was able to accomplish in 2008.


Obama Makes Supporters Ill
WTOP.co is reporting that three dozen people were treated for illness during an Obama at Bowie State University.

Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady tells WTOP numerous ambulances were sent to the rally after people started fainting and became dizzy.

The problems could be related to warmer temperatures Thursday.  Brady says crowds at the rally were outside and packed shoulder to shoulder.

Two people were taken to the hospital, Brady says.  The rest have been treated at the scene.

Officials set up a triage area inside the gymnasium at Bowie State.

Obama was scheduled to appear in an effort to rally Maryland Democrats for incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley prior to November's elections.

Obama still spoke despite the health issues in the audience.  He implored voters to be ready to fight in the upcoming elections.
Pot Calls Kettle . . .
Michael Barone says Glenn Reynolds nails this one: the Obama Democratsí campaign riff against foreign donations to Democrats is bogus -- and according to the New York Times, no less.  This looks like a matter of projection, since itís well documented that the 2008 Obama campaign did not put in place address verification software that would have routinely prevented most foreign donations.  In effect they were encouraging donations by foreign nationals.

Hereís the Washington Post on this back in October 2008: Sen. Barack Obamaís presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributorís identity, campaign officials confirmed.  Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged."

And hereís our own Washington Examiner editorial from the time: "Then thereís the question of whether foreign nationals are contributing to the Obama campaign.  There is more than enough evidence to warrant a full-scale investigation by the Federal Election Commission, including the $32,332.19 that appears to have come from two brothers living in a Hamas-controlled Palestinian refugee camp in Rafah, GA (thatís Gaza, not Georgia).  The Palestinian's $31,318 cash was part of a flood of illegal foreign contributions (click for larger image) accepted by the Obama campaign."

The Obama campaign was happy to encourage mass illegal donations from foreign nationals.  Now itís making baseless charges that its opposition is doing the same thing.  Hope and change!
Where Is Obama Going?
Jennifer Rubin says Obama is now politically toxic in many states.  So where is he going on the campaign trail?  The White House schedule is telling.  Heís going to Delaware, where the Democrat is already running away with the race.  Heís going to Massachusetts, the bluest state until the voters disregarded his advice and elected Scott Brown.  Heís going to California and Nevada, but for fundraisers, not big public events.  Heís going to Rhode Island (Rhode Island?), where one supposes he can do no harm.

The number of competitive races in which he is holding public events is limited to Washington (Patty Murray), Minnesota (gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton), and Ohio (Gov. Ted Strickland).  Thatís it.  And he better be careful in both Washington (where a large plurality think his economic policies have hurt more than theyíve helped) and Ohio (where his approval rating has plummeted).  Oh, and heís going to Oregon for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, who had this to say:

Oregonís Democratic candidate for governor said Tuesday that President Obamaís health care reform bill will be a "toxic" issue in 2012 unless states are given the opportunity to address the problem of rising medical costs. Ö

"I supported the passage of the bill but I think we need to recognize that this was really health insurance reform and not health care reform," he said in an interview over coffee at a Portland diner.  "What itís done is provided most people in the country financial access to medical care by 2014.  The problem is it didnít deal with the underlying cost drivers, and those are embedded in the delivery system."

Should be a fun campaign trip.

Itís tricky finding places where Obama wonít do damage to the candidates heís supposed to be helping.  The White House seems to think gubernatorial races are "safer" for Obama than the Senate contests, where all those unpopular votes on the stimulus, ObamaCare, etc., are sure to come up.  But the reality of a 24/7 news environment is that wherever Obama goes, he makes the news -- and Republican Senate and House candidates have the benefit of free media to remind voters across the country whose agenda they are opposed to and who has been making all those silly promises (e.g., ObamaCare will save money).  Unfortunately for the Dems, you really canít hide the president of the United States.
Billboard Targets Obama And Democrats
A "racist" billboard attacking Democrats and President Obama is getting burned from both sides of the political aisle.

The massive sign, erected along the I-70 Business Loop in Grand Junction, Colo., depicts four caricatures of Obama, one as a suicide bomber, another as a gangster, the third as a Mexican revolutionary and the fourth as a homosexual.


The four cartoonish men are playing poker, surrounded by rats with words written on them such as Trial Lawyer and IRS, and two vultures bearing tags that say Soros and U.N.


Across the top is written "Vote DemocRAT, Join the game."


"It's beyond disrespectful," Mesa County Democratic Party Chairwoman Martelle Daniels said, according to the Grand Junction Sentinel.  "You would like to think that we all would show respect for our commander-in-chief, but this is just beyond that.  It's racist, it's homophobic, and it's really cowardly."


Her GOP counterpart, Mesa County Republican Party Chairman Chuck Pabst, also called it offensive.


"That kind of political positioning and statements, I think, are in bad taste," he said, the Sentinel reports.  "To ridicule somebody in this manner is juvenile."


It is unclear who is behind the billboard.  The artist, Paul Snover, refused in an e-mailed statement to say who paid for its creation.


"I am not allowed to say who (paid for it) at this time," he said.


Dennis Lucas, the Grand Junction businessman who owns the billboard, took a similar stance.  "I cannot tell you who it's rented to," he told AFP.


This isn't the first time a billboard attacking President Obama and the Democratic party has drawn fire.  Here's a whole page full of them . . .

Controversial Obama Billboard Pulled Amid Death Threats
Kelly Asmuth, reporting from Grand Junction, CO, says the emotionĖstirring Obama billboard on IĖ70B stood over the highway for its last day Friday.  The sign was taken down after causing national outrage since it was put up Monday.

Those who know the owner of the billboard say he and his wife were receiving violent threats.  Meanwhile, the person who commissioned the artist and the use of the billboard is still anonymous.  Those who know the owner say their friend decided to take the heated Obama cartoon down after a flood of harassing calls.

"He got a lot of calls out of his place of business that he said he was fine with.  When things got out of hand and people started calling his wife, that's when he decided to go ahead and take it down," says Blake Brueggeman, owner of Integrity Auto Repair.  Brueggeman leases property from the billboard owner.

The sign's artist says it's meant to convey a message.  It showed Obama as a terrorist, gangster, Mexican bandito and a homosexual.  "It's got a lot of symbolism in it, in that all of those characters are issues being mishandled by presidency," says creator of the sign, artist Paul Snover.

Some consider the work political satire.  "Lighten up people.  Have a sense of humor," says Brueggeman.

"We had cartoons of George W. Bush with gorillas," says Jamie Lee Smith, who is angered that the sign was taken down.

Others are enraged at what they say is hate and disrespect.  "Where do you draw the line?  It just causes hatred and racism if you ask me," says Cory Caldwell, who is offended by the billboard.

Regardless of the emotions conjured by the cartoon, the anger has now shifted to First Amendment rights.  "It is sad that people have to go so low as to threaten somebody's life because they don't like a sign," says Dennis Patton, who stopped by the sign to see that it had actually been taken down.

"Political correctness is a suppression of free speech," says Brueggeman.

Some argue that the image was not appropriate for public display.  "If it offends people, you do have a certain obligation to take it down because little kids see that," says Crystal Kitzman, who says she thought the sign was lewd.

"The billboard is an expression or statement.  I don't think it's intended to be hateful.  It's intended to get across a message," says Snover.

GJ Result, the Tea Party in Grand Junction, has been accused of commissioning the sign.  The group denies this, but says they do support the right for it to be there.  GJ Result is holding a rally Saturday afternoon at the old Mesa County Court House over the sign situation.  A leader of the group tells 11 News that he is outraged that someone's First Amendment rights have been trampled on.

Another demonstration of progressive intolerance, and rage -- they have no respect for the 1st Amendment rights of anyone they disagree with -- they will kill you -- it's no different than the Muslim fanatic that will cut your head off for drawing a picture of Muhammad -- don't draw graven images of Obama -- they will kill you.
Everyone Is At Fault Except Obama
Carol Lee, reporting from West Newton, MA, quoted Barack Obama as saying that Americans' "fear and frustration" is to blame for an intense midterm election cycle that threatens to derail the Democratic agenda.

"Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hardwired not to always think clearly when we're scared," Obama said Saturday evening in remarks at a small Democratic fundraiser Saturday evening. "And the country's scared."

Obama told the several dozen donors that he was offering them his "view from the Oval Office."  He faulted the economic downturn for Americansí inability to "think clearly" and said the burden is on Democrats "to break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling."

"You can respond in a couple of ways to a trauma like this," Obama said, referring to the economy.  "One is to pull back, retrench and respond to your fears by pushing away challenges, looking backwards.  Another is to say we can meet these challenges and we are going to move forward.  And thatís what this election is about."

Obama blames Americans' fear and frustration for the state of things.  His push to install socialism has nothing to do with it.
If Dems Lose, Obama Will Blame Everyone But Himself
Byron York says to assume the polls are correct and Republicans win control of the House, and perhaps even the Senate, in next month's elections.  What lessons will the White House learn?  Will Barack Obama interpret the vote as a repudiation of much of his agenda, or will he conclude that he made a few tactical errors but was still right on the big issues?

Bet on the latter.  All indications coming out of the White House suggest that if Democrats suffer major losses, Obama and his top aides will resolutely refuse to reconsider the policies -- national health care, stimulus, runaway spending -- that led to their defeat.  Instead, they will point fingers in virtually every direction other than their own.  Come November, it's likely the D-for-Democrat that Obama refers to so often will actually stand for "denial."

The White House has given us plenty of clues in recent days as to how Obama will react to a possible Democratic drubbing at the polls. Here are five:

1.  Obama will blame voters, not himself.  At a small fundraiser in Massachusetts Saturday, Obama suggested Democrats are in trouble because recession-weary Americans simply aren't thinking clearly.  "Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument do not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared," Obama said.  "And the country is scared."  If Democrats lose, Obama is likely to fault voters' irrationality, and not anything he has done.

2.  Obama will spin the outcome as an illegitimate GOP victory.  In recent weeks, Obama and top administration officials have accused the Chamber of Commerce of illegally using foreign contributions to fund ads critical of Democrats.  There's no evidence to support the charge, but Obama has laid the foundation for a simple explanation of Democratic defeat: Republicans cheated.

3.  Obama will blame a broken process.  In a recent New York Times article, reporter Peter Baker asked a number of White House aides about mistakes Obama has made in office.  "The biggest miscalculation in the minds of most Obama advisers," Baker writes, "was the assumption that he could bridge a polarized capital and forge genuinely bipartisan coalitions."  By that standard, a post-defeat Obama will be guilty more of overestimating Republicans and the culture of Washington than of making mistakes on his own.

4.  Obama will reaffirm, not reconsider, his achievements.  Obama says he has already kept about 70 percent of the promises he made in the 2008 campaign.  Now, his main task will be to shield those accomplishments from GOP challenge.  Aides constantly tell reporters that Republicans intend to roll back ObamaCare and Wall Street reform, and Obama plans to spend as much time as it takes fighting those efforts.  "There's going to be a lot of work in [the next two years] just doing things right and making sure that new laws are stood up in the ways they're intended," Obama told Baker.

5.  Obama will resist real change inside the White House.  He has lost several top aides in recent months: Rahm Emanuel, James Jones, Lawrence Summers, Christina Romer, Peter Orszag and others.  So far, Obama has preferred to replace departing insiders with other insiders.  His reluctance to bring in a high-level adviser from outside his circle suggests he wants to keep doing what he's doing.

Tie all those threads together, and in the wake of a Republican victory in November you can virtually guarantee the White House will not concede that Obama hurt himself by pushing an unpopular national health care program through Congress; by pushing nearly a trillion dollars in stimulus spending that failed to reduce unemployment as predicted; by pushing a costly cap-and-trade agenda; or by advocating any number of other initiatives that flew in the face of voter sentiments.

In a recent campaign ad, Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck says the public tried to tell White House and Democratic leaders not to go ahead with those unwelcome measures.  "They heard us, and yet they ignored us," Buck says, adding: "And folks, on Nov. 2 they will ignore us no more."

Republicans no doubt hope Buck is right.  But so far Obama is sending signals that even if he loses big in November, he'll make excuses, point fingers, and try to keep going just as before.
I'm With The Band
Obama would be talkin' to himself, Axelrod and Plouffe, if it were not for the band.  There's a featured music act at every Obama event.  12,000 came out in Philly -- 11,650 came to hear the hip-hop band, "The Roots" -- the rest came to hear Obama.

Now, the Daily Caller is reporting that Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, singer of the pop hit "Love Song," will open for Barack Obama at a Las Vegas rally designed to rouse Democratic voters before the midterm elections.

Bareilles performs Friday at a Las Vegas middle school, where Obama will host his latest "Moving America Forward" rally.

Nevada is prime battleground for Democrats, who face losing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid if Republican Sharron Angleís TEA Party bid is successful.  Republicans have painted Reid as the face of Obamaís sweeping social and economic policies, including the federal health care law and the $787 billion stimulus.

Bareilles is a White House favorite.  She performed before world leaders at the G-20 summit in 2009 and during the First Familyís 2010 Easter Egg Roll.

It's a long, long way from Berlin.
Obama To Appear On Stewart's "Daily Show"
NewsMax.com is reporting that Barack Obama is taking his campaign message to "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart.

White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer says Obama is taping an appearance on Oct. 27, just days before the Nov. 2 elections.  Stewart is coming to Washington next week for the "Rally to Restore Sanity" he is holding three days later on Saturday, Oct. 30, on the National Mall.

The host of the Comedy Central show says the rally is for people who think the loudest voices shouldn't be the only ones people hear.

Obama recently endorsed Stewart's event.  It will be Obama's first appearance on Stewart's program.
Obama's Bribe-A-Thon
Ed Lasky says Barack Obama is facing plummeting popularity and many Democrats are going to be washed away by the coming red tide.  What to do when Obama demagoguery and stoking divisiveness and paranoia is no longer working?  When insults to the Tea Party and baseless smears against critics being funded by foreigners just don't work anymore?

Well there are always bribes -- and those are coming fast and furious.

Obama has been busy giving away goodies to special interest groups to get them to come out and vote for Democrats.  This is money from our pockets and the piggy banks of our children, as well as money borrowed from the very foreigners he has been using as straw men.  Christmas has come early for people who need a little pocket money to nudge them to pull the lever for Democrats.  We have seen the crudest and most disgraceful types of payoffs in the last week as November 2nd approaches.

We have bribes to ethanol beneficiaries up and down the ethanol chain, tax breaks for college students and their families, bribes to seniors with money America does not have and money seniors are not entitled to by Social Security funding formulas (even eliciting a negative Washington Post editorial), and bribes to unions who get a special waiver from onerous ObamaCare rules so at least they get to keep their current healthcare plans -- even if the rest of us do not.

Now the Cook County style of "governing" that has left Chicago a fiscal mess has come full bore to Washington.  The latest attempt to gin up the base to come out for Democrats?  Obama has again brought out executive orders to rule by fiat, as is his and fellow demagogues wont.  After all the rest of us are just too reptilian and dumb to say Thank You to him so he will have to go out and buy some more votes with our money.  The latest group to get the gift?  Hispanics.

Politico reports:

President Obama will focus on Hispanics as he signs an executive order aimed at meeting his goals. The ceremony for the Executive Order on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics "follows a National Education Summit and Call to Action hosted by the U.S. Department of Education that began on Monday, bringing Administration officials together with experts in education and Hispanic community leaders from around the country on issues ranging from early childhood learning to higher education," the White House said in guidance to reporters. "The revised executive order will place a high priority on action designed to reach the ambitious education goals President Obama has set for our nation...

Well...at least sometimes Barack Obama is transparent.  But he is always disgraceful.

Related:  Crazed Democrats in Ploy to Buy Senior Votes
Obama Brands Republicans As Extreme Radicals
(AFP) Ė On Friday, Barack Obama branded Republicans as extreme and reactionary, in campaign appearances for high-profile Democratic senators under threat in November's mid-term polls.

Obama rallied crowds in Los Angeles, California, and was to move on to gambling paradise Nevada in a bid to rescue wobbling Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid, on the third day of a four-day campaign blitz.

He charged that the first Republican president, his political hero Abraham Lincoln would not be able to win the opposition party's presidential nomination in the modern age.

"Seriously, can you imagine him trying to run with these folks?"  Obama said, in a bid to portray the Republican Party as outside the mainstream ahead of November 2 congressional polls in which his Democrats fear heavy losses.

Obama accused Republicans of sitting on their hands while he saved the economy from a second Great Depression and of wanting to go back to the same lax regulatory regimes that caused the crisis in the first place.

"This agenda that poses as conservatism is not conservative.  It resulted in a radical shift from record surpluses to record deficits, allowed Wall Street to run wild, nearly destroyed our economy," Obama said.

"This is a choice between the past and the future, between fear and hope, between moving backwards and moving forwards. And I don't know about you, but I want to move forward," Obama said, at a campaign event for under-fire Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer.

"They are clinging to the same worn-out, tired, snake-oil ideas that they were peddling before."

Republicans need to win 39 seats to take back the House after four years of Democratic control -- a task well within their reach with some analysts judging up to 90 races in the 435-seat chamber as competitive.

In the Senate, Republicans need a 10-seat swing, a result that may be beyond them after several races tightened in favor of Democrats in recent days, and a scenario of six or seven seats changing hands seems more likely.

Obama was later to head to Nevada to take part in a Democratic National Committee rally alongside Reid, who is the top Republican target in the election, and is locked in a close race with "Tea Party" conservative favorite Sharron Angle.

He was due to finish up a campaign swing, which has also taken in Oregon and Washington state, in Minnesota on Saturday.

Related:  Angle: "The only word for Obama, ReidÖ delusional"

More delusions: 
Valerie Jarrett says, "We completely understand this voter anger."

Second largest dhimmicratic city in the country, on the USC campus (30,000 students) and all Obama can get to show up is 35,000 -- and 32,000 of those came for the band.

Obama is clearly delusional if he believes he saved the economy from a second Great Depression created by those evil Republicans.  Granted, they didn't help, but his entire speech demonstrates he is delusional -- or he is consciously lying his ass off -- neither is appropriate for an alleged leader.
Obama Post-Racial?  You Decide
Weasel Zippers says this is leftist demagoguery at its finest.

In a radio interview that aired on Univision on Monday, Obama sought to assure Hispanics that he would push an immigration overhaul after the midterm elections, despite fierce Republican opposition.

"If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, 'Weíre gonna punish our enemies and weíre gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,' if they donít see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think itís gonna be harder and thatís why I think itís so important that people focus on voting on November 2."

Referring specifically to Republicans such as Senator John McCain, who are stressing border security and supporting strict immigration laws like Arizonaís anti-illegal immigration measure, Obama said, "Those arenít the kinds of folks who represent our core American values."

Related:  Obama Tells Latinos That Officials Who Support Border Security "Arenít the Kinds of Folks Who Represent Our Core American Values"

Related:  Obama the Uniter -- Republicans "Gotta Sit in Back"

This guy is all about dividing and conquering.  He's vile.
Democrat Election Fraud Openly Running Rampant
Sher Zieve says Arizona and Colorado are reporting massive voter fraud perpetrated by the Marxist groups Mi Familia Vota and One Vote Arizona.  Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce writes: "I also understand that these 2 groups have signed up 20,000 states wide and they have requested that 45,000 be put on the permanent early ballot.  If 65% of these last minute registration forms in Yuma are invalid, which may be more as they are still checking the rest, then what is the percentages of invalid in Maricopa, Pima and other counties?"

Aided by Socialist Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and a George Soros funded group, poll watchers are being threatened with, amongst other things, Obama's DOJ: "Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who was seen inside the polling location electioneering and threatening to turn a poll-watcher's name to the Department of Justice for voter intimidation."  Note: It appears that Michele Obama is not the only Marxist Democrat who is now allowed to illegally electioneer.

Kelly Shackelford of Liberty Institute says "All these attacks are clearly an attempt to bully and silence a group of volunteer citizens who are just trying to keep the election process honest."

Voting machines in Nevada are being reported for automatically checking Harry Reid's name.  The Washington Examiner reports: "Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Harry Reid's name was already checked.  Ferrara said she wasn't alone in her voting experience.  She said her husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.

"Something's not right," Ferrara said.  "One person, that's a fluke.  Two, that's strange.  But several within a five minute period of time -- that's wrong"."  Note: Oh and by the way, guess who is the official technical organization for the voting machines?  Why, it's Obama's bought and paid for SEIU.  I was very serious when I wrote my column "Obama & Co Election Fraud may be Worst in US History."  With even members of the now Marxist-run Congress illegally and openly intimidating voters, this is worse than it has ever been.  Myriad other reports of early voting fraud are coming in from across the country.

Again folks -- and I cannot stress this enough -- We-the-People MUST vote in unprecedented numbers in order to counter the all-out attack now being waged against us by Dictator-in-Chief Obama's government.  Our would-be slave masters are proving the point -- beyond any and all doubt or question -- that they WILL do anything and stop at nothing to stay in power in order to bleed every last drop of resources, blood, freedoms and liberty from us.  It's now or never.

"If once the People become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves.  It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions" -- Thomas Jefferson

I've started a page containing instances of the Democrat's voter shenanigans.  I'll be updating it over the next week.
Obama Warns Of Progress Reversed
The Obama-friendly AP reports Barack Obama implored voters on Saturday to resist a Republican tide, warning that if the GOP prevails in Tuesday's midterm elections all the progress of his first two years in office "can be rolled back."

That would be just fine, said Rep. John Boehner, in line to become the new speaker if Republicans take the House, as expected.  He declared, "Americans are demanding a new way forward in Washington."

Embarking on a four-state weekend campaign dash, Obama acknowledged the difficulties Democrats face -- the distinct chance of losing their comfortable majority in the House and possibly the Senate, as well as several governors' seats.

All four weekend stops are in states Obama carried in 2008 -- Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Illinois and Ohio.  But Democratic candidates for the Senate, House and governorships are struggling in these places and elsewhere, and Obama is making a last-ditch plea for the party's core supporters not to abandon them.

"It is difficult here in Pennsylvania, it is difficult all across the country," Obama told several hundred campaign volunteers at Temple University in Philadelphia, a Democratic-leaning city he has visited often.

The weekend tour marks the president's last campaign swing of the campaign season, with Republicans expecting big victories on Tuesday.  Obama's sagging popularity has limited his ability to save Democratic candidates, and his legislative agenda may be deeply complicated if the GOP takes over the House, as many expect.

Unless Democratic voters turn out in big numbers, Obama said in a seven-minute talk, all the progress made in the past two years "can be rolled back."

Continue reading here . . .

"...all the progress made in the past two years can be rolled back." -- Now that's an encouraging assessment.
Obama and Pelosi's Agenda Down In Flames
Hugh Hewitt says it takes a powerful collective repugnance to propel a national political rebuke.

Obama and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,  have accomplished an extraordinary thing.  Tomorrow they will enter the history books as the most spectacularly failed partnership in modern American political history.  Never in the last 100 years have two American politicians squandered so much political capital and achieved so complete a rejection as this duo.  (I omit intentionally the hapless Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is very much the Lepidus in this triumvirate.)

The Obama-Pelosi record contains hugely significant actions, but negative ones.  They are to the Democrats of this century what Hoover was to the Republicans of the last: a complete platform for the other party in proper names.  How far in the future will it be when a Republican convention does not prominently feature warnings to the public of a return of the era of Obama-Pelosi?

The myth about "off-year" elections is already being spun out by the left as a threadbare cover for their leaders' collective collapse.  These observations overlook 1934, 1954, 1962 and 2002 as examples of elections following a new president's entry into office when he managed not to get clobbered at the polls.  FDR saw the Democrats add nine seats in the House of Representatives in 1934.  Dwight Eisenhower's GOP lost 18 House seats and JFK's Democrats lost four in '54 and '62 respectively.  George W Bush's Republicans actually added eight House members in 2002.  Two other parallels are exact: Presidents Reagan in '82 and Clinton in '94 were also both new presidents taking office after an administration of the opposite party and who had governed for 22 months when the public got to deliver a verdict.  Reagan watched the GOP lose 27 seats to the Democrats, and Clinton witnessed the rise of Newt Gingrich as the GOP added 54 seats.  Until Nov. 2, 2010, Clinton was the gold standard for botched opening presidential acts.  How the Man from Hope must be laughing at the Man of Hope and Change.  Obama won't erase Clinton's stain of impeachment, but he will replace 42 with 44 in the annals of political failure in America.

Pelosi is in a class by herself.  Her particular style of leadership -- arrogant, humorless, imperious and dense -- will guide by negative example many generations of future legislative leaders.  "Don't go Pelosi on us," consultants and colleagues will chide their leaders.  And what a caution that will be: Do you want history to know you as a wholly, completely, irrefutably rejected failure?

But for the condescension these two have displayed toward their fellow citizens and citizen-legislators, their fall might even elicit some sympathy.  But "I won, you lost" and "we'll have to pass the bill to find out what is in it" are not predicates on which much empathy can be built.  Obama and Pelosi were handed unique majorities and a chance to establish a very long-lasting domination of American politics had they only governed from the center-left and not chosen the agenda of the hard left.  (The noise from the bloggers and Jon Stewart may be a balm to lefties that Pelosi and Obama failed for want of going far enough left, but Republicans can only pray that Democrats run on "the stimulus was too small and ObamaCare insufficiently radical" in 2012 and beyond.)

The epic loss on Tuesday will launch a thousand op-eds and who knows how many dissertations.  But the explanation is very simple.  Never have two modern American leaders been so utterly bereft of graciousness.  Americans do not particularly value humility in their politicians, but arrogance and disdain are poison to the public.  Obama gets a second chance.  Pelosi does not.  And that is at least some consolation for Democrats on Tuesday.
Thousands Of Empty Seats
Shane DíAprile says the arena where Obama and Biden made their final appeal to Democrats to get out and vote in Tuesdayís midterm elections was far from capacity Sunday afternoon.
The crowd estimate stands at 8,000 in the arena that seats just over 13,000 and a couple thousand empty seats are visible above the stage where Obama and Biden rallied supporters.

The event is the final one in a series of "Moving America Forward" rallies aimed at ginning up enthusiasm with the partyís largely deflated base ahead of Tuesday.

The crowds are undoubtedly too confused and afraid to show up.

Related:  Obama makes final pitch to voters, says Republicans getting "cocky"
The Obama Agenda Is Dead
On the Fox News Channelís early morning coverage, Charles Krauthammer said, "I think that the message is unmistakable that the Obama agenda is dead.  The question is how much of it is going to be repealed and how much will Obama be willing to concede.  Itís clear as you projected the house is going to be Republican.  I think what is going to happen is the Republicans are not going to win the Senate."

"But I think they're going to have de facto control of the Senate in the sense that there were going to be several Democratic senators that are going to be up for re-election in two years," he continued.  "I'm thinking of a Jim Webb from Virginia.  Iím thinking of some of the others.  There are going to be more Democrats up for re-election than Republicans in two years in the Senate, and theyíre looking at the fate of those Democrats who went with Obama with his agenda and walked the plank and are now gone, and they're not going to go.  And I think there will be great resistance in the Senate to any advance of the Obama agenda."
The Observer At His Own Funeral
George Neumayr says that at his post-defeat press conference, Barack Obama worked hard to project an air of somber reflection, even as his remarks revealed that he had learned nothing from the defeat.

Amidst the practiced pauses and detached narration of the crash came a litany of excuses, evasions, and arrogant denials.  He more or less cast himself as the victim of a "bad economy," as if two years of sending anti-business signals to employers had nothing to do with the high jobless rate.  He made sure to note that other presidents had gotten similarly clocked after two years.  And he essentially blamed the American people for a lack of perception and patience.

But since he couldn't say that directly, he had to couch his self-justification in the form of patronizing blather about how he could have "accomplished" more, made better "progress," and "communicated" more effectively with the American people.  He tried to make some sort of phony distinction between his "policy decisions" and his "policy outcomes," implying that the people objected to the latter but not to the former.  Never mind that the exit polls demonstrated that they repudiated both.

Obama couldn't bring himself to admit the obvious, that his liberalism leaves the American people unafraid of alternatives, so instead we got the usual self-serving nonsense about how the American people like the content of liberalism but just resist it in times of distress when Democrats fall down at salesmanship and implementation.  In one answer, he even had the audacity to suggest that the American people were too dumb to realize that his bailout-style socialism was only temporary and not a permanent policy.  Where could they have possibly gotten that idea?

Obama was in effect saying at the press conference what Joe Biden said on the campaign trail (that liberalism is hard "to explain," but somehow wonderful to behold over time in its results) and what Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid said after the passage of the health care bill (that a patient people will learn to love all the goodies contained within it if they just wait a decade or so).

Obama received praise after the press conference for his "pensive" demeanor, but what's stunning about him is his utter lack of reflection.  He either has no capacity for critical thinking or what little he once possessed has dissipated in ideological reliance upon mindless clichť and sophistry.  In any case, it is scary.  At the end of the day, he is nothing more than a shallow pol with little interest in or knowledge of governing.  He backed into the White House through effortless luck (he ran against one of the worst Republican presidential candidates ever), and apparently assumed that running the White House would be just as easy.

His shallowness also makes him obtuse, even from a rawly political and self-interested standpoint.  He suffered one of the worst defeats in decades because of his environmental, socialist, and Brave New World dilettantism, yet spent much of the press conference talking about "electric cars," gays in the military, and 26-year-olds who, thanks to his largesse, will get to stay on the health care plans of their "parents."

Obama's metaphorical "car in the ditch" is apparently an electric car which, if it ever gets out, will drive America into a glorious future by picking up 26-year-olds and depositing them at job interviews for work made possible through the "Stimulus" package.

Obama admitted that he lives in a "bubble," but that too was the fault of others.  He presented himself as the passive victim of his own presidency.  Near the end of the press conference, he allowed himself a particularly absurd and maudlin moment, complaining that because of the presidency's inherently insular character no one can see the depth of his concern for the people.  He said that "no one is filming him reading those letters" from them which leave him so anguished and inspired.

Perhaps Obama needs his own reality show.
The End Of Obamaís Legacy
Skookums asks, will arrogance and narcissism toll the end of Obamaís legacy?

The midterm elections are basically over and has left the Democrat Party shaken and demoralized.  That is everyone except the leadership.  Reid and Pelosi see their individual wins as an endorsement of their leadership, an attitude that is shared by Obama.  They the Undaunted Triumvirate of Marxism feel that the only failing on their behalf was to push forward without adequately explaining to the people of America the benefits and advantages of increased governmental control of their lives and how we will benefit from the dissolution of our national sovereignty.  Thus with the flimsiest of mandates that relies on arrogance and narcissism rather than substance, they intend to forge ahead with their Marxist-Leninist policies and continue implementing the Obama/Soros policies of Open Society and Open Borders as if the American people and their opinions are inconsequential and the election didnít happen.

I think thatís a fair argument.  I think that, over the course of two years we were so busy and so focused on getting a bunch of stuff done that, we stopped paying attention to the fact that leadership isnít just legislation.  That itís a matter of persuading people.  And giving them confidence and bringing them together. And setting a tone."

"Making an argument that people can understand," Obama continued, "I think that we havenít always been successful at that.  And I take personal responsibility for that.  And itís something that Iíve got to examine carefully Ö as I go forward."

"I think that, over the course of two years we were so busy" playing golf and vacationing, I neglected my duties as a war time president trying to impose Marxism on an unsuspecting electorate; there simply wasnít enough time to do everything.

Never even admitting in the slightest that Americans might be reluctant to join the Obama/Soros march toward International Marxism, he is driven towards his final goal like any true despot.  Instead, it is the ignorance of Americans that prevents them from seeing the wisdom of his genius and the only reason why they want to repeal his plan for Socialized Medicine.

The Great Unifier that was going to unite America has created an even larger chasm of political polarity in America, a void so immense that he hasnít even begun to realize its width or depth.  At some point the stark realization will set in, he no longer has the support of America except for the unions, entitlement classes and minorities; a coalition that may have seemed powerful as a community organizer, but will be a disaster in 2012, despite the billions of Soros and his direction.

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