Political Round-up : Lowdown on the High Points

– 3 May 2008, The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose,CA; by Binx101

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“… he found the spotlight irresistible and commenced shooting at his feet …”

A group of supporters were still critical of Barack Obama for appearing on FOX News with Chris Wallace on Sunday.  However, it seems that Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the center of a controversy, has managed to steal the ultimate spot light and transform his life’s work into little more than potential recurring characters on future episodes of “South Park,” and possibly America’s newest icon for “insane”.

Reverend Wright, upon accepting Barbara Reynolds’ (a vociferous Clinton supporter) invitation to speak at the National Press Club performed what appeared to be ‘stand-up.’ While he may have thought this was an opportunity to clear his name … he found the spotlight irresistible and commenced shooting at his feet and dancing to avoid injury, thus providing the corporate media with another 60 minutes of material in which to document the Pastor committing professional suicide by becoming a statistic in the National register of  ‘WTF?’

Play It Again Sam …

“… Vieira felt compelled to offer each interrogative with a painful grimace …”

Michelle and Barack Obama also sat for an interview with Meredith Vieira on NBC’s today show.  While the Obamas’ performance was considerate and patient, it is the opinion of The Almost Daily Binx, that a Coffee Vending machine could have performed better than Vieira.   She articulated a script that didn’t account for the Obamas’ complete answers – thus rendering her follow up questions (which she didn’t have the professional chops to edit on the fly) sounding as though she wasn’t listening to the answers she had just been given.

As we understand that Nielsen Demographics insist that this was still well over the relevant IQ average of daytime television viewership – it would have been thoughtful to edit Vieira’s interview by eliminating the redundancy or completely less painful if they had just eliminated Vieira.  We’re still mystified as to why she felt compelled to offer each interrogative with a painful grimace.  Was she emoting the severity of her consternation with answering the same question over and over?

Hillary Chief Strategist at Casting Call

“… McAuliffe lost his mind … screaming thank you … to FOX News …”

Early voting in Indiana appears to be favoring Barack Obama over opponent Hillary McCain Clinton.  Obama is looking for victories in both Indiana and North Carolina in order to completely reverse the effects of McCain’s Clinton’s predicted win recently in Pennsylvania.  It was one day later that Terry McAuliffe lost his mind and began auditioning for FOX News as a paid analyst, presumably as soon as Clinton bows out of the race.  He was last seen screaming thank you to any cameras and microphones in range, to FOX News for their ‘fair and balanced’ coverage of McCain Clinton, Rush Limbaugh and the Republican’s hopeful for Democratic nominee.

The quid pro quo of the ramifications of  lying with dogs was never so apparent as has been the comfort with the McCain Clinton camp in making new allies in the Republican equivalent of the former Soviet Union’s News Agency / Propaganda Network.  Another small omen.

John McCain and Hillary McCain Clinton Sing a Duet

“… their lack of understanding the devastating ramifications of their proposals is merely a glimpse into the future …”

Both presumed Republican Presidential Candidate , and Democratic Nominee contender have again agreed to propose an essentially overt act of typical political distraction, by offering the Nation a small and limited suspension of the national gas surcharge.  This surcharge goes directly to the Department of Transportation super-fund which employs tens of thousands of Americans in pursuit of repairing Interstate routes and transportation infrastructure in all 50 United States.

We believe that that the ‘quick fix’ mentality of both McCain and McCain Clinton would inspire them to recommend a fix that would thrust untold numbers of Americans out of work in order to seem as though they were being assertive in larceny that they proclaim as energy policies.  The shallowness and the lack of depth in their recommendations and their lack of understanding the devastating ramifications of their proposals is merely a glimpse into the future, should either of these political porkers be successful in reaching Presidential office.

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Clinton Defeating Clinton

This past week’s Xerox comment, notwithstanding, it seems that Hillary Clinton is not getting the reactions she had hoped for when crying foul. Just days after accusing Obama of plagiarism for using a line offered by his campaign co-chair – Clinton cried foul in Ohio when the Obama campaign used Newsday’s words describing Clinton’s original support of NAFTA, asserting that she felt it was a ‘boon’ to the economy. Ohio, a State particularly hurt by NAFTA, is the scene of this skirmish.

Clinton has been vociferous in pointing out that it was Newsday that used the term ‘boon’ and that she never said it. Newsday has also added that they felt the Obama information suggests that it was Clinton’s choice of words, not Newsday’s. Baseline volleys aside, while claiming foul as to Obama’s tactics – Clinton responded with suggestions that Obama and George W. Bush are very much alike and delivered an ear splitting, grimace producing “Shame-on-you-Barack-Obama!”

Whether, this evoked ‘AttaGirls’ from Clinton campaign elite or not – The Almost Daily Binx feels very strongly that campaign combat is very revealing about the candidates. We also think that by using the obviously canned ‘Xerox’ comment the other night, coupled with this overreaction – many Ohioans sitting the fence are going to be offended by the panicky nature of Clinton’s rebuke and attack. Particularly in the wake of Fox News-Talker – Bill O’Reilly -and his casual and highly insensitive reference to ‘lynch party’ referencing Michelle Obama. O’Reilly may very well be an argument against human cloning, however, his astonishingly glib, dismissively insincere and highly aired apology may have also created a sympathetic electorate. The conditions of which are effortlessly made worse by Clinton’s intoning the dissonance of anger while delivering speeches.

Hillary Clinton closed the debate this past week on a high note -that appeared very sincere – Barack and Hillaryand followed it 2 days later with harsh and not carefully considered words. Perhaps, as many newsies reported, her debate closing comments seemed very much like the missing concession speech after the Wisconsin primary. Perhaps the pressure of coming in second in a 11 straight contests has caused some serious worry in the campaign. Needless to say, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has engineered a series of tactical missteps. If this latest barrage was designed to compensate for appearing too sensitive or conciliatory after the Texas debate – it was a terrible decision. Considering that Clinton has been very aggressive in negative TV ads and suggesting that Obama lacks experience just like GWB did – the “shame-on-you… ” plea could prove to be viewed as insulting to many Democrats.

The Almost Daily Binx predicts that Clinton may have very well defeated herself by pushing many off the fence into the welcoming arms of the Obama campaign because of her personal style and persona. And, Obama will emerge victorious in Ohio and Texas, not only because of the Obama enormous ground game of young volunteers, but because Hillary Clinton is using the tools of the past in a contest of the future. Her refusal to admit mistakes or bad decisions demonstrates a dramatic lack of humility. Her very aggressive tone does not serve her well. She has much more in common with the hubris afflicted POTUS than any innuendo she attempted to deliver regarding Obama.

 

Michelle Obama Comments: Shamefully Edited by FOX NEWS

There’s no simple way to state this at all. It is apparent that Fox News purposefully edited Michelle Obama’s comments in order to create a controversy that just didn’t exist. Mrs. Obama was remarking how the events of recent past – including her husband as nominee – for the first time in her life she was ‘really’ proud of her country. Well, by simply eliminating the word ‘really’ – which is clear on the original – they created a fervor of strawmen among the Right Wing Camps all over the country.