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Limbaugh & Superdelegates

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The best piece I’ve seen on the Limbaugh effect acknowledges that the talk show scourge of political sanity is finding some followers in his incessant efforts to Help Hillary Clinton. The connection has become ever more obvious since Bill Clinton appeared on the Limbaugh Show prior to the Texas Primary. The message I take home from this is that the Clinton campaign is indeed taking pages from the Republican playbook and that superdelegates who are deciding daily for Senator Obama are doing everyone a favor.

Democrats are in a position to make great gains in November, but if superdelegates believe that Hillary Clinton will have coattails expansive enough to get Democrats elected at all levels, they should consider the following points:

1. Obama is successfully fending off attacks now that will steadily lose their bite after the Clinton Kitchen Sink is happily a memory.

2. Obama has a 50 state strategy, something that is not even in the`Clinton playbook, and he has the campaign infrastructure and the money to keep revving it up through the November elections. He has already contributed to victories in two Congressional districts including that of the former Republican Majorirty Leader.

3. Obama is being supported by a steady flow of superdelegates, leading to the conclusion of today’s Wall Street Journal that he will soon edge past the Clinton total. It is instructive that Clinton’s advantage in superdelegates is in unelected officials.

4. This flow to Obama is a way of vindicating the superdelegate concept. Obama is not only supremely electable, he is also the candidate who can effect a Democratic landslide and move us to the 65 percent government that David Wilhelm mentioned when he endorsed Barack.

The irony is that the real Limbaugh Effect may well be to speed the decision of superdelegates to end this sideshow sooner than later.

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Obama Trumps Republicans

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Barack Obama deserves praise today for his considered repudiation of his former pastor. Republicans say they will continue to fault his judgment. Fine. If they wish to do so, they can besmirch their already tarnished record of distraction politics. There is a lot to distract from this year.

Others will say Barack was acting out of pure politics. Anyone who even suspects that should read on.

This was indeed a political decision. It may lead him to political gains in the near term. He has taken a giant step in clearing up a perfectly legitimate question which will still be asked. Fine. Who is Barack Obama.

If I was Barack I would consider a half hour weekly show during the next weeks and have talks with ordinary folk about this.

If that would be overkill, how about understanding that Barack’s politics are precisely what put him at odds with Pastor Wright?

His politics are a politics of unity and tolerance and negotiation and respect for all comers. That does not mean he is a wimp or that he accepts being walked on or having his values trashed and misrepresented.

The break with Wright at this time is indeed a political decision. But it is also a profoundly spiritual one. Barack was not received by the Reverend Wright. So he shook the dust from his feet. This action was a profound assertion of the mission, the spiritual mission, that Barack is on.

He has helped to make this a good time to be alive. And trumped his opponents in the bargain.

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Barack Obama Splits With Reverend Wright

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The video below records a definitive split between Barack Obama and Reverend Wright based on Obama’s outrage over remarks made by Wright yesterday in Washington, DC.

Specifically he denounced imputations that the US has knowingly transmitted AIDS and the equation of US wars to terrorism.

Beneath all this is an obvious outrage at the timing of this incursion by Wright and its preemption of the news cycle.

This comes with many forces ranged against a knockout blow in the Obama-Clinton campaign.

These include:

The handiwork of Rush Limbaugh in encouraging Indiana Republicans to vote for Clinton in the open Indiana primary next Tuesday.

A relentless effort by media to seek to make a contest which is mathematically impossible look like a horse race. The motives for this are numerous and the result is a sad diminution of the status of the MSM.

Added to this, the continued ignoring of glaring items which belong front and center. A single example is push polling in North Carolina by Geoff Garin’s company.

Barack Obama Splits With Reverend Wright

The Obama Campaign remains intrepid and I continue to feel we will win this contest with relative ease. Superdelegates continue to move in our direction. And the prospect of giving the nomination to a person who has literally embraced the tactics of a George Bush is unthinkable now or even in the event that she is able to close the gap some.

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PPP Has Clinton Up by 8 in Indiana

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Maybe a miracle. A reversal of New Hampshire. A week-long turnaround. All these thoughts come to mind as I scan this latest from Public Policy Polling. Not accurate in PA. But generally correct in other primaries. I want badly for Barack Obama to overcome what has been thrown at him by the Clintons and others. I do not want to vote for someone who owes her edge to Rush Limbaugh. Here is the PPP Poll.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 29, 2008

INTERVIEWS: DEAN DEBNAM 888-621-6988 / 919-880-4888 (serious media

inquiries only please, other questions can be directed to Tom Jensen)

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE POLL: TOM JENSEN 919-744-6312

Clinton shows solid lead in Indiana

Raleigh, N.C. – Hillary Clinton has an eight point lead in Indiana, according to the
newest survey by Public Policy Polling.
Clinton has 50% to 42% for Barack Obama in the state.

Clinton’s strength comes from her typical strong points. She leads 54-38 with white
voters, 54-39 with female voters, and 55-36 with voters over the age of 65.
Obama, as usual, does well with black voters (73-21) and voters 18-29 (50-40).

“Demographically Indiana should shape up pretty well for Hillary Clinton,” said Dean
Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “She may be able to win a strong enough
victory in the state to balance out the good margin Barack Obama is likely to win by in North Carolina. The question then becomes whether a tie on May 6th is enough to keep her in the race.”

Indiana has an open primary but it’s unclear who will benefit from that. Clinton leads 48-47 with the 14% of voters who described themselves as Republicans. Obama has the 52-37 edge with voters who described their affiliation as being ‘other’ than either Democratic or Republican. Those voters made up 12% of the survey.

PPP’s latest North Carolina survey found Barack Obama holding onto a 51-39 lead in the state. Final Presidential polls in both Indiana and North Carolina will be released next Monday.

PPP surveyed 1388 likely Democratic primary voters on April 26th and 27th. The
survey’s margin of error is +/- 2.6%. Other factors, such as refusal to be interviewed and weighting, may introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify.

If you would like an interview regarding this release, please contact Dean Debnam at
(888) 621-6988 or 919-880-4888.
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Iowa Superdelegate Backs Obama

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An Iowa Superdelegate Richard Machaceck has endorsed Barack Obama. The flow continues at the rate of one or two a day. Pretty soon the margin between Obama and Clinton numbers will be under 15 and a tipping point will be reached.

Here is the official announcement:

Winthrop farmer Richard Machaceck, an Iowa superdelegate, said today he is pledging to support Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

Machacek, a member of the Democratic National Committee, had been uncommitted. He said he saw little difference between Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton on policy positions or ability.

Machacek, a Buchanan County Democrat also on the party’s state central committee, said Obama’s performance at Saturday’s Democratic district conventions in Iowa tipped the balance in his favor.

Obama netted 16 of the 29 national convention delegates at stake in the state’s five congressional districts, while Clinton received nine. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards received four delegates, having retained sufficient support in some districts despite leaving the race in January.

“I think it needs to be over, and in good conscience, I can’t fly in the face of my precinct, county and district,” Machacek told The Des Moines Register in a telephone interview. “The raw numbers coming out of the district conventions really sat me down hard.”

Obama won Iowa’s leadoff caucuses on Jan. 3, but has expanded his share of Iowa’s pledged national national delegates through the county and district conventions.

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Fire Baptism

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The WAY OF JESUS is the way of fire baptism which is baptism by the Holy Spirit. The Luke text is the source for this. John the Baptist states that Jesus will baptize in this way.

Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1: 9-11; Luke 3: 15-22

Therefore any water baptism is merely a beginning point and is not strictly even necessary for the follower of the way of Jesus.

The baptism of Jesus by John is a water baptism. But it is also a Holy Spirit baptism because the Spirit descends on Jesus like a dove and Abba speaks the words “my beloved” and “I am well pleased”.

Since we backslide, there perhaps ought to be many ways to show repentance including something like the baptism in the Jordan. But the fact remains that the baptism we are now to seek is that of the Holy Spirit and of fire.

Two things accompany Spirit baptism. Note that fire baptism is really a powerful statement of Spirit baptism because in Acts at Pentecost the Spirit does descend as tongues of fire!

The two things are deliverance and purification.

Jesus does not, as far as we know, baptize with water, though he does wash the feet of his disciples, implying servanthood and love. Nor does he make any ceremony about baptizing with the Holy Spirit.

What then is the fulfillment of John’s prophecy about Spirit and fire baptism?

If we take from Luke the ideas of purification and deliverance, Jesus fulfills these for us by initiating the cleansing, inrushing, powerful actions of the Spirit as the gift he gives to his congregation or church.

The church is literally created where this gift is received!

This makes Pentecost the essential completion of John’s statement about how Jesus will baptize in the future.

What then is the WAY OF JESUS for us in the here and now?

It is most probably to include the water baptism as one of numerous water rituals that could be performed to signify human repentance and turning from sin and the desire for deliverance, purification and rebirth.

It is most assuredly to initiate times when the baptism of fire and the Holy Spirit is actively sought and received.

The role of the Spirit in Jesus’s ministry is not tangental but foundational. The Spirit comes down upon him at baptism and literally drives him to his own journey of encounter with the principalities and powers, Satan in the desert.

So when we consider the place of baptism today, move quickly to the prophecy of the Baptist — which was indeed fulfilled before all eyes at Jesus’s baptism in the Jordan.

It would not be out of place for continuing rites of baptism to seek the Spirit baptism, but the texts give us a strong argument AGAINST infant baptism and against the sacramentalization of baptism in a world that has been fully sacramentalized by the healing power of Abba in Jesus Christ and the Spirit.

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Proof of Clinton’s Illegal Push Polling in NC

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Clinton’s push polling in North Carolina by Hillary Clinton is is shown in this audio link.

To me, this completes the circle — Hillary has now used every Republican trick in the book.

Whisper campaigns, surrogates, lies, feigned indignation, fear and push polling.

Nothing is too low for Hillary.

I am becoming convinced that she is out to destroy Obama for November so she can run again. If she can’t have it, no one can. If this doesn’t convince super delegates to end this, they should lose their next elections, as well.

See also: Should Geoff Garin Get A Pass?

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