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Window on Obama 2008 – Brian Schweitzer, New Yorker, John McCain

From a growing archive filed as Obama Diary.

Could Brian Schweitzer Have Been Obama’s VP? Flashback to 2008 – Associated Content from Yahoo! – “Does Barack Obama have a Western Strategy for winning the 2008 Presidential election? Yes he sees the West as winnable and he is campaigning there in earnest. But I’m talking about something larger.”


New Yorker Cover Savages Obama July 2008 – Associated Content from Yahoo! – “The notion that it is satire to portray the Obamas this way is disingenuous and ultimately false.”


McCain was Doomed Well Before He was Nominated in 2008 – Associated Content from Yahoo! – “McCain may not end up being nominated. I am not saying the odds are 50/50 but they are moving in that direction. The reason is simple. The man is outdoing Hillary Clinton in underestimating his opponent.”


COMMENT ON: McCain Emerges As Front Man In GOP Efforts To Claim Reform Mantle

This piece places HuffPo squarely in the MSM with all that that implies.

You’ll see a “new Obama” after the holidays, reinforced by his partner David Plouffe.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Twitter Tip: A Radical Approach to Spam Follows

Twitter Tip: A Radical Approach to Spam Follows

If you invite someone by following them, you are ALREADY following them, whether or not they reply with a “following you” email.

This means you do NOT need to fear deleting ALL your “following you” email. Acceptance emails complete the loop. The rest of your “following you” email is spam or prospecting for followers.

If you want to go completely radical on this and pare your list of followers down, then post something like the following as needed.

SPAM follows. I now delete all following email.If I miss you, send me a @ reply with FOLLOW. I will check these. Thanks. S

To rephrase this, I believe if someone you want to follow gets missed, he or she should be invited to send you a @ reply with FOLLOW as the message. This means I can check the profile again and follow the person.

Naturally if you get mail from someone you follow and recognize it, you can and should keep it. But if you are getting tens and even hundreds of spam and prospecting follows each day,an approach like this may help.

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Earmark Bulldinky Get Off The Dime

The rectitude of those who are holding up the passage of the spending bill is sickening. Our President said he would examine earmarks and his leadership should be followed. We are facing narcissistic dramatics from the likes of Feingold. I am losing respect for him with every letter I type. McCain’s rectitude should be bottled and used against rodents.

Most earmarks are money going back to the states. Where else is it supposed to go. These earmarks are nothing compared to things these idiots vote every year, including war expenses. If they are paying for projects they are putting money into the economy.

Subtlety, forget it.

Maturity, in your dreams.

The Senate will pass this silly bill and maybe in the bargain we will learn to distinguish between what matters more and what matters less. And President Obama will be double vigilant about earmarks when one of HIS spending bills comes up.


What CNN Saw and What I Saw

Me first. McCain baits the President on the helicopter boondoggle and Barack replies by saying he is OK with his present helicopter. The rest of his statement is more than a joke. There is most definitely  an inference that the President will figure a way to stop the boondoggle.

Now here is the complete CNN report on this that goes out to its thousands or more of readers. Is it any wonder we throw up our hands at the knee-jerk tendency of the media to go for conflict even when the actuality is anything but?

McCain presses Obama on pricey helicopters

Posted: 09:00 AM ET

Sen. McCain mentioned the hefty projected price tag for replacing the President’s fleet of helicopters as the White House’s fiscal responsibility summit ended Monday evening.

(CNN) — President Obama said Monday he’s pretty happy with helicopter he has — though the new commander-in-chief joked he’s never had one to compare it to.

During a fiscal summit at the White House Monday, Arizona Sen. John McCain — Obama’s former rival for the White House — pressed the new president on the Defense Department’s plan to overhaul the fleet of 28 Marine One helicopters, a process that began early in the Bush administration.



For Obama — No Nonsense Time

OK. The Repubs in the Senate had a week to shape up and now they are doing just the opposite. Pulling back from the necessary compromise that would enable Barack to claim he has brought the two sides together. Well there is one side that is living in a world of not giving a damn. That believes we can pay for things by denying the government resources to do anything. These are those, like McCain, who will not repeal the Bush tax giveaway. Cindy might get squeezed. A house might have to go. Disgusting.

In any case, it is time to accept what I’ve maintained for a while — that when push comes to shove it will be the Democrats and a handful of Senators from the other side. I thought that this august GOP group would include McCain, but unless he is bargaining for concessions, he is out as of now.

The only thing that will wake up the bulk of Republicans is no nonsense moves that succeed. This is no time to get wrapped up in a campaign to make leopards change their spots. Let the predators stew in the fetid juices of their bilious denial of reality



Conservative Take: Barack Tax Cut Smart

The conservative U.S. News and World report pronounces Barack smart, thus far, in wooing the GOP to his stimulus, recovery package. Particularly the tax cut. But get ready for a dance with the Republicans who have the most to gain by playing ball with Barack, Hold your nose.

By packaging the tax cut with other sweeteners in a time of fiscal crisis, Obama may avoid a months-long war (with the media ruthlessly keeping score) with GOP obstructionists over every obscure clause and comma of a stand-alone tax bill.

The key, of course, is to get it done quickly.

And I’m thinking that this puts the ladies from Maine—and maybe our old pals John McCain and Joe Lieberman—in mighty good bargaining positions.