Monday, February 25, 2008
As Barack Obama, the untested and empty suit of a presidential candidate, appears more and more likely to be the Downtrodden Party's candidate for President, we all need to examine this man's record and see what is behind the empty suit.
My, is it empty.
First up, we have The Washington Post - The Washington Post! - listing...wait for it..."The Top Obama Flip-Flops."
This is too rich for words.
Top Obama Flip-Flops
Top Obama Flip-Flops
1. Special interests In January, the Obama campaign described union contributions to the campaigns of Clinton and John Edwards as "special interest" money. Obama changed his tune as he began gathering his own union endorsements. He now refers respectfully to unions as the representatives of "working people" and says he is "thrilled" by their support.
2. Public financing Obama replied "yes" in September 2007 when asked if he would agree to public financing of the presidential election if his GOP opponent did the same. Obama has now attached several conditions to such an agreement, including regulating spending by outside groups. His spokesman says the candidate never committed himself on the matter.
3. The Cuba embargo In January 2004, Obama said it was time "to end the embargo with Cuba" because it had "utterly failed in the effort to overthrow Castro." Speaking to a Cuban American audience in Miami in August 2007, he said he would not "take off the embargo" as president because it is "an important inducement for change."
4. Illegal immigration In a March 2004 questionnaire, Obama was asked if the government should "crack down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants." He replied "Oppose." In a Jan. 31, 2008, televised debate, he said that "we do have to crack down on those employers that are taking advantage of the situation."
5. Decriminalization of marijuana While running for the U.S. Senate in January 2004, Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use. In the Oct. 30, 2007, presidential debate, he joined other Democratic candidates in opposing the decriminalization of marijuana.
And those are the top five The Post wishes to reveal. What about the others? We shall see.
How wonderful, though!
On the polling front, while it is early, we find that Obama's negatives are starting to rise, while McCain's are holding steady.
Second thoughts from the electorate?
For or Against Presidential Candidates; McCain Has Less Core Opposition Than Clinton or Obama
Thirty-four percent (34%) of all voters say they will definitely vote for John McCain if he is on the ballot this November. Thirty-three percent (33%) will definitely vote against him while 29% say their support hinges on who his opponent is.
Barack Obama has the same number who will definitely vote for him--34%. But, more people are committed to voting against him than McCain. Forty-three percent (43%) say they will definitely reject him at the ballot box. For 18%, their support depends on his opponent.
For Hillary Clinton, 32% will definitely vote for her if she is on the ballot and 46% will definitely vote against. Core opposition to Clinton, the best-known of the candidates as the long campaign season began, hovered in the high 40s through most of the past year.
Throughout 2007, support for McCain was somewhat softer than now. As late as December, Rasmussen Reports showed only 22% definitely supporting him, 33% against, and 39% waiting to see the opposition. Between June and November, firm support for him had slipped below 20%.
There was less uncertainty about Obama during 2007. In December, only 28% had a wait-and-see attitude. Obama's support was then 29%, with 36% definitely opposed.
Thus, while the base of strong support has risen for both men in recent weeks, it's risen only slightly for Obama. On the other hand, core opposition to McCain, the least of any candidate's, is the same as in December; whereas strong opposition to Obama has jumped seven percentage points.
What McCain and the GOP need to do is start running commercials, NOW, to bloody Obama as much as possible. Get some of the 527s to do it for them if necessary. They need to make Obama as popular as the clap by Labor Day.