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Obama Fever

First, I want to thank Carson Britz for filling in this week for Tom. That’s not an easy gig, but Carson is a heck of a nice young man and I’m enjoying working with him. He also produces the morning show on KSTT FM with Bill and Amy. Enjoyed the chance to talk to pop singer Melissa Manchester tonight. Wish I was going to be in town this Saturday to catch her concert at the Clark Center, but, alas, the penguins call.

Also met Connie O’Henley, the new director of the Clark Center, the sixth in five years for those of you keeping track at home. Nice woman with a solid background in nonprofit work. Hope she works out. The Clark Center deserves stability.

If you’re looking for a PR job, you might think of contacting Cuesta College. They sacked their public information officer, Tim Chanel (sp?), after only a few months on the job. Cuesta just seems to be stumbling without Grace Mitchell as president. Very sad.

Meanwhile, the big news today is Barack Obama inching closer to running for the White House. I heard Sean Hannity go nuts on him today, which means I like him already. I understand and share the concern that he’s relatively inexperienced and untested, but after eight years of Bush-Cheney (or Cheney-Bush), the country might just need an outsider, someone who truly is a uniter and not a divider. And now in the 21st century, we might welcome a president who is not another white male.

So it’s not an endorsement, but I think if I have any money left over from Antarctica, I’m going to kick it to Obama and help give the guy a chance to run a competitive race. To me, John McCain sold out and can’t be trusted. I really like Chuck Hagel from Nebraska and find him to be a Republican I can support. Hilary is too gun shy and those pantsuits are starting to get to me. I can’t take John Edwards seriously.

So do you have Obama fever? And how do you explain the magnetism?

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  1. Marilyn
    January 17, 2007 at 7:18 am

    I do not think I have “Obama fever,” but I would vote for him over most of his party colleagues. I think his “charisma” is due to a number of factors: his minority status, his fairly young age, his good looks, his eloquence, and , most importantly, his
    passion and apparent honesty and decent politics.

    This does not mean he is perfect, but I sense that he has touched a cord of humility and hope with many democrats and others. He seems to be very comfortable with who he is as a person and as a politician. He does not have to work hard at it to show himself as a decent person.

    He may provide some kind of role model for future younger politicians to lead by compassion, justice, and by example as opposed to by greed and corruption.

    I think he would be a better candidate than Hilary. Hilary’s international politics are extremely close to her Republican colleagues. Too racist and intolerant, for my taste at least; too rough.

    Marilyn Farhat.

  2. Tony
    January 17, 2007 at 7:32 am

    I would vote for Obama over any Republican. Who needs experience? Experience led us to Cheney and Rumsfeld

  3. JerryDinAZ
    January 17, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    BARAK “HUSSEIN” OBAMA

    TYPICAL LIBERAL SP CANDIDATE…

    1) POLITICALLY CORRECT PUPPET
    2) ZERO INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
    3) ZERO FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE
    4) ZERO NATIONAL EXPERIANCE
    5) TYPICAL FILTHY RICH LIMOUSINE LIBERAL
    6) A BUBBA CLONE PRETTY BOY
    7) IDEALISTIC WITH NO FOUNDATION
    8) BORN TO A ISLAMIC FATHER
    9) ADMITTED DRUG USER (COCAINE)

    AND I WILL PROMISE YOU THIS…WHEN BILLARY GET THROUGH WITH HIM THIS LIST WILL GO TO AT LEAST 150 OF HIS SHORTCOMINGS! JUST WAIT.

    IS THIS THE BEST YOUR PARTY CAN COME UP WITH? THAT IS SAD! VERY SAD INDEED. YOU ARE WILLING TO SEND A POLITICAL KINDERGARTNER INTO THE WHITE HOUSE WHEN WE ARE ENGAGED IN WORLD WAR THREE WITH THE RELIGION OF HIS FATHER?

    PLEASE TELL ME YOU ARE KIDDING…PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS NOT THE BEST YOU CAN COME UP WITH…PLEASE TELL ME YOU ARE NOT HANGING YOUR HOPES ON A CUTE LIL PUPPY WITH YOUR NOSE PRESSED UP AGAINST THE GLASS ADMIRING HIM!

    PLEASE…TELL ME YOU HAVE MORE THAN THIS MUSLIM ROOKIE!

  4. JERRACIST
    January 17, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    UHHH

    HIM DON’T TALK LIKE ARE NOW PRESIDENT DO. HIM IS STOOPID!!

    DUUHHHH!

  5. jorge w
    January 17, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    me leave borders open and spend all money

  6. Anonymous
    January 17, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Geeze…guess I missed something….what happened to Blythe Rainey-Cuyler at the Clark Center? It sure wasn’t due to inhospitality…as I believe you had her for Thanksgiving dinner Dave!

  7. golfingslo
    January 17, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    Yeah what happened to Bylthe? She sounded like she knew what she was doing?

  8. Dave Congalton
    January 17, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Blythe apparently resigned because she didn’t like the overly-tight structure of the Clark Center. She wasn’t used to having to go to the school district for approval on everything.

    There’s no dark scandal here. Blythe just comes from a different background and when presented with a choice of doing things the Clark way, or not, she chose to step aside.

    As I’ve said all along, the Clark center needs someone local as the ED and I think Connie O’Henley will do just fine.

    So how about Obama?

  9. Anonymous
    January 17, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Obama needs more credible experience under his belt…a charismatic speaker seems to be most of his appeal…but there is a LOT more involved in holding our highest Office than being a charming warm & fuzzy speaker.

  10. Anonymous
    January 17, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    Bush proved that you can get elected even if its a giant task to string a few sentences together.

  11. golfingslo
    January 17, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    What is Obama’s plan for Iraq, Africa, World Terror, Immigration. The list can go on. Michele has more ideas about things than this guy does. Should we elect Michele?

  12. Anonymous
    January 17, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    Bush must be proud that border patrol agents are going to prison for shooting at drug runners.
    I don’t think personally Bush is evil, but he is a brutal leader.

  13. Rich from Paso
    January 18, 2007 at 12:25 am

    Only liberal Americans think that the shooting of an illegal Mexican drug running poison pushers trying to avoid capture after violating the territorial soverignty of our country is a bad thing. The rest of us law-abiding Americans think it is a travesty of justice.

  14. JerryDinAZ
    January 18, 2007 at 12:52 am

    Dave Congalton said…
    “I have to agree with Marilyn’s observation about the increasing personal tone of the attacks on her. Please stick to the issues, or I’ll have to go back to deleting offensive comments.”

    I FIND THIS AMAZING AND UNBELIEVABLE! MARILYN POSTS MORE THAN ANY OTHER BLOGGER. HER POSTS ARE 250-1200 WORDS (LONGEST POSTS ON THE BLOG BY FAR)
    SO SHE WINS ON FREQUENCY AND VOLUME. FACT!

    SHE SPEWS OUT RHETORIC STRAIGHT FROM HEZBOLLAH AND THE MUSLIM POSITION ABOUT THE U.S. PRESENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
    SHE IS A BLATHERSKITE OF AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF ANTI AMERICAN PIFFLE.
    SHE DENOUNCES VALUES HELD DEAR FOR CENTURIES BY ALL AMERICANS AND SHE ATTACKS AMERICAN’S AND THEIR VALUES WHEREVER POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY ON MIDDLE EAST POLICY

    SHE ABJURES ANY AND ALL QUESTIONS THAT RELATE DIRECTLY TO COMMENTS SHE MAKES, TAKING NO PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY OR COMMITMENT TO CLARIFICATION OR SUBSTANTIATION OF HER POINTS.

    AND THEN…WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS AND SHE IS IN THE PROVERBIAL CORNER SHE VOCIFERATES FOR HELP FROM HER COMRADE THE BLOG-MASTER TO STEP IN AND THREATEN BLOGGERS OF CENSURE OR EXPUNGEMENT.

    THIS IS THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS AND COWARDICE THING I HAVE EVER HEARD OF…EVEN ON A BLOG!
    IT’S LIKE A 4-YEAR-OLD RUNNING TO MOMMY AND COMPLAINING ABOUT A SIBLING AND MOM REACTING WITHOUT REGARD FOR REALLY HAPPENED AND WHY.

    THIS, AND ONLY THIS SHOULD BE THE TEST!
    IF YOU CAN REPLACE THE WORD “FEEL” WITH THE WORD “THINK” IN YOUR POST THEN WHAT YOU HAVE SAID IS 100% OPINION, OR IF YOUR STATE FACTS, ASSESSMENTS, INTERPRETATIONS, THEN YOU ARE FAIR GAME FOR A FULL PERLUSTRATION OF YOUR COMMENT(S). PERIOD.

    IF YOU CAN’T RUN WITH THE BIG DOGS THEN YOU SHOULD GET OFF THE PORCH.

    I HAVE BEEN SLANDERED AND ATTACKED MORE THAN ANYONE ON THIS BLOG, AND I LOVE IT! IT MEANS I HAVE “GOTTEN” TO SOMEBODY…AND THAT IS WHY I BLOG.

    IF YOU DON’T WANT TO COME UNDER THE MICROSCOPE OF THOROUGH ASSIDUITY I SUGGEST YOU DO NOT BLOG.

    EDITORS NOTE:
    DAVE, YOUR BLOG HAS FEW CONSERVATIVE THINKERS. POLICIES LIKE THIS THAT FAVOR ONE OVER THE OTHER WILL ONLY SERVE TO BRING YOUR BLOG TO A STATE OF IGNOMINY

  15. marianne
    January 18, 2007 at 2:18 am

    Jerry is very insecure.

  16. JerryDinAZ
    January 18, 2007 at 2:58 am

    MARIANNE,
    THANKS FOR THE PERSONAL ATTACK …YOU MADE MY POINT!

    I MAY BE A SESQUIPEDALIAN, BUT I AM FAR FROM DIFFIDENT.

  17. marianne
    January 18, 2007 at 3:53 am

    Jerry,
    Thanks for making my point.

  18. GROVERBEACHBABE
    January 18, 2007 at 4:45 am

    From where I sit it looks like Marianne has the “hots” for Jerry but is incapable of expressing that, so she paints him the way she is to ease her own pain.
    Us women just know these things. Call it intuition, but we just know. Emotion is the power source of a balanced mature woman.
    Go ahead Marianne. Tell him you find him irresistible and be vulnerable. Let’s see how he responds to that.

  19. Anonymous
    January 18, 2007 at 4:54 am

    Oh the dems are digging a hole so deep that by 2008 we will only be able to hear them faintly.

    obama’s first big boma!

    Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., made his first misstep a few days ago when he joined only a handful of Democrats in opposing a Senate reform banning the increasingly widespread practice of legislators hiring their family members on their campaign or PAC payrolls.

    Obama has not heard the last of this vote. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., who opposes wives cashing in on their husbands’ positions, voted righteously in favor of the reform and will probably use the Illinois senator’s vote against him in the presidential primaries.

    When a legislator hires his or her spouse on the campaign or PAC payroll, he is effectively converting contributions to his campaign committee into personal income that flows into the family’s checking account, blurring the line between contribution and bribe.

    In the past, senators and House members routinely hired their spouses and other family members on their public payrolls. In the early 1940s, for example, Harry S. Truman hired his wife, Bess, to work on his Senate staff. She got $2,500 a year in salary at a time when senators themselves only earned $8,500. But nepotism on the public payroll is now banned. So inventive congressmen and senators have filled the void by hiring family on their campaign or PAC payrolls.

    Hiring family members and paying them with campaign donations is, if anything, more pernicious than doing so with public funds. Where tax money is involved, the sin is against the taxpayer for wasting his funds. But where campaign contributions are involved, the congressman is profiting personally from the largesse of special interest donors. In plain English, that’s a payoff.

    There is, of course, a certain hypocrisy in the Senate action since very few senators, in fact, hire their families on their payrolls.

    It is, though, widely practiced in the House of Representatives, where 30 members have their families on their payrolls. But senators are much less likely to do so. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who voted “present” on the reform, hired her son, Douglas, a lobbyist, to manage her PAC, paying him $130,000 over a four-year period. Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, then a Democrat, hired his son, Matthew, for $34,000 and his daughter, Rebecca, for $36,000 to work on his 2004 presidential campaign.

    So the congressional ethics reform of 2007 boils down to this: The House banned the use of corporate jets but the Senate did not, even though senators are more likely to avail themselves of the luxury than is the average House member. The Senate banned hiring family members but the House did not, even though House members are far more likely to hire their significant others to work for them.

    Obama’s inexplicable pro-nepotism vote may have been cast in sympathy with Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., whose hiring of his wife, Sandi, to work on his campaign prompted an FEC ruling allowing the practice. Jackson might be afraid that the Senate action will catalyze a similar reform in the House, which could cut way back on his disposable family income.

    But whatever the reason for his vote, Obama has screwed up. The public will not take kindly to a senator who pledged to clean up the political process voting to allow wives to be hired with special-interest campaign funds.

    The FEC required, in allowing the practice, that the contract for the services of the family member contain the language customarily used between campaign committees and consultants. The FEC also ruled that any payment to a family member in excess of the fair market value of the services would be considered to be a “personal use of campaign funds.”

    But, as usual, the FEC has missed the point. Any payment from campaign money to a spouse is, in fact, an appropriation of campaign funds by the member of Congress for his own personal use, however camouflaged or disguised. The Senate was right to ban the practice and the House should follow suit.

  20. Bob from San Luis
    January 18, 2007 at 6:08 am

    Anonymous: The love of money for political campaigns is the root cause of the inherent problems in our election process. Many many issues about political campaigns need to be addressed, but the way candidates have to raise money to run is the number one problem that leads to all sorts of wrong doing and the crossing of ever moving lines defining the campaign financing laws. Solution? I like the proposal put forth by Rich; all national campaigns are publicly financed, with the funds being available only to those who qualify per narrow constraints and limiting the time frame of campaigning, the amount that can be spent, and eliminates all other financing except for the wealthy candidates who want to spend their own money. No special interest financing, no corporations, no unions, no PACs. Result? Elected officials who own nothing to anyone, except those who elected him/her.
    As for Obama; the Democratic Convention is quite away off, much can sink him or buoy him. He is smart, articulate and charismatic, but also not well experienced and is fairly young for a presidential contender. The campaign will be interesting.

  21. Rich from Paso
    January 18, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    Corrections Bob: Under my plan, you could not contribute a single dollar to your own campaign. If ma and pa America can’t contribute and the unions and the PACs and big business can’t contribute, neither can you. This makes the election totally public financed and deepends the candidate pool even further and keeps the Perots, the Kennedy’s, the Rockefellers, and all of the other fat cats in government, both conservative and liberal, from buying an election. Every candidate gets the same amount of money and has unlimited access to the public airwaves. Just so you all are clear on my plan.

  22. Bob from San Luis
    January 18, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks Rich.

  23. Brett
    January 19, 2007 at 12:50 am

    ) POLITICALLY CORRECT PUPPET
    2) ZERO INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
    3) ZERO FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE
    4) ZERO NATIONAL EXPERIANCE
    5) TYPICAL FILTHY RICH
    6) A BUBBA CLONE PRETTY BOY
    7) IDEALISTIC WITH NO FOUNDATION
    8) BORN TO A ISLAMIC FATHER
    9) ADMITTED DRUG USER (COCAINE)

    Damn, if it weren’t for the reference to having an Islamic father I would have guessed Jerry was talking about G.W. Bush.

    Jerry seems to have some issues with Muslims now. Hell Jerry it’s too bad you weren’t around during the internment of American Japanese during WWII you could have cheered their imprisonment.

  24. Marilyn
    January 19, 2007 at 1:40 am

    Bob,

    I think that many forget that the United States is gradually becoming a nation of immigrants from all over the globe and not just from Europe as was the case up till the end of the 19th century. Also, with many of the wars going on in the Middle East, Africa, and previously Southeast Asia, many nationals have left their countries for Europe and the United States. It is estimated that between 1 and 2 million Iraqis have left since the 2003 invasion, most of them educated and well-off people. The expatriate Middle Eastern community, in general, tends to be more educated than the average American or the average Middle Eastern person. After all, they have means to leave their countries in times of conflict.

    Wouldn’t it be great if colonial powers left people alone so they can fix what they need to fix in their countries instead of creating and escalating conflicts and causing more refugees?

    The British caused the migration of Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Jordanian, and Jamaican nationals into their Kingdom.

    The United States did the same with the Vietnamese after the end of our intervention there. The First World War caused mass exoduses from the Middle East to the United States (but that was encouraged in those days).

    This goes to show you, we cannot get away from each other no matter how hard we try.

    Marilyn Farhat.

  25. David Abdul
    January 19, 2007 at 2:05 am

    Marilyn is speaks clearly that the US is not just white anymore and immigrants are tired of being pushed around by racists. It will stop God willing.

  26. Dave Congalton
    January 19, 2007 at 6:00 am

    Brett,

    Good post! Right on!

    dc

  27. JerryDinAZ
    January 19, 2007 at 6:09 am

    WHO IS THE NEW BLOGMASTER NOW THAT DAVE HAS DECIDED TO JOIN IN ON PERSONAL ATTACKS?

  28. Rich from Paso
    January 19, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    I just found out that Obama voted against a bill in the Illinois legislature that would have mandated that babies that SURVIVE the abortion process MUSt be given medical care. Let me restate this: Obama said that a baby MUST DIE if the mother wanted it aborted regardless if it survives or not. Say what you will about abortion, but if the process FAILS to result in death, that baby is a living breathing human being entitled to all of the rights and protections of a baby carried to term and birthed in the normal ways. Also, I don’t care if the baby is deformed or seriously harmed by the process and survives, it still must be taken care of. To me, allowing the baby to die even though it was to be aborted is just barbaric, unconscionable and takes Obama off the “Democrats I would vote for if I was an idiot or insane” list.

  29. Rich from Paso
    January 19, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    I think Dave just called you a racist, Jerry. Can we now apply the old saying, “With friends like Dave…”?

  30. JerryDinAZ
    January 20, 2007 at 3:08 am

    INDEED RICH, INDEED.
    THIS HATE HAS KILLED THE PARTY AND SOON ALL IN IT.

  31. JerryDinAZ
    January 22, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    OBAMA FEVER? WHAT FEVER?
    HE IS ALL WASHED UP! AN ADMITTED COCAINE USER…RAISED IN TERRORIST SCHOOLS…RAISED AS A RADICAL MUSLIM…AND THE ELECTION IS 2 YEARS AWAY!
    HE WILL NEVER MAKE IT! HE JUMPED IN 12 YRS TOO SOON

  32. Rich from Paso
    January 22, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    Jerry, it’s worse than that. Obama is the sacrificial lamb thrown out there to be the “front runner” so Hilliary can be the “Comeback Girl” like her old man. Obama will fade faster than a watercolor shirt left out in the sun.

  33. JerryDinAZ
    January 23, 2007 at 4:01 am

    YES RICH, BILLARY WILL SLAUGHTER HIM…SOME VP. I SAY HE IS WASHED UP! BILLARY WOULD NEVER JEOPARDIZE HER ELECTION WITH A “RISKY” VP.
    HE IS YESTERDAYS NEW!

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