"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!" - Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) -

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Is It Really Possible That We Are All Irrelevant Dupes Being Screwed With No Loving?

Plus Hillary’s Growing Shadow

Thanks to Victor Davis Hanson over at Real Clear Politics for the title that grabbed my attention. So, here’s my take on the image that popped right into my right brain.

The more the DNC and Obama ignore a candidate, who deserves her day, the more they drag their feet about what to do with her, the larger and larger the shadow over Obama grows.

Denver may end up being more about Hillary Clinton than Barack Obama!

How absolutely frightened of her they must be—and probably even more terrified of us, we who are not taking lightly the outrage over being saddled with a candidate who has way too little experience for the job. It shows more each day in increasingly scary ways.

The shadow only bears a likeness to Hillary, for she is not actually standing there. The shadow is made up of the millions of us who have had it with the way this primary played out—the rampant sexism, the media bias, and the manipulations that make those of us who have been loyal Democrats since the day we cast our first vote as teenagers wondering why our party has drifted into madness.


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Breaking Investigative Report: Bought and Paid For! By Nancy Pelosi

By Dr. Lynette LonggravatarcloseAuthor: Dr. Lynette Long Name: Lynette Long
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on August 13, 2008 at 12:40 PM in Barack Obama, Delegates, Democracy, Democratic Nomination, Nancy Pelosi, PACs, Superdelegates

By Dr. Lynette Long || Lynette Long blog

As Americans sat glued to their television sets watching the most hotly contested presidential primary in American history, pundits counted pledged delegates won in caucuses and primaries and discussed the highly prized superdelegates’ endorsements. Eventually it would be these superdelegates, Democratic officials, governors, and members of congress, who would determine the nominee, since neither contestant won enough pledged delegates in the 52 primary contests.

What the pundits forgot to tell the American public was that these superdelegates were doing some counting of their own. They weren’t counting how many of their constituents had voted for Senator Clinton or Senator Obama, but rather how much money was being put into their war chests by the Obama campaign and the Democratic hierarchy. This money, moved from one candidate to another via PAC’s, would determine their endorsements and ultimately the nomination.

Since 1987, Nancy Pelosi has represented California’s eighth district– including most of San Francisco. An Italian American, Pelosi was raised on politics. Her father was a Congressman from Maryland and the Mayor of Baltimore. Pelosi was elected as Democratic Speaker of the House 2002. Pelosi shattered the glass ceiling in the House of Representatives when she was elected the first female speaker in 2007. A shrewd politician, Madame Speaker exercises a lot of influence over the members of congress. She determines Committee assignments and in conjunction with the DNC and Howard Dean decides how much money and support the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee gives to each member of congress in their bid for re-election.

In addition, Pelosi also contributes money directly to the congressional campaigns of certain candidates through her Political Action Committee “PAC to the FUTURE.” Her PAC receives money from other PAC’s such as Service Employees International Union $10,000, American Bankers Assn $10,000, Sheet Metal Workers Union $10,000, International Association of Fire Fighters, $10,000, and Goldman Sachs 10,000. It also receives money from individuals.

In the 2008 election cycle, the Center for Responsive Politics (www.opensecrets.org) reports that Nancy Pelosi’s PAC received 585,400 and contributed more than $445,000 of this to 59 congressional candidates. PAC to the FUTURE gave money to 38 incumbents and 21 challengers.

Of the 435 members in the house, Pelosi gave money to 8.5% of them. Of the members who received money from Pelosi, 71% were men; only 29% were women.

Only eleven percent of the female members of congress received support from Pelosi’s PAC. It’s disappointing that a female speaker did not symbolically make some contribution to all Democratic women in the house.

(This one is easy to explain. When it comes to Nancy Pelosi there is only one Queen Bee in the Congressional Hive, and that includes Hillary who best not turn her back on dear Nancy or she’ll have some fresh stab wounds. As for rest; we wouldn’t want some other gal to suddenly catch the eye of the press or emerge as a shining Female Star in the firmament of the electorate. Let_em work their way up the hard way.) Besides, she seems to have better luck controlling the men. Just look at Jane Harmon, once her best friend, Jane disagreed with Nancy and was one of the first to get screwed over by the Speaker…what a gal! (Ed.)

But even more important than the gender implications of Pelosi’s behavior was her impact on the Presidential election.

Publicly Madame Speaker did not endorse either Obama or Clinton in the Democratic Primary, but was she was anything but neutral.

Pelosi gave money to the campaigns of thirty-eight members of congress, twenty-eight of these endorsed Obama; ten endorsed Clinton. Pelosi contributed to the campaigns of Obama endorsers almost three to one. Pelosi not only gave to a greater number of Obama supporters, she collectively gave them more money.

Pelosi gave $250,000 to the campaigns of superdelegates that endorsed Obama and only $80,000 to the campaigns of superdelegates that endorsed Clinton. Money talks, and Pelosi and her PAC spoke volumes….in shorthand. She may not have publicly endorsed a candidate, but the members of the House of Representatives knew she supported Obama.

Of the thirty-eight Members of Congress Pelosi gave money to, sixteen went against the grain for Obama. This means, their state voted for Hillary, their district voted for Hillary, yet they endorsed Obama. Why? Follow the money.

John Alder-NJ-$2500 from Pelosi-Alder endorses Obama

Jason Altmire-PA-$10k from Pelosi-Altmire endorses Obama

Andre Carson-IN-$10k from Pelosi-Aarson endorses Obama

Joe Connelly-IN-$10k from Pelosi-Donnnelly endorses Obama

Gabrielle Giffords-AZ-$10k from Pelosi-Giffords endorses Obama

Baron Hill-IN-$10k from Pelosi-Hill endorses Obama

Ron Klein-FL-$10k from Pelosi-Klein endorses Obama

Nick Lampson-TX-$7500 from Pelosi-Lampson endorses Obama

Tim Mahoney-FL-$10k from Pelosi-Mahoney endorses Obama

Jerry McNerney-CA-$10k from Pelosi-McNerney endorses Obama

Harry Mitchell-AZ-$10k from Pelosi-Mitchell endorses Obama

Patrick Murphy -PA -$10k from Pelosi-Murphy endorses Obama

Joe Sestak-PA-$10k from Pelosi-Sestak endorses Obama

Carol Shea Porter-NH-$10k from Pelosi-Shea Porter endorses Obama

Zachary Space-OH-$10k from Pelosi-Space endorses Obama

Niki Tsongas-MA-$10k from Pelosi-Tsongas endorses Obama

By endorsing Obama, all of these Members of Congress went against the will of their constituents, twice, at the state level and at the district level. Only two members who received money from Pelosi’s PAC went against the grain and endorsed Hillary.

Is sixteen against the grain for Hillary and two against the grain for Obama a coincidence?

Pelosi’s contributions to the campaigns of state representatives followed a similar pattern. Sixty-three percent of the state representatives to whom Pelosi gave money, endorsed Obama in a state won by Clinton.

Ten thousand dollars, PAC to the FUTURE’s typical contribution, doesn’t seem like a lot of money but besides getting money from PAC TO THE FUTURE, most of these members got contributions from other PACs.

These contributions were most likely orchestrated by Pelosi and company since the overlap is too startling. Congressman James Clyburn from South Carolina has BRIDGE PAC. BRIDGE PAC gave money to all but two of these same members of congress. Steny Hoyer from Maryland has AMERIPAC. AMERIPAC gave money to almost every single one of these same members of congress. Typical donations from both of these PAC’S were $10,000.

And then there is the NATIONAL LEADERSHIP PAC and the NEW DEMOCRAT COALITION, and of course there is the HOPE FUND owned by Barack Obama. All of these PACs donated an average of $10,000 to most of their campaigns. These young representatives got a lot of pressure to endorse Obama no matter which way their district or state voted. The voices of their constituents were irrelevant.

It seems Obama was just posing as a Washington outsider. But in reality—all the real Washington insiders Pelosi, Dean, Kennedy, Clyburn, Hoyer, and Kerry were on his team all along. Pelosi’s Pac might be named PAC to the Future, but it took direct action to purposely undermine the first significant female candidate for the presidency in history. In so doing, she pushed women back decades.

ACTION: Call Pelosi’s office at 415-556-4862 and let her know how you feel.

Let’s not just call her biased against women; let’s call her finished.


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