Obama heir to the civil rights greats? Obama couldn’t carry their jock straps. Senator Obama, I knew the last great civil rights leader, Hosa Williams, though I would not consider him a friend, but Senator Obama, you’re no Hosa Williams. DES MOINES — Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) cast himself Sunday as a natural and necessary heir to the civil rights greats, appealing to black worshippers to show the courage of their forerunners and back his candidacy for president.
In an unannounced appearance that startled most in the African-American congregation, Obama cast his campaign in historic and even divine terms.
He said that, like Moses, the civil rights pioneers had been to the mountaintop but did not reach the promised land, leaving it to today’s generation to finish the job, much as Joshua succeeded Moses.
“We have inherited this opportunity from the Moses generation … who have teed it up for us,” he said.
“I didn’t have to go to jail. I haven’t had my head beat in — haven’t had dogs and fire hoses set on me. So I’m benefiting from what the Moses generation did. … The question is whether the Joshuas among us are willing to stand up, are willing to be counted, are willing to vote, are willing to organize, are willing to mobilize, are willing to get going.” “When I hear folks in our community say, ‘Yeah, I like Obama — he can talk good, but I don’t think folks are ready for him,’ I say: Be strong, and have courage, because God is walking with us,” Obama said amid rising cheers and applause.
“When they’re saying, ‘I’m worried about Barack’s safety — I don’t know whether you’ll be all right,’ I say: First of all, I got Secret Service — they’re good. But I also say: Be strong, and have courage, because God is walking with us, every step of the way.”
Obama said society’s disparities “between black and white remain as large as ever,” creating an atmosphere where “you are seeing people pay attention in this election in a way they haven’t paid attention in a long time.” http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1107/7026.html
The following statement by Michelle Obama is quoted from an interview her husband, Senator Obama gave in Iowa this past weekend. “Boy, it’s really pretty up here,’ but she said, ‘But you know, I can see why if I was living out here, I’d want a gun.” This comment by the Senator’s wife was not widely reported in any media sources. Makes you wonder, if this statement had been made, Harlem, by the wife of any Republican candidate, Sharpton would be branding her a racist.
The Zogby International poll was the latest sign that withering attacks on the former first lady were chipping away at her opinion poll leads just 38 days before the Iowa caucuses, the first party nominating contests.
In the new survey, Clinton trailed Senator John McCain 42 percent to 38 percent, former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani by 43 percent to 40 percent and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney by 43 percent to 40 percent. She also lagged behind former Arkansas Republican governor Mike Huckabee by 44 to 39 percent, and former Senator Fred Thompson by 44 to 40 percent in hypothetical general election matchups. Clinton‘s top Democratic challengers Barack Obama and John Edwards however would still beat their hypothetical Republican rivals in potential 2008 contests. In July, Clinton held a five point lead in the same poll over Giuliani, edged out McCain by two points and had a clear lead over other contenders. A Rasmussen poll last week had Clinton also falling behind Giuliani in a hypothetical matchup of the November 2008 general election, and narrowly beaten by McCain. An average of all previous similar polls gives Clinton a narrow lead over possible Republican candidates. While the US political system of awarding delegates by state in a general election would not necessarily translate into a Clinton election defeat on the basis of the poll, it may provide more fodder for her opponents. Clinton has repeatedly portrayed herself as the most electable Democratic candidate who could stand up to Republican assaults in a general election. But Obama and Edwards are increasingly starting to challenge that claim, as the race heats up, as other polls suggest that Clinton’s clear lead in the Democratic White House race may be narrowing. The Zogby poll was conducted online among 9,150 likely voters across the United States between November 21 and 26, and carried a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point. http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=071126191523.oorozvs5&show_article=1
Is Spitzer Anti-Nuclear? Is Hillary? Spitzer most likely would not take an anti-nuclear stand if he did not have Hillary’s backing. So, there’s your answer, Hillary Clinton is anti NuclearNYPost Questions Spitzer’s Stand Against Nuclear Energy. In an editorial, the New York Post (11/23, 648K) chided Gov. Eliot Spitzer for his “unseemly obeisance to over-the-top environmentalism,” in forcing power plants to “pay for the right to emit carbon dioxide” by joining the “10 northeastern states in a Kyoto-style project called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), meant to combat global warming.” The Post added, “There’s more to Spitzer’s attack on energy: This year, he asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to perform (yet another) environmental review of Indian Point, the Westchester nuclear plant that’s up for re-licensing. So far the NRC has refused, but Spitzer has made his point: He is anti-nuclear. Yet, if Spitzer opposes conventional plants, which produce CO2, and nuclear ones, which don’t, exactly what kind of energy does he favor?”
But it’s not just Republicans who are pushing the story. Will Folks, a well-known blogger in South Carolina, reported yesterday that he’d “heard from sources at rival Democratic presidential campaigns who claim that they ‘know it to be true’ that Hill and Huma are romantically-involved.” I called Folks, and he said that two different Democratic campaigns had told him about the alleged affair, but neither had “presented anything remotely resembling proof.” Folks said he couldn’t identify which campaigns were spreading the story, so I called Rod Shealy, a top GOP consultant. Shealy told me he had no idea of who was talking up the story—but that the only Democrats with active staffs and organizations in South Carolina were Barack Obama, John Edwards, and Bill Richardson. (On an entirely separate note, Shealy had an interesting observation about Ron Paul’s stunning announcement that he had raised several million dollars in a single day. “That shows that his supporters are not just fringe loonies,” he said. “These are people with checking accounts.”)