Hillary’s Call to Arms: Support Barry Or Else!

From MSNBC, which isn’t as fancy as CNN but is way more fun to watch because of Keith Olbermann and crazy Pat Buchanan:

WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton has ended her historic quest for the presidency and endorsed Democratic rival Barack Obama.

The former first lady told supporters packed into the ornate National Building Museum on Saturday that she was withdrawing from the race to become the first female U.S. president.

She urged her backers to take all their energy and passion and do everything they can to help elect Obama the next president.

If you missed it all, go read Jim Newell’s liveblog at Wonkette.

An Update on Our Beloved Tina Ward-Pugh

Tina Ward-Pugh told LEO’s Phillip Bailey that we mis-characterized what she had to say:

“It was taken out of context,” Ward-Pugh told me in an interview today at City Hall. She says her comments were mischaracterized by bloggers and that in the same interview she congratulated Sen. Obama and will not be supporting Sen. McCain. “I don’t think my comments that he has to earn my vote were controversial.”

Well, we’ve just gotta call bull when we see bull. We linked to a videotaped interview with Ward-Pugh so nothing was taken out of context. We stand by what we originally said (because we linked to the VIDEO) and still believe what she said about Barack Obama– after Hillary had already lost the election and after she’d already said she’d be endorsing Obama (which is happening in an hour at our most favorite place in D.C., the National Building Museum)– was wholly out of line for an elected Democratic leader.

We also agree that Tina is sucking on some sour grapes these days. Thanks to Phillip for summing our thoughts up exactly:

She feels it is unfair for the media to press supporters to walk away from Hillary before she officially concedes. But that seems like sour grapes considering a farewell letter written by Sen. Clinton and sent to her supporters…

Rick and I both have spoken with several prominent Democratic leaders who are Clinton supporters over the past couple days and all agree that saying:

“We’re gonna keep goin. She’s in it to win and I’m in it to win, too. “If you take both candidates and withdraw or remove all of the superdelegates from them, they’re almost in a virtial deadheat.

“There are lots of things that can happen between now and the convention. Things that don’t really have to be contentious. Things that just happen.

“He’s gonna have to do a lot to earn my vote. Um, and I’m just the tip of the iceberg.

“When you start uh pulling back the layers to try to find the substance underneath, um, those, uh, uh, um, that excitement and that energy, uh, I, I-I-I’m not convinced that that there’s enough there, that that it takes to lead this country.”

was DEFINITELY crossing the line and everyone we spoke with agreed that her words were a fancy pants way to say “emtpy suit,” just as Joe Arnold paraphrased. You can see exactly what she said above. It’s terribly damning and disappointing.

She also told Joe Arnold that she thinks Clinton will prevail at the Democratic National Convention– even though she’s already said she’s endorsing Obama. And told Joe that most superdelegates decided to back Obama before Clinton’s “big wins” and before he’s been vetted. That’s just plain vindictive and ignorant. So. She needs to stop backtracking, admit what she said, apologize and get the eff on with her career.

It’s interesting that Tina would tell a somewhat mainstream media outlet that we took her quote out of context but didn’t have the balls to say so when she responded directly to us.

How silly this whole thing has become. We understand Tina’s dedication to Hillary Clinton and also personally understand her disappointment in loss. But this is politics and the loser– especially in a primary– is supposed to move on and endorse their winning opponent without making disparaging and embarrassing remarks.

Bluegrass Racism Resurfaces in Washington Post

Yeah, that’s right. This issue refuses to die.

Richard Cohen penned an Op-Ed for the paper today discussing what he has grown to hate about the Democratic Presidential Primary. Can’t say we disagree with him too much.

I loathe above all the resurgence of racism — or maybe it is merely my appreciation of the fact that it is wider and deeper than I thought. I am stunned by the numbers of people who have come out to vote against Barack Obama because he is black. I am even more stunned that many of these people have no compunction about telling a pollster they voted on account of race — one in five whites in Kentucky, for instance. Those voters didn’t even know enough to lie, which is what, if you look at the numbers, others probably did in other states. Such honesty ought to be commendable. It is, instead, frightening.

This is getting old. Or maybe it’s just another sign that ending racism and racial discrimination really could start within the ranks of the Kentucky Democratic Party?

The KDP needs to work on things. And no, Jennifer, you can’t explain this one away. We have to accept it so we can then deal with it. No more sitting in denial. That’s what has kept Kentucky in the dark.

And speaking of racism, how do you feel about condoning this crazy woman’s remarks? I wouldn’t call her a “brave Democrat” or insinuate that her language is okay because it’s “what a lot of Americans are thinking.”

Brave Nation of Half-Literate Blog Commenters!

Ken Layne is the most awesomester blogger on the internets ever. He is the head honcho of Wonkette and such and he’s more smrter than all Hilltards, Paultards, Obamatards and McCaintards combined.

So anyway, Ken wrote this hilariously scary column yesterday about how awesome internet commenters are and how we’ll all be viewed far, far in the future as a result of their idiocy.

So spot-on.

At this point, it’s incredible to consider that some people haven’t made up their minds. It’s incredible that Hillary is still drunkenly running for president of Earth, that Smooth Barry Obama has won the nomination but has to continue campaigning for it, that a senile old fraud like John McCain is the nominee of any major party, that delusional attention whore Ralph Nader is running again, that an anti-libertarian hack like Bob Barr is the libertarian nominee, and that the libertarian candidate (Ron Paul) is sitting out the race despite amassing a fortune in campaign contributions and a delirious following.

But what’s most incredible, to me, as a person who writes about this garbage for a living, is that it doesn’t matter at all what I write about, because the comments will be an insane half-literate string of racist nonsense and startling ignorance that has nothing to do with the subject of this post.


When space-monster archaeologists visit the ruins of Earth, they’ll find a very detailed record of the 2008 campaign, preserved in the browser cache files on millions of computer hard drives. They will marvel at three-paragraph AP stories posted on CNN that somehow elicit 500 comments that have nothing to do with the story. They will wonder why so many people who can’t type, spell or put together a coherent sentence nonetheless composed thousand-word freakouts about things they don’t understand. But mostly, the aliens will laugh at the outrageous idiocy that defined America’s voters just before the world ended…

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Oh Snap Monday! Cicadas Are Maneaters Edition

Campaign signs are really upsetting some folks in Bowling Green. Primarily those of Greg Fischer. We’re not harping, just sharing this link. But it’s interesting that Warren County is considering an ordinance to tightly restrict campaign signs after the recent primary because of illegally placed signs from a few candidates: Brett Guthrie and Greg Fischer. Most of Boswell’s signs quickly disappeared after the primary, but Fischer’s are still up, Gaines said. “He’s all over the county,” he said. [Bowling Green Daily News]

Theeeeeeey’re back! The cicadas! We’ve all gotta move far, far away for several months or our nerves will be entirely shot. The 17-year buggers are popping up everywhere and we just know we’re all going to go crazy. The streets and sidewalks are sure to be crunchy in no time. Please do not eat these creatures of the devil like the article suggests or you will be cast into hell where you will rot forever. [C-J]

According to Brett Hall, the economy is getting greener and it only helps Republicans like John McCain. Unemployment rates are fine (even though everyone has six jobs at McDonald’s and Wal-Mart), inflation has only flared up a bit (even though everything has doubled in price) and we’re not in a recession because we aren’t experiencing fuel shortages. Also, be sure to check out the story he’s just now jumping on about Michelle Obama screaming “whitey” or something. Makes perfect sense that a candidate for governor in AL would want to hire him up, doesn’t it? [Brett Hall]

Guess it’s just coincidental propaganda that the Herald-Leader a top story headlined “Food and gasoline: Soaring prices hit the poor hardest.” on the same day, right? The consumer price index for food that rose five percent last year has nothing to do with it, of course. Nothing to do gas prices. Nothing to do with wages not keeping up with inflation. [H-L]

Did you know? Republicans are calling universal health care an “insurance scheme.” Because, you know, the free market always and totally takes care of the problems we encounter. Especially when it comes to health care. Maybe outsourcing health care to India and China will solve all of our problems. [KY Progress]

We’re puzzled by Jim Carroll’s latest piece about Barack Obama’s friendship and working relationship with Dick Lugar. Nothing negative, just puzzled. Something about politics by association? Also, air traffic controllers are still being overworked and will kill us all. John McCain will lose in November because Dubya’s approval rating is non-existent, economic growth is negative or whatever and because Newt Gingrich took over the world like 15 years ago. Also, what’s with republishing material from a blog as part of a newspaper column? [C-J]