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"Attacks on Hillary have seemed over-the-top recently"
"NewsHour" media reporter Terence Smith ... says Hillary Clinton and her supporters have reason to complain about the tone of their press coverage, if not the substance. "A barely-suppressed glee often creeps into the commentary when Hillary loses another primary or caucus," he writes. Meanwhile, "Barack Obama is characterized as the second-coming of JFK, etc. etc."

And the Obamabots on the internet have that same feeling of glee, not suppressed at all.

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Mon Feb 18, 2008 at 12:18 PM PST

Who believes in free trade?

by cmkay

NAFTA: Us, Hillary and the "Boon" (Spin Cycle, New York Newsday)
The Democratic campaign has moved in earnest to Ohio, where times are tough and NAFTA has become a dirty word. In an effort to score points, Barack Obama has been dropping a mail-piece ... that repeats a charge he has made several other times during the campaign -- that "Hillary Clinton believed NAFTA was 'a boon' to the economy."... As it turns out, the primary source is us... Because it's raised questions -- with Clinton criticizing Obama for making "false claims" in the mail piece -- we've looked into the chart. In it, we did not have the Clinton campaign using the word "boon" in describing NAFTA... Obama's use of the citation in this way does strike us as misleading. The quote marks make it look as if Hillary said "boon," not us. It's an example of the kind of slim reeds campaigns use to try to win an office.

Click through to see a graphic of the mailing.

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Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 05:21 AM PST

Who is trying to game the system?

by cmkay

The personal-story-telling inspirer.

(I posted this as a comment to another diary, but I feel that it deserves its own place in the sum.

Seeking Superdelegates (Capital Eye)
Obama, who narrowly leads in the count of pledged, "non-super" delegates, has doled out more than $698,200 to superdelegates from his political action committee... Clinton does not appear to have been as openhanded. Her PAC ... and campaign committee appear to have distributed $205,500 to superdelegates.

But if buying doesn’t work, try threats.

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Why do Peggy Noonan, George Will and David Brooks favor Obama? (David Seaton’s News Links)
Because they are terrified of Hillary Clinton, that's why... It is this simple: in recent decades the Clintons are the only Democrats that win elections against Republicans... They don't want to ever face them again, no more complicated than that. As soon as Barack Obama is declared the official candidate of the Democratic party the voters will be treated to something similar to the old TV show, "This is your Life"...

And below are some of the things they’ll bring out about him.

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Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 01:35 PM PST

Granny Bee - Bubbleheads

by cmkay

Listen to your granny!

Granny has been thinking about bubbles, and wondering when we’re going to stop getting ourselves into them.

Granny Bee

WHY ISN'T FLICKR AN ACCEPTABLE FORMAT FOR GRAPHICS FOR THIS WEBSITE?

1/29/08 – Bubbleheads (1:16) .mp3

Carolyn Kay
MakeThemAccountable.com

Discuss

Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 08:54 AM PST

Brent Budowsky: The economic crisis

by cmkay

A graduate of the London School of Economics, Brent Budowsky has been quoted by name recently on CNBC.  The following is an excerpt of his regular Tuesday column in The Hill.

The economic crisis

By Brent Budowsky

President Bush, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) should be applauded for bipartisanship, but the pending stimulus falls short, with a gathering storm of economic danger upon us...

The possibility of a cascading recession that spreads to global markets is real. The need for an anti-recession "insurance policy" is urgent. Chairman Greenspan, Chairman Bernanke, President Bush, Secretary Paulson, Congress and Wall Street leaders have all been wrong about this crisis. They must restore their credibility with policies equal to the task.

First, there must be a six-month freeze on foreclosures. If another million homes are foreclosed upon, the stimulus will be swept aside under a tidal wave of trouble.

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Fri Jan 04, 2008 at 11:05 AM PST

Brent Budowsky: The Politics of Hope

by cmkay

From The Hill’s Pundits Blog:

Obamism: The Politics of Hope in the Year of the Political Independent

Brent Budowsky

Something great is happening in America and for today, after Iowa, we can call it "Obamism," though it involves movements of history, people and ideas that come in many flavors and are offered by many voices, whose torch may or may not ultimately be carried by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

The real America is back again, rising above the overwhelming negativities of the Bush years and the suffocating banalities of the chattering insider classes who were wrong, yet again, as usual, about Iowa because they are so wrapped up in their insider interests and cocoons that they miss what is happening in the real America.

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From The Hill’s Pundits Blog:

What Gore, Clinton and Democrats Can Learn from Benazir Bhutto

Brent Budowsky

Benazir Bhutto was no angel, but she was a believer in democracy who gave her life for her country, retuning to Pakistan knowing she would probably give her life for her country.

By contrast, Democrats in Washington have a life crisis, consult an army of pollsters, and have trouble taking clear leadership stands on war and peace because members of a Congress with record unpopularity might lose another point or two in the polls.

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Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 10:51 AM PST

Brent Budowsky: Alliance For Change

by cmkay

From The Hill’s Pundits Blog:

Time For Obama-Edwards Alliance For Change

Brent Budowsky

With Al Gore out of the race, I propose that in the Iowa caucus supporters of Barack Obama, John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich fire the shot that will be heard around the world and vote for Iowa delegates committed to change the world.

In each local caucus, the caucus-goers can unite behind the leader in that locality with a shared delegate slate that would include supporters of Edwards, Obama and Kucinich...

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From The Hill’s Pundits Blog:

Torture Tapes are the Watergate of Our Times

Brent Budowsky

As I write these words on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 19, high- and low-level officials of the Bush administration involved in torture, and the destruction of the torture tapes, are consulting their criminal lawyers as The New York Times reports that highest-level lawyers in the administration had discussed the destruction of the tapes.

I predict there will soon be new stories about more torture tapes that were destroyed and new stories about more high-level officials that were either tainted or corrupted by this scandal, and others who opposed this travesty who will ultimately testify about who they approached to attempt to prevent it.

Washington and America will momentarily ask once again: What did the president and vice president know, and when did they know it?

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Thu Dec 13, 2007 at 12:22 PM PST

Brent Budowsky: Come Clean on Torture

by cmkay

From The Hill’s Pundits Blog:

Did Democrats and Republicans Endorse Torture?

Brent Budowsky

The reason a special prosecutor is needed in the torture tapes obstruction of justice case, and the reason there is private panic in many Democratic and Republican circles, is that it now appears that some prominent Democrats, along with some prominent Republicans, gave a private thumbs-up to torture in 2002...

It is time for truth. It is time for truth without fear. It is time to end torture. It is time for those who were wrong, in either party, to put their wrongness to the side and call for a full and complete investigation, no matter where the truth may lead,  because it is clear where the cause of right must stand: End torture now.

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From The Hill’s Pundits Blog:

The Grandparents Vote: 70 Million Lovers of Children

Brent Budowsky

The grandparents of America are one of the largest untapped voting and consuming blocs, one that is rising to 70 to 80 million people who view many separate issues with one great common interest: the love of their grandchildren and all grandchildren.

As the holiday season arrives, grandparents are looking to buy the grandkids toys that are safe, joining in the national movement to leave their grandkids a better world by combating global warming, and even joining the Peace Corps in record numbers as the group reaches out to them, to use their experience in life to serve our country and help the world.

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