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Jesse Jackson lobbed some criticism at Barack Obama resulting in the The New York Times citing the incident as ‘a real generational shift in power and leadership underway within African-American politics‘. In effect, Jesse’s criticism seems to be strengthening Obama’s position in that he is not being embraced by the hard line black political core. While the Jackson/Obama drama had all of the ingredients for a two-day news cycle, John McCain managed to take the talking points when he switched the identity of football teams when recounting his experience during torture in Vietnam, and in doing so raising some interesting questions in the media. On top of this his top economic advisor and National Co-Chair refers to Americans as a bunch of whiners for complaining about an economy that is only in a mental recession. But that’s only scratching the surface of John’s bad week.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow provides a summation of the week that was.

In parallel, the planned Obama speech at the Brandenburg Gate is getting only background attention in the US homeland, and a lot more attention over in Germany. First of all we heard the news that the Bush Administration were throwing a wet blanket on the idea, and since then we have seen a number of differing opinions across Germany’s media reflecting a fight between their respective right and left wings of government.

In the meantime VP speculation has been ripe over at the TPM with news about Hagel and Reed joining Obama on the upcoming Iraq visit, and rumors that Hillary Clinton was under consideration for vice president (although apparently Bill may be a problem).

You have to admit, this is almost as good as The West Wing, Season 7.

332 Responses to “A Bumpy Couple of Days on the Campaign Trail”

  1. 301
    jen says:

    Juat watched the 7.30 report. Looks more and more like Kirri ws right despite all the sledging he copped about “Chicked Little” and predicting Aramgedon.
    This economic downturn is looking unstoppable and the fallout will be global.
    Wish he’d been wrong actually.

    KR – if you’re out there ( hope you’re OK,) this is a hollow victory indeed i imagine.

  2. 302
    jen says:

    Catrina- well done. You have done us all a great service. It’s great to see old faces (names) appearing.

  3. 303
    Catrina says:

    jen at 302

    It gets even better – we’ll be closing this thread down sometime this evening and the next post to take center stage is written by our very own EC.

    :-)

  4. 304
    jen says:

    Hey Megan – yr 270 ‘snap’ with my 277.
    What a delight that man is.
    And what afine example of a good Christian wife Cindy is.
    bleh.

    She should have slapped him good and hard and walked out never to return. How DARE he!!!

  5. 305
    jen says:

    Fab Catrina.
    hope there’s a cartoon if Ecky is the maestro!

  6. 306
    gaffhook says:

    299 Catrina

    Whatever that means. Do i get a free cheeseburger in a can to celebrate.

    Thanks for keeping my serial lurking abilities alive.

  7. 307
    HarryH says:

    I see SimonH is the first bludger to wade into the comments at 538.

    ^5 SimonH

    Represent

  8. 308
    gaffhook says:

    Some of you have probably seen this doin the rounds but if you have not here is a quick quiz while we await the EC mould of the vote stealin diebold!

    So-You Want to succeed in Business??

    In 1923, Who Was:

    1. President of the largest steel company?

    2. President of the largest gas company?

    3. President of the New York Stock Exchange?

    4. Greatest wheat speculator?

    5. President of the Bank of International Settlement?

    6. Great Bear of Wall Street?

    These men were considered some of the worlds most successful of their days.

    Now, 80 years later, the history book asks us, if we know what ultimately became of them.

    The Answers:

    1. The president of the largest steel company.
    Charles Schwab,
    died a pauper.

    2. The president of the largest gas company,
    Edward Hopson,
    went insane.

    3. The president of the NYSE,
    Richard Whitney,
    was released from prison
    to die at home.

    4. The greatest wheat speculator,
    Arthur Cooger,
    died abroad, penniless.

    5. The president
    of
    the Bank of International Settlement,
    shot himself.

    6. The Great Bear of Wall Street,
    Cosabee Livermore,
    also committed suicide

    However,
    in that same year, 1923,
    the PGA Champion
    and the winner of the
    most important golf tournament,
    the US Open,
    was
    Gene Sarazen.
    What became of him?

    He played golf until he was 92,
    died in 1999 at the age of 95.
    He was financially secure
    at the time of his death.

    The Moral:

    F%ck work.
    Play golf.

  9. 309
    jen says:

    gaffhook-
    jaundiced view and I exchanged canned cheeseburgers and in fact you have to be part of a very select and gourmet subset of PollBludgers to be eligible.
    However i think anyone who has joined this new site should get an introductory offer of a cheesebuger in a can and a set of nose clips ( in memory of our patron Synchronised Swimming Coach, Mr G Growler.)
    Hope some other Bludgers find their way here.

    In the meantime not just McCain, but the entire US economy is looking like Toast.
    Which is actually not really a good thing.

  10. 310
    blindoptimist says:

    lol gaffhook. There is no plausible explanation for golf, but this goes close….troubling stuff on the news, jen….very troubling…

  11. 311
    jen says:

    Yep Blindy-
    and just in case anyone else was wonrrting about what migth happen here, as I was… http://business.theage.com.au/business/market-plunge-wipes-out-20m-20080715-3fif.html

    effing hell.

  12. 312
    jen says:

    that would be “w-o-r-r-y-i-n-g”, “m-i-g-h-t”
    and the link is
    http://business.theage.com.au/business/market-plunge-wipes-out-20m-20080715-3fif.html

  13. 313
    gaffhook says:

    310 BO

    Yep why play golf
    Especially if you have got troops overseas getting kneeecapped day after day.
    That would be enough to make you give it up specially if you were the Prez of the Unique States

  14. 314
    blindoptimist says:

    I think, jen, your tryping shows you cloud be ledvelopgin actue ronitis. luckily, there is a cure: red wine and cheeseburgers

  15. 315
    blindoptimist says:

    lol gaffhook…he sure is a uneek pres..

  16. 316
    jen says:

    BO – trust me – I’m trying the wine but it’s not helping.
    I think I may need a PoBUS exorcism!

    Night Bludgers.
    i think I may need to take my typing disorder to bed and try again tomorrow.
    Good luck with heading the thread EC!

  17. 317
    blindoptimist says:

    the apocalypse has been postponed….

    July 15 (Bloomberg) — Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are returning to favor among bond investors even as stockholders lose confidence after the Treasury threw its support behind the biggest U.S. mortgage-finance companies.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=agIg5mXYvCXs&refer=home

  18. 318
    Chris B says:

    Catrina Re your email do I have to sign up again?

  19. 319
    Catrina says:

    Chris B … if you already have a wordpress account established and the email address declared under that account is the same as the one you are using for comments here – then I should be able to connect you in automatically. For now, that email address is not showing up as a known wordpress account.

    Email me or post a note to http://pollbludger.wordpress.com/about/contributor-accounts/ and we’ll sort it out.

  20. 320
    Chris B says:

    Good polls in galore on the Votemaster! They’re turning blue, they’re turnning blue!

  21. 321
  22. 322
    Chris B says:

    Go back to the previous report on Votemaster and quickly flick between the two. See how Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota change. Hee hee heee.

  23. 323
    Chris B says:

    Oh, this is going to be fun to watch.

  24. 324
    Chris B says:

    300 HarryH Keep an eye on Maine in the Senate as well, it won’t be anything differnent to the others.

  25. 325
    blindoptimist says:

    Great news from the west for Obama. McCain must be wondering what he can do to turn sentiment his way.

  26. 326
    Chris B says:

    The big clue is: Anything with the word Republican in it.

  27. 327
    Chris B says:

    325 blindoptimist Change to the Democrat Party.

  28. 328
    blindoptimist says:

    Swing Lowe @ 284….”EC. Nice pic – where did u get it from (and what’s the context)?…”

    And has it been photo-shopped? It is just too good!

  29. 329
    blindoptimist says:

    lol Chris….too true!

  30. 330
    Catrina says:

    Barack Obama pens an OPED piece for the New York Times titled “My Plan for Iraq”.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/14/opinion/14obama.html

  31. 331
    Enemy Combatant says:

    BoBo at 328: Just go to google homepage and click images top left. The more imaginative your search words, the better the choice. Glommed that pic with “angry McCain”.

  32. 332
    Catrina says:

    New thread is up …

    From our newest resident contributor Enemy Combatant:
    Electoral Fraud: Can Diebold do it again?