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58 responses to “DEMOCRATS!

  1. Chef Sheila

    As my fellow Crawfordlisters used to say…..Woo Woo!

  2. Chef Sheila

    Brian, sometimes the spoken word as best and so thank you! I’ve been watching this stuff in the wee small hours of the morning, after my left coast work.

    I will enjoy going back over them in progression!

  3. Tonyb39

    Hi Sheila
    Woo Woo! Hey miss you over at TM… Hope all is Great in your world…

  4. I figured a post would that cause us all to beam with some party pride was in order for today’s events! Tonight is going to be just grand!

  5. horsedooty

    I agree I am stoked.

  6. Tonyb39

    Hi Brian
    Your just beaming today,yes Bill has that effect on people..HA HA..Oh or maybe its that Barack Obama officially became the Democratic Nominee?I’m beaming too!! BILL,BILL,BILL,I could listen to him every day thanks for putting his speech up! T…

  7. Bill? Oh the FORMER president you mean.

  8. dnd

    Beeeeeeeyoooooteeeefullll day in Denver today. Doors open at 1pm, event gets under way at 5pm MDT. Hope everybody brings sunscreen.

  9. Tonyb39

    Yes to some the former President…Bill’s my President since Bush has been a total and utter failure!!

  10. Sleep with a picture of him under your pillow Tony, walk around singing “Bill I love you so, I always will…..”

  11. Karolenna


    Bush is why we need change…at all costs! I actually believe McSame would be worse than Bush namely due to the draft thing. He’s ready to fight the world. What was that line (without listening to the speech) that Joe said last night that correlates to this?

  12. Chef Sheila

    Thanks Tony,

    You’ll just have to come here. I believe your the only one who misses me over there. ;0)

    Obama is going to have a great speech tonight. Not because he is a great orator, but because we can feel the future within our grasp.

  13. Tonyb39

    I don’t have to a picture.I have a small Bill Clinton doll on a pedestal on my bar!! Bill talks,one button is inspirational saying’s and the other button is funny saying’s.I also have my original Clinton/Gore pin there too!! I can E-mail a photo of my Bill doll if you wish?? Let me know? Its a real conversation piece you should get one for your place,it could start some good political discussion between you and those pretty 20 somethings…Ha! Maybe not what your looking for conversation!!

  14. Tony I hope that doll has an off switch, cause you know Bill loves to talk on and on and on.

  15. Tonyb39

    OMG your right!! Bush, oh Damn I’ll be glad to see January come!! McCain=Bush on so many levels and maybe worse in a lot of ways!No McCain No WAY

    I don’t think I’m the only one who misses you at TM! Your thoughts and feeling’s are always respectful and even though you and I might not agree on everything regarding the primaries,I say so what!! I learn the most sometimes from people I disagree with! I’m glad to come here though..Nice Place

  16. Tonyb39

    On the point about Bill talking on and on we can agree!! After the primaries Hillary probably agree’s..Oh Yes ,it has an off switch otherwise the batteries would be dead often..HA HA GOOD ONE!!

  17. Chef Sheila

    Thanks Tony.

    just like it here more. People are happier and I don’t get piled on.

    The last pile on of Sheila was the last straw. Since i’ve been away, my life is better too!

    I love talking politcs freely without someone slamming my opinions or squeesing me because of the company I keep.

    I am a peaceful person and don’t feel comfortable when a group of people are more interested in silencing me enmass.

    But please come regularly. I like you too!

  18. Chef Sheila

    Freedom of Speech is rampant on Backchannel!!!

    Viva EL Obama!!!

  19. Yeah you can come here more often, but please try to butch it up a bit, and no oversize lame disco fans!

  20. dog's eye view

    tony: send that Bill doll photo! I for one could have listened to him LOTS more last night and hope he will turn on the Clinton magic this fall. We will be past the tipping point if the GOP gets the executive branch again.

  21. Chef Sheila

    Of Course that Republicans and McCain’s Campaign are not going to leave this night alone.

    Even though Obama and the Democrats would and have respected the memory of Ronald Reagan.

    The Republicans and John McCain has shown disdain and even disrespect to the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

    They SHOULD leave well enough today and show great sportsmanship and eloquence. This type of strategy is way too positive for the Party of the Negatives though.

    That’s asking too much.

  22. Chef Sheila

    How much of a base do they have left to Whip up with Sneers and crass acts? That is the question.

    I think its now limited to all the bigots in the country and I’m beginning to believe that the bigots are limited to only 20% now. We as parents have done a good job with the next generation.

  23. Karolenna

    Geeze, Tony, I’m jealous of Sheila. You didn’t say they missed me at TM!

  24. Sheila shouldn’t let it go to her head, Tony only comes here cause he’s hot for me, but hey, can you blame him?

  25. Chef Sheila

    Tony is HOT for positive and valid thinking. ;0)

    You lose Brian! {{Backing out the door >>>}}

  26. Karolenna

    Obama moves ahead 48% to 42% and he hasn’t had his speech yet.

  27. Gallup Daily: Obama Moves Ahead, 48% to 42% NEW
    August 28, 2008
    Democratic candidate Barack Obama gained ground in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking average from Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and now leads Republican John McCain among registered voters by a 48% to 42% margin.

    The Biden Bump!

  28. dnd

    The local news is showing what it takes to move all their gear from the Pepsi Center to Mile High Stadium in time for the event. Huge undertaking. Every news truck hauling equipment gets a police escort for security. I don’t know how many news organizations are here, but the logistics must really be something.

    They interviewed someone from the DNC about this. Their response was this was all part of the theme of the Obama campaign; if we all work together we can do anything.

  29. dog's eye view

    Does anyone think that Hurricane has got the wrong G name?

    Hurricane George strikes the RNC for sure; the Gulf Coast by a different name.

    (I had great hopes for Hurricane Karl last year but it went impotent and never hit the mainland.)

    I vote for a nondamaging storm along the Gulf Coast with a localized tornado kicked up on a ranch near Crawford, Texas. Maybe days or rain and localized flooding too… locusts would be cool.

  30. dog's eye view

    dnd: do you regret not going?

    You will hear better on TV, but being there is incomparable.

  31. dnd

    Not much to see around the Pepsi Center except news people and the assembled crowd. And sitting in the nosebleed section at Mile High doesn’t give you much of a view. Getting there is a huge hassle. They’ll be closing I-25 from I-70 down to 6th Ave, and a bunch of major side streets. At home I can see well, hear well, and enjoy the beverage of my choice. Can you tell I’m an old fart ? 😉

    Sure it would be exciting, and when I saw all the great entertainment that will keep the crowd busy until things get started makes me think I shoulda gone.

  32. Chef Sheila

    Notable Post from another Blog. Eloquent words.

    Obama did not have a relationship with the bomb throwing radical but with the educational expert willing to help with problems in the neighborhood.
    I believe that Obama’s response to such nonsense is ” I will work with the devil himself, if it will get one child an education and set him on a path out of poverty

  33. dnd

    Oh, one more thing dog. There were no guarantees I’d get a credential. They reserved 50,000 for Coloradans, and had 80,000 applications the first day. And the wait list is HUGE.

  34. dog's eye view

    Have no fear, New Orleans.

    Animal shelters are looking for local homes to board shelter dogs and cats. Pass this along if you know anyone in the area, especially someone who could help with pet transport.

  35. dog's eye view

    Peggy Noonan’s sniffing about Invesco field event, in today’s column. She uses the N word.

    ” …The general thinking among thinking journalists, as opposed to journalists who merely follow the journalistic line of the day, is that the change of venue Thursday night to Invesco Field, and the huge, open air Obama acceptance speech is…one of the biggest and possibly craziest gambles of this or any other presidential campaign of the modern era. Everyone can define what can go wrong, and no one can quite define what “great move” would look like. It has every possibility of looking like a Nuremberg rally; it has too many variables to guarantee a good tv picture; the set, the Athenian columns, looks hokey; big crowds can get in the way of subtle oratory. My own added thought is that speeches are delicate; they’re words in the air, and when you’ve got a ceiling the words can sort of go up to that ceiling and come back down again. But words said into an open air stadium…can just get lost in echoes, and misheard phrases. People working the technical end of the event are talking about poor coordination, unclear planning, and a Democratic National Committee that just doesn’t seem capable of decisive and sophisticated thinking. So: this all does seem very much a gamble. At a Time magazine event Wednesday afternoon, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe suggested the power of the stadium event is in this: it’s meant to be a metaphor for the openness and inclusiveness that has marked the Obama campaign. Open stadium, 60,000 people – “we’re opening this up to average Americans.” We’ll see. In my experience when political professionals start talking metaphors there’s usually good reason to get nervous. (Questions: how many of the 60,000 will be Coloradans? Are a lot of the tickets going to out of staters? Are they paying for tickets? Is the Mile High event actually a fundraiser? What’s the top ticket going for?)”

    It’s an interesting read and a “most popular” item from WSJ today.

    Peggy didn’t think Michelle Obama’s speech was a home run. Surprise, surprise.

  36. dnd

    Shell, BP, etc.,. are evacuating offshore rigs fearing damage from Gustav. If Gustav damages a bunch of rigs or port areas and gas/oil prices goes up, McCain’s not gonna look too bright pushing offshore exploration at the convention.

  37. dnd

    Peggy must be a follow the line type of journalist. Or at least not an investigative journalist. A quick google search could have answered all her questions. And her facts don’t match what’s being said here.

    It’s dangerous to predict disaster this close to an event. Particularly an event that may bust this thing wide open.

    I like Peggy, but she missed on this one.

  38. Chef Sheila

    I agree. Noonan was out of her usual self in this writing.

    She’s a “Speech Writer” and Author, not an investigative journalist. This pieces seems thoughts drawn from the air out of desperation.

    She may have been feeling at a loss to find any real red meat for her party. She’s a pretty honest writer, so this sticks out like a sore thumb.

  39. Karolenna

    I kind of think God is showing that Repug preacher who was praying for rain tonight in Denver that he’s still in control if Gustav gets more attention than the Republican Convention, which they say might happen, especially if it hits New Orleans again. Be careful what you pray for!

    “Jindal, reported to be on John McCain’s shortlist for VP, told reporters in Baton Rouge Tuesday afternoon he will not go to St Paul if the storm continues to move in a northwesterly track toward his state.”

  40. dog's eye view

    WSJ op ed by Dan Gerstein, a Democratic strategist and speechwriter

    “Obama Should Just Be Himself”

    Theme: Relax, naysayers. Obama’s advantages are not showing up in polling yet because voters don’t know him yet.

    This makes sense to me: Hillary Clinton’s healthy national poll lead did not translate to overwhelming voting strength; she was a place holder and well known from years in national life — as is McCain now.

    “… [most voters] don’t know the Barack Obama who was

    booed by the nation’s biggest teachers union for openly advocating taboo reform policies such as merit pay for teachers and charter schools …

    who rejected the cheap gimmick of a national gas tax holiday and trusted the intelligence of voters to see it as such …

    who risked alienating his antiwar base by supporting a compromise plan to reform the Bush warrantless wiretapping program.

    [who pushed a tough ethics reform bill in 2007 and co-sponsored, with Richard Lugar in 2006 legislation] to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists.

    [or] who went into a black church on Father’s Day to bluntly chastise his strongest supporters and challenge them to take more responsibility for the children they bring into this world.

    … they don’t know what an independent-minded, orthodoxy-challenging, gutsy leader he can and will be, or that he has the strength as well as the judgment that’s needed to bring the country together, deliver the new politics he’s promising, and be the president for all of America that George W. Bush never could or would be.”


    I am cutting this one out and pasting it where I will see it daily.

    We got the best candidate. Now to get the word out.

  41. dog's eye view

    Peggy Noonan is occasionally incisive, but no oracle.

    I still love her paean to those who elected George W Bush even though it looked like he would go down to defeat: “Savor” [as in, we beat those elitist wonks.]

  42. Karolenna

    Forgot to tell you folks. Put my first sign up in my neighborhood “in my window” for Obama ’08 on Sunday. I’m at a “Y” in the road, so everyone who must stop at the sign can see it. If I put it in the yard someone may take it. Some guys at the Obama gathering on Sunday said they could not keep their signs due to being stolen. Let’s hope they stole them to put in their yards.

  43. dog's eye view

    And by that, I mean the second time! His flaws were SO evident, even if you were not looking very hard. Who can work up much sympathy for those feeling buyer’s remorse in 2007 and later?

    Here’s some of “Savor”, from November 2004:

    “…..Who was the biggest loser of the 2004 election? It is easy to say Mr. Kerry: he was a poor candidate with a poor campaign. But I do think the biggest loser was the mainstream media, the famous MSM, the initials that became popular in this election cycle. Every time the big networks and big broadsheet national newspapers tried to pull off a bit of pro-liberal mischief–CBS and the fabricated Bush National Guard documents, the New York Times and bombgate, CBS’s “60 Minutes” attempting to coordinate the breaking of bombgate on the Sunday before the election–the yeomen of the blogosphere and AM radio and the Internet took them down. It was to me a great historical development in the history of politics in America. ….

    Some day, when America is hit again, and lines go down, and media are hard to get, these bloggers and site runners and independent Internetters of all sorts will find a way to file, and get their word out, and it will be part of the saving of our country.”


    The internet and independent thinkers everywhere are instrumental in trying to save our country, but not from the external threat she feared.

    Memo to Peggy: In 2004, GW Bush was elected in a feat of delusional thinking and fear-mongering that I hope will never be repeated. The MSM has never recovered its credibility, nor does it deserve to.

    And you cannot hold back, forever, history or the truth.

  44. dog's eye view

    little item from the Atlantic’s Mark Ambinder, in full:

    The Obama “Surprise”
    28 Aug 2008 03:19 pm

    Last night, after being officially nominated, Obama took the stage in a surprise piece of political theater that yielded benefits that Obama supporters are now beginning to appreciate. The practical effect was, in this morning’s newspapers (both online and offline) there were impeccable photos of Barack Obama and Joe Biden beneath a headlines like “Obama Nominated To Lead Democratic Party.”

    So this morning, everyone sees the photos and the headlines and thinks, aw shoot, I missed Obama’s speech last night. And they read the article. And they realize that nope, the speech is tonight. And they all tune in.

  45. Chef Sheila

    Cindy McCain’s Half-Sister: I’m Voting For Obama

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    Cindy McCain’s half-sister tells Us Magazine that she won’t help put her famous sibling in the White House:

    “I’m not voting for McCain,” Kathleen Hensley Portalski tells Us. “I have a different political standpoint.

    “I’m voting for Obama,” the Phoenix resident says. “I think his proposals to improve the country are more positive and I’m not a big war believer.”

    Portalski’s son Nathan, an aerospace machinist, is also backing Obama.

    “I wouldn’t vote for John McCain if he was a Democrat,” he tells Us. “I would not vote at all before I’d vote for him.

    “I question whether Cindy is someone I’d want to see in the White House as first lady,” he adds.

    Portalski went public with her connection to the McCains after hearing Cindy say on the trail that she was an only child.

    “I’m upset,” she told NPR. “I’m angry. It makes me feel like a nonperson, kind of.”

    “It’s terribly painful,” Portalski added. “It is as if she is the ‘real’ daughter. I am also a real daughter.”

    The Washington Post subsequently reported that Cindy has another half-sister who seems to have slipped her mind:

    Before her marriage to Hensley, Johnson had a daughter, Dixie Burd, by a previous relationship. Burd, who is much older than Cindy, could not be reached for comment.

  46. Chef Sheila

    Sorry about the ling post. Just thought this was so intriguing….

    Well, lunch is over.

  47. Chef Sheila

    LOL thats LONG Post. 🙂

    Gustov may end up being a rude surprise.

    What is amazing to me, is even if it is not a major Hurricane, it will Highlight the danger of off shore drilling.

    AND It will High light Katrina again right smack in the middle of the Republican Convention.

    If that happens, I know a lot of Christians will get a “Sign”. 🙂

  48. Steve (AH)

    Howdy kids from GA. My dog had another good day and work was great. We are anxiously awaiting Senator Obama’s speech tonight and wishing him the best…

  49. dog's eye view

    Steve: so good to see you and plz give KDN a good scratch behind the ears or pet and a treat from us.

    Maybe all of us should come back as a dog in Denver: from Talking Points Memo today:

    Life expectancy has to be higher here in Denver. Everyone is lean and fit and looks like they just finished mountain biking, are on their way to yoga class, and might end the day with a run.

    The other striking thing about the city is the number of dogs. There must be a city ordinance requiring all residents to own at least one dog. I’m not talking roving bands of stray dogs here, just everyone on the street with a leash in hand, and dogs that look very accustomed to hanging out in coffee shops, chilling in the shade of sidewalk cafes, and in general being part of the life of the city.

    –David Kurtz

  50. Steve (AH)

    I’m also happy over the Gallup poll that Brian and Karoleena alluded to this afternoon.

  51. Steve (AH)

    Thanks Dogs Eye

  52. Steve (AH)

    John Kerry kicked ass last night

  53. dog's eye view

    Kevin Drum from his new blog perch at Mother Jones: on why Obama and others have to explain — in plain language — WHY John McCain is not the maverick of 2000 and why their friend and colleague has changed so much:

    “… McCain has had to prostrate himself to the neocons, the theocons, and the moneycons because that’s what it takes to win the Republican nomination these days: you have to be a good soldier.

    And one way or another that’s a story that the Democrats need to tell. A laundry list of flip-flops doesn’t make an impression unless you explain what’s behind it.

    … [Bill Clinton last night] didn’t just tie McCain to George Bush, he tied him directly to the full range of contemporary right-wing dogma. That’s what Obama needs to do too. In some simple way, he needs to make people understand that all the stuff they don’t like about the past eight years isn’t just the fault of one guy’s idiosyncrasies, it’s the fault of an entire worldview. And if you elect McCain, you’re electing that worldview too.”

    So true. This is not the work of “oilmen” or a few rogue incompetents.

  54. dog's eye view

    The New York Post mocks the “Barackopolis” set with columns, but admits:

    “Regardless of questions about the temple, people are still clamoring to get inside.

    Despite Democratic efforts to stop rampant ticket-scalping for Obama’s big speech tonight, has been filled with ads offering the impossible-to-get seats for as much as $1,000.”

    It’s actually a pretty balanced piece, once you get past the opening paragraphs.

  55. dog's eye view

    dnd: I remember hearing the Obama campaign was thinking of handing out cell phones to those awaiting the speeches tonight, so that the audience can network with their friends and help get out the word.

    Did that ever come about? Have not been reading the local coverage.

    Anything different and cool you’ve heard of?

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