Thursday's CNN Democratic debate featured more than wimpy questions and a CNN-approved lie. Some of the audience members who asked questions weren't just regular Joes and Janes. And, CNN failed to disclose those links.
From the transcript:
[Wolf Blitzer:] you're going to be hearing directly from voters here in Nevada. They're going to have a chance to ask these Democratic presidential candidates...
... giving. Campbell Brown asked Barack Obama a question about immigration that wasn't specific enough, allowing him to simply give his stock reply. Should we assume that Brown is completely naive and wasn't aware that politicians have a habit of doing this?
... (youtube.com/watch?v=UQXYYIdjjFg via this), Barack Obama does a partial Hillary Clinton on driver's licenses for illegal aliens, before unequivocally supporting them (followed only by, "but, I am going to be fighting for comprehensive immigration reform"; the "but" part generated peals of laughter from the audience).
In addition to his chances being
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Here's John Edwards:
Just a few months ago, I was in Canton, Mississippi, as part of a poverty tour, and I met with poultry workers who worked in a poultry plant in Canton, Mississippi. And one of them was a man named Daniel who had been badly hurt on the job. And because of his injuries, he wasn't able to work.
... Rep. Luis Gutierrez are backers, Barack Obama and Dick Durbin unfortunately realize how much of a liability supporting her would be. But, perhaps if we worked at it they could be brought around to support "immigrants rights".
Just recently I've complained about the presidential "debates" not featuring any questions or any real questions about immigration matters.
Now, just as I revised my opinion of the MSM, I must revise that after reading the transcript of yesterday's Democratic debate put on by AFL-CIO.
... massive illegal activity. Senator Barack Obama walks the walk and he's not afraid to point that out. Speaking at the convention of the extremist-funding National Council of La Raza yesterday, he said:
"Find out how many senators appeared before an immigration rally last year.
Two top Democratic contenders in the presidential race are in South Florida to address the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights group.
Sunday morning, New York Senator Hillary Clinton told the gathering at the Miami Beach Convention Center, she would prefer to pass a comprehensive immigration bill that would provide a path to legalization for...
... Genocide Is Okay" (link) or "Barack Obama, The Pro Genocide Candidate" (link), because I feel that the title is correct: presidential candidate and Democrat Barack Obama is simply saying that some level of genocide is perfectly acceptable.
... appearances by Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, and John Edwards and urge them to at least support Arellano, and perhaps even her "campaign of resistance" if we're lucky.
You can read her declaration here:
Hours after the Senate voted against advancing the immigration reform project, the Mexican activist Elvira Arellano announced a campaign of resistance against the U.S....
Senator Chris Dodd has stolen my idea! But, I don't mind, and he may or may not have developed the idea himself. He wants citizen journalists to attend campaign appearances by his competitors for president and ask them tough questions:
Call, visit, or find your Senators while they're home on break this weekend and videotape yourself asking them to support the "Dodd Amendment" to end the war in...
... extremely suspect methodology.
Sens. Barack Obama and Lindsey Graham traded words on the Senate floor, with the latter complaining about an amendment from the former which would have favored chain vs skilled migration.
Twenty-six Arizona state legislators, together with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, have signed a letter urging Senator Jon Kyl to back off the bill.
Monkey Boy goes to Washington.
Do you mind if we invite Barack Obama, John Edwards, and Hillary Clinton to talk with MoveOn members about Iraq in your living room? (OK, they'll be in about 1,000 other living rooms at the same time, but it's still unlike any other political gathering that's ever happened before).
It's the first ever MoveOn Virtual Town Hall Meeting. Those candidates and others  will connect to...
In what might turn out to be an April Fool's Day joke, the New York Times offers "Ex-Aide Details a Loss of Faith in the President" about former Bush chief campaign strategist Matthew Dowd becoming disenchanted with Our Leader:
He criticized the president as failing to call the nation to a shared sense of sacrifice at a time of war, failing to reach across the political divide
On Wednesday, Sen. Barack Obama introduced the "Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007". This important story was overshadowed by the most likely unimportant story about his stock holdings . The CPA could be described as a "New Democrats Initiative/Funding Source for Possibly Foreign-Linked Pro-Illegal Immigration Groups" bill, and perhaps some reporters should have asked Obama and his co-horts...
Please go to Barack Obama's campaign appearances and try to ask him the question on the video (reprinted below). The media isn't going to ask politicians any difficult questions, so it's up to us to do it.
Note that the same question applies to others who spoke at the May 1 rally: U.S. Reps. Rahm Emanuel, Jan Schakowsky, and Luis Gutierrez. The last also spoke at the March 10 event, as did...
... scheduled speakers include U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) and state Sen. Miguel del Valle (D-Chicago).
12 p.m. -- Marchers will leave Union Park and head to Grant Park. Their route: east on Randolph Street to Haymarket Square, south on Desplaines Street, east on Jackson Boulevard, south on Columbus Drive, ending at Lower Hutchinson Field near Balbo Drive.
More good news for Barack Hussein Obama, as he's just received the endorsement of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) (link), the first Muslim Congressman and someone linked to CAIR.
"Not because he's black... That's identity politics. I reject identity politics... He speaks with a unifying spirit."
As for CAIR, their spokesman Ibrahim Hooper once said this:
"I wouldn't want to create the impression that I...
Barack Obama Mania visited near-South Los Angeles earlier today, as the presidential candidate delivered a stock speech before a few hundred supporters at the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex. The speech was held outside in the bleachers of a softball field, and that made it a bit difficult to get a good photo.
About the only Los Angeles-specific part of the speech involved him promoting finding...
Duke Helfand of the Los Angeles Times offers a hagiography of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in "Mayor to reap spoils of election victories".
He has a vision "of an eco-friendly metropolis with less traffic, more affordable housing, new trees and perhaps a subway to the sea." And, Aztlan! Except, that's not mentioned.
It acknowledges one of the reasons AV might have avoided endorsing Phil...
... Democratic senators, Dick Durbin and Barack Obama--themselves the sons of immigrants, as they often point out in speeches at immigrant rights rallies.
Durbin, who earlier sponsored a private bill to delay Arellano's deportation because of her son's medical condition, now refuses to support Gutierrez's private bill to win her a new stay. "We cannot fix the injustices of this system with private...
Chicago's knockoff of the WAPOLATNYT offers the editorial "Elvira Arellano and the law" about the illegal alien who was ordered to report to DHS to be deported but instead took refuge in a church. It ends with:
...she has benefited from some extraordinary political support, which few illegal immigrants get to enjoy. She won the help of members of the Illinois congressional delegation, who...
... the same ethnicities as he is).
Barack Obama sides (wqad . com/Global/story.asp?S=4843201&nav=1sW7) with the foreign citizens marching in our streets.
Smithfield Foods says (smithfieldfoods . com/Investor/New/press_view.asp?ID=301) "On May 1, A Day Without An Immigrant, we will be encouraging and assisting our employees to write their senators and representatives in Congress to ask them to...
Bush recently held a meeting of pro-illegal immigration Senators ("Bush, senators agree on alien citizenship, shut out critics"). According to Mel Martinez (R-FL):
"There was a pretty good consensus that what we have put into the Hagel-Martinez proposal here is the right way to go...
... better to lose a Senate seat to Barack Obama than to run a candidate who's opposed to illegal immigration: Jim Oberweis. Despite finishing second in the primary, he was basically ignored by the GOP leadership because of his pro-borders views.
... choosing Alan Keyes to run against Barack Obama, the IL GOP held a ludicrous search for a candidate. About the only person they didn't consider was Chitown's own Bozo the Clown. Eventually they settled on Alan Keyes, who now trails Obama by a whopping 41 points.
At the time, the story that failed to gain any traction was that there was a perfectly good challenger available and he even lived in...
... fervent search for a competitor to Barack Obama. At post time, they have not yet considered my suggestion that they consider Chitown institution Bozo, but give them time.
Meanwhile, the latest desperate plan from the Illinois GOP is to convince one-time presidential candidate and two-time senatorial candidate Alan Keyes to move from Maryland to Illinois and run against Barack Obama: "GOP wooing...
Can you spot what's wrong with the following TalkLeft post?
Wednesday night, just before John Edwards spoke, a group of bloggers were invited to interview Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL). We jumped at the chance since we think Durbin has introduced some of the best legislation in the past year and opposed some of the worst...
Here were the questions I wanted to ask him:
1. How will a Kerry...
Amidst all the talk about Jack Ryan and Seven-o-Nine and Mike Ditka, the craven stupidity of the Illinois GOP has been obscured.
It looks like they'd rather cede the race for Senate to the Democrats than nominate someone who's - horror of all horrors - opposed to illegal immigration:
The Illinois Republican Party took another body blow Thursday, as the candidate considered the favorite by a nu