Obama’s Clown

Obama’s Clown

February 20th, 2010

By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr, American Spectator

Obama uses Biden as his clownish shield 

This week the Drudge Report gave emphasis to its lead headline that a CNN poll found 52% of its respondents opposed to the reelection of President Obama with the boldfaced screamer: “Shock.” Who is shocked? The American people are a sensible lot. Frankly I am not shocked.

This administration is as inept as you would expect an administration to be when presided over by the most inexperienced and most far-left president in modern American history. Mr. Obama is out of his depth. Moreover, he and his aides are oblivious to political realities.

A perfect example of this is their deployment this week of Vice President Joe Biden to refute former Vice President Richard Cheney’s criticism of the Obama administration’s approach to the war on terror. Pithily put, Cheney accuses the administration of treating the war on terror as a legal matter rather than a war. He is worried about our national security and quite properly he fears more attacks within the United States unless we are on the offensive.

So whom does the White House send out against this formidable foreign policy advocate? The administration sends the gaffable Joe Biden, the most gaffe-prone figure in public life. If you are like me, you tune him in simply for a hearty laugh. Moreover, the White House puts Biden in an absurd position.

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Purported former Hillary Staffer on Team Obama ‘Comes Clean’

Purported former Hillary Staffer on Team Obama ‘Comes Clean’

Taken with a grain of salt, as must all anonymously submitted tidbits, RedState has posted an anonymous submission that purports to be one of the few HillTeam staffers picked up by Camp Obama, and she lays out the ‘weaknesses’ of Obama. Disaffected and unhappy, the “female grad student in my 20’s, and a registered Democrat” apparently offers up some information that McCain-Palin supporters should consider as the relentless assault on their enthusiasm continues: What you were never intended to know in this election.

4 – The Bradley Effect. Don’t believe these polls for a second. I just went over our numbers and found that we have next to no chance in the following states: Missouri, Indiana, North Carolina, Florida, New Hampshire and Nevada. Ohio leans heavily to McCain, but is too close to call it for him. Virginia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Mexico and Iowa are the true “toss up states”. The only two of these the campaign feels “confident” in are Iowa and New Mexico. The reason for such polling discrepancy is the Bradley Effect, and this is a subject of much discussion in the campaign. In general, we tend to take a -10 point percentage in allowing for this, and are not comfortable until the polls give us a spread well over this mark. This is why we are still campaigning in Virginia and Pennsylvania! This is why Ohio is such a desperate hope for us! What truly bothers this campaign is the fact that some pollsters get up to an 80% “refuse to respond” result. You can’t possibly include these into the polls. The truth is, people are afraid to let people know who they are voting for. The vast majority of these respondents are McCain supporters. Obama is the “hip” choice, and we all know it.

With such things as the Missouri Truth Squad comprised of sitting prosecutors, warnings of riots if Obama loses, and a candidate who has ugred his followers to “get in their faces” and confront McCain supporters, why ever would people be afraid to respond to a call?

Perhaps stories like the woman in Texas who had the Secret Service thrown at her after an Obama campaign worker lied and said she threatened to kill Barack Obama. Or the attempted public destruction of Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher, driven by Ohio state employees digging in official records for dirt fed to the media.

There is no argument that Obama supporters are forthright and not hesitant. But McCain supporters? The concept as presented has merit, whether the anonymous submission comes from who it claims to come from or not.

Biden Angered By Tough Questions

Biden Shuffled off to the sidelines after gaffe

Biden Shuffled off to the sidelines after gaffe

Rick Moran
Two weeks before the election and the Democratic candidate for Vice President has no public events scheduled. None. Zero. Zilch.

It couldn’t be because of what Biden said on Sunday in Seattle about Obama’s inexperience being tested by a deliberate crisis fomented by one of our enemies? Or was it that Biden warned Obama’s response would be so weak it was up to the good little liberals of Seattle to support him anyway?

Bill Kristol
dissects Biden’s inadvertent flash of honesty:

So Biden expects a test of the kind Kennedy faced after his disastrous meeting with Khrushchev in Vienna in June, 1961, less than five months into Kennedy’s presidency. Biden’s presumably thinking of the Soviet-backed construction of the Berlin Wall a couple of months later. Kennedy did nothing, and was criticized for his weakness back home.

So–leaving aside the merits of what Kennedy did or didn’t do in 1961–Biden is forecasting that Obama will have what seems to be a weak response to a provocation from, say, Iran or Russia, and he’s urging the liberals of Seattle and elsewhere to stand with Obama against the expected domestic criticism.

In other words, Biden is forecasting inaction by Obama in the face of testing by a dictator. I suspect he’s right in this forecast. McCain might want to clarify this point. It’s not just that Obama’s own running mate expects an international crisis early in his presidency. t’s not just that Obama has a weak foreign policy record. It’s that Biden himself expects what will appear to be a weak response from Obama to testing by a dictator.

It may be of interest to you that while the press has been castigating Sarah Palin for her lack of access to the press, Joe Biden has not had a press conference in a month.

Just sayin…

Biden routes campaign cash to family, their firms

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Biden routes campaign cash to family, their firms

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. has paid more than $2 million in campaign cash to his family members, their businesses and employers over the years, a practice that watchdogs criticize as rife with potential conflicts of interest.

The money largely flowed from the coffers of Mr. Biden’s failed presidential campaign during the past two years to a company that employs his sister and longtime campaign manager, Valerie Biden Owens, according to campaign disclosure filings.

The senator from Delaware also directed campaign legal work to a Washington lobbying and law firm founded by his son R. Hunter Biden, the disclosures show.

Putting family members and their companies on the political payroll is legal if the work is legitimate and charged at market rates, according to the Federal Election Commission. Still, public watchdog groups have long criticized such arrangements.

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“Even though legal within restraints, it’s not something I view as completely ethical,” said Craig Holman, legislative director for Public Citizen, a campaign finance watchdog organization. “Any candidate ought to shy away from that.”

Aides to Mr. Biden said all of the payments he has made to family members or their employers were aboveboard.

“While no Biden family members are being paid by the Obama-Biden campaign, one of Joe Biden´s greatest political strengths and secret weapon has always been his sister Valerie, starting with her role managing his David-versus-Goliath upset Senate victory in 1972,” said Biden spokesman David Wade.

“Valerie is a well-known and highly regarded political operative in Democratic politics in Delaware and nationally, and her firm has worked on top races from Michigan to Texas. End of story,” Mr. Wade said.

Mr. Biden is hardly alone among members of Congress whose campaigns hold close ties to family. FEC records also show that Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain’s political action committee, Straight Talk America, paid more than $15,000 in 2006 to his wife, Cindy.

McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers said the payment reimbursed Mrs. McCain for catering expenses she had covered in connection with an election night party.

The majority of Biden campaign money tied to family – $1.8 million – was for media consulting bills to Joe Slade White & Co., where Mrs. Owens is a top executive. The firm did not return telephone and e-mail messages.

Such payments usually include a large portion of “pass through” money, where the consulting company gets campaign cash then uses it to produce and buy political ads. Still, the consulting company usually keeps a portion of the money, Mr. Holman said.

“It’s a lot of money either way,” he said.

Other Biden campaign expenditures over the years included more than $50,000 in salary payments to Mr. Biden’s sister. And the Washington lobbying and law firm of Oldaker, Biden & Belair, which Hunter Biden co-founded, has received more than $150,000 combined from Mr. Biden’s presidential campaign fund and his political action committee, Unite Our States.

Dubbed “the rainmaker” by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, William Oldaker is a registered lobbyist and a former FEC general counsel who has worked on numerous other political campaigns.

Obama aides say Hunter Biden never profited from any fees that the campaign paid to the firm.

“Bill Oldaker was Senator Biden´s counsel for his Senate races, not Hunter Biden. Hunter Biden didn´t make a dime from the firm’s representation of Senator Biden because the firm´s partners share expenses but don´t share revenue unless they work on the representation,” Mr. Wade said.

“In the case of Bill Oldaker´s election law practice, none of the revenue is shared with Hunter Biden. Bill represented Senator Biden´s Senate campaigns since before Hunter was old enough to vote.”

The District-based Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington earlier this year issued a report that found 16 senators, including Mr. Biden and Mr. McCain, had paid one or more family members fees or salaries. The group’s report, made public in February, analyzed campaign filings covering the 2002, 2004 and 2006 election cycles. It named 87 senators from all 50 states: 42 Democrats, 43 Republicans and two independents.

The CREW report listed Mr. Biden among the top five senators by salaries and fees paid to family members, saying he paid his sister and niece more than $50,000. It also listed Mr. Biden among the top five senators by payments to a family business or employer, with more than $40,000 paid to his son’s firm.

The watchdog group also found that other Biden campaign cash paid reimbursement expenses for his sister, his wife, two of his sons, his brother and the senator.

The CREW report did not include payments from Mr. Biden’s presidential campaign. But a review by The Washington Times of FEC campaign records as well and data compiled CQ MoneyLine and the Center for Responsive Politics – groups that track the flow of money in politics – found more than $1.8 million to Joe Slade White & Co. and more than $100,000 to Oldaker, Biden & Belair.

CREW also noted that at least 33 federal lobbyists, including, at the time, Hunter Biden, were registered with the federal government. Hunter Biden recently dropped his lobbying clients amid scrutiny about whether his work undermined Sen. Barack Obama’s anti-lobbyist rhetoric on the campaign trail. Mr. Obama refuses money from federal lobbyists, saying they’re a corrosive force in Washington.

Elected officials can hire family members for their campaigns at fair market value rates, but they are not allowed to convert campaign donations to “personal use” or hire family for their official congressional offices. Some observers say having family members on the campaign payroll blurs the lines of what’s permissible.

“Technically, it’s legal, but frankly, it doesn’t pass the smell test,” said Bruce Buchanan, a professor of government and presidential politics at the University of Texas at Austin. “That’s why all the public interest groups flag it and report it. It feeds the public perception that politicians are ethically challenged.”

McCain/Palin vs Obama/Biden – The Battle Of Good And Evil

MSM Praise For Palin (Volume 1) – “She Killed” – With Photo Essay

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SARAH ROCKS!

SARAH ROCKS!

By Michelle Malkin  •  October 2, 2008 10:50 PM

First, I would like to see all the Sarah doubters and detractors in the Beltway/Manhattan corridor eat their words.

Eat them.

Sarah Palin is the real deal. Five weeks on the campaign trail, thrust onto the national stage, she rocked tonight’s debate.

She was warm, fresh, funny, confident, energetic, personable, relentless, and on message. She roasted Obama’s flip-flops on the surge and tea-with-dictators declarations, dinged Biden’s bash-Bush rhetoric, challenged the blame-America defeatism of the Left, and exuded the sunny optimism that energized the base in the first place.

McCain has not done many things right. But Sarah Palin proved tonight that the VP risk he took was worth it.

Her performance also underscored the underhandedness of the hatchet job editors at ABC News and CBS News, which failed to capture her solid competence on the whole array of foreign and domestic policy issues on the debate table tonight. (I didn’t care for all the “greed” rhetoric, but I understand they are trying to appeal to independents and Dems. They’re trying to win the election.)

Pause to reflect on this: She matched — and trumped several times — a man who has spent his entire adult life on the political stage, run for president twice, and as he mentioned several times, chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sarah Palin looked presidential.

Joe Biden looked tired.

Sarah made history.

Biden is history.

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Prediction: Watch for a whole new, severe strain of Palin Derangement Syndrome to begin tonight.

They hated her before tonight. They are going to pour on more unfathomable hate at a level we have never seen before.

Sarah, we’re praying for you.

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Frank Luntz’s focus group agrees: Sarah rocks.

Reader Brett had a sharp observation: “Palin amazingly avoided falling into a trap when Gwen Ifill asked whether she agreed with Biden on a [particular] issue — instead Palin repeated the question and stated her answer — rather than say ‘I agree’ — like Obama said so many times at an earlier debate.”

Yes, that was excellent.

Mark Levin:

I have been involved in and observed politics for a long time. Governor Palin is a truly unique national figure. She is down to earth, personable, and smart as hell. That’s right. She has been on the national scene for a little over a month, she has been campaigning everywhere, she has had to bone up on all kinds of national issues, and she has shown class throughout. Too often too many are persuaded by the mainstream media’s opinion and react to that. This should be another lesson in that regard. As for some of her populist views, she cannot openly campaign against the positions of her presidential running mate. She is the bright light in this campaign from my perspective.

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Previous: Liveblogging the debate.

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As for Gwen “Age of Obama” Ifill, she behaved herself for the most part. She was duly chastened. But the questions and the controversy and the double standards don’t go away. As I wrote in my column this week:

It’s not the color of your skin, sweetie. It’s the color of your politics. Perhaps Ifill will be able to conceal it this week. But if the “stunning” “Breakthrough” she’s rooting for comes to pass on January 20, 2009, nobody will be fooled.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

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As I noted in my liveblog, Gwen Ifill failed to disclose her book and financial conflict of interest at the start of the debate. It’s a travesty.

Andy McCarthy (whose terrific column blasting Ifill/PBS’s “Do as I say-ism” is here) adds:

…it was an unmitigated disgrace for her to be presiding — and she is smart enough to know that, so not stepping aside was a culpable act.

Spot on.

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Jim Hoft attended the Palin post-debate rally. Great photos.