Sniper fire is now a joke for Clinton.

Clinton pokes fun at Bosnia gaffe, Bill

It was a gaffe that caused the Clinton campaign a serious headache two weeks ago, but in an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday night, the New York senator was all smiles about it.

As she walked out on stage, Clinton told Leno she almost didn’t make the interview.

“I was pinned down by sniper fire at the Burbank airport,” Clinton said laughing. “

Try to laugh it off, Hillary. Go ahead. I’m not laughing.

“You know this has been such a mismatch of words and actions,” Clinton also told Leno. “I was thinking about it, because obviously I’ve been so privileged to represent our country in, gosh, more than 80 other countries, lots of war zones and all the rest of it — I wrote about this in my book and obviously I just had a lapse.” “

Nice. Hillary’s experience is so vast that it caused her to make shit up. That’s the message. See how full of shit she is? The more I’ve thought about the sniper story, the more I’ve realized what a liar she is. Where did she get the material for that supposed memory? As friends of mine have said, there’s no fuckin’ way that the government would let the first lady fly into a war zone like that. It makes no sense.

No amount of laughing it off or trying to pin it to her little vacations is going to convince me that this was a simple brain fart. It’s not. It’s a goddamned lie that attempted to trick the American people, and it should be called for what it is.

-MC Spanky McGee

Oh, you Clinton women.

Clinton accuses Obama of suppressing votes

Chelsea Clinton confronts another Lewinsky question

1. I’m so sick of hearing the Obama-is-a-tyrant bit. After all, isn’t that the essence of Hillary’s claim? Can someone please get her to shut up?

2. Keep the Monica questions rolling on Chelsea. I’d like her to feel so nauseous that when she thinks of running for president, she immediately gets a mental of Monica on her knees–ala Clockwork Orange or something.

This post will qualify for “random lashing out.” I’m going to get some caffeine and wake up more before I truly get some rants going.

-MC Spanky McGee

Hillary Clinton and the gender card

Hillary supporters are now playing the gender card.

“Women will indeed be upset if it appears people are trying to push Hillary Clinton out of the way,” said Carol Fowler, the South Carolina Democratic chair who is backing Obama. “If you are going to ask her to withdraw, you’d better be making a strong case.”….

I see. Obama is where he is because he’s black, right Geraldine? And Hillary is being held back because she’s a woman, or she’s going to win because she’s a woman.

Why do Hillary and her supporters keep bringing up the features that neither she nor Obama can control? (Issues of determinism aside….)

Remember what they said in late 2007:…. 0/15/clintons_team_says_women_will_carry_win/

Why can’t we focus on policy? This bullshit about Hillary’s gender needs to be called exactly what it is: a talking point for the single-issue voter–the worst kind of voter available.

I don’t care if she’s a neon-green hermaphrodite. The bottom line is that her arguments suck, as I’ve already made abundantly clear.

-MC Spanky McGee

Superdelegates, Pelosi, Clinton backers, Bob Casey, and a red herring. In a pear tree.

Why so many Democrats are probably off the subject…

red herring


Superdelegate Bob Casey just signed himself for the Obama team.

Everybody and their mom has a view as to what the Democratic superdelegates should do concerning the presidential nomination. On the one hand, we’ve got Nancy Pelosi, who thinks that

superdelegates should support the party’s pledged delegate leader — a position that would be fatal to Clinton’s presidential bid.

Then there are Clinton’s backers, who provide a ton of money to the DNC.

Twenty of Clinton’s major donors sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday that suggested they might rethink their support for the party’s congressional efforts this cycle if Pelosi did not alter her publicly stated view…

Ok, I see that the fat cats are trying to buy the moral conscience of the superdelegates so that Hillary can possibly get a spot. Dark whispers abound: “Vote as you want, not as the people want… you are the chosen one…. YOU choose…. ” Fine. Whatever.

What’s my verdict?
Fact: some superdelegates have made up their minds, some haven’t. See:

For those who are committed already, they have more than likely already thrown out the principle that they should vote the will of the people. After all, the full vote from “the people” is not in.

The uncommitted superdelegates might be waiting on the will of the people. Then again, they might not. They might be undecided and yet think that the will of the people doesn’t play in.

The key question is, given a realistic picture of the undecided superdelegates’ decision procedures, what is this wrangling over the principles going to amount to?

Jackshit. I’m betting that the vast majority of the undecideds are firmly committed to their decision procedures without being committed (publicly, at least) to a candidate.

Only a few undecideds are probably beating themselves up over what decision procedure to adopt.

In other words, stop trying to convince the superdelegates about the principle of choice they should employ. Convince them about the candidates. Fry the red herring. (Not to be confused with the red trout.)

I’m hungry and ready to play some XBOX 360. Spanky over and out.

-MC Spanky McGee

Chelsea: don’t bother.

Chelsea Clinton also got thrown into the middle of another controversy Tuesday while campaigning for her mother at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

An audience member asked her whether the Monica Lewinsky scandal had damaged her mother’s credibility.

“Wow, you’re the first person actually that’s ever asked me that question in the, I don’t know maybe, 70 college campuses I’ve now been to, and I do not think that is any of your business,” Clinton responded, appearing a bit surprised.

The crowd immediately cheered loudly at the response. It was supposed to be the last question of the event, but the former first daughter decided to take one more, saying, “I don’t think that should be the last question.”

She was expected to continue campaigning Wednesday, speaking at the University of Notre Dame before teaming up with her mother in Washington for a “March to Victory” event.

Any Star Wars character: “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

I’m going to call it out. Chelsea Clinton will get it in her head that she can run for president. I’m predicting it now. Just like W thought he was the Golden Child (and he is, he is), Chelsea will give it a shot.

Just say no to her now. NOW. Not later. NOW.

She will try to tell you that she has campaign experience, that she learned so much by watching daddy and mommy. She will sound like her damn mom. Let’s see what if she pulls out the sniper story.

I am done with the Clintons. Done done done.

-MC Spanky McGee

Spanky is only lashing out. Yes, it’s true. But Spanks sees the future.

Michigan’s attempt for another vote fails.

No deal reached on Michigan revote

Sen. Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House suffered a blow Thursday when Michigan’s state Senate adjourned without passing a bill to schedule a new Democratic primary.

The Senate’s inaction makes it nearly impossible that a revote will occur.

Once again, we can see who’s to blame for the problems in Florida and Michigan. I’ve said it over and over–it’s the elected officials in those states. But Hillary will have you believe that it’s Barack Obama that’s doing it. Absurd, as I’ve already said.

A top Michigan Democrat expressed frustration Wednesday with Obama for not embracing the state’s proposal.

“The Obama people are blocking it in the Legislature,” said the Democratic source, who has not backed either candidate.

The source also said negotiators repeatedly and unsuccessfully have reached out to the campaign for input and cooperation.

The source said that Obama’s campaign has been asked to craft an alternative or to meet with the Clinton camp to work out an acceptable compromise, but that those requests have been met with silence.

However, a state senator who supports Obama said supporters of both sides are contributing to the logjam.

Yes, yes. The finger pointing is all over the place. I’m doing it, too. But the problem started at the state level, and has continued at the state level.

The question should be, Who started Florida and Michigan on these paths?

-MC Spanky McGee

Clinton calls Obama “un-American” over Michigan and Florida

Where is Clinton left without revotes?

Clinton made a last-minute trip to Michigan today to emphasize her support for a re-vote there, saying it’s “wrong, and frankly un-American” not to have delegates from the two states seated at the convention.

I’ve already written on this topic today, but I’m so pissed off at how ridiculous this woman has gotten. This is clearly a shameless attempt to Swift Boat Obama by painting him as being an America-hater.

Clinton’s reasoning must be something like this:

1. Wright is un-American

2. Anyone who prevents Florida and Michigan from voting is un-American.

3. Barack Obama is preventing Florida and Michigan from voting.

4. Therefore Barack Obama is un-American

5.  Wright and Obama are un-American

The first premise is questionable. The third is definitely false.

Hillary is playing both on the Wright situation and the Florida/Michigan bullshit to make him look unpatriotic.

Total bullshit.

-MC Spanky McGee

Clinton: “Empower the voters, blah blah, don’t disenfranchise them.”

Hillary is still clawing for the votes of Florida and Michigan. Still. Here’s what she said today.

Clinton challenges Obama on Michigan vote

“I am here for one simple reason,” Clinton said to a small crowd of supporters gathered at an AFSCME hall. “To make sure Michigan’s votes are counted, and your voices are heard in this election.”

The Obama campaign released a memo Wednesday raising “serious” legal and procedural questions about the Michigan proposal.

Clinton said the matter of Michigan’s delegates boils down to each candidate’s commitment to voting rights and questioned if Obama is committed to “empowering the American people.”

“This is a crucial test,” she said. “Does he mean what he says or not?”

Hillary, I’ll say it to you again. No tear in my beer: you disenfranchised yourselves

If you want to blame someone for this, blame the elected officials in those states that tried to cheat the very rules to which they consented. Those officials are the ones that should have empowered the voters. This is not Barack Obama’s fault.

Hillary Clinton has the weakest arguments of any Democrat I’ve ever seen. Bottom line.

-MC Spanky McGee

Obama’s speech on race, Jeremiah Wright, and the crux of the issue. A challenge to the critics.

Obama gives speech on race

Obama spoke yesterday of diamond-hard facts facing our culture.

But all of the discussion can be boiled down to one key question. The question is, Has Wright’s inflammatory attitude become part of Barack Obama’s psyche? In other words, to what extent does Obama believe the same things about America that Wright does? What Obama’s critics want to show is that Obama has been inculcated, been habituated by Wright to hate America. I’ll return to this shortly

So many critics are saying that he should have left the church. The idea here is supposed to be that, if he disagreed so much with what the pastor had said, real renunciation would involve his leaving.

This view of things assumes an all or nothing attitude, just like Bush does: “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” ( Either you support your preacher or you don’t.

As if there isn’t a way for anyone to disagree significantly with someone, yet support him in other ways, on other topics. We do this all the time with friends and family. Why not a preacher? There is a false dichotomy in the assumption behind the critics’ charge.

Now, back to the issue of inculcation. Obama’s critics now have the burden of showing that he is disposed to hate this country. In order for them to relieve themselves of this burden, they will have to give us the evidence that he does hate this country. Where is the evidence? I’ll bet a shit-ton of M&Ms that you can’t find it.

It is not enough to say that Obama was most likely inculcated by Wright, only given the amount of time they were in the same room . After all, we know that merely being with someone doesn’t mean that you absorb who they are or their ideas. Anyone who has taken piano lessons can tell you this.

If you’re going to try to pin down a supposed cause of something, you’re going to have to tell me what the effect is. In the case of Barack Obama, you will be hard pressed to isolate an effect that is identical with some bit of hate against the entire country.

So here’s the challenge to all the critics: find me some talk from Obama where he says that he absolutely hates America. If you cannot find more than a statement of dissatisfaction with America (and who hasn’t uttered that kind of statement?), then you will have failed in your goal to tie Obama to Wright’s inflammatory ideas. If you fail to do this, then you should admit that Wright’s comments are irrelevant to this presidential race.

If Wright’s negative teaching has not overtaken Obama, then you should regard him as a dunce who cannot learn from his teacher, or you should look at him as an intelligent critical man who disagreed with the negative messages.

I think we we can regard Obama as a student who has surpassed his teacher in wisdom and serenity. (Thanks to the Ship for putting it this way).

Update 3-19-2008 12:01 PM

Commentary: Courageous Obama poses…

Derrick Ashong writes:

Who can honestly argue that black America is not today contributing mightily to its own social, cultural and economic decline?

Who can honestly argue that white America has not been willfully blind and too often complicit in the injustices that continue to be visited upon people born with darker hue or stranger accent?

I think these are good questions. But they don’t seem to be sinking in. Why? I suspect most people in the middle between the Republicans and Democrats are still concerned with our foreign policy and those who hate America. The right-wing nut jobs are not going after Wright because he’s black–they’re going to try to peg him to the current enemy. And Obama’s opponents are trying to peg him to Wright.

Once again, they will need hard evidence that Obama has absorbed the anti-American sentiment that Wright (supposedly) has. But they will not be able to do this.

My point is that America has largely swept the problem of race under the rug. That’s because we’ve been battling other problems for now–namely Bush’s idiocy and asshole terrorists, such as Bin Laden.

I think most people are aware that racial problems exist. But I also think that people are also trying to figure out how to pay for groceries, to remember to take their kids to soccer practice, to stay on top of their daily lives.

It’s true–but unfortunate–we’ve neglected our racial problems. The dialogue now reopens.

-MC Spanky McGee

The damning of America

By now, hardcore conservatives have probably whipped themselves into a frenzy over Jeremiah Wright’s comments:

“No, no, no, not God bless America — God damn America!”

Minister leaves Obama campaign

Here’s a good chunk of idiotic conservative commentary:

While a number of [liberals], including Barack Obama, will distance themselves from any or all of Rev. Wright’s specific statements, liberals will have a hard time denying that they share one thing in common with him… they resent or even hate what America stands for. They see our nation as an evil power in the world and one in which the haves oppress the have-nots at home.

Who Rev. Jeremiah Wright Really Speaks For

Wright’s kind of language, of course, is absurd, and it should be completely rejected. But it should be kept in mind that the conservatives have had their doomsayers:

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I’ll say it again: conservatives, like Cindy McCain, like to say that they LOVE the USA. They prefer to act as if they have a monopoly on pride of country. That is such a crock of shit. They surely don’t love the whole country. They can’t; in fact, these rabid conservatives (not all conservatives are) hate almost half the country that consists of liberals. So don’t give me this shit that Wright hates the country and that he speaks for liberals. Falwell showed the hate he had for what he perceived as the current state of the nation.

So many of us love to use God as the source of ultimate vengeance. It’s a incontrovertible fact. This is old ground, however, and I won’t re-cover it too much. But the source of this kind of need for revenge (which even ol’ Spanky feels sometimes) is based, in large part, on what we learned from the temper tantrums of the God from the Old Testament.

Yeah, Wright fucked up. But don’t make me trot out the list of all the criminal fucks that the religious right used to champion.

-MC Spanky McGee