Daily Archives: August 26, 2008

No Bounce for Michelle…

Michelle Obama’s speech did what it was supposed to do last night: make her look motherly and all American. Her brother, OSU basketball coach Craig Robinson, even talked in his introduction of how his sister, despite being rationed only one hour of TV a day as kids, managed to memorize every episode of The Brady Bunch. But the latest tracking poll from Gallup (here) didn’t give her or her husband’s campaign much give back.
The speech wasn’t flashy, it wasn’t supposed to be. It was meant to be inoffensive (contrary to some of her other utterances–‘first the first time in my adult life I’m really proud of my country,’ discussions of fear, etc) and it was for the most p
art. She was flashy, though.
In a show of solidarity with Mrs. Obama, participants at the DNC actually gave her a standing ovation when she said she loved America. So unusual was the utterance that she got a standing “O?” More likely, Dems were happy she said it out loud in front of a lot of people so the rest of us will discount her previous comments about what a mean country this is etc. Not a chance. One speech doesn’t wipe out an entire campaign filled with this rhetoric. Here’s a piece by Byron York about Obama’s previous speeches and how it differed from the one she gave last night. He calls it Michelle Obama’s Two Americas.

In a highlight for Oregon State Fans, Robinson gave his team and the entire Beaver community a shout out from the podium–and the crowd raved. Note the color of his tie.

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No Bounce for Michelle…

Michelle Obama’s speech did what it was supposed to do last night: make her look motherly and all American. Her brother, OSU basketball coach Craig Robinson, even talked in his introduction of how his sister, despite being rationed only one hour of TV a day as kids, managed to memorize every episode of The Brady Bunch. But the latest tracking poll from Gallup (here) didn’t give her or her husband’s campaign much give back.
The speech wasn’t flashy, it wasn’t supposed to be. It was meant to be inoffensive (contrary to some of her other utterances–‘first the first time in my adult life I’m really proud of my country,’ discussions of fear, etc) and it was for the most p
art. She was flashy, though.
In a show of solidarity with Mrs. Obama, participants at the DNC actually gave her a standing ovation when she said she loved America. So unusual was the utterance that she got a standing “O?” More likely, Dems were happy she said it out loud in front of a lot of people so the rest of us will discount her previous comments about what a mean country this is etc. Not a chance. One speech doesn’t wipe out an entire campaign filled with this rhetoric. Here’s a piece by Byron York about Obama’s previous speeches and how it differed from the one she gave last night. He calls it Michelle Obama’s Two Americas.

In a highlight for Oregon State Fans, Robinson gave his team and the entire Beaver community a shout out from the podium–and the crowd raved. Note the color of his tie.

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CNN Poll On Democrats Convention

Although not scientific, the results don’t look too promising for firing up the Democrats Base.

How much of the Democratic National Convention do you plan to watch?
A lot 16% 57119
A little 28% 99596
None 55% 195406
Total Votes: 352121 (as of 12:30 AM Aug 25)

Source (midway down the page on the right)

Will the GOP fare better? We’ll see soon.

UPDATE: The Polls already changed. Today’s question doesn’t fare much better it seems.

How do you rate Michelle Obama’s convention speech?
Thumbs up 35% 32685
Thumbs down 12% 11096
Didn’t watch it 53% 50216
Total Votes: 93997

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Plot To Kill Obama. Credible? Or Knuckleheads?


A report out of Denver claims 4 people have been arrested and an investigation launched into the possibility of an assasination plaot against Barack Obama when he accepts the party nomination.

The reporter, Brian Maass, writes that the people arrested had in their possession two high-powered, scoped rifles, camouflage clothing, walkie-talkies, wigs, a bulletproof vest, a spotting scope, licenses in the names of other people and 44 grams of methamphetamine.

When asked directly if the foursome had come to Denver to kill Obama, one suspect answered “in the affirmative.”

According to Police, the plot involved a 750 yard shot from high up in the stadium.

U.S. Attorney Troy Eid said, “We’re absolutely confident there is no credible threat to the candidate, the Democratic National Convention, or the people of Colorado,” with the matter still being investigated.

It is believed the men have ties to a biker gang, Sons of Silence, which has ties to white supremacists. One suspect who tried to escape capture out of a 6th floor window is reported to have a swastika tatoo.

Federal sources said this incident may have had more to do with methamphetamine than with any plot to assassinate Obama. Paul Bresson, an FBI spokesman assigned to the convention said, β€œThis is a methamphetamine and firearms case that arose from a traffic stop made by an Aurora Police officer. Firearms and methamphetamine were seized and a number of individuals are in state custody. The matter continues to be under investigation.”

Another fed said, β€œIt could also turn out that these were nothing but a bunch of knuckleheads, meth heads.”

Credible threat? Ambitious morons? Wishful thinking on the part of bigots?

Whatever the case may be, I for one am thankful it was discovered and broken up. I’d much rather defeat him in the ballot box than spark nationwide riots over an assasination.

More coverage here and here

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