September 02, 2008

What Day Will Barack Obama Drop Out?

For reasons only "progressive" minds can fathom, several bloggers on the left think—or more likely, are perhaps wishing—that Sarah Palin, John McCain's newly-announced choice for Vice President, will drop out of the Presidential race.

Jeralyn Merritt, probably once the most consistently rational member of the leftist blogosphere, is actively promoting a drop-out pool.

Merritt claims that McCain must force Palin out because she wasn't adequately vetted, and then quite seriously suggests that Obama was:

Obama presented himself for 17 months to the American people, they heard him debate more than a dozen times, they made their own decision that he was ready for the job and the Democrats voted him their nominee.

Obama wasn't unilaterally appointed by a party's nominee in a transparent play for the evangelical and female vote. As if Sarah Palin could fill Hillary Clinton's shoes by virtue of her gender. As if women wouldn't see that Sarah Palin is the antithesis of Hillary Clinton on issues. As if anything would evoke Palin's lack of qualifications more than to compare them to Hillary's.

We now know far more about Sarah Palin in just four days than we've learned about Barack Obama in 17 months. That is just sad. It's a pathetic reflection of the mainstream media's unwillingness to do their jobs for fear of finding stories that would hurt the candidate so many of them openly desire to win.

But periodically appearing to read teleprompters isn't vetting, not matter how many months a candidate has done it, and Obama's ability to perform in set-piece debates is both dubious—Hillary once famously took him apart—and irrelevant. Barack Obama really has never been fully vetted. He hasn't even come close.

You want examples?

If Obama does not share the radical cultural and religious views of Jeremiah Wright, then why was he a member of Trinity United Church of Christ for more than two decades?

Of all the churches in Chicago, why did Obama chose a church that espouses Black Liberation Theology? The doctrine was conceived by James Cone, based upon the rhetoric of the Black Panthers and Malcolm X and the civil rights movement. It is a radical religion primarily based upon the oppression of blacks by whites. How can Barack Obama make the claim that he is a post-racial candidate, when his entire religious focal point was one of bitter victimization?

We don't know, because no one has ever vetted Obama over his radical and openly racial faith, which is a cult that views whites as an enemy incapable of redemption, and views the Trinity as either "black" in spirit, or deems God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit to be false and not only not worth following, but worth killing.

Cone writes in A Black Theology of Liberation:

"Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community ... Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love."

Jeralyn, does Barack Obama believe God a murderer if he isn't racially-biased toward blacks, as Obama's church and pastor for more than 20 years believes? We don't know, because Barack Obama has never been vetted in depth about his belief system.

To their great dishonor, the media has focused more energy on Sarah Palin's religious background in just the few days since her announcement as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate than they have on Obama's in the entire campaign. The extent they've explored Obama's faith stops at his declaration that he isn't a Muslim and that he is a Christian, even though he goes to a church that stretches the definition of Christianity to the breaking point, if not beyond.

And what, my dear friends, of Obama's three decades-long relationship with terrorists?

If John McCain had so much as ever shaken Eric Robert Rudolph's hand in an anonymous campaign stop, is there any doubt that the far left blogosphere would use such information to push the candidate out of the race?

You do remember Rudolph, don't you? He was behind the Centennial Olympic Park bombing. He bombed a lesbian nightclub and abortion clinics as well. A relationship to someone like Rudolph should be a career-killer for any politician.

But Barack Obama is closely aligned with not one, but two infamous domestic terrorists, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. What is remarkable about their relationship is that Barack Obama befriended Ayers and Dohrn well after their status as terrorists was well known. Despite knowing Ayers and Dohrn were terrorists, he befriended them, and worked with them.

The Weather Underground that Ayers helped found and Dohn helped lead are responsible for bombings and armed robberies that left law enforcement officers dead and wounded in at least two states.

They declared war upon the United States. They bombed American government buildings. They bombed police stations, and conducted armed robberies. Their attempt at mass murder—the planned bombing of a soldier's dance at Fort Dix—only failed because Ayers' then-girlfriend Diana Oughten screwed up while building the massive roofing nails and dynamite bombs (the same key components Rudolph used, it is worth noting) and blew herself and two other terrorists up as well.

Barack Obama knew Bill Ayers was a terrorist when they first met. Barack Obama knew that Bernadine Dohrn was a terrorist when they met, and probably knew she was a fan of Charles Manson's murderous cult as well. He still chose to work with Ayers in numerous groups in leadership positions, and the relationship was close enough for Obama to start his his political career with a fundraiser at Ayers' and Dohrn's home.

What makes it all the more fascinating is that Barack Obama will not repudiate his 21-year relationship with Bill Ayers and Bernie Dohrn. Barack Obama threw his own grandmother under the bus without a thought, portraying her as a racist for short-term political sympathy.

He tossed his friend and mentor Jeremiah Wright under the bus when it became politically advantageous for him to do so, then his church and congregation, and he hasn't looked back. Father Michael Fleger, the radical priest who advocated lynching a gun store owner, was also a friend of many years (at least 22) tossed aside by Obama without a look back.

But Barack Obama won't repudiate his relationship with American terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernie Dorhn. He repudiates what they did, but makes a point of not assailing who they are or what they believe. Of all the people in his life that have popped up during this campaign, Barack Obama has shown more loyalty to these two terrorists that he has shown anyone else, including his own pastor, church, and grandmother.

But the media hasn't pressed Obama about this relationship, and why Obama started and still maintains this relationship. They refuse to investigate the $100 million in education grants that Ayers and Obama burned through in the Chicago Annenberg Challenge with no results, some of which was funneled to their friends.

Barack Obama simply hasn't be vetted about key aspects of his life that would reveal his character and his potential suitability as a leader.

So, Jeralyn, when are you going to push for him to step down?

Update: wrong word choice above; switched from "refute" to "repudiate."

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 2, 2008 09:22 AM

This is the best post I have seen so far in defense of Gov. Palin; keep up the great work.

We need to attack, attack, attack and stop bemoaning the Kossacks and go for the jugular, Nixon style.

We are dealing with cowards, the most vile elements of society.

Posted by: Carlos Echevarria at September 2, 2008 09:50 AM

Obama supporters such as Andrew Sullivan will accuse you of being a racist for even suggesting that anybody should look into Obama's background. On the other habd, Sullivan has no problem at all with posting a couple dozen stories with virtually no basis in fact and no source reporting that slander, in often gross and nasty ways, and belittle a woman and a teenage girl. His defense was that he was only "seeking the truth." What a load of crap, but that's all some of these asshats on the Left have in them.

Posted by: Terry at September 2, 2008 10:12 AM

I didn't think Sullivan made any secret of the fact that he doesn't like women.

Posted by: Trish at September 2, 2008 10:23 AM

Outstanding work. A link is on the way.

Posted by: K T Cat at September 2, 2008 10:29 AM

forgive the quibble...except i believe the word you really want is 'repudiate' not 'refute'...

it is the unwillingness - inability? refusal? - of sen. obama to repudiate ayers' bad behaviors and unrepentant celebration of his past that merits further scrutiny and concern...

Posted by: michael schrage at September 2, 2008 10:30 AM

By the way, if you read through the comments of Jeralyn's post, you'll see that the TalkLeft crowd is not convinced and, for the most part, has rallied to defend Sarah Palin. Let's not tar all Democrats with the same brush as Jeralyn. Some of them are standing up to this kind of garbage.

Posted by: K T Cat at September 2, 2008 10:38 AM

This is a truly bewildering talking point that the Obama campaign is promulgating: that Obama has been "vetted" because he won the Democrat nomination, and that therefore questions about his inexperience are unfounded. Tom Brokaw used this same slippery sophism when he interviewed Tim Pawlenty on Sunday. He grilled Pawlenty about Palin's alleged inexperience, and when Pawlenty responded by pointing out BO's complete lack of executive experience, Brokaw bristled, and said that Obama has been before a national audience for several years and has been "vetted". [Pawlenty was brilliant, BTW, and would make a great, albeit overqualified, press secretary.]

So, "won the nomination by the narrowest of margins, with the help of superdelegates" equals "vetted" equals "more experience than a governor and former mayor".

I can imagine leftists chortling with self-satisfaction at this wordplay, but are there really voters that believe this line of argument?

Posted by: bbbeard at September 2, 2008 10:43 AM

It's too late for the Democrats to vet Obama, and too late to repudiate him. They had their chance during the primary campaign and at the DNC. All they can do now is grit their teeth and accept defeat.

Posted by: RebeccaH at September 2, 2008 10:51 AM

I am astonished my the MSM complete over-reach on this story. Don't they see that this as incredibly sexist and that it could backfire maginficantly? Appearantly not.

I am a moderate woman voter; registred indepenedent. And I while I have my issues with McCain, this crusade against Palin in the media have me reeling. Tdere is no doubt I more likely today than ever to vote for the GOP ticket.

Like someone else said; if all the women who were pregnant when they got married voted for McCain, he would win in a landslide.

Posted by: Carol at September 2, 2008 10:52 AM

I predict Obama will drop out on October 4th.

Posted by: InTrade trader at September 2, 2008 10:54 AM

Jerlyn Merritt will regret her stupidity one day very soon.

Posted by: Sunflower at September 2, 2008 10:58 AM

Barack Obama will "drop out" on January 20, 2015, upon completing his second term.

Posted by: Brad Wesley at September 2, 2008 11:08 AM

Brad Wesley,
Check your math. Two presidential terms from now will end in January 2017 (twenty seventeen).
Of course, with the expansion of the union to 57 states, maybe the constitution has changed also.

Posted by: wd62 at September 2, 2008 11:21 AM

I guess I'm not going to win "Confederate Yankee"'s pool if I can't even avoid typos.

Oh, well...

Posted by: Brad Wesley at September 2, 2008 11:32 AM

Sarah Palin is rapidly proving to be the figure who confounds the media/liberal establishment more than anyone since Ronald Reagan. I can't tell you how many liberal blogs are out there proclaiming that her hunting will turn off America, her family's fecundity will turn off America, her accent and hairdo will turn off America, her not coming up the approved establishment way (ie. Harvard Law Review and Chicago machine) will turn off America... well, Georgetown and Malibu ain't America, dumbsh*ts, and I think they are setting themselves up for the sucker punch of all time as their innate sexism and condescension puts votes in McCain's column every time they open their mouths (or press Post).

They were waiting for the perfect black man to come along. Turns out women were waiting for a real woman to come along-- and odds are more of the latter than the former will vote and get what they voted for.

Posted by: Mike G at September 2, 2008 12:00 PM

In defense of the posters at Jeralynn's site, many of them have simply left the blog permanently because of her unprofessional venom towards Sarah Palin.

Even her co-blogger, Big Tent Democrat, posted he will be taking a short "leave of absence" due his inability to put up with Jeralynn's "new" style of blogging gossipy trash.

If anything, Jeralynn is pushing voters AWAY from the Democratic ticket now.

Posted by: Mary at September 2, 2008 12:15 PM


If this is the best post in favor of Palin, how come all it does is attack Obama? There may be some valid Obama criticisms in here, but I didn't see anything that even remotely suggests why Palin might be competent.

Posted by: j at September 2, 2008 12:22 PM

Palin: She studied business admin. at Hawaii Pacific University for one semester then transferred to North Idaho College and received a degree in communications-journalism.

Before being on city council and mayor of a town of less than 9000 people she was a sports broadcaster of the local TV station. She was then on the Alaska Ethics Commission for about two years before her term as governor which has been about an year and a half. The population of Alaska is 670,000.

Obama: Very briefly, he's a graduate of Columbia University (political science--international relations) and Harvard Law School (Juris Doctor magna cum laude) and it would take a full article to describe his accomplishments before entering into politics.

As State Senator of the 13th district in Illinois, Obama represented 750,000 people. As US Senator from Illinois he represents 13,000,000 people. He's been the head of a highly successful national campaign for longer than Sarah Palin has been governor of Alaska.

Of course Obama has been vetted. He's been raked over the coals by the corporate-controlled media for many issues in his past, and yet he still obtained the nomination from the voters. The McCain campaign is only now sending a delegation to Alaska to vet Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Dale at September 2, 2008 12:28 PM

Just once, I'd like to see someone list Obama's accomplishments in a way that doesn't merely constitute "positions held."

Obama seems the ultimate apple-polisher, lifted upward by the needs of the establishment for well-spoken young minorities, but what has he ever DONE in any of those positions besides network his way to the next one? I fully expect to be called racist for raising this issue, but I'll withdraw it when someone can tell me something concrete his community organizing accomplished, some piece of legislation he championed, some innovative idea he's been an original thinker on.

Opposing the war in hyperliberal Hyde Park does NOT count.

Posted by: Mike G at September 2, 2008 12:38 PM

The reaction from the Kos Kids and others of that ilk is easily explainable by the wise words of a fictional little green fellow who was a real bad ass with a light saber:

"Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."

The first question is then: What do they fear?

Posted by: Letalis Maximus, Esq. at September 2, 2008 12:43 PM

Actually, there's a pretty thorough run-down on the Sarah Palin hysteria here:

Some of the comments across the web have to be seen to be believed.

Posted by: Cletus at September 2, 2008 12:43 PM

Barry won the nomination but he will not be on the ballot in November.

Posted by: RBP at September 2, 2008 12:59 PM

@j and Dale - Might as well give it up. The neocons are grouchy this year because the best they can hope for is McCain. The best CY can do is say that Obama has bad friends. The radical black church thing is simply red meat for evangelicals. You can't hate him because he's black, that's racist. But if goes to a "radical" black church, then that's ok. Here is a kick in the shorts, historically all founders of churches are considered radicals or heritics! How does one vet their religious belief system? Has McCain? Would that be before or after he divorced his first wife? Its a trick question because religious beliefs can't be vetted.

Just remember, what's good for the goose will be good for the gander. The next Republican candidate for president better have sat next to the foot of God and took notes, otherwise this tactic will be fair play.

Palin was an obvious stab at getting the gender vote. Its pretty obvious that they didn't do much vetting on her, it almost feels like they were desperate to find someone who would agree to run with him. I mean all it takes is a google on youtube to find her addressing the 2008 AIG conference. A political party that believes Alaska should secede from the United States. It seems she was a member of that august group before she decided to become a Republican. Obviously she is a "true" American. Or how about all the earmarks she got from hiring a lobbyist while mayor? Or the millions of dollars that her state took while she is the govenor of Alaska for the bridge to no where but never gave back to the US? How often does she get personally involved in firing State Troopers or is only for those divorcing her sister(I don't care if he shot a moose drunk, naked and while on duty, does the govenor get involved in police personnel management or might there be a procedure or 2 that needs to be followed?)?

Posted by: matta at September 2, 2008 01:28 PM

Seriously? The party that ran John Edwards in 2004 is going to complain about an inexperienced VP pick?

Posted by: Mars vs Hollywood at September 2, 2008 03:02 PM

@ Mars

Very good point.

Posted by: Penfold at September 2, 2008 03:28 PM

I don't care if he shot a moose drunk, naked and while on duty

And drove while drunk, and used a taser on his own stepson.

Man, if he were black, he could run for President.

Is this really how loopy liberals have gotten in their attempts to smear Palin? You have a cop shooting someone who brandishes a gun at them and liberals scream racist for three weeks -- but then leap to defend a state trooper who uses weapons on his own stepchildren.

Posted by: North Dallas Thirty at September 2, 2008 05:16 PM

We need to challenge BOs bona fides. He was a "community organizer" (for ACORN). Big whoop. What did he accomplish? Any "hope and change" of note, any brilliant breakthrough for the poor and downtrodden of the South Side? Apparently - at least as far as I can find out - the only person to really benefit from all his "organizing" was himself.

Ditto with his years in the Illinois Senate. It's one thing to propose legislation and a whole 'nuther' ball game to fight for it and shepherd it through committees to arrive largely intact at the other end. Obama didn't do ANYTHING like that - instead, he sat largely apart and voted with the mob/majority of his party or voted "present" or, when it was known he wanted to go national, got some real legislator to sign over all his work to him at the last minute.

He never did the heavy lifting on "ethics reform" - and if you actually READ THE REFORM it isn't much of a "reform" - full of loopholes for the same old corrupt politicians to use. No 'game changing' hope and change there either.

In the US Senate he did NOTHING of note. No major piece of legislation, no bi-partisan profile in courage, no brilliant unheard of insight in foreign policy, health care, domestic policy or wonkery.

He's handled a campaign with 2500 workers. OK, but has he had to deal with a budget that will be scrutinized, with opposition he'll need to cooperate with, etc.? No. That's part of the reason Senators don't typically become President. (And yes, McCain WASN'T MY FIRST CHOICE EITHER...)

Comparing the running of a campaign to the running of a state is a real stretch. But he's the wonderworker. The Messiah full of hope and change. Fine, whatever - but show me sign of him actually changing some zip code for the better.

Rhetoric and "policy positions" are one thing, cheap and don't matter much. Anyone can be "against the war", what was HIS brilliant alternative? Al Qaeda apparently was in 80 countries EXCEPT Iraq? Domestically, show me one LIBERAL program Barry was a leader on that has actually worked.

Not in crime prevention, not in poverty alleviation, not in improving education, not in infrastructure improvement. He's been "for" things but hasn't actually fought for much.

Posted by: John at September 2, 2008 07:45 PM

Well, North Dallas Thirty, what do you expect from the Left? They view children as "punishment".

Posted by: Mwalimu Daudi at September 2, 2008 08:01 PM

I live in Illinois, so I'm going to be stuck with him for four years no matter what. *sigh*
Better the state than the entire nation.

Let's not kid ourselves here. The real candidate is the Chicago Democratic machine. Obama's just the front man.

Posted by: Trish at September 2, 2008 08:50 PM

"What makes it all the more fascinating is that Barack Obama will not refute his 21-year relationship with Bill Ayers and Bernie Dohrn."

"But Barack Obama won't refute his relationship with American terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernie Dorhn. He refutes what they did, but makes a point of not assailing who they are or what they believe."

CY, I think you mean "renounce". The word "refute" means "disprove". Obama cannot refute any of these things because they are facts.

Posted by: Pat at September 2, 2008 10:51 PM

you say he was a junior senator and you say he didnt shepherd any legislation.

His draw is his message not accomplishments.

Posted by: nick at September 3, 2008 09:36 AM

This has got to be the lamest dodge on record, "The true, full Obama record would take a full article to describe, so I won't do it." Genius. As circular as Barry's claim that his campaign IS his experience. And the notion that winning the Dem nom means he is vetted is a joke. He managed to get millions of Leftwingers to, barely, give it up while a supine press declined to send one onehundreth of the resources to Chicago than they have aimed at Wassilla. For two years. We know the Obies are on the run because, from top to bottom, they all say the same nonesensical thing, "This is the mayor of a town of less than 9,000...." Okay, Barry was a state senator. Once. Is that what he is now? The Dems demonstrate their stupidity here. Do they really want Barry running against Palin? Even if he wins, which is doubtful, guess what? BARRY IS THE TOP OF YOUR TICKET! He doesn't want to engage McCain because he can't. What can Barry offer a real American, as opposed to an anti-American electorate, compared to McCain's record, bio and character? The answer to this question is so obvious the Obies cannot have it asked, therefore, this.

Posted by: megapotamus at September 3, 2008 10:22 AM

Talk about having a different view of things, but this stood out ...

I sat in on a session with three leaders of Veterans for Obama, a group of retired young officers who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, courtesy of the New Republic's writer on the scene, David Samuels. With passion and enthusiasm, these young people spoke of their hopes for nation-building in Iraq. The George W Bush administration should have pute twice the resources into the beleaguered country, they harangued me - not just soldiers, but agronomists, traffic cops, lawyers, judges, and physicians. The Department of Agriculture should have mobilized, along with the Department of Justice.
Nation-building? Doubling down on the US commitment to Iraq? Isn't that trying to out-Bush the Bush administration, while Obama campaigned on getting out of Iraq and spending the money on programs at home? Unblinking, one of the soldiers said, "That's what we think Barack will do." They believed in a more expensive version of the administration's program, and faulted Bush for half measures - and somehow they believed that Obama really agreed with them, all the public evidence to the contrary. And they believed in Barack with perfect faith.

Posted by: Neo at September 3, 2008 12:47 PM

The Democrats are racist pigs. All of America knows it now.

Posted by: RA at September 3, 2008 03:39 PM

I do not "hate" Obama, nor do I hate him because he is black. I do however question his judgment when he attends a "church" that calls for the deaths of those of another race. Whites would be assailed for this, so why not assail a black for the same thing?
Obama was NOT vetted. Obama's connections & the abysmal failure of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge have not been vetted. The documents have been blocked from full access. Sarah Palin's have not.
The Ayers connection is one that truly goes to judgment. Not that he "knew him. Not that Ayers may have launched Obama's political career. BUT, that Obama still stands by him still does not acknowledge that Ayers is still an unrepentant terrorist, & they worked on a failed program few have been told all about, indicates he cannot be trusted to judge the character of those he associates with. Would Obama put Ayers in an official position? Would Obama use Ayers as a consultant or advisor? A terrorist! A man who is sorry he did not do enough with bombs! Comeon!!!
Palin's term as Governor so far, far outweighs all of Obama's supposed experience & leftists know it!
Republicans might lose this election, but it will not be because Obama is more qualified. It will have lots to do with the indoctrination tactics of the media to sell America this socialist. Just what we need to do, emulate Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez & their oppressive regimes.
What leftists have done to Palin already should turn all women against the Democrat ticket this time around. If those attacks had been launched at Jeralynn, she would be apoplectic, & rightfully so.
Obama's campaign experience does not equate to Palin's running a state, even if for only two years. She's balanced budgets, dealt with human resources issues, dealt with energy industry issues, dealt with climate issues, etc., etc. Obama has none of this & less.
Palin has managed. Obama has attended!

Posted by: Rubicon at September 3, 2008 05:47 PM

1 calling him Barry shows the world your racist stripes.

2 Vetting refers to performing a background check on someone before offering them employment.

Obama nor Mccain dont have to VET themselfes!

Posted by: nick werle at September 3, 2008 10:40 PM

"Man, if he were black, he could run for President."

Can't get more racist than that...

Posted by: matta at September 4, 2008 07:07 AM
Can't get more racist than that...

Of course you can, matta. Merely look to Obama's faith, a cult created by James Cone, modeled on the racial supremacy of the Black Panthers, which says whites cannot be forgiven, and that God himself must be murdered if he isn't black.

Direct quote from the founder of Barack's race-based religion, James Cone:

"Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community ... Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love."

These beliefs are the core of Barack Obama's faith. Frankly, it's racist. To sit in the pews and willingly subject themselves to this faith for 20 years shows that Barack and Michelle Obama are racists as well.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at September 4, 2008 08:03 AM

Wonderful Article! Keep up the good work! McCain/Palin 2008!

Posted by: southernbygrace at September 4, 2008 11:05 AM

it is NOT his founder.

Posted by: nick at September 4, 2008 11:54 AM

This article is so totally unfair.

You didn't even mention Tony Rezko.

Posted by: boru at September 6, 2008 11:18 PM