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No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Obama's "Non-Official" Campaign...

In 2008, any one who wasn't a raving Obama supporter had some serious misgivings about the white wash coverage given to his campaign and his one sheet resume (he only  had 4 jobs prior to running for president).  Non, via the Daily Caller we're getting an insider's view of how the media was an active participant in his campaign.

Following the section of John McCain of then sitting  Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin as his running mate, there was a very serious discussion on JournoList on how to discredit her.  Michael Cohen of New America Foundation wanted to use the line that a one-term governor wasn't qualified to be president.  Jonathan Stein, of Mother Earth News retorted that the GOP would point to Mr. Obama's even thinner resume.  But the big money quote is where several member's referred to themselves as the "non-official campaign." 
Daniel Levy of the Century Foundation noted that Obama’s “non-official campaign” would need to work hard to discredit Palin. “This seems to me like an occasion when the non-official campaign has a big role to play in defining Palin, shaping the terms of the conversation and saying things that the official [Obama] campaign shouldn’t say – very hard-hitting stuff, including some of the things that people have been noting here – scare people about having this woefully inexperienced, no foreign policy/national security/right-wing christia wing-nut a heartbeat away …… bang away at McCain’s age making this unusually significant …. I think people should be replicating some of the not-so-pleasant viral email campaigns that were used against [Obama].”
Unfortunately for America, many journalists have continued this propagandistic line of attack upon Mr. Obama's opponents.  First and foremost, the members of JournoList have used the "racist" epithet on Mr. Obama's the point where it's no longer a powerful tool of the left.  When you so label broad swaths of the electorate (see pretty much any poll of the past 6 months wherein Mr. Obama's favorable ratting has sunk below 50%), those people tend to get very very angry.  This will hurt the Democratic party dearly in this November's elections...but don't underestimate the ability of the GOP to FUBAR things up...

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