Skip to comments.Current and Former Republicans Line Up for Obama
Posted on 08/12/2008 12:28:18 PM PDT by FocusNexus
Barack Obama's campaign is rolling out a number of centrist Republicans who are endorsing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee over Republican rival John McCain - in a show of his ability to win cross-over votes.
A conference call Tuesday featured former Iowa Rep. Jim Leach, former White House intelligence adviser Rita Hauser and former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who represented his state as a Republican, but switched to become a Democrat so he could vote for Obama in the primary.
Leach predicted that a lot of Republicans and independents are going to be attracted by Obama's campaign.
The Obama camp also pointed journalists to reports that Fairbanks, Alaska, Mayor Jim Whitaker, a Republican, also has announced his support for Obama.
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These Republicans are supporting Obama publicly, because:
a) they are insane
b) Obama paid them off with 30 pieces of silver and/or promises
c) Obama blackmailed them
d) They hate the country
e) all of the above
They are RINOS, and always were. Worse than a democrat. The congress is still full of them.
They drank the Obama kool-aid, and they are star struck!!
e + they are major league idiots who should have never been given the right to call themselves a Republican.
There should be a test or initiation to become a Republican instead of just announcing yourself as one so you can have some advantage or other in your first election...
f. They believe that support for John Sidney McCain will cause the Republicans to give us more lefties like him, that he will destroy the Republican Party.
g. They fear John Sidney has severe mental problems.
where are the ‘current’ ones????
all I see are people who left the GOP years ago because it wouldn’t veer Left to accomodate bigger government.
It might have helped if Obama could get a name that even 25% of Americans could recognize. I mean, Jim Leach?? He was a total disaster as Finance Committee chair and went along with the libs on virtually everything for years.
You missed one: e) This is typical Fox hype
Repub defectors will be offset by the Hillary dems who switch to vote for McCain.
McCain must be frustrated because he can’t “cross the aisle” this time.
Therefore, the title does not (and cannot) read: "Current and Former Conservatives Line Up for Obama"
Probably Snowe, Collins, Chaffee, Specter, Voinavich and Hatch are all lining up for Obama as well.
The press is repeating this sort of story so much anymore as part of their propoganda, that the polls have to be showing that dems in bigger and bigger numbers are backing McCain.
Who is Rita Hauser? Jim Leach is a Leech and Chafe is an asshat.
Seems like a pretty short line.
They left off the list this one: Jesus Garcia, Former White House Janitor.
Where is a big laughing his arse off smiley?
Leach is a good name for that one. Boy, is he in Obamaeo’s “dream world” if he thinks a lot of Republicans and independents are going to be attracted by Obama’s campaign.
Democrats can always dig up some 'moderate' Republican officeholders that will endorse them to use as window-dressing and claim 'bi-partisan' support. It probably fools some of the uninformed electorate who have little idea that a one-term senator such as Lincoln Chaffe was always far closer to the Democrats than he ever was to the GOP. This is the price the Republican party pays for tolerating lukewarm, 'moderate', almost-a-Democrat politicians running under the GOP banner just to keep the Republican party's numbers up in the congress or statehouses.
Oh, wait, that would include Senator John McCain. Never mind.
Those aren’t “centerists”. See the effort to manufacture Oessiah as a “Centerists” in under way in the Establishement Media.
A “centrist” should look at the election this way:
The Democrat nominee is the most Liberal guy in the Senate. The Left loves him.
The Republican nominee is the guy most Conservatives can’t stand. The Right doesn’t like him.
So, who’s the “Centrist?”
These RINOs are idiots. Besides, I’m tired of people in the middle of the road deciding elections. Most of them just don’t know squat.
I think McCain will be going after the more centrist and left-leaning of his party, because he knows the he’s got the conservative vote wrapped-up, as they hate Obama so much they have to vote for him.
So glad that traitorous mole got thrown out on his keester last election! Surge/Purge on RINO's!
It’s all in the headlines.
That is all many will read and think the whole Republican Party and some Independents will go for the “change”.
all three of them? Don’t know the Hauser person, but Chaffee and Leach were never really Republicans. They were the prototype for Hagel.
e) all of the above......
The media is ignoring the Democrats for McCain. Even the Hillary Delegates are being replaced before they come out against Obama at the convention.
“But, we need to vote for them and the things they support! We need every one” as idiot Republicans always say.
Could have something to do with the fact that they’re positioning themselves for positions with a possible Obama win?
Did you know that the RNConvention coming up cannot fill up hotels in St. Paul? That many Senators are not coming to the convention? That bars in the area aren’t even opting to stay open late?(although there is a fee for that, but it’s looking like a fee that wouldn’t be worth paying.
This Republican candidate is awful and everyone knows it.
The site is already online:
John Martin is the Co-founder and Director of Republicans for Obama. He lives in The Bronx, New York, where he is a law student and a United States Navy Reservist.
John was active in his high school’s Young Republicans Club and became a registered Republican shortly after his 18th birthday. After graduating with honors from Binghamton University, John interned and worked for Senator James Jeffords (R-I) of Vermont
(jumpin’ Jim Jeffords)
I don’t see any conservativism in the stated backgrounds of the people behind this PR campaign. Some served with RINOs.
There is a lifelong Republican from Berkely who suddenly appears to be for Marxism. Obama must have some strong kool aid.
At least two well known conservative Blacks have made it known they may not support the Republican candidate (J.D. Watts and John McWhorter) and a third has said the country would do “Just fine” with Obama (Condi Rice). Reverse racism??
The American Communist Party has also backed the Obamessiah. For some reason, the media has failed to make mention of the fact. Leach, Chaffee and Karl Marx...now there’s a real triple threat for you!
At least the MSM isn't scraping the bottom of the barrel to find the RINOs who support Obamessiah.
I just can't figure out what all three of these people have in common. Can you?
I was at a restaurant this weekend and a very large, drunk lady (who bumped a few seats on her way out) said to(ward) my table "all you crackers votin Obama? doesnt matter if you do, da K-K-K is gonna kill'im befo' da lection, mark my words. ok bye crackers!"
and she was out like that.
We were mostly confused, some just laughed it off, most just rolled our eyes. Whatever the case, it's very revealing of the mindset of those who subscribe to Black Liberation Theology and think that everyone is out to get them.
No, I can't disagree with Obama without being racist.
Oh by the way, supporting Condi is racist because you're only using her because of her race.
Who wrote these rules? I don't wanna play any more...
Match the man with his quote:
"Religion is the opiate of the masses"
"Opiate is my religion"
"What's an opiate?"
This "Republicans for Obama" myth is being kept in circulation by the partisan media. Newscorp execs endorsed Kerry in 2004.
Sounds like she would’ve had a brain freeze if I’d told her that I voted for Alan Keyes in the Texas Republican primary.
f) they were never conservatives to begin with.
I sincerely doubt it. McCain is much closer in political outlook with the senators you named than Bush. Why would they support Obama unless out of office? They risk losing all support if McCain wins. They have nothing to gain by supporting Obama. I can see why you might believe someone like Snowe would switch, but Orrin Hatch? Please.
By the way, I thought Lincoln Chafee blew his own brains out.
Anyone can vote in the “poll” on “republicansforobama” even without signing up. It’s an opinion poll about McCain’s ads. I believe I’ll vote a few more times that they are “fine.”
Re: “e + they are major league idiots who should have never been given the right to call themselves a Republican.”
Personally, I think they are kids — teens/twenties of all stripes are probably enthralled with the Obama-as-rockstar nonsense.
McCain is gonna win for better or worse.
Bloomsnot buried the lede into the second-to-last graf. Yuk yuk yuk.