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Obama's Backbone Deficit
nypost.com ^ | August 18, 2008 | DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN

Posted on 08/18/2008 6:49:33 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

LAST week raised important questions about whether Barack Obama is strong enough to be president. On the domestic political front, he showed incredible weakness in dealing with the Clintons, while on foreign and defense questions, he betrayed a lack of strength and resolve in standing up to Russia's invasion of Georgia.

This two-dimensional portrait of weakness underscores fears that Obama might, indeed, be a latter-day Jimmy Carter.

Consider first the domestic and political. Bill and Hillary Clinton have no leverage over Obama. Hillary can't win the nomination. She doesn't control any committees. If she or her supporters tried to disrupt the convention or demonstrate outside, she would pay a huge price among the party faithful. If Obama lost - after Hillary made a fuss at the convention - they would blame her for all eternity (just like Democrats blame Ted Kennedy for Carter's defeat).

But, without having any leverage or a decent hand to play, the Clintons bluffed Obama into amazing concessions. Hillary will speak on Tuesday night in prime time. Chelsea will introduce her. She will get to play a film extolling her virtues produced by Harry Bloodworth Thomason. Bill will speak on Wednesday night. Hillary's name will be placed into nomination. She will get to have nominating and seconding speeches on her behalf. And, on Thursday night, the last night of the convention, the roll call will show how narrowly Obama prevailed.

So Obama gave away Tuesday night, Wednesday night and part of Thursday night to the Clintons. It will really be their convention. A stronger candidate would've called their bluff and confined the Clintons to one night on which both Hillary and Bill spoke (he would have outshone her). He would have blocked a roll call by allowing a voice vote to nominate by acclimation.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho; dickmorris; hussein; issues; obama; obamasama; osamabama; wimp

1 posted on 08/18/2008 6:55:04 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The sign is priceless; I hope it’s real.


2 posted on 08/18/2008 6:57:55 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("We have to drain the swamp" George Bush, September 2001)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Great picture, lol.


3 posted on 08/18/2008 7:00:47 PM PDT by psjones (u)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

It’s funny, but it looks photo shopped.


4 posted on 08/18/2008 7:03:09 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
I concur.

...Given his disastrous performance on Saturday at Pastor Rick Warren's forum, photo shopped signs probably won't be necessary...without David Axelrod writing any prepared text, the Unscripted Obama is hopeless.

5 posted on 08/18/2008 7:10:59 PM PDT by T Lady (The Mainstream Media: Public Enemy #1)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He gives away political concessions when he holds the upper hand. Heck, he ought to be a Republican!


6 posted on 08/18/2008 7:12:26 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (A community in Chicago is missing an organizer.)
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To: T Lady

He will be pressured to appear strong, and when he tries to act tough, he will over-play his role and display to the world what a punk he truly is.

I can’t wait.


7 posted on 08/18/2008 7:13:47 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (A community in Chicago is missing an organizer.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obama’s pick is Evan Bayh: an inept staffer leaked it mistakenly and CNN posted it before pulling their own link.


8 posted on 08/18/2008 7:15:07 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Love the sign....
would make a killer bumper sticker!!!


9 posted on 08/18/2008 7:19:16 PM PDT by Thinkin (easy)
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To: Norman Bates

KumBAYHa my Lord

KumBAYHa...

Someone’s leaking Lord

KumBAYHa.


10 posted on 08/18/2008 7:19:29 PM PDT by littlehouse36
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The despondent balloon is a nice touch.


11 posted on 08/18/2008 7:19:56 PM PDT by skr (I serve a risen Savior!)
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To: Jeff Chandler
'He will be pressured to appear strong, and when he tries to act tough, he will over-play his role and display to the world what a punk he truly is.

I can’t wait.'

That's what Rush said today in so many words...that Team Obama will over coach him, filling his head with facts and figures to spit out like a huge mainframe computer from Back In The Day.

...And even if he loses all the debates, he'll have MSM Lapdogs like Andrea Mitchell to spin for him, saying McCain came off 'harsh' or a favorite Liberal phrase, 'mean spirited'.

12 posted on 08/18/2008 7:22:00 PM PDT by T Lady (The Mainstream Media: Public Enemy #1)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Black Whiteguilt Oblack may beat McGovern’s Record??

Pray for W and Our Troops


13 posted on 08/18/2008 7:26:02 PM PDT by bray (Drill Congress!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If the country was under serious attack, would Obama have the resolve to push the button on the big one? I’m afraid he would hesitate to the point it would become a major problem for us. He is not Presidential material, not in the least.


14 posted on 08/18/2008 7:27:36 PM PDT by RC2
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Jimmy Carter Obama resonates with voters over the age of 50.


15 posted on 08/18/2008 7:28:45 PM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Norman Bates

If that is true, Obama can blame someone else again.

He seems to be getting really good at blaming others.

Such as blaming McCain for not telling Corsi to stop hounding him.

Or blaming Rick Warren for letting McCain out of the cone of silence.

Barry, Barry-—grow up.


16 posted on 08/18/2008 7:32:59 PM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: HereInTheHeartland

lol. . .great!


17 posted on 08/18/2008 7:38:45 PM PDT by cricket (Damn Political Correctness; before it irretrievably, damns us all. . .)
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To: Norman Bates
Obama’s pick is Evan Bayh: an inept staffer leaked it mistakenly and CNN posted it before pulling their own link.

Mistakenly. Mmmm hmmmmm. I dun theen' so.

18 posted on 08/18/2008 7:53:31 PM PDT by impeachedrapist
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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19 posted on 08/18/2008 8:08:39 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Obama's Backbone Deficit

LOL!

20 posted on 08/18/2008 8:14:56 PM PDT by XR7
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To: skr
The despondent flaccid balloon is a nice touch.


21 posted on 08/18/2008 8:18:57 PM PDT by XR7
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To: Jeff Chandler
He gives away political concessions when he holds the upper hand. Heck, he ought to be a Republican!

You

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22 posted on 08/18/2008 8:21:24 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

I was thinking the same thing!


23 posted on 08/18/2008 8:22:51 PM PDT by FrdmLvr
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To: FrdmLvr

The semi-deflated balloon gives a nice subtle touch to it also.


24 posted on 08/18/2008 8:40:57 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("We have to drain the swamp" George Bush, September 2001)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Bill and Hillary Clinton have no leverage over Obama. Hillary can't win the nomination."

That's not exactly true: If, behind the scenes, Hillary has convinced enough of the superdelegates to change their minds, she will be the democratic nominee, no matter what Team Obama believes. One should never count the Clinton's out.

25 posted on 08/18/2008 9:00:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Barack Obama: In Error and arrogant -- he's errogant!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He definitely could use a backbone implant. To me the most striking example is that he could sit in the racist Reverend Wright’s church for 20 years and not say a word...until it came to light.

This guy is a chameleon.


26 posted on 08/18/2008 9:38:38 PM PDT by Roy Tucker ("You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."--Ayn Rand)
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

You’re nuts. Demographics are much more finely grained than that. He may resonate with the over 50 hippy/commie/marxist set and the over 50 white-guilt mush for brains set, but that’s it.


27 posted on 08/18/2008 9:39:42 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

You are right! I am certainly over 50 and would never vote for this bafoon.


28 posted on 08/19/2008 2:41:29 AM PDT by DooDahhhh (AMEN)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Obama couldn't stand up to the Clintons. What makes any one think he would stand up to the Russians or the Iranians? Case closed - this guy has no backbone to be a strong President in a dangerous world.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

29 posted on 08/19/2008 6:02:47 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He has both a backbone deficit and a brain deficit.


30 posted on 08/19/2008 6:25:15 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
So Obama gave away Tuesday night, Wednesday night and part of Thursday night to the Clintons. It will really be their convention. A stronger candidate would've called their bluff and confined the Clintons to one night on which both Hillary and Bill spoke (he would have outshone her). He would have blocked a roll call by allowing a voice vote to nominate by acclimation. He would have stood up to the Clintons and recaptured his own convention.

An interesting question is why did he do this, after his heavy-handed treatment of them during the primary races. Why offer consessions now ?

THere's something else going on here...

31 posted on 08/19/2008 7:45:19 AM PDT by Red Boots
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