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obama.jpgHey-O, back again after a bit of a hiatus.

USAToday (Where everything is A-OK…in COLOR!) is reporting that Hillary has managed a double digit lead over Diet Jesus Obama. Drudge has jumped on this, probably to raise Dick Morris’ blood pressure, but this is hardly new.

Hillary has a strong, organized, and effective campaign. She, along with Mitt Romney on the GOP side have managed to change this race into a new monster entirely. Here we have two strong contenders (meaning Clinton and Romney), who are neither well liked by even their own constituency, nor particularly energizing in their own right. That, however, doesn’t change the public’s awareness of their capability to lead.

Hillary’s ability to lead is unquestionable, I’m convinced she could successfully wrestle every Republican challenger to the ground physically…even if she has a harder shot at winning the general election.

But where does that leave Obama? Well, he leads every other Dem or GOP candidate among independents, he leads every other Democrat among conservative and GOP voters, and he leads every other candidate period in hypothetical general election mashups.

What can we take away from this? America isn’t necessarily ready for a black president, they are, however, ready to stop caring he is black.

America is ready for Obama.

Even if the Democrats aren’t.

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According to Ben Smith at the ever-reliable-or-at-least-sometimes-reliable Politico, Diet Jesus himself has decided to drop out of a September debate sponsored by Fox News and the Congressional Black Caucus. This follows John Edward’s silly announcement that he was going to drop out of the debate, citing Fox News’ right-wingyness as his prime concern.

Considering that Fox News does in fact have the largest slice of the cable news pie, and that, statistically speaking, at least some of its insane assault-weapon owning abortion-clinic picketing viewership must be at least minutely willing to listen to a Democrat after 8 years of W’s horseshit, I personally think this is a mistake.

But that’s just my $0.02.

ABC News released the staggering numbers behind Barry’s fundraising this quarter.

In a nutshell, Diet Jesus raised some $23.5 million for the primary campaign, versus Hillary’s $20 million. Now keep in mind that Hillary actually raised $26 million total, and allotted $6 mil of that to the general election…still, though, Barry really blew her out of the water in this capacity. The number is staggering for several reasons:obama.jpg

  • It is the most that has EVER been raised in a single quarter for a primary campaign
  • It is the most money a Democrat has ever raised for a primary campaign (although Hillary still has him beat overall)
  • Obama had more donors than Hillary and Edwards combined, and 90 percent of his donors donated $100 or less which means they are more likely to give again and are legally capable of giving him considerably more money in the future
  • He managed to do this with only individual donations, without accepting a penny from any PACs or lobbyists

See why this is so amazing now?

A lot of fuss has been made about the dollar amounts the various candidates have announced this quarter.

Momma has her $26 million plus a $10 million surplus from her senate race. Although he hasn’t officially announced his earnings yet, Obama reportedly used his Diet Jesus skills to net some $21-23 million.

Edwards chimed in with roughly $14 million, while Richardson pulled in a not-too-shabby $6 million. Dodd swung $4 million, I guess being chair of the Senate Banking Committee helps, and Biden pulled a measly $2 million.

On the Republican side, the Stormin’ Mormon kicked major GOP ass with $22 million, Giuliani came in second with $14 million, and McCain lagged behind with a paltry $12.5 million considering he still thinks he’s the inevitable candidate.

The real winners here? At first glance you’d say Clinton and Romney, and you’d be half right.

Clinton was fully expected to rake in cash, and even this enormous number is not all that surprising, but the real star of the Democrats is a Mr. Obama, who managed to net a larger donation base, with over 80,000 donors, than Clinton and her 50,000. Most of Obama’s donors obviously did not contribute the maximum, which means Obama has an entire mailing list of donors who are legally capable of donating more money and who have been willing to do so in the past.

On the GOP side, Romney is the clear winner here. Considering the man lacks any real name recognition outside of Massachusetts and Utah he has managed to propel his campaign to the top of the financial totem pole with his rolodex alone. Whether he has staying power remains to be seen…

Another interesting point to make is that, despite these numbers being record shattering in and of themselves, what is most interesting are the disparity between the Democratic and Republican candidates. Romney beat out every other Republican candidate, yet tied Obama in terms of funds. Even Biden and his 2 mil beat out all of the other 2nd and 3rd tier GOP candidates by leaps and bounds. Huckabee managed a pitiful $500,000.

Now lets see what things look like this summer when the second quarter results are due.

Mr. Tool.

Look, it’s no secret that the Outer-Loop likes Barry, he’s a smart, charismatic guy. He’s cool, calm, charming, and black…well, mostly. We also LOVE the fake Obama ad…but we now don’t like its author.

The ad worked because he was a fresh substitute to the stale baby boomer energy pouring out of Hillary Clinton. It’s a good example of what will surely become the newest batch of innovation to be usurped and utterly destroyed by American politics…the citizen-made viral attack ad.

de Vellis has pledged to make more ads…a promise that has turned him from an anonymous genius into Numa Numa man within the first five minutes of his ‘fame’.

Also, he “resigned” from his day job (read: they fired this idiot) to do this…he insists it was out of a sense of honor so as not to implicate his employer.

Yeah, I’m sure it has nothing to do with his newly acquired and soon squandered web fame. How exactly do you plan to monetize a video you made with nothing more than a Mac and girlfriend-less Sunday afternoon? You’d better figure out how to fast before your severance runs out.

Pardon my cynicism here, but I find it hard to take someone like this seriously. He could have made more youtube ads on his own, made a name for himself as an innovative leader in the Obama netroots, and sold his wares to the highest bidder come the next election cycle. Instead, he hits one home run and expects to get picked up by a campaign who has pledged to avoid the exact type of advertising he is tooting his own horn about. Plus, because of his recklessness, the media has implicated the Obama camp in the creation of the ad.

Argh, politics.

Of course, no one in his campaign actually made or even approved of this video, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.

This weekend, the two Democratic front runners went head to head competing for black voters’ hearts and minds in Selma, Alabama.

Hillary was armed with her husband and Obama was armed with his melanin, and the two duked it out in what can only be described as a dignified, civil discourse of ideas and perspectives.  The two candidates treated each other with respect, singing their individual praises, and welcoming them to a sporting campaign whose outcome would benefit America no matter who ended up on top.

I’ll be interested to see which one goes back to the usual mudslinging.  As that excellent piece by ABC News (click on that link people) explains, Hillary’s only true setback is her charisma, or lack thereof.  The stiff stoic-ness may seem more presidential…but it rarely works.  These days, you have to be both a stage performer and a political junkie to get anywhere.

Regardless, cheers to the candidates for taking the high road this weekend.

Exploded

Not content with minor coincidences, Barack Obama’s ancestry apparently poked through Drudge the other day and found out about the Strom Thurmond/Al Sharpton connection. From the Baltimore Sun:

“According to the research, one of Obama’s great-great-great-great grandfathers, George Washington Overall, owned two slaves who were recorded in the 1850 census in Nelson County, Ky. The same records show that one of Obama’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmothers, Mary Duvall, also owned two slaves”

The Hillary camp will no doubt use this as ammo when the REALLY greasy politics comes into play during primary season especially considering how important the black vote is in the primary. Here are some other interesting tidbits from the piece:

“Reitwiesner’s research identifies two other presidential candidates, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Democratic Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, as descendants of slave owners. Three of McCain’s great-great-grandfathers in Mississippi owned slaves, including one who owned 52 in 1860. Two ancestors of Edwards owned one slave each in Georgia in 1860.”

There, that’s more like it. Let’s level the playing field a little bit.

Anyone else find it disturbing that all this is coming up now? I mean, I understand all the hubbub about Strom Thurmond, first off he’s dead, and secondly it wasn’t as though he was a good person. I fear the worst when the most compelling thing about a campaign right now revolves around what your great-great-great-great grandfather did.

Barrack Obama, or “Diet Jesus” as his friends call him, is making some serious headway with black voters at the expense of Mizz Hillary.A few Obama fans According to a piece in the Post (the good one), Hillary’s lead among black voters has been “sliced in half” in favor of the junior Senator from Illinois.

This raises an interesting spectre for the psychology behind Obama. Is he truly black or is he “African” and should there even be a distinction?

Wait, I know what you’re thinking, this isn’t interesting. Why is it that as soon as a viable black candidate appears, people have to immediately deconstruct his racial identity.

He can’t really be black, can he? Because he hasn’t shared in the strife of the black experience, he’s an American African, not an African-American.

This is complete and utter nonsense. Racism by its very nature lacks any reason or sense, it is based entirely on the color of one’s skin or the ethnicity from which one originates. Because of the color of his skin, Obama has been subject to the same reduced set of expectations as that of the entire African-American community and he has shattered them completely and utterly.

Perhaps it’s time to look at the content of his character.

Being a Puerto Rican man who looks nothing like the average Boricua, I’m on the opposite end of this argument. Because I don’t look Hispanic, I have benefited from a society that for all its rhetoric about cherishing different cultures is actively and unjustly hostile to the Latino community. I’ve seen first hand how an ultra-modern republic can still be so swayed by our primitive instinct of fortifying communities made up of people that look alike.

From my personal experiences, a Latino is a Latino, regardless of whether he or she is from Mexico, Honduras, or Michigan. Sure, many people think Cubans and their deadly Republicanism are annoying, but they are still our brothers and sisters, we love them just the same. My black friends, however, see themselves as having an entirely different identity from even the second and third generation Haitian and Jamaican people they know. They simply aren’t black according to them.

My criticism is thus, how can these communities celebrate the entrance of a viable minority candidate while simultaneously picking his identity to pieces?

There is nothing wrong with an Afro-Centric perspective and point of view on the candidacy of Barack Obama. What I believe is inherently wrong, however, is how a surprising percentage of the community’s intellectual backbone is holding the man at arms length while he so clearly better represents their interests.

My $0.02.