“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hillary on Stage

This is open to blogging as you see it, real time. Hillary, according to Dick Morris, is out to outshine Biden.

Biden got about 6000 votes to Hillary's 18 million.

Obama's and Michelle's egos would not allow them to pick the VP that would have won the election for them.
Now she has to put on the show. It should be good. Hillary will come out of this looking better than Obama and Biden.

And the video, Obama does not want you to see:


  1. gimme an "O"
    gimme an "M"
    gimme a "G"

    whaddya got?

    Oh My God

  2. musty uall looks like Mike Tyson wid white air all oer u face. u bin farmin long?

  3. Doug, another one for our files.

    In his truck was a bullet-proof vest, two rifles, ammunition, walkie-talkies and drugs.

    Investigator Brian Maass reported one of the suspects told authorities they were "going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a ... rifle ... sighted at 750 yards."

    Law enforcement sources tell Maass that one of the suspects "was directly asked if they had come to Denver to kill Obama. He responded in the affirmative."

    Police say insufficient evidence of a crime.

    No Charges

  4. Man, is Michelle sitting on something uncomfortable? Haven't seen that look since I got caught talking up some cutie at the watering hole....

  5. I think there will be some Democratic buyer's remorse.

  6. How on earth did she lose that primary? The MSM not vetting Obama.

  7. Hillary set Obama up to not be able to hang a loss on her.

  8. Where did Michelle get that dress?

  9. Well, Hillary has upstaged everyone to date.

  10. Obama is an empty suit...

    McCain for Potus, Dems for McCain

    Hillary was robbed by Obama...

  11. What a remarkable speech. Dare I say, a speech for the aged. Absolutely electrifrying. And the compassion, the passion even. The lucididy. And so much meaning packed into so few words--"No how, no way, no McCain" Can you top that? I thought not. A phrase to rattle about in one's brain for weeks after. Absolutely stunning. She took that swing and hit the ball from Denver all across our great land. Truly, with such women in our country we have nothing to fear.

  12. No, wi"o" Billary was out processed by Obama, not robbed.
    Unless, of course, you think she had a "right" to the nomination, based upon her genetic predisposition.

    Obama saw the viability of winning those caucus States, where she dismissed their importance, a fatal error.

    She was whipped by the upstart that had a better tactical game plan. Same way he'll beat McCain.

    In New Mexico and Virginia.
    Which is all it'll take for him to win the White House, even if all the other States play out according to the 2004 map.

  13. With 70 days to go, RCP has it, w/out leaners

    Barack Obama 273 John McCain 265

    Even with McCain winning Virginia, Missouri and Ohio.

    The key States are New Mexico & Colorado.

  14. The key bloc, US citizens of Mexican descent.

  15. Virginia, and Michigan, do look to be important, all right. That's giving McCain Ohio and Indiana. I get him up to 261, 265 with New Hampshire.

  16. Not enough, bob.

    RCP puts NH in the Obama camp, today, on the "No Leaners" map.

    Those Mexican decsendents in the western States will make the difference.

    The GOP, by blocking McCain's Comprehensive Immigration Reform, backing the status que instead, will have sealed their own fate.

    They should have backed McCain whole hog, if they were going to nominate him to be the Standard bearer. Instead the "base" hung him out to dry. The resulting backlash, generated, as predicted by Rove & Co., at the time.

  17. Honest to God, what a farce. This isn't what the founders intended.

    Obama Speech Stage Resembles Ancient Greek Temple

    August 26, 2008

    DENVER (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.

    The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts, has been set up at the 50-yard-line, the midpoint of Invesco Field, the stadium where the Denver Broncos' National Football League team plays.

    Some 80,000 supporters will see Obama appear from between plywood columns painted off-white, reminiscent of Washington's Capitol building or even the White House, to accept the party's nomination for president.

    He will stride out to a raised platform to a podium that can be raised from beneath the floor.

    The show should provide a striking image for the millions of Americans watching on television as Obama delivers a speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination.

    Politicians in past elections have typically spoken from the convention site itself, but the Obama campaign liked the idea of having their man speak to a larger, stadium-sized crowd not far from where the Democratic National Convention is being held, at the Denver pro basketball arena.

    Obama was taking a page from the campaign book of John Kennedy in 1960 when the future president delivered his acceptance speech to 80,000 people in the Los Angeles Coliseum.

    Once Obama speaks, confetti will rain down on him and fireworks will be fired off from locations around the stadium wall.

    Democratic convention organizers said the theme for the evening is "Change We Can Believe In," which has been a consistent message of Obama's presidential campaign.

    Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson will sing the national anthem that night

  18. If NH were to go McCain, it's 269 each, Obama still wins.

  19. look at the 2004 county map to see the problem areas for the Republicans. The Republicans made a huge error supporting programs taking people off the tax rolls. Paying federal income tax helps to recruit Republicans.

  20. I'm giving Obama New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada to McCain. Missouri, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Indiana to McCain. Still short.

  21. The Founders did not envision Parties, bob, let alone conventions and Roman spectacles.

    Nor an income tax, either, something they had explicitly rejected.

  22. The Founders did not envision Parties

    Yup, you're right.

  23. we be see'n soon 'nuff who we all live with fo at least fo years.

    even wit all da computers and all it could be danny ortega gett'n whupped or it could be either of da guys ..they done gots ta be ten ways ta figger it and still until the electoral collllllege votes we just gonna be do'in some guessi'n.

    i don't figure either man can ruin us altogether. i jus figger the guvment jus be gett'n more power and tak'n mo money. we just pay up and follow the blue line on the ground until the person in front of us stop, then we stop, then we go, then we stop.

  24. The Founders did not envision
    What did they envision?

  25. "Dare I say, a speech for the aged."
    It will be highly acclaimed by the AARP.

  26. from George Washington's Farewell Address--

    I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

    This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but in those of the popular form it is seen in its greatest rankness and is truly their worst enemy.

    It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another; foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passion. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

    There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose; and there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

  27. woof woof said the dog

    aarp aarp said the old man

  28. Maybe we went wrong with the popular election of senators.

    Which has given us the likes of Patty Murray.

  29. Musty i be thinkin ta hed out in da wood they no blu lines ther

  30. First published in the Saturday, October 27th, 1787 issue of the Independent Journal

    The Federalist Papers:

    After an unequivocal experience of the inefficiency of the subsisting federal government,..
    Then get rid of it. Everything that follows is noise.

  31. They did get rid of it, mat. Replaced it with the process we have today.

    Your understanding of US history has been shaped by the modern media, there is no doubt of that.

  32. "we just pay up and follow the blue line on the ground until the person in front of us stop, then we stop, then we go, then we stop."
    Free agency and self-determination, much like the Cowboys of yore.

  33. You should read the Federalist papers, you may begin to gain an understanding, afterwards.

  34. You should read the Federalist papers
    Much to read, and I'm not sure to what benefit. Federal is just another word for Empire.

  35. That's a Relief [Larry Kudlow]

    Whew. I'm glad McCain's not running against Hillary. She gave a stemwinder. Sure, plenty of Democratic pap. I'll read the transcript for details to be rebutted. Absolutely, she gave Obama a minimal endorsement. Her speech was about her, not him. And as I wrote this afternoon, only he can make the sale for his candidacy. No one else can do it for him. But the last quarter of her speech had a lot of optimism and confidence about America's future. No hardships or obstacles can stop America. I like that a lot. Obama never does it; he's a pessimist. Sometimes John McCain borders on cranky pessimism. But Hillary gave a very strong speech, an American leadership speech, very close to an American exceptionalism speech. Dems never do that. Reagan taught us all how powerful it can be. Hillary has come a long way.

  36. If it is to much to read, your interest is shallow.
    As are many of your opinions.

    Your thoughts being geneticly predetermined, I do understand.

  37. The Founders weren't seers. They wouldn't recognize the country today. Be interesting to hear what they might have to say about it. I imagine they'd disagree on a lot.

  38. If it is to much to read, your interest is shallow.
    Actually, I have zero interest in reading your Federalist Papers. I've already made it clear why.

  39. I have zero interest in reading your Federalist Papers.

    What then attracts your interest?

  40. What then attracts your interest?
    Read my posts.

  41. Fair answer.

    Somewhat hard to get a handle on.
    I can sense a lot of what you're against. I'll just keep watchin' for what interests you.

    Shazam! Electric cars!

    Wind power?

    Anything that substitutes for internal combustion and petroleum products...

    My memory's kickin' in, here.

    Revelations of capitalist corruption.

    Brave new world?

    I'll just keep watching.

  42. Like the old song...

    Every move you make,
    Every breath you take,
    Every vow you break...

    I'll be watchin' you.

    At your invitation.


    Good night.

  43. I'll be watchin' you.

    I have a fan! :)
    Good night.

  44. Bob,

    Your Wed Aug 27, 12:57:00 AM EDT
    can make one have empathy for anarchists.

  45. Rat @11:53 -

    What's it look like with McCain taking Michigan away from Obama?

  46. Nevermind, I see Bob's comment afterwards.

  47. Hillary got screwed by BOTH Obama and the Dean/Pelosi express...

    By NOT having a real convention, by NOT allowing real voting to be done AT the CONVENTION it shows that what we are watching is theatre.

    Hillary has the VOTES to win.

    the DNC & Obama have stolen the election


    Now call me foolish... FIINE

    Screw Obama...

    McCain for Potus...

    and I think I am NOT alone...

  48. So, for the Clintons, anyway, this is Florida 2000 redux, aye.

    A grand conspiracy to "steal" the government, or in this case the Party, from its' righful heir apparent and electoral favorite.

    Oh, those poor Democrats, how they suffer the process.

    While the Republicans suffer from allowing liberals in New Hampshire to choose their candidate for them.

  49. A grand conspiracy to "steal" the government, or in this case the Party, from its' righful heir apparent and electoral favorite.

    dr, not to me, it's really simple..

    conventions should allow VOTING..

    Hillary and Obama are neck and neck...

    VOTE it OUT..

    As for the Florida (bush) issue? Not a peep out of me about that...

    Fraud is part and parcel in elections...

    But in the END, I will NOT vote for the O because I do NOT TRUST him

  50. That is a perfectly reasonable position, wi"o".

    I do not think that Obama is trust worthy.
    I know for a fact that John McCain is not.