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McCain expects Obama to get 15 percent bump in polls

By Sam Youngman
Posted: 08/22/08
The Hill – Leading the News

Barack Obama may get a 15 percent bump in the polls from the announcement of his vice presidential pick and next week’s Democratic convention, according to a memo from John McCain’s campaign.

The memo from campaign strategy director Sarah Simmons attempted to set expectations for the Democratic senator from Illinois, who has failed to break 50 percent in most polls since clinching the delegates necessary to win his party’s nomination. She also blamed what she predicted will be worshipful media coverage of Obama.

Simmons’s memo said that the media coverage surrounding Obama’s acceptance speech will be so “effusive,” the campaign thinks Obama will see a polling bump comparable to former President Bill Clinton’s 16-point bump following his convention in 1992.
“Obama’s stadium address on Thursday — the 45th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech — will result in effusive and overwhelming press coverage,” Simmons wrote in the Friday memo. “On Thursday, Obama will give a great speech, as has been his trademark. The press will sing his praises and remark on his historic address and Obama’s place in history.”

Simmons also said the McCain campaign anticipates that Obama will be able to use the convention to make strides in winning over disaffected supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), and that will add to his bump.

She also said Obama’s decision to delay announcing his choice of running mate until close to the convention could give him a bump. Such announcements usually result in a five-point bump that “dissipates” quickly, but Simmons said it could endure because of the nonstop media coverage that will follow from the announcement to Obama’s acceptance speech.

Simmons also acknowledged in the memo that the Democratic convention is a historic event, noting that “Democrats have just completed an incredibly compelling primary cycle that has both energized and divided the Democratic Party.”

“We believe Obama will see a significant bump, and believe it is reasonable to expect nearly a 15-point bounce out of a convention in this political environment,” Simmons wrote.

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>McCain expects Obama to get 15 percent bump in polls

>By Sam Youngman
Posted: 08/22/08
The Hill – Leading the News

Barack Obama may get a 15 percent bump in the polls from the announcement of his vice presidential pick and next week’s Democratic convention, according to a memo from John McCain’s campaign.

The memo from campaign strategy director Sarah Simmons attempted to set expectations for the Democratic senator from Illinois, who has failed to break 50 percent in most polls since clinching the delegates necessary to win his party’s nomination. She also blamed what she predicted will be worshipful media coverage of Obama.

Simmons’s memo said that the media coverage surrounding Obama’s acceptance speech will be so “effusive,” the campaign thinks Obama will see a polling bump comparable to former President Bill Clinton’s 16-point bump following his convention in 1992.
“Obama’s stadium address on Thursday — the 45th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech — will result in effusive and overwhelming press coverage,” Simmons wrote in the Friday memo. “On Thursday, Obama will give a great speech, as has been his trademark. The press will sing his praises and remark on his historic address and Obama’s place in history.”

Simmons also said the McCain campaign anticipates that Obama will be able to use the convention to make strides in winning over disaffected supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), and that will add to his bump.

She also said Obama’s decision to delay announcing his choice of running mate until close to the convention could give him a bump. Such announcements usually result in a five-point bump that “dissipates” quickly, but Simmons said it could endure because of the nonstop media coverage that will follow from the announcement to Obama’s acceptance speech.

Simmons also acknowledged in the memo that the Democratic convention is a historic event, noting that “Democrats have just completed an incredibly compelling primary cycle that has both energized and divided the Democratic Party.”

“We believe Obama will see a significant bump, and believe it is reasonable to expect nearly a 15-point bounce out of a convention in this political environment,” Simmons wrote.

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Limbaugh: Obama’s nomination "goes back to the fact that nobody had the guts to stand up and say no to a black guy"

Here is yet another example of how Rush Limbaugh and the Republican right must make race an issue to scare people into voting for John McCain over Barak Obama. When it is not possible to win an election on issues or ideas, the right wing smear campaign needs appeal to the lowest common denominator of an individuals character to get their messages heard.

On the August 19 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh said that “it is striking how unqualified [Sen. Barack] Obama is and, and how this whole thing came about with, within the Democrat [sic] Party. I think it really goes back to the fact that nobody had the guts to stand up and say no to a black guy.” Limbaugh went on to say: “I think this is a classic illustration here where affirmative action has reared its ugly head against them. It’s the reverse of it. They’ve, they’ve ended up nominating and placing at the top of their ticket somebody who’s not qualified, who has not earned it.” Limbaugh added: “It’s perfect affirmative action. And because of all this guilt and the historic nature of things, nobody had the guts to say, well, wait a minute, do we really want to do this?”

Click on the headline to see the actual transcript of Limbaugh’s conversation with the caller courtesy of Media Matters

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>Limbaugh: Obama’s nomination "goes back to the fact that nobody had the guts to stand up and say no to a black guy"

>Here is yet another example of how Rush Limbaugh and the Republican right must make race an issue to scare people into voting for John McCain over Barak Obama. When it is not possible to win an election on issues or ideas, the right wing smear campaign needs appeal to the lowest common denominator of an individuals character to get their messages heard.

On the August 19 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh said that “it is striking how unqualified [Sen. Barack] Obama is and, and how this whole thing came about with, within the Democrat [sic] Party. I think it really goes back to the fact that nobody had the guts to stand up and say no to a black guy.” Limbaugh went on to say: “I think this is a classic illustration here where affirmative action has reared its ugly head against them. It’s the reverse of it. They’ve, they’ve ended up nominating and placing at the top of their ticket somebody who’s not qualified, who has not earned it.” Limbaugh added: “It’s perfect affirmative action. And because of all this guilt and the historic nature of things, nobody had the guts to say, well, wait a minute, do we really want to do this?”

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Click on the headline to see the actual transcript of Limbaugh’s conversation with the caller courtesy of Media Matters

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Discussing Obama, Limbaugh suggests Dems, media believe "you can’t criticize the little black man-child"

Where have we heard this type of racial rhetoric before, can anyone tell me? I guess because Limbaugh is the voice of the conservative right he gets a pass because he didn’t actually call Obama the “N” word, but he might as well have after these remarks

On the August 20 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh asserted of attacks by Sen. John McCain against Sen. Barack Obama: “[S]ee, there are Democrats — the drive-bys” — a term Limbaugh uses to denote the national media — “are just so upset with these so-called ‘ferocious attacks.’ These have been benign. Even the Britney Spears/Paris Hilton ad was funny. It was benign.” He later added: “It’s — you know, it’s just — it’s just we can’t hit the girl. I don’t care how far feminism’s saying, you can’t hit the girl, and you can’t — you can’t criticize the little black man-child. You just can’t do it, ’cause it’s just not right, It’s not fair. He’s such a victim.”

Limbaugh previously claimed that “nobody criticizes [Sen.] Hillary [Clinton]. … Well, you might say, ‘No, Michelle Obama and Mrs. [Elizabeth] Edwards are out there criticizing her,’ but, see, I finally figured this one out, too. You can’t hit the girl. You just — you can’t hit the girl.” He continued: “And for [former Democratic presidential candidate John] Edwards and Obama to go out there and criticize Hillary would — she would — she plays the victim better than anybody does, and she could make real hay out of that. So they’ve got their wives out there ripping her.”

From the August 20 broadcast of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: Quickly, L.A. Times poll: “More striking, however, is the drop in Obama’s favorable rating. Obama’s favorable rating has slid from 59 percent to 48 percent since June. At the same time his negative rating has risen from 27 to 35 percent. The bulk of that shift stems from Republicans souring on Obama amid ferocious attacks on the Democrat by McCain and his allies.” That’s it — see, there are Democrats — the drive-bys are just so upset with these so-called “ferocious attacks.” These have been benign. Even the Britney Spears/Paris Hilton ad was funny. It was benign.

Obama’s patriotism is not being attacked in an ad. McCain’s just out there saying he’s putting his own personal political ambition ahead of the country’s. It’s — you know, it’s just — it’s just we can’t hit the girl. I don’t care how far feminism’s saying, you can’t hit the girl, and you can’t — you can’t criticize the little black man-child. You just can’t do it, ’cause it’s just not right. It’s not fair. He’s such a victim.

Thanks Media Matters

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>Discussing Obama, Limbaugh suggests Dems, media believe "you can’t criticize the little black man-child"

>Where have we heard this type of racial rhetoric before, can anyone tell me? I guess because Limbaugh is the voice of the conservative right he gets a pass because he didn’t actually call Obama the “N” word, but he might as well have after these remarks

On the August 20 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh asserted of attacks by Sen. John McCain against Sen. Barack Obama: “[S]ee, there are Democrats — the drive-bys” — a term Limbaugh uses to denote the national media — “are just so upset with these so-called ‘ferocious attacks.’ These have been benign. Even the Britney Spears/Paris Hilton ad was funny. It was benign.” He later added: “It’s — you know, it’s just — it’s just we can’t hit the girl. I don’t care how far feminism’s saying, you can’t hit the girl, and you can’t — you can’t criticize the little black man-child. You just can’t do it, ’cause it’s just not right, It’s not fair. He’s such a victim.”

Limbaugh previously claimed that “nobody criticizes [Sen.] Hillary [Clinton]. … Well, you might say, ‘No, Michelle Obama and Mrs. [Elizabeth] Edwards are out there criticizing her,’ but, see, I finally figured this one out, too. You can’t hit the girl. You just — you can’t hit the girl.” He continued: “And for [former Democratic presidential candidate John] Edwards and Obama to go out there and criticize Hillary would — she would — she plays the victim better than anybody does, and she could make real hay out of that. So they’ve got their wives out there ripping her.”

From the August 20 broadcast of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: Quickly, L.A. Times poll: “More striking, however, is the drop in Obama’s favorable rating. Obama’s favorable rating has slid from 59 percent to 48 percent since June. At the same time his negative rating has risen from 27 to 35 percent. The bulk of that shift stems from Republicans souring on Obama amid ferocious attacks on the Democrat by McCain and his allies.” That’s it — see, there are Democrats — the drive-bys are just so upset with these so-called “ferocious attacks.” These have been benign. Even the Britney Spears/Paris Hilton ad was funny. It was benign.

Obama’s patriotism is not being attacked in an ad. McCain’s just out there saying he’s putting his own personal political ambition ahead of the country’s. It’s — you know, it’s just — it’s just we can’t hit the girl. I don’t care how far feminism’s saying, you can’t hit the girl, and you can’t — you can’t criticize the little black man-child. You just can’t do it, ’cause it’s just not right. It’s not fair. He’s such a victim.

Thanks Media Matters

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Corsi: Critics of Obama might be "put … in jail" if he’s president

It is amazing what comes out of Jerome Corsi’s mouth during an interview on C-Span this weekend. It’s not bad enough that he has written a book that is basically a work of fiction, but now he says that Obama will jail anyone that disagrees with him if elected president!

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