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8/19/2008

Obama Vows “I Will Win”

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 9:04 am



[Guest post by DRJ]

Every sports fan knows not to promise a win before a close game but apparently that’s where sports and politics diverge because Barack Obama promises he will win in November:

“Democrat Barack Obama piled up nearly eight million fundraising dollars in a single lucrative night, as anticipation built over his looming choice of White House running mate.

“I will win, don’t worry about that,” Obama told a crowd of 1,300 people at a fundraiser Sunday night in California, one of three back-to-back events which netted a staggering 7.8 million dollars, his campaign said.”

Obama told the crowd it should be easy to win … but for some reason it’s not:

“Given the deteriorating economy, “bungled” foreign policy and unpopular Iraq war, Obama said it would be nice if voters would simply think “‘Toss the bums out, we’re starting from scratch, we’re starting over.'”

“These are the knuckleheads who have been in charge — throw em out. But American politics aren’t that simple,” he said, arguing people needed to be prodded into voting for change.”

San Francisco has been very, very good to Obama but the rest of the country are a bunch of bitter, clingy knuckleheads who need to be warned how bad Republicans are:

“And he warned Republicans had a “whole machinery that they’re cranking out” full of negative character attacks designed to scare people away from him.

But the Illinois senator, introduced in San Francisco by House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi as a “leader that God has blessed us with at this time,” vowed not to make the mistake of previous Democratic nominees in failing to sufficiently repel Repubican assaults.”

It’s amazing how revealingly direct Obama is when he speaks to a friendly crowd and how restrained he can be everywhere else.

— DRJ

89 Responses to “Obama Vows “I Will Win””

  1. The dollar will be replaced by O notes. There will be dancing in the streets and the Warrior will be crowned with fig newtons.

    Obama said it would be nice if voters would simply think “‘Toss the bums out, we’re starting from scratch, we’re starting over.’”

    Arrogant and deceptive.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  2. This one’s for YOU Senator Obama! (It’s one of my all-time favorite musical numbers.)

    David Ehrenstein (1d6679)

  3. Bitter clingy knuckleheads.

    JD (5f0e11)

  4. Every sports fan knows not to promise a win before a close game

    Or even one that isn’t supposed to be close…

    Just ask the french… 🙂

    Scott Jacobs (a1c284)

  5. He really has the uncanny ability to make himself less and less likable with every statement that comes out of his piehole.

    Jack Klompus (cf3660)

  6. his piehole.

    True, but he was at a fund-raiser. It’s like promising that the windsheild wipers work.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  7. “And he warned Republicans had a “whole machinery that they’re cranking out” full of negative character attacks designed to scare people away from him.

    Their only tool really does seem to be fear, doesn’t it?

    Scott Jacobs (a1c284)

  8. Yeah as if Obama’s one of those apparitions from Scooby Doo and all the clingy close minded voters see him and are reacting with “Zoinks!!!! A black person!!!!”

    Jack Klompus (cf3660)

  9. There are still hot button words he’s allowed to use. Scare is borderline, so he’ll pimp it for awhile.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  10. Guarantees never seem to work out so well in sports. Also, it is never seems to be the important players that do these types of promises. It is usally a second-tier player, a reserve, a back-up receiver, or a part-time special teams guy who does it.

    JD (5f0e11)

  11. Or Jimmy Rollins declaring the Phillies the team to beat in the NL East last season. Yes the Phils won the division, but the Mets meltdown was the key ingredient. Obama – The ’07 Mets Candidate.

    Jack Klompus (cf3660)

  12. Rumor has it that those were the same exact words that George Armstrong Custer said at Little Big Horn…

    fmfnavydoc (cb936d)

  13. As Scott pointed out so appropriately, this did not work out so well for the French. There is no Olympic medal for surrendering.

    JD (5f0e11)

  14. I suspect you all are using some super-secret racist code-words here. I am watching.

    JD (75f5c3)

  15. I am busy Photoshopping pictures of Obama into scenes that contain multitudes of blond white women and making myself stare at them as a sort of phobia immersion therapy.

    Jack Klompus (cf3660)

  16. Will Dean or Obama be the first to scream “Obama or die”?

    Scrapiron (c36902)

  17. Figures, racist.

    JD (75f5c3)

  18. I dont get the big deal. Do you guys have a problem when candidates are announced as the “next president of the united states” When Mitt Romney, Clinton, McCain and others were seeking their candidacy, they were announced as such.
    And what is he suppose to say.. well ” I’m going to loose”
    I mean really. if he’s not your candidate thats cool, but the basis of your assertion is dumbfounded.

    getagrip (90bd00)

  19. And what is he suppose to say.. well ” I’m going to loose”
    I think he should sing “Gonna cut loose…Footloose…” and do a Patrick Swayze, but then I’d be a racist for implying that he’s a good dancer.

    “the basis of your assertion is dumbfounded.”
    Well crafted. Ever consider journalism school?

    Jack Klompus (cf3660)

  20. If he said “I am going to loose”, I would laugh at him.

    A basis of an assertion can be dumbfounding.

    We are just a bunch of bitter, clingy, knuckleheads, so what do we know?

    JD (75f5c3)

  21. “And he warned Republicans had a “whole machinery that they’re cranking out” full of negative character attacks designed to scare people away from him.”

    Who is cranking out the negative character attacks here?

    Obama said it would be nice if voters would simply think “‘Toss the bums out, we’re starting from scratch, we’re starting over.’”

    “These are the knuckleheads who have been in charge — throw em out. But American politics aren’t that simple,” he said, arguing people needed to be prodded into voting for change.

    Good luck with your ‘prodding’, which is something done to cattle. I guess that’s how he views us bitter clingers.

    He is officially an asshole.

    MagicalPat (236421)

  22. “These are the knuckleheads who have been in charge — throw em out. But American politics aren’t that simple,” he said, arguing people needed to be prodded into voting for change.”

    Re #17 …
    this is the part that I find scorn-worthy. Translation: Our betters must force us unwashed clods to “vote for change.” Our betters need not tell us what qualifications the Anointed One has to determine the changes. That our betters will provide change is sufficient for us to know and we will be prodded to accept it.

    quasimodo (edc74e)

  23. He is an arrogant twit. One of the things that strikes me is the left’s continuing assertion that somehow, somewhere, the nasty conniving rightwing Neocons have a vast rightwing attack machine just waiting to pounce on whatever pusillanimous sniveling liberal raises his head out of the muck. Obama talks about it; Hillary talked about it; but somehow the machine just doesn’t ever make an appearance. It must be a “stealth bomber” type. But then I’m just a knuckleheaded moron who’ll be one of the first sent to the reeducation camps to “adjust my thinking” when the Obamessiah ascends to the throne. After all as La Pelosi has announced, Obama is God’s gift to the United States.

    Mike Myers (31af82)

  24. Looser

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  25. Both candidates are going to say they are going to win. I don’t know that we would vote for a candidate that would say: “America, I might lose this election”.

    Oiram (983921)

  26. After all as La Pelosi has announced, Obama is God’s gift to the United States.

    If Pelosi blessed it, it’s surely jinxed.

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)

  27. I would, Oiram. It is an honest position to take. It would be refreshing to find an honest politician.

    JD (75f5c3)

  28. Tha machine amde its appearance via Mary Matalin and her pet pit bull, Jerome Corsi. Plenty of bark but no bite.

    Meanwhile the left has begun to discover that Obama is a center-right politico. If he wins it’s going to be because of voters who cast their ballots for him ONLy because they hate McCain more.

    David Ehrenstein (1d6679)

  29. “These are the knuckleheads who have been in charge — throw em out.”

    Why is he calling Speaker Pelosi and Senator Majority Leader Reid knuckleheads? I sympathize with his desire to throw out the Democrat majority but he needn’t stoop to personal attacks upon Democrat leadership.

    Even if they are idiots.

    Rick Ballard (0a8990)

  30. I think the “don’t worry about that” is kind of obnoxious. I have no problem with pep rally style calls to action — Here’s the list of what we’ve gotta do to win and we can do it, etc. Obama just exudes this arrogant “Who do these rubes think they are criticizing my beliefs and policies attacking me??!!!”

    Jack Klompus (cf3660)

  31. “don’t worry about that”

    Daley is going to help him just like with JFK.

    JD (75f5c3)

  32. Promises to win do “work” in the limited sense of improving the odds. Saying “I will win” may not guarantee a victory but saying “I may win, or maybe not, who knows?” will all but guarantee a defeat.

    Xrlq (b71926)

  33. It’s one thing to give a pep talk. It’s another to carry on as if you actually believe you cannot lose.

    And yet a third to whine and moan when you do lose, or just do poorly in an interview.

    Rob Crawford (6c262f)

  34. 31. Exactly. That’s why that “don’t worry about that” is so obnoxious. Does he mean he’s got some kind of inside track or is it some reassurance of “relax kids Obama can’t lose.” In fact I’m surprised he hasn’t started referring to himself in the third person like that Jimmy character in Seinfeld.

    Jack Klompus (cf3660)

  35. Why is the GOP sitting there, being called a huge right wing attack machine, and not attacking?

    It’s not as though the press or the popular culture is giving the GOP any credit for being polite.

    I don’t see much downside in a hard hitting ad talking about Ayers helping bomb the pentagon and killing innocent Americans, and his current statements of pride for his terrorism, and Obama’s subhuman dismissal of the problem as ‘old news’. Suggest Obama’s common ground with Ayers stems from 20 years of devotion to a ‘God Damn America’, ‘9/11 is our fault’, ‘CIA invented AIDS’ church. The commercial could discuss Ayers+Obama’s close relationship, and end with a slamming Chicago library door in the face of investigators.

    The democrats would have no choice but to stop what they are doing and condemn the ad. The Media would have no choice but to discuss the ad, with debunkings that aren’t (ie: Obama did attend that church, but we don’t know if he heard this sermon). So if the GOP ran this ad after every DNC convention speech, they would effectively destroy the DNC convention.

    The democrats will already condemn the GOP as making this kind of attack, even if they don’t. So the GOP might as well punch hard.

    Juan (4cdfb7)

  36. It’s not as though the press or the popular culture is giving the GOP any credit for being polite.
    Ha. I would love to see the day when the left stops projecting all of their worst traits onto their opponents. Who started bringing up race in this race again?

    Jack Klompus (cf3660)

  37. Meanwhile the left has begun to discover that Obama is a center-right politico.

    In your mind, David. Only in your mind.

    Two days and my Amazon review of the Corsi book is still not up. They are publishing spam-like one-star reviews every half hour.

    Corsi is not all that attractive a character but the book is not bad.

    Mike K (155601)

  38. So Amazon is part of the Vast Left-Wing Conspriacy ? ROTFALMAO!!!!!

    David Ehrenstein (1d6679)

  39. “Meanwhile the left has begun to discover that Obama is a center-right politico.”
    Haha that’s rich. I love it when people try to really earn their left cred by declaring people so obviously on the left as “conservative” or “establishment.” Stick to reviewing Fassbinder and Cuckor, Davey-girl.

    Jack Klompus (cf3660)

  40. the left has begun to discover that Obama is a center-right politico

    OK, David, what policies would a good and true left wing politician espouse?

    quasimodo (edc74e)

  41. the left has begun to discover that Obama is a center-right politico

    Thanks, David. I got Mountain Dew all over my monitor.

    JD (75f5c3)

  42. Obama:
    I will lose, don’t worry about that..
    Fixed that for you all. Happy now?

    love2008 (0c8c2c)

  43. Learn to spell Cukor, Jack.

    And you can keep your pen that writes upside-down!

    “OK, David, what policies would a good and true left wing politician espouse?”

    He wouldn’t approve of off-shore oil-drilling for one thing. And he would move to immediately get us out of Iraq (something Obama will not do.)

    Plus remove the coporations from the driver’s seat of the economy and U.S. “Foreign Policy” (ceaseless trillion-dollar imperialist campaigns.)

    David Ehrenstein (1d6679)

  44. lovie – Are you missing the point, intentionally?

    JD (75f5c3)

  45. lovie – Are you missing the point, intentionally?

    Ya think?

    Stashiu3 (460dc1)

  46. Water is wet …

    I know, Stashiu, but I keep hoping against hope that lovie will become a meaningful and productive member of this community.

    JD (75f5c3)

  47. You can hope all you like my friend, but she would have to change her ways first. 😉

    Stashiu3 (460dc1)

  48. BREAKING NEWS! Obama, McCain and Hillary now talking about a possible
    Joint Ticket for the Nov. election. Is this it? Could this be the answer to all these problems?

    love2008 (0c8c2c)

  49. #10, JD,

    Sometimes guarantees do work out, like Ali picking the rounds for his opponents to fall, or Broadway Joe predicting a Jets win in Super Bowl III. Like the man said: It ain’t bragin’ if you can do it.

    But, in general, I agree with your point. Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread.

    Ropelight (4a83c9)

  50. #27 JD, yeah your right it would be refreshing. But I think it would be a death nail to the campaign. Essentially they are selling us an idea, and if they tell us no one is going to buy it, then well……. no one will buy it for sure.

    Oiram (983921)

  51. “But I think it would be a death nail to the campaign.”

    Rivet or brad, perhaps, not nail. We’re you thinking of For Whom The Bail Tools?

    Rick Ballard (0a8990)

  52. #45
    I know, Stashiu, but I keep hoping against hope that lovie will become a meaningful and productive member of this community.
    How am I supposed to do that JD? By playing “yes man” to every stuff you guys say here? Then what will happen to our democracy and free speech? What kind of blog do you think this would be if it was full of clones? Get used to the other side, JD. The dangerous side. 😉
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!

    love2008 (0c8c2c)

  53. #50, I don’t know what I was thinking. It just came to me. Perhaps I was thinking of “nail in a coffin”.

    Oiram (983921)

  54. No, lovie, just try being honest.

    JD (75f5c3)

  55. We all think we are being honest JD.

    Oiram (983921)

  56. “Perhaps I was thinking of “nail in a coffin”.

    That’s completely understandable, Oiram. My thoughts turn in the same direction wrt Senator Obama’s campaign whenever I hear him speak. The actual death knell won’t be heard until the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November though.

    Rick Ballard (0a8990)

  57. Oiram – Much like you, lovie fails to revisit her assertions when provided with facts that contradict same.

    JD (75f5c3)

  58. The actual death knell won’t be heard until the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November though.

    In sha’allah.

    JD (75f5c3)

  59. “In your mind, David. Only in your mind.”

    How many times must we go over this, Mike? DONT FEED THE TROLL!

    Dmac (874677)

  60. #54
    What facts JD? It would seem you guys here have your own definitions of honesty. The one that suits your myopic world view. Sorry but I have a broader mind than that. I see things from all angles and make my comments based on that. That is honesty.

    love2008 (1b037c)

  61. You have got to be fuckin’ kidding me, right lovie?

    I get it. You are one of the enlightened ones. A superior being. Shacka that you like Baracky.

    JD (5f0e11)

  62. love, are you really looking at this from all angles? Have your opinion then. But you’re defending a person who flips so often. Who has admitted he would not support the surge even in hindsight. He’s entitled to oppose Iraq, yet he has stopped doing so and done all he can to mimic Mccain’s position on Iraq, as he did with Georgia, where Obama shamelessly parroted Moscow’s lies.

    You have to do more than insist you’re right to be right.

    Juan (4cdfb7)

  63. #61
    I am praying for you JD, to see the light. There is a lot of life out there, you know. If I were to ask you a simple question like, “what is the truth?”, would you venture to think first before responding or would you be what this blog has turned you into-a chorus member? Answering without really spending time to ponder on the question?

    love2008 (1b037c)

  64. Oh, good Allah. What kind of new age touchy feely gobbledygook is that, lovie?

    JD (5f0e11)

  65. Love, dear, I originally thought to give you room to correct your mistaken assertions (since they weren’t fact-based), but sadly I must now simply classify you as another troll.

    I honestly had hopes that you would find a way to admit your mistakes, but you seem to think that repeating lies makes them true.

    Sorry, but from now on, I’m likely just to ignore you. Too bad; you had the makings of a fun person to discuss issues with, what with your differing view points, but if you don’t tell the truth, there’s no reason to engage with you.

    steve miller (b589d7)

  66. #57, sorry JD, look in the mirror, you will see the same thing there.

    Oiram (983921)

  67. #65
    So tell me, what is the Truth?
    Feel free to join the chorus Stevie. Calling someone a liar does not make him or her one. It is actually proving it a lie that does the trick. So again I ask, what is the Truth?
    And as for “ignoring” me here, I don’t remember talking to you first.

    love2008 (1b037c)

  68. Bambi would lose in Iraq and sacrifice millions, but he will do anything to be sure he wins an election.

    America second, Bambi first!

    steve miller (b589d7)

  69. The mendoucheity, it seems to be growing.

    JD (5f0e11)

  70. It is actually proving it a lie that does the trick.

    Oh really?

    Stashiu3 (460dc1)

  71. #70
    You remind of some jerk I know. He goes about like one pathetic sicko. He carries bags of people’s past and shows up to rain accusation upon them. He is called “the Accuser of the Brethren.. because he does not cease, day nor night from accusing them before God. Yes I remember his name, Stashiu3! That’s the new name for Satan. Adversary, Accuser of the Brethren, Lucifer, Devil. Now he prefers a new code-name, Stashiu666. Now get behind me Satan!

    love2008 (0c8c2c)

  72. Comment by love2008 — 8/19/2008 @ 4:07 pm

    love2008,

    You called someone a liar – repeatedly – for correcting your untrue statement on a thread (misquoting that very person actually). Here at comment 479.

    Now you are calling them evil, when you should, at minimum, have apologized on that thread for your (mistaken or not) libel. Am surprised – had given you the benefit of the doubt and thought better of you.

    Since you asked in your comment # 67 here, that’s at least one tiny bit of “The Truth” in the world.

    no one you know (1f5ddb)

  73. You mean I’m no longer a “true American”? Go back through the last two years of my comments here love2008 and find one.single.lie. Look all you want.

    If holding you accountable for unwarranted slurs and lies is being a jerk, then I’ll be a jerk. I can prove you lied and you still haven’t done the responsible thing. Until then, you have a new shadow here. Don’t like it? Make amends to those you lied to and about.

    Stashiu3 (460dc1)

  74. lovie appears to be of his/her/its meds.

    JD (5f0e11)

  75. New shadow? Sort of like the Republican Truth Squad that followed JFK around for ’60 election. What we need are some in the media who are willing to call big zero O on his mendacity. Now let’s all of us racists repent and reform and put a finger in a brown 29 spot and rotate in a circle to pay homage to crapweasel barack hussein obama. hope! change! fortitude! decompression!
    Nobama 2008!

    madmax333 (0c6cfc)

  76. #71, Love, that last rant makes you look like McCain’s religious nut job base.

    You don’t want that.

    Oiram (983921)

  77. #76
    Anything to tell him he is being a jerk. And I consider myself a religious nut job. The only difference is that I am not voting for McCain.

    love2008 (1b037c)

  78. Don’t be so hard on yourself love2008, I don’t think your religion has anything to do with it. But, being a regular nutjob doesn’t mean you get to lie without consequence. I’ll just keep pointing it out until you do the right thing.

    Stashiu3 (460dc1)

  79. “There is a lot of life out there, you know. “

    love2008, and just think, if you man, Obama had any moral compunction, any value of human life, and any steel in his spine, there would be even more life out there. But instead, due directly to his immense weakness and immorality, he has willfully permitted and endorsed the violent murder of babies, not only through abortion, but babies who have miraculously survived a heinous attempt to steal their life and who have taken their very first breaths outside of their mother’s wombs.

    Just think, love, how much more life there could be out there.

    Kinda makes you sick, no?

    Dana (084de8)

  80. #78
    And I will keep casting you out as the devil you are, Satanshiu666. Now get lost!

    love2008 (1b037c)

  81. Dana, I wouldn’t hold any any hope of an answer. You’re essentially responding to a paranoid schizophrenic.

    steve miller (b589d7)

  82. Moral compunction? Waaaay above his pay grade.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  83. Deciding on whether to lie in public? “Above my paygrade.”

    Just exactly what does he think he IS qualified to speak on? Whether he prefers boxers or briefs?

    steve miller (b589d7)

  84. #79
    I don’t agree with Obama on all points, Dana. I just agree with him on the need for a change of leadership and direction for America. He was right on Iraq. Talking about slaughtering innocent lives, is it not the same thing as sending 4000 distinguished and brave soldiers to their deaths and many more, maimed for life. Not counting hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths so far. Over a stupid and senseless war. I don’t agree with Obama on the issue of late-term abortion. I also believe he has changed his position on that too. But he is not the man with innocent blood on his hands.

    love2008 (1b037c)

  85. Just exactly what does he think he IS qualified to speak on? Whether he prefers boxers or briefs?

    Comment by steve miller — 8/19/2008 @ 5:42 pm

    Why, the price of arugula, of course. The obtaining of which is decidedly not above his pay grade.

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  86. I can’t think of any other weaselly evasion that irked me as much as that one. It’s not like I think he’s some pro-lifer. He’s a pro-choicer. Why the silly evasion? It speaks to his essential lack of honesty.

    steve miller (b589d7)

  87. “But he is not the man with innocent blood on his hands.”

    Whose innocent blood are we talking about here? The thousands of Kurds who were gassed? The tens of thousands of Shias who were tortured and killed during Saddam’s reign of terror?

    Don’t you ever assume to speak for those who did not, and have not, asked you to speak in their names. Not the soldiers, and definitely not the Iraqis. Don’t you ever assume the moral high ground in an arena in which you know nothing about. Throwing around accusations such as these is truly despicable.

    Dmac (874677)

  88. “I don’t agree with Obama on all points, Dana. I just agree with him on the need for a change of leadership and direction for America. He was right on Iraq. Talking about slaughtering innocent lives, is it not the same thing as sending 4000 distinguished and brave soldiers to their deaths and many more, maimed for life. Not counting hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths so far. Over a stupid and senseless war. I don’t agree with Obama on the issue of late-term abortion. I also believe he has changed his position on that too. But he is not the man with innocent blood on his hands.”

    Love2008, Obama is culpable in the murder of thousands upon thousands of innocent victims. Truly innocent who did not volunteer to be formed in their mother’s wombs and have their skulls pierced and gouged and who have absolutely no voice to protest, object, plead, beg – let alone freely breathe. May God bless and keep those soldiers who are maimed for the rest of their lives – but you know what, love2008, they are still alive and they can still breathe, and feel, and hope and know love. And they are allowed to live. These babies are not. Not in their maimed state because Obama made the decision when life should end while unable to decide when life begins.

    Love2008, he has not changed his mind on late term abortion and you know it. (If he did, it would be the mother of all flip-flops). This rationalizing is what you must do to ease your seared conscience which has clearly informed you that the practice is heinous murder and thus you cannot allow yourself to be honest in acknowledging that the man you believe to bring hope and change has so much blood on his hands they will never come clean.

    I was going to share a verse from Psalms about God forming our inward parts but instead think maybe this line from The Shooter is more apprpos,

    “Your moral compass is so f****ed up, I’d be surprised if you could even find the parking lot.”

    Dana (084de8)

  89. #88

    “because Obama made the decision when life should end while unable to decide when life begins.”

    Proving that love5150’s own admission is the man lacks basic values and leadership skills.

    Obama cannot state with clarity that which he has based his career and convictions on. It’s beyond flip-flopping. It’s hustling, lying and a glaring lack of moral compass. It’s totally disingenuous to himself, the campaign and his lockstep supporters.

    He has the blood of innocent Americans on his hands: those lost to acts of terrorism as well as partial-birth and late-term abortions. He demands they must suffer in the name of the pro-choice agenda.

    I’m pro-choice but NOT HIS WAY; not as controlled genocide. Not the Obama plan to kill and maim late-term babies for the progressive vote. Unacceptable.

    Unacceptable..

    Vermont Neighbor (a066ed)


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