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For the Hillary Clinton fans, you can imagine how infuriating this must be: all the reasons for denying a full count for Michigan and Florida, it is now plain, were just excuses while the race was on to deny her momentum, the basis for a “popular vote” win and the appearance of a near-tie primary.

Americans are apparently less gulible than Barack Obama thinks they are. Yes, it would be hard not to be.

If you thought George Stephanopoulos was tough in that Philadelphia debate, get a load of this. GOP candidates should be handing out DVD’s of that interview. Yikes.

We learn about Air Obama: “Air Force One may seem a tad claustrophobic.” Well, it’s not like it’s part of a pattern, right?

Now he’s done it– Paris’ mom is miffed.

When will we accept “no” for an answer?

We knew he won’t admit error, is an ideologue, and isn’t moved by new facts (other than poll numbers), and now we learn his organization operates on secrecy. When will people believe that the “third Bush term ” isn’t far off the mark?

Lindsey Graham says: “I can’t translate an Obama speech. I don’t know what he’s saying.”(I don’t know isn’t “We are the ones we have been waiting for” crystal clear? ) But he really nails the recent flap: “Because Senator Obama did something no one has ever done that I know of — go overseas, and have a rally in front of 200,000 adoring fans, and talk like you’re the embodiment of America, that — he is, in fact, living off celebrity, not ideas, and one of the campaign issues is credibility. To say that Barack Obama did not intentionally inject the idea that he was going to be a victim of his name and his race is a lie.”

Chuck Todd thinks McCain isn’t specific enough on policy, but “the good news for the McCain campaign is they may have found the right strategy, which is–of how to defeat Obama, how to bring him down a notch. Hit him as an elitist, hit him as soft, sort of on, on his readiness to be president. ”

Juan Williams sums up Obama: “He wants to be the unifier. He wants to bring people together. He doesn’t want to remind them that he’s the black guy in the race. So he did play the race card. McCain responded and, I think, responded fairly.And I must say I’m struck by the idea that so many of the Clinton people have come to McCain’s defense and said, ‘You know what? This is what they did to us.’ Suddenly, any criticism of Obama becomes a racist attack.”

Andrea Mitchell on Meet The Press: “The problem with Kaine, though, is that it does double down on inexperience. When you combine the two of them, they’ve both been only in public life on the national level for a couple of years.” Forget about the VP, isn’t that a bigger problem for the top of the ticket?

She was really on a tear: “Nancy Pelosi was playing to her home base in California and not permitting a vote on offshore drilling, trying to protect Barack Obama, the candidacy, the platform against offshore drilling. And now Obama has shifted, even though he says it’s not a shift, which is yet another example of him trying to… tweak that on a Friday night.”

If you get the sense the Sunday talk shows weren’t kind to Obama, you’re right.


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