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09 February 2008



Rod, I am surprised that you followed most of the mainstream media and focused on the fact that Obama carried the black vote in Louisiana, without mentioning that he also has major wins in states with predominantly white populations like Nebraska and Washington state and Maine. Why must the focus be on Obama's black support? He is also getting support from whites.

Alan T

Sorry Butchie, but I totally disagree. There was no FOCUS on Obama's black support, it was mentioned in the fourth or fifth paragraph. Take a look.

Obama is winning CAUCUSES in states with overwhelming white populations. However, he wins PRIMARIES in states's with large black electorates and receives 80 to 90 PERRCENT support. It's not wrong to point that out.

I'm really getting upset with all these "Johnny Come Lately" Obama supporters on this site who IGNORED Rod's coverage of Obama for almost two years, and, now, moan and groan if every post isn't a love letter to Barack Obama.

greg g

I'm going to jump in here and take Alan's side.

The black turnout for Obama is almost monolithic and we all know it's not because of Obama's stand on the issues. However read the post. Rod talks about Obama's "juggernaut" and Obama's "phenomenal" weekend. He doesn't mention race until much later in the post and then keeps it moving. However, Alan makes a very good point: Obamafans attack any post here that is not a rave review. It's becoming like that across the blogosphere.


Okay, let's not have another "stop bashing Obama:" flame war.

Butchie makes a very good observation about much of the MSM instantly waxing on about Obama's black support. Rod didn't that here, it was a minor point buried in the story. Let's stay positive, let's stay vigilant, but let's remember who our friends are!

Andy in Seattle

Good to see more of your election coverage, Rod. I participated on Saturday in my caucus here in Seattle.

Turnout was FOUR TIMES as large as it was in 2004, so large we had to be moved to another building to contain all the people. So many types of people for a supposedly "lily white" metropolitan area: many races, colors, ages, all of us inspired and energized, most of us first-time participants.

Though the one-minute speeches were passionate, everyone tried to remain positive and respectful. I made an impassioned plea for Hillary Clinton... to be the next great Supreme Court Justice appointed by an Obama administration, reminding the caucus that on the next Inauguration Day, SIX of the nine justices will be over 70 years old, and asking if we really wanted McCain appointing justices, according to him, "in the mold of Alito and Thomas."

At the end of the tally, Obama received enough votes to gain six of the eight delegates for our precinct, Hillary received enough votes to get two, and there were less than a dozen holdouts for Edwards, not enough to qualify for a delegate.

People from both groups of voters volunteered to be assigned as delegates and alternate delegates. The Obama delegates and alternates included two elderly black women, two elderly white women, a 50-something Asian man, a 40-ish white woman in a wheelchair, a black girl in her early 20s, and five white guys of various ages (three of whom were explicitly, proudly gay).

The Hillary delegates/alternates? Four white women in their 30s or 40s.

It was an interesting moment.

Statewide, in only one county did Hillary get more delegates than Obama. Vote counts were mostly 60% or more for Obama, with one county 80% and another 90%. Several counties with large Latino populations went for Obama, challenging the current popular myth that Hillary has their votes locked up.

Now we hear that Donna Brazile, Al Gore's campaign manager in 2000, is threatening to QUIT the Democratic Party if superdelegates and "not the voters" decide the nominee.

Things are happening fast. What an amazing, historic time...


Okay, I am not a Johnnie come lately to the Obama camp or this blog. I know that Rod has been discussing Barack since he started his campaign, but It has also been obvious that Rod has selected Hillary as his candidate for a long time. If you look at recent positive posts about Obama, there is always a "but" at the ed of the post.

Obama has been winning in the Caucus in white areas, but he is getting people out to caucus that have never caucused before.

I was at the Obama rally in college park, Md today The arena hold 20k people and there where very few seats in the place. There where black people, but there where also a large number of Whites, Latinos, and Asian. there where people of all ages and classes.

I feel that the story always seems to be about the black vote and not about the full spectrum of people that are supporting Obama.

greg g

Butchie, the mention of race was only made in the NEXT TO LAST paragraph and that was with the Louisiana primary results. It was not the FOCUS.

Also, look at the photos posted. A little boy holding a sign with mostly white people in the background? Another photo with mostly white men and women and the lone black face or two? Rod DID NOT choose photos of ALL BLACK audiences. Photo selection is just as important as words, even more so.

I'm a longtime R20 reader and commenter and don't recall reading your name here before, but, Rod wasn't discussing Barack since "he started his campaign." Check the Obama archives, he starting discussing Obama as presidential material in late 2005 or early 2006.

Does Rod lean toward Clinton? Sure, maybe he does, but it's his darn blog, he can do what he wants, and there are links to news stories in each post so you can make your OWN judgment. It isn't like there aren't 10,000 blogs (especially across the black blogosphere or what passes for the black gay blogosphere) to choose from that are basically stenographers for the Obama campaign.


You are very correct in stating that this is Rod's Blog and he can say anything that he want. I totally agree with that comment. He can also disable comments, but he has not. He allows comments to that readers can discuss the articles that he writes. I may not have posted comments on this blog, because frankly I don;t have time to sit on a blog arguing back and forth with someone regarding an issue like this. If you look at my original post, I did not attach rod for his post. Only stated that I did not think that he would have followed the mainstream media in painting Barack's wins this weekend as solely based on the black vote. That being said, I will not be commenting on this issue going forward. I have a LIFE and it does not involve arguing with someone online regarding an issue that will not be resolved online. You can argue with yourself going forward. Thanks!

Janet Reno

Obama’s efforts to connect to the Republican Party, specifically Bush, and Dick Chaney, of the Halliburton Company, dates back to the Presidents Grandfather, Prescott Bush, and indeed Chaney was once an executive officer of Halliburton.

The American military pounds Iraq with Artillary, bombs, and the like, destroying large sections of cities, and infra-structures, then Halliburton comes in to rebuild. Halliburton and Halliburton associated companies have raked in ten’s of billions.

Obama is just like the BIG HALIBURTAN. Haliburton has contracted to build detention centers in the U.S. similiar to the one in Quantanammo Bay, Cuba. Halliburton does nothing to earn the Two Dollars for each meal an American Serviceman in Iraq eats.


Halliburton was scheduled to take control of the Dubai Ports in The United Arab Emiirate. The deal was canceled when Bush was unable to affect the transfer of the American Ports.

Now we see what some might suspect as similiar financial escapading from the Democrats.

Two years ago, Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company - Companion- owned by now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO) Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley, to train Iraqi power-plant guards in the United States. An Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo. Now the company, Companion Security, is working to revive its contract.
Involved along with Antoin “Tony” Rezco, long time friend and neighbor of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and former cop Daniel T. Frawley, is Aiham Alsammarae. Alsammarae was accused of financial corruption by Iraqi authorities and jailed in Iraq last year before escaping and returning here.

Recently, Obama's campaign staff have been vetted by the IRS to disclose his connection to the criminal money generating underworld. Besides, his connections to the REZCO MAFIA types, his up-coming tax fraud charges — Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and disclose Obama's MUSLIM Farrakhan mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church are trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Obama should stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It’s time to introduce this false, fake Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke "GLORK" Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He is MAD!!! --


"GLORK" Obama looks like Alfred E. Newman: "Tales Calculated To Drive You." He is a MUSLIM "Glork" He's MAD!!! Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot of Mad. The face had drifted through American pictography for decades before being claimed by Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman after he spotted it on the bulletin board in the office of Ballantine Books editor Bernard Shir-Cliff, later a contributor to various magazines created by Kurtzman.
Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It’s time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek.

Michelle Obama should be ashamed.

"GLORK" Michelle Obama should be ashamed of her separatist-racist connection to Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. If Michelle Obama new what her husband -- the Hope-A-Dope, Fonster Monster -- Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama did in Harlem, she would wash her wide-open, Hus-suey loving MUSILM mouth out, with twenty-four (24) mule-team double-cross X-boX-BorraX. He is a MUSLIM "Glork" It’s time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He's MAD!!!


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