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www.NationalView.org's Note From a Madman

October 22, 2008


Travel Opportunities

The presidential race is a dead heat now in OH and FL, and getting too close for comfort in PA. The Obama campaign has an intense need for volunteers in all three states and it would be great if you could volunteer in one of them. While you need to pay travel expenses, the campaign may be able to find a place to house you.

Ohio. If you can go to Ohio please contact Tim Kinsella tim.kinsella5467@gmail.com or Rachel Levine, Deputy Out-of-State Director for Ohio. 614 221-6563 X223. Groups are heading out to Ohio this weekend and next weekend.

Florida. If you can go to Florida, please contact Josh Haimson, ilenejj@optonline.net 732 740-1238 or Deb Slott, the Volunteer Coordinator for Palm Beach County dslott@barackobama.com.

Pennsylvania. If you can go to Pennsylvania, please contact Elsie Foster Dublin, fosterdublin@optonline.net; 732 777-2179, 732 331-2767 or contact the Obama Harrisburg office at 717 823-9284.

Thank you all in advance,

-Josh Haimson

The New Witch-Hunt

They're hunting Democrats these days. Just a few days ago, an official surrogate of the McCain campaign came on Hardball (or is that Softball?) with Chris Matthews and told the audience that she thought the Democrats, and anyone who doesn't agree with the agenda she subscribes to, ought to be investigated for being anti-American .

Since her appearance with Matthews, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Republican of the St. Cloud area of Minnesota, has taken back her accusations and said that she was misunderstood, never said that, had a brain aneurism or whatever excuse she might have used to push those words back into her mouth.

Her remarks are reminiscent of those made on the floor of the House of Representative by Rep. Jean Schmidt. Just after being elected to the seat left vacant by the criminal Bob Ney, Republican of Ohio, Schmidt told the world that her Democratic colleague in the House, Korean and Viet Nam war hero Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania (who has his own foot-in-mouth problems) was a "coward". The newly elected Schmidt wanted to make her bones by using character assassination aimed at someone who had served in two wars for the US as an enlisted man, then as an officer.

Bachmann decided that she was going to be "taking care of business" by doing more than insinuate that the Democrats were all "anti-American".

As for her excuse, Bachmann then inserted her other foot in her mouth by stating she had never watched Matthews show before, to which anyone in political arena said "Huh?"

Just what programs does Rep. Bachmann watch, one might ask? Does her television set only show Fox News Channel, FX and the local Fox affiliate? Surely she can't be serious.

Oh, but she is.

Her statement following the attack on Senator Barack Obama and all Democrats in general rang of a Bush-style non-apology:

"I did not say that Barack Obama was anti-American, nor do I believe Barack Obama is anti-American. He loves his country, just as everyone in this room does. Nor did I call for an investigation of members of Congress for their pro-American or anti-American views. That is not what I said."

Oh, but she did say it, and I saw it live.

Matthews allowed Bachmann to talk with few, un-Matthews-like interruptions. When she insinuated that there were anti-American sentiments all over Washington and in the halls of Congress, Matthews decided to put her mettle to the test. First Matthews asked Bachmann to respond to a McCain robo-call (phone calls made electronically) which went like this:

"Hello. I'm calling for John McCain and the RNC because you need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge's home, and killed Americans. And Democrats will enact an extreme leftist agenda if they take control of Washington. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the judgment to lead our country. This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee."
-the McCain-GOP Robo-Call

While responding to Matthews questions about the robo-calls and McCain's appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, Bachmann kept getting crazier and more dangerous in her comments:

"Absolutely. I'm very concerned that (Obama) may have anti-American views,"
"...on college campuses... you find people who hate America... you'll find them in all walks of life all throughout America,"
"I would consider (Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid) to have (interrupted by Matthews) far leftist views. I'm not going to say that they're anti-American or pro-American,"

Bachmann continued on this path with Matthews acting as her traffic cop. Then came this exchange:

MR. MATTHEWS: How many Congress people, members of Congress, do you think are in that anti-American crowd you described? How many Congress people do you serve with? I mean, it's 435 members of Congress.
REP. BACHMANN: Right now --
MR. MATTHEWS: How many are anti-American in the Congress right now that you serve with?
REP. BACHMANN: You'd have to ask them, Chris. I'm focusing on Barack Obama and the people that he's been associating with. And I'm very worried about --
MR. MATTHEWS: But do you suspect that a lot of people you serve with --
REP. BACHMANN: -- their anti-American nature.
MR. MATTHEWS: Well, he's a United States senator from Illinois. He's one of the people you suspect as being anti-American. How many people in the Congress of the United States do you think are anti- American? You've already suspected Barack Obama. Is he alone, or are there others? How many do you suspect of your colleagues as being anti-American?
REP. BACHMANN: What I would say -- what I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America? I think people would love to see an expose like that.

Bachmann's non-apology means this: A sitting US Congress-woman thinks that nearly 300 members of the House and Senate; plus anyone who thinks differently than her on our college campuses; and I'm betting anyone who reads this newsletter and if she were ever to open up her email, are anti-American, traitors to the flag and what it stands for.

Rep. Bachmann, and those like her (and there are many), are the legacy which President Bush, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove have left us. We used to have Republicans and Democrats who disagreed with each other on the methods of making our nation better but always had the best interests of Americans - yes, ALL Americans - at heart.

With the joyful, cutesy attacks leveled at Senator Obama by Governor Palin; the less-than-joyful-but nowhere-else-to-go attacks by John McCain; and the attacks on anywhere from forty to sixty percent of the nation, a portion of which she supposedly represents, by Rep. Bachmann, the tone of the political conversation has shifted towards to worst.

It isn't just about winning anymore, it's about insult and injury, and it's aimed at all of us. They practice the politics of fear and intimidation with the end-game not being a victory so the American people can benefit, but a victory for those who support their - or their contributors' - agendas which more often than not clash with our agenda.

I feel for those Republicans who had their party stolen from them (well, I almost feel for them). People like Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey and Senators Olympia Snow and Susan Collins, both of Maine, are put under the thumbs of those in the GOP leadership such as Senator Mitch McConnell (KY), former Number Two in the House Tom DeLay (TX) and those seeking to gain a higher place in the party by acting like those at the top (like Bachmann).

It's too bad for them and really, really bad for us.

-Noah Greenberg

In response to Gov. Palin's future, as set up by Sen. McCain, Don Sloan writes:

I suggest, however, that Palin is making a clown of herself to the point she will fade away from embarrassment after November 4th. She fell into the VP slot as a way of combating the Hillary factor. The American people are fools. They gave Bush 2 terms. That says it all. But Palin is even beyond them. You heard it here first.

Visit www.Nobodyaskedmebut.net to enjoy some pithy politics.

In response to, "And her failure to repudiate those in her crowds who offer up such solutions as calling Obama a "terrorist" or suggesting the solution of "Kill him!" makes one realize that John McCain made the worst choice possible for his running mate," Pat Thompson writes:

Thankfully, it appears that Independent, and even Republican voters are indicating that Palin s more of a drag on McCain's polling results than even George W. Bush. It's just not working for them.

And in response to, "Sarah Palin will be around and in the public eye for years to come as the Republican party's go-to female politician. She is ambitious enough to keep herself in the various spotlights and work the political room as her party's flag waver to keep her minions scared and vicious," Pat Thompson writes:

The electorate is becoming increasingly Democratic as young voters register. If the Democrats win in November, and also have a Democratic Congress, results that improve the country, our economy, our safety and our image will continue to turn younger voters and minorities toward the Democratic Party. If the results are not so wonderful, the Republicans will get another chance. The pendulum swings...

In response to, "If trickle down works, why is the gap between the rich and poor growing? In this sort of economic environment, giving further tax cuts to the wealthy as proposed by John McCain is absolutely criminal," Pat Thompson writes:

You are so very right, but the Repugs turn this around and say that Obama wants to "share the wealth". They have poor and ignorant people scared that Obama will take their money and give it to welfare. Until they got that little sound bite, which Obama said on a rope line, they had nothing. Hopefully, they are still going to lose, but they are using that "spread the wealth" nugget for all it is worth.

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-Noah Greenberg