He was just 35 when in 1996 he won his first bid for political office. Even
many of his staunchest supporters, such as Black, still resent the strong-arm
tactics Obama employed to win his seat in the Illinois Legislature.
Obama hired fellow Harvard Law alum and election law expert Thomas
Johnson to challenge the nominating petitions of four other candidates,
including the popular incumbent, Alice Palmer, a liberal activist who had held
the seat for several years, according to an April 2007 Chicago Tribune report.
Obama found enough flaws in the petition sheets—to appear on the
ballot, candidates needed 757 signatures from registered voters living within
the district—to knock off all the other Democratic contenders. He won the seat
"A close examination of Obama's first campaign clouds the image he has
cultivated throughout his political career," wrote Tribune political reporters
David Jackson and Ray Long. "The man now running for president on a message of
giving a voice to the voiceless first entered public office not by leveling the
playing field, but by clearing it."
I voted for Hillary yesterday to make certain that piece of shit couldn't win Texas. Apparently, several thousand other folks took my cue.
I'll pull McCain's lever in November.
Obama has an internal steel-core dimension, despite the well-cut and charming suit exterior. Lefties like that are all the more dangerous for their ruthlessness.
I think he's beatable - I'm not as worried as I used to be.
Not surprising to anyone from Illinois who's paying attention (although I didn't know that particular tidbit) but the rest of you are only beginning to meet Mr. Obama. I'm honestly surprised the Clintons didn't make use of that one, though. They HAD to know about it.
It would take something monumental to suprise me at this point. The sort of tactic employed by Obama to get his first seat may have surprised me, even appalled me then, but the prospect of having my freedoms shat away by whoever ends up in the oval office lends little room for shock.
But thanks for bringing it up anyway. Just in case there were some "Maybe he's not THAT bad" sort of comments going around.
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. After Duvall County in 1948 and Illinois in 1960 and Nixon in 1972 and Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004, I've come to expect it.
That actually sounds pretty crafty and intelligent.
Don - I don't blame you. I considered it for an instant, but ultimately couldn't make myself.
dirtcrashr - He's a political animal, and no mistaking it - he's going to make B Clinton look like tadpole class, I suspect. I think BHO is evil to his very core. I loved the description of him chain-smoking in that linked article, because that's exactly how I've always pictured the real him - too-intense, too-tightly-wrapped, and torquing up on nicotine and caffeine. Creepy man. Ugly, too.
breda - I hope he is, for all our sakes.
don gwinn - I think he's actually managed to intimidate the Clintons. So much so that I think they are holding back for fear of alienating voters and polarizing them to vote FOR Obama. Hillary knows she's on a tightrope.
speakertweaker - Indeed, the way we are compromised by politicians vastly overshadows any other bullshit they undertook to land at the helm of authority. OMG, he totally effing evil, and you'd have to be a moron not to see it just oozing out of him. Creepy as can be.
leazwell - you read my mind
g bro - Yeah, he gets a pass, right?
jr shirley - yes, it was clearly savvy, but it was also the action of a thief rather than one who is confident in their abilities to lead. Totally Machiavellian.
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