Already reeling from a public relations hammering over his repeated lies regarding John McCain's "100 years in Iraq" statement, that has in the last few days cost Obama his lead against McCain in head-to-head national polls, Barack Obama is demonstrating his inexperience again. He has two fairly significant missteps right in a row... and that's just today.
In Philadelphia, Barack is learning that not all of his supporters are drinking his "let's dream it and make it happen" kool-aid.
Barack, who claims to have gained considerable insight and experience 'credits' during his brief tour as a street-level organizer in Chicago just after graduating from Harvard, is an idiot when it comes to --uhm -- wait for it now -- organizing at the street level.
I guess it's a little harder running for U.S. president than it was for Barack back in Chicago, where he had angels like Tony Reko watching over him.
Wait a minute or two and maybe Obama can come up with a speech to correct this, but meanwhile his key-to-Pennsylvania Philadelphia black urban support is slipping away faster than he can change his mind:
Fourteen months into a campaign that has the feel of a movement, Sen. Barack Obama has collided with the gritty political traditions of Philadelphia, where ward bosses love their candidates, but also expect them to pay up.
The dispute centers on the dispensing of "street money," a long-standing Philadelphia ritual in which candidates deliver cash to the city's Democratic operatives in return for getting out the vote.
Flush with payments from well-funded campaigns, the ward leaders and Democratic Party bosses typically spread out the cash in the days before the election, handing $10, $20 and $50 bills to the foot soldiers and loyalists who make up the party's workforce.
It is all legal -- but Obama's people are telling the local bosses he won't pay.
That sets up a cultural clash, pitting a candidate who promises to transform American politics against the realities of a local political system important to his presidential hopes. Pennsylvania holds its primary on April 22.
Barack, meet reality. Will you push away support and votes in order to maintain your integrity, or will you whore on the same level as Hillary? What to do... what to do?
A buck says he waffles (gives in) but lies about it. Being The Man of Change means eventually realizing you're a boob and correcting your mistakes.
ie... Barack's second boo-boo centers on his rampant paranoia that those people who 'say' (wink wink) they are his supporters out in California may in fact be Hill-shills in disguise. Barack has been putting his California delegates through the wringer as the result of his delusions -- and they are pissed at the fact that Barack doesn't trust them.
Huge mismanagement step by Obama on this one. The man who is supposed to radically change the way politics is done is acting like a Chicago election-day thug trying to extract a loyalty oath, and in the process he's "leaning" on the people who are his most ardent supporters. What the frick is he thinking?:
Facing a backlash from supporters, Barack Obama's presidential campaign reversed course Thursday and reinstated hundreds of people to lists that will be used to choose California's delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
Campaign manager David Plouffe said in a letter to potential delegates that all names would be restored to ballots that will be used Sunday to elect the delegates, overturning the earlier decision. The letter did not refer to the complaints.[...]
Earlier this week, Obama's and Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign took advantage of party rules to purge scores of potential delegates in a bid to ensure that only their loyalists travel to the August convention in Denver where the party will anoint a presidential nominee.
Most of the cuts, about 900 names, were dropped by Obama, leading supporters to complain that they had been unfairly excluded. Clinton's campaign dropped about 50 names from its list of prospective delegates.
The names were culled without explanation from the campaign or the state party.
Politics is a nitty-gritty world, and as in any other industry a manager is faced with hard choices, and Barack Obama has no management experience -- other than a campaign fueled not by knowledgeable experts, but by the speech writers and logo designers of Brand Obama.
Hillary made the cuts -- made the tough choice and took action -- and Barack is over there waffling -- but only after he's pissed off his California people in the process.
Obama's meltdown continues...
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