June 10, 2008

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH OKLAHOMA?:

Democratic Congressman Won't Endorse Obama (Jake Tapper, June 10, 2008, Political Punch)

And Democratic officials do not expect [Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla] to be the last to refrain from making a show of not backing his party's presumptive presidential nominee -- though Boren says he will vote for Obama for president in November.

Other House Democrats from swing districts -- Democrats who eked out victories in traditionally GOP districts, whom House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calls her "majority makers" -- may refrain from even attending their party's convention in Denver in August.

Boren noted that Obama had earned the National Journal's controversial rating as "Most Liberal" U.S. Senator in 2007, and saying though he talks a good game on working with Republicans, "unfortunately, his record does not reflect working in a bipartisan fashion."


And they wonder how the GOP has kept them from fulfilling any of their campaign promises?


MORE:
Webb's rebel roots: An affinity for Confederacy (DAVID MARK, 6/10/08, Politico)

Barack Obama’s vice presidential vetting team will undoubtedly run across some quirky and potentially troublesome issues as it goes about the business of scouring the backgrounds of possible running mates. But it’s unlikely they’ll find one so curious as Virginia Democratic Sen. Jim Webb’s affinity for the cause of the Confederacy.

Webb is no mere student of the Civil War era. He’s an author, too, and he’s left a trail of writings and statements about one of the rawest and most sensitive topics in American history.

He has suggested many times that while the Confederacy is a symbol to many of the racist legacy of slavery and segregation, for others it simply reflects Southern pride. In a June 1990 speech in front of the Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, posted on his personal website, he lauded the rebels’ “gallantry,” which he said “is still misunderstood by most Americans.”

Webb, a descendant of Confederate officers, also voiced sympathy for the notion of state sovereignty as it was understood in the early 1860s, and seemed to suggest that states were justified in trying to secede.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 10, 2008 3:56 PM
Comments

Didn't anybody tell this guy that Obama is a light worker from a higher spiritual dimension?

Posted by: b at June 10, 2008 5:11 PM

A little flat and windy, but other than that, nothing at all. Great place.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at June 10, 2008 5:56 PM

Boren says he will vote for Obama for president in November...

Against his better judgement or against his conscience or to fool his constituents in his district?

Posted by: ic at June 10, 2008 11:47 PM

He said he would vote for Obama ic.

Posted by: Mikey at June 11, 2008 7:34 AM
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