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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Thursday, August 28, 2008


It was a good speech. Not a soaring or flowery speech, but then it wasn't intended to be. Obama has shown one of the most important characteristics for a successful candidate: flexibility. Realizing that he hasn't polled well with working-class whites whose primary concern is the economy, he re-tooled his message to focus on precisely those issues. Having a number of working-class white delegates warm-up the crowd was a great touch. Barney Smith for Secretary of Labor! Obama systematically hit every single one of the criticisms that the Republicans have levelled at him--that he's elitist, that he's a celebrity, that he's not "one of us." He hit McCain, though it could be argued not hard enough, while careful to pay tribute to his war hero status, a courtesy certainly not afforded John Kerry by the GOP in 2004. Overall, I was impressed, as I have continued to be impressed (and surprised) by Obama since he first entered the race. I feel much better about November 4 than I did just a few days ago.

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Blogger dmarks said...

"Barney Smith for Secretary of Labor!"

I wonder if he buys TVs or has been to an electronics store. You can hardly find a tube TV anymore, and that was what the factory made. Is the invention of LCD TV's a Republican plot?


"From 2000 to 2006 we are expecting a 40 percent decline in the picture-tube business in North America," said a Thomson spokesperson. "That works out to about 11 million fewer units over that six-year period. This is a reflection of a change in consumer taste. People are going for different display technologies, including plasma, LCD and digital rear projection."

I guess this means that Democrats prefer tube-TVs, and LCD/plasma/etc TV's are for Republicans.

He said: "Republicans talk about putting "country first," but tell that to Marion,
Indiana. They sent my job overseas." But does he know for a fact that those who made this decision about the factory are Republicans?

8/30/2008 1:15 PM  

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