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In a just completed Tuesday morning conference call, the Obama campaign focused on an important constituency--Republicans. Obama during the primary called Republicans who support him "Obamacans" and the word has entered the political lexicon.

Former Rep. Jim Leach (R-Ia.) former Sen. Lincoln Chaffee (R-R.I.) and former Bush White House intelligence advisor Rita E. Hauser were on the call, touting Obama's foreign and fiscal expertise. More important to the group, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is not rival Sen. John McCain (R-Az.).

Chaffee--who reminded reporters on the call he left the GOP party and voted for Obama in the Rhode Island primary, but still claims creds as a Republican-- said "it's a different John McCain" who is running for president in 2008. McCain's reversal on making tax cuts permanent and offshore oil drilling and his foreign policy alignment with Bush/Cheney has "fractured his credibility," Chaffee said.

Leach, winding up a stint as interim director at Harvard's Institute of Politics, said McCain represented the prospect "we will have more of the same."

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Leach coming out for Obama is no surprise. After the conference call Leach and I chatted and he told me he gave a speech at Princeton before the Iowa caucus where he was very "positive" about Obama, and a version of that speech played as an essay in some Iowa newspapers before the crucial Iowa vote that Obama won.

Leach will be returning to Princeton's Woodrow Wilson Center. In the run-up to the Republican conference call, Leach conferred with Obama campaign manager David Plouffe and national political director Patrick Gaspard.

The question of whether Republicans will be at the Democratic convention was asked during the call but there was no direct answer. Leach said if invited to attend by the Obama campaign, "in all probability" he would go." END UPDATE INSERT

The campaign will soon launch a website targeted to Republicans billed during the call as very "innovative."

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After the call, I e-mailed Obama spokesman Josh Earnest--who handled Iowa communications in the pre-caucus era of this long campaign--asking what is the innovation. Said Earnest, "we expect to use the website to engage Republicans across the country and give them the opportunity to get involved in this campaign." END UPDATE INSERT

Said Hauser, "the effort is to get people, Republican people, to vote for Obama."

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It appears that Senator Clinton ad regarding the call at 3am was right on.

Senator Obama's initial reaction to the crisis in Georgia was as bad as Neville Chamberlin's reaction to Germany marching into Austria and the Rhineland in 1938.

Whereas the statement by Senator McCain was like the reaction of Winston Churchill to the violation of international law at that time.

I prefer a strong knowlegable leader to one who takes days to figure out what is going on!

Great - they will all go down with the ship when the - Prompter Reading - Flim Flam Obamaman - loses in November to President Elect John McCain. They say we Republicans lack fire - but look again - we are the ones that used to be called the "silent majority" - "the soccer moms" or whatever title they wanted to put on us - but we are the base of America - our voices are firm - our voices are stable - and our voices will be heard in November!

Definition of "flim flam" by Merriam-Webster on-line: deception, fraud, double dealing.

It appears that Senator Clinton's 3am ad was right on regarding the crisis in Georgia.

Senator Obama's initial response to the invasion of Georgia was similar to the response of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin when Germany marched into Austria and the Rhineland in 1938.

Senator McCain's statement reminded me of the rhetoric of Winston Churchill to the serious violation of international law at that time.

I prefer a strong knowledgable leader at the time of crisis to one who takes three days and three statements to come up with the right response.

http://obamascrapbook.com/index.htm

Viral this. Now!
Post this address everywhere!

Make Obama human to independants. A great and humanizing introduction to Obama.

This is needed to help inoculate him from the coming onslaught of October swiftboaters. So make it viral, and post it everywhere.

Any TRUE Republican could never vote for (empty suit), as he has racked up one of the most liberal records in Congress during his so very short Senate career. As for Hagel, it's obvious he's looking for a spot as VP, in preparation for his own presidential run in 2012. He pandered to the left last year on the Iraq issue when he was thinking of running for President. When the surge started working, his issue evaporated. He's a disgrace to any political party, as he has no loyalty. You guys can have him.

(empty suit) is probably the most unqualified candidate for President during wartime this country has ever seen.

Michael, M.A. (political science), J.D.

Conservatives died and left only ugliness behind.

There are folks I know who voted for Bush......but they are independent thinkers who say Obama is looking like the better choice for us in Nov.

The so called Republicans I hear these days are usually loud mouth freaks that can't get anyone to listen to them, so they stay at home and lose touch with society, staring endlessly into the abyss of propaganda from Faux News and Rush Limp-dik.

What happened to Republicans?

It is a movement that draws its inspiration from towering figures: Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Burke. It stands for caution in foreign adventures, fiscal sobriety and a profound respect for tradition.

Today�s conservatism is a caricature of that movement:

It embraces pointless wars, runs up a vast debt, and trashes the Constitution. Selling out their principles for power, abandoning deeply seated American values and traditions simply because someone on "their side" demanded that they do so, conservatives have made a deal with the devil that has reduced their movement to an empty, ends-obsessed shell.

How did the party of Lincoln end up marching under the banner of Tom DeLay and Rush Limbaugh, *** Cheney and Ann Coulter?

Many of us are tired of the politics of division and hate. We long for men and women of good faith that will work together to solve the serious problems we face. Several people have reached across the divide to support Senator Obama's bid for the Presidency. I'd like to see Senator Obama reach back across the divide to tap Chuck Hagel to be his running mate. Although this would be a huge step, one that would offend some Democrats and Republicans, perhaps it would send a message of unity and cooperation to a much broader base.

Of course Leach supports the Marxist Obama, and wants "change" which is code meaning the redistribution of wealth. Here is what Leach has authored in Congress (source Wiki)

the creation of an international AIDS Trust Fund,
debt relief for the world’s poorest countries,
authorization of an International Monetary Fund quota increase,
making the Peace Corps an independent federal agency,
from requiring the federal government to use soy ink, and
redressing certain Holocaust asset losses.

not surprising. I thought they were democrats to begin with. I have to laugh at the reason they will be backing Obama. "because of his foreigh policy expertise" Please

Oh, David--I WISH Obama were a marxist (what is that anyway?)--and as for sociallism---use the capitalist system next time your house is on fire. The fire department is socialism, dear.
No, I fear Obama's a little war monger in disguise. Hope I"m wrong.
Hillary's more lefty than he is,.
Hope she gets a vote up at the convention.
Sure looks like the Edwards and the Obama campaign KNEW Edwards shoulda dropped out way way way back.
Hillary woulda cleaned the kids' clock (and Mare Daley's too, therefore) in Iowa without the Edwards and their 'family values' tour.
No, the fact that there is an "obamacan' group tells me that we've been set up to lose to McCain (but, oh, it kept us mighty busy in the meantime, didn't it?

Obama can have Chuck Hagel, Jim Leach and all the other moderate GOP types like Lincoln Chafee. They are RINOS.
Read the Case Against Barack Obama by David Freddoso, a National Review Online reporter, it has sold 300,000 copies since August 4.
It tells you who Barack Obama really is his Chicago machine background. It tells how he stripped Alice Palmer his mentor of her petition signatures by filing objections and taking the incumbent Senator off the ballot. Voila Obama started his polical career with help from Emil Jones, and the Daley machine financed by Tony Rezko.It explains Jeremiah Wright , the rascist Pastor and his ties to William Ayers and much more.
With our world threatened now by Russia, China and Islamic Juhadists we need a strong guy to answer the 3:00 a.m. phone call not Marxist Obama.

Oh, my. McCain, the new Churchill?

McCain is a nut and unstable. He's practically declared war on Russia with all his pronouncements. What does he want, to restart the Cold War?

Georgia is the one that started this whole conflict by attacking South Ossetia, which has been separate and independent for the past 16 years. What Pat H. doesn't know or understand (and what McCain doesn't likely understand either) is that the Ossetians and Georgians are separate and distinct ethnic and language groups. They don't like each other. The people of South Ossetia have voted 2 times to declare independence. So, besides having no real clue about Georgia (other than what his paid Georgian government agent tells him), he also disregards the democratic aspirations of the people of South Ossetia. Russia went way overboard in their response, but the trigger was the Georgia's reckless leadership.

See.....

David said "Marxist".

I've seen that word hundreds of times now in referance to Obama.

It has become the classic response of the fossilized right-wing status quo:

Create a grotesquely distorted caricature, broadcast the delusion at the top of your lungs, and hope that you manage to reinforce just enough cynicism and hopelessness to ensure the election of someone who truly cares only for funneling all of the country's wealth and power into the hands of a tiny, corrupt elite.

I wonder if people who are using it really know what it means.

Thanks Rush for "educating" the peoople.

jerry, get over it already, we've heard this nonsense! find something of substance please and quit beating a dead horse. to everyone else that thinks McCain is going on to win, trust me, this race is nowhere near as close as polls make it seem. republicans, take a seat, you had your chance and you blew it BIG.

THEY HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT!
THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!
DON'T HATE THE PLAYERS HATE THE GAME!
BARACK OBAMA IS THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT!
LOOKS LIKE ALL THE RADIO GUYS WHO HAVE GOTTEN
RICH ON TELEVISION AREN'T AS POWERFUL AS THEY
THINK THEY ARE,SEAN HANNITY, GLEN BECK, WHAT A
COUPLE OF KNUCKLEHEADS!

ANYBODY WHO THINKS OBOMANITION SHOULD BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE IS TOO DUMB TO OR TOO STUPID TO THINK FOR THEIR SELF.HE HAS HIS FIRST TIME TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT ANYTHING. WE JUST HAD EIGHT YEARS OF THE BIGGEST JOKE EVER PLAYED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO WE WANT TO ADD ANOTHER FOUR YEARS TO THAT? I HAVE BEEN A DEMOCRAT ALL MY LIFE I AM 73. DO ANY OF YOU KNOW WHAT ORGANIZING ON THE CHICAGO SOUTH SIDE IS? I THINK NOT IF YOU DID YOU WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR OBAMA. CHECK THIS MAN OUT FOR YOURSELF DON'T BE A DAMM PUPPET

To: Michael, M.A. (political science), J.D.

I wonder why you find it necessary to include your credentials with your post. Does that somehow make your opinion more important?

While I may applaude your education, the first word I think of, when presented in this forum, is "elitist."

Uh ...

All the folks here need to get up to speed in this day and age of internet news.

Sen. Chuck Hagel, a leading Republican voice on international affairs and an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, won't endorse either major-party presidential candidate in 2008, a spokesman said Tuesday.

cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/08/12/election.2008.hagel


It is all quite Silly as it Seems . . .

~JQP~
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THAT OLD GUY WHO SAID HE KNEW ABOUT ORGANIZING
ON THE SOUTHSIDE PROBABLY LIVES IN RHODE ISLAND!

ZOMG guys Chamberlin talked to Hitler!!! Hitler was bad and a foreigner, therefore all future conflicts that don't immediately end in a world war are exactly the same as giving zombie what he wants! Kill em all and let god sort em out is clearly the smartest imaginable foreign policy.

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