"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." -- Mahatma Gandhi

“Yessuh Boss” Cleaver Bailing on Hillary?

April 1st, 2008 by mopns ·

Looks like Cleaver’s “I’ll die first before abandoning Hillary” act is wearing thin with African Americans in the 5th district: 

From Donklephant:

“If I had to make a prediction right now, I’d say Barack Obama is going to be the next president. I will be stunned if he’s not the next president of the United States.”– Missouri’s 5th district congressman, and Hillary-backer, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)

Tags: Decision '08 · Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

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Hulshof Having Problems Finding a Campaign Manager?

March 31st, 2008 by mopns ·

Not trying to pile on the Hulshof Campaign, but this is what we wrote last week on their so far lackluster campaign:

“Facing disorganization and so far running a lackluster campaign, will Team Hulshof abandon the Mr. Clean theme and run to the gutter in an attempt to redefine Steelman?

That is a question that will be answered in the coming weeks. A question that has a lot of politicos and Hulshof supporters concerned around the state right now is their apparent difficulty in finding a campaign manager. We’ve learned that since announcing back in February, the campaign has approached at least seven people who have flat turned them down. The list includes:

1.) Rod Jetton

2.) Jason Van Eaton

3.) Tony Feather

4.) Jason Miller—George Allen and Gov Mark Sanford

5.) Mike Britt – Sam Graves and Mitt Romney

6.) Caleb Jones – Bush 04, Talent ’06

7.) Tyler O’Connor – Missouri Victory Committee and Mayor Guiliani

Insiders tell the Missouri Political News Service that they have refused to hire former Romney National Coalitions Director and Talent ’06 campaign manager Gregg Keller – even with the former senator pushing hard for him. Keller being 0 for 2 in concurrent election cycles shouldn’t be a dis-qualifier, the Steelman campaign hired Doug Gaston who lost his own race for County Prosecutor. Who will be Kenny Hulshof’s 8th choice? MOPNS will continue to investigate.

Tags: Decision '08 · Jason Van Eaton · Rep. Kenny Hulshof

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Quote of the Day: Bootlicker Cleaver Will Vote for Clinton Unless He “Dies First”

March 31st, 2008 by mopns ·

From The L.A. Times:

The intensity of the struggle was reflected in a recent note on Ickes’ office door happily declaring that three Democratic congressmen were sticking with Clinton — Bill Pascrell Jr. of New Jersey, Gregory W. Meeks of New York and Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri:

“Pascrell and Meeks said they were ‘100 percent’ for Clinton through the convention, and Cleaver said he would vote for her unless he died first,” the note read. Read more…

Tags: Decision '08 · Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

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Video: Karma Chameleon Koster

March 31st, 2008 by mopns ·

“I’m a man without conviction.

I’m a man who doesn’t know

How to sell a contradiction

You come and go

You come and go”

Karma Chameleon – Culture Club

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The Pitch: Did Sen. Chris Koster plant Molly Korth Williams as a fake candidate for Missouri attorney general?

Tags: Decision '08 · Videos

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Ex-Congressman Clay Disputes Clinton Boasts on Medical Leave Legislation

March 28th, 2008 by mopns ·

By Sam Youngman

The former congressman who shepherded the Family and Medical Leave Act through Congress sought Thursday to debunk Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) claim to the legislation, saying she “never had anything to do with it.”

Former Rep. William Lacy Clay, Sr. (D-Mo.) is circulating an email disputing Clinton’s claim that the law is one of her more meaningful domestic accomplishments. The presidential candidate says she helped lobby for the bill’s passage and signing in 1993.

But Clay, who was joined by Senate sponsor Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), said the bill had already passed by large margins when it passed in 1990 and 1992 before it was vetoed on both occasions by former President George H.W. Bush.

“All we needed was a president to sign it,” Clay said. “The president signed it, and we’re grateful for that but there was no lobbying by him or her.”

The Hill has obtained a copy of the Clay email rejecting Clinton’s claims to have been instrumental in bill’s becoming law. The former congressman writes, “If Hillary played a role in its passage, it was without my knowledge.” Read more…

The Hill’s Congress Blog: In Remembering Fallen Heroes, We Pledge to End This War (Rep. Lacy Clay)

Tags: Decision '08 · Iraq War · Rep. Lacy Clay

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Z. Dwight Billingsly: “Obama Speech Exposes His Hypocrisy”

March 28th, 2008 by mopns ·

The best analysis I’ve seen of the hypocrisy of Barack Obama’s longtime membership in the church of hate-mongering Reverend Jeremiah Wright was Shelby Steele’s oped piece in The Wall Street Journal last week. Steele called Obama a “bargainer.”

“Bargainers,” Steele wrote, “make the subliminal promise to whites not to shame them with America’s history of racism on the condition that they will not hold the bargainer’s race against him. And whites love this bargain — and feel affection for the bargainer — because it gives them racial innocence in a society where whites live under constant threat of being stigmatized as racist.”

But Obama broke his part of the bargain when he chose to remain a member of Rev. Wright’s church all these years, hoping that the whites he was comforting with the bargain never would find out.

In a column I wrote nearly three years ago, I criticized the hypocrisy of Obama doing a hatchet job on California Supreme Court Judge Janet Rogers Brown, a black woman and a principled conservative who had been nominated by President Bush to the federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.Advertisement
“[S]he stands for principle and he stands for nothing,” I wrote. “Obama doesn’t want to be tied to any specific ideology. . . . He’s free to morph into anything he wants the public to see.”

Once the public saw what Obama’s pastor had been saying for more than 20 years about whites and about America, the senator’s hypocrisy was plain even to liberals. Read more…

Z. Dwight Billingsly is a principal of Branford Gateway Investment Co. and a financial services industry specialist for the Missouri state Department of Economic Development. He serves as co-chair of the Missouri Spectrum political action committee, an auxilary of the Missouri Republican Party that supports African-American Republican candidates.


Billingsly on the Paula Zahn Show: (5/03/07) Should the Queen Apologize for Slavery?

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Tags: Decision '08

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