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Daddy's Home

And he's not pleased with his Blue Dog son. Former Senator David Boren comments on his son's decision to vote for Obama but not endorse him:
The elder Boren, now president of the University of Oklahoma and a staunch supporter of Obama, said Friday on my radio program "The Roland S. Martin Show on WVON-AM in Chicago" that he’s “puzzled by his son’s announcement. "We’ve grown up in a family where we were taught to think for ourselves, but I have to say I’m puzzled about how much thinking he put into that before he said it," Boren said. "I think he’ll probably be saying some other things." “He did say he was going to vote for Barack Obama. He just made the puzzling statement he wasn’t gong to endorse him. Well, when you say publicly you’re voting for somebody I think that means you’re supporting them.” The father later added: “We all learn from things and my hope is will be a learning experience for him because, as I say, this isn’t a matter of politics, this is a matter of the future of our country.”
Jun 13, 2008 6:02 PM


The first name on Ambinder's Veepstakes list for Obama is not likely to be well received in Paulville:
1. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) -- She and Jim Johnson had some quality time together at the Bilderberg meeting before Johnson was axed....
Jun 13, 2008 5:51 PM

Roadmap To the Constitution

Fred Thompson on a recent Supreme Court decision which held that detainees, if not POWs, were to be treated like any other criminal in the United States:
Upon reading the opinion in Boumediene v Bush, one must conclude that the majority knew where they wanted to go and simply had to figure out how to get there. The trip was not a pretty one. How could it be when the justices seemingly wrote a map based on ideas cherry picked from over 400 years of established law and backfilled with justifications to create a new right for alien combatants that Americans themselves do not enjoy?
Jun 13, 2008 5:48 PM

U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Tuke On Democrats Insinuating Barack Obama Has Terrorist Connections

From a press release:
"Senator Obama is a man of honor - a true American patriot and the definition of a public servant. The recent ad hominem attack on Senator Obama is baseless and false - moreover, the subsequent finger-pointing and accusations are distracting us from the issues that truly deserve our full attention and the benefit of our dialogue, such as rising gas prices, soaring healthcare costs, a stagnant economy, and a mismanaged war. I am proud to support Senator Obama, and I call on the Tennessee Democratic Party and its proud members to reject these disparaging rumors and shameful innuendo to come together in full support of our Democratic nominee for the presidency, as a united front representing a positive change for Tennessee and for our entire nation."
Jun 13, 2008 5:39 PM

Davis Opponent Wants The Inside Scoop On Obama's Terrorist Connections

The City Paper is holding to its story that Congressman Lincoln Davis' Chief Of Staff Beecher Frasier failed to unequivocally assert that Barack Obama had no connection to terror. Frasier, for his part, has released an unequivocal statement. Monty Lankford, however, one of Davis's Republican opponents, doesn't want the fun to stop:

“If Lincoln Davis believes there is a chance Barack Obama is ‘terrorist-connected,’ that may explain why he has dragged his feet in not endorsing Obama,” Lankford said. “And if so, Davis needs to share his Washington ‘insider information’ with the rest of us in Tennessee.”

Jun 13, 2008 4:49 PM

The Speck In His Own Huckabee

Sean Braisted castigates Bill Hobbs for trying to play up divisions in the Tennessee Democratic Party over national candidate for President:
Barack Obama got 41% of the vote in the TN Dem primary, 9 points higher than John McCain who got 32% in the GOP primary.
Jun 13, 2008 4:27 PM

Bill Frist On Health Care Reform

Don't hold your breath:
“Ultimately, what will happen, probably, is that we won’t have major health care reform over the next four years—that we will continue to have incremental reform that moves towards the marketplace in the sense of having more competition, slightly expansion of benefits, covering more of the uninsured, but doing it in a way that is responsible from a cost standpoint.”
SEE ALSO: The City Paper
Jun 13, 2008 4:22 PM

Beecher Frasier Speaks On Barack Obama's Connection To Terror, City Paper Reacts

From the man himself:
No one in their right mind, including me, believes Senator Obama has ties to terrorism. It is truly ridiculous for anyone to try to make hay out of these comments."
The City Paper's Brewer and Rodgers react:
City Paper reporter Rodgers and editor Brewer are adamant. Brewer said he and Rodgers "stand by this story," certain that the tone of Frasier's comments was portrayed accurately.
SEE ALSO: Ilissa Gold sorts through it all. PREVIOUSLY: Davis Chief Of Staff “Assumes” Obama Not Terrorist Connected Did Beecher Frasier Throw The Liberal Wing Under The Bus? Beecher's Pass Huffington Post
Jun 13, 2008 3:06 PM

Beecher Frasier's Tullahoma Terrorist Fistjab Makes Huffington Post

Dawn Teo on the continuing controversy:
When I called Davis's congressional office this morning, his staff said that he had not yet spoken with them regarding the matter. They were unable to make any statement or comment. According to the congressman's McMinnville office in Warren County, Davis is presently on the road doing "county visits." Davis Chief of Staff Beecher Frasier attempted to clear up the matter but only added fuel to the fire. City Paper's Rodgers asked point blank whether he, Beecher Frasier, believed Obama had ties to terrorists. Frasier responded saying that he "didn't know for sure" whether Obama was "terrorist connected" but that he assumed not. Tennessee Democratic Party Communications Director Wade Munday issued an official response, blaming the statements and the sentiments behind them on Republican efforts "to turn internet smears and highly offensive gossip into the [Republican] message against Senator Barack Obama." Munday's release assures readers that the Democratic Party of Tennessee is united behind the party nominee. The Democratic Party office told me that Fred Hobbs had apologized and would be voting for Obama. Clint Brewer, the editor of City Paper, was nevertheless clearly vexed that Davis would not issue a formal response on the comments made by Chief of Staff Frasier. After all, three ranking figures in local Democratic politics had given voice to concerns widespread in the area.
Jun 13, 2008 2:53 PM

Tim Russert Is Dead

Via the NY Post:
Tim Russert, NBC journalist and political heavyweight host of "Meet the Press," has died after collapsing at NBC's Washington news bureau, a source said. He was 58 years old.
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Jun 13, 2008 2:43 PM