Sunday, March 09, 2008

Obama and Philadelphia

This a simplification of a very complicated situation. I know that.
I still think you'll find helpful insights, particularly if you'd like to become more familiar with the situation in bee-you-tee-ful Illy Philly, my home town and my one true love.

Mr. Obama made a really stupid mistake very early in his Presidential campaign.

He took the wrong side in the Philadelphia Mayoral Primary last year around this time.

Then, there was a tight three way race for the mayoral nomination.

The first two candidates I'll describe represent two the traditional electoral coalitions that have battled for political supremacy in Philadelphia for several decades. On one side, you had Chaka Fattah. He's been a powerful African American leader in the city for a long time. He has served the city in Congress for several terms. I actually like his personality and he has a pretty good reputation for actually championing the issues of poor and working class people.

Nonetheless, he is an entrenched political entity that has gotten caught up in some bad alliances. He is extremely close with John Street, our unpopular recently departed Mayor. The city became disenchanted with Mr. Street for a number of reasons. He was always somewhat of a polarizing figure in city politics as Street unapologetically courted an African American majority, but the actions of his administration really magnified frustration with the old way of governance. Fairly or unfairly, the perception was that Mr. Fattah rose within the pay-to-play culture, represented entrenched business interests, and would govern as a continuation of the Street legacy.

The other candidate representing a traditional political base was Tom Knox, a self-financed business man from the Northeast section of Philadelphia. He staked himself out as a political outsider and a reformer. Largely, however, he represented the old white political majority. Without necessarily being connected to Frank Rizzo, a local political legend comparable to the senior Daley in Chicago, Knox nonetheless drew his support from the same base of blue collar whites.

A contest between these two men would have been largely similar to many Philadelphia mayoral races of the past. It would have been racially polarizing and Chaka Fattah likely would have emerged victorious depending on the relative popularity of other candidates diluting the field.

This race, however, was very different. There was this intriguing new guy. His name is Michael Nutter. An African American, he was able to build a different kind of electoral coalition. He served on City Council and emerged as the loudest voice in favor of wholesale reformation of ethics laws and the entrenched machine-based political culture. He was extremely critical of the Street administration. Known generally as a wonky-type (whatever that means), he courted a highly developed progressive internet community and wealthy white educated liberals. He developed a motivated base of young supporters in the high school and university communities.

Philly politics was transforming all over. In 2006, progressives organized to challenge ward leadership positions. Philadelphia's current Boss Tweed, a lifelong nemesis of yours truly, State Senator Vincent Fumo looks like he's done. He just suffered a heart attack in the midst of both a vigorous primary challenge and an impending corruption trial.

When he dropped out of Council to run for Mayor, Nutter adeptly ran to the left and to the right. His calls for government reform and his academic attention to tested progressive policy positions were extremely attractive to white liberals. Meanwhile, Mr. Nutter also emerged as the most vocal Mayoral candidate on Philadelphia's skyrocketing violent crime problems. He embraced "stop-and-frisk" as a workable option for high crime neighborhoods. This not only peeled away some blue collar white support from Mr. Knox, but it also resonated strongly within Congressman Fattah's base of older African American voters tired of seeing baggy pants. I use this link of Bill Cosby's speech to the NAACP as emblematic of this debate within Black America. (For the record, my own feelings on this debate are more reflected by the great Dr. Michael Eric Dyson)

Simultaneously, Mr. Nutter's record as a reformer capitalized on a larger statewide political revolt in Pennsylvania politics. The 2006 midterm election was a massacre of entrenched politicians of both parties. Not only did Pennsylvania voters resoundingly repudiated Rick Santorum, one of the most vile neocons ever to reach the US Senate, but voters helped deliver Congress to the Democratic Party with the overthrow of several GOP incumbents, particularly in the Philadelphia suburbs. Additionally, there was a bipartisan taxpayer revolt against members of the PA legislature that voted for a pay-raise for themselves.

Thus, it began to appear that Congressman Fattah, once seen as the favorite in the race due to his name recognition, entrenched political organization, national party support, and fund raising prowess, actually faced quite a challenge from this upstart.

So he began to look for shot in the arm for his campaign.

He reached out to Barack Obama.

Now, I can imagine how Mr. Obama's logic went:

-- Mr. Fattah was a huge Clinton ally in the '90s along with former Mayor and current Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. He's a superdelegate with major party machinery and street cred amongst African Americans. His support would be a huge coup for my campaign, a stolen base right out of the gate against Mrs. Clinton. He could easily be the next Mayor of Philadelphia. Besides, there's little to lose, the primary fight will be over well before it gets to Pennsylvania.--

So, Barack Obama helped out Mr. Fattah instead of an obvious natural ally in Mr. Nutter.

Meanwhile, Mr. Nutter continued to surge in the polls and won the Democratic Mayoral Primary with relative ease. Then he won the general election this past November by the largest margin in Philadelphia history. After inauguration, he made a call to public service that yielded an impressive number of applications. Look, the point is that Michael Nutter is the man. He's ridiculously popular right now across boundaries of age and race. He has juice, as they say. He would be a major, major asset to a candidate trying to reach voters in the Philadelphia area.

In short, Michael Nutter is Barack Obama in Philadelphia. The two of them should be bff.

But they're not. Obama injected himself into a local race he had no business getting involved in. People with knowledge of Philly politics, people from Philadelphia, scalded Mr. Obama for this choice at the time he made it, though nobody realized how damaging the decision would become. I was so upset on that day that I called Obama HQ and wrote a letter or something.

Stupid decision. Stupid, stupid decision.

Mayor Nutter endorsed Hillary Clinton.

And that's a shame. Obama's early overreach into Philadelphia's local election not only cost him a great deal of credibility amongst local progressives in the know, but also cost him an endorsement from Mayor Nutter that had previously seemed likely.

Now this is only one small piece of the Pennsylvania primary puzzle. I still believe that Obama can win there but I sure wish he hadn't erected his own hurdles in the same Philadelphia he'll be banking on to deliver him a large margin on April 22nd.


Hannah said...

And don't forget all the hubbub over who's black enough for what. Hmm, wasn't it Chaka Fattah who alluded that Michael Nutter wasn't black enough? And didn't Obama get the same question?

E said...

Yes, that was a turning point in the election.

Fattah questioned Mr. Nutter's commitment to poorer, African American Philadelphians, utilizing a classless, yet classic race-baiting tactic.

The comment by Mr. Fattah backfired badly and hastened his defeat by Mr. Nutter.

oyster said...

This is news is a damned shame. But thank you for the insightful and informative analysis.

E said...

It is a shame. Nutter and Obama seem made to campaign together. He would be an incredible asset to Obama in the whole Philadelphia area. The suburbs of Philadelphia are the traditional critical battleground region in most statewide elections.

Puddinhead said...

Interesting. Has Obama come out publicly and forcefully to denounce any affiliation with and refuse any support from the race-baiting Chaka Fattah yet? Much as Clinton is apparently now required to do with the alleged whore-mongerer Eliot Spitzer? Or does the expected response of the respective presidential candidates hinge on Spitzer's actions being immoral and illegal, while Fattah's actions were only immoral and disgusting?

Anonymous said...

Obama’s efforts to connect to the Republican Party, specifically Bush, and Dick Cheney, of the Halliburton Company, dates back to the Presidents Grandfather, Prescott Bush, and indeed Cheney was once an executive officer of Halliburton.

The American military pounds Iraq with Artillary, bombs, and the like, destroying large sections of cities, and infra-structures, then Halliburton comes in to rebuild. Halliburton and Halliburton associated companies have raked in ten’s of billions.

Obama is just like the BIG HALIBURTAN. Haliburton has contracted to build detention centers in the U.S. similiar to the one in Quantanammo Bay, Cuba. Halliburton does nothing to earn the Two Dollars for each meal an American Serviceman in Iraq eats.

Halliburton was scheduled to take control of the Dubai Ports in The United Arab Emiirate. The deal was canceled when Bush was unable to affect the transfer of the American Ports.

Now we see what some might suspect as similiar financial escapading from the Democrats.

Two years ago, Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company - Companion- owned by now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO) Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley, to train Iraqi power-plant guards in the United States. An Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo. Now the company, Companion Security, is working to revive its contract.
Involved along with Antoin “Tony” Rezco, long time friend and neighbor of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and former cop Daniel T. Frawley, is Aiham Alsammarae. Alsammarae was accused of financial corruption by Iraqi authorities and jailed in Iraq last year before escaping and returning here.

Recently, Obama's campaign staff have been vetted by the IRS to disclose his connection to the criminal money generating underworld. Besides, his connections to the REZCO MAFIA types, his up-coming tax fraud charges — Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and disclose Obama's MUSLIM Farrakhan mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church are trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Obama should stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It’s time to introduce this false, fake Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke "GLORK" Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He is MAD!!! --


"GLORK" Obama looks like Alfred E. Newman: "Tales Calculated To Drive You." He is a MUSLIM "Glork" He's MAD!!! Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot of Mad. The face had drifted through American pictography for decades before being claimed by Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman after he spotted it on the bulletin board in the office of Ballantine Books editor Bernard Shir-Cliff, later a contributor to various magazines created by Kurtzman.
Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It’s time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek.

Michelle Obama should be ashamed.

"GLORK" Michelle Obama should be ashamed of her separatist-racist connection to Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Beneath that Darth-Vader-Mace-Windu-Jedi-Me ssiah Helmet hairdo of Michelle Obama lurks a Wildabeast. If Michelle Obama new what her husband -- the Hope-A-Dope, Fonster Monster -- Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama did in Harlem, she would wash her wide-open, Hus-suey loving MUSILM mouth out, with twenty-four (24) mule-team double-cross X-boX-BorraX. He is a MUSLIM "Glork" It’s time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He's MAD!!!


The Apologia has arrived and once again the self-indicting, separatist-racist Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama, promises to heal the wounds of the world. The speech is the rude awakening of mass messianism of his campaign. Apologetically, Obama the MUSLIM double-cross X-boX-BorraX has an astonishingly empty two-prawn echelon explanation of his misjudgment.
In the first prawn: with regard to his connection to separatist-racist Rev. Wright; Obama summons voodoo and juju to express slavery as beginning and ending with the Rev. Wright.
In the second prawn: Obama's speech takes credit for Ashley's dream. A dream of unity Martin Luther King, Jr. borrowed from Ashley for his historic "I Have A Dream" speech. In Obama's speech, the connective bond Ashley, the elderly black man and Obama's grandmother share; represents Obama's self-indicting rise to the Harvard Yard. For Obama, the grand flag of language is the semi-fore of words, bestowed upon our nation by the messiah-alumni from Harvard. Obama's Swoon-Song Apologia to the nation represents a failed hymn -- a hymn that fails to heal the nation, repair the world, or make this time different than all the rest. Obama's speech is a brilliant failure.


The ILLIGITIAMTE MUSLIM MESSIA has blundered yet again!!! The self-indicting, separatist-racist Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama, lied about the politics of his campaign. The danger involved with this self-aggrandizing, -a-hoop, Hope-A-Dope, Fonster Monster -- Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama is that -- "Like Father Like Son" Obama is constantly wanting to impress America with "...his incapacity for sound judgment." In 2005, Sen. Obama voted for the Dick Cheney energy bill, which Cheney wrote in secret with the oil industry. Hillary Clinton opposed Cheney's energy bill, has a plan to eliminate oil industry tax breaks, and would require oil companies to contribute to a $50 billion strategic energy fund to jump-start research and investment in clean energy technologies. On top of the horrible crime Obama executed in Harlem, the fact is, we have to hear it from Karl Rove about Obama's latest Campaign Crisis: "GLORK" Top Ten Obama Lies:

1. Obam said his parents met at the Selma march -- Reality: He was born 4 years before that.

2. Obam said he was a constitutional law professor -- Reality: . . . Obama Made This False Claim In His 2004 Senate Race. “Several direct-mail pieces issued for Obama's primary [Senate] campaign said he was a law professor at the University of Chicago. He is not. He is a senior lecturer (now on leave) at the school..

3. Obam said he spoke fluent Indonesian as a child -- Reality: . . . Obama has claimed on numerous occasions to have become fluent in Indonesian in six months. Yet another Phi Beta Krakatau lie from Obama. Those who knew him disputed that during recent interviews. Israel la Pareira Darmawan, Obama's 1st-grade teacher, said she attempted to help him learn the Indonesian language by going over pronunciation and vowel sounds. Truth-be-told: Obama's Indonesian teachers say Kaku-Pooh.

4. Obam said he was involved in community asbestos and housing project for the poor -- Reality: Didn't happen. This was the basis for Barack and Michelle's claim, that he was a community activist on the South and East Side of Chicago. Usher United Arab Emirates (UAE) A+ lie both he and his twenty-four (24) mule-team, Hus-suey loving wife Michelle Obama have been claiming in the campaign -- Reality: The Chicago Newspaper's Obelus -- Kiss-A-Cuss:...NO-MAMA.

5. Obam said in his book that he received his racial awakening at age nine reading a Life/Ebony Magazine story about a black man who was scarred trying to dye his skin white -- Reality: Didn't happen. Both Magazines (Life and Ebony), and the Rev. Wright and Farrakhan MUSLIM Trumpet Newsmagazine say, just didn't happen.

6. Obam’s Campaign Didn’t Have The “Technical Capacity” To Produce The “1984” Ad:

Obama: “But it's not something that we had anything to do with or were aware of and that frankly, given what it looks like, we don't have the technical capacity to create something like that.” (CNN’s “Larry King Live,” 3/24/07) -- Reality:...The Creator Admitted All It Took Was A “Sunday Afternoon” On His Mac. Phillip de Vellis: “I made the ad on a Sunday afternoon in my apartment using my personal equipment (a Mac and some software), uploaded it to YouTube, and sent links around to blogs.”

7. Obam’s Campaign Claimed His High School Friend Tried To Extort Money From Them:

“According To The Obama Campaign, [Obama’s Punahou Classmate Keith] Kakugawa Explicitly Raised The Possibility That He Could Make Up False Stories About Obama, Implying He Would Do So If The Campaign Did Not Give Him Money.” (Maurice Possley, Kirsten Scharnberg and Ray Gibson, -- Reality: “...An Old Friend's Troublesome Return,” Chicago Tribune, 3/25/07).

8. Obam voted to bring low-cost foreign labor into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina -- Reality:...This was a slap in the face against the African-Americans who were displaced in that city. Obama also voted to place Michael Chertoff, the man responsible for the Katrina catastrophe, in charge of Homeland Security. Obama voted for Senate-Bills that gave Blackwater the funding they needed to shoot the folks of New Orleans who were only trying to save their own lives. The towel head voted to allow Michael Chertoff to waive all applicable laws, including murder, torture, kidnaping, and he suppoted water-boarding.

9. Obam voted more than five times for USA-PATRIOT ACT renewal -- Reality:...This is a Senate-Bill patently offensive to most Americans. City after city has passed resolutions condemning USA-PATRIOT ACT. Obama chose to side with tyranny over freedom and Bush over the folks on this issue. The Real ID Act, which would allow Michael Chertoff to declare martial law and imprison Americans, was supported by Obama, as noted above.

10. Obam is not a MAD MAN. Senator Obama Is not involved along with Antoin “Tony” Rezco, long time friend and neighbor, now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO), or Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley. Senator Obama is not involved in any nuclear security, bribery, money payoffs, or cronyism in the state of Illinois; or criminal activities related to the BIG HALIBURTAN and V.P. Cheney's Halliburton bribery case; or any political misjudgment in his escalating campaign crisis. "GLORK" Senator Obama is not a self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box. Obama executed no crime in Harlem. Obama is Not America's Poison -- Reality:...He's Radio-Active.


The Republicans' disengagement (media bias), if not disillusionment, with the economic campaign issues is borne out by the fact that many more Republicans are able to explain, extinguish, and excoriate the name Barrack Obama with the term (JIHAD), than can name Bush/Dick Cheney and McCain -- as the Big Oil -- BIG HALLIBURTAN politicians expanding GOP IRAQ WAR ideology, and Republican White House Party Elders' GI Bill of Rights for the 21st century IRAQ WAR ECONOMY. Even among Republicans, Clinton is much more visible than GOP presumptive candidate John McCain towards affecting positively the important economic issues facing America's middle class economy.

When asked who they would vote for in the general election for president of the United States, the natural pendulum swing in America is 79% of Republicans named Hillary Clinton as their choice. Reasons for Obama's Campaign Crisis "GLORK" Campaign Crisis include:

"Obama has more holes in him than Swiss-Cheese." (CNN’s “,” 4/01/08)

Obama's presidential campaign has received $2,812,336 from firms that employ registered federal lobbyists. []

Obama has taken $405,747 from the Pharmaceutical industry. []

Obama has received $1,185,937 from the Commercial Banking industry. []

Obama has received over six million dollars from the Securities & Investment industry. []

Obama has taken $608,822 from the Insurance industry. []

Obam has taken $168,584 from the Mortgage Banking industry. []


WASHINGTON — Obama’s support among Democrats nationally has softened.

"GLORK" Sen. Barack Obama’s support among Democrats nationally has softened over the last month, particularly among men and upper-income voters, as voters have taken a slightly less positive view of him than they did after his burst of victories in February, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

The survey suggests that Mr. Obama, Democrat of Illinois, may have been at something of a peak in February, propelled by a string of primary and caucus victories over Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, and that perceptions of him are dramatically trending downward.

Mr. Obama’s favorability rating among Democratic primary voters has dropped seventeen percentage points, to 42 percent, since the last Times/CBS News survey, in late February. While that figure is steadily declining, this dramatic decline came in a month during which he endured withering attacks from Mrs. Clinton and responded to reports that his former pastor had made politically inflammatory statements from his church’s pulpit in Chicago, and swirling questions about what Barack Obama did in Harlem.

The events of the last month appear to have fundamentally altered the race for the party’s nomination and provided what Mrs. Clinton’s campaign has been seeking: evidence of a collapse in Mr. Obama’s standing or an overwhelming preference voiced for Mrs. Clinton by Democratic and Republican voters in polls: -- developments in Obama's ongoing Campaign Crisis, that could be used to persuade uncommitted super-delegates to sign on with Hillary Clinton.

Twenty-six percent of the general electorate voters who heard of the Apologia speech that Mr. Obama the self-indicting, separatist-racist Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama gave to try to deal with the controversy over Obama's separatist-racist connection to Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah, said it made them dislike him. And 74 percent of Democrats and Republicans said Mr. Obama's Campaign Crisis "GLORK" Campaign Crisis stems from the fact that he shows continued misjudgment for even the most challenging problems. Mr. Obama lacks the decisive capability to lead, willingness to listen, conviction and courage. Mr. Obama uses false charges and exaggerated claims to play politics with national security. Mr. Obama lied about the politics of his campaign, and knew about Rev. Wright's MUSLIM Farrakhan - JIHADI -- FATIMA EXTREMIST mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ.

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