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Last updated on June 24th, 2017 at 10:14 am

Further to last week’s column, more bad news for Barack Obama:

Senator Clinton has regained the lead in Gallup’s national tracking poll for the first time since March and leads Senator Obama 46 per cent to 45 per cent. She had been down by 11 points less than a week ago.

The poll was conducted from April 16-18, after the Philadelphia debate in which Senator Obama came under intense questioning over his comment that small-town America was “bitter” and clings to guns and religion. He is also under pressure for his connections with several controversial people.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/21/2008 at 12:09 AM
    1. “Controversial” is the new code word for “racist nutbags the Dhimmicrats don’t want discussed in public”.

      If you must talk about them, do it in private, and wash your hands afterwards.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 04 21 at 12:15 AM • permalink


    1. Hi.  Clinging to a thirty-aught-six, which I was thinking of selling, ‘til a fellow gun nut reminded me that the rifle was good for home protection “from a lot farther away.”

      “… connections with several controversial people.”  Hey, we’re all six degrees from, say, Kevin Bacon.

      Posted by reese on 2008 04 21 at 12:17 AM • permalink


    1. Having controversial friends is no barrier to re-election if you’re a member of the Australian Labor Party. [Case 1] [Case 2]

      Posted by monaro on 2008 04 21 at 12:39 AM • permalink


    1. Hilary is about to become yesterday’s hen. And anyway what is her policy on internaphiles

      Posted by GerardB on 2008 04 21 at 02:14 AM • permalink


    1. “… connections with several controversial people.”

      Hey, we’re all six degrees from, say, Kevin Bacon.

      I’m actually only 3 degrees from Kevin Bacon, for what it’s worth.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 21 at 03:10 AM • permalink


    1. If barry baby disassociated himself with “controversial” associates, he’d lose about 80% of his circle.

      Posted by rabidfox on 2008 04 21 at 03:21 AM • permalink


    1. #5 So, we’re all at most 4 degrees away?  7 connects any two people on earth.

      Will the Hill ever die?  Will Barry limp to the line a broken husk?  It’s all very entertaining?

      Posted by Brett_McS on 2008 04 21 at 04:59 AM • permalink


    1. Entertaing indeed!

      Posted by dean martin on 2008 04 21 at 06:09 AM • permalink


    1. The big question about Obama is: “Is he crashing and burning too early?” Or will he hang on long enough to eliminate Hillary from the race first, then crash and burn?

      Posted by daddy dave on 2008 04 21 at 06:12 AM • permalink


    1. #9 …any other candidate who had made those mistakes and who had those associations would have crashed and burned already.  The other big question (well, essentially the same one) is how well can the media can run interference (to use the, very apt, American term)?  They’re pretty darn determined to see Barry make the touch down.

      Posted by Brett_McS on 2008 04 21 at 07:44 AM • permalink


    1. spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, Adora Andy, said on Saturday that anything less than a 15-point win for Senator Clinton would be a victory for Senator Obama, a clear attempt to massage expectations.

      You gotta love it!

      (Adora Andy??)

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2008 04 21 at 07:45 AM • permalink


    1. He is also under pressure for his connections with several controversial people.

      More or less related: I note that Palestinian “controversialists” lobbed rockets into Jewish settlements shortly after Jimmy Carter concluded his “peace” mission to them.

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 21 at 08:16 AM • permalink


    1. It wasn’t that long ago that McCain’s campaign was thought to be over. Hillary is like a vampire, she is undead.
      It is hard to imagine, but hers would probably be a slightly less disastrous presidency than Obama’s. After all, she is simply dishonest and power hungry, we all know where she is coming from. Nobama is a dangerous left-wing nutjob ideologue.

      Posted by Latino on 2008 04 21 at 09:14 AM • permalink


    1. Do these controversial people have descriptions?…

      Posted by mojo on 2008 04 21 at 10:17 AM • permalink


    1. Latino:

      The absence of first-rate candidates is the reason why, even though the hour is late, I may be tossing my own hat into the ring. I think the doctrine of Paquismo will appeal to the electorate: Peace through strength, border security, low taxes, the primacy of individual liberty, and the elimination of the smoking prohibition in federal buildings. And special incentives for plastic bag manufacturers. My first official act will be to light up an Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur with a copy of the Kyoto Treaty.

      Una patria! Un Estado! Un Paco!

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 21 at 10:17 AM • permalink


    1. Un caca de toro…

      Posted by mojo on 2008 04 21 at 11:25 AM • permalink


    1. #16 Mojo: As a candidate for president, it is my intention to ignore ad hominem attacks, particularly when they are not expressed in a grammatically correct way (“caca” takes the feminine indefinite article, or “una”, although, since we are talking about a more or less fungible commodity that is not always measured in discrete units, one might have left out the indefinite article altogether). No, it will be my goal to wave away such attacks with an ostensibly dismissive gesture (which is, of course, a secret sign to my flunkeys to take names…for later).

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 21 at 11:45 AM • permalink


    1. Vote for Paco!
      Sign me up. I am available if you need a NY coordinator. Don’t even need to be paid, an occasional Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur, and the knowledge that I am doing some good, is payment enough.

      Posted by Latino on 2008 04 21 at 12:07 PM • permalink


    1. add smoking prohibitions lifted in bars to your agenda, senor paco, and i am your new maryland delegate!

      Posted by missred on 2008 04 21 at 12:50 PM • permalink


    1. #18 Latino: you’re in. In New York, I’ll be looking to sew up the latin vote (“The First President with a Hispanic-sounding Name!”), the vulture capitalist vote (“Want to Avoid a Hostile Takover? Vote for Paco!”), and the eccentric vote (self-explanatory).

      #19: Easily done, Missred. “You shall not crucify the people on a cross of Nicoderm!”

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 21 at 12:54 PM • permalink


    1. Upon further consideration (thanks, paco) I have decided to throw my full and unconditional support behind the Paquismo campaign. We simply couldn’t find a better man for the job!

      Viva Paco! Viva la revolucion! Yee-ha! Arriba!

      Posted by mojo on 2008 04 21 at 12:58 PM • permalink


    1. #21: See? My platform is already winning over undecided voters.

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 21 at 01:08 PM • permalink


    1. all of a sudden there is a violent wind shaking the windows of the shrillary campaign headquarters.  the cross eyed one gazes into her whisky crystal glass and shrieks, “who isssss thisssssssss paco?? bill! find him! find him!  desssssssssstroy! kill!”
      at that moment, trixi kicks the door in, and throws a bucket of water on shrillary.  “i’m melting, i’m melting, help me, help me” “compliments of the minions of wronwr.. paco” trixi gently coos with a soft smile

      Posted by missred on 2008 04 21 at 01:19 PM • permalink


    1. 7 connects any two people on earth.

      That means Michael Moore is too.  damn.  close.

      Posted by Achillea on 2008 04 21 at 02:30 PM • permalink


    1. The Messiah looks up from this month’s Mother Jones. In velvet tones, he calls to his mentor: ‘Jeremiah? Reverend? Ever hear of this fellow Paco? He seems bitter. But he is not content with God and guns, he now seeks power. Power that is rightfully mine. I hope you will be able to change his mind.”
      Wright’s eyes roll back in his head. He screams “I know this PaKKKo! God Damn PaKKKo!”

      Posted by Latino on 2008 04 21 at 02:37 PM • permalink


    1. I find that Obama is positively McGovernesque.
      With months before the election he has plenty of time to insult everybody in America.

      Posted by Merlin on 2008 04 21 at 02:54 PM • permalink


    1. paco for President! paco for President!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 04 21 at 02:58 PM • permalink


    1. 23, 25, 27… The endorsements just keep rolling in!

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 21 at 02:59 PM • permalink


    1. America needs Paco.

      Here in South Carolina we plan to vote early and often for candidate Paco. Hell, he’s practically a native son.

      We trust there won’t be any embarrassing youtube clips of 400 dollar hairstyles .

      Posted by greene on 2008 04 21 at 04:10 PM • permalink


    1. #29: No worries there, greene. You might find a few videos showing me rescuing kids from a burning orphanage, or single-handedly opening a can of whoop-ass on a pack of gang-bangers attempting to mug an old lady, or buying a group of homeless veterans lunch at Bobby Van’s, but there shouldn’t be anything embarrassing out there.

      BTW, where’s Colonel Milquetoast? I need to sign him on to do campaign ads.

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 21 at 04:23 PM • permalink


    1. …there shouldn’t be anything embarrassing out there.

      His life is an open book! “Pilgrim’s Progress”, as it happens.

      Posted by mojo on 2008 04 21 at 04:56 PM • permalink


    1. If we finally figure out the instruction manual on the tardis, we can all vote for paco before we vote for him.

      Posted by Achillea on 2008 04 21 at 06:27 PM • permalink


    1. We’re going to need Paquistas in Congress, too. I’m pretty sure that the movement will require a House Un-Paco Activities Committee (HUPAC).

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 21 at 07:09 PM • permalink


    1. Paco-surely you need an IDENTITY-like first woman President, first Hispanic American President,,,blah blah.  How about Purely American, Completely Omnipotent….or Partly American, Completely Ontopofthings .  I am sure other possiblities come to mind……Partly Caucasian/Afro-Omerican??

      Posted by Rod C on 2008 04 21 at 07:41 PM • permalink


    1. I think I stuffed up my last pathetic post!!! Bit early to be shickered!!

      Posted by Rod C on 2008 04 21 at 07:44 PM • permalink


    1. #35: Any one of those will do, Rod. And thanks for your support; people like you are key to winning the…er…“shickered” vote.

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 21 at 09:15 PM • permalink


    1. Count me in Paco.  Your platform is a lot more attractive than McCain’s.  You’ll need a VP candidate.  I suggest Andrea.  She needs a job and you will need an first class enforcer when you are in the White House.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2008 04 21 at 10:27 PM • permalink


    1. #37: Thanks, Michael. I was actually considering Andrea for head of the CIA or maybe the FBI. And Jimmy Carter has accepted my offer to be the first ex-president in space (BTW, how far is it to Jupiter?)

      Posted by paco on 2008 04 21 at 10:36 PM • permalink


    1. (BTW, how far is it to Jupiter?)

      Not far enough; how about sending Jimmah to check up on Voyager?

      And I recommend Andrea as Chairwoman, Joint Chief of Staff.  She can copy the design of wronwright’s Guatemalan general uniforms, only with snazzier accessories: alligator leather jackboots, a titanium riding crop, diamond and platinum epaulettes, maybe a gold plated broom handled Mauser.

      I always thought wronwright’s plastic sword was a tad cheesy.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 04 22 at 01:02 AM • permalink


  1. Shickered…old word for being drunk -hardly heard now.  Origins -English I think, perhaps Merchant Navy

    My old man used it a lot….He was shickered a lot, too.

    Posted by Rod C on 2008 04 22 at 02:13 AM • permalink