Obama: from messiah to pariah

October 2, 2010

Is this any way to treat a Lightworker? Barack Obama has apparently become such strong electoral poison for Democratic candidates that Al Gore, speaking at a rally in Florida for Kendrick Meek’s US Senate campaign, failed to mention the signature achievements of Barack Obama’s administration, or even Obama himself. Even the candidate himself could not speak the unutterable name:

Al Gore failed to mention President Barack Obama at a campaign rally in Florida as Democrats extended their new tactic for next month’s elections – ignoring the man who so inspired them in 2008.

Representative Kendrick Meek, the Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in the November 2nd mid-terms, also neglected to let Mr Obama’s name pass his lips during an appearance with the former vice-president in a union hall.

Instead, the black congressman lauded “President Gore” – a reference to the 2000 election, when hanging chads in Florida and the US Supreme Court cost the Democrat the White House.

With their party facing a possible landslide defeat in a month’s time, Democratic candidates are running away from Mr Obama and his record. Polls indicate Democrats could lose control of the House of Representatives and perhaps even the Senate, a result that could cripple to Obama presidency.

In Tampa, neither Mr Gore nor Mr Meek made direct reference to Mr Obama’s historic health care legislation, his proudest achievement, or the financial bailout. Both measures are unpopular with all but hardcore Democratic supporters.

Two years ago, every Democrat in the country was invoking Mr Obama’s name as they hoped to ride on his coat-tails to electoral victory. This year, he is a near-pariah, with many of the party’s candidates doing everything they can to distance themselves from him.

Okay, that’s pretty pathetic when you’re reduced to praising the fantasy presidency of the egomaniac who still can’t believe he lost fair and square, but you don’t dare mention The One who actually won back the White House for your party.

Is this Meek’s revenge for the White House’s game of footsie with Charlie Crist, or just a recognition of political reality? Obama’s endorsements meant nothing in Massachusetts, Virginia, and New Jersey in 2009, and his ratings have cratered since then.

But Meek isn’t the only Democrat to run screaming from the Democratic leadership.  In Alabama, Representative Bobby Bright (D, keep that in mind) is running a TV ad that touts his closeness to… House Minority Leader John Boehner, a Republican (via Hot Air):

In perhaps the most striking example of a vulnerable Democrat racing away from the national party as the midterm elections near, Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.) is running a TV ad that features side-by-side photos of him and Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio). The spot touts that he “votes 80 percent with the Republican leader.”

Several House Democrats have run ads that speak out against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) by name, but Bright appears to be the first incumbent to feature Boehner, her chief rival in Congress and the man who would be speaker if Republicans win control of the House.

Quite a change from the heady days of early 2009, when Democrats dreamed of 40 years of uninterrupted rule.

With all these Democrats denying their god, I half expect to hear a cock crow thrice.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Mexico: mayor’s murder not drug-related

October 2, 2010

Following up on this story, it appears the mayor of Doctor Rodriguez in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, was murdered in a simple land dispute, not in another battle in the cartel wars:

Two men were arrested for killing a small-town Mexican mayor for $6,000 in a land dispute, prosecutors said Thursday.

Nuevo Leon state Attorney General Alejandro Garza y Garza ruled out the involvement of drug gangs that have been blamed for the assassination of many other mayors in Mexico.

Prisciliano Rodriguez, mayor of Doctor Gonzalez, was gunned down Sept. 23 along with an aide. He was the fourth mayor killed in northeastern Mexico in a month.

Garza y Garza said the two detained men confessed to the contract killing of the mayor in a land dispute. He said an uncle of one of the two suspects hired them a week before the assassination, asking them if they “wanted a little job.” The uncle remains at large.

The men were paid an initial $3,000 and given an R-15 rifle, an Uzi and a revolver, Garza y Garza said. On the day of the assassination, the uncle called his nephew and demanded the money back if they did not carry out the killing, the prosecutor said.

The suspects told police they traveled later that day to Doctor Gonzalez, where the mayor was coordinating a program to provide metal roofing to residents, Garza y Garza said.

He said the pair waited until Rodriguez got out of his car and then fired about 20 shots at him. The uncle allegedly met with them the next day and paid them the remaining $3,000.

So, in this case, it was a tawdry and prosaic dispute over land boundaries, one of the most ancient reasons for murder and one certainly not limited to Mexico.

via the Mexico Institute.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Mexico: four bodies found hanging from bridge

October 2, 2010

The nightmare continues in Mexico, this time in Tampico, the main city of violence -wracked state of Tamaulipas:

The bodies of three men and a woman were found Thursday hanging off a bridge in the Mexican Gulf coast city of Tampico, officials said.

The bodies were discovered around 5:30 a.m. in one of the city’s most important business and financial districts.

Soldiers and marines cordoned off the area and removed the bodies from the bridge.

Scenes like this have become common in recent years in Mexico, where drug cartels have used decapitations, massacres and other acts of violence in an attempt to strike fear into rivals and the government.

The northern border state of Tamaulipas, where Tampico is located, has become one of Mexico’s most violent states due to the war between the Gulf cartel and Los Zetas for control of turf and smuggling routes into the United States.

Imagine seeing that on your morning commute to work.