Retired Fireman’s Political 5 Alarm Fire

October 31, 2008

Is This The Truth About The Obama Campaign?

Filed under: The Fireman's Fav's — Retired Fireman @ 9:32 am

I do not ever consider myself to be a “Rumor Monger”, and hate those that spread stuff that cannot be checked and rechecked for facts.

However, while I was reading the article today written by George Stephenopolous, someone whom I have personally met during the 1992 Presidential Campaign while working for a sound company and running the microphones when Clinton came in to lie to the locals at two major events, I came across this rather lengthy comment in the comments section. 

Go ahead and read it.  Sorry, but there was far too much in this that rings of truth to have disgarded it as a mere trick.  If it is a trick, the guy did his homework.  If not, the implications are STAGGERING.  Either way, it does bear reading and taking it all in.

Here is the link!

After a long and careful consideration of all the implications and possible consequences of my actions today, I have decided to go through with this in the hope that our country can indeed be guided into the right direction. First, a little personal background… I am a female grad student in my 20’s, and a registered Democrat. During the primaries, I was a campaign worker for the Clinton candidacy. I believed in her and still do, staying all the way to the bitter end. And believe me, it was bitter. The snippets you’ve heard from various media outlets only grazed the surface. There was no love between the Clinton and Obama campaigns, and these feelings extended all the way to the top. Hillary was no dope though, and knew that any endorsement of Obama must appear to be a full-fledged one. She did this out of political survival. As a part of his overall effort to extend an olive branch to the Clinton camp and her supporters, Obama took on a few Hillary staff members into his campaig n. I was one such worker. Though I was still bitterly loyal to Hillary, I still held out hope that he would choose her as VP. In fact, there was a consensus among us transplants that in the end, he HAD to choose her. It was the only logical choice. I also was committed to the Democratic cause and without much of a second thought, transferred my allegiance to Senator Obama.

I’m going to let you in on a few secrets here, and this is not because I enjoy the gossip or the attention directed my way. I’m doing this because I doubt much of you know the true weaknesses of Obama. Another reason for my doing this is that I am lost faith in this campaign, and feel that this choice has been forced on many people in this country. Put simply, you are being manipulated. That was and is our job – to manipulate you (the electorate) and the media (we already had them months ago). Our goal is to create chaos with the other side, not hope. I’ve come to the realization (as the campaign already has) that if this comes to the issues, Barack Obama doesn’t have a chance. His only chance is to foster disorganization, chaos, despair, and a sense of inevitability among the Republicans. It has worked up until now. Joe the Plumber has put the focus on the issues again, and this scares us more than anything. Being in a position to know these things, I will rate what the Obama c ampaign already knows are their weak links from the most important on down.

1 – Hillary voters. Internal polling suggests that at best, we are taking 70-75% of these voters. Other estimates are as low as 60% in some areas – particularly Ohio and western PA. My biggest problem with this campaign’s strategy was the decision NOT to offer Hillary the VP slot. She was ready and able to take this on, and would have campaigned enthusiastically for it. This selection would have also brought virtually all of her supporters into the fold, and the Obama campaign knew it. Though I have no way of knowing this for certain, and I do admit that I am relying on internal gossip, Senator Obama actually went against the advice of his top advisors. They wanted him to choose her, but the only significant opposition to this within the campaign came from Barack and Michelle Obama. In short, he let personal feelings take precedence over what was the most logical thing to do. Biden, by the way, has been a disaster inside the campaign. Everyone cringes whenever he gives an interv iew, and he creates so many headaches as the campaign has to stay on their toes in order to disseminate information and spin whatever it was he was trying to say.

2 – Sarah Palin. Don’t believe what the media is telling you about how horrible a choice she was. Again, our internal polling suggest that though she has had a minimal impact on pulling disaffected Hillary Democrats to McCain, she has done wonders in mobilizing the base for McCain. Another thing – we were completely taken by surprise with her pick. In my capacity in the research department, I looked into the backgrounds of Leiberman, Romney, Pawlenty and Ridge, and prepared briefs. I don’t mind bragging that we had pretty good stuff on all of them. With Leiberman, the plan was to paint him as an erratic old-timer who didn’t have a clue as to what he was doing (pretty much a clone of McCain). In Romney, we had him pegged as an evil capitalist who cut jobs. Pawlenty was going to get the “Quayle treatment”, or more precisely: a pretty face, with no valid experience. Tom Ridge was going to be used to provide a direct link from McCain to Bush. As you can see, we were quite enamored o f all of them. Then the unexpected happened – Sarah Palin. We had no clue as to how to handle her, and bungled it from the start. Though through our misinformation networks, we have successfully taken some of the shine off. But let there be no doubt. She remains a major obstacle. She has singlehanded solidified “soft” Republican support, mobilized the McCain ground game, and has even had some appeal to independents and Hillary voters. This is what our internal polling confirms.
3 – Obama’s radical connections. Standards operating procedure has been to cry “racism” whenever one of these has been brought up. We even have a detailed strategy ready to go should McCain ever bring Rev. Wright up. Though by themselves they are of minimal worth, taken together, Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Father Pfelger, and now, Rashid Khalili, are exactly what the campaign does not need. The more focus on them, the more this election becomes a referendum on Obama. The campaign strategy from the very beginning was to make this election a referendum on Bush. Strategists have been banging their head on how successfully McCain has distanced himself from Bush. This has worked, and right now the tide is in his favor. People are taking a new look at Barack Obama, and our experience when this happens tells us this is not good news at all. When they take a look at him, one or more of these names are bound to be brought up. McCain has wisely not harped on this in recent weeks and let vot ers decide for themselves. This was a trap we set for him, and he never fully took the bait. Senator Obama openly dared him to bring up Ayers. This was not due to machismo on the part of Obama, but actually due to campaign strategy. Though McCain’s reference to Ayers fell flat in the last debate, people in the Obama campaign were actually disappointed that he didn’t follow through on it more and getting into it. Our focus groups found this out: When McCain brings these connections up, voters are turned off to him. They’d rather take this into consideration themselves, and when this happens, our numbers begin to tank.
4 – The Bradley Effect. Don’t believe these polls for a second. I just went over our numbers and found that we have next to no chance in the following states: Missouri, Indiana, North Carolina, Florida, New Hampshire and Nevada. Ohio leans heavily to McCain, but is too close to call it for him. Virginia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Mexico and Iowa are the true “toss up states”. The only two of these the campaign feels “confident” in are Iowa and New Mexico. The reason for such polling discrepancy is the Bradley Effect, and this is a subject of much discussion in the campaign. In general, we tend to take a -10 point percentage in allowing for this, and are not comfortable until the polls give us a spread well over this mark. This is why we are still campaigning in Virginia and Pennsylvania! This is why Ohio is such a desperate hope for us! What truly bothers this campaign is the fact that some pollsters get up to an 80% “refuse to respond” result. You can’t possibly include these into the polls. The truth is, people are afraid to let people know who they are voting for. The vast majority of these respondents are McCain supporters. Obama is the “hip” choice, and we all know it.

As part of my research duties, I scour right wing blogs and websites to get somewhat of a “feel” as to what is being talked about on the other side. Much of it is nonsense, but there are some exceptions which give the campaign jitters. A spirited campaign has been made to infiltrate many pro-Hillary sites and discredit them. A more disorganized, but genuine effort has also been made to sow doubts among the unapologetically right wing sites such as Don’t you guys get it? This has been the Obama campaign’s sole strategy from the very beginning! The only way he wins is over a dispirited, disorganized, and demobilized opposition. This is how it has been for all of his campaigns. What surprises me is that everyone has fallen for it. You may point to the polls as proof of the inevitability of all of this. If so, you have fallen for the oldest trick in the book. How did we skew these polls, you might ask? It all starts with the media “buzz” which has been generated over t he campaign. Many stories are generated on the powerful Obama ground game, and how many new voters were registered. None of this happens by coincidence. It is all part of the poll-skewing process. This makes pollsters change their mixes to reflect these new voters and tilt the mix more towards Democratic voters. What is not mentioned or reported on is not the “under-reported cell phone users or young voters” we hear so much about. What is underreported is you.
I changed my somewhat positive opinion of this campaign during the unfair and sexist campaign against Sarah Palin. I will never agree with her on the issues and will probably never vote for her, but I am embarrassed of what has happened. I can’t ignore our own hand in all of this. What I do know is that I will not be voting for Obama this time around. Treat that as you will.

Posted by: Pedro | Oct 31, 2008 11:57:01 AM


October 30, 2008

I Am Not “Joe The Plumber”

Filed under: The Fireman's Fav's — Retired Fireman @ 10:27 am

I know, that sounds like an odd thing to be saying for someone who is praying that Obama does not become the next President of the United States.  Especially when it seems that all McCain supporters should be out there banging the drum with the same slogan.

However, I am far from being a “Joe the Plumber”  I have held off giving out much personal info about me, but I feel I need to as a way of dispelling some of the myths surrounding us folks who call ourselves “Conservatives”, let alone someone who has been a Republican since he was permitted to leave high school one day in 1984 in order to head on out to California’s State Capital and watch and listen to one of the greatest Presidents this country ever had speak to all of us as he campaigned for his second term in office, President Ronald Wilson Reagan.

What I am, is a disabled Fireman/Paramedic, who was injured on duty while moving a patient who was bleeding profusely from his throat after a nurse in a Skilled Nursing Facility had suctioned him wrong, ripping the back of his throat which was already ravaged by cancer, from my guerney to the E.D.’s bed.  My partner and I had done the slide countless times, however, at the last second, a nurse or E.D. Tech or someone else come over and grabbed the guys feet, throwing off our balance and tearing three discs in my back.  Through many different attempts at fixing the issue, I finally had a proceedure that should have repaired it, had the City I worked for actually followed the Doctors orders and permitted me to have therapy following it.  However, they refused to allow it, which caused the discs to heal improperly, creating an even bigger injury and causing me to be forced into a disablity retirement long before I was ready to leave the department.

The result of all of that is that I am now a single parent, since my wife has decided she could not/would not have a husband who is injured and all that went with it.  I have my children with me 90% of the time and subsist of a small pension, for I have still not been able to settle with Workman’s Compensation, giving me my final status as well as re-education voucher.  I am anywhere between 39 1/2%-42% permanently disabled and can no longer do physical labor, nor a great many other things.

The money I receive is barely enough to pay for the bills we have, let alone food.  More than once over the last year, I have had to resort to endless PB&J’s, power turned off for a day, and phone shut off, etc.  As it stands right now, unless there is some miracle, I will not even be able to purchase Christmas presents for my children, and will hope that their grandparents come through with some good ones, along with their mother.

However, there is a reason that no one has heard of this, including my friends and former workmates.  It is because I am a believer in the person.  I know that all of this is temprary, and that I have worked since I was 13 and will continue to do so for a long time.  I am not able to seek employment anywhere currently, since until I recieve my final Permanent Disability Designation, I cannot get hired.  However, the minute that it omes in, I will be out there seeking whatever job I can get…should someone hire someone that is disabled.  I am fully aware of the laws regarding discrimination, but let’s be real.  Unless they come out and state that they are not hiring me due to my disability, that law means squat.

I know that hopefully this time next year, things will be different.  I did not go to the Government, I refuse to go on Welfare, seek assistance or anything else of that nature.  We will just have to get by with less.

The biggest thing is…I do not need a messiah in the guise of a political figure.  I do not need the Government to take care of me.  Thanks, but the Government contributed enough to my situation, and any further help from them I fear will not leave anything left.

So many are looking towards Obama as some sort of deit who was sent from On High to rescue us all from whatever thing we find ourselves in.  I’m sorry, but I find that anyoe seeking something liek that is just plain lazy and has given up…mostly without any reason to give up. 

There are those that do legitimately require help, and for that there are services set up.  However, the vast majority of people in this country have all but either forgotten or rejected all that this country does offer for those willing to work hard and go out and get it.  There are colleges where with the smallest bit of effort to fill out some forms, you can get grants and loans to pay for it.  Anyone can start at the bottom and work up to become wither the head of a company or even better, owner of their own.

To say that this country offers nothing only shows people to be lazy and worthless.

I am now at the lowest point of my life financially.  However, I know that with hard work…the same hard work that once had me making close to 6 figures only a short time ago, I will once again be back where I was.

If it means we have to eat PB& J sandwiches and forgo the latest toy for a bit, then so be it.  But don’t tell me that I need to be voting for someone that will hand everything to us.  Don’t tell me that I need a saviour.  Don’t tell me that I need the Government to rescue me…for I have seen the Government and it is wrong.

I will not be voting for Obama.  I will not be voting for a saviour or messiah.  I will be voting for the best chance I have of keeping the Government away from my family and out of my business.  I will be working damn hard for my money as soon as I can, and the last thing I need is someone from the Government coming in and taking it all away from me to give to people who refuse to do what I am faced with doing all over again.

Anyone who does not see what an Obama Administration ultimately means for their own personal freedom or for the people of this country are only fooling themselves into thinking they are anything but lazy, thankless louts, or whose self-worth is too low to vote opposite of the false White Guilt placed in them by the very people who never know when enough is too much.

God help us all if Obama wins.

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