Wisconsin's labor vote effort may have failed to displace Prosser, but that's only one plank of the Democratic program to mobilize their base. So far the theme is labor, women and blacks.
Wisconsin kicked the labor unions into high gear, which is important as it locks down part of a potential swing vote. Now comes rhetoric about Republicans waging a war on women.
There is “a war on women,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says. No there isn't, but there is a war for the female vote. Hitting Republicans on social services cuts. Putting abortion front and center. New DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz calls Republican attempts to defund abortion ‘a violent act against women’. According to Congresswoman Slaughter, Republicans were elected to kill women. The rhetoric is not that much more subtle than Schumer repeating 'Extreme Republicans' over and over again. But it's narrowly targeted.
Third leg of the stool. The black vote. Obama headed off for a party with Al Sharpton. Sharpton is one of the few high profile black leaders to back Obama. During the 2008 election, he avoided an open endorsement so as not to hurt Obama. But since then Sharpton and his National Action Network which subsidizes his lifestyle, have become big players in the Obama Administration. The party raises Sharpton's profile as payback for all the work he's done for Obama. And marks the beginning of an effort to maximize black voter turnout. At 85 percent approval rating, the black community are Obama's most supportive base.
Those are the three legs of the stool. Obama is all but giving up on white male voters, trying to remain competitive, but not much else. It's too late for him to turn them around, but it's voter turnout that will make the difference. In Wisconsin counted on an energized base to offset their political unpopularity. It didn't work for them. But they weren't that far off either.
The battle will now revolve around social services, Republicans reforms positioned as an attack on women, minorities and the elderly-- while the Democrats pretend to be their protectors. It's the Clinton game plan but stripped of all pretense. Win through terror. Terrify your base. Split your opponents. Force the Republicans to disown their grass roots to damage their turnout base, or alienate them from general voters by painting them as extremists and Dickensian villains. Either way the Obama ticket wins.
Forget the high energy Hope and Change campaign of 2008. This one will focus on establishing Obama and the Dems as the safe choice against Republican radicals. Think Wag the Dog's "Don't Change Horses in Midstream".
Now that Libya has fizzled and no one is buying the recovery-- there aren't that many options. The public as a whole is not winnable. Obama has lost the white male vote. He can count on something over a third of male voters. The youth vote is not going to show up in huge numbers. All the Dems can do is maximize their base, demonize Republicans and hope for the best.
Pushing a government shutdown will create a 'crisis' that the media will play up for all it's worth, giving Republicans the blame, and celebrating Obama as the leader who resolved the crisis. The narrative is already out there. They're just waiting to implement it. Then Obama can emerge as the "Great Compromiser" who kept the government from imploding. Who saved everyone's entitlements from the Republican ax. It's the only card they have left to play, but I wouldn't underestimate its effectiveness.
That's the game coast to coast, but now let's head to another coast. The Ivory Coast.
There is a civil war in the Ivory Coast between Muslims and Christians. Unsurprisingly the EU has chosen to back the Muslim side. France is using armed force to insure that the Muslims take over.
Islam came to the Ivory Coast via Berber slave traders. Now it is trying to take over with mass murder and the backing of the 'international community'. The post-colonial Ivory Coast was a success story. But Muslim immigration has turned it into a nightmare.
The media narrative on the Cote D'Ivorie crisis is that Muslim thug Alassane Ouattarra is the legitimately elected leader of the country. But Alassane Ouattarra had a Birther problem of his own. Under Ivory Coast law, the president and his parents have to be native born. Alassane Ouattarra was born in the Ivory Coast, but his father wasn't. That legally disqualified him from holding office. He tried for it anyway despite a Supreme Court ruling barring him.
Ouattarra tried to present forged documents, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. He ran for office yet again. But this time he brought large numbers of Muslim immigrants who were not legally qualified to vote to the polls. Numerically he won, but the invalid votes were thrown out by the Constitutional Council. The 'international community' chose to back Ouattarra, who had no legal right to even stand for office, and his illegal Muslim voters. Now they're doing everything possible to put him in power.
Let's be clear about what is going on here. Gbago is no saint-- few African leaders are. But Alassane Ouattarra and his Muslim thugs are trying to turn the Ivory Coast into another Sudan filled with the bodies of Christians and Animists. Backing an Ouattarra takeover means backing another Muslim genocide against Christians and Animists.
The Obama Administration has pushed for the replacement of Gbago with Ouattarra. The UN has used mostly unproven war crimes allegations, that smack of events in Yugoslavia, to conduct a war to put Ouattarra and his Muslim thugs in power. Meanwhile the UN did not intervene military when Muslims were engaged in genocide in Sudan. UN peacekeepers serve as Ouattara's private bodyguard.
Despite all the lies about acting on behalf of Ivorians-- the UN is acting on behalf of Muslims. On behalf of Ouattara and the Muslim immigrants drawn by the wealth of Côte d'Ivoire.
The numbers tell the tale. In 1957, Muslims barely made up 20 percent of the country. In the 90's, they were already half the country. The boom has come from migrant workers. Many of whom were enlisted to vote for Ouattara.
This civil war hinges on the question of whether Muslim immigrants should be allowed to take over the Côte d'Ivoire. The UN says yes. Obama says yes. France says yes. But this is a preview of coming attractions for Europe and America as well.
An AOL News article makes the explicit connection
Have you ever heard of a once-prosperous nation, the envy of bordering countries, where the economy suddenly soured? And then issues of immigration and nationality surfaced -- and even the birth record of a presidential candidate was questioned?
"If you want to know how dangerous the birther movement is in the U.S., look at the Ivory Coast," said Daniel Balint-Kurti, an Ivory Coast expert and former resident now with the London-based Global Witness organization.
Al-Jazeera began pushing the "We need to be paying more attention to the Ivory Coast" meme. And we're paying attention to make the Muslims win. As usual.
Ouattara's forces massacred a 1,000 Christians with no condemnation. All under the auspices of the UN.
The International Committee for the Red Cross said its staff discovered more than 800 bodies of people who were clearly local civilians. They were mainly men who had been shot and left where they fell, the organisation said, either alone or in small groups dotted around the town, which lies at the heart of Ivory Coast’s economically crucial cocoa producing region.
The charity said it had been told by locals that intercommunal violence erupted soon after Mr Ouattara’s forces took control of the town on Monday. Thousands of people left their homes to escape the fighting and an estimated 40,000 sought refuge in a nearby Roman Catholic mission’s compound. The priests who operate it are running short of food, clean water and medical equipment to treat those they say arrived with gunshot wounds.
The bodies are thought to be of those who did not reach sanctuary in time. They were killed despite 200 United Nations troops operating what it said were “robust” patrols from its base on the outskirts to protect civilians in and around the church.
And the body count continues to grow as Obama, Sarkozy and the UN are determined to let Ouattara turn the Ivory Coast into another Sudan.
Early reports suggested that more than 800 people, largely from the Gbagbo-supporting Gueré tribe, were killed in a single day at the sprawling Salesian Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus mission in Duekoue, 300 miles west of Abidjan towards the Liberian border. The attackers seem to have been largely soldiers descended from Burkina Faso immigrant Muslim families loyal to Ouattara.
These atrocities are not just happening on Obama's watch-- they are orchestrated by the thugs he supports.
Senator Inhofe has stepped up to the plate and called for hearings
“It is now clear, based on U.N. reports coming from Cote d’Ivoire, that mass killings have occurred at the hands of Alassane Ouattara,” Inhofe said. “This calls into question his legitimacy to lead that country. Ouattara is on a rampage, killing innocent civilians, and he must be stopped before this becomes another Rawanda.
“The United States must call for an immediate ceasefire to prevent Ouattara and his rebel army from committing a mass slaughter of the Ivorians, especially the many youth with sticks and baseball bats, who are protecting Gbagbo at the presidential palace.
“Based on the evidence I have seen, and having spoken with various dignitaries in Africa, I brought the issue of fraudulent elections in Cote d’Ivoire to the attention of Secretary of State Clinton on a couple of occasions spanning the past few months. I have called for the United States to support new elections there, but thus far, these efforts have received very little response or attention. Based on the news that Ouattara has murdered 1,000 people in Duekoue, I hope the U.S. will reconsider its position.
The Cote D'Ivorie is only one front in a Muslim drive to Islamize Africa. And Africa is only front in a Muslim drive to Islamize the world.
There's more background material here.
Back to our own coast, Muslim and left wing groups are planning a major anti-war rally. The rally brings together radical leftist SEIU thugs with Islamists. The rally calls for an end to all resistance to Muslim terrorism, paying reparations to Muslim and leftist terrorists and an end to aid to Israel.
The endorsee list combines the Muslim Peace Coalition, with the usual freakshows like Code Pink, SDS, Al-Awda, Ramsey Clark, 9/11 Truthers, various socialist and green parties and SEIU. Yet another shot at building a UK style monster leftist-Islamist coalition.
Moving on to the roundup,
Doug Ross gets inside Obama's head via his calendar.
Via Boker Tov Boulder, Loretta "The Vietnamese are Stealing Our District" Sanchez continues to be a credit to the Democratic party.
View from the Porch has the top 10 reasons why Libya is not Iraq
Oh and remember that great bit of diplomacy with the Russians. Which is in no way turning into Khrushchev thumping his shoe while black JFK pees himself. Well it's turning into exactly that.
The Russians have a new demand for Obama as part of the START treaty. They want 'red button' rights - joint command on how, when and if it is used - to the proposed new US-backed missile defense system for Europe!
Sergey Ivanov, Russia's deputy prime minister, made the demand during his last visit to the United States where he met with top officials including Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State.
"We insist on only one thing," he said of the nascent US-backed missile defence shield. "That we are an equal part of it."
"In practical terms, that means that our office will sit for example in Brussels and agree on a red-button push to launch an interceptor missile, regardless of whether the missile is launched from Poland, Russia or the UK."
You know if Obama hadn't done so many other awful things-- we would be paying more attention to this.
Commentary from Joshuapundit
Caving in to that demand would, of course, render any missile defense system useless. What would happen if Russia's friends in Iran decided to launch a missile against London or Paris and the Russians said 'Nyet'? What would happen if Russia decided the Poles or Czechs weren't being servile enough and decided to make an example of them?
And remember that Brazil Muslim school shooter... well he's not the only Muslim killer in Brazil. Far from it.
Report: Hamas, Hezbollah operatives in Brazil are planning attacks abroad
Operatives from Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaida are in Brazil planning attacks, raising money and recruiting followers, a leading Brazilian news magazine reported on Saturday.
The report renews prior concerns about the nation serving as a hide-out for Islamic militants.
Veja magazine, in its online edition, reported that at least 20 people affiliated with al Qaida as well as the Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah, the Palestinian group Hamas and two other organizations have been hiding out in the South American country.
Of course don't look for any real action from Dilma Rousseff, Lula DeSilva's mini-me. That might alienate Iran and Chavez.
Yankee Mom is outraged over troops being treated as non-essential
Just think about that 19 year old kid who gave up being home with his/her family and friends, to face a murdering enemy who plays by no rules and uses women and children as shields.
Think about the mil-spouses at home with one, two, three or more kids, living from paycheck to paycheck, some on foodstamps (because we pay our boots on the ground so much! *snort*), who has enough to worry about with their loved one in harm’s way.
Hell, deployed Troops aren’t even guaranteed getting their votes counted.
Obama has made it very clear that he will use US soldiers as human shields in a government shutdown.
Finally Edward Cline at Rule of Reason highlights some of the implications of Koran outrage
What it will all lead up to is a kind of selective censorship that will insulate Islam from any criticism. Politicians, generals and pundits do not become overwrought about the burning of bibles, Torahs, or other religious documents. Only about Korans. This is because Islam is always in the news, in some form or another, and that is because Muslims are always being “provoked” by the least criticism of them and their creed to throw bloody tantrums. Islam is another “culture,” another religion, another “way of life,” and by the criteria of political correctness and an affinity for dhimmitude, it must be protected from all forms of offense.
And that selective, privilege-granting censorship will serve as a precedent and lead to other brands of censorship, including prohibiting the kind of writing you are reading here. Calm, reasoned, and deserved criticism of Islam must sooner or later be classified as a “hate crime,” as “injurious,” “hurtful,” and “bigoted” as burning a Koran. Observe the intellectual and moral stature of Americans who attempt to establish a causal relationship between the Afghan riots and Jones’s publicity stunt-cum-protest.
Now consider Time Magazine's Bobby Ghosh's comments that the Koran is holy and the Bible is not.
If anyone had gone on TV and said that the Bible is holy and that the Koran isn't and can be burned... can you imagine the reaction? Not just from Muslims, but liberals. The double standard is set. \
It was Ghosh who had written Time Magazine's infamous "Is America Islamophobic" story. And the narrative behind it is a very dangerous one. It is the same one that is justifying massacres in the Ivory Coast, Israel and all around the world. The idea of Muslims as a religious Herrenvolk with a special status that makes them above criticism and immune to the challenges of free speech.