“Rev.” Jesse Jackson will vote for Senator Barack Obama, and NOW endorses Hillary

Ben Smith at The Politico has the report on the Rev. Jackson’s declaration.

And the AP reports on NOW’s endorsement of La Clinton.

In other news, dog bites man.

Update: Speaking of Senator Obama, the Chicago Sun-Times has compiled a list of what they call ‘gaffes’ the Senator has made while on the campaign trail. I think while some could be considered ‘gaffes’, others could be considered outright lies. I link to, you decide:

• Marking the anniversary of the March 1965 “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Ala., Obama, speaking at a church, said his parents got together “because of what happened in Selma.” Obama was born in 1961.

• Obama told Larry King on CNN — asked about that anti-Hillary Rodham Clinton YouTube ad, a doctored version of a spot created for Apple computers — “We don’t have the technical capacity to create something like that.”

Obama did not know what he was talking about. Any professional media consultant can manipulate images on video. Turns out the creator — unmasked last week as a political operative who worked for a firm overseeing the technical side of Obama’s Web site — made it at home on a Mac.

• Obama, asked if homosexuality was immoral, in the wake of comments by Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Peter Pace, sidestepped the question. After pressure from gay groups, Obama issued a statement stating he did not agree with Pace “that homosexuality is immoral.”

Cynicism is like terrorism?

• One of Obama’s stump lines is that the biggest obstacle he fights is not any of his rivals, it is cynicism. He used a variation of it during a reception he hosted at a conference here sponsored by AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Displaying a tin ear, Obama said that one of the enemies is not “just terrorists” or “just Hezbollah” or “just Hamas” — “it’s also cynicism.”

• The Tribune dug this up: Obama, in his memoir, Dreams of My Father, writes of a story in Life magazine that influenced him — about a black man trying to bleach his skin white. No such article could be found in Life or Ebony.

Insider or outsider?

• Another Obama stump line — he said it again Tuesday morning to the Communications Workers of America here — is that “I’ve been long enough in Washington to know that Washington needs to change.” He is running against Washington yet his campaign is populated with political professionals who are Washington insiders.

• Obama’s embrace of some rhetoric used by rival John Edwards is getting attention. Edwards, in a 2003 speech made for his first presidential run said, “I’ve spent enough time in Washington to know how much we need to change Washington.”

Bill Burton, an Obama spokesman, said in reaction to the Obama stumbles: “If there are people looking for a candidate running to be the darling of the Washington insider crowd, this campaign is not for them. We are encouraged by the growing, unflinching support of Americans who believe we can transform our country by changing our politics.”

Um, but Bill Burton himself is a Washington insider:

National Press Secretary Bill Burton
(from Jan. 2007) Communications director at the DCCC for the 2006 cycle (started March 2005). Came to the DCCC from the office of Sen. Richard Durbin (IL). Served as a Regional Communications Director on John Kerry’s presidential campaign. Press Secretary for Rep. Dick Gephardt’s Iowa caucus campaign. Press secretary to Sen. Tom Harkin, 2001-03. Earlier worked for U.S. Rep. Bill Luther. Originally from Buffalo, NY.

Gotta love these guys who claim to be “Washington outsiders” but are just as much “insiders” as those “insiders” they claim are so “out of touch” with mainstream America.

I swear, you cannot make this stuff up.

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