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Obama Loved Ohio ’04 and Backed the Class Action Fairness Act

Just shoot me.

But first we get the laugh line of the primary, learning
that he’s got the backing of the outer space contingent. Kucinich
backing Obama
. Oh my God, really. If you couple this with the independents
also backing him
all I can say is that at this point Democrats are working at
making quite a spectacle of things. Seriously, independents and Dennis Kucinich
picking our nominee? The Elders should call off their meeting with Michael Bloomberg
to talk about an independent run at the presidency because it’s not necessary.
Obama’s already doing that, disguised as a Democrat. But the Kucinich development
should come with a laugh track. But none of this is funny.

It’s particular serious when someone like Mr. Obama wants to lead our party
as president, then learning that he didn’t even have the spine for the fight
in Ohio in 2004. John Kerry rightly came under a lot of criticism for that one,
with Edwards even admitting he wanted to fight. I talked to Kerry off the record
about it late last year, because of my own frustrations over Ohio, a decision I never will understand. Well, it seems Obama is yet another Democratic party
personality that thinks fighting for every vote is somehow petty.


In Washington, Obama signaled almost immediately that his career
would not be defined by his race. One of the first acts of the new Congress
was to certify the results of the Electoral College. Some members of the Congressional
Black Caucus moved to contest the certification of the Ohio votes. Obama did
not join them. In a hastily arranged maiden speech, he said he was convinced
that President George W. Bush had won but he also urged Congress to address
the need for voting reform.

A
member of a new generation, Obama walks a fine line

Reminiscent of all those times he ducks out on votes or prefers to render “present”
instead of taking a stand. Cowardice under cover, but still abject cowardice.

But the hits just keep on comin’, in the form of tips in my inbox.

Take just one of the tips I got earlier Sunday, with a link to a DailyKos
diary
, with other links attached. First, remember what Mr. Obama just said
about John Edwards, you know, throwing out the “trial lawyer” adjective,
which he actually meant as an insult? Via
California Joe
, who is a class action lawyer:


Obama may as well dropped the N-word on me. My job each day is to enforce
laws that protect people against big corporations. Obama’s rhetoric is right
out of the American Enterprise Institute. That’s right, while AEI’s job #1
is mongering wars, job #2 is attacking us “trial lawyers.”

Among other things, the AEI and its wingnut welfare allies bankroll two astroturf
blogs that do nothing but attack progressive lawyers. They are http://www.pointoflaw.com/
and http://overlawyered.com/… Obama has once again joined these corporate
goons. … ..

… .. Specifically, Barack Obama voted for the Orwellian-named “Class
Action Fairness Act” or “CAFA.” This law gravely harmed small
businesses and middle class consumers. Zero members of the Democratic
coalition favored it
Unions, civil rights and consumer groups, and
public employees opposed it. CAFA, by contrast, was supported by Bush,
Lott, McCain, Santorum, George Allen, Bill Frist, Joe Lieberman,
Conrad Burns, Grover Norquist, Mel Martinez, the credit card industry, the
oil companies
, and the big insurance companies. Barack Obama
took their side
, not ours.

Opposing CAFA in the Senate was the core of the Democratic Caucus, including
Feingold, Kennedy, Kerry, Reid, Durban, Leahy, Boxer, Wyden, Harkin, Clinton,
Biden, Sarbanes, Corzine, Stabenow, Dorgan, Murray, and Lautenberg.

Opposing CAFA from outside of the Senate were Bill Clinton and John Edwards.
President Clinton vetoed similar legislation in 1995. … ..

If you don’t know much about CAFA,
you’re not alone. Via Salon.com:


The Erin Brockoviches of America may have a much tougher time going after
polluters now that the Class Action Fairness Act is speeding through Congress
toward President Bush’s desk.

The bill, a long-standing priority of the Bush administration and its corporate
contributors, passed in the Senate on Thursday and is expected to sail through
the House next week. It will move most major class-action lawsuits from state
courts to federal courts, purportedly in an attempt to bring about order and
fairness in America’s judicial system. Proponents of the bill claim that the
current system allows plaintiffs’ attorneys to seek out local courts with
agreeable track records on rulings and negotiate settlement awards for victims
that are inconsistent from state to state. … ..

Erin
Brockovich, drop dead

Joining Joe Lieberman, Barack
Obama voted for this bill
. So when things got hot last week, no wonder he
spat the “trial lawyer” line at John Edwards. A man who’s actually
fought for people, acting as their giant slayer.

As for Hillary Clinton, she voted against CAFA.

That’s because she’s actually a Democrat; you know, with an ideology and principles that have something to do with why we fight these battles.

But as has been shown time and again, Mr. Obama talks a lot about standing up, but when it’s time to fight he ducks, votes “present,” or compromises by siding with Republicans. Are you getting the picture yet?

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