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I agree with a couple of my blogging acquaintances – there are other stories worth discussing besides Bernier. It appears from this story by Jim Travers that there are folks inside the civil service not very happy with the Lynch Report which basically claimed it couldn’t find who leaked the Canadian government’s notes questioning Barack Obama’s truthfulness on re-opening NAFTA to the Associated Press. Those people have started talking , and according to them, the source of the leak appears to have come directly from the PMO, and it started  with them sending it to a Republican friend of theirs in Washington:

Multiple sources say the Canadian note questioning the Democrat frontrunner’s public promise to reopen NAFTA was leaked from the Prime Minister’s Office to a Republican contact before it made American headline news…Contradicting Friday’s inconclusive report, they claim the controversial memo was slipped to the son of Wisconsin Republican Congressman James Sensenbrenner. Frank Sensenbrenner is well connected to Harper’s inner circle and, at Ottawa’s insistence, was briefly on contract with Canada’s Washington embassy to work on congressional relations. Contacted yesterday morning, Frank Sensenbrenner did not seem surprised and agreed to an afternoon interview. But he did not call at the agreed time and did not respond to repeated emails.

As Impolitical does, I also point to this alleged transfer of the document — this memo apparently was passed by someone in Lynch’s office to a PMP official, who gave it to Ian Brodie, the chief aide to Harper, and then a few days later that memo got faxed to the Associated Press. Someone in Lynch’s office passed this on, but the investigation of who leaked this was given to Lynch himself – Harper’s top deputy minister in the civil service?

That screams whitewash or cover up to me.  It also screams that folks in the PMO/PCO were trying to give their Republican buddies in Washington a helping hand in trying to cripple Obama’s chances at winning  the presidency. If he does win the Presidency in November, and our current Cons. government is still here in power (perish the thought), does anyone not think Obama isn’t exactly going to be appreciative of the meddling in that election the  Canadian Conservative government apparently tried to do?

Hopefully, that irritant will be gone by then, in the form of an election of our own ridding this land of the Conservative stain that has developed in Ottawa.

PS – I know Bernier is still a big story, but I’d hope to see some of the opposition questions today directed at the government in QP over this.


Book it, bank it!

Obama IS going to be the Democratic candidate for the President of the United States. I’ve been saying that for a while now whenever I came across skeptics or Hillary supporters up here claiming he couldn’t or wouldn’t win the Democratic race, and I think the voting results a couple of days ago should remove all doubt. The mainstream media in the US has come around to that conclusion too, and the TIME front-page article is one example.

He has weathered Jeremiah Wright (twice), and has shown that while he bent a bit, he did not break.  There were predictions by media down south and up here and in some of the blogs that these episodes would finish him, or show his “unelectability”, but he has proved them wrong.  I believe he will prove them wrong again in the Fall campaign.

Once Dems unite behind Obama and focus their vitriol on McCain and expose him for the hypocrite he’s been on many issues, not to mention wanting to stay in Iraq for 100 years or as long as it takes – whatever comes first -  not to mention voters wanting a break from the current administration under a very unpopular President, I think McCain is going to get decisively beaten by Obama. The  congress, I predict,  is also going to elect increased Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, because of the bad brandname the Republicans have right now, but also because Obama is going to have long coattails for Democratic candidates to use to get elected – particularly out in the Midwest and West.

That will be my new “book it, bank it” statement; I believe both the legislative and executive branch of government will be in solid Democratic hands come the end of that election, with President Obama leading the way. Hopefully by then, not only will we have a progressive government and President in place in Washington DC, but we will have a progressive government in Ottawa as well to compliment him on the things that need to be worked on urgently by North America – global warming/climate change being a key one.

[email protected]:46pm: Some of the bloggers up here like Jason who preferred Hillary are starting to think it’s time for Clinton to step down – moreso because some of the race language she’s bringing into this. Democratic bloggers down south and pundits are also reacting harshly to this. What (the) Clinton(s) is (are) now doing is nothing but destructive politics.


Obama starting to pull away nationally.

A rather slow morning for news on the Canadian front, so I was taking a look at the polling for the Democratic race for the presidential candidate this AM.  As of yesterday, it appears safe to say that Obama has gotten over his “Wright difficulty” with voters.

Gallup daily tracking poll. 4/4-6. Likely voters. MoE 4% (4/2-5 results)

Obama 52 (49)
Clinton 43 (46)

Rasmussen daily tracking poll. 4/3-6. Likely voters. MoE 3% (4/3-5 results)

Obama 51 (50)
Clinton 41 (42)

As for state polls, Clinton leads substantially in Kentucky and has a lead outside of the MOE in Indiana in a majority of the polls taken there so far.  Obama has a sizable lead in North Carolina and Oregon. The big state though of the most importance to both campaigns is Pennsylvania. Polls are all over the place there, but the trend is that Obama has steadily closed the lead or may be leading.

Everyone knows my opinion on this race, but if Hillary loses Pennsylvania, or even wins it by a couple of points and gets no more then a net handul of delegates out of it,  do Hillary supporters or even neutral observers really think she should stay in the race (with little chance of making up any ground and probably losing ground on the pledged voting delgates in the remaining states yet to vote) and hope she can convince 2/3 of the uncomitted superdelegates to put her over the top?


Pyrrhic victories for Clinton

Hillary Clinton won 3 of 4 states last night in the Democratic Primary. However, it appears she didn’t win big enough to make any serious dent into Obama’s lead in delegates. In fact, if Obama wins the Texas Democratic caucus, as predicted by many, the delegate pickups from last night could very well be a wash. Even if it isn’t and Hillary has picked up several delegates to 20 delegates on Obama, it still leaves Clinton with troubling numbers – troubling enough that Time Magazine says “It appears numerically impossible for her to overtake his lead among elected delegates”.

So, Hillary has bragging rights from last night, but I don’t […]

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