From Insight Magazine
Are the American people ready for an elected president who was educated in a Madrassa as a young boy and has not been forthcoming about his Muslim heritage?
This is the question Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s camp is asking about Sen. Barack Obama.
An investigation of Mr. Obama by political opponents within the Democratic Party has discovered that Mr. Obama was raised as a Muslim by his stepfather in Indonesia. Sources close to the background check, which has not yet been released, said Mr. Obama, 45, spent at least four years in a so-called Madrassa, or Muslim seminary, in Indonesia.
Barack Obama has formed an exploratory committee for the 2008 presidential race and Hillary Clinton, right on cue, starts digging for dirt to use in the smear campaign that is sure to come. Hillary, who is not known for fair play when it comes to politics, might have waited a little too late to get started on her search and destroy mission. Obama has reached superstar status and his potential/probable candidacy has already attracted Democrats who were solid Clinton supporters, Rahm Emanuel could be among them:
The recent entry of Mr. Obama into the presidential mix had the immediate effect of dislodging one prominent Democratic leader in Congress from the Clinton camp. In April, Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois indicated he was solidly behind Mrs. Clinton. "I'm supporting Hillary Clinton. I'm public about it," he told Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."
However, Mr. Emanuel, who was a key political and strategic staffer in the Clinton White House, is now describing himself as uncommitted. He has painted the choice between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama as a painful one.
"I'm hiding under the desk," Rep. Emanuel, the new chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, told the Chicago Tribune in a story posted on the Web yesterday. "I'm very far under the desk, and I'm bringing my paper and my phone….At some point, if I have to make a decision, I will."
Rep. Emanuel could also face some family pressure. His brother, Ariel, who is a prominent talent agent in Los Angeles, is enthusiastically supporting Mr. Obama. The well-connected agent has already set up one California event for the Illinois senator and is planning another in February.
The Hollywood buzz:
Here's the scoop. One of the first major fund-raisers for the budding Barack Obama presidential campaign will be hosted by entertainment moguls David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg -- that's the Hollywood buzz.
The event will take place in the Los Angeles area after Obama's official campaign kickoff Feb.10.
Hillary has her work cut out for her, but she's more than up to the task. And in this instance, I wish her well. Obama's honeymoon with the media appears to be neverending and his Muslim background is troubling and should be investigated.
The Ace is looking forward to the Clinton/Obama race to the bottom:
I don’t like it, I love it!
It will be fun to watch, but if we end up with either of these two as president the fun could turn to pure hell.