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Facebook group urges Barack Obama to pass on Evan Bayh

As speculation about Barack Obama's choice for a running mate reaches a fever pitch, thousands of his supporters are turning to the Web to tell the candidate who he shouldn't choose for vice president.

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Membership in a Facebook group imploring Obama not to pick Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh shot from just a few people on Wednesday to 3,316 by around 6 p.m. (Pacific) today. The group, 100,000 Strong Against Evan Bayh for VP, criticizes Bayh as "a career legacy politician who fell hook, line, and sinker for the administration's case for a disastrous war and dragged much of [the Democratic Party] with him."

A Facebook group that supports an Obama-Bayh ticket only has 116 members.

Ouch.

Now we all know Obama is tech-savvy. His campaign has relied heavily on the Internet to organize support, and he has promised to announce his VP pick through text messages to supporters.

But would he ever turn to Facebook to help make his selection?

Along with the anti-Bayh group, dozens of Facebook groups are pushing for various politicians to fill the spot. The most popular, a pro-Hillary Clinton group called Obama-Clinton 2008, boasts 1,724 members. She probably won't get the nomination, but Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine still is considered a contender. More than 150 people belong to Tim Kaine for Vice President.

Republicans are weighing in, too.

Mitt Romney is the winner of the John McCain Facebook veepstakes. We Want Mitt Romney for Vice President! has 675 members. Mike Huckabee for Vice President 2008 is a distant second, with 187 members, and John McCain & Tim Pawlenty 2008 has a paltry 66.

Tom Ridge for Vice President has just 40.

Still, it might not be a great idea to rely too heavily on Facebook membership totals.

After all, more people belong to a Facebook group called The Hardest Part of a Zombie Apocalypse Will be Pretending I'm Not Excited than to all of the VP-related groups combined.

-- Kate Linthicum

 
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THE GOP AND MCCAIN BETTER TAKE NOTICE, THEY ARE ABOUT TO LOSE THEYRE BASE. HUCKABEE SUPPORTERS HAVE STARTED A MOVEMENT TO TRY AND GET HUCKABEE TO BREAK AWAY FROM THE GOP. TO START A NEW PARTY. THE GOP AND MCCAIN BETTER BECAREFUL., THEY ARE ABOUT TO LOSE THEIR BASE. TAKE A LOOK FOR YOURSELVES.
http://www.mccanes.com/newparty.html

Interestingly, most all of these anti-Bayh people know virtually almost nothing about the man. Yet, they're staunchly, virulently against him. Maybe that says something about them.

Thoughtful, intelligent people with jobs don't launch sites like this on Facebook.

It is interesting how powerful the internet is becoming with it's ability for things to go viral. I think Obama may find the internet is way more rough and tumble than the traditional press. Take the real time poll at http://www.bop-o-rama.com. His Bop count is surging past McCAin's. While the daily Gallup poll shows a virtual tie if the election where held today, if you look at a bop as a vote against, he has real problems. It is going to be tough for him to get the VP choice right. OMG! he will be texting us when he does!

bayh is a prominent proponent of the initiative to practically further undermine the american republic and disempower the people under the mendacious pretext of wanting to empower them. this plan is to have the president elected by popular vote.
now advocates and puppets of the corporate socialist fascist agenda and global new world order, mccain, obama, clinton etc would probably not see any problem with that. but it is diametrically opposed to the constitution of the american republic. america is not supposed to be governed by volatile mob rule, and not to abandon representative democracy, with built-in checks and balances, for a regression into medieval feudalism, autocratic dictatorship and despotic tyranny.
united states constitution, article II section 1, paragraph 2 states that 'each state shall appoint, in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of senators and representatives to which the state may be entitled in the congress…' bayh authored the original fisa act, voted in favor of warrantless wiretaps on fisa amendments act, even supporting telecom immunity. bayh sponsored the iraq war resolution, and as did mccain, also did his fair share beating the war drum against iran. there is more, but this might be sufficient to show that his loyalties are not with the american republic, and his interests are not those of the american people. but then, this might recommend him to both mccain and obama.
if the people want to regain control over their affairs, their government, their country and their future, this means they will have to act responsibly, vote to see their own interests represented, and insist on truth and accountability. it would be self-destructive to vote into office, of president or vice-president, anyone who is trying to sabotage, corrode and dynamite, the bridge that still connects america to freedom, prosperity and peace - that is the provisions and the spirit, of the constitution.
the constitutional republican candidate for president who consistently and verifiably has voted for the constitution and his conscience for decades in congress, and has worked out viable solutions to america's most fundamental problems, is candidate for president, RON PAUL.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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