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By Anne E. Kornblut
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Her advisers swear she will lose the South Carolina primary on Saturday, but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is acting like a candidate who thinks she has a shot, with a packed schedule of events and photo ops on election eve, including an impromptu lunch at a barbecue joint here. Clinton loaded up at the buffet and sat down with S.C. State Rep. Jimmy Bales at Doc's Barbecue before shaking hands and taking pictures with local patrons.

Simultaneously, her advisers held a noon conference call to keep pressure on Sen. Barack Obama. The Clinton campaign is pushing back hard on the notion that Republicans have had a more lasting impact on American politics in recent years than former president Bill Clinton did -- a rather personal insult for the campaign, and one that the Clinton team thinks is an effort by Obama to pander to Republicans.

"President Clinton challenged conventional wisdom in every conceivable way," chief strategist Mark Penn said on the call.

He was joined by Reps. Barney Frank and Kendrick Meek to once again confront Obama, whose remarks about the Republican party as the "party of ideas" over the last 10 to 15 years have become a focal point of debate in the primary this past week.

In one of the clearest objections to Obama's style of conciliation, Frank (D-Mass.) -- whose sister is Ann Lewis, one of Clinton's top advisers -- said that Obama has made a "fundamental mistake strategically" in his assessment that the battles of the 1990s should not be fought again. Frank said that it is important to relitigate those battles. "Either we refight them or we give up," Frank said. Of Obama, Frank said: "I think he is excessively conciliatory in ways that are not going to be effective."

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But if we the American people fail to bring enough pressure on our current politicians to get HR 676 passed into law before the elections. We will have to identify, and replace all the politicians standing in the way of passage of HR 676. And, I think the best first place to start is with the politicians that blocked the bipartisan SCHIP bills for the kids. Passed by congress twice.

But what about the President. It was Bush after all that blocked the bipartisan SCHIP bill passed by congress to assure more health coverage for Americas kids. So which of the presidential hopefuls do I think will be most supportive of implementing the demand of the majority of the American people to have HR 676 (Medicare For All) passed into law immediately!

We have some very fine presidential candidates who would make good presidents. But none of the top Presidential candidates directly support HR 676, the only true Universal Health Care plan. So I am supporting Hillary Clinton. She is the only top candidate that has ever actually fought for universal health care before.

I have enormous admiration, and respect for Hillary Clinton. She fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds back in 1993. To prevent this disastrous health care crisis that is now devastating the American people, and America. She fought so hard for the American people that she risk almost completely destroying her husbands presidency. I haven't forgotten her heroic effort. If any Presidential hopeful for universal health care deserves my support, it's her.

Also, if we the American people fail to bring enough pressure on our government to give us HR 676 which we all so desperately need NOW! Then we will need the most skilled politician we can get on our side to broker the best health care plan for the American people that we can get. Though it will be less than we need, and less than we deserve. The politician I think to best do this is Hillary Clinton. The Clinton's are probably the most skilled politicians in American history.

The insurance industry, and medical industry that has been ripping you off, and killing you has given Hillary Clinton so much money because they fear her. They have also given Barack Obama so much money because they fear Hillary Clinton. They think they can manipulate Barack Obama against the best interest of the American people better than they can manipulate Hillary Clinton. There is no race issue with Hillary Clinton. The Clinton's are the poster family for how African Americans want white people to be towards African Americans.

As always, African Americans are suffering, and dieing in this health care crisis at a much higher rate than any other group in America. The last time there was any significant drop in the African American death rate was when Bill Clinton was president.

My fellow Americans, you are dieing needlessly at an astounding rate. In higher numbers than any other people in the developed world. Rich, and poor a like. Insured, and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies. And we the American people must stop it. And fix it NOW! Keep Fighting!!! Never! give up hope. There are millions of lives at stake. Bless you all... You are doing great!

Posted by: JackSmith1 | January 25, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

...and Barney Frank's comments are EXACTLY why I'm supporting Obama. Obama is playing a different game. While these ol' timers are still trying to kill one another with partisan gridlock, Obama is trying to build us out of our political and cultural malayse.

Posted by: bsavoie | January 25, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

...and poof, another vacuous puff of sneering, simpering vapidity from our very own vile Heather. Thanks, Anne. Thanks for nothing, again.

Posted by: zukermand | January 25, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

What will happen to our country if/when Bill Clinton gets caught being unfaithful again?

Posted by: jeffwacker | January 25, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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