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Sen. Kennedy to Endorse Obama

Updated 2:51 p.m.
By Shailagh Murray
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy will endorse Sen. Barack Obama on Monday at American University, campaign sources said. The veteran Massachusetts senator follows his niece Caroline Kennedy, who today in the New York Times compared Obama to her late father.

The elder Kennedy's decision came after weeks of mounting frustration with the Clintons over campaign tactics, particularly comments that seemed to carry racial overtones. Kennedy expressed those frustrations directly to former president Clinton, but to no apparent avail. Yesterday afternoon, as Obama was racking up a South Carolina rout, the former president compared his wife's chief opponent to Rev. Jesse Jackson, who won South Carolina twice, in 1984 and 1988, when it was a caucus state.

Kennedy came to his decision to endorse Obama over the past week, people familiar with the endorsement said, although he has been seriously considering it since Iowa. Sources also said Kennedy told Obama of his decision on Thursday, in the heat of the Obama-Clinton rhetorical battle.

Speaking to reporters on board his campaign plane this afternoon, Obama refused to confirm the Kennedy nod and said he had not spoken to the senator either today or last night. "Ted Kennedy has not officially endorsed my candidacy," Obama said with a smile on his face. "I've had ongoing conversations with Ted since I got into this race. At the point where he is clear about what he is doing and wants to make it public, I will let Ted Kennedy make it public."

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Posted by: nimelryes | May 8, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

We cannot all live extraordinary lives as Leaders, can we? But I and even the vicious, hate-spewing bloggers I should think on most days live the best we can for ourselves, our families, and sometimes others and the community surrounding us.
My son and daughter-in-law are X-ers and New York professionals. As for me, retired teacher San Francisco Unified, I am overwhelmed by the response of so many, of such diversity, to Civics in Action 101 Barack Obama teaches through soaring oratory of Hope and Change. And such a fresh, new citizenry has emerged since Iowa because of the audacity of the hope of Obama--young Senator from Illinois with the huge vision for a United Peoples of America within the United States of America, governed by bipartisan government. And lately this man of African and European ancestries, mega-intelligence, truth-telling, mega- strategist Sen. Barack Obama looks more and more like American Destiny 21st Century.
The Clintons? Their landslide defeat in the South Carolina primary, failure to secure or to control the coveted Senator Ted Kennedy endorsement, and now the poetic justice of Toni Morrison's endorsement of Barack Obama should tell The Clintons that underhandedly beating back the future to regain their past in the White House is not a high road to take.
You know what happened to the people who wandered round and round and round in the wilderness of immorality. They died in the wilderness! ONLY THE TRUE AND THE BRAVE CROSSED OVER INTO THE NEW COUNTRY.
A new political order is coming to America forty years after the Civil Rights Movement, and American Destiny has made of Barack Obama a candidate of character, super intellect, super judgment, super strategy. Obama brings the audacity of his vision, and HOPE for CHANGE that is inclusive of All in governance. Just look at who Barack Obama has brought to the polls from Iowa to South Carolina in Primary 2008!
And Carolyn Kennedy is an American just like the Americans who have taken the measure of the campaign of Barack Obama and made a reasoned choice to walk with Obama into the New Political Country of America in the 21st Century. As for endorsement of Sen. Ted Kennedy, a most seasoned senator, he offers Barack Oboma the ultimate support in his run for the White House by affirming Barack Oboma qualities that mirror his brother President JFK. Senator Kennedy too acknowledges the faces and responses of the throngs all kinds of Americans, listening to Hope and Change vision for Amrican by Barack Obama.
Then there is Ethel Kennedy who invited Barack Obama to speak at the 80th birthday anniversary of RFK Bobby Kennedy--her husband--and afterward said, "He's the next president." She saw her assassinated husband in the audacity of the Hope and Change dream of Barack Obama.
Finally Toni Morrison, coiner of First Black President Bill Clinton, fondly Bubba Bill, writes in her endorsement:
Dear Senator Obama,
This letter represents a first for me--a public endorsement of a Presidential candidate. I feel driven to let you know why I am writing it. One reason is it may help gather other supporters; another is that this is one of those singular moments that nations ignore at their peril. I will not rehearse the multiple crises facing us, but of one thing I am certain: this opportunity for a national evolution (even revolution) will not come again soon, and I am convinced you are the person to capture it.
May I describe to you my thoughts?
I have admired Senator Clinton for years. Her knowledge always seemed to me exhaustive; her negotiation of politics expert. However I am more compelled by the quality of mind (as far as I can measure it) of a candidate. I cared little for her gender as a source of my admiration, and the little I did care was based on the fact that no liberal woman has ever ruled in America. Only conservative or "new-centrist" ones are allowed into that realm. Nor do I care very much for your race[s]. I would not support you if that was all you had to offer or because it might make me "proud."
In thinking carefully about the strengths of the candidates, I stunned myself when I came to the following conclusion: that in addition to keen intelligence, integrity and a rare authenticity, you exhibit something that has nothing to do with age, experience, race or gender and something I don't see in other candidates. That something is a creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom. It is too bad if we associate it only with gray hair and old age. Or if we call searing vision naivete. Or if we believe cunning is insight. Or if we settle for finessing cures tailored for each ravaged tree in the forest while ignoring the poisonous landscape that feeds and surrounds it. Wisdom is a gift; you can't train for it, inherit it, learn it in a class, or earn it in the workplace--that access can foster the acquisition of knowledge, but not wisdom.
When, I wondered, was the last time this country was guided by such a leader? Someone whose moral center was un-embargoed? Someone with courage instead of mere ambition? Someone who truly thinks of his country's citizens as "we," not "they"? Someone who understands what it will take to help America realize the virtues it fancies about itself, what it desperately needs to become in the world?
Our future is ripe, outrageously rich in its possibilities. Yet unleashing the glory of that future will require a difficult labor, and some may be so frightened of its birth they will refuse to abandon their nostalgia for the womb.
There have been a few prescient leaders in our past, but you are the man for this time.
Good luck to you and to us.
Toni Morrison

Posted by: Victoria3 | January 29, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: cjkcpahome | January 29, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

See more "Washington Post Fawns Over Kennedy Endorsements (Unless, of Course, You are a Kennedy Endorsing Someone Other than Obama)": http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/01/28/video_the_kennedy_endorsement.html#comments

Posted by: JakeD | January 28, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: trisha2 | January 28, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

....

Anyway, this doesn't even matter. It's not as big of a deal as the media is making it. Hah, funny, but that's how they seem to be reporting B.O.'s campaign; whole lot of hype. Anyone else read the story about Rezko's indicment?

Anyone been to BO's website? It's like a CULT. The entire thing.

In case you don't know, Hillary 08

Posted by: trisha2 | January 28, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm really amazed that in the year of 2008 the way in which some people express themselves. If other countries are reading some of this junk they are really glad not to be "AMERICANS". We should focus on the issues try any realize and accept that this country needs to come together and elect who would better serve the needs of our country.If it is a "Black man" lets rally behind him if it is a "Woman" lets rally behind her. Please let our minds be larger than the term "PEA for the size of ones BRAIN" mtg MD

Posted by: green.kandm | January 28, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I live in western Massachusetts and noticed in yesterday's newspaper that Hillary Clinton is speaking at one of the local colleges today. I guess this unplanned visit is due to the fact that Ted Kennedy is endorsing Barack Obama this afternoon and she wants to get in before the impact of this endorsement affects Massachusetts fund raising.

Posted by: jganymede | January 28, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: mac789us | January 28, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Ted Kennedy means a few more ultra liberal votes but doesn't move the electorate. Colin Powell saying he would serve in an Obama administration if he would win would mean a great deal more. Powell will not endorse a Democrat but might be willing to say that.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 28, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

So after months of hearing how the Clinton Dynasty has to be ended before it begins, the Kennedy Dynasty weighs in and there is joy in Demo-stan. Who exactly is Caroline Kennedy? Oh my, the daughter of JFK age 5 almost 6 when he was shot. Her political vantage point? A career of being on different boards and stuff. Impressive. Is JFK the new model for Obama? Much more philandering than Bill Clinton ever considered, his major claim to fame is his "ask not what you can do..." speech as well as the civil rights agenda that LBJ actually put through for him. And then of course the Bay of Pigs screwup and barely squeaking out of the Cuban Missile Crisis and starting the Vietnam War. What's our lesson to learn here?

Posted by: Astrolabe | January 28, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Ted Kennedy should be keeping his mouth shut unless he finally wants to answer questions regarding his involvement in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. In addition the bombshell world exclusive report sources say the 73-year-old senator for Massachusetts took a paternity test that proved he had fathered a son by a lover half his age. But he paid the woman and had the scandal covered up ? the child has been kept a secret for a staggering 21 years. Several months before his divorce was finalized from first wife Joan in December 1983, sources say Ted, then 51, started dating Caroline Bilodeau, an attractive brunette from Cape Cod. The love child, named Christopher, was born in December 1984. Adopted by a man Caroline later married, he is now a handsome college student. According to the sources, Ted was not happy when he learned Caroline was pregnant and asked her at the time to have an abortion, which she refused. Sources say the woman was paid at least $15,000 "from someone in the Kennedy camp," said a Bilodeau family source. Kennedy family sources say the sensational revelation is sure to jolt Ted's devoted wife Victoria and his three children from his marriage to Joan ? Kara, 45, Teddy Jr., 44, and Patrick, 38. The news will also send shockwaves through the nation's capital , where hard-driving Kennedy has been one of the leading opponents of President Bush's Supreme Court Nominee Samuel Alito, grilling him in nationally-televised hearings. Both Caroline and Christopher declined to comment. And the Senator did not respond to calls. Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend oldest child of Robert F. Kennedy has become the third member of the Kennedy family to weigh in on the Democratic presidential race in the past 24 hours, issuing a statement Sunday in which she states her support for Hillary Clinton. I have known Hillary Clinton for over 25 years and have seen firsthand how she gets results. As a woman, leader and person of deep convictions, I believe Hillary Clinton would make the best possible choice for president." She added that her brother Bobby and sister Kerry were also backing Clinton.

Posted by: dyck21005 | January 28, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Who cares???

Ted Kennedy is no Bobby or JFK and neither is Obama.

Anyhow, what kind of a human being drives under the influence, crashes his car and leaves his girlfriend in the car to drown, but saves himself? Ted Kennedy is a drunk and a murderer who should be behind bars just like his nephew. Mark Fuhrman should look into it.

Ted Kennedy is just a cold-blooded killer. Hillary does not need this type of endorsement.

We don't need another Jimmy Carter.
Vote 4 Hillary or vote 4 a Republican.

Anyone, but Obama!

Posted by: Spiffy2 | January 28, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Hillary's big problem:

1). Bill is hurting her chances to get the nomination.

2). Without Bill's help, she can't possibly get the nomination.

Posted by: mwfree | January 28, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Such anger and discord. This is beginning to sound like a Republican forum.

Posted by: ceton | January 27, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

If anyone thinks the Clintons have done damage to the Democratic Party, wait until they get the Michigan and Florida delegates seated and STEAL the convention. This is going to be one ugly scene unless the Democratic Party puts a lid on their machinations.

Posted by: cbday | January 27, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Hotnuke is the President of "Creeps for Clinton."

Posted by: thrh | January 27, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

It appears ****hotnuke2007*** is Bill Clinton in disguise.

Posted by: dan8 | January 27, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

"While I've had some respect over the years for this man, and have defended him from a lot of scurrilous attacks from the Right-Wing, today he's shown he's a lowlife scumbag, willing to ignore OBVIOUS lies in order to pander."

MORE WISDOM FROM HOTNUKE, WHO WAS ACTUALLY ALLOWED BY THE MONITORS TO USE THE N* WORD IN REFERRING TO SENATOR OBAMA. WHAT A CREEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: thrh | January 27, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Teddy Kennedy has never been good with women so I'm not surprised he is endorsing Obama.

Posted by: HANKSF | January 27, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Ted (hic!) would be an asset to any campaign.....at least in Massachusetts that is.

Posted by: williepete1 | January 27, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Ted Kennedy's endorsement is yet another nail in the political coffin of Obama. Keep it up dems. Independents will be flocking to the right.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 27, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

tropicalfolk,
JFK may have been a womanizer, but nowhere near as sleazy as Bill. How could he pardon 100 felons and drug dealers on his last day in office

http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pardonchartlst.htm

Posted by: FebM | January 27, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

"A President like my father" writes Caroline Kennedy.

She seems completely unaware that his father was a relentless womanizer, who shared Marilyn Monroe's bed with his own brother, Robert. Not exactly too-different from Bill Clinton's behavior.

Posted by: tropicalfolk | January 27, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey intcamd1, are you purposefully giving wrong information, or are you too lazy to find the correct info?

Anyone who would care to check would notice that Michelle Obama was all over New Hampshire. I saw her twice. She toured nonstop for days.

Nice try. Do you believe everything you hear?

Wow, this board is terrible... even by internet poster standards. Where do you people come from?

Posted by: steveboyington | January 27, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

elizparton:

It may be the most ridiculous thing you heard, but that does not mean it is not true.

There have been some well writeen articles on Michelle Obama's skin color and how that topic has been thoroughly dissected in a thousand barbershops all across SC in the last few weeks. You should look them up before you accuse me of any thing.

To white people, there might not be much difference between Mr and Mrs Obama's skin tones, but it was a big plus in the African American community that Mrs Obama had darker skin than did Mr Obama.

If you think what I said is offensive, then it is not my words which are offensive but the racial politics of this country. So where does that leave Obama who claims he does not see a a blacck SC and a white SC but just SC? Sure the African Americans of SC voted for Obama, but I bet their experiences in any white neighborhood in SC are far different from what Mr Obama allegedly saw in his travels in the last 2 weeks.

I never said Mrs Obama's skin color was the only reason Obama won (whether it was because Obama inspired blacks and whites equally blah blah is your guess, as good as Adam's). But the skin color was a big factor that assured the African Americans of SC that Obama was one of them and enabled them to split from the Clintons to who they were so close for such a long time.

As I said in another post, Obama has not been outspoken on any Black issues, but African Americans are flocking to him out of heated emotions, much as they sympathized with Clarence Thomas when he whined about high tech lynching of uppity black (not that Obama and Thomas are similar in any shape or form). Obama said Reagan inspired a whole bunch of Reagan democrats to vote against their economic interests - African Americans should be careful they are not doing the same in these primaries.

Posted by: intcamd1 | January 27, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

sorry for the double post

Posted by: Truscott1 | January 27, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

******CONSERVAVE ANALYSIS************* So if I have this right, an impeached former president who put a cigar inside of a young intern, took time from making racist and divisive statements just long enough to call a man who killed and left a young intern drowning in his car after a dui crash to ask for his endorsement? Just how big is the liberal racist, young female degrading/killing voting block anyway? I say it in song--12 conservative tunes I wrote and play--and the Clintons don't escape my scrutiny. One of a kind stuff @ www.conservativemusiconline.com

Posted by: Truscott1 | January 27, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

******CONSERVAVE ANALYSIS************* So I

If I have this right, an impeached former president who put a cigar inside of a young intern, took time from making racist and divisive statements just long enough to call a man who killed and left a young intern drowning in his car after a dui crash to ask for his endorsement? Just how big is the liberal racist, young female degrading/killing voting block anyway? I say it in song--12 conservative tunes I wrote and play--and the Clintons don't escape my scrutiny. One of a kind stuff @

www.conservativemusiconline.com

Posted by: Truscott1 | January 27, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't have the experience. I got to vote with experience even if it means voting republican for the first time.

Posted by: leftyour | January 27, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't have the experience. I got to vote with experience even if it means voting republican for the first time.

Posted by: leftyour | January 27, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's a good thing for members of the Kennedy political clan to express their views on presidential campaigns and other important subjects. Meanwhile, a tip of the hat is in order for all the Democratic presidential candidates who sought to honor the JFK and RFK banners as fellow residents or neighbors of Massachusetts, including:

Gov. Michael Dukakis, Sen. Paul Tsongas and Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine, Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York and Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware.

David P. McKnight
Durham, N.C.

Posted by: Proctor2 | January 27, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't have the experience. I got to vote with experience even if it means voting republican for the first time.

Posted by: leftyour | January 27, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't have the experience. I got to vote with experience even if it means voting republican for the first time.

Posted by: leftyour | January 27, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

intcamd1:
"it is also not far from the truth to say that Obama would n't have had the support of 80% of African American voters in SC if Mrs Obama had fair skin like Mr Obama"

are you serious? that's the most ridicious thing I've ever heard. african-american voters in sc felt the same as white voters in iowa: obama represents inspiration and real change, while clinton is some form of bush-lite (as least when it comes to foreign policy). for you (or anyone else) to ascribe obama's win to the darkness of his wife's skin is absurd, not to mention highly offensive.

Posted by: elizparton | January 27, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Ted Kennedy is no JFK. Dont be fooled by him

Posted by: benjaesh | January 27, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Can a Jimmy Carter endorsement be far behind? Kerry, Kennedy,Daschale etc. Losers, everyone of them. It is just stunning that so many of you ooh and aah at all these left wing liberals endorsing Obama. It should tell you the end result will be a Dukakis like massacre. I keep telling you liberal losers; this upper class elitist pomposity will get you guys no further than blue state America. Think about it. In the last forty plus years only two Democrats have ever seen the inside of the White House. Keep sending ivy league elitist men like Gore, Kerry and now Obama up there and you will keep losing.

Posted by: RickJohnson621 | January 27, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

This is great! It reminds me of my days campaigning for Harding and then Coolidge. Those were crazy times! Calvin would be stirring up the gin in the bathtub while the girls jtterbugged the night away. Ahhh memories.

Thanks again Kennedys. I was old Joe's drinking buddy back in the day!

Obama 08!

Posted by: johng1 | January 27, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

It has been well documented that African American voters in SC were discussing the skin color of Michelle Obama in unusually personal degree; it is also not far from the truth to say that Obama would n't have had the support of 80% of African American voters in SC if Mrs Obama had fair skin like Mr Obama. It is also not a coincidence that SC is the 1st state in which Mrs Obama campaigned extensively, after staying with her kids during Iowa and NH primaries.

Yet it is the Clintons who are accused of playing the race card. And the MSM pundits (er. idiots) give Obama a free pass.

Posted by: intcamd1 | January 27, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

iowatreasures - you have truly dranken the clinton kool aide, down to the last drop. I feel badly for you - kind of like those people who get sucked into cults and brainwashed. I don't think it's your fault - I mean, who wouldn't like to go back in time and relive the 90's? Unfortunatly you can't go back in time, and some of Clinton's policies set up 9/11 and the economic collapse. When you judge the past, you have to look at all of the events - not just through rose tinted glasses. Your Clinton's just proved this week, with attacking Obama's statements about Regan and having their subborinates bring up the drug card - that THEY will truley say anything and do anything to get elected. But over here at the Obama camp, we're not haters - and if you ever wake up from your coma, and see her disapproval rankings outside of the democartic party (she will not get elected in a national election) - we'd love to have ya!

Posted by: theblackman96 | January 27, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

The Clintonistas and racists that populate these blogs can mock and tear down people, but they can not answer the question about why past Democratic presidential nominees, Senators from Red states and electoral battleground states and the scions of the Democratic party like Caroline Kennedy and Jimmy Carter, did not endorse Hillary. Wasn't she the inevitable choice?

It was exactly a year ago, the night of The State of the Union speech, that I saw Obama sitting alone with Ted Kennedy in the joint chambers. I think I was watching C-SPAN's coverage.

And while these two are sitting alone, and me thinking how smart and forthright Obama was for grabbing the seat next to Ted with all the cameras on, Who walked in but Hillary Clinton. Now, there is no one sitting within ten rows of these two guys and Hillary sits down directly behind them, where she could literally hear what they were talking about. It was the most absurd thing to see Hillary sitting alone, perched above Barack and Ted, not even tapping them on the shoulder to say hello or boo. Sitting there to make sure that she got into the camera frame.
Sure enough, as time has revealed, she will do whatever it takes to get noticed, to get elected, no matter how uncomfortable or strange it seems to us.

Posted by: Anadromous2 | January 27, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

zoot 1: I just watched a gentleman on C-Span speaking at a Book Club about a book he wrote about Barack Obama.

The sub-title was "why Obama can't win."

One thing that was said, and that didn't surprise me was that when Obama was in law school, that the reason Obama was elected as the student body president, or whatever he was elected for, Obama was very good at speaking like a conservative when he was talking to conservative people, and like a liberal when he was talking to liberal people.

I believe that has been what Obama has been doing when he is interviewed by the editorial boards, such as Obama's rhetoric when he was trying to woo the Reno Editorial Board. Obama was pandering to that editorial board, and also to the independents and Republicans in NV. Obama has probably pandered, or perhaps it should be called, "speaking out of both sides of his mouth."

And then, to turn around in stump speeches and say that the Clinton's will say and do anything to be elected.

It seems more to me like Michelle Obama and Barack Obama will say and do anything to get elected.

(Michelle Obama was pegged to mentor Barack when he first came to that law firm where he supposedly only worked 5 hours on Rezko's behalf. The Obama's came out with $300,000 knocked off the price of their mansion and $168,000 in campaign contributions during their 17 year association.)

Now, the media is fluffing over and mainly ignoring the Obama's 17 year relationship with Rezko - but the Republicans won't fluff over it and ignore it when their candidate for the Republican party is elected this fall. The Obama's will be exposed (vetted( fully then.

I fault the media for this. The media has been shoving Obama down our throats before he has been thoroughly vetted. The Obama's carved out quite a nice life for themselves in Chicago, with the able assistance of Rezko.

I don't understand the full story about Obama making investments while in the U.S. Senate, but I am sure the Republicans will tell us all about it - even if the media won't.

Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton have been our beacons of hope and unity to the entire world for a very long time. Why does the media want to tear down and minimize our most well-known beacon of hope and unity?

I pray the voters in the 22 states will see through this media bias and vote for Hillary Clinton. What a blessing it would be for all Americans if she wins.

We supposedly want the rest of the world to think that a democracy is the way to go. With the obvious bias from the media about the Clinton's who are a beacon of hope and unity around the world, how do we think the rest of the world will even consider democracy. The media should be ashamed of itself. gw.

Posted by: Iowatreasures | January 27, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Comments should really be moderated before they are posted. There are some really inappropriate comments here, and posting personal information like that should not be allowed. I'm surprised that there is no moderation on this blog.

Back to the topic: I have respect for Bill Clinton as a president but not as an individual, particularly after he used his power to take advantage of a young woman, then lied about it to his staff and to the public.

The way Bill has been acting the last few weeks has further lowered my respect for him as an individual. The comment about Jesse Jackson's campaign was the final straw for me. To quote Bill himself: Shame on you, Bill. Shame on you.

I've been an Obama supporter from the beginning. However, if Clinton manages to come away with the nomination -- and that's a big if -- I will certainly vote for her, but she is going to have to rely on blue-dog dems like me to contribute money, volunteer, and encourage others to vote for her. That is becoming harder and harder given the distasteful win-at-all-costs tactics her campaign is taking. It is hurting both Hillary and Bill, and it is hurting the party.

Posted by: sgsilver | January 27, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The Clintonistas and racists that populate these blogs can mock and tear down people, but they can not answer the question about why past Democratic presidential nominees, Senators from Red states and electoral battleground states and the scions of the Democratic party like Caroline Kennedy and Jimmy Carter, did not endorse Hillary. Wasn't she the inevitable choice?

It was exactly a year ago, the night of The State of the Union speech, that I saw Obama sitting alone with Ted Kennedy in the joint chambers. I think I was watching C-SPAN's coverage.

And while these two are sitting alone, and me thinking how smart and forthright Obama was for grabbing the seat next to Ted with all the cameras on, Who walked in but Hillary Clinton. Now, there is no one sitting within ten rows of these two guys and Hillary sits down directly behind them, where she could literally hear what they were talking about. It was the most absurd thing to see Hillary sitting alone, perched above Barack and Ted, not even tapping them on the shoulder to say hello or boo. Sitting there to make sure that she got into the camera frame.
Sure enough, as time has revealed, she will do whatever it takes to get noticed, to get elected, no matter how uncomfortable or strange it seems to us.

Posted by: Anadromous2 | January 27, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The South Carolina primary proved to be an overwhelming win for Senator Obama.
He has earned and received support from a broad demographic spectrum, not only in Iowa-(97% white), New Hampshire, and Nevada, but in SouthCarolina as well.

It appears most Americans are wise enough not to buy into the racially charged nonsense that has been purposely injected into this campaign mostly by the Clintons, and perpetuated by the media.
.
Ironically the dirty political tactics have sort of backfired, and today hundreds of thousands of americans are perhaps taking another look. Perhaps they are seeing the Clintons for who and what they really are - power hungry, shameless Washingtonians.
This dynamic-duo represents a strong dose of status quo.

Senator Obama has won South Carolina, inspite of these hateful tactics. He currently holds the largest number of earned delagates and is leading, ahead of Clinton and Edwards. Senator Obama has recently won the support of Caroline Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy. This is huge as Caroline will help to unite women voters and bring them to the side of hope, integrety and positive change. The road ahead may be difficult, as I am sure that former president and Senator Clinton will continue to do whatever they deem necessary to win-
However, Senator Obama has earned my respect, and my vote-
OBAMA, 2008

Posted by: shel.janwoodson | January 27, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

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To: townmgr@hanovernh.org
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 10:34 am
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to match any subsequent offer the buyer obtains to re-sell shall be
made an inalienable part of all real-estate sales, however, using 'the
right of first refusal' as an asset to obtain credit is hereby
prohibited.

'Developed' shall mean used for human habitation [Thn 13:14]

End of Amendment XXVII

Otherwise, [thn] a Micro-soft licensing style real estate market may
develop in New Hampshire but without the State Land Charter
protections.

Truly,

W. Hale, aka, Haji Mohammed

http://www.egov.nh.gov/governor/goveforms/comments.stm
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Posted by: randomsample | January 27, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

[Train whistle 2008:01:27:18:36:100*W] I'm glad I changed my travel plans and extended my stay in order to be able to worship with the people of Montgomery Alabama. Service notes due to be written up next.

"Mr. Rivet", the driver of the 'time machine' in Troy University's Rosa Parks Children's Museum offers a key insight into the Agrarian Leadership Role the south can play this time around re: State Land Charter amendments to State Constitutions to produce linear Smithsonian National Mall style cities and vertical growth that preserves our open spaces and provides pedestrian, equestrian, and cyclist access to same on a daily basis.

The only one to whom we are meant to be slaves is God. Peace is an architectural solution: the more green we see, the less orange [train whistle] we're likely to see: landscape architects, first class passenger leg room for everyone, 24/7 access to management and operations..."

The airport announcements of the world need to be rewritten to convey the same warnings, but with our civil liberities leading the way. Instead of "...do not accept any packages from anyone..." we need to be hearing, "If you meet anyone you'd like to hang out with, please return to the baggage scanner and re-scan your bags together so you can be sure about your new friend,"

Instead of "If you see any suspicious behavior, contact the Chicago Police, or the TSA..." we need to be hearing, "Please feel free [door] to exercise your first amendment right of free speech and assembly. Feel free to talk with anyone. Don't worry, if anyone complains, they will be treated exactly like you,"

See the difference between the "Liberty Tree" we are [door] and the "Division of Labor" and apartheid 'watcher' class of people vs. the 'watched' people who is trying to shuttle us into?

Neither John McCain, nor HRC, nor B.O nor MIT Romney is going to change the trend. We have the balance of my life to get to know one another personally, God willing, who hopes. And their are books and computer disks still due. It's up to us. the B.O's and HRC/WJC's and JMcC's and A.S's of the world will continue to work with us in the strong, behind the scenes ways they have and continue to. We can count on them to support our agenda, but we can't expect them to take the overt lead on it: They are tuned to a different modus operendi. They could have been filing law suits and writing letters about these 'planks' and more... but they're style is 'buzz words', and work substance in the boring depths where people will not be offended by it. That's my guess. What's yours?

Posted by: randomsample | January 27, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

To add on to steveboyington's comment...MA is also an important Super Duper Tuesday state.

Barack will have to counter Hillary's likely victories in NY and CA (I think CA probably goes to Hillary at this point, although it might come over). MA and IL are a great start to stopping the perception that Hillary won on February 5th. Because after Feb 5, the map gets a lot nicer for Barack. Barack will win PA in April and some of the other southern states as well.

Posted by: GoHuskies2004 | January 27, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

The Obama blather is really beginning to get old. Yes, he makes very inspirational speeches. But where's the beef? What kind of change does he represent? What will he change? How will he go about that change? What policies will he follow? How will he bring universal health care coverage without mandating 100% coverage? Will he really sit down with dictators and the heads of terrorist regimes and discuss foreign policy? And to say that the Ted Kennedy endorsement is a big deal is a joke. Last time I checked he is generally reviled in most areas of the country. And that is especially true down south.

And, the fact remains that although Sen. Obama's victory was indeed huge yesterday it had a decidely very disconcerting racial imbalance at its heart. A national candidate has to do better in all demographics than represented in South Carolina. Delve into and read the exit polls folks. Those are quite concerning from the standpoint of a general election.

Posted by: jkstiles | January 27, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

To all those throwing out racial epithets, you have no class. Please stop. Let's move on.

Anyway, I love the endorsement. MA for Obama on February 5th. HUGE!

Posted by: GoHuskies2004 | January 27, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

The pluses of the Kennedy endorsement are obvious. He is a superdelegate, and those may be vital. His endorsement will also help in Massachusetts, at the very least. That is a Super Tuesday state.

Posted by: steveboyington | January 27, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I would first like to thank Senator Kennedy for his support to Senator Obama. This vote of confidence in Senator Obama is, I hope one of many. I would also like to state that between all the candidates on both sides that are currently running to be President of the United States, Senator Obama's campaign is unique in it's efforts to unify this country. It is time for America to consider putting behind all differences and division, and galvanize itself to regain its standing in the world, and regain some of it's own essence. Many great things can be said about this country, among them it's pioneering spirit. In my view, and the view of many of my generation, Senator Obama is the man to provide us the vision, and lead us to what we are capable of achieving as a people and a country. It is time to focus on the core of this country and the issues that have been ignored in the pursuit of unattainable objectives, namely the unwarrented war in Iraq, and the resulting destruction of life for the Iraqis and Americans. People question Senator Obama's experience - to those same people I say - what better experience than to know the core of a community; to know the grass roots; to know the needs and aspirations of a people; and to know that he can lead them to acheive their dreams? I have faith in Senator Obama to lead this country, and help it reach its maximum potential.

Posted by: beat92_ | January 27, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to go to work tomorrow. I am going to ask my wife to go. She can do the job....she has experience...she has been married to me for a long time.

Posted by: cenman3 | January 27, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Hotnuke wrote:

"But you're just piss*ng in the wind with that BS as far as I'm concerned. The REAL racists are the scumbag supporters of Obama who IGNORE at every turn his BLATANT playing of the race card. Oh, they'll mouth all the proper platitudes to try and convince someone they're not racist. Oh, they'll say all the right words, but their hearts are as black, vile and evil as any member of the KKK's ever was."

There's a lot of truth to this statement.

Obama's supporters, like Obama himself, are disingenuous to the core: you can't cry racist to HIM, but he SURE CAN CALL THE CLINTONS RACIST-WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE, IS EQUALLY GOOD FOR THE GANDER-AND I HOPE BILL CLINTON KEEPS UP HIS ATTACKS ON THE EMPTY OBAMA-aka RICHARD NIXON IN THE MAKING-MARK MY WORDS-OBAMA IS DISINGENUOUS AS HELL, WHEN THE PRESSURE IS ON HIM, REALLY ON HIM, HE'LL JUST EXPLODE IN A HISSY FIT AND CRY RACIST, IF HE WERE PRESIDENT-THERE IS NOTHING EITHER LIKE ABOUT HIS ARROGANT ENTITLED ATTITUDE, NOR HIS HIDDEN, TIGHTLY WOUND PERSONALITY-IT SPELLS DANGER WITH A CAPITAL D FOR THIS COUNTRY.

Posted by: Spring_Rain | January 27, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Hotnuke wrote:

"But you're just piss*ng in the wind with that BS as far as I'm concerned. The REAL racists are the scumbag supporters of Obama who IGNORE at every turn his BLATANT playing of the race card. Oh, they'll mouth all the proper platitudes to try and convince someone they're not racist. Oh, they'll say all the right words, but their hearts are as black, vile and evil as any member of the KKK's ever was."

There's a lot of truth to this statement.

Obama's supporters, like Obama himself, are disingenuous to the core: you can't cry racist to HIM, but he SURE CAN CALL THE CLINTONS RACIST-WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE, IS EQUALLY GOOD FOR THE GANDER-AND I HOPE BILL CLINTON KEEPS UP HIS ATTACKS ON THE EMPTY OBAMA-aka RICHARD NIXON IN THE MAKING-MARK MY WORDS-OBAMA IS DISINGENUOUS AS HELL, WHEN THE PRESSURE IS ON HIM, REALLY ON HIM, HE'LL JUST EXPLODE IN A HISSY FIT AND CRY RACIST, IF HE WERE PRESIDENT-THERE IS NOTHING EITHER LIKE ABOUT HIS ARROGANT ENTITLED ATTITUDE, NOR HIS HIDDEN, TIGHTLY WOUND PERSONALITY-IT SPELLS DANGER WITH A CAPITAL D FOR THIS COUNTRY.

Posted by: Spring_Rain | January 27, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Ted Kennedy and that Caroline-Whatever these poor souls are out of wack but every dog deserve their bark.
There is no equal or qualified candidate who deserve to be US President except Clinton. Mr. AlObama seems to be a very slick, deceitful and cunning person who right from the beginning has tried to play racial-cards of all kinds to his selfish motives. Remember, him insulting one of the highest qualified minority by invoking a "Senator of Pinjab" type of nonsense!Should we refer to him "Senator of Congo"?
I suppose not! What a childish act of a person looking for US Presidency?
ONCE AGAIN YOU NEED A CLINTON TO LEAD THE COUNTRY OUT OF THE FINANCIAL MESS we are in. ALOBAMA is just not capable or Qualified to do so!

Posted by: dpduggal | January 27, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Hi, everyone:

Gosh! Can't we all just get along?

Posted by: mrosegunn | January 27, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I found the end of hotnuke's comments offensive. But I was surprised by some of his facts -- most of which I NEVER heard covered by the MSM. Especially the one about Jesse Jackson Jr and the Katrina comment, since that sort of racially soaked comment would have elicited four days of media coverage for the Clintons. I just checked online and it turns out it's true! How on earth could noone have covered that? Ridiculous! And Bill's "Fairy Tale" comment gets pegged as racist. This is ridiculous. It's a fairly tale because Obama is getting through with NO SCRUTINY. And we'll all be worse off for it if he indeed wins the nomination, because the Republicans won't treat him with kid gloves. This isn't good for our democracy, whether he's the right candidate or not. I feel like I am stuck on a sinking ship . . .

Posted by: skeptic421 | January 27, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I found the end of hotnuke's comments offensive. But I was surprised by some of his facts -- most of which I NEVER heard covered by the MSM. Especially the one about Jesse Jackson Jr and the Katrina comment, since that sort of racially soaked comment would have elicited four days of media coverage for the Clintons. I just checked online and it turns out it's true! How on earth could noone have covered that? Ridiculous! And Bill's "Fairy Tale" comment gets pegged as racist. This is ridiculous. It's a fairly tale because Obama is getting through with NO SCRUTINY. And we'll all be worse off for it if he indeed wins the nomination, because the Republicans won't treat him with kid gloves. This isn't good for our democracy, whether he's the right candidate or not. I feel like I am stuck on a sinking ship . . .

Posted by: skeptic421 | January 27, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Since I live in hated state of Florida, my voice in the Democratic primary will be unheard. Just as well, since the man I wanted to vote for had to drop out after Iowa. Chris Dodd would have been a great President. But you can't raise money to campaign when the news industry cuts you dead.

With all the insistence on 'change', it's hard for me to accept the idea that Democrats who claim to favor it see no problem with continuing a primary system that gives so much power to two states that are predominantly rural (Iowa is 45%),when the entire US is 17%.

When candidates campaign in a state, they don't just tell us what their stands are on national issues. They talk about their stands on local issues, too. Everyone but McCain, for example, backed the continued high level of subsidy for corn in Iowa. See where that got him?

Since the Dems boycotted us terrible, awful Floridians, I did my own research. I learned that Obama intends, if elected, to postpone the moon-Mars program of NASA. He says he wants to use that money to improve public education.

I'm all for improving public education, but why totally at the expense of the one program that the US is still first in, one of the programs to take us into the 21st century? Could we not have cut back a bit on the billions in subsidies to major corn producers (the lion's share of which goes to Iowa, oh, big surprise....)

Do we really need all that ultra cheap corn syrup to fatten our kids more, and more corn ethanol that uses up more energy to create than it ultimately produces?

Undoubtedly, Obama thought this choice would punish only Florida. It will punish many states, because NASA funds basic science research all over the US. And it will, in effect, pass the continuation of space program to another country. The scientists now based here will not wait for years until the US government again decides to gear up. They will go where the jobs are.

Is this what is meant by 'change'? Is this what it means to 'turn the page'?

What an irony that the survivors of Camelot are endorsing the one Democratic candidate pledged to do away with one of the most exciting programs that Camelot gave us - the space program.

Posted by: stolzenbergshery | January 27, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

hotnuke2007

I think your words qualify as "offensive". If no one else has reported your post yet, let me be the first.

What an idiotic jerk you are.

Posted by: Tootsumi | January 27, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean the Clinton/Bush era is over? Hopefully it does.

Posted by: woolldog | January 27, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Ephemerella, I've been around a long time and have always wondered about the so-called experience and competence Hillary and her supporters always boast about. For starters, she has run an incompetent campaign (much like she was in the process of doing when she was to run against Rudy in New York before he withdrew and handed her the seat). Her position on change seems to have much to do with the constant changes in her message. I thought she'd finally "found her voice" in NH, except that immediately the dominant voice I began to hear was Bill's. Competence and experience? Her secretive, Cheney-like handling of health care in the early '90's was a model of incompetence, and it is arguable that she set back that cause 15 years. Experience and competence? How about her selfish consideration of the vote to authorize force in Iraq, which by all reports was a way for her to maintain viability as a potential commander in chief? How about the further misjudgment of not renouncing that vote, as Edwards and Kerry both had the common sense to do? All I can think of that her reputation is based on is that she is a resume, like Bill Richardson. Don't we all know people like that? I did this, then I did that, blah, blah, blah. Obama built a fabulous organization that is disciplined and very well run. He has made relatively few mistakes, but if he does, he minimizes them. I will take his experience, judgment and competence over hers any day.

Posted by: william.noland | January 27, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

>>ephemerella,
>>Hillary has what kind of experience ?

Like Obama, Hillary went to an ivy-league law school and was editor of a law review. But she is also the senior senator in the Democratic primary race. The disrespect and belittling language used by Obama supporters in describing her is nowhere near as respectful as the Clintons's have been in talking about Obama. Yet she is the senior senator of the candidates.

We don't tend to treat female executives with as much respect as male ones, and I think that this is a good example. If this is the flavor of treatment of professional women in a Barak-dominated party, as a professional female, I don't want it. I don't want to be dissed if I try to be uppity enough to compete with a man for a leadership position.

The fact that you have no consciousness that Hillary is the senior senator of the bunch, even though everyone knows those facts on some subconscious level, reveals your inability to perceive her as equal to the men she is competing with.

There is so much disrespect and implied sexist behavior among Obama supporters and the things they say. If this is the atmosphere of a black Presidency toward professional women, I don't think I want to be part of that base.

Posted by: ephemerella | January 27, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I am extremely pleased with Senator Obama's victory in South Carolina. I know the people in South Carolina are living today what the State license displays - SMILING FACES, BEAUTIFL PLACES. I know I had one for several years. When I heard Obama make the keynote speech in 2004 - that here was a very special man. After theClinton's 'Travelgate, FILEGATE AND WATERGATE, it's about the Clintons are shown THE GATE. THANK GOD FOR SOUTH CAROLINA AND THE ENDORESMENTS OF CAROLINA AND TED KENNEDY. Itwould make me sick to see the Clintons back in the White House again. GO OBAMA !!!

Posted by: violet2 | January 27, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for the rally tomorrow.

The tide is shifting.

YES WE CAN!

Posted by: ASinMoCo | January 27, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Attaboy, Ted! Yesterday, a learned pundit claimed on Keith Olberman's program that you would follow your usual procedure and not endorse anyone. The good news regarding endorsement of Obama is magnified by your confounding a pundit. "Two for the price of one," as some woman politician once said...

Posted by: wcurmudgeon | January 27, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious. Bill Clinton falls asleep at MLK celebration

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/2008/01/clinton_gets_sleepy_at_mlk_day.php

CLINTON SAYS WE HAVE THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT BECAUSE LYNDON JOHNSON SIGNED IT.

GOLDWATER RAN A CAMPAIGN AGAINST JOHNSON...
SO WHY WAS SHE CAMPAIGNING FOR BARRY GOLDWATER WHO WAS AGAINST THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT???

BY THE WAY CHECK OUT BILL CLINTON'S RACIST POSTCARD HE SENT TO HIS GRANDMA IN 1966 DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

http://serr8d.blogspot.com/2007/10/bill-clinton-racist-postcard-buy-it-now.html

THEY USE SCARE TACTICS IN IOWA AGAINST STUDENTS...

THEY USE RACE CARD AGAINST BLACKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA...

THEY USE SMEAR TACTICS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ABOUT DRUGS AND ABORTION...

THEY USE LAWSUITS IN NEVADA AGAINST HISPANICS...

THEY USE ANGER AGAINST JOURNALISTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA...

THEY WILL DO ANYTHING FOR POWER!!!!WELCOME TO THE CLINTONS WORLD!!!

HILLARY CLINTON OPPOSES ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DRIVER'S LICENCE.

THIS MEANS THEY WILL HAVE TO DRIVE ILLEGALLY TO GO TO WORK!

THIS MEANS THEY CANT GET INSURANCE FOR THEIR CARS!

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2007-11-14-clinton-immigration_N.htm

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | January 27, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

iowatreasures - "I support the Clinton's 100%. I have seen nothing they have done to warrant the rath [sic] from the media..."

If you have a couple of days to kill doing some research, type of the following fun search terms into Google:

The definition of "is"
Whitewater
Travelgate
Filegate
Rose Law Firm
Vince Foster
"Vast Right Wing Conspiracy"
Failed health care
Normalized trade relations with China
NAFTA
Al Qaeda WTC bombing
Al Qaeda US Embassy bombings
Hillary Clinton Wal-Mart
Juanita Broaddrick
Presidential pardons (Marc Rich, Hugh Rodham, etc)

The list goes on...

Yeah, I'm with you iowatreasures, I have seen nothing they have done to warrant the wrath from the media (or the American people) either!

Posted by: FrankDelfino | January 27, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't what the Kennedy endorsement will do for Obama. I hope it gives him more than just free and good press. I have always believed that the "rightwingers," who have never had enough of the Clintons, were jallous and the Clintons were victimes. After yesterday's elections, especially their concession speeches, I have a second tought about the these people. Now I believe history will exonerate Kenneth Sarr who many people thought was evil for digging the truth on the Clinton's snake-like attitude.

Posted by: makanofam | January 27, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Face it Hillary lovers, the Clinton era is coming to an end. Kerry, Leahy and now Kennedy hae rejected Hillary and joining Barack Obama. Obama is the future, Hillary and Bill are the past.

Posted by: zbob99 | January 27, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

This is apples to apples or oranges to oranges, much like a job interview. Survival of the fittest - with no love lost for anyone in particular - just like in the employment market. Who would you hire as your President? That is it.

Posted by: mdsubramonia | January 27, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I think it's interesting, perplexing, and even a bit distressing to hear fellow Americans call the great principles on which this country was founded - which Obama would resurrect - "callow, inspirational idealism".

Obama's idealism is not new - he's simply sounding the call for us to return to those philosophies that formed the foundation of this country - that made this country great - until we allowed love of money to supercede our love of principle.

Seems to me it's fundamentally unpatriotic to call those principles and philosophies "callow, inspirational idealism".

Posted by: drama_king | January 27, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

"We are supposed to be a beacon of hope and unity around the world, not just in the Obama's world. The Clinton's have proven they work for hope and unity. The media and Obama have not.

Obama speaks eloquently about hope and unity, but his (and Oprah's and Michelle's) remark during the Iowa caucuses, bringing MLK into their speech and rallies, proves it is just that - rhetoric.

The media should be ashamed of itself - the world is watching, and we are supposed to be proving that a democratic society is the way to go. Well, obviously, it may not be. If the media has its way. gw.

Posted by: Iowatreasures | January 27, 2008 02:12 PM "

Hey Iowatreasures!

You're a Clinton mole if I've ever seen one. HRC talks about her experience even when she has been a senator for about as long as Obama. She talks about experience when Obama is about the same age as Clinton when he ran for President. Also, sleeping with the Pesident (when he wasn't getting su*ked off by an aide) doesn't count as experience. The only reason she's in this race is because of her name. And that name together with the aura of entitlement she and Bill Clinton have is enough to turn anyone off. The Clintons are certainly not the unifiers that they portray themselves to be. The negative campaign with its racial undertones (or should I say overtones) show their true colors. This country has seen enough of "Dynastic" politics(Clinton-Clinton-Bush-Bush). This isn't what this country is all about. It's time to take that leap of faith. I'll rather hear Obama for the next 4 (or 8) years than hear Bill Clinton and his wife. Out with the old and in with the new.....Oh you bring up Ryzko and the work Obama did while he worked as an associate of a law firm, lets hear how old Bill Clinton lost his law license? Please......that's like the Clinton campaign bringing up how ambitious Obama is by bringing up that essay he wrote while he was in kindergarten. Pathetic!

Posted by: chris30338 | January 27, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Once again the left wing of the party is trying to force their will on the rest of us. It looks like I will be voting REPUBLICAN in the general election...just like I did when Mcgovern and Dukakus (sp?) were chosen as the Democratic candidate. Remember the wipe out of those two? And there are a whole lot of moderate folks out there just like me ......when will the Democrats learn their lesson???

Posted by: dmott | January 27, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious. Bill Clinton falls asleep at MLK celebration

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/2008/01/clinton_gets_sleepy_at_mlk_day.php

CLINTON SAYS WE HAVE THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT BECAUSE LYNDON JOHNSON SIGNED IT.

GOLDWATER RAN A CAMPAIGN AGAINST JOHNSON...
SO WHY WAS SHE CAMPAIGNING FOR BARRY GOLDWATER WHO WAS AGAINST THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT???

BY THE WAY CHECK OUT BILL CLINTON'S RACIST POSTCARD HE SENT TO HIS GRANDMA IN 1966 DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

http://serr8d.blogspot.com/2007/10/bill-clinton-racist-postcard-buy-it-now.html

THEY USE SCARE TACTICS IN IOWA AGAINST STUDENTS...

THEY USE RACE CARD AGAINST BLACKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA...

THEY USE SMEAR TACTICS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ABOUT DRUGS AND ABORTION...

THEY USE LAWSUITS IN NEVADA AGAINST HISPANICS...

THEY USE ANGER AGAINST JOURNALISTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA...

THEY WILL DO ANYTHING FOR POWER!!!!WELCOME TO THE CLINTONS WORLD!!!

HILLARY CLINTON OPPOSES ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DRIVER'S LICENCE.

THIS MEANS THEY WILL HAVE TO DRIVE ILLEGALLY TO GO TO WORK!

THIS MEANS THEY CANT GET INSURANCE FOR THEIR CARS!

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2007-11-14-clinton-immigration_N.htm

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | January 27, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious. Bill Clinton falls asleep at MLK celebration

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/2008/01/clinton_gets_sleepy_at_mlk_day.php

CLINTON SAYS WE HAVE THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT BECAUSE LYNDON JOHNSON SIGNED IT.

GOLDWATER RAN A CAMPAIGN AGAINST JOHNSON...
SO WHY WAS SHE CAMPAIGNING FOR BARRY GOLDWATER WHO WAS AGAINST THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT???

BY THE WAY CHECK OUT BILL CLINTON'S RACIST POSTCARD HE SENT TO HIS GRANDMA IN 1966 DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

http://serr8d.blogspot.com/2007/10/bill-clinton-racist-postcard-buy-it-now.html

THEY USE SCARE TACTICS IN IOWA AGAINST STUDENTS...

THEY USE RACE CARD AGAINST BLACKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA...

THEY USE SMEAR TACTICS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ABOUT DRUGS AND ABORTION...

THEY USE LAWSUITS IN NEVADA AGAINST HISPANICS...

THEY USE ANGER AGAINST JOURNALISTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA...

THEY WILL DO ANYTHING FOR POWER!!!!WELCOME TO THE CLINTONS WORLD!!!

HILLARY CLINTON OPPOSES ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DRIVER'S LICENCE.

THIS MEANS THEY WILL HAVE TO DRIVE ILLEGALLY TO GO TO WORK!

THIS MEANS THEY CANT GET INSURANCE FOR THEIR CARS!

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2007-11-14-clinton-immigration_N.htm

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | January 27, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

THEY USE SCARE TACTICS IN IOWA AGAINST STUDENTS...

THEY USE RACE CARD AGAINST BLACKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA...

THEY USE SMEAR TACTICS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ABOUT DRUGS AND ABORTION...

THEY USE LAWSUITS IN NEVADA AGAINST HISPANICS...

THEY USE ANGER AGAINST JOURNALISTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA...

THEY WILL DO ANYTHING FOR POWER!!!!WELCOME TO THE CLINTONS WORLD!!!

HILLARY CLINTON OPPOSES ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DRIVER'S LICENCE.

THIS MEANS THEY WILL HAVE TO DRIVE ILLEGALLY TO GO TO WORK!

THIS MEANS THEY CANT GET INSURANCE FOR THEIR CARS!

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2007-11-14-clinton-immigration_N.htm

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | January 27, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

ephemerella,

When I said you were playing the gender card, I was referring to this statement by you:

"My perspective, as an "experience voter" is this: This is the same old story of an experienced, better-qualified woman being undermined and marginalized in consideration for an executive position while everyone focuses on a less-qualified and glib male who is standing nearby. I'm as excited about a woman leader as a black leader, if not more so, and how she is being belittled is sad for me to see."

You are implying that people are attracted to Obama not on his own merits, but because he is simply the best available male alternative to the more-qualified Clinton. I disagree fundamentally with both propositions: that people are drawn to Obama simply because he is male, and also that Clinton is more qualified.

As an Obama supporter, I do not deny that Clinton has more national experience than Obama. But to me, that does not make her more qualified. For you, experience is the most important qualification. For many voters, including me, it is not. I think he has a more inspiring vision for America (bottom-up vs top-down, bringing civility back to public discourse, etc.), and that he is a better motivator and communicator than Clinton, both of which are vital to the role of President. And he has shown me sufficient knowledge of the issues and sufficiently detailed plans for me to know that he can put forth a very effective progressive agenda. Some of our greatest Presidents entered the Oval Office with even less experience than Obama (Lincoln comes to mind, who had had 8 years in the Illinois legislature and 2 yrs in the US House. He certainly faced more challenges than our next President will).

Further, when you say "I'm as excited about a woman leader as a black leader, if not more so," you are implying that the Obama supporter's rationale for supporting him is that he's black, and further, that voters, including you, are making their decisions based on identity. Maybe that is the case for you, but it is not for me. I am not black, and I have no reason to support a black candidate unless I think he's the best one for the job.

And finally, you claim that Clinton is being undermined and marginalized. I find this statement incredible, given that for a year, and even today, Clinton has been viewed as the favorite to win and clearly still has the support of the Dem establishment, hence her big lead in superdelegates. Who is undermining her? She may have put her foot in her mouth the past couple of weeks, but that's her own fault.

Posted by: p_seshadri | January 27, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

THEY USE SCARE TACTICS IN IOWA AGAINST STUDENTS...

THEY USE RACE CARD AGAINST BLACKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA...

THEY USE SMEAR TACTICS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ABOUT DRUGS AND ABORTION...

THEY USE LAWSUITS IN NEVADA AGAINST HISPANICS...

THEY USE ANGER AGAINST JOURNALISTS IN SOUTH CAROLINA...

THEY WILL DO ANYTHING FOR POWER!!!!WELCOME TO THE CLINTONS WORLD!!!

HILLARY CLINTON OPPOSES ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DRIVER'S LICENCE.

THIS MEANS THEY WILL HAVE TO DRIVE ILLEGALLY TO GO TO WORK!

THIS MEANS THEY CANT GET INSURANCE FOR THEIR CARS!

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2007-11-14-clinton-immigration_N.htm

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | January 27, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Kiss of Death if you ask me.

Posted by: HankTheCat | January 27, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Why, oh why, would Obama play the race card? He's been very carefully trying NOT to make this about race. Why? Because if it gets turned into whites vs blacks, he'll lose. Simple math: whites vastly outnumber blacks in this country.

The Clintons, on the other hand, are quite happy to play the race card. They are hoping that whites will rally to them after Obama swept the black vote in South Carolina. That Jesse Jackson comment was very revealing.

Posted by: ShorinBJ | January 27, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

umm... while hotnuke2007's comments were certainly offensive, it surprised me to see him posting his own name, address & phone number. It occured to me that the name, address & phone number posted could be for someone else, a 3rd party that hotnuke2007 wanted to cause trouble for. Those postings of personal information should be removed.

Posted by: HarryR | January 27, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I am one of the babyboomer born in the early fifties, I write with the convictions that it is time for a change. If Obama had never enter the race I would have been for Hillary all the way, because I believed that was all we had to look to the future with. But I've been following the campaign daily and it is very disappointing to see the Clinton's manner of campaigning.I've always questioned Bill's moral activities, now I have to look at Hillary and see her in the light she protrays herself in. If power means as much to her as she seems to want it, she would not do any better than the present administration. I sign off with we need a chance to have the opportunity the consitition speaks of we need OBAMA for PRESIDENT. mtg MD

Posted by: green.kandm | January 27, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

hallihunt: If Ted's endorsement is not a "good thing" then why did the Clinton campaign try desperately to stop it.

Posted by: zbob99 | January 27, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

the civil rights act would never have passed without repub support. al gores father and clinton buddy fulbright voted against it. all conservatives ever wanted was for people to be responsible for their actions. thats not racism.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | January 27, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Another big Obama endorsement coming soon from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS). She will deliver the Democratic response to the State of the Union on Monday. And then Tuesday or Wednesday, she plans to endorse Barack Obama, numerous Democratic sources said. This is another very big one. It does look like the Democratic wagons are circling Obama.

Posted by: zbob99 | January 27, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with many of the folks commenting that Ted Kennedy's endorsement is a good thing for Obama. To many people around the country, he is seen as too far left and stained by the memory of Chappaquiddick. He's part of the old establishment that Obama is trying to "rise above" and the republicans will use his endorsement as a weapon.

Posted by: hallihunt | January 27, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The people who keep accusing the Obama camp of "playing the race card" are on crack. Obama happens to be an African-America. He's also much more. George Bush stood up and played "the religion card", essentially saying, vote for me because I'm an evangelical Christian. He was also a liar of unprecedented proportions. He wasn't a uniter, he wasn't a fiscally conservative Republican, just a no-tax sloganeer.

It will be fun to watch the true racists in the US become unhinged at the prospect of a non-white American becoming President. They will expose themselves and they will marginalize themselves as America shrinks back in horror from their vicious hate-filled rhetoric. Watch.

Posted by: thebobbob | January 27, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Have we all forgotten the current democratic party problem began when Mr. Clinton began express his dislike of Barack Obama after Iowa. The plan was a straight shot with 4 "wins" and then Feb. 5 it would be all over. Reminds me of the GOP. The race cards were played and the nastiness escalated and the AA community responded and trounced Billary. Ted Kennedy's campaigning with Barack means more than just a newspaper/Tv announcement. I have become so disenchanted by the Billary campaign. In 2006 as well as the 2004 speech decided to work for Barack Obama if he ran. I am a easy mark for men with brains!!! I am an OLD white woman who was a Nevada precinct captain and cannot wait until we go back to changing the way we do politics.

Posted by: stellar1 | January 27, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that would make me happier would be if Ted Kennedy was the presidential nominee.

Posted by: rkmfcca | January 27, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Huge endorsement. The Clintons tried desperately to stop it with last minute pressure by orchestrating a flood of phone calls to Kennedy from sources ranging from union chiefs to his Massachusetts constituents. It did NOT work. God bless you Ted! The Clinton era is over.

Posted by: zbob99 | January 27, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Kennedys represent a very important constituent of the democratic party. JFK made a mark after FDR. Caroline Kennedy, who had detested politics and focussed on her family has been MOST OUTSPOKEN taking into account her generation and also of her three teen agers. For Caroline to say that Obama is the first president since JFK to inspire her is a very truthful statement. THIS IS VERY SIGNIFICANT. Now Ed Kennedy has endorsed and criticized Bill Clinton's characterization of Obama's win as nothing more than Jessie Jacksons win in 84 and 88. Obama will mobilize more superdelegates than Hillary. Obama will win all the southern states and several red states. He will also win in all large metropolitan areas of the U.S.
If Edwards continues till the end, Clinton will have no choice but to withdraw her candidacy as she wont have enough votes.
BILL CLINTON HAS BEEN EXPOSED AND HAS BEEN NOW IMPEACHED BY HIS OWN PARTY. America does not want a Clinton dynasty. Also Hillary has no experience. She keeps talking about health care, etc. but she has been a senator for 7 years. why did she not accomplish anything? Because nobody likes her. She was first lady for 8 years. Why she failed to reform health care? If so, how can she say she will be a President from day 1. Clintons are telling too many lies just to get elected.
Obama may turn out to be another Reagan and he may mobilize Obama Republicans.

Posted by: vpwaren | January 27, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't like either of the three candidates. I was leaning toward Edwards until he and Obama acted like horses behinds in the debate where Russart did the sicing and they jumped. all over Clinton. I believe she is the better of the three. I am getting tired of Democrats being made fools. The media is making fools of us. The media has decided our candidates. I haven't even voted yet and the candidates have already been selected for me
by the media. It is time to quit being sheep and quit nominating losers. Obama needed to be black for SC and not only did he and the media do it , but got the Clintons blamed for it. Come on sheep wake up.

Posted by: bnw173 | January 27, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

This sure looks like a sign that the Democratic establishment is rejecting Clinton and moving towards Barack Obama.

Posted by: zbob99 | January 27, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I would not like to be endorsed by Teddy Kennedy if I were Obama. It is a negative endorsement. To make Obama out as a John Kennedy reincarnated is not a very sound idea.

Posted by: Urudofsky | January 27, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Why do Obama supporters sound like Rush Limbaugh in the 90s? I am undecided but having a hard time voting for someone whose supporters are so negative, yet claim they are the positive ones. It doesn't help that noone has a clue about this guy's record -- and they don't seem to care.

The KEnnedys have an agenda here, so I can't make much of this. How would it look for them to not endorse the man being compared to JFK? But what would a Bay of Pigs incident look like in this day and age? That's exactly my fear.

And let's stop with the race nonesense. Obama's wife just spent weeks in South Carolina campaigning about how black she is -- hard to complain about the race card when you are playing it . . .

Posted by: skeptic421 | January 27, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Ted and Caroline will formally annoucne at a rally at American Univ tommorrow morning here in DC. It will be a historic event. According to insiders Ted is going to actively campaign for Obama in NY, CA, NJ and some other states that have large Latino vote. This is huge and could make the difference. Obama might just win this thing!

Posted by: zbob99 | January 27, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I love it, the Clinton people don't know how to spin this other than to take up more Republican talking points to attack Kennedy.

Hillary was working hard for his endorsement and he was considering staying nuetral; which makes it that much more of a big deal.

Posted by: matt_ahrens | January 27, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

To Daniel Barber a.k.a hotPUKE2007,

You have enlightened me with your bravery and out-shined Hillary and Bill in name calling.

Bravo.

Posted by: srikanth_ | January 27, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I have appreciated most of the comments here. I have been a supporter of Clinton thinking that I could not afford a gamble that an Obama nomination would mean.

However, I was also put off on the race-code words used by Bill & Hillary. I am reconsidering how I will caucus on Feb 5th because of their antics.

Posted by: Steven2 | January 27, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The Clintons are known to be good people? What the heck are you smoking, Iowatreasures? I suspect you are a Republican who wants to run against HC because you know every rabid right wing member of your party will come out just to vote against her. I liked Bill Clinton until the last two weeks. They have demonstrated that they have not supported Civil Rights because of a passion or conviction....the only passion or conviction that either one of them has is political expediency. They have been very deliberate in making Obama's bid about race. HE did not do that. MICHELLE did not do that. Bill and Hillary did that. They know they can't inspire no matter how much they quote MLK or JFK. They are cheap tricksters and if we are lucky this will be the end of their influence on the party.

Posted by: willakp | January 27, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

ephemerella,
Hillary has what kind of experience ?

To use her husband's power and leap into Senate seat of NY (as a transplant) ?
She has less legislative experience than Obama.

Hillary is "Romney on Steroids". Will Pander and attack and say anthing to get elected.

Posted by: srikanth_ | January 27, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

>>I get the disquieting impression that Bill Clinton may be emotionally disturbed.

Don't base your ideas of the Clintons on the recent media coverage. It's been totally biased with open Clinton-bashing. You have to understand that the Clintons are being targeted by conservative media, who would love to have Obama be the Democratic candidate in the Fall and the liberal media, who has traditionally been gadflies for the centrist Clintons.

I was the bizarre spectacle on Fox News yesterday as Obama supporters and conservative commentators took turns laughing at the Clintons, mischaracterizing their behavior, and bashing Hillary as a candidate. Some Obama supporters have been teaming with conservative media outlets and pundits to bash the Clintons, which I think is really sad and inappropriate.

Jon Stewart's Daily Show website has a couple of fairly hilarious segments on how the media has been treating the Democratic primary race and making things up. ("Imposing its own narrative" on events). It's worth watching, not only because it's funny but because it shows clips of which commentators and journalists have been making things up.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=147886&title=the-race-card&tag=generic_tag_hillary_clinton&itemId=104903

http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=148480&title=mitt-romney-erupts&tag=generic_tag_hillary_clinton&itemId=104903

Posted by: ephemerella | January 27, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

As a progressive democrat who took the time to read more than the front page of the NY Times and Washington Post when the United States was gearing up for this ill-fated and illegal war in Iraq, I will not vote for Hillary Clinton. I won't play a part in further subjecting the country to the Clinton sleaze and gratify Bill and Hillary's lust for power.

Posted by: pmeyrial | January 27, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow...this is huge. I think a lot of Democrats are not happy that Hillary has pretty much yielded the floor to her husband -- and that rubs a lot of people (particularly Democrats) the wrong way.

Posted by: Jaxxon | January 27, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Ted is a old tired blunderbuss. The fools posting here think Mr Chapaquiddick Ted is a hero and that Bill, the only 2 term democratic president, is the villain. Shows why democrats are perpetual losers.

I think a whole of bunch democrats, the silent types anyway are so sick of Clinton bashing, they will stay home or vote for Bloomberg in Nov. I know I will. At this point I am serious questioning how I could have been a part of the same democratic party supporters that are lusting and baying for the blood of Clintons. These morons are no worse than the bloddy thirsty fools who cheered on the killing of Iraqis as sort of some gladiatorial sport in 2003.

Posted by: intcamd | January 27, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Daniel Barber,

Dont you think you forgot posting your SSN along with the address.

:)

Posted by: srikanth_ | January 27, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

>>Stop playing the gender card.

Wow. It's bizarre that's all you saw in the dozens of lines I wrote on this blog today. Especially since the whole point of my post explained my opinions why gender and race are not important this Fall compared to what bad things might be happening by then.

I don't suggest that your support for Obama is on account of his gender, I suggest that he lacks experience to compete for President given the multiple serious crises that are evolving right now. I also suggest that the Democratic Party base and left-wingers and idealogues are ignoring the obvious signs that the "experience-is-important" voter dominate the general election this Fall. The contest this Fall will be all about experience and competence with complex crises that will be evolving oingoing the state of the union. If the Republican party puts up McCain, Democrats might lose, even with Hillary + Bill Clinton as candidates. In the Fall, someone armed with a lot of studies, staffing plans and "10 point plans" will look damned good, especially if our currency crashes and bank system fails between now and then.

Posted by: ephemerella | January 27, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Folks: Hotnuke clearly has some problems that cannot be addressed in this forum. It would seem best if everyone could ignore the disturbed individuals who are seeking attention (and most likely have no social contacts beyond the internet) and let the WashPost clean up their sad contributions. MamaBlue

Posted by: womenbluedress | January 27, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I get the disquieting impression that Bill Clinton may be emotionally disturbed. This guy, as intelligent and articulate as he is, is als a totally self-absorbed, self-centered individual with an almost pathological need to be the center of attention. He has been out of the limelight for seven years--well-paid public speaking engagements are not enough for this man. His need to return to "center stage" in the White House may be so intense that it has pushed him over the edge into emotional disturbance. Hillary Clinton might make a competent president, but as an independent voter who leans strongly towards the Democratic Party,I think it is dangerous to the party and the nation to have Bill Clinton back in the White House, perhaps disagreeing with some major decisions made by the woman with whom, we must admit, he has had a dysfunctional relationship.

Posted by: wolfnus | January 27, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm doing a accompaniment of this primary, and I think is a absurd the "attempt of demoralization" of Mr Barack Obama, that comes winning this caucus, and all of us know he'll be the next president of United States, and will change the course of the foreign politics and will promote the development (still bigger) of this greater country of the world. Brazil needs very much. The growth of United States will be the growth of the Brazil. I'm mayor of my town Descalvado Estado de São Paulo.

Posted by: jccalza | January 27, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the hotnuke2007 person is listing some other innocent(?) person as his/her home address.

Mental illness is not uncommon among racists....but this person may be just doing unauthorized research for some psychology term paper.

Posted by: gandalfthegrey | January 27, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha ha, the WP removed my post, but left the racist rantings of Mr. Barber. Unbelievable!

Posted by: johng1 | January 27, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Hurray 4 OBAMA! Whup the Clintons big time! What's with experience? Did Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Bush2 have any national experience when elected? All HC has is one senatorial term representing folks in a state where she didn't reside. Could Nancy, Pat, Roz, Barb, or Laura run for president? Obama is as good as they come and is the right person for the job at this time. He can and will do the right thing. The past 8 years has to be reversed and we don't need 2 desks sitting in the oval office. If HC could run a campaign on her own and convince voters she's the best . . . okay, but it is obvious that she can't and therefore doesn't deserve my vote. OBAMA! Yes he can!

Posted by: jwhawk | January 27, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Contrary to what Bill Clinton tried to say last night, his administration didn't create the tens of millions of jobs he loves to take credit for: the dot-com boom did. I just can't stand how people write coincidence off for causality.

The Kennedy endorsement is huge. Clinton has a vast lead among superdelegates mostly comprised of Washington insiders, but the support of one of America's most loves traditional political families will have an effect on the superdelegates as well as voters themselves.

Posted by: schan7 | January 27, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

>>I can only say some of you guys calling for me to be banned,
>>as if that's ACTUALLY possible when I can switch user names at
>>will

I think that the Post can identify you by IP address. We can probably track you down by your IP address. There's just no excuse for being verbally abusive and you can never count on being anonymous in any online forum. The world is becoming a smaller place every day. A forum like this is a gift for people to share ideas, and your ideas are welcome, too. Just please try to control your tone and consider others' feelings. Some people care a great deal about their candidates.

Just some advice, offered with good intentions.

Posted by: ephemerella | January 27, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it isnt bias, maybe the reason that Ted & Caroline Kennedy's endorsement gets more press is due the fact that Hillary was seeking Caroline's endorsement also, and Ted is an influential senator (whether you like him or no) and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was the gubernatorial candidate that lost Maryland to the Republicans and assisted Glendening in running the state into the ground.

Posted by: keirreva | January 27, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

ephemerella,

Stop playing the gender card. Our support of Obama has nothing to do with sex. Obama has a vision, while all Hillary has are 10 point plans. Obama offers hope, while Hillary preys on our fears. Obama is the future, while Hillary is the past. Since you're so good at reading tea leaves, you should be able to see that.

I also find it quite hypocritical that women such as you accuse Obama supporters of sexism, yet she continues to tout Bill Clinton as one of the main rationales for her candidacy. That seems more sexist to me than anything any Obama supporters have said about her.

Posted by: p_seshadri | January 27, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

>>cmarina2: To "emphemerella": image and oratory are important,
>>along with good judgement and intelligence.

Well, Obama seems extremely agile on his feet. As soon as it appeared that he was whining too much about how the Clinton's tame criticisms were offensive, it seemed to me that he would be too weak to face the Republican attack machine in the Fall. I went on blogs and said that he's toast if he can't deal with someone accurately quoting back his words to him with different interpretations than he intended. Almost immediately, he came out with "these exchanges will make me ready for the Republicans." He seems very fast and able to dodge being pinned into weak corners.

Hillary Clinton seems much slower to adjust to changing conditions. She's in another state today, preaching to black congregations. She needs to improve her ability to connect with male voters, black and white, and figure out why she's has such a mechanical presentation of self while stumping. Spending more time preaching to black congregations is kind of clueless on her part, and she's behind the curve, which isn't really impressive.

In how adept he is at positioning himself, Obama seems quicker and more skilled on the campaign trail than the Clintons. If he's really talented in positioning himself, then it's good he has some kind of genius he can demonstrate on the trail.

But IMO, apart from his oratory and image skills, to run for President he would still have to prove that he can be effective as a manager and administrator in order to win a general election. It's hard to see how he can do that on the campaign trail, without any definitive record of action to point to.

My perspective, as an "experience voter" is this: This is the same old story of an experienced, better-qualified woman being undermined and marginalized in consideration for an executive position while everyone focuses on a less-qualified and glib male who is standing nearby. I'm as excited about a woman leader as a black leader, if not more so, and how she is being belittled is sad for me to see. But the important vote this year is about experience and that, and only that, is the core strength that will take the White House this Fall.

By Fall, we will likely be in recession, maybe a severe one. There will be millions of people who have lost their homes by then, and our banking and credit system may weaken dramatically if the monoline bond insurers fail. Other world economies may be forcefully trying to "decouple" from the U.S. economy by taking their commodities like oil and gold off the dollar standard, and if so, our currency may even crash like a 3rd world nation's. We will be facing more facts about the failed policies abroad and domestically. Russia and China will continue to build their militaries while we fight pointlessly in Iraq, and they will continue to build economic partnerships in Africa and South America, hemming us in on both sides of the Atlantic and to the South.

The outlook for the state of the union in Fall 2008 isn't good. It's potentially really seriously bad. By Fall 2008, the notions of "first black" and "first woman" President might sound like narcissistic affectations of identity politics, compared to the serious things that America as a whole might be facing by then. Obama, with a lite resume, will have too many negatives to be a serious opponent for a McCain. His left-wing endorsement will just hurt him in the general election, and make him seem more like a hollow idealist.

As I said in an earlier post above, there are already clear signs that Republicans are rebelling against the ideologues of their party to go for pragmatic, centrist candidates with experience, and this will be even more the case with independents and moderates. The Democrats who are supporting Obama are totally going in the wrong direction, they're not reading the obvious tea leaves of the Republican primaries, but focused on their own dreams.

Posted by: ephemerella | January 27, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Hotnuke,

It is truly sad that someone like you associates himself with the Democratic party. What a shame. I feel like I need to take a shower every time I read one of your posts. You are in obvious need of therapy. Fortunately after Barack passes his universal health care plan, you'll be able to afford it.

Posted by: p_seshadri | January 27, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Ted Kennedy's endorsement is HUGE for Obama. I believe the reason why Ted and other Senate Democrats have and will endorse Obama is because they realize that Hillary will be a albatross in November. The mere mention of Hillary's name is enough to send Republican voters foaming at the mouth and to the polls. If you are a Senator or Congressman up for re-election who would you want at the top of the ticket ? Someone who will drive Republicans to the polls against you ? Or someone who can actually build the party. Remember politicians are about self preservation first last and always.

GOPhunter.blogspot.com

Posted by: brokenglassdemocrat | January 27, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Who did not expect that Ted Kennedy would endorse Obama? Ted heads the far left liberal wing of the democratic party. When Kerry endorsed Obama you knew that Kennedy was close behind. They are joined at the hip.

The Clintons have always been from the moderate wing of the party. The Kennedyites could not control Bill. Don't forget that Clinton won twice without much Kennedy support. The Northeast democrats like the Northeast republicans have been out of step with the rest of the country for decades.

I'm voting for Hillary. Obama needs more seasoning. And he will not win dancing with the far left democrats.

Posted by: swannrl | January 27, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

hotnuke2008, when we hire people, we pay for research of that person. It includes a web search. If this is indeed your name, you are screwed.

But, if you are a high school drop out, you probably have nothing to worry about. I guess no one cares who is snaking out the toilet.

Posted by: johng1 | January 27, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

ephemerella -
The retarded racist published his own address. I think he should be the new spokesman for the Clinton Campaign. Him and ol' Bill would be quite the pair. There something you Clinton supporters could really be proud of!

Posted by: waldengreenwood | January 27, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Daniel (hotnuke2008): Don't get too upset with the people who support Obama. "Birds of a feather flock together."

There are people like you out there in Conn., N.Y., Calif., N.J., Mo., Tex., Ariz., Ark. and other states who see right through who the establishment candidate is. His name sounds foreign, but he is as entrenched as Kerry who tried to be in the White House since he was 18 but failed.

He is as entrenched as the family of the president who sent people to die on Bay of Pigs invasion less than 100 days into his presidency without U.S. air support or naval assistance.

He is as entrenched as the family of the president who directed the CIA to overthrow the-then Iraqi government and install the Baath Party which was soon controlled by Sadam Hussein.

He is as entrenched as the family of the president whose Secy. of Defense Robert McNamara said he strongly favored pulling out of Vietnam after 1964 election season. James Paul Clarke said, "A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation." (This quote often used by Hillary) Of course, he died before he won re-election. Result: tens of thousands of precious American lives lost. Stigma lasting until this day among the heroic Vietnam veterans who served their country proudly in spite of a president whose infidelity dwarfed all William Jefferson Clinton did (in spite of the former's short lifespan).

He is as entrenched as the family of Michael L. Kennedy who died in a ski accident on Dec. 31, 1997. He had an affair with a 14-year-old girl whose family refused to press charges. Under Massachusetts law, adult having sex with someone under the age of 16 is statutory rape.

Kerry lost to Bush. But don't blame it on the Clintons. Otherwise, it would 180 degrees from being manly. Marrying a rich widow doesn't speak manly either.

Posted by: brentm1 | January 27, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Another endorsement for Obama (Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas Gov.):
http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/01/sebelius_plans_to_endorse_obam.php

Posted by: RyanMcC1 | January 27, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The endorsement of Caroline kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy lends unequalled gravitas to Mr. Obama's candidacy.As the most respected Senator in the House of Representatives and as a woman of immense dignity and intellect,they are informing America that they are passing the torch of President John F. Kennedy to a new generation of Americans to bring desperately-needed change to the United States of America after eight disasterous years under the Bush presidency.

If anyone doubts the abilities of Mr. Obama to assume the presidency these two endorsements should dispel any doubts that Mr Obama is the right person at this time in American history to be the next president.

Posted by: richardn1 | January 27, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

he person who posts herein using the name hotnuke2007 has been reported many, many times to the WaPo for his/her unacceptable language and for the personal threats he makes against others. He/she has also posted as his/hers the name, address and telephone number posted again today.

Perhaps the WaPo moderators ought to check the record and then exercise the responsibility they have to keep these blogs free from folks like hotnuke2007

Posted by: gandalfthegrey | January 27, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Daniel Barber
425 Klondike Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314
(347) 406-4357

You aren't exactly the smartest guy around are you?

Posted by: starbuck1 | January 27, 2008 02:18 PM

Just for good measure, I wanted to repeat this in case the others are removed.

Boy, this guy is either lying or pretty dimwitted.

Posted by: johng1 | January 27, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Iowatreasures:

This sort of hatchet job is exactly what is turning people off to the Clinton campaign.

Posted by: mnjam | January 27, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, people, it's best to ignore Hotnuke. He's clearly mentally ill.

Posted by: RyanMcC1 | January 27, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

gee, hotnuke,
I'm sorry you're such an unhappy person. There's help available out there - you should contact someone. Call a local help line of some kind. You can get free counseling and medication. really.

Posted by: sfast2 | January 27, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Kennedy is doing what any good Democrat should do: recognizing and falling behind the better candidate -- the one more likely to win the general election, win it big, and generate the kind of mass, continuing public support necessary to accomplish anything while in office. HRC, in a desperate effort to retain and consolidate her front runner status, has resorted to a polarizing campaign. That does not bode well for her ability to win the nomination or, more importantly, to win the general election or get her program enacted if she did. HRC supporters need to start looking at her objectively and from th perspective of the long-term interests of the party and the country.

Posted by: mnjam | January 27, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Now THAT's a party. Ted can bring the rum and Obama can bring the coke.

Posted by: birvin9999 | January 27, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

To Daniel Barber:

Sir,

there'nothing wrong with using polite vocabulary when posting a reaction. Your persisent referencing to the N-word should not be included in that polite vocabulary. It's degrading, not only to African-Americans, but it also degrades you and disqualifies you for serious discussion.
I believe the majority of the posters here aren't saying that the Clintons are racists nor do they seem to believe that. I too don't think they are racists nor do I think Mr. Obama has been playing the race-card in these primaries. I do think however that the Clintons have shown that their moral standards are very flexible. They have made remarks that are just below the standards you would and should expect from a presidential candidate and a former president.
Furthermore, I think you should not be posting your actual adress. It borders on foolishness.

Posted by: wilmagerlsma | January 27, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I e-mailed the Washington Post about the offensive racial comments on this board. I suggest others do the same. Opinions and emotion are fine, even those that seem to originate in some mental imbalance, but flinging racial slurs around is unacceptable.

Posted by: Bob22003 | January 27, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

My, my. Where did all the anger come from on this site?

Posted by: dehall | January 27, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Where is the moderator for this board?

If the Washington Post allows all manner of trolls to post such offensive comments as some (ok..."one") above - then perhaps this paper isn't the place for intelligent discussion.

Anybody there? hello?

Posted by: sfast2 | January 27, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

One last comment to hotnuke2008. Please do not make this about race. You are playing into the media's hand. It looks like you lost the game you supposedly fought. Your comments lead me to believe you are throwing the race card this time.

Stop talking about race and start talking about unity. It is not about what makes us different! It is what makes us stronger.

Race does not matter! Issues matter.

Posted by: inspied1 | January 27, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU South Carolina, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and other supporters. Thank you!!!!

Posted by: valskeet | January 27, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

iowatreasures - "I support the Clinton's 100%. I have seen nothing they have done to warrant the rath [sic] from the media..."

If you have a couple of days to kill doing some research, type of the following fun search terms into Google:

The definition of "is"
Whitewater
Travelgate
Filegate
Rose Law Firm
Vince Foster
"Vast Right Wing Conspiracy"
Failed health care
Normalized trade relations with China
NAFTA
Al Qaeda WTC bombing
Al Qaeda US Embassy bombings
Hillary Clinton Wal-Mart
Juanita Broaddrick
Presidential pardons (Marc Rich, Hugh Rodham, etc)

The list goes on...

Yeah, I'm with you iowatreasures, I have seen nothing they have done to warrant the wrath from the media (or the American people) either!

Posted by: FrankDelfino | January 27, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Now that both Caroline and Ted Kennedy have endorsed Obama, does this mean three words: 'Vice President Kennedy'? Get back Oprah!

Posted by: ccjenkins | January 27, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Maya Angelou, the African-American poet who is one of the most influential and respected literary voices of the modern age, has written a poem praising Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign for The Observer.

"State Package for Hillary Clinton"

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may tread me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I'll rise.

This is not the first time you have seen Hillary Clinton seemingly at her wits' end, but she has always risen, always risen, don't forget she has always risen, much to the dismay of her adversaries and the delight of her friends.

Hillary Clinton will not give up on you and all she asks of you is that you do not give up on her.

There is a world of difference between being a woman and being an old female. If you're born a girl, grow up, and live long enough, you can become an old female. But to become a woman is a serious matter. A woman takes responsibility for the time she takes up and the space she occupies. Hillary Clinton is a woman. She has been there and done that and has still risen. She is in this race for the long haul. She intends to make a difference in our country. Hillary Clinton intends to help our country to be what it can become.

She declares she wants to see more smiles in the family, more courtesies between men and women, more honesty in the marketplace. She is the prayer of every woman and man who longs for fair play, healthy families, good schools, and a balanced economy.

She means to rise.

Don't give up on Hillary. In fact, if you help her to rise, you will rise with her and help her make this country the wonderful, wonderful place where every man and every woman can live freely without sanctimonious piety and without crippling fear.

Rise, Hillary.

Rise.

Posted by: brentm1 | January 27, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Please note the address below does not belong to Daniel Barber:

425 Klondike Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314
(347) 406-4357

Daniel Barber did not post the address so you can contact him. He posted the address as a ploy to get you to harass an innocent individual. I have not verified the phone number please do not call it.

We cannot let ignorance stand in the way of our victory. The reality is no matter who wins the primary election; Barack Obama spoke the voices of many. He opened our nation's eyes to help us understand we are all human.

If we stand together, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Black, White, Latino, Asian, Persian, Native American, Indian...as one we can overcome. As one we can unite our people and international relations.

No matter who wins, the message will be spread that we are Americans! A unified America will make our future bright and bountiful!

The fact of the matter is ignorance may stand in the path of a peaceful and united America but it will not stop us from joining hands with every ethnicity, gender, and religion.

Don't listen to the voices of fear, pray for them so they may know the beauty of living, loving, and learning from all walks of life.

Daniel (or whoever you may be),

Your words may or may not hurt us but they will never take our pride. Your words are simply that, WORDS. Your words do not stand in the way of the magnificence life offers us. You belittle yourself with ignorance. God bless you.

Posted by: inspied1 | January 27, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

A lot of you Hillary supporters are trying to blame everyone else for the Clinton's problems. Clinton's have only themselves to blame. They didn't have to say anything about Obama in the first place but after Iowa they panicked and went back to 90's playbook and it has backfired on them. I am very happy that Caroline and Ted have decided to endorse Obama because I think even a lot of the dems are sick of the Clinton's.

Posted by: sque1 | January 27, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm live in the UK and the Clintons have been shown on the BBC for what they are or what she is, hungry for power.
It was said just before the muppet sorry puppet Bill left office in 98, that Mrs Clinton would be in the divorce courts faster than a rat up a drain but for one thing the presidency some time in the future.
Unfortunately that future would appear to be NOW!
Go get them Barack.

Posted by: philip | January 27, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I urge everyone who does not have a tivo to find a friend that does.

Look at last week's "A daily show"

Jon Stewart nails it.

He shows the press and Obama supporters bloviating about Bill and Hillary, and then shows clips of what Bill and Hillary actually said, which shows the people in the press and the Obama camp complaining are totally full of it.

Obama and his supporters will regret the day they decided to play dirty pool.

Mainstream Democrats are furious with them and will only become more so when the clips go up on U-Tube.

Mark my words. When people see what the Clintons actually said, vs. what the Obama people have claiming, Obama is toast.

It couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch of guys.

Obama himself is fairly alright.

His supporters are major-league a-holes!!!

Posted by: svreader | January 27, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

No, hotnuke, dropping N-bombs makes you a racist.

Posted by: EdDantes | January 27, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

To "emphemerella": image and oratory are important, along with good judgement and intelligence. Obama has all these in spades, and as much government experience as many past Presidents, including JFK and Lincoln.

Posted by: cmarina2 | January 27, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

>>ephemerella, lay off the name-calling and try to get a grip. The
>>numbers repeatedly show that Obama has a post-modern
>>pragmatic appeal to people across the ideological spectrum.

But that is exactly my point. In addition to his party-base emotional connection, Obama 2008 is running a lot like Bush 2000. As Spring_Rain points out above, Obama's even saying the same things. If you recall, Bush had party base appeal but also ran as a unifier who would heal the divisiveness of Washington. While emotionally connecting on the right (as a born again Christian with evangelicals), Bush also ran as a "compassionate conservative" who would be a new kind of conservative. Well, we found out what his brand of neo-conservatism really was, and it wasn't compassionate or centrist at all. If Bush 2000 is the template for a unproven, ivy league face man's campaign for executive office, Obama is applying that template both in his emotional connection to the party base and the unrealistic, naive centrist ideals he's vaguely promoting. Obama 2008 is the left wing version of Bush 2000. Both are under-qualified, ivy league face men who had too little of a record to project their future actions as executives. Obama is saying the same kinds of things Bush 2000 was saying because they have very similar fundamental issues with having nothing else to pitch.

I do like Obama, but I like him as a new, junior senator and a possible future national leader, once his area of subject area talent emerges, up to an including Presidence. There is a shockingly low number of women and minority congressmen, especially young, elite-educated ones who can be groomed for high office. But he has no resume for any kind of executive job in any field, much less President of the U.S. as it faces multiple crises internationally and domestically. He didn't even establish a clear record while Illinois state senator, on account of his numerous "present" votes instead of "yes" or "no" on controversial issues.

If a favorable voter like myself can't find substance in his record, the Republicans will eat his lunch if they select a pragmatic centrist nominee. They're going to be using the "Barak Hussein Obama" line with the general voting public, and those voters who want to reassure themselves about who he is will just find him endorsed by left-wingers like Kennedy and when they look at his record of action, they'll see an evasive, insubstantial shell that doesn't really tell any story. In my humble opinion, Obama really, really needs a strong and clear record of action before he can even think about competing in a general election. Personally, I think that part of his charismatic appeal as is that he is so undefined, so people who tend to be idealists can project their own ideations onto his blankness. That is an old trick of charismatics, although it's unclear if he's doing that on purpose. Still one has to question his many abstaining votes on controversial matters and his praise of Reagan's idealogical leadership, given that Reagan, as an actor, was often deceptive. It's not that I don't trust Obama, it's just that the stuff of record that one would use to find proof in his actions rather than words, doesn't exist in his case, and voters in the general election will realize that, too.

There's a reason why conservative commentators are piling onto the Democratic primary race so rabidly, joining the Obama supporters in bashing the Clintons and praising Obama. They want him to be the Democratic nominee. Then, the dialog this Fall will switch to crises that the country is facing, and the need for experienced, seasoned leadership and "Barak Hussein Obama" will be standing there with his blank resume and Kennedy endorsements and looking like a left-wing child.

Posted by: ephemerella | January 27, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Amazing the morons who are allowed to post on the board. Isn't this board moderated?

Posted by: zbob99 | January 27, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Senator Kennedy for endorsing Senator Obama. He is the right candidate.

I feel it should be against the Constitution for a wife to run for president when her husband was president. A husband and wife are ONE. Bill Clinton was president for 8 years. He has had the maximum limit. It is obvious that he will run the white house again.

Wake up America. Do the right thing. It is time for a change. Barack Obama is the right candidate, not because he is a man and he is an african american. It is all about his character. His desire to do GOOD. To help the US recover and return to a civil society.

I am praying for America. If you think we need Bill Clinton in the white house again I ask you to really think again. Take off your blinders, look at the people running for office not at their skin color, not at their gender, but at the individual and what he or she is saying.

This is not a game! This is our lives. Be serious!

Posted by: acngozi | January 27, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

This may also signify where the uncommited super-delegates may be heading. If this thing goes to the convention without a nominee then it will be decided by the super-delegates. Considering the recent big name endorsements by Kerry, Leahy and now Kennedy tommorow sure makes Obama chances look good in a brokered convention scenario.

Posted by: zbob99 | January 27, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Ted Kennedy and his family are now standing up which is a sign that they see something that they have to correct. The Clinton lies and the tricks are reaching the point where it is starting to influence democracy.

Posted by: coatesmoe | January 27, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

This is GREAT news! As someone who "grew up" with the Kennedy's I take this as an endorsement worth a lot of weight with most Americans. Caroline's letter was a beautiful testiment to what I have felt for more than a year.
I am a 60+ white woman who says to Obama, Yes, We Can!!

Posted by: paulet | January 27, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I think the concern within the Democratic establishment is that if Hillary is the nominee, she will lose. She will unite and inspire the demoralized Republicans like nothing else. Plus many moderate Democrats and independents will be so discouraged by a Hilary nomination that they will vote Republican, third party or simply not vote. Another issue will be a probable "negative coat-tail" factor for any Democrats up for reelection. Hillary is a risk the Democrats cannot afford to take.

Posted by: zbob99 | January 27, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

This is HUGE! For Ted Kennedy to come out and endorse Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton is truly amazing. This signifies a major seismic rift and shift inside the Democratic establishment. I suspect there will be more to follow. Obama can win this thing.

Posted by: zbob99 | January 27, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Go Obama. We need a real change in Washington and you are the one who can bring it about. Enough is enough. Lets discard all these politicians and the lobbyists that help entertain them and which pollute our system of government. Fortunately there are a few of them with high enough standards who will, I am sure, work together with you in attaining the unattainable. Good luck and full speed ahead.

Posted by: elfriede1 | January 27, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Well I think you are entitled to your opinion nuke dude.
However, I think lots of people who like HRC do not approve of the way Bill has acted on the campaign and made her the Billary candidate. If HRC was running, things would be different. I'm sure that even you can understand that.
And yes, lots of people were predisposed to be anti-racism -- tough luck for people like you.

Posted by: gtlarkin | January 27, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

ephemerella : You have shown that, again, Obama haters do not read the information that's out there before they make statements.

Obama will not win over HRC, he will simply win because he's the best candidate. His policies on an economic plan and on fighting global warming/climate change have consistently been rated the best of all candidates, R and D alike. He is extremely competent.

I like and admire HRC a lot, yet I will support OB because he's best. Having said that, I found Bill's comment on Jesse Jackson in SC extraordinarily offensive and I am waiting for an apology from the Billary candidate.

Posted by: gtlarkin | January 27, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Hope is the source of ALL happiness. Today is a HAPPY DAY

Posted by: flabingo | January 27, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Senator Kennedy's endorsement will have a very positive impact on Mr. Obam's run to the WH. Being a senior senator and have worked with Hillary, it tells us a lot about weakesses of Clintons. We do not want a person who lied under oath to be in the WH again. World looks down on us when our leaders lie. Mr.Obama will be ebraced warmly in the world due to his diversity and JFK vision.Tariq Ahmed,Kirkland,WA.

Posted by: tariqahmed | January 27, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Ted Kennedy isn't the only Democratic Senator supporting Obama. Others will endorse him as well. And what does it say about Hillary Clinton that many of the more influential and experienced people serving with her in the Senate have chosen to support Obama? We had to live through eight years of Bill Clinton, with his botched approach to gays in the military, Hillary's failed health care reform program, the 1994 takeover of Congress by Republicans, Whitewater, Rose law firm papers, Travelgate, oral sex with an intern in the Oval Office, impeachment, and last-minute pardons of some truly sleazy characters. This is part of the experience that Hillary touts, along with her wise vote FOR the war in Iraq? After eight years of Bush, the most incompetent president in US history, we don't need the Clintons back in power. They had their day, but it's over. Time to move on, and that's why people are supporting Obama.

Posted by: Bob22003 | January 27, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

PS. How many of those 22,000,000 job were created by the internet?

Posted by: JayKay2 | January 27, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Iowatreasures: I can't believe you would say that Obama would say and do anything to get elected, when that is exactly what he challenged at the Clinton's and he was 100% right. The Clinton's have demonstrated a lack of moral compass for a very long time and people have been making excuses for them for a very long time. However, after 8 years of deception from Bush, how could you possibly elect to lead the country people that are known for being deceptive themselves? The Clinton's could have played a clean campaign, and maybe we wouldn't have noticed or remembered, but they didn't.

Posted by: JayKay2 | January 27, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Bill just can not keep his mouth shut, and he has revealed the Billary Campaign strategy in regards to race-baiting. Senator Kennedy is for real. I believe what he says. It is the Clintons who tell fairy tales.

Posted by: Absolute_0-K | January 27, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

ephemerella, lay off the name-calling and try to get a grip. The numbers repeatedly show that Obama has a post-modern pragmatic appeal to people across the ideological spectrum.

He's hardly a classic liberal, witness Paul Krugman's violent attacks on him and a lingering mistrust in the precincts of Slate and Salon. What he does represent is a break from the Clinton slash-and-burn style of politics, and a movement beyond the traditional New-Deal based theory of government as the sole facilitator of socio-political improvement.

I'm a long-time centrist Demo, active both with state and federal candidates. I originally supported the DLC thesis on which Bill Clinton announced he would govern, only to watch with dismay as he squandered the prospects for the country and the party. Many of us have come to realize with horror that the two of them would rather see the party lose in November than suffer the ignominy of watching another Demo take the oath of office.

HRC had every chance to wage an Edwards-style campaign, vigorous and issues oriented, and every institutional advantage over Obama, and she blew it. The two of them have triggered political repressed memory syndrome amongst lots of party faithful, and it's not a happy moment.

Posted by: zoot1 | January 27, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

As one great poet-philosopher uttered a generation ago:
"Once upon a time called NOW!"

Go Obama!

Bob

Posted by: rjwcampbell | January 27, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

While Hillary careers around on the stage, microphone in hand, shellshocked and blubbering, Bill and the boys are huddled somewhere, planning the next big attack on Barack Obama.

This is going to be one ugly week in American politics.

Posted by: stevefought | January 27, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

This should help Obama a lot with Latino voters. ...

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | January 27, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Bravo to both Caroline Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy! I am a lifelong Democrat, and I am absolutely disgusted with the mud-slingling, character assassination, incessant lying, and politics of personal destruction the Clinton campaign and former president continues to display. I will vote for John McCain before I ever vote for Hillary Clinton. The Clinton's win-at-all-costs campaign of lying, rumor, innuendo, tearing your opponent down and trying to scare the public is something they are experts at. I am enthusiastically voting for Barack Obama who is a person who can unite us all to solve the many problems our country faces. He brings inspiration, hope, and change, and we certainly need change and that means no more Bush or Clinton's in the White House. If one compares the spouses of the two main Democratic contenders you have Michelle Obama, a woman of intelligence, grace, class, and dignity and then you have Bill Clinton. Enough said. America deserves better than what the Clintons offer. When the Clinton's come asking for your vote it's time America just says NO.

Posted by: amitai | January 27, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I do not understand at all the Washington Post's willingness to post a comment from some idiot that Ted Kennedy would endorse Hitler if the media said it was a good idea. Is there no sanity, decency or filtration system in what is allowed to be viewed by others? What the heck goes on here? Whether you agree with him or not Ted Kennedy has spent the last 40+ years in the service of his country in the U.S. Senate. Somehow his liberalism has now made him a slave to the media and Nazism?? Honestly, there are times when I think the American people are complete knuckleheads; these comments just prove the point. If this kind of discourse is supposed to prove the value of the Internet I would just say -- turn it off.

Posted by: johnwpenberthy | January 27, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

This should be an excellent boost for Obama among Latinos.

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | January 27, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Honest to God, I can't believe he's going to do that. Now I've REALLY lost what respect I did have for him. That's crazy, absolutely crazy. But I will make this prediction: If Obama should get the Dem nomination, I surely won't vote for him, and because I can't vote Republican, I won't vote at all.

But all of you who have amnesia, who think Obama represents "CHANGE" just you wait-and remember that is EXACTLY WHAT PRESIDENT BUSH SAID AS WELL, I'M NOT A WASHINGTON INSIDER, I'LL BRING CHANGE TO WASHINGTON, CHANGE TO THE WH!

I wouldn't vote for Obama for dogcatcher-I truly believe he is innately disingenuous-a Richard M. Nixon in the making-that's apart from his appalling lack of experience, and his "scoring some blow when he could afford it" side.

Sheesh! Very very dangerous indeed!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | January 27, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

>>You, and every other lowlife piece of sh*t supporting that lying, lowlife, TREASONOUS RACIST NIGG*R OBAMA?
>>Posted by: hotnuke2007 | January 27, 2008 02:14 PM

This doesn't belong on this post. It's people like you who make it impossible for others to criticize Obama without being called racists and bigots. You accomplish nothing with your immature rants except make the Democrats look like children squabblign with each other. You are probably a republican doing this on purpose.

Posted by: ephemerella | January 27, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

ephemerella - that racist Daniel Barber posted his own personal info
Posted by: hotnuke2007 | January 27, 2008 02:14 PM

He might get upset if someone takes it down.

Posted by: starbuck1 | January 27, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Now how about that eh? The Kennedy's can see what a lot of us have seen and an increasing number of us are coming to see. This is no fairy tale - this is American's taking the future for themselves. Wake up, believe. Pick up that ball and run with it as fast as you can and never let it go.

Posted by: JayKay2 | January 27, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

To ephemerella,

If you look up-thread, you will see that the gentleman you are protecting posted his own address and phone number, along with an unprintable rant. You should report that as well. (I assume you did not see it -- it is quite unacceptable.) I was merely responding to his rant with a question.

Posted by: sfast2 | January 27, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

>>To the racist...
>>What's it like to be a moron? Is it fun?
>>Posted by: sfast2 | January 27, 2008 02:37 PM

sfast2, I'm reporting your post as offensive. You are way out of line posting that individual's home address and contact information and calling him a racist for expressing his opinions here.

I'm really sick and tired of how Obama supporters are bashing everyone who criticizes Obama as racists and bigots. If you really pay attention to the media coverage, it's people like you, and conservative commentators who are egging people like you on, who are making the Democratic primaries into such a divisive spectacle.

The candidates themselves are talking about real issues and their ideas but people like you and conservative commentators are piling on with all these racism accusations and other inflammatory exaggerations. You're not helping your candidate.

Posted by: ephemerella | January 27, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, all those left wing independents and republicans just love that entrenched partisan Obama. Right.

Posted by: starbuck1 | January 27, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Pardon me, the previous post should have said Conrad, not Dorgan.

Posted by: davestickler | January 27, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Kennedy endorsements are no surprise. The party left-wingers and idealists are going for Obama. For years, the Clintons have been resented for being centrist, by Democratic left-wingers.

The Democratic party leadership is making a big mistake if it thinks that experience and centrist voters will not be dominant this Fall, due to the problems the country faces.

I have a theory that the Democratic party left-wingers are so infatuated with Obama's callow, inspirational idealism because of all the years of repression and fury of the Bush administration's ideological abuses. While it looks like the Republican electorate is rebelling against the Republican right-wing base to go for experienced, proven leadership candidates over party-line idealists, it looks like the Democrats are doing the opposite and promoting an under-qualified idealist candidate over experience and proven record of competence.

Obama emotionally connects with the left-wing Democratic party base and is scoring support there. On the other hand, Republicans at grass roots are rejecting the ideological fixations of the party's right wing for proven leaders and experience McCain and Romney. Underqualified Obama looks a lot like Bush 2000, who emotionally connected with the right-wing base, and McCain looks a lot like Gore 2000, who was right for leadership but didn't emotionally connect with the democratic base. The big reversal in fortunes in the general election will be that, this Fall, the experience-and-competence-is-important voters will dominate due to the problems facing the country right now. So Democrats, leading off with callow Obama would lose handily to Republicans, if they nominate the experienced and pragmatic McCain (or even Romney).

I'm an experience-is-important voter. There is no way I can support another under-qualified, unproven ivy league face man like Obama as executive, after 8 years of Bush's disastrous leadership. The real "change" is not just switching one set of party-base ideologists for another. That's just superficial "change". Real change would be to put experience and competence and proven administration into the White House who are pragmatic and centrist. That would be Hillary Clinton or John McCain. Whichever of the two wins their party's nomination will take the White House, with voters who will be en masse looking for experience this Fall.

It's a shame that Florida won't have delegates, because they represent a lot of mature, older Democrats. They would be more pragmatic about the value of experience than the college students and overeducated idealists who are infatuated with Obama's image and oratory.

Posted by: ephemerella | January 27, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I hope Al Gore joins the fray too, finally sticking a fork in the notion that Hillary would be a more competent president.

But I think it already says a lot that many of the two senators' most senior colleagues -- Leahy, Kerry, Kennedy, Dorgan -- have already come out in favor of Obama, despite having known the Clintons personally for far longer.

Posted by: davestickler | January 27, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Another far left fossil of the Dems. Oh well, I just hope that Ted doesn't drive Obama in his car - especially over any bridges.

Posted by: birvin9999 | January 27, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

To the racist Daniel Barber
425 Klondike Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314
(347) 406-4357,

What's it like to be a moron? Is it fun?

Posted by: sfast2 | January 27, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I thought Hillary was running for president. She confuses Bills time as president with her "experience." She was his wife, you know, like Barbara Bush or Laura Bush or Nancy Reagan or Rosalyn Carter or Pat Nixon. Get real.

I am so sick of the Clintons. They are pathetic.

Posted by: starbuck1 | January 27, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, someone left the key in the asylum door today, what with Daniel Barber aka David Duke and iowatreasures wandering around without attendants. No sense wasting words on those two.

Teddy/Caroline=JFK flashbacks for over-60 Demos. Teddy helps to rebut the inexperience rap, and sharpens the question why so many of the Senate colleagues are endorsing Barack. If she doesn't even command the loyalty of Leahy, Nelso, Teddy etc., it may give the lie to HRC's argument that she works effectively with Repubs when the cameras aren't turned on. Cokie Roberts was flogging that on MTP today, but she did it with about as much conviction as if she was recounting an encounter with little green men from a spaceship.

There seems to be enormous anger within the party because the Clinton campaign tactics are ripping the constituencies apart in a year that was supposed to be a triumphal procession for whoever was nominated. The Clintons caused enormous damage in NH, which hasn't been repaired yet, and from the sound of Clyburn's post-primary statement, they ripped up the pea-patch in SC also.

And this person is supposed to solve complex national problems requiring bipartisan support? The way she's going, she wouldn't even get backing from congressional Democrats.

Posted by: zoot1 | January 27, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Um, clloyd?
Ted Kennedy's endorsement means far, far more than Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's. As does Caroline Kennedy's Op-Ed endorsement. This is indisputable. For your sake, I hope you don't believe they carry equal weight.

Posted by: RyanMcC1 | January 27, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it but Ted Kennedy did a right thing. I believe, he had a dream where his elder brother asked him to support Obama, who appeals to younger generation as John did in 60's. Welcome to the club! I just do not want both Clintons sitting actoss each other in Oval office with his and her desk.

Posted by: pamob | January 27, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how many Democratic losers will endorse Obama.
Two (Ted Kennedy & John Kerry) already did; maybe Al Gore, Howard Dean and Jimmy Carter will join them soon. But the only Democratic winner is Bill Clinton (won twice), who supported Hillary.

Posted by: dave_whal | January 27, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

JFK's brother and daughter surely know about JFK. The endorsements of Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy, if not influential, are informative.

YES WE CAN! OBAMA 08!

Posted by: starbuck1 | January 27, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

What's Al Gore waiting for? It's time to endorse Obama and put the Clinton era officially in the past.

Posted by: RyanMcC1 | January 27, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Once again the media shows its bias. Where was the press when Bobby Kennedy's eldest daughter (and fmr. Lt. Governor of Maryland) Kathleen Kennedy Townsend endorsed Clinton earlier this month? http://wjz.com/local/hillary.clinton.2.631199.html

Posted by: clloyd | January 27, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Al Gore- come on down!

Posted by: cjroses | January 27, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

They probably couldn't find work after Walmart, at the hand of Hillary, shipped their jobs to China.

Posted by: starbuck1 | January 27, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Obiously I was trying to say the Rezko tenants of Rezko were going WITHOUT heat while Obama was writing letters on Rezko's behalf on Illinois State Senate letterhead. gw

Posted by: Iowatreasures | January 27, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Kennedy is a disgrace. He couldn't be the king and now tries to be a kingmaker, which will fail just like his 1980 campaign.

Posted by: dave_whal | January 27, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Daniel Barber
425 Klondike Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314
(347) 406-4357

You aren't exactly the smartest guy around are you?

Posted by: starbuck1 | January 27, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

rubicon2: I think JFK and MLK would love the Clinton's. I think JFK, and especially Bobby Kennedy, would have looked at Obama in a suspicious way - wondering why he had a 17 year relationship with a guy from
Syria, who helped Obama become quite wealthy - a Chicago "fat cat."

I saw on some program, the letterhead Obama used when he was helping Rezko in his slum landlord deals, while the tenants were going with heat during the winter.

It is my opinion that Obama has divided the Democratic party in ways that may be unreparable. Obama has done irreparable harm to the democratic party, and to our nation, and to our world.

We have never been so divided. I support the Clinton's 100%. I have seen nothing they have done to warrant the rath from the media and the Kennedy's. It makes me rethink my respect for the Kennedy's. gw.

Posted by: Iowatreasures | January 27, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Anytime you feel jumpy, Mr. Kraus, I'll be waiting.

Me?

Daniel Barber
425 Klondike Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314
(347) 406-4357

You, and every other lowlife piece of sh*t supporting that lying, lowlife, TREASONOUS RACIST NIGG*R OBAMA?

Well, we don't know, as you're hiding behind your computers like the cowards you are.

Posted by: hotnuke2007 | January 27, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I have to say I am dismayed and disappointed at the Kennedy's endorsement of Obama. I believe in the Clinton's 100% and even Ted Kennedy can't sway my support for Hillary Clinton for President '08.

The Obama's have proven time and again they will say or do anything to get elected.

Here I am, living in rural Iowa, not affiliated with any campaign - I do not work for the Clinton campaign, however, I have a great deal of respect for Bill Clinton in how he turned our economy around and created 22,000,000 jops and conducted a rescue mission in Kosovo and got rid of a horrible dictator, when Bush I wouldn't do it because of political considerations.

I have had a slow progression from not even knowing Barack Obama's name, or what he looked like, or what race he was, before I became 100% disenchanted by Obama. My first assessment that the Obama's were out for the Obama's, was when, during the first debate, he alluded to the fact that his children were in private schools, and others did not have parents with the "influence' to get their children in private schools.

Then while I was wondering how Obama got 60 million dollars in campaign contributions practically as soon as he came to Iowa, when he was nearly unknown, to find out that his campaign was counting purchases as contributions. (I don't think there is a limit on purchases.) I kept wondering, "Just who did purchase all those bumper stickers?"

Then, about that time, I heard Obama say, "I know how to win elections."

Then I heard the media saying, "Is Obama black enough?" I thought that was a ridiculous statement by the media. I thought to myself, race has nothing to do with this campaign.

Then I heard Obama on the stump referring to such inspirational comments as MLK, and hope, and unity, and wanting to be president of both the red and blue states.

Then, on MSNBC, and my nephew saw on YouTube, saw, really saw Obama speaking directly to Ted Kennedy, "You are old . . . you need to get a spine."

So, I began writing letters to my newspaper and on this column saying how can Obama reconcile the nation when he can't even speak in a civil tone to Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Now, for Ted Kennedy, to turn his back on his long time friends, the Clintons, has me more than baffled.

The Clintons are good and decent people - I can't say that for Michelle and Barack Obama. How they could work on behalf o Rezko, writing letters on State Senate stationery, while Rezko, a slum lord, allowed his tenants to go without heat during the winter is beyond me.

You can't say Michelle wasn't also involved in the decisions about Barack's 17 year relationship and collusion with Rezko - The way the Obama's met was at the law firm where Obama became a junior lawyer in the firm, and Michelle was pegged to mentor Barack.

This Obama/Rezko relationship is curious to say the least. Obama claims to have only worked 5 hours for Rezko, and then only by the way of helping a church with a land deal of some sort.

How, then, did Rezko feel compelled to help Obama get $300,000 knocked off the price of his (Obama's) mansion, when Rezko, the same day, paid the full asking price, for an empty lot next door? It doesn't take much imagination to figure out why Rezko did that for Obama, or why Rezko managed to have fundraisers at Rezko's mansion and Obama ended up with
$168,000 in contributions.

How does the media give Obama a free pass when he had a 17 year association with Rezko, when in fact, Obama says it was only about 5 hours worth of work.

Obama's fringe benefits and bonuses far exceed Rezko's gratitude for a simple 5 hours worth of work.

The media also baffles me how it has such bias against the Clintons. The world has always known the Clintons to be special people, beloved by people around the world.

How does the ridiculous media think that people here in America and around the world don't see through their bias. We know bias when we see it.

We are supposed to be a beacon of hope and unity around the world, not just in the Obama's world. The Clinton's have proven they work for hope and unity. The media and Obama have not.

Obama speaks eloquently about hope and unity, but his (and Oprah's and Michelle's) remark during the Iowa caucuses, bringing MLK into their speech and rallies, proves it is just that - rhetoric.

The media should be ashamed of itself - the world is watching, and we are supposed to be proving that a democratic society is the way to go. Well, obviously, it may not be. If the media has its way. gw.

Posted by: Iowatreasures | January 27, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

forjarigirlonly: You forgot Colorado! (Where Obama has a slight lead, according to today's poll.)

Posted by: stickeen | January 27, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Who is this guy hotnuke2007? Where the hell does he get off calling Kennedy a scumbag? Them's fighting words, nuke, the kind the Clinton camp would use.

R M Kraus
Akron

Posted by: rmkraus | January 27, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Caroline Kennedy's comparison of Obama to her father, JFK, the ultimate icon in American politics, followed now, by her Uncle's endorsement of Obama gives a Camelot sheen to Obama. And, by contrast, highlights the tincture of sleaziness around the Clintons. It's academic whether this is fair or unfair. Images and metaphors are important in campaigns.

It seems to me though, that Mr Obama is an intelligent and decent person. His oratory is moving and inspirational. And the ability of a candidate to create inspiration and hope in his audience is an important quality of leadership. Mr Obama has this. Sen. Kennedy thank you for seeing in Mr Obama what was present in your brother all those years ago.

Posted by: rubicon2 | January 27, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe in endorsements much but I believe Ted Kennedy's endorsment of Obama is very huge. Older voters have been lacking in Obama's growing coalition and I think Older voters who are more prone to listening to party elders will now be drawn to Obama's candidacy. I didn't think Obama's prospect for winning the nomination were very big, but after yesterday and today's news I frankly think the man is going to win the nomination. Bill and Hillary have really turned off many democrats now. Go Obama!

Posted by: lumi21us | January 27, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS HUGE!!! GREAT, GREAT NEWS!! I AM ABSOLUTELY THRILLED!! WHAT A WEEKEND FOR OBAMA SUPPORTERS!!

i Agree, Obama all the way to white house. I u live in any of the following states PLEASE MAKE SURE TO VOTE ON FEB 5th:
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Connecticut
Delaware
Georgia
Idaho (Democratic Party Only)
Illinois
Kansas (Democratic Party Only)
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Missouri
New Jersey
New Mexico (Democratic Party Only)
New York
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Tennessee
Utah

Posted by: forjarigirlonly | January 27, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

This is pretty big. Watch his web hits (and other more traditional polls) go up, almost for sure:

Web Hits:
http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=40

Google Searches:
http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=30

Posted by: davidmwe | January 27, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

The Boston Globe said the endorsement announcement tomorrow is going to include Ted and Caroline Kennedy. Quite a tableau!

Posted by: cmss1 | January 27, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I have had much respect for the Clintons but I trully despise foul play. Yesterday speeches by the Clinotns confirmed to me their lust for power and their unwillingness to play by the rules. Invoking Florida, was the last straw. I was very pleased when all the major channels covering the election results stopped broadcasting their speeches. Senator Kennedy has done the right thing and I applaud his decision.

Posted by: skusimba | January 27, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Senator Kennedy's endorsement could not come at a better time or be more strategic in light of Super Tuesday. According to the Boston Globe:

Kennedy plans to campaign actively for Obama, an aide said, and will focus particularly among Hispanics and labor union members, who are important voting blocks in several Feb. 5 states, including California, New York, New Jersey, Arizona and New Mexico.

Thank you, Senator Kennedy.

Posted by: Jeff-for-progress | January 27, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS HUGE!!! GREAT, GREAT NEWS!! I AM ABSOLUTELY THRILLED!! WHAT A WEEKEND FOR OBAMA SUPPORTERS!!

Posted by: uofmdgrad | January 27, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Clinton has let her desire for the Presidency get in the way of clear thinking as a Democrat. Her and Bill tag teamed the brightest star of the party Obama. For that, Hillary's campaign will liklely collapse and lose support. A sin of arrogance and a willingness to engage in the same low road as Republicans on race. How ironic.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | January 27, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

While I generally feel that most endorsements don't (or perhaps shouldn't) carry weight, I feel a little differently about Ted Kennedy. One of the reasons that I'm hesitant about Obama's candidacy is his lack of experience. Kennedy's endorsement alleviates my concerns to some extent.

I do wonder though whether Kennedy would have come out with an endorsement at this stage had it not been for Bill Clinton's behavior over the past week. Personally, I have been a Hillary supporter since day one, but Bill's actions have made me reconsider how I'll vote on Feb 5th. While I do think Hillary would make an excellent President, I don't want to listen to Bill for the next 4 years (not to mention next 10 months).

Posted by: cspengler | January 27, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

One thing folks will never say about Ted Kennedy is that he ever met a load of tendentious **** that he didn't recognize! In the context of this discussion, you can take that either way, I guess.

Posted by: sneadp | January 27, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Just shows me how much Ted Kennedy is susceptible to media influence. He'd endorse Hitler if the media was playing him up as a saint, just so he didn't look like he wasn't on the bandwagon. While I've had some respect over the years for this man, and have defended him from a lot of scurrilous attacks from the Right-Wing, today he's shown he's a lowlife scumbag, willing to ignore OBVIOUS lies in order to pander.

Posted by: hotnuke2007 | January 27, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Huzzah! Good for him for doing the right thing.

Posted by: davestickler | January 27, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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