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Calif. Contest Leads to Battle of the Bands

By Garance Franke-Ruta
California Democrats go to the polls on Tuesday and that can only mean one thing: a sudden surge in campaign efforts to trot out the brightest cultural stars in the Left Coast firmament, and by those stars in support of their favored candidates.

Today, a new independently-produced video by of The Black Eyed Peas and director Jesse Dylan (son of Bob) was released on The video is a sung version of Obama's pre-Nevada caucuses "Yes We Can" stump speech -- itself a riff on the rallying cry of the United Farm Workers, "Si Se Puede!" -- and features a star-studded cast ranging from bow-lipped ingenue Scarlett Johansson to Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, as well as musicians John Legend and Herbie Hancock. The video, which first appeared Friday on ABCNewsNow's "What's the Buzz," quickly hopped to YouTube, where it's sure to become a hit with the young voters whose turnout has been essential to Obama's success to date.

Hillary Clinton today countered by announcing the support of Grammy-award winning R & B singer Mya Harrison -- an endorsement that might actually carry more weight in the D.C.-Maryland region, from whence Mya hails. Mya will serve as national co-chair of Clinton's HillBlazers, the campaign's youth outreach program. "It is with great passion and absolute certainty that I am proud to announce my support for Hillary Clinton for President," Mya said in a statement released by the campaign. "As President, Hillary will inspire young people and all Americans to make their voices heard."

And on Monday night comes the Obama campaign's boldest cultural outreach effort to date: the first ever Deadheads for Obama concert, sure to draw attention from a slightly older audience than the video. According to, "Members of the Grateful Dead will host a get out the vote concert in support of...Obama on Monday, February 4th at The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco."


Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will be joined by Jackie Greene, John Molo and Steve Molitz at the concert, which will be simulcast live onto the internet on This will be the first time that the members of the band have performed together since 2004, Lesh says on his web site, adding, "They have agreed to reunite for this one-time-only event in order to lend support to Senator Obama leading into the crucial "Super-Tuesday" series of primaries."

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 2, 2008; 5:50 PM ET
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To hotnuke2008:

Most Exit polls show that the less educated form the bulk of a lot of supporters of Hillary Clinton. You have confirmed that you are a perfect example of an uneducated cheer leader by the gutter language you employ all the time in your postings which are just disgusting for a decent society while tarnishing the image of the Clintons you claim to be supporting. It is clear that being a LOWLIFE you live underground in NYC as you cannot face reality. You are a MORONIC SCUM who cannot live in a free World. IDIOT.

Posted by: tzinc2002 | February 3, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

To jemartinjr:

You are so right. Hope is a good word and when spoken by an orator it can inspire.
But it will take much more than hope to get this country on track again. Hillary Clinton has the experience and intelligence to do just that. This from a college educated white woman in sunny Arizona.

Posted by: Kansas28 | February 3, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

To hotnuke2008 in response to his attack on tracer :

You have identified yourself as an IGNORANT, MORONIC SCUM who generates all the lies and BS put out by the LYING, LOWLIFE, RACIST, SCUMS OF THE EARTH, PIECE OF SH*T that pollute the HILLARY CAMPAIGN. I am surprised that the Clinton Campaign have not sanctioned you for being a BAD PR for them. You aren't the kind of people we want in the Democratic Party. Why not join your REAL brethren in the Repuglikkkunt Party. You are REAL high on hate-mongering, lies, propaganda, unreasoned dislike, and just plain stupid idiocy. Analysing your postings, I guess you may end up seeing a Psychiatrist when the polls prove that OBAMA is no fluke when you discover that your 'god' Hillary is vulnerable on Super Tuesday. Get a life Idiot. You are the biggest disgrace in America and you are not fit to be called a human being. Animal

Posted by: tzinc2002 | February 3, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

to hotnuke08: hey fella, where did you come from? The religous right Swift Boaters? They are right here in Texas, the
throwbacks of the medieval times. A vote for Hillary is a vote for Bush. Both psychologically impaired. Both father bashing. She hides it beneath a "pretend" facade. See this Week sunday Feb 3rd interview. A long litany of Obama bash.
Like your vulgarity shows. But it seems that it is more rage at a racial difference. Obama is a bi-ralcial, a synthesis of what is happening in this country, as race and culture intermarry. Therefore, he represents the country and its future. It is time to stand up for Dignity, Hope and a Unity in this country.
Didn't you know, that the Saudi's are depositing $10 million at a time into the Hillary bank account, as a promise to elect her and buy up America? It may be rumored thus. She is not Barbara Jordan, who carried a lot of weight but a pretty-pretty woman who's vanity will remain her pretense. Yes, it is a good thing to read Obama's issues and policies. I am a senior woman for Obama and our future.
Hillary Clinton, with her trophy husband running illegally for his 3rd term, does not represent me, at all. I am independent of a man's ego. And a descendant of the 60's in California, when the feminist movement was talking to women about having an independent ego.
Your words, Mr. hotnuke08 were vulgar. Mr. Obama is not vulgar. He is dignified.

Posted by: jrb1065omega | February 3, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The very idea the Clintons represent "Washington Establishment" is laughable.

Posted by: zukermand | February 3, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

My hope is that people who are looking at Obama need to look at the details. Obama has no details.

You're misinformed. Go to He lays out each and every proposal in detail, some far more so than Hillary does. Just because he doesn't bore the public with a laundry list of policy proposals doesn't mean he's lacking substance -- it just means he knows how to inspire/win a political campaign.

Posted by: RyanMcC1 | February 3, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama' s mantra is for hope and Clinton's is experience. My hope is that people who are looking at Obama need to look at the details. Obama has no details. Clinton has shown great detail in her plans for healthcare, Iraq, the mortgage meltdown and foriegn policy. With so many problems facing this nation we need a president who is experienced. This is why I am voting for Hillary Clinton. If she is not the nominee I will vote for John McCain. Comments from an college educated, Black man from Florida. GO HILLARY!!

Posted by: jemartinjr | February 3, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

A vote for O is a vote for O.
The second one is occupation.
Come on Mr Lesh, I find it hard to believe you could tolerate this brutal and gory occupation.
Maybe we can just elect the CEO of Blackwater.



Posted by: charterbus | February 3, 2008 4:36 AM | Report abuse

Yes in every exit poll taken up to this point everyone of them showed that Clinton supporters are less Educated.

I don't think we really needed a poll to know that though , it's easy to see on the blogs.

Posted by: cakemanjb | February 3, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

I invite you to check this link, to check how the big donors are contributing to the Democratic and Republican campaigns.

If you take the time to review the data of contributors to political campaigns, you will find that the majority of the high contributions come from people that can afford to contribute in order to financially empower their favorite candidate. They want to make sure that their candidate will be in the White House to protect their interests, to help them increase their wealth, and who will enact policies to keep and increase their fortune and influence. They want to continue as members of the elite that controls and reigns wages, and employee benefits, and almost everything we need.

When making contributions, why do you think they prefer Hillary Clinton or the Republican candidates? Why do you think they very rarely contributed to John Edwards or Barack Obama's campaigns? Now that Edwards has stepped out of the race, Barack Obama and they certainly will not contribute to his campaign.

These powerful contributors don't give to Obama because they are afraid he will awaken the dormant middle class and poor population in the nation. We have low income, low education levels and many brothers living below the poverty line. We must increase the level of education of our children; more young people should be able to afford higher education, and we must increase our income and eliminate the numbers of those living below the poverty line.

The states where the middle class and the poor live, are the ideal places to dream for a better future, a future where opportunities for growth, better education, well-paid teachers, and affordable health insurance will be available . How can we achieve this dream? We just need to for the right candidate. We can dream bringing our heroic soldiers home from a war we shouldn't have waged; where our warriors will receive prompt and efficient medical attention close to home, where they will heal from their physical, mental, and moral wounds. We can do it, if we vote for Barack Obama.

Barack Obama may not get the money from high contributors, but he has received thousands of humbler contributions from us; Barack Obama received $32 million in January and most of this money came from contributors that do not appear in the high roller statistics. We need him in the White House and we are the only ones that can take him there. Let's give these powerful contributors a lesson by ruining their plans for more wealth and power. Let's show them who the real boss is. Let's vote OBAMA and give our hopes and dreams a chance to become a reality. Remember, YES WE CAN. YES WE CAN. SI SE PUEDE, YES WE CAN. VOTE OBAMA.

Posted by: esther_624 | February 2, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Who is Mya? Nobody even has heard her name. How is that endorsement going to help Hillary.

Posted by: ChunkyMonkey1 | February 2, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Nobody with a PhD will say they have a doctoral degree. They will say 'I have a PhD'. If you are voting for Hillary that shows that you are either a senior citizen or somebody who has no clue of the problems facing this country. Hillary is just a scream. She will say anything to get votes.

Look at her experience claims. She did not claim 35 years of experience when she was in Iowa. When she lost Iowa and went to New Hampshire all of a sudden her experience grew from less than 8 years in senate to 35 years of service. Now in California tv ads she isclaiming more than 35 years. If you let her campaign for a few more months, her number of yeas of experience will bemore than her age itself.

Nobody can trust Hillary's words. After all she is the chief architect of the whitewater fiasco, travelgate fiasco and stock sale scandal and failed healthcare.

No more Clintons in the white house.

Posted by: ChunkyMonkey1 | February 2, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing "underwhelming" about the Grateful Dead.

Posted by: LouisaNewcomb | February 2, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

imo the best Obama music video on YouTube is "Fired Up, Ready to Go" with drummer Matt Cameron from Pearl Jam, and the Total Experience Gospel Choir:

I was looking for music videos supporting Hillary, but didn't find anything...conparable.

Posted by: TomJx | February 2, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

The facts. Not a Washington Insider doing the same thing for years as a politician, Romney has a sophisticated understanding of the challenges we face in both the national and global economies. He is a highly educated and successful leader in business making money by turning around floundering companies such as Staples and helping to produce thousands of jobs, understands the importance of people, organization, research, planning, communication and direction. He was class valedictorian at BYU, MBA and LAW degree from Harvard. While Governor of mostly Democrat Massachusetts, he brought the fractured constituencies together and they became the first state with a universal health care plan that seems to work, official figures indicate that roughly 200,000 previously uninsured residents have gained health coverage, a 45 percent drop in minimum premium costs and a 34 percent reduction in the uninsured. He took no salary at all as Governor because as he said, I have enough. He lowered state taxes, most of what Romney raised was in the form of fees, not taxes, such as court filings and firearm licensing fees. But he also closed loopholes on corporate taxes. Increased funding for education, Massachusetts students ranked #l in the nation in education. Increased penalties on drunk driving. Never supported the release of criminals convicted of serious crimes. Never was first to bring up religion. He turned around MA's economy from deficit to surplus, balancing their budget in less than 4 years. How dare he do his job well and for no pay on top of it!!! When the Salt Lake City Olympics crumbled under corruption/scandal and financial disaster he went to Salt Lake, took over for a one dollar salary, saved the Olympics and made it profitable. He led a massive security mobilization at the Olympics in the wake of the 9/11 attack and, as governor, helped build up Massachusetts' homeland security efforts. He supports a strong military. He is concerned about illegal immigration and what it means to the security of the United States. He wants to retool America and bring the jobs back home. I can certainly understand liberals hating Romney, after all he's been married to the same woman. He's from a close knit family and values family first. Regarding his flip-flopping on big issues? He may have flipped but not flopped! Everyone, and that means everyone in politics makes mistakes, gets to change their mind once after gaining more knowledge, and most politicians seem to change more than once. Stand all of the candidates up next to each other in a direct comparison of what they really have done and then vote for the best person to make good change and run the country in the right direction.

Posted by: dcdinnell | February 2, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I usually don't comment on the comments posted after an article. However, after reading the comment by hotnuke2008, I had to respond. I am an Obama fan and will vote for him if the primary continues to Wisconsin. With that said, if Clinton wins the primaries, I may not vote for her if she has people like you to defend her. It is unfortunate that you, as an alleged Democrat, can be so disrepectful and extremely offensive to another Democrat. Yes, we can passionately support our candidate but in supporting our candidate, we do not have to tear down another candidate or his supporters. Hotnuke2008, please think before you write because you are doing more harm than good for your candidate.

P.S. Is it me, but I am sick and tired of people stating what their ethnicity or gender is before stating who they support. Let's not fall into the trap of the pundits by either proving or disproving their pontifications about how race and sex factors into one's voting decision. Thanks.

Posted by: Asm437aa | February 2, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

To Hot Nuke:

Yikes! Hot Nuke you are a Hot Nut for sure!
Your aggressive defense of HC is seemingly at odds with the bigger picture here -- we all are looking for some positive vibrations not additional derision. Stay calm and keep your finger off any triggers. Stop harshin' the armed service family for their hopeful views and cut your caffeine intake by half.

Posted by: steph | February 2, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Ok I am big fan of Obama.

But that song was really cheesy definitely not something to brag about. Even the concert idea with Deadhead is underwhelming. Also Mya......... nobody cares, go make an a hit album.

Posted by: nmuindi | February 2, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm a proud Caucasian American male with a college degree who's wife is serving in Iraq. We both are hoping and praying for Obama. It's about the judgement, not the lifetime longing for power. We hate the Clintons for their race-baiting divisive political strategies. We will not vote for her if she wins. We are also life long Democrats.

Posted by: tracer | February 2, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I think Jerry Garcia, our dearly departed Deadhead Front man, would have supported Dr. Ron Paul. Paul said, if elected, he would fight to restore our countries constitutional government. This includes abolishing taxes, legalizing drugs (and in fact Dr. Paul said he would pardon the countries millions of non-violent drug offenders currently imprisoned immediately plus GET US OUT OF IRAQ NOW! Not by 2013 as Obama has said. Saying 2013 is like saying 3013. They, the powers that be, would find away to stay even after 2013 -don't believe the hype!

ronpaul2008 dot com gdtrfb adap2k

Posted by: charterbus | February 2, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I am a proud African-American female. with a doctoral degree. voting for Hillary.

Posted by: LadyEagle | February 2, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Mya oh my god,she is like so yesterday. Her career was aiight. she has no pull and she signed on for the youth movement. Wait she like close to 40 right?

Posted by: djwimberly | February 2, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Yes HRC does well with "less educated" voters but there is no doubt Obama has the all important "hip" vote.

Hillary voted for the War in Iraq.

Posted by: cjroses | February 2, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

This post, like most of the other posts here, are in no way, shape, or form anything approaching real journalism. In this post, they've even switched from their usual braindead horserace coverage to promotion.

If you want real reporting, you're going to have to do it yourself by asking Obama to defend his policies:

On a related note, the upper right corner shows "Immigration Battle Divides Ariz. GOP" as one of their top political stories. In that article, the author compares those who support our laws to the Nazis:

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | February 2, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

An endorsement from who? Mya Harrison? Oh. You mean "Mya." Is she still singing?


Posted by: jrg2k | February 2, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

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