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California Democratic Race Tightens


Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton talks on her cell phone as she walks off the plane in San Diego, for a campaign rally at San Diego State University Friday, Feb. 1, 2008. (AP).

By Dan Balz
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton once enjoyed a healthy lead in California, but private polls taken in the past few days show the race tightening. Sen. Barack Obama's campaign has responded by expanding its television advertising in the hope of springing an upset there next Tuesday.

California is one of four states the Clinton camp cited as the foundation for her Feb. 5 strategy -- New York, New Jersey and Arkansas being the others. The state was good to her husband in his campaigns and he repaid Californians by showering them with attention and assistance. The state's sizable Latino population -- and the high-profile support from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa -- also gives Clinton advisers optimism that she will carry the state next Tuesday.

That may still be the case, but the Obama campaign is pushing hard there now. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy campaigned in heavily Latino East L.A. Friday and was scheduled to appear at a rally in the Bay Area, as well. The Obama campaign added two more media markets to its initial ad buy earlier this week, and decided to buy in still more markets on Friday. Obama also got a boost from the Los Angeles Times, which endorsed him in glowing terms on Friday.

Sources based in California and elsewhere said Clinton's lead is now in the low single digits with four days left in the race. Obama got a bounce from his South Carolina victory last Saturday and the Kennedy endorsements -- Ted, Caroline and Patrick. Whether that momentum will last or whether there is enough time left to overtake Clinton won't be known until Tuesday. Clinton advisers believe she has an edge among those who already have cast their ballots, so whatever late support Obama is picking up could be offset by ballots already submitted. Obama's advisers say fewer Californians than usual have voted early.

Obama left the state Friday morning and does not plan to return. Strategist David Axelrod expressed cautious optimism about the state of play, saying he believed Obama still has some wind at this back. "I just don't know if there's enough time," he said here in New Mexico after Obama's economic summit on Friday.

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Posted by: Braden mepac | April 9, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

To laplumelefirmament Just to remind you, Obama said he would fix the borders to stop the masses entering here. You say illegals are FORCED to break the law by us not giving them drivers licenses?? What on earth kind of logic is that? In case you haven't noticed they already have broken the law.
Girls on the street with no money or place to go, enter into protitution, should we provide them a nice place to conduct their business? How about drug dealers trying to support their families, should we buy them a car to deliver their drugs? Why is it so difficult to realize the big picture? We do not support law breakers, in America, by rewarding them. This country was built on laws and the enforcement of them. You and those who support illegals and all the giveaways we the LEGALS pay for, are beyond any rational discussion. We, the people will continue fighting this wrong whether you like it or not, and without providing drivers licenses. It must stop! Continue on this road and you will take down this country to become a third world country like Mexico.
With all the ferver illegals have shown with their sense of entitlement, I suggest they go back to Mexico and put that energy into fixing it's problems. Work hard, like our forefathers did, and make it a great country like the United States. By the way, I also support Obama!

Posted by: jackiesaner | February 6, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE.

Talking is easy delivering is the real deal.

Posted by: milton1052 | February 4, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

YES WE CAN!!!!!GO BARACK!!!

Posted by: cat11402 | February 3, 2008 3:11 AM | Report abuse

YES WE CAN!!!!!GO BARACK!!!

Posted by: cat11402 | February 3, 2008 3:11 AM | Report abuse

YES WE CAN!!!!!GO BARACK!!!

Posted by: cat11402 | February 3, 2008 3:11 AM | Report abuse

I have been canvassing and calling for Obama here in Los Angeles and I can tell you things are looking very very GOOD!

As stated in this article, many vote by mail early and the votes that were mailed prior to South Carolina will most likely favor Hillary. I have talked to several people who say they wish they could take it back - kind of like Hillary's war vote.

The delegates will be split, but with the Service Workers Union, L.A. Times, MoveOn.org and the Progressive bloggers who favored Edwards ALL coming out for Obama, it's looking like people are finally waking up!

Hillary can unite the Republicans - to come out and vote for McCain or Romney. Her vote for the war cannot be excused and gives them so much MORE ammunition than all that is already there. She might be a very good President, but I truly don't believe she can win the general election. And Obama will be more than 'very good' for our country - he will be a GREAT President and inspirational world leader.

Obama can and the Democratic Party knows it.

LET'S GO OUT AND CHANGE THE WORLD!

Obama '08

Posted by: suesher | February 2, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Number of paragraphs = 1
number of spelling or grammar errors = 19

Thanks lucy.roache for illustrating why the "intelligentsia" choose Obama.

Choosy voters choose Obama.
Obama for President, '08!

Posted by: jade_7243 | February 2, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

As a women an a profesional and Democrat,I'm seeing this campaing too hostil against the Clinton. Hilary is a very strong a knowlegeable in all aspect. I read all the coments like people with no education. Lets the people decide who can lead this country. The latinos need to know that if are illegal don't have any right, just let that the emigration process be fix and decide the best for them.

Posted by: lucy.roache | February 2, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

An appeal to Democratic Party voters in caucuses and primaries.

I appeal to all my democratic American brothers and sisters who are voting in the caucuses and primaries to select their presidential nominee. This appeal comes from a person from India, the biggest democratic nation.

Destiny awaits you. The greatest day in American history awaits you. The annals of history wait to be rewritten, provided you choose Hillary Clinton as your presidential nominee. Thus, for the first time in your history you won't have to say Americans never had a chance to elect a woman president. It doesn't end here.

I also appeal to Hillary Clinton to request, choose and declare Barack Obama as her vice presidential candidate. And I also appeal to Barack Obama to accept it in good faith, for better and not for worse. Thus, again for the first time in the history of this great nation you won't have to say we never had a black vice president.

KILL TWO BIRDS IN ONE SHOT! I wonder which Republican combination can challenge such a great duo.

Even in India we had woman prime minister and now president. And prior to as a nation, we had Queens like Rani of Janshi and others. Who have said that women are bad leaders or politicians? Why Americans have to shy away from electing a woman president? I know Americans are good people and they will all unitedly rise up to the occasion to elect a woman president and a black vice president, thus creating a new history in the history of this great nation.

GOD BLESS AMERICA.

From:

Ivo Oscar Faleiro.
Goa - INDIA.

Contact: ivofaleiro@gmail.com ; ivofaleiro@yahoo.co.in

PS: Please pass this appeal to all your American friends without fail and especially to Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton. God bless you all.

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

One thing really sticks out in my mind after reading all of this. The Hillary supporters have taken on the nasty spiteful attitude of Hillary and Bill. I'm from Iowa and after Hillary lost here she said we didn't know what we were doing and are not the typical American voters, we never pick the president. Now wait a minute, just because Iowans were able to see through Hillary and Bill does not mean we don't know what we are doing. The way Hillary was in Iowa is polarizing and that is her true self. Hillary supporters can say what they want about her, (talk about people just drinking their Kool-Aid) but most of you haven't and won't look into the scandals that Clinton's have continually been involved in and have thrust our nation into the national spotlight, in the embarrasement column. It is no wonder we have no respect in the world! When we continually put people like this into office that have no morals it speaks of us who vote these people into office. I for one am tired of the old school force feeding Hillary and Bill to all of us. I stood for change in Iowa! I will continue to stand for change! Maybe come November we could unite as one and write in Obama if Clinton gets the nod. I don't think I can jump on a Clinton or McCain band wagon regardless how far right or left either one of them are.

Posted by: hottee55 | February 2, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Apparently not much thought has been given to the fact that Obama might be the choice in the Spring, but come November, his candidacy could be the difference between a win for the Democrats or a win for the Republicans. Hillary Clinton may not be America's ideal choice to become president but she could prove to be the difference that will stop the McCain movement. And God only knows we do not need McCain.
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Posted by: ezwriterpja | February 2, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Obama remains a small, know-nothing, smarmy hypocrite. I am a white ultra-liberal Democrat who has been voting for Democratic candidates consistently since McGovern -- and voted for a lot of losers.

Obama is one loser I don't intend to vote for -- at least in the primary. I don't think I'll have to worry about him getting the nomination.

Posted by: sal | February 2, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

You can talk, talk, talk....Senator Clinton's supporters are going to vote for her, period and I'm betting there's more of them than there are of you.

Posted by: silverlucie | February 2, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's secret weapon is one that the Clinton's don't have an answer for. This secret weapon offers America and the world something that the Clinton's couldn't , even on there best day.

As someone that is old enough to remember another time and place in this country when the the American people was looking for a reason to have a sense of pride and the ability to dream big dreams with endless hope and possibilities for a better tomorrow. A young man came onto the world stage and changed this country with his inspiration and hope. The critics said it couldn't be done and he told us , we are going to the moon within 10 years, AND WE DID !

Here we are today decades later and America is once again watching another young man with a unique ability to lift people up with a sense of pride , honor and integrity and the ability to give people a reason to believe again, that our best days are yet to come. Someone that understands that real change comes from the bottom up , and all things are possible with the will of the American people behind you.

The vision of a young man that tells us "we are one people" and YES WE CAN.

Yes Barack Obama is one of them leaders that has the unique ability to break down the walls that divide us , and get us all on the same page as " ONE PEOPLE".

But Barack Obama's secret weapon is one that this country and the world can take pride in , it's one that the Clinton's don't have an answer for because, this secret weapon comes with Honor , Gracefulness , Integrity , Intelligence and the background of life experiences of real every day people.

MICHELLE OBAMA ...............OUR NEXT FIRST LADY.

Posted by: cakemanjb | February 2, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's secret weapon is one that the Clinton's don't have an answer for. This secret weapon offers America and the world something that the Clinton's couldn't , even on there best day.

As someone that is old enough to remember another time and place in this country when the the American people was looking for a reason to have a sense of pride and the ability to dream big dreams with endless hope and possibilities for a better tomorrow. A young man came onto the world stage and changed this country with his inspiration and hope. The critics said it couldn't be done and he said he told us , we are going to the moon within 10 years, AND WE DID !

Here we are today decades later and America is once again watching another young man with a unique ability to lift people up with a sense of pride , honor and integrity and the ability to give people a reason to believe again, that our best days are yet to come. Someone that understands that real change comes from the bottom up , and all things are possible with the will of the American people behind you.

The vision of a young man that tells us "we are one people" and YES WE CAN.

Yes Barack Obama is one of them leaders that has the unique ability to break down the walls that divide us , and get us all on the same page as " ONE PEOPLE".

But Barack Obama's secret weapon is one that this country and the world can take pride in , it's one that the Clinton's don't have an answer for because, this secret weapon comes with Honor , Gracefulness , Integrity , Intelligence and the background of life experiences of real every day people.

MICHELLE OBAMA ...............OUR NEXT FIRST LADY.

Posted by: cakemanjb | February 2, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

BEWARE !!!!

TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE FRIENDS OR RELATIVES THAT ARE ILLEGAL!

CLINTON OPPOSES ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DRIVER'S LICENSE!

IF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE NOT GIVEN DRIVER'S LICENSES THEY WILL BE FORCED
TO BREAK THE LAW!

AND SINCE IT IS A CRIME TO BREAK THE LAW, IF CAUGHT YOU ARE EXEMPT FROM
A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP!

THIS WILL FOREVER BAN YOU FROM BEING A U.S. CITIZEN!
THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO DEPORT YOU!


OBAMA BELIEVES THAT THOSE WHO BLAME IMMIGRANTS FOR JOB LOSSES AND LOW WAGES
ARE USING LATINOS AS SCAPEGOATS. CLINTON ON THE OTHER HAND BELIEVES THAT LATINOS ARE
IN PART RESPONSIBLE FOR JOB LOSSES AND LOW WAGES.

OBVIOUSLY OBAMA IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR LATINOS IF YOU WANT TO STOP THE BLAME ON LATINOS!

SAY NO TO THE SCAPEGOATING!

SI SE PUEDE! SI SE PUEDE! SI SE PUEDE!

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | February 2, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the recent Democrates debate in L.A.

At last the war in Iraq was being given centre stage. Quite rightly so, because it is the most important issue in this election campaign.
Among the blogs relating to the debate the question of trust came up over and over ' can we trust Clinton ? can we trust Obama ?'.
While the rest of the world is asking 'can we trust the Americans ?'

The fact that the US has one of the worst health systems in the western world and the most powerful armed forces on the planet gives the impression internationally that the US has little regard for the value of individual human lives.

The arguement that Europe still owes America their total support because America came to their aid in the second world war has now worn quite thin. When France exercised it's democratic right to refuse to wage war alongside the US in Iraq they were threatened with reprisals from the Bush administration. So much for democracy, the rights of the individual and mutual respect.

Europeans have begun to seriously mistrust America to the point that the average European fears America more than it fears any other country, terrorist group or fanatical dictator in the world.

During the second world war the USA was led by President Franklin D Roosevelt who once wrote these words in a letter to to Adolf Hitler ....

'Nothing can persuade the peoples of the earth that any governing power has any right or need to inflict the consequences of war on it's own or any other people save in the cause of self-evident home defence.'

'We recognize complex world problems which affect all humanity, but we know that study and discussion of them must be held in an atmosphere of peace. Such an atmosphere of peace cannot exist if negotiations are overshadowed by the threat of force or by the fear of war'

Here's another FDR quote..

'The Nazis have justified such actions by various pious frauds.

One of these frauds is the claim that they are occupying a nation for the purpose of 'Restoring order.'

Another is that they are occupying or controlling a nation on the excuse that they are 'protecting it' against the aggression of somebody else.'

And elsewhere he says..

In future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms...

The first is freedom of speech and expression - everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom for people to worship God in their own way - everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want, meaning economic understandings that will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants - everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear - which in world terms means a worldwide reduction in armaments to such a point that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression on any neighbour - anywhere in the world.

These are strange, but inspiring, words coming from a President who was so often accused of being a warmonger .

The America that went to aid of Europe in the second world war went reluctantly, as is good and right, war can only be a last resort after negociations have completely broken down. This wasn't the case in Iraq.

I wonder if FDR would refuse to talk to other world leaders on the grounds that they have different ideologies, politics or religious beliefs or simply because they are simply not liked !!

The foreign policy of the US in recent years has scared the rest of the world and the US cannot expect any real support from their former allies until

the Iraq war is over and until the US has a government worthy of international respect. People may go along with a bully out of fear and for a while but a bully can never command real respect. Is it an exaggeration to call the US a bully ?.... please read again the above FDR quotes and apply them to US foreign policy under the Bush administration over the last 8 years.

Pious frauds... WMD .... the war on terrorism .... Osama bin Laden ... Saddam Hussein ... etc:

The Iraq war must stay on centre stage through out these elections unless the US wants to continue to stand alone supported by only a few weak and fearful nations. Standing alone will also have a devastating effect on US internal economy, exports, jobs and money left over for education and health care.

Iraq is THE most important issue of this election.

Posted by: clayfeaw | February 2, 2008 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Barack the builder, Can we build it? Yes we can!
Grow up people.
Empty vessel of hope. A Rorschach test for democrats who fill in all the details with their hopes and dreams, but he doesn't stand for much. I gave to his campaign early so he could get an audience, but he hasn't done anything with the podium. It's close, but I'd rank the Senators 1. Clinton, 2. McCain, 3 Obama... Romney's close, but chewed off his own arm to escape the open-minded liberals he bedded when he was elected Governor in Mass. What a jerk.

For an example of what happens when you elect an empty vessel of hope see Deval Patrick in Massachusetts, 12 months into his term and he's just starting to put some policies together.
The legislature is now running the state and he is still eating at the kids table.

Posted by: rlee | February 2, 2008 4:55 AM | Report abuse

The major media and highly successful business women in US have become rabidly anti Hillary and rabidly pro Obama. They waited till a few weeks ago when Hillary, in a debate, made a blunder in answering whether she approves giving driving license to illegal immigrants. Then all of them jumped on her like a ton of bricks! In the very next debate, Obama made the same mistake about the same question and there is hardly a whisper about it. No organization wants to employ a fresh MBA as their CEO though he may be a straight A, when an expererienced and time tested MBA is available. It is high time that major media and doubting women show a little less partiality. US should not miss this opportunity to elect a woman president for the first time in its history. Hillary is a very capable person. It will not be possible to find another woman of similar capability for a long time. We should not miss this opportunity. It is very sad that the media is giving her such a bad publicity for a few of her minor snafus.

Posted by: hcsubbarao | February 2, 2008 4:43 AM | Report abuse

@loudermilk

If you don't know what he stands for, you simply haven't been listening ... that is fact.

I heard a woman at an Obama townhall repeat this really tired line about 'all that sounds great, but you haven't told us what you are going to do' -- and Obama responded, and rightfully so, because I had just sat through the enlightening but somewhat dull without 'soaring rhetoric' half hour ...'I just spent the last half hour telling you...' -- she gave out a nervous chuckle, and said ' no, seriously...' ... and without missing a beat he hopped in quite annoyed, 'yes, seriously, I just spent the last half hour explaining my health care plan' in other words, where were you...?

How embarrassing to be called out like that, and that type of response, when his sardonic side pops through, probably won't win him any votes if you're on the receiving end -- BUT this, what does he stand for question, is just ridiculous, how's about getting off your arse and going to his website and reading the pages and pages of policy he has laid out if it's so elusive, in my opinion he provides equal amounts of substance about his policies as Clinton does, in the short time he has on the stump -- my GOD, people, are you really that lazy -- or are certain ones just deaf, because they want him to be a suit of air... if only that was true, it would make everything alright...

A thought process only a cynic could love.

Posted by: sheckywoo | February 2, 2008 4:32 AM | Report abuse

Dan, Dan, Dan. You still don't get it. Particularly at this point, it hardly matters who "wins" a primary state. It's just a matter of delegates won. With proportional allocation and a competitive race, whoever "wins" California will just get a (very) few more delegates than the "loser." Crossing that magic threshold to a popular plurality means nothing.

You media guys need to finally leave your mindless horserace mindset. Statelines don't matter anymore. This is now national trench warfare.

Posted by: threedy | February 2, 2008 3:36 AM | Report abuse

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/20/us/politics/20clinton.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1201929521-8e7TU2AXIyLIVI1yHMWmjg

ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! The story in the above link is one I found while looking for details concerning the latest Clinton Scandal involving the $31 Million donation to Bill Clinton's Foundation. It mentions that donation but that is just a drop in the bucket, and more importantly, it demonstrates just how intertwined Hillary is herself with this whole mess. This is a MUST READ for anyone who intends to vote in the primaries or next November in the general election. I hope that anyone presently planning to vote for Hillary will have the courage to read this story very carefully with an open mind. Bear in mind that this is not a story from some disreputable organization - it comes from the New York Times, which is not only in Hillary's own home state (at least the one she represents in the Senate) but it is also the one that has endorsed Hillary for President! If this country has ever had a President who is more unethical, more corupt, or possibly more criminal than either Clinton, I honestly don't know who it could be.

Posted by: diksagev | February 2, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Can anyone tell me what Obama really stands for? It seems that during each debate he comes up with many, many witty and authoritative one liners and yes, he certainly is a polished speaker, but it seems that there is just more icing hidden below the carefully laid icing.

I realize that many people do not LIKE Hillary Clinton. However, what does liking our President have to do with anything? Will any one of us go to dinner with the next President? How many long phone chats will we have with the next Commander-in-Chief? How many personal secrets will we share with the next Leader of the Free World?

Liking a Candidate got us George W. Bush--too many people worried about liking him and never looked beneath the icing.

We need cake, too.

Posted by: loudermilk | February 2, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Ya know when you're parallel parking your car, and against your better judgment you leave that little bit of space in front of you... you think, no one would/could dare to squeeze their car in there, plus you have plenty of space to pull out -- then when you come out, you find that someone has snuggled their sub compact into that tiny bit of space in front of you and cozied right up to your bumper... and NOW you can't get out -- THAT is what is in store for Hillary Clinton

Because that's what Barack Obama needs to do in California and by golly I think he's doing it - I would love to see him pull off an upset here, but I won't be disappointed to see it 2...3...5 points behind in the final tally-- basically negating Clinton's delegate count...

So here's to Obama, the snuggle and cosy up candidate, that's literally and figuratively going to be great on gas for America...

Posted by: sheckywoo | February 2, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

It really is a shame that a delegation as large as California could be a rush to judgement that might determine the Democratic nominee and possibly the next President of the United States; especially considering how the Clintons and their supporters have been so instrumental in setting up the primary/caucus schedule in a way that they thought would benefit Hillary the most at the time that state primaries and caucuses were scheduled.

Hillary Clinton has done best (double digit wins)in the 2 states that were stripped of their delegates by the DNC. Hillary blew away the competition in Michigan and Iowa where she was the only major Democratic candidate on the ballot in the former; and the only Democratic candidate to violate both the rules of the DNC and her personal agreement with the other candidates against campaigning in Florida. Her other (narrow) wins, New Hampshire and Nevada came in states where the schedule did not allow any of the candidates to concentrate their campaign for a significant period of time. In every state that has voted, Hillary Clinton has seen a once huge lead evaporate as voters have had time to see her and hear her (and her opponents) and make up their mind about who would make the better President. In the states where the candidates were able to spend the greatest amount of time, Senator Obama has been able to catch Hillary and defeat her rather soundly. There is obviously a trend of voters recognizing that Ms. Clinton is not the best candidate for the job when they get a better opportunity to get a close look at her campaign; they really like what they see in Senator Obama and understand that he is the best hope for America's future; or more likely it is some combination of both these things that makes Clinton's big leads disappear. I can only hope that a prize as large as California doesn't fall into the wrong column for no other reason than such an important state doesn't have a couple more days for voters to see the light!

Posted by: diksagev | February 2, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Obama is the real deal and he is going to take California , and he may even take New York. Obama has a grass roots get out the vote ground army , unlike anything this country has ever seen.

The American people want there White House back , and Obama if the right person at the right time to heal this nation.

NO MORE CLINTON SCANDALS !

Turn the page

YES WE CAN

Posted by: cakemanjb | February 2, 2008 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Hillary will take California. BO has already left the State. He is in NM

If you are all Democrats, did you get a laugh when you saw Ann Coulter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2JoSo17Azk&

Posted by: Roosevelt1 | February 2, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

It's simple. Obama expands the democratic vote. Hillary expands the republican vote. Obama wins. Hillary loses.

Posted by: doug | February 1, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Polls Made To Order

This is a cheap trick to diminish Clinton's lead in California and in the nation. The polls they are referring to are the Rasmussen and Gallup polls. These polls are very predictably conservative, and you can bet before Feb.5, they will have Obama leading in California. While you are viewing their polls, peek at the history. You will find time after time their polling are way off from others.

Put your seat belt on because we are headed for the polling ride of the 2008 presidential races. Keep in mind, the Rasmussen and Gallup polls have a very predictable pattern that favor conservatives and Barack Obama.

Joseph

Posted by: joseph_b26 | February 1, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else wonder about the absence of the CDF or Al Gore's endorsements for the Senator from New York? Doesn't it seem a bit strange that they have not backed Mrs. Clinton? It seems even stranger still that Slick Willy is having to try and strong arm folks like Senator Kennedy by asking/begging them to either support his wife or remain silent... Looks like Bill is trying his tactics again with Gov. Richardson. Perhaps a VP offer to entice him? Hopefully, Gov. Richardson is aware he is being lured with empty promises to realize he should back Senator Obama. And don't even get me started with continued ethics questions surrounding the Clinton's and their most recent misadventures, to the tune of $31 million dollars. Don't the American people want to have a President they can respect? Obama is CLEARLY the only one in the democratic race with the decision making abilities, moral compass and support of those he has worked with to obtain the democratic nomination.

Posted by: tafter17 | February 1, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I supported Edwards, actually voted for him by absentee ballot here in CA but my ballot was returned because I had neglected to sign it. Now I've got a 2nd chance and I'm going for Obama. It's time to move beyond the Clintons and Hillary makes a very good US Senator. Hillary would likely lose next November, particularly if her opponent is McCain, which now seems likely. Obama can win, he can govern, and we'll be in better shape after 4 years of Obama in the WH than with any of the other contenders. And he should put Biden at State and Edwards as AG (won't that give the corporate criminal class nightmares!)

Posted by: kelly | February 1, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I live in the SF Bay area, and I am one of the few registered Republicans in the area... I'm not thrilled with my choices in the primary so I've been talking to a lot of Democrats about the upcoming vote -- and I've personally converted at least 4 Hillary supporters to Obama. A Hillary nomination is almost a guaranteed Republican win in November because she will motivate so many people like myself, who will vote for anyone, and I mean ANYONE, rather than vote for her.

Besides, the president can do almost nothing on his/her own. The only effective president is one who can motivate Congress to act on his agenda (no sexist implications there, I'm just tired of trying to be gender neutral). And if Congress isn't willing to go along, the president needs to motivate the American people to get involved. A president who is unable to inspire and motivate is just another warm body occupying the White House. So who cares who that is.

Obama has consistently demonstrated that he can inspire and motivate. He has convictions and he seems to have principles that he stands behind. I don't agree with a large part of his agenda, but I would rather have a principled man who seems to truly care about the well being of this country and its people in the Oval Office than someone who will say or do anything to get elected, thus proving that sitting in the office is more important than trying to do something good for the country. Everything I have seen from both Clintons leads me to believe that they just want the office.

And Obama impresses me as a leader, not a follower. The Clintons have always impressed me as stick-your-finger-in-the-air-and-see-which-way-the wind-is-blowing-and-that-is-where-we're-going-today politicians. I.e., they're followers, not leaders. I want a leader as president, not a follower.

Enough of my ranting -- I still have 4 more days to convince more Hillary voters to switch to Obama... :-)

Posted by: gkouye | February 1, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

The Bay Area momentum is all Obama -- I know at least 10 people who've decided to go with Obama from Edwards and Clinton in the last couple weeks, and not one person who's switched from Obama to Clinton. If he can maintain the excitment for 4 more days, I think he will close the gap and then some -- especially with the infrastructure of volunteers (and now the SEIU) in place. The enthusiasm among his volunteers is greater than I have seen in any race that I've been involved with since I started working as a volunteer in 1980.

I just don't see this sort of enthusiasm and support on Hillary's side, but maybe it's a Bay Area bubble - I hope not.

Posted by: hermanSF | February 1, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

As each primary has approached this season, the race tightens to the point where its anyone's game. CA will be no different. Obama has my vote and I wish him the best.

Posted by: maq1 | February 1, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

As much as some like Hillary, dividing the country and turning out the base will not do it. The Republicans got 60 million votes with Bush; how many would they get against Hillary? Obama is head and shoulders the better candidate!

Posted by: gmundenat | February 1, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

GO Obama! No more co-presidency's!

Posted by: hsibomana | February 1, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

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