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Dodd Gives Clinton a Gentle Nudge


Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Sen. Christopher Dodd (Conn.) during their news conference today in Cleveland, where Dodd endorsed Obama, his former rival, in the Democratic presidential race. (AP)

By Alec MacGillis
CLEVELAND -- In issuing his endorsement of Barack Obama here this morning, Chris Dodd made abundantly clear -- in the most decorous and senatorial of terms, to be sure -- that he believes it is getting near time for the Democrats to call it a race.

"This is a moment of unity in our country, a time when we need to come together as the Democratic Party and get behind a candidacy that expresses the hopes, aspirations and ambitions of million and millions of Americans," he said, standing beside Obama in a hotel function room. Dodd added: "I don't want a campaign that's only divisive. But there is a danger of it becoming that, not because the candidates want it to, but too often the advisers and consultants, others are seeking that divisiveness.... It is devastating in the longer term."

Asked directly, Dodd denied that he was urging Hillary Clinton to quit the race. But he added a warning against any harshly negative attacks in the final week before the crucial March 4 primaries here and in Texas -- a warning that comes as Clinton's campaign is giving indications that it is in the midst of launching a final assault on Obama, at tonight's debate and beyond.

"I want to offer a cautionary note to the campaigns and the people around them: Be careful this week, we have good people running, we have remarkable people running in these two candidates, and I know the temptation of campaigns, beyond the ability of the candidates themselves to control it, can get out of control. We have witnessed a little bit of that here, and I'm worried about it," Dodd said. "We're on the brink of a great victory [in November], and I don't want to see us lose that opportunity because of mistakes made or divisiveness."

Obama accepted the endorsement with lavish praise for the tone of Dodd's campaign and his emphasis on issues such as civil liberties and education. Dodd, whose own candidacy never took off, joked that he had expected a year ago that around now he would be picking up Obama's endorsement for his own campaign. And he was candid about having, until not so long ago, regarded the 46-year-old first-term senator as a bit of a whippersnapper.

"I'll admit that I was skeptical, like many others, as to whether or not this new face in American politics could do all the things he desired to do," Dodd said. But he said he had come around to supporting Obama after observing more of him on the campaign trail and in the Senate, and after seeing the energy he is generating among young voters, which Dodd said reminded him of his own reaction to John F. Kennedy four decades ago, when that president inspired him to join the Peace Corps.

"The question has always been the same: 'Yes, but is he ready?' Since that time, he's been poked and prodded, analyzed and criticized, called too green, too trusting, too lofty. And through all that, he's already won half of our nation's states in primaries and caucuses, and the votes of more than 10 million Americans, showing judgment, grace and poise in the process," Dodd said. "He's ready to be president."

Dodd, the first former 2008 Democratic candidate to endorse Clinton or Obama, dismissed a challenge from a reporter who asked him to reconcile the endorsement with criticisms his campaign made of Obama last fall, when it ridiculed some of Obama's statements on foreign policy as betraying his inexperience in world affairs. "We can flyspeck every statement being made over course of the campaign," Dodd said.

Asked what precisely had changed his mind about Obama during the campaign, Dodd cited Obama's address to Detroit automakers about the need to improve fuel efficiency. But the other reasons he gave for coming around on Obama actually preceded the campaign: He said he had been impressed by Obama's questions during Condoleezza Rice's confirmation hearing in 2005, impressed that the veteran Indiana Republican Dick Lugar had chosen Obama as his Democratic partner on nuclear proliferation issues, and impressed at Obama's work on ethics reform legislation, which Dodd said showed "courage."

It is unclear how much campaigning Dodd will do on Obama's behalf, though Dodd, a fluent Spanish speaker, mentioned the possibility of traveling to Texas for him.

The International Association of Fire Fighters, which endorsed Dodd late last year and also has long-standing ties with the Clintons, has no plans to transfer its backing to Obama, a union spokesman said.

Dodd said he had called Hillary Clinton last night to inform her of his decision. "These are not comfortable conversations," he said. "These are not easy things to do... I believe [Hillary and Bill Clinton] have made significant contributions to our country and I believe very deeply and sincerely this morning that Hillary Clinton will continue to make a significant contribution to our nation in the years to come. But it is now the hour to come together."

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I can't believe what I see: OBAMA getting more support and votes? He is so new to it all, I am not ready to vote for someone with NO EXPERIENCE. No matter how much charisma a candidate has, experience and knowledge are more important.

Are people so naive and so easily led by rhetoric with NO SUBSTANCE ? There's no substitute for experience. People who blindly ROOT for Mr. Obama have not THOUGHT THIS OUT.

I am, at best, a bit ambivalent towards SENATOR CLINTON but she has my vote. She has leadership qualities but MOST OF ALL: EXPERIENCE!

SENATOR OBAMA would be like having a president who would not know what to do in a crisis and it SCARES ME to death!

Posted by: azelko2001 | February 27, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

YOU MIGHT BE AN IDIOT:-)

If you think Barack Obama with little or no experience would be better than Hillary Clinton with 35 years experience.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience can fix an economy on the verge of collapse better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) led the greatest economic expansion, and prosperity in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience fighting for universal health care can get it for you better than Hillary Clinton. Who anticipated this current health care crisis back in 1993, and fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds to get universal health care for all the American people.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience can manage, and get us out of two wars better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) went to war only when he was convinced that he absolutely had to. Then completed the mission in record time against a nuclear power. AND DID NOT LOSE THE LIFE OF A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER. NOT ONE!

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience saving the environment is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) left office with the greatest amount of environmental cleanup, and protections in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with little or no education experience is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) made higher education affordable for every American. And created higher job demand and starting salary's than they had ever been before or since.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience will be better than Hillary Clinton who spent 8 years at the right hand of President Bill Clinton. Who is already on record as one of the greatest Presidents in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that you can change the way Washington works with pretty speeches from Obama, rather than with the experience, and political expertise of two master politicians ON YOUR SIDE like Hillary and Bill Clinton..

Best regards

jacksmith...

Posted by: JackSmith1 | February 27, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

gbooksdc:

I posted just a couple such scenarios the other day in a previous thread. If I can find those, I will post them here.

Marnie42:

I would never vote for Hillary in a million years, but you are wrong about the Weathermen Group. Have you not heard of Obama's link to them?

Posted by: JakeD | February 27, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

The Clinton campaign has taken over the comment section! Too bad that Hillary would be just a rerun of Bush...she hires her cronies, spends money like a drunken sailor, divides the Democrats and hides her records. America is weary of Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton. Do you think Obama would have been endorsed by the Kennedy's, Biden and everyone else if had any links to terrorists? Obama is the one who can beat McCain. Hillary cannot.

Posted by: Marnie42 | February 27, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

sort = short

(McCain could even win California ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 08:30 PM
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Under what scenario? Dems (under Kerry, in my view a pretty bad candidate) beat GOP by 1.2 MM in 04. Obama is increasing Dem turnout, turnout for McCain has been ordinary. I'd really like to hear a rational scenario.

The way I see it, Ohio will definitely flip for Dem in 08, TX is a possibility. FLA goes DEM if Graham is on the ticket. Those three states alone equal a comfortable Dem win.

Posted by: gbooksdc | February 26, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

All I can tell you is that the Republicans I know (no names will be revealed) are pissed as hell that Romney is out and Obama is winning: they want Hillary desperately.

They are a bit politically terrified of Obama because he seems untouchable and most disturbing, an unknown quantity. They say that at least they know the Clintons and know how to deal wuth them.

They also fear that if Barack HUSSEIN Obama is as good as his campaign, it could be Democratic WH and Congress for quite a while.

They alternate between depression and a curious furious anxiety.

I have to admit that I feel bad feeling so glad when I hear them talk. Feels like a paradigmatic
shift is about to happen.

And that doesn't even begin to describe how the lobbyists are feeling. Kinda like passengers on the Titanic hoping that Barack is not the iceberg they are fearing. Lots of denial=based acting out. Money, food etc just flowing.

Kinds weird.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

"What Fools We Mortals Be". LOONYBIN2000, your posting name is certainly appropriate...

Posted by: sboyd18 | February 26, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

svreader writes: "Not true. Prior use of "hard drugs" is a garenteed show stopper.
I'll see if I can find you some links..."

svreader, I recommend you first find some dictionary or spelling links, then spend the rest of eternity finding some links which do not exist. Taking drugs in the past does not bar one from running for president. Bill Clinton admitted smoking marijuana, as did Kerry.. and Bush was a lush and coke head, which is proven whether he admits it or not.

Posted by: sboyd18 | February 26, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

mrgolie --

That's why Bush never admitted it.

Obama did admit it, and by doing so, has made himself ineligible, by law, for high-level security clearances.

He can't be President without one.
This is big news.

I'm sorry to be the one to tell you this but he's going to have to drop out of the race.

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 05:16 PM
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Not that facts ever stopped you, Bob, but Bush always qualified his responses with "in the last seven years".

Posted by: gbooksdc | February 26, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

sort = short

(McCain could even win California ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

to peterwoo:
Your posting is the most jumbled, unintelligable, uninformed piece of mumbo-jumbo I have ever read. The United States do not pay social security benefits to citizens of foreign countries. No president has the authority to do so. Obama is a native born US citizen. He is running for the presidency of the United States. How would it be possible as president of this country to join the African Union, which is comprised of nations on an entirely different continent in a different part of the world. You should not post to this forum if you are as completely ignorant of the American system of government as you seem. It is people like you who are grossly lacking in even a modicum of intelligence which distracts from truly relevant political opinion. Whew!

Posted by: sboyd18 | February 26, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

There are plenty of ways for John SIDNEY McCain to beat Barack HUSSEIN Obama (sort of another Diebold ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Bob: doesn't matter whether you vote GOP or not. Doesn't matter whether you give the max to McCain or not. CA is going DEM. Deal with it. So is DC and MD. VA is a tossup. CA's not.

The election will go one of two ways: (a) the usual split, with maybe ten battleground states or (b) a Dem landslide (i.e., 2006 all over again), if Repubs stay dispirited and the public is still mad as a wet hen over Iraq, because McCain is politically on the wrong side of the issue. Either way, CA goes Dem.

The Repubs have played virtually every tactical card in the deck: playing to fear, demonizing Dems. In 2004, they were down to a really imaginative voter mobilization campaign. That's Obama's strength: not surprisingly, as he's a product of Chicago politics.

So as I see it, the Repubs got nothin. Their only play is a Hillary nomination: that's not going to happen. Their nominee's old as dirt, he's on the wrong side of Iraq, and people are tired of Bush. Still. The stars are simply aligned for Obama. So If God's a Democrat, like you say, he's not giving to the DLC.

Posted by: gbooksdc | February 26, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

These right-wing nut jobs really ARE nuts!!!


From NBC's Ben Weltman
No hurt feelings? Well, actually conservative radio host Bill Cunningham has got some. After ranting and raving during his introduction for McCain in Cincinnati, "Willie" booked it out of there to host his three hour radio show. As previously noted by First Read McCain apologized for Cunningham's comments and took full responsibility for allowing him to appear at his event.

During the second hour of his show, "Willie" became Wild Bill when he attacked McCain for apologizing.

"He just threw me under the bus for the national media. I have had it," Cunningham blasted. "With McCain and -- I'm going to endorse Hillary Clinton. I want Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States. I am going to throw my support behind Hillary Clinton."

Overall breakdown: Cunningham attacked Obama. McCain apologized for the attack. Cunningham endorsed Clinton instead of McCain. And Huckabee, who one would figure would receive Cunningham's endorsement after today, was left out.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I hope that NEITHER win the delegate count for nomination prior to Puerto Rico . . .

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Dodd gave me a gentle nod.... toward the Repulican party.

Posted by: brigittepj | February 26, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

What I really want to know is when is Tiger Woods going to shave off that frightening goatee.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

wpost4112:

The best case scenario would be for McCain to go into November behind in the polls to Obama yet again ; )

bhotchkin:

Fireworks from either candidate (especially from both) would be GREAT!!!

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

"wpost4112:

Obviously, none of the caucuses would show the Bradley effect (i.e. neighbors are probably shamed into the reverse Bradley effect as jb95 described). I am talking about the landslide victory John SIDNEY McCain will have over Barack HUSSEIN Obama in the private polling places. I'll trust those polls myself ; )"


==================

As I said, the polls hold true not only in caucuses but also in primaries, whether open or closed. So, your point is moot.

if past is prologue, Barack HESSEIN Obama slams McCain. The Dems are coming out 2x and 3x in number to the Repubs...plus Obama gets the Independents.

Fraid McCain will be riding that straight-talk express into the Arizona sunset.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

Seems to me, by tossing this 'quote' around, that you're arguing that Senator Obama is somehow dangerous.
If he's dangerous, let's please keep the reasons to just exact quotes (in context), policies, decisions, ability, whatever.
Thanks.

Hope Sen. Clinton has a meltdown in the debate.

Posted by: bhotchkin | February 26, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Baghdad Bob: Take it from someone who actually HAS a security clearance: Obama would get one, even without being President. The key assumptions is that he would answer the SF-86 honestly (why not, he owned up in his book). His criminal screen would come up clean, since he's never been charged with a felony, particularly in the last seven years. As to drug use specifically, let me quote:

"a Since the age of 16 or in the last 7 years, whichever is shorter, have you illegally used any controlled substance, for example, marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, hashish, narcotics (opium, morphine, codeine, heroin, etc.), amphetamines, depressants (barbiturates, methaqualone, tranquilizers, etc.), hallucinogenics (LSD, PCP, etc.), or prescription drugs? Yes No

b Have you ever illegally used a controlled substance while employed as a law enforcement officer, prosecutor, or courtroom official; while possessing a security clearance; or while in a position directly and immediately affecting the public safety?

c In the last 7 years, have you been involved in the illegal purchase, manufacture, trafficking, production, transfer, shipping, receiving, or sale of any narcotic, depressant, stimulant, hallucinogen, or cannabis for your own intended profit or that of another?"

His answer to each question would be no.

Maybe if you hadn't recklessly fired all those Harvard Law review grads, they could have told you that.

Posted by: gbooksdc | February 26, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

"I actully think there is a reverse Bradly effect going on with Obama. There is evidence that many are deciding to vote for him as they enter the voting booth."
==============================

Maybe not.

Exit polls showed that most undecideds broke for Hillary over Barack.

Nevertheless, the last several primaries/caucusses have indeed underreported Barack's support...remember: Wisconsin polls had Barack a few points ahead, if that. But he won by 17.

Some suggest that the pollers do not reach the cell phones of young voters, who vote heavily for Barack, plus they tend to underestimate how many youth come out. Combine that with the undecideds (although more break for Hillary, it's not by much), and you have your inaccurate numbers.

California was was way off because the main pollster was Zogby, known for very unreliable polls (they use the internet heavily). It was the only poll showing Barack ahead. PLUS, half the votes were cast early, and early voting was heavily Hillary.

You always have to leave lots of room for any last minute occurrence...like the ganging-up on Hillary before the NH vote....THAT and the warm weather brought older women in droves and saved her skin.

So, tonight's debate or some other occurrence could once again revive Hillary. But she still needs a significant win in both states to have any chance at winning the delegate count for nomination. PLUS a big win in Pennsylvania.

Or to have a reasonable argument to get the Superdelegate votes.

A Hillary loss or tight win in any three and Barack wins the popular and delegate vote.

Even with Florida and Michigan. He's some million votes ahead.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

As I told you before, I've been retired for a while now -- I don't represent anyone -- so, my legal advice is definitely worth what you paid for it.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

bhotchkin:

Of course, top-notch law school graduates are required to have their s**t together before they start making an argument -- they are not allowed into court wearing just their underwear either -- I'm not making an argument, though, so lighten up dude ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I meant zb95. Here's a web site (although I don't have actual numbers of Democrats who are pro-life -- lots of Catholics, in my experience at least):

http://www.democratsforlife.org/

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

about this qoute you're tossing around here:

I can google all sorts of BS and get results.

Aren't top-notch law school graduates required to have their s**t together before they start making an argument?

Or maybe you're like Sen. Clinton's people and you just say WTF you think will work.

Posted by: bhotchkin | February 26, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Dodd like the rest of the media has the nerve to tell Hillary to get out of this TIED race???

Chris Dodd dropped out of the race in early January, 2008 after finishing 7th in Iowa and 8th in New Hampshire.

DODD GOT 202 votes in New Hampshire AFTER SPENDING $10 Million dollars. I could have gotten more votes than that without spending any money!

Dodd COLLECTED ZERO DELEGATES!

Hillary has 1270 Delegates.
Obama has 1370 Delegates.

Dodd does not even have the difference. Dodd does not even have the balls to endorse Obama before his state (Connecticut) voted, which Obama won anyway. That is the difference between Dodd (a man) and Hillary (a woman), she has real CAJONES as they say. Enough Cajones to propose Universal Health Care. She wears the pant-suit! Dodd should be ashamed that as a man he does not have half the cajones that Hillary has!

Dodd is also a lifelong Washington insider, senator since 1981 from Connecticut. He represents the change Obama seeks. Change as in zero cents, zero delegates, but 202 VOTES FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, JUST TO BE CLEAR THAT IS WITH 100% PERCENT OF PRECINCTS REPORTING!

Let the people speak in our so called democratic system, they have not spoken yet...in Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc.

Posted by: cheersdk | February 26, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

wpost4112:

Obviously, none of the caucuses would show the Bradley effect (i.e. neighbors are probably shamed into the reverse Bradley effect as jb95 described). I am talking about the landslide victory John SIDNEY McCain will have over Barack HUSSEIN Obama in the private polling places. I'll trust those polls myself ; )

smc91:

If there was any way to still impeach Bill JEFFERSON Clinton, I'd be all for that too.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

I'm just applying svreader's standard to any candidate for the presidency, both past and present. I don't think experimentation = abuse, but if this is the case, it should be applied to everyone.

Posted by: smc91 | February 26, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Well, no one "wanted" to stay in Korea for 100 years after that war either -- as long as U.S. servicemen are not getting killed, I agree with McCain that most Americans are fine with our military presence abroad -- only Pat Buchanan / Ron Paul types wants to totally recall every U.S. service member.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

"You remember GOVERNOR Tom Bradley out here in California, right? All the polls showed him in the lead too . . ."
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Sure. It's the Bradley effect.
But all of the polls for all of the primaries/caucuses (except NH which was an anomaly because of Hillary's tears) show none of t he Bradley effect.

So, being partial to reality, I tend to trust the polls.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

jake: Sure, there are a few pro-life Dems but very very few. Do you know any Dems who want to stay in Iraq for 100 years?

Posted by: zb95 | February 26, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

wpost4112:

Do you have the page number for that quote?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

jb95:

We shall see.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

For those over-heated little minds we are all familiar with, here is the complete quote from "Audacity of Hope," wherein Barack speaks up in defense of American Muslims facing violent and ignorant backlash after 9/11:

"In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

smc91:

Bill Clinton admitting to "smoking" pot but not inhaling -- that's not really "smoking" IMO -- you have a point though that all candidates should be asked when the last time they abused drugs was.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I actully think there is a reverse Bradly effect going on with Obama. There is evidence that many are deciding to vote for him as they enter the voting booth.

Posted by: zb95 | February 26, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

"Edward MOORE "Ted" Kennedy took his challenge against Jimmy EARL Carter all the way to the Convention floor -- he still had a brilliant career in the Senate after that, no?"
=====================

Sure. But completely different people/situations.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

In 1982, Tom Bradley led in the polls going into Election Day, and in the initial hours after the polls closed, some news organizations even projected him as the winner. Ultimately, Bradley lost the election by 52,295 votes, less than one per cent of the 7.5 million votes cast.

These circumstances gave rise to the term the "Bradley effect" which refers to the tendency of white voters to tell interviewers or pollsters that they are undecided or likely to vote for a black candidate, but then actually vote for his opponent.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Bradley_%28politician%29#Gubernatorial_campaigns

P.S. to zb95:

I know plenty of PRO-LIFE Democrats -- you paint with too broad a bruch.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

svreader,

Life may have been great, but this isn't the 1990's, and Bill Clinton won't be president again.

And I haven't said anything regarding Hillary. However, this is a fact: Bill Clinton admitting to smoking pot. Unless you were his shadow while he was president, you have no evidence that he stopped abusing marijuana.

Posted by: smc91 | February 26, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

svreader:

I agree.

zb95 and wpost4112:

You remember GOVERNOR Tom Bradley out here in California, right? All the polls showed him in the lead too . . .

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who claims to be a Democrat and says they will vote for McCain if their candidate loses is suspect or ignorant or both. McCain is willing to stay in Iraq for 100 more years, he will appoint conservative Supremes and will probably try to repeal Roe v Wade. Any real Democrat would not tolerate that not matter how much they disliked the Dem candidate.

Posted by: zb95 | February 26, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

zb95:

Luckily, for million of unborn Americans, she did NOT wrap up the nomination on February 5th.

wpost4112:

Edward MOORE "Ted" Kennedy took his challenge against Jimmy EARL Carter all the way to the Convention floor -- he still had a brilliant career in the Senate after that, no?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

"It's not just Democrats for McCain (Remember "Reagan Democrats") but lots of Independents too."
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Most recent CNN poll shows that Independent support for McCain runs to 52% if he runs against Hillary...that drops to 36% if Obama runs against him.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely hope Obama is defeated so I don't have to vote for a Republican!!!

It never ceases to amaze me that Obama supporters still don't understand that trashing the Clintons was the stupidest thing they could do and the most hurtful to the Democratic Party's prospects.

Obama's got lousy policy plans, but his supporters are reason enough to vote against him.

If Obama gets the nomination, he'll lose by a landslide...

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: According to CNN poll reported tonight Obama leads McCain among Independents by a large margin. Conversely McCain leads Hillary among Indepentdents by a simlar large margin.

Posted by: zb95 | February 26, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

CitizenXX:

I do not have that page number yet -- if you search Google for that quote, however, you will find it cited plenty of times -- I do believe it is an actual quote from his book. YMMV

CaptainJohn2525:

I will be here -- hopefully, Clinton is able to to inflict some mortal wounds (FIGURATIVELY, Citizen XX ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

"I'm sure there is a lot of talk going on. I've read the Dem Convention Rules, and I don't see anything to FORCE Hillary out before the Convention . . ."


Absolutely not.
It's just common sense for political survival.
If she wants to have a brilliant career in the Senate, she'll drop after losing Texas.
Fighting tooth and nail will ruin both Bill and Hillary's standing in the party.

I think Hillary would have dropped by now, but I suspect that Bill, ever the narcissist, keeps egging her on.

Should she win Texas and Ohio convincingly, she's still on.


One woman I would love to see run for president is Kiki McClean, one of Hillary's spokeswomen. Now if Hillary had her native strength and conviction, she'd have won the nomination by now.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't mind seeing an Obama/Biden ticket.

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: Hillary wanted to end it Feb 5th. How did that go?

Posted by: zb95 | February 26, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

zb95:

It's not just Democrats for McCain (Remember "Reagan Democrats") but lots of Independents too.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Yo, jakeD:

If it had come down to Romney v. Clinton, it would have been an interesting campaign for the presidency. That point, however, is moot. On both sides of the aisle.

I see an Obama v. McCain battle coming. Stay tuned...

See you after the debate.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | February 26, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

Do you have that page number yet? I really would like to see the citation for that quote.

It's not as if I assume that such a thing would be put out as a way to smear and discredit Sen. Obama, but I think we both know how this game works.

So, where is this citation?

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Funny how these faux Democrats are ready to vote for the warmonger McCain simply because their candidate is a loser. Hope you enjoy 100 more years in Iraq. Pathetic.

Posted by: zb95 | February 26, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

zb95:

I'm sure there is a lot of talk going on. I've read the Dem Convention Rules, and I don't see anything to FORCE Hillary out before the Convention . . .

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I then explained to him how he had reinforced my decision to leave the Democratic party on the day Obama is confirmed as the nominee. And assured him that I would vote for John McCain in November.

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Go in peace!

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

smc91 --

Zero times. Bill Clinton doesn't smoke pot.

Hillary is a health nut and never even smoked a cigarette.

Why do you hate Bill Clinton so much?

Life was great while he was President.

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

svreader....you seem to really be making a big deal about this whole 'HARD DRUGS' thing. But if you think that Bill and Hillary are completely innocent in this area..you sir are being very very naive.

I bet HRC is doing some serious soul searching right about now.

Posted by: maddogjts | February 26, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I already cast my primary ballot (I may vote third party in November).

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

expat06,

A true fellow American!

"The US needs change both domestically and internationally. The only candidate that has both the willingness and ability to work across party lines to get things done is Sen. Obama. The strong arm tactics and need to fight tooth and toenail ever step of the way that Sen. Clinton has vowed she would do has never resulted in success or change in the past. There is no way that it will work in the future and crying will not help either."

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: I believe there is quite a bit of talk going on behind the scenes among many of the Dem party leaders. You can sense it from Dean, Donna Brazille, Dodd's comments today, and others. I think there is a consensus building that Barack is the candidate and they need to figure out a way to end this thing without ripping the party apart. Richardson may also endorse Obama soon and his comments also suggest similar motivations. I think its over but the Democrats realize they need to be very careful how they handle the end game or it could get very ugly.

Posted by: zb95 | February 26, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

JakeD --

Keep an open mind about Hillary. She's a centrist and has the best policy ideas of anyone in Washington.

Like McCain, she can't be fit into a box.

I'm open to voting for McCain if Obama is nominated.

Since you didn't get mitt (you didn't miss much) you should take a look at Clinton.

Don't believe what you hear on Rush Limbaugh.

Its a lot more complicated than just "left" or "right" as you probably well know.

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

There are thousands of Muslims who proudly call themselves Americans, and they know what I know -- that the Muslim faith is based upon peace and love and compassion.

-George W Bush, 2001


Islam is a vibrant faith. Millions of our fellow citizens are Muslim. We respect the faith. We honor its traditions.

-George W Bush 2002

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

svreader,

It doesn't say "soft drugs," it says drug use. If you have a cite regarding "hard" drugs, please produce it.

There are many allegations that Bill Clinton used cocaine, and by his own admission he used marijuana. That someone has experimented with drugs in high school or college has no bearing on their ability to become president if they no longer use them. And there is no evidence of "abuse" in this case either.

Please explain to me why the American people elected the pothead Bill Clinton if prior drug use is in itself such a damaging fact. Believe it or not, people can abuse marijuana as well. How many times was Clinton stoned in the Oval Office?

Posted by: smc91 | February 26, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, brigittepj : )

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

expat06:

Did you read that OBAMA's campaign, in fact, may have sent that photo out in order to blame Hillary for it?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

randymk1, since when is traditional Somali costume "Islamic?" I lived and worked in Manhattan from 1997 until 2005. On September 11, 2001, I had 264 people working for me and lost employees, friends, and neighbors. I also watched as our next door neighbors were harassed because of their mid-Eastern appearance even though they were born in the mid-West of the US. I will never forget that day or the surreal experience of watching as the twin towers fell in person, not on TV. Or the screams from people running to hide and crying that we were being attacked as the US military jets flew overhead. This was our lives and not something we heard about on the radio, read about in the newspaper, or watched on TV. Your reaction is exactly what the Clinton camp was hoping for. You see a headdress and the only thing you think is Taliban. I am sure that you assume that he is an Islamic Extremist because of his name too. The question is how would you feel if his name was Jim Jones. Would you automatically associate him with the American cult leader that was responsible for over 900 deaths by cyanide poisoning in Guyana in 1978?

As for peterwoo... what can I say? There is nothing more embarrassing than to be associated with a person who would think, write, and especially submit a comment such as the one you did. I could only hope that you do not call yourself an American, most certainly not an educated American. It was a struggle to read your comment because of how poorly it is written, but after doing so I have a suggestion for you. Instead of calling yourself an American you should consider bigot, racist, Neo-Nazi, or even a Ku Klux Klan member.

I agree with Michelle Obama in that for the first time in my adult life, I am REALLY proud of MY country. The US has come so far that the strongest candidates to the highest office of the land and one of the most powerful political positions in the world are a woman and a person of color. Sure I am proud to be American and in the past I have been proud of our athletes and others, but up until now never really saw myself as proud of my country and its politics.

Who am I? No, I am not an African-American. I am an American who's ancestors hail from Italy and Germany. If I must be classified then you can call me a college educated, middle-class, Gen X, white male, small business owner, veteran of the USMC and supporter of Sen. Obama.

The US needs change both domestically and internationally. The only candidate that has both the willingness and ability to work across party lines to get things done is Sen. Obama. The strong arm tactics and need to fight tooth and toenail ever step of the way that Sen. Clinton has vowed she would do has never resulted in success or change in the past. There is no way that it will work in the future and crying will not help either.

Posted by: expat06 | February 26, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I enjoyed sending Senator Dodd an email today to thank him for this endorsement. I explained to him how I appreciated him inserting himself into the campaign while Senator Clinton was at her lowest point and his suggestion that she is being divisive.

I then explained to him how he had reinforced my decision to leave the Democratic party on the day Obama is confirmed as the nominee. And assured him that I would vote for John McCain in November.

Posted by: brigittepj | February 26, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

zb85:

Unless Dean pulls a "Vince Foster" on Hillary, what can he do about it?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Another big endorsement for Barack Obama:

Fifteen Hundred Feminists for Peace Endorse Barack Obama.

February 26 - Feminists across the country have signed onto a statement endorsing Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for President. In rejecting the candidacy of Hillary Clinton, they cite her "seven year record" as a US Senator in which she not only authorized the Presidential use of force against Iraq, but until quite recently opposed all legislative efforts to bring the war and occupation to an end.

http://www.commondreams.org/news2008/0226-03.htm
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Hey Clinton lovers -- Why would feminists not support Hillary Clinton??

Posted by: zb95 | February 26, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Peterwoo - Senator Obama is offering $4000 tuition credit for college students in exchange for community service. I recommend you take advantage of it. Fortunately for you "ignorance" is a curable disease.

Posted by: dotheresearch | February 26, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

CaptainJohn2525:

My "preferred" candidate was Mitt Romney -- I would never vote for Hillary -- kinda "point"less to debate about him, though, don't you think? See you after the debate.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Howard Dean also made some comments today that were remarkable. He said that this camapaign will NOT go to the convention. It will be decided long before that. Suggesting that Obama will have enough delegates and to win it without an ugly battle at the convention.

Posted by: zb95 | February 26, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Dodd's comment about ending the "devisiveness" speaks volumes. I think this is an indication that the party leaders are sending a not so subtle message to Hillary to cool it and that it will soon be time to call it quits.

Posted by: zb95 | February 26, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

jakeD:

I guess you aren't up to pointing out your preferred candidate's strengths.

Too bad, but not unexpected.

Have no fear, I'll make sure to touch base after the debate...

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | February 26, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't have the page number yet.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

CitizenXX:

"I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." (he was referring specifically to Arab and Pakistani Americans)

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Where exactly is the quote:

"I will stand with [the Muslims] should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

Can someone cite such a quote, or is this just another "silly" republican swift-boat?

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama says he is the candidate of change and of the future and Hillary is the past.

Obama's supporters must not be very bright because Senator Kennedy is one of the oldest farts in the Senate. Is he the "past" or is it all right to have experience as long as you stand next to him?

I think Kennedy is going to be pulling the strings on Obama just like Chenney pulled the strings on Bush.

Words do matter and Obama's words and his actions just do not add up.

Posted by: cjones210 | February 26, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

smc91 --

That only applies to "soft drugs"

Try getting a job at the CIA after telling them you repeatedly snorted cocaine like Obama did.

You'll never get the job.

Why do you defend his use of "hard drugs"

What if it had been Heroin?

Where do YOU draw the line?

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Where exactly is the quote:

"I will stand with [the Muslims] should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

Can someone cite such a quote?

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

O.K., svreader, that makes sense (although I do not recall any GOP politicians defending Mark ADAM Foley, for instance).

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

It is the Obama campaign that is causing the divisiveness and Dodd should just keep his mouth shut and his opinions to himself.

I hope Hillary gets over how she has been stifled everytime she speaks and lets Barak have it. He certainly deserves it with his holier than thou attitude. His phony piousness is pukey and dangerous to anyone who wants to speak out. (bushtones)

Obama's campaign has been a collective bashing of women and Hillary has been held back verbally because she says one thing and she is labeled a racist.

Well I do not like Obama, am I a racist? He is vapid, big deal he speaks well. I have heard it all before, he says nothing new just what makes you feel good if you have low self esteem and your are convinced your country is worthless. If it is so worthless, get out of here and let those of us who love it here have peace.

Give him h... Hillary, he deserves it. Let him have the nomination, he will be a deer in the headlights when he gets it, and he is going to get it.

In two years, we will have a republican congress back again.

We have three candidates from the worst rated Congress in history. what is everyone so excited about?

The Clinton haters have had a field day, now who are they going to blame when
1 - Barak looses the general election
or 2 - he gets elected and then hides in the bathroom everytime he has to make a decision.

We will be depending on his advisors he is so inexperienced. If they are anything like his campaign managers - we are in trouble, they are unscrupulous and liars and very, very SEXIST.


Posted by: lndlouis | February 26, 2008 06:29 PM

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

You really are upset I see. Maybe one of "mothers little helpers" would be in order.

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

""Your intimate knowledge of flakes I cannot deny."

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 06:13 PM
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Grow up!

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Physician, heal thyself.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 06:25 PM
_________________________________

"Your honor, I swear the testimony I am about to give..."

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

svreader,

You're absolutely wrong that someone who has experimented with "hard" drugs would automatically be disqualified from working at agencies like the CIA.

From the CIA's website:

What if I used drugs or still use drugs; will this disqualify me from employment?

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

What other things have you asserted that you haven't bothered to research first?

Posted by: smc91 | February 26, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

JakeD --

That was a typo, it should have said "while Republicans give a pass for doing it with underage Boys"

Both Republicans and Obama supporters are self-rightgeous hypocrites that have high moral standards for others and no standards at all for themselves.

Obama really is the new Bush.

His supporters are the new "Bushies"

Anything Obama does or has done is fine with them, but if Hillary is elected President, they'll move for impeachment if she wears white pants after labor day!!!


Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

svreader:

Which Obama supporters gave a pass to which Republicans who did it with underage boys?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

John:

My initial "point" on this thread was that I recalled Christopher JOHN Dodd had already endorsed Barack HUSSEIN Obama, but if ericp331 (middle name unknown) is correct, then it was just Larson, Murphy, and DeLauro. No skin off my nose. My second "point" was that Obama has seemed to take the following stand AGAINST the rest of America: "I will stand with [the Muslims] should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." I think voters should know about that.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

JakeD --

The hypocrisy is amazing isn't it.
Obama supporters crucify Bill Clinton for getting a BJ from a adult woman, while giving a pass to the Republicans who did it with underage boys, and giving a pass to Obama for repeatedly using hard drugs.

If Obama had used Heroin, would they still defend him and try to "slide it through?"

My guess is yes.

That speaks volumes about them.

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

It is the Obama campaign that is causing the divisiveness and Dodd should just keep his mouth shut and his opinions to himself.

I hope Hillary gets over how she has been stifled everytime she speaks and lets Barak have it. He certainly deserves it with his holier than thou attitude. His phony piousness is pukey and dangerous to anyone who wants to speak out. (bushtones)

Obama's campaign has been a collective bashing of women and Hillary has been held back verbally because she says one thing and she is labeled a racist.

Well I do not like Obama, am I a racist? He is vapid, big deal he speaks well. I have heard it all before, he says nothing new just what makes you feel good if you have low self esteem and your are convinced your country is worthless. If it is so worthless, get out of here and let those of us who love it here have peace.

Give him h... Hillary, he deserves it. Let him have the nomination, he will be a deer in the headlights when he gets it, and he is going to get it.

In two years, we will have a republican congress back again.

We have three candidates from the worst rated Congress in history. what is everyone so excited about?

The Clinton haters have had a field day, now who are they going to blame when
1 - Barak looses the general election
or 2 - he gets elected and then hides in the bathroom everytime he has to make a decision.

We will be depending on his advisors he is so inexperienced. If they are anything like his campaign managers - we are in trouble, they are unscrupulous and liars and very, very SEXIST.

Posted by: lndlouis | February 26, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

you the man Dodd! Seems silly now, but this is good. All the ducks are lining up, and not behind HRC.

Posted by: johng1 | February 26, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

""Your intimate knowledge of flakes I cannot deny."

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 06:13 PM
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Grow up!

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Physician, heal thyself.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

txpenguin:

I'm not counting Barack HUSSEIN Obama out -- in fact, I thinks he's the odds on favorite at this point -- for the nomination, at least.

bhotchkin:

Ouch.

Iowatreasures:

I shudder too.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

"Your intimate knowledge of flakes I cannot deny."

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 06:13 PM
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Grow up!

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Awe, jakeD;

I'm touched. Yes, hope does spring eternal.

However, you have underestimated me. As well as many of those that oppose you.

Care for a game? A real one, using only your ability (as well, if you must, of your vaunted knowledge)? It's rather simple, actually.

Make your point, and then I'll make mine. No volleyball 'carries,' no fouls because you don't know how to shoot hoop, no 'call your friends'?

Game On?

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | February 26, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

"How come he doesn't have a smiling photo of himself next to Louis Farrakhan"

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Old news. Barack disowned Farrakhan long ago.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

svreader:

After what they defended with regard to Bill JEFFERSON Clinton, I'm not shocked by anything they defend anymore : (

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

"Now that he's jumped on the bandwagon, does Chris Dodd get to put on a turbin and dress up like an enemy combatant, too?"

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LOL. Why, did he make the announcement in Kenya?
And I doubt the clothing of a nomad is that of an enemy combatant...not sure how much damage that stick can do.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 06:11 PM
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It is just a last ditch effort to pull undecided voters over into her camp. It is the same thing as how saying his middle name over and over, is an attempt to portray him in a terrorist/Muslim/not American light. Playing on the ignorant fears of Americans has ALWAYS been the tool of those people that are desperate, and in the minority.

I thought it was funny, and telling, how when she had her "Shame on you rant", she used the terminology "aiding and lending comfort", in reference to lobbyist and insurance companies.

Yea...her people didn't send that photo out...yea!


Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

From Barack HUSSEIN Obama's book Audacity of Hope:

I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 02:15 PM
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This is what we have been talking about, and what the Arab-African dress on Obama in Somalia is talking about,

and Obama/Rezko close relationship for 17 years, and Rezko funding Obama's campaigns, and buying the presidential election, as well as their close association with an Iraqi billionaire that funds Iraqi terrorists, and Rezko/Obama campaigns.

We should all be leery of what change Obama wants to bring to Washington. Neither Barack or Michelle have been happy with their country their entire adult life time.

I shudder to think what they intend to do if they get to the White House. gw.

Posted by: Iowatreasures | February 26, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Jake D:

"I've been retired for a while now. I don't represent anyone."

Yes, not even yourself (very well).

Posted by: bhotchkin | February 26, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

How come he doesn't have a smiling photo of himself next to Louis Farrakhan and Marion Barry after they endorsed him? Hey you have take these endorsements in total. You can't accept one without accepting the others.

Posted by: badger3 | February 26, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by JakeD:

txpenguin:

First, I have to make sure you are not going to move the goalposts on me. After he secures the nomination, there will be a bombshell October surprise -- trust me.

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Perhaps so, but whether it will eclipse Bill Clinton's Whitewater problems, his "I didn't inhale" (or did he?) pronouncement or John McCains hypocritical dalliances with female lobbyists remains to be seen. The American people like honest redemption. To see a skinny black kid from the street pick himself up and move on to graduate from Harvard Law School and stomp a shrewd political operator like Hillary Clinton in eleven straight primaries is good political theater. Hollywood could not come up with a better script. I wouldn't count Obama out just yet. And BTW, I am not an Obama supporter.

Posted by: txpenguin | February 26, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

"To me, the issue is pretty cut and dried."

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With drugs, it's usually dried and cut.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else know if there's going to be a Debate Thread here tonight? Can't wait for the fireworks (although I honestly thought it was going to be Barack HUSSEIN Obama who was going to have to throw a Hail Mary pass by this point).

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

JakeD --

It is pretty amazing to have the Obama-nuts defending Cocaine abuse, isn't it?

We've got to draw the line on acceptable behavior somewhere.

I'm blown away that Obama supporters will give him a pass on using "hard drugs"

To me, the issue is pretty cut and dried.

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

wpost4112,
"You need to learn how to apologize." I know when to apologize, and when to tell a flake to flake off.
You are the one who has misread my postings which regard you"

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Your intimate knowledge of flakes I cannot deny.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

wpost4112,

"You need to learn how to apologize." I know when to apologize, and when to tell a flake to flake off.

You are the one who has misread my postings which regard you.

I could care less what your political position is on this board. I have told you what your comments could be construed as, and for you to become defensive, tells me that you know you were wrong.

You should just leave this alone and continue on with your blogging experience.

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

"Now that he's jumped on the bandwagon, does Chris Dodd get to put on a turbin and dress up like an enemy combatant, too?"

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LOL. Why, did he make the announcement in Kenya?
And I doubt the clothing of a nomad is that of an enemy combatant...not sure how much damage that stick can do.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

mrgoalie35:

Asking questions cannot, by definition, be libelous -- more so for public figures. And, using ANY illegal drugs = abuse. For God's sake, mere POSSESSION and not using the drugs is also illegal. How low has the Democratic Party sunk?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse


Now that he's jumped on the bandwagon, does Chris Dodd get to put on a turbin and dress up like an enemy combatant, too?

Posted by: YouryellowribbonmagnetwontgetyouintoHeavenanymore | February 26, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"I was just giving you a nice little warning.
Really, you should look beyond the words being said, and straighten your act up."

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LOL. You need to learn how to apologize. You completely misread my response; I explained it to you. You still refuse to accept that explanation. From my vantage, you betray an over-heated imagination. As I said, I have a long history of strong Obama support here at WPost, so your interpretation reminds me of all those Soprano conspiracy theorists who saw symbols everywhere in the last episode pointing to the Tony's death.

Take a breath. Have a laugh. Become a person of Hope not Dread.

Wishing you all the best.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

clearbeard:

I believe it was in that context, and I would stand with AMERICA in that scenario.

mrgoalie35:

Feel free to ask Hillary DIANE Clinton any question you feel is relevant -- I don't think she's ever admitted to drug abuse though -- I'm 76 years-old, so I don't know how much more growing "up" I have left in me ; )

bhotchkin:

I've been retired for a while now. I don't represent anyone.

txpenguin:

First, I have to make sure you are not going to move the goalposts on me. After he secures the nomination, there will be a bombshell October surprise -- trust me.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

If JakeD is a Lawyer and a graduate of Standford then I am Ronald Reagan!!

He can say whatever he wants to about himself - and based upon the salacious nature of your comments and the baseless accusations and comments!

Lawyers know better than that!! Your unsupported written lies are called libelous!!

Posted by: mrgoalie35 | February 26, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Is there a way to use Cocaine that's not "drug abuse"

This whole discussion is sureal.

Are you defending using Cocaine?

I don't think any person who used Cocaine repeatedly should be President of the United States of America.

Frankly, I'm amazed anyone could disagree.

It seems pretty cut and dried to me.

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post editors:

It's time to start moderating comments. I'm sick of racist posts dominating and polluting the discussion on these boards.

I'm sure that if you poll your readers in a careful way, you'll see that the majority of them agree. You're letting these comment boards slip away from your readership.

Posted by: MyManGodfrey | February 26, 2008 04:56 PM

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I agree 100%.

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

He NEVER STATED that he "ABUSED" Drugs either - THOSE ARE YOUR WORDS!!!

Posted by: mrgoalie35 | February 26, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

txpenguin:

If Barack HUSSEIN Obama shot up with heroin this morning right before the Dodd endorsement, would THAT concern you?
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Absolutely. Now if you good evidence that Senator Obama shot up with heroin this morning, please trot it out.

Posted by: txpenguin | February 26, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

wpost4112 @ 4:20:

kind of late for this post,
but "ruby red heels"--
funny.

And JakeD:
If you're a lawyer, glad you don't represent me.
Actually, can't really figure out what you represent.

Posted by: bhotchkin | February 26, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I understand the assumed reference. I am telling you how we would look at it. I am just giving a heads up. Do not assume that due to my belief in Barack, that I am not FIRMLY CONNECTED with reality.

I was just giving you a nice little warning.

Really, you should look beyond the words being said, and straighten your act up.

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Barack HUSSEIN Obama has NOT answered when the last time he abused drugs was -- it could have been within the last 7 years for all we know -- nor whether he ever sold drugs to anyone. Why is that "irrelevant" again?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 05:48 PM
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From the VERY SAME SOURCE YOU Barack Bashers use to try and smear him - he STOPPED experimenting with drugs when he got into college!!

Quit being such a jerk - you want to atlk policy issues great - you want to sit here and smear someone - Get A LIFE!!!

PS HAS ANY ONE EVER ASKED HILLARY ABOUT HER PAST DRUG USE?? OR didn't she inhale either?

JackD - Grow Up!

Posted by: mrgoalie35 | February 26, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"I haven't read the Audacity of Hope, but I think I'll buy it today just to look up this statement and check out the context in which it was made. I can think of several that might be positive for our nation and the world, not threatening as you seem to imply."

First off, I highly recommend the book. It was a good read, and has a lot of ideas to think about whether or not you support Obama for President.

I vaguely remember the line under discussion, regarding standing with Muslims. The context as I remember it is that if people start to blame and persecute the entire Muslim faith for the insane acts of a handful of fanatics acting in Allah's name, then he [Obama] would stand with the Muslims against such discrimination and injustice. I seem to remember the passage being amidst all sorts of other anti-discrimination sentiment. It has been a year or so since I read the book, so if someone else has a more specific citation, I'm interested in hearing it.

Posted by: clearbeard | February 26, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

John:

Hope springs eternal -- you have to leave at SOME time.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

txpenguin:

If Barack HUSSEIN Obama shot up with heroin this morning right before the Dodd endorsement, would THAT concern you?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

jakeD: Point taken that any question is valid. How else would you learn?

But I never said I was leaving...

Sweet dreams,

John

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | February 26, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

cjroses:

I actually do not think any right wing nut jobs are ruining this forum -- and I am registered Independent myself -- perhaps the moderators appreciate "free speech" More than you?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

txpenguin:

I agree with you about security clearance(s) he or she might need -- the Constitution does not bar child molesters from being elected President of the United States either -- do you think THAT would be a good idea though?

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Nope, I sure don't. But I don't equate child molestation with recreational drug use, either.

Posted by: txpenguin | February 26, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, mrgoalie35, for narrowing the timeframe -- let's start there -- Barack HUSSEIN Obama: did you smoke marijuana within the last week?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

The right wing nut jobs posting here are ruining this forum. Any moderators...hello???!!!

Posted by: cjroses | February 26, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Barack HUSSEIN Obama has NOT answered when the last time he abused drugs was -- it could have been within the last 7 years for all we know -- nor whether he ever sold drugs to anyone. Why is that "irrelevant" again?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

"Increasingly, the goal for the screening of security clearance applicants is whether you are a current drug user, rather than whether you used in the past," said Tom Riley, a spokesman for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. "It's not whether you have smoked pot four times or 16 times 20 years ago. It's about whether you smoked last week and lied about it."

Posted by: mrgoalie35 | February 26, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

txpenguin:

I agree with you about security clearance(s) he or she might need -- the Constitution does not bar child molesters from being elected President of the United States either -- do you think THAT would be a good idea though?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

As to the repeated invocations of Obama's admitted experimentation with pot and cocaine as a teenager, it is irrelevant. Here is what the United States Constitution says about the qualifications to be President:


No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

I don't think that anybody who manages to get elected to the presidency is going to have a problem getting any type of security clearance he or she might need.

Posted by: txpenguin | February 26, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

mrgolie35 --

I'm not at liberty to answer your question.

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"the only dumb question is the one not asked."
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LOL...just how nany of those do you have?

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

P.P.S. to wpost4112 -- are you SURE he can answer those questions honestly? He has NOT answered when the last time he abused drugs was, nor whether he ever sold drugs to anyone.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

svreader :

SHOW ME THE LAW - There isn't ONE!!

here is one of the items from the DOD questionnaire for a Security Clearance:
Section 24 - Your Use of Illegal Drugs and Drug Activity
Required Data. If answered Yes, provide dates of usage, controlled substance/prescription drug used and the number of times used.

Wouldn't even ask that question if it was against the law! Why are you being such a FOOL?

Posted by: mrgoalie35 | February 26, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

P.S. to CaptainJohn2525 -- how exactly can I be "wrong" for asking a question? Thank you for clarifying YOU are leaving -- I am staying here, just in case anyone else needs to know why (and to whom) I brought up my education. As you will notice, neither of those people posted again -- mission accomplished -- the only dumb question is the one not asked.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

If you don't Vote for Barry HUSSIEN (مدرسة) you is so RACIST

If you Do not Like Mrs. Hussein, you is so RACIST

The Clintons are RACIST oooppsss Clinton was the first Black President

The Clintons learn the hard way, Barry HUSSIEN (مدرسة) core supporters are Cannibals

Posted by: ermias.kifle | February 26, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

"a -- Since the age of 16 or in the last 7 years, whichever is shorter, have you illegally used any controlled substance, for example, marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, hashish, narcotics (opium, morphine, codeine, heroin, etc.), amphetamines, depressants (barbiturates, methaqualone, tranquilizers, etc.), hallucinogenics (LSD, PCP, etc.), or prescription drugs?

b -- Have you ever illegally used a controlled substance while employed as a law enforcement officer, prosecutor, or courtroom official; while possessing a security clearance; or while in a position directly and immediately affecting the public safety?

c -- In the last 7 years, have you been involved in the illegal purchase, manufacture, trafficking, production, transfer, shipping, receiving, or sale of any narcotic, depressant, stimulant, hallucinogen, or cannabis for your own intended profit or that of another?"

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Regardless of the inanity of this particular discussion, Barack can honestly answer "No" to these questions.

Moving on....

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

mrgolie35 --

Let's just see how things turn out on this one...

Now I know why Republicans have been so confident...

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

If you don't Vote for Barry HUSSIEN (مدرسة) you is so RACIST

If you Do not Like Mrs. Hussein, you is so RACIST

The Clintons are RACIST oooppsss Clinton was the first Black President

The Clintons learn the hard way, Barry HUSSIEN (مدرسة) hard core supporters are Cannibals

Posted by: ermias.kifle | February 26, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The President can DE-classify, was my point, svreader -- he (or she) does not go through the normal paperwork on January 20th.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

JakeD --

That just gives him the ability to classify things.

By law, he would still be disqualified by his "hard drug" history from levels like SCI and above.

Its very complicated, but the bottom line is that if you've used "hard drugs" you can't get the highest level top-level clearances.

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 05:32 PM

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WHY ARE YOU BEING A JERK!

SHOW ME THE LAW - There isn't ONE!!

Here is the section in the FBI application:
The following questions pertain to the illegal use of drugs or drug activity. You are required to answer the questions fully and truthfully, and your failure to do so could be grounds for an adverse employment decision or action against you, but neither your truthful responses nor information derived from your responses will be used as evidence against you in any subsequent criminal proceeding. [bolded in response to jsonic's assertation]

a -- Since the age of 16 or in the last 7 years, whichever is shorter, have you illegally used any controlled substance, for example, marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, hashish, narcotics (opium, morphine, codeine, heroin, etc.), amphetamines, depressants (barbiturates, methaqualone, tranquilizers, etc.), hallucinogenics (LSD, PCP, etc.), or prescription drugs?

b -- Have you ever illegally used a controlled substance while employed as a law enforcement officer, prosecutor, or courtroom official; while possessing a security clearance; or while in a position directly and immediately affecting the public safety?

c -- In the last 7 years, have you been involved in the illegal purchase, manufacture, trafficking, production, transfer, shipping, receiving, or sale of any narcotic, depressant, stimulant, hallucinogen, or cannabis for your own intended profit or that of another?


Posted by: mrgoalie35 | February 26, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

JakeD --

That just gives him the ability to classify things.

By law, he would still be disqualified by his "hard drug" history from levels like SCI and above.

Its very complicated, but the bottom line is that if you've used "hard drugs" you can't get the highest level top-level clearances.


Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

This just in:
Larry Craig accepting applications for summer interns. Knowledge of sign language desired.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Yo, jakeD:

I was the one that said 'Good Night." Your vaunted educated mind must be getting the best of you. And, btw, as a trained spec-ops officer, I of course would have given you the impression that I had logged off. Stupid move on your part.

Maybe you should say good night, after you apologize to those you have offended.

Most likely, however, not your (lack of) style. That is, admitting you, with your Stanford "I graduated the top of my class" degree, that you may in fact be wrong.

Which you are. Wrong, that is.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | February 26, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Sirack:

Wake up and Google "Obama and Exelon".

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Not true. Prior use of "hard drugs" is a garenteed show stopper.

I'll see if I can find you some links...

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

crd203:

Then how would you be able to post?

svreader:

The President (and arguably Vice-President) have "Original Classification Authority": http://www.fas.org/sgp/bush/eoamend.html

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

mrgolie --

That's why Bush never admitted it.

Obama did admit it, and by doing so, has made himself ineligible, by law, for high-level security clearances.

He can't be President without one.
This is big news.

I'm sorry to be the one to tell you this but he's going to have to drop out of the race.

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 05:16 PM

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YOU KNOW NOT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING! I was an Intel Officer in the Military - Both with the highest levels of Clearance as well as working on Background Checks... You don't know what you are talking about! Past Drug Use DOES NOT eliminate you from a Security Clearance - there IS NO LAW... Give IT UP!!! YOU ARE acting both silly and ignorant!

Posted by: mrgoalie35 | February 26, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

"Washington Post editors:

It's time to start moderating comments. I'm sick of racist posts dominating and polluting the discussion on these boards."

Agreed. Either that or install a moron filter.

Posted by: crd203 | February 26, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

One thing is clear about Obama, he is not owned by special interest. He has demonstrated for the first time in the history of our country that he is only beholden to the people because some 1,000,000 Americans are underwriting his campaign. If he did nothing else, he has shown that the people of America can own their government. That they have an overwhelming strength by coming together that no special interest could stand on their way.

Wake up America, here is our chance to reclaim our government!

Posted by: Sirack | February 26, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

The Barack Basher's don't care about finding out the "substance" in Senator Obama...

The Clinton Supporters THINK that the Make Clinton Look Better by Smearing Barack
The Republicans THINK That they can make McCain look better by Smearing Barack
The Racists THINK that They ARE Preserving the WHITE House by Smearing Barack
The IDIOTS Think That They Can Preserve STUPIDTY by SMEARING BARACK....

Never before has the SMEARING of So FEW Moved So MANY - To Validate that They Should Be Voting for BARACK OBAMA!!!

Posted by: mrgoalie35 | February 26, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Barry HUSSIEN (مدرسة ) is a sucide bomber?

With his Muslim dress on, he looks like s sucide bomber

Posted by: ermias.kifle | February 26, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a sucide bomber?

With his Muslim dress on, he looks like s sucide bomber

Posted by: ermias.kifle | February 26, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

mrgolie --

That's why Bush never admitted it.

Obama did admit it, and by doing so, has made himself ineligible, by law, for high-level security clearances.

He can't be President without one.
This is big news.

I'm sorry to be the one to tell you this but he's going to have to drop out of the race.

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I thought you said "good night"?!

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"wpost4112:

Good thing you left when you had the chance. You've been put "On Notice" so you'd better watch out -- you did, in fact, allude to assassination and then brought up [Jack] Ruby -- don't tread on CitizenXX!!!"
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LOL. Jake, you're as paranoid as XX. Get off the Jolt!

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Barry HUSSIEN (مدرسة )

I can't wait to see his pics praying to the East and kissing the ground

Posted by: ermias.kifle | February 26, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Clinton receeved the endorsement of nearly 2 dozen generals and admirals, and it gets no coverage in the Post (despite the fact that the nation is at war). Sen. Obama gets the endorsement of a guy who got about 2 dozen votes in all of Iowa and its front page news for the Post.

It rather reminds one of the kind of reporting which Fox News calls, oh so ironically, "fair and balanced."

I still say, "Yes we can" sounds like a rhetorical question.

Posted by: TerryM3 | February 26, 2008 04:58 PM

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You FAIL to mention that Senator Clinton had received those endorsements before Senator Obama even announced! All those Generals and Admirals were Bill Clinton Era Appointments... So where are all the new Supporters since Super Tuesday?? Since then she has lost 4 SuperDelegates and he has gained 23 new endorsements...

So What is your Point???

Posted by: mrgoalie35 | February 26, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Check out this NPR story.

Loyalty vs. Voters: A Superdelegate's Dilemma

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19096400

Posted by: martine | February 26, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

ashah84:

I didn't "flout" it -- in case you missed it, someone ELSE called my education into question -- have a nice day.

wpost4112:

Good thing you left when you had the chance. You've been put "On Notice" so you'd better watch out -- you did, in fact, allude to assassination and then brought up [Jack] Ruby -- don't tread on CitizenXX!!!

martine:

Not just "ashamed" but openly hostile -- see my quote from his other book.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama hailed as the politician who represents not just the Democratic party, but of the integrity of American politics.


Issue >Just a picture of Obama wearing a turban is very disturbing for people ?.
>When you visit a foreign country as a representative from US you have to bear with these customs. If you google up you can find all kind of attires the politicians are in.

Issue >We also did not get good explanations from Obama camp about Michelle Obama's "Blame America First" statement.
> This was clarified by Obama and should be taken in the context that she spoke, It was the politics that she was speaking about.

> Obamas middle name is not his identity.
He is a Politician who is trying to unite this country across political affiliations. Its better we understand that divisive 'George W Bush' was an all familiar name and did not do any good.

It seems like Obama is being dragged into dirty tactics of rival candidates.
Shame on us for getting carried away by this dirty politics.

Posted by: pk_here | February 26, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

This sure looks like a "show-stopper" to me.

Barak Obama has admitted, in writing, that he repeatedly used cocaine.

Maybe he should have kept his mouth shut.

By law, he's barred from lots of Government positions, including the CIA, FBI, and Secret Service.

But its much worse for him than that.

By law, he's permanently barred from getting any top-security clearances.

He can't even get "top secret" and there are lots of levels higher than that,.

He can't be President without clearance.

Game over.
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Where were you when Bush Was Running in 2000??

All I can say is WRONG! Now get over it!

Posted by: mrgoalie35 | February 26, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I would be happy to vote for Hillary in November if she releases her and Bill's tax returns NOW. It is the height of arrogance to say she will release it ONLY AFTER she is the nominee. Now think about it you Hillary supporters. What is she hiding? I hope the good people of Texas and Ohio bring an end to this nonsense by voting heavily for Obama!!!

Posted by: kant1 | February 26, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Clinton receeved the endorsement of nearly 2 dozen generals and admirals, and it gets no coverage in the Post (despite the fact that the nation is at war). Sen. Obama gets the endorsement of a guy who got about 2 dozen votes in all of Iowa and its front page news for the Post.

It rather reminds one of the kind of reporting which Fox News calls, oh so ironically, "fair and balanced."

I still say, "Yes we can" sounds like a rhetorical question.

Posted by: TerryM3 | February 26, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

This sure looks like a "show-stopper" to me.

Barak Obama has admitted, in writing, that he repeatedly used cocaine.

Maybe he should have kept his mouth shut.

By law, he's barred from lots of Government positions, including the CIA, FBI, and Secret Service.

But its much worse for him than that.

By law, he's permanently barred from getting any top-security clearances.

He can't even get "top secret" and there are lots of levels higher than that,.

He can't be President without clearance.

Game over.

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Everyone's getting fired up for the debate, and it's still 4 hours away!

To recap: Hillary, apparently, will come out swinging madly. Obama will stand there, knowing she can't knock him down, and she'll probably instead just knock herself out.

Meanwhile, the Repos will be standing back waiting to pounce on the last Democrat standing - which will be Obama. And then they will try every attack they can come up with. Which will be useless, including that stupid RED ALERT system Tom Ridge came up with to help win elections for Repos.

Good night, and good luck.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | February 26, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post editors:

It's time to start moderating comments. I'm sick of racist posts dominating and polluting the discussion on these boards.

I'm sure that if you poll your readers in a careful way, you'll see that the majority of them agree. You're letting these comment boards slip away from your readership.

Posted by: MyManGodfrey | February 26, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the LIES and Slander against Senator Barack Obama -

Midwesternreader1 - Shame On YOU!
"I don't appreciate politicians who try to manipulate the voters."

That is EXACTLY what Hillary Clinton is doing everyday!!!
And WHY Hillary is LOSING SO BADLY!!

The BIGGEST Problem with Hillary Clinton - JUST LIKE George W BUSH is her ARROGANCE and NEVER Admitting ANYTHING that she has said or done was a mistake! NEVER!!!!

Hillary Clinton -

Wow... Talk about a Flip-Flop!! Is this the same person who:

THE BIG ONE = Voted For IRAQ Before she was against it?

Secondly = Is this the same Hillary who Voted for the Bankruptcy Bill and then said (after she has seen the damage) she really had hoped it wouldn't pass!! Unbelievable!!

Thridly = Is this the Same Hillary that Voted for No Child Left Behind - and now says it is one of the worst Bills Passed and should be appealed?

MOST RECENTLY = Is this the same Hillary that Supported NAFTA while hubby Bill passed the Legislation in law - and NOW Claims that she will stop the Jobs going Over Seas!!!!!!

HIDDEN FACT = Is this the Same Hillary that Claims to Protect the "People" and Votes ABSENT on the New Spying Bill - which protects the TELECOMS from any wrong doing or illegal activity? With the TELECOMS one of the Largest, if NOT The Largest Lobbyists - OH and Senator Obama - who also Voted - But VOTED NAY!!!!

NEWEST = Hillary's $5 Million Dollar LOAN Came from a Joint FUND with Bill Clinton - From ALL His Special Deals!! That is WHY They Refuse to Release their TAX RETURNS!!

Ready From Day One = Is this the Same Hillary that has bankrupt her Primary Campaign (12,000 Dunkin Donuts) and wants to handle the Federal Budget? Give me a Break!

The UNDECIDER = Is this the Hillary that has switched staff and MESSAGE - every Two Weeks when she sees it isn't working? How will she make a stance - check the polls first?

She isn't Presidential - She is MORE BART SIMPSON - 'I DIdn't DO IT"!!!!

GIVE ME A BREAK!!!! She is losing her tail and can't fight with facts but with illusions!!!

Hillary Clinton - Wrong from Day ONE - And Say Anthing to get elected - including telling LIES!!!

Posted by: mrgoalie35 | February 26, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama as our president will be a dud like his best friend Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick that he stole those speech phrases about hope and change from. Deval Patrick endorsing Obama was was not a plus in Massachusetts. Deval's nickname is Governor Marcel Marceau. His answer to our fiscal woes is to propose allowing three casinos in our state. We also got stuck with a mandatory health insurance state law. We are forced to buy mediocre health coverage.

I will never vote for Obama this election. He lacks real substance and has not enough experience. He refuses to speak about his plans for our country. His supporters tell us to go read his website, but I want to hear the words directly from the horse's mouth. His website is the creation of his campaign staff and all of his campaign funds. And it's not right that his supporters are leaning on the black super delegates to change their support of Clinton over to him. He's only half black and his dad only came to the US for college and graduate studies, so what would he know about the black American experience? And why does he seem to be ashamed of his white heritage?

Posted by: martine | February 26, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"wpost4112,

Alluding to assassination, and then bringing up "Ruby"...yes, the reference to the movie and the "fairytale" reference is seen.

But, you are treading on ground that is better for you not to tread on."


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CitizenXX, you are becoming paranoid.

Ruby Red Shoes refer to Dorothy'shoes in The Wizard of Oz. I have always been a strong supporter on these blogs. You've been watching too many Oliver Stone movies.

I understand your passion for Barack, but you really do need to reconnect with reality.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Hillary will not be offered the VP spot. She isn't even on the long shot list.

Sen. Obama has a radically different perspective on the responsibilities of an American president, then Sen. Clinton.

Any possible chance she had long ago was wiped away by her flimsy excuse as to being an American who cares about the masses.

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Ok here we go:

Number 1) JakeD: You graduated top at Stanford? Wow, um well great for you - we really care. Please don't flout the top schools card because you're making the rest of us who actually went other top schools look bad. Let me please tell everyone - we who went to top schools aren't ALL ignorant (and arrogant!!)

Number 2) svreader: I've seen you post on every single blog, 50 times each. You've made your point that you hate Obama by constantly commenting on his use of cocaine years ago when he was a kid (because indiscretions we've had as children REALLY should be the reason we deny a great person candidacy), and by resorting to all the dirty tricks in the book by the Clinton campaign. You've made your point that you endorse Clinton without giving a single substantial reason as to why. If this is your way of supporting Clinton - by trouncing all over the competition without reason, and using fear tactics, well you're just the paradigm of the supporters in her camp. Enough said.

Number 3) Peter Woo - I think a few other people said it best...what are you smoking? You're definitely on something...please write back when you're off it. Better yet - don't.

Number 4) randymk1: people like you REALLY make me sad - and makes me really sad that smear campaign tactics of the Clintons really do work with uneducated people. First of all, how many "Islamic photos" have you seen him in? He was wearing traditional Somali garb! Second of all, his wearing it is a sign of respect for the country he was in, and the people he was with. Third of all, you make a huge leap from the clothing he was donning to 911. You're equating all Muslims to what happened in 911 and that's really, truly just beyond ignorant. I appreciate that you lost friends in 911 and that's tragic, but your comment is just out of control ignorant.

GEEZ the polls REALLY DON'T LIE when they say that Obama gets the vote of the educated.

Obama '08!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: readyforchange | February 26, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey!

LOONYBIN didn't capitalize the word "America!"

What kind of trash is that?

He must hate our country!

What are you, a terrorist?

I've already notified home land security.

They've had their eye on you for a while!

Posted by: humpsworld | February 26, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I doubt after they go at it tonight that either Hillary DIANE Clinton or Barack HUSSEIN Obama will agree to accept the number two spot.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"Well, Calculating that Hillary might become Obama,s VP pick after march 4 , It occurs to sen. Dodd that he should secure this position now for himself sooner rather than later . The clinton candidacy is in obvious brink of collapse and everybody knows that."

Hillary as VP? More Oz thinking.

Obama's slogan is CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN, not CHANGE WE CAN"T BELIEVE IN.

No way he will want to carry the baggage of Bill. No way Hillary will give up what will surely be majority leader in the Senate.

Probability nearly nil.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Please, God help us all Americans from the tragedy of Obama sitting in the White House. There is still time to wake up and prevent the down fall for the nation.

Any aspirations of Dodd, Teddy, and Kerry to get some rewards under Obama are scary.

Posted by: 68b2b | February 26, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

wpost4112,

Alluding to assassination, and then bringing up "Ruby"...yes, the reference to the movie and the "fairytale" reference is seen.

But, you are treading on ground that is better for you not to tread on.

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Well, Calculating that Hillary might become Obama,s VP pick after march 4 , It occurs to sen. Dodd that he should secure this position now for himself sooner rather than later . The clinton candidacy is in obvious brink of collapse and everybody knows that.

Posted by: oragar | February 26, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

svreader... you've been listening to too many Rush Limpbaug shows for your soundbites and cliche's... now, THERE'S someone to talk about drug addiction & hypocrisy with!

As to how you can criticize ANY of the candidates we have running now given what crap we've had the past 8 years with the HalliBush, Inc. gnats, criminy, you've got ADHD.

Looneybin2000... your screen name is an accurate description of your logic & views.

Posted by: wjaxon | February 26, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

LOONYBIN2000,

People like you are the ones stuck in the past, angry that your inability to adapt to the future is not within your grasp.

I would call you a Luddite, but you seem, even though problematically, to be able to turn a computer on.

You silly little git!

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

"I graduated top of my class from Stanford Law School, 1961 -- and you?"

Your accomplishment nearly 50 years ago (assuming that you're not simply lying) doesn't make your posts today any less idiotic or racist.

Posted by: crd203 | February 26, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

CitizenXX:

"You're on notice!"

LOL -- I thought only Stephen Colbert used that line?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Midwestreader1'

My mistake.

I assumed it was because you had no significant defense for her position.

I apologies.

Posted by: humpsworld | February 26, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

It would not be as hard as you think it would be, to convict you for threatening the life of a presidential candidate.

Your trivial debates and slimy attacks are ALL on the system memory. Think about it.

I'd take the bullet for the guy!

You're on notice!

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Jeez, how old are y'all? Clicking your red ruby heels means you are living in Oz: dreamworld. Did you ever see the Wizard of Oz? Or do you think it's a real story?

I worry about you young'uns.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I like the headline "Dodd gives Clinton a gentle nudge". She is already falling off the cliff, with or without the nudge from Dodd. After her losses in the next primaries her people will probably have to shoot her up with horse tranquilizer to keep her from going completely bugnuts. After he gets elected, I hope Obama offers Clinton the opportunity to be Ambassador of Afghanistan or Uzbekistan.

Posted by: ex-Navy | February 26, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

if this guy makes it, and i believe with my being he should not, we have lost america. George went to Yale, and was a dummy of the first order Drank like a fish and played war games at our expense. JUST WATCH WHAT THE PROMISED CHANGE WILL BE IF BO GETS THE OPPORTUNITY.

HE WILL SWEET TALK AND DELIVER NADA! Dodd, will not be VP, Farrahkan, his buddy will

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | February 26, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Go Hillary !!! 50% of Democrats are totally with you !! NOT THEM !!


Posted by: chrishh | February 26, 2008 04:23 PM

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Yea...Keep thinking your sHillary has 50%. sHillary will lose Ohio by 8-12%


Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

LOONYBIN2000,

Hard to decipher your message between the spelling and grammatical errors.

Oh...just re-read the user name
...now it all makes sense.

Posted by: humpsworld | February 26, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Dear "Humpsworld":
Because it was both presupposed and stated in your post.

Posted by: Midwestreader1 | February 26, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

LOONYBIN2000,

Your an ignorant twit!

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

""wpost4112" - What, are you planning to shoot him? Go crawl back under your rock!"

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Easy thrapp, It was an ironic comment, not an agreement.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009."

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Don't forget to click your ruby red heels!

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 04:20 PM
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It would not be as hard as you think it would be, to convict you for threatening the life of a presidential candidate.

Your trivial debates and slimy attacks are ALL on the system memory. Think about it.

I'd take the bullet for the guy!

You're on notice!

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Midwestreader1,

You didn't mention how Hillary voted...

Why not?

Posted by: humpsworld | February 26, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

thrapp and wpost4112:

There are plenty of other possibilities besides assassination -- no one in their right mind would want that -- maybe the gay / drug allegation turns out to be true, who knows?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"What Fools These Mortals Be", especially if they believe Obama is good for our country by sweet talking. He is a Muslin and not an American, but Oh what the $$$ bills and the empty promisesaccomplish. Political favors mean more in to Dodd and Kennedy than this country. I would just like to see Obama take a swing at one of their wives, have the women cover themselves up from hesd to toe and the men can dress like Africans, White Turbans and all.

WE ARE GOING FROM THE FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE IF WE LET THIS FARRAHKAN ADMIRER LEAD
US TO COMPLETE DESTRUCTION!!!!!!!

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | February 26, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Top Clinton backer raises possibility of ticket with Obama


Associated Press - February 26, 2008 3:25 PM ET

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The national chairman of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign says she could end up on the same ticket with rival Barack Obama.

Terry McAuliffe told a business group in Madison on Tuesday it "sure is" possible the former first lady and the Illinois senator could become running mates.

He says that team would create excitement in the country heading into the general election. But McAuliffe would not predict who would be on top of the ticket.

The former chairman of the Democratic National Committee says Clinton has to do well in next week's elections in Ohio and Texas to begin erasing Obama's lead in delegates. If she does not, he says she will have to decide what to do about her campaign.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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This is just so funny. There is no way in hell that Obama would do such a thing. What in the name of reason is he saying these things?

Crazy. Tonight I think will be the deciding factor.

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 26, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"wpost4112" - What, are you planning to shoot him? Go crawl back under your rock!

Posted by: thrapp | February 26, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse


CHRIS DODD: Yet another white haired liberal troll doll steps up to get his Viagri.

Pathetic old boys club.


Wow!!! THINK OF IT!!! Hillary's gotten 50% and this far without them all !!


Go Hillary !!! 50% of Democrats are totally with you !! NOT THEM !!

Posted by: chrishh | February 26, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Dear "Humpsworld":

Do you mean, this resolution:

Measure Title: A joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq.
Vote Counts: YEAs 77


Kerry (D-MA), Yea


Daschle (D-SD), Yea


Dodd (D-CT), Yea


Kerry's, Daschle's, Dodd's candidate (Obama): NOT THERE.

Posted by: Midwestreader1 | February 26, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

"Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009."

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Don't forget to click your ruby red heels!

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

humpsworld:

You're welcome (I guess).

martha.davidson:

Barack HUSSEIN Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Svreader said:
>'They plan to paint him as "The most liberal member of the Senate"'

How is this different from every other Democratic candidate since 1980?

>I'm against him because his policy ideas are LOUSY, and can't hold a candle to Clintons's.

Really, now? Pull up the two campaign websites side-by-side and read them. They're nearly identical in policy. They've cosponsored one another's bills more often than not (though Clinton has cosponsored Obama's more because he's proposed and passed more).

>How can Obama be President when he can't even qualify for a top security clearance???

Because the people elect him to be. This goes for the VP, as well. The people can also elect members of Congress who have a history of hard drugs, and they can sit on Select Intel Comms and they like. Their election implies that they have the people's trust.

Posted by: mason08 | February 26, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Cossack,

When was that profile published?

Posted by: Midwestreader1 | February 26, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"I'm sorry. It's not personal, it's a presidential choice."


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It's neither. It's just plain old ignorance. Luckily, you are free to be ignorant in America too!

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 26, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

jakeD and peterwoo...The more Obama is criticized in the manner you two apply, the better he does. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!
Obama will win the nomination, and the presidency. Some of his success will be thanks to people like you. Again KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!

Posted by: marthadavidson | February 26, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh No! Run for the Hills!

svreader, who apparently does not read, has logged in....

RED ALERT!

SVreader: talk to you after the debate, it should be more fun than watching a World Wrestling match.

My guess is Obama can just stand there, and let Hillary~! throw punches that don't go anywhere. But let's see, just for fun.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | February 26, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

Thanks for making me look up that quote from Obama's book!

It reminded me that while Hillary was voting for the war that has cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, Obama was worried about the lives of Americans who might be threatened or attacked by other Americans because of their different beliefs or the color of their skin.

Your comments will earn him a lot of votes.

Good Job!

Posted by: humpsworld | February 26, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

svreader are you giving odds? If so what are they?

Posted by: Gator-ron | February 26, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

CaptainJohn2525:

You are right -- there was no such class either undergrad or Law School -- my point about holding fire while you ID friend or foe is that you completely missed what I was responding to in the first place.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

What is the value of a Chris Dodd or Teddy Kennedy endorsement anyway? Read this from a GQ profile on the latter:

http://men.style.com/gq/features/full?id=content_5585&pageNum=5

It is after midnight and Kennedy and Dodd are just finishing up a long dinner in a private room on the first floor of the restaurant's annex. They are drunk. Their dates, two very young blondes, leave the table to go to the bathroom. (The dates are drunk too. "They'd always get their girls very, very drunk," says a former Brasserie waitress.) Betty Loh, who served the foursome, also leaves the room. Raymond Campet, the co-owner of La Brasserie, tells Gaviglio the senators want to see her.
As Gaviglio enters the room, the six-foot-two, 225-plus-pound Kennedy grabs the five-foot-three, 103-pound waitress and throws her on the table. She lands on her back, scattering crystal, plates and cutlery and the lit candles. Several glasses and a crystal candlestick are broken. Kennedy then picks her up from the table and throws her on Dodd, who is sprawled in a chair. With Gaviglio on Dodd's lap, Kennedy jumps on top and begins rubbing his genital area against hers, supporting his weight on the arms of the chair. As he is doing this, Loh enters the room. She and Gaviglio both scream, drawing one or two dishwashers. Startled, Kennedy leaps up. He laughs. Bruised, shaken and angry over what she considered a sexual assault, Gaviglio runs from the room. Kennedy, Dodd and their dates leave shortly thereafter, following a friendly argument between the senators over the check.

Posted by: katmandu1 | February 26, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, svreader, Obama does not technically need a security clearance as President (Vice-President is an open issue).

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

jakeD;

Yes, I learned the value of identifying your target long ago.

I never said you were "extraordinarily retarded," now did I?

I'm listening to Heather Small right now, the lyrics go something like this:

"What can we do, can we make it in time?
It's gonna take something close to a miracle, to make it right."

I'm not interested in following this particular string back to find out your politics.

MY point was just because you have a degree from STANFORD doesn't make you the only qualified person in the room to make a decision.

It's called Teamwork. You must have missed that particular class at law school.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | February 26, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama is simply unelectable.

Republicans are so confident they can beat him that they're taking bets and giving odds.

Republicans are already planning to run campaign commercials with real-life parents talking about how they lost their children to cocaine, because Obama's history of repeated cocaine abuse is a critical character issue in this campaign.

They plan to paint him as "The most liberal member of the Senate"

Make no mistake, folks, "LIBERAL" is a codeword for "TAXES"

If Obama's the candidate, McCain's the President, no matter what anyone on these boards does or doesn't do.

I'm against him because his policy ideas are LOUSY, and can't hold a candle to Clintons's.

I'm also against him because I believe that a history of abuse of "hard drugs" should be a permanent bar to being President of the United States of America, just like its a bar to high security clearance and to joining the FBI, CIA, or Secret Service.

If you don't believe me, look at their web sites!

How can Obama be President when he can't even qualify for a top security clearance???

Say no to Cocaine! Say no to Obama! Or Say hello to President McCain!!!

One ex coke-fiend in the whitehouse has been more than enough!!!

Posted by: svreader | February 26, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:
Ah, yes. That "Junior" University in PA. All that education, but still unable or unwilling to do basic research to prevent your unveiling as a fool.

"It is better to stay silent and let people think you are an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. " -A. Lincoln (attr.)

Posted by: mason08 | February 26, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

You cheated better than anyone in your class and you misrepresent yourself here.

It's time to let up let up on the honest Clinton supporters. They have been through plenty. Give those who are willing to face the truth that their candidate lost a chance to express their anger. It is part of grieving. We Obama supporters need to do what the leader is doing, lower the rhetoric.

Posted by: Gator-ron | February 26, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

thrh:

Voting twice in the general election would be a federal crime -- I have no doubt you wish you could do that -- maybe you should move to Cook County, Illinois?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

CaptainJohn2525:

I was not the one who claimed their opponent was not educated, "extraordinarily retarded", etc. Don't they still teach "ID Your Target" in flight school anymore?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

We were undecided voters from Alvorton, OH so we went to few Obama rallies.

This still picture of Obama wearing muslim turban is very disturbing for us.

We also did not get good explanations from Obama camp about Michelle Obama's "Blame America First" statement.

We also heard Jesse Jackson Jr. comments like changing name of the White House to our Brother House. We are proud Regan democrats. Ronald Reagan never took his suit coat off in the Oval Office. We do not appreciate any insensitive comments about the White House or the Oval Office in the White House.

We decided NOT to vote for Senator Obama.

Posted by: Alvordton | February 26, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

The conventional view is that the Clintons approach power the way hard-core gun owners approach a weapon--they'll give it up only when it's wrenched from their cold, dead fingers. - Newsweek

Posted by: aamemon | February 26, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like reading these posts to solidify my decision to vote for Obama. With racist morons like JakeD and peterwoo slavering all over themselves to trash him, it makes me wish I could vote for him twice!

Posted by: thrh | February 26, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the bandwagon, Chris Dodd. When will someone activate the "Democrats for McCain" website? At least McCain has a real record of bucking his party's orthodoxy on issues they care about. Obama? Can't name one thing. Not one. So how exactly will he win the Red States? When Rip Van Mediaheads wake up from their long slumber, they will finally get around to examining substance, the kid glove treatment Senator Obama has gotten will be done. They won't have Senator Clinton to kick around anymore.

Posted by: roger32 | February 26, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Since I'm from Ohio, I'm a little more swayed by opinions of John Glenn and generals like Wes Clark, since they don't have to answer to people like Kerry, Kennedy, Daschle, Pelosi, and others who are apparently encouraging Obama to pretend that he is the underdog and Hillary is the face of the "Democratic establishment" in a shameless play for swing votes. I don't appreciate politicians who try to manipulate the voters.

I think that Hillary had a point the other day when she said that all Democrats should be outraged. It's politics like this that inspire decent people to turn away from all this muck. It's just the opposite of generating excitement about the race; it's generating more voices of hate.

Please help, Edwards. Who is the candidate who has always fought for the children and for the poor--"populist" issues if there ever were any.

Posted by: Midwestreader1 | February 26, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Compare the rate of Obama endorsements to the rate of Clinton endorsements. Watch the poll numbers rise for Obama and fall for Clinton (and McCain for that matter). After next Tuesday, Hilary will have no lead in delegates, no claim on the super delegates and no more support for a continued campaign. Obama will be the Democratic candidate. Watch the xenophobic right-wing crazies explode. What fun.

Posted by: thebobbob | February 26, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

jakeD: Graduated top of your class, eh?

I graduated top of my classes - high school, university, grad school, flight school, Squadron Officer School, and the list goes on...

And I fail to see your point! That you graduated from Stanford? That you are smart?

There are a lot of points of view on this blog, but calling 'rank' is not one of them. I may (or may not) agree with you, but slamming someone because YOU graduated from Stanford (top of your class, no less) seems less 'classy' that stating your point.

Lawyer that.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | February 26, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Dodd offers a gracious, unequivocal and powerful endorsement of Obama's political skills and his readiness to be the nominee of the Democratic Party.

With regard to Obama' political skills: "Dodd cited Obama's address to Detroit automakers about the need to improve fuel efficiency. But the other reasons he gave for coming around on Obama actually preceded the campaign: he said he had been impressed by Obama's questions during Condoleezza Rice's confirmation hearing in 2005, impressed that the veteran Indiana Republican Dick Lugar had chosen Obama as his Democratic partner on nuclear proliferation issues, and impressed at Obama's work on ethics reform legislation, which Dodd said showed "courage."

As to Obama's readiness: "The question has always been the same: 'Yes, but is he ready?' Since that time, he's been poked and prodded, analyzed and criticized, called too green, too trusting, too lofty. And through all that, he's already won half of our nation's states in primaries and caucuses, and the votes of more than 10 million Americans, showing judgment, grace and poise in the process," Dodd said. "He's ready to be president."

Conversely, this is devastating for Clinton because Dodd, a long recognized voice of the Democratic party, is from Hillary's neighboring state. So when he says, I don't want to see us lose that opportunity because of mistakes made or divisiveness," Dodd is subtly warning Clinton that her leadership in the party may very well be at stake if she tries to pull Obama down by negative campaigning. Finally, the fact that Dodd flew to Ohio to personally extend his endorsement means that Obama may very well have sewn up the Northeast Primaries in R.I and Vt. and can concentrate on Texas and Ohio during the next week.

Posted by: Anadromous2 | February 26, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

lritger:

I graduated top of my class from Stanford Law School, 1961 -- and you?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

gmundenat:

Is that kinda like "victory" in New Mexico was on February 5, not 15? My prediction is that Hillary will stay in this race all the way to the Convention floor.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

From waldengreenwood:

"It is suggested by exit polling that Obama voters are more apt to be educated and intelligent than Hillary voters. Perhaps you, being so extraordinarily retarded, are skewing the averages against Hillary all by yourself."

I believe the two words I'm looking for are "Oh SNAP!"

Posted by: lritger | February 26, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Facts are facts and the fact is Obama is winning, fair and square:

Barack vs Hillary Analysis
The Home Stretch:

http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=53

Posted by: davidmwe | February 26, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

waldengreenwood:

Which Law School did YOU graduate from?

kdplaskon:

Thanks for the context -- was there a page number handy -- my hypothesis still stands.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

randymk1:

What kind of analysis is that? It's garbage. Obama wears some traditional dress on a foreign tour (even Bush did some funny things recently when he was in S. Arabia) and you relate that with 911?

I was wondering if Hillary was stupid in thinking that voters are stupid to fall for those photos. Looking at your response, may be she is right.

Posted by: jj2000 | February 26, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's do or die moment was Maine. She blew it, and the race was over then and there. This debate is just something to talk about.

Posted by: gmundenat | February 26, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"I don't have the chapter/page number handy either -- may I suggest Google?"

Somewhat amusingly, when I googled, JakeD's own' post was the third result.

What an ignoramus.

Posted by: crd203 | February 26, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Peter Woo,

You MUST stop using those hallucinogens and take your medication immediately.

Say good night and let the adults continue to talk.

GEEEEZZZZZ

Posted by: beneteau95 | February 26, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Dodd's threats and warnings "to be careful," about "running divisive campaigns," should look to the person he is endorsing to follow suit. Obama's been negative on Hillary since day one. In every speech he has given, he has had something negative to say about Hillary. He's given a lot of speeches.

Posted by: mellowyellow | February 26, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

@randymk1
"Barack has been saying nice things but how may more Islamic photos do I have to see him in. I lost friends in the World Trade Center bombing and it still hurts."

By that logic you cannot vote for Hillary either as she has donned a hijab whilst visiting Islamic countries in the past.

Posted by: eine1 | February 26, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

For someone to equate the use of traditional African garb with the 9/11 is about one of the most ignorant things I have ever heard of. It's frightening to see such low levels of inteligence in our country.

Posted by: jjacques1 | February 26, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Dodd endorsed Obama, but I'm more interested in which Hillary we will see tonight.

From my vantage point, she's gone from mild to wild to mad-as-h&ll, without much effect.

Hopefully, Obama's Secret Service detail will be close enough to escort Ms. Clinton from the stage before she drives her claws into Mr. Obama.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | February 26, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Responding to questions from reporters, Mr. McCain said he did not hear what Mr. Cunningham said, saying that when he arrived, Mr. Portman was on stage.

"Whatever suggestion that was made that was any way disparaging to the integrity, character, honesty of either Senator Obama or Senator Clinton was wrong," he said, "I condemn it, and if I have any responsibility, I will take the responsibility, and I apologize for it."
He called Mr. Obama a "man of integrity" and said he was someone he had come to know "pretty well and I admire."

He also said that it was not appropriate to invoke Mr. Obama's middle name in the course of the campaign.

"I absolutely repudiate such comments," he said. "It will never happen again."

Mr. Obama's middle name, which is Muslim in origin, comes from his late father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a Kenyan.
Mr. Obama's campaign has been dogged by whispered rumors that he is a Muslim--he is actually a practicing Christian.

Periodically, his full name has been bandied about by conservatives critics, drawing indignation from Mr. Obama's campaign and others.

"We appreciate Senator McCain's remarks. It is a sign that if there is a McCain-Obama general election, it can be intensely competitive but the candidates will attempt to keep it respectful and focused on issues," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/26/mccain-repudiates-hussein-obama-remarks/

Posted by: crd203 | February 26, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

JakeD I did google and, again, every post contains out of context references that provide no clarification.

I did find a single post, which makes sense:

The actual quote, in context, from "The Audacity of Hope":

"In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

He's talking about standing against a tiny but vocal minority of bigots who threaten AMERICANS.

Posted by: kdplaskon | February 26, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey, politicalobserver1,
Here's a gentle nudge from a citizen of Michigan.
I did not support either Hillary or Barack.
Hence, I am a disenfranchised voter.
if Hillary tries to claim a fair win on level ground, she is nothing less then a thief.
Just thought you'd like to know.

Posted by: bear90 | February 26, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Dodd was wise to endorse today and send a message to both sides not to dive into the mud and leave ammo for McCain.

Question is whether the Clinton Ego (which was cautious and courageously civil last debate)heeds it ... or continues to attack in desperation. Even Dodd gave a subtle hint that it was her advisors (paid hit people) who needed to back off to protect the party from harming itself.

Aparently some of the die hard Clinton posters here-- don't feel that is important to their party or their country.

Get over it and start rejoicing that Obama and WE will win by a landslide in November-- and carry the congress and finally get some legislation passed to take back our country,
return our troops, save trillions and reinvest in jobs and buiding america-- instead of the oil pits in the middle east.

Posted by: justinBoston | February 26, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Jake D
It is suggested by exit polling that Obama voters are more apt to be educated and intelligent than Hillary voters. Perhaps you, being so extraordinarily retarded, are skewing the averages against Hillary all by yourself.

Posted by: waldengreenwood | February 26, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who supported Romney should have their judgement inspected.

As far as Obama wearing African garb... he's a black politician. Get over it. If you can't handle him being black, come to terms with your racist self.

Posted by: wideblacksky | February 26, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

What is this, another Hillarist maneuver to sandbag Obama? Sen. Dudd is Fidel Castro's man in the upper chamber. How is this unreformed campus radical supposed to help Obama? With just a week before the March 4 primaries, Obama should be on the highest alert. Loogout!

Posted by: filoporquequilo | February 26, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

crd203:

I don't have to try crack cocaine to be against that either.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

can't say I'm very impressed with the quality of anti-Obama posts above -- they either try to imply that the guy's a Muslim (he ain't) or that he's going to (implausibly, to say the least) create some African Union state (?!?).

Sorry, but you guys just come off as rather dumb.

I like how JakeD even admits that he didn't read the book he purports to quote.

Posted by: crd203 | February 26, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, I have read 'The Audacity of Hope', and don't remember any such statement as you quote above. Please cite the chapter/page number. I can't reference my own copy right now as I have had a line of people asking to borrow it, one after the other.

The only possible context in which I can imagine any such statement coming from Senator Obama would have been in defending victims of religious persecution. Could that have been it?

Senator Obama is a proud American, as is his wife. I would be honored to have the two of them representing us on the world stage.

Posted by: dswanson | February 26, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

She was the perfect candidate. She delivered a strong and consistent message that connected with the people and she managed her campaign to perfection. She was authentic, warm, friendly and inspirational. How could she be rejected after all that? Must be sexism. Yep gotta be. No other possible explanation.

Posted by: brooksofsheffield | February 26, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I've changed my mind.

I can not vote for Barack Obama.

I'm sorry. It's not personal, it's a presidential choice.

Barack has been saying nice things but how may more Islamic photos do I have to see him in. I lost friends in the World Trade Center bombing and it still hurts.

I'll never forget what happened.

Posted by: randymk1 | February 26, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I predict that in tonights debate, Hillary will poke her finger in her place where the sun doesn't shine, dig up some dung and fling it towards Obama. That's the only thing we haven't seen her do yet and which she is capable of doing. She will try it tonight because she may not get a chance todo it after March 4th.

Posted by: ChunkyMonkey1 | February 26, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

It appears that the election is not going peterwoo and JakeD's way. That is understandable, but making stories up to convince others or letting out steam...is a waste. Channel your energies in something productive like stopping being fanatics and thoroughly (and objectively) researching these candidates.

Posted by: carlos.cintronpares | February 26, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

""Dreams from my father" -- Barack Obama's book title. "

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It's 'Dreams of My Father.'

Sheeh, you people can't even insult accurately.

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 26, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

JakeD--why are you so preoccupied with the significance of Obama's middle name? Are you truly so xenophobic that you can't abide the thought of a man with a foreign-sounding name leading the country?

There are hundreds of millions of people who disagree with you.

The comedian Carlos Mencia's real name is Ned Hortense. Does that make him any less funny?

Get over yourself and your unfounded fears.

Posted by: poortrekker | February 26, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

barnardj1:

My candidate (Romney) dropped out after Super Duper Tuesday.

kdplaskon:

I certainly did not intend for you to spend money for the book -- if you come across the quote / page number for any relevant context, though, please let us know.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The Dodd endorsement is important for Obama, because Hillary didn't get it. All Obama needs to do in tonight's debate is stay calm and presidential and not get down to the level of Hillary's mud attacks.
People just don't like a future President to behave like Hillary.

Posted by: dunnhaupt | February 26, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

JakeD -- that's not what it says in his book. Additionally, you're an idiot.

Posted by: waynewurzer | February 26, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

To peterwoo:

_What_ are you smoking?

Posted by: jlaprise | February 26, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

JakeD 2:15

A single statement, posted outside of its contextual framework, is meaningless. Many statements can be construed in a negative way when presented out of context. Your post tells me nothing except that you think one statement with no framework provides a meaningful criticism of a person. I accept it for what it's worth.

I haven't read the Audacity of Hope, but I think I'll buy it today just to look up this statement and check out the context in which it was made. I can think of several that might be positive for our nation and the world, not threatening as you seem to imply.

Posted by: kdplaskon | February 26, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

There are some real dunderheads with computers saying ugly things. Just read above.
Then reread what Senator Dodd had to say and reflect, if yu have that capacity.

Posted by: rpmcestmoicoxnet | February 26, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

wow...nothing screams "i want to be VP" any louder than this transparent pandering.

Posted by: martin | February 26, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Dear Hillary. You've been done in. By your own tactics. While you may be full of the good you could have done, you'll never get the chance because of the dirty way we see you play. It reminds us of Republican politics. And we've all had enough of that. Good luck with the book you're sure to write. And say hello to Bill.

Posted by: jami.craig | February 26, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country." -- Michelle Obama. "Dreams from my father" -- Barack Obama's book title. It's not surprised for me to hear Mrs. Obama said that since the United Stated never is a country Obamas sincerely love and approve. What is theirs dream country? Or, what type of country Obamas want to change the United States to be? The Obamas' ultimate aim is to create an African-American (United States) Union (AAU), similar as European Union (EU). AAU is Obamas' dream country. Once Obama becomes the president of the United States, he will not hesitate to push his AAU blueprint in a full speed. The highlights of Obamas' AAU include: (1) Obama's universal health care plan will not only cover most people in the United States, it also covers every people in every Africa countries joined the AAU. (2) Give everyone in AAU's Africa countries the US social security system benefits. (3) Give everyone in AAU countries the rights for working, studying and living in the United Stated without visa. (4) Allow fully tree trade between the all AAU countries. (5) By means of administration and economy, transfer US jobs, expertise, money, and technology to AAU's Africa countries for helping their economic development. (6) Move large US population to these countries and attract more large population moving into US from these Africa countries (by this way, Africa American will finally dominate US population to help Obama get reelected easily). (7) Change US dollar to AAU dollar which could be used in the all AAU countries. (8) Michelle Obama will be the first AAU president. (9) After Barack Obama finishes his tenure as the president of the United States, he could become the president in any AAU Africa countries as long as he would like. (10) Mr. and Mrs. Obama are honored to their lifelong titles: African King and African Queen. Now, Mr. and Mrs. Obama are being much closer their dream country.

Posted by: peterwoo | February 26, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:
I thought you were for Hillary or McCain,
but now it sounds like you are from AIPAC. You're shiftier than slick Willy after a week in Vegas.

Posted by: barnardj1 | February 26, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

This is more biased reporting by the Post. Can we let the voters in Texas, PA, Ohio and vermont vote before you clowns decide that it is all pver. They way I see it its all split you haven;t counted Florida nore Michigan. Obama doesn;t have a snowball schance in hell of winning a general election

Posted by: politicalobserver1 | February 26, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for tonight's debate -- it's "do or die" for Hillary to show us she has the guts to take on America's enemies -- will the knives finally come out?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the info, ericp331.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

No, Dodd didn't endorse Obama a few weeks ago. Three of the Democratic members of the Connecticut delegation (Larson, Murphy, and DeLauro) endorsed Obama right around Super Tuesday, with Courtney and Dodd remaining neutral at that point in time.

Posted by: ericp331 | February 26, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

From Barack HUSSEIN Obama's book Audacity of Hope:

I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Dodd endorse Obama a few weeks ago? Why is this "news"?

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

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